9 months ago | Bars
Korean fried chicken and chi-maek pubs (a portmanteau of “chicken” and "maekju," or chicken and beer) became all the rage in Koreatown when Kyochon first roared into L.A. in 2007. Following the initial gold rush for Korean fried chicken ...
11 months ago | Thai Cuisine
In 2008, Panadda Chayapark— a 60-year-old Thai grandmother and retired funk singer who speaks passable English due to having gone to a “good school” in Thailand — felt like her life in Bangkok was a bore. Then she got an offer from a long-tim...
1 year ago | Mexican Cuisine
Chef Hugo Sanchez serendipitously happened upon a Craigslist ad for a restaurant in Boyle Heights three years ago when he was thinking of opening his own restaurant. The ad was written by the owner of Antojitos Carmen, a media darling that rose in...
2 years ago | Shopping
Much like hundreds of other Thai restaurateurs in Southern California, Andy Ricker was attracted to Los Angeles in part thanks to LAX-C, the "Thai Costco” that sits on nearly six acres of land at 1100 N. Broadway, not far from downtown. In additio...
2 years ago | Cafes
The Catfe is indeed coming to Los Angeles. Half a year after announcing a kickstarter to fund America’s first cat café, Carlos Wong, the guy behind the venture, is bringing his concept to fruition, albeit a fleeting one. From Oct. 2-5, Wong will p...
3 years ago | Thai Cuisine
P’Toi A’prasert is a petite Thai woman, hardly 40 kilograms even when soaking wet in coconut milk. She took an early retirement from the Royal Thai Navy years ago and, in 2008, came to the U.S., with her pensioner husband, looking for a fresh star...