Make good on your New Year's resolution to eat healthy food grown on healthy vines that were picked by a healthy man with baskets for hands. Today's Groupon will make you a wise consumer with $30 worth of fresh items and packaged goods from Locali: Conscious Convenience for $15. With a commitment to green policies and a generous selection of organic products never tampered with chemicals, you can trust the pedigree of your ingestibles.
Cloaked behind the hidden fourth O in the Hollywood sign, Yamashiro was completed in 1914 as a hilltop mansion for the Bernheimer Brothers' priceless collection of dragon eyebrows and other Asian treasures. The building replicates an unassailable palace built high in the clouds above Kyoto, Japan. This perfect transmission extends through the lavish gardens, polished teak construction, and hand-whittled koi lazing in their clear, cold pond. Yamashiro has hosted some of the glitteriest of the glammed, the cigar smoke from Hollywood's Golden Age still lingering in the rafters while tales of intrigue, desperation, and seduction continue to stalk the silk-papered corridors. The professional staff at Yamashiro is particularly deft at applying emergency romance balm, slyly seating you and your semi-estranged at a window table overlooking the city with a half bottle of champagne or wine ($20+).
Novel Cafe puts an elegant twist on the café experience—the tastes are always sophisticated, organic, and internationally inspired. Crisp salads arrive topped with grilled chicken and candied walnuts or roasted beets and goat cheese. Wraps are rolled with black beans and housemade pico de gallo or seared ahi tuna and wasabi spread. Some locations even serve dinner entrees, including roasted duck and rib-eye steaks, as well as microbrews and imported beers on tap. Espresso drinks, freshly squeezed juices, and organic, imported coffee and tea are on hand, too, to complement the eclectic flavors.
Recently featured in LA Weekly's blog, Silver Lake Natural Food Market proffers nutrient-rich, raw goods, often from local sources, to satisfy organic needs. Polished concrete floors and lofted ceilings with exposed duct work set the stage for perusing market thoroughfares, which are lined with shelves stocked full of grocery goods, vitamin-packed snacks, all-organic produce, and homeopathic remedies. Bag a bushel of fuji apples to replace the ones that fell from your backyard apple factory ($2.29/lb.), or share your deepest secrets with a bottle of Honest tea ($1.75). Half-gallons of orange juice ($7.99) and Silk almond milk ($4.99) enliven boring breakfasts, while Voss water ($2.79) replenishes the body's tear reservoir.