Eating Raw, Live and Organic to Look Younger – But Does It Taste Good?...

A few weeks ago, I met with an interesting potential client, Adam –  a chiropractor, healer and book author. He also did not eat meat, and ate only raw and/or organic food. I told him I would give him some free  PR counsel if he would give me a lesson in getting to know and understand the benefits of his meatless diet. He told me not only would I lose weight, he said that I would be more clear in my thinking, feel better and look younger!  Awesome. But does it taste good? We walked (yes walked, how healthy already) to a place called Real Food Daily (RTD). It’s quite the institution for organic, meatless and raw foodies. I learned RFD’s food is balanced according to Eastern health philosophies and heart-healthy Western nutrition recommendations,  and is made from fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, plant proteins and high quality natural condiments. Interesting. But does it taste good? Real Food Daily serves a 100 percent plant-based menu – no meat, fish, fowl, dairy, eggs, butter, or saturated fats from animals or animal by-products. Tough to swallow from this meat-and-potato girl from the mid-west!  But, I was still “game” for the culinary adventure.  But does it taste good? We were seated in an upstairs area, and a thin, pale waiter handed us menus. (I thought to myself, if he ate meat, he’d have a rounder, healthier glow to him.) I ordered the Not-Chos, with melted cashew cheese, black beans, Pico de Gallo, tofu sour cream and guacamole for $11.75. It was so delicious!  It tasted just like the traditional version, so exciting.  Losing weight,  getting a clearer head, looking younger and feeling better never tasted so good. Adam ordered a Pro Kale salad, curly green kale massaged...

Unexpected Pairings in a Private Atelier, a Bel Air Estate and a Lush Vineyard...

Nancy Gale is the founder and the designer of coveted luxury handbag line, JAMAH (www.jamah.com). I’m the founder of GoodTasteLA.com, an entertaining new blog that covers everything under the sun that I consider is in good taste or tastes good! Recently, Nancy and I were in Paso Robles, brainstorming about out-of-the-box ideas to partner with friends – the owners of Paso Robles-based Lone Madrone Winery, who just happened to have won the distinction of winemaker of the year from The 2013 San Luis Obispo County Wine Industry Awards. While talking, we had an epiphany. We realized that the way wine is described is very similar to the way JAMAH’s luxury handbags are described. JAMAH and Lone Madrone share words like supple, buttery, woodsy, smooth, bark, shimmery, textured, distinctive and earthy, among others. Eureka!  We’ll have a wine and bag pairing!  Brilliant. Here’s how we envisioned it would work: Lone Madrone will supply a tasting of 4-5 wines. Each wine will be paired with handbags that match the description of the wines. We rushed back to Los Angeles and put it into motion. Within a few weeks, the  first event was organized, an intimate gathering at JAMAH’s private atelier, titled “Uniting Luxury – the Tastes and Textures of the Seasons. After an aperitif on the ocean-view patio for 20 guests, the wine was poured. A sinewy model graced the room, tantalizing guests with a luxurious JAMAH handbag, the perfect pairing for the luscious wines they were tasting. For example, Lone Madrone paired the 2009 “Old Hat” a dry farmed combination of Zinfandel & Petite Syrah; briary, vibrant red berry, a hint of chanterelle and an intriguing smokiness. Dark, yet bright fruit gives flavors of black cherry and dried cranberry. With excellent balance and beautiful tannic...

A Little Prick and You’re Good to Go!...

