January 2016


cover_0116From the Editor

I live in the hills, so I expect wildlife encounters. Driving home recently from a fund-raiser that ran late, I watched a coyote sprint across a wide swath of Colorado Boulevard as I waited at a traffic light in Eagle Rock. A skunk once used my dining room as a shortcut to the backyard (he couldn’t resist making his mark on the way out). I had to rush my cat to the kitty emergency room after he tussled with a raccoon… Read


Best New Restaurants
By Patric Kuh
The year’s top debuts offer uni with your egg custard, gelée with your foie gras, and ranch dip with your pizza crust

Fowl Play
By Mike Kessler
A string of peacock killings leaves a Palos Verdes neighborhood divided

The Iconoclast Next Door
By Jill Sharer Bozhkov
Handmade pastas, bubbly pizzas, and towering subs—it’s a primo time to be an Italian food lover in L.A. Here’s where to get the good stuff

And the Oscar Goes to…
By Art Streiber
For 15 years one of L.A.’s best photographers has aimed his camera backstage at the Academy Awards. A photo portfolio


Architect Michael Maltzan on the new 6th Street Viaduct; the original Taco Bell wins a reprieve; getting to know the Arroyo chub; the public library’s “freewheeling” spokesperson

Ask Chris
Chris Nichols goes in for a free trim

L.A. Story
Moving into her new apartment in Hollywood on the night of the L.A. riots and more from Lisa Edelstein, star of Girlfriends’ Guide to Divorce


Prime Finds
Fuzzy knits, box bags, and Mary Janes—trends you’ll want to get in on this month

The Luxe Life
Jewelry designer Melinda Spigel on the items she’s coveting most

In Store
Do-good shopping at the Downtown Women’s Center; the vibes of crystal jewelry; NASA-inspired threads; how to wear leather joggers

L.A. Home
Transforming everyday bathrooms with the fine fixtures found in spa resorts


Small Bites
Aging is a good thing for fermentation-obsessed L.A. chefs; a local goat cheese maker goes vegan; Echo Park arcade food reaches far beyond wings; cheap eats from Hollywood’s Blue Window, PLUS: Viviane brings a different kind of hotel dining to Beverly Hills, and new restaurants Trois Familia, Pok Pok L.A., and Estrella


Culture Files
The work of Catherine Opie appears in two museum shows; Cameron Esposito talks the Rock

Eating your way through Antigua, Guatemala

The Guide
30 things to do in January, from making sugar sculptures to moonlighting with Van Morrison


Open City
By Matthew Segal
Digging deep in the never-ending battle to extend the 710 freeway

By Gabriel Kahn
The scramble to scoop up more of the Chinese tourist dollars flowing into the region

By Steve Erickson
Youth, memory, and director Paolo Sorrentino