I’m from New York, and in New York we have a big Carribbean population, so there are quite a few restaurants that cater to that demographic. So when I came out here, it was like, where’s the best Jamaican food? And that’s Wi Jammin. It’s a play off the Bob Marley song, of course, and if you want some great Jamaican food like oxtail, jerk chicken, that kind of thing, they got the best in L.A.
Everything is good, but I like sashimi so I get salmon, yellowtail, and the tuna, which I love. And then I always get the seaweed salad. My friends and I, we love the Dragon rolls and the California rolls.
I have a couple gyms I’m a part of, and one is CMC in Marina del Rey. There’s lots of great boxers there: Shane Mosley and a bunch of other professional boxers train there.
The great thing about it is everyone there is a pro in some way, shape, or form. It’s not traditional sparring in the ring, but you do that, too. I work with some of the trainers, so they’ll put the pads up, I hit the pads, we’ll go through drills. They have a great Jiu-Jitsu class where you can be sparring men and women, sort of rolling around and getting your technique on.
I live in Playa Vista, and it’s a wonderful neighborhood where you can actually walk around. It’s very community-based with a promenade. There’s a very healthy spot that I love called Urban Plates, which is kind of like a Tender Greens. It’s really healthy food and it’s not that expensive. Then near there is the Cinemark movie theater, which is also a restaurant and a bar. You can bring your food into the movie and watch and dine at the same time.
My kids and I play baseball and frisbee and basketball and all that kind of stuff. We’re right around Loyola Marymount University, and there are a couple of different great parks in the area.
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