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West Coast Festivals to Attend This Summer

It’s the end of May, which means it’s time to start planning for summertime adventures. Hopefully, at least one of those adventures will include taking advantage of the amazing festivals that are put on all down the west coast—especially those festivals that take place in Los Angeles or in neighboring cities. Food. Wine. Music. Sports. […]

Four Weekend Spa Getaways Perfect for Mother’s Day

This Mother’s Day, treat her to a private spa weekend outside the city. Los Angeles is within a couple hours driving distance to the beach, the desert, the mountains and even a couple of top-notch wineries. No matter what her favorite way to unwind is, you’re sure to find an accessible weekend getaway that’s perfect […]

Outdoor Patio Décor Trends For 2019

Los Angeles residents are lucky to get use out of our outdoor spaces all year around. That’s why, if you’re in the market for a new home this spring or summer, it’s a good idea to consider the outdoor patio space with the same attention you would the living room, kitchen or bedrooms. One way […]

Dog-Friendly Spots in Beverly Hills, West Hollywood & Sunset Strip

Springtime in Los Angeles conjures images of sunny days spent hiking outdoors, exploring outdoor shopping centers and a sipping a mimosa on the sunny outdoor patio of your favorite restaurant—all, of course, with your dog at your side. While dining with your canine best friend feels like an important part of LA culture, the state […]

Ernie’s 2019 Oscar Picks for Best Picture

The 91st Academy Awards nominations for Best Picture include some wonderful films. The full list is as follows: “Black Panther;” “BlacKkKlansman;” “Bohemian Rhapsody;” “The Favourite;” “Green Book;” “Roma;” “A Star Is Born;” and “Vice.” While I enjoyed and appreciated each of the nominated films, there are two that really resonated with me, because of my […]

Ernie’s Favorite Middle Eastern Restaurants in LA

It’s hard to choose which Middle Eastern restaurants in Los Angeles deserve a spot on this list, because there are so many amazing spots in just about every neighborhood in the city. Each one offers its own delicious take on the cuisine. But, if I had to narrow it down, these five restaurants—each one incredibly […]

6 Los Angeles Organizations to Consider for End-of-Year Tax-Deductible Donations

As 2018 winds down, it’s an opportune time to give back to our city and surrounding areas. Nothing feels better during the holidays than knowing you’ve helped someone in need just in time for the holidays. As an added bonus, December is the last opportunity to record charitable tax deductions for this year. We’ve compiled […]

Our Favorite Cozy Thanksgiving Recipes

This Thanksgiving, we’re sharing some of our favorite cozy recipes for the holiday. Enjoy! Warm Homemade Apple Cider It’s best (and fastest!) to use a slow cooker, instead of a stovetop pot. Ingredients: 7–10 large or medium apples, some acidic (like Pink Lady) and some sweeter (like Golden Delicious), sliced 1 lemon, peeled and sliced […]

Enjoying Los Angeles in the Fall

  It’s now November, which means the fall season is in full swing. While Los Angeles doesn’t experience the tell-tale temperature drop as much as some areas, the city does offer plenty to do to celebrate the season. Whether you want to experience some of LA’s most interesting festivals, get a head start on your […]

Hancock Park’s Rich History

  The Hancock Park neighborhood feels like an oasis in the middle of busy Los Angeles. Despite its central location, just south of Hollywood and a twenty minute drive eastward to downtown, the neighborhood doesn’t feel urban. Instead, it’s filled with beautiful, historic homes, sprawling grassy lawns, plenty of shade trees, and wide, quiet streets. […]

5 Iconic TV Residences in Los Angeles

  Los Angeles’ long history as a major television and film capital means that it’s not uncommon to stroll through one of the city’s diverse neighborhoods and stumble upon a house or apartment building that you immediately recognize as a beloved character’s home. Though many famous television residences were built especially for filming, some iconic […]

Luxury Home Offices To Inspire Your Space

With more people choosing to work from home, luxury home offices are in ever greater demand. Home work spaces need to be functional and beautiful if you are going to spend several hours working from them each day. Take some tips from these luxury home offices to inspire your own space at home. Highlight a […]

