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My LA Survival Guide!!!

I got lots of questions about where to go and places to eat in Los Angeles. In this blogpost is my compiled list of my top-10 places to hang out in LA and I hope this list will be helpful for friends/acquaintances who are making plans to visit LA in the near future.

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1. The Bazaar by Jose Andres at SLS Hotel, Beverly Hills

The Bazaar has a vibrant mix of sophisticated cuisine and playful indoor-outdoor lounge spaces. According to the LA Times, “How to describe the experience at the Bazaar? Fellini-esque, a gastronomical circus, a flirtation with the flavors and soul of Spain?”

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Here are the list of signature dishes at the Bazaar which I highly recommend:

Appetizer-Cotton Candy Foie Gras (cotton candy duck liver): tiny bit of amazing foie wrapped in the world's smallest cotton candy on a stick
Appetizer-Cotton Candy Foie Gras (cotton candy duck liver): tiny bit of amazing foie wrapped in the world’s smallest cotton candy on a stick
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Served like a lollipop, the plume of cotton candy on top was fluffy and mildly sweet while the foie gras was savory, rich and buttery smooth

 

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Caviar Cone: The cone added a nice, whimsical element to this little treat and it also landed an incredibly satisfying crunch at the end!

 

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The first initial bite was quite salty, but it balanced perfectly with the cool creme fraiche inside the crispy cone.

 

LN2 Caipirinha - Nitrogen Drink Brazilian cachaça, fresh lime and sugar frozen by using Liquid Nitrogen.
LN2 Caipirinha – Nitrogen Drink Brazilian cachaça, fresh lime and sugar frozen by using Liquid Nitrogen.

 

Nitro Coconut Floating Island-The coconut puff basking on fresh banana slices was fluffy & light.
Nitro Coconut Floating Island-The coconut puff basking on fresh banana slices was fluffy & light.

 

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European inspired Patisserie – a fanciful dream of sweet delights, with a pink décor as sugary as the treats it serves. Centered on an open kitchen the Patisserie offers an irresistible selection of bon bons, chocolates, candies, cookies and cakes.

2. RockSugar Pan Asian Kitchen:

Your first walk into RockSugar will be dazzled by the Asian fusion ambiance of the entrance! The ambience is Asian-themed with lots of teak wood, engravings, greenery, and Buddha statues.
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The atmosphere here is wonderful,....high ceilings, ambiance lighting, waterfall walls, and beautiful lanterns!
The atmosphere here is wonderful,….high ceilings, ambiance lighting, waterfall walls, and beautiful lanterns!

 

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Appetizers: Satay Chicken+Calamari
Appetizers: Satay Chicken+Calamari

 

Shaking Beef and Ginger Fried Rice
Shaking Beef and Ginger Fried Rice

 

3. Bottega Louie

Bottega Louie is fantastic with an all-Italian menu served in generous portions at moderate prices. The interior was a raw concrete space with whitewashed walls, ceilings, and columns. To counterbalance the white, the cozy elements are brought in with warm wood and bronze detailing. Oversized floor-to-ceiling windows allow light to flood into the white interior. this place is the most trendy and chic venue at the corner of 7th and Grand Ave.

 

 

 

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“Old World Grandeur in Downtown LA” – Source: remodelista.com

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4. Villa Blanca

The owner of Villa Blanca, Lisa Vanderpump, happens to be one of the real housewives in the show “Real Housewives of Beverly Hills.” Lisa wanted the decor to be “sexy, white, clean, comfortable and inspired.” Gorgeous art, stylish furnishings and creative music selections bring fashion and style to the space.

 

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Photo Source: villablancarestaurant.com
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Photo Source: villablancarestaurant.com

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5. 208 Rodeo Restaurant:
208 Rodeo Restaurant is located right next to Tiffany’s on Rodeo Drive in Beverly hills. Last time I was here with my girlfriend ; after watching the biopic YSL, we had our girly “dinner at Tiffany”. To me this is the most European corner in LA; I come here every time I’m reminiscent about Europe.
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6. WP24 by Wolfgang Puck
Los Angeles is about that metropolitan vibe and dining with a stunning panoramic views of Downtown Los Angeles must be on your LA to-do list. Wolfgang Puck Restaurant on the 24th floor of The Ritz-Carlton, Los Angeles with floor-to-ceiling windows will give you the satisfaction of LA’s sophisticated high-rise dining.
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Baby Pork Belly “Bao Buns”-Chinese Honey-Garlic Glaze Chinese BBQ Spare Ribs-Crispy Garlic & Black Bean Spring Rolls-Maine Lobster Chinese Crystal Dumplings-King Crab,Shrimp, Kurobuta Pork
Baby Pork Belly “Bao Buns”-Chinese Honey-Garlic Glaze Chinese BBQ Spare Ribs-Crispy Garlic & Black Bean Spring Rolls-Maine Lobster Chinese Crystal Dumplings-King Crab,Shrimp, Kurobuta Pork

 

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Lobster Spring Roll

7. 180blu Restaurant at the Ritz Carlton, Laguna Niguel:

The restaurant is an oceanfront dining lounge featuring panoramic views of the Pacific Ocean and the blue skies across the horizon. 180blũ is the perfect Southern California experience to enjoy refreshing beverages and small plates.
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8. Andrea, Pelican Hill
Andrea is a perfect place for lunch with a splendid view of ocean and gold course. But if you are in luck to be there for their “Fashion Week” the experience will be greatly enhanced with runways and beautiful models walking around your tables.
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La Bella Moda presents themed weekly shows in collaboration with top luxury designers like Trina Turk and Diane von Furstenberg
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9. The Loft, Montage Laguna Beach
For The Loft to deliver what it promises about that gorgeous view (on its website), please do not sit inside. Sit outside!!! We came here for the view and we were totally satisfied. Lots of Yelp or TripAdvisor reviewers are unhappy because ( I guess) they must have sat inside the crowded rooms with small windows. Therefore, reservation for the outdoor patio is highly recommended!
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10. The Tap and The Terrace at Langham, Pasadena
The Tap is one of my most frequent-visited places for light lunches and afternoon cocktails. If you come here during cherry blossom season, you feel like walking into a surprisingly delightful fairy tale.
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Their signature drink-King Watermelon Cocktail
Their signature drink-King Watermelon Cocktail

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Thanks everyone for reading!

March 31, 2016

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Hi there! I’m May, a girl who loves to wander and wonder! I’m from Saigon, based in Los Angeles, but my current location is anywhere and everywhere. Travel, Photography, Tea Time, Picnic, Home Decor and Event Planning are a few of my favorite things. inArabymay is a travel and lifestyle blog inspired by beautiful destinations, by color and nature, and by wonderful people that I’ve met on my journey.

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