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My LA To Z: Matt Lanter
The teen badboy from The CW’s “90210″ and heartthrob on the network’s new show “Star-Crossed” tells us where he soaks up the great outdoors and refines his olive oil palette
I’m an outdoorsy person. I really enjoy the hiking in L.A. Surprisingly, there’s a lot of really cool hiking spots. Fryman Canyon has several different trails. There’s one called Evil Rock; it has a massive boulder that you can climb on. You feel like you’re outside of L.A. You can breathe.
Will Rogers State Beach
I love playing beach volleyball, and this beach isn’t too crowded. Typically you can find yourself a court there.
The boardwalk is so eclectic and weird and kooky all at the same time. It’s just a huge melting pot of the weirdest folks. You see all kinds of amazing art and cultures. It’s always fun to go out there and stroll around and people watch.
Being up on a mountain looking over all of L.A. is really breathtaking. I guess you can say the same of any of the high points in L.A., but either way, it’s so beautiful to look around and see the lights at night. The view is awesome.
El Capitan Theatre
I love the magic of movies and television, and I always have since I was kid. I like to go, especially with my wife, to the El Capitan. They’ll pick one movie a month and show it in this old-fashioned theater. There’s a balcony and an organ player, and they decorate the theater with the theme of the movie. With The Nightmare Before Christmas they had snow. That’s always really cool.
It’s a very small hole-in-the-wall Mediterranean restaurant with amazing food. You have to look out for it cause you’ll walk or drive right by. There’s something like four tables out front, but there’s a nice romantic patio area in the back.
Fig and Olive Restaurant
It’s a huge restaurant, but the ambience is great and the food is incredible. They focus a lot on olive oils; They give you three or different kinds to dip your bread in. I had no idea there were different kinds of olive oil! They tell you what region each oil is from, its flavor and what-not. I’m a big olive oil fan.
It’s not a big L.A.-type restaurant. It’s kind of tucked away. They’ve got fantastic pizza and sandwiches. It’s one of our go-to restaurants. You can eat there all the time! They have this amazing pesto-aioli to dip truffle fries in.
It’s out in Malibu, and they have a nice outdoor patio that almost hangs out over the water. They have great drinks and great ambience. You can go there and have a drink with friends or co-workers as the sun goes down.
Driving Down the PCH
Outside of going to Hawaii, you don’t often get that feeling of cliffs dropping down to the water, but you get that on PCH. I’m fascinated by beautiful scenery and what we have here on this Earth. You also have Pepperdine with its huge sprawling wavy lawn. You look left and you have that enormous blue ocean. It’s also cool to imagine living in those huge houses. There are a lot of great restaurants on this drive as well. It’s kind of a rare thing, I guess. You can stop and watch people surf. You can stop and have a little meal at a beach shack.
Photographs (1), (2), (5), and (10) courtesy flickr.com. Photographs (3) and (4) courtesy wikimedia commons. All other photographs courtesy facebook.com.