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Class Pass isn’t the only fitness app in town now

August 3rd, 2015 No Comments


We all want to be in shape, but making it fit into our schedule and budget isn’t always easy.  For the past few weeks, while I’ve been absent from the blog, I’ve felt that same pressure you do, and I teach 5 classes a week!  Being super busy with two clients, running the studio, and traveling, my weight-training fell to the waist-side along with my blogging.  Oh the guilt that set in!

ClassPass has been the best game in town to satisfy the budget issue.  With a $99/month membership, you can go to participating studios in any city and attend classes they post on CP up to three visits a month.  If you want to go to a class that’s not posted, or you want to go more often, you have to pay the normal rate.

These two new fitness apps/programs are filling in two HUGE holes in the ClassPass system. You’ll see that Wildfire goes after the fitness fanatic, the other goes after the sporadic.

The drawback for all three is that not all studios participate.  For example, if you want to go to SoulCycle, which is super exclusive, you have to book directly through them.

Finally, both are fairly new to the market and therefore not widely available. Keep an eye out when they touch down in your city.


Wildfire gives you unlimited classes in the studios on their roster for $149/month.  So if you wanted to RYDE 3 times a week, go to a bootcamp once a week, and do yoga once a week, maybe throw in a barre class, you’re getting over  $100/week of classes for about $27.





ZenRez is for the person who can’t plan ahead, just needs to get into a class NOW.  Find last minute classes in your area with availability and book a spot for a fraction of the price.   I’m not putting RYDE4 on ZenRez simply because our classes are already HALF of what most studios in the are charge.

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Where Have I Been? Where Have YOU Been?!

May 18th, 2015 1 Comment

Mary Rambin Cycling Studio Santa Monica

Obviously I’m kidding, but I got your attention!  I do hope you’ve been well, and I appreciate your patience while I’ve been away.

I’ve been MIA on MTM for a whopping 5 and half months now.  However, I think most of you know I haven’t been sitting on the beach drinking rose.  Ok, there’s been a little of that, but mostly I’ve been launching a new business!

RYDE4 postcard

RYDE4 cycling studio information


Two of my favorite things things in life – starting a business and teaching spin –  are now under one roof…and under the sun!


RYDE4 is an indoor and outdoor cycling studio with dynamic classes for all levels. The workout is challenging based around 4 levels of intensity so you know how much gear you should have on the bike at any time. We use RPM monitors to help RYDERS keep the beat, and we inform them WHY they are doing certain movements.  The studio is small, holding 24 bikes; sometimes it’s dark, sometimes it’s bright.  Because of that, our music is not quite so intense and easy to sing along to.  It’s a good time and a kick ass workout and a means to RYDE 4 what you want out of life!  I have 5 instructors who teach a distinctly A-MAZING RYDE.

I know you’re dying ask, “What about SoulCycle?” I have the upmost respect for SoulCycle.  In fact, I still ride with my friends from time to time. SoulCycle is a brand lead by people I consider my mentors.  They’ve changed countless lives, including mine.  Their philosophy INSPIRED my heart, pushed me to my limits at so many times in my life, and solidified that I wanted to take their philosophy to a different demographic.  In this vain, I designed RYDE4 to be more approachable, in terms of the exercise, the mindset, and the results.


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Mary Rambin RYDEoutside

Here’s a look inside the studio.

RYDE4 Santa Monica

And our crew, unfortunately Michael is’t in this shot :(

RYDE4 instructors

Needless to say, I’m having a blast!

Mary Rambin spinning collage

So, now you’re filled in.  I hope if you’re in LA, you’ll come RYDE with me soon.  Your first RYDE is free! Follow me/us on Instagram @RYDE4 where you’ll get great nutrition tips, local hot spots, and gorgeous pics of the California Coast.  Otherwise, I’m BACK on MTM! Come see me hear weekly for all of my favorite new things.  I’m been cashing them in the back of my brain until all the dust has settled. That’s now. I’m excited, I hope you are too!!!

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I’m praying for Saint Martha

July 17th, 2014 No Comments


Martha, the patron saint of cooks and servants, was known to have had the company of Jesus in her home and served him meals on several occasions.  In my mind, her food must have tasted heavenly.  I mean, the man came back for more! As for the modern Saint Martha, her dishes only appear to be divine.  Their flavor unfortunately is lacking.

But, let me explain to you why I think this little nook tucked away in a Koreatown strip mall will draw a righteous foodie crowd.

When you see the pictures and the presentation, you’ll understand that the people who work here take so much pride in creating and serving what they believe to be THE BEST. 

If they hear their critics cry, they will create better food.  It’s only been open a month.  So much time to grow!


When you walk in, you are greeted by the #CooksAndServants themselves at this open kitchen.  Chef Nick Erven (of The Farmer’s Daughter Hotel and Tart) has gathered a band of heavily-bearded brothers that are too focused to be friendly.  That was not quite as jarring as the BLAZING light behind the counter that would unfortunately flood into the dining room.

