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City Guide: The Slice

A Great Local Pizzeria You’ve Never Heard Of

The Slice brings classic New York-style fare to the South Bay with a smile.

Written by Constance Dunn
Illustration by Jay Brockman

This one’s worth adding to your mental food files, particularly if you’re cruising down Pacific Coast Highway near Redondo Beach and it hits: that craving for a warm, gooey slice of pizza, with cheese melted against hearty baked dough and peppered with tangy tomato sauce.

East Coast native Wayne cheerfully cooks up quick slices and custom pies, along with monster-sized subs and much-praised Buffalo Wings at his small shop on Torrance Boulevard, just a tiptoe east of Pacific Coast Highway and three minutes by car from the beach.

Tip: If you like your wings blazing hot, order them “Suicide” level. And lovers of classic, chewy mushrooms can rejoice; they’re the only kind served at The Slice.

The Slice
610 Torrance Boulevard
Redondo Beach, CA 90277
310.316.5111
RedondoBeachTheSlice.com

City Guide: Harmony Yoga

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Strike a Pose

Slow breathing and deep stretching make for a mindful break from today’s busy world

Written By Constance Dunn
Illustration by Jay Brockman

Sunday evening yoga class at Harmony Yoga begins with a brief meditation, something calm to still pacing minds while setting up the next 90 minutes as a mini-retreat for weary bodies in need of a boost. What follows is a leisurely series of stretches, many seated and some held for five minutes—enough time to lengthen connective tissue and feel the body unfurl from a week spent hunched over a computer or a steering wheel.

Yin Yoga is a daydream of a class that’s ideal for those recuperating from illness or injury—or unaccustomed to the rigors of power yoga. Yet there’s plenty of benefit for athletic types keen to show their hamstrings some love in the form of the Paschimottanasana (Seated Forward Bend) or Pigeon Pose, which opens hard-to-reach hip flexor and rotator muscles, where resentment and other ill feelings tend to harbor. Class instructor Kitty Adams guides the group to breathe in deeply, and with the whoosh of an exhale, wipe their slates clean.

Yin Yoga Class
Sundays, 6:00-7:30 pm

Harmony Yoga
901A N Pacific Coast Hwy, Suite #100
Redondo Beach, CA 90277
310.379.6905
HarmonyYoga.com

South Bay Guide: Wayfarers Chapel

Sanctuary by the Sea

Sculpted grounds and a tree-anked glass chapel oer a peaceful site to stop, breathe and dream.

 

WRITTEN BY CONSTANCE DUNN  |  ILLUSTRATION BY JAY BROCKMAN

 

A modest wood sign set along Palos Verdes Drive announces this tucked-away ode to nature, envisioned in the 1920s by local Swedenborgian Church member Elizabeth Schellenberg as a place where travelers could stop for spiritual refreshment.

Gently shaded by an umbrella of slender Italian Stone Pine trees and sturdy Coastal Redwoods, the glass chapel is an inspiring place of respite for anyone who wishes it. Afterwards, your mind refreshed, stroll the tidy flower garden, teeming with lavender and bright roses, or sit on a shaded bench and ponder the ocean.

Completed in 1949 by Lloyd Wright, son of Frank, Wayfarers Chapel is sponsored by the Swedenborgian Church and dedicated to its 18th-century founder, Emanuel Swedenborg. The chapel and grounds are open daily from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., though it’s best to plan your visit during odd hours, such as 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and so on, since weddings are booked on even hours, and the chapel is home to approximately 700 of them each year.

Wayfarers Chapel

5755 Palos Verde Drive South
Rancho Palos Verde, CA 90275
310.377.1650
WayfarersChapel.org

City Guide: Awesome Ice Cream

Handel’s Homemade Ice Cream & Yogurt

Long lines swirling from this ice cream stand testify to the everlasting appeal of the cone.

WRITTEN BY CONSTANCE DUNN
ILLUSTRATION BY JAY BROCKMAN

This South Bay institution is known for its unapologetically rich ice cream, made fresh daily in batches and stocked with generous amounts of fruit, caramel and other goodies. Long lines are the norm on warm nights and on Two Buck Tuesdays, when locals queue up for scoops of Graham Central Station—an alluring meld of chocolate malt and graham crackers— and super-creamy Banana Cream Pie, both top-sellers. Kids, on the other hand, are fond of color-packed selections like Cotton Candy or Blue Moon, aka blue raspberry.

Malted milk shakes and massive banana splits are menu mainstays, and seasonal offerings include pumpkin pie ice cream, available in autumn, and a fresh peach sundae, served in summer. One of only three California locations, Handel’s is located in a modern strip mall yet sports all the trappings of a classic ice cream stand, from cheerful teens serving cones through tiny service windows to children dancing with glee and smitten couples holding hands.

Handel’s Homemade Ice Cream & Yogurt
1882 South Pacific Coast Highway, Redondo Beach, CA 90277
424.247.8861 | HandelsIceCream.com

City Guide: Exquisite at Age 89

Point Vicente Lighthouse

 

 

An arresting vision sits along a postcard stretch of Palos Verdes Drive

Recognizing that a lone buoy wasn’t adequately warding ships off Palos Verdes Peninsula, in 1926 the U.S. government constructed Point Vicente Lighthouse. Since then, the South Bay landmark has been visited by the likes of Lana Turner in 1941 and featured in films such as 2001’s Pearl Harbor.

Taking a shine to the lighthouse is easy. Linger in the adjacent grassy park for a closer look, or stop by the second Saturday of each month to climb to the top, where you’ll find an 1886 Fresnel Lens shooting light across a 20-plus mile span of blue Pacific. Brilliant.

31550 Palos Verdes Drive West,  Rancho Palos Verdes, CA 90274

310.541.0334

PalosVerdes.com/PVLight