Starbucks is known around the world as the leader when it comes to on the go coffee. I recently visited the Starbucks on MacArthur in Irvine. While Starbucks is a super chain of coffee shops I do notice sometimes that the layout is slightly different in many Starbucks locations. The parking lot was clean and there were plenty of spots available.

The place was somewhat busy but the jolly barista took orders very fast and got people on their way. I got a vanilla mocha latte and when I received it, it was very good and was made right. Many people like their coffee a certain way and the Starbucks on MacArthur and their expert baristas will get your order right and done fast.


Perks is a is a small restaurant that is located in the lobby of the Hyatt Regency in downtown Long Beach. Since I live in Long Beach I don’t stay at the hotels but I do go into them and hang out and Perks is becoming one of my favorite hangouts.

The Hyatt Long Beach has an awesome lobby with a really cool light in the middle, and very high windows that look out over Rainbow Harbor. I like to ride my bike down here and grab a drink from Perks and sit in one of the comfy chairs in the lobby before I start my ride back up to where I live in the Bixby Knolls area of Long Beach.

Perks serves a lot of your favorite starbucks drinks and has lots of different breakfast snacks such as bagels, muffins and other pastries. They also have a decent selection of drinks that you can by and I have never seen a line here which is a plus.


I was in the neighborhood and I needed to pick up some stuff at the grocery store so I decided to hit up this Vons after I went to the United States Post Office which is located right across the street. From the outside this Vons looks like any other normal grocery store but when you walk inside you can immediately tell that it has been remodeled.

One thing that stood out was that there was a Wells Fargo Bank to the right and a Jewelry store off to the left and its situated in a way that kind of makes you feel like you are walking into some sort of mall or something. Just beyond those to stores you come to the fruit section and it has all been completely remodeled and it looks awesome.

There is a starbucks off to the right and I know there are all sorts of sizes of Starbucks located inside these grocery stores, but when I went inside this one I saw people sitting and talking and drinking coffee inside at the starbucks and also in the seating area that they had set up out in front of Vons itself.

Overall I was pretty impressed with the remodel and you would never know how nice it is in there by looking at the outside. It also seems bigger than the grocery store that I go to which is Ralphs located on the corner of Long Beach Blvd and San Antonio. Who knows I might come up a block and start coming here instead.