N.Y. vs. L.A.: Who Drives the Better Car? Which City Smokes More Pot?

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The contrasts are about more than the weather ... as in, can you guess which city prefers quinoa over kale? THR presents a coast-to-coast comparison of culture and consumption in both cities.

This story first appeared in the April 24 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine.

DOG

N.Y.
French bulldog — According to the American Kennel Club, Frenchies are N.Y.'s most popular breed, bolstered by such local owners as Hugh Jackman and Lady Gaga.

L.A.
Bulldog — "I'm a firm believer," Brad Pitt, pops to bulldog Jacques, has said. "Bulldog owners are kindred spirits." Adam Sandler and Jack Osbourne also are owners.

DIVORCE LAWYER

N.Y.
William Breslow — Though Raoul Felder and Robert Cohen remain in demand, Breslow's the go-to for Patricia Duff, Liam Gallagher and Linda Evangelista.

L.A.
Laura Wasser — Known for her tough negotiating style, Wasser has won postsplit spoils for Jimmy Iovine, Kim Kardashian, Ryan Reynolds and Maria Shriver.

LUXURY CAR

N.Y.
Mercedes-Benz E Class — Experian, which tracks high-end consumption, reports the top-selling luxury car in N.Y. County is the E Class model, from $51,800.

L.A.
BMW 3-Series — In the land of the eco conscious, a battery-powered Tesla still is the ultimate trophy, but BMW's 3-Series cars (from $33,000) are L.A. County's top sellers.

DRUG

N.Y.
Xanax and Klonopin — Says Daily Front Row's Peter Davis: "Socials pop them like Tic Tacs. They're easy [to get], no powder on your nose, with a gazillion Dr. Feelgoods."

L.A.
Pot — Weeds inspiration Dr. Dina says the most popular strains are Top Shelf OG and Isla OG in pop-top cans, favored by 2 Chainz: "The quality is amazing."

NOODLE

N.Y.
Ramen — Noodle Bar's David Chang, credited with starting the craze, has said, "What's happened to ramen in the past decade is a microcosm of the food world."

L.A.
Pho — 9021PHO chef Kimmy Tang says it's "light, healthy and can be enjoyed regardless of temperature. The Vietnamese version of 'chicken soup for the soul.' "

FASHION ACCESSORY

N.Y.
Valentino slip-on sneaker, $895 — Power ladies on the go like Sarah Jessica Parker, Rihanna, Anne Hathaway and Chanel Iman opt for comfy designer kicks in NYC.

L.A.
Saint Laurent Sac du Jour bag, $2,890 — A modern classic, the lux leather tote is still a fave of Angelina Jolie, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, Salma Hayek and Hilary Duff.

DIET

N.Y.
Whole30 — The regimen touted by The Biggest Loser trainer Bob Harper cuts grains, dairy and sugar for a month. "It's the anti-diet," says Whole30 co-founder Melissa Hartwig.

L.A.
Paleo — Megan Fox and Kobe Bryant do the Caveman Diet, which eschews "packaged food, which is good," says L.A.-based industry nutritionist Mariel Nicole.

VERMIN

N.Y.
Rats — As if the problem inside Conde Nast's offices wasn't enough, a recent study by Cornell and Columbia found that fleas on NYC rats can carry the bubonic plague.

L.A.
Coyotes — Estimates claim half a million in Cali, with pets and food trash as targets. L.A.'s lost pets brigade: Sharon Osbourne, Jessica Simpson, Sylvester Stallone.

CURRENT CITY OBSESSION

N.Y.
Mayoral tardiness — "Mayor Bill de Blasio is always late!" a top rep tells THR. The Post even sent him an alarm clock. (No comment from His Honor's office.)

L.A.
CAA vs. UTA — Epic agency exodus! Eleven agents bolted CAA for UTA as of April 6, taking Will Ferrell, Chris Pratt and Melissa McCarthy. Legal fracas is underway.

MEN'S JEANS

N.Y.
3x1 M5 slim straight raw jean, $285 — A tough denim looks right when battling the elements. Fans include Orlando Bloom, LeBron James and Tyson Chandler.

L.A.
AllSaints Print Cigarette jean, $160 — The hipster slim cut still is a fave of Angelenos like Liam Hemsworth, Aaron Paul and ABC Family's Tyler Blackburn.

SALAD INGREDIENT

N.Y.
Quinoa — Its rich, nutty flavor makes it a popular topping at hip salad chain Sweetgreen. "It's like a meal on a meal," says Guest of a Guest's Rachelle Hruska MacPherson.

L.A.
Kale — "Besides the obvious health benefits," says Hollywood hangout Aza Meza executive chef Joey Lopez, the "earthiness" of the flavor is hard to match.

EVENT WEAR

N.Y.
Oscar de la Renta gown — "Black tie often revolves around a blue-blooded institution, so dress is less peek-a-boo," says Cinema Society's Andrew Saffir.

L.A.
Skin-tight Versace — Though warmer weather is cited for flashing so much flesh, celebs really just love the attention. We mean you, Kate Hudson.


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