Category Archives: CHOW

Beauty & Essex’s Friendsgiving Brunch Nov. 19th!

November 16, 2017

Before heading out of town for Thanksgiving to see family, celebrate with friends at Beauty & Essex! 

They will be hosting their first Friendsgiving Brunch on Sunday, November 19th from 11am – 3pm with a special dedicated menu.

The same menu will also be featured on Thanksgiving Day from 3pm – 10pm!

Menu items include dishes such as Free Range Roasted Turkey, Vermont Maple Glazed Beeler’s Ham, Jameson Candied Yams, Briased Collard Greens and both a Pumpkin and a Pecan pie!

1615 Cahuenga Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90028

Chef Amber at The Source Shares Fall Paleo Recipes

November 1, 2017

Chef Amber at The Source shares gorgeous Fall recipes with us!



Even picky eaters will love these high-fiber rolls. You can always double the recipe if you’re cooking for a lot of people. It’s hard to eat just 1 or 2. These are best eaten within 24 hours.


  • ½ cup tapioca flour
  • ½ cup arrowroot flour
  • ¼ cup + 2 tablespoons coconut flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar
  • ½ cup warm water
  • ½ cup coconut oil
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 tablespoons your favorite herbs, chopped (I use rosemary, thyme & sage)
  • 1 teaspoon sumac for garnish


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. In a large bowl, whisk all the dry ingredients together.
  3. Whisk the water and oil together then pour it slowly into the dry mixture, whisking until blended.
  4. Then whisk in the apple cider vinegar followed by the garlic and herbs.
  5. Add the egg and stir until everything is combined. If it’s clumpy, use your hands to smooth the batter.
  6. Scoop with an ice cream scoop or a large spoon (about 3 tablespoons) onto the baking sheet, an inch apart.
  7. Top with a sprinkle of sumac and a pinch of salt.
  8. Bake for 30 minutes or until slightly browned on the bottom.
  9. Remove from the baking sheet, let cool, and enjoy!

Paleo Beet Hummus

Not all of us can eat beans… so I created this bean-free (paleo!) hummus. It’s super easy and delicious. Just give yourself enough time to soak your walnuts and roast your beets. In the picture, it’s layered with avocado and some seeds in an endive boat,  but you can eat it any way you would eat hummus.


  • 2 large red beets
  • 1 cup raw walnuts
  • ½ cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • ¼ cup tahini
  • juice from ½ lemon
  • 1 tablespoon chopped garlic
  • ½ teaspoon cumin
  • ¾ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper


The night before…

  1. Soak your walnuts overnight in water in the refrigerator.
  2. Roast or boil your beets until a fork will pierce through the middle. Let them cool and then peel them.

The day of…


  1. Blend all ingredients together in a food processor until smooth.
  2. Serve in endive boats topped with avocado, sunflower seeds and a drizzle of olive oil.

Redd Superfood Energy Bars

October 25, 2017

After his college meal plan simply wasn’t cutting it, Redd founder Alden Blease started selling homemade vegan energy bars out of his backpack with the brand name Rawgasms. They were an instant hit. After a few years of trial and error—and a lot of hard work—Redd is now available in over 1,000 stores nationwide, including Los Angeles. 

Redd is committed to providing not just another energy bar, but one that’s plant-based with eleven powerful superfoods, specifically proportioned for nourishment and taste. Whether it’s finishing the workday strong or getting out to hike a new trail, Redd supplies the energy. Ultimately, the goal of Redd, says Blease, is to “help people feel more alive.”

Four mouthwatering Redd flavors are making their way around the country this month, each the product of meticulous research and recipe design. All flavors contain nine grams of clean protein from pumpkin seeds, 23 vitamins and minerals, and a natural, crash-free energy boost from maca and yerba mate.

Chocolate: the original, the one that started it all. This bar is rich, indulgent, and nutrient dense. It’s definitely not your average chocolate bar.

Peanut Butter: smooth, creamy peanut butter flavor explodes, like it was scooped from the jar, only a whole lot better.

Oatmeal: think of Irish oats, as pure as the steel that cut them. Now think of them inside a tasty energy bar.

Mint Chocolate: the newest addition to the bunch, it’s a cool and refreshing twist on an old favorite.

Redd bars are now available at health food markets such as Sprouts and Gelson’s at a retail price range of $2.99–$3.49.Starting in September, they will also be available in California Whole Foods locations.

