At a Center of LA’s Food & Drink Scene: Cheese Tea and Plant-Based Food

Avocado kimbap looks like sushi though isn’t, since it’s Korean, not Japanese. Kim means dusty seaweed sheets, and bap is rice. To form this avocado roll, a covering of seaweed widespread with baked rice is surfaced with avocado, fish cake, carrots, egg, preserved radish and rape flowers. Yes, rape flowers, pleasing yellow blossoms of an succulent plant with an hapless name. Rolled adult and sliced into a dozen pieces, a hurl is one juicy break to share, or not. The place to get it is the Kimbap in Koreatown, a cafeteria that specializes in these rolls. Other fillings besides avocado are Spam, sharp stir-fried pig or squid, mayo deep-fried shrimp, cheese, tuna, sausage, beef, mushrooms, sesame root and kimchi. The rolls come with pickles and a play of soy salsa for dipping. If we don’t have time to lay down and eat, a Kimbap has grab-and-go boxes built on a opposite by a money register. —Barbara Hansen

400 S. Western Ave., #102, Koreatown; (213) 365-1040.

Best Plant-Based Food: Jewel

Jewel, Jasmine Shimoda and Sharky McGee’s cafeteria on a hill, is a colorful delight, both inside and outside. Try a L.G.B.T. toast, a colorful brew of lettuce, guacamole, Shimoda’s house-made tempeh bacon and heirloom tomatoes on gluten-free seed bread. For non-vegans, a Chino Valley Ranchers farm-fresh egg can be combined to any toast. Another favorite is a signature L.A. Phil hang — which, by a way, has zero to do with a Philharmonic though is a vegan take on a Philly cheesesteak with braised yuba sheets, shiitake, caramelized onions, jalapeño and cashew fondue. Sweets embody Shimoda’s famous feathery vegan donuts: matcha, red velvet, cinnamon, strawberry and maple coconut bacon. —Michele Stueven

654 N. Hoover St., Virgil Village; (323) 522-6927, jewel-la.com.

Best Wine Bar: Good Measure

Good Measure is a wine-centric grill in Atwater Village, helmed by sommelier Matthew Kaner, recently named among a tip “Sommelier Stars of Los Angeles” by Wine Enthusiast. Together with owners Sophie O’Malley and executive cook Mike Garber, a grill serves Wine Country cuisine desirous by their end travels to a likes of Australia, Spain, France, Portugal, Austria, Germany, Italy, Morocco and South Africa, and American winemaking capitals Oregon, New York state and a California coast. Good Measure serves 30 wines by a potion and a booze list that references 15 wine-producing regions, and a food menu that reflects their globetrotting. Best chair in a house: Ask for list 00 in a semi-private booze attic — ideal for groups of 6 to eight; it’s accessible on ask and comes with hands-on use from Kaner. —Michele Stueven

3224 Glendale Blvd., Atwater Village; (323) 426-9461, goodmeasurela.com.

Best Tea: Little Fluffy Head Cafe

Little Fluffy Head Cafe owners Jenny Zheng has non-stop one of a initial cheese tea boba shops in Los Angeles, portion “fluffy tea,” cold dessert teas surfaced with frothy cream cheese and churned cream in a accumulation of flavors. The bioengineering connoisseur from UCLA detected a cheese tea during visits to Asia and invented her possess over-the-top versions regulating several oolong, black, immature and matcha teas and crowning them with her personalized fluff. Seasonal favorites embody a Strawberry Dream, jasmine immature tea blended with uninformed strawberries and with an choice of cheesecake cream or white chocolate cream. The Lilac Galaxy blends Earl Grey rose tea with churned berries and white chocolate cream. —Michele Stueven

203 W. Seventh St., downtown; (213) 266-8495, littlefluffyhead.com.

Best Deli: Freedman’s

Jews in L.A. wish a deli that’s gonna make them feel like their grandparents are with them. Freedman’s has that old-world vibe though adds a local, stylish twist. The juicy pastrami crunch-wrap has house-made pastrami, shredded lettuce, tomatoes, green cream and nacho cheese on a crispy tostada, all folded into a griddled flour tortilla (it’s now accessible usually during late-night Thursday’s “Friends Freedman’s). Ever spend $23 on a bagel?! Owner Jonah Freedman gives we that opportunity, with a Baller Bagel, that has smoked whitefish salad, caviar, sturgeon and cucumber. Serious yum! Try a singular guava cheesecake for dessert. Got skeleton for Hanukkah? You competence wish to cruise Freedman’s glassy brisket, that is ideal to share with 3 or some-more family members/friends. The considerable smoked bone pith is served with juicy potatoes, pickles and rye toast for $105. —Susan Hornik

2619 Sunset Blvd., Silver Lake; (213) 568-3754, freedmansla.com.

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Best Bar for Healing Your Head: Apotheke L.A.

