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John McMahon
Works at Rockwell Collins, Inc.
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Border Grill
445 South Figueroa Street, Los Angeles, CA 90071
I love the Border Grill so much, I want to marry it. Boom. I said it. I mean, if they're going to let gays marry, why not let me marry food... am I right?

Slightly offensive political satire aside, I cannot recommend Border Grill enough.

I'm originally from Michigan which, you'll be shocked to find out, has very little Mexican influence... so when someone suggested we go to a gourmet Mexican restaurant I balked... I didn't understand how Mexican could be gourmet... black beans instead of just pinto? Fresh jalapeno instead of the stuff from a can?

The only Mexican food I'd ever had either came from a cart or the Mexican equivalent of Subway. Nasty meat, stale tortillas, and an endless supply of vegetables that I'm pretty sure were picked out of a dumpster.

I could tell this place was going to be different from the moment I arrived. Instead of the painted paper-mache macaws wearing sombreros and holding plastic Corona bottles, I I was greeted with brightly colored walls adorned with cool characters. The space was bright and open.

The staff was friendly and everyone who worked there was wearing regular clothes. God-given regular clothes! There were no demeaning uniforms or slightly-offensive-sterotypical panchos!

The surprises continued as I ordered a drink... beer! Good beer! On tap! Mojitos! Sangria! I was used to warm Miller Lite or the Silver Bullet... No! Not here. Not in this place! Today was going to be different.

The menu was nothing short of imaginative. While I found what I would call "standard" Mexican restaurant fare (tacos, quesadillas, chile rellano), they all had meats marinated in delicious spices and covered in creative sauces... but the rest of the menu is what blew me away. Delicious steaks, slow-roasted pork marinated in orange and cinnamon, and fish prepared in ways I'd never seen. All of it responsibly sourced. All of it amazing.

My favorites change frequently... but the current must-trys are: plantain empanadas, pescado veracruzano, and pastel rufina.

PRO-TIP: BG usually has deals on Groupon Now! So be sure to check before you dine. It's still a good value and worth going even if they don't have the deal... but if you can save a few bucks, why not?
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Border Grill
1445 4th Street, Santa Monica, CA 90401
I love the Border Grill so much, I want to marry it. Boom. I said it. I mean, if they're going to let gays marry, why not let me marry food... am I right?

Slightly offensive political satire aside, I cannot recommend Border Grill enough.

I'm originally from Michigan which, you'll be shocked to find out, has very little Mexican influence... so when someone suggested we go to a gourmet Mexican restaurant I balked... I didn't understand how Mexican could be gourmet... black beans instead of just pinto? Fresh jalapeno instead of the stuff from a can?

The only Mexican food I'd ever had either came from a cart or the Mexican equivalent of Subway. Nasty meat, stale tortillas, and an endless supply of vegetables that I'm pretty sure were picked out of a dumpster.

I could tell this place was going to be different from the moment I arrived. Instead of the painted paper-mache macaws wearing sombreros and holding plastic Corona bottles, I I was greeted with brightly colored walls adorned with cool characters. The space was bright and open.

The staff was friendly and everyone who worked there was wearing regular clothes. God-given regular clothes! There were no demeaning uniforms or slightly-offensive-sterotypical panchos!

The surprises continued as I ordered a drink... beer! Good beer! On tap! Mojitos! Sangria! I was used to warm Miller Lite or the Silver Bullet... No! Not here. Not in this place! Today was going to be different.

The menu was nothing short of imaginative. While I found what I would call "standard" Mexican restaurant fare (tacos, quesadillas, chile rellano), they all had meats marinated in delicious spices and covered in creative sauces... but the rest of the menu is what blew me away. Delicious steaks, slow-roasted pork marinated in orange and cinnamon, and fish prepared in ways I'd never seen. All of it responsibly sourced. All of it amazing.

My favorites change frequently... but the current must-trys are: plantain empanadas, pescado veracruzano, and pastel rufina.

