It has been months since I wrote a review on Yelp, but I had to review Kama'aina Shiatsu & Sports Massage!
**Please note that I am writing this review on behalf of my father, who does not use Yelp.**
Kama'aina Shiatsu & Sports Massage is locally owned and managed by Tats Kobayashi, a certified massage therapist. His studio is conveniently located in Kaimuki, off of Waialae and 12th Avenue and next door to 12th Avenue Grill.
A few weeks ago, I decided to take my dad in to get a one hour shiatsu massage. He is in his late 60s and has numerous health issues that requires him to receive special care. Tats was very attentive and knowledgeable in treating my father's condition to help ease his pain -- he took the time to listen to ensure he could provide the best care.
Tats was very professional, making my father feel comfortable and at ease. His technique is different from average massage therapists -- and genuinely takes the time to listen, get to know, and help his patient.
His rates are very reasonable at $1/minute -- and duration of time is flexible. Scheduling is also very flexible and accommodating. Credit cards, check, and cash are accepted.
If you are seeking a massage therapist in the Honolulu/Kaimuki area, I highly recommend giving Tats at Kama'aina Shiatsu & Sports Massage a call! Thank you for helping my dad on his road to recovery!
The Embassy Suites Arcadia is a clean, comfortable, convenient, and safe hotel to stay at in Arcadia.
The hotel is off Huntington Drive, close to the 210 freeway, and nearby many restaurants. The hotel is clean and comfortable. There is a daily FULL breakfast, including an omelet station and your selection of breakfast meats. There is a daily evening reception, with a full bar and snacks. What a deal!
There is also a restaurant/bar, pool, jacuzzi, workout room, business center, and laundry facilities located inside of the hotel.
I'd recommend the Embassy Suites Arcadia whether you are on business or leisure travel.
Awesome, friendly, clean & convenient gym!
Sunset Gym is a gem for the Inner Sunset neighborhood. If you live around the area, this is a wonderful place to come to workout and be healthy... in walking distance!
While it may not have extensive amounts of cardio equipment or frills that a fancier, larger gym may have, it has the essentials and works out fine for myself and those that go there.
The first floor holds four treadmills, numerous stationary bikes, and a weight room area. The second floor has a stretching area and more cardio machines.
One of the pros about this gym is that it never gets overly crowded - like I've previously felt at 24 Hour Fitness. The staff here are friendly and the people who come here are respectful. Also to point out is that the gym is kept clean, and I notice that almost everyone does their part to keep it that way. There's hand sanitizer available, they give out towels in the front, there's water and even a shower room.
Sunset Gym has an affordable monthly membership fee. Even better is a monthly couple's rate or a student rate if those apply to you.
I highly recommend considering Sunset Gym as your gym of choice!
Whoever says eating healthy is expensive hasn't found 22nd & Irving Market.
First off, I love this market. Really do. Thanks to 22nd & Irving, I've been able to eat healthy, fresh and affordable fruits, veggies and other produce. Luckily, this market is only a convenient five minute walk from my apartment, which makes grocery shopping so easy.
22nd & Irving Market is a friendly market that sells great quality fruits and veggies to their neighborhood customers. One can find a wonderful selection of fruits, including citrus, tropical and everything in between. There's a ton of veggies, including spinach, Chinese cabbage and bok choy, kale and the list goes on. They also sell milk, eggs, cheese, juice, teas, pasta noodles, sauce, cereal, nuts, rice, and condiments. Aside from meats and seafood, you can find almost any item on your grocery list here!
I will continue to be a loyal customer here as they always impress me with their wide selection, affordable prices, friendly service and convenience. Thanks for allowing me to eat healthy within my budget!!!
There are two items you must order when coming to King of Noodles for the first time:
1) Xiao Long Bao (Shanghai Soup Dumplings) and 2) Lamb Dumplings w/ Chinese vegetable.
If you love Shanghai soup dumplings, you will most definitely appreciate King of Noodles. They are made exactly the same way as Kingdom of Dumpling on Taraval, as this is their sister restaurant. Aside from the soup dumplings, you must order one of the regular dumplings. I've tried the chicken, pork and lamb dumplings, and lamb is by far the best.
