There are small, unique pleasures to be had in Los Angeles that might escape the notice of the average Angeleno, much less the average Tourist coming to town for the first time.

This isone of a series of posts highlighting some small, relatively inexpensive things to do, to eat, to try in the greater Southland area. Some of these things you’ll know about. Some of these things may be new to you. Either way, they’ll be in the Tags section (to your right) under “Simple Pleasures”.

And heck, I’m not claiming a totality of all knowledge about these things. If you’ve got a Los Angeles Simple Pleasure, send it along, and we’ll try to put it up in a future posting.

Today’s simple pleasure (and the thing that inspired these posts): Having a Wintermelon Cookie and Tea over in the Chinese Gardens at the Huntington Library.

The Chinese Garden Dining Area.  Looks prettier than that, doesn't it?


The Winter Melon Cookies at the Huntington Library and Gardens.

Coming here, this spot  is very cool way to rest your feet. After wandering around for a mess of time, you hopefully will wind your way to the Chinese Gardens at the far end of the Campus. Nestled in there is a small Cafe that makes…let’s be honest, less than stellar Chinese food.

That’s okay. You’re not there for the Chinese Food, you’re there for the cookie.

For the price of two sawbucks (that’s $10 bucks in non-1940s speak) you can get yourself a nice pot of tea, and a few Wintermelon cookies to sit and idle your time away with.

The tea is not bad.  Even on a hot summer’s day, it’s not bad. But the Cookies are the star of the show. Take a bite, and you’ll suddenly understand where the name Wintermelon came from. It’s not a York Peppermint Patty or anything, but you’ll feel a whole lot better about yourself munching one of these, instead of one of those.



The Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens
1151 Oxford Road
San Marino, CA 91108

Monday holidays: 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Closed Tuesdays.

The Huntington is closed on Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Year’s Day, and Independence Day.

From Memorial Day to Labor Day, The Huntington observes summer hours and is open from 10:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. daily, except Tuesdays. (After Labor Day, hours are 12 noon-4:30 p.m. Mon., Wed., Thurs., Fri.; 10:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Sat., Sun.; closed Tues.)