LA Eats of the Week

Ok LA Eaters, we know it’s been a bit on the holiday side with our weekly list of places to grab a bite. And with Mothers Day this weekend, the festive eats continue. Lucky for you we listed off the best spot to take mom last week. This week you can read on and dig into a regular but certainly above average culinary experience with the round up below!

New–s–worthy Eats!

Le Grand

Location: DTLA

This Greek eatery is the new ideal date spot with a tempting Mediterranean menu and bistro-esque dining room. Dishes include black garlic tzatziki and dungeness crab with creme fraiche to start. While entrees range from lobster bucatini to ribeye cap with sunchoke and espresso.

Ceviche Project

Location: Silverlake

LA’s raw-seafood specialist have finally found their home in Silverlake. The fresh focused and ever-changing menu is brimming with delicious seasonal bites. The Ceviche Projects beautiful bar space features eats like the Santa Barbara Ridgeback Prawn with pickled mustard seed, radish, cilantro, lime, and habanero oil. Or try the Striped Sea bass Aguachile with key lime, melon, tomato, cucumber, serrano, and nasturtium.

Loupiotte kitchen

Location: Los Feliz

Recently opened and already a neighborhood hang is a quint little bistro called Loupiotte Kitchen. The cute eatery comes courtesy of a French expat who aimed to create a little slice of home in Los Feliz. If you enjoy french cuisine(pastries included) this is certainly the spot for you. Stop by in the morning for fresh scrambled eggs with parmesan or the risotto with peas, asparagus and pesto for lunch.

The Win-dow

Location: Venice

If the name doesn’t give you the imagery of what this burger spot is, we’ll elaborate. The Win-dow, is a literal window of pure fresh grilled joy. Serving up the hottest new burger in LA for a steal of a deal ($3.95…cheaper then Mickey D’s these days). Have your bun and beef topped with grilled onions, American cheese, pickeles, and house sauce.

Baroo Canteen

Location: East Hollywood

Baroo is reopened as Baroo Canteen in an even more unlikely location than before, the Union Swapmeet in East Hollywood, where they’ve reinvented their menu with takeout-friendly items like the Brother of Karma sandwich with smoked gojuchang-marinated chicken salad, and the special International Affairs Di Pastrami bowl: a fried rice dish with pastrami, Sichuan peppercorns, and fermented shrimp.

Yours Truly

Location: Venice

Vartan Abgaryan (71 Above, Cliff’s Edge) is behind the stoves at this new Modern Californian restaurant on Abbot Kinney, where he’s bringing in Middle Eastern and Asian influences for dishes like crispy octopus with coconut harissa and a heritage pork rib chop with gojuchang and fluer de sel. But he’s not the only star there: Dave Reiss of Salt Air’s also a partner, and drinks are from Brian Butler, formerly of A-Frame and Sunny Spot. Salut!


Location: DTLA

Top Chef winner Mei Lin is behind the stoves here (working alongside owner team Francis Miranda and Cyrus Batchan of Lock & Key), turning out insanely inventive dishes like a Mapo Tofu lasagna (yes, those three words go together somehow) and an incredibly delicious shrimp toast that sits on a bed of perhaps the best curry sauce in the city. The hidden gems are the vegetables (although the giveaway should be in the restaurant name): The carrots sing with sweetness and depth, and the sunchokes are rich and crunchy and soft all at once. Get a reservation now, before you can’t.

The Manufactory LA & Alameda Supper Club

Location: DTLA

The long-awaited collaboration between Tartine’s Elisabeth Prueitt and Chad Robertson and Pizzeria Bianco’s Chris Bianco opens in full-force at The Row in DTLA. The team’s basically created a multi-faceted one-stop-shop for all your bready cravings, with an in-house bakery, two restaurants with farm-to-table-style dishes, like braised pork shoulder and chicken-liver toasts, and a walk-up ice cream window if you’re just planning a stop-by.


