Friday, July 25, 2014

Fire Station 61 Lunch

July 19, 2014 by  
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The Park La Brea leasing office made a homemade lunch for Fire Station 61 on Wednesday, July 16th. Fresh homemade bread, Southern ribs, macaroni and cheese, salads and desserts were just some of the fare.

Just a small thanks to the hard-working guys serving our community.

Party Safe: Tips for Serving a Safe Food Buffet

July 15, 2014 by  
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When you have a large group of people over for dinner, serving food buffet-style ensures that everyone gets exactly what they want. But how can you be sure that everything stays fresh, from appetizers to dessert? Here are a few tips for serving a safe food buffet.

  1. Buy foods at the proper temperature. Things like fried chicken, casseroles, and ice cream should be kept at the same temperature from the store to the buffet table, as changing their temperatures too much can cause food to spoil.
  2. Know the proper temperatures. Hot food should be kept between 140° and 165° Fahrenheit, while cold food should be kept at 40° Fahrenheit and lower.
  3. Don’t leave food out for longer than two hours. Be sure to include preparation and serving in your count.
  4. Use the proper tools. To ensure that food is kept at the proper temperature, use things like slow cookers, warming trays, and nesting dishes in bowls of ice. To prevent guests from mixing foods, make sure that you provide a separate spoon, spatula, or tongs in each dish. Also provide individual bowls for dips to discourage guests from double-dipping.

Serving Up Safe Buffets [FDA]
Serving Prepared Foods Safely [Whole Foods]
Holiday or Party Buffets [USDA]

5 Vegetarian Recipes That Are Way More Than Just Tofu

June 10, 2014 by  
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Just because you're a vegetarian doesn't mean you have to exist solely on plain tofu and vegetables! There are a wide variety of colorful dishes that are also meat-free, and they certainly don't lack taste. If you’re a vegetarian (or even just a healthy eater!) who loves to prepare creative, flavorful meals, these meatless recipes will be a welcome addition to your recipe box.

Pappardelle with Mushrooms [Cooking Light]

Grilled Veggie and Hummus Wraps [Cooking Light]

Eggplant Parmesan [Cooking Light]

California Barley Bowl [101 Cookbooks]

Summer Vegetable Curry [101 Cookbooks]

Staying Informed with MySafe:LA

May 24, 2014 by  
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May 2014

MySafe:LA is working to keep
Older Adults Safe during
"Older Americans Month" in May …and the whole year through.

MySafe:LA is committed to protecting the safety of Older Adults. That's why we've created a curriculum on Older Adult safety that we're presenting around Los Angeles, thanks to a grant from FEMA. Folks 55 and better are one of the fastest-growing segments of our population, and can be some of the most vulnerable members of our society. MySafe:LA has just wrapped production on a video that deals with fire and life safety for older adults, featuring real people who live in the Park La Brea Apartment complex in LA's Miracle Mile area, where MySafe:LA did a fire and life safety presentation back in March. The site was chosen because of its mix of high-rise and garden-style apartments, and long-time residents who are active and involved in staying safe and healthy. Stay tuned for more on this exciting new video from MySafe:LA.

Learn more about Older Americans Month and Fall Prevention


The MySafe:LA Production Team: (from left) Director David Barrett, Cinematographer Cameron Barrett, Assistant Director Javielle Chavarria, Riverside Firefighter and Drone-camera-operator Eric Peniata take a break during an Older Adult video shoot at LAFD Fire Station 61.


 


MySafe:LA welcomes a new Board member

MySafe:LA and the Safe Community Project are pleased and proud to announce that Retired LAFD Assistant Fire Chief David Yamahata has joined the Board of Directors. Chief Yamahata brings more that 36 years of experience to the organization. That experience and breadth of knowledge will be a tremendous asset to MySafe:LA going forward.

