Awe Chic

January 6, 2011

in beauty, restaurant

I’ve watched the corner of Clinton and Larchmont change businesses every few years. I was there when it was a Korean Day Spa, skipped the Psychic/Tarot card phase, and revisited last night in its newest inception:


Yes, another spa. But this was renovated into a much nicer and friendlier one, offering many more services. They even have a private changing area:


That’s unheard of at most places this cheap -Thai Sabai, Healing Hands, and even my most recent massage at Evolve (valued at $120) have less pomp and circumstance. And none of them have a relaxing waiting space like this:


With treats!!!


I loved the random assortment of goodies – everything from Twinkies to a basket of fresh fruit!


Smuggled some home. I can’t help myself when there is a buffet of any kind.


The massage I got was awe-some (what else do you expect from a place called Awe-Spa?) – for less than $50 total (used a 10% off deal) I got an hour-long shiatsu, which involves lying on a mat and getting my pressure points pushed and poked in the most wonderful way. There are no oils involved, no getting naked. Next time I’m coming back to do a swedish or deep tissue one (which they do on a table) for a more straight-up relaxing experience.

It’s probably the best deal in L.A. right now – so I’d get over there to take advantage – before they raise their prices (or become another psychic/tarot card place). Ask for Tammy, who is adorable and wears Garfield slippers before she stands on your back.

And their coconut macaroons/brownies, by the way, rock!


I ate one of each to tide me over before dinner at Chic Wine Bar.


We drove past this place on Pico a few times and thought it looked like a cool spot to meet friends for dinner.



Cozy + warm – thanks to the free range Rotisserie Chickens cooking (the house specialty)


Neither Abe nor I wound up ordering wine – loved the bottle of chilled cucumber water that the servers attentively kept refilling.


I ordered the infamous chicken, which comes with a generous side of green beans, cauliflower, and mushrooms


Ate all my veggies and half the chicken (removing most of the skin)


It is one terrific bird – moist, tender, and flavorful. I traded bites with Christopher and Kira, who both got the Beef Bourguignon + mashed potato


Been wanting to try this dish since seeing “Julie and Julia” – it didn’t disappoint!


Neither did a sampling of Abe’s Kabocha and Sweet Potato Ravioli in Sage Brown Butter



I had the best deal, though – for $14 I had the largest, tastiest (and cheapest) of all the dishes – with leftovers to boot! Between that and my Awe Spa massage, I scored some big bargains!!!

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1 Andrea@WellnessNotes January 6, 2011 at 10:32 am

A great massage and an awesome dinner! What could be better! Glad your afternoon/evening was so pleasant… :)

2 Sarena (The Non Dairy Queen) January 6, 2011 at 10:35 am

Sounds like you had a great day! Dinner looks delicious!

3 Jamie @ Food in Real Life January 6, 2011 at 10:53 am

A massage sounds SO good right now. And I love knowing that I got the meal on the menu that was the best value :) LOL

4 marites January 6, 2011 at 11:13 am

what a way to pamper yourself…good for you.
specially the massage part…i needed one :(

5 lequan January 6, 2011 at 11:42 am

I will see anyone who sports Garfield slippers as adorable. Even if they were on a big tattoed muscular man, fat chance, but just saying :-D

A great day with awe-some bargains indeed. Abe’s dish is making me hungry!

6 lequan January 6, 2011 at 11:44 am

No “on”. Take out the “on”. Must proof read before hitting publish.

7 Julie (A Case of the Runs) January 6, 2011 at 12:04 pm

I usually fear going to that area of town, particularly for the traffic (I-10), but it looks worth it!

8 Shanna, like Banana January 6, 2011 at 12:30 pm

If I was at the Spa, I’d totally be stocking up on the goodies. YUM!

I need a massage right now..and a facial!

9 lowandbhold January 6, 2011 at 12:54 pm

That sounds like a really cool spa! I’ve never been to one with treats. And the beef dish looks fantastic!

10 Lisa @Thrive Style January 6, 2011 at 1:06 pm

Yum, brownies!

I love shiatsu…it keeps me happy :)


11 Anna @ Newlywed, Newly Veg January 6, 2011 at 1:25 pm

That looks like such a comforting meal!

12 vanillasugarblog January 6, 2011 at 4:14 pm

guess what i’m doing right now? looking for a massage therapist. i need one badly. i’ve put if off long enough. i only wish we had the abundance to choose from here on cape crap. i miss la :-(

13 Walking E January 6, 2011 at 4:30 pm

You ordered the “infamous chicken”? Does it have a reputation or something? ;-)

14 Lynn at The Actors Diet January 6, 2011 at 5:33 pm

yes! they are “known” for their organic free range rotisserie chickens!

15 Cindy January 6, 2011 at 6:40 pm

Damn! I’m reading your blog when I’m hungry. Will I ever learn?!!

16 Jolene ( January 6, 2011 at 7:10 pm

All the dishes look like something I’d pay good money for!!!! Mmmmmm!

17 Nelle @ Living Cliche January 6, 2011 at 7:44 pm

I went to Chic Wine Bar for a friend’s birthday a few months ago. I loved the ravioli. We also got the fried zucchini blossoms and a cheese plate– all scrumptious.

18 Jan Wolterman January 17, 2011 at 5:56 am

Sounds fabulous! I’m planning on visiting LA soon and will be sure to book a massage at Awe Spa. Maybe someday they can open one here in the Midwest. We sure could use it.

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