Los Angeles is one of favorite places on earth because of its vibrant health and wellness community. What we eat, how we move, the way we live, what we think, the amount of sunshine we get, our social life… all impact our wellbeing and performance.
Food is just one of the variables but a sexy one. And since I consider myself a frisky foodie, meaning my meals need to be both healthy and scrumptious, I’m looking forward to sharing a few of my favorite LA Eats with you. There’ll be sequels, for sure, as Los Angeles is a hub for dining in style and great health. Whether you’re going solo, hanging with the gang, or inspiring your beloved, there are awesome options for all palettes. Bon appetit!
- Plant Food + Wine
Food + Wine is my favorite new restaurant discovery. They have their own organic garden; great relationships to local, organic farmers; the meals are oh so satisfying + beautiful + healthy; the ambiance manages to be both elegant and relaxed; the staff is lovely. I enjoyed my way through the brunch menu with a bunch of friends and was beyond thrilled. What’d I eat? A scrumptious salad loaded with good fat, a creamy cauliflower soup, and a trio of fermented hot sauces (homemade!) on the side. I finished off with two (yes, they were that good) delightful turmeric almond lattes. And if you want to elevate your culinary chops to recreate those awesome meals at home I encourage you to explore Matthew Kenney’s cooking/uncooking classes conveniently happening on the second floor. Now I’m longing for a Plant Food + Wine in NYC; meanwhile, though, get ready to explore Matthew’s plant-based pizza venture called 00 & Co in the East Village (scheduled to open this Thu, 2/11). The future of food looks bright.
- Bulletproof coffee shop
Finally made it to the mothership. I love being able to refuel healthfully on the go so checking out the brick-and-mortar shop of the popular online destination was a given. Like in any good store, you can pick up goodies such as branded chocolate (delish!), oils, gear, and single-serve Unfair Advantage, whilst your potion is being made, My version of BPC (Bulletproof Coffee) goes like this: decaf, Brain Octain, grass-fed ghee from Ancient Organics. At home I like to make it with cacao butter. What’s the big deal about Bulletproof beans? Founder Dave Asprey says the beans have lab-tested to be virtually free of mycotoxins, which is huge. The coffee shop, which is really more of a high-performance cafe/bistro, also offers insta-worthy outdoor seating. Anecdotally, it was fun to spot the SaMo police team there at 6am fueling up for the day. NYC would enjoy your presence too, Bulletproof.
- Urth Caffe
If you're looking for a cozy breakfast spot with indoor/outdoor seating (including a welcoming fireplace), organic tea, coffee, and treats... Try Urth Caffe in SaMo. The organic omelette with grilled veggies is a great way to start the day (kindly ask that they make it with coconut oil). Explore Urth Caffe’s other locations in DTLA, Beverly Hills, Melrose, Laguna, and Pasadena.
- Dragon Herbs tonic bar
This is my kinda bar 'cuz you'll leave feeling better than before courtesy of superherbs galore. And because Dragon Herbs' tonic bar is so versatile: you can bring your kids, grammy, friends, or hot date -- there's a tonic for everyone & everything. And those wooden thrones! Thanks, Alex, for the spiked Women's Balance. I left feeling very balanced... I have a feeling NYC would embrace your tonic bar wholeheartedly, Dragon Herbs.
- Erewhon Market
Ahhh, Erewhon! It’s my fave health food store because it’s beautifully curated, well stocked, and an incubator of innovation. Even the take-out is organic. And that tonic bar!… it’s my home away from home. Wish there were as many Erewhon tonic bars as there are Starbucks.
- SunLife Organics
Way to start the day! Loving errythang about Sunlife Organics in Malibu. Awesome, clean food; genius outdoor space with glorious, massive crystals (want those in my future garden); a few of my favorite beauty treats and superfoods (hello, 100% Pure and Elemental Wizdom); a hunky Scottish actor refueling post-workout (go see for yourself). They’re also in Calabasas, Thousand Oaks, and soon in Pasadena. Sunlife, please bring your sunshine and CA vibes to the Big Jolly Apple!
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Ultimate Guide to LA's healthiest, yummiest foods. Plant Food + Wine, Erewhon, Dragon Herbs, Bulletproof, Sunlife, Urth, oh my!