Lisa Bonbright is the beautiful soul who brought the Gratitude Glow to SoCal. As CEO of Love Serve Remember / Cafe Gratitude Southern California, Lisa spreads beauty, clean eats, and good vibes around our city.
As the force behind Los Angeles’ three Cafe Gratitude locations along with Gracias Madre in West Hollywood, Lisa Bonbright is making SoCal a better place. Having spent time in NorCal a few years back, Lisa fell completely in love with everything about Cafe Gratitude. She was so impressed by the mission, the food, and the people behind it that she did everything in her power to see that her favorite spot would make its way to Southern California. Through lots of determination and hard work Lisa did just that, and we have her to thank for the delicious healthy glow that these exceptional eateries provide our city.
Leading the design and development of all SoCal locations (West Hollywood, Venice, Downtown, and San Diego on the way…) as well as the design and construction process of Gracias Madre West Hollywood, Lisa has added a fresh and beautiful spin to the NorCal cult-favorite Cafe Gratitude. Her fiery and youthful spirit has made Cafe Gratitude an LA institution. Not only does Cafe Gratitude offer incredible clean eats, but it is also a beautiful destination and community gathering where you want to spend time. Bright, light, open and airy, each and every space is stunning and instantly glows up your mood.
Lisa’s commitment to spreading goodness is strong– she radiates incredible energy and really brightens up everyone around her. From her chic style to her flawless skin, Lisa knows how to glow it up.
HOW THEY GLOW QUESTIONNAIRE
NAME: Lisa Bonbright
NICKNAME: Kitty Cat (Only my husband calls me that ☺)
WHERE DID YOU GROW UP: I was born in Puerto Rico (my father was the District Attorney of the Virgin Islands) and I grew up in Southampton, Long Island and Los Angeles.
WHEN YOU ARE EATING HEALTHY, WHAT IS A TYPICAL…
BREAKFAST: Green Smoothie
LUNCH: Madre Chopped Salad from Gracias Madre
DINNER: I Am Humble from Cafe Gratitude
SNACK: My latest snack obsession is Trader Joe’s
WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE INDULGENCE?
A weekly 90 Minute Massage with Seppo at the Toluca Lake Tennis Club
WHAT ARE YOUR FAVORITE PLACES / RESTAURANT TO INDULGE?
Night+Market in West Hollywood. Super spicy, really fun Thai Street Food.
The Malva Pudding with vanilla ice cream from Hedley’s on Robertson in West Hollywood
WHAT WOULD BE YOUR LAST MEAL ON EARTH?
What could be more fitting than a Grateful Bowl from Café Gratitude?
WHAT IS THE BEST DISH YOU COOK / YOUR FAVORITE RECIPE?
Every Monday night I make from scratch a big pot of chicken and vegetable soup with whatever is in season from the farmers market. We have it with rice and grated parmesan cheese.
WHERE DO YOU GROCERY SHOP IN LA?
Farmers Markets, Trader Joe’s and Whole Foods
WHAT IS YOUR FITNESS REGIMEN? (HOW OFTEN & WHAT DO YOU DO)
I work out seven days each week. Tuesdays and Thursdays I go to the Sweat Garage with instructor Derick who plays amazing music which makes the class so great. Every other day I hike between 3 and 5 miles early in the morning before work with my husband either at Franklin Canyon, Runyan Canyon or Tree People. We always do hills and push pretty hard.
WHAT IS YOUR SKINCARE ROUTINE? (PRODUCTS, FACIALS, ETC)
I get a facial every two weeks from Linda at Epicore. I am religious about keeping my skin clean and have a full routine every night before bed. I use Lancer products as well as Epicurean.
WHAT ARE YOUR FAVORITE NATURAL MAKEUP / BEAUTY PRODUCTS?
IF YOU WERE STRANDED ON A DESERT ISLAND, WHAT 3 PRODUCTS WHAT YOU TAKE WITH YOU?
WHAT PROFESSIONAL BEAUTY/FITNESS/HEALTH GURUS DO YOU SWEAR BY?
I really follow my own regimen based on what feels right for my body.
TOP 3 FAVORITE SONGS?
1. Lentejitas (Te Alejas De Mi) by David Ferrero
2. Big Jet Plane by Angus and Julia Stone
3. Wonderwall by Ryan Adams
MOST LIFE-CHANGING BOOK?
Sacred Commerce by Matthew and Terces Engelhart
WHAT IS THE BEST GIVE YOU’VE EVER RECEIVED?
My husband wrote me a birthday card “Ten Things I love About You”
DESCRIBE YOUR PERFECT DAY.
Up at 5:00 AM, four mile hike at Franklin Canyon with Chris my husband and Buster our toy poodle. 8:00 breakfast at Sqirl. 10:00 am to 4:00 pm cranking in the office getting stuff done. 6:00 PM dinner with my husband and then down to our home theater for one of our favorite shows like Homeland, Game of Thrones or Downton Abby. In bed by 8:30 and asleep by 9:00 PM.
WHAT IS YOUR MOST VALUABLE BEAUTY TIP/SECRET?
Get plenty of sleep, exercise EVERY DAY, drink lots of water, avoid all processed foods and be grateful every day.
WHAT MAKES YOU GLOW?
When I practice one of our company tools known as “Surprise and Delight”. This is when you do something for someone that is totally unexpected, not required, but that makes a difference in their lives. One recent Surprise and Delight was when I picked up the check for my Architect’s Mother’s Birthday party at Gracias Madre. He couldn’t believe it and hasn’t stopped talking about it.
Photography by: Emily Knecht
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