Chef Isaac introduces foodies to a palate-pleasing style of cooking he learned under the tutelage of his father, a student of legendary recipe maker Julia Child. While lingering in the aromas and sung notes that filled his childhood kitchen, he soaked up the skills that would lead him to create a menu that was praised by Dine Michigan. Roasted chicken tempts tongues alongside barbecue ribs, sliced pork tenderloin in a white-wine sauce, and handmade meatballs with vegetable-infused tomato sauce. One who vows to leave stomachs satisfied, Chef Isaac pairs his entrees with gourmet takes on mac 'n' cheese or warm spinach salad and ends meals with a sweet note, such as the apple flambé, which sizzles and spits like a surly tea kettle.
After experiencing a particularly long wait at a restaurant one evening, Chef Isaac decided to expand his culinary reach into the homes and minds of his clientele with a slew of delicious services. Cooking classes divulge his techniques with comfort foods and healthy cooking or guide students through the creation of specific dishes such as stuffed pasta with meatballs. Chef Isaac also brings his skills and signature menu into patrons' homes, thereby freeing up more time for them to spend with their families or search for patterns in taped episodes of Press Your Luck.
The cherry-red Diners, Drive-ins and Dives convertible idles beside a giant rooster statue in the Gizzard City parking lot. Inside the diner, Food Network's Guy Fieri stands over a deep fryer, a full burger battered in his gloved hand. With a sizzle and a grin, Guy drops the entire creation into scalding oil, yielding Joe's Gizzard City's newest creation, the Triple D burger. After spending years battering chicken in his grandmother's secret blend of ingredients, co-owner Joe Bristol Jr. decided to experiment with the hot oil, and now deep fries hot dogs, Oreos, and even whole burgers. But the eatery isn?t called Gizzard City for nothing. Pressure cooked in garlic and celery powder until tender, Joe's namesake chicken gizzards arrive to tables cloaked in Cajun spices or crowded into the cheese-filled confines of an omelet.
Hesitant diners begin to sample gizzards, cautiously at first, but then letting forth happy sighs that reverberate off neon beer signs, a projection TV, and a weathered wooden bar. The staff operates on the same irreverent attitude that led them to deep-fry a Twinkie, joking with one another and playfully asking guests to help with the dishes. Booths the deep red hue of a lobster with lost cue cards cradle lingering patrons who chat with Joe Jr. about his numerous Tennessee Country Music Association awards.
Moonlight pools in the gym’s entryway as the nighttime visitor stops to fumble for her keycard. It’s 3 a.m. She worked the night shift again and wants to work off some tension. Her fingers grasp the small plastic card and with a quick swipe, she’s inside. Immediately enveloped by the warm glow of Snap Fitness, she joins the other late-night exercisers in pounding on the treadmill and lifting weights before the sun rises.
Accessible 24/7 via keycard, guests enter Snap Fitness to tone their physiques on myriad cardio and strength equipment day or night. During staff hours, they can seek out fitness assessments and one-on-one sessions with personal trainers, which ensure all moves are performed effectively, topped with a dose of motivation. The trainers devise personal fitness plans for each guest, taking into account their strength, cardio, and flexibility conditions to help them tackle weight loss, boost overall body strength, or attempt to finally unveil the mysteries of arcane cable-weight machines.
Comfort Inn & Suites offers guests a quiet retreat with access to a heated indoor pool and hot tub just minutes from Michigan's capital. A cushy, pillow-top mattress and down pillows cradle slumberers in every room and suite, all of which each offer alternatives to the Sandman’s late-night standup routine with free WiFi and cable TV. Come morning, guests are tempted from their cozy quarters to a hot breakfast buffet of eggs, meat, yogurt, fresh fruit, and waffles.
Dimondale sits just outside Lansing, in the heart of the Great Lakes State. At the Michigan Historical Museum, exhibits chronicle the state's history from the first settlers through the automotive boom to the ongoing campaign to crochet a giant mitten over the state. Nearby, Michigan State University's Wharton Center for Performing Arts hosts ballets, concerts, and renowned Broadway musicals.
A franchise dedicated to efficiently transforming bodies from pale to golden, J2 Tanning has experienced its own swift evolution. In its first three years, the business blossomed from a single salon to a seven-location tanning institution that serves the entire Lansing area. Their run of success is no surprise. The salons go out of their way to foster client comfort, with private treatment rooms, spray deodorant, washcloths, and hotel-like amenities. Their stable of tanning beds offers four different levels of intensity, so guests can tailor their UV experience to suit their complexion. Certified spray-tan technicians can custom apply a bronze glow in eight-minute sessions, allowing clients to adopt a golden hue before hitting the beach or sneaking into King Midas?s house.
Licensed massage therapist Bilky Joda-Miller believes that massage can do more than just loosen tight muscles. That?s why her signature services go beyond full-body massages?including those for children and infants?to include regimens geared toward the pain relief and detoxification of fertility and prenatal clients. Her belief in the healing nature of her art also extends to cancer survivors and their caregivers, whom she grants special discounts. Whatever their background may be, clients begin their treatment by settling onto a cozy massage table as soft notes of soothing music keep their minds centered and their spirits providing beatbox accompaniment.