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Been There, Do This: Sketch in London

With just one foot in the door at Sketch, wide-eyed visitors abandon the humdrum of ordinary life. A complex of sorts, the London establishment encompasses five restaurants and bars: the Gallery, the Lecture Room & Library, the Parlour, the Glade and the East Bar. From the Lecture Room’s more relaxed vibe with eccentric art and fixtures to the sleek modernism of the East Bar, each room twinkles with a distinct and whimsical personality.

Been There, Do This: Mercado Roma in Mexico City

During a recent visit to Mexico City, there were several times when I thought to myself: Wow, I wish we had a dining experience like this in Los Angeles. I was surprised to find many locations where the ambience impressed me as much as the food. One such place was Mercado Roma in the Roma neighborhood of Mexico City, considered by many to be Mexico City’s most “hipster” ‘hood.

Been There, Do This: Dining at Sunset Da Mona Lisa in Los Cabos

Visitors know without a doubt they are in Los Cabos when they see the iconic rock formation called El Arco. Perhaps there is no better spot to see the arch — or the entire bay of Cabo San Lucas — than from Sunset Da Mona Lisa restaurant.

Been There, Do This: The Best Dessert in Venice, Italy

Out of all the delectable breads, cookies, tiramisus and cannoli that enticed me as I navigated the labyrinthine streets of Venice, one dessert stood above the rest — the Torta Veneziana al Pistacchio from Pitteri Giovanni. I first heard rumors of this cake from a friend who studied abroad in Italy and insisted that such a wonder could not be recreated in the U.S.

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