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1250 S. Fair Oaks Ave., Los Angeles, CA, 91105

Today Brady Weise shakes up cinnamon syrup with pineapple, grapefruit, and cranberry juices.

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A Club Called Rhonda

3040 W. Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles, CA, 90026

It’s all about dance-floor desegregation, with legendary DJs and about-to-blow-up acts attracting a diverse crowd.

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A.O.C.

8700 W. 3rd St., Los Angeles, CA, 90048

310-859-9859

At A.O.C. Christiaan Rollich’s salad-in-a-glass comes in a vodka version but tastes just as fresh with chamomile tea, basil, arugula, jalapeño, cucumber, and lime.

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Adamm’s Stained Glass Studio & Art Gallery

1426 4th St., Los Angeles, CA, 90401

This lively gallery off the 3rd Street Promenade showcases fragile masterpieces of more than 175 glass artists from North America.

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Aladin Sweets & Market

139 S. Vermont Ave., Los Angeles, CA, 90007

At Aladin Sweets & Market, folks stop in for glasses of milky tea with honey-dipped fried pastries, though savory dishes are the main draw.

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Altadena Golf Course

1456 E. Mendocino St., Los Angeles, CA, 91001

626-797-3821

Altadena Golf Course has you teeing off on a putting green of natural grass that’s been recently upgraded along with the café, cocktail lounge, and shop.

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Babita Mexicuisine

1823 S. San Gabriel Blvd., Los Angeles, CA, 91776

Nestled in a blink-and-you’ll-miss-it suburban storefront, San Gabriel’s Babita Mexicuisine finds the gracious middle ground with such daintily presented dishes as green cilantro margarita sorbet and tequila-soaked salmon sopes.

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Ballard’s Artwork Framing

1568 W. Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles, CA, 90026

Should your print require an artist’s eye and a craftsman’s touch, head to Ballard’s Artwork Framing in Echo Park.

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Boone Children’s Gallery

5905 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles, CA, 90036

While grown-ups stroll through LACMA’s galleries and clink glasses at the free outdoor concerts, kids can make their own art at the museum’s Boone Children’s Gallery.

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Cal Blend Soils

1270 Arrow Hwy., Los Angeles, CA, 91706

Cal Blend Soils has long been the go-to source for landscape designers making over posh estates, but it’s happy to offer mounds of fertile earth for the casual DIY-er.

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Carroll Avenue

Carroll Avenue, Los Angeles, CA, 90026

Boasting the city’s highest concentration of Queen Anne and Eastlake-style Victorian homes from the late 19th century, Carroll Avenue in Angelino Heights is a gabled architectural oasis.

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Casey’s Irish Pub

613 S. Grand Ave., Los Angeles, CA, 90014

Kind on your wallet, the quiz at Casey’s Irish Pub takes place every Monday during happy hour.

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Chado Tea Room

369 E. 1st St., Los Angeles, CA, 90012

Few cultural institutions can claim as essential a dining experience as the Japanese American National Museum in Little Tokyo.

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Chamber Music in Historic Sites

., Los Angeles, CA, 90210

How civilized: classical music in an intimate setting followed by discussions with the musicians and a repast.

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Color Me Green

2001 Sepulveda Blvd., Los Angeles, CA, 90266

Booking a side-by-side appointment is relatively easy, and the staff wielding the brushes are suckers for tykes, propping them up with pillows in oversize chairs.

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Country General Store

6279 Van Nuys Blvd., Los Angeles, CA, 91401

Van Nuys’s 57-year-old Country General Store makes us wish we had a hoedown on our calendar, or better yet, a cowboy or cowgirl on our arm.

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