APRIL 2016 TOP ZEN LIST
$$ · American, Gluten-Free Pizza and More! | evokitchenla.com
From their website…
Run by a Sister, Brother, Mother Trio, Evo kitchen is a small family business where vegan foodies, meat lovers and gluten-free peeps can feast together. Built to LEED specs, they are an eco-friendly restaurant from the inside out supporting organic farmers, local craft beers and sustainable wineries as much as possible.
They have made a hit with the Gluten Free & Vegan Communities not only because those options are amazing but because they can come with their meat lovin’, gluten grubbin’ friends and everyone can indulge with a toothy grin and happy belly.
Sister Michele is the veggie girl who created yummy dishes that any omnivore would fancy. Mom Kay is the self taught gourmet cook who saw cooking for her family as an art form. Needless to say they were spoiled as kids with amazing food every night. Brother Craig is the Beer Guy so if you’re into beer you must try one of their beer flights where you can choose local craft beers on tap. Health and nutrition is a passion of theirs along with tickling the taste buds of the most finicky palate.
Good to Know: Plenty of parking!
Address: 7950 Sunset Blvd Ste 104 | Los Angeles, CA 90046
Hours: Open Daily · 11am– 10pm Sun-Thurs; 11am-11pm Fri & Sat
“Great vegan pizza with AMAZING gluten free crust. Nice place to eat when you and your spouse have different dietary needs!!!”
“Great prices, fresh food, lots of dietary options, and beer on tap. I’m sold.”
“Healthy pizza? That doesn’t sound right. But Evo Kitchen manages to make it happen. They have regular pizza too, don’t get me wrong, but if you’re in the market for gluten-free pizza with vegan cheese (a rarity) this is your place. ”
$$ · Belif Skincare – BelifCosmetics.com
Available online only at Sephora – Buy Here
Belif Cosmetics, Inc. | Korean Skincare
If your skin is notoriously dry and the idea of summer coming is filling you with even more dread, than we have an amazing product line that will quickly become your favorite. From toner to their popular Aqua Bomb moisturizer, this natural herbal-based Korean brand penetrates with healthy moisturizing ingredients that are unbelievably gentle and nurturing. The eye cream doesn’t irritate or sting, the Moisturizing Bomb is excellent for severely dry skin, and the Aqua Bomb is great for all skin types. The natural herbs like comfrey leaf and lady’s mantle make this affordable line of products one to try this year and don’t forget to let us know what you think!
Good to know: Not sure what to try first…go with Aqua Bomb…it’s their number one best seller. The eye cream is also one to live for!
The DEN is a wonderful neighborhood meditation center nestled in the heart of LA (Hancock Park). From mindfulness, to sound baths, to women’s circles, they offer guided classes for every lifestyle, every day of the week. Whether you are just starting to practice meditation or are looking to take it to another level, their expert instructors can help you find the practice that works best for where you are right now. The space is warm and comfortable, inspiring members to make meditation something they can’t wait to do every day. If you require some kind of structure or sacred sanctuary to create a regular practice of loving yourself, this is a beautiful space to begin. You can do it in less than 30 minutes a day and get back to work or play in a more mindful way!
360 S. La Brea Avenue | Los Angeles CA 90036
Phone: (323) 424-3444
Hours: Mon – Fri (7am – 10pm) and Sat – Sun (6am – 11pm)
Good to Know: Free parking can be found on La Brea after 7 pm (read signs) or $3 valet at the MIX lot across the street.
UPDATE: Additional locations listed on their website, including a valley side, Studio City location coming soon!
“The space is beautifully and tastefully decorated. You feel immediately relaxed upon entering the studio. The area outside of the meditation room is very comfortable and equipped with complimentary tea, coffee and water.”
