Pork fried buns at Go Go Cafe

Where to Find the Best Sheng Jian Bao In Los Angeles

03/08/2016

Joshua Lurie

Sheng jian bao, Shanghai-style buns that are far less renowned than xiao long bao, each contain a ground pork patty, though you’ll occasionally find seafood or vegetable variations. These pan-fried wonders are typically studded with sesame seeds, with crispy bottoms, supple tops, and definitely have the potential to scald your tongue. Thicker skins that other dumplings or potstickers allow SJB to contain gelatinized stock that turns to steaming soup when cooking, though that element is only occasionally utilized in L.A.

The filling is normally pretty rich, so a lot of people like to incorporate tangy vinegar (and sometimes vinegar mixed with soy sauce). Either dip in the sauce or bite a hole in the SJB wall and pour the sauces directly into the core before powering through the rest. Chasing each sheng jian bao with sips of hot jasmine tea also helps cut the richness.

Keep in mind that Shanghai-style restaurants list sheng jian bao under menu translations like “pan-fried pork buns” or “pan fried bao.” Now indulge in 10 of L.A.’s best options.

Bread at The Rose Café & Restaurant

Where to Find the Best Artisan Bread in Los Angeles

03/01/2016

Joshua Lurie

The Los Angeles bread world has changed drastically since Nancy Silverton launched La Brea Bakery in 1989. Now that company has gone national under Aryzta’s direction, and LBB’s legacy has impacted many of the city’s bakers. Of course, other bakeries and bakers have inspired and influenced a new generation. The current batch of artisan bread bakers simultaneously utilize modern traditions and pay respects to the past by using time-tested techniques and now incorporate ancient grains that impact flavor, texture, and nutrition. If you’re looking to buy a loaf for home, learn about 10 of your best bets.

Sea urchin spaghetti at Bestia

The 48-Hour Self-Guided Foodie Tour of Los Angeles

02/17/2016

Joshua Lurie

If your food-crazed friend or family member only has 48 hours to spend in Los Angeles and is eager to experience the best food and drink L.A. County has to offer, you have to be strategic to cover more ground in less time. Learn about 17 institutions, trendsetters, or multi-cultural stops that will keep your beloved out-of-towner coming back for more.

The 72-Hour Self-Guided Foodie Tour of Los Angeles

02/17/2016

Joshua Lurie

If your food-crazed friend or family member only has 72 hours to spend in Los Angeles and is eager to experience the best food and drink L.A. County has to offer, you have to be strategic to cover more ground in less time. Learn about 25 institutions, trendsetters, or multi-cultural stops that will keep your beloved out-of-towner coming back for more.

Donabe smoked hiramasa pastrami at Otium

Where to Dine Near Los Angeles Music Venues

02/15/2016

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Throughout the year, Los Angeles welcomes world-famous acts and rising stars for concerts at iconic venues like the Hollywood Bowl, Walt Disney Concert Hall, STAPLES Center and more. Fortunately there’s a wide range of pre-concert dining options that go beyond the usual concession stand fare. Read on for some of the best restaurants located near L.A.’s top music venues.

Patio at Cliff's Edge

Celebrate Valentine's Day at Los Angeles Restaurants

01/28/2016

dine L.A.

Love is in the air, and restaurants across Los Angeles are offering special Valentine’s Day menus for an unforgettable romantic night out. From lavish prix fixe dinners to vegan and aphrodisiac-inspired menus, read on for more than two dozen L.A. restaurants to celebrate Valentine’s Day. Special menus are only available on Sunday, Feb. 14, 2016 unless otherwise noted.

Father Greg Boyle of Homeboy Industries

James Beard Foundation Names Father Greg Boyle 2016 Humanitarian of the Year

01/28/2016

Discover Los Angeles

Based in Downtown L.A., Homeboy Industries is the largest gang intervention, rehabilitation, and re-entry program in the world. As a Jesuit priest, Father Boyle has dedicated his life to helping those in need. In 1986 he was appointed pastor of Dolores Mission Church in Los Angeles, at the time the poorest Catholic parish in the city, located amidst two large public housing projects and the territory of numerous rival gangs.

Guerrilla Tacos

The 24-Hour Self-Guided Foodie Tour of Los Angeles

01/25/2016

Joshua Lurie

If your food-obsessed friend or relative only has 24 hours to spend in Los Angeles and is eager to experience the best food and drink L.A. County has to offer, you have to be strategic to cover more ground in less time. Learn about 10 key stops that are of the moment and will keep your friend coming back for more (if that’s what you want).

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