I have a herniated disk towards the end of my spine, what the medical experts call L5. It hurts every day. I’ve been to a surgeon. After much discussion,  I asked him if he were me, would he do surgery?  He answered with a resounding no. That answered my question about surgery as an option. And, I do not want to be injected with cortisone. My grandmother used the stuff, and it literally killed her. I checked out other less invasive options. I’ve been to a chiropractor. It helped a little. I get regular massages. They help, as long as I do it every other week. I lift weights twice a week. This has helped enormously, strengthening the muscles around my back, alleviating a lot of the pain. But sometimes, my back just freezes up. And the only thing that seems to work is acupuncture. It’s an amazing practice. Especially for those over 50. When I did my initial research, some of the many ailments it helps to alleviate include lower back pain (check), weight control (check), stress (check), PMS (check) and many others, including anxiety, depression, insomnia, headaches, hip pain, Arthritis pain, irritable bowel syndrome, infertility, and a whole host of other age-related stuff. I’m grateful not to have checked them all! I was referred by a friend to Dr. Miles Reid. Dr. Reid offers something rare in the field; he is an MD and a Doctor of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (D.A.O.M.). Ok. This is good, I thought. If he sticks me with a needle and it starts to bleed profusely, he’ll know what to do to stop the bleeding. I am such a wimp. My fears immediately went away when he walked through the door. First of all, he was HOT! ...

Sage Suggestions for a Sexy Summer!...

It’s summer, so to look and feel sexy at any age during warmer weather, especially for women over 50, I conducted  a survey of a combination of experts and women over 50 to learn their sexy summer secrets. And for most of us women over 50, they all ring true – gone are the days when we ran barefoot in bikinis 24/7 with no make-up, flawless, sun-kissed bodies and undone hair flowing in the wind. Gag me. The last time I experienced that  I was 18. Maybe 15. But we still can look summer-fresh, by following some sage advice I uncovered this week: Stylist to the stars Colin Megaro – West Hollywood: “Ladies, just because it’s warm out doesn’t mean you can go bra-less. Keep those puppies propped!” No sht. Not a good look. And make sure you get a bra that fits; there should be no back fat, straps hanging or flesh pouring out. Designer Nancy Gale – Marina del Rey: “Don’t skip the Spanx, just because you’re in shape. Spanx make everyone look a little smoother, especially in light, summer clothes.” Great suggestion , Nancy – I went out and bought the bra, the panties and the body suit and looked so much better in my summer outfits. I can’t breathe, but I look good! Sue Elsner, 54 – Boca Raton Florida: “Before you hit the beach, ask yourself, should I really be wearing this bikini?” There’s a lot of sexy one-pieces that are even sexier than a bikini. In fact, there’s a place in Santa Monica on Montana will make a custom-made suit to fit your body perfectly. Cowabunga! I’m so there! Cyndi Cunningham, 53 – Chandler, Arizona: “Keep up with weekly pedicures, especially in the summer. No one wants to...

A Neighborhood Jewel

One of my clients moved their offices near Santa Monica Airport, so I found myself there for update meetings on a regular basis. On most days when I come there, clients Tom and Alex and Dienna and I frequent the plethora of food trucks parked all in a row on 31st and Ocean Park, and eat lunch while we’re meeting. Last, week, we decided to get out of the office, past the food trucks, past the salad bar, and across the street to a cute little restaurant called OP Cafe. We walked up to the place, and it felt like a beach house, complete with a wooden screen door and whitewashed wooden facade. Inside, it looked like a quaint 1940s roadhouse, with a mix of today’s music, reminding us what year it really was. We were lead to a table by a friendly, cute hostess, making us feel right at home. She handed out the menus, and with a big smile, asked us what we’d like to drink, saying she would be right back with our libations and that someone would be by soon to take our order. The menu was simple and straightforward, serving breakfast and lunch to the Ocean Park area work force. Breakfast choices included house-made granola, with strawberries, blueberries and yogurt ($6.95), buttermilk, strawberry, banana nut or chocolate chip pancakes, ($6.95 – $7.95) and a variety of egg dishes, most with a decidedly south-of-the-border flair. The frittatas included your choice of 3 out of 19 items from a lineup of simple to gourmet such as Sausage, Bacon, Prosciutto, Goat Cheese, Onions, Spinach, and Sundried Tomatoes ($9.95.)  In addition, there were Breakfast Tacos, (scrambled eggs, cheddar cheese, Pico de Gallo, chipotle cream sauce, topped with avocado for $8.95), a low carb...