A spa in the traditional Asian style, Zen Springs spa both accommodates guests on a single-appointment basis for massages, body treatments, and skincare services, and rents private suites for more extended pampering. The private rooms feature luxurious amenities, including swirling hot tubs, glass steam-shower rooms, yoga platforms, and bath sandals and towels. Guests can linger in one of the romantic spa rooms from one hour to an entire evening. Between stays of any duration, Zen Spring’s staff thoroughly disinfects each tub with fresh batches of non-chlorinated water sieved from filtered panda tears.
Operating for more than a decade, Piedmont Avenue Pumpkin Patch both hosts Halloween outings and brings autumnal revelry to you. The expansive pumpkin patch and halloween store sell 15 types of pumpkins, as well as fall essentials such as gourds, masks, spider webs, and multicolored Indian corn. A harrowing haunted house tests visitors’ adrenal glands with dark corners, spooky sounds, and a befuddling maze. In addition to supplying frights, the staff also constructs pumpkin patches off site, redecorating homes and offices with pumpkins, straw bales, and house-trained scarecrows.
Amba's menu is chock-full of delectable vegetarian and kosher Middle Eastern-style eats made daily from fresh ingredients. Start off with a savory bowl of lentil soup ($6), or put hand shovels to work using a warm pita to scoop up freshly made hummus topped with chickpeas and a drizzle of olive oil ($8). Try out a filling falafel pita sandwich ($8), or opt for the hearty sabich pita sandwich, stuffed to the brim with fried eggplant, Israeli and cabbage salad, a hard-boiled egg, and tahini ($8). A variety of crisp green salads are available in full ($7–$9) or side ($4) sizes, and any three options—such as tabouleh, Israeli couscous, and baba gannouj—may be combined into one Transformers-style megadish ($9). Quench palates with a glass of house-made iced tea or fresh mint lemonade ($3 each), or balance your main mouth events with seasonal sides such as Judean flatbread, Greek spinach rice, and Babka cake.
With roots that stretch back to 1927, the Oakland Flower Market stretches across 10,000 sq. feet, with one-third dedicated to the floral department, and houses three walk-in coolers that store aesthetically pleasing ground-sprouts imported from countries as far reaching as the Netherlands, Thailand, and Australia. The large coolers keep floral varieties such as lilies and tulips (market price) from breaking a sweat. Patrons may also take home a phalaenopsis orchid ($15.99+) or cymbidium orchid plant ($29.99) to add an exotic flair to dull living rooms or drab ovens.
Broadway Terrace Nursery shelters a large collection of colorful flora for green-thumbed fauna to decorate their homes and gardens. Trees, houseplants, vegetables, and succulents line this blossoming boutique alongside a variety of orchids ($19.99–$49.99) such as the oncidium orchid ($49.99), a species known for its long, graceful stem and deep baritone singing voice. With many indoor and outdoor specimens hand-selected weekly from growers in Half Moon Bay, prices and selection change often, but recent examples of inventory include bright 4-inch perennials ($4.99) and sturdy 5-gallon shrubs ($29.99–$39.99). Gardening accessories allow harvesters to appease hungry greenery with a bag of organic fertilizer, trim petals for school pictures with Felco pruning shears ($19.99), or keep insect populations at bay with pest controls.
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