It was wise of UCLA to add a very large student store to the renovated Ackerman Student Union a few years back. Considering that the store serves more than 30,000 students, the virtual mini-mall taking 2 floors of the Union was a welcome addition.
The textbook store is larger than the old bookstore and usually has a sufficient number of books in stock. When not in stock, the store is pretty good at getting the textbooks in a timely manner. A good number of used books are often available. The line is shorter and moves more quickly than when the bookstore was next to the gym.
There is also a regular bookstore, selling a nice variety of books, magazines and newspapers. Though not as large as a Borders or Barnes and Noble, it is more comprehensive than, say, a mall book store. You are free to roam the store with a beverage purchased from the upstairs cafes.
The student store sells anything you could possible want related to academia. School supplies, computer supplies, and the like are ava
I purchased my first Ovation electric/acoustic guitar at Guitar Center in L.A. The idea was initiated by a radio commercial that I heard advertising some great prices on these beautiful instrument. I decided the price was worth the drive.
I was impressed by the organized layout of the store; it is not difficult at all to find the instrument and style you are looking for. The inventory in stock is fantastic! You will find all the mainstream guitar brands and models and some rarer ones as well. Take some time drooling over the axes donated by well-known guitarists.
I was thrilled that the associate helping me showed me to a soundproof playing room, inviting me to "take all day" trying out the instruments if I wanted. He told me all about theguitar as well as the purchase options. He advised me as to strings that are compatable with the model I chose.
The transaction was completed smoothly and my guitar was packaged securely.
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Oasis of Eden has inspired many a sitcom jokes. It features several "theme" rooms including a "1950's" room (complete with a bed in the shape of a convertable car), a hungle room and a cave room (with a plastic bat hovering over the in-room whirlpool). The rooms are pretty tacky, and are more likely to spawn giggles than romance.
There are also several non-theme rooms. Some of the rooms have kitchenettes, but you won't really want to cook there. You will need to use the bathroom counter as your prep area and reach way overhead to use the microwave. The stove and fridge do work, though, and for travelers looking for a little normal food to supplement the restaurant meals, its a good way to go.
The rooms are very simple; no frills here. There is a desk and table in each room, and a TV with quite a few stations. However, there is no high-speed internet access. There is no fitness center, but you can use Jerry's Gym down the road for free if you show a hotel key.
Yumm....Corner Bakery. I was thrilled when Corner Bakery came to Brea to give Starbucks a little competition for the morning crowd. Corner Bakery offers a very good, inexpensive breakfast menu including some unique choice. For example, try the Swedish breakfast cereal that combines oatmeal with currants, raisins, apples, and yogurt! Its cold, which sounds odd, but it is surprisingly good. This item, along with the traditional oatmeal, is served with a tasty, crunchy cinnamon crunch stick.
Lunch items include several salads, soups, and their famous panini sandwiches. Sandwiches are served hot and with lots of melted cheese. They are truly delicious, but I wish they would offer a few lower-calorie and lower-fat items (the sandwiches hover around 800 calories each). The salads are fresh but are not very original and don't include very many different types of vegetabes.
The freshly-baked breads and desserts are tempting and scrumptious. Your family will be thrilled if your bring a loaf
The Huntington Library is one of those fantastic places enjoyed extensively by natives and tourists alike. There truly is "something for everyone" at this hidden L.A. treasure, and is great for the whole family.
The Library is perhaps best known fora few master paintings, such as "Blue Boy". Even those of us less versed in art are taken aback b the detail and expression in such creations. Really take your time here, and try not to go when a school may be visiting- you'll want an unobstructed view of these pieces.
The Library also features very nice collections of furniture and housewears pieced together to recreate entire rooms from historic eras.
My favorite display has been the very old books such as the Gutenburg Bible and original books penned by Chaucer and cohorts. The gold lettering and illustrations are marvelous.
