By now it's common knowledge that a successful stint on Bravo's hit series "Top Chef" can quickly launch a relatively unknown chef into culinary rock star fame. Last season's winner Michael Voltaggio is a favorite here in LA, and even though he's currently without a restaurant (the Langham closed for renovation and already has a new chef at the ready), you can still catch a glimpse of "Top Chef" winners and fan favorites at these LA restaurants. (Photo courtesy of Bravo)
Remember how much you loved ice cream floats when you were a kid? Good news: There's an adult version that you'll love just as much, if not more. Beer floats are making their way to bar and restaurants all over LA, and if you haven't tried one yet, you're missing out. Forget what beer purists say--this adult twist on a childhood favorite is the sweetest way to get loaded. (Photo: Pizza Fusion's beer float)
What's old is new again. Red velvet cake, a traditional Southern sweet, has been experiencing a revival lately and it's now a staple on just about every bakery and dessert menu in LA. Taking note, some bakers have gotten experimental with their red velvet treats in order to stand out. Say hello to the next generation of red velvet in Los Angeles.
On the list of ?Things You Must Do In LA? you will undoubtedly find ?attend a screening at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery." If you're fortunate enough to have already checked that off your list, then you might be curious about other unique Los Angeles screenings. Check out our guide to some of the hottest outdoor movie screenings in LA going on right now.
No longer last-ditch resorts for forgotten toothbrushes and souvenir tees, hotel gift shops have gone chic, and, of course, LA is one of the cities on top of the trend. While this cutting-edge gear is found primarily in spendy concept hotels for now, it's worth keeping a look out for quirky and modest hotel shops in Los Angeles that will soon be riding this retail wave.
It seems that every day another celebrity launches his or her own clothing line. In fact, it's gotten so extreme that celebuspawn are now in the game. (Madonna's not-so-little-anymore daughter Lourdes is raking in the cash thanks to her new Material Girl line ... could Suri Cruise be next?) So it's not surprising that Los Angeles, celebrity ground zero, is home to more than a few celeb-owned shops. Here's a quick hit list of LA's celebrity stores. (Photo: Shutterstock)
While nobody ever accused Eagle Rock of being a dining mecca, this laidback 'hood offers enough variety to entice Angelenos who live west of Eagle Rock Boulevard. Insane burgers? Check. Gritty diners? Yep. Date-night destinations? Got 'em. From famed bakeries to legit bistros, The Rock offers a little bit of everything ... except maybe attitude. Best of all, chowing at Eagle Rock restaurants won't torpedo your budget.
Okay, so maybe Eagle Rock never quite became the next Los Feliz or Silver Lake (damn you, recession!), but that could be for the best. This is Eastside cool without the hipper-than-thou attitude--and the price tags around here tend to be as grounded as the neighborhood. Find out where to shop for contemporary clothes, vintage accessories, used books, art and more along Colorado and Eagle Rock Boulevards.
If you're looking for a good drink far from the sceney crowds of Hollywood (and let's face it, Los Feliz), then you might want to check out the cool little 'hood of Atwater Village. Whether you want to hang out with Smokey the Bear or prefer to throw back a few at an authentic Scottish pub, check out this list for great Atwater Village bars.
Tucked away in an enclave between Los Feliz and Glendale, Atwater Village is a laidback, often overlooked neighborhood--except by the Beastie Boys, who set up shop here back in the early 90s to record ?Check Your Head.? Today, the strip is holding its own with plenty of good eats. Check out our list for tasty Atwater Village restaurants. (Photo: Baracoa Cuban Cafe)