Other dishes I've tried include the salted pepper tofu and cold wide bean noodle, hand-made noodle w/ special sauce, beef stew noodle soup and beef tendon noodle soup. Everything I've tried has always been very tasty and full of flavor. I have never been disappointed with any of the items I've ordered.
While King of Noodles is a small and semi-divey Chinese restaurant on Irving, do not underestimate their skill at making delicious dumplings and hand-made noodles. If you go at peak lunch and especially dinner time, expect a wait as their tables fill up fast and is definitely a popular spot in the Inner Sunset neighborhood.
A Terrific way to visit Wine Country, especially for the first-time visitor or wine novice!
I am an avid wine drinker and because I live in San Francisco, the Wine Country is practically my backyard playground. I love visiting each and every opportunity I get, and have even drove up two days in a row, just for fun. As you can see, I have a strong passion and growing appreciation for wine.
Last fall, while browsing on Yelp, I noticed that Terrific Tours was offering a Yelp Deal for a full-day wine tour to Sonoma. While I was a little hesitant because I did not want to sign up for a tour filled with first-timers, I decided to purchase the deal for my boyfriend & I, mainly due to the overwhelming number of excellent reviews on Yelp, all tasting fees included, and most importantly, someone else would be doing the driving!
We decided to go in mid-February, so we could use the tour as an early Valentine's Day celebration. We were picked up at 9:30am in Union Square by our tour guide, Dan, in a comfortable 12 passenger van. Our tour mates were a mixed variety of a married couple in their 30s, a mid-20s couple like ourselves, and a post-college frat group of friends. Dan was very friendly, helpful, accommodating and flexible. He asked us what types of wine we enjoyed, so he could plan the tour accordingly. With this mentioned, the winery stops are not set in stone, so speak up if you want to visit a particular type of winery or try a particular type of wine.
Our wine tour started off with a stop across the Golden Gate Bridge at the scenic lookout for a few minutes of photo taking. We then continued on to the wineries of Sonoma County. The four we visited were: Kastania Vineyards, Keller Estate Winery, Buena Vista Winery and Meadowcroft Winery. We also stopped in the Sonoma plaza area where we took a 1 hour lunch break, and were able to choose from an array of restaurants to dine at.
Of the four wineries we visited, Kastania Vineyards was by far the best. Located in Petaluma, Kastania is a very small, family owned & operated winery offering some of the best tasting Pinots I've tried with excellent and intimate service. If this sounds like something you'd enjoy, make sure you let your tour guide know of your interest to visit Kastania.
Unfortunately, the last two winery stops (Buena Vista and Meadowcroft) were far less impressive. Buena Vista, claiming to be the oldest winery in Sonoma, did not offer anything that really "wowed" us; as this was obvious since it was the only stop where no one on our tour bought a single bottle. And while the Syrah at Meadowcroft was top-notch, I did not think the service was and did not care for the ambiance - it was just a tasting room and not at the actual winery (yet we were on a winery tour).
At about 5:00pm, we were dropped off at the Sausalito Pier to take the Golden Gate Ferry back to the city. Our tickets were paid for, so that was a nice added amenity, which I'm sure the visitors especially enjoyed. The ferry dropped us off at the Ferry Building on the Embarcadero (near Financial District), where we had the option of either catching a cab or taking the BART/MUNI to our destination.
At the end of the day, I did enjoy the tour, with Kastania being my highlight. However, I do not think I'd sign up again, as this tour mainly seemed to attract tourists or first-timers to Wine Country - neither criterion which I fit. I do recommend Terrific Tours to those who'd like to experience Wine Country for their first time on a guided tour, and don't want to bother with the driving and planning.26/04/2012 Thank you Mari for using Terrific Tours!
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Still cheap, still a deal, still convenient... but WOW do they need to work on their customer service!
I swear, every time I come in here to buy a boba tea it just keeps getting worse. While I can't deny that a one-dollar boba is a steal, I'm really getting turned off by the unfriendly, cold and quite rude service by their staff. I know not to expect much, but a smile and a 'thank you' could make such a huge difference. Something for the management to take note on...Love the Teaway concept but don't want to wait in line?