Weekend Trips Dad Would Love

Father’s Day is coming up soon, have you planned a special adventure for your dad? Instead of a buying him another striped tie or grill accessory, plan a fun weekend trip that you and he can take together. I guarantee you will make memories that will last a lifetime. For Water Sports Enthusiasts: Morro Bay […]

Quick Honeymoon Destinations Near Los Angeles

Modern couples are choosing to forgo long, expensive honeymoon vacations for shorter “mini-moons” closer to home. For those of us living in Southern California, the state offers plenty of amazing quick honeymoon destinations near Los Angeles. These five locations will provide you and your new spouse all the romance of a honeymoon, close to home. […]

My Favorite Brunch Spots Near Los Angeles

“Brunch is cheerful, sociable and inciting. It is talk-compelling. It puts you in a good temper, it makes you satisfied with yourself and your fellow beings, it sweeps away the worries and cobwebs of the week.” –Guy Berringer, “Brunch: A Plea“ Is there anything better than sleeping in late on Sunday and then meeting friends […]

Outdoor Dining: Make the Most of Your Space

As the weather improves across the country, you might be eager to do some outdoor dining. An ideal outdoor dining space has all the luxuries of an indoor dining room with all the beautiful ambiance of eating al fresco. Achieving that balance is tricky, but it is easier with a little insider knowledge. As you […]

Easy Changes You Can Make This Earth Day

Earth Day is the ideal time to rethink the environmental impact of your everyday routine. Even the most green among us can stand to re-evaluate their lifestyle choices for the benefit of the world in which we live. What better time than now to make these easy changes in your routine! Rethink your fashion choices. […]

The History of Los Feliz, California

Before Spanish settlers moved into what would later become the state of California, Native American tribes inhabited the region. When the Spanish came up on the Native American settlements, they called them rancherias. One of these native settlements eventually became the basis for Rancho Los Feliz. Rancho Los Feliz was a land grant given in […]

The Latest in Home Technology and Automation

Looking to make your home a little smarter? Smart home products have grown more popular and efficient in recent years, giving you control over things such as air quality and temperature right from your smartphone. Home automation products are continuing to make our lives easier than ever, with quick installations and simple designs. Here are […]

How to Make the Most of Your Home Gym

With busy schedules and demanding jobs, it can be hard to find time for the gym. Now you can bring the gym right to your home using the best equipment and making it your own. From finding the perfect space to creating your own schedule, make the most of your home gym with these easy […]

Ernie’s Favorite Films of 2017

2017 was full of amazing films and characters. With the Academy Awards only a few weeks away, critics have been putting together their predictions and favorites from this year’s lineup. The official nominees for “Best Picture” are: Darkest Hour ; Get Out ; Call Me By Your Name ; Dunkirk ; Lady Bird ; Phantom […]

The Best Places for Catering in Los Angeles

Don’t have the time or energy to put together your next big event? Whether you’re planning something as large as a wedding or small as a work meeting, catering is a great option for creating a beautiful atmosphere with tasty food. Many companies also offer a wide variety of options so you’re sure to please […]

This Holiday Try These Gifts That Give Back

From helping artisans around the world to providing clean water to those in need, these are just some of the awesome ways companies are giving back. Brands such as 31 Bits and The Little Market help support artisans and their families, while TOMS even helps improve eyesight and provides safe births around the world. These […]

High Tech Gadgets: Your Gift Guide

Take the stress out of shopping this year with a cool new piece of technology. From virtual reality to noise cancelling headphones, there’s a gadget for everyone this holiday season. Here are just some of my favorite high tech gadgets right now. LG Signature “Wallpaper” TV Know someone who’s eyes are always glued to the […]

Best Places to Volunteer on Thanksgiving in LA

Give thanks by giving back this holiday season! From donating food to serving meals to the homeless, it’s easy to get involved and give back to others. The last half of the word Thanksgiving is in fact “giving”. So embrace the spirit of giving and pick one of our favorite places to volunteer on Thanksgiving […]

