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The Best Places to Satisfy Your Tea Cravings in LA

Tea may not be something that can overtake coffee in popularity just yet, but we’ve seen a continuously growing fondness for it in the past few years. According to the latest estimation of The Tea Association of the USA, Americans consumed over 84 billion servings of tea (or more than 3.8 billion gallons!) of this plant-based drink in 2019. This veritable craze over tea can be attributed to a lot of things, including this drink’s versatility.

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Pumpkin Spice Soup Perfect for the Holidays & Colder Winter Months

With the holidays on the horizon, you may be turning to recipes that add a a dose of comfort and soul to the end of your work day. Look no further than this calming pumpkin spice soup that is absolutely perfect as a solo side dish this fall and winter that’s also always a hit with friends and family and that can be gussied up to serve as a filling entree. It’s a soup for all seasons! Perhaps my favorite aspect of this incredibly easy dish is that you can be adventurous with it. And, most likely, you have all the ingredients already in your pantry and fridge.

While “pumpkin spice” has become something of a cliché, it’s done so for good reason. People love it. The curry and white pepper add an authentic zest and flavor to this creamy pumpkin soup. You can also spice it up for a more piquant depth of flavor with turmeric or cumin. I’ve also occasionally added some Italian seasoning or sage or basil from the garden. Feel free to experiment or keep the soup as written. Switch out the chicken stock with chicken bone broth for an added boost of collagen, or if you do not have evaporated milk on hand use heavy cream, half & half, or for more of an Indian vibe go with a can of coconut milk. Top with julienned basil or chopped cilantro, toasted pine nuts, a drizzle of chili oil or a lovely arbequina olive oil. Or nothing at all! With this soup you cannot go wrong! And if you’re thinking of additions to make this soup more of an entree than an appetizer, I suggest adding shredded chicken, corn, or potatoes.

Although we will not be entertaining large groups this holiday season, this soulful pumpkin spice soup is sure to delight you and your bubble as 2020 comes to a close. Enjoy!

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Bohemian Chic & Stylish Venice Beach Spanish | 745 Brooks Avenue

This charming 3 bedroom Venice Beach Spanish-style home is located just blocks from the ocean and all of the shops and restaurants on bustling Abbot Kinney Boulevard.

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Grand Italian Villa in the Hollywood Dell | 2285 La Granada Drive

This grand Italian-style villa was built in 1923 making it one of the very first homes to line the Hollywood Hills enclave of the Hollywood Dell. Set high above other homes in the area on a large 1/3 acre lot with extraordinary views that offer a near panorama of the canyon. Neighborhood rumor has it that it was once lived in by Pola Negri and Rudolph Valentino and was also briefly owned by the Getty Family at one point.

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Vote at the Hollywood Bowl

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Franklin Hills Spanish Built by Designer of the Iconic Pantages Theatre – 1570 Sanborn Ave.

Own a piece of Hollywood history with this fabulous Spanish-style home in Los Feliz’s wonderful Franklin Hills neighborhood. The home was built in 1928 by sculptor Steven Gaal making it one of the original homes in the area. Gaal was a prestigious artist who also designed the iconic Egyptian and Pantages theatre interiors. After moving to Los Angeles in 1925, he established this as his studio-home where he sculpted portrait busts, whippets, and commemorative coins. Gaal also worked with Walt Disney on some of his early cartoon characters and then painted sets for Universal, Paramount, and United Artists.

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Romantic English Tudor by Architect Garrett Van Pelt – 1585 East Altadena Drive

This romantic and stylish English Tudor residence in Altadena was designed and built by architect Garrett Van Pelt in 1929. Van Pelt was one of the premier architects in early 1900s Los Angeles and lived in nearby Pasadena in a home he built for himself and his family.

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Buying and Selling in Los Angeles During Coronavirus

Thinking it might be time to begin shopping for a home? Or selling your current one? But, maybe, like so many would-be house hunters and home sellers out there in Los Angeles right now you have concerns and questions about how Covid-19 has affected the real estate market and how to stay safe and healthy during the home buying and selling process.

The real estate market essentially all but disappeared after the stay-at-home orders in March, and has since slowly, but surely, made a big comeback. Today, in Los Angeles, homes are selling faster than ever before. In fact, the week ending August 1 saw homes selling eight days faster than the same week in 2019. Experts in the industry say changing changing needs during the pandemic and low interest rates have remarkably driven homebuyers to rush to the market. After staying home for months in 2020, many first time home buyers decided it was time for them to take the home ownership journey, while many current owners realized they needed a bigger home, a larger yard, an additional dwelling unit, or that they missed their friends and family back home.

But house hunting might look very different than it did before the coronavirus pandemic took hold. Here are a few changes and surprises to anticipate if you are planning to buy or sell during Covid-19 era, which may last into 2021 and beyond.

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Just Listed: Venice Beach 2 Bed Condo Steps from the Sand

Signature Venice Beach style, one block to the sand. This private West-facing 2 bedroom corner unit in the exclusive and award-winning Venice Renaissance is graced with abundant natural light and fresh ocean cross breezes.

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Just Listed: Modern Living in Light-Filled Sherman Oaks Home – 14907 Otsego Street

Modern living in the highly sought-after Kester Elementary Avenue school district. Hidden behind a privacy hedge lies a tree-shaded grassy yard welcoming you to a sophisticated, light-filled residence.

For more photos and a virtual 3D tour, go here.

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