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California Questionnaire: Dax Shepard

California Questionnaire: Dax Shepard
The actor and podcast host shares his Golden State favorites, ranging from off-roading to fine dining

Like a lot of young dreamers, Dax Shepard first came to Los Angeles to pursue a career in acting. His big break came in 2003 when he debuted in Ashton Kutcher’s practical joke show, Punk’d, and he has worked nonstop ever since—occasionally alongside his wife, Kristen Bell.

Until recently, Shepard was perhaps best known for his five-year run on the TV series Parenthood and for the 2017 film CHiPs, which he wrote, directed, and starred in. But that all changed in February 2018 when the Michigan native launched a celebrity-chat podcast, Armchair Expert. We asked Shepard to share some of his favorite spots in L.A. and beyond.

Where do you live? Los Feliz. I don’t think it’s officially a legal postal code but it’s a neighborhood within Los Angeles.

Why there? I compare it to the West Village in New York City. It’s very artsy, a lot of great restaurants, and there’s still, like, twisty roads. There’s a lot of 100-plus-year-old houses, like the Cecil B. DeMille compound. It’s pretty fantastic.

Who or what is your greatest California love? I’m an avid motorcycle rider, but probably my biggest passion is off-roading and California has the best in the country, with, I’m pretty sure, the biggest sand dunes. When I was younger and didn’t mind getting surgery I used to ride a dirt bike, but now I drive a dune buggy.

What is the biggest misperception about Californians? We have this reputation for being health conscious, and sometimes people inadvertently feel judged. In Michigan we called Californians “Fruits and Nutties” because there was some implication they were judgmental. But we’re not, we’re just doing our own thing.

What is the stereotype that most holds true? People are pretty healthy. It is far easier to be healthy here because you have the option of being outside so much. And there’s a trillion healthy food options. The fact that we are growing 80 percent of the food farmed in this country is helpful.

What is your favorite Golden State splurge? A splurge for us has been going to Calistoga Ranch. It’s pretty spectacular. I like all the nice stuff in Napa, and the more rustic stuff. I love the mineral pool above Calistoga. That place is awesome.

Time for a road trip. Where are you going? My favorite road trip is a motorcycle trip to Death Valley from L.A. Stay off the highways, because you keep cresting mountain ridges and entering valleys where you can see 70 miles across. I also love the drive to Mammoth, which is lovely.

If you could decree an official state culinary experience, what would it be? I think the Mexican-inspired food in California is outstanding. I love Yuca’s Taco—a cute stand on the side of Hillhurst—and Tacos Tu Madre.

Best California song? America’s “Ventura Highway” and Tupac’s “California Love.” I put that song in CHiPs … that’s a darn good one.

How would your California dream day unfold? Snowboard or snowmobile all morning in Mammoth and then take a helicopter to Glamis and then do some night sand duning. A double adventure.

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Southern California

Discover Los Angeles County

See a movie star. Sip a cocktail on a rooftop bar at sunset. Slip on a pair of designer shoes in an ultra-luxurious boutique in Beverly Hills. Play at Universal Studios Hollywood theme park, explore world-class museums, or dance the night away in a starlet-filled club. Welcome to California’s liveliest city, entertainment capital of America, with megastar wattage and nonstop activities.

“You know, you’re really a nobody in L.A. unless you have a really big door.”  –comedian Steve Martin

The main hub is the City of Los Angeles, with legendary Hollywood northwest of downtown, the San Fernando Valley to the east, and the inviting beaches of Santa Monica and Malibu to the west.

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Koreatown

This small area with 24-hour energy packs in some of the best restaurants and nightlife in Los Angeles

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California Questionnaire: Curtis Stone

The Australia native has planted his roots in Los Angeles, where he runs two acclaimed restaurants and lives the California dream

 

Award-winning chef Curtis Stone was born in Melbourne, established his culinary chops in London, and rose to fame on TV, appearing on...

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Gwen Butcher Shop & Restaurant

Fire-based cooking techniques fuel the culinary innovation at Curtis Stone’s Hollywood hotspot

Curtis Stone and his brother Luke both began their culinary careers in an Australian butcher shop, so it makes sense that their joint venture,...

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San Pedro

LA’s busiest port town is a haven for maritime enthusiasts and seafood lovers

Located at the southern point of the Palos Verdes Peninsula, between Manhattan Beach and Long Beach, is...

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CALIFORNIA QUESTIONNAIRE: ZOEY DEUTCH

The up-and-coming actress loves life in the Valley, road trips up the coast, and old-school deli food

For Zoey Deutch, movies are the family business. Her mom, Lea Thompson, starred in Back to the Future, and her dad, Howard Deutch,...

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Griffith Observatory

Spotlight: Los Angeles

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Bright lights, A-list celebrities & diverse culture

Welcome to the bright lights and big-city allure of California’s largest metropolis. Here, A-list celebrities really do walk the sidewalks, triple...

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Angeles National Forest

Discover the wilder side of Los Angeles, just minutes from the city in the San Gabriel Mountains

Barely 30 minutes from the skyscrapers of downtown Los Angeles, and just north of Pasadena, the urban jungle gives way to the forests, rugged...

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The California Questionnaire: Margaret Cho

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The Emmy- and Grammy-nominated stand-up comic, actress, and singer clues us into her love of Los Angeles and California culture

Margaret Cho has been doing stand-up since high school, and her ability to make audiences LOL has afforded her opportunities in all genres—from...

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Marina del Rey

Visit this inviting waterfront community near Venice Beach and Santa Monica for laid-back fun on both land and sea

Roughly six miles north of Los Angeles International Airport sits Marina del Rey,...

