I'll admit, I get my Big Mac craving from time to time and venture into my familiar childhood institution. This particular one is especially shinny with a fresh newness. I know, a fast food establishment doesn't come close to the freshness and uniqueness of many trendy "mom and pop" shops, but there's a history here that deserves its own kind of rating. With that said, I'm willing to give any McDonald's a 4 or 5 star rating. Unfortunately, at this one, even with the upgrades of the drive-thru and a new building from scratch, it lacked in speed, which is kind of the point of "fast food." After waiting, stuck in the drive-thru for over 25 minutes, I started to wonder how the "fast" part was failing? Not one, but three separate cars held up the eight+ behind them. Usually orders that are slower for whatever reason are asked to move to the side. That would make sense. But instead, everybody just waited.... and waited. And that kind of ruins the taste of your food by the time you get it, history or not. Cars behind me honked. The car in front of me was so mad, they took off as soon as it cleared - without their food. So that makes me wonder if the problem is on the inside? Are staff not adequately trained? Usually, this would cause me to give a place an even lower rating than 3 stars. So while the wait was ridiculously long, nostalgia wins out here, so I'll add a star for that, especially since the food was basically as I remembered it 30 years ago. But how much better would it have been if I wasn't made late to my next appointment?
This is a really nice little place! The hot stone massage was wonderful! All rooms are private. It's clean with soothing background music playing. And of course, given the location and many competing massage places, it's very reasonable in price. You even save a little money if you go on weekdays before 2 PM and pay cash. They have their own little area for parking off the side street just west of their site.
Welcome to Pasadena! Thank you for my ?cilantro chicken sandwich; it was delicious! The warm chicken was moist and seasoned well. The focaccia bread was fluffy and flavorful. I meant to eat only half, but couldn't help myself and ate the whole thing ?As for beverages... I had to try all the unique craft sodas before finally settling on the watermelon lemonade. But the taste testing was fun. I look forward to trying your other dishes in the near future.
Chicken is good. Speed of service or rather, lack thereof, is maddening! Time and again, I WAIT at this particular Popeyes. Today was the final straw. I waited in place for at least 15 minutes in the drive through, meaning: not one car moved for 15+ minutes. There were 3 cars ahead of me. And this was not even a busy day with specials. Finally a worker came out to throw something in the dumpster. I asked, "why the wait?" He said there's a line inside. Well, I couldn't wait any longer, so I drove away. But on my way out, I looked through the window to see only 2 people inside. If this is their idea of a "line," there are some serious issues here. I've been inside, too, in the past, thinking it would be faster... not at all. And yes, only one person in front of me then. My friend also came here several other times and she had the same sad experience time and again. Strong suggestion to management... some new training is sorely needed here!
This little hole in the wall with an unfortunate name, is my go-to place for finger foods on the run or for a picnic. But be warned, lines for the take-out service can get long and the small parking lot can get packed! I just park on the street for $.25/30 min. if theres's a spot. Perhaps they can institute a 10 items or less lane so one order doesn't hold everyone up? Even though they have a 'B' rating on the window, I must say, I like this little "greasy spoon." I just keep telling myself, 'B' is for better and besides, what good dive isn't a "B?" You certainly can't beat the price. And the taste... is pretty darn good. It's dim sum in Chinatown, after all. And trust me, it's cleaner than many vendors I've tried in China!
Nestled in a cute town of many choice dining spots is B Sweet, the perfect ending to any meal. The halo halo is legit here (an icy delight)! I went with two Filipino friends and they confirmed. It had all the right ingredients (can you say ube!?), was so good and a good size, at $8. I just wished they had more traditional items, like mocha cake, breads and the like. But I understand, they can't do it all. But there were some unique items that I did not try, like the ube cheesecake and the halo (not to be confused with "halo halo") which is basically a doughnut with ice cream in the center (um, yum! ube everywhere, among other ice cream choices)... so I'll be back to try the rest.
At the family-owned Rainbow, you won't only find great greens (and so much more) at an affordable price, but you also get excellent service. Elton, one of the sons, found me somewhat lost among my choices. But with patience, he helped me and my 10-year-old find just the right plant for our shady porch. He really wanted to understand what I was looking for and gave wonderful advice along the way (he knows his stuff), even for an over-priced money tree I bought just the day before from another vendor. I could have saved about $10 on that same tree ($25 instead of $35)! Next time, I know where to go, straight to Rainbow. Make sure you check in with Yelp and receive your 10% discount, like the cherry on top of an already guaranteed deal (literally, they'll match the price if you find lower.) So visit this gem and you won't be disappointed.
Totally radical class! My girlfriends and I had a wonderful time learning about fresh seasonal foods, cooked in a simplistic manner with wonderfully creative flavors. We added fresh turmeric and leeks to soup, baked radishes to a salad, fresh oyster mushrooms to risotto, and baked beets to a chocolate dessert. Not only was it easy, but encouragingly fun and oh so tasty! We also learned things along the way, like an easy way to cut onions and how to make kale less bitter... and all this within 2 hrs. In the end, we had an amazingly healthy and delicious meal that I felt I could replicate on my own. Nina, our teacher was sweet, patient and knowledgeable. I appreciated her laid back attitude and careful preparation for us to make the cooking time easy and the kitchen less intimidating. Thank you! I will be back for their parent/child class with my 5th grade son who enjoys helping in the kitchen.
Though a small place, a hole in the wall, really, you'll get a great massage (if you don't mind a firmer touch.) ?But make sure to call for an appointment. Sometimes you can get lucky earlier in the day and get a masseuse who's free, but I'd rather be safe than sorry and not have to wait longer than I'd like. The price is right. There are a good number of choices with prices ranging from $20 on up (I personally like the 90 min for $35.) Don't forget to tip well! I'd suggest $10+ cash, not the typical 15-20% because the price is already so low (be generous for goodness sake; they work hard!) The people are friendly and the place is clean. They also take credit card, but for a $1. Finally, make time to find parking, just in case their 2 spots off the main street side are ?taken. The larger lot in the back is for other businesses (security guard there will remind you of this.) All in all, don't expect a "Burke William" here, but if you just want to loosen up some knots, this hits the spot (pun totally intended.)
It took me years, but I was so happy to finally find this space to dance and to find my people - dancers of all ages! Many studios cater to children only, and that's great, definitely a need there! But as an "older" dancer in my 40s, who can still shake it, tho' in limited degrees, I've kept an eye out for a place for me, too. I wanted classes where young professional dancers could keep in step while pseudo professionals and more serious dancers from the past (like me) could also join in, be challenged and have fun. My background was in jazz, hip hop and contemporary, so Athletic Garage is perfect! With even more new styles of dance, fantastic teaching, excellent choreographers from people in the industry and plenty of night classes, any dancer can get their fix. And if you dabbled in dance at any time, this place is also fitting with Zumba and beginning hip hop classes and so much more for the newer dancer; it's never too late to start. There's even a scholarship program here for those who want more intense training. I used to drive to the very popular studios in Hollywood, but I love AG because it's more laid back, fewer crowds and better parking! AG has been serving our community (east of showbiz city) for decades. Support it so it can go for many more.