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.


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.


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.


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.


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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10 Simple Morning Exercises That Will Make You Feel Great All Day

10 Simple Morning Exercises That Will Make You Feel Great All Day

There are lots of studies that show if you do some exercise in the morning, you will be in a better mood all day long. You will have more energy and you will certainly be a better colleague, friend or partner.

One psychologist at Duke University has researched the effects of exercise on depressed patients and he has come to the conclusion that exercise has a definite role in treating this condition and has an important role in preventing people from relapsing.[1] According to the New York Times, scientists have now established that exercise also boosts your brain power.[2]

In addition, there are studies from the Appalachian State University which show that blood pressure can be reduced by doing regular morning exercise.[3]

Here are 10 simple morning exercises that will help you feel great the whole day long. You can include some of them in your morning exercise routine or do them all at home without having to enrol in a gym. Consult your doctor before starting any form of exercise routine if you are new to this.

1. Cat Camel Stretch

Stretching exercises are useful for muscle toning and also preventing arthritis. They can either be dynamic or static.

Dynamic ones such as the cat camel stretch, are particularly useful for doing other exercises in the morning. They are also beneficial at other times of the day, especially after long periods of sedentary work. This one is great for spinal flexibility and is a good warm up exercise.

Kneel down on all fours. Start by rounding your back just like a camel so that your head will try to meet your pelvis. This is the camel position. Then lower and lift your head so that your lower back is arched. This is the cat position. Do these movements slowly and smoothly. About 4 or 5 times.

Here’s a video to guide you through:


2. Go for a Walk or a Run

This is better done outside so that you can connect with nature but running inside on a treadmill is almost as good. You can time yourself and increase length and time according to your fitness program.

Always have new goals to reach. Start with brisk walking and work up to running. At my age, I am still walking!

The health benefits are considerable. You can build stronger bones and you can help to maintain your weight.

Also, you are helping your heart to stay healthy and keeping your blood pressure low.

Learn more about the benefits of running here: 8 Benefits of Running 5 Minutes Every Day You Didn’t Know

3. Jumping Jacks

Michelle Obama is a great fan of this exercise and has become “Jumper in Chief.”[4] They are great for cardiovascular health and also for toning muscles especially the calves and the deltoids.

Stand with feet together. Jump while spreading your arms and legs. Return to first position and keep going! You can start with doing these for 1 minute and then gradually build up to the number you are comfortable with. Here’s how:

4. Abductor Side Lifts

Watch the video below to see how to do this exercise. These muscles are important because you use them everyday to run, get into the car or onto and off a bicycle. They are very important also for your core stability and prevent the pelvis from tilting.[5]


Do about 10 to 15 raises for each side like this:

5. Balancing Table Pose

This is a classic yoga pose. It benefits the spine, balance, memory and concentration.

Start with the table pose (hands and knees). Breathe in before starting each movement. As you exhale, raise your left leg parallel to the floor as you raise the right arm, also parallel to the floor. Breathe in as you lower arm and leg. Repeat for the other side. 10 repetitions on each side is a good starting point.


    6. Leg Squats

    Not just legs are involved but also hips and knees.

    Stand with your feet a bit further out from your hips. Arms are out in front of you. Then lower yourself as if you wanted to sit down until you reach a 90 degree angle. You can go down further if you want to. Then return to the starting position. Repeat 15 times for 2 sets for beginners.

    The benefits are that these exercises help with knee stability and can benefit the leg muscles such as quadriceps, hamstrings and calves.[6]

    7. Push Ups

    You start lying down (face down) but with your body held up at arm’s length. Your hands should be in line with your shoulders. Breathe in as you lower your body. That is fairly easy. Now, as you exhale, you have to get back up to the starting position.


    An easier version to start with is to bend your legs at the knees so you do not have to lift your whole body.

    Beginners may take up to a month to be able to do 100 push ups so you will have to start with a very small number and gradually increase it.

    This exercise is great for strengthening the chest, shoulders and the triceps. It is a great strengthening exercise for many muscle groups. In fact, most muscles from the toes to the shoulders are being used.

    8. Bicycle Crunches

    There are numerous crunch exercises targeting the abs. The bicycle crunch is a variation where you work more muscle groups. Aim for 15 to 20 reps to start off with.

    Watch the video to see how this is done correctly:

    9. Lunges

    Stand with feet shoulder width apart. Place your hand on your hips. Take one giant step forward with the right leg. Make sure the knee does not go too far forward, that is, past your toes. The left knee will go down to almost floor level. Alternate the legs as you go on.

    Try to do a set of between 8 and 12 reps for each leg. It is important to allow for a day of rest, so this exercise should be done on alternate days, especially if you are using weights.

    This exercise is great for strengthening and toning the quadriceps, glutes and hamstrings.


    10. Bicep Curls

    You can do this sitting down so if you spend a lot of time on the phone, this is a great exercise to do.

    Choose suitable dumbbells or another household object that you can easily hold. Sit down with the dumbbell in your hand. You need to sit forward a bit so that your triceps can lean on your thigh to give you support.

    Then bring the weighted arm up to shoulder length and then down again. Exhale as you lift the weight and inhale as you lower it.

    Here’re some important notes before you start doing this exercise:

    Try to do one or two sets of about ten repetitions for each arm and then switch arms.

    These exercises are really useful for toning the arm muscles.[7] In addition, they can strengthen and tone the brachioradialis muscle located in the forearm. These are the muscles we use to pick up things when we flex the arm at the elbow so we use these muscles countless times a day.

    You may have to build in a rest day for the heavier exercises, numbers 6–10. On the rest days, you can do gentler stretching exercises and also some walking or running.

    Morning exercise is not only a great mood booster, but will help you keep your weight down and also sleep better![8] Start including one or some of these exercises in your morning routine!

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