We've been going to Myles Abbott, MD since our son was born more than two years ago. He's wonderful. Warm, experienced, great sense of humor. He talks to our son, not just to us. The office staff is pretty nice and helpful there's a play room for sick kids. I've also found the advice nurse staff extremely helpful. I have never felt slighted for asking questions. What I like most about this practice is that all of the doctors and nurses are real colleagues, and will often confer with each other. And someone is always available by phone during the day, usually a nurse, but I've always been able to speak with a doctor when necessary and without waiting for too long. They have always encouraged us to call in with questions or concerns, and we have come to rely (and value) heavily on their advice.
We used Stu Miller this past Spring. He was very pleasant on the phone as well as in person. Very mild mannered. The move went well... no problems. I could have not even been present and I'm sure the move would have went well. His staff was very pleasant. I think he does charge more than other companies, but we felt we needed someone reliable and dependable and he had a lot of recommendations on the Parents web site, so we went with him. Stu is a true professional. He has protective pads, wardrobe boxes, etc. and knows how to move furniture and pack his truck very efficiently.
I have been very satisfied with Tiny Tots. Their customer service is friendly, fast and efficient. One time they called me before I could call them to tell them I needed less diapers. One advantage is that you can shop and they will deliver items with next diaper drop off and bill you with your monthly bill.Tiny Tots has a thorough description of their cleaning process on the website.
I used to travel from SF State to Berkeley once a week to get their stuffed spinach and mushroom pizza with garlic. And that was when I was a student. It never disappointed then, over 10 years ago, (I can't believe I wrote that), and it does not disappoint now. Sometimes we get the healthy chicken, stuffed pizza of course, and that's good. The pizza is similar to lasagne. Never order a small because you'll want more. Trust me. They have good salads too. I've tried their thin crust and it was similar to lots of other pizzas that I've tried. But their stuffed crust is their masterpiece.
We should have more places like this in the bay area. Kensington Circus Pub serves beer, pub food, and has a corner devoted to toys and games for the kids. On any given night, you will find a full house filled with families. The adults are enjoying their food and drink, and the kiddies are enjoying their toys. It is a great concept. The food is not the greatest, but it's palatable. Beer can make almost anything taste good. They have a very good variety of beer, catering to the most discriminating tastes. My last experience here was not the best because a big kid was taking toys away from my toddler. My toddler couldn't understand it and I eventually had to play the ref. Then I find out the big kid's parents were sitting right in front of this action, gorging on their food and letting their brat act like a monster. As soon as I intevened, they acted like the doting parent's that they weren't. Anyway, besides this drama, Kensington Circus Pub is worth the trip.
Dr. Amy Huibonhoa is my OB. She practices in Berkeley, is extremely competent, has an excellent bedside manner, and is also very warm and personable. She seems to know patients by name and personally calls back with test results, etc. She remembers facts from prior conversations that make me feel like she takes a genuine interest in her patients! She is young but not yet cynical or burned out, or at least doesn't seem to be. Her nurse practitioner, Tahira, is also quite good, very warm, and friendly. You won't be sorry if you go here.
I don't think I have ever purchased a single piece of clothing for my son at Sweet Potatoes. I have found that most of the boys clothing is too babyish, such as sailor suits, etc. I have a hard time dressing my toddler like that. But on the other hand, they have a huge selection of cute clothing for girls. The sizes range from newborn to 14, I think. They usually have good sale racks in the back of the store. I've found Robees for about $20 here. Overall, I usually stop in if I need to buy a gift for a girl but as far as boys, I skip this place.
A lot of stuff is packed into this small space. You will find lots of toys for all age ranges, many of them unique and well made. The last time I shopped here, I found the coolest, hippest dolls. I bought one for a two year old. I loved these because these were many different ethnicities and were dressed in hip clothing. A plus is that the staff will gift wrap any item that you buy here for free. One less chore to do. I feel much better shopping here than a big chain like Toys R Us. And I think you'll find the prices comparable.
I would recommend asking for Lynn - she's really quick, gentle, and does a great job. The walls are covered with pictures of kids after they've gotten their hair cut, so you could go in and look around and see the cuts of kids. I also suggest going in about 15 minutes before your appointment and letting your kids play at the train table, so s/he gets used to being there. My main complaint about the place are the racks of semi-junky toys that greet you when you walk into the store; haircutting is done in the back of the store, so if your kid is the type who will beg you to buy a toy, getting his/her hair cut there may be a tiny little hell for you.
Susan at Elixir is a lovely person and a superb hair cutter, careful and artistic. I enjoy her tremendously and always leave her chair looking elegant and feeling pampered. I can't recommend her highly enough. When both she and I have time, she treats me to a deep condition, which is no charge to me. It's so peaceful sitting in that chair and drinking the yummy hot tea that they provide. At my last visit, the facialist gave me a complimentary hand massage. It was heavenly. The prices are pretty comparable for a cut, $65, I believe. It's worth it.