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15
Jan 18

3 Ways to Use Matcha

MatchaMatcha. It’s got all the health benefits of green tea, but is thought to be even better than the kind in tea bags because instead of just using the leaves, it makes use of the entire plant, but only the most premium varieties, ground down to a fine powder. And while it’s good for the body, it’s also got a pleasing jolt of caffeine, perfect for keeping you bright-eyed and bushy-tailed throughout the day.

Traditionally, it’s mixed with boiling water and whisked with a special bamboo tool into a warm, bright green tea. A latte replaces the water with milk (dairy or dairy alternative), sometimes with an added sweetener of choice, and is served iced or hot. It has become hugely popular for the health benefits, the caffeine, and that unique flavor that is hard to put into words other than to say it tastes very, very green. Once you’ve tasted it, you won’t forget it, and more often than not, people find themselves craving that earthy flavor. Thankfully, there are a whole host of ways to enjoy matcha beyond sipping tea and lattes. Here are three of our favorites.

Three Great Ways to Enjoy Matcha Beyond the Usual Cup of Tea

  1. Baked Treats: From donuts to banana bread to cream puffs that green powder adds both exciting flavor and color to favorite treats.
  2. Savory Spice Blend: It turns out that umami flavor, which matcha so perfectly represents, isn’t just great for sweet treats. It’s also an ideal addition to your favorite savory dishes, from scrambled eggs to eggplant to lentils, adding matcha powder is an excellent way to punch up both the flavor and health benefits. Make it simpler and impress dinner guests by creating your own spice blend around the green powder. It goes great with flavors like black pepper, smoked paprika, garlic powder and sea salt. Personalize it and then enjoy sprinkling it on anything and everything from oatmeal to a stir fry.
  3. Frozen: While a scoop of bright green matcha ice cream is a favorite way to end a meal at a Japanese restaurant, if you don’t have an ice cream maker on hand, you can still make your own frozen matcha treats. Just combine the powder with some yogurt and honey, put into a popsicle mold and pop into the freezer for a sweet healthy treat that will be just the thing to enjoy in the L.A. sun.

The fully-equipped kitchens with dishwasher and a stainless steel appliance option make our Los Angeles apartments the perfect place to try out all kinds of new culinary experiments. To find out more about the many amenities offered at the Duet on Wilcox, give our office a call.

8
Jan 18

5 Easy At-Home Fitness Routines

Woman Doing YogaGyms can be intimidating places if you’ve fallen out of the fitness habit. Not to mention, they can cost an arm and a leg, and finding time to fit workouts into your schedule can be harder than trying to squeeze into your favorite old pair of jeans. Fortunately, there are plenty of fitness routines you can do in (or around) the privacy of your own Los Angeles apartment. Grab a friend, and get ready to get fit!

1. Bodyweight Squat

No matter how hard we try, our body weight goes everywhere we do, so why not use it as a weighty leverage to help you shape and tone your muscles. The bodyweight squat has obvious benefits for the upper arms, but you’ll also find benefits in most other parts of your body, too.

2. Chair Dips

Take those triceps to task and fight the unwanted wiggles that can appear on the back of upper arms. For chair dips, all you need is a chair and a little determination to do better each time than you did the time before.

3. Butterfly Abs

The lower belly can be a problem spot for a lot of people. Butterfly abs target that tough area with just a little movement. It doesn’t take much to isolate your abs and feel the burn with this one!

4. Planks

Planks aren’t very often anyone’s favorite part of a workout, but that’s largely because they’re quite effective (and can be quite painful!) You’ll feel so good about yourself as you start to increase your hold time.

5. Yoga

Yoga is a stellar all-over body workout, but yoga studios can be scary places if you’ve never stretched and contorted your torso in public (or if you’re not even sure how humans perform such feats!) Fear not! You can start off slow and gently with beginner yoga in your own living room. Check out several options until you find the YouTube yoga guru that works for you. Be gentle with yourself and modify each pose as needed. Remember, this is just for you and nobody else.

Of course, the easiest way to workout at home is to find an apartment community that comes with a 24-hour fitness center. This is just one of the many outstanding amenities at our Duet on Wilcox Apartments. Stop by and see for yourself!

18
Dec 17

Best Shopping in L.A.