Read more about Chief Yamahata joining the Safe Community Project and MySafe:LA


Fire Service Recognition Day 2014

The MySafe:LA Team poses in front of LAFD Station 27 in Hollywood during Fire Service and Recognition Day 2014. MySafe:LA members fanned-out across the City of Los Angeles to 11 "focal-point" stations from the San Pedro to the San Fernando Valley to present the "Fire Burns, Smoke Kills" smoke-alarm awareness program to the people who turned-out for the LAFD's annual open house event. LAFD members gave away free smoke alarms to folks who filled out a Pledge Card, promising to install and maintain working smoke alarms in their homes. It's all part of the LAFD and MySafe:LA effort to get working smoke alarms in all homes in Los Angeles, and comes in the wake of an alarming spike in fire-fatalities in 2014 involving homes with no working smoke alarm present.
In the photo (from left): Cameron Barrett, David Barrett, Carl Ginsberg, Chris Nevil, Javielle Chavarria, Todd Leitz, and Bill Whitney.

Families look on as LA firefighters at Fire Station 88 in Sherman Oaks prepare to demonstrate how they tear apart a car to extricate trapped passengers after an accident. These types of demonstrations are a highlight of Fire Service Day.

 

Large-Scale Evacuation Drill

Los Angeles Fire Chief James Featherstone speaks to his command staff and other agency participants after a massive evacuation drill of LA's Mandeville Canyon.



One-Way-In, One-Way-Out:

While early-season wildfires raged in San Diego County, the LAFD and LAPD joined forces to stage a valuable evacuation drill of LA's Mandeville Canyon ahead of a mock wildfire. With only one way in and one way out of this large canyon, the thousands of residents need to make evacuation plans in case a wildfire, like the one in 1978, threatens their lives and property. Fire and police officials — with the cooperation of Mandeville Residents — executed the evacuation smoothly and without incident, learning valuable lessons along the way about communications and notification of evacuation orders. After evacuating their homes, resident congregated at the staging-area — Paul Revere Middle School on Sunset Boulevard — where various organizations, including MySafe:LA distributed information and materials related to fire safety and emergency preparedness.



MySafe:LA, the LAFD, First Alert and Councilman Felipe Fuentes team-up to bring Fire Safety Education to Sylmar

Making a Difference!

MySafe:LA organized a fire safety education event at Harding Elementary School with the help of the office of Sylmar-area LA City Councilmember Felipe Fuentes, who came to the school to introduce the program to 4th and 5th grade students, explaining the importance of being prepared for brush-fires or residential structure fires. Each of the kids who indicated they needed a smoke alarm were given one, free of charge, thanks to First Alert, which donated the alarms to MySafe:LA and the LAFD for their ongoing smoke alarm program: "Fire Burns, Smoke Kills".
(pictured from left: MySafe:LA Instructors Chris Nevil and Todd Leitz, LAFD PIO Captain Jaime Moore, First Alert Director of External Affairs Deborah Hanson and MySafe:LA Executive Officer David Barrett)

See Council District 7's Blog-Post about the Event

Watch a MySafe:LA video of the Event



Sowing the Safety Seeds planted in Hawaiian Gardens

 
 

Special Delivery! MySafe:LA wrapped-up an LA County pilot-program in the small city of Hawaiian Gardens this month, delivering smoke alarms to Hawaiian and Furgeson Elementary schools following fire and life safety presentations to 4th through 6th grade students at the two schools. The program was made possible in part by a grant from Fireman's Fund Insurance, and will be used as a template as MySafe:LA branches-out of the City of Los Angeles to bring its safety message throughout California.



 

MySafe:LA Photo of the Month

 

MySafe:LA Childrens' Safety Ambassador Pau Gasol of the Los Angeles Lakers poses with some great kids from Rosemont Elementary School in LA's Echo Park during a MySafe:LA Public Service Announcement shoot.



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5 Picnic Recipes to Make This Summer

May 14, 2014 by  
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Having a picnic is on just about everyone’s bucket list each summer. There’s something so enjoyable about eating on a blanket outdoors, but you may start to get a bit tired of the same sandwiches and potato salad year after year. Here are five unique recipes to pack in your picnic basket this summer.

Summer Crab Rolls [Cooking Light]
Seafood lovers will adore these light, slider-style mini sandwiches topped with flavorful crab cakes.

Couscous Salad Cups [Cooking Light]
Forgo the usual mayo-heavy salads in favor of something healthier and just as tasty. This couscous salad is served inside of lettuce “cups” for easy serving even while outdoors, and the feta adds something extra to the simple recipe.

