Korean Food Academy

Discover the Hidden Gems of Koreatown

07/06/2017

Karen Young

Within three square miles, the streets of Koreatown comprise a most eclectic urban landscape where neon signs in Korean mix with various types of architecture providing clues to a multi-faceted history—from art deco to Spanish and Renaissance revival to Moorish and modern. Multi-level shopping malls are markers in between small shops and restaurants, and not everything is as it seems. Among it all are fascinating gems—some truly hidden and others that contain intrigue and wonder.

Eagle Rock Farmers' Market

Discover the Hidden Gems of Eagle Rock

06/28/2017

Liz Ohanesian

Tucked into the hillsides of Northeast Los Angeles, Eagle Rock is a free-spirited community full of independent businesses and art-minded events. It's an ideal neighborhood for daytime excursions, where you can hike, shop and do some beer-tasting, but there is nightlife here as well. Eagle Rock is also home to several large annual events to keep in mind if they coincide with your trip to Los Angeles.

Wake Up, Girls! live at Anime Expo

L.A. Loves Anime!

06/27/2017

Liz Ohanesian

On Fourth of July weekend, Anime Expo takes over the Los Angeles Convention Center in Downtown L.A. The annual celebration of Japanese entertainment and pop culture has exploded in popularity in recent years, drawing tens of thousands of guests to check out watch the latest anime, shop for merchandise and dress up as their favorite characters.

This year, Anime Expo will feature a host of special guests, including Final Fantasy creator Sakaguchi, popular cosplayer Stella Chuu and musical duo Angela, who has provided the theme songs for multiple anime series. WIth its massive exhibit hall, eclectic programming and events that go into the night, the convention schedule itself will keep you on your toes. Sometimes you have to get out of the crowd and explore the rest of Los Angeles. Read on for 10 things to do during the 2017 Anime Expo.

Venice Beach sunglasses

The New L.A. Almanac: Summer 2017

06/20/2017

Souris Hong

School’s out and summer is finally here! Celebrate the return of beach weather and flip flops with an insider’s peek into what to wear, see, do, hear and eat during our favorite - and some say, endless - season.

Westfield Century City

The Guide to Celebrity Shopping in Los Angeles

06/05/2017

Karen Young

They live among us—those people we see on the silver screen and on our home screens—winning awards or landing in the gossip pages and TMZ. Some shop at the same grocery stores, malls and boutiques, eat in the same restaurants, and even get their prescriptions filled at CVS—just like us. But they also spend time shopping at stores that may just be above our paychecks. So in tribute to the more glamorous side of things—here are some shopping districts where you may see some of them— the celebrities. And sometimes, they stop for frozen yogurt—just like us.

Zuma Beach at sunset

The Magnificent Seven: Music for L.A.'s Best Beaches

05/30/2017

Jonathan Palmer

With summer upon us - and temperatures set to soar - our thoughts turn west. Fortunately for those of us blessed to be in the City of Angels, turning such daydreams into reality is a stone-cold cinch. It’s so close, you can almost taste the salt and feel the sand between your toes... the beach!

Spinner in a scene from "Blade Runner" (1982)

Go On Location: "Blade Runner" Locations in Los Angeles

05/16/2017

Jonathan Palmer

As the stunning images unfold in the new trailer for Blade Runner: 2049, the pulse of any movie-loving Angeleno quickens. Blade Runner, Ridley Scott’s mind-blowing original that stars Harrison Ford as Rick Deckard, outlived its ho-hum box office returns and rose to classic status. The 1982 sci-fi film is among the most defining works of art ever created about our city - no other modern film uses the backdrop of our city with as much as imagination and flair.

Blade Runner's futuristic megalopolis - set in a DayGlo-tinged noir dreamscape of Los Angeles in 2019 - is a thing of inspiring (and often troubling) beauty. Law enforcement and the city’s upper crust pilot their airborne spinner cars to avoid the traffic jams and lowlifes on the street, elegantly soaring past kaijū-scale electronic billboards. Punishing storms batter the city. And many of the citizenry may not even be human.

Short of flying car rentals, Los Angeles boasts more than enough Blade Runner sights to keep you busy while you wait for the sequel, which is in theaters this October. Here’s a guide to recreating the Blade Runner experience in L.A., from its real-deal locations to inspired-by settings and events. (Incidentally, they filmed the sequel in Budapest. So much for authenticity. Do Hungarians dream of electric sheep?)

Bar at Cafe Birdie

The Dining & Drinking Guide to Highland Park

05/11/2017

Esther Tseng

Highland Park is the Los Angeles neighborhood of the moment thanks to a recent renaissance that has bolstered its community of small, local businesses. Long standing, family-run shops have been joined by new-to-the-neighborhood restaurants, bars and retailers. Enjoying superb accessibility from other parts of L.A. thanks to the Metro Gold Line, Highland Park has become a dining and libational destination with a diverse set of choices thanks to longtime resident families, as well as artists, musicians and designers.

With so many choices, it might be hard know which food and drink stops are the highlights. Read on for a cross-section of Highland Park restaurants and bars that reflects the richness of the area’s diversity.

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