February 26, 2015
January 5, 2015
food, Foreign Buyers, Gastronomy, Luxury Real Estate
beach food, culinary, foodies, fusion, gourmet, Pasadena
We finally made it to #maisonakira We’ve been trying to get there for some time but living in the South Bay and various life incidents kept us away.
We decided to go for our 12 year wedding anniversary and boo hoo, I have to say I was disappointed.
I had the tasting menu and the message of Chef Akira is a good one, but the execution was lacking. The food presentation was sloppy, seemingly hurried and tired…..I was so looking forward to being wowed but this did not happen.
I have been spoiled by the world’s greatest chefs, but still I know how to appreciate simply good, well constructed food with creativity. Sad to say, it’s a pass here in Pasadena….The meat dishes were tastey and the Soufflé was a nice way to finish but the inbetween was, well for lack of a better word, tepidly sad and worn out.
Our waiter was lovely, understood that the table’s bread was God awful. Their supplier was no longer supplying for some reason. I would rather have had little radiches instead.
the Oyster flan was “nice”, but the amuse bouche was dried up on the edges was not amusing nor for the eyes or tastebuds.
I think they’ve got the right idea but someone needs to shake the place up. Wake up the quality control quard who is asleep at the helm.
November 4, 2014
electric cars, Foreign Buyers, Gastronomy, gourmet dining, Historic Architecture, Luxury Real Estate, ocean front opportunity, ocean view lot, Real Estate, Real Estate and Charity, Realtor giving back to the community, surf, surfing, Tesla
amazing palos verdes home for sale, amazing view home, cul de sac, ocean and catalina views, ocean front property, parkhurst, parkhurst drive, severe clear views, view home for sale
I know that I am often perceived as very enthusiastic, which from where I stand is not a bad trait. My excitability is infectious and endearing I’ve been told but this time, I need to be heard and taken seriously.
SEEKING any serious buyer, who is interested in Real Estatae in Southern CA, who appreciates views, privacy and space to TAKE ME DAMN SERIOUSLY! THERE IS AN OPPORTUNITY HERE!
I sold a property some years ago for the second time. It was a love story between a family and a home, perched high on the Peninsula. My clients fell in love with the land, the views and the home – from THOUSANDS of miles away, in the Czech Republic. I successfully negotiated them through a difficult transaction and it was indeed a true love affair of ocean and architecture.
When my clients relocated out of CA, I sold it FOR them and I could have sold it a dozen times.
What made that property so special and unique? The location, the orientation on the land, and the design.
TODAY there is a new offering on the market, just two lots to the South. Same view, same flat land, different house. BUT AMAZING opportunity to live/own on one of the most special streets in the South Bay, on top of the Palos Verdes Peninsula.
CALL ME, TRUST ME! I’m SERIOUS +1.310.200.3037
October 5, 2014
Gastronomy, Historic Architecture, Mother's Love, ocean view lot, Real Estate, seniiors, volunteerism
elders, joy, movies, seniors, wolunteerism
Let’s Talk Tuesdays
In the South Bay of Southern CA where I live and work, Tuesdays is the gem of the week. Many restaurants offer two for menu plans, Hennessey’s offers two for Tuesday burgers, buy one get one free! Hudson House has Tuesday Taco specials. And at the movies, well you guess it, they have a special too.
Routines are important. You would never skip brushing your teeth, along with other crucial hygiene rituals, staying hydrated on hot days, exercise or turning off the lights and locking the front door at night. I have a new routine, one that is almost as important as flossing.
I have a “Tuesday” friend who I’ve seen progress from independent woman to house- bound hostage. She doesn’t want this self induced captivity, but she can’t drive, has trouble walking- add those together and voila, she stays home.
One day I came to call on my lady friend (not on a Tuesday) and she told me how she longed to go out, out to the movies. Please take note that I’m a very busy (and successful J) Realtor, wife, mother of 3 huge dogs and a variety of adult children who seem to always need my attention. I don’t have an abundance of spare time, free time or even borrowed time. But now I make an exception and the rewards are huge.
My husband is not much of a movie go-er but my sweet British house bound honey and I escape life every Tuesday afternoon and head straight for the flicks. Rhona is her name and each Tuesday she eagerly awaits my arrival. She must be watching from the window, as my car is a stealth 100% electric so there is no way she could hear me pull up the drive. Rhona is always dressed up and cheerfully smiling from ear to ear. She told me an angel sent me to her. This melts my heart.
I have this mantra that if you don’t make a difference in someone’s life, then your own life is just a series of events. I find this to be ultimately true. Once you are gone, what mark have you left? What joy have you given? How has your time on earth made a difference, a dent in this often too cruel world?
I cannot explain the miraculous feeling of unbridled joy that bursts from my heart as I take her arm and guide her slowly and carefully to through the semi darkened theatre. Rhona gives me a squeeze as we settle into the seats that she has choosen and our routine begins. We first analyze the previews and determine which movies are worthy of our precious weekly date. Then we discuss the previous movie we saw in great detail and finally we giggle a little and settle down to watch the show.
So far we are three for three. Each movie has artistically enfolded us into its digital arms and transported us far away from our cares, fears and life’s worries. We are on a winning streak, no thumbs down yet. Each movie has been better than the previous one!
I’m not sure what will flash on the giant glowing screen and capture our attention, but I can tell you that I am addicted to that next hit of real Tuesday merriment.