• 5307 Ballard Ave NW
    Seattle, WA 98107
    4.0 star rating
    6/21/2014
    • 1 check-in

    Really cool bar and cafe right in the heart of Ballard.  This is our "go to" spot when we want a little bite and a nice glass of wine.  Recommended highly!

  • 228 S Saint Francis Dr
    Santa Fe, NM 87501
    5.0 star rating
    9/14/2012

    After a disastrous experience (seriously, read my review) at our previous dog groomer, we tried ENV on a recommendation from someone at our doggie day care.

    I am SO glad I followed the recommendation.

    My Labradoodle and I arrived when they opened, and the gentleman at the front desk spent a lot of time with me as I described exactly what I wanted, showed him pictures, etc.  I figured he would think I was crazy, but then he showed me how they keep detailed notes on each animal they groom, so they can do the exact same groom each time, or tweak it according to the owner's desires.

    When I picked up my buddy a few hours later, I was so thrilled to see him.   He looked better than he's ever looked-----even better than the photos I'd left with them.  They even took the time to carefully trim his face to show off his 2 inch eyelashes.  Sweet!

    AND.....the price was less than Barks and Bubbles.  After my last experience there, I will never go back to B&B.   Everyone we came in contact with at ENV was super-friendly, from the first phone contact to pick up.

    From now on it is only ENV for me and my four legged furbaby.

  • 565 Mountain Village Blvd
    Telluride, CO 81435
    5.0 star rating
    7/30/2012
    • 1 check-in

    There's not much to say about Allred's that hasn't been said already.

    We were lucky enough to nab a corner window table for two where we felt on top of the world.   The surrounding mountains at dusk, as well as a view straight down the mountain overlooking the town of Telluride was just incredible.

    We wanted only a very light dinner, but the staff was very accomodating to two girls who wanted to nosh on appetizers, sip a cocktail and, naturally, share a dessert.

    The piano player in the bar was just the right touch, then a quick gondola ride back home.

    One of the best in Telluride.

  • 114 E Colorado Ave
    Telluride, CO 81435
    4.0 star rating
    7/30/2012

    Whether it's a cold winter night or a blue bird summer day, this is the place we always stop by when we're in Telluride.

    The patio is the place to be during the summer.  We've tried several of the pasta dishes,  and our favorites are the Penne Alla Grappa, with prosciutto, radicchio and (OMG) and grappa pink sauce, as well as Fettucccine with wild mushrooms in a light cream sauce.

    If Gnocchi is on the menu, you won't regret ordering it.   During tomato season, don't miss their superb Caprese Salad----a classic, and only the freshest of ingredients.

    During the winter season, we love sitting at the bar, sharing a salad, a bottle of wine, and a fresh baked pizza in their wood fired pizza oven.

    Service is lovely, nice selection of wines by the glass.

  • 500 S Guadalupe St
    Santa Fe, NM 87501
    2.0 star rating
    7/22/2012
    • 3 check-ins

    As a local, this place is just too touristy for me.  When you see tourists lined up outside at 10:45 a.m., you know you're in the wrong place.

    Thing is---the food is pretty ok.   Not my favorite, but ok.

    Margaritas don't hold a candle to Maria's, but, again----pretty ok.

    I've had bad service here several times, and, once the waiter kind of scolded me for saying, jokingly, "We thought you'd forgotten us."    He said, "Can't you see I have the whole patio full of customers?"  I wanted to tell him to f off, but, then again, you never know what will show up in your enchiladas when you piss off the waiter.

    It's not our first or second or third choice for NM-Mex, especially with the service issues and the over-abundance of tourists.  However, when I find myself waiting at the Railrunner Depot for the return of my beloved, I do confess I'll pass the time in the bar and throw back a marg or two.

  • 3211 Central Ave NE
    Albuquerque, NM 87106
    4.0 star rating
    7/22/2012
    • 3 check-ins

    First of all, even though I've got Irish blood and temperament, I don't know anything about real Irish food.  That happens when you were born and raised in the South.  Things like Chicken Fried Steak take center stage and gravy is considered a beverage.

