Hollywood – world capitol of glamour and fine living. Well, maybe 50 years ago. The 2nd half of the 20th century saw Hollywood hit the skids as the glitterati moved on to other hoods. But with new restaurants and boutiques, Hollywood is once again asking for its close-up. And now it has a new role to add to it’s repertoire – Healthy Hangout. This November, Barry’s Hollywood will open in the heart of Hollywood, a block from the storied intersection of Hollywood and Vine, making Hollywood a true health destination. So what’s a perfect healthy day in Hollywood? We’ve put together a list of our favorite healthy Hollywood haunts for a great Sunday Funday (or any other day).
Greenleaf Chopshop Hollywood
Full disclosure: Celebrity Chef/Owner of Greenleaf Jon Rollo is married to Barry’s CEO Joey Gonzalez. Which means no one could be more qualified to cook up a healthy pre- or post-workout meal. Greenleaf, located in the Eastown complex just a medicine-ball’s throw from Barry’s Hollywood, is an “affordable, fast-casual dining experience that features the freshest organic and local ingredients available every day.” Greenleaf has a large, varied menu focusing on “made-to-order salads, wraps and sandwiches using flame-grilled proteins and organic, locally-grown produce.” And the patio is a gorgeous place to sit and people-watch, rain or shine (we know this because we had dinner there on that one night in 2015 when it rained in LA. Maybe that will happen again someday.) Menu recommendations: Buffalo Wangs Salad, any of the great Build-Your-Own plate options, and the amazing Turkey Melt on Pretzel Bread (voted Best Turkey Sandwich in America!) But beware – Greenleaf has a killer cocktail menu that could throw a monkey wrench into your clean eating plans. Our personal favorite is the Spicy Margarita. But then we like a cocktail with a kickback.
The Wi Spa isn’t technically in Hollywood, but it’s only a 10-20 minute drive depending on traffic, and a 20 minute subway ride (with a stop directly across from Barry’s and a block from the spa). And it’s a uniquely LA experience. The Wi Spa is a Korean-style spa in the heart of Koreatown. It’s the newest and nicest, with high-tech amenities to spare. The women-only and men-only floors feature hot and cold tubs, dry and steam saunas, and treatment stations, while the co-ed floor, known as the jimjilbang, is home to the not-to-be-missed mineral saunas. In Korean tradition, the massages are not for the faint-of-heart. But they are perfect after a challenging workout. These masseuses will beat your knots into submission – crying is optional. If you are uncomfortable with naked bodies, this is not the place for you, but you’re a Barry’s client, so you’re looking pretty damn hot.
Groundwork Coffee Co.
Across the street from the amazing, cavernous Amoeba Records (definitely worth a visit) is one of an LA chain of coffee houses known as Groundwork. Groundwork, which roasts and blends it own coffee, serves only its certified organic, fair trade, and sustainable brews. Coffee is a very personal obsession, and everyone has their own faves in LA (from Intelligentsia to Cognoscenti to Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf), but Groundwork is almost always on the list of top 10s. We love the warm, woodsy atmosphere and the organic coffees and teas. And it’s directly across the street from one of the best Urban Outfitters around.
N101 Nutrition Health & Sport
There are plenty of supplement shops in L.A., and more than a few in Hollywood, but we like N101 because of its selection of strange, new protein-rich snacks. This place has the best selection we’ve ever seen. From protein potato chips to pumpkin-flavored cookies to buffalo jerky bars to just about every flavor Quest bar, N101 realizes that post-workout snacks are one of the biggest needs of people who work out. And while we recommend whole foods whenever possible, sometimes you need something fast and easy, like, for instance, a protein shake from L.A.’s very first…