November 2010



The Ultimate Guide to L.A.’s Best Mexican Food
No need for a passport or three-hour wait at the border; everything from fried fish tacos to piping-hot churros to charcoal-colored moles can be found in Los Angeles, on trucks and at curbsides, in tiny taquerías and at swank restaurants. We tracked down authentic al pastor-style pork roasting on spits on La Brea Avenue and relished Mexico City-style antojitos in Boyle Heights. In this issue we celebrate all of it and include a guide to Mexican menu staples. Plus: How John Sedlar became the king of Latin cuisine, and Patric Kuh’s picks for L.A.’s top ten Mexican restaurants

The End.
In Los Angeles, 164 people pass on to the great beyond every day. What happens to your body when your time is up? From freelance coroners to embalmers to grave diggers to cremation experts, come with us on a corpse-side journey into L.A.’s death industry
By Ben Ehrenreich

House Calls
Fashion takes a bow toward the lady of the manor. A-line silhouettes and grown-up accessories give polish to outfits that dazzle no matter who—electrician, plumber, pool boy—shows up at the door



Ask Chris
Chris Nichols develops tunnel vision
By Chris Nichols

All the parties fit to crash
By Kari Mozena

Plus: Celebrating five decades of the Walk of Fame and hunting for antiques with Conviction’s Melissa Leo

The Weekender
Only 80 miles from L.A., Ojai is easy to reach and just as easy to unwind in
By Tanvi Chheda 

Best of LA
Art supply stores that serve true beginners and seasoned veterans alike
By Sara Wilson 

Brothers Daniel and Matt Winter have a soft touch with leather
By Laurie Pike

Au Courant
The plastic bands that kids covet and adults are snapping up
By Laurie Pike  

L.A. Archetype
Rock wife Susan Holmes, 40, is going on 12 years with a former Guns N’ Roses bassist
By Laurie Pike 



Open City
When the holidays bring family and visitors to L.A.—eager to take in the sights—an Angeleno falls in love with a bewitching city all over again
By Anne Taylor Fleming

Shades of Seabiscuit: A West Coast horse gallops into history
By Ann Herold 

It’s a Hollywood tradition: become a writers’ assistant in the hopes of being promoted to staff writer yourself. But how long is too long to wait?
By Zachary Pincus-Roth 

Real Estate
Even amid L.A.’s glacial real estate market, house flipper Steve Jones and his company, Better Shelter, have thrived, transforming ramshackle bungalows in Northeast L.A. into hip little abodes
By Marissa Gluck 

Speak Easy
L.A. is sprawling, high profile, and underpoliced—does that make it a likely target for terrorists? RAND expert Brian Jenkins weighs in on what we should—and shouldn’t—worry about
By Richard E. Meyer 

Check out our reviews of the newest restaurants

Plus: The hot pockets of Westwood’s Bella Pita, spiny lobsters, Wolfgang Puck’s mini bao buns, and the brothers behind L.A.’s truffle source


Web Extras:

The Reading List: November ’10
Every month highlights titles of local interest that are hitting the bookshelves. Here’s what’s new
By Wendy Witherspoon

Tried, True, Delicioso
From fine dining to cheap eats, there’s a Mexican restaurant in L.A. for every budget and palate. Here some Los Angeles magazine staffers reveal their favorite Mexican-food guilty pleasures, those places we love despite (but sometimes because of) the cliches

Chefs’ Specials
We asked local chefs to share their favorite Mexican restaurants (and trucks and stands)
By Shayna Rose Arnold

Here’s the recipe for Malo’s Blackberry Melon Margarita

House Calls: The Ask Chris Guide
Columnist Chris Nichols shares the story behind the fashion feature in the November issue
By Chris Nichols