Where to Find the Best Bread in Los Angeles

03/14/2014

Zach Brooks

It’s hard to say when exactly gluten became Public Enemy No. 1 in Los Angeles. Luckily there are a few establishments that run against the grain (or with it, depending on your point of view). Not necessarily bakeries, or even restaurants that make good bread, but places to eat where a South Beach dieter shouldn't even bother. Here are 10 places in L.A. worth a visit just for the bread.

The Best Pork Dishes in Los Angeles

03/06/2014

Joshua Lurie

Bacon is great, and charcuterie quality is at an all-time high in Los Angeles, but with so many creative uses for pork, why not focus on composed plates? The city has plenty of pork practitioners. Yes, chefs like Brendan Collins (Waterloo & City), Casey Lane (The Tasting Kitchen), Kris Morningstar (Ray’s & Stark Bar) and Ray Garcia (FIG) have an affinity for pig, but their dishes are often subject to availability. Here are 12 of the best preparations of the magical animal, all available on a regular basis.

February 25: The Dalai Lama at The Forum

02/19/2014

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On Tuesday, Feb. 25, The Forum hosts a unique event featuring a very special guest: His Holiness, the 14th Dalai Lama. His Los Angeles appearance is part of a four-day visit to California. 

March 22, 2014: Grill & Chill at the All-Star Chef Classic

02/09/2014

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On March 21-23, 2014, 25 chefs from across the country and around the world are gathering for the All-Star Chef Classic, a three-day modern food event taking place at L.A. LIVE in Downtown Los Angeles. Celebrated chefs and the rising stars they have mentored will showcase their culinary mastery in two unique venues: Restaurant Stadium™ and The Chefs’ Tasting Arena™. The former welcomes over 250 guests “kitchen-side” in an intimate VIP setting, while the latter features a more expansive layout and a market-style experience with family-style seating.

Grill & Chill presented by dineLA is an international cookout taking place on Saturday, March 22 from 7:30-10 p.m. Grill & Chill celebrates the many ways that different cultures embrace the experience of cooking over an open flame, featuring chefs Roy Choi, Michael Cimarusti, Ludo Lefebvre, Jon Shook, Ricardo Zarate and more. Along with delicious tastings, admission includes alcoholic beverages, and recipe ideas. For those looking to beat the crowds, there is a VIP ‘Diamond’ ticket that gets guests in 60 minutes early with VIP access to the Chefs’ Tasting Arena™.

Following are Los Angeles restaurants where you can experience the acclaimed culinary creations of Grill & Chill participating chefs.

The Best Nachos in Los Angeles

01/27/2014

Joshua Lurie

Ignacio "Nacho" Anaya supposedly invented nachos at the Victory Club, a Piedras Negras restaurant located just across from the Texas border. What’s now a widespread classic initially featured fried tortilla chips topped with melted cheese and jalapeños. In LA, they’re rarely so restrained, and while nachos typically appear at Mexican restaurants, that's not always the case. Here are 10 of our favorite Los Angeles nachos.

Celebrate Chinese New Year in Los Angeles

01/21/2014

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Chinese New Year, aka Spring Festival, is the most significant holiday of the year in China, as well as countries and territories with large Chinese populations, and in Chinatowns across the country. The Lunar New Year is celebrated with colorful parades, festivals, and most importantly, large family gatherings. It’s also a time to honor ancestors and to give thanks for good fortune. Sumptuous meals with “lucky” dishes, red envelopes (hongbao), and firecrackers are all traditional parts of the festivities.

Los Angeles is celebrating the Year of the Horse with events ranging from a traditional temple ceremony to a lavish buffet, spectacular parade, and great deals for shopping and hotels. Gōng xǐ fā cái!

Discover African American Culture in Los Angeles

01/16/2014

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Los Angeles is one of the most ethnically diverse cities in the world. Beginning with LA’s founding in 1781, the African American presence has grown and flourished, greatly influencing not only the city of Los Angeles, but making a tremendous impact on the rest of the country and around the world. It’s no coincidence that the two years President Barack Obama spent at LA’s Occidental College (1979-1981) played a major role in determining his future in politics.

One of the best ways to experience African American culture and heritage in Los Angeles is during Black History Month, which takes place every February. Hosted by various cultural institutions throughout the city, the month-long celebration includes events at the California African-American Museum in Exposition Park and the annual Pan African Film & Art Festival. The following guide will help you explore L.A.’s African American culture during Black History Month and throughout the year. Day One covers South LA and Downtown; Day Two features the Beach Cities; and Day Three takes you to the Westside.

The Top 10 dineLA Stories of 2013

12/29/2013

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We look back at the Top 10 dineLA stories of 2013, a delicious year of multicultural dishes and dining guides to popular destinations throughout Los Angeles.

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.

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