California Journals

Anniversary - April 13 to 21, 2006

An April 2006 trip to California by izrobertson

Old Town Mexican Cafe Photo, San Diego, California More Photos
Quote: We spent 8 days in southern California. Please note: drivers in Los Angeles are nuts.We drove to the Mexican border, walked across into Tijuana and then back again. The line of people trying to get back into the United States was incredible.

Pacific Palms Hotel & Conference Center

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Hotel | "Pacific Palms Conference Resort"

Pacific Palms Hotel & Conference Center Photo, Industry, California
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The hotel is set on 650 acres, high in the hills of Industry. Only a 5-minute drive from CA 60, the hotel is easy to get to from downtown LA and LAX, although to get there will take about one hour because of traffic. This can be a big negative. Driving up the Azusa Avenue exit, the hotel can be seen on the left side. Self parking is free, but valet parking is $5 per day or $10 overnight.I was impressed first by the lobby, then by the size of our room, and finally by the view from the balcony. Upon entering the resort, the first thing you notice is how massive the two-floor lobby is. I was overwhelmed by the professional look of the place; all associates were wearing black suits (most employees were As...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on April 22, 2006

Pacific Palms Hotel & Conference Center
One Industry Hills Parkway
City of Industry 91744
(800) 524-4557

Versailles Cuban Restaurant

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Restaurant

Travel Photo by IgoUgo member
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This restaurant was highly rated and came recommended from many who have been there. I was determined to try the food since I am Cuban and wanted to test the restaurant and see if it's reputation held up.We went on a weekday night and there was no wait for a table, although restaurant was jam packed. The large room was loud from conversation and is not a place for a romantic evening out. There is very little in the way of decorations. The service was incredibly fast. We had our food barely 7 minutes after sitting down. The restaurant offers free refills on fountain drinks.My husband ordered the Lechon Asado (Roast Pork) and I ordered the Famoso Pollo Versailles (Garlic Chicken). Gary enjoyed his meal....Read More

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on April 22, 2006

Versailles Cuban Restaurant
10319 Venice Blvd.
Los Angeles, California 90034
(310) 558-3168

Old Town Mexican Cafe

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Restaurant

Old Town Mexican Cafe Photo, San Diego, California
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We had a terrific experience at this restaurant. Not only was the service staff fast and courteous, the food was great and a good value.The Cafe is located in the historic district of Old Town in San Diego. The street it is on houses many other fine restaurants, stores, and museums. Two blocks away is the Old Town historic state park where you can visit centuries old buildings and purchase authentic Mexican products. It is very close to interstate 5, the main highway in California, which runs from San Diego to Sacramento.We went to this restaurant on Tuesday evening, after a long day at the San Diego Zoo's Wild Animal Park in escondido. The wait was about 20 minutes, but the time went by quickly as we...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on April 23, 2006

Old Town Mexican Cafe
2489 San Diego Ave.
San Diego, California 92111
(619) 297-4330

Travel Photo by IgoUgo member
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After finding this quaint place off of the pacific coast highway, we were very happy to have come upon it.The restaurant's unassuming exterior has no influence on the delicious food serviced inside. It was built inside an old fire station.We arrived for a late breakfast and we sat in the tree covered courtyard where we were entertained by the singing of the birds nearby.The restaurant serves many health conscious, California style items, but all have Mexican style meals as well. I had the Huevos Rancheros - 2 eggs served on tortillas with potatoes, pico de gallo and salsa verde. And it was delicious! This sat next to wheat pancakes and vegetable laden egg-whites on ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on April 23, 2006

The Firehouse Restaurant
213 Rose Avenue
Venice 90291
(310) 396-6810

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After driving 4 hours from Los Angeles, you'd think we would have made a better choice for lunch. This buffet was the worst one that we have visited so far in Vegas. The rest of this review is coming soon...

Member Rating 1 out of 5 on April 23, 2006

Pharoah's Pheast Buffet
Luxor Hotel - 3900 Las Vegas Boulevard South
Las Vegas, Nevada 89119
(702) 262-4102

Tortilla Jo's

Restaurant

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We ate here on a previous visit to Disney and the food was very good so we decided to try it again. The rest of this review is coming soon...

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on April 23, 2006

Tortilla Jo's
Downtown Disney
Anaheim, California 92802
(714) 769-4262

PoFolks Restaurant

Restaurant | "PoFolks Restaurants"

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This is an old staple that both Gary and I have visited in the past separately, and together. The rest of this review is coming very soon...

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on April 23, 2006

PoFolks Restaurant
7701 Beach Boulevard
Buena Park, California 90620
(714) 521-8955

Travel Photo by IgoUgo member
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One of the few places in California where you can get true southern dishes for really terrific prices. Adding that it's a part of Knott's Berry Farm Amusement park makes this a great choice for breakfast or dinner.The friendly waitresses (who wear old fashioned blue, pink and green puffy sleeved dresses with white aprons) lead you from the lobby to one of the large dining rooms. The rooms are old and have crooked floors, but have a terrific cozy feeling. One of the dining rooms has a cascading waterfall feature.One of the best treats the restaurant offers are their biscuits and gravy. I truly can eat this and this only and be very very happy. The white gravy served with freshly...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on April 23, 2006

Mrs. Knott's Chicken Dinner Restaurant
8039 Beach Boulevard
Buena Park, California 90620
(714) 220-5200

Aquarium of the Pacific

Attraction | "Long Beach Aquarium"

Aquarium of the Pacific Photo, Long Beach, California
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We went here on a very rainy day and it was packed. After driving an hour to get here and paying $6 for parking we finally made it. The rest of this review is coming very soon...

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on April 23, 2006

Aquarium of the Pacific
100 Aquarium Way
Long Beach, California 90802
(562) 590-3100

Wild Animal Park

Attraction | "The San Diego Zoo's Wild Animal Park"

Travel Photo by IgoUgo member
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After driving several hours to get here without directions, and conveniently finding out that this park is not in San Diego, we finally made it—and what an experience. The rest of this review is coming soon.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on April 23, 2006

Wild Animal Park
15500 San Pasqual Valley Road
Escondido, California 92027
(760) 747-8702

Disneyland Park

Attraction | "Disneyland"

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Oh my lord, what a visit. The crowds and obnoxious people at this park during spring break were a disaster. The rest of this review is coming soon.

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on April 23, 2006

Disneyland Park
1313 South Harbor Blvd.
Anaheim, California 92802
(714) 781-4000

Disney California Adventure Park

Attraction | "Disney's California Adventure"

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Too many crowds, too many nasty little bratty children, too many Disney people trying to take our picture—it added up to a disappointing time. The rest of this review coming soon...

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on April 23, 2006

Disney California Adventure Park
1600 Disneyland Drive
Anaheim, California 92802
(714) 781-4565

Universal City Walk

Attraction | "Universal Studios Hollywood"

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Universal has always been a preference to Disney in my eyes. The faster moving lines, the front of line passes and the single rider lines make for a much happier visitor. The full review is coming soon...

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on April 23, 2006

Universal City Walk
Universal Studios Boulevard
Burbank, California
(818) 622-4455