Roasted Beet and Sweet Potato Fries with Tahini Sauce

DSC00116.pngWhat can be healthier, and tastier than a side of roasted veggies? Roasting veggies (especially root veggies) brings out the best flavor in them.

Simply oven roast or grill them in olive oil and salt, then drizzle tahini dressing over them. How easy is that for an addictive yet healthy side dish.

:: Package of prepared beets
:: Package of prepared sweet potatoes or butternut squash
:: Seasoning: Olive oil and sea salt.  I like mine with a dash of paprika for a kick!
:: Dressing: Tahini is my fav.

To oven roast, preheat oven to 430 degrees.  In a baking tray, combine beets and sweet potatoes with olive oil.  Bake for up to 45 minutes, stirring once midway.  Cook until all veggies are tender, then salt and dress them just before serving.

To grill, combine beets and sweet potatoes in olive oil.  Grill on medium heat until veggies are slightly charred, turning occasionally.  Salt and dress them just before serving.

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4 Iconic Long Beach Experiences

Long Beach may come second in city size next to Los Angeles in L.A. County, but it’s no less varied in neighborhood diversity.

Many Long Beach neighborhoods become hubs of activity in summer because of an abundance of retail shops and restaurants. Scenic and historic features set it apart from the rest of Los Angeles. Here are 4 popular Long Beach experiences we’re sure you’ll fall in love with.

Naples Gondola Ride

It’s easy to fall in love with Naples, thanks to its public canals, that are especially charming on a gondola ride. This Italian-inspired Long Beach community was developed in the early 1900’s as the “Dreamland of Southern California” and consists of three islands filled with narrow streets and walkways, canals, and beautiful homes and boats. Friendly gondoliers cruise these waterways from mid-day to almost midnight, but sunset is especially popular for a romantic cruise.

The Queen Mary

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Explore the World War II-era cruise ship the ‘Queen Mary’ while in Long Beach. Step aboard this floating museum and learn about the Queen Mary’s past through interactive exhibits. Explore an authentic Cold War-era Russian submarine and her alleged haunted status.

Rosie’s Dog Beach

Long Beach is home to the only off-leash dog beach in Los Angeles County. Rosie’s Dog Beach is 3-acre waterfront park that is visited by dogs and puppies of all breeds, shapes and sizes.  Dig in the sand, jump in the waves, throw tennis balls and network with other dog-parents. Ample parking is available.

Long Beach Flea Market


Long Beach Veterans Stadium is the home of the Long Beach Flea Market held the 3rd Sunday of every month in Long Beach. Over 800 dealers exhibit, featuring a huge selection of antiques and collectibles for sale at bargain prices. It was named BEST SWAP MEET in Los Angeles by L. A. Magazine.



Inexpensive Ways To Gain Space

Reclaim your space! Create storage for every item in your home. Here are some quick and cheap tips that don’t involve a remodel to reclaim precious storage space.



Rethinking your space to fit the items you need to keep is a key part of organizing your home to work for you.  Keep daily essential tools available and within reach, and rarely used items stored away. With careful color coordination and spacing, even kitchen tools can be an artful installation.



No matter what everyone stores under their sink, you’ll always wish for more room.  While there are fancier options, a simple suspension rod and several baskets grants instant gratification.

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Recycle and reuse.  You don’t have to throw out everything.  Repurpose pretty spice or tea tins as decorative containers for stationery.



Beds, ottomans, benches with built-in storage serve much purpose.  Stow away items you don’t reach for every day.  Purchase tables, chairs, Murphy beds and other multi-function, convertible furniture that can be folded away or to use in a moment’s notice.

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Is Your City Dog Friendly?

Long Beach residents love their sunshine and dogs.  Whether you want to lounge with your pooch on a patio or hit the dog beach for a workout, there are plenty of activities in Long Beach for dog owners and their fur babies.


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There are 10 off-leash dog parks scattered throughout Long Beach.  Each park has varying features and amenities such as water fountains, grass, gravel or ocean front for water play.  Find the one that your pooch best approves!


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Do you have a waterdoggie? Take your dog out on a paddle boarding adventure and watch the sunset together.


o (4)Your dog can have her cake and eat it too at PJ’s Pet Café where custom treats and birthday cakes are the order of the day. 


The opportunity to dine alfresco is one of the most enchanting aspects of beach living. Instead of leaving your pet behind, visit these restaurants for an early-morning coffee, an afternoon burger and doggie treat.

Plunge Restaurant is great for a group and features views of the beach. Dogs are treated like VIPs. There’s even a menu for “furry friends” and water bowls.

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Ten Mile Brewing is a family owned and operated brewery.  It is dog and kid friendly and the food trucks (and resident dog, Barley) are an extra bonus for ending a family day out at the beach with a beer and tacos.

We hope you and your pooch find time for a weekend in and around Long Beach.


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Happy Belly Weekend


Lots of happy bellies this weekend.  This time hosting a little brunch for our vendors, coworkers and friends.  Every time a new dish comes out, all our camera phones get busy then pause… pause… pause…. silence…. pause…. I hear the boys shifting in their chairs…. polite smiles turn into frowns…. all waiting for the girls to be sure we caught a good picture…. ‘It’s a girl’s thing!’, the boys say… then I go ‘Got it!! Let’s eat!’… and the dining room breaks out into excitement again!   HAHA.  And you thought boys were rarely into sweet things.

Do you enjoy hosting? Do share some of your favorite crowd pleasers!



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5 Negotiating Tactics That Will Kill A Sale


Negotiation is a subtle art in real estate, but an excellent real estate professional can identify common ground that satisfies all parties. On the other hand, using the wrong negotiation tactics can sink a deal pretty quickly. Here are some negotiation tactics buyers should avoid:

  1. Lowball offers: Going far below market value when you make an offer damages your credibility as a buyer and can be insulting to the seller. The seller has a range in mind that they’ll accept, and if you’re not even approaching the low end of that range, they won’t even consider the offer.
  2. Incremental negotiations: Don’t continue to go back to the seller with small increases in your offer ($1,000 or less). The constant back-and-forth can grow tiresome and lead the seller to consider other opportunities.
  3. “Take it or leave it”: Try not to draw a line in the sand with your initial offer. The seller can get defensive and consider other offers if you immediately show that you’re unwilling to budge. Even if it’s true, don’t make a show of it.
  4. Nitpicking after inspection: Obviously if inspection reveals a major issue, it should be factored into the final sale price. But insisting on a lower price for every minor repair can put negotiations in a stalemate.
  5. Asking for more, more, more: Some buyers will request that the sellers throw in add-ons like furniture or appliances that weren’t included in the listing. Try to avoid giving the seller a reason to build up resentment and think that you’re being greedy.

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