Gol Brazilian Restaurant's cooks prepare top sirloin, bacon-wrapped pork, chicken hearts, and other meats in the traditional gaucho style—by skewering them onto metal rods and slow-roasting them over charcoal. Besides the succulent churrasco selections, a buffet of fresh, flavorful salads and hot dishes such as spaghetti carbonara and croquettes round out the menu. Patrons can sip fresh fruit juices, beer, or wine and finish meals with creamy flan and other desserts while observing the footwork of Brazilian soccer teams on the flat-screen TV.
Acclaimed products line the shelves at each Planet Beauty boutique, many chosen by customer request. Skincare solutions by Dermalogica ($3–$180) pamper pelts without artificial colors, fragrances, or mineral oil, and the invigorating essential oil applications of L'Occitane ($3–$54), much like fast food's imported potato delicacies, come straight from France. Seekers of sleeker, silkier hair can peruse deep-conditioning Moroccanoil products ($20.95–$41) or explore the array of shampoos, conditioners, and styling solutions of Bed Head ($9.95–$39.95).
Coastal Pacific's food gurus champion sustainability, eschew processing, and promote healthy living by coordinating farmers' markets throughout Southern California that bring vendors within high-fiving distance of buyers. Each market regularly hosts 25–30 vendors that showcase organic, seasonal harvests of fruits, vegetables, legumes, herbs, and farm-fresh phoenix eggs. Markets also feature baked goods, honey, and a host of non-edible items, such as orchids and handmade jewelry and hats. Coastal Pacific farmers’ markets ensure all products are sold straight from soil to the stands and come free of artificial colors, flavors, preservatives, or harmful chemicals. Each market is an inviting atmosphere where guests can relax as they shop for edibles and crafts to the tune of live music.
The talented chefs at Green Olive Grill unite low-cholesterol ingredients, Middle Eastern spices, and heirloom recipes to form a menu of fresh Mediterranean cuisine. The veggie falafel sandwich swaddles lettuce, tomatoes, and onions in a toasty pita blanket ($4.95), while the schawarma beef sandwich mutes bellowing stomachs with flame-broiled tri tip steak before they blurt out Social Security numbers ($5.95). Green Olive entrees––such as the kafta plate featuring two skewers of expertly seasoned ground beef ($9.95)––arrive with an entourage of hummus dip, rice pilaf, pita bread, and a choice of salad or vegetables. While noshing on nutritious morsels, diners can moisten their jugulars with a deluge of classic lebanese mint lemonade ($2.50).
Founded and led by Dr. Sam Bakhtiar—a bodybuilding champion with both a master's and doctorate degree in fitness—Fitness Concepts houses an enthusiastic team of trainers dedicated to helping clients tone up within a 10,000-square-foot facility with rows of free weights and clusters of exercise machines. During specific programs, such as one-on-one personal-training sessions, they’ll help fit seekers target their personal goals, whether that’s strengthening their core, shaping up before a wedding, or conditioning for a sport.
Fitness Concepts' programs include dynamic boot-camp classes, which burn calories and strengthen bodies with ever-changing workouts and encouragement from invested trainers. Each facet of Fitness Concepts is designed to banish fat, break through fitness barriers, and help members feel more confident than Michael Jordan during his visit to Munchkin Land.