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reviewed La Quinta - Las Cruces, NM. August 17, 2011
La Quinta
There are two La Quinta motels in Las Cruces, NM. I have stayed at both of them and find this particular one to be the lesser of the two. We pulled in late one night after 14 hours of driving. Apparently …
reviewed Budget Inn. August 17, 2011
Budget Inn
We wanted a place to stay the night after 12 hours of driving on our way to the Grand Canyon. The Budget Inn was a great choice. We got a great deal on two rooms using HotWire.      …
reviewed Best Western Las Brisas Hotel. August 17, 2011
Best Western Las Brisas Hotel
The Best Western Las Brisas Hotel is a good choice if you are looking for an economical room in downtown Palm Springs.  It is within walking distance of the convention center and the main strip on …
reviewed Nyala Ethiopian Cuisine. July 12, 2011
posted in Gourmand
Nyala Ethiopian Cuisine
Ethiopian food is some of the most unique food an American can experience, because it is so very different from our own cooking and eating style.  We discovered Little Ethiopia on Fairfax over ten …
reviewed King's Hawaiian Bakery & Restaurant. June 03, 2011
posted in Gourmand
King's Hawaiian Bakery & Restaurant
King's Hawaiian is another South Bay original restaurant that creates a unique variety of dishes by combining two different ethnic cuisines (see also my review of Spoon House).  At King's …
reviewed Spoon House Bakery & Restaurant. May 27, 2011
posted in Gourmand
Spoon House Bakery & Restaurant
A Japanese spaghetti restaurant almost seems like an oxymoron.  But somehow these two things really do go together, at least at the Spoon House Bakery & Restaurant.  Located in the traditionally …
reviewed The Conspirator. May 17, 2011
posted in Movie Hype
The Conspirator
The Conspirator is an historical drama that transcends its historical setting to surface some very basic ethical questions.  But at the same time, it is a well-made and interesting depiction of the …
reviewed Taiko Restaurant. May 03, 2011
posted in MBlocal
Taiko Restaurant
Taiko is right in the middle of the trendy El Segundo location that includes the new ArcLight theaters, PF Chang's, and McCormick and Schmick's.  So we might not expect to find high quality, …
reviewed Versailles Restaurant. April 20, 2011
posted in MBlocal
Versailles Restaurant
Every year, my son chooses to have his birthday dinner at Versailles.  The restaurant in Manhattan Beach is one of four locations for this family owned chain begun in 1981.  The building and …
reviewed Waiting For Superman. April 18, 2011
posted in Movie Hype
Waiting For Superman
Waiting for Superman is an interesting and somber documentary for its portrayal of the state of education in the United States.  It is interesting, because it depicts the predicament of a number …
reviewed Katsu. April 12, 2011
posted in MBlocal
Katsu
If you drive by Katsu on Rosecrans and Highland, you probably won't even notice it is there.  They do not have any signage on the building!  There is a red awning and a door with an "A" …
reviewed Sushi Bei. March 21, 2011
Sushi Bei
Sushi Bei is a great place to go for sushi if you are looking for a traditional experience with high quality fish for a reasonable price. Allow me to break down these three attributes:      …
reviewed El Tarasco Burrito. January 25, 2011
El Tarasco Burrito
My wife and I love to go to El Tarasco for a satisfying Mexican dinner that features authentic food for two reasons:      It is one of the few places in the area to get a restaurant …
reviewed 13th Annual Three Stooges Big Screen .... December 30, 2010
13th Annual Three Stooges Big Screen Event
If you have never attended a Three Stooges Film Festival presented by the Alex Film Society, you can find a general introduction in my review of last year's event, Soitenly a Good Time.   …
reviewed Leo's Mexican Food. December 30, 2010
Leo's Mexican Food
Leo's Mexican Food has been run by the Presiado family in the South Bay since 1948. It has been a favorite of our family for over twenty years. The prices are reasonable, the service is friendly, …
reviewed Resolved 2010 Conference. December 30, 2010
Resolved 2010 Conference
The Resolved Conference has been held since 2005 and I have been present the past three times. This year's attendance was the largest yet, shifting the orientation of the convention center lengthwise …
reviewed Acrochordon (skin tag). December 30, 2010
Acrochordon (skin tag)
I found out the hard way about eight years ago that acrochorda (skin tags) are not covered by health insurance. So hopefully this review will provide some helpful hints on how to deal with them in a cost-effective …
reviewed iPhone 4. December 30, 2010
iPhone 4
I was very much looking forward to the release of the iPhone 4. My 3G battery life was poor and the system performance was getting increasingly worse. It was high time for an upgrade. I had high hopes …
reviewed Chubby's Cruisers Bicycle Store. December 29, 2010
Chubbys Cruisers Bicycle Store
Chubby's Cruisers is the best place to buy a beach cruiser in Los Angeles, if not the world.         I am a repeat customer.  Five years ago I bought my elder daughter …
reviewed Hilton Garden Inn Arcadia Pasadena. December 28, 2010
Hilton Garden Inn Arcadia Pasadena
My wife had a high school reunion in the San Gabriel Valley this summer and we wanted to find a place to stay overnight rather than driving home early in the morning.  We found the Hilton Garden …
reviewed Sprint / Nextel. December 28, 2010
First Some History      I got my first wireless number with Sprint in June of 2002.  I am a very loyal customer and I always pay my bill on time.  Everything went well with …
reviewed Delta Airlines. June 14, 2010
posted in UP UP & Away!
