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Restaurant Top 10: Have Fun While You Eat

Restaurant Top 10: Have Fun While You Eat

Why settle for something ordinary when you can treat your entire family to something extraordinary? When it comes to dining out, there are so many restaurants that allow you and your party to experience an extra dose of fun while you eat. The only question you need to ask now is “where can I find these entertaining spots serving up delicious food near me?”

1. Dave & Buster’s (U.S.)

With locations in 34 states, there’s a good chance you have a Dave and Buster’s near you. When it comes to food, Dave and Buster’s surely won’t disappoint. While it’s no local hot-spot serving up unique cuisine, they’re guaranteed to have popular favorites like burgers, pasta, chicken, seafood, steak, and more.

One consistent customer favorite seems to be the Carnivore Pizzadilla. The 12-inch quesadilla is served in eight slices, like a pizza. It’s stuffed to the brim with cheese, Italian sausage, and pepperoni, then topped with even more of the same ingredients, with the addition of marinara and bacon.

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Customers can choose to use their Eat and Play Card Sunday-Thursday and until 5 PM on Friday and Saturday, essentially bundling the costs and taking advantage of great deals.

As for available games, there really is something for everyone. They have the classics like Pac-Man and Dance Dance Revolution, as well as several new and unique arcade-style games. If that’s not so much you’re style, Dave and Buster’s is also a great place to order a drink and watch your favorite sports teams. Dave and Buster’s just might be the best place around to have a good time while you dine.

2. Main Event (U.S.)

Main Event isn’t in as many states as Dave and Buster’s, but you can still find locations in thirteen states across the country. The biggest thing that sets Main Event restaurants apart from D&B’s is the bowling alleys. Oh and did I mention laser tag? Yes, Main Event has that too! Whether you want to enjoy the more than 100 games Main Event has to offer before or after you eat, there’s no denying you’ll have a load of fun.

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Main Event offers a full bar to satisfy your craving for a crisp, adult beverage. As for food, you can expect traditional American-style cuisine. They offer everything from pizza and burgers to BBQ brisket and chicken and waffles. You really can’t go wrong when ordering a meal. At Main Event, you can also take advantage of price bundles to save money when you go to play and eat.

3. Hard Rock Cafe (U.S. & International)

Can you really talk about hot spots that provide both good food and entertainment without mentioning Hard Rock Cafe? The famous rockin’ restaurant has locations all over the world, so you know they’re doing something right!

At locations in the U.S., you can find authentic American dishes. From flatbreads to fajitas or ribs, you can’t go wrong when ordering a bite to eat at Hard Rock. But most might argue that they’re best dishes are their smokehouse sandwiches and burgers. You’ll just have to try them yourself, because no words can do those juicy meals justice.

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When it comes to entertainment, it’s likely what you expected when first hearing about Hard Rock. It’s all about the music. From live concerts to rock music blaring from the speakers, you’re better off dancing the night away than trying to hold a decent conversation. It’s a fun environment for all ages, but certainly only if you can handle the noise. A trip to the gift shop is practically a must, because if you don’t have a Hard Rock t-shirt, did you really go to Hard Rock Cafe?

4. Rainforest Cafe (U.S. & International)

The Rainforest Cafe has locations across the world, but you can find an American restaurant in 10 states across the country. Prepare to wine and dine surrounded by exotic sounds of animals and insects. Thanks to realistic animatronics, you’ll feel like you truly stepped foot into the rain forest. This hot spot is an absolute delight for adults and children alike, just be sure you order the Sparkling Volcano Dessert if you really want to impress!

The menu at Rainforest Cafe is certainly eclectic and lengthy. You can expect to see long lists of pork, beef, and chicken dishes, pasta, seafood, sandwiches and burgers. Their Pastalaya is a spicy meal worthy of a second trip all its own. With shrimp, chicken, sausage, fresh vegetables, and linquini tossed in a spicy Cajun sauce, you really can’t go wrong. Their Jungle Safari Soup is also worth a special mention.

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5. Aquarium Restaurant (Nashville, Tennessee)

The aquarium restaurant in Nashville is exactly what you’d expect it to be, and so much more. It’s a dining experience unlike anything else, because you can truly enjoy aspects of the aquarium while you dine on delicious eats. Imagine sitting down for a meal, surrounded by tanks filled with both exotic and familiar sea creatures.

