For close to a decade, the stylists at Salon Divine have done much more than transform hair with services such as extensions and texturizing treatments—they've made a difference in their community. In September of 2011, the team paired with Driscoll Children’s Hospital during Childhood Cancer Awareness Month to help people donate their hair to make wigs for young cancer patients. They also recently hosted a benefit for a client with non-Hodgkin lymphoma.
Their care and compassion is reflected in the attentiveness they show to clients' hair, nails, and skin. They soothe tired feet with fragrant peppermint, citrus, or rose salt scrubs, and enhance the stress-reliever manicure with a hand and wrist massage, loosening joints that are stiff from rehearsing one-man sock-puppet shows. As a further tribute to client comfort, the salon boasts leather furniture and elegant, dark wood accents throughout. Bright pops of magenta from the backlit ceiling and strategically placed floral accents add a whimsical vibe that permeates the team's creative hairstyles.
Turkey Gone Wild! It might sound like a surreal newspaper headline, but it’s actually just the name of one of Small Planet Delicatessen & Bakery's hot sandwiches. The gourmet creations are the deli’s specialty, and the aforementioned Turkey Gone Wild is a melty layering of turkey, white cheddar, purple onion, and avocado spread. The deli's New Planet sub also starts with turkey, but bulks up with hard salami, jalapeños, and pesto sauce, tucked between slices of jalapeño-cheese bread. Customers can also build their own sandwich from a diverse selection of breads, meats, and toppings that includes everything from sweet ham to artichoke hearts.
The rest of the menu boasts an international spread of deli- and bakery-inspired foods. There’s country french quiche and athenian gyros, mesquite-chicken quesadillas and kids’ personal pizzas. A tempting array of baked goods in single-serving sizes enables patrons to try just a slice of tuxedo-truffle cake, or a single white-chocolate-and-walnut cookie, the crumbs of which can be tossed in the air for a post-meal celebration.
A towering chalkboard announces the menu at Chef Mark's restaurant, which certified executive chef Mark Carpenter erases and redrafts each day. Drawing from nearly 40 years of experience, Carpenter oversees an experienced kitchen staff as they whip up hearty comfort breakfasts and lunches from scratch. The restaurant's countertops steam with freshly made platters of pot roasts, meatloaf, and pork chops, and a salad bar showcases colorful vegetables and dressings. Meanwhile, a dessert bar is piled high with trays of warm cinnamon buns, crusty rolls, cookies, and pies. After selecting their meals, customers retire to a sunlit dining room filled with white-clothed tables. The welcoming, communal atmosphere is accentuated by decorative flower arrangements, a bookshelf of reading material, and a prohibition on duck hunting of any kind.
At El Patron, chefs cook up an expansive menu of Mexican cuisine. Fajitas carry bounties of beef, chicken, chorizo, or veggies sizzling freshly on hot skillets, supported by a cast of burritos, quesadillas, and enchiladas, as well as vegetarian options. Meanwhile, a drinks menu details domestic and imported draft beers, as well as margaritas with lime, peach, strawberry, or mango.
The chefs flavor their Filipino dishes with seasoning in mild to tear-inducing spice levels. They lace the pancit canton’s fried yellow noodles around chicken, shrimp, and veggies, and arrange cabbage, asparagus, squash, peppers, beans, and celery in the vegetarian special’s dish. Mouth temperatures rise with the spicy pepper pork and chicken dishes served hot, very hot, or extremely hot with a certified firefighter on standby.
Tucked inside the Holiday Inn Emerald Beach, right along the beach, the chefs at the Sandpiper Restaurant fill stomachs with a mix of casual and upscale steaks, seafood, and Southwestern fare. In addition to burgers, fish-centric spreads, and sizeable steaks, homestyle dishes populate the menu, including southern fried steak and country pot roast that's even more tender than Napoleon's bruised ego at the big and tall store.