Delta Airlines
   I typically avoid short hop flights, but I was pleased with my first experience with Delta Connection.  Because I was flying to Louisville and was seeking an economical flight, I was …
SpringHill Suites Louisville Downtown
This year I visited Louisville for the third time.  The previous two times, I stayed at the Galt House Hotel and Suites.  You can read about those stays here.  I wanted to try a new location …
John Piper
My pastor practically dragged me to the 2006 conference.  And I am very glad that he did.  The entire conference really caused me to rethink my priorities and emerge from a period of spiritual …
reviewed J. Gumbo's Down Home Cajun Cookin'. April 10, 2010
J. Gumbo's Down Home Cajun Cookin'
This is a small chain restaurant, where you order your food at the counter and it is delivered to your table. I was quite surprised how good the Cajun food was. They have all levels of spiciness and all …
reviewed Joe's Crab Shack. April 10, 2010
Joe's Crab Shack
Joe's Crab Shack is pretty much standard American seafood chain restaurant. Most of the dishes are fried and greasy. You are not going to find adventurous seafood here. Alot of shrimp and standard fare.   …
reviewed Galt House Hotel and Suites. April 10, 2010
Galt House Hotel and Suites
In 2008, our room at the Galt House Hotel was recently renovated and very clean and inviting. The front desk staff was kind and helpful. There are a number of pleasant public areas for conversation and …
reviewed Cafe Rio. April 08, 2010
posted in MBlocal
Cafe Rio
I was a fan of Qdoba back in the day before Jack-in-the-Box bought them and they still had mole burritos.  Then I switched my allegiance to Chipotle.  Now I have pretty much switched …
reviewed King Corn. January 25, 2010
posted in Movie Hype
King Corn
King Corn is one of those rare documentaries that is both informative and engaging to watch.  I thoroughly enjoyed this movie and felt that I gained a better understanding of the issues in US agriculture …
reviewed Canon CanoScan 4400F Color Image Scanner. January 19, 2010
Canon CanoScan 4400F Color Image Scanner
The Canon CanoScan 4400F Color Image Scanner is quality scanner that does everything, but does nothing to exceed expectations.  I was looking for a scanner mostly for document scanning, but …
reviewed MetLife Dental. December 23, 2009
MetLife Dental
Before health care became such a profit-driven industry, health care providers made decisions on what procedures or treatments are in the best interest of their patients.  Now that insurance companies …
reviewed 12th Annual Three Stooges Big Screen .... December 03, 2009
The Dozenal Three Stooges Big Screen Event
For the past 12 years, the Alex Film Society has presented a Three Stooges Big Screen Event at the Alex Theatre in Glendale on the Saturday after Thanksgiving.  We first attended in 2001 and haven't …
reviewed Blue Bayou Restaurant at Disneyland. December 02, 2009
Blue Bayou Restaurant at Disneyland
The Blue Bayou offers a very unique fine-dining experience, namely because it is located inside of the Pirates of the Caribbean ride at Disneyland!  The attraction simulates a Louisiana bayou inside …
reviewed Disneyland. October 28, 2009
Disneyland
My favorite time to go to Disneyland is on an overcast day in January or February when the only limitation on the number of attractions you can ride is your ability to walk briskly from one to another.  …
reviewed Kitty Daisy & Lewis (album). October 23, 2009
posted in Music Matters
Kitty, Daisy, & Lewis
I literally stumbled upon this band.  A friend of mine posted a link to about them on Facebook in August.  They opened up for Coldplay during their Summer 2009 North American tour and so …
reviewed Peter Frampton and Kansas at the Pomo.... September 16, 2009
posted in Music Matters
Peter Frampton 2009
I wasn't quite sure what to expect from a bunch of nearly 60 year-old rockers playing on a makeshift stage on the Pomona fairgrounds horse racing track, but I was very pleasantly surprised by the quality …
Flip UltraHD Camcorder, 120 Minutes
Digital video is now foolproof.  I just purchased the Flip UltraHD Camcorder and I am very impressed.  This is my first non-tape camcorder and I love it already.  YouTube here we come.   …
reviewed The B-52s at the Pacific Amphitheatre.... July 24, 2009
posted in Music Matters
The B-52s at the Pacific Amphitheatre on 7/19/2009
I first experienced the B-52's live in concert in 1984 at Eisenhower Hall in West Point, New York.  I was in full military uniform and had my entire life in front of me.  Now, 25 years later, …
reviewed Up. June 08, 2009
posted in Movie Hype
Up
Once again, Pixar has succeeded in creating a film that is intended for the parents as much as for the kids.  UP joins a long list of Pixar movies that adults enjoy just as much as children.    D …
reviewed Night at the Museum: Battle of the Sm.... June 01, 2009
posted in Movie Hype
Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian
Night at the Museum is still an interesting premise, but the writing on this particular film was not very good.  The plot was not as engaging and the characters were not as empathetic as the original.  …
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