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  • 4 places in L.A. to find great Mexican hot chocolate

    4 places in L.A. to find great Mexican hot chocolate

    There’s hot chocolate, and then there’s chocolate Mexicano, a whole different beast. Mexican hot chocolate is lower on the sweet scale, less rich than European or American styles, infused with cinnamon and chile, and frothy to the brim.    Chocolate has always mesmerized us — the Oltecs called...

  • 7 great places for food lovers in Echo Park

    7 great places for food lovers in Echo Park

    Diversity is just part of the fabric of Echo Park, the Hispanic/hipster neighborhood just minutes from downtown Los Angeles. Its center is the junction of Echo Park Boulevard and Sunset Boulevard, but you can now find shops and restaurants strung along both those streets in either direction. Now...

  • The flat white, or how to order a cup of coffee like Russell Crowe

    The flat white, or how to order a cup of coffee like Russell Crowe

    The flat white -- that espresso-and-milk drink that is as ubiquitous to Antipodean culture as meat pies and Lamingtons -- is having something of a moment in Los Angeles. You can, with increasing frequency, find it on the menu boards at specialty coffee shops around the city, from Coffee + Food...

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  • Winsome, the new restaurant at the Elysian in Echo Park, opens Monday
    Winsome, the new restaurant at the Elysian in Echo Park, opens Monday

    Winsome, the new restaurant at the Elysian in Echo Park, the Metropolitan-Water-District-turned-apartment-building that towers above Sunset Boulevard just west of Chinatown, is scheduled to open Monday. Restaurant owners Marc Rose and Med Abrous, the duo behind the Spare Room, are hoping Winsome...

  • One shot and gravely wounded in Echo Park dispute
    One shot and gravely wounded in Echo Park dispute

    A dispute that might have been between neighbors led to a shooting Wednesday night in Echo Park that left one person gravely injured, police said.

    The person was shot about 8:30 p.m. in the 500 block of North Benton Way, near the 101 Freeway, said Officer Tony Im of the Los Angeles Police Department.

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  • 2015 in review: How income inequality pervades the L.A. landscape
    2015 in review: How income inequality pervades the L.A. landscape

    Doris Tillman of South Los Angeles had lost her husband, her job and her water service, so she did what people do here in a gilded metropolis that throws curses at people on the fringes — she adapted.

    When I think back on the year 2015, I'll conjure up an image of Tillman at 71, bending into a...

  • Scott Disick keeping up with NBA star Russell Westbrook
    Scott Disick keeping up with NBA star Russell Westbrook

    In an off-court pass of sorts, reality television personality Scott Disick has sold a contemporary-style home in the Beverly Crest area to Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook for $4.65 million outside the Multiple Listing Service.

    Disick bought the residence, rebuilt and expanded by the...

  • Datebook: African disguise at the Fowler, primitive futures at Subliminal and an arty sports bar in Echo Park
    Datebook: African disguise at the Fowler, primitive futures at Subliminal and an arty sports bar in Echo Park

    A dance pays tribute to the movement of black women. An exhibit looks at the art of disguise. And an art gallery transforms into a sports bar — complete with video art about sports. Plus: weird fetish dolls, a series of moving self-portraits and contemporary art that looks to the future with traditional...

  • Mayor Eric Garcetti lists Echo Park post-and-beam for $1.65 million
    Mayor Eric Garcetti lists Echo Park post-and-beam for $1.65 million

    Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti and his wife, Amy Wakeland, have put their Midcentury Modern-style home in the Echo Park area of Los Angeles on the market for $1.65 million.

    Designed by Daniel L. Dworsky and since renovated by Scrafano Architects, the 1953 post-and-beam sits on about half an acre...

  • Hot Property | Eric Garcetti
    Hot Property | Eric Garcetti

    Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti listed the updated Midcentury Modern-style home in Echo Park for sale at $1.65 million.

  • How much house does $500,000 buy in Los Angeles County?
    How much house does $500,000 buy in Los Angeles County?

    The median price for single-family homes in Los Angeles County, based on more than 4,800 sales, was $510,000 in October, according to CoreLogic. But how much house does half a million dollars buy? Here’s a sample of homes for sale at about that price around the L.A. area.

    ECHO PARK: Set back from...

  • Restaurants and bars open for Thanksgiving, plus where to pick up the essentials to go
    Restaurants and bars open for Thanksgiving, plus where to pick up the essentials to go

    Thanksgiving is a cook's holiday. But if you're not feeling the whole I'm-going-to-spend-all-Thanksgiving-and-the-night-before-in-the-kitchen thing, here are some places that are open Thanksgiving Day, and some restaurants and bakeries preparing all the essentials to order ahead and enjoy at home. 

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  • Three new craft beer destinations to visit this weekend
    Three new craft beer destinations to visit this weekend

    Tired of your usual craft beer haunts? You’re in luck, as this weekend sees three hotly anticipated destinations open — plus an anniversary party.

