Mom Approved Mothers Day Gifts

The days of Macaroni necklaces and handwritten cards have come and gone(except for the kids, they get a free pass). With so many tech gadgets and gift options, figuring out what to buy Mom can be tricky. That’s why we scoured the world wide web for options, because it’s 2019 so why not? Read on for a Mother’s Day round-up of suitable shows of appreciation for mom(shipping and handling not included).

Traditional

“Q&A a Day for Moms: A 5-Year Journal”

This five-year journal helps to capture those moments that seem to fly by. With a page dedicated to every day of the year, it prompts parents to answer questions like, “What was the best hug you had this week?” and “What interests your child lately?” Moms don’t have to do much, just write down one simple sentence every day, and at the end they’ll have a journal full of half a decade worth of memories.

Lovepop 3D Cards, $13, Lovepop

If you were planning on sending Mom a greeting card this year, why not try one of these beautiful 3D creations? Inspired by the Asian art of sliceform kirigami, these intricate pop-up cards are nice enough to display in the home, and they come in creative designs like a family of koalas or the “mother of dragons.”

Alidia Ring, $44, BaubleBar

Not only is the Alidia Ring BaubleBar’s best-selling ring, but it’s also a celebrity favorite. Julia Roberts was recently spotted wearing the rings in multiple colors, stacked on top of each other for an effortlessly cool effect. When it launched on the site last spring, it sold out in three days and racked up a waiting list of over 10,000 people. It was so popular the brand decided to release it in a ton of new colors, for a total of nine possible designs.

Marama Personalized Disc Necklace, $36, GLDN

Delicate and personalized jewelry are among some of the most popular trends when it comes to accessories. This necklace is both. Each piece is handmade in La Conner, Washington, so it’s a totally unique gift for Mom. You can choose between gold, rose gold and silver, and we love the idea of layering a few necklaces emblazoned with each kiddo’s name. We’re sure Mom will love keeping them close to her heart.

What a Difference a Day Makes Burlap Print, $28.00

Create a memento of the most important days in her life — like her wedding anniversary and the birthdates of her children. This Etsy shop makes beautiful artwork of them all.

Tech-Savvy

Nixplay digital photo frames

You know all those treasured photos trapped on Mom’s phone? Give her a place to show them off, along with new photos sent by friends and family. That’s the beauty of a digital photo frame, which I rank among the all-time best Mother’s Day gifts you can give.

Apple Watch Series 3: $199

At $199, the Apple Watch Series 3 still isn’t what I’d call cheap — but it’s $80 off the regular price and without question the best iPhone-compatible smartwatch.

The white sport-band goes with everything, but you can make this gift even more fun with some colorful replacements, like this three-pack for $14. While you’re at it, look at all the other inexpensive Apple Watch accessories you can get.

AirPod alternative: The BlitzWolf BW-FYE1 wireless earbuds

The BW-FYE1 features a compact charging case, auto-pairing the moment you open that case and a comfy stay-put fit. I find the sound quality to be quite good overall, though a bit lacking in bass because these don’t really seal inside the ear (same as AirPods). But for Mom, simplicity and comfort are key, right? These deliver.

Facebook Portal: $99 (save $100)

You’ve probably seen the Neil Patrick Harris commercials by now. If you haven’t we are here to update you on this era’s version of a home phone. Don’t just call Mom to say hi — video-call her! It’s the 21st century, after all. That option has rarely been cheaper now that the Facebook Portal is on sale for $99. It’s not only a dedicated video-call machine, but also a voice-powered smart assistant, able to play music, show videos, even run a slideshow of family photos. Even if you don’t have a Portal of your own, you can call Mom (and vice versa) via Facebook Messenger.

UE Wonderboom mini Bluetooth speaker

The Wonderboom is compact, fully waterproof speaker that plays very loud for its size, with a good amount of bass. It also floats in water and has decent battery life.  Just one thing to note: Although it’s new, and available in your choice of colors, it ships in brown-box, rather than retail, packaging.

Out and About: Cinco De Mayo Edition

Here in Los Angeles we know how to celebrate when it comes to International holidays. For Cinco de Mayo this is no different. And since the odds are in our favor of May 5th falling on the weekend, there’s no excuse not to partake in city-wide revelry.

Food and Drink Deals

The Morrison

Atwater Village
Unlike other bars and restaurants that celebrate Cinco with specials for one, two, or even three days, The Morrison’s celebrating from RIGHT NOW WHENEVER YOU’RE READING THIS until the end of the big day, with offers like the $12 Mi Chimichanga and $7 Tres Leches Cake and drinks like $5 Corona and Modelo.

Petty Cash x Sari Sari Store

DTLA
Mid-city’s Petty Cash Taqueria is taking over the counter at Sari Sari Store in Grand Central Market on Cinco Proper, serving up guac, chips, tacos, and flan at the normally Filipino stand.

Petty Cash

Mid-city
As part of the LA Times Food Bowl series of events, Petty Cash proper’s going to be dropping a one-day-only brunch on May 5, from 9am to 3pm. Said brunch will include mushroom sopes with jack cheese, black beans, avocado, and a fried egg, and steak and eggs with poblano rice; walk-ins are welcome, but you’d probably do well to get yourself a reservation.

Te’Kila

Sherman Oaks
The Valley’s ultra-casual Mexican spot is gonna have an all-day happy hour on Sunday, with $6 shots of Patron Silver, margs for $6, and bacon-wrapped street dogs for $6, among a ton of other specials.

