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Pollen In Love at DTLA’s Broken Shaker

Maureen Harrington • Los Angeles Magazine • September 28, 2022
Don’t stop with the lobby of the Freehand Hotel. Though it’s charming, filled with chic women and their beaus lounging on couches, pass through and go upstairs to the rooftop Broken Shaker, where the crowd tends toward swim gear for sitting around...

Looking for the perfect croissant? It's in Ojai

Jenn Harris • Los Angeles Times • September 26, 2022
Here’s where to eat — and what to order — right now. The entire bakery case at the Dutchess Just after 7 a.m. on a recent Sunday morning, a line wrapped around the bakery counter at the Dutchess. On display at the Ojai restaurant and bakery were...

Where to find the best Italian dumplings in Los Angeles

Jenn Harris • Los Angeles Times • September 25, 2022
Chef Steve Samson says that every morning, growing up in Bologna, Italy, his nonna would make fresh pasta. Some days she rolled out tagliatelle, others it was tortelloni. What Samson calls “grandma-cooking” is at the heart of his downtown...

The best dumplings in Los Angeles

Jenn HarrisColumnist • Los Angeles Times • September 24, 2022
We’re lucky enough to live in a city that offers pan-fried, boiled, deep-fried, grilled and steamed dumplings from all over the world. And as I filmed season 2 of “The Bucket List” video series,” with 11 episodes devoted to dumplings, we attempted...

In a dining galaxy of Sichuan delights, can a Shanghai star shine as bright?

Bill Addison • Los Angeles Times • September 22, 2022
The menu at WangJia in San Gabriel spans nearly 150 items. It can be an overwhelming document of stir-fries in dry, fiery or gently sauced styles; soup and noodle options by the dozens; and micro-surveys of several regional Chinese cuisines. Yet...

Brooklyn Avenue Pizza Co. and The Paramount Celebrate Latino Heritage Month

Maureen Harrington • Los Angeles Magazine • September 21, 2022
It’s Los Angeles’ Latino Heritage Month from September 15-October 15, which means restaurants, bars and clubs all over town are pulling out all the stops to celebrate the vital L.A. Latino community. The mariachis will be dressed in their best;...

Yes, there is good dim sum on the Westside — these shaggy taro puffs are it

Jenn Harris • Los Angeles Times • September 19, 2022
Here’s where to eat — and what to order — right now. Fried taro dumplings from Lotus Dim Sum Dumpling House I spent many Sundays growing up eating wu gok at dim sum parlors all over the San Gabriel Valley. The fried taro puffs may be the most...

The best old-school Mexican restaurants in Los Angeles

Bill Addison, Stephanie Breijo, Jenn Harris, Lucas Kwan Peterson, Gustavo Arellano • Los Angeles Times • September 15, 2022
Maybe it’s the thrill of a first slide into a squeaky red booth under a low-hanging wrought-iron lamp. Or the wonder-inducing mound of rice and a pool of refried beans that seem to spread forever across a platter that a dutiful server will warn is...

How Tito's Tacos makes its famous hard-shell tacos

Jenn Harris • Los Angeles Times • September 15, 2022
You can count on nothing in life, but death, taxes and a line at Tito’s Tacos. Whatever the time of day, people wait for the hard-shell tacos, the goopy enchiladas, the freshly fried chips and cups of horchata. “We closed for 2 ½ months during the...