Los Angeles

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Viceroy Santa Monica
1819 Ocean Avenue
Santa Monica, CA 90401 USA
Phone: 310-260-7500

Don't be a card and miss this place; they claim to be "as classic and clever as the four-person card game for which its named." Shuffle in for day boat scallops, seared ahi tuna, and roasted elk tenderloin or an app of white asparagus with bleu cheese, pecan praline and Muscat grapes. The restaurant serves lunch, dinner and Sunday brunch.

Maison 140

140 South Lasky Drive
Beverly Hills, CA 90212 USA
Phone: 310-281-4000

Go west to find the Far East. This boutique hotel in the center of Beverly Hills has 43 rooms, decked out in French and Asian styles. Bar Noir, the onsite bar, is a picture of red, white and black elegance. In-room spa treatments are available to soothe the body before hitting the Italian-designed linen hay. Rooms start at $229.

Figueroa Hotel Bar

929 South Figueroa Street
Los Angeles, CA 90015 USA
Phone: 213-627-8971

No sawdust and peanut shells on the floor here. The fountains, flowers, painted tapestries and views of Los Angeles make it a cool oasis in a heat-seeking town. The hotel, Moroccan and Spanish-themed, also has the "exotic party venues," Club Fes and Room Tangier.

Boule

420 North La Cienega Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90046 USA
Phone: 310-289-9977

Everyone goes to L.A. to get famous, even French pastries. This modern pastry shop, opened by French-trained chef Michelle Myers, offers lemon chiffon marshmellows, pecan toffee and handmade chocolates in such flavors as Sicilian pistachio and kalamansi lime that change with the seasons.

Inn On The Beach

22725 Pacific Coast Highway
Malibu, CA 90265 USA
Phone: 310-456-2219

Charming, good deals might not be synonymous with Malibu, but this beach-cottage hotel, an old hangout of Lana Turner, has 21 rooms that start at $99 all the way up to $379 for a beachfront suite. The DVD players and nice sheets pale in comparison to the big draw -- the coastal location

Bloom Cafe

5544 West Pico Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90019 USA
Phone: 323-934-6900

You'll have free range to eat what you like in this organic, eco-friendl, casual café. There are lemon ricotta, buttermilk, blueberry and pancakes, served 'til 4 p.m., as well as burgers, grilled portobello sandwiches, and salads, all fresh and organic.

Coral Tree Cafe

11645 San Vicente Boulevard
Brentwood, CA 90049 USA
Phone: 310-978-8733

With several locations throughout Southern California, Coral Tree Tree Cafe has made a name for itself with its comfortable atmosphere and easy style. Specializing in organic, free-trade coffees and a great selection of organic treats and snacks, this is the spot to relax and feel good!

Macau Street

429 West Garvey Avenue
Monterey Park, CA 91754 USA
Phone: 626-288-3568

This spot is the perfect antidote to the LA scene...small, low-key, and authentically ethnic. A hit with those seeking a Macanese style meal, the decor and atmosphere are relaxed and comfortable. Best yet, the food will transport you to Hong Kong instantly!

Providence

5955 Melrose Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90038 USA
Phone: 323-460-4170

You know those delightfully small, complimentary starters that many restaurants now offer (called amuse-bouche)? Well some of the best in LA are right here in Providence! Fusing together some of the freshest and most unique seafood in Southern California with a new twist on fusion cuisine, Chef Micheal Cimarusti is crating a real hit here. The wasabi sorbet was one of our favorites. Or was it the yummy sea urchin sabayon? What will yours be?

Joan's On Third

8350 West Third Street
Los Angeles, California 90048 USA
Phone: 323-655-2285

OK, so you're in LA and want to really feel like a local? Maybe catch a star sighting? And you happen to be hungry? Stop immediately and head over to Joan's On Third, located a few blocks from the Beverly Center. This low key spot is a favorite with casual celebs (Jake Gyllenhaal, Tom Cruise, and Seal are eaters here). It is a combo gourmet store and eatery, with everyone sharing the long sit down table inside, or you can sit al fresco at the bistro tables in front. Fantastic soups and sandwiches, and some of the best take-away gourmet anywhere in town!