Cafes

WELCOME TO WANDERLUST by Kassandra Horn

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In case you missed it, in July I joined the brand ambassador program for Wanderlust Hollywood - a gorgeous studio located in the heart of Hollywood on a mission that extends far beyond movement on the mat. Wanderlust is creating a community rooted in mindful living and a safe space for you to explore your unique path to a deeper yoga practice, self-growth and enlightenment - to “find your true north.” I also happen to love all things travel so Wanderlust by every definition speaks to my soul.

As I sat down to write this post, I found myself reminiscing on the first class I took here. I don’t recall the teacher but I ventured outside my comfort zone that morning with the help of my friend Sandy for an unexpected surprise. I’m telling you the energy and peace I felt when I walked into this place is unprecedented. And I’ve tried quite a few different yoga studios and styles in this lifetime.

For one, the interior design is ON POINT. I’m immediately relaxed and drawn to the aesthetically pleasing bookshelves and merchandise dressing the entryway. They also have an inviting outdoor patio and cafe with a menu committed to eating local, sustainable and ethical while remaining delicious. I crave their Stumptown coffee - a little taste of the familiar Pacific Northwest - smoothies and bowls hardcore. And then there’s the most beautiful studio layouts with names like ‘The Greatest Place’ and ‘The Haven.’

But the teachers… The humans are the gravitational pull that would eventually point me back here with a bigger purpose. The ones I choose to lead me on this journey radiate with positivity, soul and intention every time they step into the room. They work so hard at what they do and it’s evident in the messages they bring forth to carry beyond the class and into our every day. They align with my own personal values of curiosity, kindness and integrity. Put it this way — next to practicing in Ubud, Bali, looking out into the jungle with birds chirping in my ear, this is as good as it gets.

Watching the studio evolve, attending classes on and off during the past two years as I navigated in and out of my own growing pains, makes me even more grateful be part of this world and to help them celebrate three years in LA this month. Do I think it’s a coincidence? No way! They’re really onto something with this true north business. :)

Have I convinced you to check it out for yourself? Read on for a deeper dive with the Wanderlust team in NY and LA, plus some fave photos of the studio. I’m incredibly thankful to them for the insightful Q&A and hope you find something here that inspires you to drop by and see us.

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What are three words that embody the spirit of Wanderlust Hollywood?

“Curious. Passionate. Engaged.”  

What does it mean to"'Find your true north"?

“To quest both inside yourself and out in the world to discover the things that reveal your highest purpose in this lifetime.”

How would you describe the Wanderlust festival experience to someone who's never been?

“Your days are filled with classes, lectures, and adventures in nature, and your evenings are filled with music, food and community.”

What is your inspiration for new dishes added to the cafe menu?

“We are a farm to table scratch cooking cafe - So the season definitely gets our creative juices flowing, both in selecting the key ingredients and also as we envision an experience that we are creating.  A meal is so much more than just it’s ingredients- it’s truly a source of community and health!”

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What are five Wanderlust goodies you can't live without?

“We love our early morning heated flows, gluten free banana bread muffins, dirty chai’s in the morning with almond milk, sitting outside on the patio with friends, and watching the sunset from the rooftop.”

How is Wanderlust Hollywood growing its presence in the Los Angeles/Hollywood community?

“By continuing to connect with new communities and companies whom we align with, and continuing to understand what is new in the world of yoga, wellness, and delicious food, all while maintaining our core values and staying true to our roots. We love making new friends, and do so everyday! Whether we are out in the community sharing the Wanderlust vision and hosting offsite classes, or welcoming someone new into the space, we love a juicy new connection.”

What are some key attributes of a Wanderlust yoga instructor?

“First of all, a good teacher has to be passionate about transmitting their own experience.  Then they need intelligence, compassion, and dedication… especially to make it through the long days of driving from one teaching gig to another.”

How do you come up with the focus of your Workshops?

“With workshops we aim to illuminate the less explored aspects of the Yoga practice - or the other 7 limbs of the 8 limbed path.  In a ‘regular’ asana class, we don’t ever get to dive too deeply into meditation or pranayama or the other more contemplative practices, or the more technical parts of the practice like anatomy or philosophy.  We also offer teacher oriented intensives - because a good teacher is a perennial student.”

Wanderlust Interviewees:

  • Sage Miller, Community Marketing Manager

  • Kimberly Small, Director of Publicity

BRUNCHING AT BBCM by Kassandra Horn

What are friends for if not to indulge in the most extravagant brunches on the Sunset strip? Ok, they're for a lot of things, it just so happens for me Saturday food fests are a high priority. 

I first spotted The Butcher, the Baker and the Cappuccino Maker on the feeds of a few L.A. lifestyle bloggers and was immediately drawn in by its iconic Colorburst lattes. If you haven't seen one, I can only describe it as the most instagrammable drink I've ever seen IRL, and I've had my fair share of bright and beautiful frosé, and bloody mary's with literal meals as toppings...we'll get into that another time.

At $7 a cup, these are definitely a treat but my friend and I both work in social media and can't resist a great photo opp, no matter how 'basic' it is.  We're here for it and we're not changing for anyone. 

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The best part is that these beautiful babies taste as delicious as they look.

If you're in need of a major caffeine hit, stick with a cold brew for that proper slap in the face but if your at all a latte lover, the Colorburst is certainly worth a try. We opted for almond milk, but you can also go with whole or non-fat.

Because you can't drink coffee on an empty stomach, we ordered a round of the Bacon Maple Scones with whipped maple chili butter. Um, excuuuuse me? Butter? HELLO. I'm not even much of a bacon person but give me some carbs with syrup and butter on them and I'm close enough to a waffle to call it the same. Only THIS was better. 

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Scones can sometimes have a reputation for being dense and dry, but these are so rich and flavorful they melt in your mouth.

With just enough maple syrup and butter to compliment the perfectly placed bacon bits, this is a dish you want to eat slowwwww.

I probably could have stopped at the scones, if we're being honest. But why when there's an entire menu to be indulged?!

Sometimes I forget when I'm loving a new place that I can come back anytime. In other words, this isn't my last meal. I don't have to eat EVERYTHING. Then, adrenaline or hunger or fomo kick in - probably a combination of all three - and next thing I know I'm ordering the croissant sandwich. Remember what I said about butter? Literal kryptonite. 

This bad boy gets a highly recommend from me. Your choice of bacon or salmon sandwiched between a flaky, fluffy crust with a perfectly yolked egg (you know, the right amount of runny where it doesn't soggy the bread but makes everything it touches taste like heaven). Coupled with a savory salad and tiny little pickles, BBCM officially found all my weaknesses and played them like a violin. 

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BBCM CROISSANT BREAKFAST SANDWICH

Cage-free egg, gruyere, avocado, arugula, tomato jam, with smoked salmon. More than a few of my favorite things.

We left full and thankful for a good time well spent and it actually wasn't that expensive ($$) considering the location. Although my partner in crime was underwhelmed by the flavorless Breakfast Bowl (not pictured) so be careful with that one. Unfortunately, I didn't capture any photos of the cafe's crisp white aesthetic and awesome outdoor patio - they have some great shots on the website. Buzzing every weekend with the beautiful faces of Hollywood, it's definitely a scene and a reason to break out your Sunday best. 

Next time, I'd love to check out their dinner menu. Have you tried it? What are your favorite quirky brunch spots in LA? It's hard to keep track of all the new bakeries and cafes popping up, but if you find a latte more beautiful than these I want to hear about it. 

xo, 

Kass