A 150-acre oasis of beautiful flora, Descanso Gardens is cozily situated in a secluded section of the San Rafael hills and offers visitors a refreshing glimpse of Mother Nature when she's not busy. Guests can stroll through the various gardens and soak in the sights of roses by the thousands, examine native California flowers, parley with old oaks, and meditate in a Japanese-themed sanctuary that features a picturesque arched bridge, a tea house, and a pond. Upcoming special events include Botanic Bling on December 11 & 12, hosted by Mark-Alan Harmon, and Enchanted Railroad Storytime on December 18, hosted by professional storyteller Bill Ratner.
The black-and-white décor at Prizzi’s pops with red accents, from the modern heat lamps hanging by the kitchen to the cherry-red aprons of the friendly wait staff. White tablecloths bear dishes such as lunch paninis and oven-baked pizzas in thin crust or deep dish. Forks twirl steaming noodles alongside steak and seafood immersed in savory wine sauces. After sipping a brew and noshing fried starters at the smooth wooden bar, patrons can tackle gelato scoops on the outdoor patio to achieve the chilled relaxation that usually accompanies a nap on a living-room sofa carved out of ice.
A burst of color, an eye-catching pattern, an elegant design?whatever image exists at the top of the photo strip, it's the photos that truly define the prints from PoP Photo Booth. The charming rectangles of photo paper often bear the name of a happy couple or event in addition to the faces of attendees, who cozy into the booth in groups of up to 10 and capture the moment with earnest grins or goofy faces. Though the photos alone are fun enough, the experience can become even more memorable thanks to the photo booth's slew of optional add-ons. Revelers can swiftly publish a favorite snapshot to Facebook, add festive LED lights, create a high-definition slideshow, or slap a funny mustache on top of their own solemn mustache.
Staffers at Original Kabob Factory marinate grain-fed, hormone-free meats according to recipes passed on from a famed Armenian butcher. The resulting menu contains more than 30 chicken, pork, or beef kabobs and wraps, each of which cooks can embellish with whimsically named signature sauces such as "Swag-Delish," "Aaahhh Yyyeeeaaa," and "Drop it Like it's Hot." In the modern but casual dining room, diners lounge at polished-steel tables beneath bold pop-art prints. Patrons can also opt to take home raw bulk meats for backyard grilling or rewarding the dog for learning to file taxes.
The Spot offers gourmet grub on the go, like a phalanx of soldiers catapulting pâté into enemy forts. Its menu of tantalizing takeout includes appetizers, entrees, sides, and desserts for a variety of palettes and preferences. Enjoy a dozen mushroom pot stickers with spicy Thai sauce ($9) or swirl a whirlpool into a quart of The Spot's artichoke dip with tortilla chips ($13). The Spot serves up home-style family pleasers such as quarter tins of meat lasagna ($14), vegetable lasagna ($10), and wild-mushroom lasagna ($12), as well as beef enchiladas ($2 each), meatloaf ($14), and succulent pesto-crushed salmon ($8 for a 5-ounce piece). Cap off your meal with The Spot's bread pudding with whiskey sauce ($9), sized for splitting between two or three diners. If you've already got your everyday meals covered, you can put the value of your Groupon toward a custom catered dinner party, X-Files fan-fiction recitation, or your next Blogging About Clogging club meeting.
For two decades, Harry Menedjian, the videographer at Long Term Memories, spent time working on the developing and editing side of the film industry. In 1989, he branched off into a new endeavor that put him behind the camera.
Now, he captures the first kiss between a new husband and wife, the joyful celebration of a baptism, and the fleeting disappointment on a birthday boy's face when he realizes that he didn't turn into Superman after blowing out his candles. He takes all that footage, edits it down, and puts it on high-definition DVDs and Blu-ray discs.