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

Mammoth skull could reveal clues to California history

This week's excavation of a rare and exceptionally preserved mammoth fossil could be a game-changer in helping us understand the prehistoric California.

Juan Gabriel memorial mass slated for Monterey Park

Everyone is welcome to attend the service Tuesday evening. It will include a candlelight presentation and tributes by both an all-female mariachi band and a Juan Gabriel impersonator.

5 places not to go on Labor Day

The three-day Labor Day weekend is filled with activities. Picnics, fairs, concerts, friends. But let's say your main goal is to avoid crowds not join them.

What if they threw a fake comedy festival and everybody came?

If you want to catch a set in Haley Joel Osment's backyard or at the Chuckle Dumpster in Van Nuys, check out this comedy festival. Or don't. After all, it isn't real.

Labor Day 2016: Travel tips, what to do in LA and more

If you're lucky enough to get to rest from your labor a little more with a long weekend, we've got everything you need to know about traveling, staying in town and much more.

8 things we learned from Metro's innovation chief

Joshua Schank is the Chief Innovation Officer for Metro's Office of Extraordinary Innovation. That's a lot of innovating for one human. What does he actually do?

700 women pose for a massive group photo

"Any time you get 700 people together, it's a political moment," says artist Kim Schoenstadt.

Car-train collision in Pasadena leads to delays on Gold Line

A Gold Line train struck a car in Pasadena Wednesday morning. The accident has been cleared, but commuters were warned to expect delays.

Chinatown's Hop Louie isn't closing — but its kitchen is

You come to the iconic joint with its pagoda entrance for dim lighting, a divey atmosphere, a sense of history and to drink.

Blue Cut Fire: Who helps the helpers?

As Wrightwood's 4,500 residents were ordered to evacuate, a few stayed behind to help the firefighters battling the blaze.

USC vs. UCLA at the Rio Olympics

The crosstown rivalry continues as we rack up Olympians in Rio by university affiliation. Which school's athletes are bringing home more medals? We've done the math.

Hollywood helps Pulse nightclub

Lance Bass will host a night of performances and speeches by El-P, Melissa Etheridge and will.i.am to benefit victims of the Orlando nightclub massacre.

CicLAvia explores iconic Wilshire Blvd. — with a little help from Pokemon Go

What's new the 18th time around? Monster-hunting and pedicabs.

19 uniquely LA spots to celebrate National Ice Cream Day

Los Angeles is awash in terrific homegrown ice cream and gelato makers. Here's the scoop on where to get the sweet stuff.

LA to DC: Leaders visit White House to talk race, police

L.A.'s mayor and police chief were among dozens of law enforcement officers and elected officials who visited the White House for a meeting on race and policing.