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30 Mar 02:19

video interlude: Dov Charney Is Busy Plotting His Against-All-Odds Comeback

by Pauline O'Connor
Kristen

Worth watching the video to see how fucking delusional this guy is.

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American Apparel's ex CEO Dov Charney has kept a relatively low profile since getting the heave-ho in December 2014. But like a bad penny, the disgraced exec has once again resurfaced, speaking to ABC News's 20/20 for an episode that aired Friday evening entitled "Occupational Hazards." In the segment, Charney reveals that he spends his days plotting and scheming to retake the company he founded, a goal that seems oh, just a tad unrealistic. ("He is not allowed to be an employee, or an officer, or CEO of the company. Period. There's no option there," current AmApp CEO Paula Schneider points out.) To no one's surprise, Charney certainly doesn't do much to repair his reputation here, but it's kind of fun to watch him try.


· Dov Charney Isn't Broke or Homeless, He Has a $4-Million Mansion in Silver Lake [Curbed LA]

23 Mar 23:24

House Calls: Touring a Traveler's Two-Story Garden Apartment in Silver Lake

by Bianca Barragan
Kristen

this apartment is cute but they use their washer and dryer hookup area just for the litter box rather than having a washer and dryer. Crazy!

Welcome to House Calls, a new feature in which Curbed tours the lovely, offbeat, or otherwise awesome homes of regular Angelenos. Think your space should be featured next? Drop us a line with a few photos and details about your place.
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Photos by Wonho Frank Lee

Who lives here?
Jordana, 29, Lacy, 26, and Tracey.

What're the stats?
It's a two-bedroom we turned into a three bedroom, and two baths.

What's the rent?
$1,957

How long have you been here?
Six years.

What's the best feature of your apartment?
The beautiful patio and balcony.

What's the worst feature?
The first come, first serve parking, which leaves most of us parking on the street.

What do you love and/or hate about the neighborhood?
I love that that I can walk to great cafes, bars, boutiques, restaurants, and markets. I hate the traffic on my street, especially during rush hour.

What's your approach to decorating?
I'm not a big shopper, but I like to buy unique things every time I travel. For example, the hand carved wooden owl in my bedroom I got from an open air market in Cuba when I went a couple years back. Lacy likes to hunt for gems at thrift stores in the Valley on the weekends.

Any crazy/interesting stories about your apartment?
Too many! When Lacy and I moved in, the patio was so disheveled and covered in dirt, we didn't even know there was concrete on the ground! We cleaned it up and Lacy built the garden from scratch. We've, um, also had the cops called on us 11 times.

How'd you end up here?
We were living in one of the smaller units in the building, and when we saw that the people who had been here for eight years were moving out, we jumped on it immediately. I also graduated art school and went to Colombia for a month all in the same week we moved in here. It was crazy!

How's your landlord?
She's a mysterious Japanese woman that we don't see much. She's sweet though—we've never had any issues.

If you could have any living situation in LA, what would it be?
I love my place. But, also can I have a Spanish Villa with a photo studio that's somehow by the beach but still on the east side?


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· House Calls [Curbed LA]

25 Mar 20:00

Curbed Features: An Illustrated History of Los Angeles's Romance With Castles

by Nilina Mason-Campbell
Kristen

We lived in a weird castle house in capo beach years ago.

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The Chateau Marmont. All illustrations by Nilina Mason-Campbell.

Shielded behind shrubbery, the chateau stands seven stories tall underneath gray shingling. Heavy window hoods shade the windows on the uppermost floor. Above them, a pair of seamless gabled dormers pops out and an octagonal tower rises from the roof. Panels of quatrefoil bedeck the balcony railings. Lush gardens and groves of palm and Eucalyptus trees wrap around the property, shading the private cottages and bungalows below. Inside, arched doorways and windows are relics of a French style centuries old—but the building hasn't yet reached its first century of existence. Thousands of miles removed from the French Chateau d'Amboise that inspired it, this castle resides not in a land of fields and vineyards, but in one of freeways and red carpets. Hollywood's Chateau Marmont is an icon of the city, not only for the celebrities who frequent it, but also for its historic place amongst the urban castles of Los Angeles.

Los Angeles, though relatively young compared to the country's East Coast and its pilgrim-led settlements, and perhaps with less of a direct European architectural influence, is full of castles. The story of how these towers became part of the SoCal skyline isn't an entirely linear one.

The initial interest in castle-inspired structures on American soil owes a great deal to two prominent architects of the Late Victorian period. Named for England's Queen Victoria, the Late Victorian period spanned from 1850 to 1910 and introduced into American architecture several connected styles riffing on those of previous British and French eras. One was the Chateauesque style that began gaining ground in 1960, incorporating cylindrical towers capped with roofs, dormer windows, and distinctly French elements. Credit for bringing this style to the U.S. goes to architect Richard Morris Hunt, the first American to study at Ecole des Beaux-Arts in Paris, France, who upon his return designed the base of the Statue of Liberty, the facade of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the block-long Hostelling International building on Amsterdam Avenue in New York City, replete with dormer windows along all sides, and several long-demolished mansions for millionaires like the Vanderbilts and financier Henry G. Marquand. His contributions are concentrated on the east coast, in New York, Massachusetts, and Pennsylvania, including the Grey Towers site in Milford, PA. Constructed in a Neo-Norman style to reflect the French ancestry of the Pinchot family who commissioned it, the residence is true to form: dual circular towers frame a hipped roof with a trio of dormer windows, the building entrance has a row of seven arched doorways, and a third tower sits at another corner. While many buildings built in the Chateauesque style were mansions, a large number were municipal buildings not intended for private residence.

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The Scientology castle.

English architect Norman Shaw helped popularize the Victorian style from the 1870s through the early 1900s. After he published a collection of ink sketches in his 1858 book Architectural Sketches from the Continent, the trend for Queen Anne Victorians—itself a revival of the style of architecture that existed during its namesake's reign in the early 1700s—began to take off. Local architecture historian Merry Ovnick points to the 1876 Centennial Exposition for enabling such a deeply British style to make inroads across the Atlantic: a house designed by the architect was featured as a part of the British exhibit. Suddenly they began to crop up across the U.S.. Marked by towers, an asymmetrical exterior, an irregular shape, and the use of a variety of materials, Ovnick notes that "some of these houses were made of stone, others of wood" and several exist across Los Angeles today. Though the Queen Anne trend lost its steam in the U.S. around 1910, Ovnick adds that "in the 1900s to 1920s, even many small houses had 'castle' features. In the 1930s, many apartment houses were built of wood-frame & stucco with turrets, too."

That explains many of the castle-like apartment buildings that sit on streets like Westmoreland Avenue off of Beverly Blvd or on Argyle Avenue heading toward the hills. Still, many of the most prominent castle-like buildings in Los Angeles encroach upon mansion territory, occupying full blocks and missing only the royalty. Hunt's influence never reached this far west and the buildings are too grand to be drawing upon Victorian houses for inspiration. The inspiration for these mammoth properties comes from another direction entirely: the film-making boom.

In designing sets, filmmakers needed to communicate realism and depth to viewers in as condensed a space as possible. (Film sets, as Ovnick explains, were often made in four-fifths scale or less to save space, construction costs, and the amount of time it would take actors to move through unused areas of the set.) "They did this by crowding a sufficient number of identifiers (e.g., castle motifs, tenement trappings, etc.) into the frame of the picture," Ovnick writes. "In a film set in medieval times, the castle behind the actors would offer such identifiers as a moat and a drawbridge, maybe crenellations and a turret—all packed within the frame of the picture."

