Southern California home prices increased 24.7% year-over-year in May

Real estate data company DQNews (formerly CoreLogic/DataQuick) reported that May existing home sales in their six county Southern California region Jumped over 100% from the number of sales last May. That surge is mostly related to a near stoppage in sales last May at the start of the pandemic.

The median price jumped 24.7% in the six county region. That marked the largest year-over-year median price ever recorded.

The county by county numbers were as follows: Los Angeles County recorded a 25% increase in the median price. Orange County recorded a 19.3% increase in the median price. San Bernardino County recorded a 16.8% increase in the median price. Riverside County recorded a 22.5% increase in the median price. Ventura County recorded a 20.9% increase in the median price. San Diego County recorded a 22.9% increase in the median price.

Weekend Events: June 25-27, 2021

Don’t miss out on all of the fun with this weekend’s events in Los Angeles, Beach Communities, SFV Valley, and Conejo Valley. Take your pick from the LGBTQ Center’s PRIDE Picnic in the Park to a Midsummer Festival in Agoura Hills. We have the top events in your area listed below.

Los Angeles

RECONNECTING: A Vision of Unity by Kengo Kito

weekend’s events in Los Angeles, Beach Communities, SFV Valley, and Conejo Valley

When: until September 6, 2021

Where: Japan House, Hollywood

What: Don’t miss the latest installation from artist Kengo Kito at Hollywood’s Japan House. The exhibit by the Japanese artist links 2,021 hoops from end to end for a site-specific marvel. The installation represents reconnecting with one another after a year spent largely in private circles.

Still Standing

weekend’s events in Los Angeles, Beach Communities, SFV Valley, and Conejo Valley

When: until June 25, 2021

Where: Neuehouse Hollywood

What: Have a well-deserved laugh at Neuehouse’s alfresco comedy club. The Friday night series includes a two-drink minimum (as always) with maximum laughter expected. Make sure to book a table in advance as this Friday’s show marks the last one of the year.

 

Los Angeles LGBT Center’s PRIDE PICNIC

weekend’s events in Los Angeles, Beach Communities, SFV Valley, and Conejo Valley

When: June 27, 2021

Where: Hollywood Forever, Los Angeles

What: It’s time to celebrate PRIDE together, in-person, socially distanced, and outside of course! Presented by the Los Angeles LGBT Center, PRIDE PICNIC takes place on the historic Fairbanks Lawn at Hollywood Forever. This fun evening under the stars features tunes by DJ Asha, surprise pop-up drag performances by Amber Crane, Greasy Bouffanti, Lauren Banall, and more! 

 

Beach Communities

3RD Annual Playreading Festival #ANOTHERNORMAL

weekend’s events in Los Angeles, Beach Communities, SFV Valley, and Conejo Valley

When: June 26-27, 2021

Where: Online | Santa Monica Repertory Theatre

What: Join the Santa Monica Repertory Theater for their 3rd Annual Playreading Festival, #anothernormal: plays written and directed by women. This year’s festival features three short plays in conversation with reality as we know it. No need to reserve tickets in advance as this event is virtual.

 

Flight of Voices @ Malibu Wines Hike + Outdoor Concert

weekend’s events in Los Angeles, Beach Communities, SFV Valley, and Conejo Valley

When: June 26, 2021

Where: Malibu Wines | Malibu

What: Don’t miss a truly unforgettable concert experience, featuring incredible Grammy Award-winning artists and musicians at a private, Malibu vineyard. Flight of Voices begins with professional hiking guides leading you through Saddlerock Ranch. After the hike is a 1.5-mile loop that culminates in an intimate hour acoustic performance by Flight of Voices. Spend an afternoon with the perfect combination of mesmerizing nature and outstanding live music! Guests also receive a bottle of wine to go at the end of the tour. 

 

Rooftop Cinema Club El Segundo Presents: Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone

weekend’s events in Los Angeles, Beach Communities, SFV Valley, and Conejo Valley

When: June 27, 2021

Where: 1310 E Franklin Ave, El Segundo

What: Relive the magic of Harry Potter for this weekend’s screening of the Sorcerors Stone.

