My list is not in order, except for this one. It’s The Happiest Place On Earth. I used to have a Premium Annual Passport, and I used to go three times a week for, like, five years in a row. I would go and get on Main Street to listen to the music coming from the trees and to hang out and walk around. I like the vibe and atmosphere because it’s a spiritual pick-me-up.
It’s like a little piece of New York dropped onto Main Street in Valencia. It’s one of my favorite places on the planet. They’ve got some amazing gourmet comfort food. One of my favorites is the craft burger—it’s one of the best things I’ve ever tasted. Their Cubano sandwich is great, and they’ve got, like, 500 different kinds of beer. And all of their stuff comes from local farmers. It’s got that cool, Portland-type of vibe. I go at least once a week to sit outside and read with a cold glass of beer.
It’s a wine bar, although they do have beers sometimes. I like to sit in the corner with friends and order the wine and cheese plates. They’ve got great sliders, too. I usually go for a house merlot or whatever they are recommending at the time, but they always have spot-on taste. My wife is really picky about wines—she asks for whatever is oaky and buttery, and they always know exactly what to get her.
The Oaktree Gun Club
It has amazing trap and skeet shooting courses that are really fun. My wife and I do that from time to time. There are always couples out there learning how to shoot. We mostly go there for archery, but the main thing I like about it is the club house: after you’re done shooting you go in there and have a beer or glass or wine and gosh darn good food.
There are only about 20 or 25 people in the theater because the seats are the size of recliners. And you can recline them fully! There is a full menu and a full bar, and you actually have someone come to your seat and take your order. They give you gourmet kettle-popped popcorn for free. It’s one of my favorite places to go watch a movie.
Hollywood Forever Cemetery
I love going in the summertime. I’ll take Chipotle and bring a couple of lawn chairs and bottles of wine and watch some really cool movies on the side of a mausoleum. It’s pretty awesome. My wife and I are connoisseurs of films but in opposite directions. She’s a connoisseur of really good, classy foreign films. I’m a connoisseur of really bad, cheesy horror movies—so-bad-it’s-good horror movies.
You have to go to this place and you have to get the grilled salmon tacos. It’ll blow your mind. I try to go there at least one or two times a week after I work out.
Vasquez Rocks Natural Area Park
I like to go and hike and mediate and sometimes run. What’s great about Vasquez Rocks is that they filmed several Star Trek episodes there. They film all kind stuff there—they even filmed a thing that I did there, Cherokee Kid, a TV movie. It’s one of my favorite places to climb.
Real Food Daily
It’s all vegan food. It’s amazing because they’ll make “meatloaf,” but it’s all vegan. That’s one of my favorite dishes, but I also like their kimchi tacos. They’ve got organic wine and cold pressed coffee. Everything is really good. Their cookies are amazing, and they are totally guilt-free.
I’m a member, so I get facials there one to two times a month because I’m fifty and I have to do these things. I also get massages because they have great masseuses.
Photographs courtesy (in order): (8) parks.lacounty.gov; (9) instagram.com/officialrfd. All other photographs courtesy facebook.com