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Marielle Wakim is currently a Masters student at the University of Southern California working towards her degree in Professional Writing. Though she loves and misses sweet home Chicago (yes, even the cold weather), she decided to move out west in pursuit of her dream and has since been exploring all that LA has to offer. Some of her favorite things to discover are hidden-gem restaurants and bakeries, trendy spas and salons, and new hot spots and nightlife. An avid pop culture junkie, she also enjoys covering red carpet events and writing film reviews. You can check out her blog on pop culture at www.blarfblog.tumblr.com. If you have an LA charity or cultural event, restaurant, boutique, spa, or salon you would like covered on Miss A, please contact Marielle at marielle.wakim@gmail.com

Brentwood’s A Votre Sante: Truly to Your Health

Among the many restaurants in Los Angeles that claim to specialize in healthy, organic fare, Brentwood’s A Votre Sante is one of the few that truly commits itself to salubrious excellence.  Nestled on San Vicente right next to the Brentwood Country Mart, the charming, café-style restaurant whose name means “to your health” in French has been offering an extensive variety of feel-good foods since 1987.

A Votre Sante. Photo courtesy thehealthyvegans.com.

Even though I feel like I’ve been to A Votre Sante a thousand times, I never cease to be impressed by how lovely the food looks.  Before you can even consider the menu, colorful plates at surrounding tables seem to demand your attention, begging the question, “ooh, what are they having?” (that’s what I always do, at least). Every dish is composed with precision and elegance: salads piled high with fresh greens, steamed vegetables, brown rice, avocado, and shredded purple cabbage; homemade Shelton Farms turkey meatloaf; organic chicken tucked in a whole wheat wrap with steamed veggies, tahini, avocado, and brown rice; gluten free brown rice pasta with tofu and fresh veggies in a ginger-tamari sauce; grilled falafel served with whole wheat pita, fresh tabuli, and cool hummus.  If you can bear to take your eyes off the food, you might also notice that the place is a celebrity hideaway—it’s a favorite of Dennis Quaid, Kate Hudson, Jessica Alba, and Dylan McDermott.

When I first moved to LA last August, A Votre Sante became my go-to place for fresh, organic food.  Like many native Angelenos, I like to eat clean (which, for those of you who don’t know, is the elimination of processed food from the diet), and A Votre Sante was one of the few restaurants I found that catered to clean eating so wholly: though I’m not a vegan, the menu boasts many vegan-friendly items in conjunction with a wide selection of hormone- and antibiotic-free meats and fish.  What’s more, all of their fresh-made desserts are sweetened with organic fruit juice as opposed to refined sugar.  If you’re not in the mood for dessert, definitely end your meal with a soy chai latte—it’s like Christmas in a cup.

So the next time you find yourself itching for some truly nutritious eats, make sure you give A Votre Sante a whirl.  The restaurant features indoor and outdoor seating and serves breakfast until 3 p.m. every day (oh, and make sure you try the blue corn and banana pancakes—they’re divine).

WHERE:
A Votre Sante

13016 San Vicente Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90049
Ph. 310-451-1813

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