If the thought makes you feel a bit claustrophobic, don’t panic! It’s roomy yet the ambiance is just what you’d want inside an aquarium. According to the restaurant’s site, seating surrounds a 200,000-gallon aquarium filled with more than 100 species of fish. As if that isn’t neat enough, a diver enters the tank twice a day in full view of those in the restaurant, to feed the fish.

The food certainly won’t disappoint either. The menu is packed with all the seafood you would expect, as well as an entire section dedicated to chicken, beef, and pasta. Their Louisiana Cajun Pasta, complete with crawfish tails, is enough to make you come back for more. At this point you should really just stop reading, hop in the car, and get to one of these spots near you.

5 More Hot Spots Worth Mentioning

6. Safe House – Milwaukee, Wisconsin
7. Jekyll & Hyde – New York City, New York
8. Rattlesnake Saloon – Tuscumbia, Alabama
9. Pirate’s Dinner Adventure – Orlando, Florida
10. Ninja – New York City, New York

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8 Simple Mindfulness Exercises to Bring Peace and Happiness to Your Life

8 Simple Mindfulness Exercises to Bring Peace and Happiness to Your Life

In life, we all need to be conscientious of what we are doing. You don’t need to live a life of stress if you don’t want to. You can achieve peace and happiness in life by carefully building mindfulness exercises into your life’s routine.

Exercising mindfulness isn’t rocket science and as importantly, you can do it. It will, however, take a few tries to get into the groove of things but once you get it, it is like riding a bike, you will never lose it.

Trust me. It’s in your best interest to learn and put these mindfulness exercises into practice. In this article, I will share with you 8 mindfulness exercises that will help you to boost your energy, vitality and live a more peaceful and happier life.

Why Is It Hard to Live A Peaceful And Happy Life?

Our Habitat Has Become Too Technological

The world has accepted the idea that technology is often the cure for all evil. We have accepted, as a society, that everything technological will make us live a better life without fully investigating the many side effects that modernity brings.

There are a number of technological side effects that have a tremendous impact on your life that the media rarely tells you about.[1] Some of them include self-harm, economic inequality, having less sex, and even suicide. The global community is becoming less happy because of technology.

How can anybody live a peaceful and happy life when they are depressed? Technology advancements, ladies and gents, is a major reason for why we are living a poor life because it has infiltrated our lives too much.

According to my research, Americans spend an average of 8 hours a day looking at the computer screen — The average screen time spent on smartphones alone is about 20 hours per week. That’s a lot! No wonder why living a happy and peaceful life is so difficult these days.

Too Many People Don’t Want to Unplug

Americans check their phones an average of 80 times during vacation.[2] Some admit to checking their smartphones 300 times every single day. In countries like Brazil, India and China, the situation is no different.

The reality is that people are constantly plugged into technological devices and this behavior is literally making people all over the globe fight an inner war with themselves, which consequently makes them very sad. As we know, war is the enemy of peace which won’t make anybody happy.

Listen carefully:

We have a global anxiety epidemic because people don’t want to unplug from their smartphones and most people aren’t doing anything to fix it. It is a sad state of affairs but very real. This obsession with technology is turning us into perishable robots who live terrible lives.

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The era of anxiety is here to stay. There is little doubt about it. We can, however, fight back with the best remedy of all — We call it mindfulness!

Thank God there is an antidote to this whole technological madness. Without further ado, let’s go straight to the mindful exercises.

8 Mindfulness Exercises to Start Practicing

There are tons of mindfulness exercises available for you to engage with out there.[3] In the paragraphs below, I will include the best ones I’ve personally tried or have seen my close friends and family members try.

Are you ready for it? Let’s go!

1. Pray Daily

You should pray on a daily basis. Why is that you may ask — Well, because science has told us to do so.

When people pray, they feel peaceful, almost eliminating anxiety. Worries become secondary, and often gives people energy and hope to cope with the difficulties of life.

Prayer can make you more confident and focused. Prayer also helps you with self-control, helps to control pain, and can protect you against illnesses and disorders like cancer and high blood pressure. At least, this is what researchers from Harvard Medical School have said.[4]

Pray. You won’t regret it.[5]

2. Pay Attention to Your Inner Thoughts

A lot of people allow themselves to be influenced by their negative thoughts. Be different and resist believing in them. It is a bad habit that can lead to unhappiness.

