Randy and Yvette Maldonado, the owners of Fajita Junction, know the difference that high-quality ingredients make to any recipe. “Our meat is Angus beef that is fresh and never frozen, using the inside skirt of the meat with choice or better cuts,” Randy told the Corpus Christi Caller-Times. “The meat is well trimmed so it has little fat before we put it on our mesquite grill.”
Angus beef fajitas are just one of the spot's popular, made-from-scratch dishes. The chefs also make fresh tortillas for tacos filled with chicken, sausage, or mollejas, as well as rice with Mexican spices and a chicken-stock base instead of the traditional tomato. The ambiance of Fajita Junction is a draw, too: high ceilings, wood floors, and flat-screen televisions entrance eyeballs with images of sports games and football players enacting soap operas on the sidelines.
Peace of Mind beautifies bodies and transports minds into a realm of relaxation with therapeutic spa services. The rejuvenating hour-long wine therapy massage kick-starts circulation and calms the nerves. With natural age-defying capabilities, red wine, which a therapist applies topically during the treatment, helps to de-age skin and fight free radicals. For those in need of up-top upkeep, the Fire & Ice facial exfoliates the complexion organically using the active fruity acids of apples and grapes. Detoxifying natural herbs including paprika help to clear out gunk burrowed deep in the pores, resulting in a glow that will elicit smiles from friends, co-workers, and the neighborhood mailman who bathes in the koi pond. The session wraps up with an application of a chilly, organic mask suited to the client's skin type, leaving the face firm and fresh.
Lihua Yang began her study of traditional Chinese medicine during her formative years in China, before moving to America and deepening her knowledge of hands-on therapy by learning Western massage. Li now specializes in reflexology, applying precision pressure to various points on the body, such as the feet, hands, and head, that correspond to organs such as the heart and liver. The process aims to bolster health and help patients overcome a vast array of illness. While Li administers her soothing treatments, padded beds, lounge chairs, or hollowed-out tree trunks cradle her patients, and sage-green and white hues surround them, helping them relax.
Miriam Figueroa, a holistic wellness counselor, licensed massage therapist, and aesthetician, spent more than 20 years in the health and beauty industry, staffing five-star hotel spas and then founding her own luxurious center, Spatini Holistic Health. Her spa specializes in M’lis wellness programs, treatment packages that reduce stress and target specific ailments—from cellulite to arthritis—by drawing on the interrelations between mind, body, and soul.
A suite of traditional spa treatments flanks the holistic programs. Facials run the gamut from deep cleanses to nonsurgical face-lifts. Seven available styles of massage encompass the gliding strokes of Swedish and hot-stone massage, which the ancients discovered using stones warmed by confused mother chickens. Body polishes exfoliate away dry skin, an ideal prep for a botanical Bronze Biologic formula that leaves behind sunless, natural-looking tans.
At The Woodhouse, relaxation begins upon each client's arrival in the spa's dedicated Quiet Room. A fluffy robe drapes around their shoulders, reflexology sandals lightly massage their feet, and mugs of loose-leaf tea warm their lips as they await the start of their services. The spa's product selection reflects a similar attention to detail: employees fill the shelves with natural, organic, and wild-crafted products. They also go the extra mile to include small extras with each session, such as home-care recommendations after facial treatments and foot-cleansing with each massage. The award-winning spa was voted best spa by the readers of the San-Antonio Express-News, and was deemed best spa and best massage by readers of San Antonio Magazine.
The staff at Bodique Mind and Body Wellness takes a holistic approach to well-being that aims to bring euphoria to both the mind and body. Favoring all-natural, hypoallergenic products, the licensed massage therapists and wellness professionals nurture visitors with services that range from massages to detoxifying body wraps and baths. To further promote holistic living, Bodique's team posts inspiration and resources on its Health Tips webpage; tips range from nutritional advice to recommendations for documentaries such as Forks Over Knives and Spork: A Love Story.