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Need help finding a "tasting walk"

I'm trying to think up some original date ideas, and I thought a "tasting walk" sounded like fun. I'd like to find a stretch of sidewalk somewhere where I can take a walk and occasionally stop along the way to sample tastes of unique food. Bakeries and fro-yos are great, but I'd also like non-dessert options since I don't feel like pigging out. Trees, shops, and a generally pleasant atmosphere would also be a plus.

Ideally this would be somewhere around west hollywood, but I'm open to a drive (the epitome of being an Angelino...driving to take a walk).

Thanks!

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  1. Belmont Shore, Long Beach. Seriously good eats and tons of great shopping in many non-corporate-owned stores. The way Westwood and Melrose was two dozen years ago...

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    1. re: Carrie 218

      The Shore is great. Definitely go to Open Sesame and try the potatoes. I've mentioned them in a previous post. Ask for a side of garlic sauce and prepare to be transported to Nirvana. Take a stroll to Sweet Jill's and have a cinnamon roll. Cafe Gazelle is a nice little place tucked away on a side street. Stop at SupeMex and have a plate of chips and cheese. Panama Joe's is good for a drink. Check out the beautiful antique bar that the owner salvaged from a saloon in the midwest 30 years ago before it was the cool thing to do. The Creperie is good and if you are there at the right time, they have live music in the PM.

      The shore has becomed yuppified over the last 20 years much to the chagrin of the locals ( like my big sister). Shopping is still somewhat unique, but the gap has had a store there for at least the last 15 years. All the major chain outlets are represented from Banana Republic to Jamba Juice. Within a 10 block or so stip there are 2 Starbucks, 1 Peet's, and Polly's coffee - an original LBC retailer and kicks %#@ on the other two. And the 2nd outpost for the LBC - the dreaded Pinkberry!!!

      1. re: gaylenwaydelich

        But there is also Aroma di Aroma for gelato, very yummy. And around the corner from Blockbusters there is a cupcake shop too. Finally, don't forget, we now have our second Famima!! near the West end close to Lucille's and Whiskers.

        1. re: justagthing

          My favorite sweet is from Babette's: they still make the best Opera Cake I've ever had.

          1. re: justagthing

            Do you know the name of the cupcake place??? Have you tried them? I will have to check it out this week. I need an Open sesame fix this week.

            1. re: gaylenwaydelich

              no, i went in to check it out, they have few on the shelves and seem expensive. I would rather one from sweet jill's

      2. It's hard to get a large variety of cuisines and course in one area, except for the Farmer's Market, and then a walk down Fairfax to Ethiopian.

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        1. re: Emme

          Duh, Farmer's Market! Thank you Emme.

          1. re: Emme

            I don't know if that stretch down Fairfax from the Farmer's Market is a walk, certainly not one for a date. You have to cross Wilshire and 6th before you finally get to San Vicente.

            Personally, I'd start with the Farmer's Market on 3rd and then head west toward spots like Celadon and AOC.

            Alternatively you could go onto Beverly and head east toward Angelini Osteria, BLD, Hatfields, Grace and Milk.

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            Celadon
            7910 W 3rd St, Los Angeles, CA 90048

            1. re: SauceSupreme

              3rd street from FairFax to La Cienaga is a great option. There are bunch of boutiques, unique shops and great restaurants (too many to name). At the end of 3rd near La Cienaga is a Kiwiberry so you can get your fro-yo fix there. You can also do some star-seeing at Toast.

          2. little india - pioneer blvd. in artesia. there are loads of restaurants and places for dessert. plus there are fun shops to stop in b/w meals. it's really fun.

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            1. re: dtud

              Little India is fun, lots of great little stores to explore. Go to Udupi Palace for the Channa baturra. Sort of a chickpea stew with a huge popover. YUMMY. Great peas with farmer cheese too. I think it's called mater paneer. My Indian BFF swears by the Dosa's. Check out all the stores and pick up a sari for your next special occasion.

              Head over to Portugal Imports, 11655 Artesia Blvd, Artesia CA 90701, 1-562-809-7021 and pick up some Portugese sausage to have for breakfast. Do it Island style and serve it with white rice and fried eggs. Pick up some of their freshly made cheese and check out the imported stuff too. You must not leave without a loaf of Portugese Sweet bread. Makes deadly french toast.
              http://www.portugalimportsofamerica.com/

              On Pioneer there are also several strip malls that concentrate on Asian products.
              there is an outpost of 99 Ranch in one of the centers.

              Of course you can go to Farmers Market/The Grove which is one of my favorite places in the world to waste time and my ex-husband's hard earned money!

            2. Sawtelle for the Japanese/Asian places?

              Sometimes Chinatown can be fun, good bakeries and OK dim sum.

              Also Main Street in Santa Monica, and Abbot Kinney in Venice.

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              1. re: Diana

                I was thinking about Abbott Kinney and I agree with you.

                You could start on the east end, walk and shop and drink, then from the west end you could walk to the beach and stroll.

                Depending on how "in shape" a person was, they could walk Abbott Kinney west to Main then head north and keep going.

                Good call ...

                I wonder if downtown Culver City fits the bill?

                1. re: Diana

                  Abbot Kinney is a great rec! There's really no worthwhile chow on Main St, with the exception of a couple of good Italian restaurants.

                  I think Sawtelle is the best suggestion by far.

                2. OC also has some fun places to do a tasting walk...
                  Huntington Beach-Main Street and the pier
                  Laguna Beach-so much variety and lots of art shops
                  Orange-Traffic Circle, not sure of the name of the streets