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Best Trick-or-Treating HIT : 444

Illustration by Nishant Choski October 31 is the one night of the year you’re guaranteed to see people walking the streets of L.A. That’s when entire neighborhoods—let’s call them Halloweenlands—transform their homes into Hollywood-caliber spook houses (given our ties to the entertainment industry, this should come as no surprise). If you live in one of […]
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Best Costume Shops HIT : 385

Grown-up Halloween enthusiasts are in good company in L.A., where dressing as someone else is a livelihood. Year-round shops have popped up across the city to meet the needs of costume designers working on showbiz projects—from indie movies and major motion pictures to national commercials and stage productions. Their bread and butter is your recreation. […]
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Best Merry-Go-Rounds HIT : 478

Image from Shutterstock Soon after the first patent for an electric carousel was issued in 1871, every pleasure pier, amusement park, and traveling carnival had a collection of intricately carved horses rising and falling on brass poles. Today a few originals live on in the L.A. area, and new creations push the theme into the […]
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Best Seats in the House HIT : 426

Photograph courtesy hollywoodbowl.com Best of LA, July 2008   Taper Courtyard at the Skirball Showgoers may fill the courtyard floor during the free “Sunset Concert” series, but head up higher for the better spots. From the wisteria-draped balcony you can clearly see the stage, the performers, and the reflecting pool that catches the last rays […]
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Best Podcasts HIT : 416

Photograph courtesy the Adam Carolla Show Think of podcasts as talk radio programs on demand. You can listen to the digital files live as they’re streamed or find shows after they’ve been uploaded and archived on Web sites or iTunes. Most can be enjoyed for free, but should you get hooked on a host, you […]
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Best Volleyball Beaches HIT : 474

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 […]
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Best Lingerie Stores HIT : 433

Photograph courtesy Flickr/atwatervillage   Best of LA, 2007 For sheer variety, Trashy Lingerie (402 N. La Cienega Blvd., L.A., 310-652-4543) trumps Frederick’s of Hollywood and Victoria’s Secret. It’s a single-location store that sells only the house brand, but the number of styles is dizzying, and if you want your bra or merry widow with a […]
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Best Kids’ Clothing Stores HIT : 438

Suits are to the left, shoes are to the right, and the racks in the middle are organized by size at For Kids Only. The store offers European and American overstock and samples of everything from school clothes to formal wear at 25 to 60 percent below retail. We like to call it “Loehmann’s for […]
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Best Golf Courses HIT : 403

 Photograph courtesy Flickr/dskciado With roughly 50 public courses in the county, Angelenos could play a different one every week. Few, though, offer the tantalizing combination of affordability and mood-elevating scenery. Any round punctuated by athletic feats—the 30-foot putt, the chip-in for birdie, the 200-yard fairway iron—is memorable, but these courses promise that no matter how you […]
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Best Museum Gift Shops HIT : 404

A rare museum shop that doesn’t take itself too seriously, the Japanese American National Museum Store is filled with playful items like Shiso Fine aprons, sushi-shaped candles, and wind-up dueling sumo wrestlers. But you’ll also find elegant Noguchi-designed silverware and ceramics, handmade tea bowls by celebrated ceramists daikon sprout seed packets, and a broad selection of books. 369 […]
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Best Baby Boutiques HIT : 390

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 […]
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