LA & Valley Eats: Great Restaurants For All Occasion

Check out these La & Valley Eats that are perfect for all occasions. Ranging from early morning breakfast staples to late-night dessert runs, these restaurants will be sure to satisfy every craving. 

 

Alcove

1929 Hillhurst Ave, 

Los Angeles, CA 90027

Alcove is one of LA’s most essential everyday cafes. From an early breakfast to a late-night dinner run, all of your needs can be fulfilled within Alcove’s always-welcoming confines. The expansive menu has some definite highlights, but you’ll also be hard-pressed to find anything disappointing. Prices are reasonable and portions are hearty. 

 

Tuscan Son

10700 Santa Monica Blvd #150, 

Los Angeles, CA 90025

At Tuscan Son, they are busy crafting delicious food in their bustling, open kitchen. Enjoy the feel of contemporary Tuscany in their bright and airy urban café filled with vibrant sunflowers.

Whatever you’re craving, they have the perfect fix for a casual meal, quick bite, friends and family dinner, take out, or catering.

 

Les Sisters Southern Kitchen & BBQ

21818 Devonshire St, 

Chatsworth, CA 91311

Labeled as “The Valleys Best New Orleans & Southern Style Cooking since 1986”, Les Sisters Southern Kitchen & BBQ isn’t a place you want to miss! Our favorites are the Beignets, Corn Muffins, Crawfish Jambalaya, and the mouth-watering fried chicken.

 

Forma

1610 Montana Ave, 

Santa Monica, CA 90403

Like most Italian joints of its kind, Forma nails the staples. But what separates them from other restaurants is their expansive menu that also caters to the ones wanting a “healthy option”. At Forma, there’s hardly a weak spot on the menu. Everything from their starter charcuterie/cheese combos, to authentical dente pastas, to main entrees, is worth ordering and will keep everyone happy.

 

Mizlala

4515 Sepulveda Blvd

Los Angeles, CA

Mizlala is a casual Mediterranean spot that works for just about every occasion. If you’re craving Moroccan chicken, a tasty vegetarian meal, or artichoke hummus, this place is for you. 

 

Pedalers Fork

3504 Calabasas Rd, 

Calabasas, CA 91302

Pedalers Fork is a local scratch restaurant, genuine bar, 10 Speed Coffee Shop, and a boutique bike shop – in one delightful sitting. Enjoy lunch + dinner daily. Make sure to join them on Sundays for Beers and BBQ Sandwiches to-go!

Home Tips: How to Plan Ahead When Decorating a New Home

Moving into a new space can be one of life’s great joys, but it can also be a time of uncertainty, especially when it comes to decorating. How do you make the best use of your space while still keeping your personal style? With these helpful tips and a little bit of planning, you’ll have a much greater chance of success. 

Tip #1: Know Your Measurements

Before you start designing, measure the length and width of each room you intend to decorate, along with the ceiling height and elements that could get in the way – stairs, columns, radiators, etc. It’s also a good idea to measure window openings, along with the wall space below, above and to the sides of each one, to get ready for window coverings. Do yourself a favor and hold off on furniture shopping until you fully understand each room and its measurements.

Tip #2: How Do You Want To Live?

This is always the tricky part, and there are no right or wrong answers. Rooms can be traditional or modern, formal or relaxed, and visually warm or cool. A few questions to start asking yourself are, “What will you be doing? How many people live there? Are there children? What are your ambitions for how you would like to live?”. Start by mapping out what you do on a weekly basis and decorate accordingly. If you tend to host lavish dinner parties, then your living room might look a little different than if you are more of a tv and lounge type of individual. 

Tip #3: Copy The Pros

Look in design books, online resources, and tv shows to sharpen your personal style. Take pictures and save them in a custom folder on your phone to refer back to. Once you’ve spent a decent amount of time gathering ideas, look at what stands out to you the most or what you have naturally gravitated towards. Be mindful of patterns that work or where solid colors fit in best. These saved pictures and ideas will also help inform everything from the type of furniture you might like to a potential strategy for window coverings.

Tip #4: Develop a Budget

You always want to make sure you’re being strategic with how you spend your money. There’s no getting around the math: if you splurge on an overly expensive chair, you will have less money available for the rest of your home. A budget gives you a road map for how to divide the cost of things between rooms. You can still make an exception for a one-of-a-kind furniture piece, but in order to pay for it, you have to be thoughtful of where else you can cut back.

