Carving down a clear mountain trail in Lake Tahoe is bliss — cool wind in your face, sparkling snow in every direction — a true moment of peace. But those who don't ski or snowboard are often relegated to the less-than-singular experience of sipping cocoa in a lodge. It doesn't have to be that way.
I just can't love Los Angeles, no matter how hard I try. But I'm enamored with Plaza México, a little-known shopping and entertainment center in an open-air plaza in Lynwood, a neighborhood fourteen miles south of the city's center. Designed after the Mesoamerican city of Monte Albán, it's like nothing else in Los Angeles County.