The menu at La Paloma Restaurante extends beyond the Mexican-restaurant standards of burritos and fajitas to offer vegetarian dishes and exotic game meats such as antelope, pheasant, and ostrich. Cooks marinate charbroiled ostrich filets in house spices and dress antelope filets in a cranberry-chipotle sauce. More conventional dishes include carne asada burritos—grilled, marinated sirloin sauteed with bell peppers and onions, served with guacamole and salsa—and seafood enchiladas stuffed with shrimp and cheese, topped with ranchero sauce and sour cream. Diners can compliment meals with a selection of more than 50 tequilas, or take the menu's recommendations on wine pairings and gossip topics for the evening.
California Climbing Company's staff of safety-oriented, First Aid- and CPR-certified instructors imparts sierra-scaling skills to eager climbers. The Intro to Outdoor Climbing class requires no prior experience, so newbies can take the challenge without having scaled plateaus, mesas, or oversize anthills. Classes take place in a number of outdoor locales; students can elect a preferred location, just as they specify their ideal lesson plan. Lasting four to six hours, classes give students thorough instruction, plenty of practice, and a perfect excuse for missing their mailman's piano recital. Though climbing equipment is provided, California Climbing Company asks that all students wear comfortable shoes and long shorts or pants and bring sun protection, snacks, and three or four bottles of water.
Sure, diners could make tacos at home, by ripping open a packet of premixed spices and heating up some factory-made tortillas. Or they could take a drive to Las Olas Mexican Restaurant, where nothing is ever pre-made, where everything on the menu is crafted the traditional way: from scratch and with local and organic ingredients whenever possible. In 1981, owners Dave Murphey and Pete Johnson opened the first location of Las Olas Mexican Restaurant, an homage to the eateries they enjoyed as they grew up, surfing on Mexican beaches. They claim to have brought the first fish taco stateside, and strive to serve similarly tasty and healthful fare. Whether enjoying a traditional Mexican dish such as tostadas or crisp chimichangas, or one of the specialties, such as shrimp tacos or seafood enchiladas, diners rest easy knowing that as they eat, their carbon footprint is shrinking without subjecting their foot to laser liposuction. The seafood served is sustainable, and all paper products are recycled.