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G. Garvin’s Los Angeles Travel Tips

G. in the kitchen of The Serving Spoon

Southern California has its own energy. The weather is always perfect, and there’s just about something for everyone. You can hit the Santa Monica Pier, hike in Malibu and head down to Abbott Kinney to check out the hot culinary scene. If you’re a night owl, hit the Sunset Strip to listen to some local rock stars.

M.B. Post
Chef David LeFevre’s food at M.B. Post is simply delicious. A lot of thought and heart goes into his dishes, as well as fresh ingredients from Coastal Farms. I had a great time seeing what goes into his cooking. I wish I could have taken those bacon cheddar biscuits home with me!

The Serving Spoon
The Serving Spoon in Inglewood embodies what I love about soul food. The menu reminded me of food you’d see in Atlanta. I had a wonderful time in the kitchen cooking up some breakfast Salmon Croquettes. You can’t go wrong with having people over for a big breakfast!

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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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