Location: DTLA

You may have first heard of Hayato — a tiny, seven-seat restaurant in The Row downtown — when you heard about their lunch bento box, a beautiful, limited-edition collection of tiny bites that quickly became an Instagram darling. But dinner here is magic, too: over the course of a dozen or so courses, you’ll eat scallops and mackerel and uni gorgeously plated, expertly prepared, and incredibly selected. Eating at Hayato is a special event, for sure, but one that’s completely worth it.

Sampa’s Pizza Cafe

Location: Marina Del Rey

A Brazilian take on Italian pizza is the focus at Sampa’s Pizza Cafe. São Paulo-native chef Marcus Roberto brings together Brazilian flavors with California tastes and Italian techniques with creations like the Portuguesa with cooked ham and hardboiled eggs, and the São Paulo with chicken, corn, and Catupiry, a Brazilian brand of soft cheese. Rounding out the menu are pizzas by the slice, submarine sandwiches, salads, and desserts like tiramisu and tres leches. Sampa has an additional South Bay outlet in Lomita.

Weekend Events: May 10-12

The weekend is underway and your mothers day gifts should have arrived from Amazon by now. That being said with all the thrills of celebrating mom this Sunday, the question must be asked. What fun is there for everyone else? Have no fret, our dear bored friends, this weekend we have you covered on all the things to do with or without mom. So read on for the best events happening throughout the city of stars and…

Discover Your Inner Angeleno!

Friday, May 10
New Films of The Eu Film Festival

Location: Aero Theatre, Santa Monica

This Friday, enjoy a film festival brought to you by the European Union and American Cinematheque. This is the 6th annual Starring Europe lineup from the EU film festival, launched to celebrate and discover  contemporary films from across the European Union. Talent from the films will be in attendance to speak at the screenings among other planned festivities of the four-day event.

Click here for more info.

LA Dodgers vs. Washington Nationals

Location: Dodger Stadium

Ok, Dodger nation, we don’t need a lengthy description to explain why you should be at the stadium this Friday, but if so we have one word…FIREWORKS! Don’t miss the Friday Night Fireworks display as we cheer on our boys in blue to victory against the Washington Nationals.

Click here for more info.

Vijay Iyer Sextet

Location: The Soraya, Northridge

Eloquently put by the New York Times, “There’s probably no frame wide enough to encompass the creative output of the pianist Vijay Iyer”. Perhaps noting his Ph.D. in cognitive science is intrigue worthy. Noted as a bona fide “genius” by DownBeat Magazine, the MacArthur fellowship, and Harvard University is a prolific jazz pianist and recording artist.

Click here for more info.

Saturday, May 11
The Travel Expo

Location: Pasadena Convention Center

Don’t miss the Travel Expo! The world’s first consumer focused, experiential travel exhibition designed for the next generation of consumer. A showcase of cultures, experiences and people from across the globe is the perfect opportunity to discover new destinations without leaving L.A.!

Click here for more info.

Queen Mary’s Waterfront Cook-Off

Location: The Queen Mary, Long Beach

Take your taste buds on s troll through the Queen Mary’s Waterfront Cook-Off. Bring the whole family for an afternoon of fun with delicious tastings, lawn games, eating contest and more! The Cook-Off will feature BBQ styles from across the country  as well as an official, KCBS-Sanctioned BBQ Championship competition.

Click here for more info. 

Thomas Roth Opening Reception: “Absence of Hue”‘

Location: Lois Lambert Gallery, Santa Monica

The work of Thomas Roth in “Absence of Hue” is characterized by his exclusive use of white. The focus of his work is rested primarily on his process, the surface structure and the relationship of light and form. See and form your on opinions on Roth’s most recent exhibit with the opening reception this Saturday.

Click here for more info.

Sunday, May 12
Hand & Rose Mother’s Day Flower Workshop

Location: MOCA Grand Avenue

Still not sure on your Mother’s Day plans? Aside from reading our LA Eats: Mother’s Day Edition and Out and About: Mother’s Day Edition, is a fun floral pop-up by Hand & Rose. The mobile florist shop seen all around LA will be having a special workshop on Mom’s Day where they’ll teach the art of flower arrangements for mothers, by mothers, in honor of mothers. Participants of all ages are welcome!

