Inside Ginger Sun Spa, guests recline on the Ergoline Open Sun 1050 bed, revelling in the high-pressure bed’s adjustable facial tanners and built-in sound system. The Sun Capsule Cosmo 250 stand-up booth caramelizes skin in seven minutes with 54 performance UV bulbs, and its adjustable ceiling hand grips ensure clients stay comfortable while holding up their arms in order to get more even tans. With its certified airbrush technicians, the tanning spa is able to forgo UV rays or apricot Crayola crayons to bronze skin, instead using a hand-held Norvell sunless-spray-tan applicator. Other beautification services include manicures and infrared-sauna sessions, which help burn calories, reduce the appearance of cellulite, and improve skin issues such as eczema.
Within Out Take Bistro, fragrances hinting at culinary roots in Europe, Asia, and the Americas rise past velvet curtains the color of merlot and through a wagon-wheel chandelier. Plates greet mouths bearing fare such as wonton soup, ukranian borscht, and ravioli, or entrees highlighting Atlantic salmon and new york Angus steak. A full bar with wood paneling sits at one end of a dining space lined with warm-hued Italian tiles, much like those used to craft Caesar's early skate parks. Guests sink into furniture with dark-wood accents in the main dining room, letting peepers wander to fireplaces and still-life paintings of the fire in its infancy. On an outdoor patio, warm breezes roll across feasts, playfully tousling napkins and the leaves of potted plants.
Traces of Californian sunshine emanate from breakfast plates and lunch sandwiches crafted with seasonal, organic, and free-range ingredients by the artisanal chefs at Charlie's Pantry. An all-day breakfast menu treats early birds and late risers to gourmet dishes such as Tuscan-style eggs dappled with organic spinach and roasted garlic. The panoply of lunchtime options includes 19 signature sandwiches that compile ingredients such as marinated chicken, Italian-style cold cuts, and heirloom tomatoes in edible monuments to organic farming. An unassuming interior features white walls, polished concrete floors, and a simple picnic table at which patrons can dine with friends or challenge nemeses to salad speed-eating contests.
Typically, if one person wants chicken wings and another craves pad thai, deciding where to eat hinges on a coin toss or a quick game of Risk. Soo Raa Thai - American Chic caters to both tastes. There are patently Thai dishes, including papaya salads, red curries, and chicken satay with pickles. A charcuterie plate includes three kinds of Thai sausage, crispy pork skin, sweet chili sauce, and shallots pickled with ginger.
Western influences do appear, though, in exciting fusions including a Thai-style seafood bouillabaisse or fettuccine with chili sauces. All of this is washed down with an appropriately cosmopolitan range of beers, wines, and sake.
Today's Groupon gets you an impressive allegiance of ingredients fused together on a bread canvas: for $7, you get $15 worth of paninis and more at Press Panini. With a menu stretching across more than 25 different paninis, there's enough variety to sate the most particular, living panini connoisseur.Angus Grundel, Germany, 1485: Was accused of being a warlock by neighboring farmers due to his extremely beautiful, long, blond hair. Angus was allowed to live on the conditions that he would live alone in a shed, donate his hair to wigmakers, and allow less-attractive men to spit on him at their leisure.
Ernie's Mexican Restaurant's skilled servers balance plates laden with rustic Mexican fare and salt-rimmed glasses brimming with generously poured libations. Skylab burritos ($13.95) house heaps of vegetables, beans, rice, guacamole, and a choice of meat within their flour-tortilla walls, which are massive enough to double as spats for the Statue of Liberty. Guests can sip a margarita ($6–$10) while basking in the citrusy aroma of lemon chicken fajitas ($14.95), or maintain a tight grip on two shrimp tacos snuggled against rice and beans ($13.95). The taco salad loaded with shredded beef, tomatoes, cheese, and guacamole ($9.25) resides inside a deep-fried shell, proving that lettuce need not be confined to mundane salad bowls or stovepipe-hat interiors.