Epic Spreads: A Startup with a New Take on Healthy Nut Butters

Whether you need an energy-packed pre-workout snack, a little something to get you going after pilates, or just something fun to spice up your regular diet – Epic Spreads has revolutionized healthy nut butters for you!

The company was founded by Patrick Williams, an athlete who could not find a healthy snack spread and was tired of his daily peanut butter diet.  He decided to combine his passion for fitness with health, and that is when his idea was born: a brand new spread alternative: healthy nut butters.  He saw a need in the market for a healthy spread that also tasted delicious, so he began playing around with ingredients in his own kitchen and came up with something unconventional.  The spreads have various base ingredients that you can choose from, including: almond, peanut, cashew, coconut, and various combinations.  The flavors are added in with all-natural, sustainably sourced ingredients.

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What makes Epic Spreads different from regular peanut butter brands?  Not only are they a fun and creative alternative to peanut butter, but they are also an excellent source of high-quality protein while staying low in sugar.  Gluten-free and dairy-free options are also available on their site.  The spreads contain fun flavors, clean and natural ingredients, and you can actually pronounce all of the ingredients on the back!  Could it get any better?

With an assortment of flavors ranging from cotton candy to rainbow sherbet, you can never go wrong!  However, they all have one thing in common: healthiness!  Epic Spreads are rich in good fats, magnesium, vitamin E, and are a good source of fiber.  They taste like they were made from a secret, homemade, family recipe.

Epic Spreads has done various collaborations with companies like 24 Hour Fitness, Orange Theory Fitness, Slap Nutrition, Wakeup Waffles, and Halo Top; continuously coming up with fun, new flavors.

If you would like to try Epic Spreads and join the epic-ness, you can find them at the Channel Islands Farmers Market Sundays from 10:00 am – 2:00 pm.  Be sure to let us know what you think!

Here are other ideas to eat healthier every day.

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20 Steps You Need to Take to Get Your Startup Off the Ground

20 Steps You Need to Take to Get Your Startup Off the Ground

You don’t need to take too many months to prepare if you’re really determined to start a business. Instead, you can complete these steps in a few days.


When you’re pondering the prospect of starting your own business, it’s easy to get lost in the myriad details of the process. You can end up spending too many months preparing, and during this time you might even hesitate and lose your nerve.

The truth of it is that you really don’t have to spend a lot of time to prepare to start your own business. You just need to focus, and with the following checklist of steps, you need to take you can be well on your way.

