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Post Pumpkin Pie: Things to Do Near Urth Caffé in Los Angeles

November 11, 2013

LOS ANGELES, US – As Thanksgiving approaches, I can’t help but get a hankering for pumpkin pie. But not just any pumpkin pie. The dry, grocery store-bought variety in a tin pie pan never really tempts me. What I crave is a pie made from fresh pumpkin…basically, homemade without all… (more)
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Friday Finds: November’s Metropolitan Markets

November 8, 2013

As Christmas nears annually, bazaars of Christmas gifts start setting up shop. The time of year for that, of course, is a ways before That Time of Year (which is, in turn, a ways before Christmas proper), but it seems the mere passing of Halloween this year has got New… (more)
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From “9 to 5″ to “Hang 10″ at ZJ Boarding House in Santa Monica

October 7, 2012

SANTA MONICA, USA – Coming to Los Angeles on business can be a little bit of a buzzkill. What good is that expanse of ocean and steady California sun if you’re stuck in a suit in a downtown highrise? At ZJ Boarding House in Santa Monica, the antidote to your… (more)
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Not exactly roughing it at the Malibu Country Mart and Malibu Lumber Yard in Malibu

October 6, 2012

MALIBU, USA – When I think of a country mart, it calls to mind visions of a rustic marketplace where local artisans hawk wares like homemade jam and calico. Likewise, the term lumber yard makes me visualize a rough-hewn supplier of raw timber. Shelve any such pastoral notions you may… (more)
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The Continent meets The Strip at Sunset Plaza

September 22, 2012

WEST HOLLYWOOD, USA – Sidewalk cafés peddling delicate French pastries and strong Italian coffees. Designer boutiques crammed with European labels. A fashionable crowd of Europeans, jetsetters, and celebs. Are you somewhere on the Riviera? Nope, you’re on the Sunset Strip. Most know of “The Strip” as nightlife central, but at… (more)
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A touch of New York nostalgia at Barneys Beverly Hills

August 19, 2012

BEVERLY HILLS, USA – New York transplants to Los Angeles often find much to complain about despite the year-round sun and postcard-perfect beaches: the poor quality of public transport, the lack of a “real” city feel, and the dearth of New York style pizza. But they’d be hard-pressed to complain… (more)
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Star gazing (and navel gazing) on Rodeo Drive

September 24, 2011

BEVERLY HILLS, US – By now, the Pretty Woman references are wearing a little thin, but the film is such a convenient shorthand for capturing the fairytale ethos of Rodeo Drive that it’s hard to resist the mention. Who hasn’t watched Julia Robert’s “hooker-with-a-heart-of-gold” character transform into a thing of… (more)
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Boho chic with a beachy backdrop in Venice

September 3, 2011

VENICE, US – When you think of shopping in LA’s Venice Beach, images of street vendors hawking string bikinis, knock-off bags, and el-cheapo sunglasses on the Boardwalk may be the first to pop to mind. While it’s true that loads of tourist shopping dollars are carelessly disposed of in this… (more)
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Shop ’til you rock in Silver Lake

August 6, 2011

LOS ANGELES, US – In LA’s Silver Lake neighborhood, the focal point of the boho shopping district is known as “Sunset Junction,” located at the intersection of Sunset and Santa Monica Boulevards. But it might as well be at the intersection of Hip and Hipster. Chock-a-block with organic cafés, crafty… (more)
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Drink to great denim at American Rag Cie

July 3, 2011

LOS ANGELES, US – Usually when I belly up to a bar for international tastes, I’m about to tuck into a wine tasting or cheese tasting or some combination of the two. But at American Rag Cie in Los Angeles, the global samples on offer at the bar aren’t even… (more)
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