I think the whole of Pasadena is a great way to get out of the city. I love the Rose Bowl, and I love the flea market. I run there, but it’s also where I saw my first American football game. It was where I was, like, introduced to American sports. I saw UCLA versus the Utah—the Utes, I think they’re called—and UCLA won. The only thing I didn’t understand is this whole tailgating thing, but I really wanted to get involved. I didn’t know anyone there, so I went to go look for beer, but I went into the stadium and I found out you couldn’t buy any. I was pretty disappointed. But it looked like a lot of fun. There was a lot of beer pong going on. I think next time I go I’m going with my own posse.
The best thing about America is American breakfast, but I’m not into pancake things. I’m into eggs. Lots of eggs. And avocados, because we don’t get them over here really. And coffee and toast and juice. I dream about those breakfasts. There’s a place in Eagle Rock called Cindy’s, and it’s just an original 1950s sort of diner. It’s like out of every movie. In fact, I shot an independent film [in L.A.] recently, and we used it as a location. They do the best food; they do all the classic American things, but they also do really good, healthy burgers and all that stuff as well.
I run a lot in Los Angeles when I’m there, but to be honest, it’s kind of difficult; it’s such a vast city, and you can’t just run on the sidewalk. You have to find hidden gem places. I actually did the L.A. marathon! It’s such a great route. You see the whole of L.A. and all the landmarks, and then ending up by the ocean is just perfect. I love to run up in Griffith Park, but the place I did most of my training was either is down on the beach in Santa Monica, or at the Silver Lake Reservoir. There’s a runner’s shop called A Runner’s Circle, and they’re really friendly. They have organized running teams you can go and join, and so when I didn’t know anyone in L.A. and I didn’t know where to run, I went along to the shop. They take you out and you meet people and you just find parts of L.A. that are great places to run.
Well I suppose we’ve got to talk about drinks. There’s a place called Melrose Umbrella Co., and they are so cool in there. We had our wrap party there, and the guys who run it are really awesome. The cocktails are great, and it feels like you could be in New York or in Paris. I’ll start with a Sazerac or something pretty strong, maybe like a martini. But yeah, I’ll progress. They’ve got really nice beer as well. It’s a very cool scene, as are the people that go in there—you know, a lot of those cool actors, those cool musicians. I like the vibe.
I love going downtown. It’s one of my favorite places because you can get the Metro there, and being European, we tend to do that. You can also drink and get the metro, so that means you can go out for a night. There’s a place there called LA. B, which is an indoor bouldering center. I’ve just gotten into climbing, and it’s a really good setup. It’s really chill, they play good music, and there’s loads of different walls to climb on. They’ve also got a small gym where you can work out as well as a café. Downtown is a really weird place. If you don’t know about these places you would never find them, but LA. B is really good.
I was living near a place called Seed, which is this really small macrobiotic vegan place. I would normally never eat that kind of food—I think it sounds a little bit fussy—but to be honest, they did the most amazing salads. They’re so delicious and tasty. I’d go have one of those and then afterwards I would have a beer because I felt very proud that I’d eaten that.
Photographs courtesy (in order): (2) yelp.com/Yvonne L., (4) yelp.com, (6) yelp.com/Roland L. All other photographs courtesy facebook.com.