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.

The Best Restaurants in Downtown Los Angeles

03/24/2014

Discover Los Angeles

In its January 2014 issue, GQ Magazine called Downtown Los Angeles “America’s Next Great City” and “the coolest new downtown in America.” Downtown L.A. has certainly come a long way in recent years. There were great places to eat in Downtown before its current renaissance, but the choices were limited. That's no longer the case, as acclaimed chefs and visionary restaurateurs have created a thriving dining scene in Downtown L.A. With so many restaurants opening in Downtown, deciding where to eat can be a tough choice. Read on for a guide to Downtown L.A.’s newer restaurants and classic dining spots.

Gay Los Angeles: Romantic Dining

03/14/2014

Frontiers LA

It's time for your romantic L.A. getaway - you’ve got the roses, you’ve got the chocolates, you’ve got your lucky pair of undies on - now it’s time to figure out your dinner plans. We’ve put together a special evening just for you, starting with champagne and ending with cupcakes. Anything that comes in between (or after) is just a bonus.

Where to Find the Best Bread in Los Angeles

03/14/2014

Zach Brooks

It’s hard to say when exactly gluten became Public Enemy No. 1 in Los Angeles. Luckily there are a few establishments that run against the grain (or with it, depending on your point of view). Not necessarily bakeries, or even restaurants that make good bread, but places to eat where a South Beach dieter shouldn't even bother. Here are 10 places in L.A. worth a visit just for the bread.

The Best Pork Dishes in Los Angeles

03/06/2014

Joshua Lurie

Bacon is great, and charcuterie quality is at an all-time high in Los Angeles, but with so many creative uses for pork, why not focus on composed plates? The city has plenty of pork practitioners. Yes, chefs like Brendan Collins (Waterloo & City), Casey Lane (The Tasting Kitchen), Kris Morningstar (Ray’s & Stark Bar) and Ray Garcia (FIG) have an affinity for pig, but their dishes are often subject to availability. Here are 12 of the best preparations of the magical animal, all available on a regular basis.

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