Review – Mountain Mike’s Pizza in Los Banos, CA

Ordering Process

When I was ordering, it didn’t seem like they had any specials. My family and I usually order a special that includes an XL Pepperoni and some Breadsticks and drinks. I had to order everything separately. After being rung up, the price was kind of shocking me. I looked down at the receipt and was suffering from sticker shock for the price of an XL Pizza. I said, oh well.

Food Portions

We sat down and waited for the food to arrive. When the Breadsticks arrived, I was pleased with the flavor and texture. They were crunchy and tasted like something different versus dough.

Finally, the Pizza arrived and I didn’t pay attention to the Pan hanging over the counter. The XL Pizza was huge. On the pan hanging over, it says 20 slices, but my son counted them and they only gave us 18. It was still big. There was plenty for leftovers. The Pepperonis were small and they curled up like little bowls of flavor on the pizza. The sauce wasn’t too heavily placed making the pizza almost as crunchy as the Breadsticks.

The Cons

The only complaint I have about this place was that none of the games seemed to work. I started off with trying to get quarters for the kids to play games with using the change machine but it didn’t work. The guy behind the counter helped us out with that. I then went over to play the PacMan/Galaga game and it asked for 2 credits to play. I stuck in 2 quarters which gave me the amount needed to play, but when I pushed the Start button, it didn’t work. I tried to get my quarters back using the eject button, but that didn’t work either. The kids were then trying to play another game and I gave up as nothing seemed to work.

Overall

The Food and Service are great but there aren’t that many games for the kids to play. The place is big but all open, so once it started to get a little more people inside, it started to get noisier with the voices trying to compete with the Televisions in the place. I will be going again, but not sure about going to this same one.

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Thanks for reading!

Semper Fidelis,

Manuel Perez

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Reviews – Ivendita 1900 HDMI VGA AV Adapater

 

Ivendita 1900 HDMI VGA AV Adapter
Ivendita 1900 HDMI VGA AV Adapter

I purchased this adapter on Amazon a few weeks ago for our church. I had an original Apple cable that worked great. Then all of a sudden it didn’t work anymore. So, I had to buy a new one. I found a cheap one on Amazon and it worked. During the Sunday when I was using it, I noticed I still had some latency issues but then we got about half way through the service and it started to freeze. Then it stopped. I looked at the time on the iPad and it read 9:41 when actually, we start service at 10:00. I unplugged the adapter and the time fixed itself.

This device seems to have some sort of brain in it. Every time it boots up, you can tell it is trying to load some type of generic OS.

I will not be buying this hardware anymore and will try another. I tried to leave a review on Amazon but the review couldn’t be posted because of the amount of bad reviews this item was getting. That was weird.

Thanks for reading!

Semper Fidelis,

Manuel Perez

Review – Wayback Burgers

 

Wayback Burgers
Wayback Burgers

The Location

I haven’t been out to Panoche for quite a few years now, and when I arrived, I was surprised to see this Burger Place.  We have all seen those sandwich chains inside of Gas Stations, but this was something different.  I must admit, the location is probably at sometimes, great on weekends because of the travelers along Interstate 5.  Then I realized how close it was to Oro Loma and imagine, that a lot of workers probably stop here for lunch during the day.

The Service

When we walked into the restaurant and looked at the menu, we were looking trying to figure out what to order.  The lady that took our order could have been a little friendlier or at least happy to see customers.  She didn’t bother to ask us anything about the way we wanted our order.  I even walked away without getting my cups and she didn’t even bother to remind me.  When the burgers were done, the another person from behind the counter came and delivered them to our table, which was great.  I went over after we were done to ask for a bag and saw how amazing the grill looked with all the meat on it being cooked.  I asked the chef if I could take a picture and he said sure.

Wayback Burger Grill
Wayback Burger Grill

The Atmosphere

The restaurant was nice, it had a diner look and feel to it.  They even had bottles of ketchup on every table.  And if you need extra mustard, they have bottles of those too by the soda fountain.  They have televisions which kept my son occupied as he watched one of his favorite movies.

The Negatives

I myself am a Veteran and do Honor our Nation and the Flag.  I didn’t like that the flag was sitting outside the door next to the trash can.  I don’t see why they haven’t just hung it up somewhere.

The girl behind the counter was the other piece but I imagine, she was probably just having a bad day or was not looking forward to the shift to start.

Double Bacon Burger from Wayback Burgers
Double Bacon Burger

Overall

I enjoyed the trip out to Wayback Burgers and the food was good.  The pictures look a little bigger than the actual food, but the taste was right on.  My family and I will definitely be going again and try out some other menu items.

Semper Fidelis,

Manuel Perez

Review – Sakura Chaya Restaurant – Fresno

Sakura Chaya - Yo-Mama Roll
Sakura Chaya – Yo-Mama Roll

Reservations

Recently, my wife and I celebrated our Anniversary and we had heard a lot of good comments about this restaurant in Fresno. I decided that was the place that we would go to. Sakura Chaya is located in Fresno on Nees Ave and is pretty easy to get to. Parking is good with lots of room. I called a couple of days ahead to make reservations. We drove all the way in to town after work and were starving by 5 pm. We showed up to the restaurant about 20 minutes before our reservations. There was a very large crowd inside. The place had Hibachi style area, a bar and an original sit down booth. We were there for the Hibachi as there was no reason to have it any other way.

