Events: Sports Edition

Sports are coming back into full swing! Check out some fun (and mighty competitive) games to check out!

Dodger’s Opening Day

Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images

When: April 1, 2021  Location: Coors Field — Denver, Colorado
Live stream: fuboTV | TV: ESPN

The Los Angeles Dodgers and Colorado Rockies will kick off their 2021 seasons at Coors Field on April 1. The reigning World Series champion Dodgers enter the year looking for their ninth consecutive NL West title, while the Rockies are looking to avoid falling into their third straight losing season.

Check out the rest of the opening day schedule, here!

 

NCAA Basketball Tournament: UCLA v Gonzaga Bulldogs

When: April 3, 2021 Location: Indianapolis, Indiana

Live stream: fuboTV | TV: ESPN

In the final four, UCLA will take on the undefeated Gonzaga Bulldogs who are favored by 15 points. Grab some popcorn and sit at the edge of your seat as you watch this game on Saturday!

 

LA Kings Season In Full Swing

When: April 16, 2021 Location: Denver, Colorado

Live stream: fuboTV | TV: ESPN

The hockey season is in full swing and next up is LA Kings versus the Colorado Avalanche teams in Denver, Colorado! Watch the games live on TV or stream through fuboTV!

Streaming: April New Releases

Check out these new releases in April. From the incredibly long-awaited season 4 of Handmaid’s Tale to Dolly Parton’s MusicCares Tribute, we have you covered in all things streaming.

Dolly Parton: A MusicCares Tribute

Where to Watch: Netflix

In a star-studded evening of music and memories, a community of iconic performers honors Dolly Parton as the MusiCares Person of the Year.

The Mosquito Coast

Where to Watch: Apple TV+

Adapted from the bestselling novel of the same name, this gripping drama follows the dangerous journey of a radical idealist and brilliant inventor, Allie Fox (Justin Theroux), who uproots his family for Mexico when they suddenly find themselves on the run from the US government.

Moneyball

Where to Watch: Amazon Prime

Frustrated that his baseball team can’t afford big-money players, the Oakland A’s general manager, Billy Beane, bets on a bold new strategy to change the game in this sports history drama.

The Handmaid’s Tale, Season 4

Where to Watch: Hulu

June (Elisabeth Moss) is a fierce rebel leader who strikes back at Gilead. But with risks come new and dangerous challenges in the hit Hulu series that starts streaming in April.

LA & Valley Eats: The Best Desserts

In today’s LA & Valley Eats, we’ve rounded up the absolute best desserts in Los Angeles. Do whatever you need to in order to make sure you have this list handy the next time an unexpected, sugar-coated craving comes along!

 

ICDC

7454 1/2 Beverly Blvd

Los Angeles, CA 90036

Yes, the doughnuts are delicious (especially the signature ICDC, a salted caramel doughnut topped with vanilla ice cream and finished with a shot of espresso poured over). But for our money, the chilled coffee float at this colorful hot spot is absolutely the way to go.

 

Cast & Plow

4375 Admiralty Way, 

Marina Del Rey, CA 90292

If you’re in the mood for some campfire nostalgia, look no further than Cast & Plow’s chilled S’mores concoction. We hate to say this, but we think it’s actually better than the real thing.

 

Copenhagen Pastry

11113 Washington Blvd

Culver City, CA 90232

This Culver City spot serves up authentic Danish pastries that are as light and fluffy as they come. Trust us, you’ll never settle for the Starbucks version ever again.

 

Forage

3823 Sunset Blvd

Los Angeles, CA 90026

Have you ever wished for a massive Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup? Well, it exists, and it’s served at Forage. Trust, this one is next level.

 

Porto’s Bakery

3614 W. Magnolia Blvd., 

Burbank, CA 91505

What started as a simple love of baking for Rosa Porto in a seaside town in Cuba turned into a 20,000-square foot catering facility in Los Angeles. Porto’s is a go-to for Cuban-style desserts, cakes, mousses, and just about anything else your sweet tooth is craving.

