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29 Sep 00:03

Tinder Wants Los Angeles Billboards That Link Them to STDs Taken Down

by Curbed Staff

called it!

A billboard campaign alluding to the, um, potential health dangers of some dating apps has Tinder in a public shouting match with the AIDS Healthcare Foundation. The ad went up last week in LA locations showing two silhouetted couples with the phrases, "Tinder, Chlamydia, Grindr, Gonorrhea" imprinted on their soon-to-be passionate embrace and it's got place-based dating apps Tinder and Grindr crying foul. Seems reminding casual daters about STDs is bad for business. The LA Times reports that Tinder has sent out a cease-and-desist notice to the foundation calling for the removal of the billboards.

The AIDS Healthcare Foundation is not backing down on its targeting of location based dating apps. Whitney Engeran-Cordova, a director at the AIDS Healthcare Foundation called the apps "a digital bathhouse for millennials." The organization's website features not only the billboard graphic in question, but, in an accompanying article, a link to a study showing the increased risks in contracting STDs among people who use social media and apps to find dates, as well as to a Vanity Fair article that was about the proliferation of dating apps and, because of them, casual sex.

Tinder's pulled no punches in its response, claiming that the foundation was slandering for their own gains. Grindr, a men-only dating app, also has beef with the foundation, but a far more polite beef. Grindr recently removed the foundation's ads for free STD testing from their app saying, "we were surprised at the approach [the foundation] took, and paused the campaign in order to speak with them and assess our relationship. At the end of the day, we are all on the same side in this issue, and strive to work with our partners and advocacy groups to achieve similar goals." —Jeff Wattenhofer

The new STD billboard is up! I love our monthly treat!

— NICK WALSH (@NICKWALSH) September 17, 2015

· Tinder demands removal of L.A. billboard that tells dating app users to get STD test [LA Times]

01 Oct 23:02

Bonkers Unbuilt Megamansion Asking $115 Million in Bel Air

by Curbed Staff

How does one even live without two pools and an art vault?

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Image via Domvs London

Are you disappointed in the lack of good megamansions available in Bel Air? Do you find yourself vomiting all over the backseat of your chauffeured Rolls-Royce when you see the garbage that passes as an estate these days? If you're sick of the Skid Row that has become of hillside mansions, you'll welcome The Park Bel Air, a new enclave of megamansions planned for construction next year. Junius Real Estate Partners (the real estate investment arm of JPMorgan Chase) is teaming up with developer Domvs London to split an 11-acre site in Bel Air up for three enormous hilltop megamansion for the mega-rich, reports Bloomberg.

The first lot went up for sale this week. For just $115 million down, Domvs London will proceed with the 57,000-square-foot, 15-bedroom house they have planned for the site. Just to put that into context, the White House is only 55,000 square feet, but this is still far from the biggest or most expensive megamansion underway in Bel Air (the winner at the moment is 74,000-square-feet and asking $500 million). Sure, there's an option to buy just the land for $45 million and design your own place, but it's hard to argue with the amenities of the Domvs house.

This house is gonna have everything. We're talking guesthouse, bowling alley, elevators, two pools, full-service spa and esthetician room. Bringing Jay Leno over for dinner? Drive him into your own underground auto gallery through it's very Batman-esque underground connector tunnel. Haven't seen Everest yet? Bootleg a copy and watch it in your IMAX theater. Don't have time to make it to the golf course or racetrack? No problem! You've also got a golf and race car simulator in home!

There will even be an art vault! Who couldn't use a new art vault?

The first house can be ready for construction in February 2016. Domvs has designs prepped for the remaining two properties that range from 56,000 to 61,000 square feet. —Jeff Wattenhofer

· JPMorgan Financing Los Angeles Mansions Starting at $115 Million [Bloomberg]
· 788 Tortuoso Way, Bel Air, CA [WEA]
· The New Biggest Mansion in Los Angeles Will Ask $500 Million [Curbed LA]

23 Sep 17:00

Recipe: Spaghetti Squash Pad Thai — Quick Weeknight Dinner Recipes from The Kitchn

by Emma Christensen


I've always viewed spaghetti squash — with its clever, noodle-like interior — as a fun party trick, always surprising both for its ability to reasonably mimic pasta and how satisfying the results can be. It's good, sure, but it's also never really had a "wow" moment for me.

Now, let me introduce you to this pad Thai. This dish has "wow" written all over it. It's tangy and savory in all the right places; it's crunchy and chewy and tender, all together. It has all the hallmarks of your favorite take-out pad Thai — except those spaghetti squash noodles are the star of the show.


24 Sep 23:00


by mugumogu

the hunter has become the hunted.


