When The Island Spot owner Richard Thomas was growing up in Jamaica, his mother, Mama Joyce, would always make dinner for the family. On Sunday, they'd head to the farmer's market for mango, passionfruit, soursop, and other fruits to make into juice, which she'd serve along with dishes such as jerk chicken and curry shrimp to a crowd of extended family. Today, Richard uses those recipes to give diners at The Island Spot an authentic taste of the Jamaican food he grew up eating—chicken and beef patties, or meat pies, braised oxtails, smoked jerk chicken, and escoveitched fish fillets.
"I would bathe in the rub they put on that chicken," wrote a D Magazine reviewer about The Island Spot's signature jerk chicken. The Dallas Observer named The Island Spot's jerk chicken the best in Dallas in 2012, due in part to its smoky flavors and the experience of digging in: a "burst of perfume that starts as a wisp and builds to a billowing smokescreen."
Diners sipping rum punch or playing Jenga with a plate of jerk-chicken nachos can admire Richard's family portraits and snapshots of his favorite places in Jamaica as reggae, soca, or steel-drum music plays. On the first Friday of each month, a reggae band treats diners to live jams that transport imaginations to a breezy, sun-soaked island.
Now under new management and offering improved service, Russian Banya of Dallas whisks visitors from deep in the heart of Texas straight to Old-World Europe for traditional banya and sauna sessions and Russian delicacies. Upon entering the unassuming storefront, visitors receive a robe, towels, slippers, and keys for a locker and safe-deposit box, and staff members direct them toward the facility's showers. Once cleaned—which normally takes two full renditions of "Singing in the Rain"—visitors can choose to lounge in the wet heat of the wooden Russian banya, the dry heat of the wooden Finnish sauna, or the 100% humidity of the tiled steam room.
Though the staff recommends novice sauna sitters cool down naturally after their first session, they offer an invigorating 42-degree plunge pool for more experienced visitors to hop in after steaming. The staff also doles out optional venik massages that use chilled bundles of steamed birch or oak leaves to help to open pores and pump up metabolisms.
After draining themselves of sweat, toxins, and the desire to experience life as a steamed carrot, visitors can refuel with natural fruit juices and a menu of made-from-scratch Eastern-European food at the BYOB deli. The eatery serves lunch and dinner, hosts events and parties, and stages live music every other Friday and Saturday.
BounceU's 10,000-square-foot indoor playground of plush and inflated superstructures was designed as an ideal place to host a party or just let kids jump and climb to their hearts’ content. With bright reds and purples kick-starting imaginations, kids crawl through cushy tunnels, climb up air-filled walls, and glide down bouncy slides. At each inflatable, kids discover fun ways to interact and exercise, burning off excess energy while developing balance, motor skills, and the ability to hold a conversation with a helium balloon. The center also makes an ideal venue for school field trips, fundraisers, or team parties. Committed to fostering childhood development, the team at BounceU organizes camps, such as Create and Bounce, where kids bounce and play before diving into creative projects such as painting or working with clay.
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Open-air, beautifully designed, highly interactive & instantly social, the Vogue City Photo Booth is not the average photo booth!
A fresh, new, innovative take on the traditional photo booth. We use a high end digital camera and real time sharing of your photos by email, Face Book, Twitter or SMS.
What was the inspiration to start or run this business?
I love events, I love the happiness they bring and memories they create!
What do you love most about your job?
It doesn't feel like a job. It's fun!
What is the best reaction you've ever gotten from a customer?
Thank you for making my wedding reception special.
In a cavernous 17,600-square-foot space, Group Dynamix’s staff directs team-building coworkers or gaggles of youngsters through activities designed to encourage bonding and lighthearted competition. Office staffers work through tasks—such as building model covered wagons and racing them—that unite them more than playing a game of Hot Potato with a newly installed printer. Teen camps might send kids whooshing down a zip line or ascending a rock-climbing wall, and groups duck inside a dark space lined with black lights, where they can play volleyball, dodge ball, and hockey accented by crackling luminous color. Above it all, a ropes course defies gravity in the rafters of the entertainment warehouse.
Located in Addison (Addison - Galleria), Courtyard by Marriott Dallas Addison/Quorum Drive is minutes from Addison Circle Park and Water Tower Theater. This eco-friendly hotel is within close proximity of Cavanaugh Flight Museum and Galleria Dallas.
Make yourself at home in one of the 176 air-conditioned rooms featuring flat-screen televisions. Wired and wireless Internet access is complimentary, and high-definition televisions with cable programming provide entertainment. Bathrooms have complimentary toiletries and hair dryers. Conveniences include desks and coffee/tea makers, as well as direct-dial phones with voice mail.
Rec, Spa, Premium Amenities
Take advantage of recreational opportunities offered, including a spa tub, a fitness facility, and a seasonal outdoor pool. This hotel also features complimentary wireless Internet access, concierge services, and a television in the lobby.
Grab a bite from a grocery/convenience store serving guests of Courtyard by Marriott Dallas Addison/Quorum Drive. At the end of the day, relax with your favorite drink at a bar/lounge.
Business, Other Amenities
Featured amenities include a 24-hour business center, audiovisual equipment, and express check-in. Planning an event in Addison? This hotel has facilities measuring 1274 square feet (115 square meters), including small meeting rooms. Free parking is available onsite.