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Four famous locals name their favorite L.A. finds
A.O.C., Lucques, Tavern
You’re married to David Lentz from the Hungry Cat. Where do two top chefs and the parents of three sneak off to?
The Grill in Beverly Hills is a favorite for lunch. I order the crab Louie, and the server—one of those cool old-school types—always asks knowingly, “Sauce on the side, ma’am?” I say, “Oh no, dress it heavy, and bring more on the side!” Sometimes if we are feeling extra wacky or are celebrating something, we even do the martini lunch, which requires a huge nap after.
Where do you indulge your sweet tooth?
Mashti Malone’s on La Brea is right down the street from our house, which is not necessarily a good thing. They are known for amazing exotic ice cream flavors like saffron and rosewater, but I can never get beyond their insane chocolate peanut butter—and I’m not even a chocolate peanut butter person.
Where do you take the little ones?
OK, here’s a scary story: My kids love Silver Lake’s Tacos Delta, but the first time I took them there my son Jack kept disappearing under the table. I finally realized he was picking the gum off the underside and eating it! Shoot me now…
Rizzoli & Isles
Your character on the detective show is always remarkably well dressed. Where do you find that elegance here?
Melrose Place. Chloé, Oscar de la Renta—I love the whole street.
Do you have a treasured boutique?
Boutique shopping is the best because the good ones do the decision making for you. My favorites are Curve on Robertson, Heist on Abbot Kinney, and Madison.
Where do you go for one-of-a-kind gifts?
Maison Midi on La Brea and Lost and Found in Hollywood.
You married into an Italian family. Is there a store here for all things Italian?
The most authentic Italian eats are imported at Guidi Marcello in Santa Monica. I do my grocery shopping there, and it has everything you would find in an Italian market. Also Damiani on Rodeo, owned by our dear friend Silvia Damiani, has the finest Italian jewelry.
You grew up in L.A. and attended USC. Do you have a sentimental shopping destination?
ValSurf. I grew up at the beach, so it still reminds me of taking the beach bus for 25 cents from my house with my friends. They have the sexiest bikinis!
What L.A. gym workout gets a perfect 10?
Well, not to be narcissistic, but I would have to give my Spinning class at Crunch that score. I have been teaching it for more than 12 years, and while Biggest Loser keeps me busy, I try to get there as many Saturdays as I can. I’m also a big fan of Barry’s Bootcamp when I just wanna run.
What about food?
I adore M Café on Melrose, although I hate the parking. The Earth Bar inside Equinox in West Hollywood has the best smoothies and healthy snacks.
It’s not cheap to eat healthfully.
I am a big fan of Trader Joe’s because I can get most everything I need there. For supplements, it’s Capital Drugs in West Hollywood—there’s always a sale, and the people are extremely helpful.
Isn’t part of effecting change in the mind?
In a world that no longer has Oprah on TV five days a week—excuse me while I wipe the tear rolling down my face—I go old school with Eckhart Tolle, Marianne Williamson, and Gary Zukau. When it comes to books, my all-time favorite is The China Study by Dr. T. Colin Campbell, about the relationship between diet and disease.
Which are Your sons Eddie and Isaac’s favorite playtime spots?
Travel Town at Griffith Park and the Train Shack in Burbank. Do you get the sense they like trains?
Describe a great day or night out with your wife.
We would start out with a drink at Harvard & Stone. Dinner would either be at Girasole, Mozza, or Cut, followed by a visit to the Varnish bar downtown. Or we might stop at the Oaks Gourmet market to pick up some ice cream and finish off the night at home watching Community.
Where do you go for solo time?
Solo time is in my car, but if I’m alone and want to be in a social atmosphere, I would choose LaMill in Silver Lake or Intelligentsia in Pasadena.
I pretty much love all sports—the NBA, college basketball, football, all of it. I’m a diehard Seahawks fan, since I’m from Seattle. I don’t even want to think about what would happen if L.A. got a team, because I would be so torn about whom to root for.
Million Dollar Decorators
Restoration Hardware’s accessories, lighting, and hardware are so good, it sometimes feels like it’s going to put us interior designers out of business! Crate & Barrel has beautiful tableware and amazing basics. Pottery Barn, CB2, and West Elm also have great selections.
How about the global look?
Berbere World Imports is filled with Indian carvings, Turkish rugs, Buddhas from Bali, and oil jars from Greece. Mosaik carries Moroccan lamps, decorative objects, and fabric. Maison Midi sells tajines, colorful tea glasses, pillows, and tablecloths.
Art, especially black-and-white portrait photography. I spend hours at Fahey/Klein Gallery. Another favorite Peter Fetterman.
I’m a book-collecting maniac and support Book Soup and Hennessey + Ingalls. Ellen Pompeo and I referred to John Saladino’s Villa when working on her Italianate house. I love Renzo Mongiardino’s Roomscapes and his almost fantasy interiors.