6 Crazy Cool Dessert Spots in Koreatown You’ve Gotta Try Once

November 10, 2016 by Ashley Lyublinsky

Most of us will endure the parking situation in Koreatown when it comes to getting tasty sizzling hot Korean style BBQ.

But after the meal is done and you find yourself in a dreamy post-KBBQ coma, you still seem to have that lingering sweet tooth to satisfy. Lucky for you, K-town is teeming with waaaay over the top sweet courses– especially when it comes to chilled desserts.

We’re talking liquid nitrogen puffs, cotton candy boba drinks and crazy shaved ice concoctions to name a few.

We’ve rounded up some of the strangest but coolest (literally) desserts that Koreatown has to offer, listed in in no particular order below.

Hope you enjoy!

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Mr. Coffee

Looking to share a cold treat with friends? Mr. Coffee has the perfect and massive concoction to do just that. Their bingsu is shaved ice that comes with a scoop of ice cream (your choice of vanilla, chocolate, red bean, and green tea), loads of fresh fruit, some mochi and last but certainly not least– fruity pebbles. It’s a good thing that you’ll be sharing this treat since it adds up to $14, but is oh so worth it. If you are feeling a little selfish, Mr. Coffee also has a mini version. Kudos if you take on this beast alone!

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Chocolate Chair

Game of Thrones fan? We’ve found a dessert Daenerys Targaryen would be proud of at Chocolate Chair, where they have a cold treat called “Dragon’s Breath”. This entails a variety of fruity cereal like puffs that have liquid nitrogen poured on top which freezes them and creates a fog effect. Best part? Putting said puff in your mouth and getting to breath out smoke kinder to a dragon. If the cereal puffs taste a little dry (insert dry ice pun here), you can always coat them with the many syrup flavors like rose to add some wetness. If you’re wondering to yourself if this is safe to consume, there are dangers involved with ingesting liquid nitrogen. Just don’t do the obvious number one danger of drinking the liquid at the bottom!

Watch our friend and fellow food explorer Jean Trinh try Dragon’s Breath in her Instagram below.

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Cotton candy + soft serve ice cream = absolute sugar heaven. The masterminds behind CottonHi do just that by taking soft serve with your choice of toppings and placing cotton candy on top. According to CottonHi, their most popular soft serves are red velvet, mango cheese delight, and tiramisu. Cotton candy flavors include: strawberry, lemonade, double mint, chocolate, salted caramel, and coffee.

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Get authentic patbingsu aka SouthKorean shaved ice in massive proportions. Choose from a selection of “snow” bowls topped with red beans, condensed milk and sticky rice balls. Possibly the biggest shaved ice in town the gravity defying dessert should be shared with friends who are proficient in the game of Jenga and other balancing games.

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Meli’s Italian Ice

Founded in 2015, Meli’s Italian Ice takes a traditional classic and pairs it with a custard aka the radio ball. The atmosphere at Meli’s is fun and quirky and their colorful ices match the theme. Let’s also not forget to mention the awesome flavor combos you can get at Meli’s like the fuzzy wuzzy (peach + watermelon). They also have lolly waffles, which are waffles on a stick with your choice of delicious add ons if you want more than just custard.

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Coffee House Heyri

Watermelon is a huge summer time food staple. What better way to enjoy this sweet and refreshing flavor than to eat it out of an actual hollowed out watermelon bowl? At Coffee House Heyri you can enjoy their seasonal (summer only) watermelon bingsoo served in a melon bowl sprinkled with fruity pebbles and topped with ice cream. The presentation is so visually pleasing your Instagram followers will be green with envy. To quote Beyonce, “I’ve been drinking, watermelon” or in this particular case, eating.

Since it’s summer only we don’t have a current pic, but you can see what it looks like here via Yelp.

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Hidden Cash is Back This Sunday With a Scavenger Hunt at the Santa Monica Pier

October 7, 2016 by Ashley Lyublinsky

This weekend’s forecast is looking good. Mostly sunny, around 80 degrees with light clouds and a chance of… FREE CASH.

That’s right, Hidden Cash is making its return to Los Angeles this Sunday at the Santa Monica pier with the chance for participants to win up to $1,000.

For the uninitiated, Hidden Cash first came to L.A. in the form of scavenger hunts backed by a Bay Area millionaire Jason Buzi. The premise was simple. Hide envelopes of cash. Tweet out clues. Let people hunt.

In the past few weeks a new iteration of the hidden cash concept has emerged with hunts being organized by someone name Francis Hawke (at least that’s the name of the organizer on the Facebook event and on Twitter posts).

The whole operation appears to be tied to promote a mobile app called Metaverse.

According to this Facebook event page Sunday’s hunt is set for the Santa Monica Pier starting at noon. Scavengers are required to download the Metaverse app if they want to see clues for the cash. Clues will start appearing via the app at the noon start time. It’s also stated that you’ll need to be “close to an experience to interact with it.”

Disappointingly, the app is only for the iPhone, which means Android users will be unable to participate, or they’ll need to bring an iPhone using friend.

As part of the build up to Sunday big prize the organizer(s) have been planting cash in smaller amounts at various locations in Santa Monica.

While it’s pretty clearly it’s all a big marketing ploy for the app, who are we to argue with free cash?

Good luck to those on the hunt.


8 Things I Simply Don’t Do Anymore After Living in L.A. For 3 Years

August 23, 2016 by Ashley Lyublinsky

It has now been three years since I made the trek out west and settled into Los Angeles. More than 1000 days later, looking back, I could not be happier with my choice.

