The tool-laden tradesmen of Honey Do List provide timely and custom home-improvement solutions, tackling grimy household tasks, including gutter cleaning, resealing, or caulking (a $35/hour value), or simple jobs, such as picture hanging and changing hard-to-reach or levitating light bulbs (a $35/hour value). Honey Do's domestic doyens can also perform painting, dry-wall repair, baseboard installation, and trim work (a $50/hour value), or run headfirst into more extensive home-repairs projects, such as framing, plumbing repair, or tile work (a $65/hour value).
From their tranquil base of operations, Del Mar Aesthetic Clinic's professional skin-renewers delight dull facial facades with the non-invasive exfoliating treatment of Vibradermabrasion. Eschewing the abrasive crystals and harsh police interrogations of traditional microdermabrasion, Vibradermabrasion sweeps a gently vibrating paddle across the skin. The soft vibrations woo dead skin cells away from cluttered pores, helping to reduce pore size and soften fine lines, leaving complexions rejuvenated and glowing like an angel in love. To keep pores in tiptop shape, Del Mar Aesthetic Clinic stocks a variety of skincare products (not included with this Groupon), including Obagi Medical Products, Sanitas Skincare, and NuCèlle Mandelic Marine Complex.
The knowledgeable staffers at Planet Beauty stock the store’s shelves with enough top-quality beauty products to outfit a regiment of beauticians. Guided by experience as aestheticians, stylists, and makeup artists, they help guests navigate the roster of premium brands, which includes bad-hair-day-banishing products from Frederic Fekkai and Kérastase. Skincare potions from Dermalogica and Peter Thomas Roth clear facial canvases before applications of Smashbox blush brighten cheeks or Divaderme lash extender make eyelashes visible from orbit.
Named for a range of snowy peaks that rises up on the southern shores of the Caspian Sea, Alborz Restaurant introduces diners to the aromas and flavors of Persia and Greece. Daily specials include moussaka, spanakopita, and basmati rice infused with dill, saffron, and orange marmalade. Among the main courses you can find filet mignon kebabs, grilled chicken, and charbroiled salmon. Like a box of teething crayons, the menu has all kinds of tasty colors, from the forest greens of a sautéed-herb stew to the rich reds of whole roasted tomatoes that garnish kebabs and cuts of meat.
Singers and deejays get crowds dancing during live shows on the weekend, and catering packages bring Persian cuisine to birthdays, commencements, and weddings.
Kempo’s movement patterns may look beautiful—fluid, swooping kicks, graceful evasions, smooth takedowns—but underneath the beauty lies a tradition nearly 2,000 years old. Since 1968, the instructors at United Studios of Self Defense have armed students with these techniques, leading classes where participants of all ages and skill levels soak up fighting skill while galvanizing self-confidence.
But before they can share their tactics and Mortal Kombat cheat codes, the instructors themselves must be trained. Each instructor who cinches the black belt around their waist has graduated with honors from the Studio’s own rigorous training academy. The training doesn’t stop there; every week they meet with the founder himself, 10th-degree black belt Charles Mattera, who refines their strategies and instills them with advanced techniques.
Even at 2,500 feet in the air, you may have never have felt as still as you do inside one of Skysurfer's balloons. It's quiet—"There's no noise from engines," one passenger remarked—and balloons follow the wind's lead instead of resisting it, making the colorful aircraft's motion hardly noticeable. And because there are no windows between you and the sky, as team member Kaleena Brundage says, "You can reach out and feel the clouds that you're next to."
Skysurfer's team of FAA-certified pilots, many of whom have been with the company since its inception more than 35 years ago, boast a perfect safety record. They embark on two flights daily, one around sunrise over Temecula wine country, and one at sunset in Del Mar. Each flight can accommodate up to 12 people in the balloons' roomy wicker baskets, which are large enough for each passenger to comfortably stand at the basket's side and look out over the Pacific Ocean and surrounding countryside. Pilots pour chilled champagne to celebrate the excursion, each of which lasts from 45 to 60 minutes depending on conditions and the balloon's curfew.