Los Angeles: Celebrity Dining Roundup
On your next Los Angeles vacation, you could certainly scour your Zagat or read restaurant reviews on IgoUgo to find the very best culinary experiences. But, let’s be honest here. If you’re headed to Los Angeles, at least a very teensy-weensy part of you is hoping to see celebrities.
(By the way, I don’t know how it works in L.A., but here in New York City, everyone has a teensy-weensy desire to see celebs too. But if you do, you are supposed to ignore them. Not to respect their privacy, mind you, but instead to demonstrate your lack of interest in this celebrity you had a teensy-weensy desire to see. People from New York City have deemed themselves too cool to get excited about anything or anyone.)
Anyway, knowing that if you’re planning to dine out on your next trip to Los Angeles you’d like to multitask and spot some celebs along the way, I decided to skip Zagat for now and instead consult the celebrity weeklies — Us Weekly, People, OK, Star and In Touch — to find out where the celebs have been eating (or, at least, pretending to eat) recently. Turns out Us Weekly is best at reporting on the eating habits of the stars, so if you can only pick one magazine up at the airport on your way to Los Angeles, this is it.
Moonshadows: Star magazine reports that newlyweds LeeAnn Rimes and Eddie Cibrian hosted a brunch at this Malibu eatery on April 23, the day after their nuptials.
Fig & Olive: US Weekly reports Amanda Seyfried and Ryan Phillipe were spotted at the restaurant’s L.A. outpost on a “hot date.”
Casa Vega: US Weekly reports Denise Richards was spotted “downing margaritas” at this Los Angeles staple for Mexican cuisine.
Dominick’s: Cam Gigandet (anyone know who this is?) was “checking himself out in the mirror” here, according to US Weekly.
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My name: Genevieve Shaw Brown. I also answer to Genny and Gen.
How I earn my keep: I work at Travelocity.
Greatest travel lesson learned: I travel for my job, but I've learned work is work, vacation is vacation, and it's best not to try and do both on one trip.
Fondest travel memory: There are so many... but a recent experience was being totally jet-lagged and waking up pre-dawn in Koh Samui, Thailand, and watching the sun rise with my husband on the beach. We talked about what all our friends and family were doing at that very same moment as the sun set back home in New York.
First thing I do in a new place: Peruse the local restaurants and map out my dining strategy for the duration of my trip. Dining strategy = eating at as many restaurants as humanly possible.
First thing I do when I get home: Put a push pin on the destination I just returned from on the map of the world that hangs on the wall above my couch.
Travel ambition: To cover that map completely in push pins.
My most beloved place in the whole world: Cockle Cove Beach in Chatham, Massachusetts.