Japanese cuisine has a wide range of styles and contexts, but noodles are one area that the culture has essentially mastered. Placed in broth, dipped in sauces, tossed with every possible ingredient, these chewy strands are addictive, fun to eat, and incredibly adaptable. Los Angeles has benefited from the proliferation of Japanese cuisine, not just through sushi, but through the common comfort food that pervades the East Asian country. Much of L.A.'s Japanese cuisine finds its foundation in the South Bay, where many immigrants first arrived and set up shop. But there are also plenty of great noodle restaurants on the Westside and of course Downtown's Little Tokyo, where anything from hefty white udon noodles to umami-rich ramen and chewy soba can be enjoyed. Here's a collection of some of the best Japanese noodles around Los Angeles.
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. L.A. 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.
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.
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.