Thursday, November 18, 2010

Los Angeles Cameo: Howard Hughes Center on 'Modern Family'

On Wednesday night's "Modern Family," Cameron and Mitchell go shopping at a local mall to find a present for Manny -- but then Mitchell stuns Cameron by suddenly participating in a flash mob dance performance to En Vogue's "Free Your Mind."

But where was that shopping mall? It wasn't The Grove, which Modern Family has visited in the past.

Nope -- but thanks to the power of Google and a lengthy shot of the mall's directory, I was able to piece it together.

Thanks to this shot, I was able to see the shape of the shopping center, plus see a big "Nordstrom Rack" on the directory. Later, both a Johnny Rocket's and a Happy Nail could be spotted in scenes.

Type "Los Angeles mall," "Nordstrom Rack," "Happy Nails" and "Johnny Rockets," and you get this: The Promenade at Howard Hughes Center. Far, far west of us, which is why we couldn't place it at first.

And the web site for the Promenade at Howard Hughes Center includes this:

Yep, looks identical to the map behind Cameron (Eric Stonestreet) in the pic above.

Question solved. Oh, by the way, that Maggiano's in the opener appears to be the one at the Grove:

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