Almost Tea Totalled


Yipes!  I made myself a nice pot of chai at work.   Poured a cup and then got up to retrieve a document from the group printer.

When I got back the cup was only half full, so I poured it to the top again.

Then I saw that the saucer was full of tea!  Leaned over and slurped while I lifted the dripping cup.  The bowl had a big crack from the base to the rim.  I’ve cracked tea cups before, yes, but never had one go quite so surprisingly bad.

Crisis averted, as you can see– but just barely.


Antipasta and I Try the New Menu at Aroma Coffee & Tea — Mmmm.


Yes, this sandwich is as big as it looks.  Luckily, it’s filled with quality ingredients.

Meet Aroma Coffee & Tea Company‘s lobster club.  Yes, I said lobster club.

Antipasta and I had our bi-weekly writer’s date at Aroma.  We disassembled this sandwich in order to eat it, opting to eat it as one thick baconed BLT  and one serving  of tasty lobster on toast.   I swear I was going to get the Caesar salad on the side, but when the nice man behind the counter said garlic fries, I got a little tipsy and ordered them.  They were crisp and tasty, though not as garlicky as I like.

I admit that this plate was mostly  mine as Antipasta had lunched at the normal time.  I’d gone online to check out Aroma’s menu and decided it was worth waiting till around 3 in the afternoon.   They haven’t always had a full menu, so if you haven’t been lately, you  haven’t been.

They still have massive and fabulous sharable desserts and great coffee.  I had a cinnamon vanilla latte and Antipasta had a gingerbread chai.  Both well balanced and not-too-sweet.  Those of you who know how simply I’ve been eating lately know that this was a big blow out…I only did it to make Antipasta happy as we were celebrating her birthday.

Not as exciting as the Catalina Zipline Eco-Tour she took over the weekend, but we do what we can.


Aroma is really unique and lovely.  This is the view from our table along the right side (as you enter from the street) of the old house it’s housed in.  One room is dedicated to  Portrait of a Bookstore, which offers books, jewelry and interesting gift items.  I am planning to go back this holiday season to sample more from Aroma’s customizable menu (you can order that lobster, or steak or lots of other sides in an omelet or added to one of their signature salads…yum!) and shop the Tujunga Village shops clustered on the same block.

I stopped in two or three little boutique-ish clothing shops and found the prices weren’t crazy and the staff very friendly.  Bought one of those cute knit sweaters with the uneven hem that are so flattering and trendy right now.   Kind of like this one.

The only downsides to a visit to Aroma are:

1) The parking, which is all on the street and metered at a dollar an hour (bring quarters!) along Tujunga.  If you’re willing to walk a little, it’s free a few blocks away on Tujunga and on some of the neighboring side streets.

2) Food and drink orders are taken in a cramped little room where it’s easy for customers to unwittingly cut in line.  You are given your drinks, your pastry and a number to take to your table.  Getting out of the little foyer without spilling my drink or someone else wasn’t easy, especially since I was carrying a slightly large bag that people kept knocking into.

That said, I really do recommend this place.  We had a nice relaxed time on the heated outdoor patio and I lingered a little longer to write more on a piece I started as an exercise with Antipasta.