The citizens of bounzCity share a common bond: they all stand 62 inches tall or shorter. Inside the bouncetropolis, they scurry about a slew of themed attractions, six of which line Bounz Boulevard, including a SpongeBob Squarepants bounce castle and a dinosaur-themed obstacle course with gigantic inflatable dino teeth curving over the entrance. The 28,000-square-foot facility also houses a toddler area and an arcade chock-a-block full of kiddy rides, games, and prizes. Parents can monitor all of the playful proceedings from couches or go-go-gadget helicopter hats, or repurpose the space for birthday parties that keep little revelers reveling with pizza, drinks, and included game tokens.
At La Costa del Sol, cooks work from a menu that mixes Salvadoran dishes such as fried chicken and fried yucca with pork with Mexican staples such as tacos, burritos, and enchiladas. According to SanJose.com, the eatery’s horchata salvadoreña blends toasted rice and peanuts with morro seeds, a Salvadoran twist that differentiates the drink from its Mexican counterpart. The menu also highlights Salvadoran pupusas, griddle cakes stuffed with beans, cheese, and meat, just like the best care packages from mom.
Operated by Silicon Valley Sports & Entertainment, the parent company of the NHL's San Jose Sharks, Sharks Ice skating centers professionally maintain solid-water rinks and facilities to accommodate a full range of activities. Each Friday night (7:30–9:30 p.m. in San Jose; 7:15–9:15 p.m. in Oakland) customers have full run of the centers' Olympic-sized rinks for public skating and fashionable displays of warm, Cosby-inspired outerwear. In addition to skating amenities, each Sharks Ice center features a full-service pro shop that sells NHL athletic apparel and other skate supplies and accessories. The centers also feature public snack bars and spacious public areas for socializing and frigid recitations of 18th-century Russian poetry. Sharks Ice San Jose also houses Stanley's Sports Bar, a full bar and restaurant overlooking the three rinks. Skate rental is included, but if you prefer to bring your own foot-blades, the general admission price without today's Groupon is $8, which still makes the Groupon the better deal. Hours are subject to change, so please call ahead to confirm.
Morocco's Restaurant's chefs and owners have created a menu that embraces more than 200 years of Morocco's multicultural history. Boasting influences from across the Mediterranean Coast, the chefs craft dishes with flavors from countries as far away as India. Appetizers such as shrimp pil-pil or Moroccan-spiced roasted peppers simmer in zesty sauces, and entrees such as chicken kebabs, lamb and vegetable cous cous, and fresh fish filet all come covered in cilantro with sides of jasmine rice and vegetables.
However, food isn't the only tradition they brought from Morocco. The calendar of events features nightly live Moroccan music and belly dancing throughout the restaurant, and live acoustic guitar plays while servers freely pour the house sangria. Even blues music finds its place in the restaurant, with most songs inspired by a singer who dropped his kebab on the floor.
Bride and groom take their seat at the center of the table; the wedding party sits beside them. An ethereal glow emanates from the gauzy curtains behind their seats: blue, purple, green. Silky white roses blanket the table and chairs, and yellow petals circling purple-bottomed vases and green candles add a pop of color. The setting may sound like a fairytale, but it's actually a head table created by the event decorators at Alluring Occasions.
Whether they're creating a one-of-a-kind backdrop for a bride and groom, table settings for a sweet sixteen, or decor for another special event, each of their creations is touched with whimsy. Of course, how much whimsy all depends on your personal preferences. The decorators cater to each party host or special guest when they design a bash, so settings range from colorful and opulent to chic and understated.