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Granada Hills / Northridge

Essentials
Once, Granada Hills spelled wide-open spaces, endless citrus groves, and everything classically Southern Californian. More recently, developers took over, building strip malls, chain restaurants, and modernist condo-boxes faster than you can order a double tall latte. Suburbia aside, make sure you don't neglect the incredible views, which, if it's not summer, stretch to the Pacific.

Sundries/Entertainment
This area was originally called "Zelzah," the biblical word for "oasis," in reference to a spring that no longer runs above ground, but which lies buried deep beneath the intersection of Parthenia and Reseda. This spring served as a water cooler for the local indigenous population -- apparently providing both refreshment and a place to discuss the previous night's episode of Lost. Nowadays the preferred gathering spot is the Northridge Fashion Center mall.




         



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Tous Les Jours
This might come as a surprise to people who aren’t from LA, but Asian people make some of the best baked goods in this city. It's like a bunch of them all decided to fill the depressing bakery void created by supermarkets and Starbucks. As a massive franchise, Tous Les Jours is essentially Starbuck's adopted Asian cousin. The crucial difference is that instead of serving weak coffee with stupid pseudo-Italian names, this place specializes in awesome pseudo-French treats baked with rice flour. It's like a wheat-hating carb lover's wet dream. There are about a gazillion varieties of different breads, all of which contain just the right amount of soft and sweet. Then there are, of course, the cakes: they're so freaking adorable that they'll just about break your heart. There are a handful of these places scattered around Los Angeles, so consult a mapquest to find a location nearest you.




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