First let me say that Delius used to be one of my favorite restaurants. Great atmosphere, great food, excellent bar (try the mojito, I've had them many times and places, but there's is special), at reasonable (for the quality) prices. I also love the fact that owners of the restaurant are active in it, stop by the table and make you feel welcome. I've told countless people about the restaurant as a little gem in Long Beach. You would say I'm a big fan.
This is all still true, but unfortunately I have to rate the restaurant as one star, because of an unfortunate event by the owner, Dave, that I really put me off. I called ahead to ask the manager if I could bring in a special desert for my wife's birthday, something to really make it special. He told me that it would be ok and that they'd plate it for me. Of course I offered to pay them for the equivalent item on their menu.
I then went out and spent a bunch of money on the item. Two hours before our reservation I get a call from Dave, the owner telling me that he cannot do that, not for any health code or anything like that, just because he doesn't want to. I tell him that I only bought the item after his manager said it was ok. No budge.
I own a business myself and would never treat a customer that way. I will never eat there again, nor would I recommend going there because of the very disappointing service by the owner.
Sorry Delius. You lost a customer and more importantly a recommender for good.
Don Trojan and the team at Barrad & Trojan provide top notch service for individuals and businesses. I use them for both my personal tax planning and all my corporate bookkeeping and accounting. The money I pay them each month is gives me great peace of mind. And beyond that Don is a great partner and sounding board for a number of business issues, that I value and wholeheartedly recommend!
Dr. Coates is a true professional. He's got a great office, staff, equipment, and most of all he really seems to care. He give a very thorough examination and cleaning. We've been to a lot of dentists before, some we've really liked, but Dr. Coates is the best.
Jessica @ Petropolis was a pleasure to do business with. On my initial call she picked up the phone immidiately, then came over to my house to meet my dog Quincy, and go over the details. She made me feel comfortable with her insurance/bonding certificate and her professional deameanor. She gave us a call while we were gone to let us know how things were going and all and all we were very happy with her service.
We've only had the opportunity to use her once so far, but we wouldn't heasitate to use her again in the future.
Update..We just used Jessica again and we couldn't be happier. She left us a lovely note updating us on our dog's behavior while we were gone and even checked in on Quincy an extra time!
Family and work caused us to relocate from South Pasadena to Long Beach. Carolyn Faber at Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage made the process painless. She's a true professional and we wouldn't hesitate to use her again. She's also helped my mother buy and sell several properties, always securing a great price for her.
We're on our third house now, and I can tell you that Carolyn was truly exceptional in all aspects of the transaction from showing us the neighborhood, understanding what we were looking for, filtering out the best opportunities (including the home we eventually bought which hadn't even come on the mls when she showed it to us!), advising us on our investment, closing the deal, referring us to valued advisors (mortgage broker, contractors, etc.)
We'll use her again!
PROS: Experience, practical advice, local knowledge
DD was recommended to us by our real estate agent after we moved into our new home in South Pasadena. She's been with us ever since, and we've been very happy since then. We can always count on her to keep the house sparkling, even though our dog always does his best to mess it up. We highly recommend her!
We recently purchased a home in South Pasadena using the services of Cynthia Luczysky and her team. We were seriously impressed the longer we did business with Cynthia. It's a tough buyers market right now with a whole lot of people looking for not a lot of houses. She spent the time with us we needed to understand the area we were moving to, which we didn't know a whole lot about. She guided us through the offer process several times, and finally after an accepted offer she didn't stop there but was EXTREMELY helpful in referring us to all the various folks you need to work with to close a real estate transaction (inspector, architect, contractors, etc.).
A true professional. We'll be using her again in the future.
We recently purchased a house in South Pasadena, and our real estate agent, who I also found on Insider Pages, recommended Armando to us. He showed up early to our appointment, spent a solid three hours inspecting our property, walked us through the major issues, promptly emailed us a professionally prepared report with digital photographs, and did it all with professionalism. I couldn't ask more from a home inspector. This is our second house and I will continue to use Armando for all our future purchases.
If you are not time sensitive, then I recommend Jewels by Kurt -- Michael (Kurt's son, who runs the business) is very trust worthy and honest and does very nice work. He'll custom-make anything you want, as well as buy/sell new or estate jewelry. Wehad our wedding rings made there and we were very happy with the result; however, he isn't very good at either managing deadlines or estimating the amount of time it takes to get a job done. Our rings took several weeks longer than expected, so if youintend to use him, plan ahead.
Better than Papa John's and cheaper -- tell them you want the "large for the price of a medium" (a standing coupon/deal they have) and it's about $9 for a large pizza, delivered!