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5243 Yarmouth Avenue #45, Encino

11/25/14

5243 Yarmouth Avenue #45, Encino

This spacious townhouse with two bedrooms plus den is located in the Park Lane Condominium complex in a prime Encino location.

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13480 Contour Drive, Sherman Oaks

11/25/14

13480 Contour Drive, Sherman Oaks

This fresh, exciting contemporary view home sits on a tree-shaded knoll just 2 blocks South of Valley Vista & is surrounded by enchanting patios, gardens, Koi pond & a variety of Zen-like water features.

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4550 Portico Place, Encino

11/25/14

4550 Portico Place, Encino

Enter the double gates, proceed up the lushly landscaped drive to the motor court where this formal country estate is perfectly sited on prestigious South of the Blvd.

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Festive Recipe: The Local Peasant Pumpkin Cocktail

11/23/14

Festive Recipe: The Local Peasant Pumpkin Cocktail

The Local Peasant is featuring this fall cocktail at both the Sherman Oaks and Woodland Hills locations. With cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg and pumpkin puree, it has all the flavors of the season. Add bourbon and Irish cream, and you've got the perfect holiday kick for your Thanksgiving celebration at home.  2 ounces Evan Williams Single Barrel Bourbon (available at BevMo) 1/4 ounce Carolans Irish Cream (available at BevMo) 1 heaped tablespoon canned pumpkin puree 1/4 ounce lemon juice 1 ounce vanilla syrup 2 cloves 2 pinches cinnamon powder Garnish: freshly grated nutmeg (or bottled), half cinnamon stick, whipped cream Crack the cloves with a muddler in a shaker tin. Add ice and all the ingredients and shake in a double...

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Spice Season Opens in Studio City

11/23/14

Spice Season Opens in Studio City

In an ever-changing restaurant spot in the long Studio City strip mall at Ventura and Tujunga comes Spice Season—and let’s hope this one sticks. It’s the sister restaurant to Sherman Oaks’ VeStation (vegan), although they differ: Spice Season is not vegan and serves meat, seafood and chicken. Both, however, feature a well-priced Asian fusion menu that blends a global mix of herbs and spices with the use of sustainable products, using organic whenever possible. The casual, small space is creatively and sleekly designed with rustic wood tables, mismatched chairs and benches, and use of earthy fabrics and metal. The food is beautifully presented with a modern flair, yet with fair-sized portions. There is no alcohol, but they...

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Neighborhood Eats:  Five Casual Bites in Noho

11/23/14

Neighborhood Eats: Five Casual Bites in Noho

The holiday movie season is here, and one of the best theatres in the 818 to catch a flick is at the Noho Laemmle. Although seats can’t be reserved, tickets may be purchased online. With convenience, budget and good atmosphere in mind, here are five unique eateries for a quick bite (depending on time of day) within walking distance of the theatre. District Pub Exotic sausages (including alligator, lamb and duck), burgers and craft beer are the draw at this small, open-air, woody pub. For non-meat eaters, there is grilled cheese, a vegan burger and a vegan chipotle “sausage.” Burgers can be custom-built with a choice of toppings or ordered off the menu. All are served on brioche buns, but if carbs are an issue, protein-style is an...

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Mele Kalikimaka

11/20/14

Mele Kalikimaka

While Oahu draws the traditional resort crowd and Kauai attracts nature lovers in search of pristine beaches and incredible hikes, Maui often falls somewhere in between. It’s that “little bit of everything” that makes Maui so desirable to visitors. Here you get the stylish pampering of first-class resorts but also picturesque vistas worthy of your next holiday greeting card. No area of Maui is more inviting than Wailea Beach on the southwest shore. On the rise over the last couple decades, Wailea is the quieter, upscale alternative to bustling Ka’anapali Beach. A short 30- to 40-minute drive south of Kahului Airport, it’s also super-convenient. In all, the beautiful stretch of beach is home to a handful of excellent resorts and hotels, top...

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Helluva Hacienda

11/20/14

Helluva Hacienda

Century-old elm and olive trees drape over the hand-plastered white garden walls, while wisteria rambles around the interior courtyard. A fountain burbles near the front entrance, where mature roses surround the historic Spanish colonial home of Penny and Glen Alpert. It is akin to a secret garden—one enchanting area unfolds into yet another remarkable space. “We were told it was a teardown, so we just came to look at the land,” says Penny, a grief specialist with the support center Our House. However, oversized brick construction from the early 20th century and honorary diplomat tiles over the front door hinted that this house had a history. One of the first occupants of the home, which was built in 1929, was American film director and choreographer Bobby...

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Quentin R. Stella, CRPC®

11/20/14

Quentin R. Stella, CRPC®

21650 Oxnard Street, Suite 2300 | Woodland Hills | 818-713-4094 | morganstanleyfa.com/stellaandstellagroup   Fast Fact Quentin, who joined Morgan Stanley in January 2011, has earned the designations of Chartered Retirement Planning Counselor SM and Financial Planning Specialist.    Financial advisor Quentin Stella and his team, The Stella & Stella Group at Morgan Stanley, provide clients with objective, customized wealth management strategies and institutional consulting services—helping them build and protect wealth so they may take care of themselves, family and friends, and share with the less fortunate. Quentin started his career in the financial field five years ago, and his team joined Morgan Stanley in 2011. He is a Chartered Retirement...

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Jim Schlager,  CFP®, MS, CLU®, ChFC®

11/20/14

Jim Schlager, CFP®, MS, CLU®, ChFC®

21700 Oxnard Street, Suite 300, Woodland Hills | 310-295-3733 | mossadamswealthadvisors.com/southbay    Fast Fact Moss Adams Wealth Advisors understands the importance of community and has been a corporate sponsor and silent auction sponsor of the Manhattan Beach Education Foundation for the past three years. Moss Adams Wealth Advisors LLC helps families and business owners meet financial goals, make informed decisions, and integrate financial, investment, tax, legacy, insurance, real estate, and charitable giving into their plan. The firm is a wholly owned subsidiary of Moss Adams LLP, one of the largest accounting firms in the nation. Jim Schlager is one of more than 260 partners at the firm. A Manhattan Beach resident, he focuses his work on South Bay families and...

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