LA Eats: Breakfast Burritos

Southern California is known for some of the best breakfast burritos in the world. Other states may make great breakfast burritos, but you could argue that the best ones are made in Southern California. From a perfectly grilled tortilla to the ideal ratio of ingredients, we have got you covered. Check out some of the most popular breakfast burrito spots in town.

The Rooster

Located at: 8809 W. Pico Blvd – Pico-Robertson. 

The Rooster rose in the breakfast burrito ranks before it even had a restaurant. Operating a food truck for three years, chef Rouha Sadighi developed a cult following, particularly for her signature offering, the Rico Suave (eggs, cheddar and cotija cheeses, tots, avocado, cilantro crema, bacon, and molcajete salsa). This June the Rooster opened a brick-and-mortar, but the truck is still making its rounds.

Wake & Late

Located at: 105 E. 6th St – Downtown LA.

The menu at Wake & Late is succinct—just four signature breakfast burritos, one juice, one coffee—because this eatery subscribes to the ethos of “do one thing and do it well.” For those who want a slightly lighter breakfast, the Happy Greens includes organic eggs, quinoa, turkey sausage, avocado, and spinach; the O.G. is ready with tater tots, bacon, and cheese when you want to indulge.

Cofax Coffee

Located at: 440 N. Fairfax Ave – Fairfax District.

Cofax packs fans in for great coffee—and exceptional breakfast burritos. Options include Impossible “chorizo,” classic bacon, a version made with hot links and smoked potatoes from sister restaurant Bludso’s, and–if you’re lucky–the limited-availability pastrami.

Homestate

Locations: 4624 Hollywood Blvd – Los Feliz; 5611 N. Figueroa St. – Highland Park; 12105 W. Waterfront Dr. – Playa Vista.

What HomeState serves are, technically, breakfast tacos, but we would be remiss to not salute them. After all, they contain the same essential components as the other breakfast burritos on this list—in mini form—and do so very, very deliciously.

Tacos Por Favor

Located at: 1408 Olympic Blvd – Santa Monica

A longtime Santa Monica taco tradition, the breakfast burrito here is worthy of its own mention. Tightly wound with fresh ingredients, it’s a simple pick-me-up that won’t lay you down for an entire day.

Out and About: Malibu Creek State Park Hiking

Californians have long enjoyed spending time in nature and taking in the views and sounds while hiking through the mountains. Since COVID19 most residents are heading to the great outdoors for exercise and fresh air. Los Angeles and Ventura County have many hiking trails with one of the most visited parks being  Malibu Creek State Park.
The park holds a historical connection to Hollywood as many movies and television shows were filmed here dating back to 1919 when the park was then owned by 20th Century Fox. The park is located four miles south of Highway 101 on Las Virgenes/Malibu Canyon Road. (1925 Las Virgenes Road, Calabasas) 

If you’re a classic movie fan then you’ll get a kick out of the fact that The earliest known film shot in what is the park today was a scene from “Daddy Long Legs” (1919) starring Mary Pickford. Also, From 1951 to 1966, Ronald Reagan and his family spent many weekends at their 357-acre ranch, a thoroughbred horse farm dubbed “Yearling Row” (hence “Yearling Trail” there now). The park was also the location to productions such as M*A*S*H and Planet of the Apes.  In 1976 the park opened up to the public and millions of visitors have been stomping through ever since.

 
Hiking, biking, climbing, and exploring await you but it can become daunting if you’ve never been and don’t know where to start. A local favorite is visiting the MASH filming site, there are a few different trails to get you to the location and all are relatively easy. Check them out below! 
 
Cistern Trail
This trail is an easy hike over a mile long with views of the mountains and Malibu Lake
Lost Cabin Trail 
The hike leads you to an empty lot where a cabin from the TV show M*A*S*H once stood.
 
Grasslands Trail
The most popular trail in the park and the one often used and associated with getting to the M*A*S*H filming site. Its a five-mile hike and easy to complete
 
Bulldog Trail
If 2020 has sparked an interest in outdoor activities for you then exploring this park should be on your list of places to visit if it isn’t by now. It is easy for the family but remember to bring plenty of water with you. From these easy trails, you can work your way up to the more difficult trails like Bulldog.
Due to changing advisories, please check local travel guidelines before visiting

Home Tips: Indoor Plant Care

A huge trend during the pandemic is buying houseplants! Some of us already had numerous “plant children” while others are just discovering the beauty that is an indoor plant. Indoor plants can elevate the mood and look of any room in the interior of your home along with naturally purifying the air. Check out our basic tips on how to maintain your new indoor houseplants!

