La Jolla ‘s down-to-earth side

The playground for the rich can be laid-back too.

Shopping, museums, nature walks and cafes beckon.
By Liane Bonin, Special to The Times

With the rest of town brunching or at the beach the next morning, we had the La Jolla branch of the San Diego Museum of Contemporary Art almost to ourselves and relished the opportunity to lazily browse works by such heavy hitters as Ed Ruscha, Ed Moses and Llyn Foulkes as part of “La Dolce Vita: Selections From the Ruth and Murray A. Gribin Collection.”

The museum has a small room set aside for viewing the video art of your choice on DVD. By picking up a nearby phone and dialing the front desk, I was able to kick back and watch a Bill Viola film I chose from a catalog. Try getting a private screening like that at the Getty some weekend.

Leaving the museum, we hungrily watched happy diners sipping orange juice at linen-covered tables on the Museum Cafe patio. The brunch menu was tempting asparagus scramble, homemade granola, huevos rancheros.

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