The Local: Andy Hnilo

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Athlete, Model, Actor and skincare founder of Alitura, Andy Hnilo does it all. For years Andy worked as a model and one day he was in a severe accident where he was run over by several large vehicles when he was crossing the street.  He landed up in Intensive Care with broken ribs, collapsed lungs and a broken jaw.  His work was based on his looks and now doctors had told him it would be a long recovery.  Andy didn’t want a long recovery, so he set his mind to getting better fast. That’s how his skincare line, Alitura, was born, he created his clay mask to help heal his skin and in seven weeks he was walking a runway show.

Today Andy shares some of his favorite places in LA with us.

Name: Andy Hnilo

City: Los Angeles

Years lived here: 12 years

Favorite place for brunch: The Malibu Cafe at Calamigos Ranch

Favorite place to shop: Scotch and Soda on Abbot Kinney

Favorite place for coffee, tea or juice: Erewhon Venice

Secret place: Ojai Hot Springs

Favorite cheap eats: El Chato Taco Truck. Get the Lengua Taco. Unreal!

Favorite place for a drink: Scopa Italian Roots on Washington

Favorite outdoor place: I hike up beyond my backyard to this trail in the San Gabriel Mountains to watch the sunset! Just me, my thoughts and a LOT of mosquitos.

If there was one place a tourist had to see where would you recommend? Sunken City or a Los Angeles Dodgers Game

Use one word to describe your city: Exhilarating!

Follow Andy on Instagram: @andyhnilo and his brand, @alituranaturals