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08/17/2008 Archived Entry: "Book Review: los angeles" los angeles: the indispensable guide to stylishly unique, locally owned eating and shopping second edition
Written by Agnes Baddoo
Published by Cabazon Books
ISBN-10: 0-9789588-0-2
ISBN-13: 978-0-9789588-0-0

Review by Kris

Last year I was in Los Angeles to visit a good friend and to attend a concert. This book would have been great to have. We could have eaten in restaurants that had a local flair instead of eating at the Hard Rock Café and the Cheesecake Factory (these two chains have locations here in my hometown).

I've noticed that one of the largest sections in the bookstores I frequent is the travel books section. Who knows what books they should pick up? There are Fodor's and The Lonely Planet, just to name a couple. But in my mind the guide is going to be the one I pick out. This guide is a funky, fun, fresh take on the overdone travel guide.

The book focuses on two aspects of travel. Eating and shopping. Sure, there is a short list of places to sleep, but we keep the focus on eating and shopping. Each section is broken down by areas and with each area a map has been provided with the locations of the restaurants and shops. For example, you have a map of Malibu/Topanga/Santa Monica/Brentwood and on the map each restaurant and shop has a numbered dot. How convenient is that! Each restaurant and shop page has everything you need provided like type of food served (or wares in the shop), address, phone number, price range (restaurants only), hours, and other helpful information. Then on the next page you get a short description of what you can expect to find at the restaurant/shop, pictures, and a small list of delectable menu items and much lusted after goods to purchase. I'm grateful for the websites listed on the pages for the shops. Since I wasn't able to shop at these great places when I was in Los Angeles, at least I can check them out online.

These pocket-sized guides are so convenient. It's square and compact, the perfect size to fit in my purse, and I carry a very small purse. After each section there are a couple of pages for notes. The inside layout is so tastefully understated. The writing is tightly done and has the perfect amount of humor and information. It really is a classy looking travel guide. Not only is there a guide for Los Angeles, but you can find other cities like New York City (read Linda Yau's review of nyc), Seattle, New Orleans, and other cities around the country and even the world. I'm going to be taking a trip to San Francisco soon and I'll tell you right now that I will be picking up an guide for that beautiful city. Not only should you get guides for your destination city, but if there is an guide for your city pick it up. Do your part to support local businesses, whether you are travelling or just deciding on a place to eat out in your city. These guides are definitely worth your time and money. They're like your own personal concierge service that sits on your bookshelf.

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