Lunch Specials for Wednesday, October 11, $7.99 plus tax for Dine In or Pick Up Only (11:00am-2:00pm)

*Specials are subject to change without prior notice. Please feel free to call and verify specials before coming in (213) 742-0303.

Pasta: Four Cheese Farfalle With Baby Shrimp

Sandwich: Tilapia Sliders With Small Garden Salad

Salad: Chicken Cobb Salad

Pizza: Margherita Calzone With Chopped Tomatoes

Today’s Chef’s Special ($12.95 plus tax – all day long): Tilapia With Pink Sauce

Lunch Specials for Tuesday, October 10, $7.99 plus tax for Dine In or Pick Up Only (11:00am-2:00pm)

*Specials are subject to change without prior notice. Please feel free to call and verify specials before coming in (213) 742-0303.

Pasta: Pomodoro with Chicken

Sandwich: Tuna Sandwich With Small Garden Salad

Salad: Artichoke Feta Salad With Shreded Chicken & Balsamic Glaze

Pizza: Small Four Cheese Pizza

Today’s Chef’s Special ($12.95 plus tax – all day long): Salmon Lemon Caper Sauce

Lunch Specials for Monday, October 9, $7.99 plus tax for Dine In or Pick Up Only Monday – Friday (11:00am-2:00pm)

*Specials are subject to change without prior notice. Please feel free to call and verify specials before coming in (213) 742-0303.

Pasta: Penne Amatriciana

Sandwich: Hot Pastrami Sandwich With a Small Garden Salad

Salad: Antipasto Salad

Pizza: Small Cheese Pizza Plus two Toppings

Today’s Chef’s Special ($12.95 plus Today’s Chef’s Special ($12.95 plus tax – all day long): Tilapia Spicy Pomodoro Sauce

 

Why We Love Los Angeles

Why We Love Los Angeles

Weather. Downtown Los Angeles has approximately 292 days of sun each year. During winter, the average temperature is about 67 degrees. The perception that Los Angeles residents are at the beach year round is fairly accurate.

Architecture. Los Angeles is a collection of interesting buildings with their own personalities. The LA Philharmonic makes its home in the Walt Disney Concert Hall, which is a striking composition of curved steel facades. The Broad Museum is nearby, with a highly textured and modern look. Downtown LA is covered in these architectural wonders, making it a beautiful city to traverse on foot.

Movies. Traveling through LA is like walking across a movie set, with Sunset Boulevard, Santa Monica, Mulholland Drive, and Beverly Hills as the backdrop. Talent looking to break into film have flocked to Los Angeles for decades, due to the concentration of agents, scouts, and production houses in the area.

Those not aiming to command the silver screen have access to many interesting movie theaters. The ArcLight Hollywood brings first runs as well as indie flicks to the screen, the Hollywood Forever Cemetery shows cult classics in an outdoor setting, and iPic provides a living room feel for your viewing experience.

Diversity. All together, Los Angeles residents hail from 140 countries and speak 86 languages. Though some see the population density as a drawback, we see it as an incredible community. A highly diverse population occupies 88 districts that combined make the city of LA. Each of these pockets has its own personality and feel, giving Los Angeles a small city vibe despite its massive overall size.

Food. With remarkable population diversity comes a range of cuisine. This health-conscious city has ample vegetarian, fresh, and local dining options. A variety of ethnic foods are present between each pocket community as well—from Brazilian to Japanese and Jamaican to Italian.

Nature. Despite what some think, LA is within striking distance of many natural wonders. Six hundred acres of the Ballona Wetlands remain just outside of Los Angeles. Home to a large selection of wildlife, this is a resting place for millions of migratory birds each year. Placerita Canyon State Park is home to more than 200 native plant species. Once a source of gold during the initial rush of 1848, this beautiful land is now protected.

The Antelope Valley is a favorite destination in spring, when the California poppies are in full bloom. Though the city proper is somewhat condensed, the surrounding areas present sprawling natural landscapes.

