A weekend in Hollywood

We recently headed to Los Angeles for a wedding of a dear family friend. I have stayed with the bride many of times in the quaint city of Orange. We made a long weekend of the trip and stayed in Hollywood for a couple nights. I had a penciled list of things I wanted to do but most importantly wanted to enjoy the cool ocean air. 

Here are my recommendations for accommodations and dining while staying in the city of the stars. 

We have stayed at a couple great hotels in Hollywood. It was our first time at The London Hotel in West Hollywood. It was a great location with just a walking block up to Sunset Boulevard and the classic drinking establishments like the Rainbow Room and the Roxy. I loved the luxury - the shower in the room is a dream -  but Jersey complained about the service (gotta get a man his drink in a timely manner folks!). I enjoyed the buffet breakfast that was included and the view from the rooftop bar and pool was pretty sweet. 

We have also stayed at The Roosevelt. Another great location with the Hollywood Walk of Fame right outside the front door. This hotel is little less pricey with great restaurants inside. 

We ate at some great restaurants this time! There will be no pictures of food as Jersey gets totally annoyed with my picture taking at the dinner table.

Osteria Mozza is a Mario Batali restaurant on Melrose. The specialty is the mozzarella bar which is perfect with very eclectic combinations. We sat in the back private dining room (just by chance) so the ambiance was lovely. The Mozza pizzeria is right next door - so lots of yummy choices all on one corner. 

Our first morning we were headed up to the Griffith Observatory but needed a kick start. We headed up Vermont Avenue and Jersey spotted Figaro Bistro. It was the weather we had been wishing for to sit outside and enjoy the air. The food was delicious! Real cappuccino and a brie mushroom omelette to die for.  Inside were pastries and a quaint little bar. Loved it. 

We had a dinner of sorts that evening on Sunset Boulevard at BOA Steakhouse. We got to sit outside on the patio, something we haven’t been able to do in the desert for MONTHS! We had cocktails and some great appetizers including the Goat Cheese Baklava and the Smoked Salmon and Goat Cheese Piazza. YUM. And yes I love Goat Cheese.


I don’t listen to much Top 40 radio but when I hear these first two songs I turn it up and could listen over and over. The last one is my favorite Lennon song of all time. 

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John Lennon - Watching the Wheels



I’ve been enjoying red blends lately. Two that I keep buying are by 14 Hands and Apothic. 


Calories. Wine has to have them I guess. Lame.


Alice: "But I don’t want to go among mad people."

Cheshire Cat: "Oh, you can’t help that. Most everyone’s mad here"

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