In the old days, children's meals largely consisted of gingerbread shingles, fired-sugar glass, and creampuff doorknobs, which often led to no more children. Give your kids a healthier alternative with today's deal: for $9, you get $20 worth of organic, American eats at Giggles n’ Hugs Children's Restaurant on Wilshire Boulevard. This Groupon can be used for dine-in or take-out.
Instead of triple-double bacon burgers laden with pie, Giggles' menu is a veritable cornucopia of fresh, organic, and nutritious meals that kids will still want to eat. With options for breakfast, lunch, and dessert, you're sure to find something to fill your joey’s pouch, no matter what and when they're craving. Kid-size buttermilk pancakes stuffed with chocolate chips are $5.95. For lunch, order up a steaming plate of mom's tricky treat mac 'n’ cheese, cheese sauce secretly laced with pureed butternut squash ($11.90 adult size, $8.90 for kids). Adventurous children or eggplant-loving parents will enjoy Pocahontas's Panini (goat cheese, eggplant, sun-dried tomatoes, basil, and a light basil-garlic sauce on hot, grilled bread, $9.95) or bbq chicken pizza (chicken breast, onions, cilantro, and mozzarella cheese with homemade bbq sauce, $10.95). Desserts include ice cream, freshly baked chocolate-chip cookies, and ice cream mashed between two chocolate-chip cookies.
Owners Joey and Dorsa Parsi created Giggles n’ Hugs to provide a clean, upscale environment where kids can do kid-based activities, such as play with colorful objects, run around and make noise, and debate the current socioeconomic divide of the Dutch middle class, all while getting to eat a nutritious meal. When your toddler decides to start singing her favorite Kidz Bop hit, she won't be seized by thick-necked bouncers and tossed into the alley. Childish behavior is fully encouraged and even catered to, with entertainment that varies day-to-day, including face painters, magicians, crooning howler monkeys, balloon-animal sculptors, and more.
MyFOX Los Angeles has this feature on Giggles n' Hugs, part of Lisa's LA:
Giggles n' Hugs is a place Hollywood celebrities like to take their kids, including Mark Wahlberg, Jennifer Garner, and Adam Sandler; but it gets a lot of love from regular people as well.
Giggles n' Hugs gets 4.5 stars from Citysearchers, and Nickelodeon Parents Connect reviewers give it four stars.
- The play area is huge and extremely clean. They had everything a kid could imagine in the play area and more. The staff was genuinely nice and welcoming. – Sue Pedilla, Parents Connect
- The food is excellent and the play are [sic] is safe and clean with a variety of toys to keep the kids occupied for hours. My son loved it and didn't want to leave. I highly recommend this place to all parents of little ones. – leilylabu, Citysearch
A woven basket of berries, foraged greens, and a wild boar with a spear in its side––these were the feasts of Paleolithic humans, who ate only what they could hunt and gather on the move. Grains, dairy, and legumes were inedible to our early ancestors, and adherents to the paleo diet maintain that our bodies are best served by eating that same pre-agrarian diet. Nutrition coach, accomplished Ironman athlete, and exercise instructor Nell Stephenson guides her clients to vibrant healthy lifestyles within the diet's parameters.
In an interview with Lava magazine, Stephenson outlined her journey to the paleo diet, which began by identifying a latent gluten allergy in 2006 and continued on with her co-penning cookbooks with Dr. Loren Cordain, the “father” of the diet. Her experiences led to her current philosophy, which mimics the Hippocratic view that food should be medicine and vice versa. On CBS, Stephenson demonstrated some of her recipes and explained that one of the goals of her Paleoista book was to assure women especially that despite the caveman-esque name, the diet is accessible to anyone.
Stephenson channels her enthusiasm for and expertise in paleo living through diet and lifestyle services designed to introduce clients to pre-Neolithic ways. Phone or Skype consultations help determine individual plans of action and abilities to hunt and trap wild avocados. After that, clients can commission her for custom nutrition plans, more hands-on coaching, cooking lessons, and kitchen makeovers. :m]]
The ARCONA Studio opened in 1989; its namesake was a chemist whose interest in holistic skincare was, at the time, a progressive idea. She began developing products made from cosmeceutical-grade ingredients such as enzymes, plant extracts, amino acids, and antioxidants. By cold-processing all her products in small batches, she was able to maintain the natural ingredients’ freshness and create highly active formulations. Because her anti-aging products are designed to speed up the skin’s renewal cycle from 30 days to only seven, she quickly gained a following among LA’s elite. With the philosophy that “skin can and should look beautiful at any age,” the Studio’s aestheticians perform an extensive selection of skincare treatments fueled by professional-grade ARCONA products. Their signature facial contouring treatments were originally developed by Arcona herself, and use lymph drainage and deep facial massage to “exercise” the 55 muscles of the face, giving clients a more toned and tightened appearance. Additional services include peels with organic fruit enzymes and red-carpet radiance treatments with a combination of oxygen spray, LED, and a brightening eye treatment. Like many of the complexions maintained here, the studio itself is flawless. Out front, soft lighting glows in the store, where the brand’s iconic ivory boxes are lined up immaculately on floating shelves. In the waiting area, creamy white chairs sit beside rich brown cabinets; from here, aestheticians guide clients back to private treatment rooms that bloom with the smell of fresh flowers.
Named one of Parents magazine's Top 10 Birthday Chains in 2010, Color Me Mine's international franchise of DIY ceramics studios cater to an older crowd as well. Hundreds of unadorned ceramic pieces—including vases, flatware, and busts of Elvis—await the attentions of muses of kids and their keepers alike, as do glazes in earthy tones and bright crimsons to frighten bulls away from china cabinets. Guests follow simple step-by-step instructions that leave plenty of room for creative expression. When painters are satisfied with their work, the professional kiln-workers help glaze, fire, and de-genie it for them, and they may retrieve the finished piece after a few days.