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Hollywood Tower

The appearance of castles on screen led to many of them being built around town off screen, on freshly purchased land lots. "Southern California architects with and without set-design experience won lucrative commissions from stars and directors for movie-set-formed notions of how a mansion ought to look," explains Ovnick.

While during the 1920s castles lined Franklin Avenue, now there are just remnants, including a very prominent chateau on the corner of Bronson Avenue, one of the city's most visible urban castles even if it's shrouded in the privacy of lofty trees. Nestled in the hipster mecca that is Franklin Village, Castle Élysée is just across the street from a host of shops, cafes, and the notorious Upright Citizens Brigade. It is kitty-corner from the upscale grocery store Gelson's Market. The castle's angular turrets, steeply hipped roof, and towering presence are of the past; the signage, advertising weekly movie nights and daily public tours, is more modern.

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Chateau Beachwood

The building belongs to the Church of Scientology, which has called this chateau its home—or rather, the home of its celebrity members—since 1969. While the church transformed a former hospital into its headquarters less than two miles away on Sunset Boulevard, the church re-envisioned the castle-like former hotel as its Celebrity Centre.

Commissioned by former actress Elinor K. Ince, widow of Thomas H. Ince (known as the "Father of the Western" and creator of the Inceville Studio, after which current movie studios are modeled), Château Élysée was built in 1927 and said to be inspired by a castle in Rouen, France. Seventy-seven units strong and seven stories tall, Castle Élysée's past includes affairs, a shooting, an alleged cover-up, hush money, and William Randolph Hearst. The gossip has it that Charlie Chaplin and Marion Davies were discovered in the throes of passion on Hearst's yacht, Hearst (who was also involved with Davies) brandished a gun, and Ince intervened and was shot. While all involved denied the events, broadsheets ran with it as a front-page story. Hearst was said to have paid off the mortgage on Château Élysée in order to procure Elinor Ince's silence.

The Château Élysée was seen as a residential apartment for talent flocking to Hollywood just as movie studios were cropping up across the city during Hollywood's Golden Age. While it operated like a hotel, it attracted long-term residents such as Bette Davis, Humphrey Bogart, Clark Gable, Katharine Hepburn, and Cary Grant, along with a host of other actors, actresses, and composers; enough to fill the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Even today, many floors of the building are reserved as temporary dwellings for members.

While many of the area's castles draw inspiration from films and the opulent glamour and fortunes that went along with the industry, another castle, the Hollywood Tower complex, inspired Hollywood in turn. Also located on Franklin Avenue and just a stone's throw from the Church of Scientology's Celebrity Centre, the Hollywood Tower has 52 units. Like Château Élysée, its main purpose was to house those in the filmmaking industry, and it also drew its castle inspiration from the French Normandy style. 

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The Castle Love

Hollywood Tower is said to have been the inspiration for Disney's Twilight Zone of Terror ride across several of the theme park's locales in California, Paris, and Tokyo. The ride itself is based on the Twilight Zone TV series, but the building clearly culls its design from Hollywood Tower, right down to its signage. While the ride's premise is heavily indebted to the Twilight Zone TV series, the ride itself went on to inspire a movie, the 1997 television movie Tower of Terror, starring Steve Guttenberg and Kirsten Dunst. Both the ride and the movie operate around the premise of a malfunctioning elevator in a replica building, but in reality, the elevator at the real-life apartment complex leads you not only to the various units, but to a penthouse terrace that offers an unobstructed view of the Hollywood sign.

"The Hollywood Tower has always been a beautiful historical building in Hollywood, but not until 2009 when new ownership saw it for what it was did the history of the building finally come alive again,"says Hollywood Tower business manager Chad Vasquez. "Tourists come by daily to look at it because of the Disney ride. Everybody who comes to tour our building asks about the relation as well."

Film stars aren't the only ones with a strong link to the urban castles of Los Angeles, but musicians, too. For a period of time beginning in 1966, Arthur Lee of the band Love called a Spanish-inspired villa on Cedarhurst Circle in Loz Feliz home along with four of the members, referring to it as "the Castle." Bands like Jefferson Airplane, the Doors and Frank Zappa—part of Love's sphere—could often be found hanging out in the residence. The home went on to serve as the basis for the song "The Castle" on the group's Da Capo album. "Much of the Arthur Lee mystique is derived from his residency in The Castle," explains John Einarson in Forever Changes: Arthur Lee and the Book of Love. "Although he and his bandmates lived in the house for less than a year, The Castle nonetheless remains crucial to the image of Love and of Arthur as a rock potentate, holding court to all who were deemed worthy of passing through its gothic entrance gate."

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Wolf Castle

After Madonna first moved to LA, she took up residence at Chateau Beachwood, a grand castle located on the appropriately named Scenic Avenue where it intersects with Beachwood Canyon Drive. The front of the building features a pair of circular towers with dentils under each cone roof, chimneys that mirror each other on either side, decorative corbels under both balconies and shed dormers that protrude from the multi-plane, hip roof. Originally sub-divided into individual apartments, it was renovated into condos in 1989 after a rich history in which it played temporary home to many an actress since being established in 1937. And for the past four years Moby has called a castle on Durand Drive home, the former residence of Hollywood developer L Milton Wolf, nestled next to Lake Hollywood. He recently flipped the property for a six million dollar profit, selling it to an undisclosed buyer.

Many of the city's original castles have the fallen to time and demolition permits, such as the castles of Franklin Boulevard and a stretch of mid-Wilshire along West Adams Boulevard, all lost in the 1970s. While key to the history of the city, their demolition makes sense in light of residents' changing tasts, just as a change in taste allowed for the inaugural castle revival of the early 1900s. But just as movies and the Hollywood industry are a part of the culture and history of Los Angeles, so are the urban castles that remain, scattered across the city, standing as monuments to an era so integral to Los Angeles' emergence. While their aesthetics might not be authentic in the sense of the castles that inspired them, the history behind how they came to stand on the city's streets is.
· Curbed Features [Curbed LA]
· Castles [Curbed LA]

09 Mar 02:53

Baymax Bento

by Anna Adden
Kristen

a bento for bill

Big Hero 6 was recently released on DVD.  We saw the movie when it was in the theater and now we have the DVD and get to watch the movie at our leisure.  My kids think Baymax is hilarious.  The low battery scene in the movie is their absolute favorite part.  I usually end up rewinding it three times for them.  They laugh and giggle :)


In this bento:  Baymax onigiri - molded sushi rice with nori eyes.  Baymax's belly has black beans in the middle.  Steamed broccoli, a strawberry, crinkle cut carrots, green grapes, and a black olive complete this bento.



And here is the best scene in the movie according to my children.





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19 Mar 13:00

Pub-Sheds: The New Backyard Trend?

by Kimber Watson
Kristen

uh yes please

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During one of the epic snowstorms this winter, I saw a bar carved into the snow by a couple of neighbors on the nightly news. It was pretty impressive and I wanted one. Now, pub-sheds seem to be making their mark in backyards around the globe. Is this the new craze for yards with enough space to accommodate them? Will this take over the man cave basement bar?

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19 Mar 17:00

Eagle Rock Favorite Auntie Em's Kitchen Expands to Second Location Downtown

by Farley Elliott
Kristen

My co-worker is married to this lady's ex-boyfriend who is co-owner of this place. She is allegedly a total weirdo and a swinger to boot. Just some local gossip I can pass along.

Make way for another all-day eatery.

Forget moving to the suburbs; Auntie Em’s Kitchen is heading right downtown.

The popular Eagle Rock all-day eatery is the brainchild of Terri Wahl, who swapped a life of punk rock music for one serving breakfast sandwiches and delicious desserts years ago. Over the past 13-plus years, Auntie Em’s has gained a strong local following with the Eastside crowd — enough so that there’s cash in the coffers to afford a location at Fifth and Main, in the century-old G.M. Hoff Building.

