Zen Cafe’s chefs have honed the art of inventive hand rolls, working in the media of seaweed, sushi rice, and fresh fish. Serious dinner diners can loosen up chopstick implants with manila-fried chicken skewers ($7) or a sashimi trifecta of maguro, hamachi, and nama sake pieces ($16). Wrapped-up eight-piece edibles include the assertive Seal the Deal roll ($11), stocked with crab and avocado before being deep-fried and decorated with shrimp, avocado, and eel sauce, and the classic california roll ($7). Brave eaters can conquer the Godzilla roll ($11), loaded with spicy tuna and tempura-fried, then garnished with a seaweed salad, seared tuna, and sriracha—a traditional sauce made from sun-ripened chilis and one-a-day whale vitamins. Swigs of Midori melon sake ($7) soothe hard-tasting tongues, and creamy swallows of white-chocolate-glazed ricotta cheesecake ($5) prep throats for singing to tunes on the dance floor.
LoungeSD has outfitted its 2,000-square-foot space with all the necessary amenities to make parties and corporate events memorable occasions. Guests can lounge on chic, comfortable furniture while watching videos on the built-in projector screen or listening to music on the surround-sound system. Elsewhere, laptop loyalists tap into free WiFi waves while sipping libations from the bar.
Dr. Nina Mojaver wants to make a trip to the dentist as convenient and stress free as possible. At GM Dental Arts, they keep themselves up to date with all fields of dentistry, ensuring they limit the amount of specialists and appointments needed. But staying abreast of multiple modalities doesn’t spread them thin; on the contrary, they were San Diego Magazine’s top pick for reconstructive, cosmetic, and general dentistry professionals in 2011. Further adding to the comfort of each visit are the offices themselves, which come equipped with TVs, plush blankets, and options for aromatherapy.
Each member of Medarts' staff of physicians and nurses helps clients reach their personal wellness goals, employing their cache of nutritional know-how to craft scientifically sound, custom weight-loss programs. The team injects B12 and Lipo-B in order to reduce bodily circumference while maintaining energy levels, prescribes high-protein diets, and works one on one with patients. They're also recertified in their profession annually, much like kings.
Workshops run from 8:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m.; photo safaris take place from 2:30 p.m.–4:30 p.m. Groupon holders may split the class and safari portions between two dates or combine them back-to-back on the same day. For complete schedule info, check the sidebar to the right.
Cheese Shop has been spotted on all seven continents, gracing locales along the Great Wall of China, beside the Pasteur Institute in Paris, and amid the crags of Glacier National Park. Franchises or trademarked cheese meteors aren't the worldly cause, however: the deli's Frisbee Challenge sends logo-emblazoned discs with wayfaring customers, whose photo ops earn them a discount and spot on the dining room's wall of honor. Second-generation owners Tom and Sandy Schutz helm the cheese-shop-turned-café within downtown San Diego's historic Horton Grand Hotel, whose Victorian stained glass windows filter soft light onto breakfasts of buckwheat pancakes and hash-brown-flanked omelets, which are served all day. Six varieties of gourmet grilled cheese anointed with spices such as pesto and jalapeños join overstuffed sandwiches piled high with house-cured and house-smoked morsels of sirloin, pork, and chicken. Outside, a brick patio crowns white wrought iron tables with cups of coffee, tea, and hand-shaken bloody marys beneath trees wrapped in twinkling lights. Cheese Shop also delivers meals to downtown homes and offices free of charge.:
Featured in numerous television and online media, the Sassy City Chicks Fashion Bash showcases trendy apparel from more than 50 designers, as well as accessories from chic lines such as Jay Clay Jewelry, Divine Sole Boutique, and Frederick's of Hollywood. Style mavens descend on the event to sample cocktails and relax in an onsite spa lounge. Visitors also take advantage of discounts on handbags and accessories from locally based brands. At the end of the day, select attendees go home with eco-friendly, reusable tote bags, which are filled with coupons, certificates, and at least $30 worth of beauty products from brands such as Pureology and TanTowel, including lip balm, compact mirrors, and envy balm to apply directly to the eyes of coworkers jealous of your ensemble.