Hana attacks black vinyl garbage.

This is counterattack of black vinyl garbage. It stuck to her face by static electricity.

23 Sep 07:27

An Update on My Beautiful Cats

by Martha Stewart

These cats have it pretty good. cat buffet!

So many of you have commented on how much you enjoy seeing photos of my pets. Most recently, I was asked to share an update on my beautiful [&hellip...
19 Sep 12:45

Couple DIYs 11-Foot Bed to Make Room For All Their Pets — Design News

by Tara Bellucci

Our future. It looks Robotron is moonlighting with another family at night :(

When you have two humans, two dogs, and five cats, a regular bed won't do. Reddit user Robdogbird and his wife created an 11-foot-long superbed to sleep the entire family.


21 Sep 21:45

Celebrity Real Estate: John Barrymore's Famed 1920s Estate in Bev Crest Has Opium Den, Wants $42.5M

by Bianca Barragan

For that price the opium den should come fully stocked.

Photos courtesy WEA

Not too far away from a different property associated with John Barrymore, the Bella Vista is a place that Barrymore famously called home. Built in the late 1920s for early Hollywood filmmaker King Vidor and designed by architect John Byers, the mansion was sold in 1927 to Drew Barrymore's grandfather, Variety reported earlier this summer. Barrymore lived in the house until he died in 1942, but it still has plenty of Old Hollywood glamour.

It's not clear from the listing how much from Barrymore's time remains, but we're guessing that the "opium den" over the master bedroom and the floor made of the trunks of redwood trees in the in-home pub are holdovers from the time when his eccentric habits and collections (shrunken heads, a 30-foot-tall totem pole he stole from an Alaskan village) ruled the place.

Under Barrymore's ownership, an on-site aviary was converted to living quarters; later, it was rented out by stars like Katharine Hepburn, Marlon Brando and Candice Bergen—presumably, before they were stars. It's not clear from the listing if that aviary is part of this sale or even still exists (though it was there was the current owners bought), but it's all part of the legend of the estate.

The main house is a three-bedroom, two-bathroom residence with the aforementioned pub (maybe the Barrymore-era basement tavern?), two libraries, and an octagonal living room. In addition to two older "guest cottages," there's also a brand new two-story guesthouse with three bedrooms, two kitchens, and two living rooms. The sprawling property is on six lots and takes up 3.44 acres; it also includes a pool and "meandering paths."

Bella Vista was purchased in the 1990s by the late film producer/director Tony Scott (Top Gun, Enemy of the State). Scott committed suicide in 2012, and property records show that a trust in the name of his wife, Donna Scott, is the current owner.

The property had appeared for sale earlier this month with no listed price. (Even before that, in May, it was rumored to be whisper-listed for around $25 million.) Now, it's on the market for a very hearty $42.5 million.

· 1500 Seabright Place [WEA]
· Your Mama Hears: John Barrymore's Bella Vista Whisper Listed at $25 Million [Variety]
· A 1920s classic in Beverly Hills [LAT]
· John Barrymore's Once-Glam Beverly Crest Estate Hasn't Been Totally Ruined [Curbed LA]

04 Sep 18:35

Real Estate Death Match: Which of These California Homes is the Most Out There?

by Sally Kuchar

I like looking at tacky houses. I guess I would rather have the saucer house.

Imagine you have around a bag of money to spend on a place and you've narrowed it down to two pretty out there California homes. How do you make up your mind? Why not throw them in the ring, hand each one a metaphorical weapon, and see which one pleases you more when forced to fight to the death—that's right, readers: it's time for Real Estate Death Match, wonky California home edition!


Houses: Mojave Desert Saucer House/Bay Area Flintstone House
Prices: $650,000/$4,200,000
Beds, Baths: 2, 2/2, 3

More this way >>

15 Sep 00:32

Video Interlude: Los Angeles's New 2024 Olympics Bid Video is So Thirsty

by Curbed Staff

I feel that maybe they should have used less smog/smoke shots? "Look, we have one day to film this so we don't have time to come back after that wild fire is put out."

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When watching the new promotional video for Los Angeles's 2024 Olympic bid, you might be asking yourself, is everyone in Los Angeles under the age of 30? Set to the sounds of a mightily epic Arcade Fire tune (taken from the Where the Wild Things Are trailer, not incidentally), the video depicts the city life of young athletes, young entrepreneurs, and young young people. Superimposed over shots of our picturesque city are phrases touting a modern city, diversity, and digital startups. It's a beautiful video to be sure, but who exactly is it for?

