Awe Chic

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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18 thoughts on “Awe Chic

  1. lequan

    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 😀

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

  2. vanillasugarblog

    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 🙁

  3. Jan Wolterman

    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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