If Yelp had a CliffsNotes,

thePurplePassport.com

would be it.

What's hot: You get the no-frills lowdown on what's hip and cool in Los Angeles and London. Browse the collection of hotels, spas, restaurants, and shops. Register to create a "passport" of your list of faves as you read through the recommendations. The quick, irreverent descriptions were spot- on. Co-founders Emily T. Chang and Jennifer Garcia-Alonso and their staff say they pay their own way when reviewing venues.

What's not: Only two cities are included, and although the site posts many reviews, I wanted more. Beijing; New York; Paris; Palm Beach, Fla.; Chicago and other cities are coming soon, the site says, but who wants to wait?

- Jen Leo, Los Angeles Times