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WEST Restaurant & Lounge at Hotel Angeleno

The Guide to Brentwood, California

03/19/2015

Esther Tseng

Brentwood is one of L.A.'s most affluent neighborhoods, located on the Westside between Westwood and Santa Monica. Brentwood began as a Mexican land grant ranch sold off by the Sepulveda family. Its modern development started in the 1880s and today it boasts one of the lowest population densities in the city, with lush green pastures and coral trees along its main thoroughfare, San Vicente Boulevard. Read on for a guide to the area's essential stops, and get up close and personal with one of the Westside's most beautiful neighborhoods.

Top of Topanga Overlook - Woodland Hills

The Guide to Woodland Hills

03/18/2015

Discover Los Angeles

Woodland Hills is an upscale neighborhood located on the edge of the Santa Monica Mountains in the San Fernando Valley of northern Los Angeles. Woodland Hills is bordered by Calabasas, Tarzana, Topanga and is a short hop from the famous beaches of Malibu. It's lush, green and a great place to hike, bike, enjoy nature and update your wardrobe. Whether your interest is shopping or the outdoors, Woodland Hills has activities and attractions that can provide a fun, entertaining experience. On Ventura Boulevard there are lively bars and gastropubs with delicious food and live music, making Woodland Hills a unique, vibrant destination in the Valley.

Ultrazone Laser Tag

A Walking Tour of Sherman Oaks

03/17/2015

Sarah Dandashy

Even though the San Fernando Valley is known as one of L.A.’s largest regions, there are local neighborhoods that are easily navigated and pedestrian friendly. The historic and upscale neighborhood of Sherman Oaks is one of those areas, especially along Ventura Boulevard, which one can explore on foot. Many of L.A.’s favorite restaurants and stores have Valley locations in Sherman Oaks, which is just “over the hill” from Bel-Air and Beverly Hills. Though it’s nice to come across familiar brands, there are numerous local gems that make Sherman Oaks truly a delight to explore on foot.

Guinness Beef Stew at Finn McCool's

The Best Dishes with Guinness in Los Angeles

03/12/2015

Esther Tseng

Erin go bragh! There's no better time than St. Patrick's Day to toast with a pint of Guinness, the best selling alcoholic drink in Ireland and a liquid tradition that dates back to the late 1700s. But what about celebrating the Feast of St. Patrick with an actual feast that features the world's most famous dry stout? Quite a few places around L.A. have incorporated the beloved beer in their kitchens. Read on to find out some of the best dishes in Los Angeles that feature Guinness in their recipes.

Ribeye at EsCaLA

The Best Non-Korean Restaurants in Koreatown

03/04/2015

Joshua Lurie

By now, it should be clear that Koreatown features the most compelling collection of Korean restaurants outside of the motherland. However, people may not know that restaurateurs carrying flags for other cuisines are flocking to the neighborhood. Learn about some of the best non-Korean dining options in Koreatown.

Seafood paella at smoke.oil.salt.

Around the World in 21 Los Angeles Dishes

03/02/2015

Discover Los Angeles

Generations of immigrants from around the world have come to Los Angeles from overseas and throughout the Americas to pursue their dreams. L.A. is truly a global metropolis because of its rich diversity. Locals and visitors alike can experience a virtual United Nations of cuisines without ever leaving the City of Angels. Leave your passport at home and start your culinary journey around the world in 21 Los Angeles dishes.

Tonkotsu ramen at Ramen Champ

The Best New Restaurants in Chinatown

02/20/2015

Joshua Lurie

The Chinese American community in Los Angeles dates to the 1850s, but it wasn’t until 1938 that the Downtown L.A. neighborhood that once held Little Italy officially became known as Chinatown. Now, eight decades later, Chinatown is experiencing a revival. Restaurants like Eastside Market Italian Deli, Nick’s Café, Philippe the Original, Phoenix Inn and Sam Woo are still going strong. Discover 17 top picks from an increasingly diverse crop.

Marina del Rey at sunset

A Walking Tour of Marina del Rey

02/20/2015

Discover Los Angeles

With over 4,600 boat slips, Marina del Rey is the largest man-made small-craft harbor in North America. Prior to its development, the Marina was a marshland popular for fishing and duck hunting. Various development plans date back to the 1880s, but it wasn’t until 1954 that President Dwight D. Eisenhower authorized the Army Corps of Engineers to dredge the Marina as a federal project. Over 50 years later, the Marina is a thriving residential and boating community with year-round water sports, waterfront dining, and harbor cruises.

Lengua burrito at Taqueria Los Anaya

The Best Burritos in Los Angeles

02/15/2015

Joshua Lurie

The burrito, a beloved Mexican food item featuring a flour tortilla and a range of fillings, has origins in northern Mexico, with most people pointing toward the border town of Ciudad Juárez. Now, some of the most famous burritos are rooted in California. For instance, Mission burritos in San Francisco can be massive, and in San Diego the California burrito is known to contain French fries. In Los Angeles, we’re not bound by any particular traditions, so you’ll find a far larger variety, including many Asian fillings. L.A.’s most famous burrito may belong to Manuel’s Original El Tepeyac Café in Boyle Heights, which holds the distinction of serving burritos the size of small schnauzers. However, you’ll probably enjoy these 10 standout burritos even more.

Yakitori at Hinotori

Top 10 Yakitori Restaurants in Los Angeles

02/05/2015

Clarissa Wei

In Japan, yakitori refers to bite-sized chicken meat or offal, strung on bamboo sticks and cooked over charcoal until beautiful crisp grill marks appear. In the states, that term has expanded to describe restaurants that serve grilled Japanese skewers. Also known as izakaya restaurants, meals at these places are fast, casual affairs that are usually paired with a sizeable glass of beer. Charcoal is the preferred cooking method because the ash radiates infrared rays to help seal in the flavor. Typically, the skewer is then dressed with salt or basted with yuzu or a sweet soy sauce. When it comes to yakitori, it’s all about the flavor. Here are 10 great yakitori restaurants in Los Angeles.

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