"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.

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.

Interior of DeSano Pizza Bakery in Los Angeles

The Best L.A. Restaurants for Affordable Group Dining

11/21/2014

Discover Los Angeles

Whether it’s the holidays, a family reunion or a gathering of friends, there are occasions that call for more than a quiet corner table. Fortunately, there are restaurants throughout Los Angeles that not only offer family style menus and private rooms, but are affordably priced as well. Read on for some of the best restaurants in L.A. with group dining options that won’t break the bank.

Little Sheep Mongolian Hot Pot - Pasadena

The Best Los Angeles Restaurants for Hot Pot

11/14/2014

Clarissa Wei

Hot pot is sometimes described as “Chinese fondue,” however fondue is actually "European hot pot." Hot potting, where ingredients are cooked in a steaming bowl of broth, dates back thousands of years. Some say it originated in Mongolia, others maintain it comes from China. Regardless of the pedigree, it’s an extremely popular practice that spread across Asia and now the world. The Japanese call it shabu shabu, the Vietnamese call it lẩu or cù lao, and in Korea porridge is cooked in the pot after the broth is finished. Hot pot is an easy feast to put together and is commonly enjoyed in East Asian households during the holidays. For those who prefer eating out, here’s a list of the best hot pots in Los Angeles.

Galbi jjim at Olympic Cheonggukjang

The Best Galbi in Los Angeles

10/31/2014

Joshua Lurie

Short ribs are popular in cuisines worldwide, but Korean kitchens have a particular knack for preparing galbi, as said ribs are known. In Korean (or Korean-American) culture, special occasions and celebrations call for galbi. Short ribs - frequently beef, but possibly pork - are braised, grilled, steamed, shredded and more, with delicious results. Read on and discover 10 of the best Korean galbi dishes in Los Angeles.

Octopus taco at Petty Cash

The Best Tacos in Los Angeles

10/16/2014

Javier Cabral

The taco is the perfect food, often made with a nutritious whole grain corn tortilla base and an incredible range of regional ingredients and unique textures. You can eat tacos regularly and never get bored of them. There’s no better city in the United States to enjoy tacos than Los Angeles - the taco motherland is just two and a half hours away, and L.A. has the second-largest population of Mexicans after Mexico City. The taco is finally getting the respect that it deserves, and is being taken as seriously as a good pasta. Read our guide to some of the best tacos in L.A., and discover a little bit of this Mexican staple food’s vast nuances. ¡Provecho!

Dancers at Mariachi Plaza Festival

Latino Holiday Celebrations and Festivals in Los Angeles

10/15/2014

Discover Los Angeles

From the earliest days of historic Los Angeles to the modern age, Latin American culture has played a significant role in shaping the City of Angels. L.A.'s rich Latino heritage is celebrated throughout the year with traditional Mexican holidays and festive events. Read on for a guide to Latin American holiday celebrations and festivals in Los Angeles.

Tuna carpaccio at Okumura

Top 10 Restaurants on Ventura Boulevard

10/09/2014

Clarissa Wei

Ventura Boulevard is the main artery of the San Fernando Valley, a straight east-to-west shot from Studio City to Calabasas. It’s where you'll find all the cool shops: there are malls, yoga studios, vintage stores, bars and a multicultural variety of restaurants. Here are the top ten places to eat on Ventura Boulevard.

Hai Di Lao Hot Pot at Westfield Santa Anita

The Best Meals at Los Angeles Shopping Malls

09/29/2014

Zach Brooks

It might be possible that Los Angeles is entering a golden age of shopping mall food. Not only have food courts become much better over the past few years, there also seems to be a modern invasion of new and interesting chains from here and abroad. Here are nine of the best places to eat when you’re doing a little shopping.

Dim sum at King Hua

The Best Dim Sum Restaurants in Los Angeles

09/11/2014

Tony Chen

The Cantonese style of food known as dim sum - bite-sized or individual portions of food, typically served in steamer baskets or small plates - is a breakfast and brunch experience enjoyed around the world. Dim sum is associated with the ancient Silk Road tradition of yum cha (“drink tea”), so when friends and family go to a Chinese restaurant for dim sum it’s referred to as yum cha. Los Angeles, the gateway to Asia-Pacific travelers and the home of the second largest Chinese-American population, offers plentiful dim sum options. From historic Chinatown in Downtown Los Angeles to the Chinese enclaves of the San Gabriel Valley, read on for some of the best dim sum restaurants in the L.A. area.

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