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What do you do and why do you do it?
I do a lot of things... all of them I am passionate about. First and foremost I'm a connector. I love bringing people in contact and always get excited when they become friends, start companies together or even just meet for coffee once. Beyond all that, I work for a non-profit and build community, have a challah company, make neon signs and just love exploring Los Angeles :)
You’re broken hearted - what tracks does your heartbreak playlist consist of?
That's a tough question. I think these 5 songs should definitely be on it: "Careless Whisper" by George Michael, "Must have been Love" by Roxette (does anyone remember them? haha), "Love takes time" by Mariah Carey, "Nothing Compares 2 U" by Sinead O'Connor, "End of the road" by BoyzIIMen... and there are soooo many more.
What are the best TV shows of all time?
I love all kinds of animated shows and Rick & Morty is just always amazing.
What restaurant in Los Angeles looks crap, but the food’s amazing?
You know what, i feel like that's a LA specialty. Some of the most amazing restaurants are in strip malls and look pretty crappy, but don't be fooled by the look, the food will most likely be amazing :)
What’s the one place you think is underrated in Los Angeles?
Spread Mediterranean Kitchen in DTLA. It's casual, inexpensive and just super delicious! They have a full bar and a great variety of choose-your-own-adventure Mediterranean food (including some killer pita).
What are the Los Angeles spots a first-time visitor can’t miss?
The Observatory in Griffith Park. The view from up there is just beautiful. Best spot for sunsets.
Tomorrow’s your last day in Los Angeles. How do you spend it?
Depending on which day of the week it is and what the weather is like, I would go to the Beacon in Echo Park for breakfast and then rent a paddle boat for a little ride around the lake or if they are closed, just walk around Echo Park lake. After that i'd go for lunch at Go Get Em Tiger in Los Feliz and walk up Hillhurst, check out the little shops, eat ice cream at Jeni's and drink some coffee at Maru. After that, drive up to the Griffith Observatory for a hike and sunset on top of the hill. For dinner drive to Silverlake and get a good meal at Pine & Crane.
What’s your favorite vacation city in the world and why?
Tel Aviv! I love the vibe, the food, the art. So much fun to visit and explore.