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As a transplant from Chicago to Los Angeles (the rubrick is true, seemingly everyone in Los Angeles is from someplace else), it took me 5 years to get to understand Los Angeles. It's odd because things look so easy in LA. The weather is always nice, and everyone appears so laid back. But, that's the catch. In the land of show business, things are not always as they appear. But, after a while, you can distinguish what is real and worthwhile in LA. Trust me, there is magic to be found.
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125 Paseo De La Plaza, Los Angeles, CA 90012, USA
Set along the colorful and historic Olvera Street in Downtown Los Angeles, the Blessing of the Animals happens on the Saturday before Easter, and has been a tradition since 1930. Do you have a pet in need of a blessing? If you do-- even if you...
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154 International Boardwalk, Redondo Beach, CA 90277, USA
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This funky spot on the Redondo Beach Pier is a great place to meet friends for a drink or catch some live music. Head there on a sunny day, and grab a place at the open air counter. It's also great for people watching.
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Venice Fishing Pier, Venice, CA 90292, USA
The Pacific Ocean is a force that calls to some to jump in and join the dolphins that frequent its waters. Temperatures are warmest in August and September, but wet suits are available to rent year-round. Go surfing or take a stand-up...
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Downtown L.A.'s Grand Central Market has been operating in one capacity or another since 1917. Its past lives have seen it housing fish dealers, butchers, Jewish delis, flower shops, and an egg vendor. Nowadays, the market is a lunch and dinner...
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431 W 7th St, Los Angeles, CA 90014, USA
Since 1880, the LAAC in downtown Los Angeles has been LA's unofficial urban country club. What is not very well known is that it's also a wonderful hotel with a private clubby feel. There are 72 recently renovated rooms to choose from. I recommend...
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1635 Woods Dr, Los Angeles, CA 90069, USA
Closed to the public until very recently, the Stahl House is an architectural gem. This minimalist masterpiece—made famous by the iconic images shot by photographer Julius Shulman—epitomizes California living. What's not widely known is that you...
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La Brea, Los Angeles, CA, USA
A neon couch is only the beginning. Step into the Sonos Studios on La Brea Avenue, and you will enter a sonic lounge that will be a feast for your ears. The Studio also hosts a number of unusual private events--you can get invited to check them...
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1800 Ocean Front Walk, Venice, CA 90291, USA
The mecca of bodybuilding in the United States is Venice Beach, California. Venice Beach is the place where Gold's Gym was founded, and the epicenter of it all is here at Muscle Beach. Just steps from the sand you will find an amazing outdoor gym...
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1800 Ocean Front Walk, Venice, CA 90291, USA
Grab your skateboard and head over to the Venice Skate Park overlooking the Santa Monica Bay for a fun day of skateboarding. No worries if you don't skate. Spectators are very welcome. You'll have an equally great time standing at the rail...