Alcohol is medicinal for a lot of us, so because not thesis a bar around prescriptions, recovering and cocktail cures for what ails you? Apotheke L.A., sister to a renouned Manhattan location, is anything though waste or doctor’s office–like, however. It provides a comfortable and sumptuous, golden-hued atmosphere, a good element to a herb-, botanical- and fruit-driven drinks accessible here. The white lab coat–wearing bartenders are accessible and they’re out to make we feel good, that creates grouping an knowledge in itself. Have fun with it and with a several season combos, that abandon a pretentiousness of likewise mixology-minded bars and exaggerate spirits that indeed sound good alone: eucalyptus and cilantro–infused tequila, rosemary vodka, thyme rum and virtuoso matcha gin, to name a few (available in decanters). Adding to a recovering vibes here: DJs spinning balmy sounds, live jazz and moist mime shows. —Lina Lecaro

1746 N. Spring St., Chinatown; (323) 844-0717, apothekela.com.

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At a Center of LA’s Food & Drink Scene: Cheese Tea and Plant-Based Food

Avocado kimbap looks like sushi though isn’t, since it’s Korean, not Japanese. Kim means dusty seaweed sheets, and bap is rice. To form this avocado roll, a covering of seaweed widespread with baked rice is surfaced with avocado, fish cake, carrots, egg, preserved radish and rape flowers. Yes, rape flowers, pleasing yellow blossoms of an succulent plant with an hapless name. Rolled adult and sliced into a dozen pieces, a hurl is one juicy break to share, or not. The place to get it is the Kimbap in Koreatown, a cafeteria that specializes in these rolls. Other fillings besides avocado are Spam, sharp stir-fried pig or squid, mayo deep-fried shrimp, cheese, tuna, sausage, beef, mushrooms, sesame root and kimchi. The rolls come with pickles and a play of soy salsa for dipping. If we don’t have time to lay down and eat, a Kimbap has grab-and-go boxes built on a opposite by a money register. —Barbara Hansen

400 S. Western Ave., #102, Koreatown; (213) 365-1040.

Best Plant-Based Food: Jewel

Jewel, Jasmine Shimoda and Sharky McGee’s cafeteria on a hill, is a colorful delight, both inside and outside. Try a L.G.B.T. toast, a colorful brew of lettuce, guacamole, Shimoda’s house-made tempeh bacon and heirloom tomatoes on gluten-free seed bread. For non-vegans, a Chino Valley Ranchers farm-fresh egg can be combined to any toast. Another favorite is a signature L.A. Phil hang — which, by a way, has zero to do with a Philharmonic though is a vegan take on a Philly cheesesteak with braised yuba sheets, shiitake, caramelized onions, jalapeño and cashew fondue. Sweets embody Shimoda’s famous feathery vegan donuts: matcha, red velvet, cinnamon, strawberry and maple coconut bacon. —Michele Stueven

654 N. Hoover St., Virgil Village; (323) 522-6927, jewel-la.com.

Best Wine Bar: Good Measure

Good Measure is a wine-centric grill in Atwater Village, helmed by sommelier Matthew Kaner, recently named among a tip “Sommelier Stars of Los Angeles” by Wine Enthusiast. Together with owners Sophie O’Malley and executive cook Mike Garber, a grill serves Wine Country cuisine desirous by their end travels to a likes of Australia, Spain, France, Portugal, Austria, Germany, Italy, Morocco and South Africa, and American winemaking capitals Oregon, New York state and a California coast. Good Measure serves 30 wines by a potion and a booze list that references 15 wine-producing regions, and a food menu that reflects their globetrotting. Best chair in a house: Ask for list 00 in a semi-private booze attic — ideal for groups of 6 to eight; it’s accessible on ask and comes with hands-on use from Kaner. —Michele Stueven