PRO-TIP: BG usually has deals on Groupon Now! So be sure to check before you dine. It's still a good value and worth going even if they don't have the deal... but if you can save a few bucks, why not?
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Polentoni Italian Restaurant
11800 Jefferson Boulevard, Culver City, CA 90230
Did you picked up sweet deal to try Polentoni on Groupon or Google Offers? I recommend that you place the voucher directly in a shredder and head to the nearest Olive Garden. The food at the OG will NOT be as tasty or authentic, but you will likely be served promptly, treated respectfully, and only be expected to pay for items you actually ordered... and let's be honest, there is no man of woman-born who does not like an Olive Garden bread stick.

I am very disappointed to be writing this review. My finacee and I love Italian and were excited to find this place. It's close to our house and, based on the photos on their website, was really cute inside. We'd hoped to make this our new favorite restaurant... Sadly, it was not meant to be.

My fiancee and I are new to the area so we have been hitting up Groupon as an inexpensive way to try new restaurants in our area. We have not had Italian since moving to Los Angeles, so when we saw a Groupon for Polentoni, we jumped on it.

I am a pretty reasonable guy and I can appreciate that the restaurant does not make as much money on my meal when I use a Groupon (or any coupon). I keep that in mind and adjust my expectations accordingly. However, the experience with Polentoni was terrible. If Polentoni were the Titanic (and I think an argument could be made that the Titanic would have been a better choice), we would have been the people they locked in the basement to die while the ship was going down.

Per Groupon's directions, we made reservations at the restaurant and told them we had a Groupon. When we arrived, we were greeted with a smile and asked if we had a reservation. We informed them we did, and reminded them we had a Groupon. The host didn't look disgusted, exactly, but you could tell he wasn't happy.

The evening deteriorated from there.

The service we received was poor, compared to the service of those around us. However, the service wasn't the only problem... my real issue is that we didn't get what we paid for and were charged additional fees...

We were seated by the disgruntled host and given wine lists. Per the Groupon we were each able to get a glass of wine (up to an $8 or $9 value). We were looking over the wine list and the waitress brought some proseco and set it down. I was confused and explained we didn't order our wine yet. She informed me that that was the wine they gave to people with Groupons. I explained that the Groupon provided a choice of wine and showed her the voucher. She shrugged. She repeated that "that's the wine people with a Groupon get" and walked off. (After reading reviews here, it seems maybe she mixed up Groupon and Google Offers because Google Offers offered two glasses of proseco and most other Grouponers seemed to have been given a choice). The wine went untouched.

Annoyed, but not willing to ruin the night over two glasses of wine- I ordered an eggplant-based appetizer, being sure to stay within the limit set out by the Groupon. An eggplant-based appetizer was delivered, but it wasn't the right one. (I of course, did not know the difference... more on that in a bit)!

We ordered our meals... and they were really good. The pasta was cooked just right. The seafood wasn't over-done. The sauces were flavorful and delicious.

We just finished eating our meals when the check was delivered. We were never offered dessert, so we took this as a not-so-subtle "you've enjoyed your meal, cheapskate- so get out". I was also surprised to see an additional charge for the appetizer. After a few questions back and forth with our server, it was determined that the wrong appetizer was brought out (there were two similar eggplant-based appetizers) and it was their mistake... buuuuuuut, even though the wrong appetizer was brought out, we did get to enjoy it... so we were going to have to be charged for it.

Sadly, it seems that our experience is in line with everyone else who tried to use a Groupon or Google Offer.

Save yourself some time, money, and hassle and pick any other Italian restaurant in Los Angles. Search on the Google. Los Angeles is a pretty big city. I am sure there are at least two or three other Italian restaurants to choose from.
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  • Rockwell Collins, Inc.
    Project Manager, present
  • Ford Motor Company
  • Aisin World Corporation of America
  • Express Fashion
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Cedar Rapids, IA - Detroit, MI - Santa Barbara, CA - Columubs, OH - Ann Arbor, MI
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Born and raised in Michigan, John was drawn to standup comedy at the tender age of six. John memorized the routines of great comics of the era, repeating them incessantly. His parents, not recognizing this obvious cry for help, simply avoided him, causing feelings of alienation that all but assured John's future in show business.

