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Aquarium100 Aquarium Way, Long Beach, CA(562) 590-3100
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Adam Field reviewed 5 months ago
- We live pretty near the aquarium, and I kept saying I needed to actually check it out sometime. Finally did, last weekend. I wasn't expecting that much - I'd heard it was pretty small, and I grew up visiting the Monterey Bay Aquarium, which is quite famous, not to mention huge. So my expectations were pretty low. I will say: it definitely exceeded my expectations. Yes, it is definitely not nearly as large as the Monterey Bay Aquarium, and yes, it was just as overrun with kids on Saturday afternoon as I'd heard it might be, but I still had a lot of fun. Their touching tanks beats the pants off the touch tanks I grew up with, you got a much better view of the mammals, and to be honest, it wasn't *that* small - they fit a lot of tanks into the available space. Just makes me sad that tourists go to the aquarium and see all the crappy chain restaurants around it, and must get the impression that downtown Long Beach is nothing but crappy chain restaurants. I feel like camping outside the aquarium with a sign saying "Tourists! Do you want food that's actually interesting? Walk a couple blocks up Pine to the North!"
College301 Platt Blvd, Claremont, CA(909) 621-8000
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Adam Field reviewed 2 years ago
- I find it mildly hilarious rating the place I lived at for slightly over 4 years in the same way I would rate, say, a restaurant I visited once. So I did. I miss this place. I don't miss the constant feeling of homework, but I certainly miss the place itself. :p. Oddly enough, speaking of food, the Muddhole still has some of the best sandwiches I've had. I miss the half-turkey-half-salami footlongs... especially paying for them with my parents' money...
Sandwich Shop419 N Fairfax Ave, Los Angeles, CA(323) 651-2030$$
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Adam Field reviewed 9 months ago
- Burgers on challah buns: brilliant. And it was a tasty burger, too. Their sweet potato fries were some of the best I've had, their coleslaw probably *was* the best I've had, and the pastrami was also extremely good. Service was helpful, quick and super friendly. And yes, we did stop by the bakery on the way out to take stuff home. It was also tasty (though their macaroni salad wasn't as good as it looked... it was a bit too salty.)
Department Store151 E 5th St, Long Beach, CA(562) 435-8389$
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Adam Field reviewed 6 months ago
- I really do hate this Walmart with a passion. It's unfortunate, because it's extremely convenient to my place, and they do have quite a lot of things that I might want to purchase, and generally for good prices (granted, they often also fall apart sooner than you'd like, but hey, you get what you pay for...). But it's also always crowded, loud, hot, disorganized, the employees never know where anything is, and they never have enough checkers/baggers, especially given the number of people who go there and buy everything under the sun, so the lines to check out are always crazy long, and move slowly. I hate this place. And yes, the courtyard is also full of beggars, but whatever. That part doesn't bother me as much as the people inside *shopping* who don't look like they clean themselves too often.
American Restaurant401 Shoreline Village Dr, Long Beach, CA(562) 628-0455$$
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Adam Field reviewed a year ago
Food Very good Decor Very good Service Very good - It's a yardhouse. It looks like a yardhouse. The food is yardhouse food: i.e., pretty tasty, but kind of overpriced, and probably the same as you could get at a yardhouse anywhere else. I'd probably be more excited about the place if I liked beer, given that they do have an impressively wide selection of it (though if I liked beer, I'd still probably rather go to Congregation Alehouse down the block, which also has an impressive selection of beer, and also way more unique food for cheaper.)
Donut Shop915 E Rte 66, Glendora, CA(626) 335-9111$
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Adam Field reviewed a year ago
- Hard unripened fruit? Not when I was there. Granted, it was a few years ago; maybe they started sucking later, or maybe it was the season. But last I was there, the strawberries were excellent, and so was the donut. It is definitely all about this place's strawberry-filled donuts. (Filled, yes, with real, fresh (glazed) strawberries, and lots of them.) I can't really comment about the quality of their regular donuts, though - we were there for the strawberry-stuffed donuts, and really at that point, the donut is just a tasty wrapper for the strawberries.
