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SoCal Dreamin’ On Such A Winter's Day


FEBRUARY 4TH, 2011

SoCal Dreamin’ On Such A Winter's Day

The Golden State has been unseasonably warm in the south, so now’s your chance to snag some sun and star-sightings. Herewith, part one of our two-part winter time trip plan:

Sup in Santa Monica
After an afternoon arrival at LAX, stop at the Santa Monica Pier and have a quick go-round on the Ferris wheel then watch the sunset over an early dinner at Blue Plate Oysterette. The spot serves up fresh, unfussy seafood. When Christian Bale ate there we imagine he enjoyed the cornmeal crusted calamari too. www.blueplatesantamonica.com

 

Bed in Beverly Hills
The sexy SLS Hotel is as stylish as quarters come. Award-winning restaurant on the ground floor (The Bazaar by José Andrés), pool tables on every floor and posh pool deck on rooftop, you could be content enough to never leave the building. Staring at all the stunning custom Philippe Starck furnishings is yet another activity to pass the time. From $327, www.kiwicollection.com

 

Feast in Los Feliz
The weekend before we brunched at Square One, Jake Gyllenhaal did, but if that’s not enough to sell you on the place perhaps brioche French toast topped with bourbon-soaked pecans and vanilla whipped cream will (like Jake, it’s to die for). Its coffee pot brew is some of the best and the sunny outdoor courtyard is the perfect place to read the morning paper (or pretend to read and keep your eye open for you know who). www.squareonedining.com

 

Empty Your Wallet in Echo Park
Amsterdam modern meets arty L.A. cool at the Mohawk General Store. Carrying Comme des Garcon accessories, Slow and Steady Wins the Race garments, Rachel Comey shoes and vintage homewares, you’ll want to put the whole shop on a flatbed and drive it back to B.C. www.mohawkgeneralstore.net

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