L.A. Story Spotlight: Bricia Lopez

04/22/2014

Daniel Djang

Bricia Lopez is a quintessential modern Angeleno: she’s a first generation immigrant who grew up in Los Angeles, a business owner, and a cultural ambassador who explores and experiences L.A. with the enthusiasm of a first-time visitor.

Discover Downtown L.A. Dining Car Free

04/21/2014

Discover Los Angeles

How global can a foodie get in an area essentially bound by the 10, 110 and 101 freeways? Completely global. With its massive influx of full-time residents in recent years, Downtown Los Angeles has sprouted dozens of restaurants offering an international range of cuisines, while maintaining culinary landmarks that harken back to its all-business days. Breakfast, lunch or dinner, your palate can taste the world at numerous options throughout Downtown L.A., often within a few blocks of a Metro Rail station.

Discover Koreatown Car Free: Dining, Culture & Shopping

04/18/2014

Discover Los Angeles

When it comes to cultural stature among both locals and visitors, as well as population and sheer physical size, Koreatown is growing as fast as any L.A. district. Said to pack about 300,000 people in its five square miles, K-town contains the entertainment choices, culinary destinations and multicultural diversity that represents the best of the region. And with the Metro Rail Purple Line running down its Wilshire Boulevard spine (not to mention the area’s challenging parking), K-town is ideal for exploring car free. Discover one of L.A.'s most dynamic neighborhoods, from morning coffee to a late afternoon cocktail, then get ready Koreatown after dark.

The Best Dishes on Toast in Los Angeles

04/17/2014

Randy Clemens

The greatest thing since sliced bread? Has to be toast. Luckily, Los Angeles has no shortage of restaurant dishes that include this humble yet delicious flavor-delivery vehicle. And with the rise of plant-based diets, health-conscious diners will be pleased to find so many options that are also vegetarian- and vegan-friendly to boot. Whether sweet or savory, simple or complex, here’s (ahem) a toast to 10 of our favorite veggie treats on toast.

Tax Day Drink Specials in Los Angeles

04/14/2014

Discover Los Angeles

Benjamin Franklin famously wrote, “...in this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes.” April 15 has inevitably arrived once again, and to help you decompress, we've rounded up restaurants and bars across Los Angeles that are featuring Tax Day drink specials.

The Best Oyster Happy Hours in Los Angeles

04/12/2014

Bill Esparza

Los Angeles is now lined with oyster bars like they were palm trees, and restaurants are shipping in oysters from sea to shining sea. Angelenos have an oyster bar or restaurant serving oysters in nearly every neighborhood, with condiments, beverages, and menus catering to the local flavor. Aside from the sensation of privilege that an oyster happy hour bestows, it’s a titillating first taste - the ultimate culinary foreplay when getting to know a restaurant. Here are 10 of the best oyster happy hours in the greater Los Angeles area.

L.A. Story Spotlight: Yoshiki

04/09/2014

Los Angeles Magazine

Interviewed by Izumi Hasegawa

Japanese rock icon Yoshiki has lived in Los Angeles for about 20 years, after he purchased a famous music studio near Universal Studios Hollywood. I spoke to him while he was busy preparing for his first solo classical world tour, which starts April 25 at the Segerstrom Center for the Arts in Orange County. Even though he has spent almost half of his life in L.A., it seems he can’t live without Japanese food. His favorite restaurants are very Japanese, and very tasty. Read on for more about Yoshiki's Los Angeles.

L.A. Story Spotlight: Masi Oka

04/08/2014

Los Angeles Magazine

Interviewed by Izumi Hasegawa

Actor Masi Oka is best known for his role as Hiro Nakamura in the TV series Heroes - fans still remember the comic book geek’s cry of “Yatta!” (meaning “I did it!” or “Great!” in Japanese). Oka currently stars as Dr. Max Bergman on Hawaii Five-0. A native of Tokyo, Oka moved to Los Angeles when he was six years old and considers himself an Angeleno.

One of Oka's favorite things to do in L.A. is go for a drive on Mulholland Drive: "We used to take Mulholland Drive to my elementary school, so it’s very nostalgic. I love it because you get to see the beauty of L.A.’s north and south sides. At night, it’s the most beautiful view you can get. Griffith Park and the Getty Museum are staples, but Mulholland Drive for me was always very romantic. Put the music on and drive around and go on a date." Read on for more of Masi Oka's favorite L.A. restaurants and activities.

The Best Fritters in Los Angeles

04/03/2014

Joshua Lurie

There are no rules when frying. Just get a vat of oil bubbling, gather delectable ingredients that are either savory or sweet, and let the oil work its magic. At the L.A. County Fair, vendors have been known to bomb deep fryers with items as disparate as candy bars and artichokes. Thankfully, L.A. chefs have more sense and restraint, and we’ve been graced with some truly inspiring fritters.

The Top 10 Hot Dogs in Los Angeles

03/26/2014

Leslee Komaiko

Baseball season is upon us, and this could be the year the Boys in Blue go all the way. If you’ve got Dodger Dogs on the brain, but can’t get to Dodger Stadium, rest assured there is no shortage of great hot dogs in the City of Angels, from classic to newfangled. Everyone knows about Pink’s. Here are ten other spots that do hot dogs right.

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