Click here for more info.

Charlie Wilson & Patti LaBelle

Location: The Forum

Enjoy an evening of soul from the legendary Charlie Wilson and Patti LaBelle. The duo are on tour performing some of their greatest hits. Sure to be a night full of memorable entertainment!

Click here for more info.

4U: The Music of Prince with Symphony

Location: Fred Kavli Theatre, Thousand Oaks

4U will present the music of Prince like never before, with a full symphony orchestra. In addition, each show will feature a live band with world-class musicians and vocalists who will perform alongside the orchestra. 4U will draw from Prince’s singular and extensive music catalog, highlighting many of his hits that captivated generations of fans, alongside lesser-known gems. Questlove, an avid Prince fan, has helped curate the music and orchestral arrangements that will be played by the symphony.

Click here for more info.


Green Cleaning

Keeping you home clean is a job in itself. From indoors to out, finding the best way to keep your abode spotless can be a handful. Couple that with finding the best environmentally friendly cleaner and you feel more swamped then you did take your SAT’s. That being said allow us to narrow down the process with a list of green cleaning tips to save time and the planet.


Natural All-Purpose Scrub

From the kitchen to the bathroom and many places in between, the uses for baking soda are almost endless. One way to get even more mileage out of this universal cleaning agent? Pour 1/2 cup baking soda into a bowl and add just enough liquid soap to make a creamy paste. Spread the mixture on the flat side of 1/2 of a lemon and scrub. The lemon acts as a sponge and leaves a natural citrus scent. Use a damp rag or sponge to wipe away any residue. You’ll find the paste will stay moist for a few hours.

Nontoxic Stain Remover


For basic nontoxic stain removal, mix up a little of your grandmother’s knowledge and apply it liberally. The principles behind creating stain removers—or nearly all household cleaners—are relatively simple. Some kinds of stains respond to alkaline minerals such as borax and soap, others to acids like vinegar. Red wine may need a combination of both, depending on how set the stain is when you tackle it.

Mold Remover

The old standby chlorine bleach, commonly used to kill mold, isn’t the best way to conquer the fungi—it’s harmful to people and to the environment. Instead, soap and water will get rid of most mold or a solution of 2 teaspoons tea tree oil—a natural fungicide—and 2 cups water. But when it comes to mold and mildew, prevention is really your best bet.

Name-Brand Cleaners

Sometime’s it’s easier to buy than DIY. Newer eco-friendly brands of natural cleaners prove you don’t need high-octane chemicals to render a home spic-and-span. Look for biodegradable formulas and plant-based ingredients that don’t compromising on cleaning power.

DIY Tub and Tile Cleaner

If you’re looking for a multitasking product that you can use for everything from whitening your laundry to driving out pests, it’s time to stock up on distilled white vinegar. In the bathroom, vinegar works well on soap scum and mineral deposits, but rinse thoroughly, as it can corrode some fixtures and stone (like marble), and etch glaze on tiles. You can also try tea tree oil—2 drops tea tree oil with 1 cup water—in a spray bottle. Tea tree oil costs more than vinegar but will kill most types of mold and help prevent growth. As with all concentrated oils, it should be used with caution, as it can trigger allergic reactions if it comes into contact with skin.

Natural Carpet Stain Remover

Think your carpet is ruined? A dollop of homemade carpet stain remover can make unsightly blotches fade like magic. Pour a small amount of soda water onto a fresh carpet spill, and blot with a towel. Don’t rub, as you may mat the fibers. If the stain is set, try hydrogen peroxide: Pour some onto a clean, white cloth, then press cloth to the carpet. Wait about 15 minutes, blot with a clean cloth. There should be no need to rinse.

Out & About: Mothers Day Edition

For all of our last minute planners and spontaneous bookers, it’s every mom’s favorite time of the year. Mothers Day! That being said, don’t wait until the last minute to sort out where to take mom on the one day a year other than her birthday where the planning is up to you. Read through our round-up of things to do throughout and around L.A. A perfect pairing to alongside those homemade coupons and bouquet of whatever flowers you opted for this year. Spend some time Out and About with Mom!


