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Call Rositas! YOU WILL NOT BE DISAPPOINTED! I, amazingly, found Rosita's Flowers Shop on this website and chose it based solely on the 2 reviews that were listed. The reviews absolutely do not do this florist justice! This florist treats their customers like they are family. I called in on the afternoon of Dec. 30th to order a special floral arrangement for my uncle's funeral service to be held the next morning on New Years Eve, Dec. 31st. There was no hesitation by the florist to my request on such short notice. I also had specific needs that I asked of them. I wanted the arrangement to be exquisite and special enough that my aunt would want to take it home. I also wanted the arrangement to be what I considered a reasonable price for what I was asking for. Wow, did they hit it right out of the ballpark. This arrangement was totally exquisite and it was the one chosen out of all of the arrangements by the family to be displayed at the front of the service next to the podium. When I arrived at the service, the first thing my aunt and cousins said to me was "Thank you for the gorgeous arrangement." This florist is truly amazing! They brought such light and beauty into what was a sad day for us and for that I am so grateful. If you need personal service and something truly remarkable, exquisite, special and something made with true concern and care, Rosita's Flowers Shop is the place for you! YOU WILL NOT BE DISAPPOINTED! P.S. I am a 51 year old working commuting women with limited free time and this is the first business that I have ever taken the time to review online.
I have been going to El Cuervo for the past 25 years, and have never been disappointed. The shop is family-owned, and there is usually at least one family member working at any given time. My favorite is the carnitas - in any form. The carnitas plate (#13 combo) is the best deal on carnitas I've personally come across; it is a plate piled with carnitas, rice, and beans, with tortillas on the side. The pico de gallo is peppy without being hot, and the combination of the subtley spiced carnitas with the pico de gallo and guacamole will make you swoon with delight. Because the combo plate is large, I usually go with the carnitas taco, which gives me all the flavor without the belly-busting volume. I have also had chilaquiles, machaca, and rolled tacos here. All are very good. This restaurant is very crowded at lunch time due to all the University and Mercy hospital employees who stop in for lunch, but the service is fast and good. It is counter service, but there is quite a lot of very comfortable table seating in the restaurant, and a nicely appointed salsa bar.
This is San Diego and you can't swing a golf club with out hitting the ball into a taco shop. So what makes this one special? It's hard to say, but it is at the top of my list for Mexican food. The locals are here once a week if they are shy, two to three if they are hungry (in any of the 24 hours of the day,) and more often if they appreciate an excellent, inexpensive, and filling meal. The ratings here might not be good, but that is only because of the fast food tables and styrofoam plates. Since you don't eat those, this place is almost 5 stars. And do not be put off by the bars around the open kitchen-counter they are a quaint tribute to the past when this neighborhood was strictly gang turf. Those days are gone and the neighbor hood and this place are family friendly. It is open 24 hours and is good before or after a Padre game, or if you partied too hard at the Turf Club for drinks and not steaks. A good Carne Asada burrito will soak up all that gin and juice and mitigate your hangover. The Carne Asada Fries are a must have.
I think Pokez spot is cool. I love the food over any mexican resturant hands down. They serve the freshest ingrediants I've ever tastied. Not only is there food wonder but the staff there is amazing you feel right at home when you walk inside. The people are friendly loving and know the value of customer service. I would eat there everyday if I could. Finally, we are in a ression people can barely afford to eat out with todays prices. With Pokez resonable menu it just cost a few dollars to enjoy great food.I enjoy enlimited, fresh chips and sasla plus a great meal and a drink all for under $8 bucks. If you haven't tryed this resturant you haven't eat great food you don't know what your missing. LOVE YOU GUYS ALOT, JANEA
I went here for the first time yesterday and I ordered the #9: 2 Carne Asada tacos with rice and beans. It took about 20 minutes for them to complete this order. The staff was friendly and apologized for the long wait. The food was very salty, but I didn't mind. I liked it, and the guacamole was great. Today, I ordered the Lupe's Burger which is, according to their menu, guacamole, pepper jack cheese, lettuce, tomato, onion, chipotle sauce, and fresh jalapenos. That is not what I was given. When I opened the burger, I pulled out a humongous, hard avocado half that was giving the burger its fake rise. Where is the guac? There was only jack cheese, not pepper jack, and no sauce! The burger is predominately lettuce. There is a mediocre patty, but I am not impressed. Essentially, I paid 7 bucks for a dry cheeseburger. Nevertheless, I will give them another chance to redeem themselves. If you don't mind a long wait for a disappointing lunch, this is the right place for you. Enjoy!