Pikoh

Culver City
Ricardo Zarate’s newest Peruvian-meets-Angeleno restaurant is going big for Cinco. They’ll be serving a $28 massive carafe of margarita that can serve up to six people. If you prefer your specials on a smaller scale, they’re also doing the Peru-inspired Chica Morada Margarita (with purple corn, apple, pineapple, lemon, tequila, and spices) for only $7.

Events and Parties

Cinco de Mayo at the Coliseum

Sunday, May 5
Exposition Park
The Coliseum’s hosting a totally-free shindig on Cinco proper — the festivities kick off at noon, including live traditional music, a beer garden, food trucks, and games with prizes. There’ll even be a pepper-eating contest, in case you’re looking for a non-hangover medical excuse to call out sick on Monday.

Taco Madness Live 2019

Saturday, May 4
La Plaza De Cultural Y Artes (Downtown)
It’s actually happening on cuatro de mayo, but this tortilla-wrapped food festival/taco-domination tournament is back for its 10th year. Celebrate the decade by feasting on a total smorgasbord of tacos, including offerings from the top four bracket picks: SonoratownBierriea Gonzalez, Tacos La Unica, and Macheen.

Cinco De Mayan at Lucha VaVoom
Mexican wrestlers, or luchadores, compete during the ‘Lucha VaVoom Cinco de Mayan’ at The Mayan Theatre in Los Angeles, California. The event is a colorful show of costumed luchadores intertwined with sexy burlesque dancers.

Friday, May 3 – Sunday, May 5
The Mayan Theater (Downtown)
It’s hard to picture Cinco de Mayo in LA without Lucha VaVoom, and thankfully you don’t have to. Lucha’s running its tenth annual Cinco spectacular over three days this year, which means three days of chicken-cloaked dwarf wrestling — and that’s not even the best stuff. In other words, buy tickets now.

Don Julio’s Cinco De Mayo Celebration

Saturday, May 4
Rolling Greens (Downtown)
The tequila band’s throwing its sombrero into the Cinco celebration with this RSVP-necessary party, which actually happens on the 4th. Not only will there be free beverages, but you’ll also get food from Tacos Delta. See a performance from an all-female mariachi band — just make sure to note that guests must be 21+ to attend.

Information courtesy of Thrillist

 

Weekend Events: May 3-5

N’Sync memes aside, it is finally May. As we speed through spring and get ever closer to summertime, the selection of city fun is as bountiful as your home garden. Don’t settle for the usual weekend routine! With Cinco De Mayo this Sunday, the elections are sure to be fiery. Spend some time in the city of stars with our round-up of the best events happening this May 3-5.

 

Friday, May 3rd
Union Station 80th Anniversary Celebration

Union Station is marking its 80th Anniversary with a two-day (May 3-4) community celebration. There will be live music in the the regal Waiting Room, a Living Gallery highlighting the past, a market place with local vendors, food and drink plus a special 80th anniversary menu.

Click here for more info.

Friday Night Block Party at L.A. Live

Friday Night Block Party at L.A. LIVE presented by Absolut features 20+ pop-up shops, live art and street performers and select $5 food and drink menus at participating L.A. LIVE restaurants.

Click here for more info.

Effervescence: Champagne and Sparkling Wine Festival

Effervescence: Champagne & Sparkling Wine Festival returns to Los Angeles May 3 – 5 for its premier sparking wine event featuring an array of grape-worthy activities over the course of three days. Highlights include exclusive collector dinners, grand tastings, chef-lead dinners, and galas with celebrity chefs such as Nancy Silverton (La Brea Bakery, Mozza).

Click here for more info.

Saturday, May 4th
10th Annual Taco Madness Celebration

L.A. TACO and I LOVE MICHELADAS presents the 10th annual Taco Madness celebration at LA Plaza de Cultura y Artes in Downtown Los Angeles. Savor the city’s best tacos, listen to great music and drink micheladas all day long. Admission into the event is free.

Click here for more info.

Walk on Washington

Explore a hidden historic neighborhood on foot during Walk On Washington an event that highlights art galleries, restaurants, boutiques and more along the Washington Blvd business corridor of Arlington Heights, Angelus Vista and Western Heights between Bronson Ave. and Wilton Pl.

Click here for more info.

May the 4th Be With You-Star Wars Day

May 4 is Star Wars Day (May the Fourth Be With You!), a worldwide celebration that various businesses take part in. A few local businesses in Los Angeles are holding events too. For example, Kidspace will host a Spirit Day for families who love the series and The VOID award winning VR experience will offer a buy three get one person in for free to their Secrets of the Empire experience.

Sunday, May 5th

Concert in the Dome

Mount Wilson Observatory launches its third season of Concert in the Dome special concerts inside its historic 100-inch telescope dome. There will be two musical performances: one at 3 p.m. and the other at 5 p.m. A reception for the artists will follow each performance.

Click here for more info.

Vegfest 2019

 Vegfest 2019, the all-vegan festival will feature over 150 exhibitors, over 80 vegan food trucks, celebrity guest speakers and much more.

Click here for more info.

Cinco De Mayo

LA celebrates Cinco De Mayo like Boston and Savannah celebrate St. Patricks Day. This year the celebration happens to fall on the weekend so of course as Angeleno’s the revelry will be on point. Skip scouring the internet for what to do on Sunday and read our Out and About:Cinco De Mayo Edition for the cites best food specials and events this weekend only.

Click here for Cinco de Mayo Events!

 

 

10 Spring Bloom Plants for Your Home Garden

With Spring in full bloom it’s the perfect time to give you home garden an upgrade. That’s why we’ve put together a list of the best flowers to plant in your yard for the most colorful season. So grab your sheers and all those other gardening tools(we’ll leave the precise names to the pros) and add some flair to your outdoor abode!