Once the initial adjustment period passes, and you get into a grove, certain things just become the norm for you.

While this is all part of building a life for yourself, I’ve listed a couple of things (while trying not to judge myself) that I’ve noticed I just don’t do anymore since I became a resident in the city of angels.

Some habits die hard, others melt away into the SoCal sunshine.

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1st Street Bridge Metro

The Metro rolling down the 1st Street Bridge. Credit: Brian Champlin / We LIke L.A.

1. Take Public Transit

After living in NYC and Chicago, where public transit was essentially the life line of the city, having to rely less on public transit and more on my own vehicle became somewhat of shock when I moved here. That’s not to say that the L.A. Metro isn’t it’s own force to be reckoned with, now that the Expo line has expanded. But the truth is if we are keeping score, I can count the number of times I have taken the L.A.’s public transit on one hand.

2. Use a Taxi

Running on the same thought line, taxis are pretty much obsolete in Los Angeles. Uber and Lyft are alive and well here and by far more financially reasonable and accessible than taxis. It is always great when I have friends come to visit and have to explain to them NOT to take a taxi from the airport/get to sign them up and earn a free ride.

3. Eat at Chain Mexican restaurants

Listen, both chains are deliciously awful for you—and as someone who lives around the corner from a Taco Bell, the struggle is VERY real. But when it comes down to it, if you put a Taco Bell or Del Taco next to a Guerrilla Tacos or Mexicali or Guisados or even King Taco… well, the decision isn’t even close. It seems that living here, for better or worse, is turning me into a true taco snob.

Taco sampler from @guisados hits the spot every time 🌮 #taconight #dtlafood #lafoodie

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 4. Get Starstruck

In all honesty, I hardly ever see celebrities unless the occasion calls for it. Even when I did get the chance to walk on the same sidewalk as an A/B-list star, the moment passes so quickly that you only revel in it post encounter. Not to say it is not cool or anything, but it’s something that quickly loses it’s charm.

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Hollywood Walk of Fame

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5. Date the L.A. Stereotypes

Many people come out here to follow their hearts and dreams, and that in itself is totally respectable. You will find however, that the L.A. dating pool tends to be filled with the “wannabes” who think that just because they are out here/good looking that life will magically work out for them. If that is your thing, cool. If not, try to go after those dream chasers who are realistic and know the struggle of making it out here.

6. Worry About the Weather

Living in L.A. has afforded me the luxury of being able to check my weather app and know exactly what to expect when I go outside. L.A. weather rarely has any surprises, such as snow. This makes dressing for and planning out my days less stressful.

Seriously, it has been months and I have moved on from thinking about you. Do not think that just because you show up every now and then and remind me of happiness we once shared that everything is cool between us. Not cool, rain, not cool.

Rainbow during rainy day in Los Angeles

A rare rainy day in Los Angeles. Credit: Kevin Wong cc

7. Get Angry at Traffic and/or Parking

No matter what, you will always run into traffic or parking issues in Los Angeles. There is no need to induce a heart attack over it. I’ve learned that by using Waze or just general planning before heading out, seeing bumper to bumper doesn’t make me see red…at least not that bad. Even some of the most outrageous parking signs here usually just induce a laugh. Getting angry from L.A. drivers, however, is a different story.

Awful Los Angeles Parking Signs

Credit: Brian Champlin / We Like L.A.

8. Read Too Much Into Networking

L.A. has a very “who do you know” vibe. It always feels like starting a conversation with someone can only go as far as what you can do for them. While that totally blows, I’ve come to realize that it’s best to take things at face value. Resorting to networking mode when meeting people is a natural thing here, and if whoever you are talking to is generally interested in learning more about you, your brief mention of working on the newest blockbuster will not even matter.

Are you a transplant who moved to L.A. in the past few years? What habits have you picked up or lost along the way?


The L.A. Zoo Will Offer Discount Admission For Pokemon Go Players from July 25-29

July 24, 2016 by Ashley Lyublinsky

Attention all you Pokémon Go trainers! You’re invited you to be the very best, like no one ever was, at the Los Angeles Zoo and Botanical Gardens starting July 25 until July 29.

Trainers receive a $3 discount on admission (after 2 p.m.) by showing their Pokémon Go app at the box office.

FYI: The zoo grounds house over 45 PokéStops and three gyms.


The L.A. Zoo notes that most PokéStops are located near animal exhibits or works of art, so while you’re collecting extra pokéballs– be sure to check out some actual animals!

Lures will also be dropped throughout the week at the top of every hour, with the last lure of the day being activated at 4 p.m. to help you catch even more pocket monsters.

All updates and information will be announced as it happens through the zoo’s Twitter account.

A sweepstakes to win a year long membership to the L.A. zoo will also be taking place throughout the week. To enter, make sure you use the #LAZooPokeWeek hashtag when tweeting or uploading your awesome catches and you’re in!

Los Angeles Zoo Entrance

The Los Angeles Zoo entrance. Credit: Brian Champlin / We Like L.A.

L.A. Zoo also reminds all Team Valor, Mystic, and Instinct trainers to stay extra hydrated and bring an external battery pack to keep the party going.

Oh, and just a friendly reminder in the name of common sense: Don’t do anything ultra-dumb like try to climb over enclosures just to get at a nearby Pokemon.

For more information and safety tips, be sure to check out the zoo’s official site.

Now go catch em all!

Note: a previous version of this article referenced $3 discounted admission but it has been updated to reflect that the offer is for $3 off normal admission price. We apologize for any confusion.

