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S: Kerta's LA Guide

BC: Copyright © February 11, 2012

FC: Kerta's Guide to Newlywedhood in the City of Angels

1: Kerta's Guide to Newlywedhood in the City of Angels | Copyright © February 11, 2012

2: To Em and Rob, As the two of you will be starting your married life together living in LA, I thought I’d put together a little something to guide you through your newlywedhood in a new city. In this book, you’ll find my suggestions for getting fed, getting cultured, and getting around, in addition to a slew of cheesy photos for good measure. I’ve weeded out the shit you never need to do that’s probably in all the other guide books out there, so I hope you check out as much as you can, and that you think of me and my love for both of you when you do so. Here’s to the happiest marriage full of tasty foods, good coffee, and many new adventures in sunny LA and beyond! All my love, Beth | 2

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5: TABLE OF CONTENTS I. Maps LA neighborhoods.....................................6 UCLA Campus..........................................7 II. Getting Fed Coffee Shops........................................10 Dive Bars...........................................12 Bougie Bars.........................................13 Cheap Food..........................................14 Fancy Food..........................................15 III. Getting Cultured Book Stores.........................................18 Museums.............................................19 Music Venues........................................20 Miscellaneous Fun...................................20 IV. Getting Around UCLA Specific Stuff.................................24 Parks & People Watching.............................25 Markets & Thrift Stores.............................26 Weekend Getaways....................................27 | 5

6: LA NEIGHBORHOODS | 6

7: UCLA CAMPUS | 7

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9: 9 | GETTING FED (and caffeinated and drunk)

10: 10 | Coffee Shops Balconi Coffee Co. (11301 W Olympic Blvd, West LA) Relaxed, comfy atmosphere. Barista’s know their shit. Espresso Profeta (1129 Glendon Ave, Westwood) Best coffee around UCLA. Sit and work or grab and go. The Fix (2100 Echo Park Ave, Echo Park) Lovely outdoor patio. Hip, but not painfully so. Funnel Mill Rare (930 Broadway, Santa Monica) Good study spot. Iced coffee ice cubes! Intelligentsia Coffee (3922 W Sunset Blvd, Silver Lake) Amazing coffee. Hipster scene. Other locations around LA. Lamill Coffee House (1636 Silver Lake Blvd, Silver Lake) On the bougie side. Great for brunch as well. Spring for Coffee (548 S Spring St, Downtown) QUALITY beanz. Tiny, but a great place to grab’n’go.

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12: 12 | Dive Bars Beer Belly (532 S Western Ave, Koreatown) Craft beers. Daily Happy Hour until 7pm. La Cita (336 S Hill St, Downtown) Grimey dive. Best on Friday nights. EB's Beer and Wine (6333 W 3rd St, Mid-City West) At the farmers market at the Grove. Free (read: ridiculous and hilarious) karaoke on Wednesdays. Irish times (3267 Motor Ave, Culver City) Fun trivia night. Very low key. Kibitz Room (419 N Fairfax Ave, Mid-City West/West Hollywood) Super dive next to Canter’s Deli. Live music on Wednesdays. Celebrities from the 70s. AND you can order a pastrami sandwich while you drink.

13: 13 | Bougie Bars Father’s Office (Culver City) Pricey but worth it. Also has real good burgers. Hotel Irwin (1697 Pacific Ave, Venice) Rooftop spot right on the beach. Go at sunset. Library Bar (630 W 6th St, Downtown) Cozy. Better for a weeknight drink (crowded on weekends).

14: 14 | Cheap Food Cafe Talesai (9198 W Olympic Blvd, West LA) Thai. This one is closest to campus, but there are several locations around the city. Canter’s Deli (419 N Fairfax Ave, Mid-City West/West Hollywood) Jewish New York in LA. Huge menu. Open late. El Carmen (8138 W 3rd St, Mid-City West) Mexican. Small and trendy. Awesome happy hour specials. Curry House (2130 S Sawtelle Blvd, West LA/West side of Japantown) Japanese. Several locations around the city. Nyala (1076 S Fairfax Ave, West LA) Ethiopian, if you're into that. Tofu Ya (2021 Sawtelle Blvd, West LA/West side of Japantown) Korean. Little Dom’s (2128 Hillhurst Ave, Griffith Park/Los Feliz) Italian. Monday night $15 3-course pre-fixe.

15: 15 | Fancy Food Dominick’s (8715 Beverly Blvd, Mid-City West/West Hollywood) Expensive but good. Also has a great bar. Masa (1800 W Sunset Blvd, Echo Park) Italian comfort food. Casual but on the pricey side. Mignon (128 E 6th St, Downtown) Cozy, pleasant wine bar. Yummy tapas. Robata Jinya (8050 W 3rd St, Mid-City West) Japanese. Tofu made right in front of you! The Stinking Rose (55 N La Cienega Blvd, Beverly Hills) GARLIC CENTRIC EVERYTHING.