Sushi and Hibachi

I have had my variety of Sushi from all the Las Vegas restaurants that I have been to where the guys have ordered Sushi. I have always expected them to order it as I was never used to ordering. I took a look at the Menu on Yelp ahead of time so I was familiar with what to expect. The Yo-Mama Rolls seemed to be the popular choice. We ordered the Edamame Appetizer and the Yo-Mama Roll. The Edamame’s were okay and seemed to be a little under cooked. The Yo-Mama Roll was amazing. It had a creamy filling which really isn’t my style but it was good.

Hibachi

If you have ever been to a Hibachi style restaurant, you know they bring you Miso soup, salad. The Miso soup was also okay. It needed a little more flavor but the salad was amazing. Because the waitress sat us down on a big section with another crowd they had to add a piece of table to the inside. This made it difficult to fit two chefs inside the cooking area. It also made it a little uncomfortable when I had to sit next to another crowd. The chef didn’t really put on a show. He started with the egg trick and since he couldn’t complete the egg trick, he decided not to do anything except for the flaming onion. They didn’t have a large variety of sauces like the other restaurants. Usually, they give you a large variety of sauces. No, they just asked if anyone wanted their version of hot sauce. It was some hot paste mixed with Teriyaki sauce.

Conclusion

Overall, the food was great and the sushi was amazing. I will probably go back again, but not any time soon. I would probably prefer Edo-Ya or Japanese Kitchen. The cleanliness of the griddle was not too great. There was a lot of small pieces of left overs on there prior to the chef showing up. The service was not too bad. The waitress was probably the nicest thing. She was nice the whole time.
Thanks for reading!

Semper Fidelis,

Manuel Perez

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Epson Perfection 1660 PHOTO Windows 10 Driver Issue

Epson Scanner
Epson Scanner

The Fear Of Change

A lot of people are afraid of change and I myself must admit that I have been afraid of upgrading to the latest Microsoft Windows 10 Software. I have a lot of devices and software that if they didn’t work on Windows 10, I knew that it was going to take a lot of time to get things to work. It takes time to ensure all of your hardware and especially software is compatible with Windows 10.

Epson Perfection 1660 PHOTO Scanner

I purchased my Epson Perfection 1660 a very long time ago. I must say that after all of these years it still does a good job. It is slow when trying to scan larger photos but quality takes time.
After I upgraded to Windows 10, it was difficult to find a driver for my scanner that is compatible with Windows 10. It seems that there is always some company out there trying to get rich by putting Spyware or selling something that isn’t real.
I came across one program that utilizes drivers and makes the scanner work. The problem is that the program is about $90 for the Professional Version. I wasn’t ready to pay for something that I already owned, so I kept researching.

Epson Perfection
Epson Perfection 1660 PHOTO TWAIN Driver

I went straight to the Epson website and downloaded an older Windows 7 32-bit version of the TWAIN 5 Driver v5.71A. The driver works just like the original when I purchased it. It turns out that Windows 10 is capable enough to run the older software and still function.

Conclusion

If you have old equipment or software and are afraid of upgrading to Windows 10, try it out. If you would like, I can assist with the test and try to ensure that you can make it work.
Thanks for reading!

Semper Fidelis,

Manuel Perez

Computer Purchase

Dell XPS 8910 DOA
Dell XPS 8910 DOA

The Perfect PC

I had been looking at purchasing a new PC after my old PC finally died. I was comparing stores and units to see which one would fit me best. After all, I needed a case that had enough room for all of the hard drives that I was going to put into it. I was using a spreadsheet to compare specs and prices and rebates to see which one was going to fit my budget.
I went to one of the Big Warehouse Stores (#Costco) online and placed my order. The PC was supposed to be delivered to the house on New Years Eve. I was planning on being out of town so I tried to call #FedEx to have them delay my package until I would be home. FedEx charged me $5.00 just so that I can put a hold on the package. It turned out that we didn’t leave town after all for New Years. I wasn’t expecting my package but I was expecting some other stuff. Then I got an alert from FedEx that my package had been delivered. I had to call someone because we were away from the house and weren’t planning on being back for a few hours.

Dead On Arrival

When I opened up the new PC, I must admit that it looked really nice. Too shiny for my style though. I plugged in the PC and turned it on and nothing would happen. I waited until the next day and tried again and nothing. I called Dell and they had me do some troubleshooting. We couldn’t get it to boot. Dell told me that they would send me another one to replace it. I was fine with that.
A week later I hadn’t seen anything from FedEx and was wondering what was happening. I had gotten an email from Dell stating the specs for the computer they were going to send me for replacement, but nothing from FedEx. I decided to call Costco’s Tech Concierge Service to see what was the status. They called Dell and I guess because the parts to build a new one weren’t in stock they decided to cancel the exchange. I then called Dell to see what they could tell me. They told me that because I didn’t respond to an email from them that they cancelled the exchanged. They asked if I was okay with the specs for the new PC and I said yes. So they were going to proceed with the exchange again.
A week later I had not seen or heard from anyone. I sent an email stating to cancel the exchange and that I would be returning the computer I bought to Costco. Then they respond stating that the system had already been shipped.

Conclusion

The moral of this story is to be patient and wait it out I guess. Either that or don’t ever buy from Costco again. Never trust FedEx is one that I will take to the books.
Thanks for reading!

Semper Fidelis,

Manuel Perez