Los Angeles Hot Spots! (…that also love your dog!)

Va-Va-Vegan…


(Credit: Alexandra Petruck)

Café Grattitude in Venice Beach and Graçias Madre in West Hollywood have been celebrity magnets for years, and let’s face it, there is nothing more LA than eating vegan. The restaurants have been subject criticism over the past year as news spread among the vegan community that the restaurant owners started raising and slaughtering cows on their farm. If you are able to put aside the owner’s personal moral choices, then these two spots remain the most incredible vegan kitchens in the city. Gracias Madre specializes in Mexican cuisine, including nacho cheese made of cashews…yes, as in cashews! While Café Gratitude’s dishes are all listed as affirmations, which your waiter will repeat to you: “I am intuitive.” “Yes, You are intuitive.” Translation: You ordered french fries. Tip: The gluten-free/dairy-free deserts are divine! Leave room in your tummy.


(Credit: Alexandra Petruck)

Sweat out the stars…

Runyon Canyon. From Matt Damon to Matthew McConaughey, those sexy shirtless hiking photos that populate gossip magazines are taken on the trails of Runyon Canyon. The hike is an insta-favorite for every social influencer passing through town, but bring water for Fido – the trails were recently renovated and the new pavement can get warm for your pooches paws in the summer months. Best to wake up early and take advantage of the cooler temperatures, the early alarm clock will be well worth the view…not to mention burning off that vegan desert from last night!


(Credit: Alexandra Petruck)

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