Store at Shopping MallOne of the advantages of living in our apartments in Los Angeles is the central location. You’re close to all the best shopping in the city—and, in fact, some of the best shopping to be found anywhere. Below, you’ll find out about some of the star shopping attractions in Los Angeles.

Hollywood & Highland Center: Close to Your Apartments in Los Angeles

Hollywood & Highland is more than just a shopping mall—it’s actually an entertainment complex that’s close to your apartments in Los Angeles. The great shopping options here include Pandora, Hot Topic, Sephora, Louis Vuitton, Victoria’s Secret, Forever 21, Guess, and many others.

In addition to the shopping, Hollywood & Highland offers the famed tourist attraction TCL Chinese Theatre (formerly Grauman’s), the Dolby Theatre, a new state-of-the-art 6-screen movie theatre, a bowling alley, and an arcade inside the Dave & Buster’s. The shopping center is built to take advantage of Los Angeles weather—it’s open-air and offers beautiful fountains.

The Grove

The Grove is another popular shopping and entertainment option in L.A. It features animated outdoor fountains, always a big hit with kids and adults alike. This huge outdoor shopping center includes stores such as Anthropologie, Apple, Banana Republic, Nordstrom, MAC Cosmetics, and UGG along with many others.

Pacific Theatres at The Grove is a multiplex with unique Neo-Deco styling. It also offers a full service bar and lounge. Dining options at The Grove include The Cheesecake Factory and Maggiano’s Little Italy, along with many local dining gems.

Beverly Center

Beverly Center is one of the most famous shopping centers in Los Angeles and with good reason. Stores include Bath & Body Works, Bloomingdale’s, Dolce & Gabbana, Gucci, Hugo Boss, Jimmy Choo, Burberry, Saint Laurent, and many others.

Restaurants are unique and varied, including Cal Mare, with new eateries to come such as Easy’s, Yardbird Southern Table & Bar, and more. You can easily spend an entire day wandering the Center and its more than 100 premier stores!

Looking for an amazing Los Angeles apartment? Duet on Wilcox has you covered. Our luxury apartments are close to the best shopping in the area, and they’re truly star-quality. Contact us to learn more.

11
Dec 17

How to Make Your Apartment Feel Like a Winter Wonderland

Winter WreathWhen you live in the Los Angeles, California area, winter means mild temperatures, plenty of sun and no snow or ice. If you want your apartment to look more seasonal, there are several ways for you to accomplish this. Use the following ideas to bring winter into your home this season.

Hang a Wreath

Having a wreath hanging in your home adds a festive and seasonal touch. You can find a wide range of winter wreaths in local stores, or you can make your own with a handful of craft items. If you plan on making your own, consider using artificial berries, pine cones and other seasonal items. You can make your wreath even more wintery by coating it with white flocking to give it a snowy look.

Decorate Your Dining Table

You can turn your dining table into its own winter wonderland with a white tablecloth, white place settings and a few decorations. Place a seasonal centerpiece, such as a vase filled with winter flowers or a few silver candleholders of varying heights, in the middle of your table. You can also add sprigs of holly around your centerpiece to make it look even more festive for the season.

Lighten Up Your Furniture

Filling your home with white furniture can also turn it into a winter wonderland. Consider getting white slipcovers for couches and chairs, or place white blankets on your furniture, along with some white or white and silver throw pillows. These simple accents can give your home a seasonal look while also sprucing it up a bit.

Set Up Snowy Decor

Since you can’t have snow outside, create a snowy environment in your apartment this winter. Hang snowflake crafts around your home, or decorate empty bottles and vases to make them look snow-covered and fill them with winter blossoms or a few pine branches. You can also hang white garland around mirrors and windows to give them a snowy look for the season.

Adding a few wintry touches can make our sunny and spacious apartments in Los Angeles feel more seasonal. Contact us to get more information on our apartment and community amenities.

4
Dec 17

4 Spiked Hot Cocoa Recipes

Hot ChocolateFrom childhood on, a mug of hot cocoa is one of the best ways to chase away the winter chill and get into a festive frame of mind. However, lately, this tasty chocolate drink has been bringing the ‘spirit’ to ‘holiday spirit’ with spiked hot cocoa. Are you ready to test out this flavorful trend?

Each recipe starts with quality hot cocoa. You can buy a premade mix or try the indulgent recipe here.