  1. Come up with a business idea. You need a business that best suits your preferences, skills, and interests. Pretend you have to ask for some seed money from a prospective investor. You have to make sure you have the skill set and the background for the business idea you’re offering. To make your idea more concrete, you have to serve a particular need or solve a specific problem. You need to identify this need or problem so that you can customize your solution and design your business accordingly.
  1. Do market research. You can go online for this, starting out by checking out your competition. If you’re starting a plumbing business, then you better know how many plumbers there already are in your town. You should also find out the level of demand for the business service or product you’re thinking about offering to the consumer public.
  2. Choose a unique business name. Uniqueness is more important than how catchy your business name is. You can always do a quick web search, though you also need to check with your state department of revenue that no one else in your state is already using the business name you’re considering. A trademark search will also be necessary. Check GoDaddy.com for a domain name.
  3. Define your target market. You can find lots of apps online that can help, and you can always conduct your own surveys.
  4. Pick the location where you’ll be working. Most people start by working at home, but that may change later on. But you have to find workspace options that you may need to use eventually, such as when you’re meeting with clients.
  5. Set up your website. That means buying your domain, obtaining your web hosting (we uses MediaTemple), and building a website. It probably will help a great deal if you let a pro handle all this, although you will have to pay for these services. The point is that a website is a must—people don’t really trust new businesses without websites these days.
  6. Put up phone service. Even though just about everyone has a smartphone these days, it’s still a good idea to have a business phone setup to make things a lot more professional. You can still use your smartphone, but the other people at the other end of the line will see your business phone number instead.
  7. Set up your customer database. You’ll need this if you regularly interact with customers. If you find keeping lots of contact information on Rolodex cards, then you certainly will find a database a lot more useful/
  8. Use lead generation software. Leads tell you where you can focus your sales tactics so that you don’t waste time contacting people who are unlikely to become your customers. You can find software that can identify these likely customers for you, and you can use them with your database.
  9. Get your business on social media. You should have a business profile on the social media platforms where you will find your most likely customers. You should also consider getting on Yelp and Google My Business.
  10. Obtain the business licenses you’ll need. You can do some research on the state licenses and permits you’ll need, along with the fees you have to pay.
  11. Get your Employer Identification Number if you have workers. The EIN will be required by the IRS if you’re going to operate as a partnership or corporation, or if you’re going to hire workers. You can just go to the IRS website for this.
  12. Open a business bank account. The most convenient bank is the one where you already have a personal savings account. But you can check out other banks in your area if they specialize in business accounts. You’ll most likely need your EIN, the documentation you needed to register your business with the state, and a copy of your business license.
  13. Invest in accounting software. Try FreshBooks and QuickBooks, along with Zoho Books and Xero. You’ll need this type of software to keep track of your revenues and expenses, and the reports will be necessary come tax time.
  14. Draw up a marketing plan. Again, you can go online and find templates you can use to promote your business. Your plan needs to identify your target market, as well as the ways to reach and advertise to these potential customers.
  15. Write your business plan. A business plan comes in handy to help you focus on the tasks you need to do to start and develop your business. This business plan also will be necessary when you’re looking for investors. This business plan will include a general description of your company, the data from the market analysis you’ve done, information about the products or services you’re offering, and some financial data.
  16. Obtain the funding you need. You can go to a bank or a relative to obtain a loan, and perhaps use up some of your savings. But you should also see if there are grants available for your business. Crowdfunding may also be possible.
  17. Think about trademarks and patents. You can discuss this with an attorney, though if a lawyer does all the work the fees can go into the thousands of dollars.
  18. Prepare a logo. A logo helps your business to stand out, and it can be very useful for marketing. We use 99designs.com and Fiverr.com for this task.
  19. Think about insurance. At the very least, you may need professional liability insurance. Check with your insurance agency to find out what your business insurance needs and options are.

You can do some of these steps in just a single day, so there’s no good reason to feel overwhelmed about the preparations you need to make. Starting a business can be a risk, but you can’t reap the rewards if you don’t take the plunge.

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A native Angeleno. John studied engineering at UCLA; founded Schmoozd, an offline social tech networking event in LA with 30,000 subs; ran a startup accelerator (StartEngine). Worked for several major brands like Toyota, DIRECTV, Hitachi, and Raytheon. A mentor at LMU Entrepreneur School. And advises a dozen local LA startups building amazing tech in various industries; also invested in some.

13 Best Restaurants To Eat On a Startup Budget in LA

Best Affordable Foodie Places in Los Angeles

With all the Hollywood glamor in LA, it’s not surprising that there are plenty of great restaurants in the city for the movers and shakers. But what about for the rest of us, who don’t have the millions per episode or movie? Or, the million dollars in funding from a VC? The truth is that LA does have great restaurants who don’t charge outlandish prices. You only need to find them, and lucky for you we have the guide to get you there. It’s not quite like the maps to celebrities’ homes, but at least they’re authentic!

Simply good food at lunch or dinner, any time of the day.

1. Mason’s Dumpling Shop

Location: 5803 N Figueroa St Los Angeles, CA 90042

If you’re already in Highland Park, then you owe it to yourself to visit Mason’s Dumpling Shop. You can tell from its no-frills simplicity that everything’s casual and affordable, and you have to order at the counter. But the dishes here are terrific, especially the xiao long bao and the family’s signature fried pork dumplings. The fact that they’re all available for less than ten bucks each means that you can afford to order both!

2. Tel Aviv Kosher Grill

Location: 2450b Burbank Blvd, Valley Village, CA 91607

If you and your buddies are looking to reenact the final bit of the Avengers movie, then here’s the place to get shawarma, the Tel Aviv Kosher Grill. Get your meats and match them with a baguette, laffa, or pita bread. Your taste buds will thank you and your wallet too.

3. Tatang

Location: 10829 Oxnard St, North Hollywood, CA 91606

The late great Anthony Bourdain once proclaimed his love for Filipino food, and this place can help you understand why. Tatang changes some of the ingredients so that you don’t have to feel so guilty, which explains the use of chopped chicken for the sisig instead of pork and all that fat. Here, the food is nice and affordable and it goes great with a bottle of cold beer.

