August 2010



Best of LA
Zigzagging around the city for our annual Best of L.A. issue took us from Covina for a lace repair expert to a salon in Malibu that lends iPads to its customers to Studio City for a red-sauce Italian restaurant. Meanwhile, back at our Miracle Mile office, we conducted blind taste tests of scores of brownies and jams. Clocking hundreds of miles and hours, the 20 reporters fell in love with L.A. all over again—as they do every year when it comes time to scout the many ways the city shines PLUS: Six businesses that are still the best—more than 50 years later  



Ask Chris
Chris Nichols tallies newspaper numbers
By Chris Nichols

All the parties fit to crash
By Kari Mozena

L.A. Archetype
Skateboarder Tony Castillo, 21, spends  his days cruising along Venice Beach
By Auroriele Hans

Street Smart
A slew of vibrant new spots on West 3rd St. is reason enough to go back and stroll this favorite indie shopping destination

By Sara Wilson

John Wooden
October 14, 1910 – June 4, 2010
By Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (as told to Raymond Obstfeld) 

Architect Julie Smtih-Clementi takes a strong stand on design with notNeutral, her home products line
By Laurie Pike 

Au Courant
Swimwear steps out of the bedroom
By Laurie Pike 

PLUS: Topher Grace hits the mark



Open City
What began as a show of solidarity soon took away the heartache, anger, and fear
By Anne Taylor Fleming

Angelina Jolie and Tom Cruise have a lot riding on their summer spy flicks
By Steve Erickson 

L.A. Fiction
In this excerpt from her new novel, My Hollywood, Mona Simpson gives Westside nannies a voice, and her name is Lola
By Mona Simpson 

Speak Easy
A new documentary explores Playboy founder Hugh Hefner’s impact not just on sexual mores but on civil liberties and life as we know it
By Sara Wilson

Hammered by the recession, retail celebrity Larry Miller needed a new strategy

By Mark Lacter 

Can local espresso maven Angel Orozco compete against the big guys?
By Evan George 

Check out our reviews of the newest restaurants

PLUS: Shucking oysters with Church & State’s Christophe Happillon, inventive mac and cheese combos from First & Hope, and the scoop on heirloom tomatoes


Web Extras:

WIN: The Best of LA
In our annual Best of LA issue, on newsstands now, we give you our picks for everything from rescue pups to cold brews. Now we’re giving you the chance to sample some of them. Each week this month we’ll be awarding a prize from one of our winners. Enter now, and then come back to see who won and to view highlights from the entries. 

VIDEO: Best of LA Winners Party 2010
Watch what happened when our top picks—from Best Use of Bacon to Best Teapots—schmoozed and boozed to the sounds of DJ Richard Blade at the Fairmont Miramar Hotel in Santa Monica
By Ashley Reich and Daniella Wexler