I lived in Los Angeles for a little more than a year, and it was a decent experience, for the most part. Don’t be like me and delude yourself into thinking you can make it in this city without a car! Public transportation is miserable and it’s impossible to ride a bike (really hilly and the drainage dealies in the street in residential areas are exactly the width of a bike tire. Additionally, Westwood has the world’s stupidest bike lane ever that exists for less than a block).
If I had a car and enjoyed (or at least could tolerate) driving, I probably would’ve had a better time.
My favorite food destinations:
Falafel King in Westwood
Sprinkles in Beverly Hills
Roscoe’s (waffles are delicious – I don’t eat chicken, but it’s supposedly out of this world). The one in Los Angeles proper is borderline sketchy, the one in Pasadena not so much.