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Celebrate the Feast of the Seven Fishes in Los Angeles

12/23/2013

Discover Los Angeles

The Feast of the Seven Fishes, aka La Vigilia (The Vigil), is a traditional Italian-American Christmas Eve celebration that commemorates La Vigilia di Natale, the wait for the midnight birth of the infant Jesus. The feast typically features at least seven different seafood dishes, which are served before midnight Mass. The custom of eating seafood on Christmas Eve comes from the Roman Catholic tradition of abstinence - i.e., no meat or milk products - on the eve of certain holy days. 

Although La Vigilia’s true origins are unknown, the custom is said to have begun in Southern Italy. The number seven may refer to the seven sacraments, the Seven Hills of Rome, or perhaps the idea of completion - according to Genesis, God rested on the seventh day. Baccalà (salted cod fish) is a traditional favorite of the sumptuous meal, along with a myriad of other seafood dishes.

Restaurants across Los Angeles are inviting guests to celebrate the Feast of the Seven Fishes, from a traditional family-style gathering to a modern twist with a focus on meat.

The Best All You Can Eat Deals in Los Angeles

12/13/2013

Zach Brooks

Finding a great all-you-can-eat deal is like winning a prize at a carnival - the more money you spend, the bigger the prize. But if the game wasn't rigged to send away more losers than winners, it wouldn't be long before all the prizes were gone, and the carnival barker was out of a job. The trick to AYCE is to find the perfect balance between quality and price, i.e. finding a game perfectly suited to your taste and skill set. Here are 10 all-you-can-eat deals in LA that you should be able to beat, or at least have a great time trying.

Secret Off-the-Menu Dishes in Los Angeles

12/08/2013

Bill Esparza

In Barry Sonnenfeld’s fundamental LA tale, Get Shorty (1995), actor Martin Weir (played by Danny DeVito) orders off the menu at the storied celebrity sighting destination, the Ivy. At the time, the Food Network was only two years old, and ordering your meal like a Hollywood big shot seemed ultra-cool. Fast forward to 2013, and Los Angeles is teeming with restaurants offering secret menus and off-the-menu items for customers in the know. Here are some hearty insider eats to impress your friends, and you don’t even have to be Martin Weir to make it happen.

My LA to Z: Steve Aoki

11/22/2013

Los Angeles Magazine

Interviewed by Jenna Maxfield

The Grammy-nominated producer and founder of Dim Mak Records says his "heart is LA." Here, he tells us where to score classic vinyl, "legendary" juices and the best sushi on the planet.

Dining and Shopping in Los Angeles

11/18/2013

Discover Los Angeles

The holiday shopping season has begun in earnest, and retail centers across Los Angeles are bustling with activity. To help shoppers take a break or refuel, there are numerous restaurants conveniently located inside and nearby LA’s top shopping destinations. From world-famous Chinese dumplings to the flagship restaurant of a legendary chef, here are some of the best restaurants to get you through your gift buying list.

The Best Breakfast Dishes in Los Angeles

11/15/2013

Joshua Lurie

Forget the notion that coffee and pastries are enough to sustain you until lunch. Set the culinary pace for the day with a hearty breakfast. LA institutions like Du-par’s, John O'Groat's and The Original Pantry Café have been serving diners for decades. Here are 14 other viable breakfast options in Los Angeles.

A Day of Dining Near Museum Row in Los Angeles

11/06/2013

Leslee Komaiko

Whether your destination is the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA), Petersen Automotive Museum, Craft and Folk Art Museum, or any of the other cultural institutions along Wilshire Boulevard’s famed Museum Row, there are plenty of dining options in the neighborhood. From buttermilk hotcakes for breakfast to a late night bowl of matzoh ball soup, here are the best restaurants you can enjoy throughout your day exploring Museum Row.

Joe Mantegna's Los Angeles

11/04/2013

Joe Mantegna

Known for his over 200 film & television appearances, including Searching for Bobby Fischer, the Godfather Part 3, Joan of Arcadia and Criminal Minds, Chicago-born actor Joe Mantegna now lives & works in LA and shares his favorite spots around town, from where to get the best ocean views to the place that boasts the best pastrami sandwich in town.

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