How long have you lived there?
Oh my gosh, if you have not checked out Meghan's blog you definitely need to. This chick is crazy cool and this interview is going to be a fun read for the very first Where I Live Wednesday. I hope you all enjoy this as much as I did!
Blog: like a giraffe
Location: Los Angeles, CA
Two and a half years.
If you moved from somewhere else, where did you move from? Why?
I was born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area, and moved to Orange County to go to college. After graduating in 2007 I moved to LA to pursue a career in entertainment.
What's the climate like?
Beautiful! Though we got a little more rain than expected this year, it's usually really gorgeous. It's a sunny place. :)
What are some of your favorite things to do during a typical weekend where you live?
I've been lucky to have some pretty awesome weekends lately... last weekend, I had a writers meeting for my comedy group, a theater company meeting, a playwriting workshop, and then shot a short film in my living room. The weekend before I went to brunch at Fred 62 in Los Feliz, then went to the Time Travel Mart in Echo Park, then walked Melrose and visited a Psychic. The week prior I went to a friends birthday party, where he rented a stretch limo hummer and then we visited a variety of food trucks around Los Angeles (I had a macaroni and cheese sandwich!). Also hit up the OK GO video release party at LACMA. Can you tell that I'm really enthusiastic about living here? :)
What are some of your favorite restaurants in your town/city? Favorite shops?
Pete's Cafe (awesome downtown cafe / restaurant, has the most AMAZING mac and cheese... plus the extraordinarily delicious BLEU CHEESE FRIES!), Home in Los Feliz (fun patio, great burgers, plastic dinosaurs in the fountain), Anarkali in West Hollywood (a great Indian place where the owner always hooks us up ridiculously), Midori in Studio City (all you can eat made to order sushi is the most amazing thing ever). Yeah. I... love food.
Suggest some must see places for an out of town visitor.
Take a walking tour of Downtown (making sure you spend plenty of time at the Central Library--my favorite place in LA). Hit up the Getty Center. Walk up and down Melrose. Check out Hollywood (even though it sort of sucks, you should see it). Put your hands in some cement at Grauman's Chinese Theater, then get a drink at the Formosa (one of Marilyn Monroe's old haunts). See Rodeo Drive and check out the Sunset Strip. Hike Runyon Canyon and see the Hollywood Sign. Get a glass of wine in the Chateau Marmont lobby. Dress up 20s style and hit "Soup Kitchen Fridays" at the Edison (a 35 cent drink, plus free mini grilled cheese sandwiches and tomato soup!).
Tell us why you love your town/city.
There's always something going on. I love all the different neighborhoods. Love the people. So many actors and directors and writers and storytellers. Love it love it love it.
Anything else we should know about where you live?
People complain a lot about Los Angeles. It's trendy to hate it here, to complain about the traffic and the smog, to make sweeping generalizations about the superficiality of the people. I just want to go on record saying that I have met some of the BEST PEOPLE EVER in Los Angeles, and despite traffic being the suck, I really, really, REALLY love living here. :)
Thanks so much, Meghan, for sharing your favorite things about L.A. with us!
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