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28 Aug 17:09

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

by Farley Elliott
Kristen

NOPE

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

Kristen

ahahaha





biggbrother17:

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
Kristen

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.

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19 Aug 20:00

Two Set Decor Questions from the Show Suits — Good Questions

by Tess Wilson
Kristen

A SUITS RELATED QUESTION

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...

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12 Aug 15:15

Blind Items Revealed #2

by Enty
Kristen

a Rizzoli and Isles blind item.

bh

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
Kristen

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.

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14 Aug 19:30

How To Repair A Cord — Apartment Therapy Tutorials

by Ashley Poskin
Kristen

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!

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13 Aug 19:00

Savor a Long Weekend in San Francisco with Adventures by Disney

by Terry Brinkoetter
Kristen

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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
Kristen

Bill?


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
Kristen

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
Kristen

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
Kristen

jesus

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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
Kristen

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.

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29 Jul 22:57

まるです。

by mugumogu
Kristen

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


あまりにも天気が良いのでトイレを洗おうと分解すると、
わらわらと集まってくるまるとはな。
It was fine, so I decided to wash the cat litter case .

まる:「大事なトイレが」
はな:「なにごと!?」
Maru:[This is my important thing.]
Hana:[What happens to this?]



さあさあ、洗いますよー。
Don't worry. I wash it.

シャワーを出すと、濡れてもへっちゃらなまるは、ますます興味津々。

まる:「ゴミが流れていきます。これは大変興味深い。」
Maru:[Wow, dusts flow. This is very interesting.]

一方のはなは、勝手について来たくせにご立腹。
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!!]



そんなこんなで、きれいになりましたよ。
How about the clean cat litter case?

まる:「すっきり~♪」
Maru:[Of course, I feel good.]


さて、次は何を洗いましょうかね!?
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
Kristen

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

Unique west coast photography on @offbeatbride
Photos and video by Rawtography
Rawtography is also featured in our Offbeat Vendors guide!

You may remember Rawtography from a little wedding called Dick Van Dyke's seafoam circus wedding. We're going to wow you again with Jenna and Robert's most delightful and so very Hollywood-themed Muppet wedding in LA, captured by our sponsor Rawtography. We're going to show you a video highlight of this wedding that will make your knees go weak, and you'll be running over to book your date with LA-based Rawtography for your own video.

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

Were we right about that vid or what? Rawtography's team killed it with the amount of awesomeness. They've worked with lots of incredibly creative couples like you. Some of their favorites include a natural history wedding complete with volcano, a Burning Man-style weekend camp out, and of course, the seafoam circus extravaganza that was the Van Dyke wedding.

Not to worry though if your budget isn't Dick Van Dyke-level. Rawtography has packages for almost all budgets, and they get super excited about offbeat weddings in particular. They also don't believe in time limits, so they won't be cutting out right after dinner. Don't be afraid to say hello and see what they've got in store for a wedding like yours.

Unique west coast photography on @offbeatbride
Unique west coast photography on @offbeatbride

Make things even more affordable by taking advantage of this special deal, too:

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Rawtography offers a free engagement shoot with any wedding photography package — just be sure to mention that you came from here!

Now let's see more of this spectacular (and geektacular!) LA wedding:

Unique west coast photography on @offbeatbride
Unique west coast photography on @offbeatbride

See? Knees like Jell-O. We can absolutely see Rawtography's passion for understanding what makes their couples tick. Want everyone to go gaga over your wedding video and photography, too? It's time to go book your date with Rawtography.

28 Jul 13:00

THE GREATEST VIDEO C.O. HAS EVER POSTED

by Brinke
Kristen

my heart

See? Got your attention. And we’re not kidding—110% Squee.


(Seen on the Storyful FB with thanks to Robin L.)


Filed under: Uncategorized Tagged: Hoomin Interaction, kitteh, Toesday
21 Jul 08:50

btw this is 4L of water you do not need to drink 4L of water...

Kristen

Yeah I am confused by this. Was this person digging ditches all day in the heat? colonoscopy coming up?





btw this is 4L of water you do not need to drink 4L of water unless you want to become hyponatraemic

28 Jul 16:20

Blind Items Revealed #3

by Enty
Kristen

ahem

bh

June 26, 2015

The drinking has been crazy lately. Last night was just something that was bound to happen. The talk show host needs rehab.