Fun Stuff, Happenings

So Angelyne Is Auctioning Her Pink Corvette on Ebay

June 29, 2016 by Ashley Lyublinsky

How many times have you driven down the Sunset Strip, seen a hot-pink corvette parked along the street and thought to yourself “only in Los Angeles.”

Good news to those who are interested in unleashing the repressed urge to finally man (or woman) up and get yourself on that L.A. level. Infamous Sunset Strip figure Angelyne is selling her 2008 Corvette on eBay.

The auction— which ends this Sunday is currently (as of publication of this post) listed at a price of $12,011.00 with total 5 bids. The auction opened at a price of $11,111 several days ago but until last night hadn’t received any bids.

Angelyne Corvette

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Features include a V8 engine, accident free, brand new tires, custom hot-pink paint job, being featured in James Franco’s Masterpiece, and only have racked up 190,000 miles.

Buyers also can request a personal autograph from Angelyne herself. Oh, and don’t worry, if you don’t have the complete purchase price just lying around as there is also a payment plan option available.

According to the auction the vehicle has never been involved in an accident, though we do remember a report from a few years ago where she got into a fender-bender with a taxi near Franklin Ave and Las Palmas. Speculation is that she owns multiple pink corvettes, so perhaps this is one that is still in pristine condition.

For those unfamiliar with this iconic Hollywood figure (shame on you), Angelyne emerged on the Hollywood scene in the 80’s through billboards and basically just hanging around the area. The OG Kim Kardashian if you will, Angelyne is famous for convincing people that she is famous.

Having tried her hand at acting and singing, Angelyne can still be seen taking pictures with fans (with her cars) and giving out autographs. After 30 years on the scene, she has rightfully earned her place as a notorious Hollywood legend.

At some point or another, we’ve all had the desire to be able to drive a really fast car along the streets of Hollywood recreating our pick of any iconic scenes from a movie, or in this case the music video to Aqua’s hit “Barbie Girl”.

Now’s your chance.


This Summer There’s a Free Film Series at The Hammer with a Political Slant

May 30, 2016 by Ashley Lyublinsky

Regardless of where you stand on the political spectrum, the 2016 election is in full swing, and what better way engage with the process than heading over to The Hammer Museum for a summer full of politics, movies, and discussions.

The Hammer will be holding a variety of screenings and talks, all geared towards the political side of culture, starting at the end of May and running until the end of August.

Join renowned political authors, historians, and professors, as they debate and discuss our countries current political system and what is happening with the 2016 presidential election.

Oh, and about those movies…

Screening schedule is below, all films start at 7:30 p.m. sharp.

  • Idiocracy, June 1
  • Bulworth, June 9
  • Chisholm ’72: Unbough & Unbossed, July 19
  • Medium Cool, August 10
  • Swing Vote, August 17
  • Recount, August 30

All Hammer public programs are free to attend.

Parking is available at the museum’s underground garage, but keep in mind mind rates are set to jump to $6 starting on June 1.

Find out more information on their official site.

Cool Spots, Lifestyle

10 Ideal Spots for a Tinder Date in Los Angeles

May 17, 2016 by Ashley Lyublinsky

Hate it, love it, or begrudgingly rely on it, Tinder has become the go-to dating app for singles in Los Angeles (and pretty much anywhere in the world for that matter).

But here’s the thing:

So you’ve finally swiped right and matched with someone who isn’t wearing any fedoras in their pictures, texts with the acceptable amount of emojis, and doesn’t mention the word “basic” once in their bio… now where should you meet?

Well, we’ve got you covered.

Below are 10 perfect Tinder date spots in Los Angeles that hopefully be the ideal backdrop for your soon-to-be budding romance… maybe… possibly…

Ah well, at least the locations will be entertaining!

Turtle Racing Brennan's

Turtle racing at Brennan’s Pub. Photo Credit: Eric Chan via flickr cc

1. Brennan’s Pub (Marina Del Rey)

It still surprises me that a lot of people have not heard of Brennan’s Pub, which is known for its Thursday night turtle races. Take your date to this “chill” pub that boasts a great atmosphere on any day of the week, with live entertainment Tuesday-Saturday. Not to mention some pretty solid drink specials during the week, like $4 Wednesday well drinks.

BONUS: If you do go, I highly recommend going on a turtle racing night. Brennan’s holds a content for the sexiest turtle drop, so if it’s that kind of Tinder date, at least you can see what you are working with.

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2. Bar Lubitsch (WeHo)

Did you initiate your Tinder convo with a joke? Now that you have your date hooked with the fact that you have a sense of humor, let someone else take the wheel (while you think of new jokes). Bar Lubitsch is a Russian themed bar serving mostly vodka-based drinks and a comedy show every Friday night hosted by Peachy Keen in the backroom with some great up and coming comedy talent.

BONUS: Post comedy, the backroom turns into a dance hall that spits out great 00’s club hits until closing time. Laughter + Vodka + Dancing = a second Tinder date.

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3. Rock Climbing at LA Boulders (Arts District)

If you and your match are into extreme sports, then indoor rock climbing at LA Boulders in DTLA might be the best pick for you. You both can have fun reenacting that one scene from Mission Impossible while you climb to the 18 foot walls (sans ropes!). If it’s been a while since you flexed your muscles on some rocks (is that what the cool kids say?) classes are offered to help you brush up on basic rock climbing know how.

BONUS: This place offers the best of the extreme outdoors, all while in a safe facility with instructors around. So if that the dates not going well, at least someone has your back should you fall.

