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:
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)
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!!!