4 Ways to Compost

With spring not too far off, it is the perfect time to start some new at-home routines. With California leading the way in green initiatives, we’ve rounded up four simple composting tricks. These techniques will help you reduce waste and aide the environment. The bonus is with these DIY tips you don’t even need a yard to get started!

Composting is a great way to not only reduce how much you’re throwing in the garbage, but it can also keep your trash smell at bay, thanks to having less organic material in that bin. Not to mention how much your plants will love it; if you don’t have a full garden, your houseplants will be happy about it, too. Even city dwellers or anyone without a yard can do it—really!

Before you get started, think about the type of composting you want to do. Cold composting is easier: You simply take organic materials you’d normally throw away —coffee grounds, eggshells, fruit, and vegetable peels—and put them in a composting pile or bin (just don’t add meats, dairy, or fats). Over about a year, the materials will decompose. Hot composting is more complicated, and uses nitrogen and carbon-containing ingredients to speed up the process. Another option is vermicomposting, which is when you use special worms to help the process along.

Don’t let the fact that you don’t have much space hold you back from composting. With a little ingenuity, a proper compost bin can be created just about anywhere.

1. Make your own outdoor compost bin. 

If you’ve got a spare trash can and a drill, you can turn that can into a composting can. You can also build your ownwith welded wire mesh, concrete blocks, or wooden pallets, and you can hide basically any bin behind a simple lattice fence. If you’ve got an outdoor bin, you can also throw in dry leaves, wood bark chips, and grass and plant clippings while you’re taking care of your yard. Make sure to water and stir your pile thoroughly.

2. Make your own indoor compost bin. 

Much like how you hide your trash can in a pull-out cabinet or under your sink, you can hide a compost bin right in your own kitchen, too. Again, you’ll need a drill: Use it to drill holes in the bottom of a metal container with a lid, then place the container into a shallow tray with sides. Give this indoor bin a base layer of a little dirt, and top your food scraps with some damp shredded newspapers (the newspapers will help control smell!). Make sure to stir it every week or so, and keep it covered.

3. Make a worm bin system. 

If you’re composting indoors and still worried about odors, vermicomposting is a great idea. You can’t just use any worms—you’ll need to purchase redworms online or at a garden supplier (about one pound per square foot in your bin). A vermicompost bin should also be kept in a cool, dark place. Start with a base of shredded newspaper or leaves mixed with soil, and get it damp, then add your worms and your food scraps. Vermicomposting is also a great option for beginners—if things get messed up, just dump out your bin outside and start over.

4. Check for community composting. 

If you aren’t into making your own compost, or don’t have the space for it, check to see if your community has its own group composting area where you can drop off food waste. Your city hall might have details, or you can ask your neighbors or post your query on a community directory, like Nextdoor. Your community may even provide biodegradable bags to hold your scraps in between your visits to their composting center.

Your compost is ready when it’s not giving off any heat, and it’s become dry, brown, and crumbly. Use it to feed your garden or potted plants, and watch your plants live their best lives!

Courtesy of: Better Homes & Gardens

Rodeo Realty’s Davide Giardino list Hollywood Legend Rudolph Valentino’s “Falcon’s Lair”

Davide Giardino holds the listing for the home of one of the first international stars, Rudolph Valentino.

Dubbed “Falcons Lair” by the Hollywood Legend, the property originally built in 1926 by Valentino, went on to become the home of style icon and “Richest Girl in the World” American Tobacco heiress Doris Duke for decades. Duke spun off the “Lodge” as an airy, secluded, three-bedroom garden and pool pavilion and in recent years the current owner lovingly restored it to Duke’s Mexican and Moroccan vision.

This listing has already received media attention after its extensive restoration, maintaining key elements of its Golden Era history with newly added features. Sitting on a 1+ acre lot in a prime Beverly Hills location the property returned to the market and it looks more gorgeous than ever. This is a rare chance to acquire an estate of exquisite elegance and unique beauty, keeping all the charm of Old Hollywood in a fantastic and peaceful location.

The house has been extensively upgraded by the current owner, landscaped, trellised and provided with a new irrigation system covering the entire property.  A newly built palapa structure and yoga deck on the upper portion of the estate offers dramatic views and contribute to the sense of peace and seclusion of this little piece of heaven in the heart of Beverly Hills. The property also sits minutes from other historical landmarks like The Beverly Hills Hotel and The Pickfair Estate.

