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Jennifer Stone explains queso, L.A.'s newest hotspot, Frances Mayes is back, and more

April 4, 2010 | 11:01 am

Stone --Here's how the Disney Channel's Jennifer Stone -- star of "Wizards of Waverly Place" -- spends Saturday nights in L.A.:

"I love Jack n' Jill's Too on 3rd Street. It's got the best queso. I'm from Texas, and this restaurant has the only queso that compares with the queso back there. It's not just melted cheese; there's spices, tomato . . . I don't think a lot of people in California really get what queso is."

Here's how she spends the rest of her weekend.

--Agave syrup debate: Is it too sweet?

--If it's spring, that means it's time for books about Italy, including Frances Mayes, "Every Day in Tuscany: Seasons of an Italian Life."

--Despite what the ads may claim, breakfast cereal can't necessarily replace your Lipitor -- or take the place of the broader dietary changes necessary to lower cholesterol.

--L.A. has a new hot spot: When a recession hits, hemlines shoot up, lipstick gets redder and drinks flow more freely. Showing skin and adding flash may help boost morale for some, but a little economic relief in the realm of nightlife goes a long way for all. That’s why nightlife-style emperor Cedd Moses and his company 213 have taken the cue and turned the Doheny, previously a $2,200-a-year-membership drinking club, into Caña -- where a onetime fee of $20 gets you all access (and goes entirely toward charity -- this month, it’s Haiti).

Photo: Jennifer Stone. Credit: Gabriel Bouys / AFP / Getty Images