Los Angeles, United States
Annie, 27
Media Creator
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What do you do and why do you do it?

I create media by day and rollerblade/bike/swim by night in Venice. I love to make stuff and meet people. I like to laugh and LA’s a funny place.

You’re broken hearted - what tracks does your heartbreak playlist consist of?

No Scrubs by TLC. Stronger by Kanye. Eventually by Tame Impala.

What are the best TV shows of all time?

I’m a sucker for the classics, can’t keep up with Netflix/Hulu/Amazon/HBO/yadda yadda...which can be a downfall when creating conversation in LaLaLand. But I love The Fresh Prince of Bel Air, Friends, Broad City, Master of None, The Office…and I get my news from The Late Show with Stephen Colbert.

Name some spots in Los Angeles that are good for a Tinder date.

Venice Beach Boardwalk-- rent blades, people watch, and make your way to Santa Monica… where you can either head to the pier, sip rose on the Shangri-La’s rooftop, or opt for a picnic on the beach. If you’re downtown, head to the Arts District. Start at the Hauser & Wirth Art Gallery. Go for a drink, brewery tour, and round of Monopoly at Angel City Brewing. Stop for a bratwurst at Wurstkuche. Go for a round of skeeball at Arts District Brewery. Play your final, 80s-fueled games at EightyTwo, a bar with good vibes + over 50 retro arcade games and pinball machines.

Who’s your hero and where in Los Angeles would you take them out for a serious hang?

Stephen Colbert. I would take him rollerblading in Venice, show him a glimpse of the Annie life, blading around and interviewing Venice locals for a segment on his show. We might even swim, but nothing would make me happier than Stephen on rollerblades. Pizza would be involved.

Where do you buy those fabulous clothes of yours?

Anytime I travel, I shop. So these rad rags are from all over. In LA, I love shopping around Melrose Ave, Los Feliz, Santa Monica and Venice.

What’s the area/ spot in town you’ll never be caught dead in?

Brentwood. Oh so lovely, oh so boring, oh so basic.

What’s the thing you LOVE to do in your city that you never get to do?

Go to Disneyland, paddleboard in Malibu, and visit all of our art museums.

What’s the most decadent / extreme dish you ever ate in Los Angeles and where did you get it?

Go to Gjelina. It’s on Abbot Kinney and is a Venice staple. While its menu is boujee, its dress code it not. We ordered rose and oysters, then pizza… and then it was all a delicious blur.

Is there a hidden bar / hole in the wall in Los Angeles that you particularly like?

Not exactly a hole in the wall anymore (they have 3 locations!) but Guisados is home to, without a doubt, the best tacos in all of Los Angeles. If you’re indecisive, there’s the 6-mini-taco sampler platter… to drink, their horchata + a shot of cold brew is heavenly.

What’s the most expensive restaurant / spa / hotel you’ve ever been to in Los Angeles? How much did it cost and what did you get there?

I’ve seen an A-lister every time I’ve dined at Mr.Chow’s in Beverly Hills. This all-white Chinese restaurant is an institution, whose family-style menu is so damn good that it hasn’t changed in 40 years. Order whatever they recommend.

What restaurant in Los Angeles looks crap, but the food’s amazing?

Roscoe’s Chicken and Waffles. A must-munch staple of LA.

Where can you get the best cocktail in Los Angeles? Which one do you like?

Head to Varnish, a 1920’s-inspired cocktail bar concealed behind an unassuming door inside Cole’s—one of LA’s most iconic sandwich shops in DTLA. Order a refreshing Mint Julep. Or head to Scopa in Venice and order up a Paloma.

Where would you take your partner in Los Angeles if you wanted to really pamper them?

Take them to Wi Spa in Koreatown. This place is only $25 for unlimited access to special sauna rooms (including one where you lay on clay balls!), Jimjilbang, hot tubs, restaurant and rooftop.

Which snacks can you only get in your country, and which ones do you recommend?

ALL TRADER JOE’S EVERYTHING. Experience a day in the life of a Californian and shop at Trader Joe’s-- you technically can ask them to sample ANYTHING in the store. The cookie butter is amazing. The freeze-dried fruit is an experience. The dark-chocolate peanut butter cups are exceptional, as are the dark chocolate covered pretzel slims. And if you’re looking for a bottle of affordable vino, grab a bottle of “Two Buck Chuck” (Charles Shaw). Oh right and…. Cheez Itz, Doritos, Chips Ahoy…. and pay a visit to Chick Fil A, In-N-Out and Taco Bell (Doritos Locos Tacos FTW!).

What’s the one place you think is overrated in Los Angeles?

I hate to talk smack on anywhere in LA because it’s all pretty fantastic...but the the Hollywood Walk of Fame is a nightmare. The Bungalow bar in Santa Monica is also incredibly overrated, but also a must-visit for out-of-towners. Go order a rose on a weekend-day at the Bungalow for a peek into the lives of LA’s most bronzed, blonde and beautiful inhabitants.

What’s the one place you think is underrated in Los Angeles?

Little Tokyo. Cheery red lanterns zig-zag across the always-lively square, which is straight out of Japan. You’ll find the dankest dumplings, sushi, mochi, stores bursting with Sanrio characters, and you’ll be only a 10-minute walk from The Arts District, City Hall, the Walt Disney Concert Hall and The Broad

What are the Los Angeles spots a first-time visitor can’t miss?

Griffith Park. Venice (don’t forget the canals!). Malibu.

Tomorrow’s your last day in Los Angeles. How do you spend it?

Morning hike in Griffith Park, then breakfast in Silverlake. Rent paddle boats and drift around Echo Park Lake. Drive west to LACMA & the La Brea Tar Pits. Head up Fairfax and hook a left on Hollywood Blvd. Sit in traffic while soaking in Walk of Fame. An optional stop is the Museum of Broken Relationships. Once you’re past the Chinese Theater, cut over to Sunset Blvd. You’ll be at Chateau Marmont just in time for Happy Hour. Head west on Sunset, through Beverly Hills & Bel Air, to arrive at Gladstone’s on the Beach. Note: Stick to 1-3 areas per day. When traffic’s involved, the less you drive the more you’ll love LA.

What’s your favorite vacation city in the world and why?

Queenstown, New Zealand. Remarkable in every way. The air, the jolly locals and travelers, the water, the adventure sports, the best burgers in the world, the peacefulness....oh those views. It’s a warm community that’s just a stone’s throw away from some epic Great Walks, sounds, glaciers, beaches and more. New Zealand is the best country in the world!!

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