Pinch A Penny Pool Patio Spa

Pool
Pool

***** (5 stars)

I cannot say enough good things about this Pinch A Penny's pool service. Hector has been servicing our pool for over ten years, and is fabulous. This man treats our pool like his own child, visiting it twice a week, and really cares about every detail. Maintenance needs on the system have been promptly responded to, and the heater recommended by owner Tony has served us well. Brad, in the store, provides great communications. I've actually never set foot in the store; their service is so good I've never needed to! Great company.

Pinch A Penny Pool Patio Spa
7577 W Sand Lake Rd
Orlando, FL 32819

https://www.yelp.com/biz/pinch-a-penny-pool-patio-spa-orlando-16

Yelp’s Black + Gold Event Series: Supporting Small Businesses

***** (5 stars)

This was a very insightful and honest interview that gave me an even deeper appreciation of what a great company Yelp is, and how much they care about the businesses they work with, their employees, and contributors. I found it to be a nice bit of hope to help close out this difficult year. It made me more eager than ever to be able to get out there and share experiences with others in the coming year.

Yelp’s Black + Gold Event Series: Supporting Small Businesses
San Francisco, CA 94103

https://www.yelp.com/biz/yelps-black-gold-event-series-supporting-small-businesses-san-francisco

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Honolulu Fish Company

***** (5 stars)

We ordered an assortment of sashimi shipped to Orlando Florida. The package was shipped by Fedex, and although delayed one day the fish arrived ice cold and ready to eat. Kanpachi is usually my favorite, but this was just okay, perhaps because I'm still learning how to slice sashimi! But the salmon and tuna were both superb, as good as I've had from any restaurant. We'll definitely order from them again.

Honolulu Fish Company
824 Gulick Ave
Honolulu, HI 96819

https://www.yelp.com/biz/honolulu-fish-company-honolulu

Sunrise of Westlake Village

My mother-in-law's room in memory care (furniture is guest-provided)
My mother-in-law's room in memory care (furniture is guest-provided)

***** (5 stars)

My mother-in-law was in Memory Care here. They also offer assisted living, which is very similar, but on a separate floor. The place seems more like a nice hotel than an elder care center, with beautiful grounds, winding paths, and even bunnies!

This was the second place she was in memory care, and there is no comparison. The staff here is so caring and professional. They keep in regular touch with the residents' families, and spend a tremendous amount of time on enrichment activities with each resident.

The food is excellent, and was served in a restaurant-like environment before the pandemic. Now it is catered to each room They also hosted a private birthday lunch in one of their small dining rooms for our family and my mother-in-law.

Since the pandemic they have done a marvelous job of keeping residents safe. Most of the staff and management have been here a long time, and it's easy to see why.

Sunrise of Westlake Village
3101 Townsgate Road
Westlake Village, CA 91361
(805) 557-1100
https://www.yelp.com/biz/sunrise-of-westlake-village-westlake-village

Farmair’s Bar & Bites

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Interior
Breakfast burrito
Breakfast burrito

***** (5 stars)

This is one of only two table service restaurants in the Southwest gate area. The menu is much more limited than at the far larger Cask and Larder, but I've never been a big fan of that place.

You can sit at a small number of tables, mostly for two, or at the bar.

The breakfast burrito at Farmair was better than anything I've had at Cask and Larder. We substituted bacon for sausage, and boy did they deliver! The only downside is they don't have hot sauce, just salsa.

Service was prompt and friendly.

Farmair’s Bar & Bites
9223 Jeff Fuqua Blvd
Orlando, FL 32827

https://www.yelp.com/biz/farmair-s-bar-and-bites-orlando

Justins Caribbean Fusion Restaurant

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Interior
Exterior
Exterior
Curry goat
Curry goat

***** (5 stars)

This is the best use of this space yet. Hopefully they will be able to fill it. Authentic curry goat, sweet plantains, and black beans. As with most fusion places, it's not really a fusion recipe, but a variety of cuisines. Friendly service.

Justins Caribbean Fusion Restaurant
6700 Conroy Rd
Orlando, FL 32835
(407) 866-0270
https://www.yelp.com/biz/justins-caribbean-fusion-restaurant-orlando-2

The Cheesecake Factory

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Interior
Reception
Reception
Exterior
Exterior
Skinnylicious Asian Chicken Salad
Skinnylicious Asian Chicken Salad

***** (5 stars)

Cheesecake Factories seem particularly consistent, and this one is no exception. Thank goodness for the Skinnylicious menu with many items at 500 calories or less, to make up for that 1600 calorie slice of cheesecake with almost three day’s worth of fat.

The potstickers and samosas were particularly good appetizers, and the Asian Chicken Salad is a very large, low-calorie alternative.

Note that it’s much easier to get to this location via Palm Parkway than from International Drive and all the congestion around the factory outlets.

The Cheesecake Factory
11602 Regency Village Dr
Orlando, FL 32821
(407) 390-7071
https://www.yelp.com/biz/the-cheesecake-factory-orlando-6