Christine Y.'s Profile
I ordered a roast beef signature sandwich which turned out just okay. Little too heavy on the mustard. Also, the meat was good, but sliced very thick. If you compare my roast beef sandwich with the other one posted in the photos, there's a big difference between what i was expecting, and what I got. My sandwich bread was crying out for more filling. Also, I feel cheddar is essential to a roast beef, but they ran out and I had to pick another cheese.
The bell pepper was a great addition to the sandwich, though. I liked that it was pressed and cheese melted.
The menu selection and restaurant interior were nice. TBH, I think I can get more bang for my $7.50 elsewhere. On to the next sandwich shop to try!
I did the PADI Open Water Certification Referral Program with Seas the Day Scuba and had an amazing experience! They were able to accommodate my schedule on short notice, and I was pleasantly surprised to find my bf and I were going to have classes and pool sessions privately taught by Ana. Ana is a wonderful instructor; she is so passionate and knowledgeable about scuba, and shares great stories! I instantly felt at ease with her, which is very important when you are trusting someone to teach you how to function underwater! Ana was extremely patient and explained goals and expectations very clearly. She was so nice to take underwater photos and video for us - photos we will cherish for a long time!
The pool sessions are very convenient because they take place right around the corner from the shop. Seas the Day has reserved pool times at a local high school, so there are not other people distracting students from learning.
Casey, the owner, was very generous and set us up with booties, fins, and weights belonging to staff members, so that we would not have to buy those items right off the bat. We did purchase our masks and snorkels, and received a 15% discount for being students. I was very impressed with the variety of scuba gear and accessories available, right down to underwater lights and camera gear. These guys are serious, and I have no doubt they deserve their five star PADI dive shop rating.
Overall, we received a TREMENDOUS value with Seas the Day Scuba. The level of personal attention and expertise we received was truly appreciated. They have my wholehearted A+ recommendation to family and friends!
I was very happy with Oscar's service. Having run a small business for a year now, I recognize the effort it takes to provide great customer service, which Oscar does. I needed one room cleaned and Oscar's price was $60, the lowest quote I received. He was available the very next day at a time which worked great for my schedule. He and his cousin arrived right on time, and were very helpful with moving furniture out of the room. They gladly accommodated my landlord's request that they either remove their shoes or wear booties while inside the house. Oscar was able to remove the carpet stains I had, except one burn mark which I knew would not be easy to erase. He told me he was going to the janitorial supply store and would purchase white dye to get rid of the stain, and would return to spot clean at no charge. While they were cleaning the carpets in my house, they also did me a small favor and helped me to clean up some bugs in the kitchen that I didn't want to touch. :) Oscar did indeed contact me again about removing the burn mark and said he had received information that it was not possible to remove, which I understood. I appreciate that he took the time to do some research on my behalf and thoroughly explain the situation. Overall, my carpet cleaning was an effortless and pleasant experience. I appreciated how easy it was to reach and communicate with Oscar. I'll definitely be using them in the future!
ughh, my stomach hurts!!
It was a friday night and I expected to be too full from my huge, late lunch to eat dinner, but my stomach was growling at 10PM and I think I was getting dizzy...
I needed something within 2 miles and open late. Since I've lived 3 blocks away from Taco Lita for 15 months and never tried it, I decided to brave the negative Yelp reviews and give it a shot. After all, I thought to myself, I'm moving next month -- might as well try a neighborhood establishment at least once.
- the menu: not a whole lot of variation. i'm a big chipotle fan though, so variation isn't exactly a necessity for a good eating experience. but seriously -- cheese, beans, meat, tomato, lettuce, and tortilla are like the only ingredients that exist between these four walls. "how much is guacamole?" was answered with "we don't have any." "aren't you going to ask me what kind of meat?" was met with, "we only have ground beef."
- the cheese was COLD, and some bites would be nothing but tortilla and solid cheddar. ew
- the taco sauce was just alright, but it was the highlight of the meal
With each passing minute my stomach aches more and more.. -.- What have I done to my poor body??
