Los Angeles

Esther Povitsky's Day Off at LAX Makes Travel Feel Relaxing

Through nutritious smoothies and comforting books, comedian and actor Esther Povitsky shows us all the tricks to make your airport time stress-free.


The Los Angeles International Airport-or LAX, as everybody knows it-is definitely not a neighborhood, but one could say comedian and Dollface actor Esther Povitsky basically lives there.

Born and raised in the Midwest, Povitsky has resided in Los Angeles for the past 10 years, and as a stand-up comedian, she’s always traveling. Plus, she is “obsessed with visiting her parents,” she told Thrillist in a recent interview. Between all that, she’s constantly in and out of LAX.

LAX is not like any other airport. To Povitsky, it is the airport-as in, “the most annoying airport probably in the world.” You don’t need to look too far to find someone who will list the countless ways LAX is, in fact, difficult to navigate. But as Povitsky puts it, it’s a necessary evil. “I better make the best of it,” she said. “So that’s what I’m going to help you do.”

Povitsky knows all the LAX spots to make your airport time feel like a spa day rather than a trip to hell. In our series “Ride With Me” the co-creator of Alone Together helps us cleanse our body with a celebrity smoothie treatment, guides us into the magical world of an old-school candy shop, and dishes on her favorite airport habits to make every trip memorable.

Fasten your seatbelts and make sure your belongings are stored in the overhead compartment (except your winter coats, or Povitsky will come for you and tell you to leave room for everybody’s bags)-we’re flying to LAX!

Places to Eat & Drink

Border Grill
Border Grill is Povitsky’s favorite restaurant, and she doesn’t just mean in the airport. “This is the best chips and guac I have ever had,” she said. “A chips and guac situation is definitely my go-to on a flight”

Besides its Las Vegas and DTLA locations, Border Grill also has a little outpost in LAX, which, according to Povitsky, is “the greatest gift that mother aviation could have ever blessed us with.” Povitsky highly recommends their margarita and, of course, their guac. “It’s so nutritious, but also feels kind of naughty,” she said.

If you want to feel like an LA celebrity and maybe even spot one, Earthbar is where you want to be.

Earthbar has all you need for a real West Hollywood moment. Celebrities love to get their smoothies, acai bowls, and even supplements here. Povitsky has been getting the Earthbar Flax Master smoothie for years, and she keeps coming back for it.

Fun fact: One time, she met Jordyn Woods-Kylie Jenner’s on-again, off-again best friend-at the LAX Earthbar, and took a picture with her. “It was obviously worth it!” Povitsky said.

See’s Candies
LAX is made to travel places, but you can also travel in time. See’s Candies is an old-school candy shop that will take your taste buds back decades. “Normally an airport candy [store is] not worth your time,” Povitsky explains. “But See’s absolutely is. They are nailing it with the classic, old-school candy, and it’s so delicious!”

Her favorite pick? Definitely their lollipop. When she and her team were writing Alone Together, they were “addicted” to the lollipops. “It’s a really great thing to grab and take with you wherever you’re going and hand them out to people,” she said. “They’ll just make people happy.”

Things to Do

Book Soup
Book Soup is a cute and comforting reading oasis. In addition to LAX, the bookstore has another location in West Hollywood on Sunset Boulevard, but it can be hard to reach because of all the traffic. In LAX, you can find the same vibe without having to deal with all that.

Their curated selection offers books that you wouldn’t normally find at a Hudson News-type place. Plus, reading on a flight gives huge main character vibes. “I grew up in the Midwest,” Povitsky said. “So even though I’ve been in LA for 10 years, I’m still always chasing that feeling like a LA movie star and you’re just popping on a flight, you want to grab a little light reading for your time.”

If you’re unsure what to pick, definitely go with a celebrity biography. “Bring out the superstar in you and get inspired on that flight,” Povitsky said. “Because you got a long trip!”

MAC Cosmetics
Scratch the amazing food joints, the candies, and even the celebrity smoothies. Povitsky’s favorite place on the list is MAC Cosmetics. She loves having a little makeup store within LAX, and if she has a little extra time, she’ll make sure to stop by and get something new for her trip.

Whatever she decides to buy, the pre-trip purchase will always associate the makeup with that destination. “That’s just a fun little way to have a travel memory,” she said.

Do you need some skincare tips for traveling? Say no more. Povitsky has your back. “I always wear sunscreen and moisturizer on the flight because you never know,” she said. “If [you] got that sun on you, you got to be prepared!”

