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NYer Staying in Santa Monica visiting family in Van Nuys (11/22-11/27)

saradoesmakeup | Nov 5, 200907:31 PM

For the week of Thanksgiving I'll be in L.A. We are staying at the Fairmont in Santa Monica and my Family lives in Van Nuys. We love going out to eat and experiencing different atmospheres, cultures and foods. We also love to cook too so we appreciate very well made cuisine along with beautiful presentation. I don't care if there is a social scene, I just care if people go there (and keep coming back) for the food and service. So weather it be a hidden gem or a 5 star restaurant I want to know about it. I love seeing a city the way it's locals see it and not the way it's tourists see it. I hope someone can provide me with great restaurants for breakfast, lunch and dinner!!

I am planning on going to the Getty Museum for the first time and would love to know some other culturally rich places to explore. I also wouldn't mind some ideas for chill, Brooklyn/hipster vibe night spots that I can hit up with my brother. So if you have ideas for that too I would really appreciate it!

***I'll have a car but don't want to travel more than an hour (40 miles) out of the way. My mom and uncle need to be able to get something plain grilled and steamed for health reasons.

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