Author, blogger, television writer, actor, world traveler, and inveterate bon vivant, Greg White is a former sergeant in the U.S. Marine Corps. He is a bi-coastal, polo-playing, sixth-generation Texan with a voracious appetite for life. When his best friend tells him he is spending his summer in Marine Corps boot camp, all Greg hears is “summer” and “camp.” His memoir about that pre-DADT time, The Pink Marine, is in stores now. Visit www.thepinkmarine.com
You can watch him on Cooking Channel’s show, Unique Sweets.
Where do you live and why do you love it?
Santa Monica. I’m close to the ocean, but the humidity level doesn’t freak my hair out. I can be in Los Angeles in a few short breaths, and then escape that hectic city on the exhale.
Funnel Mill on Broadway. They expose me to rare coffees like Kopi Luwak. They sell fanciful desserts, including gluten free and vegan. And being a former US Marine, I love the challenge of getting around their no cell phone policy.
Favorite spot for a cocktail?
NoBu Malibu. Just one village north from Santa Monica, but a world away. Chef Matsuhisa designed the building to resemble a giant wooden sake box. The ocean waves knock underneath, like wine flowing over the box. We are the cocktail.
Date night destination?
I like long walks on the beach as long as there’s valet parking and a restaurant at the end. I put my moves on in Brooke Williamson’s micro-pub Tripel. Her food is what a perfect date should be — intense and satisfying. Only steps from the beach, so take your dessert to-go. Cake devoured while walking in the moonlight is magic and less fattening.
Favorite find in the neighborhood?
The Santa Monica Public Library. Not only is the physical building fantastic, but also their programs and outreach give me hope that books will remain an important part of our culture. (I don’t work for the library, but it sure works for me.)
Outdoor space to enjoy in the sun?
May through October, I play polo at Will Rogers State Park. The grounds are gorgeous and polo is fascinating. Bring a picnic, wine, kids, dogs — and we’re all happy to explain what’s going on in the game. If we ever figure it out.
Best kept neighborhood secret?
Trapeze School on the Santa Monica Pier. You get to fly on the trapezes with an ocean view. The instructors are characters. Small classes, great exercise, and if you want to speed up your inheritance, invite shaky relatives.