See & Do

Aji Ichiban

At Aji Ichiban some Japanese-inspired snacks aren't to everyone's taste, especially since some of them have a face! But the dried Japanese river crab, salted with sesame may be worth a taste.

140 W Valley Blvd # 109, San Gabriel, CA

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Beverly Wilshire Hotel

Sleep where Hollywood’s biggest stars sleep and shop where they shop, steps away on Rodeo Drive.

9500 Wilshire Blvd, Beverly Hills, CA 90212

Eat

Happy Garden

Happy Garden in Alhambra, CA, is known for its Hakka cuisine. The Hakka are China's nomads who have settled around the world. Ask for the jiangsi chao dachang -- pig intestine blanched in water and seasoned with vinegar.

1277 E Valley Blvd Alhambra, CA 91801

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Hawkins House of Burgers

One of the toughest corners in Watts is one of the best places to get a burger. Hawkins House of Burgers serves the Whipper Burger, a behemoth of a burger with 2 patties, topped with hotlinks and loads of pastrami.

11603 Slater St Los Angeles, CA 90059

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Hunan Mao Restaurant

Some like it hot, and the Hunan Mao Restaurant serves everything hot. The "hot over spicy" is a stir-fry made with pork, leeks and over a dozen other hot ingredients. But the carp head cooked with chilies and chili is a must.

8728 Valley Blvd #101, Rosemead, CA 91770

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Larry's

Larry's is a casual gastropub a stone's throw from Venice Beach. Try the smoked ox tongue terrine with pickled carrots and sweet and sour chili relish. They may even serve up deep-fried whole grunion.

24 Windward Ave, Venice, CA 90291

Getting There

Los Angeles International Airport

Also known as LAX, the Los Angeles International Airport is a global hub minutes away from Marina del Rey and Venice Beach.

1 World Way, Los Angeles, CA 90045

Eat

Phnom Penh Noodle Restaurant

This family-owned restaurant specializes in Cambodian cuisine like the house noodles with offal and a side of pork bone soup; and rice porridge, made with pork liver, pancreas, intestine and bite-sized chunks of blood cake.

1644 Cherry Ave Long Beach, CA 90813

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Red Medicine

Chef Jordan Kahn is inspired by locally found grasses and flowers. He uses them in dishes at his modern restaurant, Red Medicine. What to taste: wild wood sorrel, mustard greens and snap peas with tofu custard and coconut water mint vinaigrette.

8400 Wilshire Blvd Beverly Hills, CA 90211

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The Ritz-Carlton, Los Angeles

What’s Los Angeles without a little luxury? It is definitely at The Ritz-Carlton, Los Angeles, with its 26th-floor rooftop bar and pool and Wolfgang Puck restaurant, WP24.

900 W Olympic Blvd Los Angeles, CA 90015

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Sam Woo BBQ

Cantonese cuisine is on the menu at Sam Woo BBQ. The Southern-style Chinese food is familiar to most Americans, especially whole roasted duck. For something different, try siu mei cuttlefish -- roasted cuttlefish with a crispy orange glaze.

514 W Valley Rd, Alhambra, CA 91803

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Shaanxi Gourmet

Shaanxi Gourmet is known for its handmade noodles. Order a bowl of the chewy noodles or the Yangro paomo, also known as Chinese gnocci--lamb and noodles with unleavened bread.

8518 East Valley Boulevard Rosemead, CA 91770

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Tamales Elena

Maria Elena Irra's tamale truck is a fixture in Watts. What to eat: pollo verde tamale, a chicken tamale with green salsa; puerco rojo, a pork tamale with red salsa; and pig head Guerrero-style tamales wrapped in smoky banana leaves.

Wilmington Avenue and 110th Street Los Angeles, CA

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Vege Paradise

At Vege Paradise, they specialize in transforming vegetables into meals that look, smell and taste like meat. The orange chicken is made entirely of soy, while the smoked mackerel is made from vegetable protein and seaweed skin.

140 W Valley Blvd #222 San Gabriel Valley, CA 91776

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Watts Coffee House

At the Watts Coffee House, fill up on soul food and neighborhood history with owner Desiree Edwards. On the menu: chicken and waffles.

1827 E 103rd St Los Angeles, CA 90002

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Yung Ho City

San Gabriel Valley is home to the largest concentration of Chinese cuisine in America. Stop by Yung Ho for a Taiwanese breakfast of hot rice porridge with thousand year egg -- whole eggs brined for weeks until they're almost black!

1045 E Valley Blvd #105, San Gabriel Valley, CA 91776