Most people don’t care as much about atmosphere if they are going to be served phenomenal food.  I’ll capitulate to that every so often.  But if I don’t like my experience in the restaurant, my focus is disturbed.


I didn’t get an exact count, but there are probably about 18 tables in the whole place.  I LOVE spots like this.  Instantly I thought about one of my favorite NYC Greenwich Villages cafes: The Little Owl.  You have to wait for at least an hour, that is, if they had availability at all!  Here, the eating area is close quarters and the tables seem small by LA dining standards.  No matter for most foodies though.  If it’s good, we’ll sit wherever.

After about a minute of looking around, I sighed.  As there are no windows, the lighting would stay exactly the same all night.  If that’s the case AND the kitchen light leaks into the dining space, they should really turn down the lights.  That’s an easy fix!


The wine list is IMPRESSIVE.  Fifty wines from all over the world by the glass that you can order by the Taste, Glass, Piche, or Bottle so you can pair accordingly with the course.  Prices vary as much as the flavor profiles.  My waitress was properly educated and more than happy to discuss our preferences and bring samples.

As for the food….

We were instructed to order in courses and share what came out.  The menu lists the main ingredients of each dish which doesn’t prepare you for what is about to be served.


Oh my goodness, the presentation was breathtaking.  I would have never guessed raw panacotta and tomatoes could be so beautiful!  Unfortunately my excitement for the dish diminished instantly after one bite….The amuse bouche of melon and flowers with a honey drizzle was so much more fun.  How could that be?!!!  Let me try another bite, this time with squash. The flowers were surprisingly tasty.  But still, overall terribly bland.  Ugh. I dared not ask for salt because I didn’t want to insult the bearded boys who had put so much effort into this.


The grilled octopus that the waitress raved about “being crunchy on the outside and moist on the inside” was not, although thankfully tender (a feat in itself). And…it tasted like a salt lick.  Even my companion gaged.  As for the rice….Perhaps rice usually isn’t prepared like risotto because the grain gets too sticky instead of smooth.

Third plate’s a charm?


Nope.  The “Summer Corn” was not the sweet white juicy kernels I as expecting.  This baby corn was covered in flowers, radish, crispy chicken skin, and a seasoning that tasted like Cheetos.  (I’m undecided whether that’s a good or a bad thing.)

At this point, I’ll be honest, we paid the bill and left.  What should have been a farm-to-table roller coaster ride was a more like a float down the sleepy river.  After an hour of nibbling, I was STARVING.

Like I said when I began this story, I’m hopeful for them.  Koreatown is booming and cool kids LOVE hideaways like this.  The whole experience drew my mind to Uchi in Austin, one of the best restaurants in the country.  Saint Martha has the same vision, passion, and soul to be a stand out, desirable farm-to-table like Uchi with Japanese.

Saint Martha – 740 S. Western Ave., Los Angeles, (213) 387-2300

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Westside LA welcomes two new restaurants

April 25th, 2014 No Comments

Living in Santa Monica, I really don’t have a TON of restaurant options west of 26th street and north of Wilshire.  On a regular basis, you’ll find me at:

  • Rustic Canyon (best seasonal f-t-t on the westside)
  • R+D kitchen (I call it my “Cheers bar”)
  • Hillstone
  • Kreation (healthy Persian and juice bar)
  • Milo + Olive (casual pizza)
  • FarmShop (seasonal delicious f-t-t)
  • Mercado (light Mexican)
  • BluePlate Taco (best Tex-Mex)
  • Fig (Best Happy Hour: 50% off from 5-6pm.  In the Fairmont Hotel)
  • Marmalade (Diner meets deli on Montana)
  • Toscana (Italian restaurant with “fun” westside bar scene)
  • Villetta (hand-crafted Italian that is often worth the expense)
  • Via Veneta (small, special occasion, authentic Italian on Main Street)

That covers Santa Monica and Brentwood. Please note Sawtelle and Venice are not included on this list. Thankfully in the last month we’ve had two new restaurants open and I love them both!

Art’s Table

Art's Table Santa Monica

On the corner of Montana and 10th Street, the old Babalou was totally renovated to be a modern, rustic wine bar and gastropub of sorts.  A month or so ago, the doors opened and the “tired of the same old food” neighborhood flocked into Art’s Table named after Art Verge, a Santa Monica local historian and business man, also father to Mark Verge (founder of Westside Rentals).  My gratitude goes to chef Mark Middleman who gives character to a very safe menu of  American classics.  They’re known for the burger, kale salad, and veggie sides.  You won’t recognize many of the wines, which I have found to be a good thing. Dinner is busy and you’ll see a line around the block for brunch.

Sloppy Joe Fries

Sloppy Joe Fries

Kale Salad

Kale Salad

Art's Table Burger

More pics on their instagram @ArtsTableSM.


