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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

LA Weekly