The History of Outpost Estates in Hollywood Hills

Located in the Hollywood Hills above Los Angeles, Outpost Estates has a history dating back to the 1920s. With its rich history, magnificent views and diverse community, the neighborhood is now made up of nearly 450 homes. Originally founded by Gen. Harrison Gray Otisthen then sold to Charles E. Toberman, Outpost Estates got its name […]

Best Halloween Events in Los Angeles

With Halloween fast approaching, the ghosts and ghouls will soon be out in Los Angeles. From family friendly zoos to haunted hayrides and crazy carnavals, there is no shortage of spooky Halloween events in LA this year. Here are some of our favorites that we’re looking forward to. West Hollywood Halloween Carnaval Possibly the most […]

Neighborhood Guide: Westwood

Sitting on the border of Beverly Hills and college campus UCLA, Westwood has all of the characteristics of an upscale college town. Along with its 40,000 students, the neighborhood is also full of office buildings, apartments and residential streets. With affordable restaurants, shopping and dining options, and a thriving bar scene, Westwood is perfect for […]

Neighborhood Guide: Bel Air

Home to some of the most extravagant properties in California, Bel Air also boasts celebrity residents along with remote, private neighborhoods. Exclusive communities filled with massive estates and Hollywood A-listers, Bel Air is tucked away just to the north of Beverly Hills. The area has slowly become a symbol of the elite as a secluded […]

The Coliseum: Navigating Game Day

The Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum is home to some of the biggest sporting events in the country. Oftentimes referred to as the “greatest stadium in the world”, the LA Coliseum has also hosted historical events such as the Olympics, Super Bowls, World Series and presidential visits. Originally commissioned in 1921 as a memorial to LA […]

Our Favorite Summer Refreshers

Longer days, warmer nights, more beach days – there are so many things to love about summer. But if there’s one thing we love, it’s sipping a tasty summer drink with our toes in the sand! No matter your preference, there’s so many varieties for everyone to enjoy. We’ve put together a list of some […]

Traveling for the Solar Eclipse

This August, we’ll have the chance to witness the first total solar eclipse visible in the U.S. in 38 years! On August 21st, the moon will move in front of the sun for a total of 2-3 minutes.  This phenomenon can be seen (at least in part) across the country. Viewing in Los Angeles While […]

Watching Sports in Style in Los Angeles

Los Angeles is home to some of the largest sports venues in the country. Whether it’s baseball, basketball, football or hockey, we like to watch our games in style! Here are just a few of the various upgrade options at our favorite venues. Staples Center While some of the biggest names in music have performed […]

Free Outdoor Concerts in Los Angeles

The June Gloom has finally left us with warm, sunny weather in LA! What better way to spend your summer nights than listening to good music with great friends? And the best part – the shows are all free! From Beverly Hills to Brentwood, these are some of my favorite outdoor concerts series. Grand Performances […]

The Best BBQ Restaurants in Los Angeles

While Los Angeles is known for its healthy eating, there’s one food that breaks the gluten-free, vegan mold: BBQ. Whether it’s served Texas, Memphis, or Caroline-style, we’ve put together a few of our favorite spots in LA. Don’t be afraid to try them all! Horse Thief BBQ Located in the heart of Downtown Los Angeles, […]

Summer Concerts in L.A.

Don’t waste away a perfectly lovely LA summer evening stuck inside!  Los Angeles provides plenty of opportunities to enjoy a night of musical entertainment under the stars.  These four concert series allow you to listen to amazing live music all while enjoying the gorgeous weather and scenery of California in the summer months. THE HOLLYWOOD […]

The Best Hiking Trails Near L.A.

While most people outside of California picture natives spending all our sunny days at the beach, hiking is actually one of the most popular outdoor activities in SoCal.  The mountains and hills provide many and varied places to sneak in an enjoyable workout which is usually rewarded with spectacular vistas.  These are just a few […]

Memorial Day Getaway Ideas

Most of us have a three-day weekend coming up, why not make the most of your time off by taking a short trip away from the city?  A little rest and relaxation is the perfect way to kick off summer.  Each of these destinations is a short drive from Los Angeles, making them perfect for […]

The 10 Best Mother’s Day Brunches in LA

Not many cities brunch as well as Los Angeles, so it makes sense that LA’s Mother’s Day brunch offerings are plentiful.  We have compiled a list of our favorites from the Greater LA area; some offering buffet style meals, others offering multi-course prix fixe menus.  You should be able to find the perfect brunch to […]

The Beverly Hills Farmers Market – your source for fresh produce and more!

