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Cloaked behind the hidden fourth O in the Hollywood sign, Yamashiro was completed in 1914 as a hilltop mansion for the Bernheimer Brothers' priceless collection of dragon eyebrows and other Asian treasures. The building replicates an unassailable palace built high in the clouds above Kyoto, Japan. This perfect transmission extends through the lavish gardens, polished teak construction, and hand-whittled koi lazing in their clear, cold pond. Yamashiro has hosted some of the glitteriest of the glammed, the cigar smoke from Hollywood's Golden Age still lingering in the rafters while tales of intrigue, desperation, and seduction continue to stalk the silk-papered corridors. The professional staff at Yamashiro is particularly deft at applying emergency romance balm, slyly seating you and your semi-estranged at a window table overlooking the city with a half bottle of champagne or wine ($20+).
Novel Cafe puts an elegant twist on the café experience—the tastes are always sophisticated, organic, and internationally inspired. Crisp salads arrive topped with grilled chicken and candied walnuts or roasted beets and goat cheese. Wraps are rolled with black beans and housemade pico de gallo or seared ahi tuna and wasabi spread. Some locations even serve dinner entrees, including roasted duck and rib-eye steaks, as well as microbrews and imported beers on tap. Espresso drinks, freshly squeezed juices, and organic, imported coffee and tea are on hand, too, to complement the eclectic flavors.
Each morning, the artisan bakers at Whole Food For Life carefully craft fresh confections, filling the adjoining grocery store with the sweet smells of miniature cakes and pastries. Guests can create an eclectic dozen of toteable desserts––¬¬such as cappuccino cake, black-forest cake, or caramel-walnut cake––which are the perfect size for sating small cravings or stashing in your pocket to sate future ones. Tortes also abound and come flecked with berries, apricots, chocolate, and vanilla. Or hunker down with an 8-inch cake, which appeases larger, more cylindrical appetites, and sports flavors such as vanilla, chocolate, or mocha.