As a Los Angeles native, it may seem odd that I chose to spend a semester “abroad” in my own hometown. Rest assured, it was a carefully calculated decision. About 60% of the reason I made that choice was for the benefit of having an internship in television while simultaneously taking classes on the entertainment industry. Another 5% was not having to deal with the weird bike lanes at Cuse. The remaining 35% of the reason I stayed in LA this semester was for Daikokuya Ramen in Little Tokyo. The thought of being away from that rich broth and those tender noodles was too much for me to bear. Do yourself a favor and try it. I’d recommend getting the combo of ramen plus the chashu pork bowl. There’s almost always a line, so put your name in and head across the street to the Japanese Village Plaza to kill some time. Once you’ve sung a karaoke song or two (every Saturday night!) and bought some weird little erasers shaped like food that you’ll lose in the backseat of the Uber on the way home, your table will be ready. Now go dig your face into that ramen!