I'm from Portland, Oregon where the neighborhood coffee shop is a way of life. I've been living here for almost two years and I have not found a good coffee shop to hang out in, read, write, think, hide,stare and drink good coffee. My life has been greatly diminshed because I do not have this refuge.
I go to school in Westchester (near Santa Monica) at Otis, I'm getting in MFA in Creative Writing. But I live in Chatsworth. Most of my classes are in the late afternoon or at night. If I knew of a good coffee shop to park myself before classes, my second year would be so easy. Otherwise I'm on the 405 for hours.
Please, someone, improve my life, make me happy and tell me where I can go read and write. Places I hate are The Aroma Cafe in Studio City and Le Pain Quotidian in Studio City. The amibence sucks.