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Adam Field reviewed 3 months ago
- We stayed here the night before and after our wedding, and while I wouldn't personally stay at such an expensive hotel unless I didn't have a choice (which in this case I didn't; my mom basically didn't give us one), I will agree that objectively, it is worth the price you pay. The rooms are large, they're extremely nice, they have everything you would expect from a 250$ a night hotel, with the extra bonus (at least if you're near the top floor, which we were) of an extremely good view of the beach, wharf and ocean. Service was impeccable in every way (that is, we checked in quickly, got everything we were supposed to, and then they basically left us alone the rest of the time like we wanted them to). They even give you free internet, which is pretty unheard of for a hotel of this price, and said internet worked without any hiccups both days, which is almost unheard of at *any* hotel. Room was full of stuff you could buy for way too much money, as I've come to expect from such a pricey hotel, but I was happy to see that the internet was not on that list. We had no problems with cleanliness of anything, either. I will note that having such a good *view* of the ocean also meant that we could *hear* the ocean just as well. The ocean is actually pretty loud - it was great while we were awake, but I was glad I brought earplugs when I was trying to sleep. I will also mention that I thought the pillows were way too hard, but that's somewhat a matter of personal preference. Overall, if money weren't an issue, I would say this is quite likely the best hotel in the Santa Cruz area. It's expensive, but arguably worth it. (Though it wouldn't surprise me if rooms on lower floors were less quiet, with all the kids running around wanting to get to the pool. We were lucky enough to have snagged a livingsocial deal that got us a room guaranteed to be near the top for about the price of a normal room without that guarantee, and doubly lucky to get a room actually *at* the top and right near the corner. Other rooms are probably just as nice, but might not be as relaxing.)
Motel250 W Main St, Mesa, AZ(480) 834-9233
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Adam Field reviewed a year ago
Quality Excellent Facilities Excellent Service Excellent - So you're not getting a luxury hotel, obviously, you're getting a Best Western. But as far as that tier of hotel goes, this is almost certainly the best I've stayed at. Everything was clean in our room and in the public areas. All the appliances (including the AC) were present and fully functional for our entire trip. Wifi was free, and worked without any issue (alright, it was a little slow one evening, but not to the point that you couldn't use it.) The pool was warm, and moderately large (it could've used a bit of cleaning, but still useable). Breakfast was also free, and surprisingly expansive. Beds weren't the greatest beds ever, but they were pretty comfortable, still. And for all that, still crazy cheap per night. If you see this review, and you're still tempted to stay across the street at the cheaper Travelodge across the street (like I did, last year for this event)... don't. It's worth it to be here instead. Everything I mentioned above, was a difference I noticed between this hotel and the one on the other side of the street. (Well, except the cheap part. The Travelodge certainly had that covered, it just failed on every other level, while this place succeeded at pretty much everything.)
Eclectic Restaurant501 S Spring St, Los Angeles, CA(213) 488-3408$$
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Adam Field reviewed 7 months ago
- Two of us went here for DineLA last night, so we got to try 2/3s of the DineLA menu. I had somewhat mixed feelings about it: on one hand, most of the food was indeed quite exceptionally tasty. On the other hand, I felt like it suffered from a problem a lot of fancy restaurants suffer from: for the amount we paid (way more than I usually spend on dining out, but I'd always wanted to try restaurant week), the food was amazing, but I felt like I didn't get very *much* of it, certainly not for the price. Still, the food certainly was amazing. The drinks were also expensive, but probably worth it if you like fancy drinks. I could definitely tell they were made with pretty top-shelf ingredients, and some crazy combinations. I also felt like it suffered from another problem, though, that is certainly not very common among fancy restaurants: they really needed way more ventilation than they had, or some proper air conditioning. It was super stuffy in there.
Argentinian Restaurant200 N Pine Ave, Long Beach, CA(562) 590-5000$$
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Adam Field reviewed 5 months ago
- The definition of 3 stars - food was good but not particularly interesting. Service was fine but not amazing. I would be happy eating here for free anytime, but given the choice, it isn't where I'd choose to come back.
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