10051 Cielo Drive, Beverly Hills is listed at $4,950,000.

For more property details click here.

Your Award-Worthy Recipe Guide

Be the crowd-pleaser this Oscars’s Sunday with our round-up of award-worthy sure to secure you the gold for best host(we know the Oscars need one). With so many tasty and simple options, it would be an Academy travesty if you didn’t opt for the gourmet. So ditch the generic buttered popcorn and champagne set-up for a spread as buzzing as this years best picture nominees.

Bites

Buffalo-Style Snack Mix

Both buttery and spicy, this Buffalo-style snack mix gets a triple buzz from hot sauce, cayenne and freshly ground black pepper.

Click here for the Recipe

Salty Almond Rice Krispie Bites

Work quickly—or better yet—get a few willing hands to help when you’re scooping and rolling this adult version of a Rice Krispie treat; the mixture stiffens slightly as it cools. Click here for the RECIPE.

Miso Caramel Corn

We use microwaved popcorn for our miso-flavored (surprise!) caramel corn but, sure, 9 cups of air-popped or old-school stovetop-popped kernels would work nicely, too. Click here for the RECIPE.

Tequila-Spiked Caramel Corn

More suited to a cocktail party than a baseball game, this riff on Cracker Jack by pastry chef Taria Camerino is sweetened with agave nectar and spiked with tequila. Slow-baking turns the popcorn-nut mix fabulously crunchy. Click here for the RECIPE.

Cheddar Fricos with Salsa Fresca

Elegant entertaining from the microwave? Yup. It transforms shredded white cheddar into these lacy all-cheese crackers—no flour necessary. You will eat several without pausing but, eventually, stop to scoop up some of the juicy tomato salsa. Click here for the RECIPE.

Dark Chocolate Fudge with Candied Ginger and Pistachios

Melting chocolate in the microwave makes the process really easy and quick—no double boiler, no water bath necessary. To prepare this festive fudge, just stir a few flavorings into the melted-chocolate base. We add pistachios, dried cherries and candied ginger but white chocolate chips, dried apricots or chopped walnuts would give it the proper crunch and sweet-tangy notes, too. Click here for the RECIPE.

Pomegranate Mochi

Borrowing a technique from pastry chef Jennifer Yee, these chewy, fruity, jewel-toned mochi are prepared in the microwave with a mix of pomegranate juice and lime juice. We used a 3/4-inch round cutter to make them gumdrop size, but you can also cut the candies into squares (sharpen your knife!) or use another small cookie cutter. Click here for the RECIPE.

Fig-and-Stilton Squares

After these flaky squares of puff pastry bake, they get topped with sweet fig preserves and pungent blue cheese. Click here for the RECIPE.

Ricotta Crostini with Three Toppings

This appetizers uses homemade ultra-creamy ricotta (you can also use store-bought) combined with different toppings. Click here for the RECIPE.

Sips

Citrus, Brandy and Pineapple Punch

This easy brandy cocktail from drinks artisan Chris Harrison is mildly sweet and nicely boozy, with a bit of spice from nutmeg. Click here for the RECIPE.

Italian Spritz Punch

Mixologist Agostino Perrone created this simple sparkling punch. “It would be a great aperitif for a large dinner party,” says Wayne Collins; he recommends serving it in teacups. Click here for the RECIPE.

Looking for Best Picture Themed Cocktails?

Click here for Town and Country’s recipes like The Queen’s Favourite or The Bohemian Spritz!!

Click here for The Official Oscars 2019 Ballot.PDF

Weekend Events: February 22-24

If your like the rest of us normal Angeleno’s, this weekend will be just like any other. Aside from the entertainment industry’s version of the Super Bowl a.k.a the Oscars. Just because you’re not jetting off from one Academy bash to the next, doesn’t mean you’re days off shouldn’t be award worthy. Ditch the usual, and spend this weekend discovering the best events LA has to offer. Read our round-up of this Friday through Sundays top events happening in and around the city.

Friday Feb. 22

The Chocolate and Art Show Los Angeles

Location: The Vortex

The Chocolate and Art Show Los Angeles returns to The Vortex for two nights (Friday and Saturday) of art, live body painting, vendors, live music, face-painting, and free chocolate.

Click here for more information.

3rd Annual Oscar Film Week

Location: Culina at The Four Seasons, Beverly Hills

The 3rd Annual Oscar Film Week returns to Culina at the Four Seasons Hotel in Beverly Hills February 19 – 23 with a meal and screening of all eight “Best Picture” Oscar nominated films in 2019.

