Dear God, do yourself a favor -
First, fly to Hawaii. Second, rent a car. Third, drive yourself to Lahaina. Finally, and most importantly, find a table or barstool at Mala Ocean Tavern. The food was delicious, the view breathtaking, the service fantastic and the wine list drool-worthy. A meal here was certainly one of the highlights of our trip.
I've been meaning to try OPLS for many moons, but the one in Redwood City (the most convenient location for me) is consistently packed, which is not a good thing for a girl with little time for lines. But once again the Fate Gods intervened and ~POOF~ OPLS in an obscure location with no line. Of course, this was my chance to indulge and I headed straight in and ordered the Maine Lobster Roll. It was packed with big chunks of yummy lobster and came with a piping hot side of fries. A hot and tasty lunch that satisfied my appetite and my long-lived curiosity about OPLS. Yes, it is as good as everyone says it is and now that I know their secret hideout, I'll be back for more.
For years and years, every time we crossed the hill to Half Moon Bay, we'd pass this local hangout that's nestled at the bottom of the hill just before Highway 1. When in HMB, Hubby and I tend to stick to spots on the water (ignoring the beach at this close range would be simply ludicrous), but on this day we were on our way back over the hill and noticed that Happy Hour had just begun. Clearly, it must have been fate and we didn't want to anger the Fate Gods by not drinking when the calling comes. So like good little lushes, we popped in for some drinks and appies.
The bar was very busy but we managed to wrangle a few seats near the end. The bartender was very friendly and attentive. I had wine and Hubby had tequila something or other. We also had the wings and some Ahi appie. Both were quite good. We chatted a bit with the locals who, like many local bars, were a bit standoffish, but polite enough that we didn't feel completely unwelcome.
An hour in, the Fate Gods were happy and so were we. We said adieu to the Flying Fish and headed back over the hill, this time with the knowledge that if fate ever brought us this way again, the Flying Fish would be a good place to spend Happy Hour.
Okay, if a friend or relative comes into town and says they want to spend the day in San Francisco as a tourist, the next thing out of their mouths is usually Fisherman's Wharf. Being a native California girl, I grew up with my Dad taking us to FW every time anyone new would come to town. We'd wander the streets in search of that perfect bowl of chowder and some fresh crab. Now it's my turn to play host and secretly I'm excited anytime I get this opportunity. It brings back all of those childhood memories and let's me eat some really terrific food. But now that the pocketbook is a bit bigger, instead of just browsing the chowder vendors, we make a special lunch trip to Scomas for some truly fantastic food and great service.
They have lunch specials that are under $20 that Hubby and Sis tried. Sis had the Crab and Shrimp Louie and said she had never seen a Louie with so much seafood on it. Piles of fresh shellfish that was stunningly delicious. Hubby had the Fish & Chips, but wasn't crazy about them. I had the Salmon and Shrimp Alfredo which had a light and lovely sauce that wasn't too heavy and really hit the spot. Delicious!
The wine list is packed full of fabulous wine to go along with everyone's meal and we enjoyed a fine bottle of red.
So the next time a friend comes to town and asks to play tourist at Fisherman's Wharf, don't cringe - indulge!! Scoma's is the way to recharge your energy before wandering the streets of San Francisco.
Hubby and I decided to play in Mountain View this holiday weekend and were lured into Steins by its terrific location, open air doors, lovely bar and patio. We sat at the bar which had 12 people and 3 bartenders. With that kind of ratio you'd expect stellar service. Not here. After 20 minutes of waiting, we finally flagged down one of the three bartenders who were busily chatting with the other staff. Another 15 minutes before we got our drinks. 15 more minutes to order food, which came out fast but was ice cold and didn't have the sauce that was supposed to come with it. Another 10 minutes to get the sauce. Two drinks and an order of cold truffle fries come to $35?
In a nutshell:
Slow, expensive and terrible food.
I've been coming here for years and love it. The guys are always friendly and get me right in. They always find me the best deals on any tire and the service is exceptional. I've never used them for auto repair, but if you need tires, this is the place to come.
