Magazine article Sunset

A Slice of Bombay in L.A. County

Magazine article Sunset

A Slice of Bombay in L.A. County

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AT FIRST, A VISIT TO ARTESIA'S Little India, the largest concentration of Indian shops and restaurants in Southern California, is a jolt to the senses. The high-pitched, hypnotic wail of the sitar, the pungent smell of spices that tickle the throat and sting the eyes, the lustrous silk fabrics and saris found in more than 30 shops--this place is a far cry from the local mall. But even if you aren't in the market for a sari or the latest film from Bombay, Little India has plenty to offer in its 1/4 mile of shops and restaurants along Pioneer Boulevard, primarily between 183rd and 187th streets.

Bharti Jewelers (18616 1/2 Pioneer; 310/403-0151) is one of 20 jewelers in Little India. Besides silver and 18- and 22-karat gold jewelry, Bharti sells sterling silver plates, bowls, goblets, and baby gifts. Pure silver spoons, rattles, and coins, which can be engraved with a child's name and birth date, cost less than $15.

At India Food and Gifts (17820 Pioneer; 865-3678), I discovered stainless steel stacking boxes, more durable and airtight than the bamboo ones in Chinatown. …

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