When an orphaned boy enrolls in a school of wizardry, where he learns the truth about himself, his family, and the terrible evil that haunts the magical world. Join Rooftop Cinema for flicks under the stars as they celebrate 10 years of entertaining the community. Advance ticket purchase is recommended.

 

SFV Valley

Nova Miller Live @ Beignet Box

When: June 26, 2021

Where: Beignet Box | Studio City

What: If you love music and Beignet’s you won’t want to miss out on this weekend’s exciting fan event. Viral Swedish pop sensation Nova Miller teams up with Christina Millian’s Beignet Box for a night of Summer fun. This FREE event features music and your pick of these New Orleans staple sweet treats.

 

Electric Dusk Drive-In Presents: Grease

When: June 26, 2021

Where: 236 N. Central Ave., Glendale

What: It’s Grease Lightening at this weekend’s Electric Dusk showing. Join LA’s longest-running Pop-Up Drive-In now in Glendale! Saturday’s screening will get you in the grove with an evening showing of the cult classic, ‘Grease’. See outdoor movies inside or outside your car, enjoy delicious food and great times!

 

The Great LA River CleanUp: Sepulveda Basin South Reserve

When: June 26, 2021

Where: 15520 Burbank Blvd., Van Nuys

What: Give back this weekend and join FoLAR and partners for a series of small, in-person cleanups to protect our watershed and urban waterways. Together, you’ll make a collective impact and do your part to tend to the vibrant urban ecosystems that thrive throughout Los Angeles and the Valley.

 

Conejo Valley

Simi Valley Summer Concert Series

When: June 26, 2021

Where: 1555 Simi Town Center Way., Simi Valley

What: Take in the tunes at Simi Valley Town Center as they host their Summer Series. This Saturday features two performances. The Vinyl Gypsies will be performing at Center Court and The Balance will perform at The Koi Pond.

 

100th Midsummer Festival

When: June 27, 2021

Where: Vasa Park | Agoura Hills

What: Enjoy this Swedish celebration of summer in Agoura Hills. Put on by the Swedish American Central Association of SoCal is their 100th Midsummer Festival. The event will feature vendors, children’s games, and fun attractions. 

Valley Cultural Foundation’s Concerts Presents R&B Emerging Artists

When: June 27, 2021 

Where: Lou Bredlow Pavilion | Woodland Hills

What: The Valley Cultural Foundation’s concert series returns with this weekend’s R&B Emerging Artists. The free event is open to the public and takes place in the beautiful Lou Bredlow Pavilion. Enjoy a late afternoon picnic with family and friends as you take in the sounds of talented upcoming artists. Sunday’s concert will feature, Terrell Edwards, Brittney Crush, and AV!VA.

May 2021 U.S. Existing-Home Sales Report

The National Association of Realtors reported that existing home sales jumped 44.6% from the number of homes sold last May. Existing home sales include all single family, condominium, co-op, and townhomes.

The median price paid for a home in May was $350,300, up 23.6% from last May’s median price of $283,500. There are now 111 straight months of year-over-year increases in the median price.

The unsold inventory level is at a 2.5-month supply, down from a 4.6-month supply one year ago. Inventory was up slightly month-over-month from April when there was a 2.4 month supply. The supply of homes is simply the number of sales in the month divided by the number of homes for sale at the end of the month.

First time buyers accounted for 31% of all purchases. Second-home and investor purchases accounted for 17% of all homes sold. Foreclosures and short sales accounted for less than 1% of all homes sold. All cash purchases accounted for 23% of all transactions.

LA Eats of the Week: June 21- 27

Change up your dining routine with this week’s top restaurants around town in our weekly edition of LA Eats.

Los Angeles

Menya Tigre

top restaurants

Location: 2012 Sawtelle Blvd, Los Angeles

For Angeleno’s that love curry ramen, you are in luck at Menya Tigre. The restaurant combines Japanese-style curry with ever-popular ramen for a truly delicious meal. Whether you are dining for lunch or dinner, this is one of the top restaurants for this rich and spicy Japanese-style meal.