4. Joy

Location: 5100 York Blvd Los Angeles, CA 90042

Highland Park also features this always busy Taiwanese restaurant JOY, but it’s not just the reasonable prices that are the only reasons for its popularity. The offerings are scrumptious, especially the spicy shrimp wonton and the dan dan noodles. You can start your meal first with an order of sautéed greens, which are definitely fresh as they come from the restaurant’s own gardens. Finish the meal with milk tea with boba, or you can have some fun with shaved ice.

5. Takasan

Location: 225 W 7th St Los Angeles, CA 90014

You’d think that with the prices of dishes in trendy restaurants these days, your ten bucks won’t get you much. But at Takasan, it gets you a bowl of tender chicken chunks with a soft-cooked omelet over rice. Try the oyakodon too, as the price is great as well. It’s a warm and friendly place, and it’s also friendly for your credit card.

6. Tasty Noodle House

Location: 8054 W 3rd St Los Angeles, CA 90048

You may find other locations of Tasty Noodle House in other spots in LA, but it’s this original location on West Third Street that made the brand popular in the first place. This is the ultimate spot for pan-fried bao, though you can find just about any traditional Chinese dish here as well.

7. L Fish

Location: 3205 1/2 4th St Los Angeles, CA 90063

Now if you’re in the Boyle Heights area, you may as well go to this legendary fried fish taco restaurant, L Fish. The price per taco is about $2.50 at the most, and you get to enjoy dense batter with mustard and herb fried in vegetable oil with shrimp, dogfish, and angelfish. It’s the same recipe as the tacos in Ensenada, but thankfully these tacos are much more affordable.

8. South City Fried Chicken

Location: 24 S Spring St Los Angeles, CA 90014

While there are lots of exotic food items available in diverse LA, the love for fried chicken doesn’t end. In fact, even if you don’t like fried chicken there’s a very big chance you’ll change your mind when you get a taste of the fried chicken sandwiches from this stall in Corporation Food Hall Downtown. One version comes from Miami with jerk spice and lemongrass remoulade, while another version copies the hot chicken in Nashville. It’s like a foodie exploration of the fried chicken you’ll find in the cities of the American South. Check out South City Fried Chicken today.

9. Phat Birds

Location: 4701 E 3rd St, East Los Angeles, CA 90022

Here’s another fried chicken joint, this time in East LA, meet Phat Birds. The combo meals here are so filling those entire families can be sated, yet the total bill may not go much over twenty bucks. You can go with hot chicken a la Nashville, and the side dishes are terrific as well.

10. Smorgasburg

Location: 777 S Alameda St, Los Angeles, CA 90021

This is the huge Sunday festival plaza in downtown LA, where you can try lots of new street food option. Bring your appetite even if you don’t bring a lot of money since they’re all reasonably priced. You get Chinese noodles, garlic shrimp cooked Hawaiian-style, and even BBQ too. Just get there from 10 AM to 4 PM and enjoy an extended lunch break.

11. Lokal Sandwich Shop

Location: 10433 National Blvd #1A, Los Angeles, CA 90034

This corner marketplace at Simpang Asia in Palms gives you a nice casual place where you can enjoy a great sandwich at a reasonable price, meet the Lokal Sandwich Shop. None of these sandwiches cost more than 10 bucks, and they’re much better (and much bigger) than what you get at your local Subway. Try the steak sandwiches if you’re a traditionalist, though you really should consider their banh mi and the avocado and turkey sandwich.

12. Pasta Sisters

Location: 3280 Helms Ave, Culver City, CA 90232

In many places around LA, good Italian restaurants can charge up to $25 per bowl of pasta. The quality and the quantity of the dishes here at Pasta Sisters are just as good and as filling, but this time each dish will cost you less than $15. Do the math!

13. The Chori-Man

Location: 2309 S Alma St, San Pedro, CA 90731

On weekdays, the locals come here regularly for the exquisite chorizos, which are so good they’re not just for breakfast. On weekends, people from outside the neighborhood make their regular pilgrimage for the tacos and the breakfast burritos too. Check out The Chori-Man spot here.

Also, check out these 11 Best Restaurants in West Hollywood for Lunch

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A native Angeleno. John studied engineering at UCLA; founded Schmoozd, an offline social tech networking event in LA with 30,000 subs; ran a startup accelerator (StartEngine). Worked for several major brands like Toyota, DIRECTV, Hitachi, and Raytheon. A mentor at LMU Entrepreneur School. And advises a dozen local LA startups building amazing tech in various industries; also invested in some.

