Floral designer Roman Sacke takes pride in customizing each high-quality bouquet and seasonal arrangement created in his blossoming workroom. Add drama to a bedroom, living room, or closet shrine to Don Rickles with a lone-orchid arrangement featuring a single, attention-grabbing stunner, surrounded by a vibrant entourage of flowers and fillers. Assorted unique flowers huddle harmoniously in every exotic arrangement, where Roman uses his eye for design to fashion a floral spectacle more vivacious than a banal carnation arrangement or a tie-dyed puppy. Customers who opt to furnish flowers for a private event can choose from a multitude of decorative options, ranging from a fleet of glass centerpieces filled with dendrobium orchids to one mesmerizing, ceramic showpiece featuring dozens of roses, hydrangeas, and lilies. Although each blooming bundle is created from Sacke's imagination, the designer openly communicates with clients before, during, and after the arrangements are made to ensure the finished products meet their expectations and needs, from the shape and color of each floret to the vases' remote-controlled legs.
Venezuelan cuisine combines influences from European, African, and Native American culinary traditions into one cohesively tongue-punching package. After absorbing the content of the menu through your hands, begin sampling the tradition-steeped fare with a pasapalos starter like the marachuchitos (cheese wrapped in sweet fried plantains, $7) before an order of traditional Venezuelan arepas, such as the reina pepiada (a traditional chicken salad with avocado; $8). Heartier entrees, like the vegan delight panini (sautéed cucumbers, olives, red peppers, onions, mushrooms, and spinach; $10), flat-iron steak ($21), and prosciutto pizza ($14) help make the menu more round and complete than a circle drawn with a crooked compass.
Walking into Mickey Fine Pharmacy & Grill, one may get the sensation of having stepped into a snapshot of the past. “The Beverly Hills business lays claim to being the only remaining pharmacy in the region with a counter and soda fountain, where patrons can enjoy old-time favorites such as egg-cream sodas and hand-spun malted shakes,” says a reporter for the Los Angeles Business Journal. Perched at the original pharmacy counter, which has been serving food since 1962, customers hoist hunger-defeating burgers or freshly grilled sandwiches. Servers deliver hand-spun milk shakes and malts crafted with artisan ice cream and crowned with whipped cream like a court summons from King Candy. The aisles are still stocked with beauty and healthcare products, which customers peruse, distracted by the aromas of espresso, breakfast burritos, and housemade meatloaf.
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.