Like those minuscule fish, fried whole? "I can't eat those
because the eyeballs are in them, but they're a real delicacy
there. Gambas ajilo, which is shrimp with garlic, is a type
of fish I love. The best places for tapas are on Cava Alta and Cava
Baja streets: La Tasca de Jesus and Juana la Loca."
Okay, so what are some of Madrid's can't-miss sights?
"Definitely the Prado Museum. It is just massive, and they have
the most incredible old master Spanish paintings in there.
Velázquez and El Greco, they are just so full of power. Reina Sofía
is a more contemporary museum, more modern. Just walking,
especially in the old section of Madrid, is amazing. They have
great shops there, and they have this sort of Main Street [Calle
Gran Vía] where they have those stores you would find in any
European city or New York. I love walking down that street and just
watching all the people shop. There is a big Starbucks there that
just opened that people are getting into."
Have you been? Is it like the ones in L.A.? "It is exactly
like the ones in L.A. It's a surreal experience. Because you're in
Spain, and Spain is a country that is really always into itself.
For example, they're never really interested in what anyone else is
doing fashionwise or foodwise. Everyone else in the world could be
wearing boot-cut jeans and they'll be wearing tapered jeans. It
takes forever for trends to work their way in. They have an
incredible culture - they don't need to really change it. They are
all happy people and, for the most part, it is very contented. It's
not subject to trendiness at all. It's like you can never find in
Madrid the super-cool, cutting-edge cafe that you can in Paris or
the Lower East Side of Manhattan. It is just a different vibe. Then
you go into Starbucks and it's literally like you're in L.A. It's