Take a Spa Day at Glen Ivy Hot Springs in Corona

People relaxing in a pool at Glen Ivy Hot Springs
Glen Ivy Hot Springs
25000 Glen Ivy RdCoronaCA 92883USA

+1 888-453-6489

A spa getaway is perfect for any mom, whether dad wants to hire a babysitter and take mom for a day of pampering, adult daughters want to bond with their mom in the relaxation lounge, or you want to gift your mom a fun day with her girlfriends. We recommend taking in the waters and mud baths at Glen Ivy Hot Springs in Corona, which is a day trip from Los Angeles. Treatments are available, but you can also enjoy the 10 pools, club mud, saunas, and classes included in the entrance fee without scheduling a treatment.

Ritz Carlton Los Angeles spa


Even if you don’t want to leave Los Angeles, you can treat your mom or your spouse to a relaxing spa treatment closer to home. Try a couples spa with great couples treatment rooms that work for mom and dad or mother and daughter.

Bike Along the Beach Path

A Pedal Surrey and the Queen Mary in Long Beach
Kayte Deioma

Taking a bike ride along the beach path is a fun day for the whole family to share with your mom. If your mother isn’t fond of bike seats, covered pedal surreys with bench seats are available for rent at several locations along the path and can hold from two to eight people. Even your grandma can ride along! For the pedal-lazy, electric bikes are available at some locations.

Click here for a list of Bike rental Shops.

Take a Wine Tour

Temecula Wine Country
Kayte Deioma
32115 Mulholland HwyMalibuCA 90265USA

You don’t have to go to the Napa Valley to explore wine country. If all the kids are grown, take mom on a wine country tour of Malibu vineyards north of L.A. or Temecula vineyards to the south. Let someone else do the driving with a variety of Malibu wine tours; some include animal sightings and filming locations. Or go vineyard hopping on a Temecula Valley wine tour. Right in Los Angeles, you can pay a visit to the San Antonio Winery, a downtown Los Angeles staple since 1917. The vineyards are further afield, but you can tour the only producing winery in Los Angeles and taste the results. There is also a restaurant on-site

Share an Evening of Theater or Comedy

Pantages Theatre in Hollywood
Kayte Deioma
6233 Hollywood BlvdLos AngelesCA 90028USA

+1 323-468-1770

If you have the budget, treat your mother to a live theater performance at the Pantages Theatre or one of the stages at the Los Angeles Music Center for an unforgettable experience. But theater in Los Angeles is accessible on all budgets. If it’s not an everyday occurrence, a night out to see a show in a small theater for $7 half-price tickets is just as much of a treat.

If your mom enjoys a good laugh, a visit to one of LA’s top comedy clubs is another good option.

Go Horseback Riding

Horse from the Sunset Ranch Hollywood
Sunset Ranch Hollywood
2623 Old Topanga Canyon RdTopangaCA 90290-4124USA

+1 818-591-2032

If your mom is adventurous and enjoys the outdoors, a horseback ride through the Hollywood Hills with a view of the Hollywood sign or a ride through the hills of Malibu and a visit to the Old West Paramount Ranch would be a great change of pace. Both locations have options that can include a meal in the deal.

Take a Gondola Ride

Many types of floating are gathered in the Naples canal, Los Angeles.
YoungkKwon / Getty Images
14045 Panay WayMarina Del ReyCA 90292-6104USA

+1 310-736-7301

Cruising around the local waterways in a gondola makes any occasion seem special. Gondolas hold from four to 12 people depending on the boat and the company, so you can take the whole family, or your dad can sneak your mom away on her own for a romantic Mother’s Day interlude. There are gondola companies from Marina Del Rey to Long Beach and Newport Beach.

Spend a Day on the Water

Catalina Adventure Sailing
Catalina Adventure Sailing
429 Shoreline Village DriveLong BeachCA 90802USA

+1 310-548-8080

More active moms might enjoy a kayaking sea life tour or a surfing or stand-up paddleboarding lesson. If your mom would rather let someone else do all the work, a harbor tour of the L.A. or Long Beach Harbor; a sea life cruise from Marina Del Rey, San Pedro, Long Beach or Newport Beach; or sail aboard a tall ship might be more her speed.

