Finding Your Happy Place: My Visit to Ezra's Enlightened Cafe

Hey Curlies,

During my days as a newspaper journalist, I often wrote restaurant reviews – which was probably the most entertaining part of the job.

This is when I discovered Ezra’s Enlightened Café – a small but vibrant eatery in a little neighborhood called Broad Ripple. I’d read tons of amazing reviews about the gluten and dairy-free café, so I had to stop by.

As I predicted – I was blown away by the offerings and visited several more times that I’d like to admit.

On Friday, I made my way back to Ezra’s to try out some menu items I’d often overlooked because I was captured by their variety of smoothies and juices.

This time, I was determined to try something new – even if I ordered a smoothie too.

Around 11:30 a.m., the café was starting to fill up – a line formed behind the cash register and tables were full of old friends catching up on life.

As I looked at the menu – challenging myself to stay strong and try something new – I remembered why I loved this place so much. Everything from the indoor-outdoor garage-like feel, to the bright colors and décor – being at Ezra’s just made me feel good.

I loved watching employees chop veggies and fruits to prepare orders from scratch and peeking at their finished product as they served power bowls to customers.

Ultimately, I decided on the Buddha Bowl created with organic raw honey, spice kale, organic, greens, carrots, shredded beets, ginger, fermented veggies, sprouts and avocado.

I also ordered the Pineapple Express smoothie made with mango, pineapple, banana, cilantro, mint and almond milk.

Because I wanted something sweet, I snagged a triple chocolate brownie and another seasonal chocolate treat. Both contain real cocoa – not the processed stuff we get from the store.

As always, Ezra’s ever disappoints me and the presentation of the food is magical. The Buddha Bowl was enormous and I didn’t even get a few bites in before I needed a to-go box.

I finished my smoothie in about 30 minutes and started on the sweets – they both carried rich flavors.

In life, I think we all have to find our “happy place,” which are the spaces and things that make us feel good and live up to our greatest potential.

Ezra’s Enlightened Café – named after Audrey Barron’s (owner) son – has been one of those places for me.

I encourage you to find those spaces and items that boost your mood and carry a sense of positivity.

Listen to our chat with Audrey about the foods we should be eating to grow long healthy hair. 

Life Update: Tips for bouncing back after life gives you lemons

Hey Curlies,

What a week this has been.

So many things have happened over the past two weeks and it honestly wore me out. Some things were out of my control, while others were things I set up for myself.

It all started off with an extra long work week. About two weeks ago I worked six days a week, 10 hours at a time non-stop. While this may or may not seem like a lot to some people, I also run this blog and the entire ClassyCurlies business when I'm not working at the news station. It's a full time job on it's own.

That left little time for sleep and everything else in between.

Toward the end of that week, I learned I lost my grandmother - who I'd seen at the hospital the week before. Somehow I knew that was the last time I would see her...and I was correct.

In between trying to figure out what my own feelings were and most of all, helping my mother through this time, I had 5 million things on my to-do list and an appointment at the oral surgeon to have my wisdom teeth removed.

On top of that, the vacation I was looking forward to almost came to a halt after the mass shooting in Las Vegas.

To say the least, it has been a physical and emotional past couple of weeks.

Why am I sharing this?

1. My life is somewhat back to normal and I'm feeling much, much better.
2. We all go through tough times - and it's OK not to be perfect. It's OK to show emotion.

In this week's episode of Curly Conversations, I'm laying it all out on the table in much more detail - and giving you inspiration to remember when you're battling tough times.

Share your thoughts on this week's episode in the comments or shoot me an email at

Indianapolis Natural Hair Events: Curls and Canvas 2017

Hey Curlies,

There is so much going on right now, I'm trying to keep up myself. Our 31 Day Healthy Hair Challenge kicked off this week and tickets just went on sale for the third annual Curls & Canvas event.

Last year's event sold out and there was even a waitlist long enough to hold an entire second event. If you want to be sure to grab your spot, don't wait until the last minute. Get your tickets here. 

What is Curls & Canvas? 
It's an event that allows you to create a custom curly hair-inspired canvas design while learning how to care for your natural hair this fall and winter. It will take place November 5, 2017 beginning at 1 p.m. at Mimosa and a Masterpiece, 614 Massachusetts Ave. in downtown Indianapolis.

How it works
I teach a workshop on tips needed to care for your hair this fall and winter during the first half of the event. During the second half, we paint a sassy woman with natural hair - each year's painting is different.

See photos from 2015 and 2016

We always have such a great time and of course, I giveaway awesome prizes.

Again, don't wait until the last minute to buy tickets.