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Best of LA: 2013

Dean

3918 W. Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles, CA, 90026

323-665-2766

The well-dressed male must now confront the trickiest accessory in the non-fairer-sex wardrobe: the man bar.

Website: http://deanaccessories.com/

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Domaine LA

6801 Melrose Ave., Los Angeles, CA, 90038

The fruitiness of an Isabel cuvée from Berkeley’s Donkey & Goat is all rosé halftones; the high-alcohol flash of a Russian River Poco a Poco zinfandel is a snapshot of one grape in one season in one dusty place.

Website: http://www.domainela.com

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Downtown LA Bicycles

1626 S. Hill St., Los Angeles, CA, 90015

Forlorn, neglected rides can rejoice. The technicians at this bike repair shop will get those pedals turning once more.

Website: http://www.downtownlabicycles.com

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Equinox

10220 Constellation Blvd., Los Angeles, CA, 90067

310-286-2900

The Equinox fitness club in Century City offers several versions of aquatherapy, the spa staple of indulgent soaks in deep tubs.

Website: http://www.equinox.com/classic/Spa/

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Fishing with Dynamite

1148 Manhattan Ave., Los Angeles, CA, 90266

Manhattan Beach’s intimate and wryly named Fishing with Dynamite showcases David LeFevre’s expertise with seafood, honed during his years at Water Grill downtown.

Website: http://www.eatfwd.com

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Harold & Belle’s

2920 West Jefferson Blvd., Los Angeles, CA, 90018

323-735-9023

When transplants from the Crescent City hanker for gumbo and cornmeal-crusted catfish, they head home to Mama. For Creole-style food—a mélange of French, African, and Native American flavors—Harold & Belle’s is as close to the Dirty Coast as you’ll come on the West Coast.

Website: http://www.haroldandbellesrestaurant.com/

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Healing Hands Wellness Center

414 N. Larchmont Blvd., Los Angeles, CA, 90004

Just one block north of Larchmont Village’s cafés and boutiques is Healing Hands Wellness Center, an unadorned refuge where the cost-conscious can shed the weight of the world—at least temporarily.

Website: http://www.healinghandswc.com

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Heartbeat House

3141 Glendale Blvd., Los Angeles, CA, 90039

Many instructors around town focus on the sensuous choreography of Bollywood dance, but you’re interested in getting in shape, not appearing in a musical (or are you?).

Website: http://www.heartbeathouse.com

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Hyatt Regency Century Plaza

2025 Avenue of the Stars, Los Angeles, CA, 90067

The turquoise pool at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza isn’t open to the public, but it is to guests of the Spa at Equinox.

Website: http://www.centuryplaza.hyatt.com

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Il Pastaio

400 N. Canon Dr., Los Angeles, CA, 90210

310-205-5444

Giacomino Drago’s restaurant is always good for antipasti, carpaccio, pasta, and risotto.

Website: http://celestinodrago.com

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Intelligentsia

55 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena, CA, 91103

626-578-1270

This sleek space is the Chicago coffee purveyor’s first café to offer meals with its high-grade caffeine.

Website: http://www.intelligentsiacoffee.com/locations/pasadena-cafe

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Irish Times

3267 Motor Ave., Los Angeles, CA, 90034

310-559-9648

On Tuesdays regulars gather at Irish Times to stage a battle between inebriation and intellect.

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Jet Propulsion Laboratory

4800 Oak Grove Dr., Los Angeles, CA, 91109

For a rare peek into a fully functioning space center complete with bona fide rocket scientists, no spot has more gravitational pull than the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena.

Website: http://www.jpl.nasa.gov

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Jet Rag

825 N. La Brea Ave., Los Angeles, CA, 90038

323-939-0528

Suede and patent choices for both sexes occupy racks by the dozens at prices that won’t tan your hide.

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Jewelry Appraisal Services

16 N. Marengo Ave., Los Angeles, CA, 91101

Behind the frosted glass of her tiny and immaculate Jewelry Appraisal services near Pasadena City Hall, the eagle-eyed expert, Gina D’Onofrio assesses the value and provenance of forgotten and neglected gemstones and timepieces.

Website: http://www.lajewelryappraiser.com

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Kae Sung Market

1010 S. St. Andrews Pl.., Los Angeles, CA, 90019

323-737-6565

Situated in the heart of K-Town, Kae Sung Market stocks a constellation of kimchi to go, but it’s the jar of sliced Chinese cabbage that takes top honors.

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