Belly dancers in traditional Arabic dress dance gracefully through the middle of the dining room to the sounds of violins, drums, and strummed ouds. Amid exposed-brick walls and the soft light cascading in from high ceilings, Naral’s transports diners to another world of rich spices, elegance, and warmth. The menu serves as a tour guide, inviting culinary explorers to indulge in roasted quail or lamb and grilled fish in tomato sauce accompanied by fragrant basmati rice. A selection of beer, wine, and signature cocktails can be paired with the fine fare, dancing, live music, and Saturday-evening karaoke.
Lost Valley Ski Area founder Otto Wallingford was known for creating innovative solutions to everyday problems. Winter came around each year and left him with nothing to do on the family orchard, so he turned the surrounding area into a ski center in 1961. With that problem solved, Wallingford moved on to tackle a few other issues. He put together the state's first snowmaking system, introduced the locals to night skiing, and developed a powder maker by towing a cylindrical steel grate behind his tractor.
Skiers and snowboarders can reap the benefits of Wallingford’s efforts at Lost Valley Ski Area, which encompasses 15 trails and a terrain park. The ski area also hosts lessons and a shop offering gear tuneups and yeti decoys.
The spicy aroma of curries and noodles crafted from locally sourced, organic ingredients emanates from the three-story home that houses Thai Paradise. Chefs at the family-owned-and-operated restaurant impart special focus to its dishes cooked with fresh seafood, such as pineapple fried rice with scallops, pad thai with lobster, or yellow curry with tofu sculpted into the shape of a kraken. The hardwood-floored dining room hosts noodle-twirling guests at glossy tables, and prismatic wall art and verdant plants watch enviously from their hooks and pots.
Aladdin Mediterranean Grill lubricates belly bearings with scrumptious Mediterranean tastes, all within a casual atmosphere. Anchor incisors to the menu's palate-pleasing offerings, including salads, sandwiches, and entrees. Meal preambles start off light with orders of stuffed kibbe balls ($2.50) and grape leaves ($4.50 for five), and dinner dissertations cover meaty topics such as kafta kebab, with ground sirloin, hummus, Middle Eastern salad, and rice ($13.99), and the Chef's Special, which rests gyro meat on a bed of yellow rice and tucks it in tight with ratatouille and cucumber salad ($13.99). Aladdin also offers desserts, such as baklava and Mamoul dates, to distract sweet teeth from digging elaborate escape routes out of mandible confinement.
Owner and chef Alisa Coffin imbues The Great Impasta's menu with Italian authenticity acquired from recent cooking classics in Umbria, Italy. Customers can commence feasts with platters of Italian meats and cheese plated alongside local chutney and honey ($9.75). Butternut-stuffed ravioli ($8.75 for a first course, $16.50 for an entree) soaks in a sauce concocted from pine nuts, garlic, walnuts, raisins, and olive oil, and linguine pescatore ($9.25/$17.50) displays a gang of mussels, scallops, clams, shrimp, and crab playing sharks and minnows in a creamy romano sauce. In addition to an omega wellness and vegan menu with whole-wheat renditions of pasta dishes, The Great Impasta boasts a gluten-free menu for oat-evading diners. An extensive assortment of wine and beer washes solid fare down throats more effectively than an encouraging song sung in a British accent.