Los Angeles is regarded as one of the top dining destinations in the country, a multicultural mecca for foodies and chefs alike. From Michelin-starred restaurants to humble street carts, Los Angeles Times restaurant critic Jonathan Gold has written about it all for more than two decades. The first food writer to win the Pulitzer Prize in criticism, Gold is the subject of a new documentary, City of Gold.
Directed by Laura Gabbert and featuring some of L.A.’s most acclaimed chefs and restaurants, City of Gold takes the audience on a journey to discover Los Angeles through the eyes of one of its foremost cultural writers and a true ambassador of the city. Read on for a guide to L.A. restaurants featured in City of Gold.
Sheng jian bao, Shanghai-style buns that are far less renowned than xiao long bao, each contain a ground pork patty, though you’ll occasionally find seafood or vegetable variations. These pan-fried wonders are typically studded with sesame seeds, with crispy bottoms, supple tops, and definitely have the potential to scald your tongue. Thicker skins that other dumplings or potstickers allow SJB to contain gelatinized stock that turns to steaming soup when cooking, though that element is only occasionally utilized in L.A.
The filling is normally pretty rich, so a lot of people like to incorporate tangy vinegar (and sometimes vinegar mixed with soy sauce). Either dip in the sauce or bite a hole in the SJB wall and pour the sauces directly into the core before powering through the rest. Chasing each sheng jian bao with sips of hot jasmine tea also helps cut the richness.
Keep in mind that Shanghai-style restaurants list sheng jian bao under menu translations like “pan-fried pork buns” or “pan fried bao.” Now indulge in 10 of L.A.’s best options.
With so much to see and do in Los Angeles, you might think it’s impossible to do it all in a day. Not to worry - you and your loved one can easily enjoy a wide range of experiences thanks to the city’s wealth of culture and diversity. Read on for our 24-hour guide to romantic Los Angeles.
The Los Angeles bread world has changed drastically since Nancy Silverton launched La Brea Bakery in 1989. Now that company has gone national under Aryzta’s direction, and LBB’s legacy has impacted many of the city’s bakers. Of course, other bakeries and bakers have inspired and influenced a new generation. The current batch of artisan bread bakers simultaneously utilize modern traditions and pay respects to the past by using time-tested techniques and now incorporate ancient grains that impact flavor, texture, and nutrition. If you’re looking to buy a loaf for home, learn about 10 of your best bets.
There are many different Los Angeles neighborhoods worth exploring, but for a 48-hour stint, you’re going to want to pick a pair that have differing feels from each other. The first day, look to Mid-City West, a great district with a metropolitan but relaxed feel. Then, head south to San Pedro to discover the city’s main harbor and its community. Read on for your 48-hour guide to romantic Los Angeles.
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Los Angeles is renowned as the Entertainment Capital of the World, home to celebrities and a global destination for luxury. But that doesn’t mean visitors can’t experience everything that L.A. has to offer without breaking the bank. From world-class museums to multicultural dining, read on for our 72-hour guide to visiting Los Angeles on a budget.
Discover Los Angeles
Los Angeles is renowned as the Entertainment Capital of the World, home to celebrities and a global destination for luxury. But that doesn’t mean you have to break the bank to experience everything that L.A. has to offer. From world-class museums to multicultural dining, read on for our 48-hour guide to visiting Los Angeles on a budget.