The Pasta Queen of Pasadena
Leah Ferrazzani of Semolina Artisanal PastaCredit: Leah Ferrazzani. Leah Ferrazzani is a powerhouse. She has turned a one-woman operation that started with makeshift drying fans in her house and turned it into one of the most respected pasta brands in Los Angeles. Ferrazzani is the owner of Semolina Artisanal Pasta in Pasadena, a small pasta shop doing very big things.Read full story
Explore Los Angeles One Famous Street at a Time: Santa Monica Boulevard
If you want to understand the history of Los Angeles through its roads, the place to start is undoubtedly Santa Monica Boulevard. The historic street, which extends from Silver Lake on the east side of the city all the way to the Pacific Ocean, also intersects with the famed Route 66.Read full story
Want To Cool Off This Summer? Find A Hotel Pool Near You.
You no longer have to stay overnight to access the best hotel pools in Los Angeles. Now that climate change has made summer in Los Angeles an insufferable six-month-long inferno, it’s never been more important to know how to cool off.Read full story
Are the Channel Islands Southern California's Most Overlooked Getaway?
Escape to an island paradise off the shores of Los Angeles. Did you know that there are only two National Parks in all of Southern California? The most well-known and highly trafficked, of course, is Joshua Tree National Park, which sits east of Palm Springs about two and a half hours outside of Los Angeles. The second, is a little harder to reach, very much overlooked, and mostly an afterthought for adventure-seeking Angeleno’s and tourists. That Park is the Channel Islands National Park, resting peacefully in the Pacific Ocean off the west coast of Oxnard – and it should not be dismissed.Read full story
A 100% Grass-Fed Steak Restaurant Opens in Beverly Hills
The team behind SUGARFISH has found the Nirvana of meat. Whenever a new restaurant opens in Beverly Hills, there is the typical fanfare. Celebrity sightings, dolled-up influencers, glitzy customers, effusive press, social media onslaughts, and all the trappings of a movie premiere with FOMO dripping from the walls. But once you strip away the gloss and the hype-machine that the LA restaurant scene is mostly based on, you’re left with something much simpler to ponder: how is the food, how is the service, is it worth it?Read full story
These Los Angeles Chefs Have a Secret Ingredient
There’s a little-known culinary secret running around certain circles of Los Angeles. The secret is about a foreign land that boasts the cleanest air and the most fertile soil on earth. It’s a place that’s completely GMO free, has the strictest biosecurity controls, and irrigation systems that complement a gross of natural rainfall.Read full story
This Spanish Chef Cooked 35,000 Meals for Front Line Workers
The Los Angeles culinary scene has a discrimination problem. Yes, of course there are inequities when it comes to race and gender, but another problem might just be geographic. It’s perhaps the only reason that the beam of light that is Sandra Cordero, the owner and executive chef of Gasolina in Woodland Hills, is often eschewed for the comfier, more centric confines of restaurants in LA proper.Read full story
Explore Los Angeles One Famous Street at a Time: Hollywood Boulevard
Tom Cruise on the Hollywood Walk of FameCredit: Marisa Lynch. On any given day you can meander past the Walk of Fame stars of Tom Cruise or Bruce Lee while costumed performers dressed as Elmo or Elvis or Darth Vader take pics with tourists for a dollar. The dichotomy can be striking when a red-carpet movie premiere is juxtaposed against a homeless encampment. But Hollywood Boulevard, warts and all, is one of the beating hearts of LA and if you want to find stereotypes mixed with history and authenticity, there’s no better place to stroll.Read full story
Can you expect pre-Covid experiences at California hotels?
The Colony Palms Hotel and BungalowsCredit: Marisa Lynch. With summer right around the corner and Covid levels dropping precipitously in the state of California, travelers are gearing up to get out of the house and experience a vacation for the first time in nearly two years.Read full story
Andy Warhol: Photo Factory Opening in LA
BANANAS 1977-78 Polacolor Type 108© The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Inc. Never-Before-Exhibited Collection of Rare Warhol Photographs, On View at NeueHouse Hollywood.Read full story
Liv a Lil - The Cultural Food Collab We All Need
It often feels like our world has never been more polarized. Every day, Twitter and other social platforms explode with vitriol, hate, misinformation, and disinformation. Every issue is debated to its most extreme degree, whether it’s cancel-culture, geo-political conflicts, gun rights, or cultural appropriation.Read full story
Trend Watch: Caviar
The pandemic has brought a lot of changes to behavior over the past year. How people socialized, traveled, ate, and drank was fundamentally altered as groups huddled indoors looking for indulgences.Read full story
The Grove Opens Bistro 1759, a New, Fancy Dining Experience on Top of a Trolley
The Los Angeles restaurant scene is re-opening with a bang, and the latest, possibly most lavish, and tastiest new opening might come with a side of motion sickness (but not really).Read full story
Beign-yay for Beignets!
Los Angeles is a donut town. And despite all the diet fads, health crazes, workout classes, and Peloton rides, there are still dozens of donut shops littering every part of the city. It may not be you, but someone is eating all these sweets…Read full story
This is the Meatless Meatball Sandwich...
...and it is spectacular. Bianco Truffle Meatball SandwichCredit: Anne Fishbein. Anyone who has lived in Los Angeles for more than 10 years can tell you that the restaurant scene in the city has morphed and changed into one of the finest culinary destinations on the planet. LA’s ethnic enclaves produce some of the best Mexican, Japanese, Thai, Italian, and Chinese food restaurants in the world.Read full story
The Omakase Pasta Experience
In 2017 my favorite meal in LA was at Scratch|Bar. In 2019 my favorite meal in LA was at Sushi|Bar. In 2021 my favorite meal in LA so far was at Pasta|Bar. Now, I’m tempted to think that my pandemic brain is simply starved for creative cuisine and long-winded tasting menus filled with indecipherable ingredients. But there’s just something about the magic behind Phillip Frankland Lee and Margarita Kallas-Lee that keeps drawing me into the bowels of Encino to experience something that no one else in Los Angeles is even close to achieving.Read full story
The Makers of Los Angeles - Courage Bagels
Los Angeles is a city of makers, of creators, and of doers. It’s the kind of place where a simple idea can spread like wildfire and a cult following can form overnight. It’s a city where hype can blaze an enormous path, but where quality ultimately rises to the top.Read full story
Trend Watch: The Bento Box
The to-go hit of the pandemic is here to stay. If you can find a silver lining in a pandemic, it’s easily the entrepreneurship and ingenuity of LA’s restaurant community. Forced with shutdowns and re-openings and half openings and quarter openings, LA’s restaurateurs needed to get creative.Read full story
The Reimagined New York Style Pizza in Los Angeles
For as long as chefs have been firing up pizzas in Los Angeles, not-so-humble pizzerias have deigned to provide skeptical Angelenos with classic New York style slices. Pretty much all have failed. Sure, there are close calls with the likes of Vito’s or Mulberry Street or even more recent New York transplants Joe’s and Prince Street. But somehow, the nostalgia is missing from all of them.Read full story