Per the LA Times, the space was as recently as January a small convenience store that already served hot foods, which means the build-out won’t take very long. "It just needs to be cutened up," Wahl tells the Times, adding that an early April debut is likely.

For the time being, baked goods will still come from the Eagle Rock location, which has settled into nicely into its menu of pastries, cakes and breads. But just about everything else will be made on site at the new Auntie Em’s Kitchen, with loose plans to maintain the same all-day hours of the Eagle Rock original.

Expect a soft-opening around the first week of April.

Auntie Em’s Kitchen Downtown
116 E. 5th Street
Los Angeles, CA

18 Mar 13:15

Here's Everything Leaving Netflix In March

by Lindsey Stanberry
Kristen

noooooo not jeepers creepers 2!

It's that time of month again. You've cleared your calendar, stocked up on supplies, and put on your most comfy pair of pants. There's less than two weeks until the beginning of April, so you need to start your binge-watching now. Netflix is getting ready for its monthly purge and there are so many movies you'll want to watch before they go.

You can't miss Marilyn Monroe in the classic Gentleman Prefer Blondes. Or a before-she-was-famous Julia Roberts in the perfectly sweet Mystic Pizza. And, of course, you need to (re)watch Murder By Numbers, which might only be notable because Ryan Gosling and Sandra Bullock reportedly  got together during the filming it of it. (That's still one of the most random couples in Hollywood history.) There are also enough departing horror flicks to keep you entertained — or scared to death — for an entire weekend.

Ahead, the movies and TV shows leaving Netflix on March 30. Don't miss out on the good stuff.

28 Hotel Rooms (2012)

Also known as the movie where you can see Chris Messina’s penis, this indie gem chronicles an affair between a novelist and an accountant who meet in hotel rooms for several years.

Annie (1982)

The sun’ll come out in the original film adaptation of the hit Broadway musical.

Chalet Girl (2011)

Felicity Jones (yes, the Oscar nominee) plays a former skateboarder working as a maid in a posh ski locale who falls in love with Ed Westwick (yes, Chuck Bass).

Clue (1985)

The cult film is based on the murder-mysery classic board game.

Color Splash Collection: Collection 1

Interior designer David Bromstad transforms rooms in Miami.

Coneheads (1993)

An alien family with cone-shaped heads winds up in Paramus, NJ, in this SNL film adaptation.

Friday the 13th (1980)

Jason Voorhees may or may not be terrorizing Camp Crystal Lake.

Friday the 13th: Part 2 (1981)

Hockey masks continue to be terrifying.

Friday the 13th: Part 3 (1982)

Seriously, an entire generation of audiences probably stopped playing hockey because of Jason.

Friday the 13th: Part 4 (1984)

Netflix is really feeling the Friday the 13th saga this month.

Friday the 13th: Part 6: Jason Lives (1986)

The guy just refuses to stay dead, wtf.

Friday the 13th: Part 8: Jason Takes Manhattan (1989)

Now he’s coming to the big city…is no location spared from Jason’s reign of terror?

Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (1953)

The Marilyn Monroe classic.

Get Shorty (1995)

A Miami loan shark goes to Hollywood to collect a debt, but gets discovered by a movie producer instead.

Good Morning, Vietnam (1987)

Robin Williams stars as an Armed Forces Radio DJ who’s sent to Vietnam.

Guess Who (2005)

Bernie Mac and Ashton Kutcher play a sarcastic father and his future son-in-law in this adaptation of Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner?

Income Property Collection: Collection 1

Host Scott McGillivray helps buyers in debt find homes to transform into income-generating properties.

Inventing the Abbotts (1997)

Two brothers from the wrong side of the tracks try to romance three wealthy sisters.

Jeepers Creepers (2001)

Per IMDb, “A brother and sister driving home for spring break encounter a flesh-eating creature in the isolated countryside that is on the last day of its ritualistic eating spree.” Spring break just never lives up to your expectations, you know?

Jeepers Creepers 2 (2003)

The Creeper returns to terrorize a group of basketball players, cheerleaders, and coaches.

Les Misérables (1935)

Jean Valjean steals bread, and Javert never lets him forget it. At the end of the day, we’re all another day older.

Madeline (1989)

Madeline saves her boarding school from prospective buyers. Miss Clavel probably says “Something is not right!” You know the drill.

Miral (2010)

A Palestinian woman establishes an orphanage to help children while survived a massacre in Jerusalem in 1948.

Murder by Numbers (2002)

Sandra Bullock and Ryan Gosling star in this psychological thriller, and that’s really the only selling point we need.

Mystic PIzza (1988)

The coming-of-age classic finally comes to Netflix.

Mystic River (2003)

Three childhood friends — Sean, Dave, and Jimmy — are reunited when Jimmy’s teenage daughter dies, and they’re implicated in the murder.


Pee-Wee’s Big Adventure
(1985)

We still have nightmares about the evil bicycle clown dream.

Philadelphia (1993)

Tom Hanks stars as an attorney who sues his law firm following his termination for being gay and HIV-positive.

Rachael Ray’s Week in a Day Collection: Collection 1

The bubbly host provides cooking lessons that yield five days’ worth of dinners.

Reindeer Games (2000)

Rudy Duncan (Ben Affleck) assumes his prison cellmate’s identity and gets involved in a casino robbery.

Selling New York Collection: Collection 1

NYC realtors do their thing.

Sense and Sensibility (1995)

Emma Thompson won an Oscar for her adaptation of Jane Austen’s classic novel, in which she also stars.

Shadow of the Vampire (2000)

An imagined behind-the-scenes look at the making of the 1922 silent film Nosferatu.

Taking Lives (2004)

An FBI profile helps Canadian police track down a serial killer who takes on his victims’ identities.

The Amityville Horror (1979)

The legacy of a murder that took place on the premises haunts a family when they move into their dream house.

The Cable Guy (1996)

Jim Carrey terrorizes Matthew Broderick.

The Karate Kid (1984)

Mr. Miyagi teaches a young grasshopper how to fight.

The Karate Kid Part II (1986)

Mr. Miyagi and Daniel travel to Japan.

The Karate Kid Part III (1989)

The Cobra Kai returns to do battle with Mr. Miyagi and Daniel.

The Quick and the Dead (1995)

A female gunslinger rolls into a Western town looking for revenge.

The Whole Nine Yards (2000)

Oz (Matthew Perry) tries to use the fact that his new neighbor is a mobster for his own personal gain. It doesn’t go so well.

Sleeping Beauty (2011)

A college student takes a job as a “sleeping beauty,” which is a woman who gets paid to allow strangers to fondle her in a sedated sleep.

Paranormal Activity 4: Unrated Edition (2012)

Young and psychotic Katie is back.

The Woman Who Wasn’t There (2012)

A woman who claims to have survived 9/11 is revealed to be a fraud.

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18 Mar 19:30

Zoning Out: Here Are the Anti-Mansion Rules Coming to 15 LA 'Hoods

by Bianca Barragan
Kristen

I thought they had this ordinance in a neighborhood by my work but they are building a massive mcmansion on a corner off 6th street. The old house was a dumpy eye sore but the new house doesn't seem like it will be any better.

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[Image via John Mozzer / Curbed LA flickr pool]

All over Los Angeles, homeowners have been rabidly fighting against "mansionization," usually in the form of older houses being sold, torn down, and replaced with big-ass monster houses that eat up most of the lot. While anti-mansionization laws were passed years ago, these homeowners have been begging the city to close loopholes and pass stricter rules against overbuilding, and meanwhile been driven to unhinged vigilantism against giant new neighbors. On Tuesday, the City Council's Planning and Land Use Management Committee approved temporary crackdowns in 15 neighborhoods with mansion troubles, says the LA Times.

