Located just off of the only publicly open grass tennis courts in the country, La Forge is where locals go for lunch or dinner after a round of tennis or a visit to the Tennis Hall of Fame. Giada recommends trying the "rich and meaty" lobster roll, which has been on the menu for more than 50 years.
Regular sunsets are so been-there-done-that. At dusk from mid-March to November, you can watch as bats flood the sky from under the Congress Bridge. TRIO at Four Seasons Hotel offers the perfect perch for a bat watch, and Giada enjoyed it with the award-winning "Batini" made with juicy blackberries.
Giada stopped by this vegetarian tapas spot to share small plates that highlight seasonal produce. The menu changes with the seasons, but a popular mainstay dish is the take on breakfast: a poached egg on smoked potato puree and sourdough bread, which Giada said was "like tasting smoked bacon."
Ask Wolfgang Puck what's the perfect fish and he'll say the Salt-Crusted Branzino at Angelini Osteria. On The Best Thing I Ever Ate, he admitted to dreaming about the Branzino's light, delicate flavors. Angelini's also has another admirer, as Giada dreams about the Lasagna Verde with spinach pasta.
The Sidewalk Café built a reputation as one of the best places to people watch in Los Angeles, and it's one of Giada's favorite haunts when she's on vacation there. This spot serves breakfast all day, including entrees like the café's signature Huevos Rancheros and Breakfast Burrito.
The Planation House has a stunning view of pineapple fields and the Pacific Ocean, so Giada suggests "making a reservation [for] exactly sunset." The food eclipsed the view when the servers brought fresh fish with a perfectly seared crust. "Oh, my gosh!" Giada gushed after just one bite.
A Chicago institution since 1949, Garrett Popcorn Shop is known for gourmet popcorn made fresh daily in a variety of flavors, from Plain to Buttery to Caramel Crisp to the Chicago Mix.
Don't be fooled by its outside because this Maryland-style crab house has more than 35 years of happy customers. With a few lessons you can pry into the tasty steamed Chesapeake crabs served with butter, spicy seasoning and vinegar. Just ask Giada, whose weekend trip made her an expert.
If the breathtaking skyline view doesn't evoke sheer amazement, maybe the menu will. Located on top of the John Hancock Center, The Signature Room at the 95th (floor, that is) radiates art deco luxury with a menu prized for local dishes like the Roasted Amish Chicken atop a bed of creamy grits.
On Food Network's Giada's Weekend Getaways, host Giada DeLaurentiis visits 8100 Mountainside Bar & Grill for the delicious, local foods and Colorado's best microbrews and wine at the Park Hyatt Beaver Creek Resort and Spa, in Avon, CO.
Looking for a place to stop between wineries? Giada recommends Nappy Valley's Round Pond Estate olive mill to learn about artisanal olive oils and how they're made. Book a tour and tasting, or drop in during the summer months for a sampling of the estate's olive oils and red wine vinegars.
Artiste Winery and Tasting Studio is a "combination art gallery, art studio and wine tasting room." Every bottle of wine is a limited edition blend with a "one of a kind label inspired by the work of local artists." Giada enjoyed a crisp white wine during her painting lesson with a guest artist.
There's no better place to enjoy an amazing sunset than at The Sunset Restaurant. Giada is a huge fan of the sangria, calling it ''sweet, refreshing and absolutely perfect.'' Try the restaurant's most delicious meals: Fish and Chips for dinner and the Crème Brulée for dessert.
On Giada's Weekend Getaway to Washington DC, she visits the famed Michel Richard at Citronelle. Known as Cap 'n Crunch, Chef Michel wows diners with his signature crunchy beet chips. Chef Michel also impresses with his Chocolate Degustation plate, a decadent display of chocolate done three ways.
There are plenty of fantastic places to shop and eat at the Los Angeles Farmers Market, and one of Giada’s favorites is the French Crêpe Co. The specialty: a dessert crepe spread richly with Nutella. According to Giada, it’s the perfect breakfast for a vacation.