LAX. Los Angeles International Airport sends flights all over the world each day. Not only is it easy to get anywhere from here, but residents also benefit from the number of flights with empty seats. If you crave a weekend away, last minute deals often present great savings.

Proximity. If you can’t catch a flight or just feel like driving, Santa Barbara is only 100 miles north—and San Diego is a similar distance south. Driving east will take you to Palm Springs and eventually Las Vegas. Driving in the city may not be fun, but there are many road trip possibilities.

Celebration. Festivals, fairs, parades, and openings are a near-daily occurrence in Los Angeles. There’s never a lack of activity on the weekend to delight and entertain.

Price. Surprisingly, there are several free things to do in Los Angeles. The LA Art Walk is held the second Thursday of each month. The exhibits and artists are constantly changing, so guests have a new experience each visit. The Griffith Observatory gives guests access to stargazing floors and a giant telescope, while the Getty Villa museum features Greek, Roman, and Etruscan artifacts and artwork—both with free admission.

Lunch Specials for Friday, October 6, $7.99 plus tax for Dine In or Pick Up Only Monday – Friday (11:00am-2:00pm)

*Specials are subject to change without prior notice. Please feel free to call and verify specials before coming in (213) 742-0303.

Pasta: Fettuccini Smoked Salmon With Capers & Onions in a Light Marinara Sauce

Sandwich: Chicken Parmesan Sandwich With a Small Garden Salad

Salad: Mexican Style Salad With Steak

Pizza: Sausage & Pepperoni Calzone

Today’s Chef’s Special ($12.95 plus tax – all day long): Tilapia With Roasted Potatoes & Salad

 

Lunch Specials for Thursday, October 5, $7.99 plus tax for Dine In or Pick Up Only Monday – Friday (11:00am-2:00pm)

*Specials are subject to change without prior notice. Please feel free to call and verify specials before coming in (213) 742-0303.

Pasta: Farfalle Baby Shrimp With Sundried Tomatoes, Oil, Garlic & Pesto

Sandwich: Chicken Pesto Sandwich With a Small Garden Salad

Salad: Pineapple Avocado Chicken Salad

Pizza: Create Your Own Calzone Two Toppings

Today’s Chef’s Special ($12.95 plus tax – all day long): Salmon With Spicy Pomodoro Sauce

 

Lunch Specials for Wednesday, October 4, $7.99 plus tax for Dine In or Pick Up Only (11:00am-2:00pm)

*Specials are subject to change without prior notice. Please feel free to call and verify specials before coming in (213) 742-0303.

Pasta: Spaghetti Chicken With Sundried Tomatoes in Pink Sauce

Sandwich: Chicken Pesto Sandwich With Small Salad

Salad: Primavera Salad with Chicken

Pizza: Small Alaskan Pizza

Today’s Chef’s Special ($12.95 plus tax – all day long): Tilapia With Pink Sauce

Lunch Specials for Tuesday, October 3, $7.99 plus tax for Dine In or Pick Up Only (11:00am-2:00pm)

*Specials are subject to change without prior notice. Please feel free to call and verify specials before coming in (213) 742-0303.

Pasta: Linguini Pomodoro With Spinach in Pink Sauce

Sandwich: BBQ Chicken Sandwich With Small Garden Salad

Salad: Organic Mix Green Salad Baby Shrimp, Cucumber, Caper, Tomatoes, Onions & Artichokes

Pizza: Vegetable Calzone

Today’s Chef’s Special ($12.95 plus tax – all day long): Salmon Lemon Caper Sauce

 

Lunch Specials for Monday, October 2, $7.99 plus tax for Dine In or Pick Up Only Monday – Friday (11:00am-2:00pm)

*Specials are subject to change without prior notice. Please feel free to call and verify specials before coming in (213) 742-0303.

