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The HAUS Picks 5 Must-Eat Spots Around Ventura Boulevard

Foodie Spots Ventura BLVD

Although it’s not unusual for the hours to fly by and the workday to suddenly be over when you are working at a job that you absolutely love, the owners, certified BMW technicians, and other staff members at the HAUS make it a point to take a break throughout our busy work days and patronize many of the exceptional local spots on and near Ventura Boulevard. We support these neighboring businesses not only to keep our community thriving, but also because they happen to serve up the best food around. In fact, you’ll often find one, two, or a whole group of us enjoying lunch or picking up a take-home, to-go dinner from our favorite eateries. No one knows restaurants and their stand-out items on their menus better than loyal customers who frequent the locations. Here’s a look at some of the favorite foods at some of the favorite eateries of the folks here at the HAUS. Let us know if they’re your favorites, too!
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Tailgating 101 with the L.A. Rams Fans

Los Angeles Rams Tailgate

It’s no surprise to devout Rams fans that their beloved L.A. Rams are currently experiencing such success this 2018 season! In fact, they’ve positioned themselves as the frontrunners for winning the NFC West Division and possibly the conference. While Todd Gurley, Jared Goff, Aaron Donald, and Coach Sean McVay are all integral components contributing to this success, having dedicated fans is an inspiration to all the Rams players. No hometown across America has a tailgating fan base like the Rams! For newbies to the area or those just realizing how phenomenal their Rams are, here are some tailgating musts:
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The 2019 BMW x5 – The “Boss” SUV in Los Angeles

Who ever thought parents would be vying with each other to be the one who gets to drive the kids to their tennis practices, golf tournaments, and ballerina lessons? BMW did. Feature-packed and loaded with power, it’s easy to see how the high-tech, high-end 2019 BMW x5 has transformed quick jaunts to the local market, weekend trips to mountain resorts, and roadtrips to family reunions back east into enjoyable journeys for the whole family.
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BMW Service & Repair near Sherman Oaks

It’s no surprise that San Fernando Valley’s Sherman Oaks neighborhood attracts visitors from all around. What the residents and workers in the area experience firsthand about their beautiful town, inspires others to come back again and again. Near the 405 and 101 freeway interchange, Sherman Oaks is home to many one-of-a-kind destinations that make it worth the drive, regardless of your starting point.
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MINI Cooper: A Not So “MINI” History

Every once in a blue moon, a truly iconic vehicle is designed so distinctly differently from every other vehicle that it creates a space all its own in the automotive industry. Throughout the decades since it was first unveiled, the MINI Brand is one such mainstay..

MINI Cooper From The Beginning

In the late 1950s when fuel prices were skyrocketing, Alec Issigonis – the top design engineer at the Morris Company – was asked to draft and build a fuel-efficient little vehicle that could comfortably hold four adults and be affordable for just about everyone. The creative challenge was embraced with enthusiasm! In 1959, the first two-door, 4-cyclinder engine MINI (Mark I) was launched. Issigonis had designed a small vehicle with plenty of room in the front – due to his ingenious idea to strategically place the vehicle’s wheels all the way to the corners, and with plenty of room in the back– due to his clever idea to turn the engine sideways (which also gave the mini vehicle more stability in tight turns).
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BMW Engine & Transmission Problems

Like any vehicle, the BMW also occasionally has its own issues. Here’s a look at two of them:

Variable Nockenwellen Steuerung (VANOS) Noise

Also referred to in America as the variable valve timing system, the VANOS is known to be the cause of the annoying engine rattle noises that so many BMW owners have experienced. Let’s face it, you can only drive so long with the speakers blasting to block out the sound of marbles rolling around in a tin can! VANOS modifies the position of the camshafts and is the source of the engine’s rattling noise when you’re driving at higher RPMs. While almost unnoticeable initially, with more wear to the VANOS, the noise gets louder (and more annoying)!
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Beemers at the Beach! A Coastal CA Road Trip in Your BMW

From Central to Southern California, there are countless places to explore in your BMW.

Sand Dollar Beach in Big Sur

As you venture down the central coast of California in your Bimmer, you’ll want to pull over and spend some time in the rugged, mountainous, and stunningly-scenic section known as Big Sur. Although this national treasure of undeveloped coastline offers many beaches that seem hard to access (either because they are blocked by private properties or require precarious hikes to get to), there are some Big Sur beaches you can access, including Sand Dollar Beach. Located along the southern Big Sur coast about half-way between Cambria and Big Sur Station, the long and wide sandy Sand Dollar Beach offers a nice picnic area and great place to watch hardcore surfers ride the waves. While sand dollars are not ever-present along the shores, you can find some beautiful jade stones and rounded sea rock. This destination on your BMW road trip is perfect for fishing, picnicking, or simply beachcombing – and it’s dog-friendly, so feel free to bring Fido. While there are plenty of diverse places to eat in Big Sur, you’ll want to patronize The Big Sur Bakery. Beloved for their credo to “slow down and come to your senses” you’ll enjoy their fresh, homemade pastries and pizzas.
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