Turns out it's a very direct appeal to very specific concerns on the International Olympic Committee that were outlined in their Agenda 2020 plan on the future of Olympic bids. IOC President Thomas Bach, in his speech introducing the plan, stated "We need to change because sport today is too important in society to ignore the rest of society. We are not living on an island, we are living in the middle of a modern, diverse, digital society."

Hmm, a modern, diverse, digital society? Sounds like something from a video we just saw ...—Jeff Wattenhofer
· Olympic Agenda 2020 []
· Los Angeles Will Be the US's Bid City For the 2024 Olympics [Curbed LA]

10 Sep 18:36

Neighbor Beefs: Scarily Hostile Mar Vista Residents Don't Want Depressed and Anxious People Living Near Them

by Adrian Glick Kudler

my old neighborhood strikes again!


Today's cruelest Los Angeles neighborhood of the day is … Mar Vista! Mar Vistans packed a community meeting last month to make clear that a five-bedroom group home for people with severe anxiety, depression, and emotional trauma "would not receive a warm welcome to the neighborhood," reports the Argonaut. Apparently a group in the area "has become increasingly vocal" about the fact that they believe their wealth and ability to use their cars with ease is more important than the lives and treatment of their fellow human beings, or "that a proliferation of recovery-oriented living facilities could devalue single-family homes and exacerbate traffic and parking woes." However you want to put it.

Psychological Care & Healing Treatment Center houses people who are recovering from trauma, depression, severe anxiety, and other psychological issues, but would only house them in the Mar Vista house; the treatment would be done at an actual clinic nearby on Venice Boulevard. Cofounder Dr. Terry Krekorian was shouted down at the community meeting as he tried to explain this; he also mentioned that someone had "intentionally flattened the tires" of an employee at another of the center's group homes, to which someone in the crowd responded with a lack of empathy so terrifyingly antisocial it makes you think maybe she should be in treatment: "Then take the hint and go!"

Neighbors are sick of their neighborhood being overrun by treatment facilities, which include "a therapeutic community for female military veterans dealing with trauma-related issues that sometimes involve substance abuse." They're horrified by such a thing! "Are we all going to have neighbors like this for the rest of our lives?" one person huffed.
· Has Mar Vista Become the Rehab Capital of Los Angeles? [The Argonaut]

09 Sep 18:01

Video Interlude: Watch the Enormous El Niño Growing in the Pacific Right Now

by Bianca Barragan

I guess I should upgrade my windshield wipers now before they are out of stock everywhere.

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With California trapped in a drought that's lasted about four years now, the state is alternately hoping for and fearing a big, rainy El Niño weather event this winter (which could help with the drought while also causing lots of its own problems). There are signs that a huge one is coming, but there are also obstacles, one of the biggest being the Ridiculously Resilient Ridge, a high pressure zone that's been blamed in part for keeping storms away and helping the drought stick around. This video from the visualization lab of the University Corporation for Atmospheric Research (an association of more than 100 colleges that runs the National Center for Atmospheric Research) is definitely going to rile everyone up. The video (via LA Observed) compares the "historic" (meaning huge) 1997-1998 El Niño to the one that's forming now, showing their growth side by side. Watching the two events next to each other, the video's creator says, "I was a little shocked just how closely 2015 resembles 1997 visually."

"While it's too early to say if the current El Niño will live up to the hype," says a blog post from UCAR introducing the video, it is gearing up to be one of the strongest of these weather phenomena in history, and could even be stronger than its legendary 1997-1998 predecessor. Demonstrating this, the video charts the rising sea surface temperatures for the 1997-1998 event and the temperatures now, because those "are key to gauging the strength of an El Niño, which is marked by warmer-than-average waters."

· Watch 2015 and 1997 El Niños Build, Side by Side [UCAR]
· Meet the Two Weather Phenomena Battling This Winter For the Future of the California Drought [Curbed LA]
· Only 12 to 20 More Of These Storms And the Drought is Over! [Curbed LA]
· Could SoCal's Cool May Become a Drought-Relieving Winter? [Curbed LA]

08 Sep 14:30

Design Dictionary: What's the Difference Between a Couch and a Sofa?

by Taryn Williford

is a sofa a sandwich?

Here on Apartment Therapy, we tend to use "sofa" and "couch" interchangeably to refer to the place where you might entertain friends or plop down with a blanket for a Netflix marathon. But do the two words really mean the same thing? Where did they come from? And what, then, are a settee and a loveseat?


02 Sep 17:41

Minion Madness!

by julie desmeules

now I want a cake shaped like the fat minion.

A few weeks ago, I made the desserts for a Minion birthday party at The COOP here in Los Angeles. The Minions are certainly the stars of many parties for children, but I was very impressed at how the ladies at The COOP created a vibrant decor with refinement and originality. 