Click here for more information.

4th Fridays on 4th Street

Location: Long Beach

4th Fridays on 4th Street activates the “Retro Road” business district in Long Beach on the fourth Friday of every month from 6 to 10 p.m. through extended hours, dining specials, discounted merchandise, pop up shops, art shows, live music, double decker bus rides and more.

Click here for more information.

Saturday Feb. 23

Bob Baker Day Celebration

Location: Los Angeles Historic Park

It’s Bob Baker Day at Los Angeles Historic Park. The day pays homage to the famed puppeteer with a carnival like event featuring live music, entertainment, puppet-making workshops, round-the-clock puppet shows, a pop-up puppet museum and lots more.

Click here for more information.

Santa Monica Wine Festival

Location: Barker Hanger, Santa Monica

The Santa Monica Wine Fest comes to Barker Hangar for two days of wine tasting from a diverse group of wineries from around the world. The event will also offer complementary masterclasses.

Click here for more information.

4th Annual SoCal Retro Gaming Expo

Location: Pasadena Convention Center, Pasadena

The 4th Annual SoCal Retro Gaming Expo happening February 23-24 at the Pasadena Convention Center is an all-ages event featuring retro games, toys, merchandise, and much more.

Click here for more information.

Sunday Feb. 24

Afro-Latinx Festival

Location: Museum of Latin American Art

There’s an Afro-Latinx Festival happening at the Museum of Latin American Art (MOLAA) in Long Beach this Sunday. Expect salsa music, workshops, tasty delights and a mixture of customs from African and Mestizo peoples in the Americas. 

Click here for more information.

SRLA 18 Mile Friendship Run
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Location: Hansen Dam, Lake View Terrace

The 18-Mile Friendship Run is the premier training race for the Skechers Performance Los Angeles Marathon. The 18-mile course consists of two 9-mile loops starting in the Hansen Dam Recreation Area. The course travels along streets that are closed to traffic and, then, crosses the two-mile dam. Registration is open to the public and priced at $75.

Click here for more information.

National Theatre Live Presents I’m Not Running

Location: UCLA-James Bridges Theater

I’m Not Running is an explosive new play by Academy Award nominee and Oliver and BAFTA winning writer David Hare. Premiering at the National Theatre and broadcast live to cinemas, don’t miss this breathtaking performance.

Click here for more info.

Out and About: Oscars Edition

The time has finally come to whip out your glitzy attire and prep your winning predictions. The Oscars are underway for this Sunday, February 24th-and as Angeleno’s that means one thing…Oscars Viewing Party! If your not lucky enough to snag an invite to one of the weekends big celebratory events we have you covered. In the city of stars, you never know which nominee may stop by to revel or dine. So skip the party clean-up and paint the town gold. Happy Oscars Weekend!

Oscars Viewing Party at the Long Beach Art Theatre

Location: Long Beach Art Theatre, Long Beach

Best known as the last independent theater in Long Beach, the Art Theatre is a hub for showings that eventually go on to be Academy nominees. So it comes as no surprise that they host their own glammed up viewing party. While the event itself is by invitation only, all you have to do to snag an invite is donate $25 or more to the historic non-profit theater. The award show will be shown live on the big screen following the red carpet party.

Click here for more information.

APLA’s Oscar Viewing Party

Location:The Abbey, West Hollywood

WEHO’s favorite neighborhood hot-spot will be hosting their annual Aids Project Los Angeles Oscar Viewing Party Fundraiser this Sunday. Each year an LGBT or ally celebrity hosts the event which raises money for HIV/AIDS research that APLA supports. Tickets are required to attend but can also be purchased on the day of at The Abbey.

Call The Abbey at (310)289-8410 for more information.

Polo Lounge Annual Oscars Viewing Party

Location: Polo Lounge at The Beverly Hills Hotel

Famed as a Hollywood retreat for decades past and current, the Polo Lounge will host their annual Oscars Viewing Party this Sunday. Patrons will be able to partake in a decadent Three-Course pre-fix menu while watching the ceremony on screens set-up throughout the restaurant. Being that it is located in the historic Beverly Hills Hotel you never know which nominee may stop in for a bite pre/post oscars! Bonus: Try the themed Best Picture Cocktails for an award-worthy sip!