Go on a nice day and give yourself plenty of time to stroll through all of the gardens. On display are mini-ecosystems featuring plants from the desert, the rainf
El Torito Grill is something like the more sophisticated cousin of El Torito. The Grill variety features southwestern food instead of Mexican food, adding more chiles, balck beans, and corn to the items. Items are slightly more expensive but are presented in a more attractive manner, with finer garnishings.
This location sits atop a hill in Brea. I love the exterior of the restaurant...I feel like I am walking up to a MesoAmerican structure ( a bit of an exaggeration, but humor me).
The interior is dimly lit and a little quieter than most El Toritos (which I like).
I loved the menu, salivating over the house roasted tomato soup, grilled veggies, stacked enchiladas and the like. Unfortunately, our items were not quite as attractive as the pictures suggested and did not seem as fresh. 2 of the 3 diners received rather cold entrees. The spices were rather tasty and complimented the dishes without overpowering them.
Kudos for serving the desserts with Haagen Dazs ice cream!
We were su
When I started patronizing Camelot about 6 years ago, I LOVED this site. Camelot offers 3 different levels of miniature golf courses, based on skill. The courses feature unique challenges such as bridges over water traps and curved ramps that make your ball take an upward parabolic path like a ski jump. The most difficult courses can be quite a blast, and are never truly mastered.
However, some of the areas are not well-maintained and the turf has worn out. Some of the corners are not well padded and create an unfair rebounding effect that shouldn't be apart of the challenge. At times, the lighting does not seem sufficient. Inside, within the arcade, the restroom is usually dirty and smells rather foul.
The cafe is average, offering te usual pizza, hot dogs, and icees. The video game selection is also average but puts the most dynamic interactive games within public view. The golfland is currenty undergoing renovation of the racing car area.
Papyrus is the place to go when looking for a card that won't play second fiddle to the gift. Cards purchased at Papyrus are expressions themselves, absent any words on your part. You will find very special and unique cards for all occasions. Many cards are multi-dimensional, made of complex materials and carefully packaged. They are beautiful and striking, certain to make an impression on the recipient. You can also choose from pre-packaged sets of cards for invitations, thank yous, and holiday wishes.
My only complaint is that the corners are tight! The store is very small and it can be difficult to navigate when busy. I recently purchased my Christmas greeting cards at this store while an employee was re-stocking; I didn't have access to about 1/3 of the merchandise.
Yes, you pay a heavy price for a greeting card ($4-$6) but the card is truly a work of art deserving of purchase for very special occasions.
I would consider Aardvark's to be considerable above average for a vintage clothing shop. Aardvarks usually does not accept damaged clothing, and you might consider its offerings to be trendy. An entire room is devoted to blue jeans from different eras and trends; the jeans, like all sections of the store, are neatly organized and well-presented. Like all vintage or thrift shops, you will have good days and bad days, but I find something interesting about 50% of the time I shop here. I have found premium scarves and neat t-shirts; others might like the hats or jewelry. The prices are a wee bit high for a used clothing shop; I paid $15 for a scarf later saw for $10 on ebay. Nonetheless, I don't mind paying a little more for a neat and well-presented shop.
O my, my mi Cultura. Live here long enough and you will hear about this fantastic coffeehouse located in the Hollywood Area. Starbucks addicts, I dare you to avoid conversion after just one Mexican Latte. It just won't happen.
Culture, indeed: theLatin culture is emphasized from the moment you step through the doors and hear the unmistakeable rhythms. A great variety of Latin music is played daily, and sometimes you can buy the music CDs. The art on the walls further emphasizes the theme; I feel like I am in one of the great cafes I frequented in Mexico City!
And then there is the coffee...WOW! Purists, rejoice in the simple straight espresso or a macchiatto. There is a great crema on top of your shot (the Green Chain just cannot compare). The specialy would have to be the latte and the blended mocha featuring Mexican chocolate. Both are worthy indulgances.
You can buy the regular coffee house snacks (muffins, biscotti, ets.) or opt for more complete meals such as sandwiches and sa