Escondido Country Club's 6,140-yard championship golf course rests in the rolling landscape of the long coastal mountain valley. Players can warm up swinging arms with range balls before heading out to the first tee. Designed by Harry and David Rainville, the rolling course has challenged generations of golfers since opening in 1963. After butting heads with sand traps and zooming a cart around the path, divot-diggers garbed in appropriate attire can imbibe frothy sips of draft beer or fizzy soda in the clubhouse. Golfers can complete their recharge by knocking back Angus beef burgers and telling longwinded tales of the hole-in-one that got away.
Sketched in across Pita King's chalkboard menu are a carefully chosen handful of quintessential Greek dishes, the succinct list providing an instantly accessible edible tour of Greece. Among the lucky few specialties culled from the whole of Greek cuisine are the vegetarian-friendly chickpea-based falafel meals and customer-favorite gyro sandwiches and plates, which both feature thin slices of beef and lamb tucked into warm pita bread. Lining the dining area's pale yellow and blue walls are prints of iconic Greek landmarks such as the Parthenon and Grecian hilltops, which punctuate the food's cultural roots more eloquently than a delivery service operated by Apollo's fiery chariot.
Eschewing the over-the-top costumes and writing that typify many other murder-mystery dinners, The Dinner Detective San Diego’s cast of improvisational actors blends in with audiences, holding secrets tight to their chests while steering each night’s tension-filled storyline. After a diner is found murdered, a resident detective helps lead the investigation, allowing guests to interrogate one another with Tickle Monster tactics to distinguish the culprit among the crowd of fellow diners and dissembling thespians. Multicourse meals keep bodies well fueled during spurts of crime-solving intuition, and a prize basket awaits the gumshoe who comes closest to solving the case.
Nestled inside Harrah’s Rincon Casino and Resort, the full-service spa relaxes weary bodies with the popular Swedish massage style. Gentle kneads and soothing strokes unravel muscle knots tied by stress and devious boy scouts practicing for their merit badges. Throughout the service, clients soak in relaxing vibes, which emanate from the interior’s many bamboo trunks and rich wooden accents. Once tension is relieved from active duty, clients emerge feeling limber and rejuvenated.
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Imported spices and fluffy indian basmati rice complement Paradiso Mediterranean Cuisine’s menu of meats cooked on an open-flame charcoal grill. The gyro sandwich layers thinly sliced lamb and beef with tomato, lettuce, and onion inside a pita pocket ($5.99–$6.49), and skewers of cubed lamb ($16.95) marinate in a special house recipe before becoming a tasty practice round for sword swallowers. Platters pair lonely entrees, including lightly fried falafel patties ($9.49) or marinated and charbroiled chicken gyros, with basmati rice, greek salad, pita bread, and tzatziki sauce. Though Paradiso's chefs toss and slice their fresh ingredients with an eye toward healthy cooking techniques, diners can still end on an indulgent note with house-made cream puffs or baklava ($3.25 each).