Starting the day off at Culina

Pulling up to the Four Seasons Los Angeles in Beverly Hills, not only will a friendly valet welcome you, but Marilyn Monroe will catch your eye.


American artist and sculptor J. Seward Johnson is famous for recreating life-size bronze casts of famous and ordinary people engaged in everyday activities. He recreated Monroe’s famous white dress blowing above a subway grate featured in the 1955 film The Seven Year Itch.

I shot a photo of Monroe before meeting my friend Kim on the terrace at Culina for Chef Byron Thomas’ Wellness Breakfast. We thought it would be a great start to 2018.


Looking over the menu, Thomas has created a healthy, colorful and flavorful breakfast for locals and guests staying at the Four Seasons Los Angeles in Beverly Hills.


We started with the juice menu featuring over 20 freshly squeezed fruits and vegetables that guests can customize for their own creative beverage. The menu also offers a selection of three blends that include the green goddess made with kale, basil, mint, honeydew, apple, cucumber and celery. Choose from three different shots with names that include Get Well Soon, Wake Me Up and Let’s Focus.


Wellness dishes include a savory breakfast bowl made with sweet potato, Brussels sprouts, red quinoa, sprouted mung beans, black kale and a poached egg. Kim told me she orders this almost every time.


There is a chia pudding bowl, an acai bowl and avocado toast. That’s what I ordered and enjoyed the crunchy grilled Ciabatta bread, with slices of avocado and heirloom cherry tomatoes. The housemade pickles, chia, flax, and sunflower seeds balance the smooth textures with a pleasing crunch.

You never know what celebrity you will see while dining at Culina. As I got up to leave the tall English actor Will Poulter walked passed me and smiled. He was one of the stars in hit 2013 movie We’re the Millers with Jason Sudeikis, Jennifer Aniston and Emma Roberts.


After breakfast I walked through the Four Seasons to admire their decor, flowers and artwork. Celebrity floral designer and artist Jeff Leatham arranges exquisite floral pieces for the lobby at Four Seasons Hotel Los Angeles. He also has a floral boutique inside the property.

Culina is located inside the Four Seasons Los Angeles at 300 S. Doheny Drive, Beverly Hills, CA 90210. Phone (310)860-4000.



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