I’m the kind of guy who cooks at home, so “going out” means hanging out or going out to eat with friends. And when I do that, I really like The Misfit in Santa Monica. They have delicious roasted figs—it’s that kind of meal. It’s really pleasant; it has the type of atmosphere where you can sit down and talk with friends.
I really like Coogie’s on Santa Monica Boulevard. It’s the place I go for breakfast. The herb omelet is really nice and very good.
Another go-to restaurant is Gladstones on PCH, a seafood restaurant on the beach. It’s mostly outdoors, and it’s surf and turf. There’s wonderful seafood, lovely wine, and great drinks. It’s a great spot to go and bask in the sun, and if you hit it at just the right time, you can catch the sunset.
The Getty Museum
Whenever I get a chance, I always go to the Getty Museum. It’s so beautiful up there. I like wandering around the landscape; it’s so peaceful and quiet. The exhibits change a lot, so I enjoy the atmosphere rather than any one exhibit. I’ve also heard the Villa is really nice, but I haven’t been there yet.
I just was there. My friend’s wife was having a baby, so I went there to buy some classic children’s books. They have a great selection. I know one of the guys behind the counter. His dad runs a theatre and he’ll let you know what’s going on there, too.
Black Women in Music
I was in L.A. for the Essence’s Celebration of Black Women in Music in a venue on Sunset, and I had a wonderful time. I got to watch Emeli Sandé perform, and it was fantastic. I don’t think too many people know her, but I think they will soon.
Photographs courtesy (in order): (1) themisfitbar.com, (2) facebook.com/CoogiesCafe (3) sbe.com, (4) flickr.com/Beatrice Murch, (5) booksoup.com, and (6)essence.com