While I loved having a little kitchenette in my Los Angeles apartment to do a little cooking, I have to admit – the lure of LA’s incredible food scene was impossible to resist! I tried to make most of my breakfasts at home, but when it came to lunch and dinner – the dining experience was like none other! After a month in LA, I found some favourite spots that I just have to share with you.
My Top 10 Favourite Dinner Spots in LA:
Il Pastaio – The best casual Italian place in Beverly Hills, from incredile chef Giacomino Draco. I loved the vegetariana salad with shrimp + side of sautéed broccoli.
Madeo – Everyone knows this Italian classic in West Hollywood is my favourite dinner place in LA – and it’s not necessarily a “health” restaurant! The ambiance, waiters, red wine and steak just makes me happy. (And the broccoli side is insane – have to get my greens in somewhere!)
The Nice Guy – I love the vibe here – the restaurant evolves into more of a club scene as the night progresses. My favourite side dishes are the brussels and cauliflower – so yum!
Sugar Fish – With locations all over LA, including Beverly Hills, Brentwood, Calabasas, Downtown, La Brea, Marina Del Ray, Santa Monica and Studio City, it is the freshest sushi I’ve found.
Osteria Mozza – I just love the food here. Most recently I had the white fish and was perfection. It’s a restaurant co-owned by chef Mario Batali, so you know it’s going to be amazing.
Cecconi’s West Hollywood – Love, love, love. Love it for lunch AND dinner, in fact. I had their green broccoli dish, eggplant and salmon – all divine.
Craig’s – A vibey Italian spot that’s a West Hollywood classic. You’re sure to spot a celebrity – and have a delish meal, too.
Ysabel – Beautifully done. Gorgeous ambiance at this West Hollywood eatery. It’s the perfect place to go on a Saturday night with your friends.
Cleo Hollywood – Amazing Mediterranean food! Great vibe – and amazing Brussels sprouts, because you know I love my cruciferous veggies!
AOC – This great casual dining spot is also a wine bar! I loved their chill vibe (and fireplace). Their quinoa salad was delicious, and they offer lots of great salads and small plates for sharing with a group.
Hi Jessica, I believe in synchronicity so when I was guided to you .on FB I was intrigued and inspired. I turned 46 last week and my husband bought me your book. I wanted to thank you for sharing your wisdom in such a beautifully presented way. My copy is now filled with tabs and post it notes with actual notes throughout. I am dairy intolerant since having my gallbladder removed 15+ years ago, I don't eat meat, very minimal gluten and was told 12 months ago my gut was not digesting my food properly so I wasn't receiving sufficient nutrients and taking supplements would be a waste of time. My weight fluctuates tending to gain rather than lose but now I believe I have a tool to help me bring my body back into balance that I need for my health and longevity of life - so again thank you. The first few steps to creating a stronger path forward for my health has found its foundation in your beautiful book, The Healthy Life.
With kindest regards Samantha
I'm writing this email because I wanted to tell you how much I love your blog and how you really helped me in my health journey. Thank you for sharing all your advices and experiences.
When I started my studies, I was drinking lots of coffee and I was eaten the wrong foods, and feel bad about it, I wasn't at my best. So I had done some research on the net but at first I didn't found advices that are for me, and then I found your blog. It was exactly what I was looking for, good advices and healthy recipes. Now I'm following your advices on rest more, and snacks between meals and prep the meals and take time for myself to reconnect with my body and let go my anxiety, etc, and I have a more balanced life and have a new relationship with food thanks to you.
I bought your book and it's honestly the best book I have ever bought. I suffer from IBS and anxiety. I have paid so much money seeing naturopaths however after reading your book and all of your tips I'm noticing so much of a difference, so simple and easy to follow. And symptoms have dramatically decreased. Also you have helped me to relax. Currently drinking the protein health smoothie! Thankyou your amazing.
Hey Jessica! I haven’t yet brought ‘The Healthy Life’, but I do have the clean life and your slim down plan! I would like to thank you so much for the knowledge your share and the message you put across about health and wellness. I’m studying Nutritional Medicine in Melbourne and absolutely love the philosophy that you share with your JSHealth community. The work you’ve done to show people that leading a healthy lifestyle isn’t boring, tasteless, difficult or depriving is amazing and hope to share the message myself one day. You’ve inspired me to start my own blog , to share the message and have taught me so many things about my own health! You should be proud of your achievements! Thank you again
I searched for help and tips through the Internet and found Jessica Sepel. This is seriously not exaggerated, but she was the reason why I have dared myself to eat again, to have snacks in between, to nourish my body. I could slowly improve my negative thoughts about my body image and my stupid anxiety of gaining weight. Besides, The Cleanest Gut was awesome too! A huge thank you! Especially from my mum. Seriously, without you I wouldn’t be where I am now!
Congratulations on your new book! It looks absolutely gorgeous. I’ve been following you on Instagram for a few years and you’ve inspired me to slowly but surely eat healthier without giving myself a hard time when I don’t. It made me so happy (and weirdly proud) to see the Daily Mail article on The Healthy Life. I remember trying out your recipes before you even had your eBook out! I can’t wait to get my hands on the book. Keep up the great work.
Cooking in this way truly brought out the foodie in me and has instilled a huge passion for health and wellness! Life throws you hard and frustrating things sometimes but I truly believe that this is where we learn more about ourselves and what our passions in life are! Thank you for inspiring me on my journey to health and wellness!
I am a yoga teacher in Johannesburg and am thrilled to have bought your book today. I love making healthy, nutritious food for my family, friends and fellow yogis! Thank you for this book and your inspiration (had to share a pic of my book on my recipe stand in the kitchen).
I bought your beautiful book during the week and told my bestie to go out and buy it also! I love love love it. It is the book I would give to my younger self if I could (I am 41 years old). Everything is just so sensible and informative and is definitely a book all teenagers should have. This should be a text book for girls becoming teens. I will love going back and re-reading it many many times and can't wait to make more of the recipes. Thank you Jess - you are an incredibly inspiring woman and you should feel so proud
My fiancé bought your book and we have cooked some of your meals. Amazing! I love your outlook on a healthy lifestyle and your hints and tips with preparing tasty meals are fantastic. Thanks for reviving us to live a healthier lifestyle and get our bodies wedding ready.
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