• Fall Magazines

    Here is a roundup of a few healthy eating magazines. To me there is something about actually holding a magazine, same goes for books. I don't know what it is but I prefer it. If you're looking for some healthy recipes for fall or just trying to get on the health bandwagon you should check out some of these magazines, if you have not already! I love Clean Eating magazine! They have some great recipes and they also simplify eating healthy for you. I also just ordered the print edition of Chickpea Magazine for Fall. Their magazine is quarterly and also available to buy for online viewing. (You can order their magazine here!) Some other health food magazines are Gluten-Free Living and VegNews. These are mostly vegetarian and vegan friendly magazines but there still is a lot of great information in them about eating healthy in general too! 

  • Juice Shop + Market: CK (Christopher's Kitchen) To-Go

    Good morning, friends!

    I’m on the East Coast in South Florida visiting home (West Palm Beach to be exact.) I decided to start posting local businesses, restaurants, juice shops, etc that are not just in Los Angeles. So here is my first post on a shop in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida. Christopher’s Kitchen is probably the newest (or one of the newer) all organic and raw restaurants in the area. They opened the restaurant four years ago and year ago they opened CK To-Go. CK To-Go is an extension of the restaurant but they also offer cold pressed juices, wheatgrass shots, handmade chocolate/desserts, health products and health books. I always like to know where I can go to get a juice and something healthy to snack on and knowing about places like this are really helpful! While on vacation I’m still able to keep up the healthy choices because of knowing about spots like this! I hope others can find this to be helpful for them as well!

     

    CK To-Go

    4783 PGA Blvd.

    Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33418

    561-318-6191

    www.ChristophersKitchenFL.com

     

    First Impression:

    Very cute! The plaza it’s in is nice and the inside of the shop is very clean and simple.

     

    Taste:

    I tried a few of their juices. I always go for the green ones and out of their green ones my favorite was youthful. Youthful has been one of the juices they have had since the shop opened and is a very popular one. I really enjoyed this one! The tricky thing about green juices is it’s hard for them to taste smooth without having a ton of sugar to mask the leafy taste but this one was perfect.

    Décor:

    Again, very cute and simple. I liked how it was very open and it was clear what was going on when you walk in. The juices and premade food are on one side and the products, books, vitamins/supplements are on the other.  I always like white subway tiles so that also made it feel nice and upscale!

     

    Price:

    This was the only thing I was really thrown off by. Now coming from LA where everything is super expensive when I go other places I’m like oh this is cheap! And usually everything down here is very reasonable, until I was charged $12.00 for one bottled juice. Now there are places I’ve been to that charge that much but very few. I was really surprised that it was that much. That was my only issue with CK To-Go.

     

    Service:

    Great! All the people that worked there are very friendly and helpful!

     

    Ambiance:

    There’s not a whole lot of atmosphere going on in here, hence the name “to-go”. It’s basically you grab and go. It’s not a stressful environment but you’re not sitting in there and hanging out. Although, you can sit outside in the plaza seating and enjoy your food. It’s pretty quiet there and if there is no rain it would be a nice setting to eat your lunch but I think if you were wanting to sit down and eat then you would just go to the actual restaurant which is right around the corner.

     

    Overall Experience:

    Good! I thought it was a nice place. Even though I thought the juice was overpriced I would still go back because of the quality.

    Credits:

    Written, reviewed and photographed by: Kristen Tola Hettich

  • Restaurant Review: The Farm of Beverly Hills

    Happy Wednesday friends!

    If you’re ever in the Beverly Hills area or are in Downtown Los Angeles at LA Live and are looking for some quality, healthy comfort food, I definitely recommend trying out The Farm of Beverly Hills! The restaurant has that homey feeling as if you were at your mom and dads or grandmothers and grandfathers home. The Farm of Beverly Hills has been in town since 1997 and offers a variety of home cooked, farm to table American style dishes. In a town like Beverly Hills there aren’t many restaurants or shops that make you feel entirely welcome or “at home” and usually have a very uppity vibe to them, this is the complete opposite here! Check out my full review on this cute restaurant situated in the heart of two very lively neighborhoods!

     

    The Farm of Beverly Hills

    439 North Beverly Drive

    Beverly Hills, CA 90210

    310-273-5578

     

    The Farm of Beverly Hills at LA Live

    800 West Olympic Blvd.

    Los Angeles, CA 90015

    213-747-4555

     

    First Impression:

    I am often in the Beverly Hills area and I have seen the restaurant so many times and each time I always think to myself, “I have to try that place! It looks so cute!” The name alone and the patio make it very inviting, especially for someone like me who loves a great healthy spot! Upon walking in I immediately could tell this restaurant was unlike many restaurants in the Beverly Hills area. It felt cozy and comfortable. It made me feel like I suddenly was in the south or somewhere else with that all American vibe!

