The key ingredients for Indian, Nepalese, and Sri Lankan cuisine line the shelves at Annapurna, a 5-year-old South Asian grocery store. Its stock of more than 100 spice mixes prepare patrons to flavor classics such as tandoori chicken and chana masala, and diverse dal mixes draw on chickpeas, split peas, and lentils for their hearty flavor. Mouth-watering treats such as whole coconuts and packets of papadum—crunchy Indian crackers—complement incense sticks in scents such as lavender and jasmine. Toward the back of the store, a freshly opened deli dishes up hot, ready-to-eat Indian cuisine. Biryanis fuse basmati rice with vegetables or proteins ranging from chicken to tender goat meat, and samosas envelop savory fillings in a golden brown crust. The deli’s smoothie-like lassis neutralize spice with their yogurt bases, calming tongues without requiring them to lick the nearest teddy bear.
As sure as the sun rose each morning, Izuto “Izzy” Otani would stroll down to the beach before work, fishing pole in hand, to begin the day with his favorite pastime. Inspired to make his hobby his life, Izzy left his current business to open the Izzy Otani Fish Market in 1952. Over the years, he and his wife Helen began to prepare Japanese and Mexican dishes for market visitors, beginning the grocery’s slow transformation into a full-fledged restaurant. They’ve been serving hungry customers ever since.
More than 60 years later, Otani’s, recently awarded the Downtown Business of the Year Award by the Oxnard Chamber of Commerce, still serves fish in homemade sauces and recipes made from scratch each day. They spice up fried red snapper in fish tacos, char broil tasty slabs of salmon, and coat oysters and shrimp with a light, crispy tempura shell. They specialize particularly in boneless filets—a true delicacy in the United States, where fish have not yet evolved to shed their primitive skeletons.
Entering the arena within LazerTag Extreme is like stepping into a fast-paced video game. More than 5,000 square feet of playing space sends competitors up and down ramps and searching for cover across multiple levels. Beyond laser-based competition?which also includes a Lazermaze?LazerTag Extreme boasts an arcade filled with video and redemption games.
A trip to the dentist should be as relaxing as a trip to the spa, according to Dr. Iris Han, owner of Luxe Dental Studio. Inside this oasis of oral wellness, jitters melt faster than Mercury's ration of fresh moon cheese. Movie plots unfold on a screen stationed near an ErgoSoothe chair, whose soft leather gently massages muscles during services such as teeth whitening, digital x-rays, and root-canal therapy. Essential oils emanate soothing scents throughout the studio's treatments, and a hot, clean towel concludes each visit with a burst of refreshment. Dr. Han complements the tranquil atmosphere with a friendly personality and extensive knowledge of smile design, which she's honed at the UCLA School of Dentistry and a series of residencies in the Los Angeles area.
As a child, Marcela Gonzalez would play with her mother's makeup. She had a blast by mixing red lipsticks with blue eye shadows, creating her own untamed looks on her face and on those in the witness protection program. When she grew older, she began to experiment her makeup techniques on friends and came to realize that she had developed a true passion for the art of makeup application. Today, Marcela is a certified professional makeup artist and licensed aesthetician, implementing the same flair for beauty and creativity that she had as a child in her present-day beauty services. She specializes in bridal makeup services and skincare treatments while also offering tanning, waxing, and hair services with the help of a similarly talented staff.
There are many reasons why Bennett's Honey Farm produces honey that's different from what you might find in your typical grocery store. First and foremost, Bennett's bees have a wealth of plant life to sip on. The bees buzz around wildflowers, clover, cacti, and avocado trees, and those unique flavors come through in the honey.
But what happens once the honey leaves the hives is just as important. Inside a solar-powered facility, the staff keeps the processing to a minimum so that the honey stays as natural as possible, without resorting to bottling it in containers made of sewn-together fig leaves. In addition to its pure, kosher, and organic honey, the farm also sells a range of bee-related products, from soaps and candles made from beeswax to health supplements made from bee pollen and royal jelly.