By Allison Hata and Anissa Brown | Contributors
JAN-FEB 2022 ISSUE
IT'S GETTING HOT IN HERE
Photo courtesy of Lea Jane's Hot Chicken
Dare to take your tastebuds on a spicy Southern adventure at Lea Jane’s Hot Chicken, new to SteelCraft Garden Grove. Opening its doors this winter at the outdoor urban eatery, Lea Jane’s serves up Nashville hot chicken with a major kick. There’s a hefty dose of spice thanks to hot sauce and cayenne in the coating, as well as a spicy sauce drizzled over the top. It’s all offered with four tantalizing heat levels: southern, medium, hot, and clucking hot. In addition to fried chicken, Lea Jane’s cooks up crispy pork rinds, fried chicken deviled eggs and more. With other locations in Colorado and Texas, this is the third storefront for the chicken joint that draws inspiration from its founder’s childhood memories of a family cross-country road trip.
SPICE UP YOUR LIFE
Photo courtesy of Buddah Belly
Once an intern at a restaurant, Akeem Wong is now living the dream. After launching a food truck and then parlaying it into a successful Los Angeles brick-and-mortar in 2017, Akeem brought his signature Southeast Asian fusion dishes down to Orange County. Now open, his second Buddha Belly location is feeding the crowds at SteelCraft Garden Grove. Guests are in store for a world of flavor with dishes like the spicy “Ka Prow” chicken, pad thai, banh mi, and more.
GET A GLIMPSE OF HEAVEN
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Who doesn’t love a little R&R these days? A Little Touch of Heaven might just send you to cloud nine. This trendy day spa in Newport Beach specializes in LED, oxygen and microderm facials, waxing, and skin and body treatments using a proprietary line of natural products. It’s a one-stop shop for beauty needs, be it acne, pigmentation and anti-aging or anti-stress. Massages that can make your muscles melt are a popular service, but every treatment is results-driven with your need for relaxation of paramount importance. Founder Crystal Surmanian and her team of estheticians make it their goal to give clients top-tier service and beautiful complexions, one face at a time.
MAKE HEALING YOUR NEW YEAR’S RESOLUTION
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Take the next step in your holistic healing journey at Magnolia Wellness in Costa Mesa. Known for curating personalized experiences for clients, the award-winning wellness center borrows from the principles of Chinese and functional medicine to help with fertility, gut health, relief from pregnancy discomforts, stress and anxiety, and more. The team comprises experts with talents ranging from acupuncture and herbalism to nutrition services and massage therapy. Too busy to come in-person? The company also offers virtual naturopathic and herbal consultations. Its online quiz is a fun way to kickstart your new wellness journey, offering insight about your healing type and how to live your best life through specific treatments, herbs and nutrition choices.
JUST FOR THE HEALTH OF IT
Photo courtesy of Nourish Nutrition and Health
If you’re ringing in the new year with a resolution to improve fitness or eat healthier, you’re not alone. But as some of the most common resolutions, they’re also among the easiest to break if you don’t make changes that become part of your daily lifestyle. Health is more than just a diet or detox, a philosophy embraced by nutritionist Julie Hefner. Through her Newport Beach-based company Nourish Nutrition and Health, Julie offers personalized health assessments as well as counseling sessions that offer customized meal plans, recipes, shopping lists and even guides for ordering at a restaurant. Turn eating well into your next adventure with other services like a pantry raid to purge those tempting snacks, a one-on-one grocery tour or cooking classes with up to five of your friends.
COMMIT TO BE FIT
Photo courtesy of Newport Medical Wellness
Press pause on your Netflix binge and get ready to work your muscles — those aches and pains of aging (and lounging on the couch) are so 2021. Upgrade your exercise routine at Newport Medical and Wellness with a workout that not only gets you moving, but retrains your body to keep your spine healthy and straight. Developed by the center’s co-founder, physical therapist Rachna LaLonde, the LongSpine Method is integrated into group classes that teach students how to move with the proper mechanics. Each class serves a different purpose, running the gamut from therapeutic to rigorous. The equipment-free basic class helps strengthen muscles through mat work, while the hour-long release class incorporates foam rollers to improve joint range of motion. You can also learn to lift weights while sculpting and toning your body, or embark on a boot camp-style endeavor with cardio-pulmonary and plyometric exercises, resistance training and core stabilization. Classes are offered daily and can be purchased individually, in packages or with an unlimited pass.
Photo courtesy of Lao Kune Do
Tai chi can help center your mind, body and spirit, like meditation in motion. So take a deep breath, let last year’s worries stay in the past, and embark on a journey of healing and health this season at Lao Kune Do. The Costa Mesa martial arts studio helps people of all ages and abilities practice this graceful form of exercise that keeps the body in constant motion. With slow, focused movements, deep breathing and gentle stretching, tai chi offers the therapeutic benefits of stress relief, improved muscle strength and balance, and energy regulation. Sifu (“teacher”) Paul McIntyre, who studied under Lao Kune Do founder and grandmaster Richard Tsim, offers beginner and advanced classes in tai chi and kung fu, as well as private training and qigong meditation sessions.