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desserts • ethnic food • yoga • food markets • value for money • thai food • music venues
What do you do and why do you do it?
Im a psychiatric occupational therapist in a mental psychiatric unit. Helping people is a cliche response for why I do what I do, but there's no better answer than that. Everyone is facing their own uphill battle, and I find being a part of someones journey of understanding themselves a very enriching and rewarding experience. Challenging but worthwhile, I've gained so much perspective on my own personal life. As I always tell my patients, as much as I help them as their therapist, they always help me to appreciate everything in life and to never take anything for granted.
What’s the worst job you’ve ever had and why was it so effing bad?
I was a Kumon teacher in high school and I hated my boss. I loved teaching the kids, but my boss was a tyrant who was so meticulous about everything. She was too much of a micromanager and I hated that. The kids were my only reason for staying.
Were you born and raised in Los Angeles? If not, where did you grow up and what brought you to Los Angeles?
I was proudly born in Los Angeles and Im a self-proclaimed valley dude. No, I don't say "like" every other word. Growing up in a place like LA, I've learned to appreciate the good, the bad, and the ugly of the people and traffic.
What’s your current hood in Los Angeles and what’s the best/worst thing about it?
I live in Hollywood; the city of dreams and [sometimes] unfortunate broken promises. Its a city that doesn't sleep, with every crook and cranny full of excitement and surprises on every corner, literally. Because you're so saturated with people of different cultures, backgrounds, and values, you develop a sense of appreciation of diversity.
What kind of music do you listen to and what kind of music do you absolutely HATE?
I'm a lover of all music. Anything from Drake and Fetty Wap to Death Cab for Cutie and Boyz II Men to the Beegees and Earth, Wind, and Fire; my mood changes all the time, just like my music. On Sirius XM Satellite Radio, you'll catch me listening to the Chill station, which plays deep house and down-tempo EDM and rock music. That music always gets me in a calm, relaxing mood.
You’re broken hearted - what tracks does your heartbreak playlist consist of?
Anything Radiohead, Death Cab for Cutie, or Boyz II Men. Im a huge sap for slow jams, R&B, and alternative rock.
Name the best TV shows of all time, and what makes them so good?
Boy Meets World. It was a coming-of-age classic TV show for my generation. I related to Cory on so many levels--friends, family, relationships, and school. I lived my life vicariously through Cory Matthews on the show, and secretly wished I had a teacher like Mr. Feeny. Who didn't love Mr. Feeny?
Name some spots in Los Angeles that are good for a Tinder date.
Perch in Downtown LA for a nice dinner, vintage movie date at the Vista Theatre in Los Feliz, concert at the Hollywood Bowl, outdoor movie date at Hollywood Forever cemetery in Hollywood, a memorable hike to the Hollywood sign, or a nice cocktail on the rooftop bar at Mama Shelter in Hollywood; you can never go wrong with any of those places .
Which public figure would you want to see “roasted”? (every public figure is fair game).
Where do you buy those fabulous clothes of yours?
J.Crew, Zara, Scotch & Soda, Buffalo Exchange, Topman. Some of the best finds are from the local thrift stores and flea markets. After all, one man's junk is a another's treasure.
What’s the area/ spot in town you’ll never be caught dead in?
Skid Row at night.
What’s the thing you LOVE to do in your city that you never get to do?
What I Love most about Los Angeles is the extensive amounts of concerts and music events it has to offer. Because life gets so busy and there's too many musicians and artists I want to see, I never get to take advantage of everything, as much as I'd like to.
Where do you go in Los Angeles for a casual night out?
A night out involves a nice movie at the Vista Theatre, dinner with sidewalk seating at the french bistro Figaro Bistrot, and late night drinks and music at the Dresden.
Where would you go in Los Angeles to celebrate some freaking good news?
Drinks is always a safe bet to celebrate some freaking good news, but I like to celebrate with good eats and some filling dessert to match it. I'm a sucker for anything in Thai Town and ice cream at Salt and Straw to always do the trick to top of a great day.
What’s your choice of transportation in Los Angeles and why?
Driving my car or calling an Uber/Lyft. Public transportation is a cool way to explore the city, but can take forever to go from Point A to Point B in LA.
What are the Los Angeles spots a first-time visitor can’t miss?
Hollywood sign hike, Disneyland/Universal Studios, Warner Bros Studio Tour, Hollywood Walk of Fame, Rodeo Drive.
Tomorrow’s your last day in Los Angeles. How do you spend it?
Eating, of course. Los Angeles is so diverse in people and culture, and the food options in this city are nothing but short of amazing!
What’s your favorite vacation city in the world and why?
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil--A city nestled within a forest by the beach, it has everything a vacationer needs! Beauty is organic through it's people, food, and rich culture. Mykonos and Santorini in Greece come in at a close second for the same reasons.