Enjoy the pictures!

Venue and Event Planning: The Coop
Photography: Greg Fiore Photography

02 Sep 12:54

Best Snacks and Snack Ideas for Babies and Toddlers in Walt Disney World

by AJ

well look who is having their first dole whip.

Many of us have been there: you’re in a Disney Park, and for whatever reason, you have a hungry, hungry baby or toddler. The potential for your day to go from amazing to craptastic just increased by like, 100x.

This happened to me not too long ago with the 1 year old. I spent the better part of the day — time I should have been enjoying all kinds of food adventures for you guys! — in search of Cheerios. Which I could not find anywhere. No cheerios. Not even any Cheerio-like substances (which they USED to have, but no longer do).

First Dole Whip for Baby Westfall! Photo courtesy Karen and Mike Westfall, who are awesome.

First Dole Whip for Baby Westfall! Photo courtesy Karen and Mike Westfall, who are awesome.

So I started searching for other non-chokable, non-sugar-packed snacks to keep the hope alive, and do you know what I found? A whole lot of nothing. That’s what. Seriously. For a place that’s supposed to be the ultimate kid-friendly destination, Walt Disney World seemed sorely lacking in wholesome, grab and go, eat-on-the-fly food options that are appropriate for your blossoming eater.

So I figured, hey, I need to know where to find this stuff quick like a bunny. So I bet you a Mickey Bar that someone else out there in Disney Food Blog Land has found themselves with the same challenge.

If this is you, or if you’re headed to the World with a tiny human someday, let’s take a look together at the Best Snacks That Are Available For Toddlers in Walt Disney World. And with that, we’ll also take a look at a couple of finds that have made subsequent trips to the ‘World way easier for us when Junior is along for the ride.

In the Parks

We’d love to give our kids perfectly healthy snacks and meals all the time. But sometimes, we have to just go with what’s available. After my fateful adventure we did some research and, fortunately, you aren’t without options.

Counter Service spots throughout the Parks and Resorts offer Uncrustables. These little Peanut Butter and Jelly pocket sandwiches, when cut into bite-size pieces, offer a not-too-unhealthy option for noshing. These are also great for packing for the airplane on your way out.



You can also find Fresh Fruit at lots of places in the Parks. Cut up Bananas and Strawberries or halved sections of Oranges are universal favorites. It’s not as “on-the-fly” as I’d like, but it’s super healthy.

Harambe Fruit Market

Harambe Fruit Market Offers Lots of Fresh Fruit Favorites

Chip and Dale Snacks include Puffed Cheese Crackers in the shape of Mickey that you’re kids will enjoy. Think fake Goldfish that don’t taste as good as real goldfish. These could post a choking hazard for a sub-two-year-old, so be sure that you’ve tested out goldfish on them first at home.

Chip and Dale

Chip and Dale Puffed Cheese Crackers

You’ll also find Minnie’s Bake Shop Graham Cookies as well, which are a suitable stand-in for Teddy Grahams.

Minnie's Bake Shop Graham Cookies

Minnie’s Bake Shop Graham Cookies

If you find yourself in Magic Kingdom, why not stop by Liberty Square Market? This open air grab and go spot has tons of fresh fruit options. And quite often, you’ll also find Baked Potatoes and Sweet Potatoes — PERFECT snacks to cut up and put into the stroller sippy cup slot.

Inside of Sweet Potato

Baked Sweet Potato from Liberty Square Market

While this is a snack that you’ll have to stop and help your toddler with, it’s definitely one of the best things that you can feed him or her in all of Disney.

Yogurt or Cottage Cheese are also good options. You probably won’t find whole milk organic brands, however. This may be one of those times when good enough is good enough.

Strawberry Yogurt Inside

Strawberry Yogurt

In the Resorts

Forewarned is forearmed…or something like that. If you missed the boat bringing snacks from home, but you anticipate that you’ll need something to keep your little cherub from melting down while in the line for Peter Pan, the Grab and Go Section at your Resort Counter Service Spot can be you new favorite place.

Greek Yogurt in yummy flavors can keep a kid going for miles.



If you’d like to stock up before hitting the Parks, you’ll find lots of Whole Fruit and Cut Fruit available in the Grab and Go Section as well.

Whole fruit

Whole fruit

Disney Grab and Go Healthy Options

Disney Grab and Go Fruit Options

Cereal in disposable bowls is also a great choice, and will keep little fingers occupied and tummies happy. There are normally more wholesome (read: low sugar) options alongside the sweetened varieties, but many.

