In between coughs and sneezes, my husband recently said to me, “Vacations are really nice. Don’t you wish we could wash our clothes, rest for a week, then head out again?” Yes I do, though I’m not quite up for another trans-Pacific flight quite yet. Maybe a long drive to one of my favorite eating cities – Los Angeles.
My husband was born there and we used to live there. We still go often to visit family and friends. The Los Angeles food scene has been relatively low key over the years, compared to that of New York and San Francisco. As one chef recently put it, the celebrities in Los Angeles are in the dining room, not in the kitchen. Food is not precious in Los Angeles. It just is. Delicious and varied.
It’s only been in the past few years that the diversity of Los Angeles’s food options has been recognized on a national level. The huge swaths of space, distinct ethnic enclaves as well as meshing of cultures make for a super exciting place to eat and explore.
With regard to Asian cuisines, Los Angeles arguably has the most vibrant Thai, Korean, and Chinese food scene in America, given the range and populations that demand excellent and authentic fare. Excellent Japanese noodles is not only about ramen but also soba and udon. (Don’t get me started on the heavenly Mexican food...)