For John Offerdahl, the aroma of meat sizzling on the grill stirs memories of his family's barbecues in rural Wisconsin. Even when John grew up and became a linebacker for the Miami Dolphins, he couldn't escape that enticing smell—it would waft into the stadium from fans tailgating outside and the mascots who secretly stuffed their costumes with cheeseburgers. So it was only natural that, after retiring from football, John would once again find himself at the grill when he and his wife Lynn opened Offerdahl's Cafe Grill in 2000. The couple were no strangers to the restaurant business; they had previously owned a chain of bagel shops. This venture, however, would prove more ambitious—they devised menus of classic American cuisine that could be served up fast for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, with a focus on fresh-grilled fare.
Today, Offerdahl's Cafe Grill has expanded to seven locations, but its flavorful, no-frills meals remain the same. "Johnny O's Famous Bagels" still take the starring roles during breakfast, waking diners up with flavors like cinnamon crumb, pumpernickel, and fruit-and-nut. But once breakfast turns to lunch and dinner, the grill takes over. Chefs swiftly cook up steak, chicken, and salmon, serving the proteins over rice, pasta, or salad with homemade dressings. They also grill chicken sandwiches and burgers, in a nod to the café's backyard barbecue roots.
Laced with the sounds of water churned by unseen forces, the thick air that hangs above the Everglades whispers the rhythms of gator country. The murky water—obscured further by curtains of cattails and floating lily pads—defies human incursion, its protective spells demystified only by the airboat captains of Sawgrass Recreation Park, who gamely shuttle laypersons through the swamp in tours by day and night. While gliding across the shallows at speeds of up to 35 miles per hour, guides halt the propellers of their enormous fans to point out wildlife—which include alligators and various waterfowl—and impart nuggets of history from the days when the Seminole and panther once shared their claim over the terrain. As a part of a conservationist group's effort to educate the public about ongoing rescue efforts in the Everglades, the exotic-wildlife exhibit brings guests face to face with the swamp's most majestic rarities, including black leopards and Florida panthers. In the park's reptile exhibit, dozens of scaly creatures count among them a 1,000-pound alligator named Cannibal, and guests can cradle prehistoric cuties in the Hold a Baby Alligator experience. The Glades Exhibit animals exhibit encourages guests to meet or catch a glimpse of pigs, bunnies, and ducks, letting guests establish a deeper bond with the denizens of the swamp.
Year Built 2000 Year Remodeled 2008 Additional Property Description The Residence Inn Weston has perfected the extended stay experience by combining all the comforts of home with our passion for making every guest feel welcome. Located just off I 75 Exit 15 /Royal Palm Blvd./, our hotel is only 5 minutes to Cleveland Clinic Hospital and 10 minutes to Sawgrass Mills Outlet Mall, BBandT Center, home of the Florida Panthers and 15 minutes from Sun Life Stadium, home of the Miami Dolphin and site of the College Football National Championship Game. as well as many other attractions and points of interest. Our 100 suites with full kitchens offer separate living and sleeping areas, complimentary Home Touch full breakfast buffet and all the comforts of home. We also offer an outdoor heated pool and whirlpool, cardio room and complimentary use of the Midtown Athletic Club. Whether youre visiting family, working on a temporary assignment, or just enjoying the Sunshine State, were your perfect home away from home.
Nearly a half-century ago, Jose Choi's parents emigrated across the globe from China to Barranquilla, Colombia. There, they opened a restaurant called Jardines de Confucio and taught their son everything involved in running the operation—from searing vegetables to perfection in a wok to masterfully folding napkins into medically accurate swan replicas.
A grownup Jose eventually moved to South Florida, bringing along his love for food as well as his extensive experience in the kitchen in order to create his own branch of the family eatery. At the resulting Confucio Express in Brickell, his clan’s brand of Latin-influenced Chinese cuisine introduces diners to dishes of shrimp tossed with jalapeño, deemed "perfectly cooked" on the Miami New Times blog. The menu, whose contents range from classic beef lo mein to enhanced chicken-and-shrimp fried rice, was also honored with the Best Chinese Take-Out distinction in 2012.
As a rising star in the salsa circuit, Casa Salsa's founder Christian Espinola has danced across stages around the country—including the New York Salsa Congress and Miami Heat halftime shows. He quickly became a sought-after dance instructor, and is currently a representative for the CW Network's Spanish Heritage Month celebration. At his dance studio, he leads a team of experienced, energetic dance instructors who are passionate about the salsa, bachata, and cha-cha moves they teach. They lead students of all ages and abilities through each dance's footwork and partnering techniques during private and group lessons, workshops, and monthly outings. They also offer monthly memberships, which grant guests access to unlimited group classes and an online dance-training program, which helps them further sharpen their hip-swinging moves at home or at a WiFi café.
Lady of America Women's Fitness Club spreads female-focused wellness across the nation by furnishing each of its franchise locations with equipment and classes designed with women's bodies in mind. Each locale stocks a strength-training area with machines sized specifically for the feminine frame, and ellipticals and stationary bicycles help to chisel gams without transporting users across state borders. Instructors conduct such group classes as kickboxing, belly dancing, and Zumba aboard a floating aerobics floor, whose softened surface diminishes stress on joints. Throughout each facility, personal trainers patrol public zones to acquaint guests with exercise gear or host one-on-one sessions. Depending on the location, clubs might also include complimentary onsite childcare, brow dabbing, and amenities ranging from infrared saunas to manicures.