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4. NoBAR (NoHo)

Tinder dates (and dates in general) can add up pretty quickly, so why not go to a place that has decently priced drink specials? NoBAR, which is part of the Vintage Bar Group, has happy hour seven nights a week until 10pm! This dimly lit lounge makes for the perfect backdrop for a first date—especially if your picture is from a couple of years ago (not cool man).

BONUS: NoBAR has an awesome jukebox selection, and a pool table which gives you and your date something to discuss and do just incase the conversation dulls.

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5. The Brickyard (NoHo)

Staying within the NoHo area—The Brickyard is great for showing off your competitive chops! With pool tables, shuffleboard, and dartboards there are tons of games to keep your Tinder date interesting. Plus the social aspects of this bar is on par (rhyming also on par), so if the magic isn’t there, you can always use your fellow bar patrons to help ease the pain.

BONUS: Let us not forget to mention that they offer over 150 beers to try. So who’s really winning here?

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6. Bowling in HP (Highland Park)

Looking for a more wholesome Tinder date? Bowling is always a great option! L.A. has a bunch of great options in terms of bowling alleys for you and your match to check out, but if you want to be on trend then head over to the newly redeveloped Highland Park Bowl (formerly Mr. T’s). The decor will not disappoint, even if your date does.

BONUS: If you’re craving food HP Bowl includes some pretty sweet creations including Neapolitan-style pizzas plus Chicken Milanese, meatballs and calamari fritti.

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Highland Bowl bar area

Another of the bar spaces at Highland Bowl. Photo credit: Christina Minh / We LIke L.A.

7. Harvard & Stone (Hollywood)

Are you going through an edgy phase? Swiping right on anyone who is tattooed, pierced, and has at least one photo of them posing in Joshua Tree? Then I suggest heading to Harvard & Stone for your Tinder date. This multi-roomed two-story bar has delicious themed cocktails, dim lighting, and a dance floor which in my humble opinion are great elements for a first date.

BONUS: On weekends there is a ultra sexy burlesque show—ya know if you want to really set the mood.

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8. Little Tokyo

Bonding over sushi is one of the most magical things two people can do. Why not have your Tinder date walking around Little Tokyo with all their awesome sushi and ramen spots. Plus all the Boba! Not to mention you can totally geek out in all the small shops, and drop some serious anime knowledge to impress your date. NOTE: if said date mentions that they are not into anime, reexamine your life choices.

BONUS: In the center of Little Tokyo there is always some live karaoke happening, so if you are full on sake—step on up and show your date that you can be humble about your awful singing voice. Also, the secluded garden at the Double Tree is a pretty sweet little gem.

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9. Last Bookstore (DTLA)

This one is for the bibliophiles. Geek out over all the awesome selection of reading materials. You and your date can compare favorite authors and show each other a little more insight to each other. They always post cool upcoming events on their calendar so you can plan around that.

BONUS: Low cost ya’ll! AKA it’s free to enter a bookstore. If things go well, maybe you can leave with souvenir of your first date.

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The Last Bookstore

The Last Bookstore. Credit: Brian Champlin / We Like L.A.

10. Your Apartment (Various)

Let’s be honest….the stigma attached to Tinder is alive and well. Half the people reading this list are probably looking for less of a date and more of a…well a good time if you will. If that’s the case, make it easy for all parties involved and have your date come over, just be honest (with them and yourself) about your expectations. You can always start the night with Postmates and then ease into Netflix & chill time.

BONUS: More of a caution than a bonus– obviously always do your detective work before you go over to a strangers house or invite them to yours. The real bonus will be if you hear from them again.

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If you have a favorite place to for the perfect Tinder date in Los Angeles be let us know in the comments below!

Fun Stuff, Lifestyle

7 Telltale Signs You’re Having a Pretty Good Day in L.A.

May 13, 2016 by Ashley Lyublinsky

Most people living in Los Angeles have, at one time or another, experienced a magical moment where fate and luck synchronize perfectly us, and we’re able to walk away free from what could of potentially been a super annoying/disappointing situation, or perhaps more triumphantly, the stars align and we’re able to game what seems like an otherwise rigged system.

While the L.A. Gods don’t often grace us with their presence, there are a couple of instances that totally rock when they do.

In other words, those occassions when you know you’re having a pretty good day in L.A.

Here are a few of mine.

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1. You’re somehow found street parking in (insert neighborhood)

Parking… the most tired and true complaint of living in Los Angeles (well, besides traffic).

Parking is an absolute nightmare in certain areas of our fair city (we’re looking at you Koreatown, Hollywood, and Thai Town). Sure you can always settle for a garage or even get lucky with metered parking. But when the sun and the moon align and you’ve circled the same block for the tenth time there is a good chance that magical moment will happen: someone finally leaves.

Baldwin Hills Scenic Overlook Parking

Photo credit: Brian Champlin / We Like L.A.

2. You were about to get your car washed… but then it rains!

This feels like it could of been apart of Alanis Morissette’s 90’s hit “Ironic”. Washing your car in L.A. is such a hassle and there never seems to be the right time to do it. Yet, it’s usually happens that when you do make the time to go wash your car, the heavens open up and reward you with glorious rain (although it’s most likely acid rain). Even though this only happens 3-4 times a year, it’s a great way to save money/water.

Rain Free Car Wash Meme

3. You were actually able to reserve tickets to a free museum.

I was super stoked when I heard of some of that art exhibits happening like Yayoi Kusama’s Infinity Mirrored Room or the Rain Room at LACMA (mostly for the sweet Instagram photo ops), but when I went to go reserve tickets — BOOM sold out/waitlisted. I will chalk this up to everyone else also wanting sweet Instagram photos, but luckily enough, my friend also had the same idea and managed to score some tickets. It’s always an added bonus when said museums adds additional dates and new ticketing schedules as well.

