From a humble beginning as a family business in Tustin more than 25 years ago, Jalapeños has flourished into multiple restaurants throughout Orange County. It's an achievement almost as impressive as the sheer number of burritos on the Tustin menu: 15. And that number could be easily doubled by having each one made mojado-style with melted cheese on top. Classic combinations of beans and meat share the page with creations like the Chile Colorado—beef chunks, red chile, and cheese—as well as vegetarian burritos that are stuffed with the likes of chiles rellenos and veggies instead of just another tortilla wadded up.
Of course, the menu also includes tacos, tortas, and tostadas. Specialty dinners here range from enchiladas to plates of beef tongue and carnitas. To add a little tang to your meal, order an entire marinated jalapeno on the side and douse the spiciness with an imported beer.
While Pilates is corrective, The Bar Method is transformative—much like those cars that transform into miniature weasels. You’ll burn fat, sculpt muscles, refine your figure, and improve your strength and endurance. After a brief warm-up, you’ll tackle the upper body with weights and bar exercises. The workout continues with challenging lower-body positions and floor exercises designed to firm up your abs and glutes. This diverse and challenging workout gives you the long, lean muscles and elegant posture of a ballet dancer without the discomfort and inconvenience of being heckled by ballet hooligans.
Grab a bagel ring for all 12 fingers ($10.95 a dozen), or grab an individual for a baby bracelet ($1.14 per bagel). Many toppings, cream cheeses, and spreads are also available. Although Bagel Me!'s name is both direct and delicious, the menu expands beyond the realm of the round. Breakfast items such as gooey cheddar and egg melts served alongside cinnamon baked apples ($4.19) and freshly blended smoothies ($4.39) will cause smiles at sunrise. Afternoon diners can hang fangs on tri-tip steak sandwiches such as the jalapeno-pineapple pairing, loaded liberally with caramelized onions, Tillamook cheddar, and monterey jack cheese ($7.49). Or fork up a variety of starters, such as Irish nachos based in French fries and topped with bacon, onions, cheddar and jack cheeses, and lucky wishes ($5.79).
The clay pots lined up at India Kitchen Restaurant's daily lunch buffet look identical, but inside is a cross-section of Indian cuisine that spans the country. Starting on the border between India and China is fried chicken in a manchurian sauce and fried rice with veggies and shrimp. Moving southward, chefs light on the northern tikka masala before journeying to the southern madras curry chicken with its coconut twang. These flavors all come to life with the cooking methods native to those regions: tandoor ovens impart a smokey, charred flavor to cuts of lamb kabobs; round tawa griddles churn out flaky paratha bread. Indian Kitchen also serves a selection of dosas as well as Andhra-style Hyderabadi dum biryani with chicken, goat, lamb, vegetables, egg, and shrimp. Most dishes can also be made with or without meat to accommodate dietary restrictions and people who've been bitten by a werebunny.
Dining at Rasoi Curry Point is a tasty way to learn about India's diverse cuisines. The restaurant's owner specializes in dishes from the Hyderabad region, including succulent bone-in lamb biryani and mirchi ka salaan—a piquant dish of spiced peppers. But he also draws on a deep knowledge of dishes from elsewhere on the Indian subcontinent. Delve into the cuisine of northern regions by ordering the Mughlai-style fried eggplant, or explore south-Indian flavor by ordering the tangy tamarind rice. Tandoor-roasted meats and breads round out the menu, and a variety of chutneys and sauces allow diners to customize meals or create Jackson Pollock–style splatter paintings on pieces of naan.