If the full Council approves, the restrictions will go live for 45 days, but could be in effect for up to two years while the city works on updating the older anti-mansionization ordinance (considering the traction the anti-mansion crowd has, you can count on it being extended). The new regulations will affect the 38,707 single family houses contained in these 15 areas, but allow wildly different activity from 'hood to 'hood.

In South Hollywood, Larchmont Heights, and Old Granada Hills, owners will still be able to tear down that house they just bought, but the house that replaces it can only be 120 percent larger than what was there before. Over in Los Feliz's celeb-studded enclave The Oaks, the limits will affect basements, which will count toward the total residential floor area. In Bel Air, the restrictions will alter dirt hauling: new construction will only be allowed to import or export 6,000 cubic yards of soil. New houses can no longer be built bigger in exchange for building greener in Kentwood and Mar Vista/East Venice; in Beverlywood and Fairfax, floor-area bonuses for green features will be limited to 15 percent, which a city-planner-turned-anti-mansion-crusader calls "so weak it won't make any difference whatsoever." Take a look:


· L.A. neighborhoods closer to getting temporary mansionization limits [LAT]
· 14 LA 'Hoods Getting Special Anti-Mansion-Building Rules [Curbed LA]

13 Mar 22:14

Epic Ramen Yokocho Throwdown Hits Santa Anita Park on March 28

by Farley Elliott
Kristen

!!!!

The Ramen Yokocho festival features seven stateside competitors and four legendary Japanese shops.

Forget the heat: it’s ramen battle time. If things haven’t cooled off by the end of March, the inbound Ramen Yokocho championship festival is going to warm things up even further out in Arcadia at Santa Anita Park. Taking place over two consecutive days, March 28 and 29, the all-out championship is once again pitting U.S. ramen shops against one another, with four ringers sent straight from Japan as comparison. And the winner is determined by you.

What’s more, Alvin Cailan’s fledgeling bowl spot Ramen Champ is competing, offering to take on the competition with his less-than-traditional ramen style. Other L.A. favorites include Shin-Sen-Gumi and even Urban Ramen, purveyor of the spicy miso along Sunset Blvd. Otherwise, expect a high-end crop with the likes of Men Oh from San Francisco and Kamitoku from Hawaii.

For $8.50 per bowl (cash only, folks), the seven stateside competitors will square up alongside Japanese mainstays Shrimp Tonkotsu from Osaka, Kurume Tonkotsu from Kyushu, Miso Bai Tang from Fukushima and Kagoshima Shoyu from Kagoshima.

There are no general admission tickets for this one, so just bring cash and be prepared to get in line. However, if you do want to skip the waiting process, Express Lane passes can be had for $25.

Get prepped. Get pumped. Ramen is coming on March 28 and 29.

13 Mar 15:35

mothernaturenetwork:United States of the EnvironmentWe can’t all...

Kristen

Hawaii has vog though, which is worse than smog in many ways!





mothernaturenetwork:

United States of the Environment
We can’t all have the least pollution or the most organic farms, but each U.S. state is No. 1 in some ecological or public health ranking … and No. 50 in another.

12 Mar 22:55

まるです。

by mugumogu
Kristen

Bill was brushing vivien and robotron started eating the pile of fur. so stupid. she barfed shortly there after.




猫の抜け毛で春を知る。
向かって左がはなで、右がまる。
Fur of cats teaches me coming of spring.



まる:「大急ぎで衣替えしないと。夏に茹でまるになってしまいます。」
Maru:[I must change my fur in a great hurry.]


はな:「毎回抜け毛で遊ぶのやめてくれる?」
Hana:[Stop playing with our fur!]


本格的な抜け毛シーズンはまだこれから。


11 Mar 00:31

mapsontheweb:Population distribution of the United States,...

Kristen

tiny canada



mapsontheweb:

Population distribution of the United States, measured in Canadas.

Related: China divided into four regions, each with population greater than the United States

11 Mar 17:34

Sets For Sale: Mad Men's Most Fabulous House Ever is For Sale For $7.5MM

by Bianca Barragan
Kristen

!!!!!!

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Such pedigree this place in Chatsworth has! Built in 1949 (or 1951—previous listings disagree) for Chase Manhattan Bank heiress Dora Hutchinson, the stunning one-story house was designed by prolific architects Perreira & Luckman, who also designed the Theme Building at LAX. Once Hutchinson moved in, she did what any respectable heiress should do: she hosted glamorous parties that were attended by all the big names in Hollywood, including Lucille Ball and Ava Gardner. The Fox Residence, as the property is also called, was known to shoot off its own fireworks to ring in the New Year. When Hutchinson moved back to the East Coast, the house's A-list rep carried on, as she rented the residence out to Frank Sinatra for about a decade. During that time, Sinatra supposedly also rented out the guesthouse to Marilyn Monroe for a while.

The Hollywood connections for the house continue today, as it's used often as a filming location. It popped up in season two of Mad Men, playing the Palm Springs home of some well-to-do new friends of new-to-LA Don Draper, and has appeared in many other TV shows, movies, and music videos too.

Sited atop a hill in Chatsworth, the long, lean Modern has four bedrooms and six bathrooms, according to the listing. The 6,661-square-foot main house and the detached guesthouse both have their own pools, and many of the rooms have walls of glass that make the most of the property's views of the Valley and the mountains. We last saw the place on the market in 2011 for $12 million (it went back on again for a bit in 2012); it's now back again and asking $7.5 million.


&$183; 9361 Farralone Ave | Chatsworth [The Agency]
· Frank Sinatra Fox Residence (aka the Mad Men "Jet Set" House) For Sale in Chatsworth [Curbed LA]

05 Mar 01:48

Wildlife: Meet the Murderous, Inbred Mountain Lion Family of the Santa Monica Mountains

by Bianca Barragan
Kristen

lion family drama. I hope they build that mountain lion bridge.

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It's not news that Los Angeles's local mountain lions have a family tree that doesn't really branch out—a family shrub, maybe. They're isolated, pinned in one area because their habitat is bordered by urbanized zones, the ocean, and mostly uncrossable freeways (which is why there's a campaign to build a crossing over the 101 for them). Isolated mountain lions aren't at their best—they mate with siblings and kill each other, as evidenced by this mysterious website, Lions Live Here, sent to Curbed by a tipster.

The site allows users to see the interactions of the mountain lion family sired by P01, who was first tagged in 2002: which mountain lions inbred, which ones have died, and which ones were killed by relatives; the results reveal interfamily drama along the lines of a reality show plus a telenovela. (Why do these lions not yet have a reality show, by the way?) It's not hard to see why P22, the famous Griffith Park lion, was willing to brave possible death on two freeways just to get away from all of this nonsense.

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White arrows show inbreeding. Yellow jagged lines show who mated.

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Red arrows show who killed who. DARK.

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Escape, P22!
· Lions Live Here [Official site]

07 Feb 04:30

Guest Review and DFB Challenge: Eat Around the World at Disney’s Epcot

by Kim
Kristen

I was expecting this to be way more gluttonous.

Ready to dine around Epcot? Yep, me too! Join me in welcoming guest author Anita Theiss with her review of some great Epcot eats!

World Showcase Snacks

My husband and I recently spent a day at Epcot celebrating our anniversary. While there, we decided to taste a little something from each of the nations represented in the World Showcase. An “Eat Around the World” challenge, so to speak. It was a lot of fun, and we really enjoyed discussing which foods we liked best and which we liked the least. We followed a few simple rules for our self-assigned challenge.