MODERATION

Our most crucial tip before jumping into plant parenthood would be– everything in moderation. All plants require water, light, and food, but the trick to success is to practice moderation! Additionally, let’s think about the native climate for the majority of our houseplants. Your goal is to imitate that environment as closely as possible without going overboard.

SOIL

Contrary to popular belief, there is not a one size fits all soil for plants. Most plants do thrive in an organic soil, while orchids are incredibly picky when it comes to soil. Make sure you do research on the most ideal soil specific to your houseplant breed.

WATERING

Most of the time, people are concerned they aren’t watering enough, when in fact they are watering far too much! Unless noted otherwise, most houseplants would prefer being slightly dry than soaking wet. That means a watering schedule of once or twice a week is suitable for most plants, where you water the plant thoroughly but infrequently. It is best to pour water onto the soil at a slow, deliberate pace, until the water starts escaping from the drainage holes of the container. That’s your signal to stop watering!

LIGHTING

Light is just as important as water. All plants need light to carry out their necessary biological processes. It is a process called– photosynthesis. Although all plants need some light to grow, some plants require a lot less than others. Think again of their native habitat and imagine the dark undergrowth where these plants thrive. They receive heavily filtered light but still keep on kicking.

FERTILIZING

Although plants carry out photosynthesis to process the sugars they need to survive, they also need a more direct form of food to carry out growing processes. Providing fertilizers to your houseplants helps ensure they will remain happy and healthy. The food can be delivered via a granule that breaks down over time, or it can be added more directly via a water soluble fertilizer. Granules generally need to be applied once every few months, while water soluble fertilizers should be applied every two weeks or so. Read the directions on a specific fertilizer to see what is recommended.

TEMPERATURE, AIR FLOW, & ROTATING

Aim to keep the plant in a warm environment with some air circulation, and rotate its face. Almost all houseplants need a minimum temperature of 55ºF to survive. Keep plants away from areas of cold drafts in the winter. The warmer it gets for houseplants, the happier they are! Rotate your plant every few days to keep everything in balance.

 

 

Economic update for the week ending August 22, 2020

Stocks had another strong week – This week the S&P 500 reached a record high. The NASDAQ is also at a record high. Markets have seen a tremendous recovery from their low levels in March. Real estate sales in July showed their highest month-over-month increase in history, and corporations are reporting strong results. The Dow Jones Industrial Average closed the week at 27,930.33, unchanged from 27,931.02 last week. It’s down 2.1% year-to-date. The S&P 500 closed the week at 3,397.16, up 0.7% from 3,372.85 last week. It’s up 5.1% year-to-date. The NASDAQ closed the week at 11,311.81, up 2.7% from 11,017.12 last week. It’s up 26.1% year-to-date.

U.S. Treasury bond yields – The 10-year treasury bond closed the week yielding 0.64%, down from 0.71% last week. The 30-year treasury bond yield ended the week at 1.35%, down from 1.45% last week.

Mortgage rates – The August 20, 2020 Freddie Mac Primary Mortgage Survey reported mortgage rates for the most popular loan products as follows: The 30-year fixed mortgage rate average was 2.99%almost unchanged from 2.96% last week. The 15-year fixed was 2.54%, up from 2.48% last week. The 5-year ARM was 2.91%, unchanged from 2.90% last week.

California existing-housing sales recorded record results in July! – The California Association of Realtors announced that existing, single-family home sales in July totaled 437,890 on a seasonally adjusted annualized rate. That marked a staggering month-over-month increase of 28.8% from the number of sales in June. Year-over-year sales were up 6.6% from July 2019. July 2019 had a pretty healthy sales rate, so a 6.6% increase is remarkable considering that we are in the middle of a pandemic. Existing-home sales are recorded sales. These represent homes that went under contract mostly in May and June. The state-wide median price also hit a record high. It was $666,320. That marked a 6.4% increase month-over-month from June, and a 9.6% increase year-over-year from July 2019. The median price is the point at which one half the homes sell for more and one half sell for less. Historic low-interest rates with 30-year fixed at or under 3% combined with tight inventory levels have pushed prices up. The unsold inventory index in July dropped to a 2.1-month supply of housing from a 3.2-month supply one year ago. The index indicates the number of months it would take to sell the supply of homes on the market at the current rate of sales. The graph below indicates the number of sales and median prices for counties in Southern California.

