I have some great news for those of you still recuperating from Hostess filing for bankruptcy. Los Angeles pop culture and food writer Marpop has compiled a list of spots in LA where you can still pick some up. I can practically hear the collective sighs of relief from the city’s inner fatties (myself included). Strapped with $860 million in debt, it certainly doesn’t look good for those golden mounds of unspoilable goodness. Though I’ve personally never messed with anything other than the traditional Twinkie, some of these concoctions, like the Twinkie Boy shake from Go Burger, sound pretty darn yummy. Want to make a Twinkie Boy Shake at home? Add vanilla ice cream, Twinkies, top with caramel and pop some Tums. Go Burger, 6290 Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles, 90028, 323-327-9355 […]

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Money Magazine’s Amanda Gengler was recently featured on CNN Money to talk 2012 real estate. That bad news: we’re still schlepping along. The great news: we’re schlepping along with a much lighter load! Huzzah! With cheap prices, rates firmly planted below 5% and minimal competition, 2012 looks to be another banner year for buyers. Her recommendation is to focus on smaller homes that are central to shopping and dining because “those McMansions that were coveted during the boom simply aren’t in demand anymore…” I couldn’t agree with her more. Those McMansions are a dime a dozen, literally. A search today yielded nearly 800 homes under $250k that were at least 3000 sq. ft. Nearly all these homes were in Riverside and San Bernardino Counties. Sadly, these homes purchased during the boom neglected location and in favor of space. I’m urging you to reconsider the benefits of the old mantra: location, location, location. You might not have that Great Room, cigar lounge or knitting nook, but you’ll certainly be close to everything worth being close to. […]

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TV writer Tracy McMillan wrote one of the most memorable things I’ve ever read about marriage.  You can get advise from Dr. Phil and any of the hundreds of supposed experts on love and relationships, but nothing has resonated quite as strongly as what she had to say in her controversial HuffPo piece Why You’re Not Married. Even though I’ve known my beloved for years, something about marriage is truly transformative. No matter what anyone says, marriage is totally different from being just bf & gf. The bottom line is that marriage is just a long-term opportunity to practice loving someone even when they don’t deserve it. Because most of the time, your messy, farting, macaroni-and-cheese eating man will not be doing what you want him to. But as you give him love anyway — because you have made up your mind to transform yourself into a person who is practicing being kind, deep, virtuous, truthful, giving, and most of all, accepting of your own dear self — you will find that you will experience the very thing you wanted all along: Love. […]

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As I was frantically searching for an awesome Christmas gift for my husband, I stumbled on the perfect gift for all you 80’s babies: retro iPhone cases. I may not know (care) about Twilight, the Biebs or Glee, but I do know my Gameboys and Memorex tapes. Are you old enough to remember when pressing record at the exact moment the dj stopped talking was the highlight of your day? These were snazzy enough to be named one of Esquire’s Top Gifts Under $25 for 2011. $1.35-$15.75, amazon.com […]

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I once owned a 2400 square foot hillside home with a spectacular, unobstructed view of Downtown LA. During my 4-year ownership, my then boyfriend and I used the living room a total of 3 times, the formal dining room less than 10 and the guest room, once. Though the house wowed, I wasn’t happy. In fact, I was far from it. This house had been a gift to myself for working hard and was a significant “upgrade” from my little house–a 940 square foot, 1928 Spanish revival that sat at the bottom of this massive hill. Two years after buying the big house, I rented it out and moved back into my little house. I realized that I missed the fruit of my painstaking restoration–the handmade tiles that found permanent homes on the walls of my kitchen, the original oak floors I refinished, the original arches, moldings, glass doorknobs and the lathe and plaster walls that survived nearly 100 years through countless California earthquakes. I missed my one true love and felt saddened that I had succumbed to the lure of the McMansion–the big house that was devoid of history, character and personality. It was just a collection of rooms […]

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