OUR COMMUNITY [ open doors ]
8905 Melrose Ave., West Hollywood.
Something special has sprouted in West Hollywood in the form
of a entirely organic vegan Mexican restaurant. Gracias Madre
is the love child of Executive Chef Chandra Gilbert and the
team who founded Café Gratitude, Matthew and Terces Engel-hart. Their mission: To celebrate and serve the presence of the
mother which resides above us, within our hearts, within the
earth, and in all those who nurture us.
This celebration happens on the palate through offerings like
Flautas de Camote—two rolled tacos filled with sweet potatoes
and caramelized onions, topped with pico de gallo, guacamole,
cashew nacho cheese, and cilantro; and Ensalada del Invier-no—massaged kale, roasted root vegetables, and escabeche in
a creamy orange chipotle dressing. The lovely a la carte menu
offers interpretations of classics like Coconut Ceviche Tostada
and Butternut Squash and Carmelized Onion Quesadilla.
For those inclined to indulge in a cocktail, Beverage Director
Jason Eisner crafts his menu from housemade syrups, shrubs,
tinctures, and bitters. Check this out: La Conquistadora—
Mezcal mist, tequila blanco, homemade raspberry jam, habeñero
shrub, lime, float of tempranillo, and edible flowers. There is a
full cocktail menu of such liquid inspiration.
Walking into Gracias Madre is like stepping into an environmental meditation. The warm staff is just as sunny as the atmosphere; do yourself a favor and let them nurture your senses for
a divine lunch or dinner.
By Zoë Kors, the managing editor of LA Yoga, a certified life coach, and a sucker for art in
the form of a great cocktail.
WEST LOS ANGELES
12401 Wilshire Blvd, Studio 101, Los Angeles.
Walking into Unplug Meditation feels like you’ve entered a spa.
The clean, modern space creates the opportunity for you to
drop your thoughts off at the door, grab some cucumber water,
and settle into a guided meditation.
When founder Suze Yalof Schwartz wanted to explore meditation, she couldn’t find a studio that met her needs. “I needed a
place that I could make work between pick up and drop off,”
says the mother of three. Schwartz, who worked as a fashion
editor for Glamour, Elle, Vogue, and Marie Claire, also wanted
to find a studio that was aesthetically pleasing. She decided to
create her own.
Unplug opened their doors on April 15, 2014. Currently, they
offer multiple drop-in classes each day, ranging from 30 to 45
minutes. Each class differs, depending on the style of the teacher. The studio offers everything from gratitude meditation, to an
By Amy Gartenberg, a yoga teacher, school teacher, and writer. You can follow her adventures online at Cestcaliforniavie.com