Turkish-ish Breakfast at Kismet

Discover the New Wave of Modern Middle Eastern Restaurants In Los Angeles

04/23/2017

Karen Young

Middle Eastern cuisine has recently expanded from "mom and pops" and into James Beard Award-winning mainstream restaurants. Hummus and pita were the first crossovers to appear on menus at large chains; kabobs and falafels are becoming as familiar as spaghetti and meatballs; and a popular Middle Eastern breakfast dish, shakshuka - eggs baked in a spicy tomato/pepper sauce - now appears on menus alongside pancakes and French toast.

Spices such as sumac, za’atar, dukkah and harissa are now listed in menus. Other notable ingredients include freekah, an ancient whole-wheat grain poised to be the new quinoa; labneh (yogurt cheese) is featured as a topping, creamy mix-in, or dessert base; and pomegranates are used for its seeds and molasses.

Middle Eastern restaurants have been part of the Los Angeles dining scene for decades. Some of the best eateries in L.A. are located in mini malls and owned by families from Israel, Lebanon, Egypt, Turkey, Armenia, Morocco, Greece, Iran and other countries in the eastern Mediterranean. Meet the chefs and learn about the restaurants at the forefront of the new wave of modern Middle Eastern cuisine in Los Angeles.

Record Store Day 10th anniversary releases at The Record Parlour

Celebrate Record Store Day in Los Angeles

04/19/2017

Liz Ohanesian

For this 10th anniversary year, the official Record Store Day releases include everything from a live David Bowie album to the "Space Jam" soundtrack. Read on for highights of the Los Angeles stores participating in Record Store Day on Saturday, April 22.

News & Notes - April 2017

04/18/2017

Discover Los Angeles

Discover Los Angeles launched its ‘Everyone is Welcome’ initiative in key international markets. ‘Paper Planes,’ created by Discover L.A.’s in-house creative team, is an inspirational journey that takes viewers through the streets and shores of Los Angeles. Set to the soundtrack of L.A.-local Father John Misty’s song, “Real Love Baby,” it features cameos of famed street art by Shepard Fairey and DourOne; Madonna’s choreographer Megan Lawson and dancer, Jo’Artis Ratti (Big Mijo); and, Layla Shaikely, creator of the #mipsterz (Muslim hipsters) trend. Half of the cast for the video were literally chosen on the streets of L.A., in real-time. The spot delivers an authentic message of hope, wonder and the destination’s willingness to accept everyone with open arms.

MEET L.A. Exchange 2017

04/18/2017

The fourth annual meetL.A. Exchange is a unique opportunity to interact with the Sales team from The Los Angeles Tourism & Convention Board. The reverse trade show between L.A. Tourism’s sellers and the local hotel community is a place for thoughtful connections aimed to educate one another on market trends, destination updates and discuss business opportunities.

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