The cooks at Red Pepper Pizza stretch crusts up to 18 inches to allow for a plethora of toppings, whether they come from the predesigned plan for a specialty pie or the whims of customers. The signature creations include the Rockridgian, which is like a margherita pizza beefed up with roasted red peppers, fresh garlic, and ricotta cheese, and the Kitchen Sink, which is loaded with nearly every topping available?from salami, sausage, and canadian bacon to mushrooms, bell peppers, onions, and black olives. Diners, in turn, can choose from that same roster of ingredients to personalize their own pizzas or stuff inside calzones and stromboli. The eatery also serves classic Italian pasta dishes, such as platefuls of spaghetti and meatballs hand-rolled by the same people who hand-roll baseballs for the MLB.
Body Mechanix’s talented personal trainers, including a nationally ranked strongman and a Harvard grad, didn’t get buff all by their lonesome. Believing that encouragement and camaraderie make as much difference as weight and reps, they cook up ever-changing routines through collaboration with their fellow fitness gurus, a practice that allows them to share ideas and show off their ability to bench-press other bodybuilders. Individual lessons send clients sprinting across indoor stretches of turf or hiking heart rates with cardio and weight machines, whereas group classes help them sweat off inches with fast-paced boot-camp exercises or teach them how to jab out aggression with circuit boxing.
Chef Clive opened Sweet Fingers as an homage to his grandmother, Aunt Lu, who taught him about food, hospitality, and perseverance. He spent his early years in Jamaica learning recipes and life lessons in her kitchen after she took over her husband's fruit-selling business following his death. Building on that robust culinary education and inspired start, Clive moved to New York City at age 18 and went on to graduate from culinary school.
Eventually he worked his way up to the role of supervising chef during a 10-year career at the Marriott hotel. But his career’s turning point came in 2003, when he relocated to California and met the woman who would become his wife. That’s when the pair founded Sweet Fingers, giving locals a bar and eatery that now shines a light on Aunt Lu's recipes and the love she taught Clive to cook with.
By all accounts, Chef Clive has done his grandmother proud. Matthew Stafford of the East Bay Express praised the "juicy" jerk chicken and "creamy" fried plantains, adding that "the escovitch-style snapper, curry goat, brown stew chicken, and braised oxtail are uniformly rich, spiky, and tantalizing." Inside, the yellow and royal blue walls boast Jamaican flags and pictures of the island, and the bar serves a large assortment of cocktailsthat are no less colorful. Patrons also flock to the cozy spot for entertainment that includes live reggae, as well as open-mic nights filled with poetry and music, which often consists of impromptu compositions about intense feelings for the food.
Macelle Nguyen specializes in hair and waxing services. Haircuts snip excess hair into stylish new hairdos, and single-process color treatments add eye-catching hues. Makeup applications embolden lashes, eyes, and lips, and waxing services remove unwanted body hair.
Dr. Chris Yi at East Bay Zerona calls upon his knowledge of detoxification and metabolic processes as he helps patients slim down with noninvasive laser treatments. With a Doctor of Chiropractic degree from Life Chiropractic College West, his expertise extends to all aspects of wellness, not just inch loss, and he enjoys leading patients down a healthy lifestyle path free of drugs, surgeries, and phantom pharmacists.
The resident aestheticians of You Have a Glow know that no two faces are exactly the same. That's why their wide range of services can be matched to each skin type—from the Calmnitude therapy for sensitive skin to the Oxygenation service that aims to slow signs of aging. The versatile skin techs can also whisk away unwanted fuzz with waxing treatments.