Host an International Student :D

Hi all,

For all of those who are following us, we are a student placement agency service in Los Angeles. We take pride in what we do and we would like to expand our host circle. If you or any one you may know in the Los Angeles area would like to host, please contact me at 310-906-7236 or email at info@homestayinla.com. 

As a token of our gratitude, we will pay you for your services. We compensate our hosts depending on the meal plan they provide our students. Check out our website http://www.homestayinla.com/. 

Thank you and have a great night!

J

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Chinese New Year Eats: How about some dim sum

Hi all,

I’m gearing up for the Year of the Horse by figuring out where I’m going to eat dim sum. Dim Sum, or what I like to call “Chinese tapas”, are bite sized portions of heaven served in steamer baskets or small plates. Waiters come around with these baskets or plates while you choose from a variety of treats from dumplings to chicken feet. You pay by the plate at the end, however, it’s usually really cheap. If you want something that is cheaper and very good, I would recommend any of the dim sum restaurants in the San Gabriel Valley because of it’s large Chinese population. But if you live on the Westside, I’ve been to the Palace Restaurant, which I find delicious. It was inexpensive and my portion cost me about $10 for 4 small plates. Check it out here and we hope you have a great Chinese New Year!

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Swiss Farmer Bread, makes 4 big loaves

Hi all,

U is back with her best recipes. Please check it out:

Swiss Farmer Bread

 3 kg flour ( 6.6 lbs)

42 gr fresh yeast ( 1.5 oz)

2.5 dl water warm ( 1 cup)

1.6 Lt water, warm ( 6 cups)

2 teaspoons salt

Put the flour in a large dish, make a well.  Put the yeast into the small amount of water and dissolve it with your hand.

Put the salt on top of the rim of your well, not to touch the yeast right away.  After you incorporate some flour than it is fine for the salt to be incorporated.

Add the dissolved yeast into the well and stir with your hand, add more water and keep mixing until all flour has been incorporated.  Dough has to be moist, but not sticky. Start to knead your dough until smooth, a few minutes.  Than let it rest for a couple of hours  until it rises and is double its size.  Take the dough out of the dish and make four loaves, put on cookie sheet.  Cut design if interested.  Let stand until the oven is hot.  Bake at 400 F for one hour, or until golden brown.  You will have delicious farmers bread.  You can cut the recipe for smaller amounts of bread.

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YUM!

Super Bowl Sunday: Totally Wingin’ It

Hi all,

I know that it’s that week before Super Bowl Sunday. Quite honestly, I think it’s one of my favorite “American holidays.” I put it in quotes because it’s not an American holiday but it’s like one. Friends, food, drinks, and a lot of fun 😀 Normally during Super Bowl Sunday, people gather at homes or neighborhood bars to enjoy the game. Honestly, I go to eat. This Super Bowl Sunday, I think I will be making one of my favorites: Chicken wings. But with a Filipino twist. Check out the recipe here from Burnt Lumpia.

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Nike Training Club at the Grove

Hi all,

Last night I went to the best (and intense) workout at the Grove…for free! It’s the Nike Training Club at the Nike store. Every Thursday, a group meets up at the Nike store to run and do exercises outside. If you like activities outside, this is perfect for you. See you next Thursday 😀

Enjoy the weekend! 

J

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Favorite Sunday Activity: Farmer’s Market

Hi All,

We all hope you had a great weekend! Our weekends in Los Angeles are never complete without a Sunday farmer’s market. My favorite is the one on Larchmont (mainly because it’s closer to me). They sale a variety of fresh items including honey almonds and cherries. Not only does the market have fresh produce and delicious food, but it also helps out our local farmers in California. Check out this listing of markets in the LA area. 

Enjoy!

J

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Paintball isn’t just for guys…

Hi all,

This past weekend, I decided to join a few women for a game of paintball. Basically, it’s an activity that involves shooting your opponents with paint until you’ve captured the flag or eliminated everyone on the other team. It’s a fun game to play with a group with your friends. I found the paintball deal on Groupon for $20 and went with some strangers. 

Not everything in Los Angeles has to do with the sights, try paintball for a new experience. 

Warning: it can leave bruises…or “battle wounds”

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Hiking to the Hollywood Sign

Hi everyone,

For those of you that are new to LA or even those that have been here for years, I recommend going taking the hike to the Hollywood Sign. It took about an hour to hike up and an hour to hike down. The Hollyridge Trail (located at 3400 N. Beachwood Drive, Hollywood, CA), is a moderate tail. So, you can get your exercise as well as look at a fantastic view of the city. 

The next time, you’re looking for something totally “LA”, try this trail out. 

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Enjoy!

J

Check It Out: The Power of Photography

Hi everyone, 

We hope you had a great New Year! When the cash is low and you want to go somewhere new; the best thing is to do something for free. One of my favorite things to do is to look at photography. One of the best places in town is the Annenberg Space for Photography. Right now, they have The Power of Photography: National Geographic 125 Years exhibition. The collection includes some of the most influential photographs in history. 

Grab your favorite person and come down to the Annenberg Space for Photography. 

Cheers,

J