You don't need to fly to Bangalore or Beijing to sample the best of Asian dining, shopping, and culture. We have it all right here
It's South Asia in SoCal. Artesia's Little India jolts the sensed with subcontinental delights.
Cottage Art. Hollywood set decorators habitually treasure hunt here. They're lured by the silk floor cushions, flowy canopies, mosaic glass, and brass lanterns. Closed Mon; 18619 S. Pioneer Blvd.; 562/924-6268.
Rajdhani Indian Cuisine. Enter, and the smell of cinnamon, cloves, coriander, and cumin hits you. The vegetarian menu varies daily, but there are constants we love, like the yellow dhokla, made from chickpeas, ginger, and chili paste. $$; closed Mon; 18525 Pioneer; 562/402-9102.
Standard Sweets & Snacks. Full of Chinese-Punjabi treats like penda (milk fudge), coconut chum chum, and kulfi (ice cream). $; 18600 Pioneer; 562/809-5009.
Sona Chaandi. If you're in the market for a silk sari, this is your place. For something more subtle, browse for bangles, slip-on flats, and patterned tunics. 18307 Pioneer; 562/402-0030.
Naz 8 Cinemas. Sip hot chai and enjoy Bollywood films. From $6.50; 6440 E. South St., Lakewood; naz8.com