January 2014 (3)

The Best Nachos in Los Angeles

01/27/2014

Joshua Lurie

Ignacio "Nacho" Anaya supposedly invented nachos at the Victory Club, a Piedras Negras restaurant located just across from the Texas border. What’s now a widespread classic initially featured fried tortilla chips topped with melted cheese and jalapeños. In LA, they’re rarely so restrained, and while nachos typically appear at Mexican restaurants, that's not always the case. Here are 10 of our favorite Los Angeles nachos.

Celebrate Chinese New Year in Los Angeles

01/21/2014

Discover Los Angeles

Chinese New Year, aka Spring Festival, is the most significant holiday of the year in China, as well as countries and territories with large Chinese populations, and in Chinatowns across the country. The Lunar New Year is celebrated with colorful parades, festivals, and most importantly, large family gatherings. It’s also a time to honor ancestors and to give thanks for good fortune. Sumptuous meals with “lucky” dishes, red envelopes (hongbao), and firecrackers are all traditional parts of the festivities.

Los Angeles is celebrating the Year of the Horse with events ranging from a traditional temple ceremony to a lavish buffet, spectacular parade, and great deals for shopping and hotels. Gōng xǐ fā cái!

Discover African American Culture in Los Angeles

01/16/2014

Discover Los Angeles

Los Angeles is one of the most ethnically diverse cities in the world. Beginning with LA’s founding in 1781, the African American presence has grown and flourished, greatly influencing not only the city of Los Angeles, but making a tremendous impact on the rest of the country and around the world. It’s no coincidence that the two years President Barack Obama spent at LA’s Occidental College (1979-1981) played a major role in determining his future in politics.

One of the best ways to experience African American culture and heritage in Los Angeles is during Black History Month, which takes place every February. Hosted by various cultural institutions throughout the city, the month-long celebration includes events at the California African-American Museum in Exposition Park and the annual Pan African Film & Art Festival. The following guide will help you explore LA’s African American culture during Black History Month and throughout the year. Day One covers South LA and Downtown; Day Two features the Beach Cities; and Day Three takes you to the Westside.