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17: 17 | GETTING CULTURED

18: 18 | Book Stores Alias Books (1650 Sawtelle Blvd, West LA) Small but has a decent selection. Book Soup (8818 W Sunset Blvd, West Hollywood) Typical indie book store. Good selection. Iliad Book Shop (5400 Cahuenga Blvd, North Hollywood) Huge selection. Has been compared to the Strand The Last Bookstore (453 S Spring Street, Downtown) Small but well-organized. Also sells used records. Skylight Books (1818 N Vermont Ave, Griffith Park/Los Feliz) Has two unconnected sections down the street from one another.

19: 19 | Museums The Getty (1200 Getty Center Dr, Brentwood) Stunning tram trip to get there. Great views of LA. Kind of magical. The Hammer Museum (10899 Wilshire Blvd, Westwood) Free for UCLA students. Lovely courtyard for studying or coffee breaking. LACMA (5905 Wilshire Blvd, Central LA) Contemp. On Sundays in nice weather, there’s free music in the park behind it. Also free jazz on Fridays. People usually bring a picnic and wine and stuffs. Very well attended. La Brea Tar Pits (5801 Wilshire Blvd, Mid-City West) My Girl flashback! MOCA (250 S Grand Ave, Downtown) Free Thursday evenings 5-8pm. Museum of Jurassic Technology (9341 Venice Blvd, Culver City) Super weird cabinets-of-curiosities type place. Museum of Natural History (900 Exposition Blvd, Exposition Park) Awesome dinosaur dioramas.

20: 20 | Music Venues The Echo/Echoplex (1822 W Sunset Blvd, Echo Park) Young crowd. Smallish. Local bands. El Rey (5515 Wilshire Blvd, Mid-City West) Vintage theater. Good programming. The Smell (247 S Main St, Downtown) Very hip. The Troubador (9081 Santa Monica Blvd, West Hollywood) A gem. If a band you wanna dance to is playing here, GO. and DANCE. The Wiltern (3790 Wilshire Blvd, Koreatown) Art deco interior. Spotted here: Olsen twins. | Miscellaneous Fun Nuart Movie Theater (11272 Santa Monica Blvd, West LA) Weird and/or cult movies.

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23: 23 | GETTING AROUND

24: 24 | UCLA Specific Stuff The Clark Library (2520 Cimarron Street, Mid-City) Affiliated with UCLA. Small library and reading room with chamber music concerts. The English Reading Room (235 Humanities Bldg, East Campus) Beautiful study spot. The Inverted Fountain (East Campus) Good rondezvous and study spot. Murphy Sculpture Garden (North Campus) Grassy study/hang spot. ALSO CHECK OUT: *Food trucks @ the Court of Sciences *4 mile loop around campus for walking/jogging

25: 25 | Parks & People Watching Griffith Park (Los Feliz) Great for walks and easy hikes. Views of the Hollywood sign. Runyon Canyon Park (Hollywood) Legit hikes. Celebrities. Lots of dogs. Santa Monica Boardwalk Ferris wheel. Nice spot for a romantic evening stroll. Venice Beach Motley crew of skaters, stoners, aging hippies, strung out addicts, and washed up musicians. Also: where I got my very first bong.

26: 26 | Markets and Thrift Stores Cherry Picked Thrift Shop (2807-2809 Pico Blvd, Santa Monica) Good prices. Great selection. Plus two resident canines to say hi to and pet. The Grove (189 The Grove Dr, Mid-City West) Shopping center. On the bougie side. Celebs. Out of the Closet (10749 W Pico Blvd, West LA) Fashionable finds. Reasonable prices. Across from Westside pavilion (mall). Santa Monica Farmer's Market (several locations) Saturday Downtown is said to be the best. Arizona Avenue, btwn 4th and 2nd Streets, 8:30am - 1:00pm. West LA Farmers Market (11338 Santa Monica Blvd) Sundays 9a-2p. Not too big. UCLA Thrift Shop (11271 Massachusetts Ave, West LA) Can be pricey. Plenty of discarded rich college kid items.

27: 27 | Weekend Getaways Catalina Island (SW of LA) Beautiful wilderness. Great for a weekend camping trip. A quick ferry ride from Long beach. A few B&Bs if that's more what you're goin' for. Mt. Baldy (about an hour E - almost directly north of Claremont) Well kept trail. Can keep it quick and easy with a nice woodsy stroll or make it epic and get to the summit. Definitely stop in the Mt. Baldy Lodge for a post-hike beer and/or burger. More of a day trip than entire weekend. Stop by Pitzer for a visit! Santa Barbara (Just under 2 hours NW) Cozy, beachy college town. Trendy downtown strip. Beautiful Inns and coastline. Santa Cruz (6 hours N by car) Worth the drive and/or the stop through if headed to SF. Lots of wine tasting en route along the 5. Gorgeous coastline. Cute downtown scene with a great used book store (Logos). Be sure to check out the Mystery Spot. San Diego (about 2 hours S) There's the zoo. More importantly: Tijuana is 20 minutes south. SAN FRANCISCO! (6-7 hours N by car, 1h20m by air) The most beautiful city in California. Too many recommendations to list here. Get at me.

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29: Enjoy! I love you guys. | 29

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