11 Best Restaurants in West Hollywood for Lunch

Best Restaurants in West Hollywood for Lunch

Where should you eat for lunch in West Hollywood? Here’s a list of the top places everyone is raving about.


West Hollywood might only measure 2 square miles big but it doesn’t mean that you’ll be stuck with just a handful of dining options when you’re in the area. In fact, this neighborhood is actually teeming with amazing restaurants. You can take a pick from long-running establishments to the hippest eateries that offer different kinds of cuisines.

Favored by celebrities and foodies alike, there are really lots of reasons why you should head to WeHo to grab a bite. And if you do, make sure to consider these places as they’re definitely well worth the calories.

1. Night + Market

Location: 9043 Sunset Blvd, West Hollywood, CA 90069

Even the biggest foodies will agree that Chef Kris Yenbamroong’s Night+Market is possibly the best modern Thai restaurant around. So instead of making your way to Thai Town, you can just head here if you’re craving for some Southeast Asian fare.

As mentioned above, however, it’s important to note that this is a modern Thai eatery so expect that they offer different stuff from what you’ll get at Thai Town. Their fusion cuisine is exceptionally good with drinks, though. So if you’re up for an evening of good food and drinks, this can be a great destination.

What to Eat

  • Pork Toro
  • Moo Sadoong
  • Crab Fried Rice
  • Fried Pig Tails
  • Spicy Duck Rolls
  • Golden Triangles

2. Rosaline

Location: 8479 Melrose Ave, West Hollywood, CA 90069

Hailed as the best brunch spot in WeHo, Rosaline is out to tickle your taste buds with its modern take on Peruvian cuisine. As this place is considered as the wildly successful comeback of chef Ricardo Zarate into the LA dining scene, you can certainly get your hopes up when planning your visit.

What to Eat

  • Salchipapa
  • Traditional brunch items
  • Ceviche Crocante
  • Chaufa Paella
  • Cocktails

3. Sushi Park 

Location: 8539 Sunset Blvd #20, West Hollywood, CA 90069

Strip-mall sushi is one of the best things L.A. can offer as it certainly has a lot of great ones around town. However, Sushi Park is deemed as the best of the best by normies and celebs alike. It also means serious business despite its location and it won’t hesitate to let you know that.

Right at the door, Sushi Park says that there is no trendy sushi in this joint. So prepare for some serious sushi sampling here. Just be ready if you’re thinking of trying the omakase menu as it comes with a pretty steep price tag. If you’re lucky, however, it might just come with a celebrity spotting since this joint is also a top pick by the rich and famous.

What to Eat

  • Red Snapper, Halibut sushi
  • Sea Bass sushi
  • Baked Abalone with Shitake Mushrooms
  • Blue Fin Tuna

4. Aburiya Raku 

Location: 521 N La Cienega Blvd, West Hollywood, CA 90048

If you fell in love with Vegas’ Aburiya Raku just like tons of other chefs and industry experts, then you don’t have to go far just to have your fill. This WeHo location of the well-loved izakaya is just as tasty as its original location. It offers the same flavors and food, so if you can’t go back to Vegas anytime soon, this will still give you a great fill.

What to Eat

  • Kobe Beef with Wasabi
  • Asparagus with Bacon
  • Foie Gras Bowl
  • Blue Fin Tuna

5. Guisados 

Location: 8935 Santa Monica Blvd, West Hollywood, CA 90069

Mexican dishes already feels native to Los Angeles but there are still quite a number of places that stand out for their delicious offerings. Guisados is one of them that it grew from a small casual dining joint to a full-on chain with locations all around the city. This WeHo spot is one of them and is still a great destination to go to if you’re after some good tacos.

What to Eat

  • Bistek en Salsa Roja – Flank steak simmered with red bell peppers and tomatoes. Served with chile de arbol and avocado above black beans.
  • Mole Poblano – Shredded chicken breast in a nutty Poblano style Mole. Served with sour cream, queso fresco, red onion and dried chile.
  • Chicharron – Pork rinds simmered in chile verde. Served with green serrano chile, atop black beans.
  • Calabacitas – Squash, tomatoes, bell peppers, corn, and onions. Served with queso fresco and a mild chipotle sour cream.
  • Camarones – Fajita-style shrimp, onions and bell peppers served with a mild chipotle sour cream.