Pansy

Cool weather is just what pansy prefers. It’s an annual that gardeners flock to because it’s one of the best flowers to plant in spring for early-season containers and window boxes, relishing the variety in petal color as much as the cheery uplifted blooms.

Name: Viola x wittrockiana

Growing conditions: Sun or part shade and moist, well-drained soil

Size: To 10 inches tall and 12 inches wide

Hellebore

Also known as a Lenten rose or Christmas rose, hellebores produce spring flowers of delicate beauty and surprising resilience. In warmer climates, it may even tolerate light frosts, making it one of the best flowers to plant in spring. For unusual flowers, ask at your nursery about double-bloom varieties.

Name: Helleborus niger

Growing conditions: Shade and moist, well-drained soil

Size: To 12 inches tall and 18 inches wide

Snowdrop Anemone
Anemone Sylvestris

Fragrant and festive, the bright clusters of snowdrop anemone work well even in a spring garden that’s slightly shaded. Bonus: Once the cooler temperatures of fall arrive, the plant may put on a second bloom show in the garden.

Name: Anemone nemorosa

Growing conditions: Full sun or part shade and moist, well-drained soil

Size: To 6 inches tall and 12 inches wide

Lilac

There’s no sweeter spring fragrance than the blooms of this cottage-garden favorite. Lilac varieties, one of the best flowers to plant in spring, come in all shapes and sizes, from dwarf shrubs to taller trees.

Spring flower tip: The lilac blooms on old wood, so hold off on pruning until right after the same year’s flowering is finished.

Name: Syringa vulgaris

Growing conditions: Full sun and well-drained soil

Size: To 20 feet tall and wide

‘Acoma’ Iris

Pick your favorite color, and there’s likely an iris to fill your spring garden need. Most put on their bloom show toward the end of spring, but the plants’ tall growth and delectable petal variations make them pretty additions to a variety of garden styles.

Name: Iris ‘Acoma’

Growing conditions: Full sun and well-drained soil

Size: To 34 inches tall and 12 inches wide

Grape Hyacinth

As much as any other spring bulbs, grape hyacinths trumpet the arrival of spring. Clustered flowers hang lusciously from sturdy stalks, resembling bundles of grapes; they are one of the most beautiful and best flowers to plant in spring.

Name: Muscari armeniacum

Growing conditions: Full sun or part shade and well-drained soil

Size: To 8 inches tall and 6 inches wide

Daffodil

If it is spring, it’s time for a show of daffodils. The bright, jovial spring flower has a range of shapes and sizes, from trumpet to small- and large-cupped to double. Deer find them less palatable than other spring plants, but the foliage should be left to die back on its own to rejuvenate the plants for the following year.

Name: Narcissus selections

Growing conditions: Full sun and well-drained soil

Size: To 1 foot tall and wide

Tulip

With innate cheerfulness and beauty, a tulip, one of the best flowers to plant in spring, lends itself to a variety of garden settings—from formal border gardens to naturalistic, casual settings. And there’s a tulip for every gardener, from diminutive 4-inch-tall specimens to extravagant multi-foot-high blooms.

Name: Tulipa selections

Growing conditions: Full sun and well-drained soil

Size: To 2 feet tall and 1 foot wide

Puschkinia

Inside the blooms of snowdrift is an exquisite surprise: striped flowers that offer surprising color variation. Tall foliage stalks make these a good companion to lower spring growers such as crocus and one of the best flowers to plant in spring.

Name: Puschkinia scilloides

Growing conditions: Sun or part shade and moist, well-drained soil

Size: To 8 inches tall and 6 inches wide

‘Pink Discovery’ Azalea

Its bright color burst is short-lived, but ‘Pink Discovery’ azalea’s solid mass of flamboyant flowers provides a just-right transition from spring to summer bloomers. Pair the shrubs with hellebores, as in this sidewalk border, for an early-season showstopper.

Name: Rhododendron yedoense var. poukhanensis ‘Pink Discovery’

Growing conditions: Part shade and moist but well-drained acidic soil

Size: To 10 feet tall and wide

 

LA Eats: Mother’s Day Edition

Mother’s Day is a week away, meaning by now you are either well prepared or not… For the sake of all mother’s we hope you have 1-800-Flowers on Speed Dial. To take away the dreaded where to go question, we have you covered. We have put together the best Mom-approved brunch options throughout L.A. so you don’t have. Spend less time stressing on where to eat and more time on whether Mom really needs another Pandora charm. Read on for our round-up!

Inn of the Seventh Ray

This hidden creekside gem in Topanga is humbly ideal. Book ahead as you likely won’t be the only one planning to visit this nature spot. Enjoy the fresh air alongside healthy food, relaxing music and renewing ambience.

Geoffrey’s Malibu

Driving down the PCH, you’ve likely passed by or visited this seaside spot. With perfect views of the pacific and gourmet dining options, Mother’s Day at Geoffreys is a no brainer. Make the coastal trek and treat mom to brunch with a side of ocean views.

The Tuck Room

While this may not come to mind as your first choice for Mom, it should be if your a “Mom-osa” fan. The glam-bar setting and menu created by Wolfgang Puck protege Sherry Yard are rightfully indulgent. Enjoy Keto-friendly delicacies and perhaps a movie after since it’s next to the luxurious iPic theaters. The best part is you don’t have to rush on the drinks as they’re allowed inside the theater. Need we say mom-more?

