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MY FAVORITE WEEKEND

Margaret Cho

Comedian

March 20, 2008|Mark Sachs

There's something beautiful about Cho, and it's not just the perfect skin (her secret: "I drink more water than anyone in the world"). "Beautiful" is the name of her one-woman show, Friday and Saturday at the Orpheum Theatre. Cho lives in L.A. with her husband, artist Al Ridenour.

AT THE CLUB Friday nights are for Largo, my favorite place in the world to go see music and comedy. Jon Brion used to do every Friday night there, and I never missed a show. I also do lots of surprise guest performances there. SPIN CYCLE I like to start off my Saturday with a rough-and-ready spin class at RPM Fitness Studio in Toluca Lake. The owners, Cynthia and Karyn Graham, are awe-inspiringly fit, and when I get tired, I can just stare at Karyn's butt and be energized. ROCK PARTY Lunch is always at Spitz in Eagle Rock. I like their doner kebab and sweet-potato fries. I love carbs, which makes me unusual for an Angeleno. PHOTO OP If I overdo the fries or their killer pita chips, there's always the Tracy Anderson Studios on Ventura, where you can do their version of Super Pilates. It's also fun to dodge paparazzi whizzing at 100 mph through the back alley. I yell at them for not taking pictures of me. PASS THE FATOUSH I love to have dinner at Carousel in Glendale. They do a remarkable feast of Lebanese dishes. My favorite is the fatoush, which is fresh lemony salad with pita chips (mmm, more carbs). Then after dinner they have a killer belly dance show. PHO SURE Sunday mornings are all about pho, that wonderful Vietnamese noodle soup good for all that ails you. I go to Pho 79 in Chinatown. MY PAL, THE PRINCESS Then I am usually up for a belly dance class at DanceGarden in Atwater Village. They have the best teachers, like the legendary Princess Farhana, a longtime friend and collaborator of mine. AND MORE CARBS Sunday nights I usually go to Farfalla on Hillhurst. My husband and I share the pizza with goat cheese and pesto and the farfalla salmon pasta. Weekends are for carbs!

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-- Mark.Sachs@latimes.com

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