3224 Glendale Blvd., Atwater Village; (323) 426-9461, goodmeasurela.com.

Best Tea: Little Fluffy Head Cafe

Little Fluffy Head Cafe owners Jenny Zheng has non-stop one of a initial cheese tea boba shops in Los Angeles, portion “fluffy tea,” cold dessert teas surfaced with frothy cream cheese and churned cream in a accumulation of flavors. The bioengineering connoisseur from UCLA detected a cheese tea during visits to Asia and invented her possess over-the-top versions regulating several oolong, black, immature and matcha teas and crowning them with her personalized fluff. Seasonal favorites embody a Strawberry Dream, jasmine immature tea blended with uninformed strawberries and with an choice of cheesecake cream or white chocolate cream. The Lilac Galaxy blends Earl Grey rose tea with churned berries and white chocolate cream. —Michele Stueven

203 W. Seventh St., downtown; (213) 266-8495, littlefluffyhead.com.

Best Deli: Freedman’s

Jews in L.A. wish a deli that’s gonna make them feel like their grandparents are with them. Freedman’s has that old-world vibe though adds a local, stylish twist. The juicy pastrami crunch-wrap has house-made pastrami, shredded lettuce, tomatoes, green cream and nacho cheese on a crispy tostada, all folded into a griddled flour tortilla (it’s now accessible usually during late-night Thursday’s “Friends Freedman’s). Ever spend $23 on a bagel?! Owner Jonah Freedman gives we that opportunity, with a Baller Bagel, that has smoked whitefish salad, caviar, sturgeon and cucumber. Serious yum! Try a singular guava cheesecake for dessert. Got skeleton for Hanukkah? You competence wish to cruise Freedman’s glassy brisket, that is ideal to share with 3 or some-more family members/friends. The considerable smoked bone pith is served with juicy potatoes, pickles and rye toast for $105. —Susan Hornik

2619 Sunset Blvd., Silver Lake; (213) 568-3754, freedmansla.com.

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Best Bar for Healing Your Head: Apotheke L.A.

Alcohol is medicinal for a lot of us, so because not thesis a bar around prescriptions, recovering and cocktail cures for what ails you? Apotheke L.A., sister to a renouned Manhattan location, is anything though waste or doctor’s office–like, however. It provides a comfortable and sumptuous, golden-hued atmosphere, a good element to a herb-, botanical- and fruit-driven drinks accessible here. The white lab coat–wearing bartenders are accessible and they’re out to make we feel good, that creates grouping an knowledge in itself. Have fun with it and with a several season combos, that abandon a pretentiousness of likewise mixology-minded bars and exaggerate spirits that indeed sound good alone: eucalyptus and cilantro–infused tequila, rosemary vodka, thyme rum and virtuoso matcha gin, to name a few (available in decanters). Adding to a recovering vibes here: DJs spinning balmy sounds, live jazz and moist mime shows. —Lina Lecaro

1746 N. Spring St., Chinatown; (323) 844-0717, apothekela.com.

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At a Center of LA’s Food & Drink Scene: Cheese Tea and Plant-Based Food

Avocado kimbap looks like sushi though isn’t, since it’s Korean, not Japanese. Kim means dusty seaweed sheets, and bap is rice. To form this avocado roll, a covering of seaweed widespread with baked rice is surfaced with avocado, fish cake, carrots, egg, preserved radish and rape flowers. Yes, rape flowers, pleasing yellow blossoms of an succulent plant with an hapless name. Rolled adult and sliced into a dozen pieces, a hurl is one juicy break to share, or not. The place to get it is the Kimbap in Koreatown, a cafeteria that specializes in these rolls. Other fillings besides avocado are Spam, sharp stir-fried pig or squid, mayo deep-fried shrimp, cheese, tuna, sausage, beef, mushrooms, sesame root and kimchi. The rolls come with pickles and a play of soy salsa for dipping. If we don’t have time to lay down and eat, a Kimbap has grab-and-go boxes built on a opposite by a money register. —Barbara Hansen

