365 Things To Do In Los Angeles

365 Things To Do In Los Angeles

Los Angeles really is an amazing and eclectic city and there’s a place for everybody. This is why we love our jobs. It’s exciting to help someone find the community that’s right for them. That doesn’t mean you should stay in that bubble though. There’s so much to do and so many cool places to explore. That’s why we started 365 Things to do in Los Angeles on Facebook. Everyday (almost everyday:)) we’ll add something new that you can do to open you up to a new experience in this grand city of ours. You can like us through the link here or you can through our site – you’ll see it listed on the left side of different pages of our site. Also, we’ll highlight some of the Things on this site too! So have fun and let us know where you...

Want To Sell Your Home Quick? Don’t Take It Personally

Have you been thinking about selling your home? It’s definitely more challenging today then it has been in the past…So, if you want it to happen quickly, we’ve brought together lots of tips that will help you get the job done right. This series will include tips, pics and videos giving you different ideas on how to make it happen. This tip is a big one! Start...

Mark Bittman – The Minimalist and Lessmeatarian?

Recently, I went to a talk at the Skirball Museum in Los Angeles to see restaurant owner and radio show host, Evan Kleiman speak with Mark Bittman, the food writer and consummate home cook. If you don’t cook and want to learn how to, he’s the one to help you. He writes an awesome column for The New York Times called The Minimalist, where he provides really simple, yet sophisticated recipes and he also wrote the very massive book, “How to Cook Everything.” And he does really simple demos videos that are helpful and fun to watch. And funnily enough, the people who seem to be most impacted by his style are men! At the talk, every man I met said he start cooking because of Mark. Hallelujah to more male home cooks! Here’s one of his great videos. Anyway, he has been a home cook since 1970 (very early for a man in that era, don’t you think?!) and today he’s cooked with all of the top chefs. In fact, one of the ways I really got to know Bittman was that he did this great PBS series with Mario Batali (one of my favorite chefs), Gwyneth Paltrow and Spanish actress, Claudia Bassols called, Spain: On The Road Again. The four of them drove a car through all the different regions of Spain learning about food, history and culture. It was really a beautiful series and highly helpful for me as I watched the entire thing while I was on the way to my first trip to Espane. While watching it, I really gained a soft soft for...

Much To Be Thankful For

Tomorrow is Thanksgiving, probably my most favorite holiday because its whole point is about giving thanks. I think after the last few years, giving thanks is even more appropriate then usual. It’s been a really tough couple of years for almost everybody and ironically tough times are what give us perspective and help us to really understand what’s meaningful in life. And as challenging as life has been, I bet now more than we used to be, most of us are clearer on how much we actually have to be thankful for. This year, I think that quite a few people in our country will feel thankful that they were able to stay in their homes, despite how many unfortunately couldn’t. Again, the US is working it’s way through a challenging period and it’s banged up a lot of people.But despite that, I still believe that home ownership is meaningful and symbolic. I’m not saying that it’s the right choice for everyone, renting is a very sensible and necessary alternative. But if it’s a financial prudent possibility, then home ownership is  a good one. Having your own home provides you something much deeper than just a investment. It’s a place to feel safe. It’s a place to freely express yourself literally and figuratively. It’s a place to play with your three dogs and three cats. It’s a place to grow a garden. It’s a place to raise a family for years to come. It’s a place to have Thanksgiving. Happy...

Restaurants in Los Angeles – Don’t Evah Miss Eva

I’m all about trying new restaurants, particularly when they include some sort of deal. So, when I had the opportunity to try a restaurant that I’ve been yearning to try foreva(sorry, had to) and I buy a coupon from Living Social allowing me to pay $20 for $40 in value and it’s DineLA where we can get three courses for the low, low, price of $34 (not really that low) I’m in! So we arrive at Eva on Beverly in the Fairfax District which resides in the old home of Hattfields to find a small film crew – apparently they were filming an editorial piece for Virgin America’s in-flight program. So let me know if you see me if your flying into Los Angeles during December and January. Our very friendly waiter provided us the options for the three courses (which I was already quite aware of). For the first course, we ordered the organic egg cooked very slowly. I know this sounds utterly mundane, but an egg cooked right is divine. It was served with poached chantrelle mushrooms, a teaspoon of a tomato sauce for color and acidity I assume and  what I thought was a little rectangle of toasted brioche. When I bit into that little rectangle I immediately recognized it was not brioche, but kind of chewy, breaded fish, I thought to be calamari and learned later it was cuttlefish(they’re sort of similar). It was an interesting addition to a very subtle dish and my guess was it was to add another texture – but it was one element that seemed a little strange to me....

Home Shopping? – Finding a Deal is Not as Straightforward as it Sounds

Everyone is looking for really great deals right now. And that makes sense. The media is constantly proclaiming that the housing market has dropped to record lows which leads to buyers inferring you might get a home in Beverly Hills for $600,000 – that is not the case. You see, fortunately for us (or maybe unfortunately for the buyers who are looking for a dirt cheap piece of property) we live in LA, one of the most desirable markets in the United States. This is why our houses are priced so high to begin with. Maybe you’ve seen the Today show segments where real estate agent, Barbara Corcoran previews what she thinks are great opportunities for buyers throughout the United States. If you’re living in LA, it’s sometimes shocking to see how much $200,000-$300,000 can get you places like Texas, Ohio, Kansas or Illinois. This is not to say that prices here haven’t dropped, in fact they have at least 30% at this point they probably won’t drop much more significantly.  Of course, I can’t say that for 100% sure, and there are naysayers out there who feel and write differently. But, even so, if you look back to the early 2000s, home prices are still double today what they were then even with the drop. But, really this isn’t even really what my point is here. I’ve been taking a lot of buyers around and every single one of them wants a deal. But, what I have to say to that is”what does a deal mean to you” and “what is your lifestyle like?” The reason I say...