Best of LA: 2013
The well-dressed male must now confront the trickiest accessory in the non-fairer-sex wardrobe: the man bar.
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.
Forlorn, neglected rides can rejoice. The technicians at this bike repair shop will get those pedals turning once more.
When we need our Italian treats to go, which is when we say, “Ciao, Eagle Rock Italian Bakery!”
Neighborhood: Eagle Rock
The Equinox fitness club in Century City offers several versions of aquatherapy, the spa staple of indulgent soaks in deep tubs.
Neighborhood: Century City
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.
Neighborhood: Manhattan Beach
The 1920s former mansion of the oil-rich Doheny family oozes opulence, as do the grounds.
Neighborhood: Beverly Hills
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.
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.
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?).
Neighborhood: Atwater Village
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.
Neighborhood: Century City
Giacomino Drago’s restaurant is always good for antipasti, carpaccio, pasta, and risotto.
This sleek space is the Chicago coffee purveyor’s first café to offer meals with its high-grade caffeine.
Neighborhood: Multiple Locations
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.
Neighborhood: East Pasadena
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.
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.