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My sister Amanda and I head up to LA one Friday, for an afternoon of art and really good food. Start at GiorgiPorgi (137 E 3rd St., Los Angeles) for the best, most authentic Italian latte you'll ever have in California. A gorgeous Italian woman from Milan commands the room. This is Giorgi, and she runs this space with her partner, Porgi. Walking down the street you might just pass this tiny place if you aren't looking carefully. You enter through a deep green moss covered arched wall, and into a clean, simple, cements space. There's one long bar that goes the length of the coffee shop. Everything is $5, and we enter and sit down, and ask for an iced latte. "Okay," she says, "but I make you an Italian version!" She repeats this same line to almost everyone who orders. And like a work of art she she procedes to make this beautiful, and delicious latte, stirring, shaking, and topping it off with some special treats. There's no wifi in the cafe. You don't come to sit on your computer or do work. Like in Italy, you come in, say hello and make friends with people around you, have your coffee, and leave.
For dinner we head to Osteria La Buca, an Italian restaurant on Melrose Avenue. This 2 story spot is adorable, with its' cozy seats, stylish bar, fireplace, candles spread out, and modern finishings. This is such an ideal date spot with its dim and romantic lighting. Cacio e Pepe is the one and only pasta you should ever eat here, and order your very own because when you die and go to heaven, you want to be full and satisfied. This restaurant is delish and also doesn't break the bank. So win, win.
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