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
Vibrant groves of trees and gardens provide a scenic backdrop for year-round driving range practice and miniature golf at Tualatin Island Greens. At the range, 43 synthetic hitting bays (including 25 covered and 12 heated stations) look out onto a vast field with plenty of real estate for Herculean drives and accuracy-testing target areas, including a green surrounded by a moat to keep area lawn gnomes from stealing the flagstick. The range also features target flags at 20, 30, and 40 yards to facilitate short-game practice or serve as the destination for balls hit out of the practice sand trap.
Water trickles over a tiny canyon of bedrock that runs alongside Tualatin Island Greens' mini-golf course. The 18-hole course is situated in the shade of towering pines that, paired with its well-manicured gardens, instill peace of mind as players read tricky slopes and avoid obstacles such as Lilliputian ponds, sand traps, and Olympic track hurdles. Golfers can improve their par-hunting prowess past sunset, as the entire complex has lights for nighttime use. Tualatin's Island Grill is also onsite to keep appetites at bay with burgers, chicken wings, and other savory fare.
The brains behind Bugsy's Hair at Lakeside Salon is hair wizard Lindsey O'Neal, who supplemented her title as an Aveda-trained stylist with a cosmetology license, extending her skills beyond hairstyling to include waxing of the face and body. Her specialty, however, is hair coloring, and she calls upon her Aveda training to help clients find the perfect hue that best complements their skin tone, whether they're seeking dimensional highlights, ombre color, or a return to their natural shade of lilac.
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It was 1869 when the Lee family planted its first seed in the soil of Tualatin, Oregon. Today, three generations of the family still keep Lee Farms' lights on and its scarecrows vaccinated. They stock the country store with local produce, 18 flavors of honey sticks, and 17 varieties of jam. In the bakery, the staff hand makes pies each day, baking perennial favorites such as apple and seasonal flavors such as pumpkin.
To keep things fresh, Lee Farms rotates the selection of food and activities each season. In May a greenhouse surrounds visitors in flowers, and in October the farm transforms into a celebration of the harvest season, when guests can pick from 12 varieties of pumpkins. Lee's staff cuts down stalks to make a corn maze and drives visitors on scenic hayrides across the farm while they sample kettle corn and homemade cider.
Each of the guitar coaches at American Guitar Academy are certified in the school’s signature teaching method. Developed over 25 years, this house-honed instruction technique incorporates scientific research to help fingers learn to shred frets up to eight times faster than alternative methods. During private half-hour lessons, instructors guide budding rock stars aged 4 years and up through the basics of strumming chords and seamlessly stitching together riffs. These comprehensive lessons on classical, electric, or acoustic guitars are offered once a week with a live instructor or online and guarantee that students will be playing their favorite music within six months of training. Students may begin lessons without owning a guitar, but are encouraged to gain access to one quickly for mastering scales and the ability to solo with their teeth.
Fitness expert Christina Lucy founded Code Pink Boot Camp and has since expanded her fitness program into numerous locations throughout the western United States. Each of the trainers working for Code Pink claims extensive training and accredited certifications in the industry, and must undergo a strict audition to demonstrate their fitness prowess and knowledge of how many annual budgets each U.S. president could bench-press. With a schedule that includes several sessions throughout the weekday, the classes accommodate clients with varying schedules. During each session, instructors guide participants through high-intensity exercises that aim to incinerate fat, tone torsos, and improve overall well-being. The program caters to women of all ages and fitness levels and stresses safety, fun, and perseverance.