Ditroit

top restaurants

Location: 2117 Violet St, Los Angeles

There is truly no shortage of tasty taco options in LA, making Ditroit a must for this week’s list. Located DTLA, Chef Olvera’s delicious taqueria offers fish machaca flauta, fresh ceviche, and a number of other foodie favorites. Enjoy micheladas and spiked horchatas with your meal for an added kick. 

Caravan Swim Club

top restaurants

Location: 8639 Lincoln Blvd, Los Angeles

The Caravan Swim Club joins a growing list of new gems to arise out of the year that was 2020. The all-outdoor poolside restaurant at the new Hotel June is quintessential California. The menu offers coastal Cali favorites like ceviche, uni tostadas, oysters, and updated takes on cauliflower nachos, and a carne asada torta. Make your way to one of West LA’s top restaurants for outdoor dining and delicious food.

Beach Communities

Neptune’s Net

Location: 42505 CA-1, Malibu

For superbly fresh seafood and relaxed, casual dining, look no further than Neptune’s Net in Malibu. Perched alongside CA-1, this seaside stop is a seafood lover’s dream and LA staple. So much so that it’s also considered a Hollywood star, appearing in films like Fast and Furious and Iron Man 3. Enjoy fresh lobster, shrimp tacos, and more at this oceanfront restaurant amongst the bluffs.

The Rose Venice

Location: 220 Rose Ave, Venice

An iconic restaurant in the heart of Venice, The Rose offers lofty, boho-chic all-day dining with a California spin. From the Grilled Cauliflower T-Bone to the Butcher’s Board, every menu item is as good as the next. The restaurant set up is also perfect for every type of diner. From those needing a new spot to work and dine to a night out, The Rose works seamlessly to please every patron.

Little Coyote

top restaurants

Location: 2118 E 4th St, Long Beach

Don’t let appearances fool you when it comes to Little Coyote in Long Beach. The pizzeria may seem like any other pizza joint in town until you take one bite into a slice of their pie. The casual eatery is one of Long Beach’s top restaurants for true New York-style pizza. With buttery crust and an array of fresh toppings, consider a visit here your well-deserved cheat day.

 

SFV Valley

Din Tai Fung

top restaurants

Location: 177 Caruso Ave, Glendale | The American at Brand

When it comes to Taiwanese cuisine, Din Tai Fung is not just notable; it is incomparable. Hailed by The New York Times as “one of the top ten restaurants in the world,” the restaurant offers locations in both the Valley and LA. The fine dining establishment is famed for its traditional steamed and soup dumplings, and it’s easy to see why. For Chinese delicacies that go above and beyond delicious, look no further than Din Tai Fung.

Dan’s Super Subs

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Location: 22446 Ventura Blvd, Woodland Hills

Woodland Hills locals know Dan’s is a staple and a must when it comes to top restaurants for delicious subs. The sub shop has been serving their super subs for over 40 years and counting. From the LA Street, Pastrami made with Homemade Baja sauce to the tasty and light Greekfest; these subs are “deliciousness” in every bite.

Conejo Valley

Coin & Candor

Location: 2 Dole Dr, Westlake Village

Located in the stunning Four Seasons Hotel in Westlake Village, Coin & Candor is a California Brasserie with unique wood-fired food. Ingredients for the restaurant’s forward-thinking menu are locally sourced. Choose from tasty brunch options like Chicken and Waffles to all-day dining choices like the Baja California red Snapper. However you choose, you’ll be glad you indulged at this Westlake Village restaurant.

Noi Due

top restaurants

Location: 29020 Agoura Rd, Agoura Hills

If you have not made your way to Noi Due in Agoura Hills, you are overdue for a visit. The authentic Italian trattoria offers fantastic dishes like the Pappardelle ai Funghi and Risotto al Nero di Seppia. For a ‘molto buona’ meal and one of the top restaurants in the area, we recommend Noi Due.

Holdren’s

Location: 1714-A, Newbury Rd, Newbury Park

An award-winning restaurant in Newbury Park, Holdren’s offers Steaks, seafood & American cuisine in a modern setting. Indulge yourself with the “cowboy Cut”, Holdren’s Signature steak, or venture seaside with Macadamia Nut Crusted Halibut. The steakhouse is open for lunch and dinner, making it perfect for any occasion.