Pasta: Spaghetti Italian Sausage

Sandwich: Turkey Avocado Sandwich With a Small Garden Salad

Salad: Salmon Salad Walnuts, Romaine, Mix Green, Cherry Tomatoes, Cucumbers, Capers

Pizza: Small Cheese Pizza Plus two Toppings

Today’s Chef’s Special ($12.95 plus Today’s Chef’s Special ($12.95 plus tax – all day long): Tilapia Spicy Pomodoro Sauce

 

Eat Healthy on a Shoestring Budget

Eat Healthy on a Shoestring Budget

Ever head to the grocery store, excited to fill your kitchen and pantry with healthy items, only to leave feeling deflated and shocked after seeing the hefty price tag that accompanied your good-for-you groceries? You’re not alone. In fact, many people think that trying to eat a healthy diet on a shoestring budget is a farfetched dream. The good news is that it’s possible to purchase wholesome food and drastically slash your bills. It just takes a little advanced planning and knowing where to save. With that in mind, here are six ways to eat healthy on a shoestring budget:

Swap fresh veggies for frozen ones.

As huge veggie advocates, we often hear our clients say that, although they realize vegetables are healthy, they don’t want to waste money because the veggies often end up spoiling before they get to eat them. The solution: Opt for frozen veggies.

Not only are frozen vegetables just as nutritious as fresh ones, they’re typically a third of the price. Plus, you’ll have no excuse not to cover half of your plate with the lower-calorie fare as it won’t have gone bad in your refrigerator. Keep frozen veggies on hand so you can mix them right into whatever you’re making for the main meal. And if you’re on a budget and trying to prevent feeling hungry, the fiber keeps you feeling full because it takes longer to digest than simple carbohydrates, so you wind up eating less.

Practice Meatless Monday several meals of the week.

Protein foods, particularly meat, are among the most expensive grocery items, so simply swap out meat for pulses (protein-packed, affordable and earth-friendly foods you know as beans, chickpeas, lentils and dry peas). Try replacing the meat or poultry you would normally add to a favorite casserole, pasta, burrito or stew with kidney beans or chickpeas. If you’re not ready for a complete swap, you can start by mixing half meat and half beans. You can even swap out half of the meat for mushrooms, which have a meaty mouthfeel and texture, but are less pricey than meat. Plus, the mushrooms and beans will boost fiber and cut calories, too, which is a bonus if you’re looking to lose weight.

Plan ahead.

Make a schedule for your healthy meals for the week and create a grocery list—and stick to it! This sounds trite, and you’ve heard it before, but it makes a huge difference and really saves a lot of money. Don’t shop hungry or get tempted by items that aren’t on your list—it gets pricey and impulse buys are typically less-than-healthy calorie bombs.

Save dining out for special occasions.

Research has shown that people who eat out may get as much as double the amount of fat and calories as those who eat at home. Plus, eating out costs significantly more money. Try these easy, make-at-home meals:

Pizza: Use a whole-wheat pita pocket, whole-wheat English muffin, or whole grain you have on hand. Simply spread it with your favorite tomato sauce, layer on your favorite veggies and sprinkle with low-fat cheese. Place in the oven and voila!

Open-faced burrito: Top a whole-wheat tortilla with black beans, chopped tomato, lettuce and peppers (or any of your favorite veggies—frozen included, just let them thaw for about five minutes first to release the moisture) and top with low-fat cheese. Heat it up in the oven and enjoy!

Buy in bulk.

Even if you live alone or with a roommate, buying in bulk can be much cheaper. And you can always cook a whole recipe and freeze the leftovers for later. Buying healthy, wholesome and even weight-loss friendly foods like frozen vegetables, fruits and whole grains in bulk saves a lot of money and it keeps you stocked with lower-calorie foods so you’re surrounded by options that are good for you. You can also make your own portion-controlled treats rather than buying the small-sized items. For example, buy a larger container of nuts and divide it up into little bags rather than purchase the 100-calorie packs, which are more costly.

Choose eggs for a protein punch.

Eggs are relatively cheap, a good source of protein and versatile—they boost protein and nutrients in both salads and breakfasts (omelets, frittatas and egg muffins). You can get a large carton of eggs for around $3. Using just the whites equals three 20-gram servings of protein at about $1 per serving.