By Long Beach Louie at May 31, 2012 | 3:55 pm | 12 Comments
I came into Chipotle Mexican Grill today to get a pork salad. This is a nice location located just outside the Traffic Circle of Long Beach and its in a pretty big mall with plenty of parking. It doesn’t really matter what you order at Chipotle because its pretty much served up the same way.
You start at one end and tell them what kind of fixings you want and pay at the other end. On this day I went ahead with a salad with pork, cheese, corn and dressing along with a glass of water to drink. This was the first salad that I have eaten at Chipotle and I have to say it was mighty good. I really enjoy the vibe this restaurant gives off. Serving organic and healthy fast food seems like such and easy concept yet they are the only mexican food chain to master it. I am always happy when I am in the vicinity of a chipotle around lunch time and this day was no exception.
Food , Mexican Restaurant
By Long Beach Louie at May 31, 2012 | 3:32 pm | 0 Comment
I went into the Big 5 Sporting Goods located by the traffic circle because I wanted to by some better ear protection for when I got target shooting. Originally i bought a cheap pair of headphones and they don’t block out any noise and when somebody steps up to the range next to you with a shot gun or 44 magnum, it hurts your ears. I went ahead and purchased some 30 decibel hearing protection and I should be able to stand by the loudest guys now.
Another thing that I noticed about this big 5 vs the one in downtown long beach is the fact that it even sells guns in the first place. I don’t understand why you would sell guns in one part of Long Beach and not in another but that must be some long beach politics for you.
Anyway I was able to grab the things that I needed and even though that store is jam packed with distractions (in a good way of course) I was able to stay on track and get what I needed. The people in the store where helpful and not pushy and I had no problem and the line moved quickly at check out so I had a good overall shopping experience.
Shops , Sporting Goods
By Long Beach Louie at May 31, 2012 | 2:37 pm | 0 Comment
About a week ago my wife who has real spinal problems finally found Dr Philip Yuan and she had a visit with him and he actually understood and believed what was going on with her back and a result of a crushed disk that happened about 8 years ago. She has gone to doctors in the past and they pretty much tell her to get lost and that the pain she is having is all in her head. Well last week that all stopped and Dr. Yuan new exactly what was going wrong with her and after looking at the X-rays he ordered up an MRI so he can see exactly what is going on in there.
Anyway I have been having a pain in my neck for about 17 months and I have talked to a few doctors, chiropractors and I have even tried acupuncture but I have been living in pain and when I get stressed out it gets worse. Dr Juan couldn’t see a problem with my X-rays but prescribed me and anti inflammatory as well as 6 weeks of physical therapy which I am more than happy to go through. I really feel like Dr Juan gets it and doesn’t want to just shuffle people in and out of the office for no reason.
I have PPO insurance now and I was able to make that appointment on my own without my normal doctors referral which made it that much sweeter. So the first visit made a lot of since I will check back in a few weeks and see if I am still pumped up and actually feeling better.
Orthopedists , Places
By Long Beach Louie at May 31, 2012 | 2:05 pm | 0 Comment
Riding my bike up to Marine Stadium in Long Beach I could hear the roar of boat engines and hoots and hollers from happy water skiers and wake boarders alike. Marine stadium is located in Alamitos Bay southeast from Loynes drive at marina Vista Park. I can truly see why it is one of the world’s premier waterskiing, wakeboarding, and boating facilities.
The place is huge! It resembles the Daytona 500 of water sports and water enthusiasts can do laps around the stadium all day long. You can launch your boats for $10 dollar launching fee (pretty reasonable compared to other boat launches) and enjoy your time on the water. It is free to access the beach on the stadium grounds and is a beautiful spot to relax with the family for a picnic or day on the sand.
Some history of the place the stadium was the site for the 1932 Olympic Rowing competition and the 1968 Olympic rowing trials. Marine Stadium was recently designated as an official state historic site. A few years back they even held the X Games wakeboarding event here at Marine Stadium.
Summer is just around the corner and if you want to get your new boat in the water, marine stadium is the place to do it. Get your summer vacation off to a fast start and get your adrenaline pumping with a few laps the stadium. Great place to take the whole family for a day of fun in the sun.
Places , Stadiums
By Long Beach Louie at May 30, 2012 | 12:08 pm | 6 Comments
Francelli’s Italian restaurant has been a staple in Belmont heights since 1969. I personally have came to this quaint little neighborhood restaurant since I was a little kid and recommend it to anyone who loves Italian food. Located on 4th and Redondo it is in a perfect location if you want to beat the hustle and bustle of 2nd street and get into a neighborhood with a little more character. There is a small parking lot adjacent to the restaurant and ample parking in the nearby neighborhood.
This day I came in for my graduation lunch with my dad. I was greeted by an extremely friendly waitress who sat us in one of their plush comfortable red booths. The atmosphere was great with Italian music lightly playing in the background and European décor filling the room. Our brilliant server informed us of the lunch specials but I had one thing on my mind…spaghetti. I ordered the spaghetti with meatballs for my entrée and for our appetizers we decided on their famous fried mozzarella and side order of fried green beans. In a very timely manner we received our delicious appetizers. The fried mozzarella was crispy on the outside and had gooey mozzarella on the inside. I can honestly say I have never heard of or tasted fried green beans.
To be honest I have never been a fan of green beans till I tried them fried. Wow oh wow were these delicious. A fried and crispy golden brown shell made the green beans crisp and flavorful with ranch and marinara to dip. After polishing of our delicious appetizers, it was time for
the main course: spaghetti and meatballs. Like I said earlier I have been coming to francellis since I was 5 years old and rarely stray away from the spaghetti for good reason. It is always perfectly cooked and comes with a tangy rich tomato sauce. The meatballs are the best part: big meatballs that burst with flavor as you pair them with the spaghetti. If I had to choose a last meal on earth it would definitely be
Francelli’s spaghetti and meatballs.