Eat Around the World Rules

Rule One, choose one country-specific food item (no generic cookies or fries) to order from each nation and share it. (We had a slight breech of etiquette on this rule when we got to France, but more on that later.) Sharing meant that we could discuss what we thought of the item, and it kept us from eating too much.

Rule Two, go to counter service restaurants, kiosks, or food stands only. It just didn’t seem right to take up a reservation spot for just one item.

Rule Three, rate each food item on a scale of one to ten, with one being not quite so palate pleasing, and ten being the best thing to ever grace your taste buds.

Nachos in Mexico

Our digestive expedition started in Mexico at La Cantina de San Angel with an order of nachos. The nachos come with ground beef, beans, cheese, tomatoes, jalapeños, and sour cream. We ordered them with the tomatoes and jalapeños on the side -— my husband loves them, but I am not a fan.

Nachos

Nachos

I enjoyed the nachos, but we both found them to be a little heavy on the cheese (if food can be too heavy with ‘plastic cheese’) and not heavy enough on the meat and beans. They had just the right amount of spice, and the chips were crisp. The portion was perfect for a meal, but these nachos are a great shareable snack as well. My husband gave them a 4, and I gave them a 6.

Troll Horn in Norway

We moved on to Norway and stopped at the Kringla Bakeri Og Kafé. There were several items on the counter that looked good, and I could not decide between the Troll Horn and the Viking Mousse. I asked the cast member behind the counter which of the two she recommended, and she suggested the Troll Horn, which is filled which cloudberry cream.

Troll Horn

Troll Horn

The cloudberry cream was smooth and sweet, but not too sweet, and the pastry was tender but a little bland. The sugar crystals sprinkled on top added a nice sweetness and crunch, but overall the Troll Horn was just meh (how do you like that technical culinary term?). We both gave it a 4 on our grading scale — not horrible, but we won’t be rushing back to Norway to get one during our next trip.

Egg Roll in China

After a ride on Maelstrom (RIP), we headed to China. We stopped at Joy of Tea to place an egg roll order. An order of egg rolls actually includes two nice-sized pork and veggie egg rolls, which was a pleasant surprise considering how very delicious they were. (My husband had already snagged his and started munching when I took the picture which is why there is only one pictured.)

Egg Roll

Egg Roll

The egg roll wrapper was both tender and crunchy, and the filling was flavorful with seasoned pork and crisp veggies. There were packets of soy sauce (and other condiments) which just added another layer of fabulous flavor. We both gave the egg rolls an 8.5; we would definitely get them again and feel that they would be an excellent use of a snack credit if you are on the Disney Dining Plan since they are easily shared.

Bratwurst in Germany

We moved on from China to Germany for a stop at Sommerfest. To be honest, I had my heart set on wrapping my lips around a Nudel Gratin for days, but I was starting to get full and knew that such a dish would be both rich and heavy. So, I passed on the Nudel Gratin (which I now regret — I really should have persevered) while my husband ordered a bratwurst. He loves a brat, and this one did not disappoint.

Bratwurst

Bratwurst

Bratwurst Cross Section with Mustard

Bratwurst Cross Section with Mustard

The bratwurst comes on a very large crusty bun topped with loads of sauerkraut. He said the sauerkraut was alright and the bratwurst itself was delicious, but he felt that there was just too much bread. The bun was quite large and had a pretty tough and crusty consistency. He still enjoyed it and gave it a score of 6.

Gelato in Italy

After a quick shopping break in Germany, we headed to Italy, which had me a little worried because there is no counter service restaurant. But as we were walking into Italy, I spotted Gelati — a nice little gelato stand, so I stopped for a cup of chocolate gelato.

Gelato

Gelato

It was smooth, thick, creamy, quite tasty, and reminded me of a cold version of hot chocolate. It would definitely hit the spot on a hot summer day in Florida. My husband had a taste or two of it, but he is not much of a chocolate fan and didn’t like it as much as regular ice cream. I, on the other hand, much prefer the thicker consistency of gelato to its thinner American counterpart and gave it a 7.

Sweet Cream Cheese Pretzel in American Adventure

After Italy, it was time for a return to our homeland of America. Now during our last trip to Disney a few months ago, I fell in love with the Sweet Cream Cheese Pretzel at the Fife and Drum Tavern and knew I had to get my hands on another. My husband and I were shocked to find it missing from their menu, but the cast member sent us to the Block and Hans kiosk on the other side of the pavilion where they offer this sweet delicacy along with Mickey Shaped pretzels, Jalapeño Cheese Stuffed pretzels, and various drinks.

Sweet Cream Cheese Pretzel

Sweet Cream Cheese Pretzel

It was almost as good as I remembered, but I was feeling pretty full at this point, so I only ate about three bites. The pretzel itself is just the right amount of soft, bready inside and chewy outside, while the sweet cream cheese filling is smooth and just perfect. It is another great use of a snack credit and is easily shared by two people. We gave it a 7 and will probably be on the prowl for another cream cheese pretzel next time we are at Disney.

We stopped to enjoy some time in America listening to the Voices of Liberty and taking in the American Adventure Show which is not to be missed, but I digress . . . we were on to Japan.

Shogun Teriyaki Combination at Katsura Grill

We stopped at the Katsura Grill for a Shogun Teriyaki Combination. I love chicken, and my husband loves beef, so this seemed to be the best of both worlds.

Shogun Combo

Shogun Combo

I hate to say it, but this was a disappointment to me. As far as appearance, it just didn’t look appetizing. The beef was not the slices of beef normally found in Japanese food; it was more like shaved beef from your local grocery store deli. There were also some pieces of chicken that seemed discolored and just not suitable to eat. The rice was decent, veggies were crisp, and the teriyaki sauce had a pretty good flavor, but I would not get this again. My husband gave it a 5, but I gave it a 3.

Cashew Baklava in Morocco

Morrocco was next, and this nation was the most difficult for us. We are not big Mediterranean food people. Falafel, shawarma, feta . . . it’s just not for us. But, I couldn’t pass it up completely, so we stopped by the bakery section of the Tangierine Café where among other treats, they were offering three different types of baklava: walnut, pistachio, and cashew. I asked the crew member behind the counter which of the three he recommended, and he answered cashew with no hesitation.

Baklava

Baklava

If you like baklava and cashews, you will enjoy this. The cashew flavor was subtle but tasty, and the pastry was flaky as expected. It wasn’t too sweet, but we didn’t finish it. My husband gave it a 1 (he really is not a baklava fan at all), but I gave it a 3. This is another one that I am glad I tasted, but I won’t be pining for it between Epcot visits.

As this point we took a little break from eating to ride the monorail, take in a couple more park rides, and then we headed back out for more food. This time we headed in the opposite direction and went to the United Kingdom. Sadly, we had to completely bypass Canada. The only restaurant there is Le Cellier, and I can’t imagine the Maleficent-esque glares we would have gotten from cast members and fellow patrons after ordering a bowl of Canadian Cheddar Cheese Soup, sharing it, and then leaving. I am sure it would have been ridiculously tasty, but I just couldn’t justify taking up a coveted Advance Dining Reservation (ADR) spot there just for an appetizer.

Fish and Chips at Yorkshire County Fish Shop

So, we stopped at Yorkshire County Fish Shop for a basket of fish and chips and let me just say right now, Heavens to Betsy, it was yummy.

Fish & Chips

Fish & Chips

Now, I am not a fish person. I literally NEVER order fish when we go out to eat unless you count shrimp. But this was absolutely phenomenal. The fish was fresh, flaky, and piping hot, and the batter was crisp and perfectly seasoned. The chips (or fries as we Americans normally call them) were delicious and plentiful. My husband gave it a 7, but I gave it a 9. This is the counter service meal dreams are made of — or at least my dreams until my next jaunt to the World Showcase.