Abigaile

While this hip Hermosa Beach Gastro-pub gives off the urban vibes, it’s rooftop brunch seeks to shake up that notion. Indulge in a meal that doesn’t require you to call in the babysitter with a laidback bite by the sea.

The Queen Mary

This Long Beach staple is also a staple on our holiday list. No matter the celebration, the Queen Mary always succeeds. With a decadent Mother’s Day brunch, Mom wont mind this champagne infused soiree.

Cliff’s Edge

The Silverlake eatery is a woodsy combination of relaxing ambience and delicious food. While the drive to East LA seems far for those not in East LA, it is more than worth it for a trip through the hipster locale.

Fred 62

Another favorite on the hipster list also happens to be a celeb hangout, if you’re into that sort of thing. Aside from the star studded patrons, is a family friendly and affordable spot in Los Feliz. Their brunch is a treat of comfort foods, healthy foods with a twist.

Descanso Gardens Brunch

Getting in for Brunch here is tougher without a reservation so we recommend planning ahead.Those familiar with the Descanso Gardens will understand why the botanical setting is so ideal. Allow Mom to be serenaded with live entertainment while enjoying Patina’s culinary treats in the Rose Garden. Brunch will be served Saturday and Sunday with plenty of activities to keep the kids entertained

The Huntington Library

Another Garden setting worth visiting on Mother’s Day is the famed Huntington Library. This Pasadena gem will host a harp-infused English Tea in the Rose Garden celebration along with a jazz brunch on the lawn. With acres of different botanical scenes, there is no shortage of sites and sips.

Pelican Hill Resort

An obvious choice for luxury pampering is the Pelican Hill Resort. Mom will ave a choice between not one but five dining options ranging from Cali fresh to Italian style as well as a poolside buffet. And since your already there, you have the option to take it up a notch by treating the lady of the day to some well-deserved Spa time.

 

Rodeo Realty Top Producers celebrated at 2019 Award Ceremony

Rodeo Realty celebrates its Top Producers for 2018 in luxury style.

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (April 22, 2019)-Rodeo Realty celebrated it’s Top Producing agents last week at the Luxe Hotel in Brentwood. The annual event brought together agents and branch managers from all 12 Rodeo Realty Offices.

Rodeo agents work diligently throughout the year to achieve recognition at the years Top Producer Awards. The categories for each award are based on total production for the year and are as follows: Chairman’s Ward, Founder’s Circle, President’s Elite Platinum Circle, President’s Elite Circle, President’s Circle, Director’s Club and Executive Club.