The Best Bike Trails in LA

There’s so much to see in and around LA. From mountain hikes to scenic drives, your options for taking in the sites are endless. So if you happen to want to site see while getting in a good workout, then biking is the best route for you. That’s why in this week’s Out & About, we are sharing the best bike trails in LA so you can cruise easy.

Griffith Park Loops

If you happen to be familiar with Griffith Park’s hiking trail, like everyone in LA, then you may know they have bike trails too. If you didn’t know, now you know, so let’s break down why we love this bike path. With its mix of native chaparral and landscaping, the Griffith park loops make it easy to forget you live in the bustle of LA. If you want a flat ride, stick to the L.A. River Bike Path. For those wanting a challenge, the Crystal Springs Drive provides just enough elevation. Lastly, if you want a real challenge then gear up for the Mt. Hollywood Drive climb.

Shoreline Pedestrian Bike Path

What better way is there to take in the sea breeze than with a ride along its shore? Long Beach’s Shoreline Bike Path makes for an excellent ride if the name didn’t give it away. The town’s Shoreline Village cuts through the LB’s beachfront, taking you past the Long Beach Museum of Art and other local sites. The path comes to an end around Bay Shore Avenue and right up to the entrance of the scenic Naples canals.

L.A. River Bikeway

When living in LA, one might forget about the LA River and, likewise, the LA River Bikeway. Well, this is your reminder about LA River’s 51 miles of paved paths and subsequent bike trails. While they are not all connected and range in size, the ride is worth it. Following along the LA River, your journey can range from Canoga Park to the Port of L.A. What most riders opt for would be the Glendale Narrows/Elysian Valley Bicycle Path. A go-to for frequent bikers, the paths cut through the trendy area of Frogtown. This particular path runs from Victory Boulevard and Riverside Drive to Elysian Valley’s Egret Park.

Chandler Bikeway

What was once railroad tracks serves tracks of a different kind these days. The Chandler Bikeway in Burbank become a local bike path in 2004 and has been a go-to ever since. For bike trails in town, this path is slightly shorter than most but equally enjoyable. The Chandler Bikeway covers a couple of miles of Chandler Boulevard, stretching from Mariposa Street to the North Hollywood Metro stop. While the art along the way adds a spark for the eye, it’s the view of the path of the Verdugo Mountains that make it a standout.

Marvin Braude Bike Trail

Last but certainly not least is one of the most known bike trails in town. The Marvin Braude Bike Trail stretches 22-miles of a bicycle path along L.A.’s coastline. Beginning at Will Rogers State Beach, you’ll cruise along with bustling Santa Monica and trendy Venice. From there, you’ll swing through the swanky seascape of Manhattan Beach before ending at Torrance County Beach.

California home prices reach a new all time high again in May

California home prices reach a new all time high again in May

The California Association of Realtors reported that existing home sales totaled 445,680 on a seasonally adjusted annualized rate in May. That marked a month-over-month decrease of 2.7% from the near record number of homes sold in April. Year-over-year the number of sales were up 86.7% from last May when home sales dropped due to the pandemic.

The median price paid for an existing home in May was $818,260, up  from April’s $813,980 median price. Year-over-year the median price increased 39.1% from last May when the median price was $588,070. May marked the highest year-over year gain in prices ever recorded, and the second straight month of year-over-year gains of over 30% in the median price, also a record.

The California Association of Realtors tracks inventory levels based on how many months it would take to sell the active listings in all MLS systems at the current sales level. There was a 1.8 month supply of homes for sale in May, up from 1.6 months in April. There was a 3.2 month supply of homes for sale last May.

The average 30-year fixed mortgage rate in May was 2.96%,down from 3.16% in May 2020

Below are median price and sales data by county.

Weekend Events: June 18-20

With CA fully reopening, there’s no shortage of fun to be found. Check out our guide for this weekend’s events in LA, the Westside, and the Valley. From Father’s Day to Pride and Juneteenth, there are plenty of reasons to celebrate the weekend.

