I'm not a big fan of this Starbuck's, but I'm here a lot because it's the closest one to my place.
First, THIS PLACE IS FLIPPING COLD. I swear, if you were close to death, you could come to this Starbucks and cryogenically freeze your body until a cure was found for your condition. I'm looking out the window at 95 degree weather and feeling odd because I wish I had a sweatshirt ...
Second, the service isn't exactly the fastest. Nice people, but they're not breaking any speed records.
Lastly, it attracts some odd characters. I'm looking at a guy right now who's dressed in an italian suit, but also has a huge mohawk/spike. Then there is the weird guy who sits at a table and stares straight ahead for 20 minutes ... then moves to another table and does the same thing ... then moves to another table ...
All that said, if you just moved here from Antarctica and consider yourself patient but also maybe a little crazy, this Starbucks is the one for you.
I saw Mat Kearney here a few weeks ago, and I have to say it was one of my most memorable concert experiences to date. The show sold out at the door (there's only room for maybe 200 in there), and the fact that it's 21+ means you won't have to deal with a bunch of 15-year olds trying to push their way to the front (personal pet peeve). Drinks are reasonable and it's pretty classy. I've never been there during the weekend club-mode (that's when it becomes velvet rope time and I probably wouldn't get in / wouldn't want to get in anyway), but it's definitely worth hitting if one of your favorite acts is playing there.
PROS: Park behind the Whisky-A-Go-Go ... only a block away and just $7.
If I lived in Portland, I wouldn't consider going anywhere else. This is a church that's thriving and growing in numbers but also in depth and passion in worship.
If you're 14-25, you especially need to check this place out. I've never met so many cool people that are excited about their faith in Jesus!
If you visit, tell them that Chris, a.k.a "That Guy From Los Angeles That Does The Videos" sent you. =)
This Starbuck's is located a mile away from City Bible Church and Portland Bible College, *AND* it's open 24 hours a day, which I'd never heard of until coming here.
It's almost always filled with people from the church reading their bibles, having fun with friends, etc. It's not too big, but it's definitely the go-to social joint in the area, and it's conveniently located next to a Quizno's and an Applebee's, if you're hungry.
Go here. You'll meet awesome people. Tell them Chris Corrado, the video guy from Los Angeles sent you. =)
This bar has a great atmosphere. I've been here several times for after-work drinks with co-workers, and its never felt like a pick-up bar. The outdoor patio is a perfect place to chill with your friends.
I've always gotten there earlier, but I THINK there's a cover charge that takes effect at 9:00pm. You'll want to get there before then anyway so you can get a table ... by 11:00, the patio is really full.
This place is awesome. I've been here several times now and every time I'm amazed at how good the value is. Their food and the atmosphere are both excellent.
My new thing is their ginger tea. It's amazing. So is their Thai iced tea, but let's be honest--Thai tea is good anywhere.
My advice--don't get the coconut ice cream and sweet rice dessert--it's good, but it costs as much as their entrees!
Of all the Starbuck's in Pasadena, this one is the big hang-out. The staff there are all totally cool ... AND ... I can't believe I'm sharing this ... if you stay until close to closing time, they bring around free samples and eventually give away all the leftover sandwiches of the day. Don't laugh until you've scarfed down a Tarragon Chicken sandwich that didn't cost you a penny!
Be forewarned--it's usually pretty full and finding a place to sit can be a challenge!
CONS: Parking can be a pain--I usually park in the structure next to Border's and walk down. The Pavillions parking lot behind Starbucks is good, but often full--and maybe it's just me, but it seems to attract a lot of drivers who like to go .0005 mph and can't decide if they're parking or not. =)
Located in the Santa Anita Mall in Arcadia, D&B is basically Chuck E. Cheese for grown-ups. They have a couple bars, a restaurant, a large arcade floor ... lots of stuff. I was just there for a birthday party. It was fun, but the lights, games, and party atmosphere combine into the kind of sensory overload that I can only enjoy maybe once a year.
Video games are played using pre-paid cards that you swipe for each credit. As with most arcades, the really popular games cost a bit more than the classics. They also have a good assortment of physical games (skeeball, basketball shoot, etc.).
I had a great time, had a couple good drinks, and reminisced back to my Nintendo days while playing Ms. Pac Man and Galaga.
Our server was great too, really fun and attentive. A good place to go if you're looking for a super-social atmosphere, but definitely not a place for the low-key.
Le Mandrette has great Chinese food at really good prices.
Unfortunately, I did have one bad experience there. After eating there at least 30 times (and all of them enjoyable), I got some take-out and wound up REALLY sick for the following two days (and it was just as I was getting ready to live for a nice trip to Monterey!). I almost feel bad sharing this because they ARE a good restaurant, and this was one experience out of a WHOLE bunch, but it *did* happen.
I highly recommend getting their lunch specials, available before 3:00pm ... it's filling, nutritious, and cheap!
For those of you non-film types (I'm sure there are a couple of you out there in Los Angeles), Super 8 film is the stuff your grandparents used when they made home movies with their hand-cranked movie cameras.
Super 8 Sound in Burbank is one of the last places that still supports the Super 8 format. They sell the film and also offer processing.
They also provide the unique service of taking higher-quality 16mm and 35mm films, then cutting them down and fitting them in 8mm cartridges, givingdirectors and DPs a much bigger selection of stocks to choose from.
If you're planning to shoot Super 8, you're going to wind up here whether you like it or not ... they're the only place in town that supports it. Thankfully, they do a good job and have great prices. =)