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When Is Cafe Gratitude Opening In Venice?

When Is Cafe Gratitude Opening In Venice?

Cafe Gratitude Venice IS OPEN!!! since noon, today, July, Tuesday 17th!

We received this award!

Video taken today, at the opening day of Cafe Gratitude Venice. I talked to founder Matthew Engelhart and his son and manager Ryland. We also were witnesses to the first Happy Birthday celebrated in this new location, to the song of Jason Mraz.

Last Update: Opening is expected by next week, July 16th the latest)
07-14-12:  According to a server from the Larchmond Cafe, the opening is imminent! This wekend, mock servings and kitchen running are being done to test how the open is done and to verify that the opening can be done when Cafe Gratitude Venice gets its last permit!!!

07-15-12: We heard that it is very likely Cafe Gratitude Venice is opening tomorrow Monday or Tuesday :-), though it’s not confirmed by official communications from the popular Los Angeles cafe in Larchmond street.

Cafe Gratitude Venice inside: beautiful!

07-16-12:I just called the Larchmond location, and they say: “may be tomorrow”. I “borrowed” this beautiful picture from the Facebook page of Cafe Gratitude:


According to Murphy’s Laws, “Everything takes long than it takes”. Hundreds of Cafe Gratitude fans, like me, are eagerly awaiting for the “What are you grateful for?” popular restaurant in LA, to open another one in the west side. The address is 512 Rose Ave, Venice, CA 90291.

Cafe Gratitude Venice, Rose Street view

Cafe Gratitude Venice, Rose Street view

About a year and a half ago I asked Terces Engelhart, co founder of Cafe Gratitude along with Matthew Engelhart, if they were planing to open another Cafe Gratitude in the west side of Los Angeles, and she told me “Yes, in Venice”. It was too good to be true, since I live 5 miles from the beach and 10 from Venice! (and my office is about 5 min from the new location:-)

The first date of the long awaited opening we had from Ryland, owner and manager at the LA joint and son of Matthew Engelhart, was May 15. Since then Murphy’s law took over and the opening was moved to June 15.

When we went to visit the Rose and 5th Street corner in Venice last week, we saw that final touches were being added, and last paint coats applied. The new place is bigger than the LA restaurant (2200 sq ft) with the added convenience of a long covered patio for outside sitting, and 42 parking spaces.

Today is June 22 and they were still not able to open the doors to the Venice crowd!

When Is Cafe Gratitude Opening In Venice

When Is Cafe Gratitude Opening In Venice?










Yesterday we got a word from a server from the LA Cafe, that training was taking place, and the new opening date is imminent. We don’t mind the wait for the new Cafe Gratitude in Venice, Los Angeles, as it is going to be the best restaurant in the area!

Cafe Gratitude Venice at night

Cafe Gratitude Venice at night










We’ll keep you posted with any news and updates.

Cafe Gratitude Venice-Covered Patio at night

Cafe Gratitude Venice-Covered Patio at night











  • 06-23-12: I called the Larchmond location of Cafe Gratitude just now, and they say the opening is expected now for early July
    Cafe Gratitude Sign/Logo

    Cafe Gratitude Venice Sign/Logo

  • 07-01-12: We stopped by Cafe Gratitude Venice and inside looks almost ready to open any time!


    Cafe Gratitude Venice is about to open!

  • 07-06-12: We called the Larchmond Cafe and they said Cafe Gratitude Venice is re-schedule to open next week, though the date is not set in stone yet…
    As I mentioned before, Murphy’s Laws says “Everything takes longer than it takes”…

    07-07-12: We went for breakfast to Cafe Gratitude LA and asked the server if she had any news about the opening of the Venice Cafe. They are waiting for three permits to be approved and they believe they are going to have the opening party next week or the July 16th the latest!

PS: I just noticed, the Cafe is about five blocks from the place where Rawesome, the raw private membership store, use to be…

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How To Heal A Broken Heart – inspired on “Love & Survival” by Dr Dean Ornish

How To Heal A Broken Heart

Inspired on “Love & Survival” 8 Pathways To Intimacy And Health
by Dr Dean Ornish

A 7:30 speech summary on Dr Ornish “Love & Survival” book
at the Beach Cities Toastmasters club

 Do you know anybody with Heart or chest pain, or a broken heart?

