Mapplr’s favorite hotels in Los Angeles

There are few cities in the world that blend urban living, fashion and design, with beaches, mountains and deserts. Los Angeles is one of them. You can ski in the San Bernardino mountains in the morning and be back at the beach in the afternoon driving down Pacific Coast Highway with your convertible top down. […]

Additions to list of favorite restaurants in Los Angeles

Los Angeles is such a great place for eating out. In April 2008, I posted my list of favorite restaurants in LA, but so much has happened in a year. Here are more places for you to consider, including a very cool Korean BBQ “taco truck” that drives around the city. You need go to […]

Jin Patisserie in Los Angeles: luscious pastries in a Zen garden

What would you do if confronted with choices such as these on a menu: (1) Desire: velvety Manjari chocolate mousse with vanilla crème brulee, crunchy feuilletine and French griottine cherries on a chocolate sponge. (2) Mysterious: passion fruit with hazelnut cream filled with spiced diced pineapple. Jin Patisserie in Venice Beach has even more tempting […]

Fraiche in Los Angeles: French and Italian food in an airy elegant space

CLOSED Going to a new restaurant is always an adventure. Will it be a disappointment or a pleasant surprise? I went to Fraiche in Culver City (Los Angeles) recently and wondered which one it would be. When I opened the menu and saw that they served finocchiona, a Tuscan salami made with fennel seeds, I […]

Ocean views and innovative seafood dishes at Catch in Santa Monica

If you are looking for a restaurant in Los Angeles with sweeping views over the Pacific, go to Catch, a seafood and sushi restaurant in the newly renovated Casa del Mar hotel located right on the beach. From one side of the dining room, you can see the Santa Monica pier and its ferris wheel, […]

Mapplr's favorite restaurants in Los Angeles

Los Angeles is a wonderful place for dining out because of the ethnic diversity of the city and the presence of a lively arts and entertainment community. Here are my favorites (for now). I will update the list over time. Bastide 8475 Melrose Pl. West Hollywood +1 (323) 651 5950 French Catch Casa del Mar […]