Alden Blease has always had a passion for food and science, passions that prompted him to make meals for his soccer teammates at boarding school, to study with vegan chefs and experts while working as a model in NYC, and eventually to develop Redd. Alden has always loved using food to improve the way people feel, and Redd is the culmination of that desire.

People love the feeling Redd gives them: the clean energy and the delicious flavor. With an increase in production and a partnership with CEO Peter Van Alstine, Redd has been growing rapidly and, with this expansion, Alden is thrilled at the opportunity to spread more positive energy.

About Redd

Alden Blease founded Redd with one mission above all: to help people feel more alive. This goal drives everything from the gluten free, vegan ingredients, to the recipe, to the packaging. What began years ago as Alden’s energy-packed alternative to dorm food is now a fine-tuned energy bar experience, an elevation of the traditional protein bar, packed with superfoods, clean protein, and positive, sustaining energy. Plant-based, non-GMO, and soy free, Redd is committed to providing the highest level energy bar experience to anyone seeking a clean, crash-free boost. Currently, Redd offers four delicious flavors: Chocolate, Peanut Butter, Oatmeal, and Mint Chocolate. For more information, or to connect with Redd, check out their website, or find them on FacebookTwitter, and Instagram.

thinkThin® Seasonal Flavas are Here!

October 14, 2017

thinkThin® is bringing back its Protein and Fiber Bar seasonal flavor offerings for a limited time, including top seller, Pumpkin Spice. Alongside the fan-favorite flavor, thinkThin® will also offer Dark Chocolate Peppermint.

As you prob already know, each of thinkThin’s seasonally inspired Protein & Fiber Bars, including Pumpkin Spice, offers 10 grams of protein and 5 grams of fiber in an individually wrapped 150-calorie bar. 

Pumpkin Spice – The flavors of pumpkin spice and cinnamon wrapped in creamy white chocolate

Dark Chocolate Peppermint – Rich dark chocolate meets the delightful taste of peppermint

Get them – ANYWHERE and stock up!!!

The Luxury Wine Gift You Need To Send This Holiday Season

September 15, 2017


The 2017 HALL & WALT Holiday Gift Guide

From Napa and Sonoma Counties

Listen. There are two things I only ever want as gifts. Ok, three. Massages, candles and wine.

It’s just around the corner. Gift season peeps. And get used to it cuz it aint going away until Jan. 1, 2018. Before you know it you’ll be figuring out what wine goes to whom for Thanksgiving and so on. If you’re a parent, then I’ll meet you at the kitchen island with your besites, scarfing candy corn and washing it down with Pinot just before you hustle out to go trick-or-treating.

Enter HALL & WALT.

This Napa/Sonoma county sourced Cabernet Sauvignon and Pinot Noir Holiday Gift Sets are inspired by a pursuit of classic varietal flavors. And we at GLA are all about the pure classic note.

For HALL, known for producing big, bold Cabernets, the sets are all about quintessential Napa Valley Cabernet.

The WALT Pinot Noir brand focuses on wines of a place, with fruit sourced from up and down the California Coast. WALT Single Vineyard Pinot Noir wines allow pinotfiles to be introduced to vineyards that span 1,000 miles as far South as Santa Barbara, all the way up to Willamete Valley in Oregon.

(Road trip anyone? Wine tasting? Whatdaya say? I’m in!)

Check out the stunningly curated gifting options, send them directly to lucky lovers, friends, bosses and co-workers and for the love of the wine gods, order some for yourself. The boxes are stunning (fyi!).

Also, by all means – this wonderful company will work with you to curate and personalize a gift.

Becoming a member will knock down prices too, of course.

Above is a myriad of gift sets perfect for the novice wine drinker to the ultimate Cabernet and Pinot collector.

One stand-out set includes flagship wines from both HALL & WALT in the Heritage Set.

The 2014 Kathryn Hall Cabernet exudes warmth and allure with enticing aromas of sweet dark plum, cocoa powder, and dusty earth. This wine is paired with 2015 Bob’s Ranch Pinot Noir for the set, a single vineyard Pinot Noir that showcases Wild blueberry nuances, crushed rock, and hints of truffle to create this firm, spicy oak structure and focused palate. 

I think I just fainted!

Sets will be available for purchase at both ( ( next month.

Book this page and you are good until 2018!