When it comes to Tinseltown, you'll never run out of things to do, including world famous attractions like Universal Studios Hollywood, Hollywood Bowl and Pantages Theatre to name just a few. But there's a whole world of under-the-radar attractions and activities you may be missing. They include music, hikes and other features that Hollywood locals frequent to enjoy their city as one would a neighborhood. Check out the following attractions, shops and weeklies that will have you experiencing an entirely different side of Hollywood.
Los Angeles is well versed in the ways of heat waves. Even though the city resides in what should be the desert, Angelenos have shown ingenuity in keeping cool, whether that’s with air conditioning, swimming pools, or the most flavorful route, ice cream. LA offers a wide range of frozen salvation, with creative flavors, market-driven ice cream and gelato, and companies that cater to specific cultures. Here are 11 frozen favorites.
Brandon Boyd is a musician, visual artist, and native Californian. As the front man for the rock band Incubus, he has traveled all over the world, but calls Venice Beach his home. Brandon's upcoming projects include a solo project under the name "Sons of the Sea," and his third art book entitled "So The Echo." Check out his favorite spots to chow down, have fun and get outdoors.
Catch a wave Los Angeles—we are seeing the city transform into a seafood paradise with the fresh addition of new American and globally influenced seafood raw bars and hot bars. Thanks to our many international communities, we’ve got even more of the ocean to explore. Here are 10 cool spots for the best seafood in Los Angeles.
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Pizza is the perfect comfort food—it’s easy to eat, hearty, oozing with gooey cheese and often customizable with a bevy of tempting toppings. But pizza is many things to many people, from thin-crust, New York-style to deep-dish Chicago pies and chewy, traditional Neapolitan versions. Any way you slice it, narrowing a list of top pizzas down to just 10 places is no easy task, especially considering the growing number of high-quality restaurants. That said, here is our guide to the best pizzas in Los Angeles.
To honor National Doughnut Day, which is celebrated every year on the first Friday of June, we round up the best deep fried treasures in LA, the U.S. city with the most donut shops. Clearly, Angelenos have displayed their serious commitment to doughnuts (aka donuts), which originated in the 19th Century. Here are some of our favorite places to get our deep-fried donut fix.
Every week, tens of thousands of people descend on Santa Monica to enjoy the inviting beach, bike path, pier, mountains, and of course the food. SaMo has long been a culinary trendsetter, and now boasts several classics, including Michael’s Restaurant, Chinois on Main and Valentino. The farmers market, which dates to 1981, of course helps to supply surrounding eateries with the most current produce. Here are 15 of our favorite restaurants in Santa Monica.
The Pasadena dining community is expanding in both breadth and depth. As noted in the LA Times, Pasadena has more restaurants per capita (550 eateries and counting) than New York. No longer is Old Pasadena limited to chain restaurants, and no longer is Pasadena dining limited to Old Pasadena. Now the unofficial capital of the 626 area code has drawn international influences and top culinary talent to help complement the city’s rich history.
The sizzle and smoke of the tabletop Korean barbecue is one of the definitive features of the LA dining scene. The abundance of well-priced American protein and a rabid following of diners has created a critical mass of restaurants specializing in grilled meats, nearly overshadowing the love of barbecue in the motherland itself. Through the years, barbecue restaurants have segmented into various categories – premium, all-you-can-eat, and middle-ranged a la carte, with each place trumpeting a particular specialty or stand-out side dish. Still other places emphasize the grilling devices and methods, where some employ charcoal for a smokier experience and others rely on special grates for more direct heat.
Barbecue is best enjoyed with a glass of ice cold Hite, a simple Korean lager, or a chilled shot of soju, the national spirit of choice. Think of Korean barbecues almost like more affordable steakhouses, where it's easy to get together with friends and family for a casual lunch or evening to celebrate the variety and quality of great beef, pork, and banchan. It's hard to go wrong with that formula.