Of the Thai Restaurants I've frequented (and I've been to many in the SD area), I believe this to be one of the best. In fact, good enough for me to return to... They have an appetizer that is potato, meat, curry sauce and is VERY good. I would definetely recommend it. Also, their dishes are good sized and you could have enough leftover for another meal. I thought their yellow curry was very tasty; having eaten there twice, I was not disappointed either. I had the yom tom soup the second time and it came out in a bowl and burner so that the soup could be kept piping hot. Service is great as well-- you can choose either to sit on mats on the floor or in chairs. Also, they have a cheaper lunch menu.
I went to Tadashi Sushi for the all-you-can eat buffet. Unfortunately, it didn't quite live up to my expectations. First, it was pretty expensive and you had to select items on the menu that you wanted like certain rolls, raw fish, etc. Then you waited... and waited... and waited for them to make it. While this ensures that the food is fresh, they also place a limit on HOW LONG you can eat for, making it so that a lot of your eating time is actually waiting time. Also they will charge you if you have leftover rice and they make sure to pad their rolls with lots of rice. The good thing is that they dont just offer raw fish and rolls, they also offer tofu, edamame, teriyaki chicken, etc.
UCSD Extension offers a lot of classes for students, staff/faculty of UCSD and people who are not affiliate with the university at all! You can get a paralegal certificate, learn a second language, brush up on your English or take an Online class. They also have a business program with very good classes in accounting, tax preparation, etc. Another plus is that UCSD Extension offers career counsling for the community-- you can call to sign up and then anyone in the area can attend a workshop! They are free as well. For UCSD students-- there is a certain period of time when Extension offers HIGHLY discounted rates for their classes. You just have to line up early in the morning at their office for such a coupon; I think the classes are practically free after that!
The thing that is special about Preuss School is that it targets low-income communities and students. Every class stresses the need for continuing education and the importance of getting a bachelor's or even higher education. Because it targets low-income communities and those who need the most help, you HAVE to meet certain guidelines before you can send your child to this school. Students have to wear the standard white/blue/khaki uniform. They have a music room, cheerleaders, yearbook-- all the clubs/organizations/opportunities that would be afforded at other institutions. They receive a lot of UCSD students who offer their services as mentors/tutors.
June's does a myriad of copy and legal filing for both attorneys and people who just need legal services. It is very convenient for those firms that are far away from courthouses or for smaller firms who simply do not have the time/manpower to send someone to do a filing when there is a lot of work at the office. The only downside is that you HAVE to follow up to make sure the filings/research has been done. Do not expect them to drop it off when they receive it-- because it will not happen and you will miss your deadline. They have a billing service there as well so they can bill you all at once for services rendered in a 30-day period-- that is quite convenient as you don't have to issue a check beforehand.
Kelley's Bakery has some special cookies and baked goods that I really enjoy. In small packages with their traditional green packaging, they have these butter cookies that are crunchy in the first bite but melt in your mouth (because of the high butter content, I'm sure). Especially with coffee or tea, they are great for a quick morning bite. They also have dinner rolls/buns that are brushed with condensed milk so they are slightly sweet at the edges-- these are found in tins with approximately 5-6 or so. I think their cookies are the best thing they have there!
Right when you walk in, you know why Kee Wa Bakery is so good-- the air is fragrant with fresh bread baking and it is always crowded. I especially love their egg tarts. Unlike traditionally ones that have a very flaky crust, Kee Wa offers ones that have a thin crust so you can enjoy the egg part a little more. The goods aren't cheap but well worth the prices. I prefer their actual breads and buns to cakes. I think cakes could be found elsewhere for better quality and taste, in my opinion. Nonethless, the egg tarts are a must.
It seems that over the years, the quality of baked goods at Diamond Bakery has diminished. When I was younger, my mother would buy loaves of breads and specialty buns (like those filled with pineapple/condensed milk/other fillings) as a treat for us. But I've found that some of their breads are hard and not as soft and luxurious as I used to enjoy them. Also I daresay that their ice creams are definetely too expensive and I would rather go to Baskin Robbins than buy their cakes.
Robert Half Legal is a legal staffing agency for paralegal, legal secretaries, filing and other positions. I first found a listing through craigslist for an employment opportunity that I thought would match my needs/skills. I went in to talk to them at their location in downtown SD. Parking was a pain and I ended up paying about $7 for about 40 minutes. However, they had a typing speed/accuracy assessment test, simple math skills test, etc. Then I met with someone who looked over my resume, assessed my qualifications and let me know how the process worked. Not only was the person that I talked to extremely friendly and helpful, she also offered me some tips that landed me my first permanent job! Definetely worth the time to go if you are interested in the legal field and are looking for work.
I liked that the business was very cozy and small-- it's not a big chain and doesn't have the rushed feel of many other restaurants. I ordered a spicy rice noodle dish with a garlic paste chili-- the spicy level ranged from 1-10, 10 being the most spicy. I picked 5-- however, when my dish came out, it was VERY spicy- more of a 7 if anything. I was disappointed as this dampered my dining experience quite a bit. I heard someone else at another table complaining that their dish was too hot, "fiery" in fact. Also, their curry dishes do not automatically come with rice-- you have to order refillable rice on the side for an extra dollar. I thought that was wierd-- do they expect you to eat the curry by itself? Why wouldn't it automatically come with it? Anyway, a red curry was ordered as well and at a level 6 spicy, it was less spicy than the first and tasted great. I would recommend the curries and perhaps being more careful with the spicy level request. The noodle was about $9 and the curry $12-- not bad.
PROS: good curry
CONS: be careful w/ requesting the spicy level