Valley Eats: Local Donut Shops

In the mood for something satisfying and sweet this weekend? Donuts are socially acceptable to eat at any time of day. Breakfast, with lunch, after dinner, and anytime in between. We have rounded up a list of local donut shops that are open for takeout!

Blinkie’s Donut Emporium 

Located at: 4884 Topanga Canyon Blvd, Woodland Hills, CA 91364

This far-flung shop is a worthy destination for anyone seeking creative doughnuts in the West Valley. It’s best to go early, and with cash, as Blinkie’s closes up by noon every day.

The Donut Hut

Located at: 2025 W Magnolia Blvd, Burbank, CA 91506

Burbank’s Donut Hut is open for takeout. Place orders online and pick-up at the designated time. The orange-glazed cake doughnut is the shop’s sleeper hit.

The Donut Man

Located at: 915 E Rte 66, Glendora, CA 91740

Strawberry season is here and so is the Donut Man. The protocol is a bit different these days — show up, leave your name and phone number, then wait for a text before coming up to the window. The strawberry doughnuts and tiger tails are rightfully famous.

Mama’s Donuts 

Located at: 16844 Sherman Way, Van Nuys, CA

Known for their special Unicorn meets Z-Gallerie donuts, these will always be a show stopper at any breakfast table.

Fonuts 

Located at: 12065 Ventura Place, Studio City, CA

These donuts are baked or steamed and NEVER fried. They taste just as good as the deep-fried donuts. Check them out if you haven’t had a Fonut yet!

LA Eats: Local Donut Shops

In the mood for something satisfying and sweet this weekend? Donuts are socially acceptable to eat at any time of day. Breakfast, with lunch, after dinner, and anytime in between. We have rounded up a list of local donut shops that are open for takeout!

Sidecar Doughnuts

Located at: 631 Wilshire Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90401

Sidecar’s two LA locations in Santa Monica and Torrance are making fresh doughnuts throughout the day for takeout and delivery. The huckleberry glazed cake doughnut is excellent here.

Kettle Glazed Donuts 

Located at: 6211 Franklin Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90028

This Hollywood shop is frying up very fine raised doughnuts for takeout and delivery. The blueberry-lemon old fashioned is worth ordering, as is the original raised glazed.

California Donuts 

Located at: 3540 W 3rd St, Los Angeles, CA 90020

California Donuts on West Third is open daily for takeout. The panda bear-inspired doughnut never fails to bring a smile.

Donut Friend

Located at: 5107 York Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90065

Donut Friend is open daily from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. for takeout and delivery. On the menu are the shop’s greatest hits including the Fudgegazi, a raised doughnut filled with chocolate cream and topped with a chocolate glaze and chocolate chips.

Cafe Dulce 

Located at: 134 Japanese Village Plaza Mall, Los Angeles, CA 90012

Head to Cafe Dulce’s original Little Tokyo location for a full selection of deep-fried delights including ones topped with Fruity Pebbles and bacon. The shop is open for takeout and delivery.

Summer Staycation By Car: Los Angeles

Looking for the best things to do at home in Los Angeles? Whether you’re a culture vulture, outdoorsy type, or simply a lover of our fine city, there’s more than enough here to keep you busy. Even lifelong Angelenos will find something new to add to their to-do list. Check out our list of things to do in your own backyard!

Take a scenic drive around the Palos Verdes Peninsula

This drive consists of ten miles of streets, mostly along Palos Verdes Drive, hugging the coast from the Torrance border to San Pedro. The first third of the drive sticks mostly to spectacular real estate a few blocks inland, but after you round Point Vicente, the drive changes dramatically. For a few miles past Terranea, there’s nothing but undeveloped oceanfront hillsides, winding roads and golden-hued bluffs.

Bike the Strand

The Strand is a 22-mile bike path, officially known as the Marvin Braude Bike Trail, that traces nearly the entire extent of L.A.’s westward-facing coastline. It’s the best way to tour the coastline. The path starts at Will Rogers State Beach and winds its way all the way down to Torrance County Beach.