On that note, remember that The Broad is Introducing a New Ticketing Schedule to Make It Easier to Reserve Tix.


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4. You parked in the path of street sweeping… but didn’t get a ticket!


For those who live in an area where street parking is key– waking up in time to move your car before street cleaning starts is the stuff of nightmares. Even though you set seven alarms to make sure you don’t miss it, some how you always manage to get that $72 ticket. Except for that one time you hauled it to your car ten minutes past 8:00am and beat the meter police.

Street Sweeping Sign

Photo Credit: Brian Champlin / We Like L.A.

5. You hit it off with someone who lives within 3 miles of you

Imagine the scenario: you’re out having a good time and you meet someone who you you hit if off instantly (dreams can happen right??) Obviously one of the first questions you ask is, “So what part of town do you live in?”

If their response is a location within three miles of you, MARRY THEM.

Just kidding, but meeting cool people that are within a reasonable driving distance from you is always a blessing, since mileage differences in L.A. are kind of like dog years (one mile away in Los Angeles is kind of like seven miles away in almost any other city).

Love Lock Los Angeles

The Love Lock Bridge up close. Credit: Brian Champlin / We Like L.A.

 6. You waited less than 5 minutes at an In-and-Out drive thru

Franky, I have yet to see an In-and-Out drive thru line that did not wrap around the block, but even in the midst of that madness I have witnessed the well-oiled machine of drive-thru service professionals crank through a dozen vehicle orders in less than five minutes. And yeah, it’s pretty amazing.

To all those In-and-Out employees who process orders while hangry customers jam out in their cars at 1:00am… we salute you!

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7. You see an L.A. sunset and remember that you live in one of the coolest places on earth

All’s well that ends well right?

To all my fellow angelenos who are out here making it work and doing their grind, proud of you! I don’t know about you, but the times I’ve felt the most at home here is when I see the sky light up with all different hues and get the reminder that no matter how hard things are, L.A. is a pretty dope place.

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Sunset Point Dume Malibu

Sunset at Point Dume in Malibu. Credit: Rain0975 via flickr cc

How do you know you’re having a good day in L.A.? Share your stories and experiences with us in the comments below!


Metro is Offering Free Rides for The Expo Line Grand Opening

May 3, 2016 by Ashley Lyublinsky

Want to take a free ride on the brand, spanking new Expo Line?

In honor of the opening of Phase 2 of Expo Line to Santa Monica on Friday, May 20, the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro) will be offering free rides on Friday and Saturday (May 20-21).

According to The Source Metro blog the free rides will be on the entire Expo Line, from 7th St/Metro Center to Downtown Santa Monica.

Free rides will begin at noon on Friday until the end of daily service, with the Saturday freebies starting on at 4:42 a.m. in Downtown Santa Monica and at 4:45 a.m. at 7th/Metro Center and lasting the entire day until the end of service around 2 a.m.

In addition to the free rides, special station celebrations will take place along the Expo Line throughout the day on Saturday, May 20.

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The celebration events will run from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, with participating stations for the day including Downtown Santa Monica, 17th St/SMC, 26th St/Bergamot, Expo/Bundy and Palms.

Attendees can expect live entertainment, children’s activities, food trucks, bike valet and bike-pit stops, and information booths as part of the public celebrations.

Also note that the Culver City Station, which has been open since 2012, will be joining in on the festivities.

Major construction on Phase 2 of the Expo Line began in 2012 with build out of the 6.6 mile extension completed earlier this year.

The $1.5 billion project acquired most of its funding via Measure R, a half-cent sales tax measure approved by voters back in 2008.

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9 Less-Than-Stellar First Date Ideas Angelenos Should Almost Always Avoid

August 10, 2015 by Ashley Lyublinsky

You know the old saying “location, location, location..” right? Well have you ever thought about how that applies to romance, more specifically romance in L.A.?

Sure, there are a ton of fabulous spots to take that special someone for your first date, but let’s be real here, there are also a good amount of spots where you end up asking, “What were they thinking?”

There are a lot of variables that can occur on a first date that can either make or break the night—location should be one of the variables you can control. But not to worry! I’ve come up with a list (some based on personal experiences) that highlights some spots/ideas to avoid whilst embarking on the dating train.

** And a quick caveat:  If you read through this list and think to yourself, “that’s dumb, I would love to go there!” that is a totally normal response. Picking the perfect date spot is ultimately still your call, and will vary depending on whom you’re taking out. Consider these as more of a guideline (guided by cute animals) for where not to go on a first date. **

Cinerama Dome Los Angeles

The Cinerama Dome. Credit: Christopher Paulin via flicker

1. Going to see a movie/movie premiere

You’d think that by now we’d know that sitting in a dark theatre, where you can not speak and end up spending at least $50 bucks at places like The ArcLight for two hours is anything but romantic. This could be said for movie premieres. Don’t get me wrong, someone asking you to attend a movie premiere could be a very enjoyable experience, but not for the beginning stages of dating. It could be a good way to avoid your date if there is no chemistry—and who knows—you might end up going home with someone else. An alternative suggestion would be to go to one of Los Angeles many outdoor screenings where you can arrive early and have some great conversation while scouring local food trucks before the film starts.

Eat|See|Hear, Street Food Cinema and Cinespia all come to mind.

