MARCH 2016 TOP ZEN LIST
$ · Mediterranean Restaurant –RodiniPark.com
Located in North Hollywood along the Magnolia stretch of the NoHo Art District, lies a new eatery that will make you feel like you are the most important person in the world. The menu is straightforward and delicious, with healthy Greek cuisine that’s flavorful and health conscious. From the quinoa tabouli to gluten-free pita bread that’s delicious, you can find something for those even on the strictest of regimes. All with exceptional service and an amazing bakery to finish off your wonderful experience. Catering and delivery are available, but what really sets this restaurant apart is the family style warmth and love, that is evident if you get to meet the owner, Peter…who will often give you a sample of something you didn’t know you’d love.
Comfy casual with a nice patio that makes you feel like you are in a park, just pick a salad or plate, what you want to fill it with, your toppings and finally one of their gourmet sauces. You customize it.
Address: 11049 Magnolia Blvd. North Hollywood, CA 91601
Phone: (818) 358-4802
Hours: Open Daily · 8am– 10pm
“First time I went in I tried their Butterscotch Baklava and Baklava Cheesecake which were divine…dessert for the gods.”
“GLUTEN FREE PITA – AMAZING 🙂 We decided to try Rodini Park a few days after reading the menu in the lobby of the NoHo 7 theatre.”
“The food, service, ambiance, price point, and desserts give me plenty of reasons to want to keep coming back.”
$$$ · Organic Skincare Salon –AlexandraWagner.com
Alexandra Wagner Skincare, Venice
1636 Abbot Kinney Blvd. | 2nd Floor | Venice, California, 90291
By appointment only: Tuesday-Saturday
Open: 10 am, by appointment only
Closed: Sunday + Monday
Looking for the best facial in Los Angeles? The facials offered at Alexandra Wagner Skincare will help you hone in on the treatment that’s perfect for your skin, which is the secret to seeing an instant transformation. Plus, this luxury skin care spa in the heart of Venice’s Abbot Kinney is the ultimate setting for you to relax and rejuvenate while they perfect your complexion. LA’s in-the-know beauty aficionados call Alexandra Wagner of the best spas in Los Angeles that focuses specifically on skin care. Natural skin care products that use plant-based preservatives—rather than paraben- and chemical-filled ingredients—help your skin glow from the inside out.
Alexandra Wagner has been giving the men and women of Los Angeles facials for more than 10 years. She is a veteran beauty expert, skin care specialist, and licensed esthetician who has worked on both coasts—from New York’s Madison Avenue to the beaches of Los Angeles. Alexandra provides a wide range of comprehensive skin treatments at her luxury skin spa in Venice Beach. She approaches every client’s unique skin concerns with tailored treatments based on detailed skin analysis. Known for quick and consistent results, as well as a wealth of knowledge when it comes to holistic and natural skin care products, Alexandra combines cutting-edge technology with a personable approach that makes her clients comfortable and confident—not to mention thrilled with the immediate (and lasting) results. She is passionate about helping people change the way they think about and care for their skin. Alexandra is also a well-known painter, walks to work everyday, and is truly a reflection of the spirit of her Venice neighborhood.
emerginC is an active product line using top-quality, potent, cutting edge ingredients from all over the world, sourcing naturally wherever possible (most of the products now boast natural, plant based preservatives instead of parabens). The emerginC line does not test on animals or use animal ingredients.
Jurlique is an all organic product line which has its own organic farms in Australia, and new farms in the United States. Jurlique products are of the finest quality. Jurlique does not test on animals or use animal ingredients.
For every Signature Facial Treatment given at Alexandra Wagner Skin Care, an Art Kit is donated to a child in need through nonprofit organizations that work to enhance the lives of children. The Art Kit contains art supplies and tools that help children develop their own artistic expression. “Art supplies are considered a luxury in many parts of the world, including right here in Los Angeles” Alexandra says.
Mission: Renaissance Fine Art Classes was founded by Larry and Sheila Gluck in 1975, and today comprises more than 20 studios across Southern California. Serving children, teens and adults for 40 years, it has long been recognized as the largest fine art program in the world. It has introductory classes for both children ($99 for 4) and teens or adults ($120 for 4).
