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DEAR TRAVELER: MY LA FAVORITES

October 19, 2016

Los Angeles is unlike most cities that I’ve been to. Its vast geography contains a hodge-podge of areas with different personalities. LA holds a special place in my heart. It is my home, always a cool 70ish degrees, covered in palm trees and occupied by people from all over the world. Sometimes I think I take this great city for granted, but there are moments like when I’m driving through downtown at night or looking at the city from above a hilltop that I’m reminded that where I live is a great place to explore just like any other place I long to see.

Here are a few of my favorites things to do (and to eat) in Los Angeles.

MATCH-A LOVE (Matcha Tea, Coffee and more!)

Alfred Tea Room has the best matcha croissants I’ve ever tasted! They also have an assortments of teas, lattes and boba drinks to choose from which you can customize to your liking. Alfred’s Team Room is decorated in a very feminine and playful way that will have everyone urging to take Instagram pictures here. But besides the beautiful decorations, their matcha latte is delightful to the palette.

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Alfred {In the Alley} I must go to this place at least once a week. You’ll find me here enjoying a warm latte and an Avocado Bagel. Alfred offers delicious coffee, tasty pastries and a unique, quirky design. They truly  live up to the phrase “But first, coffee.”


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FOOD (I mean, duh.)

Mitsuwa Marketplace has the best options for authentic Japanese food. It is a grocery store and cafeteria all in one place and I guarantee you will not go wrong with whatever you choose. Since it’s been getting a bit cooler these days I’ve been going to Santouka Ramen. There ramen is top quality and by far my favorite ramen place in LA.

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Rawberri is not only decorated to perfection, but their acai bowls are pretty perfect themselves. I have yet to try anything from this place and be disappointed.

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Sidecar Doughnuts are maybe the best fancy donuts I’ve ever had in my life. I say fancy because their flavors are unique. Even their staple flavors are much different from the typical donut you buy from a mom and pop store. I still love the mom and pop stores, but sidecar really upgrades the donut to something more. It is the creme brûlée of all donuts because of its creative design and refined ingredients.

 

ACTIVITIES (It’s all about the simple pleasures)

There is always an opportunity to hike in Los Angeles because of the almost always sunny weather. It’s a popular way to catch up with friends while still getting in a pretty good workout. Plus, the view isn’t so bad either. The most well-known hike and the one I frequent often is Runyon Canyon. There are several trails with various difficulties and the place is dog friendly.

Another favorite of mine is the Wisdom Tree hike because of the gradual incline the wise tree that sits at the top of the trail. I like to write a letter to a stranger and leave it by the tree. You’ll also find little rock statues all over the grounds some with a hidden note as well.

Farmers markets and flea markets are also a great way to find hidden gems for a reasonable price. Fresh produce always makes a meal better and gives sustenance to your body. Los Angeles has several flea markets and farmers markets weekly no matter where you are in the city.

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And when you just want to kick it back and relax and read a good book on a Sunday morning my favorite places to do this is outside at a park. Sometimes I like to go to the Americana or the Grove because they have grassy areas with free blankets to sit on and a paraphernalia of reading materials at your disposal. I grab a cup of coffee, my favorite book, an oversized pair of sunglasses and I lay down soaking in the sun.

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These are just a few of my favorite things that I like to do regularly in Los Angeles. It may not be a list of all the hottest places in the city but they are a collection of gems that I cherish. After all, it’s the simple things that really matter, isn’t it?

With Love,

Camille

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