From Our Editors
Food is medicine. These are the first words of Chakra 4 Herb & Tea House's vegetarian philosophy. It means that, just like prescription medication, the food we consume should be chosen carefully, as the wrong choice can hurt us and the right one can make us feel unstoppable. That's why they seek to feed (literally and figuratively) customers everything they need to achieve optimum physical and spiritual health, starting with Mother Nature's own ingredients. From the mainstays of their cuisine to the most scantily used spices, every element of Chakra's cooking undergoes strict inspection to ensure it is of the absolute best—and safest—quality. For instance, the chefs typically cull their ingredients from local and organic sources, but because many of the best spices come from abroad, the team rigorously tests each and every herb to ensure it's devoid of pesticides, heavy metals, and preferences for monarchical rule. Once ingredients meet the stipulated standards, the crew can get cooking. They make a variety of rich, flavorful, and completely vegetarian dishes that can be made vegan upon request, drawing on culturally diverse influences to create gluten-free chili, roasted-vegetable thin-crust pizzas, and Moroccan nomad stew laden with chickpeas and raisins. The café, however, is only half of Chakra’s offerings. A full health store abounds with bulk herbs, herbal teas, essential oils, and custom-made formulas and capsules made in-house. Owner Kita Centella, who has practiced herbal medicine since 1983, uses her training and experience in astrological herbalism to create medicines completely from scratch, taking into account not only the healing properties of each herb, but also the alignment of the planets.