This summer I made an effort to explore different parts of LA than the areas I typically frequent, whether this meant wandering around an entire neighborhood or simply trying a restaurant in a new part of the city. I will be forever devoted to my hometown, but if I'm being honest with myself, I'm really mostly just familiar with the Westside bubble in which I grew up--hence the need for exploration!
I started with a walking tour of the Downtown LA Arts District, which I embarrassingly didn't really know existed. I found a hip, thriving little pocket of clothing and design boutiques, fun restaurants, and stunning wall murals (very reminiscent of Miami's Wynwood Walls).
Okay, so I'm not a huge fan of sausage as a meal, as in I would never really choose to eat at a place that serves only sausages as its main dish. But the walking tour I took recommended Wurstkuche (which I now know from living in Germany means "sausage kitchen"!), and after eating one meal there I literally craved the restaurant for the remainder of the summer. I played it safe with my menu selections, but the restaurant offers rattlesnake and rabbit sausage for the brave...
And then there were homemade pop tarts and Mexican chocolate pie at The Pie Hole, just across the street, and my mom, sister, and I lived off the leftovers for days, they were that good.
Next stop: Venice!