For Carlsbad Holistic Therapies owner Marion Mahoney, healing happens from the inside out. Her experience runs the gamut from yoga therapy to nutritional wellness, a well-rounded background that is the foundation for the treatments and informative sessions she offers at this holistic-minded spa.
Many of the massage treatments blend natural oils and aromatherapy with bodywork and reflexology that targets specific areas associated with chronic physical discomfort. Nutritional counseling teaches clients the physical benefits of eating whole foods and taking vitamin supplements, and a biomeridian assessment and energy balancing helps pinpoint imbalances associated with organ function or food sensitivities.
Transport yourself to the famous borough without leaving the West Coast. The baseball memorabilia covering the walls is complemented by a steady flow of New York-inspired punk music to give you an authentic, satisfying experience. Order by the slice and taste a few of the traditional, handmade pies on offer. Don’t forget the garlic knots, which are balls of buttery goodness that are way too delicious to miss. If you’d like a beer, there are multiple selections available on tap to quench your thirst, but remember to watch out for the specials, such as the ‘2 slices and a beer for $9.50’ deal, to save some serious dough with your thin crust.
Carmine’s proprietor and pie innovator, Tony, carries on the family tradition from his Calabrese-bred father with inventive hand-tossed signature pizzas. The menu brims with whimsical pies formed from fresh dough daily and cooked up on brick-fire ovens that lend each slice a crunchy punch and proclivity for dalmatians. The 18-inch eponymous Carmine comes coated in scallions, garlic, and jalapeños ($17), and the 14-inch Rocky pizza pounds sausage, pepperoni, meatball, and ham into plump ricotta punching bags ($16). Doughy discs are customizable with Carmine’s arsenal of fanciful toppings, such as banana peppers, goat cheese, and artichokes, which pair well with a side of antipasto ($3–$5) or a sweet, peppery house salad ($2–$6). A slew of pasta and panini standbys round out Carmine’s roster of Italian eats.