I was desperate for food and stopped here. It was clean and the drive thru was busy. It's been many years since I set foot into a Carl's Jr. and the menu has changed a lot. There were very few vegetarian options, so I ended up with the Taco Salad. (It's a long story about the vegetarian thing...) The salad was pretty basic and boring, and the salsa bar was empty. I told the nice boy behind the counter and he said he would refill it, but that didn't happen. A good dose of indigestion afterwards made me swear off Carl's Jr. until I can eat burgers again. Or maybe I'll try the fries next time.
This is the place to be before or after your favorite shows in Ashland. Located conveniently right off the bricks next to the theatres, Martino's has a terrific selection of tasty food and beverages. There's seating out back on the patio, on the balcony overlooking the street in front, or inside. As a long-time Ashland icon, Martino's holds a loving place in my heart and I look forward to many, many more happy times here spent with good friends, good food, good theatre conversation and don't forget the wine.
Hubby and I were looking for a good Happy Hour and stumbled upon this little corner that had several bars, all welcoming us for some cheap drinks on a lazy afternoon. We chose Life's A Beach because of the open air seating, live tunes and friendly staff. Speaking of friendly, they welcome all dogs. The food isn't bad either. Hubby and I chose tacos and washed them down with plenty of cold beer. Life's A Beach is the perfect place to pull up a bar stool and have a few drinks while enjoying local conversation and good music. Aloha!
Someone must have read my last review because the food has really stepped up. Hubby and I ordered a bunch of different dishes last week and all of them were good, some were downright delicious. In fact, the garlic noodles were so phenomenal that we're getting three orders tonight - thoroughly addicting! Honestly, I could live off of these noodles. We also ordered the Mongolian Beef which was well-spiced and nicely cooked. The Hunan Lemon Shrimp did nothing for me and Pierre's has spoiled me with their Ma Po Bean Curd, but overall we were very pleased with our dinner.
Thanks Oceanic for reading the signs on the wall and bringing up your game. See you tonight!!
Out of all of the places to really feel the party on Maui, Mulligan's is the spot. Great drinks, lots of happy people, TVs everywhere you look, live entertainment and good food. We had so much fun hanging out and talking with the locals. They were celebrating in true Scottish style with bagpipe players marching through playing loudly. It was really fun. Unfortunately, I had to bump this fun place down to three stars because of the one grumpy bartender who kept forgetting our drinks and then snapped at me when I asked after an extended period of time if he had forgotten our food order. He growled, "115 people all ordered fish and chips at the same time." This was a slight exaggeration since there was only about 40 people in the bar at the time and most of them already had food. An hour and a half later we get our order of fish & chips. It wasn't because they were too busy making them for all of the orders. He forgot to get them. The other bartender finally noticed that we had never gotten our food, got an order from the kitchen and took it off of our tab.
I will say that when we finally got the food, it was good. Will we go back? Hell yeah! It was a totally fun place. We'll just make sure to order from the other two bartenders instead of the grumpy, forgetful one.
Love this Pilot. It's clean, the gas is reasonably priced and the people are very nice. The long lines moved fast and the girl at the checkout asked me if I wanted to join the Pilot program to get discounts and earn rewards. It's free and if you travel a lot like me and stop at the nice Pilot stations often, it's worth it. You get discounts on food at whatever restaurant is in that Pilot station too. Now that's a deal!
Yeah, yeah. I know. It's cheesy. It's a chain. They have them in tourist areas. But you have to admit that the Cajun Shrimp Bucket is to die for! I could eat those tender little morsels all day and all night. Just thinking about them makes my mouth water. **drool**
And this particular BGSC has open air windows to the ocean on the Maui shoreline with views that will give you an appetite for bikinis, surfboards and gentle waves. So what if it's a cheesy chain? I love it!!
As many of you may know, I love oysters. No, I mean I REALLY love oysters. And this place knows how to make oysters. They are fresh, they are tasty and they are the best oysters I've ever eaten in my life. Seriously. We had the Rockies and they were heavenly. Well, I could go on for hours about how delicious these Rockies were, but why? Just go yourself and find oyster heaven. And while you're there browse their fabulous wine list, enjoy the talented bartenders and partake in spirited conversation with locals and travelers alike. It's worth the drive.