In 2 words, Totally Thrilled. I picked Point Loma Village Florist originally because they were the closest florist to this woman that I've been trying to court for more than 2 yrs. I don't live in San Diego so I had no idea who the good florists were. I ordered a unique large fishbowl bouquet of orchids and other greenery on their website to commemorate our monthly anniversary, and asked them to please make it a nice one because I'm trying to win her heart over. Lydia wrote back and assured me that they would make it a very nice one. Soon as my friend saw it today, she texted to me, OMG! It's beautiful!! I saw a photo of it, and it truly is. She was totally thrilled and ecstatic over it, and she also mentioned that Point Loma Village Florist is the best florist in her opinion. Thank you a hundred times over Lydia! You've just made a new monthly customer!!! Anyone out there who's ordering from out of town, you can feel completely secure that this florist will exceed your expectations!
I often visited Zapata Taco Shop before it changed ownership to Rolando's Taco Shop #2. Zapata's was very good and the prices were very fair. This first time I went to Rolando's I was surprised that it was no longer Zapata's. I couldn't help but notice that the prices were higher and I wasn't quite sure what to expect..... so I walked out. Just recently, my daughter who just turned 19 and worked at the Subway nearby asked me to pick up a burrito for her. I asked if she had eaten there before since I know what a picky eater she is and she said it was very good. I went ahead and order her burrito plus the #1 and the #13 combinations which were the enchilada, taco with rice and beans plus the chile relleno with rice and beans. To my surprise it was more than good. The food was delicious! The rice and beans, wow! The salsa was also excellent. So it is a little pricier than Zapata's was but the quality and the size of the portions are easily worth the price.
Came here with some friends after hearing pretty good things about their tacos. Unfortunately I didn't think they were anything to brag about. I ordered one mahi mahi taco and one salmon taco both grilled. I forgot to order them on flour tortillas instead of corn which was my mistake but a total bummer. I wasn't necessarily fond of the marinade they used for the fish and in hind site I should have gotten the beer battered. It was hard to get really excited about these tacos when Oscars is right across the street. On a different note the carne asada fries were very good with a lot of different flavors in there. Some of my friends has burritos which they enjoyed as well.
The place is kind of hidden but worth looking for. Down the old 905 HWY until you hit Sanyo St. turn right, down to Airway Dr then right again and it will be the firts entrance on your left hand side "LA LOTERIA" I work around that area and they are always opening new little places but none good. My co-workers and I thought we'd give this place a shot and we are glad we did. The food has really good flavor and the service is AWESOME!!! Their tortilla soup is to die for but you need to request extra tortillas since you will need them!!! HIGHLY recommend this place!!! 9335 Airway Rd San Diego CA 92154 Phone: (619) 591-9973.
What a pleasant experience to purchase floral arrangements at Molly Molloy’s. These arrangements are not only decorative, unique in every way, but last for long periods of time in your home. I am talking quality here. Not only exquisite floral arrangements but gourmet chocolate, coffee, unique gifts or even those lobster grams are available at this wonderful place of business. I have purchased several arrangements and other quality items and have not been disappointed one time. Thank you for making my life easier Molly Molloy’s when I need something special for myself or help cheer up someone else.
