JAMIE LEE CURTIS' LOS ANGELES
LODGINGThe Beverly Hills Hotel,
very expensive; (310) 276-2251. "I love the old-time glamour.
They've completely refurbished it." Mondrian, very
expensive; (323) 650-8999. "I have friends who love the Mondrian,
designed by Philippe Starke." Shutters On The
Beach, very expensive; (800) 334-9000. "Very simple and
yet beautifully elegant."
Californian/Mediterranean; (323) 938-1447. "What stands out is the
flavor of the food." Il Ristorante di Giorgio
Baldi, Italian; (310) 573-1660. "It feels like you're
eating at Giorgio's home." Ivy at the Shore,
American; (310) 393-3113. "You get that lovely California cuisine
and you can walk to the pier." Le Pain Quotidien,
Belgian bakery; (310) 859-1100. "They do fresh bread and granola
and yogurt, which is my kind of breakfast." The Polo
Lounge, Californian/Asian; (310) 276-2251. "It's what I
call hotel food." The Restaurant at the Getty,
Californian; (310) 440-6810. "Have dinner and see the art at
night." Röckenwagner, Californian/European; (310)
399-6504. "They do incredible soups."
NIGHTLIFEThe Greek Theatre, (323)
665-1927. "The one thing that gets me out is a concert, and this is
a beautiful outdoor amphitheater." The House of
Blues, (323) 848-5100. "It's always a safe bet."
Kodak Theatre, (323) 308-6300. "The Kodak is where
they had the Oscars this year. And there's a nice Wolfgang Puck
restaurant upstairs called Vert."
SIGHTSGetty Center, (310)
440-7300. "The Getty is my favorite outing. It's a magnificent
addition to our city." La Brea Tar Pits, (323)
934-7243. "I remember going to La Brea as a child on school trips.
There's something about seeing and smelling these ancient tar
pits." Natural History Museum of Los Angeles
County, (213) 763-3466. "Where you go to see all the
dinosaurs." The Petersen Automotive Museum, (323)
930-2277. "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."
SHOPPINGFred Segal Santa Monica,
(310) 394-9814. "If there's ever a California shopping experience,
it's Fred Segal. It's been around since I was a teenager."
Freehand, (323) 655-2607. "If you're looking to
bring back something you aren't going to find other places, you'll
find it here." Savannah, (310) 458-2095. "They
carry lovely designers."
ONE GREAT DAY IN L.A. "I remember going to
Disneyland when I was a little girl. You got a ticket book and the
rides were separated into letters. The A tickets were for kiddie
rides, then you would progress to the B tickets, until you got to
the Matterhorn and the adventure rides. I remember being
transported to a different place, a fantasyland. What I've learned
about living in Los Angeles is that you can do and be anything.
L.A. is one big E ticket. You can take that little booklet and go
around and find everything you would ever want to do. It's truly a
NEW YORK AND PUERTO VALLARTA
DEBRA MESSING'S NEW YORK
LODGINGMercer Hotel, expensive;
(212) 966-6060. "You can roll out of bed and you're right in the
heart of SoHo."
DININGCafé Un Deux Trois,
continental; (212) 354-4148. "It's good quality and has the
loveliest ambience." Carmine's, Italian; (212)
221-3800. "Huge portions, very hearty meals, and affordable."
Jerry's, upscale diner; (212) 966-9464. "They've
also got amazing brunches on weekends. And the best BLT in the
city." John's Pizzeria, pizza; (212) 243-1680.
"The best pizza in all of Manhattan." Le Gamin,
French; (212) 254-4678. "It's the tiniest little cafe you've ever
seen in your life." Raoul's, French/American;
(212) 966-3518. "Another favorite of ours in SoHo."
Veselka, Polish/Ukrainian; (212) 228-9682. "The
best Polish/Ukrainian food I've ever had in America. And it's open
SHOPPINGAnnex Antique Fair, (212)
243-5343. "The top designers in the city scour this market."
Dean & DeLuca, (212) 226-6800. "A grocery
store unlike anything else in the world." Tower Flea
Market "Booth after booth after booth."
Fragments, (888) 637-2463. "One of my two favorite
jewelry stores." Intermix, (212) 533-9720. "A
small boutique with the newest trends." Me &
Ro, (917) 237-921. "I never leave New York without looking
NIGHTLIFEDelacorte Theater, (212)
861-7277. "Free theater in the park." Lincoln Center for
the Performing Arts; (212) 875-5456. "In the summer, they
have these amazing outdoor concerts." Manhattan Theater
Club, (212) 399-3000. "One of my favorite off-Broadway
theaters ." McHale's, (212) 997-8885. "It's
everything you think about when you think of an Irish pub."
ONE GREAT DAY IN NEW YORK "My husband and I were
dating while we were classmates in NYU's Graduate Acting Program.
At the end of our first year, we were so happy to have gotten
through it that we decided to celebrate as a class. We all went to
the Great Lawn in Central Park and set up our picnic. It was sort
of a tapestry; everywhere you looked, there was another little
individual experience going on: people riding their bikes or
sleeping or lovers on blankets cuddling. I'd only been in New York
for probably not even a year, but I sat back and thought, 'I am now
officially a New Yorker.'"