Steph Cha

Steph Cha is the author of Follow Her Home, a feminist hardboiled detective novel. She lives in Los Angeles and mothers a basset hound.

Beach Days: A Cost-Benefit Analysis

This piece is part of Waterfronts, a series of personal essays that engage with the waterways of New York and/or Los Angeles, presented in collaboration with Underwater New York. My last proper Los Angeles beach day was…

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Honest and Unbiased: Esteem or Sauna?

Esteem or Sauna? Los Angeles, CA 2 stars Last weekend, my mom suggested a visit to a “positivity spa,” and I’m willing to concede I was pretty skeptical from the beginning. After a couple lightheaded hours…

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Honest and Unbiased: Tree World

Tree World Santa Monica, CA 2 Stars Last week, my co-worker Lauren and I got to talking about Christmas. I have an interesting relationship with this Lauren. She always talks about grabbing lunch or after-work cocktails,…

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Honest and Unbiased: Panty Lab

Panty Lab Los Angeles, CA 5 stars I walk past the Panty Lab at least once a week, and I almost always stop on the sidewalk to admire the displays. The place is classy and inviting,…

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Honest and Unbiased: Disneyland

Disneyland Anaheim, CA 2 Stars I know what you’re thinking, okay? How can I give two stars to the Happiest Place on Earth? Look, I understand that Disneyland is a paradise for children, and God knows…