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A perfect day in LA....


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A perfect day in LA....

Cheflvr | Nov 12, 2005 04:08 PM

My perfect day in LA: Breakfast at Clementine (1751 Ensley Avenue, (310) 552-1080), across from the Century City mall), a tiny gem, serving old-fashioned, comfort food. On a Wednesday, I’ll get to the Santa Monica Farmers' Market (Arizona/Second Street) early. Any chef worth his/her salt knows all the growers by name. I’ll see regulars like Joe Miller (Joe’s), Mark Peel (Campanile), Govind Armstrong (Table 8), Rafael Lunetta (JiRaffe), Sherry Yard (Spago) and Alain Giraud (ex Bastide). Recently, Nancy Silverton (creator of La Brea Bakery, soon to open with Mario Batali) had set up shop in the middle of the market to produce some mouth-watering creations. I might head over to Angeli Osteria for lunch (7313 Beverly Blvd, (323) 297-0070); Gino Angelini is a star (I'd have his skate/radicchio salad and lasagne). For weekend brunch, I like Joe’s in Venice (1023 Abbot Kinney, (310) 399-5811). With visitors, a stroll along the palms on the Venice Beach boardwalk is fun. LA has some exceptional museums: The Museum of Jurassic Technology is a one-of –a-kind place in Venice….or I'd spend the afternoon at LACMA and the La Brea Tar Pits next door. If I’m close by, I’ll stop at Boule, a pastry shop owned by Michelle Myers (420 N. La Cienega Blvd., (310) 289-9977), across from Sona, the exquisite restaurant she runs with her husband David Myers (one of Food&Wine’s best chefs of 2003). Bien sur I’d collect pastries for the morning and sample some macaroons...just like Ladurée in Paris but without the jetlag. A browse through The Cook’s Library (8373 W. Third Street, (323) 655-3141) for new and used cookbooks and I’d end the day down the street with a pinot noir, a few “small plates” at Suzanne Goin’s AOC (8022 W. Third, (323) 653-6359) and the best people-watching at one of LA’s top tables.

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