In the midst of the busy Los Angeles metropolitan area, you can find a marvelous place to purchase fresh, organic fruits and vegetables.  The Beverly Hills Farmers Market is open every Sunday, rain or shine, so that visitors can enjoy all of these and more.  In addition to being a product market, you can also find activities […]

Drought-Resistant Landscaping Choices

Even though Southern California has seen more rain in the past months than we have become accustomed to in the past years, it is still smart to choose drought-resistant plants for your landscaping.  By making smart choices, you can still have a beautiful, colorful yard even without the traditional green lawn. Arid Plants When you […]

Latest Smart Home Technology Trends

With yearly advancement in smart technology, we are rapidly approaching the time when the Internet of Things has reached every aspect of our lives.  At the recent CES show in Las Vegas, exhibitors displayed the newest trends in smart home tech.  Here are a few we are excited for: Embed from Getty Images ALEXA-ENABLED DEVICES The […]

Best Irish Pubs in LA for Saint Patrick’s Day Celebrations

We’re all Irish on St. Patrick’s Day!  Los Angeles might not have the same reputation for St. Patty’s Day parties as Boston or Chicago, but there are plenty of amazing celebrations from which to choose.  Whether you prefer traditional Irish dancers and Celtic music or green beer and pop music, you can find it in […]

A Los Angeles Icon: Griffith Park Observatory

Griffith Observatory is an icon of Los Angeles.  The art deco observatory is located on Mount Hollywood in Griffith Park in the vicinity of the Los Feliz neighborhood. Griffith Observatory is a unique hybrid of public observatory, planetarium, and exhibition space. It was funded by a bequest from Griffith J. Griffith, who specified in his will the specific […]

Award Show Venues in Los Angeles

Los Angeles is home to many industry award shows, but the GRAMMYs, Golden Globes, and Oscars are easily the most famous.  These three prominent entertainment industry award shows are hosted by three equally illustrious venues right here in LA. The Academy Awards – Dolby Theater Since 2002, the Dolby Theater on Hollywood has been home […]

The Best Places to Hear Live Jazz in LA

The award-winning movie LA LA Land has renewed LA’s interest in jazz music.  While this resurgence of awareness is new, Los Angeles has had a dynamic jazz scene for decades.  Some of America’s greatest jazz musicians have played right here in LA, and today’s top musicians make their way here as well.  If you would […]

The Most Romantic Restaurants in LA

Ready to treat your special someone to a romantic date night?  Los Angeles is full of amazing restaurants, but not all of them are suited for an intimate meal.  These are our favorite places for a memorable meal with the one you love. BEST FOR A COZY MEAL SOFI GREEK RESTAURANT (West Hollywood): Even the entrance to […]

The Best Movie Theaters in L.A.

Los Angeles and movies are inseparably linked, but most people think of Hollywood as the place where movies are made — not where movies are watched.  In truth, Los Angeles has countless places to screen movies, old and new.  Whether you want to catch the newest Oscar noms in a luxuriously appointed theater or re-watch […]

Best Vegetarian and Vegan Restaurants in LA

More and more people are making the decision to change to a more plant-based diet, whether for their own personal health or the health of the planet.  California has come to be known for vegetarian and vegan cuisine, so it makes sense that the LA area offers numerous remarkable vegetarian and vegan restaurants.  Put these […]

Neighborhood Guide: Brentwood

The neighborhood of Brentwood offers access to big city life with a more small town feel.  This Westside community is made up of wealthy urban sophisticates, including many sports and entertainment celebrities. Located at the base of the Santa Monica Mountains, the neighborhood is split half by Sunset Boulevard.  To get the iconic California experience […]