View photos from this years awards ceremony here: Top Producer Awards 2019 Album

The list of awardees for Top Producers of 2018 are listed below:
CHAIRMAN’S AWARD
  1. Josh Flagg – BH
  2. Peter Maurice & Tregg Rustad – BH
  3. Jordana Leigh – BH
  4. Ben Bacal – BH
  5. Jimmy Heckenberg & Ross Groefsema – BH
  6. Joe Babajian – BH
  7. Roger Perry – BH
  8. Carol Wolfe – ENC
  9. Adi Livyatan – SO
  10. Marc Tahler & Ken Zietz – WH
FOUNDER’S CIRCLE
  1. Darryl Wilson – BH
  2. Desiree Zuckerman – CLB
  3. Poupee & Karen Komenkul – NR
  4. Ben Salem – SO
  5. Casey Gordon – WLV
  6. Dana Frank – WH
  7. Brandon Haft – WH
PRESIDENT’S ELITE PLATINUM CIRCLE
  1. Paul Margolis – BH
  2. Scott Goshorn – BH
  3. Adriane Westland – BTWD
  4. Milla Pariser – CLB
  5. Michael Barasch – SC
  6. Tom Otero – SC
PRESIDENT’S ELITE CIRCLE
  1. Barbara Stover – BH
  2. Willis Liu – BH
  3. Monty Abramov – BH
  4. Wayne Saks – BH
  5. Alexander Howe – BH
  6. Mary Kay Nibley – BH
  7. Felix Fooks – BH
  8. Tamar Asken – BH
  9. Michele Martin – BH
  10. Terre Steinbeck – BH
  11. Michael Mikail – BH
  12. Irina Hill – BH
  13. Merrie & Ben Liaou – BH
  14. Michelle Graci – BH
  15. David Salmanson – CLB
  16. Lisa & Scott Sorrentino – CLB
  17. Ron Tanzman – CLB
  18. David Friedman – CLB
  19. Lilach Basson – ENC
  20. Andrew Teshinsky – ENC
  21. Sharon Stonefield – NR
  22. Carol Otero – NR
  23. Laura Plourde – SC
  24. Todd Jones -SC
  25. Mike & Rosie Harutunyan – SO
  26. Ron Maman – SO
  27. Bernie Leibovitch – SO
  28. Colleen Martin – SO
  29. Edith Radloff – SO
  30. Marly Tempel – SO
  31. Jamie Tian – SUN
  32. Matthew Paul – SUN
  33. Leo McHale – WLV
  34. Carmen Mormino – WLV
  35. Shane Nichols – WH
PRESIDENT’S CIRCLE
  1. Brad Downs – BH
  2. William Strassner – BH
  3. Zizi Pak – BH
  4. Kris Mooney & Debra Ziven – BH
  5. Sunny Yi – BH
  6. Brandon Assanti – BH
  7. Judy Cycon & Greg Davis – BH
  8. Jasan Sherman – BTWD
  9. Elyse Arbour – BTWD
  10. Lisa Moriarity – CLB
  11. Oren Ovadia – CLB
  12. Blue Chavira – CLB
  13. Aaron Scott – CLB
  14. Lois Stone – CLB
  15. Rebecca Epstein – CLB
  16. Francesca Luteraan – CLB
  17. Shelhee Gal-Kossover & David Elan – ENC
  18. Jo Ann Oster – ENC
  19. Julia Dvir – ENC
  20. Chelsea Robinson – ENC
  21. Scott Post – NR
  22. Sana Saleh – NR
  23. Jennifer Wardell-Kelly – NR
  24. Matt Wildstein – NR
  25. Anthony Revolorio – NR
  26. Edward Group – SC
  27. Donna & Moti Haim – SC
  28. Mary Acierno – SC
  29. Stamatia Karakasidis – SC
  30. Asaf Betesh – SO
  31. Dan Drantch – SO
  32. Ken Marker & Corey Brown – SO
  33. Davide Giardino – SUN
  34. Joshua Buxbaum – SUN
  35. John Galich – SUN
  36. Mohammed Hamza – WH
  37. Nikki Abish – WH
  38. Gitty Ruehman – WH
  39. Ashley Novak & Jonathan Schultz – BTWD
DIRECTOR’S CLUB
  1. Alla Vinnik – BH
  2. Armin Vartanian – BH
  3. Candace Lazan – BH
  4. Michael Rabbani – BH
  5. Alex Hekimyan – BH
  6. Bruce Walker – BH
  7. Bobby Boyd – BH
  8. Mark Handler – BTWD
  9. Stefanie Bluestone – BTWD
  10. Iris Goldstein-Hagay – CLB
  11. Behnaz Tavakoli – CLB
  12. Derek London – CLB
  13. Matthew Schroeder – CLB
  14. Bobby Karami – CLB
  15. Wende Schoof – ENC
  16. Brian Bord – ENC
  17. Amy Klein – ENC
  18. Roy Sulka – NR
  19. Ralph Norton – NR
  20. Carla Patterson – SC
  21. Harry Kapukchyan – SC
  22. Kathleen Smith – SC
  23. Linda Cardoso – SC
  24. Jessica Felix – SO
  25. Denise Bryson – SO
  26. Kathy Gardner – SO
  27. David Burger – SO
  28. Joe Diab – SO
  29. Michael Chez – SO
  30. Linda Bianchi – WLV
  31. Randy Tolchinsky – WH
  32. Lonnie Mintz – WH
  33. Oliver Darwich – WH
  34. Richard & Renee Cure – WH
  35. Jill Gumbert-Rosenberg – WH
  36. Joyce Riskas – WH
  37. Jennifer Gamero – WH
EXECUTIVE CLUB
  1. Hope Faust – BH
  2. Beatrice Martinez – BH
  3. Safir Shamsi – BH
  4. Madeleine Schulsinger – BH
  5. Randy Fred – BH
  6. Daniel Giventer – BH
  7. Pedro Flores – BH
  8. Brandon Douglas – BH
  9. Antony Arkel – BH
  10. Ron Wolotzky – BH
  11. Jennifer Meyers – BH
  12. Christopher Mentzell – BH
  13. Adrienne Kessler – BH
  14. Diana Kaye – BH
  15. Kaitlyn Olson – BH
  16. Lolita Bagramyan – BH
  17. Michelle Gurman – BH
  18. Claudia Hansen – BTWD
  19. Igal Bakshandeh – BTWD
  20. Scott Price – BTWD
  21. Jordan Johnson – BTWD
  22. Kathleen Rottner – BTWD
  23. Haleh Dowlatshahi – BTWD
  24. Loni Weiner – BTWD
  25. J’naiya Ermon – CLB
  26. Tina Fanelli Moraccini – CLB
  27. Richard Klein – CLB
  28. Jennifer Winchell – CLB
  29. Melodi Belluomini – CLB
  30. Joe Goldin – ENC
  31. Mina Bavandpour – ENC
  32. Dionisio Danny Fiorella – ENC
  33. Bruce & Nadine Moskowitz – ENC
  34. Stephen Walton – ENC
  35. Miry Rabinovitch – ENC
  36. Christina Garay – ENC
  37. Mojgan Rachel Kohanoff – ENC
  38. Jack Ross Thomas III – NR
  39. Kristen Aslanian – NR
  40. Vladimir Sandoval – NR
  41. Betty Galvan – NR
  42. Renee Trinidad – NR
  43. Alex Vernikov – NR
  44. Wendy Dern – NR
  45. Yesenia Garcia – NR
  46. Aaron Bernbach & Devin McNichol – PP
  47. David White – SC
  48. Cheryl Acrey – SC
  49. Vicki Watson – SC
  50. Jennifer Hein – SC
  51. Linda Ouaknine – SC
  52. Omar Saab – SC
  53. Maggie Oreck – SC
  54. Blayne Pacelli – SC
  55. Jesse James – SC
  56. Susan Bernstein – SC
  57. Mike Ace – SO
  58. Allyson Carter – SO
  59. Claudia Cuadras – SO
  60. Karen Shahar – SO
  61. Edward Dolce – SO
  62. Brian Gardner – SO
  63. Dustin Alavazo – SO
  64. Nina Sadovskaya – SO
  65. Mina Ivanova-Garrett – SO
  66. Kristina Kaminski – SO
  67. Jonelle Bechard – SO
  68. Brandon Kramer – SO
  69. Frank Fahimi – SO
  70. Jay Geisenheimer – SO
  71. Ilona Barsoomian – SO
  72. Kyle Eisenhart – SUN
  73. Rhonda Payne – SUN
  74. Cynthia Land – SUN
  75. Kristin Morley Zaslow – SUN
  76. David Ferrugio – SUN
  77. Robert Leighton – SUN
  78. Danielle Lankford – SUN
  79. George Garcia – SUN
  80. Jeffrey Knudsen – SUN
  81. Ajay Vidure – SUN
  82. Daniel Schott – SUN
  83. Deborah Lynn Lucas – WLV
  84. Jenna Kaye – WLV
  85. Mary Kay Donahoe – WLV
  86. Mory Nadjmi – WLV
  87. Kathleen Smiley – WLV
  88. Lynn Regal – WLV
  89. Todd Kaufman – WLV
  90. Alec Minkow – WLV
  91. Debra Valentine – WLV
  92. Fern J Rice – WLV
  93. Sheila Milano – WLV
  94. Kevin Litinsky – WH
  95. Fred Darwich – WH
  96. Patricia Contreras – WH
  97. David Winn – WH
  98. Santiago Sanchez – WH
  99. Gordon Polk – WH
  100. Diane Thrall – WH
  101. Hanri Javaherian – WH
  102. Helen Pavlova – WH
  103. Lissette Lara Haber – WH
  104. Randy D’Angelo – WH

