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Los Angeles has more stores than anyone could physically tackle, but somehow we always keep returning to the usual suspects. To break out of the rut, we've asked some local shopping and fashion gurus to provide their hidden retail gems—those unique stores around LA that we might not all know about. Cue the Beatles: We're about to get a little help from our friends.
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Sydne Summer is a fashion editor, stylist and host with a blog, SydneStyle. Recognized for her approachable fashion expertise, she has worked on campaigns and events with brands such as American Express, Downy, BCBG, Mercedes Benz and Victoria's Secret. Here, tells us about her secret source for imported foodstuffs on West Olympic.
"I always stop by Korean grocer Hannam Chain Stores on my way back from Downtown. They have the most delicious imported goodies. Last time I was there I found instant green tea latte powder. Instead of frequenting Starbucks every day, now I can make matcha lattes at home. And they're the real deal. The directions are in a different language! But after a few tries I finally figured out the right proportions. If you're into ramen, they have every noodle package imaginable. I recently tried a delicious Soba noodle concoction that was incredibly easy to make (thankfully this one had pictures along with the foreign instructions!). Into candy? The grocer features sweets you can't find at your local Ralph's. My favorites are the lychee and muscat gummies. Not surprisingly, whenever I'm there I work up a serious appetite. Luckily, there is delicious fresh sushi that tastes more like in came from Little Tokyo then a grocery store. And it comes with miso soup for only six dollars! They also have a wonderful selection of sake, as well as sauces so you can create your own Asian gourmet meal at home."
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