6. Lucques

Location: 8474 Melrose Ave, West Hollywood, CA 90069

Lucques is one of the long-running dining establishments in WeHo that some folks already consider them as institutions in the area. They have just celebrated their 20 years but their Californian Mediterranean French offerings continue to wow and impress diners. They’re deemed as the best prix-fixe eatery in the area, so if you want to dine out on a budget, they can be a great place to call for a reservation.

What to Eat

  • Roasted kabocha squash with freekeh, chickpeas, charmoula and pomegranate
  • Spanish grilled cheese with mahon, chorizo, and caramelized shallots
  • Grilled chicken paillard with fava bean toast, marsala, green olives, and golden raisins
  • Falafel burger with cucumber, carrots, jalapeño and crème fraîche on a whole wheat bun

Note: Their menu changes regularly but you can be sure to find great options all the time.

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7. Dan Tana’s 

Location: 9071 Santa Monica Blvd, West Hollywood, CA 90069

When it comes to industry classics in WeHo, Dan Tana’s would be hard to beat. This place has been around since 1964 and it’s safe to say that it remained faithful to its roots. You can tell with its nostalgic atmosphere that it’s one of those places that locals go to because they practically grew up there.

To be fair, however, the food is also very good. It’s also a celebrity favorite but if you’re hoping to rub elbows with the rich and famous, you might want to try hard as booking a table here can be a challenge.

What to Eat

  • Spaghetti, Carbonara
  • Homemade Lasagna
  • Ravioli, with Meat Sauce
  • Ravioli, Spinach with Cheese
  • Eggplant, Romana Parmigiana
  • Linguini, Pescatore, Mike Gotovac

8. Irv’s Burgers 

Location: 7998 Santa Monica Blvd unit c, West Hollywood, CA 90046

Another West Hollywood staple is Irv’s Burgers. They’ve been around since the ‘50s and has fought hard to survive until today. One of its biggest charms is that it managed to retain its classic flavor through the years despite changing ownership. It’s also where you’ll find some of the best deals in town since the food is very affordable here.

What to Eat

  • All of the burgers

9. Jones

Location: 7205 Santa Monica Blvd, West Hollywood, CA 90046

Also known as Jones Hollywood, this place is best known and loved for its quite cool. It’s often described to have a “rock-and-roll sensibility” and a “genuine Hollywood” vibe, so if you’re after such, you should definitely drop by.

The food is also great here which makes it extra special since its open until late. Anything will satiate the hunger of someone tired from partying but it deserves all the praise it has been getting because the grub is good.

What to Eat

  • Braised Short Rib, with brussels sprouts slaw
  • Caprese Panini burrata, with oven-roasted tomato, basil, olive oil
  • Jones Burger, classic style
  • Spicy Sausage pizza with onion, mozzarella, and San Marzano tomato sauce (yum!)

10. Eveleigh 

Location: 8752 Sunset Blvd, West Hollywood, CA 90069

Eveleigh might be located in a tourist spot but it doesn’t mean that you should shy away from it entirely. Besides, they have a magnificent space that will let you enjoy a unique taste of West Hollywood dining and a large menu that has something for everyone.

What to Eat

  • Duck Confit with Lentils
  • Jidori Chicken
  • Pinzimonio
  • Pappardelle with Pork Ragu
  • Hanger Steak with Romesco Sauce

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11. Cecconi’s 

Location: 8764 Melrose Ave, West Hollywood, CA 90069

There are tons of great places to spend happy hour in WeHo but Cecconi’s tend to outshine them all with its amazing Cicchetti or Italian tapas. While it is a classic Italian spot, it mainly offers Northern Italian cuisine so it can be a bit different from the other pizza and pasta places on this list.