Jimmy Heckenberg’s $35 Million Sale featured in Variety

Stunning Beverly Hills Mega-Mansion sells for $35 Million

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (April 24, 2019)- Rodeo Realty’s Jimmy Heckenberg recently closed sale on a stunning Gala Asher designed $35 Million Beverly Hills Mansion. A meticulously designed abode, the massive sale has already gone on to receive press. The striking 14,279-square-foot manor is considered the largest Real Estate sale for the City of Beverly Hills in 2019.

Asher, an Israeli mega-mansion developer had built the home in conjunction with the abodes prior owners, Dallas-based eyewear entrepreneur Dr. Doug Barnes. Completed in 2014, the estate was initially listed for a whopping $55 million.

Prior to the Barneses breaking ground on the lavish estate, stood a modest ranch-style residence, home to the late Dinah Shore until her passing. Then in 2005, Jodie Foster acquired the property, calling it home for six years before selling to the Dr. Barnes in 2011 for $8.3 Million.

Aside from the past and present owners is the grandeur design of this luxury residence. As Variety describes “Any NBA star will feel comfortable under the 25-foot ceilings, and the dazzling 80-foot-long computerized waterfall will leave guests’ jaws a-hangin’.”

Lest we not forget to mention the 7-bedroom abodes’ 3,200 square foot master suite. If one is wondering how vast that is, the average Americans living quarters in total are half that size.

This should come as no surprise for those familiar with Gala Asher’s portfolio of work, having built luxury homes for the likes of Kris Jenner, Billionaire Tom Gores and more. While we are unable to disclose any information regarding the buyer that Rodeo Realty’s Jimmy Heckenberg helped in securing the home for, we can acknowledge this as a sale that is truly astounding.

About Jimmy Heckenberg:

Jimmy Heckenberg is well recognized in Beverly Hills and the entire Westside for his top producing Heckenberg Realty Group Sales Team. Whether you are a first-time home buyer, existing home buyer or investor, Jimmy Heckenberg will make the buying and selling of real estate as cost effective as possible while maintaining the highest level of service. He will provide you with accurate and up-to-date real estate market information, skilled analysis and sound real estate advice. He continually explores new ideas and technology in order to make the selling and buying of real estate faster, less costly, stress free and simple.

For every single client, Jimmy Heckenberg promises to work diligently to help you achieve your real estate goals. The best interests of his clients will always come first, and he will place your concerns ahead of his own in each and every transaction, as he is dedicated to the development of long-term relationships! Jimmy Heckenberg is grateful and inspired to be working with a select team of professionals whom he believes are the most capable, honest and hard-working in the country. He believes that working hard at something you love to do, with people you trust, is one of the greatest experiences in life. He is devoted to his clients, family, colleagues and his community.

Jimmy Heckenberg and his team at Heckenberg Realty Group look forward to working with you and answering any questions you may have!

Read the Variety Article here.

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Samira Murphy

Public Relations-Rodeo Realty

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Weekend Events: April 26-28

Now that Angeleno’s are returning to their normal schedules post Coachella, the spring weekend fun is just ramping up! With so many activities to chose from throughout LA, why limit your days off to just one outing. Check out our weekend round-up and discover the best of Los Angeles all weekend long!

Discover your inner Angeleno!

Friday April 26, 2019
Photoville LA

Location: Outside of the Annenberg Space for Photography

This New York export heads to Los Angeles for the first time and features exhibitions in repurposed shipping containers, photo cubes and light-boxes. Over two consecutive weekends in Century Park (that’s right next to the Annenberg Space for Photography), expect a mix of nighttime projections, talks, workshops, family-friendly activities, Smorgasburg vendors and a community beer garden.

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MLB Food Fest

Location: Magic Box, DTLA

MLB FoodFest comes to Los Angeles for the first time on April 26 – 28. Angelenos can dine on an array of food from the MLB world including Mariners Toasted Grasshoppers, the D-Backs Churro Dogs, Fish and Chips with Mushy Peas from London, the Japanese Curry from Tokyo, and many more.

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Cirque Du Soleil Amaluna

Location: The LA Waterfront

The famous Montreal based theatrical company will be performing Amaluna kicking off this week through May 26. The story is loosely inspired by Shakespeare’s The Tempest, at the LA Waterfront in San Pedro. The island you’ll visit is ruled by goddesses, and the athletic acts and circus-cool expertise will include teeterboards, aerial acrobatics and more.