The reason we wanted to feature it as this month’s Top Zen specifically is because it has a wonderful Spring Art Camp for children and teens starting this month on March 14th and running through April 8th.
Spring Art Camp provides the perfect balance between learning how to draw and paint beautifully, exploring art history and participating in other unique arts and crafts projects.
Besides having fun and being creative, children gain artistic skills that will last a lifetime. Like our original art program for children, Campers learn the fundamentals of drawing and painting using The Gluck Method, Southern California’s premier art program. With new confidence and ability, they’ll learn to draw and paint using mediums such as charcoal, pastels, watercolor and oil paint.
Students, as young as 5, begin gaining a solid foundation in how to draw and how to paint from the very first art class they attend. Using a charcoal pencil and pastels, students learn to build a drawing through the use of simple shapes and then how to create colorful, 3-dimensional effects, resulting in their finished work looking more life-like.
Good to know: They offer any new students a free introductory art lesson. For Spring Art Camp, you can choose from Half-Day (9:00 – 11:30) and Full-Day (9:00 – 2:30) schedules, and possible sibling discounts and schedules vary by location.
Main Headquarters and Training Academy
265 North San Gabriel Blvd.
Pasadena, CA 91107
Phone: (626) 817-9561 or (800) 430-4ART
Hours: Vary by location – Find a location near you. Over 20 locations to choose from including Encino, Pacific Palisades, Sherman Oaks, Valencia, West Los Angeles and Woodland Hills. They also have Laguna Niguel, Irvine and Palos Verdes further south.
“I can’t say enough good things about Mission Renaissance art classes and especially the adult classes in Pasadena. Juan is an amazing and patient teacher and I have met many new friends there.”
“My daughter has attended the studio for 12 years. The teachers work with her individually and help to develop skills of perspective not only with drawing, but with life.”
$$$ · Acupuncturist and Herbalist – LucyPostolov.com
Lucy Postolov, L.Ac.
1990 South Bundy Drive, Suite 790 | Los Angeles, California 90025
Whether you’re looking for pain management or simply preventive wellness, Lucy Postolov is one of Hollywood’s best kept secrets and she offers various methods and services to achieve many of your health goals. Lucy’s relaxing acupuncture office is conveniently located near Beverly Hills, Santa Monica, Brentwood, West Los Angeles, Hollywood and West Hollywood. With amazing views and Feng Shui design, the treatment rooms offer a calm oasis within the hectic city. Lucy specializes in Cancer treatment support, women’s health (especially relating to fertility) and Anti-Aging.
As a leading acupuncturist and herbalist in the Los Angeles area, Lucy Postolov, specializes in both women’s health and support for oncology patients. Her services also include anti-aging treatment plans and comprehensive fertility programs. As a highly trained health professional, Lucy believes that the best plan of action is to use acupuncture and other alternative healing options to complement conventional treatment plans. She strives to give her clients the best of both worlds by working closely with their physicians. Each client receives a customized treatment plan that is created according to their specific needs. Her goal is to re-establish good health and wellness in a relaxed and comfortable environment.
Lucy was recently recognized by the Los Angeles Business Journal as one of their “Women Making a Difference in 2015. Over 15 years ago, Lucy is the first acupuncturist to be given treating privileges at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. She comes highly recommended throughout Southern California and is respected for excellent record when it comes to offering acupuncture and other integrative services to her clients.
$ · Thrive Market – ThriveMarket.com
Thrive is an online market that prices products to only cover the company’s costs to fulfill and ship, instead making the bulk of its money through a subscription model, similar to wholesale clubs. The company charges a $60 membership fee, similar to the cost of a Costco membership, but with each membership it sponsors a low- income family also. It’s Whole Foods-type products at Costco-like prices. It provides free shipping for $49 and often offers coupons and other special offers. What’s great about it as our Top Zen Service is that it frees up shopping hours when you can order certain staples online and save time browsing aisles unnecessarily. Plus they have products for beauty, health and home. Visit the website for more info.
Good to Know: You get 15% off your first purchase and they have a free 30-day trial to see if it fits into your lifestyle.
