I’m typing on my laptop for the first time in eight days. That’s like a year in the blog world. I (purposely) left my laptop at home during my weeklong trip to California for many reasons but now I’m back and better than ever. Ok, not really “better,” but inspired didn’t rhyme.
I have so much I want to share about the trip (my cousins and I were in the LA area and San Diego) so I’m going to break it up into a few posts. To be honest, a lot of our days revolved around food and fitness so I figured that would be a good place to start. We found most of these workout studios and restaurants via Well + Good and The Chalkboard Mag. These are just the highlights, not everything we ate, of course.
Y7 Studio (West Hollywood)
I went to Y7 last summer in NYC so I knew it would be a great workout. It was a packed class but the candlelit room made it feel personal. The best part about Y7 classes is when the instructor blasts the music (hip-hop) and you flow on your own. We left super sweaty!
Griffith Observatory Hike (Hollywood sign)
Hiking to see the Hollywood sign was on my list of “musts” during this trip. I have no idea why I wanted to so badly. We received tons of mixed information about where to go and where to start the hike so we just winged it (like I do with most things). We ended up pretty far away from the sign but made it to the Griffith Observatory. It was a stunning view of the city and the hills. I think it was about 3 miles roundtrip.
The Studio (MDR)
My cousins had never been to a Megaformer class before so we went to The Studio (MDR) for a class with Lindsay (who was INCREDIBLE!). It was a difficult class, mainly because we went to a level 2 (my bad), but we all loved it and woke up sore the next day.
Lagree Fitness Studio
This was 25-minutes of the Megaformer on steroids. Lagree Fitness Studio is the first studio in the world to feature “Supraformers.” Supraformers MOVE….they tilt side-to-side and raise on an incline to make the regular Megaformer moves harder. We read about this class on Well + Good (our bible for the trip) and it did not disappoint. It’s only 25 minutes because, well, it’s more intense. It’s also much cheaper than the standard Megaformer class (only $15, $10 for the first class).
This indoor cycling studio was on my radar because of the E! reality show called Hollywood Cycle. It was a short-lived show last year that followed the lives of the instructors and trainees at the studio. We had one of the then-trainees, Aaron, and his class was incredible! The bikes were older models but the dark, sweaty room and loud pump-up music made up for it. The class was very challenging with choreography but I was able to follow along and watch the regulars. 45 minutes with one song of weights toward the end.
SoulCycle West Hollywood
This was my third SoulCycle class (my previous two were at the same studio in Miami) and it was probably my favorite of the three. The instructor made the difference for me. I still consider SoulCycle a “treat” ($$$) but it was fun to take a class at one of the most popular studios.
What stood out about Huckleberry’s Place was that the kitchen was 100% gluten-free. Do you know how rare that is?! We went here for brunch on Sunday and I would have gone back for dinner or another meal later that week. The service was slow but it was a busy Sunday. I ordered the Roasted Veggie Chop with 2 poached eggs and a side of the sweet potato hash.
The Butcher’s Daughter
This famed NYC restaurant just opened on the West Coast so we went for lunch at their location on Abbot Kinney in Venice Beach. The quaint, cozy restaurant was packed (shocker…) so we sat at the bar, which worked because we did some juice shots. Much better than regular shots, although I only loved one of the juices. Great service, especially for a new restaurant, and even better food. I had a vegetable salad (I forget the name) with avocado, roasted red peppers, artichokes, roasted butternut squash and two fried eggs.
True Food Kitchen
After seeing so many bloggers and Instagrammers post meals from True Food Kitchen we knew we had to go. We went to the Santa Monica location for dinner and loved the meal and service. Very accommodating to allergies and substitutions, plus the food was seasonal, local and delicious. I seriously asked them when they were opening in Tampa…just to spark the idea, maybe. I ordered salmon over the Harvest Salad (roasted butternut squash, mixed greens, walnuts, apples). Sorry for the dark picture!
This restaurant came up many times during our search for farm-to-table restaurants in the LA-area. The food and location were great, but the service experience was disappointing. The restaurant is located on a pier in Malibu (incredible view) and the decor inside was rustic and cozy. I ordered the Mustard Lemon Roast Chicken, which came with a vinegar fennel and quinoa slaw. Awful picture again but I cleaned my plate. I l.o.v.e. chicken on the bone.
Such a weird name but a fantastic little restaurant. It’s little (literally) and was jam-packed with people, but that’s always a good sign. It was in far from where we were staying so we made our way over there before driving out of town. I had the Green Goddess Salad (mixed greens, watermelon radishes, avocado, shaved carrots and a soft-boiled egg).
Next up, the non-food and fitness activities in L.A.!