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Fair Oaks sundae at Fair Oaks Pharmacy

The Best Ice Cream Sundaes in Los Angeles

10/03/2014

Joshua Lurie

Ice cream is one of the most important building blocks when creating a sundae, but unlike a cup or cone, a sundae’s collective ingredients transcend the core product. Sundaes can be more forgiving, and the toppings can help cover for ice cream imperfections. However, why not have it all? Here are 10 of the top sundaes in Los Angeles.

Victorian manors on Carroll Avenue in Echo Park

Hidden Gems in Echo Park

09/23/2014

Esther Tseng

Flanked by Elysian Park, Elysian Valley, Silver Lake and Chinatown, Echo Park is a historic and diverse neighborhood where you’ll find everything from Dodger Stadium, the home of our beloved Los Angeles Dodgers, to Echo Park Lake, which reopened recently after a $45-million renovation. Locals and visitors alike enjoy paddle-boating around the lake, while the surrounding area continues to experience a retail, recreation and restaurant renaissance. Read on to find out more about Echo Park hidden gems, and discover an entirely different side of the neighborhood.

Dim sum at King Hua

The Best Dim Sum Restaurants in Los Angeles

09/11/2014

Tony Chen

The Cantonese style of food known as dim sum - bite-sized or individual portions of food, typically served in steamer baskets or small plates - is a breakfast and brunch experience enjoyed around the world. Dim sum is associated with the ancient Silk Road tradition of yum cha (“drink tea”), so when friends and family go to a Chinese restaurant for dim sum it’s referred to as yum cha. Los Angeles, the gateway to Asia-Pacific travelers and the home of the second largest Chinese-American population, offers plentiful dim sum options. From historic Chinatown in Downtown Los Angeles to the Chinese enclaves of the San Gabriel Valley, read on for some of the best dim sum restaurants in the L.A. area.

Chocolate chip rye cookies and more at The Sycamore Kitchen

The Best Cookies in Los Angeles

08/28/2014

Joshua Lurie

In Los Angeles, creativity knows no bounds, whether it's movies, music, art, architecture…or cookies. Yes, L.A. chefs have drawn on classic flavor combinations, fun riffs on other foodstuffs, and unbridled imagination to develop an array of cookies that warrant crosstown drives. Learn about 14 of the best cookies in Los Angeles.

Relleno negro taco at La Flor de Yucatan

The Best Restaurants in the Mid-City of Los Angeles

08/22/2014

Bill Esparza

In recent years, Angelenos have followed acclaimed chefs to their latest restaurant openings in Downtown L.A. and other hot foodie neighborhoods around town. But the Mid-City area, the heart of L.A., is still full of vitality. Mid-City encompasses part of Koreatown, one of the principal Oaxacan neighborhoods, and the multicultural Byzantine-Latino Quarter, among other international enclaves. Today, in addition to its edgy chef-driven restaurant scene, Los Angeles is recognized all over the world for its multicultural dining experiences. Here are 10 reasons why Mid-City is one of the most important dining neighborhoods in Los Angeles.

Shrimp pad thai at Siam Sunset

The Best Thai Restaurants in Los Angeles

08/14/2014

Clarissa Wei

The City of Angels has the largest Thai population outside of Thailand, so it’s no surprise that Thai food is in abundance around town. If you just want to wander, you should explore Thai Town, a six-block area centered along Hollywood Boulevard between Normandie and Western Avenue, where many of the city’s best Thai restaurants are located. From boat noodle specialists to spicy Southern Thai fare and fusion Thai food, there’s something for everyone. Read on for 10 of the best Thai restaurants in Los Angeles.

Seared rosemary-butter-basted lamb at Orsa & Winston

Los Angeles Tops Bon Appétit's 50 Best New Restaurants in America

08/13/2014

Discover Los Angeles

In 2013, Alma in Downtown L.A. was named Bon Appétit's Best New Restaurant in America. Bon Appétit’s Restaurant and Drinks Editor, Andrew Knowlton, has posted his 50 nominees for this year’s list. Los Angeles has five restaurants in the list, more than any other city in the country. Read on and find out more about L.A.’s multicultural nominees for the Best New Restaurant in America.

Girl dancing at La Plaza de Cultura y Artes

A Three-Day Los Angeles Itinerary for Latino Culture

08/11/2014

Wiebke Schuster

The past, present and future of Los Angeles have been shaped by the rich diversity of its cultures. Nearly half of L.A.'s residents can trace their roots to Latin American origins, from Mexico and Peru to El Salvador and Costa Rica. Each year from Sept. 15 – Oct. 15, Angelenos and visitors of all backgrounds celebrate National Hispanic Heritage Month, which honors the cultural heritage and traditions of the Latino population.

Los Angeles was officially founded on Sept. 4, 1781, centuries after European explorers first arrived in the region in 1542. The cradle of L.A. is El Pueblo de Los Angeles, a historic district located in the oldest section of the city. The area includes landmarks such as Los Angeles Plaza, La Placita Church, and Olvera Street, the lively outdoor Mexican marketplace where visitors can find anything from handmade leather goods to custard filled churros.

National Hispanic Heritage Month is the perfect time to experience L.A.’s vibrant and diverse cultures. The following three-day guide explores historic and modern Latino culture in Downtown, then takes you west to Museum Row and West L.A.

Soon Tofu at BCD Tofu House

The Best Late Night Eats in Los Angeles

08/08/2014

dine L.A.

Every now and then, you need to eat later than usual. Maybe you had to work late, or you need something after last call, or your dinner earlier just didn’t cut it. Ironically, in this city filled with so much nightlife, it can be hard to eat good food after that dreaded 10 p.m. closing time that many of our beloved eateries abide by. There isn’t anything necessarily wrong with eating greasy tacos and even greasier bacon-wrapped street hot dogs every once in a while. But if you’re craving something that’s even remotely more wholesome, here is our list of exceptional global eateries around L.A. that offer just a little more to hold you over - at least until breakfast.

Chicken “Parmigiano” at Paninoteca by Scarpetta

The Best Sandwiches in Los Angeles

07/31/2014

Joshua Lurie

Two slices of bread, balanced fillings and imagination is all it takes to create a satisfying sandwich, but great versions remain elusive. Luckily, Los Angeles has a legacy of great sandwiches, including Langer's Deli #19, the French Dips at Philippe the Original and Cole's, and the Bay Cities Godmother. Read on and discover L.A.'s destination sandwiches.

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