Stovetop Hot Cocoa

  • 1/4 cup cocoa powder
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup hot water
  • 3 & 1/2 cups milk
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1/8 tsp salt

Heat the water in a saucepan and add the dry ingredients, stirring well. Bring to a boil and lower the stove’s temperature. Add milk a little at a time, stirring well. Heat it but don’t let it boil. Remove from the stovetop, add vanilla, and serve immediately.

Now it’s time to review what’s in your wine rack or liqueur cabinet and choose a recipe. Here are some tasty and trendy ideas:

Spiced Wine Hot Cocoa

  • Hot cocoa
  • A sweeter red wine
  • Seasonal spices including cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, cloves, and a pinch of Cayenne pepper

This tasty and tangy recipe combines the ‘wine hot cocoa’ Pinterest craze with traditional holiday spices.

Peppermint Hot Cocoa

  • Hot cocoa
  • Peppermint liqueur like Peppermint Schnapps
  • Chocolate liqueur like Kahlua
  • Unflavored vodka
  • Crushed peppermint candies and candy canes for garnish

Enjoy the delicious contrast of hot cocoa with cool mint flavors!

Tropical Hot Cocoa

  • Hot cocoa
  • Spiced Caribbean rum
  • Coconut milk
  • A dash of cinnamon whiskey
  • Pineapple rounds for garnish

Want to escape the cold? Why not taste a Caribbean getaway from the comfort of your own apartment?

Decadent Hazelnut Hot Cocoa

  • Hot cocoa
  • A spoonful of Nutella
  • Bailey’s Irish Liqueur
  • Brandy
  • Whipped cream on top

Some winter nights, you want to pull out all the stops with an indulgent treat.

Curl Up With a Toasty Hot Beverage at the Duet on Wilcox

The holiday season can be hectic and sometimes you need to slow down and relax. Peace and quiet, along with your favorite childhood beverage with an adult twist, are waiting for you at Los Angeles apartments. Do you want to learn more about living at the Duet on Wilcox? Contact us today.

20
Nov 17

Cozy Up Your Apartment With DIY Container Candles

Candle in a JarCandles are mainstays for holidays, seasonal flair, or just to bring a feeling of warmth and comfort to your home. However, just buying them is nothing special, and you’re limited to whatever the store has for sale. Making your own enhances the candle experience with a sense of accomplishment and ownership that you can’t get by handing a credit card over a counter. It also makes it so that you can have almost any scent. Here’s how to make some easy container candles:

What You Need

  • Double boiler
  • Needlenose pliers
  • Scissors
  • Thermometer
  • Stovetop
  • Wax
  • Wick rope
  • Wick tabs
  • Candle scents

Things to Keep in Mind

Wicks for container candles come either separately or with the tabs already attached. Pre-assembled ones are easier, but their lengths limit the size of containers you can use. If you want flexibility in this regard, buy tabs and a spool of wick rope separately.

Candles can use more wax than you’d expect. Be sure to buy plenty. One person notes that 5 lbs. of soy wax only made two decent-sized candles.

Paraffin produces large amounts of smoke and soot. Use soy instead.

Let’s Get Started

Assemble your wicks if necessary. Just insert one end of each length of braided wick rope into a tab and then use your pliers to pinch the metal tight around it.

Heat the desired amount of wax in the double boiler. You’ll need it to reach 180 degrees F, assuming you’re using soy wax.

Once the wax has reached 180 and all of the pieces have melted, take it off the heat. Now add any scent and color that you want. Allow the wax to cool until it’s 125 degrees. Surprisingly, it will remain liquid.

Now, pour the wax into your container. As soon as it starts to solidify at the edges, drop your assembled wick down the center of the candle. Be sure to keep hold of the free end so it doesn’t sink under the surface!

Cut the wick so only about 1/4-1/2 inch sticks above the wax. It’s better to leave a bit extra than not enough.

This year, light your candles in an entirely new home. Stop by our office to see some of our great apartments in Los Angeles today.

13
Nov 17

5 Friendsgiving Recipe Ideas

Pumpkin PieThanksgiving is all about gathering with family and celebrating what you’re grateful for, but don’t leave your friends out of the equation. Instead, you should have your best buds over on a different day for Friendsgiving.

If you’re looking for Los Angeles apartments, look no further than Duet on Wilcox. Our apartment community is the perfect place to host your Friendsgiving dinner. Here are five great ideas for what to cook or ask others to bring.

