One day the owner of a grey Lexus LFA—a supercar that retails for $450,000—decided he didn’t like the color. Rather than renovating it with a paint job, he turned to Victor and the experts at Invisible Edge, who outfitted the two-seater with 3M DI-NOC carbon fiber vinyl and transformed it into an eye-catching yellow powerhouse. It’s all in a day’s work for Victor, who has had a passion for cars since his childhood, and still follows F1 and Indy racing. He and his team work on all makes and models, applying clear paint-protecting bras, window tint film, and vehicle wraps from brands such as 3M, VentureShield, and XPEL.
The chefs of Java Deli & Subs load up your choice of bread with a selection of deli meats and cheeses, crafting hot and cold sandwiches that can be customized to satisfy midday cravings. The sandwiches are available in 8- and 12-inch incarnations, which were also the two goatee lengths Mark McGwire sported in his baseball career. They combine hearty cuts of meat such as roast beef, scoops of tuna, and chicken breast with a choice of toppings.
From 14-hour days during the beginnings of their first restaurant in Long Beach more than 37 years ago, Super Mex founders Manuel and Socorro Orozco built franchises across Southern California. Inspired by the local cuisine of the village he was born in—Villa Jimenez, Michoacan, Mexico—Manuel brought his passion for traditional Mexican food to California, where the business grew with a dedicated following of college students. Striving to craft dishes that taste homemade, Super Mex offers Mexican classics such as burritos, tostadas, and flautas.
A warm sense of community mingles with the aromas of fresh-brewed coffees and lattes at Daily Brew Coffee House, all percolated by an amenable crew of baristas who dole out fresh pastries, wholesome sandwiches, and hearty wraps. The café's grinders overflow with beans from Wild Goose Coffee Co., a local, small-batch roaster that supports direct-trade relationships with their farmers. Within the golden-hued walls, the air buzzes with free WiFi and local talent, showcased during Wednesday open-mic nights and other events as well as in a burgeoning gallery of local artists' works. A Brew it Forward program encourages patrons to send spontaneous bubbles of joy into the day of a stranger or friend by anonymously purchasing them a drink or building them a new car out of coffee stirrers.
Extreme Pita's sandwiches serve as a healthier, tastier alternative to fast-food options. Pitas are filled with meats, veggies, and flavorful sauces in inventive combinations. Chef-inspired sandwiches are inspired by various cuisines, with bourbon chipotle sauce giving grilled chicken a Big Easy kick and sweet chili sauce lending a Thai-inspired spin to the philly steak. Nutritional information for each sandwich is readily available on the website, and diners can eat with a clearer conscience and smaller carbon footprint knowing that Extreme Pita partakes in a number of green initiatives, such as recycling whenever possible and using tankless water heaters and Energy-Star-rated refrigerators.
The fruit maestros at Juice It Up! concoct a colorful menu of nutritious, blended-to-order smoothies, fresh-squeezed juices, and more. Slow-motion mornings can get a kick-start with one of 18 original smoothies, such as the lava flow, a fusion of exotic juices, nonfat yogurt, banana, strawberries, pineapple, and coconut ($3.75 for 16-oz., $4.25 for 24-oz., $5.25 for 32-oz.). Protect innards against aging with the antioxidant-rich fists of an ultimate açaí berry bowl, or Eschew saccharine sustenance with something from the Delightful Blends list, featuring sips made with no-sugar-added yogurt and naturally carb-free delight. Mopey mouths perk up with a swig of applemint juice or shot of wheatgrass.