    What’s up? Arcade games, cult-favorite snacks, more craft beer retail offerings and an all-new brewery and tasting room for one of L.A.’s oldest breweries. 

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  • Datebook: Art that skewers the art world, an installation about dance, abstractions of L.A.
    Datebook: Art that skewers the art world, an installation about dance, abstractions of L.A.

    A two-part exhibition complete with driving tour. Examining the psychology of the art world through Twitter. And an exhibition that explores the nature of dance. Plus: abstractions of L.A., art from Cuba and a daylong art party on Grand Avenue. Here are seven shows not to miss — along with one...

  • First public meeting to pick a new L.A. schools chief is small but gets lively
    First public meeting to pick a new L.A. schools chief is small but gets lively

    The nation’s second-largest school district invited the public Monday to talk about what they want in a leader, but only about two dozen people showed up.

    The meeting took place in the auditorium at Roybal Learning Center just west of downtown, the first of many gatherings scheduled by the Los...

  • Intimidated by all the hard-core Spinners? There's a class for you.
    Intimidated by all the hard-core Spinners? There's a class for you.

    With plenty of classes priced at $25 to $30 each, Spinning has become something of an elusive — and elitist — trend. Studio owner Ruben Martinez is trying to change that at his affordable new Sunset Bike House in East Hollywood. "I wanted to open a studio from a different perspective," he says....

  • 4 spots to howl at the moon during Sunday's lunar eclipse
    4 spots to howl at the moon during Sunday's lunar eclipse

    To get a good look at the supermoon and total lunar eclipse Sunday evening, find a dark place to watch.

    If you don't know where to go, the Mountains Recreation & Conservation Authority can lead the way. The agency is hosting free night hikes Sunday in Malibu, Beverly Hills,  West Hills and even...

  • Home of the Day: Angelino Heights original retains its classic Victorian style
    Home of the Day: Angelino Heights original retains its classic Victorian style

    A steeply pitched, gabled roof and a wide front porch lend a classic look to this Victorian-style home in the Angelino Heights district of Echo Park. Built in 1901, the vintage of the home, rumored to be the work of Arthur B. Benton, is evidenced in its detailed woodwork, hardware and decorative...

  • Home of the Day: Angelino Heights original retains its classic Victorian style
    Home of the Day: Angelino Heights original retains its classic Victorian style

    Built in 1901, this Victorian-style sits among a row of historic homes in the Angelino Heights area of Echo Park.

  • Starry Kitchen is back. This time, with crispy tofu balls and arcade games
    Starry Kitchen is back. This time, with crispy tofu balls and arcade games

    Starry Kitchen, the pop-up restaurant known for its crispy tofu balls, chile crab and co-owner Nguyen Tran's banana costume, is back. And this time, there will be arcade games — and beer.  

    The restaurant will be operating out of Button Mash, a new bar/arcade project in a strip mall in Echo Park,...

  • Ditch the car and the backyard: 5 lessons from 4 L.A. architects about L.A.'s future
    Ditch the car and the backyard: 5 lessons from 4 L.A. architects about L.A.'s future

    Walk through the current exhibit at the Architecture + Design Museum in downtown Los Angeles and you will find some wild visions of a future L.A.

    A concept design by wHY Architecture proposes a pair of slim, sci-fi structures that would occupy two lanes of Wilshire, complete with elevated parks and...

  • Oakland-based Esqueleto opens new showroom in Echo Park
    Oakland-based Esqueleto opens new showroom in Echo Park

    More than jewelry sparkles at the new Esqueleto showroom in Echo Park.

    Located on a popular stretch of Sunset Boulevard near Dodger Stadium, the second boutique from Oakland-based jewelry designer Lauren Wolf is a wonderful complement to the small boutiques, barber shops and vintage stores that...

  • Get ready for the biggest beer weekend of the summer
    Get ready for the biggest beer weekend of the summer

    Summer was made for drinking beer — or maybe beer was made to drink during summer. Either way, with the dog days of August nearly upon us, the time for sipping on craft suds is nigh. And there’s one weekend in particular with some of the year’s best beer events on tap.

    Friday, Aug. 7 — Brew at...

  • One dead, five injured in Echo Park fire
    One dead, five injured in Echo Park fire

    One person died and four others were injured in an Echo Park house fire Saturday morning, authorities said. A firefighter also suffered minor injuries.

    The fire was reported at 8:20 a.m. in the 800 block of North Alvarado Street in a single-story house with an attic that had been converted to living...

  • 100-year-old Echo Park church damaged in fire that may have been arson
    100-year-old Echo Park church damaged in fire that may have been arson

    A 100-year-old building in Echo Park that served as a home for mostly ethnic religious groups was nearly destroyed in an early-morning fire that was intentionally set, officials said.

    Forerunners for Christ church had been hosting church services and religious groups at the building in the 1600...