1. Cooked Duck

Cooking a turkey is a big responsibility. Friendsgiving is about smaller dishes, so a duck is a perfect poultry alternative. You cook a duck much the same way you do a turkey, basting as you go along for a golden, crispy, delicious skin you can sink your teeth into.

2. Sweet Potato Casserole

This dish is so yummy, you’ll think dessert came early! The key here is the mini marshmallows, which cook atop your sweet potatoes until they get a nice brown crust. Make sure to cover the sweet potatoes generously with the mini marshmallows so each slice is extra sweet.

3. Cranberry Sauce

Cranberry sauce shouldn’t be some cylindrical Jell-O like dish. Instead, real cranberry sauce is an actual sauce. To add even more flavor, be sure to mix in a touch of orange zest (just a strip of the peel of one orange). Your friends will love it!

4. Stuffing

There are so many variations of stuffing that it’s practically impossible to go wrong. Whether you want to make yours with stale bread or croutons, the choice is yours. You can also select which vegetables go in, but celery and onions are classics.

5. Homemade Pumpkin Pie

Of course, no Friendsgiving is complete without a homemade pumpkin pie. If you’re in a pinch, you can use a premade crust to save time. Make sure you have lots of spices on hand to get that pumpkin flavor.

Make this holiday one to remember at Duet on Wilcox. Our L.A. apartments offer studios, one- and two-bedroom floor plans, which is ideal if you plan on moving in with a roommate. We offer exquisite apartment amenities, such as mirrored closet doors, a dishwasher, ceiling fans, built-in desks, a balcony or patio, a fully-equipped kitchen, wood-finish flooring, and stainless-steel appliances. If you’re ready to see the apartment of your dreams, set up a tour today.

6
Nov 17

How to Make a Hot Toddy

Hot Toddy DrinkDuring the winter, guests love hot drinks. Impress them with a classic Hot Toddy. It is much easier to make than mulled cider, mulled wine, or other seasonal hot drinks. You can whip up a batch of Hot Toddies within ten minutes.

While the origin of the Hot Toddy is uncertain, many believe it originated in Scotland during the 1700s or 1800s. According to the Smithsonian, some believe a Scottish doctor invented the Hot Toddy as a cold remedy. The lemon, honey and spices disguise the whiskey flavor and offer other therapeutic benefits.

Of course, medicine moved on, but you and your guests can still enjoy this classic winter drink. A purist would prefer Scotch whiskey, but variations exist with other strong spirits including rum or brandy. Try this recipe to put your own unique twist on an age-old tradition.

Easy Personalized Hot Toddy Recipe

Preparation time: Around 5 – 10 minutes

Ingredients

  • 2 fluid (or one-quarter cup) ounces of boiling water
  • 1 and a half fluid ounces of a base liquor like whiskey, rum or brandy (most standard cocktail jiggers hold one-and-a-half ounces)
  • 1 teaspoon honey
  • 1 slice fresh lemon
  • Optional: 1 cinnamon stick
  • Optional: 1 pinch ground nutmeg, ginger or cloves

You can further personalize a Hot Toddy by experimenting with sweeteners, citrus fruit variations or trying other aromatic spices. Most prefer honey since it adds flavor and fits the “medicinal” history. However, some prefer agave syrup or cane sugar syrup.

Preparation Instructions

1. Boil water

2. Pour boiling water, honey and alcohol into a mug

3. Add lemon slice and stir in any spices or seasonings

4. Optional: Garnish with a sprinkle of nutmeg and a cinnamon stick for a festive spirit and a delightful scent

5. Serve and enjoy!

Making a batch of Hot Toddies fills your apartment with the scent of lemon and spices. It is the perfect drink for any gathering with an old-school charm like a winter cocktail party, poker night, book group or any holiday-themed festivities.

While our Los Angeles apartments experience great year-round weather, your guests can still enjoy seasonal hot drinks. Contact the office at Duet on Wilcox to learn more about our community amenities and features that help you enjoy your best winter ever.

16
Oct 17

How to Make Your Resume Stand Out When Job Searching

Working on LaptopHaving a great resume is something that everyone should have. It is the first step in getting a great job in the market. However, if you do not have a great resume that stands out from the crowd, you could get lost in the pile. Most likely, there are a lot of people who are applying for the same jobs that you are applying for and you want to make sure that your resume is noticed. These are a few ways you can do exactly that.