Jimmy Fallon

03 Apr 15:18

Enter for a Chance to Win Pack of 16 ‘March Magic’ Disneyland Resort or Walt Disney World Resort T-shirts

by Thomas Smith
Kristen

hmmm...maybe I should enter to win this.

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If you’ve been following our “March Magic Challenge,” you know final four voting begins this weekend. And even if your favorite team is out of the running for the title of ultimate Disney Parks attraction, you can still show your Disney Side and enter for a chance to win a pack of 16 shirts featuring teams inspired by Walt Disney World Resort or Disneyland Resort attractions.

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Beginning today, April 3, 2015 through 2 p.m. on April 6, 2015, you have the opportunity to win a pack of 16 “March Magic Challenge” T-shirts. There will be two winners: One winner will receive T-shirts featuring the 16 Disneyland Resort attraction teams and the other winner will receive T-shirts featuring the 16 Walt Disney World Resort attraction teams.

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To enter for a chance to win one pack of 16 “March Magic Challenge” T-shirts inspired by attractions at the Disneyland Resort or Walt Disney World Resort, email us a “March Magic Challenge” message of no more than 50 characters in length (which could be a simple “Hi” or “Celebrating March Magic” message) to WDWSweepstakes@gmail.com and include your full name and mailing address in the email.

Once the potential winners are determined on April 7, 2015, we’ll send notifications via email. See the sweepstakes rules and eligibility requirements here.

NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. Void where prohibited. Open only to persons, who are 18 years of age or older at the time of entry and are legal residents of, and physically located within the 50 United States and D.C. Sweepstakes starts 11:00 AM (ET) on 4/3/15 and ends 2:00 PM (ET) on 4/6/15. See Official Rules for details.

Enter for a Chance to Win Pack of 16 ‘March Magic’ Disneyland Resort or Walt Disney World Resort T-shirts by Thomas Smith: Originally posted on the Disney Parks Blog

09 Jul 17:00

A Look Back at ElecTRONica at Disney California Adventure Park

by Erin Glover
Kristen

RIP Trontown :(

ElecTRONica at Disney California Adventure Park

It’s been more than 30 years since Walt Disney Pictures released “TRON,” but it wasn’t that long ago that Disney California Adventure park guests stepped into the Grid themselves during the nighttime dance party, ElecTRONica. Let’s take a look back at this guest favorite.

ElecTRONica Event at Disney California Adventure Park

Video, projections and lasers welcomed Programs (or guests, if you’re not familiar with Grid lingo) through the portal and into the world of “TRON: LEGACY.”

LASERMAN at ElecTRONica

Remember LASERMAN? He was there, with his stunning performance that combined music, lights and lasers.

End of Line Club

End of Line Club was a popular spot for Programs to recharge, serving a variety of themed beverages.

Flynn's Arcade at Disney California Adventure Park

And of course there was my favorite part of ElecTRONica, Flynn’s Arcade, which featured classic ‘80s arcade games.

What was your favorite part of ElecTRONica? Rez in and share yours in the comments.

A Look Back at ElecTRONica at Disney California Adventure Park by Erin Glover: Originally posted on the Disney Parks Blog

19 Jul 18:45

Check Out Baz Luhrman's Wallpaper Game in Just Listed Sydney Home — Design News

by Tara Bellucci
Kristen

$16 million!

Wallpaper fanatics, pack your bags: Director Baz Luhrman has listed his Sydney, Australia estate for $16 million, and his pattern game is strong.

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09 Jul 16:20

Blind Items Revealed #2

by Enty
Kristen

homegirl is 45. I think perhaps that ship had sailed a while ago.

bh

July 1, 2015

This former A list mostly television actor from a hit cable show that just ended has walked out on his significant other because she keeps talking about having kids and our actor does not want any. Apparently he has been stringing her along for years that they would.

Jon Hamm/Jennifer Westfeldt 

10 Jul 13:00

Christian Audigier Has Died

by Enty
Kristen

I guess I missed this. Do people even still wear ed hardy?

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Christian Audigier, a designer who is most famous for his work as the creator of Von Dutch and Ed Hardy, has died at the age of 57.

10 Jul 18:12

Silicon Beach is a Thing: 280-Square-Foot Venice Cottage With No Kitchen Asking $1.3M

by Adrian Glick Kudler
Kristen

Do enough people who work for snapchat or hulu (or a startup) make enough money to afford million dollar shacks and then put in another million to live in it? I honestly have no idea. After renovations the payments could be close to $8,000/month.