  • Barbara Bestor's 18-unit Blackbirds: Architectural high density living in Echo Park
    Barbara Bestor's 18-unit Blackbirds: Architectural high density living in Echo Park

    As developer Casey Lynch leads a tour of the new 18-unit Blackbirds housing project in Echo Park, he stops in the central courtyard for a moment.

    "We call it a living street," he says, taking it in. "It feels good to be out here."

    Blackbirds, named for the image of a community of birds resting...

  • 'Small-lot homes' aim to drive down prices, but critics say they just drive up density
    'Small-lot homes' aim to drive down prices, but critics say they just drive up density

    The Small Lot Subdivision Ordinance was designed by the city of Los Angeles in 2005 as a way to increase density in urban areas, lower the price of single-family homes and boost homeownership.

    Architect Barbara Bestor says density is an imperative for urban living. "The question is more about how...

  • L.A. lawmakers vote to reinstate ban on park and beach vending
    L.A. lawmakers vote to reinstate ban on park and beach vending

    In recent years, people who hawked ice cream or hot dogs, taught yoga or shilled other goods and services in Los Angeles parks were effectively in the clear.Selling their wares on city sidewalks was banned. But the city had suspended similar rules prohibiting vending in parks and beaches when the...

  • Business allies cool to Garcetti's minimum wage plan
    Business allies cool to Garcetti's minimum wage plan

    Atwater Village businessman Luis Lopez used to be a big fan of Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti.

    Lopez, who owns an auto repair shop on Fletcher Drive, gave $100 to Garcetti's 2013 campaign for mayor. He spread the word about Garcetti's candidacy on the Facebook page of the local Chamber of Commerce,...

  • Dognappers pose as LAPD officers to steal pet in Echo Park
    Dognappers pose as LAPD officers to steal pet in Echo Park

    A pair of dognappers posed as Los Angeles police officers and stole a man’s dog in Echo Park, police said Thursday.

    Police are now looking for the impersonators, who they fear may continue their ruse targeting dog owners.

    Dressed in green uniforms, the dognappers knocked on the front door of a...

  • Ostrich Farm ups Echo Park's dining scene with pork 'ossobuco,' if not ostrich
    Ostrich Farm ups Echo Park's dining scene with pork 'ossobuco,' if not ostrich

    Name of restaurant: Ostrich Farm,  after a bygone railway that traveled the nearby hills and ravines to Griffith Park. (No ostrich on the menu.)

    Chef/owner:  Jaime Turrey — formerly a server and cook at several San Francisco restaurants and the monsieur behind the Monsieur Egg one-man oeufs-and-pastries...

  • Metro bus driver wounded by gunfire in Echo Park; one man arrested
    Metro bus driver wounded by gunfire in Echo Park; one man arrested

    A man was taken into custody late Sunday evening, hours after a bullet struck a Metro bus in Echo Park, wounding the driver, authorities said.

    The bus was near Coronado Street and Bellevue Avenue about 2:50 p.m. when the driver heard a "popping noise" and a bullet pierced the windshield, Metro...

  • Bob Baker Marionette Theater gets boost from 'NCIS: Los Angeles'
    Bob Baker Marionette Theater gets boost from 'NCIS: Los Angeles'

    When Joe Sachs set out to write episode No. 139 of one of broadcast television's top-rated scripted shows, "NCIS: Los Angeles," he asked himself: How do you merge a story about 21st century technology with marionettes from the 1950s and '60s?

    The episode will air Monday night, and a good bit of...

  • A shift in gang tactics means drive-bys are giving way to walk-ups, observers say
    A shift in gang tactics means drive-bys are giving way to walk-ups, observers say

    A high-profile shooting can taint a gang's business dealings, so the certainty of a walk-up may be preferred to a drive-by.

  • After 31 years in Echo Park, victims of displacement by gentrification
    After 31 years in Echo Park, victims of displacement by gentrification

    Jose and Ana Sanchez ran for their lives during El Salvador's civil war, resettled in Los Angeles and joined the working class.

    They landed minimum-wage jobs in the garment district, then started Ana's Ice Cream, motoring through the city to peddle frozen treats. Together, they brought in just...

  • Smoke shop shooting spawns police pursuit; 3 people in custody
    Smoke shop shooting spawns police pursuit; 3 people in custody

    A shooting at an Echo Park smoke shop Tuesday evening left one person injured and spawned a half-hour police pursuit that ended with three people in custody and officers searching for a fourth connected with the incident, authorities said.

    Just before 5:50 p.m., a shooting occurred at smoke shop...

  • This crowd gets emotional: It's emo night Taking Back Tuesday
    This crowd gets emotional: It's emo night Taking Back Tuesday

    On a Tuesday night in February, the line to get into the Echoplex stretched all the way down Glendale Boulevard. Hundreds of mid-20s to early-30-somethings waited with huge grins on their faces, ready to hear the music that changed their young lives. Once inside, they crowd-surfed, moshed and hoisted...

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