Los Angeles

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Bingo Under the Stars

When: June 18, 2021

Where: The Grove, Fairfax District

What: Do you love Bingo, *NYSYNC, and the Backstreet Boys? Well, you’re in luck! This Friday, The Grove is bringing together members of everyone’s favorite OG boy bands for a charity game of Bingo. Don’t miss out on this fun evening in support of Pride and the LGBTQIA+ community. Advance ticket purchase required. Must be 21+ with a valid ID.

UNIFEST

When: June 19, 2021

Where: YMCA, Baldwin Hills

What: Celebrate Juneteenth at the Crenshaw Family YMCA. Peruse a BIPOC market, dive into a dance class and take part in yoga flow at this Baldwin Hills block party. This Juneteenth event features a 5k with Run Good LA and even a wellness-minded kids fair from Yoga Little. The event is free and open to the public. For more LA Juneteenth events, click here.

Andy Warhol Photo Factory

When: Until July 9, 2021

Where: NeueHouse, Hollywood

What: Travel back to 1960’s New York with this collection of Andy Warhol photographs. The exhibit pays homage to his famed studio, the Factory, with 120 images on display, including ultra-rare images. The photographs range in categories from Polaroid collages for magazines to 16mm tests. 

Westside and Beach Communities

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Marina Drive-In Presents Iron Man

When: June 19, 2021 @ 8:00 PM

Where: Parking Lot #2 Public Boat Launch, Marina Del Rey

What: Catch the fan-favorite Marvel flick, ‘Iron Man’ this Saturday in Marina Del Rey. Marina Drive-In movies provide old-school entertainment in the comfort of your own car. Each Saturday showing provides two film options with advance ticket purchase recommended. 

Cat-O-Rama: Adoption Event

When: June 19, 2021

Where: Wallis Annenberg PetSpace, Malibu

What: Don’t miss out on the purr-fect chance to adopt a new cat or kitten. This Saturday, the Wallis Annenberg PetSpace will have adoptable cats on a first-come, first-serve basis. All Cat-O-Rama adoptions include a Basepaws Cat Dental Health Test in each adoption kit. Free food and drinks will be provided.

Native Garden Maintenance: Spring and Summer Tasks

When: June 19, 2021

Where: King Gillette Ranch, Calabasas

What: Calling ALL plant parents! et in touch with nature this weekend. Join the Santa Monica Mountain Fund at the beautiful King Gillette Ranch. This 3-hour hands-on class will cover the do’s and don’ts of late Spring and Summer native garden maintenance. 

SFV and Conejo Valley

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Movies in the Park Presents Moana

When: June 19, 2021@ 7:00 PM

Where: Arroyo Vista Park, Moorpark

What: Enjoy the Disney Favorite and Oscar-nominated film Moana at Arroyo Vista Park this Saturday! Advance ticket purchase will be required for attendees at $5 per family. Be sure to bring your own chairs and blankets for a comfortable outdoor movie experience. Food vendors will be on-site for the weekend event. 

Children’s Garden Dedication

When: June 19, 2021 @ 11:00 Am

Where: Museum of Venture County, Ventura

Where: Join the Museum of Ventura County in the Boroughs Children’s Garden this Saturday. The Children’s Garden celebration will feature local artist MB Hanrahan’s new Chumash Village mural. There will be live music, hands-on activities for the entire family, and much more. Admission is free.

Father’s Day Car Show

When: June 20, 2021 @ 10:00am

Where: Harbor View Park, Oxnard

What: Dads can celebrate their special day at the Father’s Day Car Show waterside at Channel Islands Harbor. The event features an eclectic mix of custom cars, hot rods, and classics. In addition to the classic cars, guests can enjoy a vendor silent auction, musical entertainment, and a 50/50 prize raffle. Free admission.

City Cinemas Presents The Goonies

When: June 18-19, 2021 @ 8:30 PM

Where: East Walker Ranch, Santa Clarita

What: City Cinemas, a drive-in movie experience takes place in one of the City’s beautiful open spaces on the third weekend of each month. This weekend features the cult classic film ‘The Goonies’. A limited number of tickets are available and advance registration is recommended.

