Evelyne Huegi, the founder of Swiss Clinique, wants to help her clients improve their skin and does so via a combination of facial treatments, products, and new lifestyle approaches. To get started, an aesthetician meets with every person who walks through the door, providing a detailed consultation to help determine skincare needs and any possible problem areas. The services run the gamut, from a lemon- zest enzyme facial, which exfoliates and brightens the skin, to a luxurious diamonds-and-gold facial, which uses the healing properties of actual diamonds and gold to help fight the signs of aging. Swiss Clinique also offers body treatments and waxing services, along with spray tans and reflexology sessions to help clients relax, rejuvenate, and heal.
Tutti Frutti’s self-serve yogurt ($0.37 per ounce) represents a healthy and delectable alternative to heavy ice cream and deep-fried sticks of butter. Get your fruit fix with tart flavors such as pomegranate, acai berry, and the aromatic lychee, or opt for something on the creamy side. Cappuccino diehards will scramble to sample its yogurt counterpart, and pistachio’s distinctive flavor will bring back memories of that magical summer spent toiling on a Turkmenistan pistachio farm. Finally, adorn your edible artwork with a sprinkling of some of Tutti Frutti's delectable toppings. Health nuts can keep it ab-tastic with mango and blueberries, and more experimental eaters can transform their yogurt into a battlefield on which chocolate chips face off against their natural enemy—coconut.
With a name that's a riff on the French phrase for golden bread, Pandor Bakery and Cafe specializes in regional French pastries OC Weekly once said inspire "where-have-you-been-all-my-life epiphanies". Pandor is far from just a pastry shop, though, as it boasts an extensive menu that includes everything from breakfast plates to paninis. By morning, guests can be found digging into Nutella french toast or croque madames?and head in early for its Dornut pastry, which OC Weekly calls "obscenely good." At lunch, the kitchen sizzles with the sound of pressed sandwiches layered with pesto chicken or grilled zucchini. Though Pandor's flagship location can be found in the south of France, the California locations incorporate local goods such as coffee from Costa Mesa's Portola Coffee Lab and forks grown within Orange County.
Though coffee is good for jumpstarting a morning, it pales in comparison to the ritual surrounding afternoon tea. The Tea Room carries on this cherished English tradition, offering four levels of tea service, a selection of fair-trade organic teas, and a slew of finger foods for guests to enjoy. The simplest option is the Queen's Tea, during which you can nibble on treats while sipping selections from the house?s 50 signature blends. For a more decadent experience, the top-tier Royal Tea includes finger sandwiches, plates of salad, rows of glistening pastries, fruit, chocolate, and champagne. Outside the tearoom, guests can browse British paraphernalia at the gift shop or take home their favorite variety of tea without having to reverse-engineer flavors from stains left on lapels.
Fit Foods 4 Life's team of chefs and nutritionists prepares well-portioned healthy meals daily, using only fresh, preservative-free ingredients. Breakfast items, entrees, and snacks in small, medium, and large portions populate Fit Foods’ extensive menu, which is filled with lean proteins, low-glycemic carbohydrates, healthy fats, and preternaturally talented fibers, with plenty of vegetarian and low-carb options available. Start off with a Newport egg-white breakfast—scrambled egg whites topped with turkey bacon, roasted potatoes, and green onion ($4.75–$6.75)—before enjoying a day interspersed with hassle-free meals such as the grilled fiesta chicken, served over zucchini, yellow squash, and brown rice ($6.75–$10.25), or the balsamic beef tenderloin, served with a garlic, red wine, and balsamic reduction and roasted red potatoes ($6.75-$10.25).
After walking through the brick archway at the entrance to Akropolis Restaurant & Coffee, guests take their seats beneath hanging, tulip-shaped lights. A candle casts a glow over each tabletop, mirroring the warmth of Greek entrees such as souvlaki chicken and moussaka—baked eggplants, potatoes, and minced beef in a housemade cream sauce. The chefs have even instilled elements of the Mediterranean into seemingly familiar dishes such as burgers and pizzas: bifteki patties come crowned with hummus or tzatziki, and the Akropolis pizza bears the weight of gyro beef, eggplants, sliced tomatoes, and red onions. Plates of burnt figs round out dinners, and glasses of Californian and Italian vintages add excitement to meals through the ever-present danger of red-wine stains.