Though most people avoid smoky bars, patrons at Genie Lounge Cafe often come for the smoke. That's because guests aren't smoking cigarettes, but instead puffing on colorful hookahs filled with sweet-smelling, flavored tobaccos. Patrons sip on espresso as they pass around hookah hoses to friends seated on pillow-lined couches, enjoying the combination of flavors woven from drinks, pastries, and the fragrant smoke. On special nights, guests can even watch belly dancers sashay their way through tables to music as exotic and elegant as a zebra in a silk pantsuit.
WLA Grill Cafe's vast menu spans many regional cuisines, from traditional American breakfast fare to Middle Eastern entrees. The café serves breakfast all day, so diners can feast on omelets, pancakes, and breakfast pizzas at midnight, and the kitchen's grill fires up beef koobideh and lamb shanks for dinner or lunch.
Certified massage therapist Erin Warfield Shaffer expresses her belief in holistic approaches to wellness by treating bodies to a detoxifying combination of hands, herbs, and hydrotherapy. Shaffer's four massages range from hot-stone techniques that melt tension in backs to reflexology methods that manipulate the feet in an effort to relieve pain in the rest of the body. She also cleanses bodies with such detoxification rituals as the acupoint session, a massage-like treatment that causes key points in the body to absorb healthy herbs so that clients don't have to sleep on a pile of herb-crusted halibut. The center also concocts custom facials and peels that nourish the skin with hydrotherapy, botanicals rich in Vitamin C, and other organic ingredients.
A connoisseur by birth, Mark Ukra comes from a family of Middle Eastern tea merchants dating back 400 years. Mark, who was dubbed the Tea Doctor by a pair of brew-sipping toddlers, continues in his forebears' footsteps by searching teahouses and stalking wild teapots around the world. He and his wife, Julie, bought the Tea Garden & Herbal Emporium to educate patrons about tea’s health benefits and share its subtle taste in the outdoor zen garden. The venture was a success, and the business has popped up in all sorts of media—The View, The New York Times, and Los Angeles Confidential magazine, to name just a few.
Dr. Tea’s library of more than 50 varieties of loose-leaf teas and more than 60 varieties of Chinese herbs includes award-winning CapaTeano drinks and Chinese herbal tonics. Its earthy blends range from standard Earl Grey, Darjeeling, and jasmine teas to tempting flavors including herbal caramel dream and black-label teas such as the rare Huo Shan Huang Ya tea. During monthly tea tastings, patrons can sip from samples of white, green, oolong, and black teas, followed by discussions of the four tea groups.
At Olivia's Dollhouse Tea Room we create lifetime memories. We are a gir's heaven. How do we know? From the all the shrieks and squeals we hear when girls enter our dollhouse. Moms and dads love us too because their little princesses leave with the biggest smiles on their faces and the fondest memories in their hearts!