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The hype is right. San Tung = DRY FRIED CHICKEN WINGS.
After almost a year of living in the Sunset, I've finally tried their amazing chicken wings. Why did I wait so long?!? San Tung's got it down. The wings are juicy, tender, tangy, spicy and addicting. The wait for a table is a little ridiculous, so unless you luck out on timing, I'd recommend ordering it to-go.
And with just one visit I'm officially hooked... I'll be back soon!
STUFF YOURSELF FULL OF INDIAN FOOD FOR CHEAP
If you're in the mood to binge on Indian cuisine, make your way to Star India for a $9.99 ALL-YOU-CAN-EAT buffet, lunch or dinner! Yes, its a pretty good deal if you are looking for a cheap meal to pig out on. I was introduced to Star India by my friend, Ken C. (his review is below on 2/8/11) who obviously loves this place. While I never thought of it as 5-star quality, I do think there are some worthy dishes served at Star India, along with some that taste pretty bad.
Above all, their best dish has to be the chicken tikka masala. After trying the entire selection on the buffet line, I can vouch this has to be the winner. After experimenting with some unappetizing dishes like the green-colored one in my photo (sorry I don't remember the name but its green) on the buffet line, I'll happily stick with the chicken tikka masala, rice and naan! Their dessert is also delicious, and tastes great paired with the chai tea!
If you enjoy eating Indian food, I'd suggest trying Star India at least once, just because its such a great deal. While the food may not be top-notch, the price and quantity itself is worth the visit.
Quaint, beautiful, cozy, quiet and simple... Hotel Lanai is a must-stay while on "Hawaii's Most Enticing Island".
Planning a vacation to Lanai can seem extravagant at first. The two main resorts on the island, Four Seasons Resorts properties The Lodge at Koele and Manele Bay can easily run a couple hundred dollars per night (even for Kama'aina residents). When adding up the costs of airfare, hotel, meals and activities, a trip to Lanai can seem like a fortune!
However, Hotel Lanai offers those looking for an alternative and more affordable route to the big name resorts on the very private island. This small, lovely hotel is located right in the heart of "town" in Lanai City. Hotel Lanai offers the Lanai traveler an affordable stay with a wonderful value.
Last June, my boyfriend & I wanted to get away from the hustle and bustle in Honolulu and flocked over to the sleepy island of Lanai. We split our stay between the Hotel Lanai and The Lodge at Koele. While we did want to spend some time indulging and soaking in all the luxury the Four Seasons Resorts had to offer, we also wanted to experience the low-key style of Lanai, a bed & breakfast type of accommodation, especially after hearing such good things about Hotel Lanai.
Our stay at Hotel Lanai was comfortable, peaceful and very enjoyable. Upon first glance, the Hotel Lanai almost appears as a big country home. The lady at the front desk (I believe her name was Cathy), was warm and hospitable, and escorted us to our room as a host would. Our room was beautifully decorated with a Hawaiian touch. We reserved a premium room, with a king sized bed, bathroom, window seating area, closet, mini-fridge and ceiling fan. Please note: The Hotel Lanai does not offer a bath tub (at least in our room) or air conditioning though it does get quite cool in Lanai City at night.
Additionally, the Hotel Lanai offers its guests daily continental breakfast, which was a nice added amenity. There aren't that many food establishments offered on Lanai, especially outside of the pricey eateries at the resorts, so having a complimentary continental breakfast is a nice bonus. The Hotel Lanai is also home to the Lanai City Grille, an upscale restaurant offering some of the top dishes on the island and worth having a meal at during your vacation.
The location of Hotel Lanai couldn't be any better. Its close proximity to town, in walking distance to local restaurants, and the Lanai island shuttle stopping right at its driveway couldn't make this place more convenient.
In conclusion, I'd recommend a prospective guest to consider a stay at the Hotel Lanai. Likely, you will experience a taste of the 'Old Hawaii' and the Aloha Spirit. If torn between The Lodge at Koele or Manele Bay and Hotel Lanai, maybe do what we did, and split your time between the two to experience both!