what Los Angeles spots do you recommend?

People contact me all the time telling me that
they are coming to LA and they ask me where
they should visit and where they should eat
but I never know what to tell them because
I stay in my house all the time or go to
South Central for soul food.

So, readers of the web, what are your favorite spots in LA
and where would you recommend visitors to go to if they were here?

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