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CAFÉ DEMITASSE: Coffee House Perfection Near AVA Little Tokyo

Once you settle into your dream apartment in AVA Little Tokyo, you’re going to want to find the perfect coffee shop to recharge, unwind, and familiarize yourself with the locals. Forget Starbucks, Café Demitasse is coffee house perfection.

Caffè macchiato from Wikipedia

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This local coffee shop roasts their own beans, features coffees from around the world and is run by self-proclaimed “coffee geeks turned pro.” Located just a short distance from AVA Little Tokyo, the drinks here are amazing and made by people that truly love what they do. All the coffee is naturally processed with a light and fruity taste and each barista has a signature coffee drink that you can order while they are working. Be sure and try the orange thyme cardamom latte and the mint cubano! Unlike other artisanal coffee houses that go a little crazy with unconventional pairings, Café Demiasse really thinks each flavoring through and comes up with truly exceptional drinks ranging from salted maple rosemary lattes to lavender sipping hot chocolates – wildly considered the best hot chocolate in Los Angeles. In addition to personalized drinks, there is also a fantastic desert menu featuring local treats as well as weekend brunch specials.

Like most places in Little Tokyo, the vibe here is casually cool with a friendly staff. While the size is intimate in nature, they have done a lot with the space and there is plenty of indoor and outdoor seating for you to catch up with friends, meet that OkCupid date, or even get a little work done. Café Demitasse also hosts events, jazz nights, and home brewing and roasting classes for those interested in the coffee arts. Be sure to check out their brew guide and event listings on their website.

Whether you need a little caffeine to get through the day or just want to treat yourself to a delicious artisanal latte, we think Café Demitasse will be your home away from your AVA Little Tokyo home.

Café Demitasse
135 San Pedro St.
Los Angeles, CA 90012
Open 7am to 10pm Monday through Friday. 8am to 10pm on weekends.

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Make Your Own Mochi In Your AVA Little Tokyo Apartment

AVA Little Tokyo has some pretty fantastic outdoor areas to lounge around and entertain in. With mild climates year round and the downtown skyline as a backdrop, there is no better place to enjoy a cold beer or some delicious ice cream. Here is a fantastic and simple recipe for you to make your own mochi ice cream; a popular desert served at so many sweet shops in Little Tokyo. The only ingredients you will need are mochiko (glutinous rice flour), sugar, corn syrup, ice cream, salt and water.

Mochi Ice Cream | Wikipedia

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Mochi Ice Cream Recipe

  • 1 ½ cups mochiko
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 1/3 cups water
  • ¼ cup granulated sugar
  • 2 tablespoons light corn syrup
  • Ice cream

Put mochiko and salt in a bowl and stir well. Combine water, sugar, and corn syrup in a medium sized saucepan and bring to boil. Reduce to a simmer and cook until the sugar is dissolved. This usually takes about 5 minutes. Add the sugar syrup to the mochiko mix and knead until you get a smooth and elastic texture. Using a rolling pin or your hands, flatten the dough and leave it to cool a bit. Once dough is cool enough, cut it into rounds using a bowl or cookie cutter. Place the ice cream of your choice in the center of the mocki rounds. For a nice round mochi, just use an ice cream scoop. Fold and join the edges. Place in freezer until ready to eat!

To get the ingredients, head out to one of the many fabulous markets in the area. We suggest Marukai Market. Located in Weller Court at 123 Astronaut E S Onizuka St., this grocery store has everything from Green Tea Kit Kats to Japanese beauty products. If your DIY experiment goes horribly wrong, you can always head out to Mikawaya in Japanese Village Plaza Mall and try their incredible mochi ice cream flavors. This wonderful sweet shop carries mochi ice cream treats ranging from black sesame to cookies & cream.

However you get your mochi ice cream fix, be sure to enjoy it in style at AVA Little Tokyo!

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Take a Dip at the AVA Little Tokyo Pool & Spa

Taking apartment living to the next level, AVA Little Tokyo is so much more than your average “cool” pad. It’s a stylish, green, urban community that extends from your walls to some pretty exciting social spaces. Whether you want to impress a date under the stars or have a party with your friends, here are just a few of the fantastic amenities within reaching distance to residents of AVA’s newest living space in the heart of Little Tokyo.

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One of the many perks of calling Los Angeles home is experiencing ideal weather year round. AVA Little Tokyo celebrates this with various outdoor community spaces intended to inspire, engage, and relax residents. Savor a cocktail and take a dip in the swimming pool area. Artfully landscaped and surrounded by casual seating, this is the perfect spot to throw a party, meet some of your neighbors, and get a little sun while practicing your backstroke. If swimming isn’t your thing, you can always pamper yourself in the luxurious spa room.

