El Pueblo de Los Angeles Historical Monument

The Guide to Latino Heritage Month in Los Angeles

08/19/2014

Discover Los Angeles

Latino Heritage Month engages, inspires and highlights contributions made by the Latino community to our country, while connecting the multicultural communities of Los Angeles, one of the most ethnically diverse cities in the world. Read on for highlights of events taking place in L.A. during Latino Heritage Month.

Shrimp pad thai at Siam Sunset

The Best Thai Restaurants in Los Angeles

08/14/2014

Clarissa Wei

The City of Angels has the largest Thai population outside of Thailand, so it’s no surprise that Thai food is in abundance around town. If you just want to wander, you should explore Thai Town, a six-block area centered along Hollywood Boulevard between Normandie and Western Avenue, where many of the city’s best Thai restaurants are located. From boat noodle specialists to spicy Southern Thai fare and fusion Thai food, there’s something for everyone. Read on for 10 of the best Thai restaurants in Los Angeles.

Girl dancing at La Plaza de Cultura y Artes

A Three-Day Los Angeles Itinerary for Latino Culture

08/11/2014

Wiebke Schuster

The past, present and future of Los Angeles have been shaped by the rich diversity of its cultures. Nearly half of L.A.'s residents can trace their roots to Latin American origins, from Mexico and Peru to El Salvador and Costa Rica. Each year from Sept. 15 – Oct. 15, Angelenos and visitors of all backgrounds celebrate National Hispanic Heritage Month, which honors the cultural heritage and traditions of the Latino population.

Los Angeles was officially founded on Sept. 4, 1781, centuries after European explorers first arrived in the region in 1542. The cradle of L.A. is El Pueblo de Los Angeles, a historic district located in the oldest section of the city. The area includes landmarks such as Los Angeles Plaza, La Placita Church, and Olvera Street, the lively outdoor Mexican marketplace where visitors can find anything from handmade leather goods to custard filled churros.

National Hispanic Heritage Month is the perfect time to experience L.A.’s vibrant and diverse cultures. The following three-day guide explores historic and modern Latino culture in Downtown, then takes you west to Museum Row and West L.A.

Sliders at Pete's Cafe in Downtown Los Angeles

The Best Late Night Eats in Los Angeles

08/08/2014

Javier Cabral

Every now and then, you need to eat later than usual. Maybe you had to work late, or you need something after last call, or your dinner earlier just didn’t cut it. Ironically, in this city filled with so much nightlife, it can be hard to eat good food after that dreaded 10 p.m. closing time that many of our beloved eateries abide by. There isn’t anything necessarily wrong with eating greasy tacos and even greasier bacon-wrapped street hot dogs every once in a while. But if you’re craving something that’s even remotely more wholesome, here is our multicultural list of exceptional eateries around town that offer just a little more to hold you over - at least until breakfast.

Chicken “Parmigiano” at Paninoteca by Scarpetta

The Best Sandwiches in Los Angeles

07/31/2014

Joshua Lurie

Two slices of bread, balanced fillings and imagination is all it takes to create a satisfying sandwich, but great versions remain elusive. Luckily, Los Angeles has a legacy of great sandwiches, including Langer's Deli #19, the French Dips at Philippe the Original and Cole's, and the Bay Cities Godmother. Read on and discover a dozen more destination sandwiches.

Top 10 Places to Get Eggs for Lunch in L.A.

07/24/2014

Zach Brooks

Breakfast for lunch is one of the great joys in life, but even better is finding eggs stuffed into what would otherwise be bonafide lunch dishes. We're not talking about eating at a restaurant that serves their breakfast menu all day long, but the restaurants that sneak eggs into their lunchtime menus every chance they get. The places that celebrate the egg, outside of its typical early morning construction. With that in mind, here are the 10 best places in L.A. to get eggs for lunch.

The Spiciest Restaurants in Los Angeles

07/21/2014

Clarissa Wei

Spicy food is easy to come by in Los Angeles. There are such a variety of spices available, from the tongue-numbing Sichuan peppercorn to the elusive ghost chili. Here’s a tip: don’t wash it down with cold water. Water actually will spread the spice in your mouth and make the burning sensation worse. Yogurt, milk, or rice are the best pairings – if you can get your hands on them. Here are great places in Los Angeles to get your fix of super spicy dishes.

The Best Pho Restaurants in Los Angeles

06/24/2014

Clarissa Wei

Pho has been around for a century and is indisputably the national dish of Vietnam. A good pho takes hours to make; beef bones and parts are simmered under low heat to obtain a rich, complex flavor. Pho is typically divided into two camps. Southern pho is the more common one, with an abundant use of spices and flavorings (fish sauce, hoisin, etc.) and versatile cuts of meat like tripe and brisket. Northern pho is much more simplistic - the noodles are flatter and wider, and the focus is on its pure beef broth. The main ingredients are rice noodles and thinly sliced raw beef. In the north, accoutrements are not necessary. Here are ten great places to get your pho fix in Los Angeles.

The Best Chinese Beef Noodle Soups in Los Angeles

05/15/2014

Clarissa Wei

Beef noodle soup, known as niu rou mian, is the epitome of Chinese comfort food. Found all throughout China and Taiwan, it’s a beloved dish that takes hours to make. Beef shanks must be slow-cooked for hours before they achieve their creamy texture. Noodles must be chewy, and most importantly, the broth must be rich and sustainable. Traditionally, the noodles are paired with a heaping of pickled mustard greens, which offers a crisp, sour contrast. Spicy is customizable and in some joints, used extremely liberally. It makes for a sustainable lunch or dinner and thankfully, there are plenty of places in Los Angeles to get your fix. Here are our picks.

L.A.'s Global Cultural Museums

05/05/2014

Discover Los Angeles

Los Angeles is one of the most ethnically diverse cities in the world, and there are spectacular museums throughout the city that reflect this global influence.

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