You could also rent an electric Duffy to cruise around Newport Beach marina with family and friends.

Plus, Spirit Cruises offers sea life and harbor tours from Long Beach and San Pedro, included in the Go Los Angeles Card.


Where To? The Best Weekend Road Trips from LA

The best part about LA is not just the Dodgers or Hollywood factor. Here in the city of stars, our greatest asset is the proximity to everything else. Not to sound geographical (because thats not everyones best subject) but the stretch from sea to ski is shorter than a CVS receipt. Why not make a trip of it with our list of weekend trips perfect for any Angeleno! Follow the yellow brick road down our selection of day-trip-weekend-er spots and DVR GOT for later!

A Quick Car Ride

Palm Springs

Cabazon Dinosaurs

Miles from L.A.: ~105
Suggested round-trip time: 2 days min.

A quick and easy trip from L.A., Palm Springs is definitely doable over a weekend. Head east past miles of wind farms, where turbines cast formidable shadows and make an otherwise monotone landscape come alive. Look out for prehistoric creatures on the side of the road; the 50-foot Cabazon Dinosaurs (a Brontosaurus and a T. Rex, to be exact) are a popular roadside attraction. You can check out the gift shop (in the bront’s belly), but to climb to the top of the T. Rex and sit in his mouth (a la Peewee during his big adventure), you’ll have to fork over $13 and weave your way through a fascinating, if factually inaccurate dino park (worth it). When you arrive in Palm Springs, pick up a map of modernist buildings at the Albert Frey-designed Palm Springs Visitors Center for a self-guided architecture tour of the town.

Photograph: Courtesy Joshua Tree National Park


Joshua Tree

Miles from L.A.: ~130 
Suggested round-trip time: 2–3 days min. 

Joshua Tree is one of the most magical places in California (and the country, we think). The national park’s varied and alien landscapes—due mostly to gnarled, ancient Joshua Trees and giant boulders strewn willy nilly—make for impressive scenery during leisurely drives. The stargazing is choice here, and wild coyotes may howl you to sleep if you plan an overnight camping trip. Stop at Pappy & Harriet’s for lunch on the way, and stick around for live music and a ghost-town stroll. Pick up a new houseplant at the Cactus Mart, or visit the Integratron for a new-age sound bath and a shady hammock nap. The town of Joshua Tree itself also offers some fun stops, such as the World Famous Crochet Museum, filled with the kind of quirky public art that only exists in tiny, warm-weather communities.

Salvation Mountain

Photograph: Joshua Thaisen

Salton Sea

Miles from L.A.: ~165
Suggested round trip time: 2 days

Driving south down a desolate stretch of the 111, you’d never guess that the lake was a popular vacation spot in the 1950s, with resorts dotting its eastern shore. But increasing salinity and pollution due to agricultural runoff have turned what was once a luxury retreat into a destination appealing only to those with an affinity for the forgotten and decaying. Explore abandoned structures along the shoreline as sun-bleached fish bones crunch underfoot. When you get hungry, the Ski Inn is your best option—and one of the only remaining establishments in the area. Make sure to visit late local Leonard Knight’s gigantic folk art sculpture, Salvation Mountain, a rainbow-hued hill emblazoned with the words “God is Love.” If this type of art is up your alley, check out Slab City, an unincorporated desert community and home to East Jesus, an inhabitable experimental art installation showcasing all manner of found-object sculpture and art cars.

Kings Canyon National Park

Photograph: Michael Juliano

Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks

Miles from L.A.: ~235 
Suggested round trip time: 3 days min. 

If you’re a tree lover, you must go see the giant redwoods of Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks. Driving through and under such gentle giants is an experience that can only be had on the way to and within these parks. Sequoia is slightly more drive-and-look friendly, with cool attractions like the General Sherman Tree, the tallest in the world; Tunnel Log, a fallen, hollowed out Sequoia that you can drive your car through; and Tharp’s log, a home built in a fallen tree. Meanwhile, the winding roads and backcountry trails in Kings Canyon are on every hiker’s bucket list. Just make sure to check conditions before you go: Some roads close after the summer season, and there’s always a risk of wildfires in the area.

