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."
DININGCampanile, 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 magic kingdom."
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 24 hours."
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 here."
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.'"