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UCLA Resnick Neuropsychiatric Child and Adolescent Eating Disorders Program
150 UCLA Medical Plaza, Westwood
The Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center treats children and adolescents, focusing on weight restoration, eating behaviors, self-perception, psychosocial issues, and emotional well-being. The program is small—about seven to twelve patients at a time—and highly monitored. In addition to individual, group, and family therapy, patients attend group sessions on cognitive assertion, body image, and meditation.
Fundamental LA
1303 Westwood Blvd., Westwood
Fundamental LA is the cozy wine bar college-town Westwood has been needing forever. Executive chef Andy Lee puts the focus on seasonal Californian cuisine: During the day, it's casual fresh sandwiches and salads; at night, it transitions into a real-deal restaurant, serving elevated riffs on sourdough grilled cheese, crispy falafels, and juicy burgers. It's also becoming well-known for its chocolate chip cookies. And since it’s a wine bar, and a great one at that, you can’t go wrong with anything from the list.
Diddy Riese
926 Broxton Ave., Westwood
Diddy Riese is right in the middle of Westwood near the UCLA campus, and while you’ll have to battle a block-long line of college kids to get in, their famous ice cream sandwiches are more than worth it. The ice cream they use is standard Dreyers, but the cookies are made in-house with family recipes. The employees make the sandwiches on-site, so you can pick your own flavor combinations (kids will be psyched that they can actually use two different cookie flavors if they want), and the portions are very generous. Probably the best part of the entire operation is the college-approved prices: Sandwiches are $2 each.
Fat Sal’s
972 Gayley Ave., Westwood
Because of its proximity to UCLA, this East Coast-style sandwich shack caters predominantly to the college crowd, and it shows. Everything is unapologetically glutinous, and stuffed with fries, mozzarella sticks, or onion rings; for tri-state area transplants, the sausage and pepper hero is an authentic taste of home. There's also something called the Big Fat Fatty (chicken fingers, marinara sauce, fries, mozzarella sticks, burger patties, bacon…) on the menu—if you finish it in 40 minutes, the fatty is free and you get a sandwich named after you. Many have tried but none have succeeded. There's a second location in Hollywood.
Hammer Museum
10899 Wilshire Blvd., Westwood
There’s always something excellent on display at this UCLA museum—it’s also nicely manageable, making it the perfect way to spend a few idle hours. The adjacent museum store is one of the best in the city: The bookstore is gigantic, and they have some great gifts from L.A.-based designers, but they win the biggest points for their kids room in the back, where you’ll find art and design-specific tomes for little ones, along with a handful of well-conceived toys.
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