2. Love in this club

While I fully support going out to dance the night away, when a date offers to take you to say Super Club the night is bound to be a failure. Sure you’ll be able to have decent conversation while waiting in line for an hour, but once you’re inside make sure you use your screaming voice. Not to mention the crowd and the fact that you will be clawing your way to a spot on the dance floor. If this is your scene, great! But if not, try checking out a different dance venue like Funky Sole at the Echo.


3. Netflix & chill

This kind of goes hand in hand with the above, but any one who suggests this is as a date is just a real winner. Traffic alone in Los Angeles is such a nightmare, and for someone to suggest that you drive over to his or her place to “watch a movie” is thoughtless and lazy. The worst part being when they actually put on a movie that you A) actually wanted to watch or B) really enjoy and then make suggestive moves to distract you from the actual date – no thank you. I can watch Netflix from the comfort of my own home.

4. Hiking

Hiking as a first date can either be good or bad. If you are a) athletic and into nature, this could would be a great way to bond with your date. On the other hand, if you are b) one of the many people who lie on your online dating profile and list exploring Los Angeles’s many trails on your profile– you are in for a rude and out of breathe surprise. No need for vigorous activity. There are a bunch of easy hikes that you can do and not break a sweat.


5. Paintball

I like fun and creative ideas as much as the next gal, but when a date suggested that we go paintballing for our first date, my first thought was “great, this guy doesn’t even know me yet and wants to shoot me.” Paintballing (or any survival situation) as a first date doesn’t put a lot of ladies as ease because they feel a lot of pressure to show off and portray an image that their suitor might be into. While looking for someone who will be able to survive a zombie apocalypse with you is a darn good trait to look for in a date—maybe we save it for the third or fourth date. If shooting is something you’re both into doing, then I would suggest hitting up a local gun range, like Los Angles Gun Club.

6. The Beach

Maybe it’s just me, but going to the beach on a first date seems like a pass. There’s nothing romantic about slathering up in sunscreen (especially once you break out the SPF 75) and getting sand lodged up in places you didn’t think sand could go. Not to mention you are pretty much leaving nothing to the imagination, as you will be baring your most scandalous bikini. The beach is also a no-go  at night. It’s a lot more secluded when it’s dark out and trouble has a way of finding itself once the sun goes down. Remember: safety first!

7. Hollywood Star Tours

Amongst many of the things I’ve managed to avoid since moving to L.A. is to go on a Hollywood Star Tour. When I was asked on a date and that was what the plan was, I was very hesitant, but agreed to go because “why not?”. Turns out, my date had read that Aaron Paul (from Breaking Bad) sometimes comes out to greet the tour buses that pass his house, and knew where he lived, and asked the tour guide if we could stay in front a little longer so he could come out. Moral of the story: there are better ways to bond over pop culture that do not involve stalking.

8. A Messy Dinner

This is a kind of obvious no-no for a first date. Are there times where I’ve had no clean silverware and used my hands to eat dinner at home? Yes. Does that mean I want to show you my Neanderthal ways on our first date? No. Anything with mess is not going to be good time, at least from the lady’s perspective. We spend time getting ready to look lovely, and all that effort shouldn’t go to waste. Because if you are taking us somewhere like the Boiling Crab, you better believe there will be butter and crab legs flying all over the place.


9. Any generic chain restaurant

Los Angeles has an off the charts food scene. There are so many unique and really great restaurants to explore. So when a date suggests that you hit up Olive Garden or TGI Fridays, that’s when the red flags start waving. The thought be to take a date here because it’s a less costly option, and while dating on a dime makes sense, chain restaurants end up costing the same or more as a nicer restaurant. Switch the half off appetizers at Applebee’s for some of Los Angeles essential food experiences.

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17 Spots for The Best Coffee in Los Angeles Every Java Addict Needs to Have on Their Radar

February 21, 2015 by Ashley Lyublinsky

Coffee, java, Joe. The magical elixir that turns you from being a cranky monster to an upbeat, charming individual in a matter of sips. Without coffee, there would be far more homicides and wars then already occur in the world. That’s just a common sense fact. I’m sure that given the chance, half of Los Angeles would actually put coffee into their veins…

Whether you are into espresso, lattes, ice coffee, or the ever-fabulous macchiato, Los Angeles has an endless amount of coffee shops that can cure your java fix. This list has been developed to incorporate at least one great coffee shop in each of Los Angeles thriving neighborhoods. Trust me, it was super hard to narrow down which spots made the list, but in the end it came down to the coffee.

We are buzzed with delight (and WAY too much caffeine) to bring you the best in coffee that Los Angeles has to offer!

List starts after the jump (in no particular order).

Alfred's Coffee

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Alfred’s Coffee & Kitchen

This cute neighborly coffee spot is home to some cool menu items. Ever thought about mixing coffee and ice cream? Well Alfred’s has mastered it. Get your espresso in a cute little waffle cone dipped in chocolate. Another popular menu item– the $10 latte, which combines Pressed Juicery chocolate or vanilla almond milk and Stumptown Coffee (which is exclusively brewed here).

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8428 Melrose Place, Los Angeles, CA | 11908 San Vicente Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA  COMING SOON

Philz Coffee

Coming to us from our Northern brother San Fransisco is the delicious treat that is Philz Coffee. This is the brain child of Phil Jaber, who has been experimenting with coffee for over 25 years. The mission is clear “to better people’s day” and this coffee does just that. All drinks here are customizable which is great if you don’t like your coffee too strong or too weak. Plus all coffee can be ordered in bulk on the site which is great for the real addicts.