Body & Brain Yoga 25th Anniversary Wellness Fest

When: June 19-20, 2021

Where: Body & Brain Yoga Tai Chi, Burbank

What: Find your zen and celebrate 25 years of flow with Body & Brain Yoga Tai Chi for their anniversary wellness fest. Join classes and get calm with yoga, tai chi, qi gong, meditation classes, and more!

Out & About: Your Farmer’s Market Guide

There is no better destination than one of LA’s many, many Farmer’s Markets when it comes to getting fresh produce. From Beverly Hills to Santa Monica, Studio City, and beyond, there is a bounty of markets to choose from throughout the week. Check out our farmer’s market guide for this week’s Out & About.

Los Angeles Farmer’s Market Guide

Hollywood Farmers Market

Most people don’t come to Hollywood for the fresh produce, but you can if you happen to be local or near the area. Taking place every Sunday from 8am to 1pm, rain or shine, Hollywood’s farmer’s market has a lot to offer. The market includes over 70 farmers and artisans, with live music and other pop-up surprises on occasion. The Hollywood Farmer’s Market was also one of the first farmers’ markets to start up in California. 

Silver Lake Farmers Market

Most Angeleno’s know that Silver Lake has a bounty of artisan items from street corner to street corner. That’s why it should come as no surprise that the neighborhood market is the place to be while you peruse produce. If you do venture to the Silver Lake farmers market, you’ll have no shortage of fantastic vintage clothing finds and jewelry stands. Highlights beyond the fashion digs include delicious mason-jarred goat cheese and amazing citrus vendors.

Westside Farmer’s Market Guide

Beverly Hills Farmers Market

If you’re looking for a quality community farmers market, the Beverly Hills market offers just that. From music performances from the local school band to food options that are quintessential 90210, stop by on any given Sunday. If you’re hungry, you can’t go wrong with the French Crepe Kettle Corn stand. As far as produce goes, more than 60 vendors typically take up the stretch between Third Street and Santa Monica Boulevard. What’s even better? They have a Kids Zone that perfect for even the littlest shopper with pony rides and a petting zoo. While some activities were halted due to the pandemic, you can still expect some measure of fun at BH’s beloved farmers market.

Santa Monica Farmers Market

Shopping for produce by the sea? Yes, please. The Santa Monica Farmers Market is a go-to choice for local chefs, thanks to its bounty of fresh produce and items. Open on Wednesdays and Saturdays; you’ll find plenty of options at this market located along Arizona Avenue. Enjoy your grocery stroll while taking in the nearby air and ambiance of the sea. Just don’t forget to take advantage of Santa Monica’s free parking for the first 90 minutes. Because who doesn’t love free or reduced-priced parking? 

Brentwood Farmers Market

One of the great things about this farmers market, besides being wide open and spacious, is the variety of items you’ll find. The Brentwood Farmers Market has no shortage of stunning fresh flowers and produce. Located south of San Vicente Boulevard, the market has become a staple for area locals as a Sunday activity. 

Valley Farmer’s Market Guide

Studio City Farmer’s Market

If you happen to be a foodie, the Studio City Farmer’s Market happens to be the place for you. Set up right along Ventura Place every Sunday from 8 am to 1 pm, the market has become a must for food-lovers around town. From slices of Margherita pizza courtesy of Olive Wood Pizza to the gluten-free bakery, there’s something for everyone. Even if you are not hungry, you’ll have an easy time picking up groceries with their array of fresh options.

Altadena Farmer’s Market

If you can make your way to Loma Alta Park, you’ll find dozens of booths with plenty of local produce and finds from creative artisans. The Altadena Farmer’s Market takes place every Wednesday late afternoon and evening. Enjoy delicious finds like locally raised meats and handmade charcuterie at this valley staple. 

Burbank Certified Farmers market

While the Burbank Certified Farmers’ Market is smaller than those mentioned above, it makes up for its size in quality offerings. Literally, all of the produce they offer is certified California-grown. From delicious artichokes and avocados, fresh cheeses for fresh cheeses, they’ve got it all.

LA Eats: May 31 – June 6

If you are hungry for something different in LA’s plethora of cuisine options, we have you covered. With as many restaurants as there are Bird scooters, we’ve decided to simplify your choices of the week by dishing out the best places to grab a bite, from power lunches to elegant fare. Read below for our delicious spots throughout L.A., the Westside, and the Valley of great restaurants.

