Los Angeles

Griffith Observatory

2800 East Observatory Road
Los Angeles, CA 90027 USA
Phone: 213-473-0800

Look for stars of the non-film variety at the newly-renovated observatory. The planetarium offers hourly shows and the Leonard Nimoy Theatre, named after Dr. Spock himself, will beam visitors through a 20-minute presentation about the observatory.

Kaviar and Kind

8533 West Sunset Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA USA
Phone: 310-659-9523

Need a life-like snake bangle or a diamond-eyed manta ray on a silk string for that special someone in your life? Kaviar and Kind is the place to go -- classic Tiffany they're not. At this by-appointment-only boutique jewelry store, obscure and unusual baubles fill the cases, and, with a diamond lariat necklace retailing for a cool $14,900, you'll need to lasso a few bucks before fulfilling your jewelry jones at the store. Order online or make an appointment to view.

Eleven

8811 Santa Monica Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90069 USA
Phone: 310-855-0800

Cooking for the famous is in his blood -- Eleven's Executive Chef Vincent Manna's grandfather cooked for that famous Communist gourmet, Fidel Castro. In his spacious, beautifully tiled West Hollywood nightclub and restaurant he brings together the Cuban and Italian tradition to create an international menu and a drink list that will bring even the most debauched imbibers out of rehab.

Surfas

8824 National Boulevard
Culver City, California
Phone: 310-559-4770

Foodies from all over the country make a pilgrimage to Surfas, one of the best restaurant supply and provisions stores in the US! Whatever you are looking for, you will find it at Surfas. Hard-to-find spices, exotic ingredients, and every gadget Julia Child every used is here!