A two person lunch set us back about 25 bucks and for that price you can barely get an entrée and salad for one person at other local restaurants. If you want to have a fabulous Italian meal that won’t break the bank definitely head to Francellis. I give Francelli’s a big two thumbs up for great food, atmosphere and very reasonable and affordable prices. Bon Appétit!
By Long Beach Louie at May 29, 2012 | 6:08 am | 3 Comments
The Long Beach Traffic Circle is a circle that connects Pacific Coast Highway, Lakewood Boulevard and The Los Coyotes Diagonal together. I have no idea why the City of Long Beach wanted to turn one of the busiest streets in the state into a traffic circle. That street of course would be Pacific Coast Highway.
I thought the roundabout concept was something that you found in Europe and I am sure that the europeans have driving those crazy things down but not in Long Beach. We need lights not roundabouts. Anyway as you enter the roundabout from say Lakewood Blvd which I did yesterday it is not very clear what lane you are supposed to be in to exit. There are signs there but they are not clearly marked and even if they where the asshole california drivers would basically be themselves and cut you off and block you from getting to where you need to go.
I do not have a solution to this problem other than tearing that nightmare out of there and making the streets straight. On top of that there is a street called the Outer Circle which is a way to get around to the local businesses there. I think this street works other than its confusing name and I would keep this one. Obviously I didn’t have a good time in the Circle yesterday and I missed my turn.
Landmarks , Places
By Long Beach Louie at May 28, 2012 | 10:24 am | 0 Comment
This sketchers outlet location is very big and they have a huge selection! I was there to pick up a pair of running shoes and I really liked the way that the Sketcher Gorun shoes looked and I was amazed at how light and flexible they are. The mens size weighs only 6.9 oz which is pretty damn light and the whole idea behind these shoes is to promote a mid foot strike when you are running.
They were having a memorial day sale and if you buy one pair you get the second pair free which is a pretty darn good deal if you ask me. The staff here was very helpful and friendly and even though the place was packed, there was no issue getting in and out of there. I thought it was a well run store.
Shoes , Shops
By Long Beach Louie at May 28, 2012 | 4:58 am | 0 Comment
I rolled up to the So-Cal Cycle Show and Swap Meet on Sunday May 27 at around 10am and I realized that I got there a tad late. In the past I have been there at 7am or so but this day I decided to go later. I had no clue that most of the vendors start packing up around 12:00pm and by 1:00pm about half of them are out of there. So the take away for today is go early like 7am or so.
The bicycle section of this swap meet is really growing. The main theme at all of the bicycle related booths are Schwinn bicycle and Schwinn bicycle parts. The bicycles pricing is all over the board as well as the quality of the bikes for sale but that is what makes it interesting.
In 2 hours I did manage to make it through the majority of the swap meet and I think I walked about a mile and a half in the process. You see a lot of guys riding bikes and skateboards around which is a good idea because if you are not into walking it is going to get to you especially when that sun starts beating down on you.
I checked out the whole place and I ended up getting a pair of earings for the wife. I was eyeballing some wallets but I couldn’t find one that I liked so I passed on that deal. I do have some things on my shopping list for next time but I didn’t see them this time around. The are a bike rack for my car, a little tow behind deal for my dog, A big comfortable seat for my cruiser and a water bottle holder and some mirrors which should have been easy to find but like I said I got there a bit late and kind of missed the boat.
Here is the schedule for the upcoming swap meets at Veterans Stadium this year.
June 24, 2012
July 29, 2012
August 26, 2012
September 23, 2012
October 28, 2012
November 11, 2012
December 23, 2012
By Long Beach Louie at May 28, 2012 | 4:27 am | 0 Comment
I showed up with a group of 5 on a saturday afternoon and to tell you the truth I had no clue how long it was going to take. I was already in the system so I went through the line a bit faster as my other friends had to go sign in and make accounts.
When you head up to the cashier make sure you let them know that you are going to check in on foursquare, Facebook or yelp and they will give you $5 off which makes it pretty cool.
We waited for a little over an hour but it was no big deal because it gave me time to catch up with some old friends and they have plenty of couches in there so you can sit down with your friends and shoot the breeze while you wait for your name to be called.
I had been here one time before during the middle of the day in the middle of the summer and it was way to hot so I recommend going later if you can. The race that I was in started around 6pm so the temperatures in the building were not bad at all.
When it was time to race I came up with a new strategy than the one I used previously. It was to only use the gas and not use the brake at all. When going around the corners I was going to just going to take my foot off the gas and coast through instead of braking. The race I was in had 13 people in it which I thought was kind of a lot. Anyway off I went and halfway through my first lap 2 people in front of me already got into a crash on one of the hairpin turns and I went by them. Then I had some slow moving traffic in front of me so I pulled out my Cole Trickle moves and just rode this guys ass until I could get him into a corner and then I spun him out and passed him. They really let you get into the racing here and if you are not trying to drive like an ass they will let you bump into each other and it is going to happen. They make you wear full face helmets for a reason and that is because you are going to get hit and you will feel it the next day. I actually had a bruise up on my collar bone and I never got spun sideways and T-boned.
With all that said, this place is awesome. The carts are fast and you are really only racing for lap times but its nice to pass people while you are doing that. I need to find the sweet spot and get in there when its less crowded and nice and cool and I think I might start visiting once a week or so. For $15 you go around for 14 laps which is plenty of abuse for your body until it gets used to being banged around in the karts.
Go Kart Racing , Places