Downtown L.A. viewed from the Arts District

A Visual Walking Tour of the Arts District in Downtown L.A.

11/04/2015

Esther Tseng

The Arts District in Downtown Los Angeles is one of the hottest neighborhoods in L.A. From the area’s beginnings as Jean-Louis Vigne’s vineyard to an orchard growing mostly oranges and grapefruit, by the late 1800s it became an industrial center for railroads and manufacturing. Eventually, the railroads gave way to the trucking industry and industry moved to other L.A. County areas like Commerce in order to build larger buildings to accommodate their growing businesses.

In the 1970s, artists braved dangerous conditions and began to occupy the area’s dilapidated buildings, having been priced out of areas such as Venice and Hollywood. Eventually, they opened art galleries and began to develop these buildings themselves, thereby preserving a big part of L.A.’s industrial history.

The area again underwent another downturn in the 1990s before being saved by Joel Bloom and his supporters, who officially renamed the area the “Arts District.” Today, it is home to many creatives, including those in green technology, architecture and entertainment. Read on for a visual walking tour of this burgeoning urban oasis.

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.

Boat noodle soup at Sapp Coffee Shop

The Best Restaurants in Thai Town

10/16/2015

Joshua Lurie

Thai Town technically encompasses Hollywood Boulevard between Normandie and Western Avenues, and the neighborhood officially came to be in 1999, but plenty of enticing dining options fall just beyond those borders. Learn about 15 of the better dining options within (and just beyond) Thai Town’s borders.

Redwood tree and atrium at Clifton's Cafeteria

Clifton's Cafeteria: The Story of an L.A. Icon

09/21/2015

Elina Shatkin

How magical would it be to instantly trade the sidewalks and steel of an urban downtown for a woodland utopia? Clifton's spanned 16,000-square-feet of faux redwoods, frolicking forest creatures, scenic murals, a brook babbling with limeade and a 20-foot waterfall cascading over artificial rocks. To say that Clifton’s was unique is like saying LeBron James is a pretty decent basketball player. Imagine a larger-than-life diorama designed by Walt Disney on a Pine Sol-fueled bender. Simply put, it was unlike any other restaurant in Los Angeles.

The Top Restaurants Near Los Angeles Museums

09/19/2015

Joshua Lurie

There’s a constant dialogue about whether or not food is art, and that’s a conversation that has no clear-cut resolution. However, one thing’s for sure. People who experience art in museums need sustenance before or after their excursions. L.A. Museum Season is almost here (Oct. 5 - Nov. 15), so we've rounded up 21 great dining options near museums across Los Angeles.

Mariachi Plaza

Taking In the Culture of East Los Angeles

09/18/2015

Javier Guillen

One of L.A.’s oldest neighborhoods, East Los Angeles has a lineage of culture that can be found in its shops, businesses, and community. No stranger to change, East L.A. has been the subject of recent transition. While community members have pushed to improve quality of life, they also stand on the front line protecting the neighborhood’s vibrant history and traditions. Quietly sporting some of the best restaurants (by far the best tacos), unique stores, budding businesses, and landmark locations, East L.A. is fundamental to the heritage of Los Angeles.

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