Establishment neighborhood
Tracy Lee Nash
Tracy Lee Nash is a Windbridge Institute medium, which means that she's one of only a handful of research mediums in the country. But that said, we actually love her for intuitive readings, as she has a beautiful way of accessing and interpreting the aura, i.e., the way you hold and view yourself, and challenges you might be encountering. Her messages from the other side are more subtle—fewer names and numbers (i.e., evidential mediumship) and more nuances of emotion and relationship, which means that she's best for more experienced sitters rather than skeptics.
Colleen McCann
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Colleen, a former fashion stylist turned certified shamanic energy medicine practitioner (her appreciation for beautiful things is immediately apparent when you see her at work with crystals), conducts sessions on both coasts, dividing her time between NYC and LA. A session might include everything from stones to Tarot to reiki, but the end result is a life coaching session from someone who can intuitively sense everything that's at play. What’s great about Colleen is the seamless way she blends the practical with the mystical—so Reiki virgins need not be intimidated. She also does more out-of-the-book sessions like deep closet purging and intuitive business building.
Shaman Durek
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Born in Northern California to an African Haitian father and an East Indian, Norwegian mother, Shaman Durek comes from a long lineage of spiritual practitioners including Seven Day Adventist ministers, oracles, and spiritualist faith healers. A session with Durek is a full-body experience, as he calls on his own spirit guides and elders to move and purge stuck energy. This can be a very intense process (vomiting is not atypical)—time with him is probably best suited for those who have experienced energy healing before. While he can occasionally be found in Los Angeles, Durek spends a lot of his time in Turkey, and other areas of global unrest.
Kelsey Patel
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While Kelsey Patel is highly intuitive, and skilled at everything from Reiki to tapping, it's the way that she manages to stitch it all together into something actionable and concrete that makes sessions a great investment. She worked on Capitol Hill in her former life, so she brings a certain real-world pragmatism that's a nice counter to her work with crystals. As a bonus, she's very plugged into the LA wellness scene, so is full of fantastic advice and a deep rolodex should you need a referral.
Cousin’s Maine Lobster
Founded by actual cousins Jim and Sabin, who both come from Maine but now live full-time in Los Angeles. The organization has expanded in big ways since the early days, now boasting trucks in more than 10 cities, a brick-and-mortar on Santa Monica, and mail-order lobster feasts available through their website. That said, the LA trucks are the originals. Lobster is shipped in fresh from Maine, and rolls are served both warm and cold (we actually like them equally—it kind of depends on your mood and taste).
Guerrilla Tacos
With a location rotation that includes all of the city's best coffee shops (Alfred, Blue Bottle, Dinosar, and more), Guerrilla is widely considered to be one of the best trucks in LA, no matter who you ask. Chef Wes Avila's approach brings the complex flavor profiles he honed at restaurants like L'Auberge and Le Comptoir to the humble taco. The menu changes seasonally, and Avila bases his recipes on whatever's at the farmers' market, but the sweet potato taco (he was kind enough to share the recipe with us after our Road to Table event in LA) is always on the menu—for good reason. Make sure you have at least one on your ticket.