After the birth of her first child in 2001, Baby Boot Camp’s founder and certified trainer and spin and Pilates instructor Kristen Horler wanted a postnatal fitness program that didn't require her to leave her baby at the door. Her solution was to start a suit of programs just for new and expecting parents where mothers could bond with their infants while soaking up the support and camaraderie of their peers. During Strollfit sessions, certified trainers and Radio Flyers equipped with outboard motors lead ladies through innovative routines that incorporate baby-filled strollers into yoga, cardio, and strength training. For long-term fitness, coaches encourage aspiring runners to break through the tape during the 5K training program, and Kristen's own Nutrition Solutions teaches the benefits of healthy-eating habits during a four-week program designed by registered dieticians.
Peering into the pastry display case at Sweet Story Bakery is always a treat. That's because head baker and owner Michele Howard not only creates beautiful desserts, but changes the menu every day. One day, she'll be in the mood to create more decadent treats, and so she'll craft Ding Dong cupcakes, cherry chocolate scones, and New York–style cheesecake. But on another, she'll stick to lighter options such as raspberry lemonade cake or salty and sweet cake pops. Other occasions might bring layered Kit Kat bars, lemon bars, and chocolate-dipped pecan wedges. No matter her mood, however, she always cooks up at least one gluten-free dessert to ensure every guest can sate their sweet tooth. She complements her homemade desserts with jars of novelty candy. These pair with desserts to make great last-minute gifts or to put finishing touches on gingerbread-house renovations.
Guests fill dishes with swirling medleys of frozen yogurt and toppings, taking advantage of the confectionery agency afforded by the self-serve stations at Polar Bear Yogurt. The kosher, locally sourced fro-yo comes in nonfat, lowfat, sugar-free, non-dairy sorbet, and original tart varieties, with flavors that rotate on a seasonal basis but may include wild berry, irish mint, dutch chocolate, or red velvet cake. Polar Bear Yogurt complements its dollops of subzero sweetness with iced coffee, Italian sodas, pies, and grilled paninis. In addition, the fro-yo emporium pays homage to the mammal from which it draws its name with technically inedible polar bear stuffed animals.
Named for the Schoening family golden retriever, the owners of Fat Milo's Family Kitchen invite diners into their old-school American-style diner where biscuits, burgers, soups, and sauces are all handmade from locally sourced ingredients. On any given day, the eatery’s breakfasts and lunches may call to mind memories of family dinners and successful school-lunch trading upgrades, with mom-and-pop team Rachel and Miles Schoening cooking special plates of fried chicken and waffles on Wednesdays. Potent house cocktails and flavorful Oregon beers on tap also pair nicely with dinner plates, and may arrive at tables in the hands of Schoening daughter Ashley, one of the restaurant’s servers.
Whether seated inside ChickenBonz’s colorful dining room or outside, diners await platefuls of wings and tenders smothered in one of 12 sauces such as sesame soy, sweet chili garlic, and spicy barbecue. Combo meals match either chicken or hefty beef patties sandwiched between texas toast with fries and a drink. A selection of tasty sides include crunchy fried pickles and delectable sweet potato fries.
It was a family tradition: Big Al Costillo and his son Adam would feast on massive cheesesteaks and watch the Phillies game, collecting dollops of sizzling hot cheese on their plates. When the Costillo family moved from Philadelphia to Florida, the duo was devastated to find that the local cheesesteaks paled in comparison to the beloved sandwiches they enjoyed back home. "We spent six years trying every local spot that claimed they had a real philly cheesesteak, only to be disappointed," Adam explained to reporters from Atlantic Avenue. Unable to stifle their craving any longer, Big Al and his son opened their own cheesesteak shop— Big Al's Steak. They arranged for fresh Italian steak rolls to be shipped to their restaurant straight from Philadelphia before firing up the grills in the kitchen. There, they layered the crusty bread with thin slices of juicy, rib-eye steak before topping it off with Cheese Whiz, provolone, and American cheese.
Since then, Big Al's Beef has expanded to numerous locations in Florida and the West Coast, including Tualatin, Oregon, and has earned numerous awards from publications such as New Times Magazine. These cheerful, laid-back eateries faithfully follow the Philadelphia tradition, doling out authentic cheesesteaks, as well as hoagies, french fries, onion rings, Tastykakes, and even tall, cold beers to wash it all down