“When [you] walk through the door, the first thing you’re gonna smell is bacon.” That’s a promise from Slater’s 50/50 founder Scott Slater, whose restaurant serves an infamous burger patty built from half ground beef and half ground bacon. Executive Chef Brad Lyons helped with the recipe, though the original inspiration came from the all-bacon patties Scott and his friends used to grill up during Chargers tailgate parties. For the restaurant, he decided to cut the bacon with high-quality beef that, like a baby's fake ID, is aged 21 days. As if the bacon-infused patties weren’t distinctive enough (as far as they know, Slater’s 50/50 the only restaurant in the world that serves them), Scott and Brad designed a DIY menu that lets patrons customize their burgers by size and with 11 cheeses, 40 toppings, 19 sauces, and four kinds of bread. Patrons overwhelmed by these options can instead order one of the specialty burgers, such as a Peanut Butter and Jellousy with creamy peanut butter, strawberry jam, and of course, thick-cut bacon. Bacon reappears throughout the menu, including as candied crumbles on brownies and in the syrup used in bacon milkshakes.
GNC's opulent aisles display a wide variety of vitamin and mineral and herbal supplements, as well as sports nutrition, diet, energy, bodycare, and other health products. The Mega Men Sport multivitamin ($19.99 for 90 caplets) supports muscle recovery and energy levels and aids speedy male metabolisms without dangling steaks in front of their treadmills. Fuel feats of female strength with the Women's Ultra Mega Active multivitamin ($19.99 for 90 caplets). Two pounds of Pro Performance 100% whey protein ($37.99) distract taste buds with the flavor of chocolate, vanilla, or strawberry and smuggle 20 grams of high-quality protein into the body in each scoop. Promote healthy bones with a calcium supplement, such as coral calcium ($21.99 for 180 capsules) sustainably harvested from the Okinawa sea to provide a healthy two-to-one ratio of calcium and magnesium.
At Embody Pole Fitness, shimmying and spinning does more than make for a good performance, it also inspires self-confidence. The studio’s certified instructors lead women through an eclectic series of classes that lift spirits while toning bodies. Pole dancing tightens cores with combo spins, inversions, flips, and rippling like a flag, while barre sessions blend fast-paced ballet positions with strength-training moves that lengthen muscles and improve flexibility and posture. Exercise-centric classes such as ChickFit keep the focus on fitness with routines designed by Navy SEAL instructors to keep muscles coordinated with a bombardment of high-intensity interval training and isolation movements.
No Limit Boot Camp owner and certified personal trainer Sako Yakinian helps clients from all ends of the fitness spectrum improve their health during 55-minute routines. CityVoter's Orange County Hotlist lauded the instructors as the best personal trainers and named No Limit Boot Camp the Best Boot Camp of 2010, 2011, and 2012. Sako's instructors, all of whom hold nationally recognized training certifications, lead intense indoor drills while peppering their ordered reps with words of encouragement, such as "that's it," "nice work," and "please be encouraged." As they push through varying strength, cardio, and resistance regimens, guests can look to the gym's walls for motivational decals, which display phrases such as "anything is possible." Nutritional counseling and online meal coaching also assist exercise sessions to fully streamline the process of achieving heightened levels of wellness.
Hailing from a family with six dentists, Dr. Raihan Nazir decided to embrace this calling. He founded a practice dedicated to providing comprehensive dental care while using technological advancements as well as empathetic compassion to help put patients at ease. The practice features three dental laser systems?which can be used to sculpt gum lines, perform root canals, treat cold sores, or vaporize stray scraps of spinach?while minimizing discomfort. Intra-oral cameras and digital x-rays allow Dr. Nazir and his staff to more effectively diagnose conditions, and the practice's in-house CEREC milling machine simplifies the process of affixing a crown or veneer by making the tooth restoration on a patient's first visit.
To help visitors remain calm throughout their appointments, Smile Magic Dentistry's team also specializes in sedation dentistry, which can help alleviate anxiety while inducing a restful and relaxed state for the duration of the procedure. Comfortable head pillows, headphones, and a selection of movies are also available to put guests at ease.
Certified tennis guru Rusty Miller leads a team of professional instructors who mold players of all ages into pros. Rusty’s 25 years in the tennis business and several South California–area tennis-club holdings have culminated in this newly revamped club. Players volley back and forth on 11 championship hard courts before taking advantage of numerous amenities. From workouts in the fitness center to nighttime practices held on the eight lighted courts to equipment upgrades at the pro shop, Anaheim Hills Racquet Club is designed to improve all areas of play. Single members can retrieve lobs from the ball machine, engage other members for one-on-one hitting practice, or set up intense matches with court-savvy nonmembers, such as the white line from Pong.