What to Eat

  • Pasta
    • Garganelli Bolognese
    • Cavatelli, lamb ragù, artichoke”
  • Pizza
    • Beyond ‘sausage’ pizza, tomato, mushroom
    • Porchetta, artichoke, olives, mushroom, fontina
  • Salad
    • Tuscan kale, almond, apple, Parmigiano, seeds
    • Red quinoa, avocado, artichokes, chia seeds

Also, check out these 9 Best Restaurants To Eat In Marina Del Rey

 

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A native Angeleno. John studied engineering at UCLA; founded Schmoozd, an offline social tech networking event in LA with 30,000 subs; ran a startup accelerator (StartEngine). Worked for several major brands like Toyota, DIRECTV, Hitachi, and Raytheon. A mentor at LMU Entrepreneur School. And advises a dozen local LA startups building amazing tech in various industries; also invested in some.
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A native Angeleno. John studied engineering at UCLA; founded Schmoozd, an offline social tech networking event in LA with 30,000 subs; ran a startup accelerator (StartEngine). Worked for several major brands like Toyota, DIRECTV, Hitachi, and Raytheon. A mentor at LMU Entrepreneur School. And advises a dozen local LA startups building amazing tech in various industries; also invested in some.

13 Best Restaurants in Manhattan Beach For Lunch

13 Best Restaurants in Manhattan Beach For Lunch

Meta description: Here are a few great restaurants that will convince you to drive out more often to Manhattan Beach.

Want to fill your tummy with some great food while getting some vitamin sea? Manhattan Beach would be an excellent destination for you, then. Not only is this L.A. destination a great spot to take a dip in the water but it’s also a foodie magnet. Home to some of the best restaurants in the city, you won’t regret driving down the coast for what this neighborhood can offer.

What exactly are the dining options that it can offer? Here are 13 great places that you should try on your next visit:

1. Fishing with Dynamite

Every roundup of the best restaurants in Manhattan Beach will include FWD for its spectacular seafood dishes. Some foodies even consider it as one of the best places in all of L.A., so you definitely have to give this place a go when you’re in the neighborhood.

Location: 1148 Manhattan Ave, Manhattan Beach, CA 90266

What to order:

  • Oyster Sampler Platter
  • Grilled Octopus
  • Fish And Chips
  • Koshihikari Rice with Blue Crab
  • Yellowfin Tuna Crudo
  • Key Lime Pie

2. Little Sister

Offering a lively atmosphere and unique Asian cuisine, Little Sister is one of the most popular dining destinations in MB. Some say that it feels out of place in the neighborhood but to be fair, it might just really be because everything about this place stands out from the crowd.

Location: 1131 Manhattan Ave, Manhattan Beach, CA 90266

What to order:

  • Shaky Shaky Beef
  • Beef Tartare
  • Gai Cuon
  • Pan Fried E-Fu Noodles
  • Imperial Rolls

3. Simmzy’s

While you might be able to spot a few locations of these Simmzy’s on your way to Manhattan Beach, there’s a very good reason why you should visit the one in this seaside neighborhood. Its beach-theme just seems to work best by the sea, for one. Its lively atmosphere is also great if you’re after some great time and food.

Location: 229 Manhattan Beach Blvd, Manhattan Beach, CA 90266

What to order:

  • Craft Beers
  • Blue Cheese Fries
  • Burgers
  • Grilled Corn

4. The Strand House

With the sweeping beach vistas that you can enjoy at the Strand House, it’s not surprising that some folks decide to dine there without knowing anything about the food. Luckily, just like the view, the food here is good. These make it an excellent date spot but you can also go there for some after-work drinks or brunch since the place is just a great spot to relax and unwind.

Location: 117 Manhattan Beach Blvd, Manhattan Beach, CA 90266

What to order:

  • Stuffed French Toast
  • Hamachi Crudo
  • Chili-dusted Avocado
  • Black Truffle Risotto and Dayboat Scallops

5. Love & Salt

There are tons of Italian places in the area but Love & Salt is undoubtedly the best among the rest with its good food and cool setting. Helmed by Chef Michel Fiorrelli, their pizzas are considered as their main attractions. With their light as air crust, they can certainly give you a whole new pizza experience.

Location: 317 Manhattan Beach Blvd, Manhattan Beach, CA 90266

What to order:

  • Corned Lamb Tongue Panini
  • Crispy Chicken Oysters
  • English Muffins
  • Duck Egg Pizza
  • Rabbit Porchetta
  • Trotolle

6. Manhattan Beach Post

A lot of experts believe that the opening of the MB Post ushered in the casual dining wave that made the neighborhood a great place to eat at. Before them, there weren’t a lot of good casual dining options in the area. While this isn’t necessarily the case anymore, the Manhattan Beach Post is still a great place to grab a bite at if you want to ensure that you’ll eat good food.

