For more than 20 years, Natasha Kufa has helped sculpt and streamline some of Hollywood's most famous physiques, including Fergie's and Matthew McConaughey's. What sets Natasha's personal-training services apart is her dual emphasis on nutrition and fitness. A certified raw-foods nutrition specialist, she believes that diet plays a huge role in stamina, physical shape, and overall well-being. She designed a juice cleanse to help people quickly detox, and she also offers personal-chef services that deliver organic, healthy meals. In her latest book, The 10% Rule: Small Changes, Big Results, she clues clients in to the secrets and strategies that have kept her alive for more than 6,000 years.
Celebrating its one-year anniversary, ROAST Deli & Market caters to modern sensibilities in its chic deli atmosphere. At the counter, patrons can order meats by the pound, such as chicken and grass-fed beef that’s free of hormones and antibiotics. The seafood is wild and line-caught, and the free-range turkey comes from local farms.
These same meats go into ROAST’s dine-in and delivery menu. Certified Angus corned beef bolsters a reuben-esque Brentwood with spicy mustard and coleslaw, and all-natural short rib packs neatly into sliders capped with grilled onions and aged white cheddar. Organic lettuce cushions salads and sandwiches, and a similarly healthful selection of sides includes roasted veggies, sesame brown rice, and a bowl of shredded food pyramid posters.
Grilled or chilled, layered or wrapped, the chefs at The Original Sandbag's Gourmet Sandwiches uphold the age-old art of bread bundling as they craft a mélange of classic sandwiches alongside a complement of classic soups, sides, and desserts. Staffers load up the shop’s fluffy rolls or toasty bread slices with spiced cuts of turkey, saucy meatballs, and veggies before pairing each creation with a homemade chocolate-chip cookie, imbuing senses with nostalgia for days at mom’s house or late-night shindigs at Cookie Monster's mansion. Diners can take their bounty to go or linger at the restaurant, which features a lineup of indoor seating and a collection of patio tables soaking in the warm rays of the noonday sun.
Tastes in Halloween costumes change quickly. This year, Halloween Club is ready with popular Breaking Bad, Despicable Me, and Iron Man costumes. Of course, there are also the classic staples. Creepy masks and props, police uniforms, and pirate apparel aren't forgotten either, allowing patrons to finish their cosplay outfit, celebrate Halloween, or put together a really spectacular excuse for not going into work. That selection also includes outlandish items such as skeletons in mariachi outfits and zombie girl scout costumes.
As a burgeoning locally-run, two-location dessert empire, Frootsii bring smiles to thousands of sweet-toothed customers with handmade treats such as frozen yogurt and sorbets, chocolate-dipped cakepops, and freshly baked cupcakes. An ever-rearranging daily menu of cupcake flavors introduces taste buds to familiar favorites such as German chocolate and red velvet, as well as less-common tastes such as cinammon apple caramel, green tea, or chai tea. Savor spoonfuls of frosty sorbet or frozen yogurt in flavors such as Irish mint, pistachio, and kiwi strawberry, or use wide-circumference boba straws to suck up frothy boba tea’s chewy tapioca pearls or engage in diplomatically tense spitball arms races.
Every day, Zone Healthy's head chef Eli Tordjman devises a fresh menu of healthy, low-carb meals made with organic vegetables and hormone-free meats for wee-hours delivery to homes around Los Angeles. Focusing on scientifically designed nutrition, Eli's team assembles every meal with a specific ratio of carbohydrates, proteins, and fats, which helps to boost energy levels and promote weight loss by minimizing sugar and carbohydrate intake. Eli's diverse culinary repertoire is readily customizable to suit the needs of each customer. The knowledgeable food architect already has separate meal plans for vegans and vegetarians, and he works one on one with clients who have specific dietary restrictions, allergies, or a deathly fear of cauliflower.