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Anyone with a smart phone can track down a Michelin-star restaurant in Paris or point you in the direction of the Forbidden City. But this slim, deeply researched line of guidebooks—don’t expect maps, illustrations, or any of the otherwise Google-able info you’d find stuffed in fatter versions—specializes in the type of locales known only to the natives. It’s the kind of unabashedly opinionated editorial advice that will send you happily flying solo. And it’s executed with so much brevity and class that the guides can fit comfortably into a pocket or your carry-on.
I think this guide is definitely more befitting for actual folks living in LA or those who are fake LA wannabes. I used to live in S. California and I'm so past all the fakeness and the absurd smugness spewing from that place. However, the publication is presented in a comical and sarcastic tone, which begs me to think that it's almost trying to scare you aware from trying to blend into the LA hoity toity too-good-for-you scene. Anyway, this more of a critique on LA than this actual guide. Anyone want to trade this for another city? :)4
Did this come from the era of the yellow pages? Why would I ever need restaurants printed out? Cute idea, but impractical.1
While your smartphone can pretty much give you anything you want to know about visiting a major city, I still prefer have a guide book with me. The LUXE guide is extremely wordy, but not convenient to really carry around with you. It would be difficult to try and read it while walking around. There are better alternatives.2
I received the Chicago guide in my box and loved it. Planning a trip next month, will definitely use it!4
This a rare Birchbox disappointment. I have zero use for this.1
I wish I had gotten a guide for a city I would actually go to/have already been to so that I could test it out. I'm originally from Chicago, now living in Boston, so either Chicago or NYC would have been nice. Instead I got LA, a city I am not really interested in going to. Also all of the recommendations seem to be very pricey... but I guess that should be expected if you are shelling out money for a guide, when you could also find info for free online. Basically though I can't really say whether or not the guide is actually recommending good places.3
This was a fun piece to receive. I am looking forward to making use of it.
I was a bit disappointed that I received a New York guide when I live closer to Chicago.
I recieved the NY version in my most recent Birchbox. It would probably look cool on my dresser or whatever, but there are enough websites out there that I can get all of this info on my iPhone online.1
This little book really seems to give people some great "off the beaten path" ideas to do in a new city.4
I didn't think my husband would like this, but surprisingly he did. He said he would take a look at it, and maybe order a Chicago or New York one. I wish he could have received one that was for a different city, because I don't see us in L.A. any time soon, but it was pretty cool anyways. He really liked it in his BB, and it was sort of a get-away, destination BB. Nice job Birchbox. I'll come back for Chicago next.4