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What do you do and why do you do it?
I'm a copywriter at an advertising agency and I do it because I love advertising. I think the art of taking human insights and strategically turning them into something cool and meaningful is super exciting.
You’re broken hearted - what tracks does your heartbreak playlist consist of?
To be honest, the last time I was truly broken hearted I listened to "Magic" by Robin Thicke. I've got the magic, I just needed to remind myself that.
What are the best TV shows of all time?
Oh man, of all time? Arrested Development for sure. And I'm addicted to Over the Garden Wall, Rick and Morty, The Crown, and Westworld.
Name some spots in Los Angeles that are good for a Tinder date.
I've never actually gone on a Tinder date, but I'd say the Highland Bowl, Clifton's Cafeteria, or Moonlight Rollerway.
Who’s your hero and where in Los Angeles would you take them out for a serious hang?
Hero is a strong word, but I'd have to say Chrissy Teigen. And I'd probably take her out in Long Beach to go whale watching, honestly. She seems like a great boatside companion.
What’s the area/ spot in town you’ll never be caught dead in?
I *really* have a disdain for Van Nuys. But you're in luck. There's practically nothing out there anyway. Obviously another one is Skid Row but my GPS takes me through there sometimes, so I can't really honestly say Skid Row.
What’s the thing you LOVE to do in your city that you never get to do?
I'm obsessed with the Griffith Observatory yet I hardly have the time to go.
Is there a hidden bar / hole in the wall in Los Angeles that you particularly like?
The Varnish in DTLA for a chill but classy night, or Residuals Tavern in Studio City for a "Cheers" type neighborhood bar vibe.
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?
OH man, I was so lucky to go to The Bazaar by Jose Andres in the SLS Beverly Hills hotel. It cost way too much money, basically my friend worked at the same restaurant group and got 50% off. There were 6 of us. We each STILL spent close to $150. But even if you went for drinks the ambiance is beautiful. I dream of this place, so if you're not afraid to drop some money I'd recommend the philly cheese puffs, oyster platter, passionfruit ice cream, and their shrimp and squid ink paella.
What restaurant in Los Angeles looks crap, but the food’s amazing?
LA is all about the aesthetic so I don't really think any place "looks like crap", but a place I was surprised about was Guisado's Tacos in Silverlake, or Grand Central Market in Downtown LA
Where can you get the best cocktail in Los Angeles? Which one do you like?
SO many great places in LA for a great cocktail but I'd have to say my personal favorites are 7Grand, The Varnish, or The Thirsty Crow
Where would you take your partner in Los Angeles if you wanted to really pamper them?
My guy isn't the "pamerping type" though I'm trying to convince him to get a pedicure with me (his feet always hurt from work). Buuut if I wanted to treat him to a day just for him we'd probably go hiking at Fish Canyon Falls or walk around Huntington Library and Gardens, probably go see a movie at an ArcLight theater (his favorite theater in LA), go to Jinya Ramen for dinner and end the night at either Augustine's Wine Bar for an intimate night cap, or Button Mash for some friendly competition over arcade games and craft beer.
Which snacks can you only get in your country, and which ones do you recommend?
See, if we were in the southeast where I'm originally from, (Florida, it's a crap shoot with that state) I'd say Boiled Peanuts, but I'm not sure if LA is that unique in the snack department. I'd definitely say though to get some fruit from a street fruit vendor and throw some Tajin on it!
What’s the one place you think is overrated in Los Angeles?
That one strip of Rodeo Drive where it's pronounced Roh-Day-Oh and not just Rodie-Oh like it's pronounced literally EVERWHERE ELSE.
What’s the one place you think is underrated in Los Angeles?
Old Town Pasadena
What are the Los Angeles spots a first-time visitor can’t miss?
Oh man there are so many places...Griffith Observatory, Grauman's Chinese Theater, Santa Monica Pier, Venice art walk, and any studio tour (WB is probably the best), The Last Bookstore, The Getty, LACMA & La Brea Tar Pits just to name a few.
Tomorrow’s your last day in Los Angeles. How do you spend it?
I'd make my last day on a Sunday so I could have an early bottomless mimosa brunch at Rockefeller in Redondo Beach. Guava mimosas are my jam! After that'd I'd have my boyfriend drive me up to Malibu (because those mimosas are STRONG) to go to Point Dume for a few hours, it's my favorite beach. I'd then grab some fried clams at Malibu Seafood, and make my way back into town. I'd go back home to Studio City to get ready to go out that night. I'd go to dinner, either Connie and Ted's (a new england style seafood eatery I used to work at) or Guisados (my favorite tacos in town) and end my night at either Adults Only, or Melrose Umbrella Co.
What’s your favorite vacation city in the world and why?
I haven't travelled as much as I would like to, but if you told me tomorrow I have a place to stay in Lisbon, Portugal I'd already be at the airport!