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G. Garvin’s California Travel Tips

I found some amazing places to eat during the years I lived in Los Angeles. Now I love coming through to visit and checking out the new spots. The next time you’re in Cali, live like a local. Stray off the beaten path for a truly unique experience in one of the hip neighborhoods like Abbott Kinney, Silver Lake or Los Feliz.

Original Farmers Market
This farmers’ market is the ultimate L.A. destination because of the wide variety of places. You can have a craving for just about anything and find it here. I visited The Gumbo Pot for an authentic taste of the Cajun South. Fritzi Dog is a newer addition to the market that’s causing a stir with gourmet hot dogs I had to try for myself. Bennett’s Ice Cream has been around a while serving classic flavors, but the Cabernet Sauvignon Sorbet is the perfect California treat.

Woody’s Bar-B-Que
Sometimes you have a craving for real barbecue, no matter where you are in the country. Luckily Woody’s Bar-B-Que exists right in Inglewood. I love some good no-nonsense meat from the smoker with a homemade barbecue. When in doubt, this is the perfect go-to spot in Los Angeles.

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G. Garvin’s Oakland Travel Tips

Oakland, Calif., is an incredible city that keeps growing by the year. Numbers of young professionals are heading to this part of the bay, giving reason to great restaurants popping up. If you’re in the Bay Area, be sure to check out Jack London Square for great places to eat.

Souley Vegan
When most people think of soul food, they definitely don’t think vegan. That’s what I love about this place. It delivers great Southern classics like black-eyed peas and fried okra, but it’s the Southern fried tofu sandwich that gives this spot a unique twist. You may even find a celebrity strolling in to grab lunch.

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