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Echo Park home prices jump in September; hot pink Silver Lake Spanish sells for $1.9 million

Echo Park home prices jump in September; hot pink Silver Lake Spanish sells for $1.9 million

By JEFFERY MARINO Home prices increased just 3.8% in the city of L.A. this September – the lowest price appreciation  since June 2012, according to a recent report from real estate brokerage, Redfin. But the Eastside was an exception as it contains some of the most competitive markets in all of L.A.  Many Eastside neighborhoods […]

New Yorker reporter ponders a future where fast food is healthy, tasty, and convenient

New Yorker reporter ponders a future where fast food is healthy, tasty, and convenient

Chipotle restaurant workers fill orders for customers on the day that the company announced it will only use non-GMO ingredients in its food on April 27, 2015 in Miami, Florida.; Credit: Joe Raedle/Getty Images Fast food of tomorrow will look nothing like your daddy’s McDonald’s, says the New Yorker’s health and science writer Michael Specter. […]

New Yorker reporter ponders a future where fast food is healthy, tasty and convenient

New Yorker reporter ponders a future where fast food is healthy, tasty and convenient

Chipotle restaurant workers fill orders for customers on the day that the company announced it will only use non-GMO ingredients in its food on April 27, 2015 in Miami, Florida.; Credit: Joe Raedle/Getty Images Fast food of tomorrow will look nothing like your daddy’s McDonald’s, says the New Yorker’s health and science writer Michael Specter. […]

San Gabriel Mission

San Gabriel Mission

We were corralled to do an early morning drop-off in Rosemead, and as we were in no hurry, we decided to leisurely wind our way home. Suddenly, we turned right and there was the San Gabriel Mission in an early morning glow. We didn’t have time to take a proper tour, but here are some […]

Plenn & Friends

Plenn & Friends

David Plenn’s bio always includes the fact that he was signed to A&M Records in 1968—while he was still in high school. After that, he performed, recorded, and produced albums with singer-songwriter Jerry Riopelle. Plenn and Riopelle wrote “Easy Driver,” which was recorded for Kenny Loggins’ Nightwatch album, his second solo album, which reached number […]

Journey of a Lifetime

Journey of a Lifetime

A youth development volunteer is needed in the Dominican Republic. An agri-business educator in Cameroon, a secondary school science teacher in Tanzania, and a math teacher in Lesotho. Timor-Leste needs a health extension volunteer, a coastal resources management volunteer, and English teachers. Macedonia could use an NGO adviser and a special education teacher. From Tonga […]

Make Your Own Bitters

Make Your Own Bitters

Woodsy and spicy or anise-scented? Angostura or Peychaud’s? Along with orange, Thomas Parsons calls this “the holy trinity” of bitters.¹ Many people know bitters as a classic ingredient for cocktails. We did not know that originally bitters were medicinal tonics. Supposedly in 1838, Antoine Amedie Peychaud, a pharmacist and Creole immigrant from Haiti, “began dispensing […]

Nosferatu, Accompanied

Nosferatu, Accompanied

Brandt Sponseller of Classic-Horror writes that “nosferatu” is a modernization of a Slavic term, which is itself a modernization of the Greek “nosophoros,” or “plague carrier.” Director Freidrich Wilhelm Murnau, in the 1922 classic silent film Nosferatu, embraces this idea, having his Orlock (Dracula) appear rather rat-like with pointed teeth, nose, and those famously pointed […]

Gardening in Difficult Times

Gardening in Difficult Times

Too hot, too dry, too steep, too shady. The obstacles to a thriving garden are many, but help has arrived at Thursday Garden Talks with Lili Singer. On October 29, come learn how to harvest rain, through time-tested techniques and new methods, “including current legal uses for collected water, from an acclaimed local garden designer.” […]

Polish food lovers await the reopening of Glassell Park’s Polka

Polish food lovers await the reopening of Glassell Park’s Polka

Photo by Rebecca Schiffman By REBECCA SCHIFFMAN GLASSELL PARK — The neighborhood fans of pierogies and goulash have had to find alternatives since Polka Polish Restaurant and other adjacent  businesses were forced to close in July following an electrical room fire. The fire also disrupted water and gas service at the small shopping plaza at the at the […]

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