The key ingredients for Indian, Nepalese, and Sri Lankan cuisine line the shelves at Annapurna, a 5-year-old South Asian grocery store. Its stock of more than 100 spice mixes prepare patrons to flavor classics such as tandoori chicken and chana masala, and diverse dal mixes draw on chickpeas, split peas, and lentils for their hearty flavor. Mouth-watering treats such as whole coconuts and packets of papadum—crunchy Indian crackers—complement incense sticks in scents such as lavender and jasmine. Toward the back of the store, a freshly opened deli dishes up hot, ready-to-eat Indian cuisine. Biryanis fuse basmati rice with vegetables or proteins ranging from chicken to tender goat meat, and samosas envelop savory fillings in a golden brown crust. The deli’s smoothie-like lassis neutralize spice with their yogurt bases, calming tongues without requiring them to lick the nearest teddy bear.
A trip to the dentist should be as relaxing as a trip to the spa, according to Dr. Iris Han, owner of Luxe Dental Studio. Inside this oasis of oral wellness, jitters melt faster than Mercury's ration of fresh moon cheese. Movie plots unfold on a screen stationed near an ErgoSoothe chair, whose soft leather gently massages muscles during services such as teeth whitening, digital x-rays, and root-canal therapy. Essential oils emanate soothing scents throughout the studio's treatments, and a hot, clean towel concludes each visit with a burst of refreshment. Dr. Han complements the tranquil atmosphere with a friendly personality and extensive knowledge of smile design, which she's honed at the UCLA School of Dentistry and a series of residencies in the Los Angeles area.
Entering the arena within LazerTag Extreme is like stepping into a fast-paced video game. More than 5,000 square feet of playing space sends competitors up and down ramps and searching for cover across multiple levels. Beyond laser-based competition?which also includes a Lazermaze?LazerTag Extreme boasts an arcade filled with video and redemption games.