hollywood, the last dinner, the last sunset

March 6, 2012 |  Category:   dining out life travels

The girls didn’t know much about LA before we went, but they did know that Hollywood was there, mostly because their friends would gasp and say they were jealous that they were going to Hollywood. So of course their only request was to see the Hollywood sign and the stars. Personally, I don’t need to walk down Hollywood Boulevard again. It’s like the worst of Times Square x 10 and I wished we had stayed in Silverlake a bit longer where we had brunch with my friends Bonnie and Joy earlier that morning instead, but you know…we have the photos to prove that the girls were there, as well as the star that Claudine claimed as her own.


Later that night, we had a last dinner feast with my cousins at our friend’s restaurant, Sotto. Mark and Steve started their chef careers back in the day together here in NY and since then, Steve has found success cooking pizza and regional Italian dishes in LA to critical acclaim. We were sent so much good food (to his credit, I hear that it’s getting difficult to secure a reservation at this place) and Mia declared her squid ink pasta as one the best tastes she’s ever had in her mouth. The girls, by the way, totally fell asleep at the table around 7pm. They were the only kids at the restaurant (it’s pretty swank) and maybe it was bad form to have these 2 kids totally asleep on my lap, but whatevs. It allowed us adults to savor our wine and our meal. Also, more cannoli for us!


And that crazy sunset…seen through the windshield driving up the Pacific Coast Highway from Santa Monica to Malibu the night before. We stopped by a side of the road seafood shack for fried oysters and clams. I’d say we picked a perfect night to do that.


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  • Mary March 6, 2012 at 2:21 am

    Always beautiful pictures, Jenna.

    I agree 1000% about Hollywood Blvd. It’s quite terrible!
    I’m curious about the smog. My littles and I get sick every time we set foot in L.A. and I’m convinced it’s that wretched smog, which in-turn delivers such beautiful sunsets. It’s the give and take, I suppose.

  • Jasmine March 6, 2012 at 2:41 am

    I remember loving Hollywood Blvd so much as a kid when I visited LA. I wonder if I would feel the same about it now.

    Sotto looks amazing. I glanced at the menu and now I am craving pasta at 1:41 in the morning. Sigh.

  • Rachel March 6, 2012 at 3:09 am

    Once again, I love seeing all of these LA photos! And also, funny semi-coinkeydink: we JUST ate dinner at Sotto for the first time this past Saturday night, and it was absolutely delicious. It’s pretty cool that it’s your friend’s restaurant – tell him it’s delish, and to keep up the good work!


  • Mariella March 6, 2012 at 3:33 am

    wow gorgeous gorgeous pictures, your girls are so cute and that picture near the hollywood sign is adorable.

  • Ronnie March 6, 2012 at 4:45 am

    Claudine claiming her own star – too funny! She’s the cutest.
    I’m sure that photo of them with the Hollywood sign will be one for the family archives one day.
    Love that sunset…
    Ronnie xo

  • Sophia March 6, 2012 at 7:16 am

    The picture of Claudine with the star has a beautiful cinematc quality to it! Like a film still… I love it.

  • Meghann Chapman March 6, 2012 at 9:52 am

    What a gorgeous sunset!! And I’m sure the Hollywood sign photo of the girls will be one dug up and talked about years from now.
    Boo for coming to reality!

  • Pamela March 6, 2012 at 11:50 am

    Living here, I will never tire of that beautiful sunset. So glad you had a good time in CA. Lol at C’s funny pic.

  • Jen March 6, 2012 at 12:03 pm

    Sunsets make me happy. Beautiful photos as always. What camera did you use for these photos? I’m completely technically challenged but would like to get a good camera to learn with/take photos of my family. Any suggestions for something not too fussy but good? Thanks!

  • Cecilia Madden March 6, 2012 at 12:41 pm

    that sunset is breathtaking.

    i’ve only been to LA once and my husband, friend, and i were only going to be there for an afternoon, so my husband’s only request was that we drive down Mulholland Drive. I WISH I had taken pictures because it was so random and actually quite beautiful.

  • Georgia March 6, 2012 at 3:34 pm

    I love your blog, your girls are (nearly!) as lovely as my two, who are just a little bit younger. We haven’t travelled anywhere further than London (3 hours away) with them yet, but I would LOVE to take them up the Pacific Coast Highway, and I think they’re just reaching the age where we would all enjoy it. Great pictures.

  • QQ March 6, 2012 at 5:50 pm

    LOL Claudine is a star in the making. So very dramatic.

  • Loren March 6, 2012 at 7:31 pm

    Who did Claudine happen to choose as her own personal star? Perhaps it was fortuitous! Capturing the moments fabulously as usual.

  • Jenna March 6, 2012 at 7:34 pm

    @Loren It was a blank star! So no one but her own.

  • Jenna March 6, 2012 at 7:39 pm

    @Jen – I talk about camera stuff on our faq page http://www.sweetfineday.com/2008/02/faqs/

  • Dawn March 6, 2012 at 11:36 pm

    I love your posts! I’ve been following your blog since it was featured on Apartment Therapy and I always look forward to seeing your posts on my Google Reader (usually one of the highlights of my night).

  • Elle March 7, 2012 at 4:58 am

    The super touristy places are the worst, but it’s our frame of reference for any new place we go!

    Sotto looks amazing, I will definitely try it out soon.

  • Atsuko March 7, 2012 at 1:14 pm

    Beautiful pictures! I can totally understand about the traffic in LA. Cars, cars, and cars. That is the thing I did not enjoy when I visited there. I am glad that the girls were able to take pictures the Hollywood sign was on their back.

  • sookii March 7, 2012 at 5:23 pm

    wow the sky looks like it’s on fire! gorgeous shot. i grew up in hollywood, so seeing these pics and all your beach pics is making me so homesick!