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Visiting Hound: seeking recommendations (very specific requests)

Juniper | Feb 13, 200510:45 PM

Hello LA Hounds,

I'm a visiting hound from Toronto, Canada, and I'm in search of some recommendations for my upcoming business trip to LA.

First, an unpretentious after-work hang out. Preferably in the downtown LA area and preferably serves decent tapas or mezes (I would like to avoid typical pub fare, if possible).

Second, a nice cafe where I can get some work done. On my previous trip to LA I discovered Literati Cafe on Wilshire. Very charming, but no wi-fi. Is there a cafe with similar food/atmosphere but has wi-fi?

Third, Moroccan without the belly dancers. Does this actually exist ANYWHERE outside of Morocco?? I want (reasonably) authentic Moroccan fare without having the pay for and endure the tired belly dancing routine.

Fourth, the best Oaxacan mole this side of the Mexican border. Decent Mexican eludes me here in Toronto and I would love to take advantage of this trip to get some authentic Oaxacan mole!

Sorry for the long wishlist, but I would appreciate any help you can provide. If any of you are travelling to Toronto in the near future I would be happy swap recommendations with you. Thanks in advance!

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