Zoomars calls itself a place for "innocent, old-fashioned fun"—and it's not kidding about the "old-fashioned" part. Although the petting zoo itself opened three decades ago, it stands on the site of a farm built around 1890. Other exceedingly quaint buildings sprang up around it in the years that followed, and now its fuzzy and feathered fleet frolics in the center of San Juan Capistrano's historic district, including two Zoomars facilities listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The tidy, USDA-approved farm houses 16 friendly species ready for affectionate coddling, such as sheep, bunnies, and guinea pigs. Zoo staffers supervise kids as they climb into goat pens, or drop snacks into the mouths of zedonks, zebus, and staff members working through lunch.
Additionally, a child-size miniature train chugs a whistling ride around a circular track, and gentle ponies trot along on hand-led trail rides as parents canter along behind. At a re-created Gold Rush–era mine, staffers help small visitors to pan and sift for gemstones, arrowheads, dinosaur fossils, fool’s gold, and long-lost arcade tokens.
In Real Deal Casino Party’s elegant poker packages, staff members set up a deluxe Vegas-style Texas hold ’em table at a home or location of choice. When guests arrive, a professional, experienced dealer can help players brush up on the rules with a 10-minute tutorial, including what kind of flowers to buy in order to woo Lady Luck, before players gather around the table and ante up. Tables are ringed with padded armrests to save sensitive elbows, and guests can store their shaken martinis in the cup holders set into the table's inlaid wooden border. After the party, staff will clean up poker supplies so that hosts can relax, play tiddlywinks with leftover chips, or count their winnings. Dealers sport a tuxedo vest, bow tie, and black dress pants to bolster a classy atmosphere.
Bearing the initials of the Big Apple, NYC Cafe & Catering keeps Southern California bellies full with its expansive spread of Italian and Mediterranean cuisine. The family-oriented establishment makes everything from scratch, from its marinara sauce to bread baked fresh every morning. Visitors bask in this freshness while feasting on specialty pastas, sandwiches, or pizzas, including a special New York pie loaded with pepperoni, sausage, and double cheese. They also offer a variety specialty gyros, where meat and pita come together in an effort to learn how to love again. Conveniently, the cafe caters to Orange County, meaning patrons don't have to stuff their cheeks with lasagna if they want to enjoy their meal at an alternate location.
Most spas don’t admit patrons who bark, growl, and prefer eating dinner on the floor. But at The Zuri Pet Spa, they only allow this breed of customer. Owner and seasoned groomer Jenn Harris delights in setting her sometimes-anxious canine clients at ease through grooming and spa services performed in private suites filled with soft music. From stylish, breed-specific haircuts to cleansing blueberry facials and pooch massages, she and an experienced bather soothe and beautify dogs worn out after weeks of rough-and-tumble play. They even decorate pups’ necks with a line of collars encrusted with Swarovski crystals, which make pets easier to identify or hide inside a chandelier shop.
Started as a single Newport Beach clinic in 1971, Lindora was the brainchild of Dr. Marshall Stamper, who was motivated by the unfortunate loss of his mother due to weight-related complications. Now, more than 40 years later, Lindora's weight-loss programs continue to bestow humanoids with a plethora of personalized nutrition plans and private one-on-one health consultations. At each Lindora location, medically trained teams of health-care professionals guide patients through lab work, health assessments, and exams to discern the most efficient trajectory into better health. Patients receive encouragement to adjust their lifestyle and behavior, and bellies stay buoyed by nutrition support and menu plans that spotlight fresh, balanced meals.
Long-term weight maintenance is the goal of the clinic's medically based programs, which means patients needn't worry about extra pounds boomeranging back into their lives like a persistent pet chinchilla. Check the FAQs page here for more information about Lindora's approach to weight loss.