The Perfect L.A. Weekend
Today's blogger: Janet Lee, Shape's deputy editor
I just got back from a five-day West Coast vacay. I always look forward to going to Los Angeles: I have several good friends in the area; I love the food scene and fantastic fresh fish; and working out there is always fun instead of drudgery. The first thing I did after picking up my rental car on Thursday was check out the new Equinox Fitness in Manhattan Beach. After sitting on the plane for six-plus hours I was in dire need of a workout and I wanted to kick off my weekend on a healthy note. While the location is difficult (you have to battle freeway and Costco traffic to get to the building), I love the layout and the locker-room is palatial!
Friday a.m. I drove over to my favorite street in Santa Monica, Adelaide. This beautiful road boasts serene views of the ocean and Pacific Palisades-plus, it's one of the area's workout hotspots. There are two sets of stairs (cement and wooden) here that are regularly swarmed by locals: The cement steps are steeper and the wooden set has more give. I did the cement version-all 189 steps, if my count was correct-five times then hobbled back to my car (I'm not a regular on the stairclimber). Another check on my workout to-do list!
I spent my last day in town back in Manhattan Beach and treated myself to a morning run along the strand. I used to live in this gorgeous beach town and I've always loved running along the water and then stretching while watching all the volleyball players and surfers. The one thing I noticed this time was stand-up paddle surfing is huge out here! I spotted close to 10 people doing it and kicked myself for not making an appointment to take a lesson. I'll put that on my list for next time.
In between workouts, I had some stand-out meals in L.A. Two of my faves were at Cecconi's (Melrose and N. Robertson) and Osteria Mozza (Melrose and N. Highland). The latter has a mozzarella bar that serves up some of the most decadent burrata around (cheese fans: You haven't lived until you've tried burrata). At Cecconi's, I ordered the heirloom tomatoes with fresh mozz to start and the dollop that arrived was simply dreamy in taste and texture. Cholesterol be damned-I will definitely be going back!