Adoteca Brentwood

In the coming weeks, my peeps at Villetta and Toscana will discover they have some serious competition for best Italian fare with Adoteca on the block.  Literally all three are in Brentwood a stone’s throw from each other. When I saw this picture on Adoteca’s homepage, there was no question where our group was going for dinner. Adoteca scallops   It was no surprise the Michelin starred chef Antonio Mure and front of house manager Paolo Cesaro from Ado in Venice are the duo behind Adoteca.  Every dish delivered on our expectations.  Unfortunately, as a measure of etiquette, I kept my phone in my purse so I don’t have pictures to post. If you go, we all  insist you order the beet pasta with a quail bolognese.  It was hands down the fan favorite along with the creme brûlée.

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How drunk do you have to be…

January 9th, 2014 No Comments

Burrito Box


To eat a burrito that comes out of a vending machine?

I don’t think I could EVER eat a burrito that comes out of a machine.  I barely indulge on the ones that are hand-made.

So, this is the BurritoBox kiosk located in a Mobil station in West Hollywood.  You put in $3 and it gives you a hot burrito in 60 seconds.

You have 6  pre-made options (all of which are apparently made with natural ingredients, animals not treated with hormones, and free range chicken)  a few sauces for an additional fee. It looks something like this:

Burrito Box burrito


Um, gross!

To my shock and dismay, Taco Bell still exists.  Is that not fast and cheap enough for taco-lovers?  Club hoppers? People on a budget?

I think I’d just rather eat dirt.


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Holiday Survival Guide: Best New Bars of 2013

December 15th, 2013 No Comments

Mary Rambin Drinking a Beer

When I go home over the holidays, I like to try the new hot spots all of my friends have been raving about. Thrillist just posted this list that includes bars from all over the country.  They rarely lead me astray, so if you see your city, give their rec a shot!

Click here to read the full article with descriptions of each place.



    What you’re getting: A Jester King seasonal
    What you’re getting: The Dealer’s Choice

Cambridge, MA

    What you’re getting: A VFW Old Fashioned

Charleston, NC

What you’re getting: Moscow Mule with homemade Sweatman’s ginger beer


    What you’re getting: Fernet & Cola
    What you’re getting: Poipu Beach Boogie Board; a Treasure Chest (if you’re a baller and/or shot-caller)
    What you’re getting: Dusek Punch



Las Vegas

    What you’re getting: The Crucifix in a Deathhand; the Burning Bush

Los Angeles

    What you’re getting: A delicious gin cocktail
    What you’re getting: Any drink on their extensive list; the Toucan Sam if they’ve got it


    What you’re getting: Whatever sweet tiki drink Susie Hoyt wants to make you


    What you’re getting: The Pain Killer




    What you’re getting: The Honesty of Constant Human Error

New Orleans

New York

    What you’re getting: A beer you’ve never heard of before that’s probably been barrel-aged
    What you’re getting: Morning Reviver
    What you’re getting: Remember the Maine



San Diego

San Francisco

    What you’re getting: Eye of the Tiger
    What you’re getting: A crazy sour beer you’ve never heard of


Washington DC

    What you’re getting: The Daily Punch
    What you’re getting: James & the Giant; the Stroppy pale ale


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New pics, new studios, new website for SOULCYCLE

September 16th, 2013 No Comments

SoulCycle Mary Rambin 1

First of all, I want to say thanks to those of you who voted for your favorite SoulCycle profile photo on my facebook page.  This one was the winner by far.

My favorite, along with the staff I surveyed, liked this one.  (The pants are Onzie, my new go-to for crazy pants and sports bras.)

SoulCycle Mary Rambin 2

Julie, one of the founders of SC, chose this one for the site.  I actually think it exemplifies who I am in class the most.  Take what you want from that :)

SoulCycle Mary Rambin 3

This week is exciting for us: today the Beverly Hills studio opens!

SoulCycle Beverly Hills Instructors

Left to right, clockwise: Roarke, Me, Edward, Jason, Nick Pratley, Charlee, Cole, Jenny C.  The boutique and locker rooms are both huge! (Photo via SoulCycle instagram.)

The location is pretty crazy: 9465 Wilshire Blvd, Beverly Hills, CA 90210.

SoulCycle Beverly Hills

I’m honored to be one of the instructors to teach here.  Right now the schedule is small so if you want to be one of the first to ride, click at noon to reserve a bike!

My upcoming BVHL schedule:

  • Thursday: 6am, 7am
  • Monday: 6am, 7am

More Southern California locations coming soon.  Also, look forward to the launch of the new website.  We did a sneak preview tour of it last week, and I’ll say, it’s pretty sick.  Aside from the info and schedules, you’ll find there is so much more to do on it.  Music, photos, and lifestyle posts will be undated minutely so there will be something new and interesting every time you visit.  You can also connect with the instructors you love.  Booking bikes for the popular classes will be much easier as well.


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“Where should we go for dinner tonight?”

September 13th, 2013 No Comments

Thrillist iPhone App


When the questions arises, I can NEVER think of the places on my wish list or Eater’s hit list.  No more guessing or driving around in circles with the new Thrillist iPhone app.  

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