Planes and Automobiles

Seven Magic Mountains

Photograph: Courtesy Tim Trad

Las Vegas

Miles from L.A.: ~270 
Suggested round trip time: 3 days min. 

Our advice? Never fly to Vegas; the drive is too much fun to miss. First, check out Calico Ghost Town. It’s not the most authentic of ghost towns, but it’s a worthwhile detour for a bit of wild west history. For something a little stranger, look out for exit 23 on I-15, which will lead you to the ruins of the former Zzyzx Mineral Springs and Health Spa. Created by criminal, quack radio evangelist Curtis Howe Springer back in 1944, the Resort duped visitors into thinking they were soaking in healing natural hot springs, when in reality all the pools were boiler-heated. (Eventually the FBI shut this little operation down.) Get even weirder seven miles down the road in Baker with an alien sighting at Alien Jerky, a kitschy, alien-themed sundries shop selling flavored jerky, olives, nuts and candy. If you’re hungry for something more substantial, don’t miss the Mad Greek, a surprisingly delicious Greek fast food joint. In fact you can’t miss it, due to the life size plaster statues and Parthenon patio. Get a gyros plate to fuel the rest of your journey to Sin City.

By Rick Goldwaser from Flagstaff

Mammoth Lakes

Miles from L.A.: ~310
Suggested round trip time: 3 days min.

Take the scenic Route 395 and you’ll have a view of the snow-capped Sierra Nevada mountain range for most of this gorgeous drive. When you hit Big Pine, stop for a bite at Copper Top BBQ, a bright red smoke shack that serves piping-hot ribs and tri-tips. You may end up befriending some hungry alpine climbers headed to or from Mount Whitney (the highest point in the contiguous U.S. at 14,505 feet!). Take a small detour east to the Ancient Bristlecone Pine Forest, home to the oldest trees in the world; some of these beauties have been around for more than 4,000 years. Farther north, stop in Bishop for some fresh-baked loaves or pastries at Erick Schat’s Bakery. Drive up the road to Mahogany Smoked Meats and choose some road snacks from a huge selection of gourmet beef, turkey, elk, buffalo, boar and fish jerkies. Though there’s no formal address, if you’re determined (or willing to ask a local), you can find a group of easily-accessible hot springs right off the 395, just south of Mammoth Yosemite airport.


Big Sur

Photograph: Courtesy Derek Thomson

Big Sur

Miles from L.A.: ~350
Suggested round trip time: 3 days min.

Arguably one of the most iconic stretches of coastline in the world, the Big Sur area is a road tripper’s paradise. It’s where redwood-covered mountainsides plunge into the surging ocean, with a narrow road carved into the cliffside, offering up incredible views and a bit of vertigo. One of the best ways to see Big Sur is simply by driving along Highway 1, parking your car wherever it looks cool (read: basically everywhere), and following a probably unmarked trail—though be careful of poison oak—down in the direction of the ocean. For more mappable destinations, check out the Esalen Institute (their hot spring baths are open to the public from 1–3am), or the touristy-but-still-totally-worth-it McWay Falls and Pfeiffer Beach for even more stunning vistas. Dying to get off the beaten path? Head up Nacimiento Road to the remote valley setting of  Mission San Antonio de Padua—one spot in Big Sur that you just might have to yourself.

Golden Gate Bridge

Photograph: Courtesy Oliver Plattner

San Francisco

Miles from L.A.: ~390 
Suggested round trip time: 3-4 days min. 