 

Carrara Pastries

28914 Roadside Dr Ste 107 

Agoura Hills, CA 91301

At Carrara’s, they believe that each and every one of their desserts represents who they are. They use only the finest and freshest ingredients to adhere to this standard so that they may deliver you an outstanding product that not only you, your friends, and your family will enjoy, but also something that they are proud of.

Home Tips: Home Hacks That Will Change Your Life

The more time you spend at home, the more problems you notice about your space. That tiny pile of clutter suddenly seems like a mountain; those dusty surfaces suddenly all you can think about. Luckily, you don’t have to spend all of your time cleaning to get your home pristine. With these easy home tips, you can get your home more organized, more efficient, and cleaner in no time—and keep it that way.

 

Tip #1: Have a “no shoes in the house” rule.

Instead of walking through your home wearing dirty shoes, giving you yet another thing to clean up, make sure to kick off your kicks at the front door. It’s particularly important for homes with wall-to-wall carpeting or rugs, which require a more involved cleaning process than hardwoods or tile.

 

Tip #2: Create a cleaning schedule.

If you find that you never seem to have time to clean your house, put it on your calendar and make it a standing event. Plan out your to-do list in sections of daily, weekly, and monthly chores to outline what needs to be done first.

 

Tip #3: Use a squeegee after you shower.

Want to keep your bathroom cleaner without spending hours scrubbing? Then it’s time to break out the squeegee. The mineral content of the shower water settles on the tiles, walls, and glass over time leaving hard-to-clean spots if you don’t wipe them away while they’re still wet. We suggest keeping your squeegee stored on a hook inside the shower

 

Tip #4: Put things away immediately instead of putting them down.

Instead of coming home and immediately setting your phone, wallet, and keys on the kitchen table, put things away where they go. If you can make that part of your daily routine, that’s a huge game-changer.

 

Tip #5: Give yourself the 20-minute test.

If you can’t neaten up a room in 20 minutes or less, you’ve likely got too much stuff in it. Set a stopwatch, time your clean-up, and if you’ve still got clutter once the clock runs out, it’s time to start giving things away or tossing them.

LA & Valley Eats: Food Critic Top Picks

Check out these top restaurants that the local Los Angeles and Valley food critics are saying are the places to pick up from.

Broad Street Oyster Company

Where: 23359 CA-1 #3874A Malibu, CA 90265
Telephone: (424) 644-0131

Broad Street Oyster Co. has emerged as one of the best restaurants during the pandemic, owing in no small part to the Malibu destination and drive-thru capabilities. Still, it’s hard (pandemic or not) to find laid-back seafood shack-style eats this great in Los Angeles, including what may be LA’s best lobster roll.

Pizzana

Where: 11712 San Vicente Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90049
Telephone: (310) 481-7108

LA’s pizza game has been very strong lately, and this casual Brentwood restaurant takes the artform to new heights thanks to its detailed approach to Neapolitan pizza. But unlike many other pizza specialists, Pizzana isn’t afraid to play around with the medium, incorporating new techniques and flavor combinations that reflect the diversity of LA. Open for takeout and delivery.

Gish Bac

Where: 4163 W Washington Blvd Los Angeles, CA 90018
Telephone: (323) 737-5050

There are a bevy of excellent Oaxacan restaurants in Los Angeles thanks to influx of settlers from the 1990s, and Gish Bac might be the best of the bunch thanks to the work of chef and owner Maria Ramos. This Mid-City classic serves a bit of everything from Oaxaca, including a great tlayuda and delicious torta, but the star of the show is the goat barbacoa enchilada, slow cooked for five hours in guajillo chiles. Truly one of LA’s best regional Mexican restaurants. Everything is available for takeout and delivery.

