The City of Gold Documentary Takes Viewers on a Delicious Tour of Los Angeles

03/22/2016 at 06:37 PM ET

City of Gold
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In a city with endless dining options, Los Angeles Times food critic Jonathan Gold’s mission is to steer people away from big restaurant chains and generic guidebook recommendations, and expose them to the tucked-away places a tourist would never think to go.

In his new documentary City of Gold, viewers are taken into the delicious world of Los Angeles food: where to order it, the traditions behind it and the people who are making it.

Pulitzer Prize-winning Gold finds the mom and pop shops with years of tradition in the heart of Los Angeles.

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“The thing that people find hard to understand, I think, is the magnitude of what’s here,” Gold says in the film. “The huge number of multiple cultures who live in the city, that come together in this beautiful and half haphazard fashion.”

His newspaper reviews, which readers have been digesting for over 30 years, often highlight places that aren’t always on the L.A. hot list—well, until he shines a light on them.

David Chang, chef and founder of the popular Momofuku restaurants, says even he once thought he found a hidden, off-the-beaten-path Korean restaurant until he discovered Gold’s review hanging on the wall.

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“He knows every place. I don’t know how he does it,” Chang says in the film.

The documentary also shows the secret lifestyle of being a food critic. To prevent his identity from being discovered by staff (and ultimately affecting his service at the restaurant), Gold says he has used a number of different names and has had a whole series of “throwaway phones” just to use the number for a reservation.

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“It’s kind of like the fat man’s version of Bourne Identity,” he jokes.

City of Gold is now in theaters.

—Jessica Fecteau

FILED UNDER: Food , Food on Film , Restaurants , Travel

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On a clear day, you can see forever—or at least that’s the wicked thought behind L.A. designer Agi Berliner’s transparent idea: see-through jeans. Exhibitionists notwithstanding, most folks wear them over bathing suits or as attention-getting evening wear with halters, garter belts and body stockings. Created for the disco crowd, the $34 jeans are selling like, well, hot pants. In just six weeks, 25,000 pairs have already been sold in such major department store chains as Macy’s, Bonwit’s and Saks.

“What’s limiting American designers is that we’re afraid to do something different,” says Berliner, 32, a Hungarian émigré who fled with her family to the U.S. in 1956. Agi thought up the gimmick in London while marveling at the way plastics were being employed by designers of punk fashion. In her L.A. office, where she designs for La Parisienne junior sportswear, Agi spent five days on the phone and six weeks testing to come up with the right plastic.

Agi herself tried out the French-cut jeans with the zipper in front, and quickly found several problems: Some plastics tore away from stitching, others wouldn’t bend and all fogged with perspiration. The ideal material proved to be a vinyl supplied by a bookbinder. The steam was eliminated with a series of vents behind the knees and in the crotch. “They’re no hotter than polyester pants,” claims Agi, “and if you wear them with tights, they won’t stick to your legs.”

Whatever the discomfort and despite the problem of Saturday night feverishness, discomaniacs report one major advantage of the plastic pants: no laundry bills. To keep Berliner’s see-through jeans clear, all the wearer needs is a little Windex.

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