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LAST UPDATE / June 20, 2016

Los Angeles is bursting with food from a multitude of ethnic enclaves, overflowing with excellent watering holes and a hub for world class art. It doesn't stop there either. I grow to love this city more and more each time I visit. There is something for everyone to love in this sprawling metropolis ...

House wonton soup at China Cafe | Los Angeles, California 1
Johnny Ramone, Hollywood Forever Cemetery | Los Angeles, California 2
Jumbo's Clown Room | Los Angeles, California 3
View from Griffith Observatory | Los Angeles, California 4
LA84 Foundation/John C. Argue Swim Stadium | Los Angeles, California 5
Jade Noodles from Sapp Coffee Shop | Los Angeles, California 6
Frank Lloyd Wright's Hollyhock House | Los Angeles, California 7
Lake Hollywood Park | Los Angeles, California 8
The Last Bookstore | Los Angeles, California 9
View from Los Angeles City Hall Observation Deck | Los Angeles, California 10


I ate a lot of Mexican food growing up and for that reason it feels like the ultimate soul food. So when in LA I would have been remiss to miss at least a sampling of the Mexican bites the city had to offer. Here, just a few of my favorites ...

Ceviche tostada at Mariscos Jalisco | Los Angeles, California 11
Chile Relleno burrito at La Azteca Taqueria | Los Angeles, California 12
Carne asada tacos from Tire Shop Taqueria | Los Angeles, California 13
Chorizo cachetada at Mexicali | Los Angeles, California 14


Los Angeles has one of the most unique bar scenes given the spectrum of themes and styles. The drinking landscape seemed to be especially potent on my last visit as was the whiskey that seemed to be ever present.

The New Jalisco Bar | Los Angeles, California 15
Mai Tais at Tiki Ti | Los Angels, California 16
Frolic Room | Los Angeles, California 17


The San Gabriel Valley is getting a lot of praise for it's range of Chinese cuisine options. I explored alone but try to bring some homies so you can share plates. I only made it to a few restaurants because I was so full. I had three great dishes in SGV and another in Silverlake.

Sheng Jian Bao at Kang Kang Food Court | Los Angeles, California 20
Spicy wontons at Chengdu Taste | Los Angeles, California 21
Pan fried pork dumplings at Luscious Dumplings | Los Angeles, California 22
Spicy Shrimp Wontons from Pine & Crane | Los Angeles, California 23


LA is home to world class museums including the recent addition The Broad. I got to catch the dueling retrospectives of Mapplethorpe's work at LACMA and The Getty on my last visit.

Exterior of Broad Museum | Los Angeles, California 24
Mapplethorpe's flower series at Los Angeles County Museum of Art | Los Angeles, California 25
Tom of Finland Foundation | Los Angeles, California 26
The Getty | Los Angeles, California 27
All the goods in one neat map. Dig in.
Wonton Soup
1 · House Wonton Soup at China Cafe
Dead Legends
2 · Hollywood Forever Cemetery
Pole Dancing Dive
3 · Jumbo's Clown Room
Deco & Vistas
4 · Griffith Observatory
Olympic Swim
5 · LA84 Foundation/John C. Argue Swim Stadium
Thai Food
6 · Jade Noodles from Sapp Coffee Shop
Mayan Revival Architecture
7 · Frank Lloyd Wright's Hollyhock House
Park Life
8 · Lake Hollywood Park
9 · The Last Bookstore
City Views
10 · Los Angeles City Hall Observation Deck
Ceviche Tostada
11 · Mariscos Jalisco Truck
Chile Relleno Burrito
12 · La Azteca Tortilleria
13 · Tire Shop Taqueria
Chorizo Tostada
14 · Mexicali Taco
Downtown Gay Bar
15 · The New Jalisco Bar
Tiki Cocktails
16 · Tiki Ti
Classic Dive
17 · Frolic Room
Swinging Lounge
18 · Top Floor of Clifton's Cafeteria
Go Go Gay Bar
19 · Fubar
Sheng Jian Bao
20 · Kang Kang Food Court
Wontons in Chili Oil
21 · Chengdu Taste
Fried Pork Dumplings
22 · Luscious Dumplings
Wontons in Chili Oil
23 · Pine & Crane
Modern Art Museum
24 · The Broad
Modern Art Museum
25 · Los Angeles County Museum of Art
House of Homoeroticism
26 · Tom of Finland Foundation
Art Museum
27 · J. Paul Getty Museum


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