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Ihave al­ways been in­trigued by world flavours and eat­ing in LA ex­poses you to such a huge va­ri­ety of in­gre­di­ents and flavours that it can’t help but in­spire my recipes. When I’m eat­ing out, I am al­ways look­ing for food that in­trigues and in­spires. It doesn’t have to be com­pli­cated, but it does have to be de­li­cious. Break­fast at…

Gjusta at Venice: Beach Gjusta is a sis­ter café and deli to their main restau­rant Gjelina, which is one of the best restau­rants in LA. It’s a su­per hip, laid back, old school deli. It’s a re­ally long cor­ri­dor of a room and there’s a fish counter and a pizza oven and a bak­ery and salad counter. You or­der what you want, take a num­ber and head out to the gar­den at the back. On a Satur­day morn­ing it is buzzing with fam­i­lies, peo­ple with dogs and cou­ples af­ter a walk. It’s busy from 7am on­wards - peo­ple get up early here!

Or­der: The Turk­ish Eggs. It’s a kind of mezze of soft- eggs, pick­led veg­gies and rye bread. I add some smoked salmon too - it’s so good. ■ Lunch at... Manuela Manuela is in the arts dis­trict of LA, so you go down there, take a stroll around the area and end up in Ma­neula. This restau­rant is all about sea­sonal in­gre­di­ents and re­ally fresh flavours. The re­ally in­ter­est­ing thing about a lot of the restau­rants in LA is that they have a Mex­i­can in­flu­ence. So you’ll see Chi­laquiles on the menu here, which is a Mex­i­can egg dish and is not some­thing I ever re­ally see on the menus back home. They’re also re­ally great at sal­ads here; one thing that peo­ple don’t re­ally know about here is that the pro­duce is in­cred­i­ble. It’s the salad bowl of Amer­ica!

Or­der: I gen­er­ally or­der from the small plate menu here. You get loads of lit­tle tasters of things, and that’s what I love. The ce­viche is gor­geous; it has a re­ally zingy lime dress­ing. ■ Din­ner at...

Joy: This is just open re­cently and is only about 15 min­utes from our house. It is a counter ser­vice Tai­wanese restau­rant. It’s not what you might think of as Asian, it’s very specif­i­cally Tai­wanese. My favourite thing at Joy is the thou­sand-layer pan­cake. It’s a street food, made of kind of a light puff pas­try made into a round of a pan­cake filled with fried eggs and oys­ter sauce and all kinds of ridicu­lously in­dul­gent things. You wouldn’t be eat­ing it on a diet, but it’s damn good. It’s ex­tremely rea­son­ably priced and it’s a great ex­am­ple of how it’s pos­si­ble to eat out re­ally well here, even if you’re on a bud­get.

Or­der: Spiced shrimp wan­tons and the Veg­e­tar­ian Mapo Tofu, which is a clas­sic Tai­wanese dish, tossed in this spicy chilli sauce. ■ joy­ony­

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Jon & Vinny’s: This su­per hot in LA right now and it has been for a while. It’s a new ver­sion of an old school Ital­ian restau­rant so it’s not try­ing to ap­pease the Ital­ians and is more a modern ver­sion of Ital­ian/ Amer­i­can food - I’m pretty sure there’s a vodka penne on the menu. It’s a cel­e­bra­tion of all things kitschy and Ital­ian, com­pletely over the top and to­tally fab­u­lous.

Or­der: All the pasta dishes are great here, and the piz­zas are amaz­ing.


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Mal­ibu Farm: If you fol­low me on in­sta­gram, you’ll prob­a­bly find me here most week­ends. The ser­vice here is hit and miss but the loboiled cation is every­thing. You are right on Mal­ibu pier, you have the most epic views of the ocean, and cru­cially you’ll see all kinds of peo­ple schmooz­ing around at the week­end. There is a mix of tourists and lo­cals, so there’s al­ways some­thing to see here. When you walk in off the pier, turn to the left and there is a seat­ing area with couches; you want to get seated there, be­cause you have the views of the ocean and the pier. Be­fore Noah came, we would spend four or five hours here at the week­end; the menu is Swedish in­spired and we felt like it was a taste of home.

