"Le Pain Quotidien is newish on Santa Monica Boulevard. It's a
Belgian patisserie and bakery. They do fresh bread and granola and
yogurt, which is my kind of breakfast. Very light. Good coffee. I
might also go to the Broadway Deli down on the Third Street
Promenade. It's pancakes and scrambled eggs, a hearty hash browns
kind of breakfast."
"There used to be a newscaster in California [whose] name was Jerry
Dunphy. And how he opened the news every day was, 'From the desert
to the sea to all of Southern California, a good evening.' Every
single night of my childhood I heard him say, 'From the desert to
. ' That's my L.A. This morning I was thinking, What are
the main sights? And I thought, From the desert to the sea. You can
go from the desert to the sea and everything in between. I would
recommend Santa Monica Beach and the great old pier. Santa Monica
totally redeveloped the whole Third Street Promenade. And then
there's the redevelopment of Holly-wood, the Kodak Theater, Sunset
Boulevard, and the Hollywood Walk of Fame, where my star is right
between Frederick's of Hollywood and a Halloween costume store,
which I thought was appropriate."
"The L.A. public library downtown is incredible. It's huge and
magnificent. Beside the Natural History Museum, where you get to
see all the dinosaurs, there are the fabulous La Brea Tar Pits. I
remember going to La Brea as a child on school trips. There's
something about seeing and smelling these ancient tar pits. They
bubble up right in the middle of this city. If you're a car buff -
and if you're in L.A., you have to be a car buff - I'd go to The
Petersen Automotive Museum."
"Ballona Fishmarket, Hans Röckenwagner's new restaurant in Marina
has perfect California Pacific fish. I love Ivy at the
Shore, too, because it's right on the ocean and you get that lovely
California cuisine, and you can walk to the pier and go shopping
and to the movies, and to the art galleries right there. They make
these humongous salads; the portions are huge."
"Clothing-wise, I love Savannah on Montana. They carry lovely
designers, including Jil Sander. If there's ever a California
shopping experience, it's Fred Segal. It's been around since I was
a teenager. It is a very eclectic, trendy clothing store with
makeup, accessories, everything you could ever need. There are
people who come to L.A. just to go to Fred Segal. I like
one-of-a-kind artist-made ceramics and objets d'art, and there are
two stores in West Hollywood, Freehand and New Stone Age. If you're
looking for a gift for somebody, or you want to bring back
something that you aren't going to find other places, you'll find
it in those two stores."
"Röckenwagner in Santa Monica. I had a grilled-cheese crab sandwich
that was so incred-ibly good. They do incredible soups, and there's
a salad called Sally Fama Salad, which is very light. Campanile is
in the starting-to-be-redeveloped area of La Brea/Highland. The
building is an old movie studio. Röckenwagner and Campanile are
California eclectic, but what stands out in both places is the
flavor of the food."
"The one thing that gets me out is a concert, and there are myriad
places. You can go to an outdoor venue like The Greek Theatre,
which is this beautiful amphitheater, as is the Hollywood Bowl.
Then there are interior venues like the Wiltern Theatre. I went to
see Elvis Costello at the Kodak Theater, which is where they had
the Oscars this year. And there's a nice new Wolfgang Puck
restaurant upstairs called Vert. The House of Blues is a safe bet.
And then [there's] the Troubadour and The Roxy on Sunset Boulevard
with teenage bands where my daughter attends concerts."