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Samantha Duenas

31, DJ, vocalist and performing artist, Los Angeles - USA

What do you get when you mix great culture with great weather? Los Angeles! A magnet for lovers of excess in just about every department imaginable. From the beaches to the boutiques to the bars. Follow DJ, vocalist, performing artist and L.A. native Sosupersam on a hike through the City of Angels and some of its many sights and delights.

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Coffee: Proof Bakery

3156 Glendale Boulevard, 90039 Los Angeles

Proof Bakery is my local coffee spot. I'm really into coffee and one of my good friend's does the coffee program there. They also have the best pastries and fantastic sandwiches that come out everyday at noon. It's within walking distance from my house and a real favorite amongst the locals.

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  • Monday-Sunday 8.00am-4.00pm

Park: Griffith Park

4730 Crystal Springs Dr., 90027 Los Angeles

Griffith Park is by far my favorite hiking spot. I love to go in the mornings before it gets too hot. And on a clear day, the view from the observatory is unbelievable!

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Hotel: Covell

4626 Hollywood Boulevard, 90027 Los Angeles

Hotel Covell might be the best-kept secret in L.A. and in any case, the best east-side boutique hotel I know. I recommend this place every time to friends staying in town. It's also great for long-term stays. Dustin Lancaster has such classic taste and what he has done with this space is remarkable.

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Breakfast: Sqirl

720 N Virgil Ave, 90029 Los Angeles

Looking for a genuine hot spot? Sqirl is one that is near - and dear - to my heart! Jessica Koslow is an alumnus of the Proof Bakery family, so it's all connected. They serve great coffee and perfectly portioned and curated dishes that hit the spot every time. Jessica also does the most amazing jam which we use to make cookies every year.

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  • Monday-Friday 6.30am-4.00pm
  • Saturday-Sunday 8.00am-4.00pm

Bookshop: Skylight Books

1818 N Vermont Ave, 90027 Los Angeles

My go-to neighborhood bookstore and one of my favorite places to hang out. I can spend hours just browsing the awesome selection of art books and comics. And because it's an independently owned bookstore, you can be sure you're supporting local business.

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  • Monday-Sunday 10.00am-10.00pm

Lunch: Ohana Poké Co.

2852 Sunset Blvd., 90026 Los Angeles

Fresh eats is trending right now in L.A. and that includes poke - one of my favorite things to eat in the whole world. If you haven't tried it, do it now! And if you want the best, go to Ohana Poke. I love how they top the bowls with Furikake.

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  • Monday-Saturday 11.00am-9.00pm

Museum: The Broad

221 S. Grand Avenue, 90012 Los Angeles

The newest museum on the block just opened up downtown and it's all the rage right now. It houses the Broad family's personal collection, including my personal favorite: the Infinity Mirrored Room by Yayoi Kusama. But the museum is well worth a visit, even just for its breathtaking architecture!

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  • Tuesday-Wednesday 11.00am-5.00pm
  • Thursday-Friday 11.00am-8.00pm
  • Saturday 10.00am-8.00pm
  • Sunday 10.00am-6.00pm

Concept store: Poketo

820 E 3rd Street, 90013 Los Angeles

Looking for that perfect gift for any occasion? Poketo is sure to have it. I love their notebooks and calendars in particular, since I'm a bit of a notebook fiend. Poketo also has great phone cases and homeware. I love Poketo!

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  • Monday 12.00pm-7.00pm
  • Tuesday-Sunday 11.00am-7.00pm

Clothing: Assembly

7977 Melrose Avenue, 90046 Los Angeles

Fashion friends take note! The New York-based Assembly just opened their L.A. store last year, bringing all my favorite designers to the West Coast. My go-to leather jacket is from Assembly and I'm always wearing it.

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  • Monday-Sunday 11.00am-8.00pm

Restaurant: Baroo

5706 Santa Monica Blvd, 90038 Los Angeles

If you're into fine dining using local ingredients, I can't recommend Baroo enough! A really interesting take on Korean food with a bit of a Noma vibe. And their pickled vegetables are to die for! It takes a little finding, hidden in a strip mall. But it's well worth it when you do!

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  • Tuesday-Saturday 11.00am-9.00pm
  • Sunday 5.00pm-9.00pm

Club: Los Globos

3040 Sunset Blvd, 90026 Los Angeles

If you're lucky enough to be in L.A. for this monthly R&B party, be sure to come and say Hi! 1-4-3 (90s pager code for "I love you") is a little something I put on together with Partytime and Siik at Los Globos. We started it back in 2013 to create an environment where Los Angelenos could hang out and pay homage to the almighty love song!

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