I can't believe they haven't mentioned the best little still independently owned curios & bookshop in the center of Aroma: Portrait of a Bookstore. Always fun to peruse and resasonably priced.
I LOVE THE SMELL OF TUJUNGA IN THE MORNING - 2010
Aroma Coffee and Tea Company
Let 'em have Larchmont. Never mind Melrose. Who needs Montana? Folks who live or hang in the Southeast San Fernando Valley have their own small, fairly well-hidden enclave right near where Tujunga meets Moorpark, a stretch that's leafy, quiet and upscale enough to attract the well-heeled professionals, yoga moms and working screenwriters you might find in those other areas. And the crown jewel of Tujunga is the Aroma Coffee and Tea Company, a former house converted into a very special sort of coffee-tea-and-food place, where the interior feels like a nicely decorated, new-agey bed and breakfast — different cozy rooms, each full of atmospheric well being — and the spacious outdoor grounds feel like some magical garden, surrounded as they are by large trees and tastefully lush patio landscaping. The food — ranging from breakfast quesadilla to New York steak salad with gorgonzola to red velvet cake — is thoughtfully prepared and fairly healthy and the coffee, tea, chai, lattes and smoothies are superb. Aroma's a great place for solo hanging, writing or reading or for any sort of social rendezvous. 4360 Tujunga Ave, Studio City. (818) 508-0677, aromacoffeeandtea.com. —Adam Gropman