Don't get me wrong, I respect the fact that this is a neighborhood "gem" harkening back to the old days, 1967 to be exact. But to be perfectly honest, the only thing this place has going for it is its history and the fact that it's quick. Don't come here if you are looking for something delicious, healthy, or of good value.
$130 for a windshield replacement on a '98 honda accord 4-door.. next lowest estimate was $165. I AM SO HAPPY!! And it would have been $120 if I had gone to the ATM to get cash to pay them, but I was in a big rush!
I scheduled my appointment during my lunch break and was nervous about being late, but Mario did a great job of keeping me updated and calm, haha. Even though I was in a hurry, he and Mike still did a quality job without cutting corners.
I am safer, my car looks better, & I am happy with their service. These guys deserve your business. The end.
It's all about expectations here.. I hadn't had my car washed in 6+ months, much less vacuumed interiorly. What I got for $5.. was heavenly!
When you pull up to the wash, you tell the touchscreen what you want, and pay with cash or credit card. Then you pull around, where someone directs you to put your car in neutral and makes sure your car is on the track. My car emerged about 90% dry, which I was better than I expected.
Once the soap cleared from my windshield, what did I see, but individual vacuuming stations! The vacuums made my day! I was like a giddy schoolgirl vacuuming up all the leaves, dirt, grime, small pieces of trash, etc., that had collected in my car over the last year. There's plenty of vacuums and nobody rushed me. For this feature alone this place is awesome!
Don't expect a hand detail or anything. I came out with tree sap in a few spots on my windows, and some dirt still caked in to my rims. But for $5, I'm not complaining!
Now I just need a paint job, new windshield.. *sigh*
Yep..... still come here! The prices have gone up a bit (from $12 to $15 for my cuts) over the course of 6 years but eh! Increase of $1 per year for haircuts that make me happy, times 2 haircuts per year. I think I can afford that =)Amazingly, I still come here, and have been happy EVERY single time. Whatever Teresa does, works. My… Read moremy lab partner in anatomy class recommended teresa to me and said she, her mom, and her mother in… Read more
I saved this architectural tour until the last day of my vacation and had really high expectations for it, but my excitement was met with disappointment.
I was on the 8am Saturday morning tour led by an older female docent. As we sailed down the Chicago River she basically pointed out about 12 buildings per minute, saying who had built/commissioned it and how old it was. Because she was going so fast, most of my effort was spent identifying which building she was talking about ("the pointy gray one on the left," "the one with the black windows," etc.) rather than take in the rest of what she was saying.
I was lucky enough to get a seat close to the front so that I could hear and have the best views. I have no idea how those in the back, especially towards the middle of the rows, could keep up with the docent, or even SEE the buildings, because the view is totally obstructed by the canopies. I wouldn't recommend sitting there because many buildings are identified by their tops ("pointy," "dome-shaped," etc.) and you won't know which one is being talked about. Also you'll have to remember what she said for about 5 seconds until YOU pass the building she was talking about, while simultaneously hearing what she's currently saying.
I thought the tour would be 90 minutes of information, but the docent basically stopped speaking all that much at 45 minutes, and the rest of the time was spent floating on the Michigan River and enjoying the view of the skyline. If I wanted to stare at the skyline, I could have gone to any of several well-known areas, i.e. Adler Planetarium and taken my time.
They did have unlimited complimentary lemonade, coffee, and ice water, as well as cookies and muffins, which was MUCH appreciated.
Overall, I wish the tour guide would have been more engaging, rather than sounding like a broken record/textbook, and that the last half was not basically - nothing. I went on the tour to learn interesting facts about Chicago and its architectural history, and came away with a little, but a lot less than I had expected.
Disappointed to have to write a negative review for something I thought would be the highlight of my trip - perhaps my expectations were set too high. S.O. is an urban planner and I was excited for him to go on the tour, but even he did not enjoy it. My advice would be to somehow ensure you have a good docent, as the experience is highly dependent on that.