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Saturday April 27, 2019
L.A. River Clean Up

Location: Compton Creek @ Del Amo Station

Feeling guilty for not doing anything for Earth Day? Well it’s not too late to take part in the Friend’s of the Los Angeles River’s annual cleanup. Every Saturday of the month of April, volunteers have been organizing cleanups with multiple meet-up locations at each and instead of focusing on one spot, the cleanup tackles a different branch.  This Saturday is the last chance to take part in your civic duty but to make it more enjoyable there will be live music performances, gift giveaways, family activities and refreshments.

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Our L.A. Voices Festival

Location: Grand Park

Grand Park’s “Our L.A. Voices” takes over for a weekend-long spring arts gathering on April 27 – 28 that showcases diverse and important artistic work from Los Angeles county. This free festival features both visual arts exhibits, as well as dance, musical, and theatrical performances. This year’s theme is “Origin Stories”, and explores and questions Los Angeles perspectives and culture.

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Wanderlust 108

Location: Santa Monica Pier

Wanderlust 108—the world’s only mindful triathlon—brings the community together for a 5K run/walk, DJ-powered yoga session, and guided meditation in your local park.  Wanderlust has joined (RED) in the fight to end AIDS. For every Wanderlust 108 ticket purchased, Wanderlust will donate $1.08 to the Global Fund to fight AIDS with (RED).

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Sunday April 28, 2019
Taste of the Eastside

Location: Los Angeles River Center and Gardens

This food enthusiast event returns to Los Angeles River Center and Gardens this weekend. Stop by for a day of celebrating food and drink from Eastside neighborhoods including Silver Lake, Echo Park, Eagle Rock, Highland Park, Los Feliz, Atwater Village and beyond.

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14th Annual Thai New Year Songkran Festival

Location: 5448 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood

The Thai New Year Festival returns to Hollywood’s Thai Town neighborhood on April 28 for one of the largest, free festivals in the area. This vibrant festival features a Sidewalk Cafe with many Thai food choices for purchase and the Singha Beer Garden with live jazz music. Additionally, there will be a variety of entertainment choices, including a Beauty Pageant, Folk Dancing, a Tribal Costume Show, Muay Thai Face-off, Thai Cooking Demonstration, Fruit Carving Demonstration, Ice Sculpture Demonstration , Lei Making Demonstration and a Thai Wedding Ceremony.

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Skirball Puppet Festival: Fantastic Creatures

Location: Skirball Cultural Center

Enjoy a celebration for the art of puppetry and the magic of storytelling at the museum’s eighth annual Puppet Festival. This massive affair features both new and old tales, presented by a variety of puppets, in addition to live music and art making. 2019’s program showcases animals (both real and imaginary), including performances and creations by North Carolina–based puppeteer and designer Hobey Ford, as well as local artists Yulya Dukhovny, the Los Angeles Guild of Puppetry, and the legendary Bob Baker Marionette Theater. Attendees can also design a puppet and join the storytellers and puppeteers for the festival finale with funk band Delta Nove.

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Weekend Events: April 19-21

The holidays this weekend are underway, meaning the options of fun things to do in LA are endless. And with another Coachella ramping up, a traffic free weekend also approaches. From the Egg Bowl to Pawsapalooza we have you covered on the best places to spend you free time this Friday-Sunday. Read on and discover your inner Angeleno!

Friday, April 19

For a Limited Time Only

Location: The Nomad, DTLA

The NoMad Los Angeles recently launched a new food series titled  A Limited Time Only. The foodie-centric event transforms the hotel’s coffee shop into a variety of themed pop-ups every Friday and Saturday evening. The first iteration, Mamma Guidara’s, takes inspiration from NoMad New York’s dinner series of the same name, which itself is inspired by old-school Italian-American red sauce restaurants.

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Lebowski Fest

Location: The Wiltern

Lebowski Fest returns to Los Angeles with a live concert by the dude himself, Jeff Bridges at The Wiltern. A screening of the The Big Lebowski plus special guests will also be part of the night. Check for discounted tickets before making your purchase.

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Knotts Berry Farm Boysenberry Festival

Location: Knotts Berry Farm Theme Park

The festival will expand to run everyday for a full month from March 29 to April 28, every day. The festival is going to have over 75 boysenberry inspired dishes with a mix of savory dishes that weave in some boysenberry flavors and special desserts and drinks. There will be lots of live entertainment, boysenberry products from local crafters, and various boysenberry foods to take home. All the details about this year’s food and entertainment can be found at the Knott’s Boysenberry Festival website.

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Saturday, April 20

PAWSAPALOOZA Festival & Marketplace

Location: West Hollywood, CA

This family-friendly event is FREE ADMISSION and will open from 10:00am to 3:00pm. It will include a myriad of exhibitors featuring dog-friendly products and services, and activities for kids including carnival games, face painting, balloon art and more. A selection of food trucks will serve up a delectable variety of food choices and drinks. Other fun activities include a Canine Easter Costume Contest and Raffle.  But please remember to always pick up after your pets.

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32nd Annual Chinese Dance Festival

Location: San Gabriel Mission Playhouse

The American Chinese Dance Association presents their 32nd Annual Chinese Dance Festival, Saturday evening, April 20th at 7:00pm. For over 30 years, the American Chinese Dance Association has beautifully brought to life the regions of China through their dazzling costumes and captivating music. The minimum age requirement for attending the performance is 5 years old.

