For our recent trip to LA to celebrate my husband's birthday, I knew I didn't need a guidebook. I had my friend Linda. Linda grew up in LA, worked in the film industry in LA, became a catering chef in LA, had two babies in LA, and (for some reason we still don't understand but are grateful for nonetheless), decided to leave LA to come to work at our fab day job location in the Midwest. (At night while I'm blogging, Linda is blogging AND writing screenplays -- she just sold her second! Congrats, my friend!)
Now for the bad news: So far, City Secrets only covers New York, Rome, London, and "the towns of Italy," including Florence and Venice. (City Secrets, call Linda when you get ready to roll out your LA edition.)
It may not be great for hotels, but City Secrets is the future of guidebooks, because it's all written by the people who know the city best.