Shake things up this month by trying a bit of racy exercise, a mouthful of indulgent dessert and a drop-in massage center that's as chicly decorated as it is relaxing. 


Your sweet tooth will thank you when you roll up to the new Cake Monkey bakery, where single-portion layer cakes like chocolate caramel ($7.50) and classic vanilla ($7.50) are moist and delicious (and the must-serve dessert at smart dinner parties).

Cake Monkey, 7807 Beverly Blvd.; 323-932-1142 or


Star chef Roy Choi makes good on his promise to bring healthy, affordable meals to the ’hood with Locol, a fast-food restaurant that serves agua fresca ($1) instead of sugary soda, and green-goddess noodle bowls ($6) instead of French fries. Don’t miss the barbecue turkey burger with buttermilk mayo ($6).

Locol, 1950 E. 103rd St.;


So…topless yoga is a thing. (It’s meant to desexualize women’s bodies.) Try the Wednesday night “Free the Nipple” restorative class and sound bath at Astroetic Yoga. The format is candlelit and coed--but the teacher keeps the pervs away by screening first-time male attendees.

Astroetic Yoga, 224 E. 11th St.; 310-490-3092 or


Everlane’s classic tan trench coat ($175) has cozy lined sleeves and a waxed-cotton body to keep you comfy no matter what the weather brings.


Have a half hour? Sit down in a sling-back leather chair at The Now, the new high-design spa where you can score an affordable 25-minute massage ($35) or a 55-minute traditional reclining massage ($60)--no appointment necessary.

The Now, 7611 Beverly Blvd.; 323-746-5525 or


A Broadway show based on tweets from God? Starting January 30, Sean Hayes stars as the deity in the comedy An Act of God at the Ahmanson Theatre.

Music Center Downtown Los Angeles, 135 N. Grand Ave.; 213-972-4444


Too jittery/distracted/everything to meditate? Stop by the cozy The Den Meditation, a former TV exec’s new studio that aims to demystify meditation and make it user-friendly with quickie 20-minute sessions, morning wake-up meditations and candlelit evening wind-down sessions.

The Den Meditation, 360 S. La Brea; 323-424-3444 or

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