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Planning LA/OC long weekend trip from DC... advice please!

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My husband and I are coming to your area (first time for me) and leaving our little ones behind. I hate to admit that I'm so uncool, but I really hope to spot some celebs!! We're staying Wed, Thurs at SLS and Fri, Sat at St. Regis Monarch Beach in Dana Point. Dinner is already occupied Sat (and probably Fri... in town for wedding) but we have Wed lunch, Wed dinner, Thurs lunch, Thurs dinner, Fri lunch, Sat lunch... plus I suppose breakfasts if there's somewhere not to be missed!! Here's my food itinerary I'm contemplating so far... I'd love the advice of locals!!

Wed lunch: either Ivy or Spago before shopping in Bev Hills (Rodeo Drive, what else? Is Bev Ctr just a run-of-the-mill mall or worth visiting?)

Wed dinner: at the hotel at The Bazaar (seems to make sense since we're staying there?)

Thurs lunch: cafe at Fred Segal, taking in Hollywood sights

Thurs happy hour cocktail at Chateau Marmont

Thurs dinner: either Matsuhisa close to hotel or venture to Katsuya (Hollywood or Brentwood?)

Fri am, head down PCH (right?) to Dana Point, hopefully taking in yummy food (fish tacos maybe?) and sightseeing along the way....

Also, do I need to venture North at any point? Like to Malibu? You can tell I'm totally unfamiliar with the area I'm sure... I'm kind of basing all this on Wed Bev Hills, Thurs Hollywood, Fri work way down to OC, Sat taking in OC... but I don't have any idea if I'm missing anything!!

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  1. That's a busy trip!
    If you're looking for quality in food, I would suggest to hit Spago, but if you're truly interested in celebs, you probably have a better celeb sighting shot at the Ivy...though the food is not much to write home about.
    The Beverly Center is just another mall...and as many times as I've been there, I've not seen a celeb.
    Katsuya in Hollywood gets for celebrities than the Brentwood location.
    While you're in the OC, I would suggest stopping by Sprinkles off of PCH in Newport...there's also another location in Beverly Hills...I love those cupcakes!

    1. Keep in mind that Dana Point is a long way from Beverly Hills and Hollywood, especially with traffic. I would not recommend fighting your way down the 405 any weekday afternoon between the hours of 3pm and 6pm (minimum). Why not start off at The Ivy for lunch and spend some time shopping on Robertson Blvd. before heading over to Rodeo Drive and having dinner at Spago? This way you can drive back down well after traffic.

      Also, Hungry Cat in Hollywood has excellent food and fantastic cocktails.

      1. i like all the places you mentioned EXCEPT matsuhisa.
        had a HORRIBLE , very costly omakase there.
        nerver againi

        1. Hi JaneS,

          To clarify, do you want all of your dining destinations to be to gain the highest chance to see some celebs? Or do you want some alternate dinner suggestions for best food L.A. has to offer?

          That'll help us give you better suggestions.

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          1. re: exilekiss

            Good question... I guess I'm open to either but with very limited time (and I can eat a lot, but not more than 3 times a day!) I might have to do my best to strike the balance between the two... I mean, celebs like good food too, right? At least the few that actually eat solid food? :)

            1. re: JaneS

              http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/555815

              Rumor is that even the "celebs" that like to eat don't really do it in public because they don't want to be photographed doing it.
              I personally would recommend hiking/walking Runyon Canyon or the Santa Monica Stairs to see celebrities. Then, you can eat more - at more fabulous places!

              1. re: JaneS

                i once saw heath ledger at the chateau

                its a great place, i love eating outside, its so perfect there, the food is kind of pretty average i feel.

            2. I hope if you're staying @ the St Regis, that you'll be dining @ Michael Mina's Stonehill Tavern. I'd say that they have one of OC's top three tasting menus.

              And if shopping in OC takes you to South Coast Plaza in Costa Mesa, then you must lunch @ Marche Moderne.