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Silverlake Ramen

Silverlake Ramen attracts the well behaved daytime hipster with well-prepared delicious food and Japanese-language movie posters of Hollywood films. However they are also wisely weary of overextending their hospitality to what i imagine to be the raucous night-time hipster. There is a sign on the front door reserving the right for management to refuse service to anybody for any reason. As a restaurant hospitality professional myself, I dared not fathom what must have been a truly awful occurrence in the past to warrant the placement of such a sign. But after witnessing how the night-time hipsters trashed Silverlake Ramen’s washrooms, I can begin to imagine. Let me just say the service was on point and the vegan ramen bowl made for an amazing farewell-LA dinner.

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LACMA | Los Angeles County Museum of Art

We visited the buildings and public art of LACMA as a continuation of our afternoon at the La Brea Tar Pits. Who knew modern art would be so enjoyable and appropriate as a rejoinder to prehistoric time travel. From Richard Serra’s elegant “Band” sculpture, the lines of William Periera’s architecture and Bruce Goff’s elegant, sweeping Pavilion for Japanese Art, to the “Urban Light” sculpture by Chris Burden and Michael Heizer’s “Levitating Mass” my brain reached for endless interpretions of the art. Therefore I highly recommend modern art for the brain, on the heels of thinking deeply about human beings’ role in mass extinction and climate change.

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La Brea Tar Pits

I loved it. The rest of my whole life, I am going to recommend the La Brea Tar Pits to anybody visiting Los Angeles. This is an epic narrative that goes to the heart of human beings first steps in the Americas, the unbelievable sites, animals and plants they encountered. The 3D movie, the specimen gallery, the graphics, the tar pits where researchers’ current work is open to the public: there are so many nuanced layers and approaches to education that my mind was kept in a constant state of discovery and wonderment. The museum’s powerful story of climate change’s past consequences is crucial for all Americans, now more than ever. I have long been borderline obsessed with the topic of North America’s last glacial period, and yet nothing prepared me for hands on learning of the prehistoric past in this urban setting. The impact of the experience at La Brea lingers on. Bravo to the team and staff, would give 10 stars if that was possible!

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Berry Bowl

I am not what would be commonly referred to as a, “healthy person.” That is, until I visit my vegan sister in LA!  We had frozen acai bowls for breakfast at Berry Bowl and let me just ask, where has this been my whole life?! I got a strong base of energy for my day from a beautiful bowl of frozen acai (what is it?! it’s like vegan frozen yogurt) with berries, nuts and cacao. It’s like a hyper nutritious vegan froyo breakfast sundae, if that makes sense? Just make sure you have some coffee or a newspaper to distract yourself, otherwise the strong temptation to quickly devour your bowl may result in wicked ice cream headache! Of course that happened to me. 😛

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Magpies Softserve

Where I’m from (not LA) vegan softserve is not yet “a thing.” The sooner more people visit Magpies Softserve, the sooner it will be! Perfectly creamy peanut butter soft serve in a waffle cone with rainbow sprinkles, greatly enjoyed by this human being (me) without a single non-human animal (animals) being effected.

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Pine & Crane

Wow what a great spot for dinner. Especially worthy for lovers of vegan cuisine that packs a flavorful punch. The three of us split Dandan noodles, perfectly cooked mushrooms, and an amazing vegan tofu dish (my favorite.) It was my first time trying crunchy potato slaw, just the right earthy notes for this surprisingly light side dish. The housemade green bubble tea was awesome, as was my dining companions glass of wine (paired well with the dinner.) Big ups to Pine & Crane staff for providing warm hospitality in hybrid counter service, you guys rock!

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Brien, Allison and Asher

“There are years that ask questions and years that answer.” -Zora Neale Hurston, Their Eyes Were Watching God

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Laveta Terrace Stairs

Iconic rows of palm trees lead to the Laveta Terrace Stairs. There the sun burned dark crimson as it headed underground. The new office building being rented by Stormy Daniel’s lawyer gleamed in the orange, purple and red glow of the sunset turning to dusk. This is a hidden gem of Echo Park.

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