Tip #5: Tape It Out

Take your decor ideas one step further and map things out. Use painter’s tape in the real space to outline where the furniture will be placed on floors and against walls. Where will the rug be? Does it need to be cut? How far is the coffee table coming out? Even though you probably have everything down to a sixteenth of an inch on a furniture plan, there’s something helpful about visualizing it in your space, and being able to walk around.

Things to Do: Valentine’s Day Weekend

Check out some fun things to do this weekend with anyone you love!

Hike

Taking a scenic hike is a great way to unplug and unwind this Valentine’s Day. Maybe there’s a favorite spot where you live, or you might want to try one of the best hikes in the U.S. Either way, you’re bound to have a fun time because you’re in great company.

Take an online mixology class

Learn how to craft cocktails with a James Beard honoree who has been at the forefront of the NYC craft cocktail movement and the founder of the world’s best bar, and become each other’s favorite bartender.

Set up a waffle bar

Is brunch your favorite meal to eat together? Build the waffles of your dreams by setting up a DIY waffle bar. All you need is some waffle batter, a waffle maker, and all the toppings your hearts desire. Try the Sautéed Apples, Pear & Cranberries shown here.

Go for a drive

No destination? No problem. All you need for this fun Valentine’s Day activity is a sense of adventure and a full tank of gas! You’ll both get out of your comfort zones while you explore new terrain. There’s no telling what you might stumble across.

Streaming: Valentine’s Day

With the Hallmark holiday just around the corner, here are some films you can stream to celebrate love for yourself, your partner, your family, and even your pets! Check them out below.

To All The Boys: Always And Forever

Where to Watch: Netflix

It started with an old love letter — and turned into a new romance. What does the future hold for Lara Jean and Peter?

Cheaper By the Dozen

Where to Watch: Disney+

A dad finds it’s not that easy to care for his 12 children while his wife is out of town. 

Just Wright

Where to Watch: Amazon Prime

Queen Latifah and Common star in this romantic film which comes just in time for the month of Valentine’s Day.

A Dog’s Purpose

Where to Watch: Hulu

A devoted dog (Josh Gad) discovers the meaning of its own existence through the lives of the humans it teaches to laugh and love. Reincarnated as multiple canines over the course of five decades, the lovable pooch develops an unbreakable bond with a kindred spirit named Ethan (Bryce Gheisar).

LA & Valley Eats: 2021 Valentine’s Day Take-Out Specials

Give your special someone the gift of food on this Valentine’s Day! Check out some of our favorite 2021 Valentine’s Day Take-out specials or outdoor dining (if you’re comfortable with that).

Baltaire

11647 San Vicente Blvd

Los Angeles, CA

Baltaire, a popular Brentwood steakhouse, has a $220 four-course menu for two. Dishes include tuna poke, endive salad, roasted vegetables, two different desserts, and your choice of either Chilean sea bass or filet mignon and lobster tails. The best part, however, is that the package also comes with a bottle of Champagne. Available for takeout and delivery.

La Morra Pizzeria

8022 West 3rd Street 

Los Angeles, California 90048

Nothing says Happy Valentine’s Day quite like a heart-shaped pizza from La Morra. It’ll come cold and sealed up; all you have to do is heat it up whenever you’re ready! You can order your pizza online and pick it up at their pop-up location.

 

Tartine

3921 Sunset Blvd, 

Los Angeles, CA 90029

Tartine Valentine’s Day pizza kits are available for pre-order. The kit includes Tartine’s signature dough, toppings, salad, and a pastry, with the option to add on a bottle of wine. 

Nothing Bundt Cakes

14622 Ventura Blvd Ste 104 

Sherman Oaks, CA 91403

Top your Valentine’s Day evening off with a mouth-watering delicious bundt cake from Nothing Bundt Cakes! They offer traditional sized bundts, slightly smaller ones, bundtinis, and little mini-cupcake sized ones. Flavors vary from white chocolate raspberry, classic vanilla, red velvet, pecan praline, and more.

SALT

26500 Agoura Rd

Calabasas, CA 91302

SALT is a full-Service Restaurant serving Rustic California Cuisine. They feature local farmer’s market produce and seasonal ingredients. They are currently taking limited reservations for Valentine’s Day Chefs Tasting Menu! Contact them at info@eatatsalt.com for reservations and more information!

Love Ramen

18635 Soledad Canyon Rd, Ste. 104, 

Canyon Country, CA

Love Ramen not only warms our bellies but also our hearts! Known for their 12-hour slow boiled tonkatsu miso, finely-sliced pork chashu, and scratch-made miso tare, you will be sure to impress your loved one with this restaurant choice.

