Monday, March 24, 2008

Abercrombie & Fitch model spotted on Sunset Blvd...

Okay, the votes are in and we have a winner (or winners) of the celeb you most wanted to see on Jason in Hollywood. And it's (drum roll please)....joint first place for George Clooney, Brad Pitt and the Abercrombie & Fitch model, each with 22% of the vote. So not to disappoint, look who we saw on Sunset Blvd....

Abercrombie & Fitch model billboard on Sunset BlvdIt's one of the things we miss most about London (obviously, as well as our friends - dodged that bullet) and that's the Abercrombie poster site as you come in from the Airport to Chiswick on the A4.

In other celeb news and talking about Chiswick, even though we've not seen anyone of interest since our Teri Hatcher encounter, apparently we have it on good authority that living in one of the flats in our old building is one of the Nancy's, Samantha from BBC's new, I'd Do Anything, the search for a new Nancy for the musical, Oliver!

Interestingly enough our building seems to attract all the talent (ourselves notwithstanding), as Charlie Brooks who used to play Janine Butcher in Eastenders once lived there. Plus our next door neighbours, who work in the music video industry, once had 'The Hoff' (David Hasselhoff for the uninitiated) visit when they were doing a video for him. Ahh, what have we left behind.

Just so you don't think our time here is a total waste, here's another celeb sighting, often described as a bit flat and wooden (plus dumb and a waste of space), Paris Hilton...

Paris Hilton Billboard, Los AngelesIThe Grove rooftop sign, Los Angeles hope that you're all enjoying the Easter break. We've been out and about. On Saturday we headed down to The Grove, which is located across the street from L.A.'s famous Farmer's Market, and is a lovely outdoor shopping centre - so much nicer than the indoor malls.

Its selection of stores includes an Apple store, Gap, Banana Republic, Nordstrom, Barnes & Noble and an Abercrombie & Fitch store (where I finally manged to find a t-shirt that fit for a change -you've seen the model!!).

After a trip to Samy's Camera store across the street on Fairfax Avenue, a great place for photography enthusiasts, we headed to The Farm of Beverly Hills for a quick bite to eat. We didn't want too much to eat as we had a dinner date at Dolce in the evening.

Dolce is a lovely and hip Italian restaurant on Melrose Avenue in West Hollywood, probably most famous for one of its investors, The Grove fountains from above, Los AngelesAshton Kutcher (Demi's beau), and it's flaming bar design. The food was great, the music totally 'gay' ("It's raining men"?!?!) and diners eclectic - around the corner from where we were sitting was apparently one of L.A.'s famous psychics, although her party was a truly motley bunch!

We had a quieter Sunday (the last few weeks catching up with Charlie as they did with me last week, so he's nice and run down for his Birthday today) and enjoyed the sunshine in the garden, whilst chuckling about the pictures we'd seen of the snow back in the UK.

Our other great love at the moment here is American TV and we caught a hilariously dubbed Bridget Jones's Diary, where there were lots of "shoots" and "freaking" rather than our more British vernacular - but with its setting it reminded us of London, which was cool. I'm also loving all the sentimental TV over here like Extreme Makeover: Home Edition and Oprah's Big Give (with Jamie Oliver as one of the judges?! He's so dull!).

I also love all the product placement and sponsorship of shows, plus all the comparative advertising - they really don't mind slating the opposition. But my ultimate favourite is the adverts for drug companies. A typical ad may go like this.....

"Buy MiracleCure the only drug to help your asthma/allergies/arthritis/insomnia (insert one), clinically proven to be the best blah, blah, blah. Some patients may suffer side effects. May cause bleeding, headaches, nausea, loss of vision, drowsiness, vomiting, lung disease, cancer and in some cases.......death. Do not take if you are using any other medication, are pregnant, need to drive or work. Ask your doctor if MiracleCure is right for you!"

Obviously a slight exaggeration, but they really are like that. It's a wonder anyone buys the drugs with all the side effects.

Anyway, we ventured back into West Hollywood (as that's one of the areas we're planning to look for a flat to rent) for a light lunch on Easter Sunday at Cafe D'etoile on Santa Monica Blvd. We've been there before on previous trips to L.A. and always liked it, actually I think it was the first place I ever ate out here, although totally jet-lagged at the time. We're definetely settling in here as we even drove back home without the aid of out SatNav or GPS as they like to say here!

Well I've leave it there today, here's another street sign (on the left) to make you smile (it did me anyway!!)...Willey Lane street sign, Los Angeles

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