Alaska Airlines goes to all the places I love - Disneyland, Hawaii and Canada being the most frequent - and spontaneously has really good deals getting to each of these locals. For instance, I just went to Maui for under $300 round trip. My last vaca to Canada, same thing. Okay, so their flights to Disneyland aren't the greatest, but two out of three ain't bad. The flight attendants are not too grumpy, but not overly friendly either (hence the four out of five stars). The food is okay too. I had a beef teriyaki on the way back from Maui that was okay. The flight wine is not bad at all - in fact, their red blend is quite delicious.
Overall, I think Alaska Airlines is great compared to the likes of United, but they can also learn a little something from Virgin. Aloha!
Without a doubt, the best ride in Disneyland. Quite often the longest line in the park and well deserved. For something so simple, it's a ride that brings out the childhood memories in each of us and that deep-seeded desire to always remain a child. I don't know about everyone else, but I'll never grow up!! Long live Peter Pan!!
Hold on! For those reviewers that had anything bad to say about this hotel, you kids are expecting WAY too much bang for your buck. It's a Motel 6 that's super cheap, super cute, super clean and walking distance to Disneyland. Don't expect it to be a Ritz Carlton for under $100/night. Okay, now that I've gotten that out of the way, here's my review.
The teenager and I usually stay at the chic Hilton Anaheim Convention Center. Seeing how it was just after Christmas and a quickie trip before Hawaii, we decided to save a few dollars and look for a cheaper hotel. This Motel 6 seemed nice, so we booked it. I'm thrilled that we did. From the fabulous front desk service to the fun little gift shop, this is the nicest Motel 6 I have ever seen. The remodeled rooms were comfortable and functional, with flat screen TVs, cubbies for the clothes and towels, and a little fridge. The beds were pretty comfy. There's a pool and hot tub, both spotless. The parking lot is large and easily accessible from all of the rooms. There's room service from several of the local restaurants. You read right - room service at the Motel 6! The food wasn't outstanding, but it didn't suck and was reasonably priced. Free Wi-Fi and good movie channels round out all of the positive things at this motel.
Just like any other Motel 6, the blankets are thin (we brought a few extra), the towels are tiny and not very soft (we brought our own) and the pillow cases are rough (didn't bring these, but will next time). Otherwise, it was a lovely room and just perfect for a quickie weekend at Disneyland.
With a few comforts brought from home, this is the perfect hotel for Disneyland "on the cheap." Just remember, even though it doesn't look like a Motel 6, it still is. If you don't expect The Ritz for $60/night, you won't be disappointed.
17/100 - This is my Dad's favorite haunt, so of course it was the restaurant of choice for the landmark sibling birthdays. When we sat down at the table, the first thing we noticed were the custom menus hailing the special birthdays. That was a big surprise and made for a nice keepsake. We brought our own wine, but a glance over the menu showed that the wine list was very well rounded. As for the food, I didn't fall in love with the Rockies, but the steak and lobster was done very well. The lobster was perfectly cooked and gave me that melt-in-your mouth moment that all lobster lovers need. Yummy lobster dunked in melted butter that drools down the side of your face. Okay, so I'm not the daintiest eater when it comes to shell fish. You gotta live a little! The steak was cooked perfectly as ordered and was juicy (yes, the face got messy again) and tender. My only complaint was that the service was a bit slow, but overall we really enjoyed ourselves.
Of course, it was Yelp that directed Hubby and me to this lovely little restaurant. The minute you walk through the door you are transported into another time - a time of simpler food and happy people who care only about a laugh and a good meal. The wait staff was so friendly, more like they were our long time neighbors than people we just met. The menu is lean with all of the best foods for a steakhouse. The meat is as lean as the menu. Hubby and I are both picky beef eaters, but we came away from our meal with big smiles, full stomachs and looking forward to coming back again for the nice people and fabulous food.