At the suggestion of his parents, (i.e., threats of being disowned), John took a slight detour on the road to comic-stardom and earned a degree in mechanical engineering (with minors in electrical and computer engineering) from the University of Michigan, at Ann Arbor. While earning a degree did not help John toward his goal of performing in comedy, it did shore up his nerd credentials for a future in comedy writing.

After graduation, John moved to Southern California to pursue his dreams of becoming an actor. Unfortunately, while John possessed the talent and burning desire to entertain, he did not possess a map. John moved to sunny Santa Barbara- 100 miles North of Los Angeles… which, he later found out, was a three hour commute in Southern California traffic… which made it impossible to audition. His move to California wasn't a total waste though- he did learn to surf, landed a non-speaking extra roll on Will & Grace, and discovered kim chi.

After 8 short months, John returned to Michigan to design engines for Ford. Designing car parts isn't nearly as exciting as it sounds, so John moved into fashion and began planning stores for the fashion giant, Express. And while John enjoys both pants and glitter, he soon found that the world of fashion, too, left him yearning for the stage.

John left Express and began studying at the Second City in Los Angeles, where he participated in several hour-long revues and Second City JAMs.

Called "engaging and enjoyable" by comic legend George Carlin and "very talented... makes me laugh" by former child-star and ex-Partridge Danny Bonaduce, John has performed in venues in Los Angeles and Detroit… and has also starred in countless home movies and makes appearances in numerous family photos. John is currently performing with Iowa's premier improv troupe, Comics in Action.

