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My family recently returned from a trip to France. We began in the gorgeous city of Bordeaux, where our nephew, whom we raised, is wrapping up his junior year of college abroad. The wine was, of course, mind-blowing; the baguettes, beautiful (France is hell for the gluten sensitive); the cheeses, pungent and unpasteurized; the products from the farmers’ markets, as tantalizing as any we can buy here… Read
101 Cheap Eats
Forget the tablecloths. L.A.’s finest food is also its cheapest. We devour 101 of the city’s most delicious BLT hot dogs, shrimp-stuffed tacos, egg-topped rice bowls, and crispy-crust pizzas. Plus: A fantastic voyage for flawless fried chicken
The Identity Thief
By Louise Farr
Even investigators were awed by Randy Kling’s skill at amassing aliases and defrauding people. But murder? That was his biggest deception of all
WEB EXTRA: Executive editor Matt Segal interviews Louise Farr about “The Identity Thief”
Fifty Thousand Shades of Gray
By Nancy Miller
It’s summer in L.A.—so why is the weather so crummy? We shed some light on the cloudy topic of June Gloom
The Outdoor Room Grows Up
By Ann Herold
Landscape designers Scott Shrader and Jay Griffith have long viewed the garden as a place you should use—a lot
Chris Nichols on busting buskers
Maggie Gyllenhaal recalls post-Oscars pasta, Emma Thompson’s admirers, and the last days of Angeli Caffe
All the parties fit to crash
How L.A. Works
Drilling for another kind of gold
Got just a little in the middle but too much in back? Swimsuits that flatter, no matter your body type
The first lady of nails, OPI founder Suzi Weiss-Fischmann, and her coats of many colors
We find trendsetters and cowboys alike in East L.A.
Best of LA
Hang ten at these swell surf shops
It’s the final countdown for foie gras in California, as L.A. chefs say farewell to the controversial delicacy
Chefs-cum-gardeners dig a fresh crop of herbs; Kris Yenbamroong talks Thai snacks at Night + Market; lasagna shapes up for summer with Josie Le Balch’s recipe; five L.A. food apps make downloading delicious; and an ice cream pro gives the scoop on scooping
139 of the city’s best restaurants, from Ago to Auntie Em’s
WEB EXTRA: Chris Nichols recalls his favorite events aboard the Queen Mary
The road less traveled leads to Sunset Junction
From bingo to trivia, games that play well in a darkened bar
30 things to do this month, from a James Bond extravaganza to a Johnny Cash tribute
By Steve Erickson
Tom Cruise may be the headliner, but the Sunset Strip is the real star of Rock of Ages
By Mark Lacter
How the Westfield Group has been shaping the way Los Angeles shops
PLUS: 5 Things We’re Not Supposed To Tell You About This Issue
→ Time it took for the pizza on our cover to begin “leoparding”— a term that describes the optimal smattering of brown spots on the crust. Chef-owner Bradford Kent and his team at Olio Piz- zeria & Café prepped 46 pies for their wood-burning oven to achieve one that was photo-perfect. Dough!
→ Guffaws exchanged between design director Steven Banks and deputy editor Nancy Miller while discussing pump jacks for our How L.A. Works department. Hey, you try saying “an- nulus” and “polished rod” with a straight face.
→ Amount of film that intrepid photographer (and former art intern) Damon Casarez shot inside Westfield Culver City before getting busted by security. Casarez moved on to Westfield Santa Anita, “but it wasn’t as exciting as the Culver City location,” he says. “The experience with the mall cop was surreal.”
→ “Tokens” left behind by Magic, the duck model photographed for the Eat opener. Magic’s sister, Molly, left less of a mark, quacking from her cage during the shoot.
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→ The sole cosmetic in associate editor Kari Mozena’s purse when she critiqued the makeup of several famous faces for The Seen.