Belle’s Hamburger Buns [AllRecipes]
Instead of using flavorless, store-bought hamburger buns, make your own light and fluffy version right at home. Prep them ahead of time and then bake for just 20 minutes to impress your guests with homemade bread for burgers on the grill.

Curried Chicken Salad with Apples and Raisins [Cooking Light]
If your picnic companions have more adventurous palates, they’ll love this chicken salad recipe with a kick of curry. It’s not quite as creamy as the usual chicken salad recipes, so it tastes fresh and filling on either bread or crackers.

Watermelon and Strawberry Lemonade [AllRecipes]
You need a refreshing drink to wash down all those picnic treats, and this fresh, fruity lemonade is just the thing. Blend ice with strawberries and watermelon for a uniquely sweet drink that also quenches your thirst.

Glamorous Video Shoot by Celebrity Hairstylist, Afshin Ammadi at Park La Brea

May 14, 2014 by  
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A vacant Park La Brea apartment was recently transformed into a glamorous video shoot by celebrity hairstylist, Afshin Ammadi to demonstrate this summer's latest trends in hair.

The shoot was in collaboration with loxabeauty.com, which is an expert online shop for high end hair and beauty products such as Sebastian, Joico and Schwartzkopf, to name a few. When we asked Afshin why he approached Park La Brea, he said "I wanted to shoot at a place that represented Los Angeles well with great views and it being centrally located." Though Afshin Ammadi travels around the country for product education and photo shoots, he happens to work at a hair salon minutes away from Park La Brea!

In appreciation for shooting here, all residents of Park La Brea are offered a 20% discount on any cut or color service by him. You can currently find him at Estilo Salon on Beverly Blvd, Wednesday through Saturday. Call Estilo Salon for an appointment at 323-936-6775 and mention Park La Brea!

Check out more of his work at afshinammadihairgallery.com, or at instagram.com/afshinammadi.

Improve Your Entrepreneurial Knowledge With These Business Websites

April 8, 2014 by  
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Whether you own your own business or you’re just interested in the ebb and flow of the economy, reading up on business news is helpful for just about every type of person. Though many business publications are dry and difficult to read, these websites present business news in an interesting, accessible manner.

Inc.
With a simple layout and a variety of business-oriented categories, Inc. is a great website for browsing or reading long-form articles. The startup section provides useful tips and tricks for budding entrepreneurs, providing insight from successful business owners and lists of the most successful industries. Whether you’re interested in salaries, leadership skills, or innovative products, Inc. has a little something for everyone.

Fast Company
Fast Company is an online business magazine focused on innovation in technology, economics, leadership, and design. It is written by a group of successful business leaders who provide helpful insight into establishing and running companies both large and small, and it also features the most creative marketing ideas from innovative brands around the world.

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Get Your Morning Coffee Delivered With These Monthly Coffee Subscriptions

March 11, 2014 by  
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What could be better than that daily cup of fresh, hot coffee? How about knowing that you’ll have delicious coffee beans delivered straight to your doorstep? With fun and exciting coffee of the month clubs popping up all over the place, you (and your loved ones) will never run out of coffee again.

Craft Coffee
Craft Coffee is an easy-to-navigate website that offers three unique options for monthly coffee subscriptions. The site’s delicious coffees are all premium beans from top artisan roasters, and they are hand picked by a blind taste-test conducted by industry experts. When you subscribe to either the annual, six-month, or month-to-month Craft Coffee delivery, you’ll receive three four-ounce packages of different type of coffees in the mail every single month.

MistoBox
MistoBox is another monthly coffee subscription service that gives customers the opportunity to sample a variety of different coffees every month. The company’s tight-knit team hunts down the most talented roasters in the country and samples their best blends, and then ships four unique roasts straight to your door in fun packages every month. If you taste a coffee that you particularly love, MistoBox also features an online store that allows you to purchase larger sizes of any coffees featured in the monthly subscriptions.

Happy Presidents’ Day

February 17, 2014 by  
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Remembering the courage and vision of past and present leaders, we honor and share the spirit of Presidents' Day together as a nation.

Happy Valentine’s Day!

February 14, 2014 by  
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Wishing everyone a day filled with fun and happy memories!

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