When Hollywood calls, you answer, right? Glitz and glam is what everyone tells you Hollywood is. Truth be told, it is… When we first pulled into Four Seasons Hotel Los Angeles at Beverly Hills, you knew from the statue of Marilyn Monroe this was Hollywood.
As we entered the posh hotel, our son was greeted with a Radio Flyer wagon full of toys. Thankfully, he was only able to select just one (mainly, ‘cause I knew how much damage my wife would do shopping the next day). As we headed to the room, we first noticed the breathtaking views, quickly followed by our son screaming, “Loook! Looooook! A cupcake!” There, on the living room table of our suite, sat three of the prettiest cupcakes you’ve ever seen. Each one had one of our names scripted out in chocolate. We knew all would be well.
My wife beelined to the spa for a Zen moment of peace, while the boys (my toddler son and I) headed to take a nap. I’m not sure the nap was successful—I think we wrestled on the king-size bed way too long. By the time my wife came back from the spa, it was dinnertime, and we had a big day ahead of us: our son filming his first TV show appearance on (Nick Jr. cable network’s) “Yo Gabba Gabba!”.
We had heard amazing things about the new Italian restaurant, Culina, Modern Italian, that had opened downstairs (named a “best new restaurant” from Esquire, with LA’s only crudo bar). Being New Yorkers, we quickly laughed at the idea—because we live in a city known for some of the most amazing Italian food around. Between the timing, and the fact that our son was ready for bed, we thought, why not? One of the best choices of the trip…. The food was amazingly fresh, and light—each bite better then the last: from the crudo bar, Yellowtail Tartare with Star Anise, orange, and tarragon; and scallops with melon, radish, citrus and mint; plus the California lamb chops with Farro, artichokes, dates, almonds and salsa rossa. I highly recommend trying Culina out if you’re visiting LA.
As we headed to bed with our bellies full, we dreamed of our Big Day ahead.
Read more about Los Angeles in Four Seasons Magazine.
Adam Cohen, founder of Dadarocks.com is a New York City-based daddy blogger. While enjoying the company of his wife and toddler son, he manages to be the Director of Web Services in Higher Education and a social media entrepreneur. Adam has extensive technology and communications experience with non-profit organizations, as well as a New Media Design and Imaging degree from Rochester Institute of Technology. His ability to leverage the Internet to create synergies among his blog visitors stems from his passion for fatherhood, social media and sharing.
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