And don’t forget to spend that cash and drink plenty of water. “Even though I’m spending like $8 for my Smartwater, I just do it every time,” Povitsky said. “I know that I’m going to feel so much better when I land if I’ve really just banged out a big ass Smartwater.”Want more Thrillist? Follow us on Instagram, Twitter, Pinterest, YouTube, TikTok, and Snapchat.

Serena Tara is a Staff Writer on the News team at Thrillist. Follow her on Twitter and Instagram.

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Los Angeles

Marcus Scribner's Day Off in Crenshaw, LA Is a Tour of BBQ, Fried Chicken & Soul Food

The ‘Blackish' actor takes us to his favorite restaurants in his hometown of Crenshaw.


Without tooting his own horn, Marcus Scribner likes to say that Los Angeles made him into a well-rounded human being. It’s all thanks to the city’s diverse mix of experiences, people, and culture.

“What I love most about LA is I feel like we have so many different biomes and people from different backgrounds,” the Blackish actor said in a recent interview with Thrillist. “I would just hop all around town all the time and get all those different experiences.”

Crenshaw, though, holds a special place in Scribner’s heart. It’s kind of like an oasis of peace and community for him. “It’s still a predominantly Black neighbourhood,” he explained. “Which is pretty dope to see in the centre of Los Angeles.” His dad used to say that getting into the neighbourhood feels peaceful and quiet, but as soon as you step out, it’s like, “Welcome to the jungle!”

Besides the tight-knit community, there’s another main thread in Scribner’s Crenshaw: fried chicken. While guiding us to the discovery of his neighbourhood in our series “Ride With Me,” Scribner realized that every single spot he took us to offers really good fried chicken. “It says something about me, I think,” he said. Scribner knows all the best fried chicken spots around town, and we’re definitely here for it.

The best breakfast spot in the world, Los Angeles staple chicken and waffle joints that even President Obama goes to, and delicious, Black-owned soul food restaurants are only some of the many Crenshaw gems Scribner shares with us.

Get ready to taste the best soul food LA has to offer. We’re going to Crenshaw.

Places to Eat & Drink

Jacks N Joe
Scribner doesn’t care what anyone else says, this is the best breakfast spot “on planet Earth.”

According to Scribner, their pancakes are amazing, and they come with maple butter syrup. But his favourite dish is the hash browns. “You can get the hash browns extra well done,” he suggested. “It’s over, it’s over. You’re having the best meal of your life.”

Roscoe’s House of Chicken N Waffles
President Obama stole Scribner’s special here-or at least that’s what Scribner will tell you.

“I’ve been ordering that, [and] all of a sudden they changed it to Obama Special when he popped out the cut,” Scribner said. No disrespect to Obama, but Scribner’s order has always been the Obama Special, which includes three wings with a waffle (or potato salad or fries). Scribner just adds an extra waffle to the mix, and that’s his all-time favourite order.

Phillips Barbecue
Scribner is aware he’ll get a lot of flack for saying this, but that’s okay. “Phillips Barbecue is hands down my favourite barbecue location,” he said.

“The meats are pretty good quality and the meats themselves are delicious and I love them,” he explained. “But it’s the sides and the sauce that just hit.” Their baked beans and macaroni salad are incredible, and you should put them right on your barbecue sandwich.

Just be careful: Their sauces are spicy, and the highest level is just too hot according to Scribner. His advice? Get the mixed sauce, and you’ll receive mild and hot together.

Alta Adams
This Black-owned soul food restaurant looks amazing, and it tastes even better. The setting is high-end, and their dishes are authentic soul food. They have “the best fried chicken,” according to Scribner.

“I like it because the chicken is moist, but it’s not too moist,” he explained. “This is some real chicken, which has some good moisture and the skin is perfect.” If you’re not in the mood for chicken, their oxtails are also a great choice. You shouldn’t miss out on the cornbread, either.

Gus’s World Famous Fried Chicken
This place is so good that it started in Tennessee and eventually expanded into LA.

“It’s just the bomb,” said Scribner. “The fried chicken is so good and spicy, which I love.” Their collard greens and baked beans are both must-trys as well, and Scribner would be the one to know. “I love baked beans,” he said. “I used to just eat straight up Bush’s baked beans out of the can, bruh. I’m wilding. I’m about that life.”

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Serena Tara is a Staff Writer on the News team at Thrillist. Follow her on Twitter and Instagram.

Tiana Attride is a former associate editor at Thrillist. She cares a little too much about the Cowboy Bebop soundtrack.


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