Travel the globe without leaving Los Angeles

You’re in a place where exotic smells wafts from sidewalk cafés. All around you, signs are scrawled in foreign scripts and people speak in unfamiliar languages. Food-market bins are crammed with piquant spices and unusual produce. Colorful curios line the shelves of neighborhood boutiques. Surely, you’re very far from home. Or you’ve just stumbled into one of Southern California’s numerous ethnic enclaves, where a few quarters dropped in a parking meter will buy cultural immersion so complete, you’ll feel as if you’ve fled the country.

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