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The Best Hikes in LA, A New Ice Cream Shop in Santa Monica, and more to know this week in LA

“Summer afternoon—summer afternoon; to me those have always been the two most beautiful words in the English language.” – Henry James

Read on for everything you should do this July and discover lifestyle tips curated just for you!

Real Estate in the News

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Here’s Why Trend-Setting Induction Technology Is Worth Considering For Your Home

Pro-style gas ranges have been the top choice of serious home chefs for decades, and for millions of other homeowners who learned how to cook over a flame, but that is slowly changing. Induction cooking is edging up on gas’ lead and is poised to overtake it in coming years. Read the story here.

Local Events & Happenings

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Tyra Banks is opening a smizing-inspired ice cream shop in Santa Monica

In 2009 the America’s Next Top Model host and producer coined the “smize,” a now-lexicon term that means smiling not with your mouth, but with your eyes, and today, she launches an ice cream shop in Santa Monica branded fully around it. That’s right, we’re getting a SMiZE Cream parlor (smizing not required for purchase). Get the scoop here.

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The 5 best hiking trails in L.A. with waterfalls

While Angelenos are blessed with a gorgeous web of hikes with a view, we all too often find ourselves baked by the sun, with the ocean in sight and yet tantalizingly out of reach. Here are five hiking trails in L.A. that’ll keep you cool by journey’s end with some of the area’s most impressive waterfalls. Get the list here.

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16 Fantastic Wine Bars to Sip, Swirl, and Savor in Los Angeles

It’s a welcome sight to see LA’s wine bars return in 2021. The city is home to fantastic wine bars staffed by experts eager to introduce both casual sippers and serious oenophiles to new and rare varietals. Get the list here.

Lifestyle Tips & Tricks

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9 Smart, Sleek Products to Up Your Hydration Game This Summer

Summer has officially arrived, and you sure can tell—after the year we’ve all had, the nice weather is luring everyone out in droves. With more socializing, traveling, and moving around on the horizon, I’m keeping it as easy as possible to stay cool and hydrated during this warm-weather season.

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Recipe: Black Sesame Plum Cake

Nutty black sesame and tangy plums mingle with fragrant maple, orange, and vanilla, creating a striking and delicious cake that’s sure to grab everyone’s attention. What’s more, no one will ever guess that it’s gluten- and dairy-free, and possibly the simplest cake you’ll ever bake. Get the recipe here.