"Thai style" pad thai at Pailin Thai Cuisine

The Best Pad Thai in Los Angeles

12/11/2014

Zach Brooks

Pad thai blends together the best parts of Thai cooking: sweet, spicy, sour and funky. Almost all pad thai has egg, ground peanuts, scallions and a lime wedge. The very best will also have dried shrimp, pressed tofu, chili powder and even crispy pork. More and more versions are being served around L.A. as off-menu specials or alternates to the overly sweet, bright orange noodle dish that’s offered on the average menu. Here are the 10 best pad thai dishes in Los Angeles.

Jeremy Lin's Los Angeles

12/09/2014

Jeremy Lin

After leading his Northern California high school team to a California state championship, and being named First-Team All-State and the Northern California Division II Player of the Year, NBA superstar Jeremy Lin – now playing professional basketball for the LA Lakers - shares his favorite places in L.A. to indulge and unwind.

LATCB AT WORK – DECEMBER 2014

12/09/2014

Discover Los Angeles

Around the world, in town, and on the web, LATCB is working to help grow and support the Los Angeles tourism community and keep the world coming to L.A.

News & Notes - December 2014

12/09/2014

Discover Los Angeles

More than 2,100 exhibition and events industry professionals gathered in Los Angeles to take part in networking, education sessions and a bustling floor show at the International Association of Exhibitions and Events’ (IAEE) Expo! Expo!. Held at the Los Angeles Convention Center from Dec. 9-11, the three-day event kicked off with welcome remarks by L.A. Tourism’s Ernest Wooden Jr. and Mayor Eric Garcetti, who issued a proclamation underscoring the value of conventions to Los Angeles. L.A. Tourism’s opening and closing receptions at the L.A. LIVE campus and host-hotel JW Marriott Los Angeles at L.A. LIVE showcased the destination, while all four Marriott properties at L.A. LIVE — the Ritz-Carlton Hotel Los Angeles, JW Marriott Hotel Los Angeles at L.A. LIVE, Residence Inn Los Angeles Downtown and Courtyard Los Angeles Downtown — housed show organizers and attendees for the event.

L.A. Tourism also hosted a pre-IAEE Expo! Expo! 2014 customer familiarization event from Dec. 7-8. The FAM showcased Downtown Los Angeles, Universal Studios Hollywood, Dodger Stadium, the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, the Omni Hotel Los Angeles California Plaza, The JW Marriott Los Angeles L.A. LIVE, The O Hotel, Red Line Tours, STAPLES Center, the Los Angeles Lakers, Grand Central Market, Six Taste Food Tours and Perch LA.

Finally, L.A. Tourism partnered with IAEE to offer city tours to more than 100 IAEE Expo! Expo! attendees highlighting Downtown Los Angeles on the Starline Hop On Hop Off Tour, which stopped at Olvera Street and the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum.

“Hosting decision-makers for the $11 billion exhibitions and events industry for IAEE ‘s Expo! Expo! in L.A. is a huge coup for our destination,” said Wooden. “Expo! Expo! along with our new media campaign targeting meetings and conventions delivers the message that our year-round warm weather and blue skies, wide variety of top-notch venues and hotels, exciting culinary scene, glamorous shopping, nightlife, museums, and the allure of Hollywood, make Los Angeles a perfect meetings destination.”

Conventions mean big business for Los Angeles. Through 2028, Los Angeles has 164 conventions on the books with an expected economic impact of more than $2.3 billion. A study is being conducted to measure IAEE’s financial impact on the local economy. 

October 2014 Lodging Metrics

12/05/2014

Discover Los Angeles

• Los Angeles ranked 6th place among the Top 25 Markets with an Occupancy rate of 80.3%, up +2.8% compared to the same period last year (78.1%).
• Los Angeles ADR was $150.56 and ranked 9th among the Top 25 Markets, up +8.7% compared to the same period last year ($138.46).
• Los Angeles RevPAR was $120.92 and ranked 6th among the Top 25 Markets, up +11.8% compared to the same period last year ($108.18).
• Rooms nights sold were 2.44 million countywide, reflecting a +4.4% increase over October 2013 (2.34 million room nights).
• The LAX area (86.1%) and Santa Monica/Marina Del Rey (85.3%) both reported the highest Occupancy rate for the month. 
•  LA North (+17.7%) and South Bay (+16.2%) reported the largest YOY RevPAR growth.

Tamal at La Luz Del Dia

The Best Tamales in Los Angeles

12/04/2014

Javier Cabral

For many Mexican and Central American families, a feast of tamales on Christmas Eve is as essential as dining on turkey for Thanksgiving. It’s not just about eating the tamales, but also about the bonding experience, since the process of making tamales is long and laborious. Family members take turns applying the seasoned nixtamalized maize paste - historically credited as one of civilization’s earliest forms of processing a food - on dozens of softened corn husks or banana leaves. Fortunately for Angelenos, there’s a plethora of restaurants that specialize in making tamales almost as good as mamá's for breakfast, lunch, dinner and dessert. If there’s one thing you should count on unwrapping for Christmas in L.A., it’s a tamal.

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