How to Organize your Pantry, A Speedy Pasta Sauce Recipe and more news to know this week

September 7th, 2020

Real Estate in the News

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High-Speed Rail Heats Up In California As Brightline Eyes Las Vegas Route Extensions

Brightline, the sole private passenger rail service in the U.S., has a green light from transit agencies to begin planning two extensions for its $5 billion high-speed train to Las Vegas that would tie it into existing Los Angeles-area commuter rail lines and, someday, California’s high-speed rail project.

Locals Events and Happenings

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Evan Funke Reveres the Strict Cooking of Rome at His New Hollywood Restaurant

When the opportunity to do a six-month residency at a prime Hollywood restaurant and bar space came along, Funke knew the timing to open during a pandemic was certainly questionable from a business perspective. But he says the chance to “create some jobs in the community” and with a little bit of extra time on his hands due to his Venice restaurant Felix operating at a 60 percent dining capacity helped convince him. Read the story here.

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Los Angeles Mayor Extends Sidewalk, Parking Lot Dining Program Until End of 2020

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti has extended the city’s Al Fresco program until the end of 2020. The program was designed to help restaurants during the coronavirus pandemic, by turning public spaces like sidewalks and parking lots into outdoor dining areas. The 90 day Al Fresco permits were set to expire at the end of August. Read the story here.

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A permanent All Black Lives Matter mural is being painted on Hollywood Boulevard

An estimated 40,000 people marched down Hollywood Boulevard on June 14 to take a stand against racism as part of a Black and trans-inclusive LGBTQ+ demonstration. While the sight of Angelenos making their voices heard was the most powerful image from that afternoon, an “All Black Lives Matter” mural that spanned an entire block of the Walk of Fame was easily right behind it. Now, a version of that mural is set to become a permanent part of the street. Read the story here.

Lifestyle Tips & Tricks

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How to Get Your Kitchen Sink Zone in Order

Sure, this extended (and unprecedented) period at home might have inspired you to fold up all your plastic bags and rearrange your pantry—these are relatively mess-free projects with large payoffs. But what about the areas in your home, more specifically, your kitchen, that are used all the time but get even less attention? Areas like…the kitchen sink. Find out more here.

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This Speedy Sauce Ended My Pasta Rut

Thank goodness for a new speedy pasta—especially one with a proper sauce that requires almost no cooking. As Heidi Swanson writes on 101 Cookbooks, “This is the best thing I’ve cooked with the least amount of effort in the past month.” I would have to agree. Check out the recipe here.

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13 Pantry Ideas That Will Make You Excited About Cooking at Home

Is there anything more satisfying than scrolling through dozens of perfectly organized pantries on Instagram? (If there is, we haven’t discovered it yet.) But if your own pantry pales in comparison, you’re not alone—even the most organizationally gifted home cook can find her space falling into disarray as trips to the grocery store (and lately, bulk shopping) insert new chaos into the closet every week or two. Read on for our favorite ways to turn your pantry into an Instagrammable inspiration—and make your next bout of mealtime prep that much more enjoyable, here.