06/28/2013
By: lee.birnbaum
Cha Cha Pizza
1st, I must say that my review is influenced by the environment and not jut the food itself, which was likely influenced by the store front possibly not being complete construction wise?The food:Ordered a Ex Lrg thin NY cheese pizza.I'm very picky, and there's only a select handful of places around I consider to come close to real NY pizza, and to my surprise, the pie from Cha Cha was actually pretty good - makes my short list of places I consider acceptable.The only problem with the pizza was the oven. Like many short-cutting Texas places, they use a conveyor style oven instead of a true NY "deck" style oven. The key difference in the "standard" NYC deck oven is gets slightly hotter, but more importantly, the decks have stone surfaces. That's the key reason the crust comes out so good in NY, because the pizza is places on a 600-700 degree stone surface - so you get "conduction" from the bottom on the crust, and "radiation" from the normal oven heat on the top.If only Cha Cha would splurge for the real NY oven, it would be really good pizza. Too bad.THough the cheese and sauce were great, and unlike in the real NYC, the cheff was pretty friendly, and generous with the cheese too!We also ordered a meetball hero sandwich. It was ok, but nothing special. THe pizza was definitely more memorable than the hero.Pizza gets 4 starsThe environment:Possibly construction related issues, but on our visit, it was hot inside (virtually no AC), there was no ice for sodas, and there wasn't even an operational bathroom. When I asked if there was at least a sink to wash my hands, they said due to plumbing problems, we had to go next door to the gas station. Kinda yuk, though the place was clean inside, so didn't discourage us from eating...Environment gets 2 stars.
01/01/2013
By: joshwilliamsoaklawn
Zini's Pizzeria
What a treasure in Oaklawn Zini's Pizzeria is for us. I moved to Oaklawn in October, 2012 and had Zini's Pizza for the first time shortly after.I am in my 60's and I have not found excelent tasting pizza like Zini's since I was a kid and a family from Italy opened a Pizza Shop in a cornor store in our neighborhood in Philadelphia.The taste and texture of Zini's pizza is just like the dough that was so wonderful from that first experience of pizza from a true Itilian family.And, the sauce tastes exactly like the sauce my Mom used to make from scratch and would simmer on the stove from about 8AM till around 6PM when we would have dinner.Zini's sauce is so rich and thick and the spices are perfectly balanced. Zini's pizza is like a party in your mouth.I have not tried any other of Zini's dishes, as I can not bring myself to order something other then Zini's pizza, because I would feel as though I was missing something if I did not have the pizza.I am sure all of the dishes that use Zini's red sauce are out of this world because of their wonderful tasting sauce.I have been telling everyong about Zini's. When I find something so good, I can not help but share the good news with my friends and people I meet in Dallas.
12/07/2013
By: andreww229
Ravenna Urban Italian Restuarant
The bartenders are funny, and if you visit a few times, they will remember your name, your face, and your drink. The food is beyond most bar food I've ever had. I really like almost everything, but the chicken quesadillas are awesome, the burgers are juicy, and junk bucket fries are fun. There are choices for the calorie conscious...for instance, I often get the Turkey, lettuce, and avocado sandwich on a brown roll, with extra tomatoes instead of mayo and vegetables instead of fries. The pool tables are nicely maintained, and the waitresses are friendly and flirty, unless you're just rude. In that case, yes, you will probably not get the best service. They have drink specials every day, a great Wednesday all day, all night happy hour, shuffleboard, a punching bag game...now I'm feeling like a homer. I will say that I think you get back whatever you bring into a place. If you come in ready to have a good time, you'll have a good time. If you don't, go to McDonald's, get drive-through, and go home.
05/02/2016
By: Joey C.
Smokey'S Paradise
GREAT JOB FRANKY! They have great prices! They are always fair, they keep things clean. This is one of the best smoke shops I've ever been to. They have really good service as well! I love getting my tobacco products at this place. I've never had a problem with them and sometimes if the guy knows you well he will be there a little after close, if your there before he leaves he might let you in just don't get there too late, He doesn't like that. But he's a really good guy and always has something nice to say, and if your low on funds he will help you out a bit. if he knows your situation. Honestly as hard as he works, and as loyal as he is. he deserves more reviews like this. maybe one day I will see his company expand. I would love to see more of this company in other areas. Keep it up Franky your doing great. Only thing is, i dont agree with the cigarrette prices but there less than other stores around duncanville. So Thank you franky! I look forward to shopping at smokes again soon!
05/02/2016
By: Joey C.
Paradise Smoke Shop
GREAT JOB FRANKY! They have great prices! They are always fair, they keep things clean. This is one of the best smoke shops I've ever been to. They have really good service as well! I love getting my tobacco products at this place. I've never had a problem with them and sometimes if the guy knows you well he will be there a little after close, if your there before he leaves he might let you in just don't get there too late, He doesn't like that. But he's a really good guy and always has something nice to say, and if your low on funds he will help you out a bit. if he knows your situation. Honestly as hard as he works, and as loyal as he is. he deserves more reviews like this. maybe one day I will see his company expand. I would love to see more of this company in other areas. Keep it up Franky your doing great. Only thing is, i dont agree with the cigarrette prices but there less than other stores around duncanville. Thank you franky! I look forward to shopping at smokies again soon!
