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

Outdoor air quality suffers as temperatures rise

If you do want to go outside and get moving, the best time is early in the morning or after sunset, when ozone levels will be at their lowest.

Record-setting heat wave expected to bake SoCal even longer

For the next several days, temperatures will stay in the mid-90s around much of the Los Angeles basin. The valleys will continue to sizzle, with highs up to 112 degrees. The mountains and deserts will also continue to bake in triple- digit heat.

OC's elite disaster response team helps with Hurricane Harvey

The members of Task Force 5 are like the Navy Seals of the fire service. They've responded to disasters around the country and even the world.

Port of LA tightens security after car chase & death

After a man blazed through a checkpoint, climbed on top of a crane and fell to his death, officials have instituted new security measures.

Hate crimes are up in L.A.

The first half of this year saw a significant rise over the same period last year — including violent hate crimes.

Angels Flight will take off once again

After a four-year closure, Angelenos will once again be able to ride downtown L.A.'s iconic, century-old railway.

Santa Ana Cemetery debates future of Confederate monument

The monument, a granite pillar, isn't a vintage piece of history. It was erected in 2004.

A new traffic plan for Dodgers neighborhoods?

A transportation study will look at how residential streets are jammed with cars on game days.

You can now go to a gallery dedicated to OJ Simpson

25 years after the trial of O.J. Simpson, a brief exhibition explores the pop culture phenomenon through memorabilia.

Metro tests new screening system at Union Station

The system scans riders for firearms, explosives and other threats. It also includes a facial recognition component.

Hollywood Forever Cemetery removes Confederate monument

The 6-foot stone monument has stood since 1925 in a section of the famous Los Angeles graveyard where more than 30 Confederate veterans and their families are buried. It was taken down early Wednesday morning.

Will San Pedro CicLAvia be a boon for business?

For the first time, CicLAvia will roll through San Pedro and Wilmington — and businesses along the route are getting ready.

The teen summer job isn't dead yet — but it's not what it used to be

Reports that the summer job is dead have been greatly exaggerated. In fact, for teens who want to find work, it's a great time.

Tail O' the Pup hot dog stand trots into a new home

It won't be dishing out franks anymore. Still, you'll be able to visit the iconic hot dog stand, once a shining example of Southern California's novelty architecture boom, in a museum.

Waste not, want not as LA Food Fest tries to reach zero food waste

Last year, the festival tried to become the world's first zero-waste tasting event. They didn't succeed. This year, they're pushing harder to hit that goal.