Assorted cereals

Assorted Cereals

To go cups of Hummus with Pretzel Thins also make for a wholesome and convenient snack. I especially love the pretzels in these packs, because they’re thin and more the consistency of crackers.

Hummus and Pretzels

Hummus and Pretzels

If all else fails, you can always grab some Bread for snacks, or even toast it for later.

White bread

White bread

You’ll normally find a good selection of snacks for guests who require a special diet as well, with products that are free from top allergens.

Special dietary treat stand

Special dietary treat stand

And don’t hesitate to grab a couple of Mickey Waffles at breakfast and keep them for noshing throughout the morning.

Mickey Waffles

Mickey Waffles

Baby Care Centers

One of our favorite tips for weary mommies, daddies, and babies alike is to make use of Disney’s Baby Care Centers.

Magic Kingdom Baby Care Center

Magic Kingdom Baby Care Center

You’ll find these havens of rest near the First Aid Stops in each of the Parks. In addition to offering primo places to change diapers, there are also quiet rooms where Mom can nurse or pump (complete with rocking chairs). Feeding rooms with super clean high chairs are also available — and all come with a glorious dose of A/C.

I had a couple of experiences in the parks where the perfect antidote for the overwhelming excitement of Disney World was stopping into the cool, calm Baby Care Center for 10 minutes. Everyone chilled out (literally and figuratively) and we could go on with our day in a better emotional state.

In addition, Baby Care Centers do offer a few feeding options, like jarred baby food and some nibbles, and there are microwaves and filtered water for preparing foods and bottles.

Tips and Tricks to Plan Ahead

So, even better than offering you tips for things that you can get in the parks for your kiddos to nosh on are some really great suggestions for items to take with — or to have shipped to your room — to avoid getting into this pickle in the first place! (I know, I know — you prepare the best you can — but sometimes you still get into a pickle. Don’t worry — you’re a good parent.)

First of all, don’t hesitate to have items that you know you’ll need shipped directly to your hotel room. Sites like allow you to order your groceries in advance and have them delivered to your resort room. This is an especially nice service to have when you have toddlers and you don’t feel like bringing all of the milk, formula, snacks, and food you’ll need for the whole trip with you from home. I personally use this service ALL. THE. TIME.

Choose Food by Aisle, Brand, and Specialty Category at

Choose Food by Aisle, Brand, and Specialty Category at

Here are a few more tips and tricks that we’ve found useful during our travels with little ones. You can get glass jars of baby food, applesauce, and other smooth and un-choke-able goodies at Disney resort gift shops, but if your kiddo isn’t super great at feeding herself yet, that can get messy and/or dangerous. Consider re-packaging these yums in Reusable Baby Food Pouches. When you’re finished, just wash the pouch or run it through the dishwasher, and it’s ready to go for another serving! Super convenient, and your little one can feed him or herself while you rush to the next attraction! (Of course, you can also just bring a bunch of pre-filled or store-bought pouches with you, but doing it this way means all you have to bring on the airplane is a bunch of empty, re-useable pouches instead of already full ones. Just grab the “filling” at your resort gift shop.)

Reusable Food Pouches Make Bringing Your Own Food a Snap

Reusable Food Pouches Make Bringing Your Own Food a Snap

Snack Containers allow kids to feed themselves without making too much of a mess, and they minimize waste. We like and use these too.

Munchkin Snack Catchers

Munchkin Snack Catchers

And a Sectioned Bowl that comes with its own matching spoon makes for quick and easy snacking on the go.

Easy Go Sectioned Bowl Gives you Two Sections to Fill Up for Variety

Easy Go Sectioned Bowl Gives you Two Sections to Fill Up for Variety

Finally, make quick work of fresh fruits and veggies in the parks by cutting them down to just the right size with these handy Bite Sizers Scissors.

Bite Sizers Scissors

Bite Sizers Scissors


And don’t forget the take and toss bowls, spoons, and cups! Although in our house, these last for years. :-) But it’s not tragic if they get lost or tossed!

We hope that we’ve given you some great ideas for the next time you find yourself at Disney with a hungry new-solid-food-eater in tow. With a little knowledge of what you have available, and a dose of preparation, you can sail through a trip to the Parks with ease!

Now let’s hear from you! What are your best tips and tricks when faced with a hungry toddler at a Disney Park? Leave a comment and tell us what works for you!

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02 Sep 13:00

Wildlife Wednesday: Meet Malosi at Disney’s Animal Kingdom

by Jackie Ogden, Ph.D.

serious looking guy

We want to introduce you to one of the tigers you may see along the winding trails of Maharajah Jungle Trek—Meet Malosi!


