What neighborhood do you live in and how long have you lived there? I live in the Venice Canals. I actually spent part of my childhood in the canals—my mom bought a house there when I was 13. I moved back about six years ago.
Where do you put up friends visiting town? My guest bedroom. Otherwise I really love Shutters (1 Pico Blvd.; 310-458-0030; shuttersonthebeach.com).
Where is the best place to find your hometown’s signature dish? L.A. is famous for its burgers. There are so many good burger spots, but my favorite is the Apple Pan (10801 W. Pico Blvd.; 310-475-3585). But if I had to pick my favorite L.A. dish, it would have to be the sweet corn ravioli and steak from Capo. I’m obsessed (1801 Ocean Ave.; 310-394-5550; caporestaurant.com).
What is your favorite restaurant to take visitors? Capo for dinner, hands down! It’s my go-to dinner spot. It’s so cozy and inviting, and the food is out of this world. I’ve never had a visitor who didn’t absolutely love it! For lunch, Croft Alley. Not only is it conveniently located (it’s down the street from my store), but it has this insanely delicious salad and turkey sausage that I’m obsessed with (8428 Melrose Pl.; croftalley.com).
Where can you find the best cocktails? Beer list? Wine list? I LOVE the cocktails at Son of a Gun. They have a delicious tequila drink, the Pepito Collins, which is my favorite (8370 W. 3rd St.; 323-782-9033; sonofagunrestaurant.com). For the absolute best martini, I go to the bar at Capo. They have an incredible wine list too.
What is your go-to after-hours bar? I still really love Chez Jay. It’s just as divey as ever. I sound like a broken record, but I’m a tequila girl! Tequila soda with a lime is my go-to drink (1657 Ocean Ave.; 310-395-1741; chezjays.com).
Where would you choose to splurge on a night out? Without a doubt, Capo… clearly it is my absolute favorite!
What’s the best way to spend a Saturday afternoon in town? I love riding my bike up the coast with my boyfriend, Phil, and my Labradoodle, Teddy, in tow. After that I head to The Getty for lunch (1200 Getty Center Dr.; 310-440-6810; getty.edu), or have friends over at my store and order salads from Croft Alley.
What is your Sunday morning routine in your neighborhood? I wake up early and go to Tracy Anderson for a workout. Then I head home for a cup of coffee and walk around the canals with Teddy, my dog. Then it’s off to work! (12345 Ventura Blvd.; 818-762-3133; tracyanderson.com).
Where is the best brunch? Besides my kitchen? I would say Cora’s. It’s such a classic breakfast spot and has been there forever. They have a gorgeous outdoor patio with an ivy canopy that is just so charming. And honestly, everything on the menu is delicious. You can’t go wrong (1802 Ocean Ave.; 310-451-9562; corascoffee.com).
Where do you go for the perfect cup of coffee? Alfred’s on Melrose Place. And luckily, it’s just down the street from my store! (8428 Melrose Pl.; 323-944-0811; alfredcoffee.com.)
What’s your favorite view in town (that tourists might not know about)? Mulholland between Malibu Canyon and Kanan. It’s such a gorgeous view and I used to ride horses there. It’s far enough inland that no matter which way you turn, you’re surrounded by gorgeous rolling hills and canyons. You can even spot a few vineyards. It’s such a classic Southern California view and almost makes you forget that this huge city is right there.
What’s your favorite path or trail to follow on a walk? I love the bike trail on the boardwalk. Otherwise Paseo Miramar is a great hike.
What’s your favorite shop or boutique? My new store, of course! (8458 Melrose Pl.; 323-285-2000; ireneneuwirth.com.) I also love Barneys, The Row on Melrose Place (8440 Melrose Pl.; 310-853-1900; therow.com), and our neighbors, Marni (8460 Melrose Pl.; 323-782-1101; marni.com).
What’s the best-kept local secret? The Old Place for steak and clams on Mulholland. It’s definitely off the beaten path and a bit of a drive, but worth the trip once you’re there. It has this magical old-west-pioneer-town vibe that’s hard to describe. You have to go and see for yourself! (29983 Mulholland Hwy.; 818-706-9001; oldplacecornell.com.)
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