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 LA'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. LA 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.