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Lemon poppy seed pancakes at Pollen

The New Aussie Invasion in Los Angeles

01/05/2018

Karen Young

The laid-back, sunny and healthy lifestyle of Australia blends perfectly with Los Angeles, so it only makes sense that Aussie-inspired cafes - mostly serving all-day “brekkie” and lunch menus - is now trending. And there are more on the way, like Roo Coffee from Brisbane ex-pats, Elyse Goyen and Tom and Kate O’Connor.

Coffee isn’t just a drink in Australia, it’s a culture. From meticulous preparation by highly-trained baristas to the manner it is consumed, Aussies enjoy their espresso-based drinks like the flat white and long black while sitting in a casual café. Accompaniments often include pastries, savory pies, egg sandwiches, grilled cheese, healthful bowls of grains or oats—or variations of "toast," including the ubiquitous avocado version that originated in Melbourne. And of course there's Vegemite, a salty spread made from brewer’s yeast that's also indigenous to the "Land Down Under.” There are also sweet specialties like Lamington (chocolate-covered sponge cake rolled in coconut), Tim Tam (two malted biscuits covered in chocolate and filled with cream), and Anzac biscuits made with oatmeal. Check out these eleven L.A. cafes that combine the coastal influences of California and Australia for a sampling of the best coffee and food for a relaxing time-out in your day.

The Little Door patio at night

Top 10 Date Nights for the dineL.A. 10th Anniversary

01/04/2018

Esther Tseng

Celebrating its 10th anniversary from Jan. 12-26, dineL.A. is the perfect occasion to head out on the town for an idyllic dinner date with that special someone. It might be your first time discovering a restaurant during a romantic meal, or it could be an ideal time to revisit a favorite destination. There are plenty of dreamy dining rooms and charming patios to enjoy an excellent menu across wide-ranging cuisines and price ranges. Read on to find out our picks for the ultimate date night, with enough poetic ambiance to set just the right mood.

"Chicken" & Waffles at Flore Vegan

The Best Vegan Brunches in Los Angeles

01/01/2018

Shawna Kenney

After a hard work week or late night of fun, break bread in one of L.A.’s herbivore-friendly establishments. Sunday is brunch day, as they say—but sometimes Saturday, too.

 Little Fluffy Head Cafe

The Best Places for Boba in Los Angeles

12/11/2017

Esther Tseng

There’s nothing like adding a little texture to your cup of tea, thanks to a good helping of slightly sweet and gummy tapiocas. While it may not be appropriate to call them “boba” in the tea drink’s native Taiwan due to its translation, that’s predominantly how it’s referred to here in the U.S. Enjoy this Taiwanese treat by pulling each pearl through the oversized straw inserted into every cup.

The chewy treats at the bottom are like a little snack that comes with your drink. The tea shops with the best boba soak their tapiocas every few hours so that they achieve just the right texture - a good gummy bite without any sogginess. Fortunately for L.A., top notch tea shops have recently opened throughout the city, so there are plenty of places where you can quench your thirst with this fun, caffeinated cocktail of whimsy.

Latte and avocado split at Javista Organic Coffee Bar

The Best Specialty Coffee Shops in Hollywood

12/03/2017

Karen Young

Los Angeles has no shortage of coffee houses with wifi, especially with the likes of Starbucks and Coffee Bean popping up on seemingly every other corner. But in between are classic old timers, as well as independent and third wave cafes boasting unique beans and brew methods, plus eclectic food menus that fit most every palate. Here are 11 of the best coffee destinations in the Hollywood area that offer diverse vibes and are sure to add fuel in your veins. Most open in the wee morning hours but close at varying times in the late afternoon or early evening, so check their respective time schedules.

Duck noodle soup at Rodded

The Top 5 Dishes in Hollywood

12/01/2017

Joshua Lurie

No longer are tourists flocking to Hollywood just to see their favorite star on the Walk of Fame, place their hands on prints in front of TCL Chinese Theatre, or ride a double-decker bus in hopes of spotting a celebrity. We’re in the early stages of a revival of compelling restaurants in the center of L.A.’s pop culture factory, with culinary influences spanning the globe. Curtis Stone recently opened Gwen, and other high-powered chefs like Adam Perry Lang, and April Bloomfield are also hitting Hollywood hard. Discover my five favorite dishes in this historic, high-density neighborhood.

Howlin' Ray's in Far East Plaza

Get Fired Up for L.A.'s Best Hot Chicken

11/26/2017

Esther Tseng

It’s steamy, it’s crispy, it’s juicy and most of all, it’s spicy. We’re talking about Nashville Hot Chicken - the fried bird phenomenon that started with the vengeful girlfriend of a man named Thornton Prince in Nashville, Tennessee. Trying to serve justice for being spited backfired however, and the cayenne-laced recipe has since become a favorite across the South.

Los Angeles pays homage to the heat with the tradition that has now thankfully made it cross-country. We are so lucky that bona fide renditions of that hot chicken can be found all over L.A. these days. We’ve supplemented our Nashville Hot Chicken list with other deliciously spicy chicken dishes, so you can try more of our favorites that glean influences from elsewhere.

Dining room at Gwen restaurant in Hollywood

The Top 10 Restaurants in Hollywood

11/20/2017

Liz Ohanesian

If you think of Hollywood as a state of mind rather than a specific point on your L.A. map, then you'll want to eat where stars have shown. From celebrity chefs to celebrity diners, famed faces might turn your head while you eat. We can't guarantee that you'll have a celebrity sighting while eating in Hollywood, but at least you can dine like one.

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