Places to rest your head abroad increasingly all feel the same. But there are still some that give you the measure of a place. When you walk out of your hotel room and see a brazier of delicious-smelling frankincense burning in the corridor—the Dar Es Salam in Djibouti City—or immediately find eyes like hot coals gazing at you through a slit in a niqab face veil—the Oriental in Hargeisa, Somaliland—you know you are in the right place.
All the upgrades in existence lead to the same airports and resort hotels, the same pina colada bullshit. But finding the right hotel can also prove to be a rewarding engagement with the host country and its people. Hotel shopping has proven a necessity as a freelance journalist, and often the best hotels come cheap. The sense of place you get within that price range is more than a bargain. The Oriental exists as a wonderful old-world riposte to the trend of turning hotels into carbon copies with no local grounding whatsoever.
Its covered inner courtyard is like a modern caravanserai, full of Somaliland locals in Muslim dress, with tea and cake served at four p. Most importantly, each hotel becomes a second home, keeping me fed and rested, the wonderful staffs becoming surrogate families. It provides an anchor in the fast-paced and confusing whirlwind of reporting in a foreign field. Retrieved Songwriter Universe. Demo audio stream at end of article. Fresh Air. New York: Da Capo Press.
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Sometimes Yamashiro gets overlooked as a destination spot for romance because it's been around for so long and it just seems so obvious! But this is a place that continues to deliver: when you pull up in your car at the valet and walk to the front gate of the Japanese palace-style restaurant, you can't help but be in awe of how grand the whole place looks. High up above Hollywood, you get a perfect, unobstructed view of the skyline.
The perfect time to get seated is during sunset. Make sure you get a table by the windows so you can watch the sun set and the city light up from above. The real winners on the Asian fusion menu are their shoyu glazed black cod and spicy tuna on crispy rice.
They have a refreshing Moscow Mule served in copper mugs. After dinner, make sure to take a stroll through the Japanese gardens on the property. Take a seat on the garden benches for some intimate chats. And take in the year-old pagoda outside that hails from Japan.
Yamashiro Hollywood is located at N Sycamore Ave. If you want to go to a place to impress your date, head on over to Estate, which is dazzling both in its decor and cuisine. Downstairs, you'll find a gorgeous restaurant: dimly lit with hanging exposed-filament bulbs and white brick walls, lined with bookshelves and plush banquettes.
The Asian-fusion-meets-California-cuisine from chef Hisashi Yoshiara is playful and creative. You can make a whole meal out of the shareable appetizers, like the natural Canadian scallop, crispy spun potatoes covering a ball chock-full of juicy scallops; and the crab slider, a peekytoe-blue crab cake sandwiched between pillowy-soft squid ink buns.
Do splurge for the lamb chops or the whole branzino. After dinner, head upstairs to Estate's The Guest Room, a speakeasy lounge that you enter through a hidden door.
This is a cozy and intimate bar with plenty of comfy couches and bar stools. For some refreshing cocktails, try the Eastside or Miami Vice. The Guest Room is normally open Thursday through Sunday nights, but make sure you check with the restaurant before you go if you want to visit it because they sometimes book it for events. Estate is located at Wilshire Blvd. Where else in L. The restaurant is upstairs at The Line Hotel in Koreatown right next to the outdoor pool. You can wine and dine in a glass building filled with potted plants and a sleek bar.
The menu arrives in a stamped, addressed envelope, and the music is always fun. The pan-Asian and New American dinner fare is on the healthier side, with appetizers that focus on veggies and fruits. This iconic seafood spot, which had closed in , is less than a block from the Boardwalk, and despite that, somehow remains tourist-free.
Also, it all tastes great. Plus, the dough, is springy, chewy, flavorful, and perfectly blistered in all the ways you want wood-fired pizza to be. Head here now before the line goes all the way to Echo Park.
Located on Sunset Blvd. The tiny strip mall spot only has about four tables to go around, so no matter when you come, expect to share table space with complete strangers. Home Cities Pick the perfect spot for every situation. Travel Guides Plan your trip and eat like locals. Send Us Feedback Enter your email. Add a short message. LA Guide. Jakob Layman. Not Rated Yet.
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