There’s more than one way to get up the Bay; you can choose the scenic route up the Pacific Coast Highway, or the down-and-dirty quick shot up the 5. (Yes, we mean dirty; miles of cattle farms give off a terrible stench and miles of citrus farms, while more pleasing to the nose, will leave your car covered in bug guts.) For a leisurely road trip, we suggest Highway 1. Stop at the Madonna Inn for a giant slice of cake or a peek into one of the themed guest rooms. If you have more time, Hearst Castle is a must-see; a sprawling estate with 56 bedrooms, multiple pools, 127 acres of gardens and even grazing zebras. As you continue north, look out for the signs (and smells) of Gilroy, the garlic capital of the world.

Photograph: Courtesy CC/Flickr/Alaina McDavid

Napa and Sonoma

Miles from L.A.: ~415 
Suggested round trip time: 5 days min. 

There’s so much to explore in wine country. Enjoy a picturesque drive up the coast, then swing inland for miles and miles of bucolic, verdant, rolling hills dotted with wineries and farms. Once you get close, you’ll have to pick a direction: west for Sonoma, east for Napa. You can’t go wrong, but it isn’t easy to drive back and forth between the two, so if you don’t have time for both. Choose between spread out, rustic Sonoma or more condensed and touristy Napa. The main event here, of course, is wineries—just be sure to drive safely, or turn the wheel over to Lyft for the day.

Photograph: Courtesy CC/Flickr/noshadows

Lake Tahoe

Miles from L.A.: ~465 
Suggested round trip time: 4-5 days min. 

The scenic Route 395 is one of the loveliest roads in California. Wind your way along the Eastern Sierras, stopping in the small towns of Lone Pine, Big Pine and Bishop for quaint strolls and delicious detours (try Copper Top BBQ in Big Pine and the famous Schat’s Bakery in Bishop). The area is perfect for exploration by car; take any westward road to head up into the mountains, where you’ll find pine forests, crystal clear snowmelt lakes and tiny towns. If you have time, a stop in Yosemite National Park is a must, as is a hike or stroll (or ski day) in Mammoth. Another worthwhile (if far) detour is Bodie, one of the most legitimate and well-preserved ghost towns in America.

Photograph: Courtesy CC/Flickr/Michael Wilson

Flagstaff and Sedona

Miles from L.A.: ~470 
Suggested round trip time: 5 days min. 

The change of scenery you’ll see on this drive is worth the trip alone: from vast stretches of desert into shrub-covered hills, followed by dense forest and—depending on the time of year—even snow.  Each has distinct offerings; from a hip, small-town feel in Flagstaff with craft beer, live music and friendly folks to stunning views and an overwhelming number of health and wellness spas in sleepy Sedona (treat yo’ self).

Zion National Park

Photograph: Courtesy Tom Gainor

Zion and Bryce Canyon National Parks

Miles from L.A.: ~500 
Suggested round trip time: 6-7 days min. 

The route to Southwest Utah will take you directly through Vegas, so you can hit up all the roadside attractions listed above before venturing into more scenic landscape on the second half of your journey. A few must-visits are Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park (the backdrop to most Westerns since the 1930s), Glen Canyon National Recreation Area for some swimming amidst the desert landscape (if the season is right) and Vermilion Cliffs National Monument, home of incredible “wave” rock formations and painted desert vistas. You’ll be greeted in Zion by soaring monoliths and sunset-colored cliffs; beyond in Bryce Canyon, the pinks turn to reds in a surreal, hoodoo-covered landscape (hoodoo means rock spire, and is way more fun to say).

Sourced from: Time Out LA

300 Cold Calls, 4 Days and Emily Shaffer’s $2.9 Million Dollar Listing

Rodeo Realty’s Emily Shaffer turned cold calls into success and a $2.9 Million Listing.

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (May 3, 2019)- Rodeo Realty’s newest agent locked down a listing in a uniquely unconventional way. After four days and over 300 cold calls, Emily Shaffer of Rodeo Realty Calabasas made an appointment with a possible seller. Cut to mere days later and Emily acquired the $2.9 Million Dollar listing.

With the Calabasas home market being a competitive field, this is truly a real estate win. The year is just hitting the mid mark and we can already see an impressive line-up of listings and sales all around. With Emily being a new addition to the team, her dedication and drive are what makes her a valuable member of the Rodeo Realty family.

To contact Emily or her listings click here.