 

Home Tips: Get an Early Start to Spring Cleaning

Cleaning season is right around the corner! Use these helpful tips to get a head start on your Spring Cleaning.

 

Tip #1: Kitchen Sink

Is your kitchen sink starting to have an icky odor? Try running a few slices of lemon rinds through your garbage disposal. Follow that up with cold water and the icky issue should be fixed!

 

Tip #2: Microwave

Do you still have those tomato stains in your microwave that you promised you would clean a month ago? Try filling a microwavable safe bowl with 1 Cup of water and slice up lemon, lime, or orange and stick it inside. Microwave on high for several minutes or until your solution starts boiling. Let it cool for 5 minutes before opening the door, then remove the bowl and wipe down the inside of the microwave with a sponge.

 

Tip #3: Shower Curtains

To clean shower curtains, simply put them in the washing machine with a few towels and run on a gentle cycle with your favorite detergent. To keep the curtain cleaner for longer, spray it a few times each month with a bleach-containing all-purpose cleaner. Let the shower rinse it off before hopping in.

 

Tip #4: Make-up Cabinet

Do yourself a favor and look at all of the expiration dates on your skincare, makeup, and hair products. This is a great way to get rid of the plethora of bottles and containers you have been holding on to. If the product doesn’t have an expiration date, look at how long it recommends you holding on to it after opening. A great way to stay on top of this is in the future is to use a sharpie and label when you first open it.

 

Tip #5: Ceiling Fixtures

Ceiling fixtures are often forgotten about during the weekly cleaning regimen. Grab an extendable duster and attack hanging & recessed lights, ceiling fans, molding, and more.

Economic update for the week ending February 6, 2021

 

Stock markets ended the week at record highs – Major stock indexes followed their worst week since October with their best week since November. Markets erased all their losses from last week and stocks surged to record highs. Investors jumped back into the market based on many new developments. Those included: another round of stimulus, a drop in COVID cases, improved vaccination numbers, and more of the country lifting some of their business shut-down orders. The Dow Jones Industrial Average closed the week at 31,148.24, up 3.9% from 29,982.62 last week. It is up 1.8% year-to-date. The S&P 500 closed the week at 3,886.83, up 4.6% from 3,714.24 last week. It is up 3.5% year-to-date. The NASDAQ closed the week at 13,856.30, up a staggering 6.0% from 13,070.69 last week. It is up 7.5% year-to-date.

U.S. Treasury bond yields – The 10-year treasury bond closed the week yielding 1.19%, up from 1.11% last week. The 30-year treasury bond yield ended the week at 1.97%, up from 1.87% last week. We watch bond yields because mortgage rates often follow treasury bond yields.

Mortgage rates – The February 4, 2021, Freddie Mac Primary Mortgage Survey reported mortgage rates for the most popular loan products as follows: The 30-year fixed mortgage rate was 2.73%, unchanged from2.73% last week. The 15-year fixed was 2.21%, unchanged from 2.20% last week. The 5-year ARM was 2.78%, almost unchanged from 2.80% last week.

U.S. employers added 49,000 jobs in January – The Department of Labor and Statics reported that 49,000 net new jobs were added in January. While that was a disappointing number, it certainly is a turnaround from December when the economy lost 227,000 jobs. The unemployment rate dropped to 6.3% in January, from 6.7% in December. To date, the U.S. has 9.9 million fewer employees employed than in February 2020, before the pandemic, when the unemployment rate was at a 50-year low. Economists believe that the unemployment rate would be closer to 10% if not for so many disappointed workers leaving the job search. Fortunately, it is widely believed that jobs will begin to recover quickly as more people are vaccinated, COVID-19 cases continue to drop, and more of the economy reopens.

Home sales figures won’t be released for two more weeks. Our preliminary numbers point to the highest number of sales for any January since the California Association of Realtors began keeping records in the 1940s. We will have some preliminary figures next week with official figures the following week. Listings, sales, and prices are strong. Stay tuned!

LA & Valley Eats: Brunch Edition

LA & Valley Eats

If you’re comfortable going out to eat or grabbing takeout, check out these local brunch spots!

 

Huckleberry

1014 Wilshire Blvd 

Santa Monica, CA 90401

From the owners of the famous Rustic Canyon restaurant, the idea for Huckleberry started in 2008, when owners Josh and Zoe did a 6-month trial run by hosting Saturday Morning Breakfasts at Rustic Canyon. It was an instant success with people lining up out the door; this led to the Huckleberry storefront in 2009. In addition to some Huckleberry signatures like the Fried Egg Sandwich, Dad’s Pancakes, and more, the menu changes regularly with the seasons and is based on the culinary team’s whims.

