The sound of galloping horses and the scent of barbecued meats fill the air during the annual Winner's Circle BBQ Championship Santa Anita. Grill masters from across the state and country travel to Santa Anita Park to pit their slow-cooked, wood-fired chicken, pork, and beef against one another in the daylong event. The winner not only receives cash prizes and the recognition of best barbecue in California but also goes on to represent the state in national cook-off events. Attendees receive the tastiest side of the arrangement, as those bearing tasting tickets can nibble samples of the competitors' best slices and vote for the People's Choice winner. They can also partake in carnival games, face painting, pony rides, and jumping sessions inside an inflatable jump house. The horses of Santa Anita Park conjure even more excitement as they speed through the track during live races viewable from the park's infield, where the cook-off is held.
The percussiveness of Latin and ballroom music resounds through Sonata Room, where founders and decorated dancers Laura Powell and Brandon Kwae lead private and group dance classes. A champion of the International Grand Ball Championships and Emerald Ball Dancesport Championships, Laura brings her hard-earned talent to the classroom, where she has trained up-and-coming dancers for 25 years. Watching a televised dance championship first spurred Brandon onto the dance floor, his quickly developed skills eventually placing him on the podium in competition. Together, the duo now patiently and technically break down each dance step for their students without using intimidating tactics, such as dancing with the time-out chair. Their spacious, dimly lit, and wood-floored studio also hosts occasional events, including bimonthly ballroom-dance parties.
Although they begin each day pristine and silent, Sauté Culinary Academy's spotless kitchen and gleaming countertops don't stay that way for long. Soon, cooking students of all ability levels fill the room for three-hour classes. Professional-chef instructors guide them through the intricacies of cooking three-course feasts that include an appetizer, main dish, and dessert. Depending on the day, counters may find themselves covered with seaweed and sushi rice as novice chefs learn to roll their own maki or dotted with flour and sugar from a cookie-baking session. In other classes, the instructors may spend their time revealing new ways of using pantry staples, demonstrating twists on the usual mashed potatoes, or alternative takes on cooking with chicken besides placing it on the engine during long car rides.
With more than 2,000 years of history behind it, tae kwon do merges traits of karate and kung fu into a form of combat often characterized by its white uniforms, powerful strikes, and devastating kicks. Although Master Michael Han of Best US Tae Kwon Do Academy Martial Arts Center trains his students how to execute these moves, he believes tae kwon do is ultimately predicated on the desire for peace. To that end, he fosters a community that promotes self-discipline, respect, and confidence.
In addition to traditional tae kwon do, Master Han teaches classes in two other Korean combat styles: hap ki do and tang soo do. The former is characterized by its strong joint locks and use of weapons such as staffs, nunchucks, and barbed insults; in the latter, practitioners dole out self-defense techniques with empty hands and bare feet.
These days, everyone's a photographer. In fact, that's one of the main inspirations Polaroid had when unveiling their Fotobars. With people taking billions of digital photos every year, the trusted photography company came up with a new way to make them last: turning them into classic Polaroid pictures. Each Fotobar location gives you access to printers that develop pictures from social media apps, your phone, or other devices with the iconic white Polaroid border. But that's not the extent of what can be created at a Fotobar. Pictures can also be enlarged, custom-framed, mounted, or printed onto bamboo and shipped straight to your home. Each design is sleek and professional, exuding the clean Polaroid aesthetic on products that you never have to shake unless you're using them to mix cocktails in a pinch.
"You're up." At more than 200 AMF Bowling locations across the U.S., that message is passed between friends as they heft a ball, step to the line, and take aim. Now synonymous with bowling, AMF was founded in 1901 as American Machine and Foundry. It wasn't until 1946 that the company made a splash in bowling, when it introduced the automated pin spotter to the public.
Today, AMF's nationwide network of bowling centers is a source of year-round entertainment for people of all ages. Outfitted with a classic bowling alley design, the centers also feature the latest technologies, from high-tech scoring systems to the ability to share experiences on social media. Bowlers can also refuel on a menu of American foods when they get hungry or the little heart-shaped meter above their heads begins blinking.