Leimert Park – LA’s neighborhood of the year!

Leimert Park faced off against San Pedro in the final round of this annual bracket competition, emerging the winner of the award for LA’s neighborhood of the year. “Along the way to the coveted imaginary trophy, Leimert Park also scored victories over rapidly changing Frogtown, high-seeded Highland Park, and trendy Koreatown. Tough matchups, but the resilient residential community prevailed each time.” See the full article here.

Lemons of Leimert Park

Lemons of Leimert Park

Like a lot of Southern California, we have an abundance of lemons. Neighbors are not shy about sharing, and it’s fun to make something with lemons that you can share back. Lemon chicken soup is nice when the weather is still cool. Lemon desserts for days – for example Lemon curd is easy if you have a high powered blender. You can freeze lemon juice and zest for future use, and the lemon curd and soup freeze well too.  Freeze measured amounts of lemon juice as ice cubes or in freezer bags. In the hot months, Gail taps her frozen juice supply to make gallons of refreshing lemonade.


Make simple syrup:
Mix one and half to two cups of sugar with 1 cup of water in a 2-quart saucepan.  Simmer on medium low heat, stirring occasionally, until sugar is dissolved.

Mix lemonade:
Put 12 cups of water in a large bowl.  Stir in the simple syrup. Add 2 cups fresh lemon juice (defrosted, if frozen).  Makes 2 large containers of lemonade.

Leimert Park

Leimert Park street signLeimert Park, a 1.2 square mile neighborhood of Los Angeles, is nestled at the base of Baldwin Hills, a short distance from Culver City. Named for its developer, Walter Leimert, it was designed in the 1920s by the influential landscape architects, the Olmsted Brothers. Known for its Spanish Colonial Revival homes and its charming tree-lined streets, it evolved to become an important center of African American art, music, and culture in Los Angeles. Additionally, many Japanese residents settled in Leimert Park after WWII, as is reflected in the unique Japanese gardens and Japanese-influenced architecture.