Sharing a bit about my experience in traffic court here to help others out. Well, after swearing off rolling stop signs, going more than 10 mph above the speed limit, and going over double yellows in my last courthouse review (Oakland), I found myself back in walk-in court. I was caught on 580W going 90mph in a 65mph zone on the way back from Orange County. Guess I got a little excited once I started to see civilization again.
#1. Being nice paid off. When the officer asked me how fast I was going, I replied "90" because that is what I saw on my speedometer when I noticed his lights behind me. In fact, he had clocked me at 85, but really appreciated that I wasn't trying to weasle out of the ticket. He wrote me for 70 in a 65, saving me a chunk of change and keeping me traffic school eligible. Make of it what you will.. it paid off for me even though I still got the ticket. And if you are nice, you will not be memorable to the officer, which makes it easier later if you decide to fight the ticket in court.
#2. Reducing the fine is easy; you just have to show up. Due to the budget crisis, CA recently raised fines for infractions across the board. (4mrticket.com/california…). By showing up in walk-in court, I got my speeding fine reduced from $234 to $125. The registration for traffic school was $54, so in total my fine was $179 instead of $288 ($234+$54 for traffic school).
The dialogue went like this:
Judge: "Christine Yang."
Me: "Good morning, your honor."
Judge: "Your ticket is for speeding. How do you plead?"
Judge: "The fine for speeding is $125.00. Do you wish traffic school?"
Me: "Yes, your honor."
Judge: "The registration for traffic school will be $54. Do you wish to pay today?"
Me: "Yes. Thank you."
It pays to go to court. You don't even have to have a reason you want a fine reduction. I didn't use my prepared excuses about the long trip, no income, etc. Just show up.
About this particular court..
* Walk-in is available Monday, Tuesday, Friday mornings. Doors open at 8:00am. Judge begins presiding at 9:00am. The court allows 75 people per day. I got there at 7:30am and there were only ~50 people ahead of me. Tuesday is the LEAST busy day, so you will get out of there sooner. Evening court avail on one Tues. per month, but call ahead to schedule.
* The judge I had is SUPER nice. He is on the plaintiff's side. In a few cases, he advised the plaintiff how to plead, though he has no obligation to. He dismisses every ticket he can. For some people, he would only talk about the fine (thousands of dollars) and not mention what the infraction was, as if to protect them from public scrutiny.. haha. Too bad, because that is the most interesting part. :P
* Staff and court secretary are quick and efficient.
* Parking lot; plentiful parking.
Some other tidbits I learned:
* There is a $25 dismissal fee on all tickets.
* Juveniles have a free pass for their first moving violation, all they have to do is take a traffic safety class with a parent for a few hours.
* Community service is one hour per $10 of fine, at location of your choice. Then there is a ~$40 fee for choosing community service option, so you have to pay that instead of working 4 hours. Eligible people are students or those w/ financial hardship.
* It's funny, in pleasanton a lot of the cases were for driving without a license or insurance. in Oakland, there were a lot of tickets dealing with FasTrak.
not to be a party pooper, but.... ehhhhhh. was not particularly impressed with the carrot cake donut. i love carrot cake and this version was super dry and crumbly. the cream cheese frosting inside was a nice touch and the service was good. all in all, i threw out the donut 3/4 of the way through and the chances of me returning and spending my good cash on one of these babies is like the shape of a donut.. 0. cool flavors and points for originality though!
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Berkeley, CAYelping Since
December 2006Things I Love
fresh-cut flowers, national parks, driving over bridges, bookstore browsing, earrings, traveling to new places, my macbook, pictures, trader joe's, the color orange, string lights, strawberry cheesecake, glee and grey's anatomy, kittens, falling asleep to my ipod, being a light-weight, honey bunches of oats, funny conversations, exploring the city, being happy.Find Me In
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Fremont, CaliforniaWhen I'm Not Yelping...
i'm eating, at the gym, or looking at peoples' eyesWhy You Should Read My Reviews
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Z95.7 Jingle Ball in '98; and thus began my JT obsession!My Favorite Movie
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