Los Angeles

Sqirl

Sqirl

Los Angeles, USA

Savory breakfasts consist of rice (Kokuko Rose Brown Rice) served in a soup plate with sorrel pesto, available in two different versions: a gentler one, steam-cooked with candied Meyer lemon, poached egg, sheep feta and radish, and a stronger one, sauté with shallot, mint, coriander, cucumber, ginger, house-made sausage and sunny-side-up egg. Sweet breakfasts are made of an oversized, thick, burnt Brioche Toast, with a generous portion of ricotta cheese and overflowing seasonal jam. Squirl serves savory and sweet breakfasts until 4 PM, but you will still find quite a few people queuing at that time. Hidden behind a flowering Pink Trumpet Tree on the edge of the Silver Lake neighborhood, it is our favourite pace in L.A.. Please share.

Café Gratitude

Café Gratitude

Los Angeles, USA

Whoever makes of a fancy, healthy, organic vegetarian diet a lifestyle, a passion or a study, should not miss sitting on one of Café Gratitude’s benches. You can find it on Larchmont Boulevard and on Rose Avenue in Venice. There is no need for suggestions about the menu, since any choice will stir up your authentic gratitude.

Norms

Norms

Los Angeles, USA

Sooner or later, you too will discover (or enjoy again) Los Angeles. Among the many wonders of this city, we suggest having a meal at Norms chain’s first diner. Design and architecture of the Fifties with many original elements, a neon sign that stands out against the sky of La Cienega Boulevard, pastel glasses, an old-style menu, and the genuine Americans who people it will take you on a journey to a lost America. Since 1949, open 24/7.

Superba Food + Bread

Superba Food + Bread

Los Angeles, USA

You would not imagine such a diner to be in a parking on Lincoln Avenue (Venice Beach). Airy, fresh, graphical. Avant-garde. Forest green and off-white metal, white marble, bright wood. A minimalist design coloured by folkish details (Navajo blankets, fresh wild flowers, denim seats). Contemporary Californian cuisine. Not far from here, on Rose Avenue, you will find the first Superba Snack Bar, open for dinner and for the weekend brunch.

Cecconi’s

Cecconi’s

Los Angeles, USA

We are not fond of ‘glam’ restaurants, and never will be. Cecconi’s falls exactly within the category, therefore it is the exception that proves the rule. Lively, fresh, sophisticated, it puts a great care in its design as well as in the dishes. I give you my word as an Italian foodie with a demanding palate.

Joan’s on Third

Joan’s on Third

Los Angeles, USA

For regulars in the neighbourhood, Joan’s is an institution. A substantial gastro-café, a high-end grocer’s, a tiny romantic confectioner’s. It will be hard for you, as it was for us, to choose among unheard-of sandwiches, crumbly French toasts and generous salads with a thousand flavours.

Neptune’s Net

Neptune’s Net

Los Angeles, USA

Neptune’s Net is not a restaurant, nor a diner or a fast food. Neptune’s Net is a meeting place, an institution, and it is part of history for residents, surfers, Harley riders on the move, and for whom has lost their heart to Malibu. It is a wooden hut on the Ventura stretch of PCH. The first beach in Ventura – with the coming and going of surfboards and waves – is right on the other side of the road. Order boiled crustaceans (shrimps, crabs, lobsters) just with oil and salt, buttered corn on the cob, fish and chips, after swimming in the icy water at sunset. Memories of the West Coast, of a Californian summer, of the ocean.

Cafe Midi

Cafe Midi

Los Angeles, USA

The nostalgic beauty of old Southern California with its warm primary colours, its floral patterns, the relaxed disposition and the generous tasty dishes. A bit of Mexico and a lot of Hawaii. Cafe Midi, on the hippest part of La Brea, is all this. We chose the Crab Cake – crisp crab rissoles with a slightly spicy sauce.

Forage

Forage

Los Angeles, USA

Let’s start from the end, with a well-deserved applause to this small modern diner. Contemporary organic cuisine finds a generous, delicate, inspiring dimension here. In a word, sexy. If they happen to be among the day’s specials, do not miss the Salmon Belly Tacos, with jalapenos and corn tortillas. In the hip and still genuine Silver Lake.

Ace Hotel Downtown LA

Ace Hotel Downtown LA

Los Angeles, USA

When we set up the Meraviglia Paper Awards, Ace Hotels will certainly be distinct in various categories, such as Best Hotel Chain, Best Atmosphere, Best Merchandising. And that is not it. Ace Downtown LA will stand out in the Best Waffle, Best Wall Decoration, Best Iced Cappuccino and Best Hall competitions. Set in the historical UA Theater in Downtown (built in 1927), this hotel gratifies all of our passions and confirms our esteem for one of the most advanced and inspiring brands in the world.

Waves

Waves

Los Angeles, USA

In Malibu, waves rule over everything. You realise it immediately. Their rhythm influences every movement, as powerful as a mantra. You lay your beach towel on the hot sand, fine and dense, then sit down and take the ocean in as it curls up and melts on the shore. Again and again, relentlessly, but with sudden mood changes. After a while, your breathing is not the same anymore. It matches the waves’ breathing. The same happens to the kids’ running among the splashes of water, to seagulls flying and to dolphins, whose fins keep coming into sight and disappearing again in the foreground on the horizon. It is an hypnotic movement that does not spare any gesture. Sometimes a song on a close radio brings you back home, but only for a few moments…

The Hart and the Hunter

The Hart and the Hunter

Los Angeles, USA

You enter here for the first time and feel at home. The Hart and the Hunter, at the foot of Palihotel in Melrose Avenue, reminds us how much we love America and how contented we feel among its vast borders. The two rooms in an old-fashioned design and atmosphere, the lovely details, the mitigated full colours, and the staff’s sweet smiles make it an inspiring oasis to find solace in during a scouting adventure in West Hollywood.

Son of a Gun

Son of a Gun

Los Angeles, USA

In the same country blue colour you have been dreaming about for your kitchen, covered with old-school knick-knacks, Son of a gun is one of those restaurants that win your heart. We suggest ordering the Lobster Roll: a chubby tower of freshly toasted brioche on which lies a quenelle of lobster and chips. Unforgettable. Along with that mini-parallelepiped of tastiness called Shrimp Toast Sandwich, thanks to which we discovered the voluptuous taste of Sriracha Mayo.

Malibu Farm

Malibu Farm

Los Angeles, USA

The Malibu Pier begins on the PCH (Pacific Coast Highway) and ends in the waves. There you can find fishers with almond-shaped eyes and cowboy hats, haughty seagulls, tribes of surfers and, at sunset, a pink sky that turns purple before the stars appear. There is also Malibu Farm, a divine mix of Sweden and California with its feet in the ocean, where you can enjoy a raw, organic, fresh local cuisine.

Traveler’s picks

Traveler’s picks

by Adam, Emily and Colette Harteau

We are Adam & Emily and we became parents to Colette Nova, aka “the ambassador of love and joy”, in January 2011. We have traveled through places like Southern Africa, Southeast Asia, Polynesia, New Zealand, Japan and even circumnavigated North America in our VW Westfalia. Currently we are on a grand adventure in our Westy, driving through the Americas. Our Open Road will serve as a modern family portrait, as we shed our robes of comfort to reexamine the American Dream, we hope to inspire others to create, eat well, spend quality time together, and adventure into their own great backyards.

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