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Best of LA: 2012

Jongewaard’s Bake-N-Broil

3697 Atlantic Avenue, Los Angeles, CA, 90807

(562) 595-0396

A flaky crust, the dense sweetness of vanilla pudding, a billowing crown of whipped cream, and the rush of tropical fruit come together in the banana cream pie at Jongewaard’s Bake-N-Broil in Long Beach.

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Justice

10800 West Pico Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA, 90064

(310) 446-9914

From jeggings to bathing suits, Justice has the styles your not-so-little girl wants—and you won’t veto.

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Kitson Kids

Various locations, Los Angeles, CA, 90401

310-260-9170

The Kitson name may be tarnished by too much publicity and Ms. Lohan. But when there’s a newborn, a four-year-old girl, and a 12-year-old boy on your list, Kitson Kids delivers.

Website: http://www.shopkitson.com

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LAMILL Coffee

1636 Silver Lake Blvd., Los Angeles, CA, 90026

323-663-4441

LaMill is still the only place in town to enjoy siphon-brewed estate-grown coffee while sitting on a faux crocodile-skin chair.

Website: http://www.lamillcoffee.com/

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LAVA Salon

6667 Hollywood Blvd., Los Angeles, CA, 90028

F. Scott Fitzgerald drank here. So did Faulkner, Fante, Bukowski, Chandler, Saroyan, Huxley, and Isherwood.

Website: http://lavatransforms.org

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Le Petit Bistro

631 N. La Cienega Blvd., Los Angeles, CA, 90069

310-289-9797

Step off La Cienega into this red-walled cocoon and through the smoke haze of the enclosed patio, and you’ll feel a lot closer to Paris.

Website: http://lepetitbistro.us

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Light Bulbs Unlimited

14446 Ventura Blvd., Los Angeles, CA, 91423

818-501-3492

Light Bulbs Unlimited in Sherman Oaks has a helpful crew that explains the distinctions between LEDs, halogens, and fluorescents (some you might actually like) and guides you through aisles of contemporary and antique-style bulbs, Christmas twinklers, solar lights, and hard-to-find fittings.

Website: http://www.light-bulbs-unlimited.net

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Little Bar

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

323-937-9210

Flinging winged projectiles at a round board is a sport best practiced at Little Bar.

Website: http://www.littlebarlounge.com

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Little Dom’s

2128 Hillhurst Ave., Los Angeles, CA, 90027

323-661-0055

At this spin-off of the West Hollywood fixture Dominick’s, Los Feliz locals come for high-end basics with northern Italian and California influences.

Website: http://littledoms.com

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Maja’s Magic School

2560 N. Beachwood Dr., Los Angeles, CA, 90068

Even if becoming an occultist isn’t on your bucket list, a lecture by Maja D’Aoust can be spellbinding.

Website: http://www.godismyboyfriend.com

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Make Up For Ever Recording Studio

132 S. Robertson Blvd., Los Angeles, CA, 90048

Whether you can’t figure out how to use bronzer or want to brush up on your contouring skills,  Make Up For Ever Recording Studio will show you how.

Website: http://www.makeupforever.com

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McCambridge Park Rec Center

1515 N. Glenoaks Blvd., Los Angeles, CA, 91504

818-238-5378

Croquet is lovely, but we want a sport where cursing in Italian is mandatory.

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Metlox Parking Structure

451 Manhattan Beach Blvd., Los Angeles, CA, 90266

626-535-0317

Tired of endlessly circling parking meters in search of a spot, only to return five hours later to your sun-baked car?

Website: http://www.metloxmb.com

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Neighborhood Rock School

2602 N. Glenoaks Blvd., Los Angeles, CA, 91504

818-557-7723

They talk to kids in their language, and newbies are welcome at the three-year-old school, which also holds a summer camp.

Website: http://www.neighborhoodrockschool.com

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Old Beacon Street Fountain

638 S. Beacon St., Los Angeles, CA, 90731

Plumber Luther Haws invented the drinking fountain in 1906 and installed the first one at a school in Northern California.

Website: http://www.sanpedro.com

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Paddle the L.A. River

6300 Balboa, Los Angeles, CA, 91316

Near Anthony C. Beilenson Park in Van Nuys, the Los Angeles River is unrecognizably beautiful, with thickets of trees clinging to its earthy embankments.

Website: http://paddlethelariver.org

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Paradise Cove

28128 Pacific Coast Hwy., Los Angeles, CA, 90265

Don’t fight for space on the sand; rent one of three cabanas at Paradise Cove, next to Bob Morris’s Beach Cafe.

Website: http://www.paradisecovemalibu.com

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