     

    Taste:

    Great! I am a huge fan of great traditional but healthy food, especially breakfast! I had the California Omelet and their orange juice, which is freshly squeezed! The omelet consisted of egg whites, fresh tomato, sautéed white corn, pico de gallo, black beans and topped with ranchero sauce and jack cheese with avocado, toast and fruit or a choice of potatoes. Everything on the menu looked really great!

    Décor:

    It had a very Americana feel inside. Lots of wood, warm colors and hints of red.

     

    Price:

    Very reasonable for quality food and in Beverly Hills.

     

    Service:

    Great! Everyone was so friendly there! The manager took a lot of time to talk with me and was extremely nice.

     

    Ambiance:

    Relaxing and comfortable! I enjoyed eating my meal here and didn’t feel rushed or that I had to be dressed the nines (Which again I feel like some people think if you’re in Beverly Hills you have to be decked out and this is not the case at The Farm of BH.) It’s a great spot to dine by yourself, go to with co-workers for lunch and even cute for a date.

    Overall Experience:

    Really great! I loved the atmosphere here and their food! They have a great menu with a little bit of everything!

     

    Credits:

    Written, Reviewed & Photographed by: Kristen Tola Hettich

     

  • Local Business: Melina Davies of Olive & Thyme

    Happy Tuesday friends!

    I had the opportunity to sit down with Olive & Thyme owner, Melina Davies, having never worked in the food/restaurant industry in her life she has managed to take her dream and make it a successful reality.  Originally, Melina worked as a producer for the studios. “I took a complete gamble with opening this restaurant. I had no prior experience with opening a restaurant. I had never even worked in one! All of my chef friends said don’t do it, which of course made me want to do it even more! I had put so much into this venture that I couldn’t fail. I can’t fail.” Melina’s drive, dedication and passion for following her dreams of having a restaurant are truly inspiring. Check out my interview with Melina as she talks about the inspiration behind the interior of her restaurant and her favorite dish!

    Have you always been involved in the food industry?

    No, I worked as a producer in the film industry. I never had worked in a restaurant before.  I loved my job a producer but I also loved throwing dinner parties and found joy and happiness in cooking.

     

    What inspired you when creating the interior of your restaurant, Olive & Thyme?

    The South of France, European culture. The kitchen in Nancy Meyers’ filim, It’s Complicated, was a perfect example that I could show to our architect of what I had been envisioning.

    Do you follow any specific diet? (Vegan, Vegetarian, etc.)

    No, I eat everything.

     

    What is the most popular dish at Olive & Thyme? Which is your favorite?

    For meat lovers it would be the Short Rib Sandwich, for vegetarians it would be the Fattoush Salad. My personal favorite is the Egg Salad Sandwich. I also really like the raw Brussel Sprout salad.

      

    At home, what is your favorite meal to cook?

    Bucatini pasta with lemon, peppers and prosciutto.

     

    Do you have plans of expanding?

    We are! We haven’t commited to the second location yet but we are very close to deciding!

    Credits:

    Written, Interviewed & Photographed by: Kristen Tola Hettich

     

  • Restaurant Review: SweetSalt Food Shop

    Happy Thursday everyone!

    I recently stumbled across a hidden gem of a restaurant near my neighborhood that was really tasty! SweetSalt Food Shop is a café and bakery that serves breakfast, lunch and dinner. They have a large variety on their menu, catering towards vegetarians and meat lovers! There really is something for everyone here! Don’t forget to try some of there homemade pastries!

     

    SweetSalt Food Shop

    10218 Riverside Drive

    Toluca Lake, CA 91602

     

    818-509-7790

    www.SweetSaltFood.com

     

    First Impression

    As soon as you walk up to SweetSalt you get this neighborhood friendly vibe. The location is so cute! It’s nestled in between other stores along Riverside Drive in a busy area or “main drag” of Toluca Lake. This area is popular for lunchtime with all the studios nearby. Once I went in I got another vibe that this was somewhere some come to have lunch everyday with friends and co-workers.

    Taste

    So good! I was really impressed with all the items on the menu and especially with my meal! I had the Kale and Brussel Sprouts Tacos. The flavors in these tacos were amazing! Also, being mostly vegetarian I appreciated their twist on the taco! They do offer the option to add Chicken or Salmon to these!

     

    Décor

    The décor was really simple inside SweetSalt but it had style. There are mainly hues of gray, black and brown in the restaurant. There is almost a vintage vibe, with lots of wooden chairs, wooden floors, and black crow decor found throughout the restaurant.

     

    Price

    I thought it was pretty reasonable and standard for lunch in LA.

    Service

    Great! Everyone working there was very friendly!

     

    Ambiance

    Relaxing. Although they were busy it did not feel uncomfortable or overwhelming. There were a couple of people who were just working on their computers. If you can work from a restaurant it must be relaxing in some way! ;)

     

    Overall Experience

    I really liked this restaurant! Great food (I would definitely go back for those tacos!) and pleasant atmosphere! I recommend giving this spot a try!