400 S. Western Ave., #102, Koreatown; (213) 365-1040.

Best Plant-Based Food: Jewel

Jewel, Jasmine Shimoda and Sharky McGee’s cafeteria on a hill, is a colorful delight, both inside and outside. Try a L.G.B.T. toast, a colorful brew of lettuce, guacamole, Shimoda’s house-made tempeh bacon and heirloom tomatoes on gluten-free seed bread. For non-vegans, a Chino Valley Ranchers farm-fresh egg can be combined to any toast. Another favorite is a signature L.A. Phil hang — which, by a way, has zero to do with a Philharmonic though is a vegan take on a Philly cheesesteak with braised yuba sheets, shiitake, caramelized onions, jalapeño and cashew fondue. Sweets embody Shimoda’s famous feathery vegan donuts: matcha, red velvet, cinnamon, strawberry and maple coconut bacon. —Michele Stueven

654 N. Hoover St., Virgil Village; (323) 522-6927, jewel-la.com.

Best Wine Bar: Good Measure

Good Measure is a wine-centric grill in Atwater Village, helmed by sommelier Matthew Kaner, recently named among a tip “Sommelier Stars of Los Angeles” by Wine Enthusiast. Together with owners Sophie O’Malley and executive cook Mike Garber, a grill serves Wine Country cuisine desirous by their end travels to a likes of Australia, Spain, France, Portugal, Austria, Germany, Italy, Morocco and South Africa, and American winemaking capitals Oregon, New York state and a California coast. Good Measure serves 30 wines by a potion and a booze list that references 15 wine-producing regions, and a food menu that reflects their globetrotting. Best chair in a house: Ask for list 00 in a semi-private booze attic — ideal for groups of 6 to eight; it’s accessible on ask and comes with hands-on use from Kaner. —Michele Stueven

3224 Glendale Blvd., Atwater Village; (323) 426-9461, goodmeasurela.com.

Best Tea: Little Fluffy Head Cafe

Little Fluffy Head Cafe owners Jenny Zheng has non-stop one of a initial cheese tea boba shops in Los Angeles, portion “fluffy tea,” cold dessert teas surfaced with frothy cream cheese and churned cream in a accumulation of flavors. The bioengineering connoisseur from UCLA detected a cheese tea during visits to Asia and invented her possess over-the-top versions regulating several oolong, black, immature and matcha teas and crowning them with her personalized fluff. Seasonal favorites embody a Strawberry Dream, jasmine immature tea blended with uninformed strawberries and with an choice of cheesecake cream or white chocolate cream. The Lilac Galaxy blends Earl Grey rose tea with churned berries and white chocolate cream. —Michele Stueven

203 W. Seventh St., downtown; (213) 266-8495, littlefluffyhead.com.

Best Deli: Freedman’s

Jews in L.A. wish a deli that’s gonna make them feel like their grandparents are with them. Freedman’s has that old-world vibe though adds a local, stylish twist. The juicy pastrami crunch-wrap has house-made pastrami, shredded lettuce, tomatoes, green cream and nacho cheese on a crispy tostada, all folded into a griddled flour tortilla (it’s now accessible usually during late-night Thursday’s “Friends Freedman’s). Ever spend $23 on a bagel?! Owner Jonah Freedman gives we that opportunity, with a Baller Bagel, that has smoked whitefish salad, caviar, sturgeon and cucumber. Serious yum! Try a singular guava cheesecake for dessert. Got skeleton for Hanukkah? You competence wish to cruise Freedman’s glassy brisket, that is ideal to share with 3 or some-more family members/friends. The considerable smoked bone pith is served with juicy potatoes, pickles and rye toast for $105. —Susan Hornik

2619 Sunset Blvd., Silver Lake; (213) 568-3754, freedmansla.com.

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Best Bar for Healing Your Head: Apotheke L.A.

Alcohol is medicinal for a lot of us, so because not thesis a bar around prescriptions, recovering and cocktail cures for what ails you? Apotheke L.A., sister to a renouned Manhattan location, is anything though waste or doctor’s office–like, however. It provides a comfortable and sumptuous, golden-hued atmosphere, a good element to a herb-, botanical- and fruit-driven drinks accessible here. The white lab coat–wearing bartenders are accessible and they’re out to make we feel good, that creates grouping an knowledge in itself. Have fun with it and with a several season combos, that abandon a pretentiousness of likewise mixology-minded bars and exaggerate spirits that indeed sound good alone: eucalyptus and cilantro–infused tequila, rosemary vodka, thyme rum and virtuoso matcha gin, to name a few (available in decanters). Adding to a recovering vibes here: DJs spinning balmy sounds, live jazz and moist mime shows. —Lina Lecaro

1746 N. Spring St., Chinatown; (323) 844-0717, apothekela.com.

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