City Travel Guide: An LA Story of Cute Actors, Bourbon, Curated Wares and Whiskey

- Joy Pecknold, Passport blog editor

The title’s no tease. This is a City of Angels itinerary fueled by lust for Jake Gyllenhaal, bourbon, Ryan Gosling, whiskey and well curated stores.

Brunch: Square One
My celebrity gossip addiction hasn’t always been under control. Case in point, I once dragged a friend of mine to this Los Feliz brunch spot because I saw a photo on Just Jared of Jake Gyllenhaal standing outside the restaurant. I assumed a man who had good taste in film roles (Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time, Love And Other Drugs notwithstanding) might have good taste in food. Luckily, my absurd assumption was correct. Because one thing I love more than Jake is bourbon, and the heaps of pecans that top their infamous brioche French toast with vanilla whip cream are soaked in it. Adding to the intrigue of the place is the fact that there’s a massive Scientology center next door. Who knows Tom Cruise Fans, on the right day you might get breakfast with a side of Maverick.


Shop: Mohawk General Store
Shopping is usually a means to an end for me. I don’t typically enjoy the process, except when it’s a store like Mohawk in Echo Park. It’s like a museum where you get to bring home the impeccably curated artifacts. Living up to its general store-ness, it sells LPs, magazines, vintage-inspired camera straps, ceramics and mid-century style furniture. Oh, and clothing for men and women from the likes of A.P.C., Comme des Garçons, Engineered Garments, Rachel Comey, Clare Vivier and Jack Spade. You’ll have a very hard time not walking out with something or somethings.

Photo: Jessica Haye and Clark Hsiao

Cocktail: Thirsty Crow
I like bourbon on my French toast, and I like it in a glass too. For those equally wild about whiskey, this dimly-lit, old-timey bar in Silver Lake has more than 100 varieties, including 60 some-odd small batch bourbons. A proper drink joint, they use fresh-squeezed juices, house-made infusions and other such natural concoctions of their own making. Come here Sundays for whiskey education or Wednesdays for $5 whiskey specials. If you’re more absinthe-minded, Tuesday’s your day.

Photo: Alen Lin

Sup: Tagine
Ye ole preoccupation with young, talented male actors (okay, hunky, young, talented male actors) rears its pretty head again at this establishment. A Google search on Ryan Gosling first alerted me to this place (at least I’ve never memed him, okay… but hat tip to this one). Did you know the star is part-owner of this Moroccan restaurant in Beverly Hills? Now you do. And it’s actually delicious (insert the obvious “delicious just like Gosling”), and unlike much of the Hills it’s unpretentious and cozy. Settle in for the night and take on the ever-changing tasting menu for dinner. You won’t be sorry.


Where to Stay:
In Beverly Hills – Four Seasons Hotel Los Angeles, Thompson Beverly Hills
In Hollywood near Los Feliz and Silver Lake – W Hollywood
In Downtown near Echo Park – The Ritz-Carlton Los Angeles

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