Momed

233 South Beverly Drive, 

Beverly Hills, California, 90212

Momed is a modern Mediterranean-inspired restaurant that offers a fresh and vegetable-forward alternative to classic American brunch. The kitchen dishes out platters of crisp falafel, organic Brussels sprouts coated in labneh, and za’atar and paneer flatbread. There are a handful of egg-focused dishes, too, such as shakshuka paired with toasted ciabatta bread and a three-grain scramble whisked with faro, quinoa, and wild rice.

 

Maury’s Bagels

2829 Bellevue Ave. 

Los Angeles, CA 90026 

You may already be familiar with Maury’s, a bagel pop-up that used to always sell out at Dinosaur Coffee and the Hollywood Farmers Market. Now it’s gone permanent in Silver Lake, and it’s better than ever. The fresh bagels are very good, but the real star is the fish they cure in-house. Despite lines out the door, things move quickly, so even if you’re hungover and grumpy, you’ll still be very happy. Seating options are limited, so make sure you grab a seat at one of the picnic tables outside if you can.

Blu Jam Cafe

15045 Ventura Blvd

Sherman Oaks, California 91403

Owners, Kamil and David, who both emigrated to the United States from Czechoslovakia, harkened back to their European heritage to create an environment that felt like home. Holding to the belief that breakfast is the most important meal of the day, they set out to build a creative and elevated menu that merges flavors from around the world. Chef Kamil believes that food does not have to be complicated to be amazing. Simple and good quality ingredients can create stunning dishes, and presentation is paramount to an amazing dining experience.

Marmalade Cafe

4783 Commons Way Ste E 

Calabasas, CA 91302

Over 20 years ago, three young entrepreneurs with a passion for food and a desire to make customers happy, came together with a simple idea: serve fresh, high quality, eclectic California inspired food for busy Angelenos. Today, Marmalade Cafe has six locations across Los Angeles County. Each cafe is unique in design and décor. Open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner Marmalade Cafe is the neighborhood cafe that Angelenos depend on for every day consistently delicious meals.

 

The Flying Yolk

2902 Tapo Canyon Rd, 

Simi Valley CA 93063

The Flying Yolk is an American inspired breakfast/brunch heaven. From their famous steak & eggs with tater tots to their mouth-watering donut breakfast sandwiches, it’s really impossible to go wrong. The Flying Yolk has stayed extremely present throughout the pandemic as they have safely fed residents of Simi Valley as well as donated meals to first responders.

Things to Do at Home: Avoiding Cabin Fever

Starting to get cabin fever with the family? Check out these fun and low budget things to do with the kids at home!

Zoom around in cardboard race cars

Let your kids zoom through the living room in their very own race car.

Make a portable art easel

Don’t throw away that cardboard box! Make a sturdy and portable art easel for your mini Monet.

Play a game of hopscotch

You might think this game is too simple, but it’s always a great time-killer and super fun to play at any age.

Collect and paint rocks

Go to a nearby park and collect rocks, then make a craft day out of it. Paint them with whatever paint you have at home.

Do a puzzle

Exercise those creative, cognitive and problem-solving muscles with a good puzzle. You can use a store-bought variety or have the kids make their own. Have your children draw a picture on a sturdy piece of cardboard or Bristol board. Then use a pencil to outline puzzle pieces directly on their drawing. Cut out the pieces with a good pair of scissors, mix them up and get solving. Indoor games and craft in one fun activity!

Streaming: February 2020 New Releases

Check out what is new to stream on the biggest streaming networks around. From Netflix to Hulu to HBO Max, we have you covered.

Malcolm & Marie

Where to Watch: Netflix

As a filmmaker and his girlfriend return home from his movie premiere, smoldering tensions and painful revelations push them toward a romantic reckoning.

Bliss

Where to Watch: Amazon Prime

This mind-bending love story follows Greg (Owen Wilson) who, after recently being divorced and then fired, meets the mysterious Isabel (Salma Hayek), a woman living on the streets and convinced that the polluted, broken world around them is just a computer simulation.

Argo

Where to watch: HBO Max

Ben Affleck both starred in and directed this film about a CIA agent who uses cover as a film producer for a rescue operation of Americans held during the U.S. hostage crisis in Iran in 1979.

Modern Family

Where to watch: Hulu

There’s sure to be hilarity in this faux docuseries about the blended Pritchett-Dunphy-Tucker clan.