Malosi is our newest tiger at Disney’s Animal Kingdom. While Malosi, a male Sumatran tiger, gets used to his new habitat, he may be exploring both onstage and backstage areas on Maharajah Jungle Trek. You may see this curious cat cooling off in the water or resting in the sun.

As you may remember when we introduced you to Sohni last year, Sumatran tigers are the smallest subspecies of tiger and are found only on the small island in Indonesia where this tiger gets its name. Males like Malosi stretch 6.5-to-nearly-8-feet long, and typically weigh only between 220 and 310 pounds. While this may seem like a big cat, the Sumatran tiger’s cousin, the Siberian tiger (or Amur tiger, as they are also known), weighs between 400 and 600 pounds!


When you visit Malosi, Sohni and the other tigers here, keep these fun facts in mind:

  • Malosi and other tigers can see about as well as humans during the day, but when the sun goes down, their vision is six times more powerful than ours.
  • Can you wiggle your ears? Tigers sure can. Their ears turn independently of each other and in an arc up to 180 degrees, allowing them to pick up sounds from all different directions.
  • You may know tigers are pretty good swimmers despite the reputation of their domesticated cousins—the house cat. Tigers spend a lot of time in the water and even use water as a tool in hunting. They have been seen fishing in rivers and lakes.

Human impact has dramatically decreased Sumatran tiger numbers in the wild. They are critically endangered, with as few as 500 tigers left in the wild. Conservation organizations like those supported by the Disney Conservation Fund are working hard to make a difference. You can help tigers by donating to the Disney Conservation Fund at select merchandise and food and beverage locations on your next visit and don’t forget to say “hi” to our feline friends on Maharajah Jungle Trek.

Wildlife Wednesday: Meet Malosi at Disney’s Animal Kingdom by Jackie Ogden, Ph.D.: Originally posted on the Disney Parks Blog

28 Aug 17:09

This LA Sandwich Shop Will Name All Their Sandwiches After NPR Hosts

by Farley Elliott


The Ira Glass comes with avocado!

It’s the sort of tongue-in-cheek California thing you might see parodied on SNL, but this one is very, very real: a local Los Angeles lunch shop plans on offering a sandwich menu entirely named after NPR hosts.

The upcoming spot, called Wax Paper Co., is exactly as pedigreed as you’d expect: co-owner Peter Lemos was previously the chef de cuisine at Jon Shook and Vinny Dotolo’s aptly-named hit restaurant Jon & Vinny’s before deciding to go the casual lunch route with his wife/partner Lauren Behrle, and they’re planning to open up shop inside a reformatted shipping container in the quickly-changing Frog Town neighborhood along the L.A. River.

What’s the inspiration for naming their new menu after NPR notables like Ira Glass and Lakshmi Singh? "We just came up with the idea in the car one day, while listening to our daily dose of NPR," says Behrle, adding with a laugh: "Since then, we’ve been pretty passionate about it staying in place."

So what does a Larry Mantle (of AirTalk) sandwich actually consist of? In his case, the $12 option comes with hand-sliced bologna on a sesame roll, with capicola, provolone, pickled peppers, red onion, lettuce, tomato and oregano vinaigrette. As for the Kai Ryssdal (of Marketplace), expect pole-caught tuna, potato confit, celery, lettuce, and black olive aioli.

Lemos and Behrle say that their menu will change with the season and rotate out as they see fit, but expect the NPR appropriation to continue on. After all, there’s always someone on the air over there that’s worthy of a little good-natured sandwich parody.

Wax Paper Seasonal Menu

25 Aug 19:41

biggbrother17: what I think of when I see Austin




what I think of when I see Austin

20 Aug 20:45

New Wooden Kitty Cubes Look Chic Even Without Cats — Design News

by Tara Bellucci

maybe this could solve our robotron problem? oh wait, they aren't for sale. awesome

The Catable 2.0 is a series of wooden boxes that look sculptural on their own, but also provide nooks and crannies for curious cats.


19 Aug 20:00

Two Set Decor Questions from the Show Suits — Good Questions

by Tess Wilson


Q#1: I'm interested in finding a candelabra that was in a scene on Suits, airing on July 29, 2015. One of the last scenes of the episode had [POSSIBLE SPOILERS REDACTED]. The apartment was glowing from a multitude of candles and on the living room table was a tree branch holding about 9 lit candles...


12 Aug 15:15

Blind Items Revealed #2

by Enty

a Rizzoli and Isles blind item.


August 20, 2013

This B- list mostly television actress has pretty much stayed in that position for her entire career. Sometimes she moves up slightly, but she has always been consistent and has been on one television show after the other. Some hits and some misses. She told producers she would walk off the set of her current show and quit if they attempted to make her a lesbian. Acting or not, she is dead set against it and it goes against her values.