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Real estate in Venice in the last year or so has been a swiftly escalating exercise in topping itself in ridiculousness. Let's see: there was a falling-apart shack that sold for $1.44 million, then a one-bedroom stucco hut asking $2.2 million and featuring actual fingers in the listing photos (in more than one photo!!). Now let's meet this actually charming-seeming 1926 cottage near Windward Circle (and thus the beach), which nevertheless is still tiny, a total mess, and asking more than a million dollars.

The house is just 280 square feet with no kitchen and only half a bathroom, and it is in need of "a serious rehab." It's being used as an architect's office right now and the property is zoned for commercial use, but in such a way that will probably allow for residential redevelopment. (That said, the lot is pretty little: 1,912 square feet.) Either way, there's gated parking for two to four cars, which might be worth the asking price alone. That asking price is $1.275 million.
· 205 Venice Way, Venice, CA [Estately]
· Everything's Fine! Silicon Beach Shack Sells For Just $1.44M [Curbed LA]
· This One-Bedroom Stucco Hut in Venice is Asking $2.2 Million [Curbed LA]

12 Jul 23:16

weekend open house: Mid-Century Modern by Kurt Meyer-Radon in Glendale's Verdugo Woodlands Asking $1.1 Million

by Pauline O'Connor
Kristen

lettuce live here.


Open House: Sunday, July 12 between 2 PM - 5 PM

1641 Fernbrook Pl, Glendale

Price: $1,097,000
Beds, Baths: 3 BR, 2 BA
Floor Area: 2,040 sq. ft.
Per the Listing: "Ultra stylish mid century modern circa 1952 is the classic example of California living. Designed by Kurt Meyer-Radon, (whom Hearst commissioned to purchase items for San Simeon), located in the lush Verdugo woodlands of Glendale on beautifully landscaped 7800 sq. ft grounds. 3 bedrooms, 2 baths + 2 offices and/or den. Original details abound including walls of glass, polished concrete floors w/ radiant heat, extensive original built ins, period recessed lighting, mason cut corner fireplace w/ clock. Bordered by a brook, adjacent duck pond and century trees. Beautiful front & back flat grassy grounds w/ incredible privacy surround the master suite w/ ribbed glass windows, terrazzo floors, angled soaking tub, floating toilet & seamless glass. Enclosed lanai, office, lovely laundry area, smashing St. Charles kitchen w/ stone & marble detail. All Viking appliances are just some of the details in this masterpiece home."

Born in Germany in 1885, architect/artist Kurt Meyer-Radon emigrated to the US in 1923, eventually settling with his family in Eagle Rock. Among his most notable projects are Santa Monica's Sovereign Hotel/Apartments and Glendale's Seeley Studios building.

1641 Fernbrook Pl [Official site]

06 Jul 18:09

Fireblogging: A Collection of Apocalyptic Fourth of July Palm Tree Fires

by Adrian Glick Kudler
Kristen

worth a click through for sure

A video posted by Kayla Rogers (@kayloveey) on


We don't know what kind of people you are, but we're the kind of people who get back from the Fourth of July holiday and immediately start searching for pics and videos of palm trees that were set on fire by fireworks. The icon of Los Angeles paradise set apocalyptically ablaze? We'll take a million. Well, here are five, but they're really good.

Ohh no pic.twitter.com/EC5yYylrr1

— Sam The Supreme (@samanthughhh) July 5, 2015

"@ddeeeayy: Palm tree on fire by Top Value @EASTLA_NEWS pic.twitter.com/uSjMgPKyYu" #eastla

— East L.A. News (@EASTLA_NEWS) July 3, 2015
· Six Photos of Los Angeles Palm Trees Set on Fire by Fireworks [Curbed LA]
05 Jun 19:53

O.C. Kids Sick After Drinking Fancy, Unpasteurized Raw Goat Milk

by Jean Trinh
Kristen

Shocking!

O.C. Kids Sick After Drinking Fancy, Unpasteurized Raw Goat Milk Three Orange County kids got really sick after drinking some high-end, unpasteurized goat milk that came from a farm near the Central Coast. [ more › ]






07 Jul 14:00

How To Reduce Bathroom Noises? — Good Questions

by Tess Wilson
Kristen

this is the worst apartment on earth and is probably not up to code.

Q: My boyfriend and I just moved into a funky older apartment. The only bathroom is right in the middle of the apartment, is narrow with very high ceilings, is echoey, and, most importantly, contains a large window that opens out to the kitchen (this is its ventilation). The window is warped and can't be closed. As a result, any bathroom activity is extremely audible throughout the whole apartment...

