CityLab Daily: The TikTok Party House Next Door

Bad neighbors: What is it like to live next to social media influencers? Some wealthy Los Angeles residents are finding out the hard way as homes in their neighborhoods increasingly turn into collab houses, or TikTok mansions — so called because they’re rented out by talent management groups and filled with young stars who use them as backdrops for content on the video-sharing platform and similar apps.  

They’re also the target of Mayor Eric Garcetti’s latest crackdown on house parties, writes Patrick Sisson. During coronavirus lockdowns, several of these rented mansions became ad-hoc nightclubs for illegal gatherings, creating tension, anxiety and sometimes violence in affluent neighborhoods. In August, for example, city officials cut utilities to the 8,500-square-foot home known as the Sway House after the TikTok stars living inside were accused of hosting parties “in flagrant violation of our public health orders.” To the dismay of many more wealthy residents in and around Los Angeles, the collab house trend doesn’t appear to be slowing down. Today on CityLab: The TikTok Party House Next Door

-Linda Poon

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Genius hack to prevent kitchen food spills goes viral on TikTok

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TikTok hack claims to prevent kitchen food spills, goes viral

Picture this: Your counter sticky with spilled food. Your dishes caked with drippy residue. Somewhere, an infomercial of your plight plays.

Well, you’ll no longer have to struggle with these issues when cooking, thanks to a TikTok video which extolls the virtues of basic physics in the kitchen.

TikTok user Andrew Gatt has recently gone viral with a video demonstrating how home cooks can avoid kitchen spills after pouring food into another vessel.

To demonstrate the pouring pitfalls, Gatt showed himself pouring scrambled eggs from a bowl into a skillet. He then points to the runoff spilling over the lip of the bowl, which continues to drip.


Gatt, who tipped the bowl to his left, explains if he tips it back to the right — as most people normally would when pouring — “it’s going to drip” on his counter.

However! In a moment of brilliance, Gatt continues turning the bowl to the left, allowing physics to kick in, and the drippings to fall back into the bowl — and not on the counter, or whatever surface is below.

“How old were you when you learned this life hack?” Gatt writes on the video.

The video has been viewed more than 1.2 million times and has nearly 50,000 likes from, assuming, eager kitchen novices.


Now his video can join the pantheon of “mind-blowing” kitchen hacks, like these little-known egg-cooking tricks, or this mom’s “perfect” cheese-cutting technique.

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