About Rodeo Realty:

Rodeo Realty is a residential real estate firm that has more than 1,200 licensed agents and brokers and 12 offices throughout Los Angeles and Ventura counties.

Rodeo Realty services various markets in Southern California, including luxury real estate markets. The company’s celebrity and other multi-million dollar listings are regularly featured in the news through several television networks, online sites and publications.

Operated under the direction and vision of a single owner, Rodeo Realty stands today as one of the largest independent real estate companies in the nation, while still maintaining the friendly approach of the neighborhood REALTOR®. As the largest independent real estate brokerage headquartered in Beverly Hills and operating throughout the Los Angeles area, with the highest sales volume, Rodeo Realty has the resources to provide the best tools in the industry to deliver the very best results.

Ben Bacal Reps Myspace Co-Founder for New Weho Digs

MySpace Co-Founder Tom Anderson finds Weho Home with Rodeo Realty’s Ben Bacal as the Buying Agent.

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif(April 26, 2019 )-We all know Tom from Myspace (well anyone born before the year 2000). Ben Bacal of Rodeo realty recently closed sale with Tom Anderson on his new West Hollywood abode. Mr. Anderson purchased the home from the Chainsmokers Drew Taggart last week and the deal has already garnered press attention.

The home was built in 2016 and stuns architecturally with slick features, open spaces and 4,758 square feet of living space. The LA Times picked up the story and described the home as an “open-concept space, awash in shades of gray”. The main floor features modern fixtures with a floating staircase leading to the top level living quarters. While the outside boast a second story fountain feeding into an infinity pool of the covered patio.

The home is located in the Melrose District which is an ideal location for trendy shops and restaurants.

Those familiar with the Chainsmokers will know of the Grammy winner Drew Taggart and their hit singles like “Don’t Let me Down” which was number 3 on the Billboard Hot 100.

And those that grew up at the start of Social Media will know well of everyone’s friend Tom. The MySpace Co-Founder established the social networking site in 2003, serving as the company president after it was acquired by News Corp in 2005.

The home was purchased for $3.8 Million.

About Ben Bacal:

Ben has paved the road with over 2 billion dollars in sales and catapulted to the highest echelon in Southern California real estate within his ten years of selling. Ben is best known for his role in catapulting the median home sales prices and median home sale price per square foot over the past five years in The Bird Streets and Trousdale Estates – arguably two of the most exclusive neighborhoods in Los Angeles. Ben was the first person ever to sell a property for $20 million in Trousdale in 2009, subsequently causing the price per square foot in the neighborhood to double from $1500 to $3000 per square foot. Today, Bacal continues to drive pricing with record-breaking sales in not only Trousdale Estates and The Bird Streets, but also Bel Air, Beverly Hills Proper, Beverly Hills Post Office and other parts of the Hollywood Hills, Santa Monica, Venice Beach, Brentwood and Malibu and he has recently entered Hidden Hills and the exclusive Westlake real estate market with notoriety

Ben has built his real estate marketing prowess from the ground up after relocating from Toronto to Los Angeles at the young age of 17.

Ben has significantly contributed to driving up prices in the  Los Angeles’ luxury residential landscape.

About Rodeo Realty:

Rodeo Realty is a residential real estate firm that has more than 1,200 licensed agents and brokers and 12 offices throughout Los Angeles and Ventura counties.

Rodeo Realty services various markets in Southern California, including luxury real estate markets. The company’s celebrity and other multi-million dollar listings are regularly featured in the news through several television networks, online sites and publications.

Operated under the direction and vision of a single owner, Rodeo Realty stands today as one of the largest independent real estate companies in the nation, while still maintaining the friendly approach of the neighborhood REALTOR®. As the largest independent real estate brokerage headquartered in Beverly Hills and operating throughout the Los Angeles area, with the highest sales volume, Rodeo Realty has the resources to provide the best tools in the industry to deliver the very best results.

For media inquiries, please contact:

Samira Murphy

Public Relations

Rodeo Realty


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).


“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.


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

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

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.


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.


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.

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Vegfest 2019

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

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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!