Let me start with the pluses. The food in this restaurant (MVSJ) is good and it's authentic Boricua food. I know--soy Boricua. Additionally, the family who owns and runs this business are friendly and truly take pride in their business. HOWEVER, (and I say this with reservations because I truly feel that as they gain more experience, the minuses will be corrected), most of their meat dishes are a bit salty. I want the salt to enhance and bring out the flavor, not dominate. Thus, after a while, it can ruin the original delight. Perhaps due to too much adobo? Also, the food selection lacks variety. The menu offers a fair selection, but what's on the menu is all you will get. After going there four times, you sought of exhaust the choices and going there seems more routine than an adventure. True, they do have specialties, but they're basically for appetizers (which are very good frituras, such as papa rellenas, empanada--which are really pastelillos since empanadas are thicker crusts--personally I prefer the pastelillo as MVSJ cooks it). What's unusual is that such common and most demanded plates such as pollo fricase, pollo frito, carne guisada, bacalau en salsa, and mofongo are not part of the daily menu but treated like specialties, which you may have to wait weeks to be offered. So don't expect these very common and popular plates to be offered any time soon. Strange, but true. From Boricua restaurants in the US I've visited from N.Y, N.J., Florida, and Chicago, I've never seen these selections excluded as daily choices. But as I stated, as they gain more experience and clientele they may open the selections more or at least alternate selections among the days of the week. The family seems to have a passion for the restaurant business. I hope this passion translates into a better selection for the many customers that I'm sure they will get. PS: Their sancocho is to die for! Unfortunately, it's also treated as a specialty. They should at least offer it every Saturday when families get together to go to a good restaurant--which this one is destined to be.
As of January 1st of 2017, Arbor Pointe came under new management. Her name is Vicky and she is an absolute delight to talk too. Her staff is very informative and caring. Her maintenance staff is hardworking and only want the best. Since I am new to apartment life, when my husband and I left one day together, I left my key in the room. I caught one of the maintenance staff and explained how i got locked out. He got the master key and let me back in. What I didn't know was that he was leaving work. He was off and didn't give me a hard time or attitude. That was wonderful. Vicky changed many of the rules that the previous owner did not have. There is a background check for sex offenders, drug offences, and others. Only 3 adults can live in the apartments at any given time. I don't know how many kids. It is fairly quiet and i never see any drama (cop calls, fights, drunkards.) She is planning on doing many renovations, many of which she has already done to empty ones. They spray every 40 days for bugs.They will be filling the swimming pool to turn it into a rec center.I live in a 2 bedroom wood floor apartment. We only pay for electric and internet, the rest is part of the rent. We don't have a dishwasher. The laundry machines are rather small. It would be cheaper to go to the laundromat at this time.
We moved to Colorado Springs in December of 2013 and thoroughly researched child development centers for our 2 and 4 year old sons. We had high expectations based our experience with our previous preschool. Based on our research we visited 3 centers and Goddard was the clear winner. But at the end of the day you really do not know if it is the best choice until your kids settle in, you have some experiences and see the response and the results. 6 months after our decision we feel even stronger about our decision to send our kids to the Colorado Springs Goddard School. From the front office team, to the management to the teachers, they all do the their very best even in the most challenging circumstances. I have seen them rally around families going through tragic circumstances and go above an beyond. The communication is frequent, informative and clear. My experiences with the teachers has been positive and they actively work with you and your child on their needs while balancing the needs of the other children. The management is very engaged and responsive. I have a hard time getting my kids to leave school at the end of the day. Based on our experience, I highly recommend this school.
04/14/2016Pueblo Viejo Mexican Restaurant
First off, Pueblo Viejo's staff is extremely professional and friendly. We didn't have to wait in getting a table. We were greeted with smiles and given an option were to sit. The restaurant was clean and colorful. The menu had many different choices to choose from (maybe too many to excel at them all) at reasonable prices. We were given fresh chips and salsa, and again, the employees are very attentive! If we need more chips and salsa or drink refills they were on it without us having to ask. So, why only 3 stars for this Mexican restaurant? The food, don't get me wrong, the food isn't bad it's just nothing special. Pueblo Viejo's dining experience is memorable, but their food is not; it gets lost in the sea of all the other bland Mexican restaurants. Pueblo Viejo's didn't excel in flavors or taste to separate themselves from the rest of the typical chain restaurants.