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Hancock Park was once LA's most desirable neighborhood, and now that it's surrounded by the best of the city (Koreatown, the calmer side of Hollywood), it may well be again. The houses are magnificent enough to warrant a stroll through the neighborhood, and on Sunday the Larchmont Farmers Market is the place to be for newly minted stroller pushers.

Stroll Larchmont Village for a glimpse of the old-timey: mothers pushing strollers and uniformed teens grabbing cappuccinos after school. The Sunday Farmers Market is colorful and convivial, and the oenophile staff at Larchmont Village Wine, Spirits & Cheese will recommend the perfect vintage if you let them know what's for dinner, and their deli sandwiches are a local secret you shouldn't miss! If you fancy a bit more fuss, try See more.

>Le Petit Greek or give Girasole a go for mouthwatering Italian fare.


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Posted By:  Allison Moon
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The Olympic Spa manages to be luxurious and Spartan simultaneously. I don't know how they do it, and I don't care. I just know that for $15, I can get naked with a bunch of women and spend hours dunking myself in a series of hot tubs like biscotti in hot tea. In addition to the bonanza of nude dunking possibilities, they supply a menu of both vanilla and exotic spa services. I suggest skipping the boring sounding massages and facials, and heading straight for the scrubs. Continuing the bliss-among-the-throngs theme, you'll be splayed on a table and scrubbed within an inch of your life by an underwear-clad woman–and you'll feel as if you were reborn on the other side. It isn't pretty, and lying on a watery table of your own skin shavings can be a bit too much for some, but damnit if you don't feel like heaven afterward.

Posted By:  Noah Albert

Los Angeles is definitely the land of classic movie theaters. While the old theaters downtown are widely known, the Forum Theater, located west of downtown on Pico, is often forgotten. Nowadays, this theater is a Korean church, but its Beaux Arts splendor is a visible memory of its show biz past. They spent $900,000 to build this place (in 1924) and it featured an organ so big that it took three train cars to ship it! The Pacific Jazz label recorded jazz records here in the 50s, and this was even the headquarters of Cinerama (those folks who love doing things in threes) until the 70s. The last of famed architect Edward Borgmeyer's trio of Los Angeles theaters, the Forum is definitely worth a look-see. And if you’re having a hard time convincing your friends it’s worth a trip to look at some old architecture, you can always go across the street for a bite at the delicious restaurant, Soul Vegetarian, or get your boogie on at the fabulous gay/lesbian club Catch One.

Posted By:  Beth Deitchman
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New Yorkers take a lot for granted—decent public transportation, the change of seasons… and the knowledge that any neighborhood pizza joint will serve a fairly reliable slice of ‘za. Larchmont Boulevard’s Village Pizzeria is made for transplanted New Yorkers. It’s exactly the kind of place you’d find near a New York subway station. In fact, pictures of such pizzerias line the walls of the Village Pizzeria, including my own high school hangout, Flushing’s Gloria Pizza. Of course, Village Pizzeria also boasts an extensive list of pasta dishes and salads, featuring a garlicky balsamic vinaigrette that’s among the best around. But to order anything other than pizza here seems pointless—they do it so well. Most of LA’s so-called New York style pizzerias talk up the crust. It’s all about the water, they say, going so far as to ship NYC tap via FedEx. But I think the key to the Village pizza is the sauce—a combination of tomatoes, garlic, and spices that can’t be beat. Village Pizza does deliver, but leave that for the LA natives. The rest of us grab a copy of the Post, a slice of pepperoni, and think about the 7 train.

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