OCCUPATION: Co-owner of Baby Eggi and Managing Director of The Film Foundation
MY STYLE: Professional and simple. I tend to dress from the bottom up. I always start with a great pair of shoes and build my outfit around it. I feel great when I have a sexy pair of heels, even with a power suit.
WHY I LOVE LOS ANGELES: I Love L.A. because of its diversity. The city has an amazing mix of cultures, food, flavor, and people. You have Chinatown, Koreatown, Olvera Street – people from all places, backgrounds, and so much of it is reflected in the food and art. Because our family is multicultural (Korean, Italian, Eastern European), it is wonderful to live in a place that reflects who are as a family… a fusion of cultures.
In a sea of trendy Korean barbecue restaurants, Soowon Golbi stands out for its high-quality cuts of meat, mouth-watering marinades, and friendly, patient service. The wang galbi (beef short ribs) and sam gyup sal (thin slices of pork belly) are the stars of the menu, but regulars also claim the restaurant’s kimchi to be the best in town.
Serving up waffles, scrambles, sandwiches, and vegetarian options, this retro eatery was made for good, old-fashioned morning grubbing. The jazzier incarnations of the classic malted Belgian waffle (think Applewood-smoked bacon waffle or red-velvet waffle with cream cheese frosting) are perfect for the adventurous spirit in the group, but the gravy-smothered hashbrowns are also worth a try.
Maxfield is often credited for having introduced L.A. to the world’s most creative fashion brands (including Yohji Yamamoto and Comme de Garçons). The store also carries a beautifully curated selection of fragrances and candles from Cire Trudon, Diptyque, D.L. & Co., and Parfums DelRae, among others.
Aquarium of the Pacific
Featuring a shark lagoon, lorikeet bird forest, sea otter habitat, and exhibits on everything from Arctic and Antarctic animals to local watersheds, this aquarium has something for kids of every age. Don’t even think about leaving before you’ve touched the smooth, silky backs of the tame stingrays swimming in the mezzanine pool.
Located smack dab on the Pacific Coast Highway, this deceptively casual seafood shack (specializing in ahi burgers, clam chowder, deep-fried scallops, and fresh salmon—all served with coleslaw and rice pilaf) is a local favorite. There’s also a covered porch just up the path from the open-air patio, the perfect perch for windy days.
The cartoon sock monkey that launched a thousand products really is too cute to ignore. Kids love Julius and his gang of animated friends, who grace the surface of nearly everything, from lunch boxes and helmets to pajamas and t-shirts.