siel ju

live and write in l.a.
Foodie Friday
My latest quest for a Happy Gut, or why I'm such a picky eater

My latest quest for a Happy Gut, or why I’m such a picky eater

It’s true — I’ve become one of those gluten-free, dairy-free L.A. women who drinks green smoothies for breakfast and owns two different spiralizers for zoodles. I wasn’t always this way. In fact, I have a distinct memory of eating powdered milk on a semi-regular basis as a kid — spooned… read more

Gratitude Beverly Hills: Clean vegan eats with creative cocktails

Gratitude Beverly Hills: Clean vegan eats with creative cocktails

What is the difference between a Cafe Gratitude restaurant and the new Beverly Hills spot called just plain Gratitude? Both offer delicious, organic, vegan food with a dose of self-empowering messages — but only the latter boasts a full bar. So though I rarely drink, when I stopped by the… read more

American Tea Room: Best matcha spot for writers

American Tea Room: Best matcha spot for writers

There’s nothing quite like lounging by a lush green living wall to make the hot muggy weather seem alright. The summer swelter feels just a part of a tropical paradise, where you’re on vacation to soak it all in. That’s the feeling I get from American Tea Room, whose downtown… read more

5 healthy Korean dishes to try in Los Angeles -- with matching reads

5 healthy Korean dishes to try in Los Angeles — with matching reads

If your Korean mother was like my Korean mother, you grew up eating lots of fresh veggie dishes made from scratch — with a shitload of MSG sprinkled in for flavor. Seriously, MSG was my mother’s favorite seasoning. Eating the stuff now makes me feel instantly ill and irritable —… read more

Best coffee shops for writers in Los Angeles: Central LA

Best coffee shops for writers in Los Angeles: Central LA

Picky writers can’t just go to any coffee shop. We need good working spaces with comfy chairs and tables. We need decent wifi and electric outlets for our laptops. We (or at least I) need good reading light. And we like to be able to hang for a few hours… read more

3 Summer smoothie bowls for every diet -- to match your current read

3 Summer smoothie bowls for every diet — to match your current read

Summer is my favorite season because it’s the time for all things cool: sundresses, Shakespeare in the park, and smoothie bowls for breakfast. If you follow me on Instagram, you know I like to match my smoothie to my current read. Want to do the same while procrastinating on that… read more