I was a member of this gym for a few years, until I got so tired of it being packed every time I wanted to go work out after work. I became resentful that if I came in the evening on a worknight, I would have to wait in line for several minutes in order to use any cardio machine. Most weight machines were in use, and I would usually have to wait for those too. The pool has only a few lanes for swimming, and does not seem to be clean, has a salty, chemical smell and taste. I stopped using it because it was disgusting. Most of the people who go there are young and attractive, so the eye candy almost makes up for it being so crowded and unpleasant. Almost, but not for me.
PROS: Affordable, decent gym, eye candy
CONS: Very crowded, not so clean
After going to 24 Hour Fitness for a few years, this was a welcome change. The facilites are very well kept, and it is filled with clean, new equipment. It is not nearly as crowded as the other gyms I have been to. They offer many classes and have a large pool with eight lanes for swimming. There are plenty of free weights and a variety of different machines. They have a sauna and steam room, and validated free parking. What I like best is how clean the gym is and they have the best equipment. The only negative thing is the high price: $80 per month, which is more than I'd like to be paying.
PROS: Luxurious, clean and pleasant
It took me awhile to find an auto mechanic I could trust. This place was recommended by a couple of my friends, and I have been a very happy customer ever since. What I liked was that they take the time to explain and sometimes even show me what the problem is. They have never been pushy like some places, that tell you that if you don't fix something immediately your car is going to break down. The owner of the business, Mr. Kondo is friendly and personable. They are flexible and accommodating and they have very reasonably priced repairs.
This is one of my favorite coffee places in the LA area. It's a cozy, funky place with character, which is a nice break from the ubiquitous Starbucks and other coffee chains. My favorite thing is the waldorf chicken salad, which is grilled chicken over field greens and a balsamic vinaigrette, with goat cheese, chopped apples, walnuts and raisins. It comes with a choice of bread. They have several types of salads, sandwiches and desserts. I'm not a coffee drinker, so I can't comment on their coffee. My only complaint is that as a tea drinker, I was disappointed that the chai they serve is store-bought and poured out of a box and they have the audacity to charge $3.50 for it.
PROS: Charming atmosphere, good salads
CONS: Lack of a variety of tea, store-bought chai
This is a favorite breakfast place of my mother's, who makes a point to visit it every time she comes to LA. They also serve lunch and dinner. They serve Cuban food, as well as other food. I recommend the cuban breakast, which comes with fried eggs over cuban beef hash, which is kind of like a cuban chili, plantains, black beans and rice. They serve several types of eggs benedict, and I recommend the florentine benedict, which is poached eggs with spinach and sun-dried tomatoes in a hollandaise sauce. You will also find several types of pancakes, including mango pancakes, which are great. Their service is usually quick and pleasant. It's located at the end of Washington Blvd, close to the beach.
PROS: Good food and a variety of breakfast options
After going to fancy hotels which offer afternoon tea, this place is a refreshing find, since it offers its afternoon tea for just $15, compared with the $20-25 of hotels. The food comes in generous portions, unlike the microscopic sandwiches and desserts of most places. They have a huge variety of teas, which are all very good. Their sandwiches are wonderful and are more exotic than the usual cucumber variety found at most tea places. My favorites are the punjab, which is egg salad with a smoked tea flavor, and the mediterranean, which is olive and goat cheese with watercresss. My only complaint would be the service, which tends to be a bit slow, and the servers who seem to only grudgingly comply with your requests.
PROS: Great food, reasonable prices, great selection of teas
CONS: Not the friendliest or fastest service
This is one of my favorite restaurants in LA, great food and inexpensive. I recommend getting the vegetarian combination, which is more than enough food for two people. It includes collard greens, red lentils, split peas, potatoes, and cabbage with carrots. It's served of course, with injera, which is the spongy Ethiopian flat bread made from teff, an iron-rich grain. You have the option of ordering this with salads, which have a great salty, lemony flavor. You can get all of this for just $12. The food is delicious, filling and can be spicy. I also recommend some of the meat dishes, especially the special tibs, which is beef cooked with onions and peppers, and the awaze tibs, beef cooked in a spicy sauce. The only issue I have with this place is that the service can be a bit slow, and you usually have to ask for your bill.
PROS: Great food, low prices
CONS: Slow service, sometimes