    Credits:

    Written, Reviewed and Photographed by: Kristen Tola Hettich

  • How to Eat Healthy While Flying

    Happy Wednesday friends!

    Week before last I was doing a lot of traveling, between flying out of the country, flying within the states and doing lots of driving. While preparing for my trip I stocked up on lots of snacks and such for while I was on the move. I then had an idea for a post about how to eat healthy while flying. I didn’t always used to pack and bring food with me and just figured out what I would eat once I was in the terminal. With the options in airports being sometimes very limited (unless you’re at a major airport where it’s similar to that of a mall food court) it can feel difficult finding any healthy food. And now with all of the TSA regulations it feels even more restricted than ever of what you can bring with you on the plane. Originally being from the East Coast, I often travel back and forth to visit home. I’ve learned what you can and cannot bring with you on the plane. Some people don’t even realize that you can bring food through security! During my last trip I brought tons of food in my carry on, one of the items being a jar of peanut butter. This item was quickly confiscated; I now know that I cannot bring peanut butter with me on the plane! ;) They told me no butters, hummus, jellies, pastes, etc. – all of these fall under the “liquid” category. You can however bring these items if they are in containers that are 3.4 ounces (100ml) or smaller. Here are a list of healthy foods and meal ideas you can bring with you on the plane…

    • Bananas
    • Carrots
    • Celery
    • Snap Peas
    • Apples
    • Grapes
    • Avocado (I like to spread the avocado onto a slice of bread, top with some salt and pepper, which the flight attendant should also have or you can grab some at a store before you board. I’ve brought plastic knives with me on the plane but sometimes they get taken away but you can also grab one from a restaurant or shop before you board as well!)

    • Slices of Bread
    • Pretzels
    • Health/Protein Bars (such as Cliff Bars, Kind bars, Two Moms in the Raw, etc.)
    • Oatmeal packets (You can ask for a cup of hot water and add the oatmeal to the cup or make it in a separate cup either way the flight attendant should provide you with this, you should also pack your own spoon just in case they don’t have any on your flight! You can also pack little containers with some brown sugar, cinnamon, nuts, dried fruit, etc. to top your oatmeal with. I personally like to put cinnamon and bananas in mine!)

    • Granola (This you could also bring to put on top of your oatmeal!)
    • Dried Fruit (Pictured are Mango + Pineapple)
    • Trail Mixes
    • Nuts (Almonds, Cashews, etc.)
    • Dates

    • Citrus fruits (Oranges, Clementines, Grapefruits, etc. These types of fruit are able to stay fresh without the need of refrigeration.)

    • Rice Cakes (You can spread some of the almond or peanut butter on top if you bring a little with you!)
    • Pita or Pita Chips
    • Homemade wraps or sandwiches Just be sure it is something that will still taste good in a couple hours from when you’re leaving your house. You can make a pita with hummus, cucumbers, etc. (These are premade Garden Veggie Wraps from Whole Foods. If I don't have time to make something at home before I fly out, I like to stop by the grocery store and pick some of these up on my way.)

    • Cereal (You can bag up some from home and when you’re on the plane again ask for a cup and some milk.)
    • Hard-boiled eggs (This is if you’re really preparing in advance but a great option and source of protein on the go!)

    NOTE*:  If you really want to plan ahead, you can bring a lunch box with you. A soft sided one is best as it’s easier and less clunky to travel with. You can pack a salad, sandwich, even a smoothie in your lunchbox and keep it cool this way with ice packs. Some may not want to go to these lengths to plan out their meals but if you’re like me and want to make sure you have something healthy and that you enjoy while traveling, it’s a great option to take advantage of.

    Credits:

    Written, Styled & Photographed by: Kristen Tola Hettich

  • Recipe: The Palm Springs Piña Smoothie

    Happy Friday everyone!

    We hope you all have had a great week! We have a refreshing, super delicious smoothie recipe for you today! Bethany and I spent half of the week out in Palm Springs. This drink was inspired by the pools and laid back vacation feel of the desert. This smoothie definitely hits the spot out in that heat! Try this recipe out this weekend when you’re out by the pool! :)

    “Palm Springs Piña”

    Serves one 16oz glass (or two small glasses)

    Ingredients

    • 1 Large Banana
    • ½ of a Yellow Nectarine
    • ½ of a Lime (peeled)
    • 3-4 Large Mint Leaves
    • A Very Small Handful of Pineapple Chunks (about 4) Feel free to add more if you’re a pineapple lover!
    • 1 Cup of Coconut Water (Young Thai Coconut or whatever brand you prefer)
    • 3-4 Ice Cubes

    *OPTIONAL: You can add some of the coconut meat from your coconut so you have that texture and add extra taste to your smoothie!

    Directions

    • Add your banana, nectarine, lime, mint leaves, pineapple and coconut water to a blender and mix high until everything is blended well!
    • Enjoy! :)