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Los Angeles:
Bonding with the staff at Canter's Deli

A great way to start or end any evening in Los Angeles is a stop at Canter's Deli at 419 North Fairfax Avenue, just up from CBS Television City, north of Beverly Boulevard.

This was the venue for Comedy Central's "100 Greatest Standups of All Time" in 2004.

Canter's is a fine place to get away from the usual "Hi, my name is Michelle, and I will be your server tonight" California restaurant scene.

At Canter's, you must understand, the serving staff is not happy to see you. Absolutely not. You are a nuisance that these persons must endure to make a living, and their attitude toward you will unequivocally show this.

What they do not know, however, is that Dr. Voyageur loves it when they abuse him. He comes to Canter's at every opportunity. In fact, warm and smiling servers on his recent visits were profoundly disturbing.

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Unlike Nicholas Cage who met his wife, Patricia Arquette, at Canter's, Dr. Voyageur left unfulfilled—a visit to southern California nearly ruined. He must write the personnel department about this grave lapse of standards.

As you enter Canter's and pass the takeout deli and bakery counters, ignore the main dining room on your right. Blah.

The breakfast-type items, soups, and delicious Kosher-style sandwiches (strangely, Canter's does not maintain a Kosher kitchen) served in the informal dining area straight ahead are what you want. Prices are moderate.

In this place, more than in nearly any other less expensive restaurant in Los Angeles, you may spot celebrities.

Try to maintain California cool and let them dine in peace. Do not talk to them, unless they talk to you. Do not ask for autographs. If passing on the street, you may smile and say hello, but no more unless they initiate conversation. In a restaurant, do not even say hello. And, please do not stare too much. Do not embarrass Dr. Voyageur!

Who knows? In Los Angeles, you could easily become a celebrity yourself someday. Dr. Voyageur's father, someone with no acting experience, became an active film extra within days of his first arrival.

If you are not ready for a large meal, you may wish to buy just some snacks for the next day at one of the takeout counters and have your evening meal at the Hollywood and Highland complex later this evening. Do stop in, however.

When done at Canter's, continue north on Fairfax a short distance to Melrose, a street of many unique small shops and restaurants. The best shopping and people watching are a few blocks east on Melrose. For example, the famed Retail Slut sluts its wears at 7308 Melrose.

Otherwise turn left (westbound) on Melrose. The Improvisation at 8162 Melrose, is one of L.A.'s best comedy clubs. Reserve in advance and expect to pay at least $15 - $20 before the evening is over.

The Improv and Comedy Store in West Hollywood were the two places where Dave Chappelle came out of seclusion on June 2, 2005.

So far, you been setting the scene. Or, more accurately, let us be clear, your metteur en scene, Dr. Voyageur and his bad-to-the-core webmestre have been doing all of the work for you. As it should be nearly dark by now, this is where this itinerary really starts to get good.

Turn right off Melrose onto North Crescent Heights Boulevard.

Go past Santa Monica Boulevard and Sunset Boulevard.

Turn right onto a residential section of Hollywood Boulevard. You'll see the lights in the distance.

Continue on to the the Hollywood and Highland complex at Highland.

Turn left onto Highland, and then left into the Hollywood and Highland parking garage.

For more L.A. at night:

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