ask Phil about
ethnic food • cocktail bars • parks • burgers • art galleries • food markets • café
What do you do and why do you do it?
I'm all about using creativity to make a positive impact in the world. As a Product Manager at InvolveSoft, I build technology that helps companies create more engaging employee volunteer programs. The best is when our team works side-by-side with clients to volunteer and make the world a better place! I'm also obsessed with exploring Los Angeles and finding its most unique restaurants and bars. This city is massive, sprawling, and multifaceted. It's impossible to fully explore LA, but it's fun to try!
What are the best TV shows of all time?
The Wire, Broad City, Master of None, Stranger Things, Game of Thrones, and House of Lies
Who’s your hero and where in Los Angeles would you take them out for a serious hang?
My hero is Jonathan Gold. He knows more about food in Los Angeles than almost anyone! He spent years trying to conquer Pico Boulevard by eating at every restaurant on it. I would take him out for some Korean barbecue. That's the perfect way to eat way too much meat and enjoy lots of beer and soju. Koreatown is an awesome place to go out!
Where do you buy those fabulous clothes of yours?
Trunk Club, 5-4, random stores, etc.
What’s the area/ spot in town you’ll never be caught dead in?
Hollywood Walk of Fame
What’s the thing you LOVE to do in your city that you never get to do?
Go to the beach! Los Angeles has amazing beaches, but due to busy schedules and traffic, most of us don't get to enjoy them as much as we would like to. Some of my favorite beaches in LA are Manhattan Beach for a full beach day, Venice beach if I'm hanging out in that neighborhood, and Palisades Beach for after a hike.
What’s the most decadent / extreme dish you ever ate in Los Angeles and where did you get it?
I recently had a massive quesadilla made with a green corn tortilla, beef, chicken, chorizo, mushrooms and queso. Got it on the street near 6th and Bonnie Brae. This intersection is a hub of Latin American street food, where you can find lots of interesting dishes at very low prices. Definitely worth checking 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?
Lucques for $250 with amazing Californian food and wine
What restaurant in Los Angeles looks crap, but the food’s amazing?
Pa Ord Noodle
Where would you take your partner in Los Angeles if you wanted to really pamper them?
The best place for pampering is Wi Spa in Koreatown. This place is open 24 hours and has many types of baths, spas, and saunas. They even have a restaurant in one of the common areas that serves healthy food. It's a great place to unwind, and they even have nap rooms!