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What do you do and why do you do it?
I'm a neuroscience researcher and project builder. I work in the sciences because I get to work with brilliant people everyday. I build side projects because the sciences pay shit.
You’re broken hearted - what tracks does your heartbreak playlist consist of?
Bump and Grind-R Kelly, life is short, I got no time for this heart broken business.
What are the best TV shows of all time?
The Simpsons and Rick and Morty yo!
Name some spots in Los Angeles that are good for a Tinder date.
I've never used Tinder but I'd imagine you would want somewhere busy, active and cheap. I'd go to Grand Central Market, wide variety of food to eat, lots of peoples and if it doesn't vibe you can get out quick.
Who’s your hero and where in Los Angeles would you take them out for a serious hang?
I recently read about Cyrus Field and his amazing story of laying the first transatlantic telegraph. Resilience, Ingenuity, and Grit. This guy was cool. I'd take him to Space X and watch the existential crisis fall upon his face.
Where do you buy those fabulous clothes of yours?
Not a good person for clothing advice. I go to Buffalo Exchange and Crossroads, I guess I'm basic.
What’s the area/ spot in town you’ll never be caught dead in?
Bel-Air or Beverly Hills, place sucks! I have a theory that the more money one has the more walls one puts around themselves. There is no culture there, people don't talk to each other...outside the country club. Don't go there unless you get invited to a party or something weird. Except for the Paley Center, that place is dope.
What’s the thing you LOVE to do in your city that you never get to do?
Paradise Cove, the combination of beautiful beaches and the ability to bring your own food and booze. Paradise Cove is a private beach, included with the entry fee you are able to bring in a giant picnic with friends and get wasted in the sunshine. Location is far so plan ahead and get a designated driver.
What’s the most decadent / extreme dish you ever ate in Los Angeles and where did you get it?
Really tough question. First thing that pops into my mind is the Lamb and Feta sandwich at Papa Cristo's. They bake their bread fresh, juicy tender lamb and melted strong feta. This is what dreams are made of.
Is there a hidden bar / hole in the wall in Los Angeles that you particularly like?
Primera Taza in East LA is a total gem. The owner drives down to Tijuana every weekend to get this amazing bread shipped from Guadalajara. I guess it's easier to drive than go through customs. He uses it to make their Lonches, one of the best sandwiches in town, pork loin with fresh panela and dripping with spicy sauces. They also source their coffee from single farms and region specific locations in Mexico. Check it out.
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?
Nobu Malibu. I saw Cindy Crawford hanging out with Kenny G there, haha. I like to ask the waiter to bring out recommendations so we had various sashimi, seared tuna, and lobster. Place is delicious. Came out to 100$/person. In general however, Los Angeles' standards for fine dining is far below that of SF or NY. When you come to LA, go get tacos.
What restaurant in Los Angeles looks crap, but the food’s amazing?
This question in many ways embodies Los Angeles. When it comes to people and food, never judge a book by it's cover. Here are a few of my favorite spots: Nick's Cafe, Pho 87, Moles La Tia, Mariscos Jalisco, MaMa Lu's Dumpling House, Ricky's Fish Tacos, El Taurio, the taquero outside Tepa Barber shop, and the list goes on.
Where can you get the best cocktail in Los Angeles? Which one do you like?
Pot Bar at the Line Hotel. Their cocktails are unique and thought through. I remember they had a "carrot" and "mushroom" cocktails with concoctions that brought out really interesting and delicious flavors. Sounds weird, and it is, but totally worth a visit.
Where would you take your partner in Los Angeles if you wanted to really pamper them?
My lady likes Korean spas. I would take her to one of the many and wait in the car because that sort of stuff weirds me out.
Which snacks can you only get in your country, and which ones do you recommend?
Don't be scared of street tacos. Or pollo al carbon, if you see a cart billowing smoke out of it either call the firemen or go eat there.
What’s the one place you think is overrated in Los Angeles?
Universal Studios, unless you are a huge Harry Potter fan.
What’s the one place you think is underrated in Los Angeles?
The entire San Gabriel Valley food scene. So many good places to eat there is no way to attack them all. If it's cash only...its good.
What are the Los Angeles spots a first-time visitor can’t miss?
Taco stands, Mexicali taco, Guisados, Grand Central Market, Hollywood bowl is awesome, the Observatory, and In-N-Out (3x3, extra onion)
Tomorrow’s your last day in Los Angeles. How do you spend it?
Wake up early go for a run with dog in Debs Park. Get a coffee at Kindness & Mischief in HLP. Early lunch Lamb French dip at Philippe's. Take a power nap. Go for a walk in Elysian Park and enjoy the trees and sunshine. Meet friends in Chinatown and grab a beer at Melody Lounge and a bowl of grub at Chego. Then hit up Korean Town all night and stop at various locations for drinks, snacks, and more drinks. OB Bear, Beer Belly, Frank and Hanks.
What’s your favorite vacation city in the world and why?
Rome, if you have an ounce of imagination this is most amazing city in the world. Ancient ruins juxtaposed with modernity. A bustling city of amazing food, beautiful women and surprises everywhere you look. I love Rome.