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525 Santa Monica BlvdSanta Monica, CA

The Coffee Roaster

Opening their doors in 1987, The Coffee Roaster has been a go-to stop for coffee lovers in Sherman Oaks. Coffee here is roasted fresh every morning on an original Diedrich 12 kilo coffee roaster. With the finest beans from all corners of the globe, Coffee Roaster serves up some of the most meticulously roasted coffee there in Los Angeles.

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13567 Ventura Blvd., Sherman Oaks, CA

Blue Bottle

Fresh is always best for most things, especially coffee. Blue Bottle started more than 10 years ago in San Fransisco and has made it’s way to Los Angeles, and thank goodness. All coffee here is served within 48 hours of being brewed, maintaining the freshness. Now for instant drinking, that seems kind of long but for those who like their coffee to go– all bottled coffee maintain the same quality of freshness that comes from antique German coffee roasters used in house.

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1103 Abbot Kinney Blvd., Venice, CA | 582 Mateo St., Los Angeles, CA

Dogtown Coffee

The local haunt of surfers and skaters alike, Dogtown coffee is a totally awesome place to get a cup of Joe. Formally an old skateboard shop (you can still purchase skateboards that hang on the wall), Dogtown is known for their sea-salted caramel latte, which compliments your time at the beach.

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2003 Main St., Santa Monica, CA

Dogtown Coffee

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Cafecito Organico

Coffee with a mission! As stated on their website, Cafecito Organico’s mission is to ensure that coffee protects and enhances livelihoods and biodiversity. The addictive Espresso Clandestino is the specialty drink here. It can be purchased by cup or by the bag. The space is super limited at this corner shop, but it does the trick for that coffee on the go.

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534 N. Hoover St., Los Angeles, CA

Intelligentsia Coffee

You can never go wrong with Intelligentsia Coffee. That’s why is it all over this beautiful nation. While the drinks can be a little of the expensive side, and sometimes the line is insane, this coffee is worth it! I promise. It’s smooth and all the baristas go through some serious training to be able to serve you. There are a couple of locations across L.A., but check out Intelligentsia in Silver Lake– a smaller location with less wait.

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3922 W Sunset Blvd., Silver Lake, CA

The Conservatory for Coffee, Tea & Cocoa

Having once spent a pretty awful blind date here, I almost had vowed not to return based on the memory alone. My ruling was quickly over turned when I was getting an iced coffee for the drive back and started talking to the very knowledgeable staff. They know their coffee here. The place itself is quiet and small and a popular hang out for Sony employees.

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10117 Washington Blvd., Culver City, CA

Spring For Coffee

This relatively tiny coffee shop in the heart of downtown is not the place you go to grab some java and study for three hours for tomorrow’s exam, but the brew is damn good. They feature a selection of roasts from Stumptown, Blue Bottle and Ritual, and their baristas make a real effort to put some artistry into their craft. Some find the vibe to be a bit elitist here, but it’s hard to argue with the quality of what’s served.

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548 S Spring St Los Angeles, CA 90013

Tierra Mia

Coffee that comes with culture? Yes, please. Sticking with their Latin American roots, Tierra Mia roasts their coffee in a 1957 Probat roaster and utilize La Marzocco equipment and Mazzer grinders to create artisan espresso. They also serve up their famous drinks such as: Mocha Mexicano, Coco Loco Latte, and my personal favorite Horchata Latte. Lucky for us, there are Tierra Mias scattered all over Southern California.

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1202 N Alvarado St., Echo Park, CA

Tierra Mia Coffee

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Urth Caffe

All organic, all the time. For all you health conscious folks out there, Urth Caffee is your jam. Starting out in 1989, Urth Caffe is the first exclusively organic coffee retailer. Everything here is under strict standards, from the machines to the beans. Also a great place for those who choose to get their caffeine intake from tea.

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8586 Melrose Ave., Los Angeles, CA | 267 S Beverly Dr., Los Angeles, CA | 594 E Colorado Blvd., Pasadena,CA


According to our last mention on this list, a Javista is a coffee fanatic. Someone always look for a great coffee experience. If that’s the case, then this spot is accurately named. Only two years old, Javista is making a name for itself in the Hollywood community. Want to try something different? Have some hemp milk with your coffee. We promise it’s just milk. 😉

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6707 Sunset Blvd., Hollywood, CA 90028

Jones Coffee Roasters

Stepping into the expansive space of Jones will give you an immediate industrial vibe, and the ampleness of available seating is only surpassed by the quality of the coffee and friendliness of the service. Jones is definitely in the running for best coffee in all of Pasadena, and if iced coffee is your thing, may we recommend the Nitro Cold Brew, which is created by pumping liquid nitrogen through it to give it a creamy finish and smooth texture.

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693 S Raymond Ave Pasadena, CA 91105

Javista Coffee

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Stumptown Coffee

Get your coffee from the main source for some of the spots on this list! Stumptown has been around forever (1999 to be exact) and has been the go-to for tons of coffee shops across this great land. Stumptown opened it’s first SoCal location in 2013. Relationship building is what’s important to Stumptown and that speaks through each cup that gets handed to customers. Public tastings are held every Wednesday, Thursdays, Saturdays, and Sundays at noon.

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806 S Santa Fe, Los Angeles, CA

Viento y Agua Coffeehouse

It’s hard to argue you’ll find a better coffeehouse in Long Beach than Viento y Agua. Beyond the chill vibe, great live music, and eclectic decor, you’ll find great organic coffee blends that are never over-roasted. If you enjoy a little chocolate flavor with your caffeine fix folks rave about the Mexican Mocha.

