At Tokyo Shabu Sushi Restaurant, sushi masters slice up delicate sashimi and handrolled maki while chefs put flame to chicken katsu, teriyaki steak, and umami udon noodle soups. But the crew also takes their flavors a step beyond the offerings of many other Japanese restaurants. The menu has a knack of blending Japanese and western influences, as seen in teriyaki-style New York strip steak and a creamy cheesecake dessert made with earthy green tea. Potent sake cocktails and frosty Japanese beers go with just about any dish and help visitors work up the courage to perform their spoken-word versions of "Purple Rain" during weekend karaoke.
Owner Harpreet “Happy” Singh—also known as “The Beer Baron”—oversees the thirsty work at Bottles as well as the Livermore Saloon and Perry’s Liquor and Craft Beer, in a quest to educate patrons about high-quality craft brews and amass a wealth of honorary titles and nicknames. Happy’s extensive knowledge, coupled with beer manager Diego Toscano’s diverse palate, ensures Bottles’ shelves are stocked with a plethora of rare and artisanal beverages, and any request for favored drinks are diligently ordered. Session ales from Shmaltz mingle peacefully with bourbon-barrel-aged stouts from North Coast Brewing Co. or tasty concoctions from Dogfish Head and The Bruery. Wines from Layer Cake and Paradise Ridge complement meals and soirees with fruity, complex flavor, and a stash of potent tequilas, such as Don Julio Real, or smoky scotches from Balvenie and Johnnie Walker enliven parties.
Frequently named Best Pilates Studio by the Pacific Sun, Fit First Pilates stretches and conditions frames in a variety of creative Pilates classes. Certified instructors lead small groups of no more than four humans through tailored regimens such as Pre-Ski Pilates, which preps snowsurfers for long days leaping over moguls, and Equestrian Pilates, which strengthens the muscles used most often in outrunning thoroughbreds. Disco-lates infuses workouts with groovy tunes, while Kettl-ates adds Russian kettlebell training into the exercise mix. Newly minted mothers can shed pregnancy pounds and tone their rocking arms during the Mommyilates sessions. Students of all fitness and experience levels are welcome, and Fit First happily adapts workouts to suit the goals and capabilities of their clients. Check out the schedule for dates, times, instructors, and available classes.
Sport Fencing Center has carried on fencing's centuries-old flame by instilling the sport's values within new generations of competitors. Students as young as five lunge and parry on the facility's nine fencing strips, each outfitted with electronic scoring machines. Co-owners Karen Ladenheim and Darwin Martos coach mechanics and strategy during instructional programs taught to students of all experiences and abilities. Novices start off in introductory courses, wherein they'll learn basics such as footwork and blade work while improving speed and mobility, while experts might work on advanced footwork, tournament preparation, and their ability to steal s'more marshmallows in the Competitive Program.
When not dominating the awards table at local competitions, Dave Tendick enjoys cooking for others and catering events with his signature seasoned meats. Dave and the team at Smokehouse 10 have assembled a menu of heaping servings of St. Louis–style ribs, served wet or dry, as well as Texas-style brisket, Memphis-style pulled pork, and other barbecue favorites. An ambassador for flavor and the art of slow cooking, Dave also nurtures future chefs through extensive, daylong barbecue classes. Students immerse themselves in the science of sauces, rubs, and injections. Chefs at Smokehouse 10 have also mastered more eccentric fare, including cheesy corn casseroles and smoked alligator ribs.