See L.A. from above at Griffith Park

Griffith is a 4,000-plus–acre rugged park in the center of the city. The trails, the flora, the views, the howls of coyotes down the canyons at night, the twinkly lights of Downtown in the distance—L.A. may not have a grassy, centralized park, but Griffith’s massive, hilly wildnerness makes for a stellar alternative. Even when the Griffith Observatory is closed, you can still drive or hike up to the grounds of the landmark Art Deco dome to take in the unparalleled views.

Stroll through the stunning gardens at the Huntington Library

A historic library, museum, and sprawling gardens that was the bequest of entrepreneur Henry E. Huntington. The Huntington’s distinctly themed gardens are easily the most stunning manicured outdoor spaces in SoCal. Thought its library and museum are currently closed, the gardens are open with reservations.

Take your pup to the only off-leash beach, Rosie’s Dog Beach

The four-acre waterfront spot is the only legal off-leash dog beach in L.A. County. The park is named after the area’s late local canine celebrity, Rosie the English bulldog. You’ll know you’re in the pooch-friendly paradise if you see the colorful “Dogs at Play” sculpture—so you’ll want to stay between Granada Avenue and Roycroft Avenue between 6am and 8pm daily.

Streaming: What’s on Quibi?

Quibi is a phone focused streaming network that was made for those who are on the go or only have a few minutes to watch a “show” while waiting in line to get into the grocery store. Quibi presents fresh content from today’s biggest stars — one quick bite at a time. Make any moment extraordinary with incredible storytelling delivered right to your phone. From all-new original shows to must-see movies told in chapters, the next story will always be waiting. Check out our favorite Quibi Originals below!

Thanks A Million 

Big names. Big money. Big Giving. Celebrities (Jennifer Lopez, Kristen Bell, Nick Jonas, etc) kickstart a chain of kindness, each gifting $100,000 to an unsuspecting individual who have had a positive impact on their lives — with a catch. Watch as the “pay it forward” chain unfolds. All episodes streaming now.

Chrissy’s Court 

Real people. Real cases. And real, legally binding decisions. If you thought Chrissy Teigen couldn’t become an actual courtroom judge, you’ve been overruled. All episodes streaming now.

Most Dangerous Game 

A man (Liam Hemsworth) desperate and in debt. In a dystopian thriller where the hunter turns out to be the hunted. Game on. All episodes streaming now.

Survive 

Jane (Sophie Turner) wants to end it all. Then a plane crash almost ends it for her. Now she’s crawling from the wreckage with Paul, the only other survivor, and a new drive to stay alive. All episodes streaming now.

Shape of Pasta

Chef Evan Funke. Italy. And the pursuit of pasta perfection. He’s uncovering the craft and culture behind some rare and forgotten pasta shapes. Hungry yet? All episodes streaming now.

California Homes More Affordable in the Second Quarter of 2020

The California Association of Realtors announced that 33% of California households could afford to purchase a median priced single family home in the second quarter of 2020, up from 30% in the second quarter of 2019. The income needed to purchase a $610,850 median priced home was $115,200. That qualified for a payment of $2,880 which included principal, tax, and insurance on a 3.43%  30-year fixed loan with 20% down. 44% of California households were able to qualify for a median priced condominium or townhouse. The income needed to qualify for a payment of $2,280 was $90,000. That payment included principal, interest, taxes, insurance, and homeowner’s fees.

California existing-housing sales recorded record results in July!

The California Association of Realtors announced that existing, single-family home sales in July totaled 437,890 in July on a seasonally adjusted annualized rate.  That marked a staggering month-over-month increase of 28.8% from the number of sales in June. Year-over-year sales were up 6.6% from July 2019.

July 2019 had a pretty healthy sales rate, so a 6.6% increase is remarkable considering that we are in the middle of a pandemic. The state-wide median price also hit a record high. It was $666,320. That marked a 6.4% increase month-over-month from June, and a 9.6% increase year-over-year from July 2019. The median price is the point at which one half the homes sell for more and one half sell for less. Historic low interest rates with 30-year fixed at or under 3% combined with historically tight inventory levels have pushed prices up. The unsold inventory index in July dropped to a 2.1-month supply of housing from a 3.2-month supply one year ago. The index indicates the number of months it would take to sell the supply of homes on the market at the current rate of sales. The graph below indicates the number of sales and median prices for counties in Southern California. The graph below indicates results from Southern California by county.