In addition to a pool and spa, AVA Little Tokyo also hosts 3 outdoor courtyards with fire pits for a BBQ and dining areas to socialize in. These are great spots for those California warm summer nights. On the sixth floor deck you can take in the dramatic Los Angeles skyline and do a bit of stargazing. After watching stars in the sky, enjoy some stars on the movie wall or just get cozy near the fireplace while having a nightcap at the social bar.

Wherever your mood takes you, at AVA Little Tokyo you’ll find everything within your reach to live like you want.

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Get Your Nom On In Little Tokyo

Whether you are searching for vegan sushi or roasted bone marrow, residents of AVA Little Tokyo are near some of the best restaurants in the city. Catering to all different tastes and budgets, the options are endless and easily accessible by foot. Here are a just a few delicious eateries to check out in the neighborhood.

Sushi Rolls in Little Tokyo

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Located in Japanese Village Plaza, Fickle and The Sandwich Smith share one space and both offer fresh and seasonal inspired dishes. By day, The Sandwich Smith serves sandwiches, pastries and salads. By night, Fickle caters to contemporary American cuisine with a diverse menu that changes throughout the seasons. Be sure and try the avocado fries and don’t miss the happy hour specials from 5 – 7 PM.

It will come as no surprise that Little Tokyo is home to numerous ramen centric restaurants but Daikokuya is legendary. This cozy ramen bar is wildly popular due to its authentic rich and creamy pork broth. While you wait for a table, be sure and walk a short block to Fugetsu-Do to try some mochi. This family owned sweet shop is considered one of the oldest eating establishments in Los Angeles and makes fantastic deserts.

For those craving a burger and a whiskey, the Escondite is a little bit country and a little bit rock ‘n’ roll. This kitschy western themed bar has live music and a patio with a gorgeous view of downtown Los Angeles. The burgers here are excellent and can also be substituted with vegetarian options. Be sure and come for the happy hour specials from 5 – 8 PM. Cocktails are $4 and craft draft beers are $5.

If you’re searching for a great lunch spot, Spitz serves delicious “street cart style” Turkish fare in a casual and hip environment. “Home of the Doner Kebab”, the wraps and street cart fries here are fantastic and the sangria is always fresh. Make sure to catch some of the DJ nights happening on Fridays and Saturdays.

Finally, there is no shortage of great sushi in Little Tokyo. If you want to go the old school route, Sushi Go 55 has an excellent and shockingly affordable sushi bar. The lunch deals cannot be beat and the happy hour (5:30 – 7 PM) gets you $4 beer and half priced sake. Sushi Gen is a bit more upscale but also has a great lunch deal. You can enjoy a filling sashimi dinner for $15. For vegans and vegetarians, Shojin is perfection. This completely organic, vegan, and macrobiotic restaurant uses tofu and tempeh instead of wheat-based faux meats.

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Making Homemade Ramen at Your AVA Little Tokyo Apartment

Making Japanese style ramen at home is much easier than you think. Living in Little Tokyo you have easy access to many different kinds of delicious ramen. But after a while all those nights of eating out can start adding up. Making ramen at home is affordable and knowing how to prepare it can come in handy if you want to impress your friends at a dinner party. Whether you enjoy miso, shio, or even vegetarian ramen, these following recipes can help you create your own ramen right in the comfort of your AVA Little Tokyo apartment.

Ramen

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For a traditional-style minced pork ramen, check out this recipe from Lady and Pups, which uses white and red miso paste to make a flavorful and spicy miso-broth. The list of ingredients can seem intimidating, but it is super simple to prepare. Serve alongside some steamed edamame or fried chicken to round out the meal. For some of the harder to find ingredients head to Nijiya Market or Marukai, both conveniently located right in Little Tokyo.

Finding good vegetarian ramen recipes can be hard since traditional ramen is made by stewing pork bones and other animal products. But this recipe from Canadian Living offers a great vegetarian alternative to make your own homemade ramen soup. This recipe is largely mushroom based but you can also add in thinly sliced carrots, corn, or even a handful of greens on top. If you are vegan, just omit the eggs. To make this recipe even easier, look for fresh noodle packs in your Japanese grocery store. Just boil them for a few minutes and they are ready to go! There is no need to buy dry ramen especially with the abundance of local Asian markets in and around the downtown area.

If you are looking for a place to get all your ramen bowls, spoons and maybe even a set of chopsticks, try Mitsuwa Market, or Marukai. If all goes well, you should be eating your own homemade ramen in no time at all with these simple recipes. If it didn’t turn out quite how you had planned, don’t worry; try Daikokuya or Orochon ramen which is also located right near your AVA home in Little Tokyo. Both are amazing, and highly rated!

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