“There are lots of different types of classes and I’ve enjoyed figuring out which ones I like the best. Yoga Nidra is a favorite, as is Healing, Effortless and CTFO. I tried the sound bath last night and it’s the best one I’ve had in LA.”
$$ · Brasil Brasil Cultural Center – CapoeiraBatuque.org
11928 Washington Blvd. | Los Angeles, CA 90066
The mission of the Brasil Brasil Cultural Center (BBCC) goes beyond just a great place to get fit. It also works to foster cultural citizenship and community building through arts education, with countless events that reach into the community to create a beautiful space for heart-felt connection. Specifically, they focus on producing high quality, accessible, creative opportunities in the Afro-Brazilian art of Capoeira, with Artistic Director Mestre Aman Santo at the helm, a man honored in the Martial Arts Hall of Fame, and as a pioneer by the World Sokeship Council among other accolades. His wife, Nayla Santo, shares his vision in managing their multicultural and multi-disciplinary arts with new classes added regularly and maintaining the best in customer service.
Good to know: The Capoeira Batuque Academy is the longest standing Capoiera academy in Los Angeles and Southern California for youth and adults, established in 1988. Their Youth Capoeira is free for the first week and adults get their first month for $45.
“Highly recommend trying all the dance, music and drum classes. They also host unique, inspiring, and cultural workshops incorporating song and dance. Great for kids too!”
“I take samba, baile funk, and the occasional Zumba class with Gisella, who brings amazing light, fun, and positivity to her dance classes. She is incredibly dedicated to supporting health and well-being among all of her dance students, and to creating beautiful and accessible choreography. I’ve been blessed to perform with Gisella and to benefit from her positive and boundless energy.”
Heal Estate – HealEstate.com
Heal Estate is the new online resource for sustainable living– a one-stop-location whose mission is to inspire, educate, connect and motivate people around the world towards the advancement of an eco-friendly, sustainable, and healthy lifestyle. They provide members with easy access to resources, information, articles, products and services that serve a global community. Adrienne Kessler, Founder and CEO of Heal Estate, has been selling Real Estate in Los Angeles for over 19 years, and is in the top 1% of sales. After graduating from the Jaffe Institute of Medical and Spiritual Healing and overcoming an intense autoimmune disorder resulting from chemicals and toxins, Adrienne’s vision for environmental health and passion for Heal Estate became a mission and commitment to connect people globally. Emphasizing eco-awareness, sustainability and healthy lifestyles, particularly around the home, Heal Estate is a rapidly expanding resource that we’re excited to share with our community in alignment with our mission of collective collaboration with leading women in the community. Our mutual goal to create conscious consumers and encourage a sustainable, healthy lifestyle and home environment is just one area of alignment. Heal Estate’s mission is to protect and preserve the integrity of our world for future generations, and to create a sustainable global impact is one we strongly support and Zen Woman looks forward to watching them thrive.
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TOP ZEN FASHION
$$ – Abundance Plus Size Fashion – AbundancePlusSizes.com
13604 Ventura Blvd | Sherman Oaks CA 91423
Phone: (818) 990-6128 Hours: Mon-Sat 10am-6pm; Sun 10am-4pm
Abundance is a little gem in the heart of Sherman Oaks that caters to plus size women in an empowering way, where no matter what shape or size you are you can feel beautiful and sexy! They have a plethora of designers to choose from for every style of dress, including fun tops from Art of Cloth, Sympli, Astarte and special occasion gowns from Stefanyszyn and more! You’ll find jewelry and accessories to tie your look together with expert stylists available in store to assist you with pulling looks that will make you feel like the gorgeous goddess you are!
22045 Ventura Blvd | Woodland Hills, CA 91364
Phone: (818) 456-4437
HOURS: Mon – Sat: 10am – 6pm; Sun: 11am – 5pm (and by appointment)
Rebound Furniture and Consignment offers upcycled & custom home decor, gently used designer furniture and custom upholstery. Founded on “Green” principles of up-cycling and protecting the environment, Rebound is a home furnishings store for those committed to making social and economically responsible decisions as much as possible. They offer home staging, custom furniture, and design services as well as prop rental. Rebound was a featured winner in Los Angeles’ Daily News Reader’s Choice Awards 2012 and Suzanne O’Connor’s LA Bargains Award. Just some of their upcycled designers include Baker Furniture, Barbara Barry, HD Buttercup Collection, Design Within Reach, Henredon Furniture, Hooker Furniture, Italy 2000, Restoration Hardware, Room & Board, Room Service Store, Pottery Barn and many other Designer and Custom Furnishings.