Asanebo

Where: 11941 Ventura Blvd Studio City, CA 91604
Telephone: (818) 760-3348

During the pandemic, the only thing missing from the Asanebo experience is chef Tetsuya Nakao’s impeccable attention to detail and service. He’s still cranking out those unique specialties, and many that are perfect for take-out — although most won’t make it past sitting in the parking lot. Order the seafood sticks, halibut yuzu, and the beautiful toro carpaccio. —Mona Holmes

Mizlala

Where: 4515 Sepulveda Blvd Sherman Oaks, CA 91403
Telephone: (818) 783-6698

Danny Elmaleh and wife Justine opened this Middle Eastern restaurant in an unexpected Sherman Oaks slot serving reasonably priced small plates that display a wealth of flavor and cooking technique. The neighborhood has discovered the place too, with packed tables on many nights in the rather small space. It all adds to the charm, with Greek salad, falafel, hummus, and lamb shawarma as the menu highlights. The West Adams location has a smaller, more casual menu that excels nonetheless. Both are open for takeout and delivery.

Joy

Where: 5100 York Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90042
Telephone: (323) 999-7642

Pine & Crane founder Vivian Ku has another casual winner in her second restaurant, Joy, which opened in Highland Park in 2018. With a very affordable menu of shrimp wontons, mapo tofu, dan dan noodles, and minced pork over rice, Joy is a delicious Taiwanese restaurant that’s good enough to visit every week. Don’t forget the milk tea drinks, which might be the best in town with house made puddings and tapioca balls. It’s all terrific taken out or delivered, too.

Weekend Events: Drive-In Movies are Back

Looking to venture out with your family this weekend? Check out these fun drive-ins that are starting to kick off the Spring season ahead.

Cinespia Cemetery Screenings

When: Friday March 26, 2021 – Saturday March 27, 2021

L.A.’s favorite cemetery screening series has left gravestones behind for now, but it’s been resurrected as a drive-in just outside of the Greek Theatre. Expect some familiar Cinespia fixtures at each screening, including DJs, a concession stand and meals that you can pre-order.

The Drive-In Theatre at the Hollywood Roosevelt

When: Sunday March 28,  2021
On Sundays and other select evenings, you can roll up to the valet parking lot (enter on Orange Drive) at Hollywood’s most beautiful hotel for a slate of drive-in screenings. Each ticket comes with complimentary popcorn, plus the option to order from a concession stand. Tickets cost $45 per car, with premium spots as high as $75.

Parking Lot Cinema

When:  Sunday March 28, 2021
Summertime drive-in series Electric Dusk and the Vista’s late-night Secret Movie Club are teaming up for some screenings in Glendale, held atop the old Sears parking garage. Most films are shown as double featurs, and you can purchase tickets to just one movie or both each night; either way, you’ll pay a flat car fee plus a per-person charge. And like other drive-in screenings, cars will be spaced six feet apart and you’ll need to remain inside of it during the film.

Streaming: March 2021 Most Popular

Check out the most popular streaming top picks this month! Some classics to big names, we have you covered!

The Brady Bunch II – A Very Brady Sequel

Where to Watch: Hulu

A man claiming to be Carol’s first husband pays the Brady gang a visit in this 1996 comedy.

Malcolm X

Where to Watch: Hulu

Denzel Washington plays the activist and Nation of Islam leader in Spike Lee’s epic 1992 biographical drama.

Pink Wall

Where to Watch: Youtube+

Orphan Black’s” Tatiana Maslany and Jay Duplass are featured in this modern-day romance that follows a six-year relationship through defining moments they face along the way.

Bad Trip

Where to Watch: Netflix

This hidden camera comedy film is about two best friends who go on a wild road trip to New York. The movie stars Eric Andre, Tiffany Haddish and Lil Rel Howery.

Home Tips: Decorating on a budget

Nothing beats redecorating a room and feeling like you’ve walked into a brand-new house. For a fresh look that’s easy on your wallet, we’ve rounded up some clever ideas for decorating on a budget that doesn’t skimp on style.

 

Tip #1: Bistro Kitchen Table

If you’re tight on space and cash, opt for a small bistro table for your kitchen dining needs instead of a large one. Outfit it with charming chairs, like these comfy wicker ones.

 

Tip #2: Vintage Bookcase

These bookcases were made out of old peach crates borrowed from a friend’s farm. Simple, stylish, and chic.