When not working or performing, John can be found: trying to get photographs of the elusive Baby Suri, trying to find the real killers, and drawing pictures of Ellen Degeneres... but not TOO many- he's not trying to creep her out or anything... but definitely a few... let's say he's created somewhere in the neighborhood of between 4 and 73- closer to 73. OK- it was 75.
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AMF gets worse every time we visit (See previous 5-star then 3-star reviews... now, I'd give them negative stars if I could). This place mistreats all of their customers- especially women. My wife and I had the best buying experience at AMF and had hoped to have a long business relationship with our dealer. However, our two experiences with their service department has us wishing we'd purchased somewhere else. Anywhere else. (Sorry Scott). Our buying experience was so great, that we decided it'd be worth the extra money to have the vehicle serviced at the dealer... figuring the service department would provide the same million-star customer service. We were wrong. The service manager, Javier, contacted me and left a very heartfelt apology on my voicemail - after our fist visit and asked us to give them a try again - to give them an opportunity to show us that our first visit was an anomaly. We needed some warranty work on a window and wanted someone to look at our windshield (which had cracked). Javier (the service manager) contacted me, apologized for the way my wife was treated (again) and made an appointment to personally look at the car. My wife showed up for the appointment five minutes early and was told Javier wasn't in. And I don't mean "not in" as in "Oh- he stepped out for a minute and will be right back" or "Javier's not back from lunch." I mean he straight-up was not working at that location at the time and place he made an appointment with us for. Since Javier was not available to keep the appointment he made, guess who they got to look at my wife's vehicle. If you guessed the "misogynist who talked down to her during her first visit", you are correct. My wife asked for Javier again and was basically told "he's not here - this is who you get". Just like last time, Johnny Fifties eventually ended up talking to my wife like she was a dummy. After enduring a lecture about how glass gets hot and expands and cold and contracts - my wife finally insisted that they call Javier and ask him to come back from the other location. After fighting her, Johnny Fifties finally called Javier and asked him to come back. Johnny Fifties then told my wife "He's on his way little lady". Little lady? My wife is a grown woman and teaches chemistry at a local college. Little lady? Are you kidding me? Javier finally showed up and my wife, being much nicer than I, didn't mention the story about being talked down to or called "little lady". They made an appointment to drop off our car Wednesday evening- work done on Thursday- pick it up Friday. As per our last experience with the service department, we did not receive a call the day the vehicle was supposed to be done (as promised) so my wife called. Turns out, they hadn't started... nobody called us to tell us they hadn't started- we had to call them after they didn't deliver the car as promised. The good news is they thought they could get the vehicle done Friday. Which they did. They called my wife to let her know the vehicle was fixed and she could come get it. My wife took their word the vehicle was good-as-new and didn't verify it. Yeah. It's still broken. I called Javier on Friday twice and was told he was in- but not available- so I left two voicemails. It's Monday at five - a full business day later- and still no call back. Great job - AMF service department. You've taken a five star glowing review of your dealership and in two visits turned it into a one star review and a recommendation not even to buy vehicles from you. AMF management, here's a tip: if you have an employee who makes a customer so uncomfortable they reach out to make sure they can come in and aren't forced to work with a certain person- make sure they don't have to work with that person. And anyone needing service - take your car to Jim Matson - he's been voted LA's most honest mechanic a million years in a row - will do the work for half of what the dealership will charge you - never make you feel marginalized - and keeps his appointments.
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reviewed a month ago
The Snorkel Store in Ka'anapali is the best place to get snorkel gear in all of Maui. The staff is friendly and knowledgeable and provides insight on the best places to snorkel based on the current weather conditions. They have new gear and great prices. They're the only choice if you want to rent snorkel gear on Maui!
Public - a month ago
reviewed a month ago
This is one of our favorite places in Kapaa. It has a great happy hour, tasty food and live music... we'll definitely be back next time we're in Kapaa. The Mai Tais will knock your socks off - and the poke nachos are out of this world.
Public - a month ago
reviewed a month ago
This place has a banana bread pudding that is the best thing I've ever eaten. Kauia Pasta is a great place to stop for a reasonably priced (by Hawaii standards) meal. The staff was friendly and incredibly talkative... our server gave us some great tips for hikes and adventures to check out. The pasta was good- but the service and the banana bread pudding put this place over the top. We stopped in three nights in a row to get our bread pudding fix. You've been warned.
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I came out with some friends on a Saturday night to have a few drinks and enjoy some live jazz. The wait staff was fantastic and the drinks were good... and the live jazz was out of this world. However, they have a woman with an attitude problems taking names that really, really needs to be addressed. She had a major attitude and made it seem like she was doing us a huge favor by taking our cover charge and seating us. And based on the feedback from my friends who had been to Degage Jazz Cafe before - it's a moderately regular occurrence with her.
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Public - a month ago
reviewed a month ago
My wife and I were looking for a place to rent snorkel gear that wasn't Snorkel Bob's (or any of the other chain stores) - and picked this place based on the Yelp! reviews. Mike (the owner) got our gear together- then recommended five or six places to snorkel based on the weather they were having... and I can't tell you how valuable that was. Hawaii is beautiful. It's wild and it's amazing. It will also kill you if you don't know what you are doing... so having a local who had assessed the conditions and told us where to go based on what we wanted to see and where the visibility would be best was invaluable.
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Public - a month ago
reviewed a month ago
My wife and I decided to stay at Castle Mokihana with the understanding that it was a 2.5 star hotel... and had expectations to match. We were pleasantly surprised with the cleanliness of the hotel- but disappointed by both the listed and expected amenities. The place touts "free WiFi"... and while technically they do have free wifi, it's effectively useless. They have one router/connection for 80+ rooms. We could barely get menus for local restaurants to load on our computer because network traffic was so heavy. Neither Netflix nor Hulu would load... which is a problem because their rooms don't have TVs. (Nor do they have air). While they don't list those as amenities, you wouldn't think in 2015 you'd have to.
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