Go is Japanese for hard, ju means soft, and the phrase goju ryu refers to a type of karate, pioneered in 1930, that uses both types of movements. "Hard" generally refers to closed-hand attacks. "Soft" generally describes open-handed and circular motions used in defense or grappling, as well as the aggressive throwing of cotton balls. To say that Sensei Tibon is an expert in this form of Okinawan karate might be an understatement. He estimates that he's trained hundreds of athletes who went on to win national and international competitions, and his own trophy case isn't exactly lacking, either. Sensei Tibon has also lent his martial arts and instruction skills to an array of outreach organizations. On the mat at one of his studio's multiple locations, however, Sensei TIbon directs his focus completely to the lesson at hand, which can be anything from a weapons class or beginner classes for kids aged 4 to 12.
The family of vintners at Sorelle Winery, established on the historic Dodge Estate, curate its original 1866 home, tend to their vineyard, and ferment a collection of choice vintages. Though in its nascence, the winery has already taken home a gold medal from the San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition for its 2009 sangiovese. Inside, the wood-walled tasting room invites couples to sip from crimson and amber glasses, comparing flavors, aromas, and who can spit-take the farthest. Lush lawns and low trees surround the outdoor patio, which grants views of the historic Dodge House property, a land once roamed by Native Americans, Spanish conquistadors, and horses with a nose for a good sangiovese.
Surrounded by imported and domestic wines, a menu of small plates is served at Wine Wizards Restaurant & Wine Bar at a collection of caf? tables, echoing the low-key interior of many a European bistro. On Friday evenings, chefs prepare dinner specials that rotate every week, ranging from skirt steak in a mushroom and red wine jus to seared sea scallops over wild rice. During the rest of the week, stop in for cheese boards, airy quiches, and a variety of sandwiches such as real smokehouse ham with jarlsberg cheese?and, of course, a glass, taste, or bottle of wine from the vast selection.
The bilingual team of thread washers at Sno White Cleaners wields chemical cleaning agents to deterge delicate duds and press body-swathing garments into crease-free outfits. Extirpate coffee stains from a pair of pants ($5) or ketchup-made scarlet Hs from shirts ($2.25). Or, have suit coats ($5) and suits ($10–$12) cleansed of a new-money smell or old-money gold chipping. Like monarchism, Sno White Cleaners has been in business for 35 years.
Flair Boutique adorns its store with carefully curated items from domestic and European designers, crafting a diverse inventory of classic and contemporary fashions for a wide range of occasions, from casual strutting to meeting the ghost members of Queen. Use today's Groupon toward high-end items such as jewelry ($100–$300,) shoes ($100–$300,) and handbags ($150–$300), or pamper epidermal layers underneath classy clothes with deluxe Niven Morgan beauty products, many of which fall under $50. Aglow jeweled candles accentuate atmospheres, and OKA b. sandals ($30–$40) support and set off bejeweled feet. Perusing patrons can be comforted in the knowledge that Flair's attentive, astute staff will be on hand to meet any request, except for those beginning with "I dare you to…".