Angie Harmon

17 Aug 12:45

Restoration Hardware Plans Teen Furniture Line — Design News

by Tara Bellucci

for your snobby teen who likes neo-classical design. their baby furniture line is just an extension of the parent's style, but I don't think there are many teenagers who would like this kind of stuff.

In Restoration Hardware's continued expansion, the next frontier is underage. RH Teen will market upscale furniture with a younger aesthetic to teenagers and their parents.


14 Aug 19:30

How To Repair A Cord — Apartment Therapy Tutorials

by Ashley Poskin

Alt title: How to Start an Electrical Fire. Join us next week for our tutorial on how to file an insurance claim.

In this world of electronic everything, knowing how to repair an electrical cord is probably a skill worth learning. It might seem intimidating- but it's not. At all. Pick up a few basic tools to help make the job even easier and as long as you can twist wires together, you're gonna be alright!


13 Aug 19:00

Savor a Long Weekend in San Francisco with Adventures by Disney

by Terry Brinkoetter

Do you want to turn a $500 trip into a $3000 trip? Read on!

I’m lucky to have visited San Francisco many times, but not until my recent Adventures by Disney Long Weekend did I realize how much I’d missed on previous visits.


It’s tempting to say I felt like a “local,” but this Adventures by Disney itinerary includes things Bay Area residents can only dream of doing. Hello exclusive visit to the Lucasfilm campus in the San Francisco Presidio! Why, yes, thank you for that private lunch and a wine-blending experience in the barrel room of Silverado Vineyards. And it doesn’t get more “Disney,” than a privately guided tour of The Walt Disney Family Museum.


These are just a few highlights from the chock-full four days and three nights that make up this discovery of the City by the Bay. On the second morning of our adventure many in the group said we’d seen and done so much that it already felt like a full vacation.

Everybody knows that San Francisco is a sightseer’s paradise with iconic attractions like the Golden Gate Bridge and Fisherman’s Wharf. While those never lose their appeal, Adventures by Disney offers a chance to experience the diversity that makes San Francisco so special – cosmopolitan flair, scenic natural wonders, historical sights and much more.

One of the many pleasant surprises about this weekend adventure was how outdoorsy it is. We biked along the bay to the Golden Gate Bridge and hiked the inspiring Muir Woods. There were less-active choices available, but tandem bikes and other options made these activities suitable for pretty much everybody. Later, a quick boat ride to Angel Island and we had breathtaking views of the city and bay and the perfect spot for a picnic lunch.


San Francisco offers so much to see and do that it’s easy to get overwhelmed and miss a lot. Not to worry, Adventures by Disney took care of everything to make sure we got the most from our trip. Adventure Guides, Eleni and Emily, were like two Fairy Godmothers handling every detail.


Our Adventures by Disney travel posse included lots of kids, moms and dads, young adults and Grandpa “Bumpa” Bob on his first big travel adventure. By the end of the trip we all felt like family promising to stay in touch. That’s not unusual, with families often becoming lifelong friends with one another and taking more Adventures by Disney trips together.

Yes, you may leave your heart in San Francisco, but with Adventures by Disney you’ll take away a lifetime of memories.

Savor a Long Weekend in San Francisco with Adventures by Disney by Terry Brinkoetter: Originally posted on the Disney Parks Blog

12 Aug 20:30

Curbed National: Devil in the Details: Can DiCaprio & Scorsese Recreate Devil in the White City?

by Curbed Staff


Photo montage by Jeremiah Budin

Erik Larson's beloved book Devil in the White City will finally exit development purgatory after years of inaction and a multi-studio bidding war, according to Deadline Hollywood, with Martin Scorsese set to direct and Leonardo DiCaprio signed on to play serial killer HH Holmes. While the reunion of the director and performer, and the realization of a much-delayed project, are both reasons to get excited, we're just as hyped about the idea of bringing the architecture of the 1893 World's Columbian Exposition to the silver screen, and of seeing today's actors portray architectural legends. We know Leo's playing the bad guy, and that this will likely be a blockbuster. Considering the budget that might be available, who should be cast for the parts of Burnham, Root, Frederick Law Olmsted and others?

Our casting call and a look at the famed White City >>

12 Aug 21:33

Curbed Maps: 17 Free and Air Conditioned Spots to Help You Survive a Los Angeles Heatwave

by Bianca Barragan

I thought that one picture looked like the interior of an embassy suites and , indeed, it is. They suggest hanging out inside the LAX embassy suites.

