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.

Chriselle Lim

Chriselle Lim's Restaurant Week Picks

01/13/2016

Chriselle Lim

Stylist and Digital Influencer, Chriselle Lim has been creating quite a stir in the fashion industry. Starting off her fashion career as a wardrobe stylist, she logged in years of editorial shoots with prominent fashion books and celebrities. In December 2011, Chriselle founded The Chriselle Factor to chronicle her daily musings and personal style. She also launched her YouTube channel to empower and inspire women all over the world. She helps them discover their true beauty and gives them the confidence they need to feel beautiful.

Read on for Chriselle’s picks for the winter edition of dineL.A. Restaurant Week, Jan. 18-31, 2016.

Herringbone Santa Monica

The Guide to "Top Chef" Restaurants in Los Angeles

12/08/2015

Joshua Lurie

Top Chef, Bravo’s competitive cooking show that’s hosted by legendary judges like Tom Colicchio, Padma Lakshmi, Gail Simmons and Emeril Lagasse, has built quite a legacy. L.A. alone has fielded a wealth of culinary talent in the show’s 13 seasons, including three champions: Ilan Hall, Michael Voltaggio and Mei Lin. In total, 16 Top Chef “cheftestants” currently run kitchens at 23 Los Angeles restaurants. Several other chefs are between gigs, successful caterers, moved on from L.A., or no longer cook. Learn about where to find your favorite chefs from the high-drama show.

Pork shank at Birch

The dineL.A. Guide to Hollywood

11/30/2015

dine L.A.

Like a great actor, Hollywood is constantly reinventing itself. At various times, it’s been known as the home of pioneering movie studios, the Academy Awards, Art Deco treasures and a thriving nightlife scene. In recent years, Tinseltown has also become a vital dining destination. From a landmark of Hollywood’s Golden Age to Michelin stars and modernist cuisine, read on for the best restaurants in Hollywood.

Grilled Porterhouse at STK Los Angeles

Great Places to Eat Near UCLA

11/20/2015

Joshua Lurie

Westwood Village now offers plenty of interesting dining options. You’ll also find great Persian food and some modern restaurants south of Wilshire, but for the purposes of this story, we’re sticking north of Wilshire in Westwood Village. Learn about 14 of our favorite area restaurants, most of which are within walking distance of UCLA’s campus.

Guacamole en molcajete at Rosa Mexicano

The Best Guacamole in Los Angeles

11/07/2015

Joshua Lurie

Guacamole originated centuries ago during the Aztec Empire, when people first called this creation ahuacamolli, named for the Nahuatl words ahuacatl (avocado) and mulli (sauce). The first written record of this glorious avocado dip, which is traditionally crafted in a molcajete, was in 1518 in Europe. Incredibly, the core recipe has stayed pretty similar for the past 500 years, with tomatoes, onions, chiles and cilantro often still forming the backbone, though now you may find flourishes like lobster, bacon and fruit. Learn about 11 of our favorite places to enjoy guacamole in L.A. County.

Brunch at Gracias Madre in West Hollywood

The Best Vegan Restaurants in Los Angeles

10/31/2015

Raw Manda

Life as a vegan has changed dramatically for me since moving to the West Coast in June 2015. Social life can be challenging when your friends and family don’t practice the same values, but with the abundance of vegan restaurants in L.A., l am thriving on a plant-based lifestyle.

Californians are spoiled with the availability of fresh produce year-round. This also means we get to experience some of the best plant-based cuisine in our restaurants. With great produce comes great vegan cuisine. So thank you L.A. for spoiling me in the healthiest and most compassionate way with your exceptional vegan fare!

Roy Choi, Martin Short and Phil Rosenthal at Commissary

Phil Rosenthal's Los Angeles

10/26/2015

Phil Rosenthal

Phil Rosenthal is a writer and director who is best known as the creator of the Emmy Award-winning CBS comedy, Everybody Loves Raymond. Rosenthal is the host of I’ll Have What Phil’s Having, a food and travel show on PBS. The Los Angeles episode airs Monday, Nov. 2, 2015 at 10/9 Central (8 p.m. N.Y. / WNET). Read on for Rosenthal’s thoughts on the L.A. dining spots he visits on the show.

There are cities that have a few go-to cuisines, but L.A., at the moment, has more than any. That’s why I think it is the best food city in America right now. It’s our cultural diversity that's our strength. And the strength is in the sheer numbers: we have the biggest population of Chinese people in the world outside of China. Also, the Korean population, Mexicans, Thai, Armenians... We could keep going. They've brought their cultures and cuisines into this massive expanse, and if you're playing the odds of hitting a great place to eat in L.A., you're going to win more times here than anywhere else.

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