La Honda Winery is buried in an odd section of Redwood City that's mostly industrial with a smattering of funky residential back roads. The warehouse is large, open and decorated with a tasteful touch. Hubby and I came here for a holiday party which was a huge success. The caterers did a splendid job on the food and the wine was quite complementary. They were pouring a couple of Cabs that were delicious, but a bit pricier than expected for the taste of the wines. I didn't try their whites, but was told that they were tasty. They have a wine club, but I didn't join because of their limited selection of wines and my preference for "red only" wine shipments, which they don't offer.
Tastings are by appointment only, but you can get on their mailing list to be invited to special events, which happen at least once a month.
Hubby and I found this rockin' lobster shack through a Yelp deal a few years back and it has been a frequent destination of ours ever since. Although this is a new location closer to home (thanks guys!!) they have the same great deals on fresh lobster, delicious crab, scallops that are so big and sweet that you'll think they came from outer space, and a host of other goodies that will keep the shellfish lover in you happy for hours. They fly in their seafood fresh daily and it shows in the taste. Forego that local Fish Market - their goods are old and frozen. These boys (and girls) sell fresh shellfish at extraordinary prices. Get on their email list to hear about their specials - like $5 lobsters! They have so many sizes of lobsters, it's hard to choose who to bring home with you. The 5-6 ounce are perfect for the BBQ, but the live lobsters ringing in at a whopping 3 pounds are perfect for a group lobster feast!!
They also have a kitchen where they serve up a huge variety of shellfish delights. Grab a sammie and head outside to bask in the sun at one of their picnic tables and enjoy one of the finest lobster rolls around. They come in all different flavors. And for these lobsters, you don't even need a bib!!
Call ahead to order for parties and if you don't know how to prepare that perfect lobster, they'll cook it up and have it waiting for you. What more could you ask for? Pass the butter, please!!
One of the really fun things about Disneyland is seeing all the shows. The Aladdin show happens to be my family's favorite. Although the songs and characters remain the same with each performance, the writers are constantly changing the script to bring new jokes and new life to the production. That's important in a long running show such as this one. The new material keeps the audience coming back for more, no matter how many times they've seen the show. The acting and singing are solid and the staging of the animated characters is creative and believable. The theatre is comfortable and fits a large quantity of people, but it can be scary for anyone with a height phobia. The stadium seating has quite a slant to it! They offer seating for those that can't climb stairs or need to use a wheelchair. The staff is very helpful for those in need.
So the next time you're at Disney's California Adventure, don't just pass by the theatre thinking that the rides are the only attraction that will bring a thrill to your blood and a song to your heart. Aladdin awaits!!
I love writing updates that bring up low reviews to better reviews, but even love it more when I can bring up a one star review to four stars. As you can see from my first review, CIMS had a long hill to climb to come out of their hole, but climb they have and the service has really turned around. Happily, they are now staffed with professional people, like Lisa Masterson, who are organized, respectful and really on the ball. Thanks for listening CIMS.
I didn't know what to expect when walking into the Animation Academy, but after a half hour lesson in how to draw a Disney character, I walked out with a pretty good rendition of Tigger drawn by my own, two little hands. I'm not an artist, but the instructor made drawing so easy that anyone can do it. They take you through step by step, using basic shapes and strokes like triangles and circles, and make it all so easy. I can't wait to go back again to see who I get to draw next.
How can you not love someplace called Liquid Assets? With a dazzling menu that boasts such items as delectable pate and lovely cheeses, top that off with a huge assortment of terrific wines and you have a wine bar that commands attention. I ate until I was ready to pop and drank until I stumbled back to the hotel. I was having such fun that I didn't want to leave. Gotta love a bartender with a sense of humor.
If you love good wine and good food, head here for a little, or a lot, of both.
Cheap and good. From what I understand, Umi is the new kid in town. The service was fast and the food was delicious. I had the veggie curry bowl and it was way more than I could eat. At $7.00, a filling and healthy bargain. This is the perfect place to come before seeing a show. I was with a large group and they accommodated us easily.