 Broken Heart is any pain in the heart or chest caused  by chronic negative emotions like  Fear, Anger, Anxiety, Guilt, or Stress. It also includes broken relationships with friends, Family, co-workers or Romantic Partners. A broken heart is chronic blocked emotional trauma; I just read today: “Holding grudge is giving an unwanted person free rent in your head!” and  this emotional trauma will make you sick if you don’t get ride of it ASAP!

 I became very interested on this subject when after eating healthy & regularly exercising for so many years, I had some heart & chest pain episodes. & I found a nice  way to solve it.

 3 months ago a cancer patient told me “This book is healing my aching heart & my body.”

 “Love & Survival”: 8 Pathways to Intimacy & Health. by Dr. Dean Ornish.

 According to Dr. Ornish the main causes of heart pain & failure, & chest pain, are:

 1. Lack of Love

2. Lack of Intimacy, &

3. Isolation or Lack of Social Support or Group Support

 I will talk about: Intimacy or human connection and. group support first, and leave  love for last because is the most fascinating for me.

 Watch this video on how to heal a broken heart.

  1. Intimacy: is the capacity to be transparent with someone, in a safe place where you can confine and talk about your feelings & thoughts, knowing that we are not going to be judged or criticized.

 Remember the phrase: I took it out of my chest,” just the fact that you are not going to be judged or criticized. Remember the phrase: I took it out of my chest,” just the fact that you are being heard, listened to, is healing. If we “eat” out negative feeling for a long period of time, it may result in heart or chest pain.

       2. In a group support we have the same intimacy component too, now at the group level: a safe place to express our thoughts & feelings.

A support group could be almost anything: a cancer of challenged heart group, AA, OA, a yoga class, a meditation group, a church or spiritual group.

 My favorite one is Toastmasters, where we come to open out Hearts to subjects like finances, Food, Travel, languages, marketing, nutrition, & religion, & all those nice things in life.

 The next component on a group support is the sense & knowledge that we belong. Remember in cheers, a place where “you want to go where everybody knows your name”? They got together in a safe place to share feelings & thought about life, work, romance; and somehow at the end of the day, they got it out of their chests & they got healed & happy.

 Another component of the group support is the knowledge that you matter, that your life matters to someone:

Dr. Rahcel Remen; founder & director of the Institute of Health & Illness, says:

“Once you know that your life matters to someone, it can’t be taken back from you.” When you know that you belong & that your life matters, you have that strength forever. This knowledge boosts your immune system & promotes health.


      3. Now what is Love? We usually think that love is a very strong liking or attraction between two people.

Just remember when you were teenager: how many times your mother put up with you! & she still loves you! This is unconditional love!

Love is much more than that. Love is a powerful energy capable to influence people’s hearts.

Energy is the capacity to do work or overcome resistance. Energy is power or the capacity to influence. In a Coldplay song, Chris Martin says: “Use your heart as a weapon…, it hurts like heaven”…

 One very interesting thing I found in this book is that most of the experts on the fields of love, intimacy, & group support say:

“These 3 factors are very powerful in ways that we don’t fully understand yet

That wasn’t enough for me. I interviewed the 3 energy healing holistic practitioners.

 They explained to me that negative emotions create an energetic electromagnetic field blockage in and around the heart that causes the pain and weakness to the heart. An energy healing session neutralizes this negative energy pattern, bringing back health to the heart and the flow of energy to the heart & the rest of the body. (An energy work healing session removes that blockage, allowing the energy to flow again.)


  1. Remember to bring more love & laughter into your lives.
  2. Have a perceptive friend to confine your feelings & thoughts & “Get it out of your chest!”
  3. Remember to come to TM meetings every week, as permitted.
  4. & if all of the above is not enough (to heal a broken heart), an energy healing practitioner can take care of your heart!

Carlos Caridad

a Toastmasters Speech

Beach Cities Toasmasters club, the place to learn public speaking , overcame the fear of it and stage freight !

PS: if you have a (broken) heart challenge, go to see these two excellent “heart” specialists:

Jeannette von Johnsbach, Bio-energetic therapy


Alberto Amura, Reiki Master in Los Angeles


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