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Best Luggage HIT : 383

If you’re feeling a touch of wanderlust, here are some shops with bags to pack.
DATE: 2/22/2017 12:00:00 AM
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Best Earth Changers HIT : 638

Seafood for the Future, the Aquarium of the Pacific’s sustainable seafood program The brain: Melissa Carrasquillo, program director at the Long Beach aquarium. Do something! Area markets, distributors, and restaurants consult with Seafood for the Future to ensure that their fish is responsibly caught or farmed. Working with the aquarium’s marine biologists, Carrasquillo traces seafood […]
DATE: 3/29/2016 12:00:00 AM
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Best Toys for the Young Jet Set HIT : 714

Japanese MonstersLos Angeles is awash in designer vinyl toys, but fans of postwar Japanese classic flicks like De-stroy All Monstersflock to Anime Jungle for old-schoolkaiju needs. It stocks Kikaider DVDs, Ultraman masks, and perfectly rendered models of every irradiated beast that ever laid waste to Tokyo. The ideal gift for the obsessive who has everything? A limited-edition Godzilla diorama that goes […]
DATE: 3/29/2016 12:00:00 AM
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Hog Wild HIT : 823

Photograph by Lisa Romerein Cochon Bourré We imagine the back rooms at many L.A. bars must look like Frankenstein’s lab these days, with morsels of flesh bobbing in jars of various liquids. Church & State infuses bourbon with bacon lard, cold filters it three times, and strains it through cheesecloth. The result is worked into […]
DATE: 3/29/2016 12:00:00 AM
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Best Jean Boutiques HIT : 554

Photograph courtesy Flickr/Scarecrow58 CALIFORNIA’S LONG LOVE AFFAIR with denim began in San Francisco in the 1870s, when Levi’s put prospectors in pants made of sturdy twilled cotton reinforced with rivets. A century later, utilitarian staple became chic status symbol when designers like Adriano Goldschmied—who cofounded Italy’s best-known jeans company, Diesel—migrated to L.A. and launched namesake […]
DATE: 3/29/2016 12:00:00 AM
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Best Sunglasses Shops HIT : 563

By the time tourists were snapping up pairs of military-style Foster Grants on the Atlantic City Boardwalk in the late ’20s, sunglasses were on their way to becoming a necessity (at least, as we go broke financing a new pair, we’re convinced there’s no living without them). Still, L.A.’s got a better excuse than most […]
DATE: 3/29/2016 12:00:00 AM
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Best Small Museums HIT : 592

Photograph courtesy Larry Lytle; Sign From Virginia Court Hotel, Meridian, Mississippi, 1948, On Loan To Mona From The Pritzker Collection We’re all for massive cultural repositories, but, let’s face it, the scale can be daunting. Each of these smaller collections has a distinct focus that it brings to life creatively and thoughtfully. The result for […]
DATE: 3/29/2016 12:00:00 AM
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Best Baby Boutiques HIT : 567

Just about every kids’ shop in town has a section for infants. But often it’s a few onesies and SPIT HAPPENS bibs among a sea of big boy and big girl clothing. When you’re looking for a gift, whether it’s for your own child or to present at a shower or birthday party, it’s worth […]
DATE: 3/29/2016 12:00:00 AM
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Best Kids’ Shoes HIT : 833

The selection at For Kids Only is deep and discounted. The floor can be a scene, with grandmas lobbying for patent lace-ups while kids read the store copy of The Big Red Barn, but the staff knows the stock well and keeps matters moving fast. » 746 N. Fairfax Ave., 323-650-4885. Also at 18155 Ventura […]
DATE: 3/29/2016 12:00:00 AM
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Best Piano Bars HIT : 659

Photograph courtesy Flickr/tamaki The Buggy Whip Diners come to this old-school steak house for the f let mignon and the green goddess dressing, but for music aficionados the draw is Peter Wagner at the piano. Follow the strains of “Holly Holy” or “Luck Be a Lady” to find Wagner’s spot near the curved bar, where he performs Wednesday through Saturday […]
DATE: 3/29/2016 12:00:00 AM
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Best Volleyball Beaches HIT : 651

This sport of tanned bods and tight abs came of age in L.A. in the early 1900s, when private beach clubs brought volleyball out of the gym and onto the sand. The doubles format, adopted as an Olympic sport in 1996, predominates today. The beach game is popular because it’s cheap (the price of the leather […]
DATE: 3/29/2016 12:00:00 AM
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Best Hotel Gift Shops HIT : 637

The usual setup, geared to the forgetful guest, is a closet with a few sundries such as toothpaste and razors—along with a generic item or two that could travel home as a souvenir. But a handful of L.A. hotels have elevated their gift shops to store-size spaces offering apparel, jewelry, and accessories that exemplify the […]
DATE: 3/29/2016 12:00:00 AM
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