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The Local Lowdown | Courtney on LA

Only a local of LA for about seven months, Coutrney Hunter, 23, from Orange County, California moved to Venice, CA in September of 2013. The California native spends her time speaking Spanish as a way to stay connected to her year spent in Andaucia, Spain; she also highly enjoys: yoga, hiking, cooking, and listening to live music to name a few things. Courtney reveals her love of LA and all its hidden treasures below in her top 10 list – but before we jump ahead, Courtney shares some insider knowledge: LA is HUGE and DIVERSE.. Every beach town is different (and far) from Hollywood and Downtown LA; yet, what is so attractive about this city is how every district has something different to offer. Downtown has completely revamped and is a great place to walk to bars/restaurants, see concerts at Club Nokia, or go to the Staples Center and catch a game. We-Ho (West Hollywood) is where the “scene is at.” You have SO many opportunities for so much: clubs, speakeasys, concerts (Hollywood Bowl, Hollywood Paladium, …

The Local Lowdown

Welcome to my latest project | The Local Lowdown.  With the success of my 48 Hours In project, I’ve decided to expand my outlook. I want to write about places I haven’t been yet (or don’t know soo well), but would LOVE to visit. I will interview locals from each of my desired travel destinations, give a little background information about my special guests and also a list of their favorite hotspots in their stomping grounds. If any of you would like to be interviewed for a specific place, please leave a comment and we’ll be in touch! Check me out on Facebook where I’ll post the latest updates every Wednesday.    

PEOPLE |An interview with Lisa

Lisa has been an English as a Second Language (ESL) teacher for almost 15 years. Having lived in Mexico, Taiwan, Turkey and now Spain – she shared her travel stories, moments of culture shock and how life is for an expat on the move. “I think you get to a point where you spend so much time outside your own country that it starts to become foreign,” said Lisa Page, sitting at a table in the Uruguayan family owned bar – La Cristina in Donostia-San Sebastian, Spain. She cradled her cup of café con leche as she remembered her time in Taiwan. After five years living there she realized she wouldn’t be moving back to Canada. It had already been seven years since Lisa had packed her bags and moved to Mexico to start her career as an English teacher abroad. After one year teaching in Toronto, her students from Guadalajara convinced Lisa she needed to go. And that was that. Although Lisa graduated with a BA in Linguistics and a TESOL teaching certification, she …

PEOPLE | An Interview with Beltza

“Ah, of course! I forgot seitan! Traditional seitan that we make ourselves. It’s wheat gluten,” said Beltza – owner of Tedone Jatetxea in the neighborhood of Gros, Donostia-San Sebastian – after listing off five ingredients you’ll always find in the kitchen at his restaurant. The other ingredients they always have on hand include: biological vegetables; red, integral rice; tofu; fish; and miso – which makes Tedone the hidden gem that it is in this small northern Basque city. Tedone Jatetxea came into the hands of Beltza seven years ago which he uses as his outlet to promote healthy and sustainable eating. “I spent several years messing around in the world of food, but especially in macrobiotics. Because of that I wanted to put together something that had a little to do with food and macrobiotics,” explained Beltza. “But not entirely because it’s complicated, it’s a philosophy, but considering that we are what we eat, we wanted to try a restaurant to make this concept go a little further, not only thinking about the food but …

EAT | An interview with Otarra Bioelkartea

“It’s not just a store; it’s an association and a point of reference,” says Lourdes Martin of Otarra Bioelkartea – who has been a part of the association for 16 years. “People come here to share things – and not just the ecological food.” A community based in Martutene, Donostia-San Sebastian, Otarra Bioelkartea offers its members a complete experience of buying sustainable products to sharing in common interests. Becoming a member only costs 60euro the first year and 45euro the following years after that. But being a member means more than just paying – it’s a shared experience creating a community within the association. “People come to collaborate three hours a year,” says Martin. “They come more or less when they can to the store – they clean to restock items on the shelves. And there are the events (and) talks and to be honest, there’s a lot to do around the association.” It’s a way for the members to become more involved, to get to know one another. Martin says it really works out …