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Burbank

The entertainment industry’s home base offers a microcosm of stars, shopping and cool tours

If you come to Los Angeles to see where movie magic happens, look to the other side of Hollywood—literally.

'I always...

Watch celebrity chefs in action at this annual event in downtown Los Angeles

If you’re a foodie, your definition of “celebrity sighting” in Los Angeles has little to do with movie stars. Instead, the annual All-...

A delicious snack prepared at the All-Star Chef Classic in Los Angeles
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All around L.A. County, shoppers can find today’s trends at amazing prices

Homegrown Los Angeles fashion runs the gamut from red-carpet-ready looks by Rodarte to slouchy, soft T-shirts by James Perse, which makes this county a ...

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La Brea Tar Pits

Find fossils and family-friendly fun at this prehistoric excavation site

Your idea of old may be 100, but that will undoubtedly change after you spend several hours at the La Brea Tar Pits & Museum. You will learn...

January

The iconic Tournament of Roses in Pasadena is the city’s annual one-two punch: a parade and a football game. It’s California’s way of celebrating the New Year with a twin display of flower power...

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Spotlight: Hollywood

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Showbiz, celebrities, & endless possibilities

Tinseltown, where starlets are discovered on every street corner (or at least we like to think they are), and the tinted windows of that...

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Celebrity Spotting

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Where to see stars in Hollywood

Stargazing takes on a different meaning in Tinseltown. While there’s no guarantee you’ll spy a familiar face when you’re here, there are some...

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Sunset Strip Nightlife

Welcome to L.A.’s home of rock ‘n’ roll

Few roads have as much history as this 2-mile-/3.2-km-long section of Sunset Boulevard, bounded by Havenhurst Drive and Doheny Drive. In the 1960s...

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Trip 8-10 days 10 stops

Ultimate Southern California

Beach Towns & Big Thrills
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Your trip begins in California’s largest city. L.A. has nonstop action and things to do, but it can be a challenge to navigate, so planning your trip in advance is a big plus. Start in the coastal city of Santa Monica, with a wide, uncrowded beach, a signature pier topped by carnival rides and...

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Museums

See masterpieces and innovative contemporary works

With its diverse collection of museums, Los Angeles has grown into one of the world’s great cities for art lovers. From the dramatically modern...

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Los Angeles County Shopping

Go boutique to bargain in one of the world’s fashion (and shopping) capitals

You’ll definitely want to leave room in your suitcase for L.A. shopping.

If you’re ready to whip out the platinum card, head to Rodeo Drive...

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Make memories at some of California's family-favorite beaches

Sand, water, and kids—it’s a natural combination for easy family fun. This sandy dozen offers appealing, family-friendly features, such as calm water for new swimmers, tide pools for intrepid...

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Pasadena

Tour an Arts and Crafts masterpiece and more in the home of the Rose Bowl

Set at the base of the towering San Gabriel Mountains, Pasadena is best known as the home of the annual Tournament of Roses Parade and the Rose...

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Farm-fresh produce, culinary adventures

Juicy heirloom tomatoes and just-picked strawberries. Super-sweet peaches shaped like mini UFOs. Artisanal cheeses, emerald-green olive oils, local wildflower honey—California’s farmers’ markets...

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Check these amazing experiences off your bucket list

Kiss a beluga, see cool movie props, and learn about Walt’s secret hideaway on exclusive and behind-the-scenes tours at California’s theme parks and attractions. Here’s a roundup of worth-the-...

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Beverly Hills

Peek into the land of the rich and famous

Opulent estates. Palm-lined Rodeo Drive. Lavish hotels and stretch limousines. Look around Beverly Hills, and it’s no wonder this city gets its...

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World-class accommodations in world-class locations

Head to the heart of California’s cities for luxurious stays at world-class accommodations. From San Francisco’s historic hotels to celebrity hot spots in Hollywood and Beverly Hills, California’s...

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Where to release your inner fashionista

Shopping is an art form in California. Whether you are in search of the perfect cocktail dress or an authentic Mexican piñata, you will find it here. Want to...

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Discover quintessential sun and fun at these coastal charmers

Take one part water, one part sand, one part sun-soaked coastal charm, and you have the recipe for some of California’s most appealing destinations. The Golden State’s beach towns stand out for...

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Taste the delicious dishes from these amazing California chefs

From a candy-colored pastry shop to Michelin-starred dining rooms, top restaurants run by celebrity chefs dot the Golden State. And even if you don’t know these chefs from the TV...

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Venice

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Surfers, skateboarders, and stars

Venice is the ultimate L.A. neighborhood where the surf meets the human circus. Spend a day along Venice’s palm-lined, beachfront boardwalk and...

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Long Beach

Experience the many sides of a dynamic coastal city

With beaches and marinas along its waterfront and a busy dining and shopping scene on downtown’s Pine Avenue, Long Beach blends big city...

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L.A. Architecture

See eye-catching icons and stately landmarks

While Los Angeles is still a young city when compared to places like, say, Rome, it still boasts a unique architectural tradition that spans a...

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Hands-on fun for all at farms, ranches, and fields statewide

 

From almonds and olives up north to avocados, oranges, and dates in the south, the Golden State has a crop (or 10) for nearly every stretch of terrain. After all, ...

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February or March

You certainly will not be the only one celebrating the Lunar New Year at this colourful event in L.A.’s Chinatown. Join thousands of revellers lining the parade route as lion dancers and giant...

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Unleash the children within at California’s ultimate play lands

From Disneyland classics to beachfront carousels, the Golden State’s best-in-class theme parks deliver something for everyone. Take a tram ride to tour film...

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