If you don't live in Los Angeles -- and even if you do -- it's easy to get caught up in the petty and not-so-petty grievances against the place. The traffic. The fires. The economics and the repeating cliches of Hollywood.
|Sriracha bar at Chego in Chinatown|
But there's a great deal that offsets all this, provides ballast and counterpoint -- and makes living here a whole lot of fun. Among other things, there's the food, which can be as good as it gets in this country, and the hidden (sometimes culinary; often therapeutic) pleasures one finds in the strip malls and odd streets throughout the city.
So if you've been spending too much time stuck in your car or watching CNN footage of whatever part of the city is burning down today, maybe it's time to find a great noodle joint and treat yourself to a foot massage.
Lucky for you, that's incredibly easy to do in this town, particularly in certain quadrants of it. Koreatown, downtown and the San Gabriel Valley all have many, many terrific restaurants -- and probably even more day spas and massage shops. Turn the page for three of each, paired by relative proximity. They're listed in no particular order. Really, sometimes you just start with chocolate and keep going. More »