There are as many kinds of dosas as there are moms in South India -- which is to say, a lot. This Indian breakfast and snack food is a thin, crispy crepe made from a lightly fermented batter of ground rice and lentils. The batter is ladled onto a hot griddle and then quickly spread to paper thinness ... More >>
Leading up to this year's Best of L.A. issue (due out Oct. 4) -- and probably beyond, at this rate -- we'll be counting down, in no particular order, 100 of our favorite dishes.
38: Papri Chaat at Jay Bharat.
As sort of shameful as it is to admit, I drove to all the way Cerritos this weekend just ... More >>
Grimes & Blood DiamondsThe Echo6/19/12Better than: Bumping lines, in the back of an El Camino, at the edge of the universe.
Last night's incarnation of the beast that is The Echo's monthly "Check Yo Ponytail" event popped off hard with performances by Blood Diamonds and Grimes that could only righ ... More >>
With the exception the Kerala-style dishes at Mayura, most of the Indian restaurants clustered along Culver City's Venice Boulevard focus on the same vegetarian-centric vaguely Southern Indian style of cooking. This is far from a bad thing -- can one ever have too many choices for jackfruit curry, p ... More >>
A popchips ad featuring Ashton Kutcher in "brownface" was launched, skewered, and pulled in less than 24 hours. The new $1.5 million ad campaign showed Kutcher as four characters -- among which was a fictional 39-year-old Bollywood actor named Raj -- in a parody of an online dating service. Except K ... More >>
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"Thundercat Emerges With His Debut, Co-produced by Flying Lotus,"
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Hector Cruz Salvador"The Vault: Unlocked""The gentrification of downtown Los Angeles is a sinister metamorphosis engineered by spoiled hipsters and well-heeled land grabbers in this whodunit parody by the Latino Theatre Company," writes Amy Lyons about The Vault: Unlocked, at Los Angeles Theatre ... More >>
Chef Imran Ali of Tantra / 3705 Sunset Blvd.If you've seen the big wooden signs boarding up the front of Tantra, the Silver Lake venue that couldn't really decide whether it wanted to be a credible Indian restaurant or a Bollywood-themed nightclub and so did both poorly for far too long, you ... More >>
This wasn't your mother's Beverly Hills. First, this writer felt compelled to visit the Beverly Hills Cheese Store, where she discussed Bollywood music production, politics and mutants with Marky Ramone, protopunk percussionist and purveyor of his own pasta sauce, before making he ... More >>
Now you're hungry. Or grossed out. Das Racist might be genius. Or a big joke. Or maybe both. "We're not joking, just joking-we are joking, just joking- we're not joking," they intone dully on "hahahaha jk?," the funniest track from last September's very funny mixtape Sit Down, Man. But it's p ... More >>
Hollywood better have snuck in a clause mandating Aishwara Rai appear in every Bollywood film, everMayor Antonio Villaraigosa got all misty-eyed this afternoon about another project he didn't really have anything to do with, but is feeling profound about anyway: a "historic cooperation pact" ... More >>
Flickr/Swami StreamDiwali festival of lights
Get dressed in your Indian best, meaning saris, sparkly shawls, glittery jewels or anything glamorous and Indian-inspired in order to celebrate Diwali, the Festival of Lights, which is also Indian New Year. The holiday lasts for five days, Nov. 5- ... More >>
If you're a Westerner, all Bollywood movies, with their gleeful disregard for logic, verisimilitude and emotional continuity, will blow your mind. Robot (Endhiran or Enthiran in Tamil), however, will sandblast through your neural cortex. The most expensive Bollywood movie ever made, Robot is about ... More >>
El Guincho stars in the tits-filled surrealist masterwork, "Bombay." (Adria Canemeras)Barcelona psych-pop musician El Guincho, who performs at La Cita on Wednesday, October 6, is the star of a tits-filled surrealist masterwork called Bombay.
Those already familiar with the man's incredible n ... More >>
Stuff MagazineNot a Photoshop: The actual Liz PhairRemember Liz Phair? And Tom Jones? Sure you do--they're both adult artists with a sizable fanbase who still buy records and have the income to pay for concert tickets. They might not be making Bieber or Bublé moolah, but the right record ind ... More >>
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Photo courtesy of El Portal Theatre
This musical extravaganza, conceived and directed by Aurelien
Roulin, is described as a cross between French cabaret and Cirque de
Soleil, but ... More >>
In February, Squid Ink brought you the Top 10 ethnic markets in the San Fernando Valley. For this installment, we move from one valley to another, from the 818 to the 626, and thus to the San Gabriel Valley. In addition to supermarkets catering to the large local Chinese community, there are also s ... More >>
In a city where body art studios are both plentiful and popular (and in some cases, nationally televised - hi, Kat!), it's a test to find a shop that draws as much universal praise and as loyal a clientele as Zulu Tattoo. Ronnie Zulu and his crew of profusely talented artists continue to be one of ... More >>