Twice each day, JJ Tea House's baristas brew tea. They serve it poured over ice and will stir in milk, tapioca beads, and flavors such as lychee or strawberry by request. There are a slew of specialty drinks for guests to sip: avocado smoothies, Oreo milkshakes, and green-apple yogurt are just a few examples.
The spot's cooks also prepare snacks such as egg rolls, mini corn dogs, and rice plates with minced pork or slices of sausage. Operated by a group of self-professed WiFi junkies, JJ Tea House is an inviting place to curl up with a laptop and surf the Internet complimentarily.
Le Arbre Tree House is a relaxing retreat for thirsty taste buds to rejoice in a bevy of beverages and Taiwanese-inspired delicacies. Snuggle into the bright, cozy surroundings with a flower mist ($4.80+), which combines dried tea leaves and flowers for a lighter tea taste; a caffeine-free cocktail ($3.80+) of ice blended with selected fruit concentrates; or a traditional boba milk tea ($4.30+), made frequently throughout the day to keep every sip soul warming. Picky pouts can request a customized drink by one of the talented tea baristas whose skills are renowned throughout the realm of parched throats and unsettled nerves. Stomachs can also be amply satisfied via Taiwanese-style dishes such as seaweed fish sticks ($4.80) or sausage rice ($7.80), served with traditional and spicy sausage and a choice of two toppings: hot, sauté, garlic, or wasabi.
The first Kee Wah Bakery appeared in Hong Kong in 1938, where its moon cakes, bridal cakes, and other pastries gradually generated a loyal clientele. In 1985, when much of that clientele had migrated to the United States, Kee Wah set down new roots in LA to offer its signature floury goods to Californians. Patrons pick from egg tarts, crispy squares, and pineapple crust buns using a self-serve bakery system, which is refilled with fresh breads baked three times a day. During the autumn, when the Chinese Lunar Festival is in full swing, the bakery churns out moon cakes filled with lotus seed and red-bean paste. The shop's three locations in the San Gabriel Valley—Monterey Park, San Gabriel, and Rowland Heights—help meet the demand for Chinese wedding cakes and almond cookies throughout the valley.
The leaf-savvy baristas at Tenju Tea House craft a variety of tea and tea-fusion beverages steeped to order with loose tea leaves hailing from around the world. Black, green, herbal, and other specialty blends release their aromatic flavors beneath steaming pours of water, infusing libations such as milk teas, iced teas, and traditional hot concoctions with natural ingredients that bolster health like a romantic jacuzzi session with a beloved multivitamin. Toasty bagel sandwiches, hot dogs, and savory Japanese snacks fill out the café's menu, each made to order for noshing on the go or while surfing the free WiFi from an array of Asian-inspired seating.
Inside The James Robert Salon, stylist Tangie Probert chats with clients to determine their hair needs and wants. Armed with this information, the seven-year styling veteran is able to snip strands, add highlights or color, and arrange hair into flattering styles.