Los Angeles Love

Hiking Temescal CanyonI am that rare New Yorker that loves L.A. I dream of the Joan's on Third Chinese Chicken Salad and the Urth Caffe Spanish latte so I always stop and get both. I have rhapsodic love for the memory of my 4-hour dinner at Osteria Mozza, and have loved dinners at Bottega Louie, Tavern, Toscana, Terroni, Sushi Dan, and old-school Dan Tana's. I hate seeing movies in New York now after experiencing the ArcLight - you pick your seats, can roll in 2 minutes before showtime, and there's never more than 5-7 minutes of previews. I've become obsessed with Pressed Juicery and their "greens 2" concoction. I LOVE the hikes like Runyon near my brother's house and Temescal in Malibu. I even like flying to L.A. - on direct flights with WiFi and plugs, it's a chance to clear my inbox and catch up. 

My goal is to continue to have reasons to go 3-4 times a year!

Joan's on Third Chinese Chicken SaladWonderful independent bookstore - Book Soup on SunsetAddicting Hiking RunyonDowntown L.A. - the fabulous Bottega Louie Sunset at Shutters

Sunset at Shutters on the Beach

I live in the greatest city in the world, New York.  But I always will feel a little bit of a tug for L.A. I spent a wonderful, whirlwind week in L.A. last month staying in great hotels, hanging out with new and old friends, and seeing my brother and sister-in-law.  It reminded me why I need to visit more than once a year.

One thing I have to do on every trip to L.A. is watch the sunset at Shutters on the Beach in Santa Monica.  This trip, I managed to snag a table on the balcony around 2 p.m., and wrote until two friends showed up just in time for the sunset.

It was one of those perfect nights where everything comes together: the weather, view, drinks, great conversation, food, and music carrying onto the deck from the lobby.  If it gets too cold, you can move to an oversized couch in the wonderful lobby, but I loved staying on the deck in the cool February air under the heaters.

Shutters on the Beach captures that ideal of California we all dream of wrapped in a Nantucket-styled exterior.  It's laidback but upscale, where you feel equally at home in flip-flops and a sweatshirt or a cocktail dress and cashmere sweater.  I will never miss an opportunity for a Shutters sunset when I'm in L.A.