Tip #3: Make a Tray

Repurpose mirrors as trays by applying felt backing to their undersides. A chic accent for any room.

 

Tip #4: Make it Roll

Casters are the ultimate quick-change agents. These babies impart height and mobility to almost anything. Attach ’em to a farm table and voilà: It becomes an extra-large kitchen island with serious moves.

 

Tip #5: Install A Mirror

A single well-placed mirror has the power to make a small room seem larger. For a custom look on the cheap, have mirrored glass cut to fit a beautiful vintage frame.

 

Tip #6: Bathroom Display Shelf

Add shelving to your powder room to hold pretty toiletries. Remove the back of an old wine crate or wooden box. Make shelves to fit inside the box, then add a bit of glamour by fastening a gilded frame onto the front of the unit.

Economic update for the week ending March 20, 2021

 

Stock markets this week – Stock markets gave up some profits at the end of the week after hitting record highs on Wednesday. At one point the Dow went over 33,000 for the first time ever before dropping back. The Dow Jones Industrial Average closed the week at 32,697.97, down 0.5% from 32,778.64 last week. It is up 6.5% year-to-date. The S&P 500 closed the week at 3,913.10, down 0.2% from 3,943.34 last week. It is up 4.2% year-to-date. The NASDAQ closed the week at 13,215.24, down 0.8% from 13,319.86 last week. It is up 2.6% year-to-date.

U.S. Treasury bond yields – The 10-year treasury bond closed the week yielding 1.74%, up from 1.64% last week. The 30-year treasury bond yield ended the week at 2.45%, up from 2.40% last week. We watch bond yields because mortgage rates often follow treasury bond yields.

Mortgage rates – The March 18, 2021, Freddie Mac Primary Mortgage Survey reported mortgage rates for the most popular loan products as follows: The 30-year fixed mortgage rate was 3.09%, up slightly from3.05% last week. The 15-year fixed was 2.40%, up slightly from 2.38% last week. The 5-year ARM was 2.79%, up slightly from 2.77% last week.

California existing home sales – The California Association of Realtors reported that existing, single-family home sales totaled 462,720 on an annualized basis in February. That represented a year-over-year increase of 9.7% from the 421,670 annualized rate of homes sold in January 2020. The median price paid for a home in California was $699,000, up 20.6% from the median price of $579,770 last February. Inventory levels were lower than one year ago. There was just a 2.0-month supply of homes for sale in February, down from a 3.6-month supply one year ago. Below please find a graph of regional statistics for Southern California.

Things to Do: Los Angeles

Check out some covid-friendly things to do this weekend with your family or quarantine pod!

Desert X

The desert-spanning biennial is back, with premieres of site-specific works from a slate of 13 artists. For its third iteration, Desert X will once again stage outdoor installations across 40 miles of the Coachella Valley from March 12 to May 16. Admission is free and there’s an emphasis on visitor safety (with the exhibitions all being outdoors, that seems like a natural fit). Check out our preview of all of the installations.

Street Food Cinema

Outdoor movie season isn’t canceled—it’s just headed to the drive-in. Seasonal fave Street Food Cinema is making some social-distancing–friendly tweaks to its schedule and parking itself at a few locations for drive-in movie screenings. There are some important rules you’ll need to follow: Guests must remain in their vehicles (except for when going to the restrooms or food trucks) and wear masks when interacting with staff. Cars must park one space apart from each other. And though outside food and beverages are permitted, dogs are not.

Comedy Store Drive-In

Who knows when we’ll again be able to see a dozen headliners in the Main Room or an intimate roast in the Original Room, but in the meantime the Comedy Store taking a weekend trip a few miles east for a weekend of drive-in shows at the Rose Bowl. Between March 26 and 27, the Sunset Strip comedy club will curate three shows in the Pasadena stadium’s parking lot with a lineup that includes Bill Burr, David Spade, Whitney Cummings, Jeff Ross, Iliza Shlesinger, Fortune Feimster, Donnell Rawlings and more.

 

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