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27 Jun 23:18

weekend open house: Cantilevered 1960s Modern in Silver Lake by Raul Garduno Asking $899K

by Pauline O'Connor
Kristen

terrifying


Open House: Sunday, June 28 between 2 PM - 5 PM

1954 Lucile Ave, Silver Lake

Price: $899,000
Beds, Baths: 2 beds, 2 baths
Floor Area: 1,395 sq. ft.
Per the Listing: "Designed by architect Raul F. Garduno in 1960-1962, this Silver Lake open-air, steel, glass, post and beam home is irreplaceable! Stunning views of the hillsides and vistas of the Hollywood Sign and Griffith Park Observatory. Published in the LA Times "Home" section & in Art and Architecture 1961 edt, this mid-century is perched hillside with 500 square feet of deck surrounding the home. Acacia and pine trees and lush landscaping give shade to the back. Walls of glass surround the LR, FR & open floorplan w/ kit in the center. Original freestanding fireplace to enrich the winter evenings. Designed with the views and NW breezes in mind. There's even an atrium perfect for an outdoor Zen/yoga retreat. Bring back the master bath to its architectural significance w/ sunken tub and new fixtures. Asian style sliding closet doors throughout. Original walnut cabinetry, cooktop, dbl-oven, and built-in bbq. Bring your Eames chair and Barcelona table and move right in, or restore it back to its original glory."

Trained at USC, Raul Garduno began his architectural career in the firm of the fascinating Ragnar Qvale, and was known for specializing in challenging hillside-lot properties. Of the two dozen or so residential projects Garduno designed in Southern California, the Franks House in Crestwood Hills is the most recognized.

1954 Lucile Ave [Official site]
1954 Lucile Ave [Redfin]

22 Jun 16:44

Take Olympic: Whoa, LA Could Be Back in the Running For the 2024 Olympics

by Bianca Barragan
Kristen

Texas has ruined everything for us!

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In January, the US Olympic Committee knocked Los Angeles out of the running for the 2024 Olympics and instead chose Boston as the US contender for the games (Boston??). That was weird, but kind of understandable—Boston apparently had a whole plan for close-knit, walkable clusters of Olympic action that the USOC loved. But now that plan is getting redrawn and Olympic officials are starting to get impatient with the new plans (the New York Times says it's in part because many proposed venues in the bid "had not been vetted with some of the landlords or the public." Oops.) And that's making Los Angeles look pretty good again—maybe even good enough for the USOC to drop Boston, says Olympics-focused website 3WireSports.

Back when the USOC took their vote, Boston was not chosen in a landslide; there was, in fact, "a spirited discussion and more than one round of voting." And flash forward to a recent meeting of the International Olympic Committee in Switzerland, where officials were openly contemptuous of the Boston Bid—one official reportedly remarked "They had their opportunity. They fucked it around."—but showed some not-terrible feelings for Los Angeles.

At this point, Olympics officials seem to feel the same way many of the people of Massachusetts feel. A statewide poll showed that only 39 percent of residents were in favor of Boston hosting the Games, says the NY Times. More people (49 percent) were outright against the city hosting.

Okay, so Boston's not looking so hot, but why should Los Angeles get excited? For starters, though San Francisco and Washington, DC were also competing in the last round for the bid, neither of them was seen as a "plausible" candidate for the Olympics, 3WireSports says. And one senior IOC member straight-up proclaimed, "Los Angeles is better than Boston." (Duh.) This is what LA's bid looked like.

But just because LA is selected as the USOC's American city of choice for the 2024 Games, doesn't at all mean it'll get the Olympics. For one thing, the IOC doesn't love the idea of sending a bunch of international tourists into a country known for its mass shootings and love of guns. 3WireSports says:

One [IOC] member, reflecting on the imminent signing of a Texas law allowing the open carrying of handguns in public and of concealed handguns on state university campuses — the governor would sign it last weekend — said that measure alone ought to spell the end of the Boston bid. Or, for that matter, Los Angeles, if it came to that.

· Big decision but not difficult — kill Boston 2024 [3WireSports]
· Boston Revises Bid in Effort to Host 2024 Olympics [NYT]
· Los Angeles is Out of the Running For the 2024 Olympics [Curbed LA]
· Here Are LA's Huge Plans for the 2024 Olympics [Curbed LA]
· Here's Los Angeles's Plan For Winning the 2024 Olympics [Curbed LA]