Chocolate Mousse and Fruit Parfait in France

We finished up our time eating around the world in France at Boulangerie Patisserie les Halles which is one of only two places where we actually had to stand in a long line to order (the other being Sommerfest). Oh my, the choices behind that display glass all looked delicious. This is the one place where we strayed from our rule of ordering one item to share. As I mentioned earlier, I am a chocolate lover, but my husband is not. So I ordered the chocolate mousse, and he ordered the fruit parfait.

Mouse au Chocolat

Mouse au Chocolat

Mousse

Mousse

Parfait aux Fruits

Parfait aux Fruits

Fruit Parfait

Fruit Parfait

The mousse was light, fluffy, perfectly chocolate, and just as rich as I expected. The little white sprinkles on top had the consistency of Rice Krispies and added a nice crunch to the smooth, creamy mousse. I gave it a 7.

My husband found the parfait to be satisfying and gave it a 6. I asked him what was in it, and he said he wasn’t really sure if it was custard, cream, or just whipped cream, but it was good.

Overall

So there you have it, 10 out of 11 countries in one day. I would not advise this strategy to anyone on the dining plan as it might not be the best use of your credits, but we were able to do it for under $80 out of pocket not counting the occasional Diet Coke or bottle of water. This challenge is not for the gastrointestinally faint of heart, but it is a lot of fun especially if you have a partner in crime like I did. And I got to check a big item off of my Disney bucket list.

What snacks do you look forward to most around World Showcase? Share your favorites in the comments below!

Anita Theiss is a former elementary school teacher turned stay-at-home mom to her two Disney-loving children and wife to her Disney-tolerating husband. When she isn’t homeschooling her kids, she can usually be found day-dreaming about her next Disney vacation.

Don’t Miss Out on the Best Snacks in Epcot!

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24 Feb 06:44

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Kristen

delicious



27 Feb 02:09

DevelopmentWatch: Eagle Rock Developers Will Build Around Holdout Babershop

by Bianca Barragan
Kristen

This is the barber shop I always thought was a front.

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Image via Eagle Rock Neighborhood Council

Back in December 2011, 1010 Development Corporation—a faith-based firm founded by the United Methodist Church—proposed an affordable housing project on an L-shaped property on Eagle Rock Boulevard between Fair Park Avenue and Yosemite Drive (currently occupied by the Eagle Rock Church of the Nazarene). The only issue was a hold-out: the owner of Hubert's Barber Shop, located in the middle of what would be the development, didn't want to sell. So, 1010 has decided to build around the 500-square-foot shop, says Eastsider LA, and there it is, in the renderings.

The Eagle Rock Church of the Nazarene has agreed to sell to 1010, and the project's grown a bit in the nearly four years it's been in the works. Then just a 30-unit project, it's now planned to have 47 units. Most (32) will be two-bedrooms, but there'll also be some one- and three-bedrooms in the mix. The complex will also have a 2,120-square-foot community center, 59 underground spaces for resident parking, and 16 street-level parking spaces for residents' guests and people coming to the community center. The renderings and site plan are not final, but are "99 percent finalized," so it's probably not going to change noticeably, if at all.

As far back as the project's been in the pipeline, 1010 has said it would give Hubert's space in the new building or build around it. Now, the latter's upon us and it doesn't look so bad. It's actually pretty cool—the old and the new. Hubert's has been in business for 20 years; why stop now?

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· Developer plans to build around Eagle Rock barbershop [ELA]
·Methodist Developer Wants to Build 30 Affordable Units on the Site of Eagle Rock Church of the Nazarene [Curbed LA]

26 Feb 17:00

Blind Items Revealed #1

by Enty
Kristen

welp

bh

March 19, 2013

This American League West player is on a new team this season. All-Star caliber for sure but he is going to need to reduce his partying. The first night in town he found a strip club and has been juggling two dancers who don’t know about each other. Every night he goes out with one of them and brings them back to his hotel. Not sure what he will do if his wife decides to visit.

Josh Hamilton

23 Feb 22:36

House Calls: Touring a 272-Square-Foot, Cleverly DIYed Apartment in Palms

by Adrian Glick Kudler
Kristen

this girl is overpaying big time.

Welcome to a special Micro Week edition of House Calls, a new feature in which Curbed tours the lovely, offbeat, or otherwise awesome homes of regular Angelenos. Think your space should be featured next? Drop us a line with a few photos and details about your place.
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Photos by Wonho Frank Lee

Who lives here?
Natasia, (26) Filmmaker, Arts Administrator and Fashion Assistant

What're the stats?
272 sq. ft which includes the main living space, a bathroom, and a small hallway with a closet. Not included in the footage is the small outdoor seating area.

What's the rent?
$728/ month

How long have you been here?
Since 2010

How'd you end up here?
I was in college living in an off-campus apartment with three roommates and decided to find a place of my own.

Was it hard moving into such a small space? Did you have to do anything to cut back or accommodate less?
I was in school living in a dorm-like situation, so I didn't have much. I moved in with only my clothes, books and an air mattress. I thought I was going to be moving to a larger, nicer apartment after I graduated, so I didn't do much in terms of decorating. When I finally did leave school, I realized that due to the state of the economy it was better for me to stay here for the long-term. I decided to make the apartment more comfortable, homely and reflective of my personal style.

Since I was underemployed at the time, I had to stretch the money I had. I got most of my big furniture pieces from Ikea and Craigslist, and dismantled free curbside furniture to build shelves, the rolling coffee table, and the couch bed (Yes, I built my couch bed myself). I also saved money by re-purposing old containers and boxes for storage, made most of the artwork myself, and used leftover props from friend's film sets as decor.

What's the best feature of your place?
The bathroom. It is a good size for such a small living space. I also love how responsive the apartment super is. Whenever there is a problem, he usually comes by to fix it right away, sometimes even on the same day.

What's the worst feature?
There is no kitchen. I had to "build" my own, so to speak. Luckily I don't cook much. I also don't get much natural light as I live in the back of the building on the bottom floor.

What are the upsides and downsides of having such a small place?
The biggest upside and downside is cleaning. On one hand, the space is so small that cleaning takes no time at all. On the other hand, I have to constantly be mindful of clutter or else it will overwhelm the place. I throw out/donate things constantly. It's especially hard since I work in the Film, Art and Fashion industries and get a lot of really cool stuff for free. It's tough trying to decide what to keep and what to throw out!

What's your approach to decorating?
When you basically live in one room, all you have are four walls. I dedicated each wall to be a certain space one would typically find in a house. One wall is my office, another my bedroom/living room, another my Kitchen/Entertainment center, and another my entryway.

This actually makes the apartment feel less cluttered since it forces me to keep certain things in specific areas and not randomly scattered. Before I had my microwave next to my bed, my computer next to the refrigerator, etc. and it just looked and felt chaotic.

I also try to use the entire wall up to the ceiling. When your eyes are drawn upwards, it makes a small space seem even larger.

Any crazy/interesting stories about your place or living here?
Apparently a woman was murdered by her jealous boyfriend in this building a few decades ago. He shot her in front of her children and barricaded himself in the apartment. The LAPD had to evacuate all the units surrounding the one he was in. I was told a particularly large woman lived in my apartment and the police had a difficult time extracting her through the window. I haven't found any written evidence to validate the story, but its crazy interesting nonetheless.

How's your landlord?
My landlords are brother and sister and they are really awesome. The neighborhood is rapidly gentrifying and they have been very reasonable and accommodating when raising the rent on my unit.

If you could have any living situation in LA, what would it be?
A larger space by the beach with room to entertain would be wonderful.


