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

Calm down, Roscoe's isn't closing because it's in bankruptcy

In fact, the recent Chapter 11 filing may be a strategic move to avoid paying millions for a discrimination suit.

RIP Mel Haber, a prince of old Palm Springs, owner of Melvyn's, 80

Lung cancer claims Palm Springs legend Mel Haber, owner of the 90-year-old Ingleside Inn and Melvyn's restaurant, and a Sinatra friend.

It's National Napping Day, you have permission to yawn

Long considered a lazy person's pastime, napping has become scientifically acceptable, even hip. Here's everything you need to know to hack your nap.

42 historic photos tell the story of El Niño in SoCal

From the epic rainfall of 1938 to the monster storms that hit in 1997, we take a look back at the strongest El Niños of the last 80 years.

LA's most famous Haitian writes his memoir

TiGeorges Laguerre has run his eponymous chicken restaurant since 2002. His memoir traces his journey from the beaches of Port-de-Paix to the streets of L.A.

100 years ago, Southern California's 'storm of the century'

One hundred years ago, powerful rains dubbed the "storm of the century" hit Southern California, killing dozens of people and stopping trains for 32 days. See the vintage photos here.

Fans seek to preserve sci-fi legend Forrest Ackerman's home

For 57 years, Ackerman collected thousands of pieces of movie memorabilia while inspiring filmmakers, including Steven Spielberg. Fans want to turn his home into a landmark.

CHP boosting checkpoints, patrols during holiday weekend

Officers will be on the lookout for just about everything, from people driving under the influence, to speeding, to major collision factors like unsafe lane changes and erratic driving.

How to surf El Niño: Tips from a professional

Big wave surfer Alex Gray has a few ideas about what it takes to ride the kind of waves that the King Tides and El Niño often bring.

Airports increase security (and delays) in wake of travel alert

The busiest travel weekend of the year gets busier after the State Department issues a travel alert in the wake of the Paris terror attacks.

Jeff Bezos launches — and lands — a rocket

In a historic step forward, Jeff Bezos's company, Blue Origin, launched the first rocket to remain intact after taking off into space.

Dodgers hire Dave Roberts as manager

The onetime base stealer and clutch Red Sox player returns to help steer the team where his MLB career began.