Traveling to Thailand Through Its Food

Food on display at a marketplace in Thailand

Food on display at a marketplace in Thailand

Those of us who do not travel often can still explore a far-away culture through its food, and the food of Thailand in Los Angeles brings us as close to the Thai culture as possible, even though our lands are separated by more than 8,000 miles. Srunyu Ampartrakarn, consul for the Royal Thai Consulate-General, estimates LA is home to the largest population of Thai people outside of Thailand; their influence on the LA landscape is on display through the volume of Thai restaurants located from Long Beach to Valencia.

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Historic & Hip: An Architecture-Themed Trip to Los Angeles

The lobby at the Line Hotel

The lobby at the Line Hotel

Just like travel, architecture has the ability to immerse and inspire. As often as I can I indulge my love of each, and a recent trip to Los Angeles provided the perfect fix. The sprawling Southern California metropolis hides an impressive number of landmark buildings that span eras and styles, including Art Deco, Craftsman, and an unparalleled collection of Mid-Century Modernism.

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Santa Monica’s New Ristorante Al Mare Serves Seafood With Italian Flair

Polpo arrosto, parsley pesto-coated potatoes with haricot vert and fresh octopus

Polpo arrosto, parsley pesto-coated potatoes with haricot vert and fresh octopus

Freshly prepared butter, simply the congealed fat that separates from its milk when agitating cream, is to a fine dining establishment as a well-manicured yard is to a clean home. By serving fresh butter, a chef communicates his or her attention to detail and care for his or her guests.

At Ristorante Al Mare on the Santa Monica Pier, executive chef Giacomo Pettinari’s influence radiates from every dish that is served from his kitchen to the table. And it all begins with fresh butter.

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Inside the Critics’ Choice 19th Annual Movie Awards

Leonardo DiCaprio and Jonah Hill at the 19th Annual Critics’ Choice Movie Awards

Leonardo DiCaprio and Jonah Hill at the 19th Annual Critics’ Choice Movie Awards

Santa Monica’s Barker Hangar was transformed on Thursday, January 16, into a glamorous meeting place for most of Hollywood’s biggest stars, as they descended on the 19th Annual Critics’ Choice Movie Awards. The prizes, given out by the Broadcast Film Critics Association since 1995, honor “the finest in cinematic achievement,” according to the group’s president, Joey Berlin.

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