· House Calls [Curbed LA]
· Micro Week 2015 [Curbed LA]

19 Feb 22:59

Traffic, Botox, Yoga: How the New York Times Gets Los Angeles Hilariously Wrong: the Bingo Game

by Adrian Glick Kudler
Kristen

I know some of you love New York Times articles about LA

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[Freeways and smog via Sergio Ruiz]

The New York Times did our favorite thing last week: it published stories about Los Angeles. New York Times stories about Los Angeles are amazing because they're like seeing the city through the eyes of a dorky time traveler from 1992. This guy's been reading about these scary riots and it reminds him of that old science fiction movie, Blade Runner. He's pretty sure there's no rail transit in LA and doesn't think those NWA fellows are a very good influence on young people. Everyone he talks to has a screenplay, he's noticed! He loves to quote Harris Telemacher and Alvy Singer and snort-laugh about it.

The New York Times is still the best daily newspaper in the US, publishing important and deeply reported journalism every day—about New York, about Liberia, about the internet—but on Los Angeles, it's comically clueless. Willfully clueless, we have to guess.

Because the New York Times needs Los Angeles to be a mirage in the desert, looking far too good to possibly be true. "Sure, you're pressed up against 17 other humans every second of the day, soggy from snow or sticky from heat," says the New York Times to its well-off New York audience, "and yes, there's this whole city far away, full of real people enjoying beautiful weather, cheaper rents, less pressure, a little space, but it's not that great. You wouldn't really want to live there. Here, we'll show you." (Definitely more of a power move than the LA Times approach to New York, which is basically "Never heard of it.")

Unfortunately for that plan, many Los Angeles residents are actually literate and do read publications that aren't Variety (some of them even work in non-showbusiness industries and take the bus!). Inspired by last week's cringey piece on visiting Koreatown, we've created this bingo board so we can at least quantify our scorn for this condescending shit:

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Let's try it out with that Ktown article:
LA Riots: "It's hard to imagine that two decades ago, K-Town, as it is known in local parlance, was a flash point for the Los Angeles riots: a low-rent district engulfed in flames."
Cluelessness about transit system: "a new subway traversing its Wilshire Boulevard hub" (referring to the 15-year-old Red/Purple Line)
Blade Runner: "a picturesque and prosperous 'Blade Runner'-ish warren of ethnic culinary hot spots imbued with an East-meets-West sense of fun."
Actually cool thing: Aroma Spa & Sports
Out of place showbiz mention: "The antidote to Hollywood's seasonal Academy Awards fever is just a few blocks away, in Koreatown."
Casual racism: "K-Town never sleeps, given its strong Asian and Latin work ethic and its clubs."
Palm trees: "palm-lined boulevards"
Gangsta rap: "everything from Philippine love ballads to Korean gangsta hip-hop to Coldplay"

A solid outing, but not a bingo. Try it yourself with old stories on how everyone in LA loves Uber or how "East LA is all French now," according to Natalie Portman, or on any story, really. Or go outside; it's really nice out there.
· "East LA is All French Now" and Other Idiotic Recent Observations From the New York Times [Curbed LA]
· Eight Crazy Quotes From the New York Times Story About How LA Totally Loves Uber [Curbed LA]

17 Feb 18:00

Happy Lunar New Year! Celebrate With Good Eats at Disney California Adventure Park, February 19-22

by Pam Brandon
Kristen

should we get pork buns on saturday?

Thursday, February 19, is officially Lunar New Year, the turn of the Chinese calendar. At Disney California Adventure park, celebrate with these little tastes of Asian goodies during the Happy Lunar New Year Celebration!

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At Bayside Brews, you can sip a cold Tsing Tao Beer and bite into a soft, pillowy steamed bao filled with pork, served with sweet chili sauce. These steamed buns, considered grab ‘n go street food in China, are a perfect snack for strolling the park. If you prefer dessert, try a ginger milk tea with almond cookies.

The pork bao and almond cookies also will be available on the Lunar New Year food cart, along with the popular Boudin Bakery sourdough bread (this one baked with a wood ram insignia – it’s the “Year of the Sheep”), so take home a loaf for your own celebration.

Happy Lunar New Year! Celebrate With Good Eats at Disney California Adventure Park, February 19-22 by Pam Brandon: Originally posted on the Disney Parks Blog

18 Feb 02:32

New to Market: Ranch House Trapped in 1955 Asking $1.9MM in Beverly Crest

by Bianca Barragan
Kristen

this house is awesome.


Like a mosquito preserved in amber, this 1955 Ranch-style house in Beverly Hills Post Office has been kept exactly as it was ages ago. Wallpaper on the kitchen ceiling, what looks like pink marble in the bathroom, a (possibly unpermitted) pool house with pendant lights and bar—even the landscaping looks like a blast from the past, dotted by the occasional volcanic rock.The pool out back is positioned for maximum time in the sun, and the property is encompassed by tall, thick trees. With five bathrooms, three bedrooms, a kitchen with an adjacent laundry room and pantry, and a formal dining room, there's a lot of potential in the roomy, 3,318-square-foot residence. It's asking $1.879 million.

· 1949 Coldwater Canyon Drive, Beverly Hills, CA [Estately]

18 Feb 06:21

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Kristen

i think greg is trolling me



16 Feb 18:00

17 Presidents' Favorite Foods for Presidents' Day

by Rémy Robert
Kristen

I am sharing because I think this is interesting. Also, there is a restaurant near my dad's house that was frequented by Nixon and they have a combination plate named after him. I have never been hungry enough to order it, but it is chile relleno, beef taco, enchilada, rice and beans.

Since we published this post last year, Barack Obama got a little too friendly with the food at a Chipotle and Bill Clinton went from the most famous vegan to possibly cheating on his diet at times. Favorite foods are forever, so this Presidents' Day we revisit this post in honor of our presidents and their beloved meals.

For most of us, Presidents' Day means little more than a long weekend. This year, that's going to change. For all their starched suits, staged handshakes, and scandals, presidents are people, too -- with pet grizzly bears and proclivities for skinny-dipping. Which is to say, after all their grandiose galas and diplomatic dinners, they like to tuck into their favorite snacks as much as the rest of us.

In that spirit, we've rounded up some of their most beloved foods, courtesy of The Food Timeline -- because what better time is there to take on a new cooking project while also brushing up on your trivia? Once you've finished binge-watching "House of Cards" and shoveling out your driveway, that is. Read on to find out what FDR fed British royalty (the nerve! the awesomeness!), what comfort food made Nixon weak in the knees, and how George Bush likes his brunch (it is exactly what you would expect).

 George H.W. BushPerfect Popcorn 
"Some longtime Bush friends... insist that his true love is popcorn."

 

Jimmy CarterGoat Cheese Grits with Red Eye Gravy, Country Ham, and a Fried Egg
"Even before they had settled into the White House, reports in the press began to highlight the Carters' Southern style of life. The public was forewarned that the White House would soon serve grits to guests."

 

 Thomas JeffersonAretha Frankenstein's Waffles of Insane Greatness 
"In Holland he sampled waffles for the first time and was so pleased he immediately bought a waffle iron."

 

Bill ClintonSuzanne Goin's Grilled Pork Burgers 
"Clinton prefers the stuff with fat in it: jalapeño cheeseburgers, chicken enchiladas, barbecue, cinnamon rolls and pies."

 

George WashingtonJamie Oliver's Roasted Shoulder of Lamb with Smashed Vegetables and Greens 
"A glass of wine and a bit of mutton are always welcome." - George Washington

 

 

Zachary TaylorPuffy Pillow Beignets 
"His familiarity with Louisiana gave him firsthand knowledge of Creole cooking, and he became enamored of its variety and richness."

