"Life is either a daring adventure or nothing." Helen Keller

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Adventures in Los Angeles: Atwater Village


Bourdain blew up my taco spot!

But who can blame him? Tacos Villa Corona is just one of the phenomenal eating places in Atwater Village, a trendy, walkable neighborhood in central Los Angeles that’s relatively unknown outside of the city. Located right across the 5 freeway from Silver Lake (named #1 in “America’s Best Hipster Neighborhoods” by Forbes), this easygoing area has none of the pretense of the “Hipster Headquarters of the World” – but with numerous independent retailers and oddball businesses, it’s just as interesting. Continue reading

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Harvest Time in Humboldt: Trim Camp


Unless you have a thing for seedy brown schwag, every bud that you have ever smoked has most likely been “trimmed” somewhere along the way from the farm to your prescription bottle. This work of finishing the bud – pruning the leaves and removing the large stems- is performed by a subset of underground workers called “trimmers,” young, mostly female vagabonds who follow the harvest and travel with the herb. Identifiable by sticky green fingers, a verdant aroma and stray buds caught in their hair, trimmers are an integral part of West Coast weed culture. Continue reading

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Los Angeles Apartment Hunting Guide


Moving to Los Angeles is the continuation of the American dream, of traveling west towards the setting sun and carving out a life on the edge of the world.

The good news: You can do it. Renting an apartment in LA is far easier and cheaper than in cities of comparable size like San Francisco and New York. Legions of dreamers, wanderers, pioneers, artists and those in search for a better life have picked up and moved to the belly of the beast, and so can you.

The bad news: Los Angeles has over 100 definable neighborhoods, and deciding which one of them to live in can be intimidating. However if you do your research, you too can join the masses in the land of milk and honey, the entertainment capital of the world, the center of the universe: the City of Angels. Continue reading

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Best Places to Be Single in Los Angeles

DSC01969Don’t Jump! (Photo by Matt Matsuda)

Los Angeles is a city made for singles. Attractive young people flock to the city in search of fortune and fun, drawn here by the entertainment industry, the beaches, the weather, a dream – or all of the above. The vibrant and restless energy of the city calls to creative types, artist and wanderers, and the cultural tapestry of LA is woven thick with the stories of singles that are searching.

Are you searching? Los Angeles has a place for you to meet and mingle with like-minded singles. Continue reading

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Strawberries and Skyscrapers: Downtown Los Angeles Farmers’ Markets


Colorful fragrant fruits and shiny ripe vegetables stacked in neat pyramids may not be the first image that pops into your head when you think of downtown Los Angeles. In reality however, Southern California is one of the most bountiful produce-bearing regions in the world, and at the epicenter of its biggest city, one can find a plethora of farm-fresh goods to ogle, buy at a neat price, and then take home to create a delicious and healthy meal to enjoy! The mild West Coast climate generates a long growing season that is the perfect partner to the Downtown Los Angeles Farmers’ Markets, and at a number of locations and days of the week you will discover a wide variety of delectable produce year-round: peas and leafy greens in spring, berries and melons in summer, corn and apples in autumn and squash and cranberries in winter! Continue reading