A Writer's Escape to the Other LA
The image of a struggling writer at a dingy motel is a well-worn cliché. That of a writer housed at clean, wi-fi connected digs in LA's Koreatown is a little more fresh and is, as New York Times writer Dave Itzkoff tells us, a welcome change from the desperately posh hotels of Sunset Boulevard.
But even the most focused journalists need to leave the room sometimes. If you're in Koreatown, don't miss Tahoe BBQ on Wilshire Blvd. Bring a friend to this large, hall-style restaurant. Get a couple orders of samkyubsal (fatty pork), eat it ddukbossam style--wrapped in chewy rice cakes--and wash it down with a few shots of soju. Expect to pay about $15.
The next morning, get out of the neighborhood to have some delicious espresso at Intelligentsia in Silverlake. NYT says this cool, blue-and-white tiled joint has "the best cup of coffee in Los Angeles." Their signature Black Cat espresso is $2.
If inspiration is calling you towards the sea, the Library Alehouse in Santa Monica is your spot. Hammer out the last bits of your article before deadline, use the free wi-fi to send it in, and then relax in the back patio with a glass of high-gravity Belgian ale. At $7.50, sip slowly--or you might stumble into another cliché.
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