Los Angeles, United States
Todd, 51
Entertainment Attorney
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What do you do and why do you do it?

I'm an entertainment attorney and partner at my law firm, Weintraub Tobin. It's the business part of show business :-)

You’re broken hearted - what tracks does your heartbreak playlist consist of?

Play me some Brett Dennen or Lord Huron and I'm a new man!

What are the best TV shows of all time?

Friday Night Lights, The Daily Show with Jon Stewart and, of course, The Honeymooners

Name some spots in Los Angeles that are good for a Tinder date.

You can't go wrong with High Lounge in Venice Beach. Book a comfy couch on the open air rooftop overlooking the Pacific Ocean ahead of time. When you show up you'll be escorted to a haven of coolness with fantastic drinks and the grooviest tunes.

Who’s your hero and where in Los Angeles would you take them out for a serious hang?

The travel photographer, Steve McCurry. He's the man. We got to meet in LA once, but there was no time to show him the city. When I get the chance, I'd love to take him to the ethnic neighborhoods all across town for some serious street shooting where people actually do walk in LA.

Where do you buy those fabulous clothes of yours?

There are some serious thrift stores around town. Check out Crossroad Trading--there are few locations. I also like hitting the hipster outdoor flea markets that happen in Venice and In DTLA.

What’s the area/ spot in town you’ll never be caught dead in?

The Valley. I'm sorry...I've been here for over 25 years and I just can't understand why you'd go there when there's so many other amazing spots with character throughout the city.

What’s the thing you LOVE to do in your city that you never get to do?

Eat at Bottega Louie on a weekend night. It gets so packed and they don't take reservations.

What’s the most decadent / extreme dish you ever ate in Los Angeles and where did you get it?

Butterscotch Pot de Creme at Gjelina. Trust me. My husband and I order two because we refuse to share.

Is there a hidden bar / hole in the wall in Los Angeles that you particularly like?

Hunano's in Venice. It's the last surviving beach bar left on the Westside. And, don't forget The Roosterfish on Abbot Kinney. It almost closed for good in May, but recently got saved. Check out the ceiling in the Men's Room.

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 in Malibu. if you like Sushi and have the cash to spend, you can do no better for an extravagant night out in Malibu.

What restaurant in Los Angeles looks crap, but the food’s amazing?

Versailles in Culver City. Nothing special to look at but there are lines for the Cuban garlic chicken

Where can you get the best cocktail in Los Angeles? Which one do you like?

The Old Man Bar at the back of Hatchett Hall in Culver City. An Old Fashioned, of course.

Where would you take your partner in Los Angeles if you wanted to really pamper them?

A staycation at the Los Angeles Athletic Club in downtown. It feels like old Los Angeles, and the hotel rooms are redone to a contemporary clubby aesthetic. You can party downtown all night and just walk back to you room. The fitness facilities make you feel a little virtuous the next day.

Which snacks can you only get in your country, and which ones do you recommend?

in Venice Beach, definitely visit one of the fruit vendors who have colorful carts on the corner of busy intersections. The cut to order, and sprinkle it with lime and this addicting powder called Tagin. Yum!

What’s the one place you think is overrated in Los Angeles?

Dan Tana's. It used to be an amazing restaurant but now it's just plain awful.

What’s the one place you think is underrated in Los Angeles?

I used to say Downtown. But the secret is way out by now. Next stop: Frog Town.

What are the Los Angeles spots a first-time visitor can’t miss?

The Getty Museum, The Grand Central Market, The Venice Beach Drum Circle and The Hollywood Bowl (in season).

Tomorrow’s your last day in Los Angeles. How do you spend it?

If the weather's nice (and when isn't it in LA?), a drive up PCH to Zuma Beach, lunch at Neptune's Net and then a relaxing stroll around the Self-Realization Fellowship Lake Shrine on the way back.

What’s your favorite vacation city in the world and why?

Amsterdam! Bikes, coffeeshops, museums and canals. Need I say more?

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