Those are the exact same three adjectives that rushed through my psyche as I exited my near 2 hour visit to the Manhattan Historical Museum. An endless matrix of walls - swimming in photos - is the first sight to grab your attention as you walk through the front entrance of the Museum. They range from the late 1800s all the way up to just yesterday! Each is well documented and - as if the photos themselves didn't already set the scene - the curator's magnificent prose further engulfs you into the settings, as if you were there.
Obviously, wandering around staring at photos would get quite boring after a while. In fact, its impossible to see all of them at once, one is obligated to walk around display cases of artifacts ranging back to the original "Key To The City" which was presented to the City Hall so many years ago.
If you live in the South Bay - regardless of specific city - it is your duty as a beach city dweller to take a step back and into the past - you'd be surprised at how much hasn't, and has, changed.
Ken Cranes has long prized itself for an insurmountable selection of name brand audio and video equipment - a majority of which is on display at all times in their GIANT warehouse (or, as they appropriately phrase it, "Entertainment City").
Don't hesitate to ask questions here, even if you don't plan on purchasing. The staff is very friendly and surprisingly knowledgeable. Don't waste your time at the dime-a-dozen chains like Best-Buy and Circuit City - talk to Ken!
The Video Audio Center is probably THE place for all audio and videophiles to check out before they begin planning their high-end home theatre. The staff at VAC is generally well seasoned in the industry although they are often times biased towards who the help (if you want service, I'm sorry to say, gym shorts and an everyday t-shirt isn't going to get it to you).
Generally speaking, prices are extremely high - although they claim to at least have the lowest prices anywhere when it comes to Sony products (not to mention that they can get any Sony product currently on the market).
I highly recommend checking out TV performance before buying one, and this is certainly the place - but if you do like it, I recommend writing the model number and looking up a cheaper price online.
Cheesy title, I know but "TOP" is actually an acronym a buddy of mine came up with a few years back while we were enjoying our weekly brunch over at Tonys On the Pier - Tony On Pier, TOP!
The brunch menu is great and it keeps me coming back, even during my semesters at UCLA! The service is alright but whats important here is the fantastic Sunday morning entertainment! A live smooth jazz band performs almost regularly and - accompanied by the fantastic 8 dollar brunch buffet.
Parking is terrible during the summer but if you're lucky you might be able to spot the cast of The OC doing a shooting down at the pier!
CONS: The Redondo Beach pier smells like fishys.
I've been coming to Curry House for gosh knows how long - and I haven't stopped coming back! The food is TO DIE FOR and their service is unparallelled. Whats more - the bar is fantastic and there are always plenty of dates to be found, shortly after a few drinks of course.
The menu is contemporary Indian / Thai with the occasional fusion American spilled into the mix - every dish is a sure fire winner. Don't be fooled by the dull facade and rather unexpected locale - Curry House is a MUST!
I attended this Outback Steakhouse at my bosses insistence - and expense, I'm glad.
The unusually expensive food is typically served cold (even upon requests for 'warming it up') and very stale. The unseasoned and overall unpalatable Fillet Mignon which my boss and I both ordered that night were delivered within 2 minutes of us ordering these dishes and they were - word for word - mere pieces of meat layed down on plates with some lettuce garnish displayed to the side. We were forced to manually request utensils, napkins, and beverages.
Half way through our meal both of us stared at each other, glanced down at our plates, and then slowly shook our heads back to each other - instant affirmation that neither of us cared to continue consuming such a galling meal. We payed, and tipped, kindly (after all it wasn't the waiters fault) and left to a more agreeable restaurant (The Kettle - read my review).
I was first drawn to Fantastic Sams to save $$ on my haircuts - their prices are quite competitive. Unfortunately, it was after 6th clip of the scissors that I was - honestly - frightened for the sake of my public image! The stylist hardly payed attention to where the scissors were going but rather allocating massive amounts of brain processing power to the ridiculous task of deciphering the artist of whatever hip-hop tune happened to be playing on the radio.
I kindly faked an importance phone call from my work (I was a bag-boy at Vons - wtf?) and caustically argued for my money back. It wasn't until after the song had ended and the 'stylist' gave up on figuring out the artist that she realized I was no longer in the chair while she was blindly clipping away at air.
Long story short - save your money and drive over to 'The Hair Cut Store' (see my review).
PROS: Cheap in terms of price
CONS: Terrible in terms of quality
I was probably 16 when my youngest brother began attending Bread of Life Church / Preschool - and let me tell you, I WAS JEALOUS! I'd attended a small day care as a child and this is quite a step higher in terms of the exceptional one to one attention (a necessity for any growing preschooler) provided by the faculty at this institution.
Kids are taught not only basic mechanics and key childhood concepts (*cough* potty training) but also are familiarized on the Windows and Macintosh in BOTH Chines AND English! It was hard enough getting my youngest brother to fully articulate a sentence in English - but Mandarin, my gosh!
All in all Bread of Life provides truly remarkable care for any preschool aged individual - as well as amazing preparation for public elementary schools (My brother was able to skip kindergarten AND first grade!).
In my course of encounters with eye surgeons (I've a severe astigmatism and am nearly blind without my glasses - I've seen many a Ophthalmologists) Dr Dugel Raj is by far my choice physician when my pupils go paltry and pale.
His practice is fully insured and the walls are flooding in professionally presented University diplomas and various awards presented to the finest in such a complex field.
Upon my first visit, I was thoroughly examined as per my HMO would provide - BUT Dr Raj even offered free dilation! After later research (My previous ophthalmologist did this every 4 years) i uncovered the dire importance of such a simple task and greatly thanked Dr. Raj.
Prices are reasonable and he accepts most insurance plans. His office is design-book worthy, true artistry.