Or­der: I tend to or­der the Green Eggs & Ham Shak­shouka while Sofie goes for the Fried Eggs & Smoked Salmon Pytti Panna, which is a tra­di­tional Swedish dish

LA is Donal Ske­han’s new adopted home. He rounds the city’s top restau­rants for his food guide to one of Amer­ica’s trendi­est’s des­ti­na­tions. Ciara McDon­nell re­ports

of lots of veg­gies put in a pan and fried un­til crisp. mal­ ■

Celebrity Spot at...

The Rose Venice: I got cut off by Arnold Sch­warzeneg­ger out­side The Rose at 6.30am when he and his posse who were all on bi­cy­cles, went through a stop­light. My first time eat­ing there we were seated near Jamie Lee Cur­tis and spot­ted a girl from The Hills at the back. There is al­ways some­one fa­mous there; I have never eaten there with­out see­ing a celebrity of some de­scrip­tion. The thing is that there are a lot of places here that you can go to celeb spot and the food is aw­ful but The Rose ac­tu­ally de­liv­ers.

Or­der: The are prob­a­bly best known for their car­bonara, which they make with ra­di­a­tore pasta, which is kind of a curly pasta and they serve it with a poached egg in the cen­tre and re­ally big chunks of pancetta. rose­ ■

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Dune @ At­wa­ter Vil­lage: This is more of a re­cent rev­e­la­tion for us. I do pot­tery classes in this neigh­bour­hood, so I grab some food to bring home af­ter my class. It’s a counter ser­vice restau­rant, so it’s very rea­son­able and there is no space to sit. It’s re­ally close to Grif­fith Park so a great idea is to take some food to en­joy af­ter a hike where you can eat while check­ing out the spec­tac­u­lar views.

Or­der: The sand­wiches are good but for me, I pre­fer the boxes; you can get a falafel box or a lamb box; you get loads of yummy pick­led veg­gies and a turmeric yo­ghurt and it’s boom­ing with flavour. The chilli and co­rian­der side is mind-blow­ingly spicy and so de­li­cious. ■ Eat Like A Lo­cal at..

Honey Hi: If you were to press me for one of my favourite places to go, it would be here. This is the menu with the most no­tions. This is the one where you need to go in wear­ing your hip­ster shorts and your vin­tage tee-shirt. It’s all about bone broth, medic­i­nal mush­rooms in your hot choco­late and bul­let­proof cof­fee. It’s to­tally over the top, but I can guar­an­tee you that you’ll feel great com­ing away from it.

Not only is it over the top in terms of no­tions, but also it prob­a­bly has the most in­sta­gram-wor­thy food in LA. They do this turmeric poached egg, which I have in­cluded a recipe for in my new book be­cause I love it so much.

Or­der: I get the break­fast bowl here, and it’s prob­a­bly a good rep­re­sen­ta­tion of how I try to bal­ance eat­ing be­cause there’s a bit of ba­con in there, but lots of other healthy bits and bobs. hon­ ■

Donal Ske­han’s Meals In ■ Min­utes airs Wed­nes­day on RTÉ One at 7.30pm. His ac­com­pa­ny­ing cook­book Donal’s Meals In Min­utes is avail­able now.

Donal Ske­han spent much of the sum­mer film­ing his new TV show. Now, how­ever, he’s back home in Los An­ge­les where the choice of eater­ies is sec­ond to none.

Joy, a counter ser­vice Tai­wanese restau­rant, fif­teen min­utes from his house in Los An­ge­les. His favourite thing at Joy is the thou­sand-layer pan­cake.

Honey Hi which has the menu with the most no­tions and where you’ll need hip­ster shorts and vin­tage tee-shirt.

The Rose Venice: It’s just the taste for Jamie Lee Cur­tis and Arnold Sch­warzeneg­ger.

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