How to Make Your Resume Stand Out When Job Searching

Add a Pop of Color

This is a way to get some visual attention. It will ensure that they take a second glance at your resume. While this is a way to make it grab attention, you also have to keep the attention.

Describe Your Accomplishments

Most people talk about what they were responsible for at each of their jobs. If you take the opportunity to actually show what you were able to accomplish during your time there, you will make a much better impression.

Use Cold, Hard Numbers

You not only want to show what you did but you also want to quantify them. If you can provide actual numbers to assist with the accomplishments you had, that will help to further strengthen your resume. If you are in sales and you were the top seller for a certain number of months, put that information in there along with how much you were able to sell on your own. This shows that you not only knew what you were doing but that you were actually good at it, too.

Remove Experience That is Not Relevant to the Role You are Applying For

If you are applying for an executive position, you do not want to put that you drive for Uber on your resume. While it may be true, it does not add anything to your resume and would actually create a weaker resume in that kind of situation. Instead, remove any information that is not relevant.

If you are looking for a new place to live next to your new job or where you want to work, be sure to check out our apartments in Los Angeles.

9
Oct 17

Fun and Free Activities in Los Angeles

Los Angeles SkylineOne of the best parts about living in California is the endless amount of fun and free activities in Los Angeles! L.A. is home to some of the best attractions on the west coast. From the beaches to historical landmarks, there’s something here that everyone will enjoy.

Fun and Free Attractions in Los Angeles

Griffith Observatory

The observatory is a great place to go to, day or night. If you want the best experience, we definitely recommend going in the evening to gaze up at the night sky and for the best view of the Los Angeles skyline.

Santa Monica Pier and Third Street Promenade

Los Angeles is best known for its beaches and Santa Monica is on the top of our list! The only thing you need to bring is your walking shoes. Take a stroll on the beach or walk down the pier where you’ll find games, rides and food. A fun and free activity not far from the pier is Third Street Promenade. If you don’t plan on spending any money, feel free to window shop or be amazed by the many street performers!

Venice Beach Boardwalk and Venice Canals

Possibly the most popular beach attraction in L.A. is the famous Venice Beach Boardwalk. There, you will find tattoo parlors, souvenir shops, restaurants and plenty of interesting personalities. A few miles away from Venice Beach and tucked away in a residential area are the Venice Canals. You’ll probably recognize it from movies that have made this location quite famous.

Fun and Free Museums in Los Angeles

Getty Villa

The Getty Villa is located along the PCH at the end of the Malibu coast. At this museum, you’ll get to see over 1,200 pieces of ancient artwork from Greek and Roman history. The best part of the museum is its architecture that will remind you a Mediterranean villa.

To get free admission into the Villa, book a timed ticket in advance as walk-ins are not allowed.

J. Paul Getty Museum

One of the more notable museums in L.A. is the J. Paul Getty Museum, also known as the Getty Center. Located hillside from the 405 freeway, this museum features jaw-dropping panoramic views, magnificent landscaping and most of all, Renaissance artwork.

Keep in mind that while admission is free, parking is $15 and $10 after 3 p.m. The Getty Center should definitely be at the top of your L.A. bucket list!

LACMA

If you want to spend most of the day at a museum, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art is exactly where you want to go. Spanning over 20-acres, the LACMA offers an amazing fun and free experience in the center of L.A. Although there are general admission tickets for a fee, L.A. County residents receive free general admission after 3 p.m. every weekday LACMA is open!

Fun and Free Activities in Los Angeles

Hiking Trails

If you’re in the mood to break a sweat, there are several hiking trails in Los Angeles. Trails range from less than a mile to five miles.

Want to get views of the Pacific Ocean? The Sara Wan Trailhead at Corral Canyon is the one for you. For a more strenuous approach, Echo Mountain is a five-mile hike involving scaling the side of a canyon. If you’d like to see what other hiking trails are in the L.A. area, check out this article.

Beaches With Free Parking

It may be fall, but when you’re in L.A., you won’t want to miss out on hanging out at the beach. There are several beaches in the city and most of them offer paid parking lots. If you get there early, you can nab yourself free street parking!

Take a look at this list of L.A. beaches and get a feel for what the parking situation looks like.

After running around all day doing fun and free activities in Los Angeles, you’ll love coming home to our Los Angeles apartments. Interested in learning more about our community? Feel free to contact us and book a tour!

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