If you're not watching ?Jersey Shore,? MTV's reality show about the lives of uber-tanned, uber-pumped and uber-gelled "guidos" and "guidettes" summering in New Jersey, you're missing out on a fascinating anthropological documentary ... or, at least, an outrageously entertaining TV guilty pleasure. So where would Pauly D, The Situation and the rest of the Jersey Shore guys ?keep it fresh? with the GTL (that's gym, tanning, laundry, for those of you not up to speed on your "JS" lingo) in Los Angeles? Here are some guesses. Let the fist pumping begin!
While Los Angeles now rivals San Francisco and New York for fantastic classic cocktails, L.A. has been on the leading edge for years when it comes to inventive libations that are bursting with the freshest ingredients--and lots of them. Our fair city also arguably leads the nation in outrageous martinis that may not be healthy, but are more than memorable (Lola's on Fairfax claims to have invented the Apple Martini, for example). We say if you're going to fork over $12 or more for a cocktail, might as well make it your meal. Check out these one-of-a-kind concoctions that will satiate not only your need for alcohol, but your stomach, too.
New year, new you! Alright, alright. We know that many a well-intentioned resolution will be over before it ever really starts, but you have to admit the idea of a new beginning is always exciting. So why not get moving on all those things you want to accomplish in 2011? Whether you want to look your best, eat right or work out more regularly, we've got some ideas on how to make good on your resolutions. (Yes, one of them even includes drinking.) Cheers!
Not going home for the holidays? Or do you just want to enjoy a fabulous meal without the hassle (and mess) of doing it yourself? Either way, the City of Angels has got you covered with delectable offers that span the super-affordable to the downright splurge-worthy. Find out which Los Angeles restaurants are open for Christmas Day dining.
Wow, what a year. Our new president moved into the White House, the King of Pop bid farewell, and Tiger Woods got caught barking (crashing?) up the wrong tree. Amid the chaos and debilitating recession, the Los Angeles dining scene showed no signs of slowing. This year signaled the long-anticipated revival of Downtown L.A. with a never-ending stream of restaurants opening up, including the stellar Rivera and Bottega Louie. There were the big names which opened up to much fanfare (Bouchon and Philippe, we're talking about you), but also those under-the-radar spots that quietly (and consistently) proved a job well done, like Venice's Sauce on Hampton and Taste at the Palisades. Here are our editorial picks for L.A.'s best new restaurants in 2009 that deserve your attention in the coming year.
For bars in Los Angeles, 2009 was a banner year. In a notoriously fickle (and increasingly crowded) marketplace for discerning drinkers, this past year operators stepped up their game. From the explosion of cocktail-centric lounges to the gaggle of upscale wine bars in Santa Monica (and downtown) to a batch of new beer-centric boites in Hollywood, here are some of what we think are the best bets from 2009 in no particular order. Here's hoping all of these spots last well into the next year.
They're baaack... "The Twilight Saga: Eclipse" opens on June 30 and to celebrate the third installment of the tragically undead love triangle with droopy-eyed Bella, needs-a-serious-spray-tan Edward and cougar-bait Jacob, we've come up with a quick hit list of where to go for a vampy good time in Los Angeles. (Photo courtesy of Summit Entertainment)
Looking for a new twist on a traditional holiday treat? Skip the pumpkin pie this year and try something new. From a spicy shot and dessert combo to a perfect-for-the-season organic pizza, we're giving you the scoop on five spots around Los Angeles for tasty takes on pumpkin, spice and everything nice. (Photo by Kelly Wardle.)
If the bad economy has you searching for some bargains, check out this list to find out where to go for great discount shopping in Los Angeles and beyond.
I'd buy that for a dollar! When budgets are down and the national unemployment rate is up (it's the highest it's been in 26 years, folks), it's time to buckle down on spending. But that doesn't mean you're doomed to a life of eating canned soup in front of the tube every night. Check out our list for dining on a dime (or should we say, a dollar) in Los Angeles.