ClassPass Review

ClassPass Review

Already a month into my ClassPass membership, and with all the buzz surrounding the platform as ClassPass recently secured another $40 million in Series B funding, I considered it due time to share my experience with their Los Angeles offerings! ClassPass is a membership service that allows access to unlimited monthly classes to studios within their network for $99 a month. Classes include yoga, cycling, barre, pilates, dance, and strength training. There are a number of pricey boutique studios in the mix- Exhale, FlyWheel, Pilates Platinum, and Barry’s Bootcamp to name a few. Yas Fitness Centers, Venice The Math: First and foremost, let’s crunch the numbers based on my usage. I’m going to assume the rates I would otherwise pay at these studios without Classpass, taking into account discounted packages. Total Monthly Reservations: 13 Yas Indoor Cycling: 2 classes x $12= $24 Exhale Advanced Yoga Flow: 1 class x $25= $25 Exhale Core Fusion Barre: 1 class x $25= $25 Yogis Anonymous All Levels Flow: 2 classes x $14= $28 Pilates Platinum: 3 classes x $23= $69 Pop Physique Pop Sculpt: 1 class X $20= $20 sweat yoga: 2 classes x $10= $20 Hustle & Flow Cycling: 1 class x $16= $16 Total without ClassPass- $227 Total with Class Pass- $99 That’s a savings of $128 a month! It’s also plenty of incentive to make sure I work out more to get the most bang for my buck. Of course for a deal this good, the service comes with a few downsides. Unplug Meditation, Brentwood Cons: 1) Limited Schedule: This one was the biggest disappointment for me. It wasn’t until I was a...
Smoked Salmon Toast

Smoked Salmon Toast

I spent this past holiday season in one of my favorite cities- Portland, Oregon! Among the perks of having a boyfriend from the beautiful Pacific Northwest is the abundance of delicious, fresh-caught salmon. With its heart-healthy omega-3 fatty acids, salmon is a nutrient powerhouse. This past trip, we hit the jackpot when my boyfriend’s wonderful parents sent us packing with an armful of smoked salmon! Toast, or a simple open-face presentation, is one of my favorite ways to showcase quality ingredients. I consider this fresh, wild salmon far too much of a delicacy to overdress in a salad and sully the rich flavors. Inspired by the salmon toast served at GTA, Gjelina’s takeaway locale, I set to work creating a recipe of my own liking. One of the major healthy twists to this recipe involved substituting greek yogurt as the base instead of using a cream cheese or crème fraîche. After loading up my sourdough slices with generous hunks of smoked salmon, I set to work layering with my favorite toppings- capers, red onion, dill, and hard-boiled eggs. In my opinion, a breakfast-based smoked salmon dish is utterly incomplete without a side of cornichons– those tiny, delicious, tart pickles! Prep Time: 10 mins Serves: 4 Ingredients 1/2 loaf sourdough bread, 4 slices 1/2 lb, smoked salmon 1/4 red onion, finely sliced 4 tbsp, greek yogurt 2 tbsp, chopped fresh dill 1 tbsp, capers 2 eggs, hard-boiled 1 tbsp, lemon juice 2 tsp, olive oil 1/2 cup, cornichons Preparation Toast the slices of bread in the oven at 375F until golden-brown. Evenly spread 1 tablespoon of greek yogurt over each...
New Music Monday: December 2014 Playlist

New Music Monday: December 2014 Playlist

This month in music was all about making new that which I’d previously considered old. With truly unique remixes of Future Islands’ “Seasons,” and Vance Joy’s “Riptide,” I was able to enjoy a fresh spin on two tracks that I thought I had thoroughly exhausted. Upon revisiting the albums of some of my favorite female artists, including Yuna, St. Vincent, and Jenny Lewis, I found gorgeous tracks of theirs that I managed to overlook the first time. Perhaps the most beautiful song on this month’s playlist is José González’ “This Is How We Walk On The Moon.” Curious as to how I’d missed this track by one of my favorite musicians, a quick Google search informed me that it was part of a tribute album to Arthur Russell, a brilliant New York cellist and composer that passed away in the early 90’s from AIDS. The track itself is a cover of Russell’s posthumously-released work.     1) Seasons (Waiting On You) [BADBADNOTGOOD Reinterpretation] – Future Islands 2) Digital Witness- St. Vincent 3) Favourite Thing- Yuna 4) Riptide-FlicFlac Remix- Vance Joy 5) Kansas City- The New Basement Tapes 6) Head Underwater- Jenny Lewis 7) Numb- Niia 8) Ohio-filous Remix- Damien Jurado 9) The Other Side- Madi Diaz 10) First Train Home- Imogen Heap 11) This Is How We Walk On The Moon- José González 12) By Fire- Hiatus Kaiyote   Follow me on...