May 2013 (3)

The Best Restaurants in Pasadena

05/02/2013

Joshua Lurie

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.

Top Korean Barbecues in Los Angeles

05/02/2013

Matthew Kang

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.

The Best Afternoon Teas in Los Angeles

05/01/2013

Leslee Komaiko

Meeting for coffee is well and good, but afternoon tea is a treat. It’s a special occasion with tiered trays, porcelain pots, and adorable miniature sandwiches and sweets that look almost too good to eat. Almost. While Los Angeles is an ocean and a continent away from London, there are a surprising number of local spots that offer excellent afternoon tea. Whether you’re looking for a civilized way to spend quality time with your BFF or a venue for a wedding shower, there’s a hot pot of tea with your name on it.