Words on the Inside feature fun, comfy and casual clothes infused with positive words on the inside that attract similar vibrations back into your life. They take a simple concept of affirmations, like “I am grateful” or “I am peace” or “I am hope” and affirm them into your energy field to manifest into your life. Made with the world’s finest 50/50 Supima Cotton/Modal for a ultra soft feel, WOTI is local luxury, manufactured in Los Angeles. It’s a cool idea well executed, which is why it’s our Top Zen pick for Fashion in March.
When words are positive and kind-hearted…they can change our world!
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$$ · Bronzed Bunny Organic Tanning Spa- BronzedBunny.com
Studio City for Los Angeles
12315 Ventura Blvd.
Studio City, CA
Newport Beach for Orange County
365 Old Newport Blvd. Suite B
Newport Beach, CA 92663
Founded by Jeni White, Bronzed Bunny is chic, elegant with the old Hollywood style. They make their own airbrush tanning solution called Indulge. It’s organic, paraben-free, anti-aging and cellulite fighting. Their custom airbrush provides a flawless, even, sheer coverage that is odorless and won’t leave you sticky and orange. This experience will change your mind about spray tanning forever!
Bronzed Bunny also offers an amazing Sugar Spa. Sugaring is a natural alternative to waxing. This heat-free hair removal method is quick and painless! Their Sugar Spa and Cabana Room also includes slimming body wraps, bikini facials, body scrubs and much much more, making it our Top Zen Luxury pick because you literally can go in and come out with a flawless, glowing body in a one stop spa-ing experience.
Gematria Products offer technologically advanced and superior health promoting nutritional supplements. These laser-enhanced supplements are on the leading-edge of health and wellness. They are some of the best we can recommend if you are serious about your health.
Gematria’s patented laser technology is designed to homogenize the ingredients in the formulas to achieve a more consistent molecular shape and energy level. Such enhancement may greatly increase the efficiency of absorption and use. In particular, the likelihood that an ingredient will be used for its intended purpose rather than be broken down by enzymatic action may be significantly increased.
In addition, each formula is activated with patterns of laser frequencies and energy designed to further amplify the intended formula actions. The formulas are differentiated from each other both in their ingredient compositions, as well as the laser activation process specifically tuned to each product to enhance its intended function. With the laser enhancement, Gematria products are the most effective and technologically innovative in the market place.
“Listening to your body is the first step… Your health is your responsibility. When it’s time to choose nutritional support, Gematria is here for you. We know that efficient nutritional supplementation is not about how much you take, it’s how much your body really absorbs. Gematria’s unique laser enhancement process safely homogenizes the molecules of the nutrients in each of our physician-designed formulas. So your body really gets the nutrition that you intended.”
$$ · Mark Ching Animal Nutritionist and Specialist at The Petstaurant – ThePetstaurant.com
Phone: (818) 386-8937
Location: The Petstaurant
4344 Van Nuys Boulevard
Sherman Oaks, CA.91403
Hours of Operation:
Mon through Thu – 10:00am to 7:30pm
Fri & Sat – 10:00am to 7:30pm
Sunday – 10:30am to 7:00pm
The PetStaurant is a company that not only makes Organic Pet Food, but a place where Animal Nutrition, Wellness, and Prevention is of primary focus with its founder, Marc Ching at its center. Born into his vocation, Marc is a 4th Generation Japanese Herbalist, Marcobiologist, and Holistic Nutritionist – not only the Curator and mind behind The PetStaurant culture, but a secret weapon to animal lovers across Los Angeles. He specializes in giving animals, that standard veterinarians have written off, a new chance at life. Unusual skin conditions and other more serious ailments are often cleared up within days with Marc’s customized nutritional guidance.
As the lead nutritionist, Marc also makes species appropriate meals for both dogs and cats, understanding the anatomy of animals and how their bodies process and absorb nutrients. His belief and culture, a presence which has become the corner stone of the company – is that our pets are a part of our family.
“Once people begin to look at their animals as family members, the care we provide naturally changes. We want to do the best we can for the ones we love, and things like kibble and processed food – what we would not feed ourselves or our own children – no longer remain good enough.” ~ Marc Ching
Mark is also passionate about Animal Rescue and in the past couple years expanded his retail store to provide animal daycare and visits China on a mission to save animals worldwide from abuse, neglect and unnecessary destruction.
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