The 7 Best Margaritas In SoCal

You'll want to try these updated warm-weather favorites

Mmmm, the sweet-sour-salty refreshment of a margarita. Not only are local chefs and bartenders mixing up the classic with fresh add-ins like cucumber, pomegranate and jalapeño, they’re swapping tequila for mezcal and even vodka. Intrigued? Here are seven of the most enticing creations that we’ve discovered.

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Dough Nutty

Our favorite doughnuts in L.A.

We never need a special occasion to eat a doughnut. And luckily, L.A. has about a billion ways to find doughy, sugary, indulgent bliss. Here, our favorite fried rings in town, in no particular order.

Red Velvet at SK's Donuts ($1)
Looks like a dark red Froot Loop, tastes like Depression-era cake. It lingers in your mouth after you've left the strip mall where you found it--in a good way.

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8 Awesome Spots for Oysters in Los Angeles

Oysters are an acquired taste, but once you acquire it, the benefits are endless. Packed with omega-3 fatty acids, they are a natural protein. They also contain selenium, which combats premature aging, heart disease and arthritis. And that rumor that they’re an aphrodisiac…well we're not sure about that one, but we do know that they're always a perfect starter to any date. Here are eight very different oyster spots for LA sea foodies. Over ice, on the half, grilled, Rockefeller, shuck-your-own - the world is your oyster.

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Westside Wine Bar Guide: 8 Vino-Centric Spots

The Westside boasts a smattering of different wine bars, both neighborhood spots and swanky scenes. If learning about the wine you’re drinking appeals to you, then choose-your-own wine adventure among these wine purveyors that all deliver different experiences. Check out our slideshow of Westside wine bars below. Did we miss your favorite? Let us know in the comments.

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Must-Try Spring Dishes From 10 LA Hot Spots

Chefs dream all winter about spring produce: crisp fava beans, giant artichokes, stacks of asparagus, versatile squash blossoms and precious heirloom tomatoes. When LA's countless farmer's markets are supplying the best of California, the results are some of the most creative and delicious plates you'll see all year. Here are some of the freshest dishes from 10 LA hot spots' new spring menus. Did we miss your favorite new spring dish? Let us know in the comments.

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Foodie Travel Guide to SF: Where to Eat and Drink on Any Budget

San Francisco has it all: beauty, culture, history and that famous California weather. Oh, yeah - and a killer food scene. Check out our list of SF foodie destinations for any budget, perfect for your next visit.

Bike-Friendly Small Plates

Go Big: Cruise along the waterfront and drop by Boulette's Larder in the Ferry Building to feast on delicious offerings like beignets, seasonal vegetables and a crab omelet. Open for breakfast, lunch and brunch, they offer a private space with a customized menu for an intimate evening affair. 

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