 

George W. BushHuevos Rancheros (Country-Style Eggs Topped with Pork and Green Chile) 
"On most Sundays, if the Bushes weren't at Camp David...the President wanted the same thing for lunch: A post-church meal of huevos rancheros."

 

Woodrow WilsonGrandma's White Cake with Maple Syrup Frosting 
"I am very fond of country hams, peach cobblers, butter and buttermilk, fresh eggs, hot biscuits, homemade ice cream and plain white cake." -Woodrow Wilson

 

Barack ObamaJust Good Chili
"I’ve been using this chili recipe since college and would bring it to any potluck. I can’t reveal all the secrets, but if you make it right, it’s just got the right amount of bite, the right amount of oomph in it and it will clear your sinuses." -Barack Obama

 

 Franklin Delano RooseveltYum Dogs 
"Fact: The King and Queen of England were served hot dogs at FDR's Summer White House on June 11, 1939."

 

Ulysses S. GrantNineteenth Century: Roman Punch 
"Many of the state dinners consisted of twenty-nine courses with a break after the entrée for Roman punch to fortify the guests."

 

Abraham LincolnAlsatian Gingerbread 
"Once in a while my mother used to get some sorghum and ginger and make some gingerbread. It wasn't often, and it was our biggest treat." - Abraham Lincoln

 

John F. KennedyBay Scallop Chowder 
"Soup was a dish close to the heart of President Kennedy, since it gave him an opportunity to be served the fish for which his New England background had given him a special appreciation."

  

Richard NixonFatted Calf's Meatloaf 
"President Nixon was quite fond of his wife's meat loaf, and meat loaf appeared about once a month on the family dinner menus."

 

Ronald ReaganChai Spiced Monkey Bread 
"Monkey Bread is a heavy, sweet loaf that serves as a Reagan family tradition."

 

Dwight D. EisenhowerSecret Ingredient Beef Stew 
"Beef soup was one of his specialties, and he would leave the soup simmering on the stove in the kitchen for hours, causing much mouth-watering among the kitchen staff."

 

Theodore RooseveltChicken Fried Steak with Sage Gravy
"The only way to serve fried chicken is with white gravy soaked into the meat." -Theodore Roosevelt

28 Jan 18:58

mapsontheweb: Here’s How Much You Have To Earn To Be In The 1...

Kristen

brb moving to hawaii so I can be middle class. wait...



mapsontheweb:

Here’s How Much You Have To Earn To Be In The 1 Percent In Each US State.

13 Feb 19:34

mapsontheweb:Where is same-sex marriage being refused in...

Kristen

nooope



mapsontheweb:

Where is same-sex marriage being refused in Alabama?

29 Jan 22:51

まるです。

by mugumogu
Kristen

action shots!


いつものように、ソファ下から上へ逃げるはなと、追うまる。
Maru&Hana do tag play around the sofa as always.

はな:「またしつこく追われてるの。」
Hana:[He is persistent again.]


まる:「とったどー!!」


のはずが――

まる:「すってんころりん!」
Maru:[Ouch!]




02 Feb 22:52

Dig Into Organic Falafel Sandwiches at Dune in Atwater Village

by Farley Elliott
Kristen

it would feel weird to go more than 200 yards from home for falafel, but maybe we should give it a shot.

The small storefront lacks amenities but is big on sandwiches.

Tongues are wagging about Atwater Village’s latest causal dining offering. Known as Dune, the falafel spot on Glendale Blvd. arrives by way of Scott Zwiezen of Elf Cafe. The popular chef is known for hewing raw and vegan when possible, though Dune does not appear to be strictly either.

Soft open since mid-January, Dune is instead a simplified take on Middle Eastern food. What does that really mean? Don’t expect much, for one: only three sandwiches are currently available with a couple of drinks to ride alongside. Eventually, the plan is to add in meat and fish, but for now, there’s the deep-fried falafel balls (made gluten-free, naturally) and a few unexpected options like a full-on beet sandwich.

For now, the soft open situation means that Dune doesn’t have real seating (it’s like Gjusta, only smaller and cheaper and less of a wait), except a few stools in the window. There are metal tables outside that are free for the entire community to use, though. Daily hours run from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Dune
3143 Glendale Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA

29 Jan 04:23

‘Disneyland Forever’ Fireworks Spectacular Announced for Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration

by Shawn Slater
Kristen

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Wrapping up tonight’s big entertainment news for the Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration, Tom Staggs and Steve Davison have revealed a completely new kind of fireworks spectacular for Disneyland park, debuting May 22, 2015.

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“Disneyland Forever” shows just how magical the Magic Kingdom can be, in a sky-high celebration featuring sparkling pyrotechnics, immersive projections, and other effects that transform Disneyland park right before your eyes!

“Disneyland Forever” envelops you in an enthralling, breathtaking journey like never before, leveraging the largest installation of projection mapping technology in a Disney park and surprising special effects. Main Street, U.S.A., and several other Disneyland park locations become a magical canvas taking us into a world of dreams, from flying above the London skyline from “Peter Pan” to a dance with King Louie in “The Jungle Book.”

“Disneyland Forever” also features two original songs, the theme “Live the Magic” and the inspiring closing song “Kiss Goodnight,” written by Disney Legend Richard Sherman.

Walt Disney once said, “Disneyland will never be completed, as long as there is imagination left in the world.” As “Disneyland Forever” caps off each evening of this once-in-a-lifetime celebration, we discover Walt’s inspiring words still hold true today. Disneyland will continue to be home to all our dreams and adventures … forever!

Tonight, we’ve announced the Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration will include a special edition of the popular “World of Color” at Disney California Adventure park, plus an impressive new nighttime parade and a fully-immersive fireworks spectacular at Disneyland park.

Stay tuned, because Erin has one more exciting thing to share with you! And keep reading Disney Parks Blog over the next few months, as we share more details about these stunning new nighttime spectaculars and other surprises planned for the Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration – all kicking off May 22, 2015!

‘Disneyland Forever’ Fireworks Spectacular Announced for Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration by Shawn Slater: Originally posted on the Disney Parks Blog

27 Jan 20:42

Car Culture: East Hollywood Has California's Most Expensive Car Insurance

by Bianca Barragan
Kristen

woooo! No longer number 1

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[A car fire for a TV show via Sterling Davis / Curbed LA flickr pool]

Glendale, previously California's reigning champ for most expensive car insurance, has been unseated, according to a survey done by the quote comparison website CarInsurance.com, via the LA Times. In this latest survey, they didn't even make the top four. While there are many factors that affect car insurance rates, where a driver lives is usually the first thing taken into account, so zip codes where lots of drivers have filed severe claims are seen as higher risk areas and command higher insurance rates. The number one most expensive zip code, according to the site, is 90029, which covers a large part of East Hollywood, where the average premium was a pocket-emptying $2,416. That's high enough to put the neighborhood sixth in the nation.

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90029 (Mostly East Hollywood): $2,416

All calculations were made based on insurance for a 40-year-old man driving a 2014 Honda Accord. According to information found on CarInsurance.com, the top four most expensive zip codes in California are all in Los Angeles. Besides East Hollywood, there are three other central zip codes at the top of the state list.

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90020 (A strip of the city stretching though parts of Koreatown, Larchmont, and Hancock Park between Third and Sixth Streets): $2,403

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90010 (A weird little row centered along Wilshire between Highland and Hoover): $2,402

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90005 (A chunk of neighborhoods running through Ktown and Mid-Wilshire): $2,388
· The 10 worst ZIP Codes if you're buying car insurance [LAT]
· California's 10 Most Expensive Cities For Car Insurance All in LA [Curbed LA]