FOOD SCOOPS: MACRO HOUR AT M CAFE

 

Happy Hour is typically a time to take the edge off the work day with a nicely discounted dose of booze, maybe even a half-priced appetizer–who can resist? But the 3 to 7pm window doesn’t always have to be decadent to be happy. Not every occasion calls for fried balls or sliders or beers or martinis.

Leave it to the geniuses at Hollywood Favorite M Café to come up with a pretty ecstatic alternative: Macro Hour.


In case you’re not already familiar, M Café is famous for it’s diverse menu of nutritious but super healthy eats that follow Macrobiotic* principles in a contemporary way. The food is made without any refined sugars, dairy, eggs, red-meat or poultry–but trust us, you won’t miss it, especially not at the new Macro Hour.

 

Running Weekdays at the Melrose location from 4pm-7pm, Macro Hour offers exclusive off-menu items including delicious re-interpretations of happy hour favorites, like Nachos and Mac & Cheese, as well as other fun snacks like BBQ Seitan Spring Rolls and Crispy Asparagus Spears. Everything is between $6-$8, and you can get macro-shooters for $1 each to score some extra health points. Whether you’re looking for a quiet spot to schedule an afternoon meeting or just grab a snack and read a book, M Café has got you covered.

 

BBQ Seitan Vietnamese Spring Rolls with a savory peanut sauce. So light and refreshing with a nice crispy bite.

 

Macro Nachos! Jalapenos, cilantro, beans, and guacamole—can’t go wrong here.

 

The Mac & Cheese is creamy and wholesome with sundried tomatoes, arugula, and asparagus.

 

The Crispy Asparagus Spears will satisfy your craving for a crunchy fried snack without getting too greasy. And the zesty dipping sauce should not be neglected.

 

 

M CAFE

7119 Melrose Avenue
Hollywood, CA 90046

*The Macrobiotic diet is an ancient approach to eating which focuses on lighter, local, and unprocessed whole grains, vegetables, fruits, nuts and fish, with the goal being the maintenance of an optimal balance.

THE METHOD: BALLET BARRE WORKOUTS

In Los Angeles, we are constantly surrounded by options. Where to live, eat, shop, and even workout. At the moment, barre classes are on the rise claiming to firm, tone and slim your body at record speed. You want to try one, but with so many options, how do you choose? Being a dancer, who has worked years and years achieving my shape, I had to find out what these classes were all about. So here’s some insight into four of the most popular barre classes on trend right now to help decide which is best for you.

The Bar Method, Pure Barre, and Pop Physique are all barre classes with a similar structure. Warm up into upper body, lower body into abs and then a final stretch. The only class that does not follow this exact pattern is Cardiobarre. The most important thing to remember in every one of these classes is form, alignment and technique. They are low impact work outs with body parts sometimes only moving about an inch. These ballet inspired classes are designed to elongate the muscles and sculpt the body into a dancer’s physique. All classes use of course, the ballet barre, as well as free weights.

So what sets these classes apart? Here’s the scoop. The Bar Method, a technique fusing dance conditioning, isometrics and the science of physical therapy, is a slower paced class that’s easy on the joints. But don’t be fooled, you will encounter lots of burning and shaking during what feels like a million reps executed at the barre. Pure Barre, another isometrics focused technique that includes elements of pilates, has great hands on instructors and moves at a slightly faster pace to upbeat music. Pop Physique, a fairly new exercise, is a ballet inspired isometrics class that starts kicking your butt within minutes. They also have an assortment of really great music. I mean, who doesn’t want to do ab work to hip hop? And lastly, one of the most unique of the barre classes, Cardiobarre truly integrates ballet with continual motion. A fast paced, low impact, full-body work out that not only strengthens and lengthens the muscles, but also burns fat.

No matter which one of these classes you choose, you are sure to get a body sculpting workout that is still safe on your joints and muscles. Don’t be ashamed to make unpleasant faces or minor grunts at any point because you will certainly, “feel the burn”. Be good to your body and take some extra time with stretching or a hot bath after class, as soreness tends to be prominent the next day. And now you know, you don’t have to be a ballerina to get their slim, toned bodies!

text + model Sarah Rodenhouse

photo Kelly Mustapha