As more and more venues ban cigarette smoking, Vapor Outlet OC has come up with a solution. The shop sells electronic cigarettes, which keep smokers satisfied while maintaining clean air around them. They also carry accessories including pouches and cases so that smokers can transport their e-cigs in style when they don't have them tucked behind their ear or rolled up in their shirt sleeves.
The restaurant industry is truly a family affair for Mr. Souvla. His grandfather owned a restaurant outside of Athens, Greece, where his mother was born on Christmas in 1937. After his mother relocated to the States, she and Mr. Souvla's stepfather ran a Greek cafe in Houston, introducing the beef-loving locals to succulent lamb. Now Mr. Souvla heads up his namesake eatery, where he and his staff craft comfort food in the form of stuffed grape leaves, gyros, and hummus. Many of their ingredients are organic and hail from local sources, while their dishes eschew fancy trappings such as complicated sauces for simple, authentic flavors passed down from Old World family recipes.
There are no typical workouts at CrossFit 1440, one of the oldest CrossFit gyms in Lomita. Each day, trainers change up exercises to keep clients' minds engaged and prevent muscles from plateauing. The highly varied functional movements may incorporate equipment from kettlebells and jump boxes to ropes, weighted sleds, and tractor tires. Participants of all ages, shapes, and sizes are welcome at the classes, whose small size makes it easy for instructors to offer individual attention. They adapt exercises to each student's skill level, whether they're a star athlete or someone just getting on the road to fitness.
At El Zocalo Mexican Steakhouse, the sounds of sizzling shrimp and chicken fajitas mingle with the horns and strumming guitars of banda and mariachi music. Servers add sight and smell to the sensory party by carting out colorful plates of parillada meat grills. The menu's grilled meats complement a sizable selection of seafood—lobster and salmon, to name a couple. But they also pair nicely with refreshing provisions such as cocktails and buckets of beer sourced from a 21-and-over sandbox.
In 1956, a mining company sold some unproductive facilities to the County of Los Angeles, thinking it had taken everything worth taking from the land. The county wanted to reclaim the site as a natural habitat, but civic demands at the time dictated that it become a sanitary landfill. Then, in 1961, a group of private citizens headed by Frances Young convinced the Board of Supervisors to reclaim the site as a botanic garden. By April of that year, the one-time mine and former landfill bloomed with more than 40,000 donated trees, shrubs, and other plants, officially completing its rebirth as the South Coast Botanic Garden.
Today, the garden's 87 acres of land support more than 200,000 plants representing more than 2,500 different species, including 100 extremely rare mature plant specimens and globe-spanning plants from Australia and Africa. The robust growth sprawls across several theme gardens, including a dry-soil cactus garden, a traditional Japanese garden sculpted around centuries-old stone lanterns, and a Mediterranean garden inspired by the sultanates of antiquity. The diverse plant life provides shelter for an equally diverse population of birds and bugs, with 200 avian species spotted each year, matching the 200 yearly squeals from grown men who encounter a particularly large beetle.