What began as a dance injury turned into a career change for Virginia Miller, who discovered shiatsu massage in the process and wanted to uncover more about Asian healing arts. While running her private practice since the '90s, she has also taught massage students in schools across the United States and at workshops in Italy and Brazil. For each of her own Asian bodywork sessions, clients remain clothed while Ms. Miller calls upon her dance and yoga background to stretch limbs and foster feelings of deep relaxation.
Vegetarian entrees, piquant soups, and simmering noodles fill plates at Asian Bistro, where specialty drinks such as the mango-and-pineapple-infused Hawaiian Escape provide sweet accompaniment to meals. Happy hour ushers in discounted meals and desserts such as house-made mango pudding, and swift delivery service whisks meals directly to one's door or backyard tree fort.
Plumes of spicy steam rise from spicy enchiladas, chilaquiles, and corn tamales in Rigo's kitchen and buffet, where entrees rotate with each mealtime. Sauces stewed from spicy chilies wash over tortilla-bound meats, while crunchy chip bowls embrace topopo salad's machaca or calabacitas beneath sour cream, cheese, and guacamole. Rigo's also hosts special events, such as antique car shows and antique dog shows, outside its rustic brick storefront with a Spanish-tile roof.
Soft lighting lends Amber Restaurant & Gallery a warm glow reminiscent of its namesake resin. Forks clink as classical music floats through the room and diners dig into beef roulades that the kitchen has crafted from scratch. The restaurant highlights still-life paintings on the walls with track lighting so that patrons can admire every detail of the artwork before licking it. Those who wish to taunt the stars with their goulash can do so on the outdoor garden patio.
Opened in 1985, Yokohama Asian Express offers a menu of Chinese, Japanese, and Asian cuisine. Made entirely without MSG, entrees include bowls that pair steamed white or brown rice with chicken, beef, pork, and vegetables, aided by sips of green tea. The restaurant also offers catering for large groups, with party platters or individual meals.
Within Wilbur’s Grill, 16 flat-screen TVs both inside the bar and out on the patio flicker with sports games as guests sink teeth into butter burgers or corned-beef sandwiches. Guests can also savor open-faced quesadillas adorned with steak or chicken and green chilies or surf and turf that features a 10-ounce steak and jumbo garlic shrimp.