This wholesale grocer is the Home Depot of food! They stock many of your favorite items in LARGE sizes, ususally for less than the regular size you buy at the supermarket. It's the ONLY place to buy your kids breakfast cereal at reasonable prices. The selection of large-sized frozen foods is staggering, along with their unexpectedly wide varieties of wines & beers. I recently bought an entire beef tenderloin and dined on filet mignon for two weeks at half the cost of buying those meager supermarket offerings. You must become a member to shop here - this is as simple as getting a Ralphs Club or similar supermarket card....plus $1. It's 100 times worth it.
This Ralphs is a perfect example of how local management can torpedo a company's reputation. Most other locations seem to run things just fine. Not here. At THIS store I've found the following: Brands aren't stocked based on their popularity (seems like the high-bidder-of-the-month for shelving fees gets the WHOLE SHELF), so you can never count on finding your favorites; you can't trust the sell-by dates on their perishable inventory - bread is usually only a couple of days from going moldy, old& gray hamburger is sometimes coated with a veneer of fresh to fool you, and I've found moldy cheeses on their shelf which show 3 weeks left 'til the expiration date on their packages; the baggers are hands-down the most inept ever; and most of their produce is tasteless, not to mention the regularity with which I find a fruit fly epidemic in my kitchen after a couple of days. Locals should go to the Ralphs on San Fernando Road, just South of the 2 freeway - it's perfectly fine.
There is much to be said for a business which is dedicated to a very narrow specialty. They either perform their specific task well or they're smoke. Well, these folks provide such a delicious (though NOT cheap) product - on time - that they are *expanding*! Try them once...you'll be back.
This outfit earns its 5 stars by virtue of its excellent inventory, well-informed staff, and its dedication to musicians. But. Caveat emptor (buyer beware). If you're going to buy anything more substantial than strings, picks or sticks, DO YOUR HOMEWORK before setting foot here. Their list prices are higher than the huge volume of business they do might suggest. Knowing the wholesale & competitor's prices often assure you of significant savings when you negotiate with a salesperson. For example: I once bought a $2500 drum kit for $1999 - with a complete set of hard-shell road cases ($900 worth) and sales tax included - because I did my research first.
This is a full-service animal clinic with one really good vet, one decent vet, and (ahem) others. A hint: Try to get a woman (veterinarienne?) to see your pet. They are good about records for shots, etc., and offer a discount day for inoculations - a real $$ saver. Altogether a good bet for routine pet maintenance. Based on my experience though, if your pet needs inpatient care for any length of time, make sure you visit often - the kennel area would certainly drive ME to drink.
I can imagine no better way to recommend this clinic than to relate this story. When my cat was hit by a car right in front of me, I knew it was bad. Even though it was after business hours, I scooped her up and drove to the nearest place I rememberedseeing an "Animal Clinic"-type sign. Turns out they specialize in emergency care - the duty vet did the X-rays & diagnosis lightning fast, and managed to stabilize the internal ruptures & cracked vertebra. The next day she went to a full care clinic. It was a close-run thing, but two years later, she's just fine.
The Pelican is a great place for a dining-out treat. As implied by the moniker, their specialty is seafood (especially fish), but also include a very good prime rib and an excellent sauced filet mignon. Their most popular dishes are on the permanent menu, and are consistently and deliciously prepared. Variety is added by the specials of the day, which are often a wonderful adventure. The dining area consists of many levels & is also broken up by indoor planting, so you'll never find more than a couple of other parties in your quiet niche. The view over Glendale is great in the evening. The wait staff is very freindly and outgoing, and surprisingly candid - they'll tell you if a particular special hasn't been generally well received. The Pelican ain't cheap (about $15 to $28 per entree), but keep it in mind for anniversaries & celebrations. Yum!
This is one builder who knows how to follow a good set of plans - precisely. For home additions, remodeling, kitchens & baths, Miller Construction is a safe bet. They recently wrapped up an addition & remodel for a friend of mine, and there were no delays on their part. The finished job could pass for original construction, it matches the existing house so well. Miller Construction recommends you have a designer or architect prepare your plans; if you don't have one yet, they particularly like the work of M.W. Booth & Associates (listed & reviewed elsewhere at Insider Pages). In short this is a great team!
These men-at-work from down under (Australia) have fixed a leak, solved a sluggish drain problem, and installed a reverse-osmosis water filtration system for me. They are amiable, professional, and quick. When you call their number, you'll likely geta machine, but they are very prompt with a call-back. For maintenance & minor installations, there are "no worries mate" with Bubbles.
This'll be a mixed review. The good: My contact there, Emad, is a very friendly & hardworking sort. Minor service is performed promptly. The bad: I had my Camry's engine rebuilt through J & E ($2500). After driving it for a week, the battery died soI had J & E look at it - three times! The progressive diagnoses: "Just needs a good charge" (nope), "The alternator's fine; just put on new terminals" (nope), "Oh...the alternator's bad; replace it" (NOPE). Car still dies. J&E has struck out with me. Going to dealer next (aaaagh!)