“For years, I told myself that I didn’t bake bread for the same reason I don’t drive a car: it’s a useful skill, unnecessary in New York. In New York, you don’t drive because you can take the subway practically anywhere, and you don’t have to bake bread because there are so many good bakeries.”—Adam Gopnik enlists his mother and his wife to teach him to bake bread, and learns new things about his relationship with each of them in the process (subscription required): http://nyr.kr/1aNRZlr (via newyorker)
Stay in Los Feliz, which is close to Silverlake, Echo Park, and Atwater, just east of Hollywood. Staying in Hollywood will put you very close to all of the touristy stuff. But if you want a more local feeling… look into a place in Los Feliz.
Covell Wine Bar on Hollywood Blvd… beer and wine and spicy mac n cheese, yum | Umami Burger (across the street from Covell) | Little Doms for brunch (on Hillhurst) | Griffith Park / Trails Cafe (off of Fern Dell Ave) for a hike, hollywood sign sighting, and yummy coffee. | Alcove (on Hillhurst) for lunch | Intelligentsia (on Sunset Blvd) — so hip. you must go. vintage shops along that street too. | Cafe Stella (on Sunset Blvd) is our French restaurant… where I go to pretend I’m in Paris. | Mohawk Bend (on Sunset Blvd) next to an American Apparel | Vista Theater… cute old movie theater in the area that we love.