Massage Envy is a chain of massage therapy salons that focuses on people who need massage for injury, stress or just sore muscles. They supply a low-frills, low-cost, get-down-to-business and fix your problems massage. All of their therapists are highly qualified and if you tell them what kind kind of massage you want (sports, deep tissue, light, stress) they'll pair you with the right therapist for your needs. They also offer memberships where you can get a big discount for frequent massages. Ask for Alex and she'll tell you all about your membership options. She is very knowledgeable about their therapists and the different membership programs.
If you're looking for a massage that's thorough and comes at a reasonable price, give a call to Massage Envy and they have enough therapists that can probably work around your busy schedule.
TIP: There are several good restaurants in the same mall in case you need sustinence.
Here is a BIG FAT shout out to my buddy Shivam who quickly became my favorite car rental agent in the Bay Area. He always takes care of my rental car needs and does it with a smile. This location is so obscure and a somewhat recent discovery, but after three rentals, it's my go-to place for a car. Close enough for easy access and a decent selection of vehicles. Not to mention Shivam, car rental specialist extraordinaire!
See you soon, honey!!
Yeah, yeah...not ~another~ Starbucks review. Really, this Starbucks needs the publicity. It's a little out of the way, but still gives the same great service and all of the Starbucks products we've all grown to love. So if you find yourself in this neck of the woods and in desperate need of an espresso, pop in!!
Hubby and I spent a lot of evenings warming up for dinner at the Luana Lounge. Every night they had a guitar player serenading the guests with local tunes that one would expect on their Hawaiian vacation. The bartenders and wait staff were always attentive and really went out of their way to make sure your vacation was the best vacation possible. My favorite spot was a little couch off to the side where you could comfortably sit and watch the crowd. A must-stop place for Happy Hour or after-dinner drink.
I don't know about anyone else, but when I go to have blood drawn, I'm not very excited. It's usually a long wait in a stuffy room with grumpy people, only to end with some mean person coldly stabbing your arm, sucking out your lifeblood and sending you on your way. Well, this lab is not like that at all. They have a greeter that kindly gives you a number and a free parking pass (are your listening Stanford with your paid parking?). There's a large HD TV that usually has some interesting program (like Anderson Cooper) to keep you busy while you wait. When your number is called, the check-in staff is always so sweet. The wait is short to get you in and most of the techs have been there for years (this last one was working at Mills for 11 years). She talks to you while she draws your blood to make things a bit more comfortable and she doesn't hurt at all.
If you have to have blood drawn, the wait time is reasonable, and the people here are caring and professional. It may be an older building, but who cares how pretty the surroundings are when you're being treated like a human being instead of just another lab order?
If you're going to paradise, why not go in style? The Fairmont Kea Lani is as good as it gets. Every room is a large and luxurious suite, with a bathroom bigger than my kitchen that includes a five-person, walk-in shower and glorious bathtub, multiple pools with water slide (for adults too), a swim-up bar, private beach, amazing restaurants, impeccable staff and a location that is to die for! To say our stay here was anything but five stars would be a lie. I never wanted to leave!! In fact, I loved it so much, I offered to mop floors just to stay. *sigh* Hubby promised we could come back and come back we will.
The Fairmont Hotels are known for being special, but add a touch of the Hawaiian Islands and, like me, you'll never want to leave.
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San Mateo, CA, Vereinigte StaatenYelper seit
Juni 2010Dinge, die ich mag
Flashing mean people, eating anything but okra, blowing bubbles at stoplights, singing nonsense.Hier bin ich häufig anzutreffen
All the world is my stageMein Blog oder meine Website Wenn ich nicht gerade yelpe, dann ...
I'm writing about romance because it's funny.Warum du meine Beiträge unbedingt lesen solltest
I'll be honest, even if it hurts.Meine zweitliebste Website
How could anyone pick just one??Was ich zuletzt gelesen habe
"Collective Dating" by VB Leghorn (yes, me)Mein erstes Konzerterlebnis
Black Sabbath, Heart and Boston on HalloweenMein Lieblingsfilm
Sushi or chili dogs or chili dogs smothered with raw fishErzähl's nicht weiter, aber...
My belly button is three degrees warmer than the rest of my body.Meine neueste Entdeckung
That really cute guy with that really amazing body. You know the one.