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Best of LA: 2013

KidsPark

9056 Tampa Ave., Los Angeles, CA, 91324

When last-minute appointments or ailing baby–sitters disrupt your plans, KidsPark, in Northridge, is a blessing.

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KimonoYa

123 Astronaut E S Onizuka St., Los Angeles, CA, 90012

213-626-0789

Guys and gals will revel in the exhaustive mix of cotton and synthetic, new and vintage styles.

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Lacy Park

1485 Virginia Rd., Los Angeles, CA, 91108

A good picnic must have certain basics: a wicker basket, cute edibles in mason jars, and booze disguised as an innocuous libation. Lacy Park in San Marino has all this in spades.

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Larchmont Beauty Center

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

323-461-0162

If you prefer a homier place to test and buy mid-range to high-end makeup, you can’t do better than Larchmont Beauty Center.

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Las 7 Regiones de Oaxaca

2648 W. Pico Blvd., Los Angeles, CA, 90006

213-385-7458

Oaxacan cuisine is the new black in what we could start calling “Oaxacalifornia,” and that’s largely due to the Mexican state’s unparalleled mole negro.

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Lesley Logan Pilates

2076 Westwood Blvd., Los Angeles, CA, 90064

Classes are popular with rush hour-averse commuters who’d rather
strengthen their bodies than risk road rage.

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London Sole

1331 Montana Ave., Los Angeles, CA, 90403

If it ain’t flat, it doesn’t make it through the door at London Sole.

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Los Angeles Central Library

630 W. 5th St., Los Angeles, CA, 90731

213-228-7000

Want to know how Angelenos prepared a chicken dinner in 1881? Dig into the culinary collection at the Los Angeles Central Library.

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Los Angeles Urban Adventures

1896 El Cerrito Place, Los Angeles, CA, 90068

323.300.5370

While our city makes it possible to get tastes of the world, let’s face it: There are some restaurants where a chaperon—or just a translator—would be beneficial.

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Makeup & Go

13038 San Vicente Blvd, Los Angeles, CA, 90049

The full-face service—which includes a thorough skin cleansing, airbrushed Temptu foundation, and the artful placement of Smashbox and Tarte products on lids, lips, and cheeks—starts at $35.

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Marino

6001 Melrose Ave., Los Angeles, CA, 90038

323-466-8812

One of the main watering holes for the powers that be at Paramount, this family-run restaurant has an enthusiastic following.

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Mel’s Fish Shack

4524 W. Jefferson Blvd., Los Angeles, CA, 90016

Our loyalty belongs to Mel’s Fish Shack, which for decades has fried up such swimmers as catfish, sand dabs, and buffalo fish—a bony, old-time favorite.

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Modo Yoga LA

340 S. La Brea Ave., Los Angeles, CA, 90036

When you’re dripping with sweat as you strain to entwine your calves in the eagle pose, you’ll be thankful that Moksha Yoga LA serves a dose of mindfulness with your workout.

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Mood Designer Fabrics

645 S. La Brea Ave., Los Angeles, CA, 90302

The hefty square footage houses roll upon roll of retro cotton prints, silk crepe de chines, and fabrics from designers like Rebecca Taylor, Anna Sui, and Donna Karan.

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Moon Mart Kabab

400 S Glendale Ave., Los Angeles, CA, 91205

818-241-2314

This dish could be devoured beside a caravansary campfire; in reality you’re sitting beneath an awning in Glendale, drinking hot tea.

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Parke & Ronen

8012½ Melrose Ave., Los Angeles, CA, 90069

This menswear brand has you literally covered, offering suits in inseam lengths ranging from two to eight inches, along with more daring briefs.

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Pilates Studio City

11650 Riverside Fr., Los Angeles, CA, 91602

Beginner-friendly sessions are led by hands-on teachers who offer guidance while classic rock keeps time.

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