By the way, if you do feel this way, chances are high that somebody other than you put these thoughts into your head.

Here is my secret to combat this cancer — look at things objectively. I bet that if you look at things as they are, you will realize that most if not all of your negative thoughts are only inside of your head.

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If you pay close attention, you will quickly realize that these voices aren’t worth your time. Believe me — Ignoring them and looking at things with objectivity is often the best course of action.

This article can guide you to beat negative thoughts:

How to Stop Automatic Negative Thoughts When You’re Overwhelmed

3. Smile Often

Smiling will slow down your heart. It will also relax your body because when you smile, your body releases endorphins which in itself has a number of positive benefits for you as a person.

Smile often! You may want to smile early in the morning, during the day, and late in the evening. It is amazing what happens to you when you decide to smile instead of being grumpy.

Surrender your problems to a nice smile. You will notice two things. First, most people just don’t which makes them live a miserable life. Second, if you decide to smile often, you will eventually smile unconsciously which is the ideal.

The moment that you smile unconsciously, you then know that you are truly happy.

4. Organize Your Working Desk

A messy desk will make you less productive and can agitate and overstimulate you. You don’t want that.

When you clear your desk, you engage in deep inner-thinking and your systematic decision making ends up becoming therapeutic.

Most people realize that they are most creative when their creative space is clean and organized. The former often makes people more aware of what they are doing which lends to less stress and more productivity.

Organizing your desk will also make you more energetic and focused because order often decreases chaos which is a condition that often slows down daily progress.

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5. Celebrate Your Friend’s Victories

I love this mindful exercise. One of the best ways to live a happy and peaceful life is to celebrate the victories of others. When you do that, you automatically make your friends in a better mood which makes you in a better mood, as well.

Happiness is contagious! We might as well celebrate others as much as we can. If you find out that your peer has won an award, celebrate with him! If your friend is the recipient of a local charity award, celebrate with her!

What is also awesome is that when you celebrate with others, they often celebrate with you in return. This, ladies and gentleman, will make you feel fantastic. You can’t go wrong with this one, period.

6. Listen to Your Spouse/Partner

God put someone in your life for a reason. You might as well listen to him or her.

I listen to my wife everyday. In fact, I often ask the following question to her, “Amanda, what are your thoughts about…” or “What am I missing about…” It is shocking what I hear back from her. Without her having much context and perspective, by the art of observation in my own nonverbal behavior and the behavior of others, she accurately gives me incredible insights which helps me out with living my life to the fullest.

I’m a firm believer that spouses are supposed to engage in interpersonal communication every day. I most definitely do and will continue doing it. You should do the same.

7. Give Yourself a Break from Technology

You can’t be in total equilibrium if your computerized devices control your life. You must get away from technology on a daily basis.[6]

How do you do that? This is my formula:

First, take this smartphone control test. It is only ten questions but this test will place you somewhere in the human robot cycle continuum.

If your score is between 25-30, take a break from the computer (or smartphone, pad, laptop/desktop) every twenty minutes and stop being on a computerized device after 8:00pm.

If you score between 30-35, still take a break every 20 minutes but stop being on these devices at 5:00pm.

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If you score more than 35, you need to take action immediately.

Limit computer use as much as possible throughout the day. Give yourself as many breaks from the computer as possible. Are you ready for the challenge?

8. Go Exercise

Go exercise at least three times a week. I don’t care if you need to workout early in the morning, late in the evening, on the weekends or during work days. Working out is absolutely imperative for you to live happy and peaceful life.

The stresses of the modern world are too much for you to neglect this important mindfulness exercise. When you go to the gym, you burn calories, focus on activities one step at a time, your mind relaxes, anxiety decreases, you sweat and often think about topics unrelated to your work place among many other benefits.

You must exercise at least three hours each week for optimum results. Why? Just take a look at all the benefits of regular exercising:

12 Benefits of Regular Exercise You Should Know

The Bottom Line

It’s in your best interest to learn and put these mindfulness exercises into practice. Now that our habitat has become too technological and many people just don’t want to unplug, engaging in daily prayer, celebrate your friends’ victories, and listening to your spouse are among the best ways to be mindful about what you are doing and how you are living.

It is possible to live a happy and peaceful life. It only depends on you.

Go exercise! Take a break from technology and invest in you! Life is too short for distractions.

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