Craig Fruchter and Stephanie Schreiber, a husband-and-wife duo, team up with an impassioned troupe of instructors to lead students toward mental and physical health through a lineup of Bikram and power-yoga classes. Their dual locations swirl with balmy temperatures to loosen tight ligaments and help students ease deeper into the tension-relieving stretches. The warm air pricks beads of sweat on shoulders and brows while flushing out toxins and the spleen's discarded Funyun bags. With an eye on preserving the environment, both studios are scrubbed with nontoxic cleaning products each day and feature textured rubber floors and fresh-air ventilation systems. Marin Magazine in 2010 named Red Dragon one of the best yoga studios in Marin, and Pacific Sun named the business the best Marin yoga studio in 2012, 2013 and 2014.
In its warm and unassuming atmosphere aglow in red, purple, and gold, Peking Palace has been culinarily composing more than 120 sizzling Hunan, Szechuan, Mandarin, and Cantonese dishes for more than 30 years. Those longing for lunch and libations may peruse plenteous lunch menu items, such as kung-pao chicken ($7.50) or a cantonese combination plate of beef lo mein and sweet and sour chicken with fried prawns for taste buds unsatisfied with the singular ($7.85).
Using wrung-from-the-wild seafood, Skippers serves up made-to-order dishes to fill grumbling stomachs and silence attention-seeking appetites. Start with the creamy clam chowder nestled in a sourdough-bread bowl ($5.99), or opt for the three-piece signature fish and chips ($6.99), bringing together ocean life and potato in a hunger-satisfying harmony usually reserved for peanut jelly and butter. The three-piece cod ($8.25) is hand dipped in tempura for optimum crunching, while the fresh grilled halibut ($13.50) encourages tongue purring. Skippers also features salads, sandwiches, and a menu for kiddies, as well as sides such as hush puppies and shrimp. Enjoy nautical nourishment without having to buy your family’s ancient deep-sea diving helmet back from the iron grasp of the Internet with a meal at Skippers.
Chan Bistro owners Katia Chan and Meo Goldstein sojourn to local markets each morning to gather fresh ingredients for the meals their patrons will order that day, according to the Pacific Northwest Inlander's feature on the eatery. The married couple's emphasis on freshness carries over to the recipes they serve, and they prepare all of their rich sauces in-house. Though adept at all manner of culinary styles, Katia and Meo primarily dole out variations on traditional Asian dishes, such as the fuji sweet-and-sour chicken breaded with panko and topped with grilled pineapple. Vegetarian entrees, such as Sichuan-style steamed Silken tofu with fresh garlic and scallions, allow diners of different dietary persuasions to sup together and compare chewing techniques. Diners dig into Katia and Meo’s recipes beside a photographic backdrop of Hong Kong’s gleaming skyline, a nod to Katia's hometown, which she describes as “the heaven of food.”
Chef Ramiro Urbina is no stranger to Chinese cuisine. Working for restaurants such as Panda Express, Flaming Wok, and PF Changs, Urbina honed his skills before becoming the chef and owner of Happy Dragon Express.
Each of Happy Dragon’s classic Chinese favorites—such as kung pao chicken, mongolian beef, and fortune cookies crammed with lines from The Karate Kid—is made daily from fresh, flavorful ingredients. Customers can gather their lunch or dinner into a convenient to-go box, or kick back at a table and watch TV inside the cozy restaurant.
Although most peoples’ tastes differ, many feel uncomfortable asking for alterations to menu items when dining out. Mongolian Grill & Vietnamese Cuisine, however, not only encourages customization, but builds its menu around it. The restaurant centers around a create-your-own stir-fry bar, at which diners fill their bowls with a choice of meats and proteins, vegetables, and 15 sauces to customize their own noodle or rice dish. Cooks fry the amassed ingredients in front of customers' eyes, blending food and entertainment like a reality show starring Cookie Monster. They augment their customizable menu with a range of Vietnamese dishes such as pho and fried rice.