I've started to organize a once-a-month fun LA fieldtrip day for my friends, which we’re officially calling “The LA Cultural Commission” with the idea of exploring our own home city as if we would if we were traveling someplace fabulous. The theme of the first LA Cultural Commission outing was “The Best Greek in LA”. We started off at The Getty Villa in Malibu, recently re-opened after a 10-year refurbishment. Antiquities from the Greek, Roman, & Etruscan periods are on display throughout meandering wings of a replica ancient Roman villa, so even when you're not viewing the art, you are actually IN it. The sweeping formal garden overlooking the ocean is absolutely breathtaking—the perfect secret getaway when you need some sun-kissed romantic escapism. It’s the stuff of fantasy there amongst the pomegranate trees, with a gorgeous reclining nude in the pool to boot! (HOT TIP: Take a date here. Thank me later!) My personal favorite spot was the herb garden--with fresh herbs and a lovely purple-hued lily pond, I could have stayed for hours like a meditating cat, just happy doin’ nothin’.
But this cat has to eat, which is why we loaded up our blissed-out bodies and headed up PCH to the absolute best Greek food in Los Angeles. (And I’m a Greek girl, so I don’t say that lightly!) Taverna Tony is in the Malibu Country Mart, has a lovely bougainvillea-trellised patio, and serves up the yummiest Greek dishes this side of the Mediterranean. To start off right, order an assortment of Greek spreads for the whole table: taramosalata, babaganoush, & tzatziki with lots of warm fluffy pita bread. Next, the Combination Platter, which is big enough for two, has a bit of all the best the restaurant has to offer, and at just $24.95 is a total steal. They also have a great Vegetarian Platter for our meatless friends. With it’s low-key, airy vibe and focus on authentic cuisine, Taverna Tony attracts a loyal following, including local celebs in their “day-off” gear. We had a Sacha Baron Cohen & Isla Fisher sighting while we were there (the family-to-be looking cute as can be.) Yep, Greek art, Greek food, and Borat--NICE!
Admission to The Getty Villa is free, but requires pre-ordered entry tickets, which you can get online. Parking is $8.00, so carpool. Reservations are recommended at Taverna Tony for prompt seating.
Til' next time-
Love, your friendly LA Cultural Commissioner
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