If there is an art to dining, Los Angeles is the center of the renaissance of food and drink. Famed writer Art Buchwald once said, “Dinner is not what you do in the evening before something else. Dinner is the evening.”

From the sands of Santa Monica to the sidewalks of Silver Lake, dining is an experience in the cities that cobble together the greater LA area. Hills Views & Valleys will show you how simply wonderful it is that we dwell among so many options.

Try a mini-vacation by taking the day off and motoring to Shutters on the Beach for an elegant setting to relax and be catered to. Feeling carnivorous? The classic BOA Steakhouse on Sunset, with sumptuous 40-day dry aged prime cuts should cull the craving. Or try the beautifully designed Bourbon Steak by Michael Mina where golden spirits are taken seriously.

Teaming with adventurous young chefs, Los Angeles earns a legitimate honor as a true a Pacific Rim city with their offerings of interpreted Asian cuisines. Blurring the borders of the diverse ethnic neighborhoods, established and emerging chefs burst with creativity to present dining, from casual to elegant, that respects the past and breaks traditions to continually surprise and delight their patrons.

Make a trip downtown to enjoy Nightshade, by Mei Lin where European techniques blend with ancient Eastern methods. Visit Blackship, whose Executive Chef hails from Hinoki & the Bird, where they merge Italian and Japanese cuisines with finesse on their woodsy covered patio, or in the rustically glamorous interior.

From food trucks to Farmer’s Market, the dining options are limitless in every neighborhood. For one of the most unusual experiences you will ever have, tuck into The SLS Hotel for a tasting at The Bazaar by Jose’ Andres. Within, Bar Centro offers interpretive cocktail flights and Somni is a ticketed epicurean journey for only 10 seated at a counter and engaging with the chefs who craft the ever changing tasting menu. Cigar nights are the 3rd Wednesday on the terrace, and Thursdays are reserved for life-changing Paella.

Hills Views & Valleys follows the pulse of the dining scene and will share the openings and classic spots that you will want to have in mind for your everyday or special occasion dining.