Los Angeles

The V Tree Silverlake

great restaurants

Location: 3515 W Sunset Blvd  Los Angeles Ca 90026

If you’re looking for vegan food that’s full of heart and soul, look no further than The V Tree. There are many great restaurants in LA, but The V Tree offers something different. The plant-based food comes curated by celebrity chef, Chef Velvet and you can taste the difference. The restaurant offers a rich cultural experience with entrees like the Bourban Baked Ribz that are unbelievably delicious and meat-free.

Gigi’s

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Location: 904 N Sycamore Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90038

With the superb ambiance of a chic New York hotel bar tucked away on Sycamore Avenue, you’ll find Gigi’s. The elegant establishment opened last year and has maintained its spot as one of the best restaurants to join Hollywood’s burgeoning restaurant scene. For drinks, the La Parisienne cocktail will quench your thirst. The glass is a mixture of clementine vodka, vermouth rouge, pomegranate, grapefruit, balsamic, and dehydrated kalamata olive. For food, everything on the menu is delicious, but you can’t go wrong with the seafood tower of Regiis Ova caviar.

Daybird

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Location: 240 N Virgil Ave Suite 5, Los Angeles, CA 90004

Taking it down a scale to something more casual, Daybird serves as the perfect spot for lunch or dinner to go. The Silverlake eatery serves tasty chicken similar to Taiwanese-style Hot Star chicken, but even juicier. From chicken tenders to sandwiches, you can keep yours mild or take it up to extreme spiciness.

Westside/Beach Communities

The Draycott

Location: 15255 Palisades Village Ln, Pacific Palisades, CA 90272

If you have yet to venture to the Caruso’s Palisades Village, The Draycott will give you every reason to plan a visit. The family-friendly brasserie is not only one of the best restaurants in the area; it’s also an incredibly stylish one. Offering Brunch, Lunch, and Dinner, you’ll find plenty of California-inspired dishes to choose from. 

Pasjoli

Location: 2732 Main St, Santa Monica, CA 90405

An elevated French restaurant from award-winning chef Dave Beran, Pasjoli pays homage to French cuisine. Enjoy dishes like table-side pressed duck and lightly-cooked scallop in a caviar beurre blanc. The food proves to be as elegant as the restaurant itself.

Nobu

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Location: 22706 Pacific Coast Hwy, Malibu, CA 90265

What dining list would be complete without one of the best restaurants in town? Nobu not only serves up sushi that’s truly hard to compete with, but the oceanside views are also unlike anything else. Iron Chef Nobu Matsuhisa’s Japanese delicacies are beloved, making Nobu a constant go-to for a seaside favorite. Just make sure you book in advance, as the restaurant is busy 99% of the time.

The Valley

Raffi’s Place

great restaurants

Location: 211 E Broadway, Glendale, CA 91205

Receiving a Michelin Plate Rating in 2019, it comes as no surprise that Raffi’s Place lands on our list as another one of the best restaurants in the valley. The restaurant opened in 1993 and has been a go-to for authentic and delicious Middle Eastern cuisine. The Koobideh (Luleh Kabob) is a menu favorite, with quality ground beef that has been charred to perfection. Either way, whichever item you choose on the menu, you’ll enjoy your meal at Raffi’s Place.

 

King’s Burgers / Got Sushi?

Location: 9345 Reseda Blvd, Northridge, CA 91324

We know what you’re thinking. Sushi and Burgers? What may sound strange has become one of the best restaurants in Northridge for casual dining with fantastic food. The burgers are as good as you’d expect. For sushi from the counter, you can’t go wrong with the salmon belly with caviar and onions. 

Mom Can Cook

Location: 18358 Soledad Canyon Rd, Santa Clarita, CA 91387

Santa Clarita’s Mom Can Cook offers regional Thai home cooking served in a warm, family-owned spot. At Mom Can Cook you’ll find a welcoming atmosphere and truly delicious food. We recommend the Siamese Northern Style Noodles or the Mom’s Special Pad Thai.

