Elina Shatkin

Food, LAist

Los Angeles is the most diverse and interesting food city in the United States. It’s a place where street tacos are as revered as any 12-course omakase dinner — and rightly so. My job is to connect hungry Angelenos — through food — to the culture, history, people, and neighborhoods that make up our city.

Stories by Elina Shatkin

LA Food Fest's order for zero waste may take a while to fix

It's not easy going green for food festivals. They produce a ton of waste. But the organizer of the LA Food Fest is trying.

9 crucial things Obama said about the Dallas shootings

Speaking at his final NATO summit, Barack Obama focused on the killing of five police officers in Dallas. He also spoke of hope, change and gun control.

Becoming a cop the day after the Dallas shootings

"The eyes of the world are on you. Every camera, every cell phone, is taking your picture. You should not have to have a camera or cell phone to make you do the right thing."

Alton Sterling, Philandro Castile deaths prompt LA protest rally

The controversial death of two black men thousands of miles away at the hands of police officers have resonated with some Los Angeles residents.

Alhambra keeps going boom and no one knows why

Loud noises echoing through northeast Alhambra have been baffling, bothering and bewildering residents for months — and no one seems to know where they're coming from.

2nd shark sighting at Dana Point beach

Two shark sightings in as many days have put swimmers on edge in the Orange County community.

Long Beach bets big on separated bike lanes

For one day only, city officials converted an existing parking lane into a pop-up bike lane and moved the parking lane into the travel lane. How'd it go over?

San Bernardino brushfire forces evacuations, causes injuries

A small but fast-moving fire in San Bernardino burned several structures and left three people with minor injuries Saturday. The cause of the fire is being investigated as arson.

What Christie's found inside Ronald Reagan's house

For the right price a Tiffany clock, a gold Bulgari bangle or a Grandma Moses painting, once owned by Ronald and Nancy Reagan, could be yours.

Angelyne's little pink Corvette — it's for sale

What else do you get the person who's finally ready to live their best life pretending to be Malibu Barbie? Angelyne will even sign the car for you.

Security at LAX: What to know after the Istanbul attack

The chief of Airport Police explains how he began retooling LAX's security plan as soon as he heard about the suicide bombings in Turkey.

Bear attack closes campground near Altadena

Never keep food in your tent. One man learned this lesson the hard way while camping in the Angeles National Forest over the weekend.

Cat Con LA, a purr-fect weekend for feline fans

The two-day convention wants to redefine the cat lady stereotype — which makes sense because nearly a third of attendees are men.

Thousands without power in Valley Village

You can blame a crow that came into contact with a 34,500 volt circuit breaker.

New LA initiative aims to ease small business owners' woes

Opening a small business in L.A. often involves hefty fees and regulatory headaches. A new plan is trying to fix that.