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MY FAVORITE WEEKEND

Jesse McCartney

Singer-actor

June 26, 2008|Mark Sachs

Jesse McCartney is doing his part to provide an irresistible soundtrack for the summer. He co-wrote Leona Lewis' ballad "Bleeding Love," and his own album "Departure" and the single "Leavin' " are already radio staples. Now 21, he has a new house in the Hollywood Hills and is "single and ready to mingle." The world is his oyster. And, speaking of food . . .

SMASHING On a Friday night, I'll go out to Great Greek in Sherman Oaks. The food is excellent, and they even have live traditional music. It's family-owned, and you get incredible service. All the waiters and the moms and grandmas get up and dance. I was there on a Greek holiday, and the waiters were breaking dishes and glasses while they danced.

CREPE EXPECTATIONS Down the street from me is a cool little place called Solar de Cahuenga, where they have crepes made fresh every day. I have the huevos rancheros crepes, and they also have exotic smoothies. They also have Wi-Fi, so it's a real hot spot.

NO TIME TO CHAT After breakfast I'll go to a tiny gym I found on Beverly called In Training. I've tried the bigger gyms, but you end up running into too many people you know and don't get a real workout in. I'm there to work out, not socialize.

VILLAGE PEOPLE If I have a lunch meeting, I like Larchmont Village Wine, Spirits & Cheese. Sometimes the line is out the door, but their sandwiches are to die for, especially the turkey prosciutto and Swiss on a French baguette.

TAKE THE CANNOLI In the evening, I'll go to La Loggia for some refined Italian dining. I love the menu, but their specials are killer. They have one area of the place that's very romantic, so it's perfect if you're on a date, and then there's a more casual and relaxed area if you're just there with a buddy. Later we'll go to Villa on Melrose, which has a dance floor and table service as well. It's got a cool Hollywood vibe, not too big and not too loud.

BUSY SUNDAY In the morning I'll go with my mother, my sister and little bro to church, In His Presence, up the 101 off Topanga Canyon, and afterward I'll take them to brunch at Jer-Ne in the Marina del Rey Ritz-Carlton. After that maybe we'll hit Leo Carrillo Beach, where there's usually some nice surf. And in the late afternoon, we'll stop off at Neptune's Net in Malibu, which is a great place to grab some fish and chips and an ice-cold beer.

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-- Mark.Sachs@latimes.com

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