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The Guide to Woodland Hills

03/18/2015

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Woodland Hills is an upscale neighborhool located on the edge of the Santa Monica Mountains in the San Fernando Valley of northern Los Angeles. Woodland Hills is bordered by Calabasas, Tarzana, Topanga and is a short hop from the famous beaches of Malibu. It's lush, green and a great place to hike, bike, enjoy nature and update your wardrobe. Whether your interest is shopping or the outdoors, Woodland Hills has activities and attractions that can provide a fun, entertaining experience. On Ventura Boulevard there are lively bars and gastropubs with delicious food and live music, making Woodland Hills a unique, vibrant destination in the Valley.

Ultrazone Laser Tag

A Walking Tour of Sherman Oaks

03/17/2015

Sarah Dandashy

Even though the San Fernando Valley is known as one of L.A.’s largest regions, there are local neighborhoods that are easily navigated and pedestrian friendly. The historic and upscale neighborhood of Sherman Oaks is one of those areas, especially along Ventura Boulevard, which one can explore on foot. Many of L.A.’s favorite restaurants and stores have Valley locations in Sherman Oaks, which is just “over the hill” from Bel-Air and Beverly Hills. Though it’s nice to come across familiar brands, there are numerous local gems that make Sherman Oaks truly a delight to explore on foot.

Guinness Ice Cream Sandwich at The Morrison

The Best Dishes with Guinness in Los Angeles

03/12/2015

Esther Tseng

Erin go bragh! There's no better time than St. Patrick's Day to toast with a pint of Guinness, the best selling alcoholic drink in Ireland and a liquid tradition that dates back to the late 1700s. But what about celebrating the Feast of St. Patrick with an actual feast that features the world's most famous dry stout? Quite a few places around L.A. have incorporated the beloved beer in their kitchens. Read on to find out some of the best dishes in Los Angeles that feature Guinness in their recipes.

Ribeye at EsCaLA

The Best Non-Korean Restaurants in Koreatown

03/04/2015

Joshua Lurie

By now, it should be clear that Koreatown features the most compelling collection of Korean restaurants outside of the motherland. However, people may not know that restaurateurs carrying flags for other cuisines are flocking to the neighborhood. Learn about some of the best non-Korean dining options in Koreatown.

Seafood paella at smoke.oil.salt.

Around the World in 21 Los Angeles Dishes

03/02/2015

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Generations of immigrants from around the world have come to Los Angeles from overseas and throughout the Americas to pursue their dreams. L.A. is truly a global metropolis because of its rich diversity. Locals and visitors alike can experience a virtual United Nations of cuisines without ever leaving the City of Angels. Leave your passport at home and start your culinary journey around the world in 21 Los Angeles dishes.

Marina del Rey at sunset

A Walking Tour of Marina del Rey

02/20/2015

Esther Tseng

With over 5,300 small boat slips, Marina del Rey is the largest man-made marina in the United States. Originally built in 1887 only to be destroyed by a storm that also put developer M.C. Wicks into bankruptcy, the Marina again underwent construction in the 1950s, creating the picturesque harbor and community of Marina del Rey. Eventually, oil rigs were replaced by volleyball nets, bungalows, lifeguard stands, and surf and bike shops. Howard Hughes relocated his Hughes Tool Company to the Ballona Wetlands, where he also constructed Hughes Airport. Read our walking guide and get to know this city by the sea.

Tonkotsu ramen at Ramen Champ

The Best New Restaurants in Chinatown

02/20/2015

Joshua Lurie

The Chinese American community in Los Angeles dates to the 1850s, but it wasn’t until 1938 that the Downtown L.A. neighborhood that once held Little Italy officially became known as Chinatown. Now, almost seven decades later, Chinatown is experiencing a revival. Restaurants like Eastside Market Italian Deli, Nick’s Café, Philippe the Original, Phoenix Inn and Sam Woo are still going strong, but here are 10 top picks from a new crop of restaurants.

Lengua burrito at Taqueria Los Anaya

The Best Burritos in Los Angeles

02/15/2015

Joshua Lurie

The burrito, a beloved Mexican food item featuring a flour tortilla and a range of fillings, has origins in northern Mexico, with most people pointing toward the border town of Ciudad Juárez. Now, some of the most famous burritos are rooted in California. For instance, Mission burritos in San Francisco can be massive, and in San Diego the California burrito is known to contain French fries. In Los Angeles, we’re not bound by any particular traditions, so you’ll find a far larger variety, including many Asian fillings. L.A.’s most famous burrito may belong to Manuel’s Original El Tepeyac Café in Boyle Heights, which holds the distinction of serving burritos the size of small schnauzers. However, you’ll probably enjoy these 10 standout burritos even more.

Palm tree in Santa Monica

A Letter to Boston from L.A.

02/10/2015

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Hey Boston, I heard you broke up with Snow the other day. Come out to the West Coast and let’s have some fun in the sun. It's a three-day weekend and the forecast is in the 80s!

Harry Shum Jr. at the Do Something Awards

Harry Shum Jr.'s Los Angeles

02/09/2015

Los Angeles Magazine

Interview by Izumi Hasegawa

Professional dancer turned actor Harry Shum Jr. has shown his ability on the hit TV series “Glee.” Now he has a new adventure: a dramatic role with his Chinese heritage on the new film “Revenge of the Green Dragons.” Born in Costa Rica with a father from mainland China and a mother from Hong Kong, Harry was raised in San Francisco and has been enjoying L.A. life very much.

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