Swirls of sauce and meticulously placed herbs adorn the outer edges of the platters at Sushi Go Round, epitomizing the chefs' creative leanings. Patrons can play it safe with standard rolls that include cucumber, spicy tuna, and california, or venture into new territory with specialty creations such as the spicy Volcano roll, which, just like a real volcano, erupts with tuna and calamari. Bento boxes pair chicken, salmon, or beef teriyaki with sidekicks of soup, salad, tempura, rice, and a soft drink. Also leaving the kitchen in small plumes of heat is bulgogi, or Korean barbecue beef, served beside a california roll and shrimp and veggie tempura.
If you're looking for a deep connection with nature, you could strap on hiking boots and head for the hills. Alternatively, you could head to Wildling Museum to catch glimpses of the wilderness as seen through the eyes of artists. Since opening in 2000, the museum has hosted more than 40 exhibitions such as the Santa Ynez River Watershed or Irish artist Patrick O?Hara?s Art of California Native Plants. Now located in modern, spacious quarters in Solvang, the museum also hosts workshops, lectures, and family events.
The base of the Santa Rita Mountains swims with lavender. Luckily, Cheryl Andre-Wagner is right there to harvest it. At the Andre Organic Lavender Farm, she grows the plant, which she then uses to make more than 25 organic products in-house. Cheryl?who works alongside her parents Ralph and Ruth?stocks her shop with lavender-infused sea salt, facial scrubs, oils, and other products for personal-care and culinary uses.
A photo booth from Heather Dunn Photography can be a party-enlivening tool for birthdays, weddings, family reunions, and more. Rentals come with a number of extras, including a plethora of props such as silly hats and feathered boas, to get the photographed in the mood to strike a deadly pose. A trained attendant will be on hand throughout the event to make sure the booth is running efficiently and to suggest tried-and-true facial contortions. All strips printed are included in the rental, and the host receives a disc that contains every image taken during the event, so he or she can show family members every close-quarters shot in high quality.
In business for more than 60 years, the petal peddlers at Fowler Floral continue to assemble and deliver elegant stem-bounds in a charming, welcoming storefront. Pore through an extensive, colorful collection of flowers, gifts, and arrangements, and stuff your pockets with non-poisonous posies for all occasions. Warm seasonal hues emit from fall flowers such as Teleflora's Autumn Grace ($45), a winsome display of red roses, purple daisies, and Matsumoto asters in a plum glass-cube vase. Meanwhile, cunning gift givers can surprise unsuspecting birthday stoops with a Birthday Wishes bouquet ($40), or finally rub their genie boss the right way with the Make a Wish bouquet ($40). Other items include Dashing Daisies ($35) and the pink rose hat trick of the Tender Trio ($24.95).