    Having said that, I do love, love, love this place.

    The first time I went here, I found something I like on the menu and, unlike me, I stick with it everytime i go here. It's that good.  I always order the Guiness Beef Stew Boxty.  A boxty is like a giant potato pancake and it's filled with the best chunky beef and veggie stew and folded over like an omelet.  A half order, or one boxty,  is more than enough to fill up your tummy unless you're Rush Limbaugh.

    Hubby always gets the Reuben or the Bangers and Mash and loves both.  

    Staff is just okay.  Not rude or unpleasant, but sort of just  "whatever".  It's always busy when we've been, so maybe that's the issue, but it's never anything that ruins our experience.  Actually, better than that bubbly b.s..  "Hi!!!!!  My name is Kevin and I'll be taking care of you this evening!!  Hey, can I start you guys off with some spinach dip or potato skins???"

  • 509 Central Ave NW
    Albuquerque, NM 87102
    4.0 star rating
    7/22/2012
    • 1 check-in

    We stopped into this little spot for some liquid refreshment on a hot Saturday afternoon and were pleasantly surprised.

    It was too hot to sit outside, but the front and back patios looked very inviting.

    Alex was our bartender and went out of her way to make sure we were happy and comfortable.  Girl can pour and is a real sweetie.

    I love the vibe of this place with the local artists' work hanging everywhere and the super laid back atmosphere.  Can't speak for the food since we were in beverage-only mode, but will definitely give it another try when we're in the area.

  • 604 N Guadalupe St
    Santa Fe, NM 87501
    4.0 star rating
    7/22/2012
    • 2 check-ins

    As bummed as I was by the departure of Java Joe's at this location, I'm equally happy to see that what has taken its place is a better than average burger joint.

    I think the previous negative reviews might have been because the place has only been open a few week as I write this.  Restaurants need time to work out the kinks.

    I had the "Old Timer", medium and added cheddar.  It was cooked perfectly and was very yummy.   My date had the "5 Star Burger" and it also was cooked to perfection and had gorgonzola and bacon.  He gave it 5 stars (haha).  They offer a killer green chile mayo that has just the right punch.  We shared an order of fries.  They weren't the best I've ever had, but pretty decent.

    Service was friendly and efficient.   The Blue Moon on tap was ice cold.  (They serve beer and wine).  We ate at the bar and Benjamin took great care of us.

    I really can't complain.  It's nice to have another go-to spot in my little part of Santa Fe, and so far it's looking good for these guys.  The place was packed on a Sunday afternoon.

  • $$ Italian
    540 Montezuma Ave
    Santa Fe, NM 87501
    1.0 star rating
    7/17/2012

    So incredibly bad I don't have the words. Menu unimaginative, service consistently bad/slow/mouth-breathers, food nearly inedible. I've given them several chances, but as a Santa Fean, I know there are tons of better choices for Italian in town  Stay away from this Olive Garden wannabe.

  • 2730 N Scottsdale Rd
    Scottsdale, AZ 85257
    4.0 star rating
    6/26/2012

    Don't you ever just NEED to duck into a dark dive bar, down a brew or four, and keep your head down?  Well I do, and you wouldn't think it would be so easy in squeaky clean Scottsdale.

    I stumbled on this place, then stumbled in and was in dark dive bar heaven.  Blue Moon on tap and a damn good burger.  'Nuff said.

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    Seattle, WA

  • Yelping Since

    May 2009

  • Things I Love

    My dog's paws, they smell just like Fritos.

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    Paris, wandering around trying to run into myself in my previous life

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    Seattle, WA

  • When I’m Not Yelping...

    I'm planning my next trip.

  • The Last Great Book I Read

    Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas ~ Hunter S. Thompson

  • My First Concert

    David Bowie

  • My Favorite Movie

    The Big Lebowski

  • My Last Meal On Earth

    Josephine Chez Dumonet in Paris on a cool drizzly night

  • Don’t Tell Anyone Else But...

    I judge judgmental people

  • Most Recent Discovery

    My dog ate the toes out of my brand new Nikes

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    Stephen Colbert, Mark Ruffalo