Dec 172016

Eat Naked LA: Healthy Meals At Home WITHOUT The Work

We all want – leave alone, need! – to eat healthier. If you are well, eating healthy is good for your health, your mood and your weight. If your health is less than perfect already or if you suffer from food sensitivities or food allergies, eating healthy is mandatory.

Rationally, we all know that. But we are busy. We are tired. We are in a hurry. There is often no time for preparing a healthy meal. As a result we grab “something” on the go, when hunger strikes we’ll eat whatever is available. No wonder so many of us don’t feel well. After all, you are what you eat.

Since we’re tired so often, we find ourselves compelled to drink more coffee. There is nothing wrong with that. In theory, that is. In reality, coffee often comes with sugar or worse yet, some artificial sweetener. When hunger hits at the wrong time, we rely on candy or other sweet snacks to survive till the next meal. Sugar induces inflammation, chronic inflammation is the breeding ground for cancer, cancer thrives on sugar….

Serious and even terminal diseases are rarely a matter of bad luck. More often than not, they are caused by bad eating habits. You wouldn’t think to put sugar in your car’s fuel tank because a car needs gasoline to run, duh. Yet, most people don’t hesitate to eat junk food knowing its inherent health risks.

I’m not your parent. I’m not giving you a lecture. I’m not passing a judgment on your schedule or habits. Just the opposite, I’m writing this article to share some good news.

One clearly brilliant man – a classically trained musician from a family that values home cooking – for personal reasons developed a menu of healthy meals. Since he is young, athletic and raises a young family he needed meals that would keep him strong and healthy. His menu works for him and his family great. For a few years now, he’s preparing these healthy meals for others in his commercial kitchen in N. Hollywood. His healthy meals are a huge hit! You may have heard of Fernando Restrepo and his fabulous meals (Eat Naked LA), already. If not, read on!

The meals are prepared from scratch; everything is fresh, low fat, savory, tasty and healthy. (Incidentally, it’s Eat Naked because the meals don’t contain harmful ingredients or additives: just delicious, good-for-you, nutritious foods.) The cooking? Smart, gourmet and creative: take a look at the menu AND pictures!

Here is how it works:

  • You can order and pay Online (
  • The price of a single meal is about $10
  • The meals are ready to eat
  • You get to choose what you want to eat from a menu of protein, veggies and side dishes or select from complete meals
  • The meals are prepared fresh for omnivores, vegetarians and vegans, daily
  • You can pick your meals up from Eat Naked LA in North Hollywood or have them delivered
  • You can eat your meals as soon as they’re ready or freeze them for later

No wonder people praise the meals on social media and give them 5 stars on review Websites! (Some say that they even lost weight!) Fernando Restrepo’s idea of combining great-tasting healthy meals with flexibility, easy ordering and affordable prices is pure genius.

With Eat Naked LA’s meals, no matter how busy, hurried or tired you might be you can eat healthy. No more excuses: you have only one body, now filling it up with the right fuel is easy! Eating healthy meals naked (at home!) is optional.

Eat Naked LA
11310 Vanowen Street
North Hollywood, CA 91605
Phone: (323) 823-7654

Written by Anything L.A. Magazine’s Lifestyle Reporter, Jason Berberyan



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Aug 182016


New Metro Pedestrian Tunnel in North Hollywood Will Improve Connections, Ease Congestion

A new pedestrian tunnel connecting Metro’s Red and Orange lines will improve connections for transit riders, and ease congestion by taking them beneath the busy traffic on a major San Fernando Valley thoroughfare.

The tunnel is expected to save riders up to five minutes from the time they disembark an Orange Line bus to their arrival on the Red Line platform — allowing passengers to make faster bus and rail connections.

“By letting riders make connections underground, we’re making it easier to transfer between the Orange and Red lines, and easing congestion for drivers on Lankershim,” said L.A. Mayor and Metro Board First Vice Chair Eric Garcetti. “This is a smart project that helps Valley commuters and strengthens our regional transportation system.”

Metro has installed ticket vending machines, TAP fare gates, closed-circuit security cameras, Transit Passenger Information System monitors and other amenities within the tunnel.

“Metro’s new tunnel reduces the main point of conflict between high-volume vehicular traffic and transit riders, cuts their travel times and adds capacity to our busy Red and Orange Line stations,” said John Fasana, Duarte City Council Member and Metro Board Chair. “Metro has built an extremely robust facility that will position these stations to better accommodate the San Fernando Valley’s growing demands for transit in the coming years.”

On a daily average, approximately 23,000 vehicles travel along this segment of Lankershim Boulevard, according to the Los Angeles Department of Transportation. Transit riders typically mass on opposite sides of the street to wait for pedestrian signals to turn green, before scrambling across the street in groups of 60 to 80 people at a time. Patrons sometimes cross in the middle of the street or jaywalk against red intersection signals — risky behavior that can jeopardize their safety and impede vehicles.

The tunnel offers pedestrians a completely grade-separated alternative, and allows motorists to enjoy less traffic congestion and shorter traffic signals. The tunnel will also help reduce greenhouse gas emissions as a result of reduced vehicle idling at the intersection.

“Metro is constantly focused on enhancing the customer’s experience. Our new North Hollywood pedestrian tunnel is evidence that we are committed to providing improved safety and mobility as we continue to create a world-class transportation system in Los Angeles County,” said Phillip A. Washington, Metro CEO. “With all the improvements planned in North Hollywood in the coming years, this tunnel will help keep people moving as efficiently as possible.”

The pedestrian tunnel, which fully complies with Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) requirements, is the first in a series of transportation improvements aimed at continuing the revitalization of North Hollywood as a transit hub for the San Fernando Valley. The design-build project cost $22 million and took approximately two years to construct, and the U.S. Department of Transportation contributed a $10 million livability and sustainability grant for the project.

This is the second pedestrian connection to open this year. This new Metro pedestrian tunnel in North Hollywood will make life easier for transit riders as well as improve their safety. In April, Metro opened an award-winning pedestrian bridge connecting the Universal City Metro Red Line station with the Universal Studios Shuttle stop across the street.

The project is part of Metro’s effort to build greater convenience and safer pedestrian connections. Metro approved a new sales tax measure for the November ballot to fund more than $120 billion in critical rail and road projects, including a subway line from the San Fernando Valley to LAX, and extensions to connect communities throughout the region — from Claremont to Culver City and San Fernando to the South Bay. For more information on Metro’s bold plan, visit

About Metro
Metro is a multimodal transportation agency that is really three companies in one: a major operator that transports about 1.4 million boarding passengers on an average weekday on a fleet of 2,200 clean air buses and six rail lines, a major construction agency that oversees many bus, rail, highway and other mobility related building projects, and the lead transportation planning and programming agency for Los Angeles County. Overseeing one of the largest public works programs in America, Metro is changing the urban landscape of the Los Angeles region. Dozens of transit, highway and other mobility projects largely funded by Measure R are under construction or in the planning stages. These include five new rail lines, enhanced bus operations, and numerous highway and local projects.