Experts from InSouthFlorida.com recently exclaimed, “there’s no one better in South Florida to get you excited about cooking” than Lenore Nolan-Ryan and her staff. That's because at a very young age, Lenore witnessed how influential her mother's cooking was, which ignited a passion within her to learn the power of great food and share it with others. That enthusiasm would eventually evolve into a business plan, at which time Lenore spent years in California honing her craft and helming her own restaurant before sojourning to the Southeast to Fort Lauderdale. Now, she shares all that she has learned as a chef with others during cooking classes, working to both demystify the intimidating prospect of cooking a great meal, and to have fun in the process by seasoning each dish with the preferred amount of confetti.
The Intro to Photography class is produced by Monte Zucker Photographic Education (MZPE), which provides quality professional photographic instruction. More than 30,000 enthusiastic students of all levels have attended their photographic tours on three continents over the past seven years to learn how to combine the power of technical expertise and artistic vision to create beautiful photos and films. In addition to offering the tours, MZPE produces instructional books and DVDs, as well as teaching in-depth photo-master classes around the world. The 2002 United Nations Photographer of the Year, celebrated photographer and mentor Monte Zucker once stated, "I don’t photograph the world as it is. I photograph the world as I would like it to be." Continuing on in his memory, current instructor Bob Ray teaches with an entertaining, passionate presentation that focuses on learning immediately in class. The experience provides an aspiring photographer a comprehensive set of tools to reach his or her artistic potential.
Skilled hands at The Oasis Massage And Spa work to make bodies feel peaceful on the inside and polished on the outside. With expertise in five massage modalities, therapists summon techniques ranging from soothing Swedish strokes to foot reflexology to boost circulation or align energy pathways. Body scrubs, wraps, and baths focus on exteriors with fragrant solutions designed to ward off under-bed monsters by making bodies feel indistinguishable from their satin sheets.
Staff Size: 11?25
Most popular offering: Weight loss & Healthy Lifestyle (Silver)
Pro Tip: People spend $20-30 on food daily yet they generallly lack the balanced diet our bodies crave.
What makes your business stand out?
We offer a ... healthy meal program for people on the go and people looking to lose weight.We strive for excellence and variety in our meal plans, offering the freshest, healthiest and tastiest meal plans delivered to your home or office. Our customers regularly comment on how tasty our meal plans are, and [tell us] that we introduce them to foods they have never tried, but have become some of their new favorites.
What inspired you or the owner (if that?s not you) to start or run this business?
We have worked in the food industry for many years and are foodies. We know what we like and recognize how easy it is to struggle with your weight. People do want to eat healthy, but some don't know how, some don't have the time, and so, so many try diet plans. Even if they meet their weight goals, they have a hard time maintaining that weight. I understand the difficulty in weight loss, and began working with a nutritionist to take control. From talking to so many people dealing with similar challenges, Fresh Healthy Tasty was born.
What?s your favorite part about your job?
I am always excited to hear about the success stories of our customers. We develop great relationships with our customers, and it's so rewarding to hear about their weight loss, how much better they feel, or simply that we make their busy lives much easier.
The spirit of the retro American tiki bar lives on at Mai Kai Restaurant, which has been serving up Pacific Island vibes since 1956. Inside its tropical sanctuary, dinner guests dine overlooking bubbling waterfalls and tranquil lagoons, while others sip Mai-tais on the deck of an 18th-century ship. Praised by NPR for its authenticity, the sprawling lounge and venue embodies the Pacific Islands kitsch of the 1950s and 60s as well as an appreciation of real-life Polynesian culture. The decor in each area of the restaurant represents a different region of the islands, and the food?which includes house specialties such as Peking duck, rack of lamb, and bourbon-flamed lobster?draws on the culinary styles of Polynesia, China, and the Pacific United States.
Mai-Kai's Polynesian-born owner, Mireille Thornton, began working at Mai-Kai in 1961 as a dancer. Today, she choreographs the Polynesian Islander Revue. During their near-nighty performances, dancers dressed in flowers and hand-painted tapa cloth twirl balls of fire, perform acrobatic leaps, and move to the sound of drums?a showcase inspired by the traditions of rural Polynesian life at the turn of the 20th century. Dancers often invite the audience up on stage to share in the performance by learning new dance steps and tricks for signing autographs on coconuts.
Though you can always drive up to the Historic Downtowner Saloon, that's not the recommended way to arrive. Instead, customers might want to take the water taxi right up to the downtown stop to get a preview of the river views granted by the restaurant's riverfront patio. Here, guests can enhance their waterside experience with expertly prepared American fare and 20 new craft beers waiting to quench to the most discerning drinker.
While new owners now helm Historic Downtowner Saloon, its chefs tend to their culinary labors, be it slow-roasting prime rib or turning out seafood specials, sandwiches, and appetizers. In the kitchen, they grill slabs of sizzling sirloins and pair them crab cakes drizzled in a Cajun remoulade. Once delivered to guests, ancho shrimp tacos do flavorful dances across palates, while a raw bar, stocked with bowls of littleneck clams and Caribbean jerk shrimp, puts appetites on ice. Most nights of the week, a live band serenades guests with tunes as relaxing as surfing on a waterbed—unless there are sharks inside the waterbed.