Brent’s Deli

Location: 19565 Parthenia St, Northridge, CA 91324

When it comes to living in L.A. there are certain eateries that are a must before you can be considered a local. Brent’s Deli in Northridge is one of them and one of the best restaurants for a pastrami valley-wide. The deli has been a staple since the ’60s and rightly so. Order the black pastrami Reuben and thank us later.

Sushi Note

Location: 13447 Ventura Blvd, Sherman Oaks, CA 91423

Something that Sherman’s Oaks is never short of, is great restaurants. And so is the case for Sushi Note. Head Chef Kiminobu Saito offers thoughtful sushi creations that bring pure joy to this classic cuisine. Enjoy Japanese market fish like the Tai Yuzu, made with red snapper, yuzu, rocoto paste, pink peppercorn. The entire menu at Sushi Note is noteworthy.

Out & About: Fall in Love with LA’s Best Waterfalls

One of the great things about California is its varying weather. That’s why it is the perfect time of the year for nature hikes. In this week’s blog, we are sharing LA’s best waterfalls that are worth the trek. Read our Out & About and take some time to reconnect with nature!

  1. Escondido Falls

best waterfalls

Location: Santa Monica Mountains, Malibu

The Santa Monica Mountain valley has some of the best that nature has to offer in So-Cal. With that in mind, it’s no wonder Escondido Falls lands at the top of our best waterfalls list. Take a stroll along the parks winding creek, and you’ll find inviting oak trees, flowers, and butterflies. Beyond this being a beautiful trail, the waterfall itself provides a breathtaking experience. Rolling along a mossy green rock wall, you’ll find the main attraction, Escondido Falls. Take in the tranquil sound of falling water that breaths life into the surrounding bountiful greenery.

  1. Millard Canyon Falls

best waterfalls

Location: Altadena

If you want a hike that’s equal parts short and enjoyable, you’ll find that at Millard Canyon Falls. On this abbreviated hike, you’ll be guided along a beautiful stream that leads to the location of the waterfall. Another bonus about this trail, besides the 1.5 miles it takes to reach the falls, is how easy it is to do with kids. At Millard Canyon Falls, you’ll have the perfect family outting.

  1. Solstice Canyon Falls

best waterfalls

Location: Malibu

This 2.1-mile hike is another nature trek fit for the entire family. What is unique about Solstice Canyon Falls is not just the waterfalls but the land itself. The park includes two notable and now abandoned homes that visitors often flock to. The first home (what’s left of it) is the Keller House built entirely of stone and belonged to the original canyon owners. Paul Williams built the second home along the trail for grocery store magnate Fred Roberts. The home itself was destroyed in the 1982 canyon fire, but what’s left still provides an exciting glimpse it what was once there. At Solstice Canyon Falls, you’ll find all of the elements of nature you could want on your journey to the park’s 30-foot falls. 

  1. Sturtevant Falls

best waterfalls

Location: Sierra Madre

If you seek a break from the urban jungle, you’ll find a worthy escape at Sturtevant Falls. The hike is about 3.5 miles, beginning at the Chantry Flats trailhead in the vast Angeles National Forest. You will be amongst all that nature has to offer during your trek, from stunning foliage to wildlife nestled amongst the forest trees. There are a few obstacles along this trail, like inclines and stream crossings, so wear your best hiking boots. Once you’ve gotten through these short hurdles, you will be mystified by the 50-foot Sturtevant Falls, which delicately flows into an inviting circular.

  1. Paradise Falls

Location: Thousand Oaks

This hidden gem in the valley makes for a perfect daytime outting. Consisting of four different paths, you’ll find the Moonridge Trail, Tepee Trail, Wildwood Canyon Trail, and Indian Cave Trail. This trek includes stunning views of the Arroyo Conejo canyon that you’ll enjoy on your way to Paradise Falls, an impressive 40-foot cascade. Enjoy your lunch at the Wildwood Canyon Trail before approaching the Indian Cave Trail in half a mile. This trail includes some interesting history due to its tunnel. Park officials believe it was once used by Chumash Indians. Also, if you happen to love birds, you’ll get the chance to spot some stunning one’s on this hike, especially during migration season.