Menu is priced at $150pp and reservations can be booked by calling (310)887-2777

Timmy Nolan’s Oscars Viewing Party

Location: Timmy Nolan’s Tavern, Studio City

Join the Timmy Nolans crew as the toast to their fellow Noles Barry Jenkins and Jonathan King on Oscar Night! The show will be on view in their private upstairs room with fun giveaways and a pre-show red carpet photo op! The attire is Cocktail/Business casual, so no worries on going all out. Just arrive early to snag the best seat and toast to a night of fun.

Click here for more information.

Media One Entertainment Oscars Viewing Party

Location: Hollywood Palladium

If you have $1000 to spare, the 4th Annual Roger Neal Style Oscar Viewing Dinner may be you preference. The event slates that around 80-100 celebrities as well as past Oscar winners will be in attendance at the Hollywood Palladium shindig. Your ticket includes cocktails, entertainment, a 5 Course Dinner, and after party.

For tickets or sponsorship packages, email them at info@mediaoneentertainment.com or call (424)-245-8569.

“The Envelope Goes to…” Academy Awards Viewing Party

Location: Esterel & Riviera 31-Sofitel Los Angeles

Hosted by Awards Lounge, don’t miss the 10 Annual Academy Awards celebration and viewing party. Cattle & Claw will offer exquisite food for purchase and expert mixologist Frederic Zemmour will serve signature cocktails at the non-hosted bar. Purchase VIP tickets for access to the private VIP area and lounge. Guest will be able to walk the red carpet, mingle and network at this glitzy event.

Click here for more information.

11th Annual Ivy Entertainment Oscars Viewing Party

Location: The Woodman, Los Angeles

Dress to impress and enjoy this years Oscars at The Woodman. Play their winner prediction game for a chance too win free prizes. The event will offer drink and food specials as well as industry networking.

For more information click here.

PGA 7th Annual Oscars Viewing Party

Location: Jalapeno Pete’s, Studio City

Six degrees of Kevin Bacon means you or someone you know is probably producer. If you have that friendly contact, then this is the event for you. The Producers Guild of America will be hosting their 7th Annual Viewing and Recruiting Party at Jalapeno Pete’s this Sunday. The event is open to PGA members and their guest, PGA Sponsors, new applicants, and eligible candidates. Enjoy passed appetizers, an open well bar. event giveaways and prizes. Festive attire is recommended.

Click here for more information.

Academy Awards Viewing Black Tie Event Benefitting C.U.N.

Location: The Warner Brothers Estate, Beverly Hills

Children Uniting Nations invites you to attend a star-studded evening at the Warner Brother’s Estate in Beverly Hills. The event is hosted by philanthropist Daphna Ziman and offers an evening of glamour. For $500 guest can enjoy a 4 course gourmet viewing dinner by Hannah An, speciality cocktails and live performances. Or for those wishing to splurge a little less, stop by for the after party priced at $100 per ticket. Celebrity appearances will include Dennis Quaid, Miss Teen Vogue and Miss Universe to name a few.

For more information click here.

The Upper West Oscars Viewing Party to Benefit LLS

Location: The Upper West, Santa Monica

Join The Upper West in their 6th annual fundraising event for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society this Sunday. guest can walk the red carpet, enjoy food and drink specials as well as Oscar contest and prizes. There will also be a silent auction with 25% of the event proceeds going to LLS.

Call the Upper West at (310)586-1111 or click here for more information.


For Additional Oscars Viewing Party information click here

Your Earthquake Preparation Guide

Without getting into too many of the statistics, it is a known fact that California is Earthquake country. The state is home to two-thirds of the nations earthquake risk with over 500+ active faults. Scientist predict based on seismic activity both past and current that a 6.7+M Earthquake is 99% likely within the next 30-years. While the numbers are not meant to cause an uproar of concern, as a Californian, your duty is to be prepared.

Read below for important information on staying prepared before, during and after an Earthquake. Additional government information can be found at the links listed at the bottom of this article.

If an earthquake happens, protect yourself right away. Drop, Cover, then Hold On!

  • If in a vehicle, pull over and stop.
  • If in bed, stay there.
  • If outdoors, stay outdoors.
  • Do not get in a doorway.
  • Do not run outside.

