Nice little Lower Haight hair place giving you style without pretense. What's not to love? Even when I was struggling to grow my hair out they offered me excellent support and interim cuts that kept me from looking like a freak during the worst of it. Prices are within reason. Not had a bad cut yet. Ask for Monica!
I like that Ulta has the latest and greatest drug store skincare and make-up and at prices that compete well with Target or Walmart. Their loyalty scheme rewards you with things you might actually want like a hair dryer or a flat iron. The haircare product selection is really worth seeing with good deals on big brands. The salon services are where it all falls down. I tried them for a coloring and the highlights were so harsh I had to ask them to be corrected on the spot. I specifically asked for subtle highlights.
I received a free cut and style as a reward at the end of the year and this was one of the least exciting haircuts I have ever had. Not actually ugly but not very cool either. The stylist made it look ridiculously poofy afterward. This is not where to go for a hip new look. Maybe just a trim.
There is a limited selection of higher end make-up brands like Cargo, Smashbox and BareEscentuals and the prices on these are good but do not look for expert advice here. Go in knowing what you want and make your big ticket purchases here like moisturizer that costs over $20 so you can get the benefit of the rewards and score that flat iron for free.
I have never had a very good time here. The bathrooms are atrocious. The theaters themselves stink of rotted food. The people they employ at the food stands are slow-moving and surly. Yes they have lots of screens and most movies will show up there but is it really worth it? Bayfair is a nicer experience. Far cleaner and with the same films showing. Parking here is a dangerous nuisance too. Avoid.
Is it me or was Pomodoro a good deal better a few years ago? This is a chain Italian trying harder than usual to be hip and upscale. It succeeds in most regards with bright, modern interiors and a good-sized menu featuring a few interesting combinations alongside the traditional. Of the salads on offer, caprese and mista are quite satisfying. Of the starters, the bruchetta, the ravioli di zucca (stuffed with butternut squash and topped with a nice butter/sage/brown sugar sauce) and the polenta are clear winners.
Of the main courses I can only dimly recall that the lasagne and the bolognese were faves of mine in my meat-eating days. These days I stick with the capellini pomodoro, the ravioli di magro and the fettuccine. To be honest these dishes are prepared adequately but with far less love and care than in times past. I have seen them burn the garlic at some locations which is entirely unforgivable at these prices. After all, I can burn my own garlic at home for far less than 7 dollars.
I would like to see a note on the menu to the effect that they will make any dish without meat if you order it that way and I would like to see a touch more love in the simpler dishes. The lunch foccacia sandwiches are delicious and a good deal with a small salad or soup included.
What a pleasant surprise. Real, fresh bread without corn syrup in it with a good texture and flavor, sold whole or in loaves. Fresh pastries, croissants and specialty breads like asiago or pesto alll made the same day and if you are lucky, within an hour or two. They bake all day. Places like this are something I thought was lost. It's odd to find a bread bakers shop in the mall where hot dogs on sticks and gooey pretzels rule. This was the kind of store I remember visiting as a small child. Glad to see them in many malls across The Bay now as either Grain D'or or Andersen Bakeries. They also sell a range of sandwiches, soups and salads though I have never been sufficiently thrilled with these. Go there for the bread and pastries. You won't be sorry. The web site link has a store locator on it.
I went to get flowers for my friend who had just given birth. The style of floral design they do is very old-fashioned and kind of behind the times. Still making use of beastly things like carnations. The arrangement cost $50 and was not much better than I could have gotten at a Safeway.
Good floral design at that price should include flowers I cannot get at a gas station.
We found them through our preschool which offered instruction on campus using teachers from CV Performing Arts. Classes are affordable and offered in several time slots for children as young as 3. Teachers work hard to encourage both the shy and the bold and can get even a boisterous pack of 4-year-olds enthusiastically tapping through a routine in a few short weeks. My daughter enjoyed herself.
Had a poke around and found a nice book about old Castro Valley which I bought and enjoyed. Jordan's is too small to have very much but they have some unique selections, particularly in the kid's books. I don't think their prices are all that different from a Walden Books or any airport bookstore. Not the place for a bargain but you and I both know that if you are reading this, you can buy your books used from Amazon for a pittance. That's not the point of a bookstore. The point of a bookstore is to browse. To me, the best book places are medium-sized (this one was too small) and have space for a person to sit and leaf through something. CV could really use a place like that. Small bookshops are dying out so with that in mind I will visit once in the while and buy a book. Cause I mean, really. Barnes and Noble is boring.
This Indian is small but reasonably good quality. Nothing soul-thrilling at the luncheon buffet we tried but there was a good selection of vegetarian options and we did get quite a lot of food for our money. 3 items cost under 8 dollars and included soup, salad, drink, nan bread and dessert. The bread was a little on the greasy side but the food was fine. A little spicy perhaps but better that than bland and overboiled. The vegetables had at least retained their original shape. Something which is emerging as a challenge for the Indian restaurants we have tried so far in the Bay Area. The rice pudding dessert was yummy.
We have not tried Haveli for dinner but we will give it a go soon. So far, the best Indian we have found but still falling well short of the mark in flavor, texture and quality.
Nice shop with loads to choose from. Good level of attention from staff when fitting children's footwear. Good selection from entry level to expert. Nice accessories like ballet boxes, jewelry, hair ribbons, dance-themed t-shirts. A frequent buyer program. Parking can be difficult at times but worth the trip if your child is starting dance.