Jul 16, 2009 12:00 PM
We know it's insanely hard to get used to a new city. Not just finding an apartment or job, but creating a life there. Janet at Snarkaholic moved to Los Angeles from Minnesota with her husband 3 years ago, sight unseen, and didn’t know a soul. She writes irreverently about her experiences in LA, from finding herself a magnet for crazy people to running into Keanu Reeves at LAX.
I grew up in a verrry small town where everybody knew everybody, all the businesses closed at 6pm sharp, and I couldn’t get away with jack shit because my parents knew all the cops. Being unceremoniously uprooted to the ginormous, smoggy City of the Stars, LA (Hell-A!) sucked at first, but my hubster and I couldn’t have survived without Not For Tourists cityguides. ($10-$20) These pocket-sized books give you neighborhood-by-neighborhood breakdowns of the really important stuff you’ll need to survive: post offices, schools, grocery stores, etc. There’re two-sentence restaurant and club reviews that will either make you want to drop everything and go check out that creperie immediately, or stay the hell away from that sketchy taco truck. Recently, they’ve added cell phone and iPhone applications for instant mobile guidance, and the website has forums where you can trade tips n’ tricks – it’s where I found out about my favorite sugar addiction, Susina Bakery. (Try the Chocolate Peanut Butter Mousse Cake. Oh. My. GAWD.)