HOW TO STAY SAFE WHEN AN EARTHQUAKE THREATENS

Prepare NOW
  • Secure items, such as televisions, and objects that hang on walls. Store heavy and breakable objects on low shelves.
  • Practice Drop, Cover, then Hold On with family and coworkers. Drop to your hands and knees. Cover your head and neck with your arms. Crawl only as far as needed to reach cover from falling materials. Hold on to any sturdy furniture until the shaking stops.
  • Create a family emergency communications plan that has an out-of-state contact. Plan where to meet if you get separated.
Click the Image to view Rodeo Realty’s Emergency Kit Guide
  • Make a supply kit that includes enough food and water for at least three days, a flashlight, a fire extinguisher, and a whistle. Consider each person’s specific needs, including medication. Do not forget the needs of pets. Have extra batteries and charging devices for phones and other critical equipment.
  • Consider obtaining an earthquake insurance policy. Standard homeowner’s insurance does not cover earthquake damage.
  • Consider a retrofit of your building to correct structural issues that make it vulnerable to collapse during an earthquake.
Survive DURING
  • Drop, Cover, then Hold On like you practiced. Drop to your hands and knees. Cover your head and neck with your arms. Hold on to any sturdy furniture until the shaking stops. Crawl only if you can reach better cover without going through an area with more debris.
  • If in bed, stay there and cover your head and neck with a pillow.
  • If inside, stay there until the shaking stops. DO NOT run outside.
  • If in a vehicle, stop in a clear area that is away from buildings, trees, overpasses, underpasses, or utility wires.
  • If you are in a high-rise building, expect fire alarms and sprinklers to go off. Do not use elevators.
  • If near slopes, cliffs, or mountains, be alert for falling rocks and landslides.
Be Safe AFTER
  • Expect aftershocks to follow the largest shock of an earthquake.
  • Check yourself for injury and provide assistance to others if you have training.
  • If in a damaged building, go outside and quickly move away from the building.
  • Do not enter damaged buildings.
  • If you are trapped, cover your mouth. Send a text, bang on a pipe or wall, or use a whistle instead of shouting so that rescuers can locate you.
  • If you are in an area that may experience tsunamis, go inland or to higher ground immediately after the shaking stops.
  • Save phone calls for emergencies.
  • Once safe, monitor local news reports via battery operated radio, TV, social media, and cell phone text alerts for emergency information and instructions.
  • Use extreme caution during post-disaster clean-up of buildings and around debris. Do not attempt to remove heavy debris by yourself. Wear protective clothing, including a long-sleeved shirt, long pants, work gloves, and sturdy, thick-soled shoes during clean-up.

Important Links:

Courtesy of: Ready.GOV

Brandon Assanti of Rodeo Realty list $13 Million Dollar Golfers Paradise

The listing held by Brandon Assanti continues to receive numerous media mentions since hitting the market.

Robb Report recently featured the property for it’s prime location, spacious living quarters and closet space.

The home sits on an acre of land and is 1 of only 8 homes that face the LA County Golf Course.

Described by the Robb Report as a “private oasis”, the 8,000 sq. ft. of living space includes six bedrooms, eight bathrooms, and a fully equipped gourmet kitchen.

The property boast additional luxury features like a home theater, indoor basketball court, and attached guest house.

The article also highlighted the best feature of all for those fashion fiends! Closets large enough to double as a personal store with custom shelving and room to spare.

Another remarkable feature of this listing is it’s proximity to the iconic Beverly Hills sign. This 90210 landmark is just across the street from the 20-car drive way leading up to your home.

9996 Sunset Boulevard is listed at $13 million by Rodeo Realty’s Brandon Assanti.

For additional listing information click here.

To view the Robb Report article click here.

Rodeo Realty President-Syd Leibovitch lands on 2019 Swanepoel Power 200 List

Syd Leibovitch recognized as one of the most influential and powerful people in residential real estate.

The 2019 Swanepoel Power 200 list is out and Rodeo Realty’s President, Syd Leibovitch, is once again recognized as one of the most powerful people in the residential real estate brokerage industry!

Out of hundreds who were considered, Syd Leibovitch was one of 200 who made it onto the SP200 list.

“The SP200 is based on a great deal of research,” said Stefan Swanepoel, Editor-in-Chief of the Swanepoel Power 200. “We send hundreds of requests for additional information, personally verifying announcements, stats and actions that took place over the past year.”

The 2019 SP200 ranks Syd Leibovitch at #108 among the 200 recognized.

“Rodeo Realty founder Leibovitch heads one of the leading residential real estate firms in Los Angeles and Ventura counties with nearly 1,000 agents in 12 offices who do $5.2 billion in annual sales,” said the SP200.