Location:  1142 Manhattan Ave, Manhattan Beach, CA 90266

What to order:

  • Bacon Cheddar Biscuits
  • Truffle Honey Laced Fried Chicken
  • Roasted Brussels Sprouts
  • General Tso’s Sweetbreads
  • Scallops
  • BBQ Moroccan Lamb Belly

7. FishBar

FishBar takes the themed sports bar concept to the next level with its unique and sophisticated, seafood-packed menu. So don’t be put off by their nautical kitsch decor and themed days because this spot is definitely well worth its salt.

Location:  3801 Highland Ave, Manhattan Beach, CA 90266

What to order:

  • Mesquite-grilled Scallop Skewers
  • Fishbar Fish Tacos
  • Handmade cocktails
  • Spinach And Shrimp Salad
  • Fish And Chips
  • Lobster Mac & Cheese
  • Fishbar Brew

8. SunLife Organics

Fresh fruit juices are practically a must if you’re spending time by the beach. This is why SunLife Organics fits in so well in Manhattan Beach. But aside from its tasty beverages, you can also grab a healthy bite here.

Location:  451 Manhattan Beach Blvd #124, Manhattan Beach, CA 90266

What to order:

  • Fresh fruit juices
  • Protein shakes
  • Bowls

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9. JUTE Coastal Bar + Kitchen

Perfectly complimenting the ultra sleek Westdrift hotel, the JUTE Coastal Bar + Kitchen is certainly another great place for some drinks and bites. They have a bi-coastal motif going on, so everything feels quite cosmopolitan. Both the food and space are impressive, so you should certainly consider dropping by.

Location:  1400 Parkview Ave, Manhattan Beach, CA 90266

What to order:

  • Wagyu Beef Cheeks
  • Lamb Sliders
  • Kimchee Ravioli
  • Caviar-Topped Avocado Toast
  • Cocktails

10. Nick’s

Despite being located in a high-end mall, Nick’s is definitely a few leagues beyond your regular mall restaurant. Sure, it’s a part of a chainlet but its upscale setting, posh interiors, and stellar menu items will convince you that it’s worth a second look.

Location:  451 Manhattan Beach Blvd D, Manhattan Beach, CA 90266

What to order:

  • Filet and Lobster Benedict
  • El Jefe Breakfast Burrito
  • Buttermilk Fried Chicken
  • Chilean Sea Bass
  • Sweet Slaw

11. The Arthur J

This sleek steakhouse is one of the more ‘traditional’ offerings of Manhattan Beach. The Arthur J‘s retro vibe and the fact that it’s a steakhouse makes it appear tamer than the fusion and modern cuisines its neighbors offer. But don’t think that it’s a basic food destination because it’s not. Its wide range of meats will surely offer you a whole new dining experience.

Location:  903 Manhattan Ave, Manhattan Beach, CA 90266

What to order:

  • Japanese Wagyu
  • Rib Eye Steak
  • Shrimp Cocktail
  • Vinegary Beef Fat Fries
  • Cake of the Month

12. The Kettle

Despite the general sleepiness of MB, you’ll still be able to eat great food around here during your late night outings. What makes The Kettle a very good post-party food destination is its massive menu. You can even customize their dishes as you wish, letting you get your very own comfort food without having to cook it yourself.

Location:  1138 Highland Ave, Manhattan Beach, CA 90266

What to order:

  • Crispy Breakfast Potato Nachos
  • Crab Cake Po’ Boy Sandwich
  • Spicy Chicken Parmesan
  • Homemade Muffins

13. North End Caffe

Not in the mood for the sleek and modern places around MB? Then head to the North End Caffe. This homey diner offers a wide selection of stellar sandwiches so it can be as laid back as you’d want it to be. They also have a lot of tasty salad options if you’re in the mood for something healthy.

Location:  3421 Highland Ave, Manhattan Beach, CA 90266

What to order:

  • Hermana
  • Guapo
  • Huevos Divorciados
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LAStartups.com, Schmoozd.com
A native Angeleno. John studied engineering at UCLA; founded Schmoozd, an offline social tech networking event in LA with 30,000 subs; ran a startup accelerator (StartEngine). Worked for several major brands like Toyota, DIRECTV, Hitachi, and Raytheon. A mentor at LMU Entrepreneur School. And advises a dozen local LA startups building amazing tech in various industries; also invested in some.

