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Best of LA: 2016

Adult Arts & Crafts Night

5814 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA, 90036

(323) 937-4230

Take it back to summer camp— only better, because there’s wine

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All-You-Can-Eat Buffet

465 S. La Cienega Blvd, Los Angeles, CA, 90048

(310) 246-5551

Let go of any misgivings you have about buffets: the steaming vats, grisly carving stations, hepatitis C. TRES BY JOSÉ ANDRÉS at SLS Beverly Hills pulls off a $42 brunch spread without a lick of ick. Andrés’s approach might best be called minimalist. Quail eggs accompany sliced-on-demand Russ & Daughters smoked salmon. Crab claws are […]

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Artisan Flea Market

1010 Abbot Kinney Boulevard, Venice, CA

310-900-9987

Classic-rock posters, woven baskets, crocheted dinosaurs, and geometric planters are just a few of the wares that beckon at ARTISTS & FLEAS. The Brooklyn-born market specializes in vintage pieces and artisanal goods from L.A.’s up-and-coming craft talents. The no-admission, no-attitude gathering is staged Saturdays at the corner of Traction Avenue and 3rd Street downtown and, […]

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Baby Gifts

10580 1/2 W. Pico Blvd, Los Angeles, CA, 90064

310) 559-2665

A basket filled with, say, Dr. Seuss tales from CHILDREN’S BOOK WORLD will stand out among the flood of pastel onesies and booties at any party. The savvy staff create custom packages and pride themselves on choosing classic yet surprising titles (I Took the Moon for a Walk instead of the ubiquitous Goodnight Moon). Baskets […]

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Barbacoa

5850 S Eastern Ave, Commerce, CA, 90040

(323) 725-1429

Masters of Mexican barbecue, or barbacoa, know that the best meat is roasted in an underground pit. But try telling that to the health department. Former engineer Paco Perez, chef-owner of AQUI ES TEXCOCO in Commerce, invented an oven that mimics subterranean cooking. The result is succulent lamb barbecue flavored with century plant and avocado […]

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Biannual Clothing Sales

451 N La Cienega Blvd, West Hollywood, CA, 90048

(310) 652-1120

Pro shoppers know to wait for the final 70 percent price slash, when Proenza Schouler handbags and Kenzo embroidered lace pants can be had for a song

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Birding Supplies

4337 Woodman Ave, Sherman Oaks

(818) 995-0022

The emphasis at Wild Wings is to bring the birds to you, though the owners also lead periodic walks to avian-rich locales in Los Angeles County. The Sherman Oaks operation stocks backyard feeders and birdhouses that encompass a wide range of species, from woodpeckers to bluebirds to owls. The seed mixes are blended specifically with […]

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Blondie

7807 Beverly Blvd, Los Angeles, CA, 90036

(323) 932-1142

Lately we’ve seen renewed interest in the brownie’s nutty, cocoa-free cousin. Connie & Ted’s dessert menu has a knee-weakening version à la mode, but CAKE MONKEY BAKERY gets our top vote. Its dense, pecan-studded square is as salty as it is sweet and crowned with a layer of toffee.

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Body Jewelry

7274 Melrose Ave, Hollywood,, CA, 90046

(323) 954-0408

From tiny black diamond studs to thick gold rings, BODY ELECTRIC TATTOO offers an array of jewelry for clients of chief piercing artist Brian Keith Thompson. Patrons here include Beyoncé and Rihanna, who are in good company with the body jewelry from heavyweights like Industrial Strength and Body Vision.

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Breakfast Sandwich

143 S La Brea Ave, Los Angeles, CA, 90036

(323) 939-0151

Ooey-Gooey flavor-bomb egg sandwiches are la mode, but at the Sycamore Kitchen, Quinn and Karen Hatfield have come up with a stacked morning meal that’s as approachable as it is craveable. For their SCRAMBLED EGG AND CHORIZO SANDWICH, fluffy eggs, melted Swiss cheese, house-made chorizo, and roasted onions unite in one supersavory bite after another. […]

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Brewery Tour

5410 W San Fernando Rd, Los Angeles, CA, 90039

(844) 452-2337

GOLDEN ROAD BREWING in Atwater Village has been a leader in L.A.’s craft beer movement since its debut in 2011, and you can explore the premises free of charge every Friday through Sunday (tours start at 1:30, 2:30, and 4). The guided 45-minute outing typically begins in a climate- controlled storeroom that holds barrels of […]

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Brunch Cocktail

1026 Wilshire Blvd, Santa Moinca, CA, 90401

(424) 744-8008

Pulp from tomato juice, then mixing the clarified liquid with gin infused with shiso and black pepper. Horseradish oil provides the finishing pop

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Budget Birthday Cake

4542 S Centinela Ave, Los Angeles, CA, 90066

(310) 915-2078

On Saturdays A slow-moving line of families dressed for through a small Westside storefront. The wait is worth it, as the strawberry shortcake at ANGEL MAID BAKERY is so fluffy, so lushly enrobed in semi-sweet whipped cream and chock-full of ripe strawberry nuggets, it’ll convert any member of the butter-cream-or-bust crowd. A seven-inch round cake, […]

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Canine Collars

12336 Ventura Blvd, Studio City, CA, 91604

(818) 505-8411

Dog owners resemble their breeds of choice, or so the adage goes

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Casino That Feels Like Vegas

1000 W Redondo Beach Blvd, Gardena, CA, 90247

(310) 719-9800

The Larry Flynt-backed card house balances kitsch (replicas of Gustav Klimt paintings, fool’s gold Buddha statues) with a satisfying Vegas vibe and offers blackjack, Texas Hold ’Em, and pai gow tables

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Cocktail Presentation

3612 W 6th St, Los Angeles, CA, 90005

(213) 263-2709

During the omakase cocktail experience at Koreatown’s WALKER INN, bartenders don’t merely mix and serve; they educate and pamper. Menus, which have such rotating themes as “Wet Hot American Summer,” include refreshments garnished with “fog” or packaged in juice boxes. Instagram isn’t going to cut it—you’ll want to Snapchat the entire story.

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Concert Rehearsal You Can Crash

2301 Highland Ave, Los Angeles, CA, 90068

(323) 850-2000

Don’t let an anemic bank account stop you from experiencing the L.A. Phil in its second most natural habitat

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