07/12/2012
By: jenniferbuxton
Dee Lincoln's Bubble Bar & Private Events
Dee Lincoln mentioned her cajun background, which may explain why the Crispy Oysters were the star of my dining experience along with the Bananas Foster Crumble. I’m impressed with the breading and comfort feeling after taking a bite of the oysters, and the sweetness of the bananas foster transported me to a New Orleans cafe. These items left me wanting more. I think the real lesson here is that if you eat here, the Cajun items are the way to go.Also, the Sushi Pizza intrigued me. The creamy sauce spiked with Sriracha and lots and lots of wasabi tobiko (flying fish roe flavored with Japanese horseradish) onto ahi tuna and tempura rice crust to pull it together. It’s a great starter or snack to enjoy while you dine here.
12/03/2013
By: Ben N.
Ravenna Urban Italian Restuarant
The other day I stopped by this restaurant and have to say to I was pleasantly surprised, after ordering suppa di mare I can honestly say that it was the best I had in a long time....nedless to say that I am a big seafood lover and know how to recognize a good dish, also the waiter was checking on me and my dad often, he was courteous and even gave us great info about what we could do after dinner around that area..since we dont live in that area. I recommend this place if you are looking for a good quality meal at a descent price in downtown dallas. By the way, the place is not too big...but cozy and with nice atmosphere and music. I will come back to this place next time I am around.
02/21/2013
By: erudite
Williams Fried Chicken
Excellent fried chicken which is far superior to the big-name places. They also have tons of things which aren't on the online menu like sandwiches, catfish, fried livers & *corn fritters* which are 2die4 good! BIG portions of side orders like spicy rice (yummy!), fries & mashed potatoes. The only downside is they're often busy and it's not uncommon to wait, but their food is well worth any minimal delay. Actually, I was stunned to see they'd received two such low ratings here, so 4 stars from me is probably more realistic. Still, we've eaten at Williams 10-15 times and barring the occasional wait, I cannot recall EVER being disappointed with the food.
12/07/2013
By: josephh566
Ravenna Urban Italian Restuarant
Every technician i've met has been friendly and professional. They always make sure the intensity isn't too much and the laser treatments haven't really been too painful at all. The receptionist is always so nice and very flexible with scheduling appointments (which can be tricky since I'm at school most days from 9-5). I've been told they aren't running the same special that I bought since they were losing money that way but there is a similar one for slightly more, which is still a great deal--I'm considering buying it again since not having to worry about shaving is so nice. Definitely buy it if you happen to run across it!
02/15/2014
By: Martin Z.
Liu's Kitchen
First of all Liu's is a Chinese Restaurant, they do not specialize in 'BBQ ribs and Chicken where chicken 'grizzle' would be present.My significant other and I decided to try them today and WHAT A Treat! We liked the food so much we decided to find a "Review Website" and rate them.Maybe just be mindful that english is not their first language. The lady was friendly and diligent so she made it easy to order. The food was well made, Very tasty and better than some of the more expensive Chinese Restaurants we frequent. And, for us, it was take out. It was our first and NOT our last time ordering with Liu's Restaurant!
Tips & Advices
Interior designers can generally work on every type of room, but one should not assume that all of them can work on every type of space. More complicated projects--for example those in buildings with historic preservation strictures, or those that are going for sustainability certifications--will be suited to interior designers with specific expertise. Also, interior designers that have experience in a certain type of project may not want to take on projects that are outside their expertise. For example, an interior designer who has only worked on commercial projects may not want to do a small private home.
Every interior designer has their own style, but some designers are more versatile than others. Some really do specialize in functionality and code compliance, whereas others are more focused on aesthetics. Interior decorators are completely focused on visual impact, and therefore should be reviewed and selected based on how well their style is a match for the client’s tastes.
Full-service interior design starts with an assessment of a site and the client’s long-term needs for that space. It encompasses concept design, floor plans and lighting plans, providing project specifications to contractors, supervising  contractor negotiations and installations, applying for permits, and shopping for all the materials and pieces for the project. On top of this, there are the “decorator” deliverables, i.e. creating the aesthetic of the space, selecting wall colors/covers and furniture pieces, purchasing products and installing them.
An interior designer may come into a development project very early on, working with the developer and architect from the pre-construction phase. They may be the one to design floor plans, decide where to place interior walls, and supervise contractors that are installing elements of the build. They often work on commercial projects, although many of them work on residential projects. Interior designers can “switch hats” and do interior decoration, which means they are only focused on the aesthetic elements and visual components of a residence.
An interior designer or interior decorator should ask a potential client what the scope of the project is, what the projected budget is, what payment structure the client wants, and what the timeline for the project is. Also, they should be asking whether the client has any samples of other projects they like, and would like to use as a guideline. They could also ask what the client’s budget for furniture/accessories/art is, since that in many cases is a separate amount from the budget for the designer’s labor. If an interior designer is being interviewed early into a new build or a renovation project, they might ask questions to determine whether they can collaborate with architects and contractors from early on, to execute their vision for the space. If that is not in line with a client’s wishes, the client can then say that the project scope is for interior design only.

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