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Los Angeles is headed for a heatwave that will push temperatures up into the triple digits in parts of LA (Burbank and Woodland Hills have been namedropped) through the weekend. For those non-weekend workers who live in non-air-conditioned residences, this is not great news. Fortunately, there are many free places to visit around town that are both cool temperature-wise and cool in the 1950s beatnik way, plus (more or less) free—that combination makes them the perfect places to be when things heat up. We've mapped out 17 right here:

11 Aug 23:35

New to Market: Polished Altadena Post and Beam With Pool Asks $1.175M

by Bianca Barragan

let's buy this house. there is even a water fountain for robotron.

Designed by architect/AIA Fellow Richard Leitch as his own residence, the 1954 house sits on a 13,462-square-foot lot surrounded by large oak trees. As expected with mid-century houses, this one has those walls of glass and clerestory windows, and a vintage sensibility that's kept very modern with concrete floors, stone counters, and, in the two bathrooms, cool mosaic-tile shower enclosures. Every window offers a look out to the yard, where there's a pool, two interior courtyards, and an "entertaining platform" among the trees. The recently-restored, three-bedroom house is asking $1.175 million.

· 1276 Sunnyoaks [Partners Trust]
· 1276 Sunny Oaks Circle, Altadena, CA [Estately]

06 Aug 00:30

The Commute: Metro Survey Shows Sexual Harassment is Slightly Down

by Curbed Staff


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Metro has released the data from their "semi-annual" customer satisfaction survey of bus and train riders. The Source says nearly 20,000 riders filled out surveys asking about their opinions on everything from station cleanliness to how safe they feel riding Metro vehicles. The latest survey data comes off the heels of recent Metro plans to curb sexual harassment and decrease the travel times of its bus fleet. Since the previous Metro (where a disturbing 22 percent of riders on trains and buses reported experiencing sexual harassment), they have increased the specificity and amount of questions asked about instances of harassment on Metro buses and trains.

Rather than fit under an all encompassing question of whether customers had been sexually harassed, this survey delineates between non-physical sexual harassment, instances of groping, and indecent exposure. They found 18 percent of bus riders and 21 percent of train riders had experienced sexual harassment in general (a slight drop). 7 percent of all respondents for both bus and rail said they had experienced inappropriate touching or groping. 7 percent of bus riders had experienced indecent exposure versus 10 percent of train riders. Overall the number of people getting sexually harassed is down from last year's survey, but (in terms of general harassment) identical to the numbers from the winter 2013 survey.

As for those total trip times, both wait times and total travel times have not experienced significant drops in the past few surveys. This will probably change in the next survey when the Metro goes through with plans to speed up service through strategic cuts to existing routes.

A final standout statistic: the median income of metro riders. Since 2013, the median income for both bus and train riders has fallen every year. (The median income of train riders remains significantly higher than bus riders, though.) —Jeff Wattenhofer

· 2015 Survey [The Source]
· Here's Metro's Big Proposal to Speed Up and Cut Back on Los Angeles Bus Service [Curbed LA]
· Metro attacks sexual harassment with "off limits" campaign [The Source]
30 Jul 20:45

These Cities Have the Most Vermin — Design News

by Tara Bellucci

calling bullshit. Honolulu didn't even make the list for roaches and that's where they thrive.

Where are you most likely to spot a roach or a rat at home? Bloomberg tallied US Census 2013 American Housing Survey to find the most vermin-infested cities across the country.


29 Jul 22:57


by mugumogu

I don't think I would rinse out the litter box in the shower, but Maru and Hanna are cleaner than our cats.

It was fine, so I decided to wash the cat litter case .

Maru:[This is my important thing.]
Hana:[What happens to this?]

Don't worry. I wash it.


Maru:[Wow, dusts flow. This is very interesting.]

However, Hana is angry.

はな:「シャワー嫌い! 今すぐ止めて!!」
Hana:[I dislike showers. Please stop it right now!!]

How about the clean cat litter case?

Maru:[Of course, I feel good.]

And what should I wash next?

28 Jul 15:45

Kermit and Animal and pirate duels: the wildest Muppet wedding video you'll see today

by Catherine Clark

I'm sure bill's biggest regret is that we didn't get married surrounded by muppets.

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Photos and video by Rawtography
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Oh, and we've got some gorgeous photography from the wedding, too, which was also shot by Rawtography, natch. Get ready to see pirate duels, the Jim Henson studios, a huge sparkler send-off, and of course, an intro from Kermit and Animal themselves. Apparently the bride and Animal have some history…

Photography: Ryan Williams | Video Team: Charles Ratteray and Jenn Spain

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