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Egg Bowl

Location: Rose Bowl

Celebrate spring by hopping your way through Pasadena’s 5th Annual Egg Bowl and Festival. Admission to the Egg Bowl and egg hunts is FREE. Come have an EGG-CELLENT time at the spring festival and enjoy fun for the whole family with fun games and activities. The Egg hunts and festival are scheduled to take place from 11:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.

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Sunday, April 21

Eggstravagent Easter Celebration

Location: The Queen Mary Long Beach

The Queen Mary Eggstravagant Easter Celebration returns on April 21 for a special afternoon that includes a Royal Easter Sunday Brunch, three egg hunts, a Bunny Bounce House, and much more. This is a family-friendly day with Easter Petting Zoo (with bunnies, ducks, guinea pigs, sheep and a mini pig!) as well as Easter Bunny Face Painting for kids. The champagne brunch takes place from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m and tickets are $69 and $79 with sparkling wine for adults and $24 for children.

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Easter Fest 2019

Location: Grand Hope Park, DTLA

Head to DTLA for the  11th Annual EasterFest 2019 at Grand Hope Park.
They will have Easter Egg Hunts (several based on age groups and with 20,000 eggs ready to be found), multiple Bounce Houses, Face-painting, Arts and Crafts, Games, Food and drinks, Popcorn, Music and more. A portion of the proceeds goes to help ministries in Skid Row helping homeless families and children.

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LA Clippers vs. Golden State Warriors

Location: Staple Center

Head to the Staples center for Round 1 of the Playoffs where the Clippers will take on the Golden State Warriors. This will be the Clippers forth Home Game as they attempt to dethrone the returning champions.

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LA Eats: Plant Based Treats in LA

As Angeleno’s it’s safe to say we are health fanatics (for the most part). From the Celery Juice cleanse to a new vegan spot popping up every month, options are endless. Instead of sifting through your plant-based options, we’ve narrowed down the top choices throughout LA. Whether you reside in the 90210 or 91604, we’ve got you covered. Celebrate this earth day with 100% plant-based bites courtesy of Mother Earth (*suitable for herbivores and carnivores alike).

 Sun Cafe

Location: 10820 Ventura Blvd., Studio City

Not only is the menu 100-percent plant-based and dairy-free, but nearly everything is made from scratch including the cheeses, chorizo, mayonnaise, and butter. Everyone raves about the nachos.

Orean’s The Health Express

Location: 817 N. Lake Ave., Pasadena

Located on Pasadena’s fast-food restaurant row, Orean’s The Health Express has been around since the late ‘80s. The 100-percent vegan menu boasts a shockingly good Philly cheese “steak” sandwich and chili cheeseburger. Wash it all down with a strawberry, vanilla, chocolate, cappuccino, chai, or peanut butter milkshake.

Au Lac

Location: 710 W. 1st St., Los Angeles

Head here for Vietnamese vegetarian fare by chef Mai Nguyen. Regulars sing high praises for the restaurant’s salt and pepper yam “shrimp” and garlic basil noodles. As a bonus, the restaurant is a short walk from the Walt Disney Concert Hall and perfect for a pre-show meal.

Doomie’s Home Cookin’

Location: 1253 Vine St. #9, Los Angeles

Vegan food doesn’t always have to be healthy. Consider Doomie’s menu of nachos, animal-style fries, bacon cheeseburgers, mac and cheese, and the Big D, the restaurant’s version of a Big Mac. Open since 2010, Doomie’s is a charming place to bring carnivores and herbivores alike.

Crossroads

Location: 8284 Melrose Ave., Los Angeles

At Crossroads on Melrose, chef Tal Ronnen is elevating vegan fare to an art form. The team has been turning out some of the most inventive and thoughtful meat-free food in Los Angeles since opening in 2013. Crossroads it not only a haven for vegetarian fine-diners, but for anyone curious about how delicious vegan food can be. Get the Artichoke Oysters and thank us later!

Gratitude

Location: 419 N. Canon Drive., Beverly Hills

The newest addition to the Café Gratitude family of restaurants is the upscale offshoot Gratitude Kitchen and Bar. The restaurant boats a breezy indoor/outdoor space and a crowd-pleasing menu. The best seat in the house is at the bar, where beverage director Jason Eisner makes cocktails using ingredients like turmeric and ginger.

Equelecua Cuban Cafe

Location: 1120 W. Florence Ave., Inglewood

Owner Caro Lafaurie and head chef Julito Ortega launched Equelecuá Cuban Cafe with the idea of bringing a plant-based approach to traditional Cuban food. For anyone that’s eaten Cuban food, this might seem impossible, but try the ropa viejaarroz con pollo, or Cubano sandwich for a pleasant surprise.

Sage Organic Vegan Bistro

Location: 4130 Sepulveda Blvd., Culver City

This size-able eatery in Culver City has a wide menu of vegan comfort fare, from bowls and wraps to salads and burgers. The chainlet boasts Echo Park and Pasadena outlets for anyone on the Eastside who needs their vegan fix.

Plant Food and Wine

Location: 1009 Abbot Kinney Blvd., Los Angeles

Matthew Kenney’s vegan restaurant is a stunner with one hell of a back patio. Good looking diners flock to the Abbot Kinney address regularly whether they’re refraining from meat or not.

Seabirds Kitchen

Location: 975 E. 4th Str., Long Beach

Seabirds Kitchen in Long Beach — or the original Costa Mesa outpost — produces fresh and hearty dishes like purple potato taquitos, grilled mushroom tacos, and a Korean-inspired jackfruit bibimbap bowl. It’s all served in Seabirds’ beachy dining room, which is less than a mile away from the ocean.