Good to know: Rebound offers an extensive menu of interior design packages and offer a complementary 30 minute initial consultation.
Right in the heart of Santa Monica’s Main Street is an organic urban retreat by the sea. Locals stop into the small spa for manis, pedis and face and body treatments using all-natural and organic ingredients. Groups can book a spa party in the the modern, minimalist space decked in wood paneling and comfy couches, while Golden Society members can get hooked up with discounted waxing, massages and facials. Splurge on a half-day VIP retreat of dry brush and salt exfoliation, infrared sauna session, 60-minute aromatherapy massage, warm body butter wrap, cleansing facial, scalp massage, mani and pedi, or drop in for a half hour in the infrared sauna to sweat out last night’s debauchery. Don’t miss the organic facials such as the all-in-one facial that supplements diamond microdermabrasion and oxygen infusion or the Ormus signature facial of coconut and cucumber cleanser, a Dead Sea mud and bamboo scrub, and a superfood mask made with raw honey and cacao that’s good enough to eat. For those with aching yoga muscles, their new Arnica Deep Tissue Massage is a must!
Address: 2021 Main St, Suite B | Santa Monica, CA 90405
Phone: (310) 310-8880
Hours: 10:30 am – 8:00 p.m.
Good to know: Alchemie Spa is now featuring Wellness Hours! Book on Monday through Wednesday from 10:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., and get $10 off all 60 min massage + facials or $20 off all 90 min massage + facials! **Appointments are limited. Must mention discount code: WELLNESS to receive discount.
$-$$ · The Imagine Center TheImagineCenter.com
18635 Ventura Blvd
Tarzana CA 91356
Hours of Operation:
CLOSED Mondays | Open late Tues: 10am-10pm
Wed-Fri: 10am-7pm; Weekends 11am-5pm
The Imagine Center is a hub of personal services and products to support your spiritual, mental, physical and emotional growth and well-being in the small San Fernando town of Tarzana. Book a personal service or attend a group session for interactive opportunities to learn, grow and prosper. Shop their extensive line of polished and raw stones to connect to the healing energy of Mother Earth. They also carry other metaphysical and inspirational products like jewelry, books, oracle decks, music, candles, incense and much more. They also offer special gatherings, healing and intuitive services. Book a private intuitive session to receive understanding and direction for navigating your journey. Sessions in-person or by phone. Book online, Walk-in or call to schedule an appointment today. Everything the Imagine Center provides is carefully selected to help you stay focused on expressing your divinity and fulfilling your life purpose more fully.
$$-$$$ – Romancing the Bean Cafe – RomancingtheBeanCafe.com
Location: 3413 W Magnolia Blvd. | Burbank, CA 91505
Hours: Open daily 7am-7pm, except Sunday 8am-6pm.
This cute family owned cafe in the Magnolia Park district of Burbank has great organic and locally focused food, which ranges from average to a tad more pricey depending on the item. Featuring salads, pressed sandwiches (complete with gluten free options), breakfast specials, kids bites, yummy desserts and organic coffee and tea or smoothies, there’s plenty to fulfill your mood. You can also expect a hip ambiance that’s great for those blind “swipe right” dates that are becoming ever so popular in LA. Voted Daily News Readers Favorite Choice “Coffee shop” 2013 and the Burbank Leader’s “Best of Burbank” 2013, which is why it was an easy choice as our Top Zen cafe for April.
Good to know: Free parking across the street, but no WiFi between noon and 3pm daily.
“Such nice employees, great food, and a really nice atmosphere. Comfy banquettes, high ceilings, and a big community table. Nice people seem to come here, too.”
“As far as the atmosphere goes, it’s really nice and chill. Average noise level. Outlets for doing work.”
“Solid Burbank breakfast spot if you want something that isn’t a breakfast burrito or diner food.”