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4007 E 4th St Long Beach, CA 90814


These people are geeks about coffee, and the learning never stops. Coffee here is roasted in small batches and features coffee from a select hand picked regions. Passionate about the coffee and coffee enthusiasts, they constantly host events from coffee cuppings to home brewing and roasting classes.

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135 S. San Pedro St., Los Angeles, CA | 1149 Third St., Santa Monica, CA

Lamill Coffee

Boutique coffee at its finest! Started by Craig and Gene Min to bring the best possible flavors to us coffee lovers. Some of the signature menu items? How about orange infused cappuccino? Or if you are feeling super fancy try their blanco y negro which coffee with a scoop of vanilla gelato. YUM.

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1636 Silver Lake Blvd., Los Angeles, CA

We know coffee tastes and preferences can be highly subjective, so if you have other favorites you think we missed let us know in the comments below! 🙂 


8 Truths About Dating in Los Angeles No One Ever Bothered to Tell You

February 13, 2015 by Ashley Lyublinsky

Los Angeles is full of single people. So why is it that you keep asking yourself, “Where they at?”

No matter how hard you try you just can’t seem to connect with anyone in a meaningful long term sense. Trust me, you’re not alone in this.

Yet maybe there’s a better way.

Dating is a headache to begin with, but if you understand the city you’re living in, it might make things a little clearer for you when you get in the game.  So let’s take a look at some of the essential dating truths about L.A. that, if you fully grasp, might make these treacherous waters just a tiny bit easier to navigate.

And even if you don’t follow the advice I’ve laid out below, at least we can all commiserate about the agonies of being single in the city of angels.

Either way, right?

1. Location is Key

Scenario: You’re chatting up a cute potential love interest and hitting things off oh so well, but then comes the dreaded question “So where in L.A. do you live?”. It’s just an unspoken rule that if said love interest does not live within a 5 mile radius, this relationship is over.

Truth is: Long distance relationships are hard work, and that sometimes means having to say bye to that cutie from Santa Monica.

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2. You Already Date Your Car

Living in Los Angeles means a lot of driving. I mean you can certainly count that cute guy/girl flirting with you as you inch across the 10, but once they meet their exit, it’s back to being alone. You spend a good portion in your car so I’m sure you’ve asked yourself, “How am I ever suppose to meet someone?”.

Truth is: You still can! Just need to open to more random of meetings when you finally get out of your car.


3. Star F*ckers Really Do Exisit (Don’t Be One)

Living in L.A., by now you should know at least ONE person who has hooked up with someone kind of sort of famous. In fact some people are actually out there actively seeking celebrity hook-ups, giving themselves bonus points for the varying classes of their bedmates (movie star, television star, reality… thing).

Truth is: Try not to brag about hooking up with a famous person unless they are actually famous. Disney Chanel stars do not count. Chances are that no one will know who they are, unless it’s your younger cousin.


4. Beware: “In the Industry”

Just like the above, chances are high that you have dated or will date someone “in the industry” while living in L.A. This term gets thrown around a lot and mainly covers actors, camera guys, screen- writers, and the works who flock here to try and make it big. It’s just something that comes with the territory of Los Angeles.

Truth: This is not always a bad thing. Dates at industry events can be fun. BUT there is a high chance that work will always come before you do. So unless you can handle long periods on location and/or high flake potential, try to find someone else to date. Caveat emptor, as they say.

5. Saving on Dating Costs IS Possible

Dating in L.A. doesn’t come cheap. With tons of awesome restaurants and bars to try, sometimes budgeting for dating can be hard. Outside activities make for great first dates as well.  There are plenty of other ways you can date for cheap, such as 14 Cheap L.A. Date Ideas That Girls Will Love (aka Spend Less to Impress) or 15 Things To Do in Los Angeles for $15 or Less.

Truth: Don’t be put off by someone who suggests a cheap/free date. If there is thought behind it, then that’s all that matters. If you are stuck paying for everything, then that’s not cheap, that’s just gross.

6. Hating on Couples is Pointless

Does it seem like everyone you know is in a relationship already, thereby decreasing your chances of meeting someone through your ‘couple’ friends? Los Angeles can sometimes seem like a city divided: one for the couples and one for the singles. Couples either either move here together or find each other way more quickly than you can find parking on your street. And once they pair up, God help you trying to horn in on their social time.

Truth: Give them a break. Rent is cheaper when you have someone to split it with. If your cat could pay rent then you wouldn’t be complaining. Also: It’s not their fault you’re single and they’re not.


7. Meeting People Is Easy… If you’re Motivated

A common theme I’ve found when asking people about dating in Los Angeles is that it is SUPER hard to meet anyone. Well that is a given. One of the first “dates” I went on after moving here was with a someone I met at a health food co-op in Santa Monica. It’s sometimes just luck. But not usually.

Truth: There are a bunch of places you can meet other single folks. Volunteer. Pick up a hobby. Come join We Like L.A. meet up group and meet some fabulous people, or try some of these other tips for meeting new folks. You just need to know where to look and then actually try to look (as opposed to just telling everyone you are trying).

Like the green dude said: “Do or do not. There is no try.”

8. The Walk of Shame is a Thing of the Past

You’d think that because everyone drives here, the walk of shame is not really a thing for us Angelenos. But what about that guy you are seeing that lives in Koreatown and has absolutely NO parking ever by him?

Truth is: We call our walk of shame the Uber of Shame. Personally, I think this is a lot more classy since the only person who comes into contact with you the next morning is your Uber driver who doesn’t judge, and just gives you a bottle of Fiji water while you avoid eye contact.


What are some other valuable truths you’ve experienced while dating in Los Angeles? Let us know in the comments below.