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Iyasu
12217 Santa Monica Blvd., West LA
If you’re looking for deep relaxation on every level, this spot incorporates energy work, essential oils, crystals, and aromatherapy. As the name suggests, they also offer colon hydrotherapy, but if that’s not up your alley, they provide other healing modalities. A craniosacral therapy treatment releases any built-up tension--further enhancing the body’s natural healing powers—indulge in a stress-busting Reiki treatment, or rid your system of toxins with a lymphatic drainage session.
Sur la Table
6333 W. Third St., Suite P-10, West LA
Reliably good and an American classic, Sur La Table host a series of excellent cooking classes in hundreds of their stores throughout the country (Catch the full list of national classes here https://www.surlatable.com/category/cat2211278/In+Store+Classes?cleanSession=true&pCat=CAT-259413). The LA iteration takes place on centrally located Third Street, around the beautifully outfitted cooking stations in the store itself. Expect totally practical, but still aspirational themed culinary evenings that make for the perfect date (friendly or romantic), irrespective of whether you’re a complete novice or experienced cook. Classes happen weekly and range from the helpful cooking under pressure and knife skills 101, to winter in Paris, a taste of Tuscany or the absolutely necessary fried chicken night.
Flores + Sons (Closed)
2024 Sawtelle Blvd., West LA
The space here is soaring and clean-lined, from the garden-like outdoor patio in the front to the oversized booths in the back to the arched counter that overlooks the kitchen (our favorite spot). The varied interior provides a nice backdrop to the quilt-like array of small plates, sourced from every far-flung corner of the globe. You could be trying Middle Eastern style roasted baby carrots with mint and yogurt alongside Southern collard greens with ham, and then finish in Italy with an eggplant parm. The parm, by the way, is great here, as is the tender, perfectly dressed kale Caesar.
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