Want to Work at a Startup? Optimize Your LinkedIn Profile With These Simple Tips

Want to Work at a Startup? Optimize Your LinkedIn Profile With These Simple Tips

If you’re looking for a job at a startup, no other social networking tool will be of greater help to you than LinkedIn. The vast majority of startups use it as their primary candidate search tool, so you need to do a version of SEO on your LinkedIn profile to make it stand out.

Even if you are happily employed, you owe it to yourself to be well represented on Linkedin, as you NEVER know what will come your way. LinkedIn is the first place companies go to find out about you.

Here Are The Must-Haves

Right from the very beginning, your profile has to stand out from the rest of the riff-raff. Startups are a lot about the mission of the company their building. Show why you are passionate about working for their company by sharing your experiences that align with their mission. Startups want to find someone who loves their company almost as much as they do.

So, first, make sure that you have the basic steps covered. This starts with a professional-looking profile photo to help them recognize you. It’s been found that you get 9 times more connection requests when you have a photo than when you don’t have one.

You also need to make sure that your profile is updated with the latest information. It must include your present industry, company, and position, so that you’re better able to connect with the content, groups, and jobs you’re interested in.

Your current location is also crucial, as this type of listing helps searches made by recruiters, former coworkers, and fellow alumni. With your location listed, you’re 10 times more likely to be found.

A good profile can immediately display your work affiliation and location, your contact info, and your list of connections. It can feature your education history, though you can also hide this easily if you don’t want to highlight it. You should also add videos and images to your summary.

Make your profile stand out from others by adding your FUN side to it.  Use emoji, symbols and visual cues in your profile will definitely help to make it stands out from the crowd in a positive way especially if you use them conservatively. Make sure you don’t overuse them. You don’t want your profile to appear unprofessional.

Keyword Your Skills

Recruiters spend hours searching on LinkedIn looking for top performers. And when they find them, they will contact the top performers. Knowing this, you’ll serve yourself well to market yourself as a top performer by highlighting your skills in the summary and experience section.

With the ever-increasing data available about you, the candidate, many companies are using innovative Artificial Intelligence (AI) tools to quickly weave out the low performers. AI technology has the ability to quickly sifts out keywords and key skills in your resume. Customize your profile with keywords that represent the required soft and hard skills found in the job listings. Incorporate these terms throughout your profile, particularly in the “Key Skills” and “Work Experience” sections will definitely help. Remember, hiring managers to need to know what industry you are an expert in, what technologies you are most fluent in, and which types of products/services do you have the most familiarity with.

You can start by featuring your top 3 skills on your profile. These are the skills for which you want to be recognized. You can also categorize your skills so that others will find it easier to find out if you have the particular skills they’re looking for.

One example of categorization is to have categories such as Skills in Technology and Tools, Industry Expertise, Interpersonal Skills, and Miscellaneous Skills. You should take care of the order of the skills you list within each category, as the most important ones should be at the top of the list. Don’t forget to update these lists as you gain more skills. Whether you learn a new program or even just a new musical instrument, include them all here.

These listings matter a lot, in case you still don’t realize their importance. If you have at least 5 skills on your profile, you’ll get 17 times more profile views. Recruiters and other people who can help you advance in your professional career can send up to 31 times more messages.

You can finish off the profile by adding more clues to who you are aside from your work and educational experience. Mention every charity or community work you’ve, and don’t forget to add new awards and accomplishments. Always update, as you’re never really done with your LinkedIn profile.

This might interest you: Top 5 Items that Job Seekers Need to Remove from Their LinkedIn Profile


 

Cadre is a quality over quantity boutique recruiting shop specializing in all things software engineering, robotics, artificial intelligence, and autonomous vehicles. Cadre is building a talent network utilizing AI and Machine Learning to help solve the tech talent crisis across their portfolio of 85 startups throughout California, Seattle, and Austin.

 

Jason Stomel
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Cadre Talent, Santa Monica, CA
Jason is the founder and CEO of Cadre; a talent agency, recruiting software incubator and Angel Investor. He has been recruiting in LA for 12 years across a portfolio of startups ranging from Pre-Series A to publicly traded tech companies and Venture Capitalists.
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Jason Stomel
Cadre Talent, Santa Monica, CA
Jason is the founder and CEO of Cadre; a talent agency, recruiting software incubator and Angel Investor. He has been recruiting in LA for 12 years across a portfolio of startups ranging from Pre-Series A to publicly traded tech companies and Venture Capitalists.