While becoming a florist doesn't require any formal education, floral designers must know how to care for the plants they use and which ones work best for which season or event. Additionally, a skilled floral arranger must also be familiar with the cultural symbolism behind each flower. For instance, carnations symbolize beauty and pride while daisies represent innocence and purity.
If you plan to give someone a flowering plant as a gift, then a good florist can direct you to the right one. They may also help you choose flowers to convey platonic or romantic love.
Many floral designers provide a host of services to meet customer demand throughout the year.
Most florists, whether they work at a chain or independent flower shop, both online or in a brick-and-mortar store, offer pre-arrangements of flowers. This means the floral designer has a selection of roses, tulips and other popular kinds of blossoms designed in arrangement that customers can simply buy on the spot instead of telling the florist what kind of flower pattern they want.
Have you ever purchased a get-well basket featuring sunflowers or an array of springtime flowers for Mother's Day? If so, you most likely bought a pre-arrangement that the floral designer put together ahead of time.
Buying a pre-arranged bouquet is a great option if you don't know what blooms or plants to purchase but you need flowers for a particular occasion.
Pre-designed arrangements are not original, one-of-a-kind designs, but the upside to buying pre-arrangements is they already come with a fixed price attached. Customers may simply walk in and spend $50 on a Valentine's Day bouquet as opposed to paying the florist a commission for an original design that could fetch a much higher price.
Having both an eye for design as well as good people and customer service skills is a must for any florist. These professionals work with clients to find the best flowers and custom-designed arrangements appropriate for the event or occasion. A commission to create a table piece, wreath or other type of design is typically much more expensive than a pre-arrangement, as it may not be made up of plants the florist already has on hand.
There's always a demand for florists and their creations year-round as people celebrate and commemorate the special moments in their lives. Whether you're getting married or remembering a loved one that just passed, flower arrangements and wreaths are traditional items we all use to help mark the important dates, stages and occasions in our lives.
One type of event most floral designers work on is weddings. Professional florists will collaborate with the bride and groom to formulate a design scheme that complements the event's overall colors and layout. Depending on what the couple wants and can afford, a floral designer may create the bridal bouquet along with streams of flowers for the wedding venue, table arrangements and vases for the reception afterward.
The prices for hiring a florist to do a wedding vary broadly because it not only depends on how many blooming plants you want, but also how widely available the particular flowers are.
More exotic types of blossoms, such as orchids, are pricier than your typical rose. Your bill could also fluctuate depending on how complicated the design is to make and if the flowers you choose are in season or not.
Keeping that in mind, florists are like any other tradesperson - your bill will reflect the materials they used and the time and labor that went into making up the designs.
Some floral designers also charge delivery fees to transport the flowers, vases and other materials to wedding or reception sites. Remember, it's not only the bride that needs flowers. Bridesmaids and the mother of the bride might also carry corsages and the groom and groomsmen sometimes festoon their jackets with boutonnieres. Don't forget about the flower girl, as well.
In all, the average cost to outfit a wedding with flowers is about $700. Some florists advise people to set aside 10 to 15 percent of the ceremony's budget for floral decorations.
Funerals are another major life event we commemorate with flowers. Florists may furnish sympathy flowers for the observance and lay sprays or baskets of plants around the church, synagogue or funeral home to help attendees with the grieving process. Designers also make floral wreaths and crosses to set up at the venue or in the cemetery, as well as special casket arrangements so family and friends may show their respect for the deceased.
Many customers choose traditional roses, lilies and carnations to send to a bereaved family, but florists are also able to personalize arrangements to your liking.
Just like other ceremonies that call for flowers, the price depends on the number of blossoms and what type of plants you want, along with the complexity of the arrangement. A complete funeral floral package that includes sprays along the casket, flower decorations for the venue and flowers for the participants can run from $200 to $800.
Meanwhile, the usual sympathy bouquet or vase runs between $40 and $80.
You might think Valentine's Day would be the busiest day for a florist, but the day of love comes in second place behind Mother's Day. According to a number of studies, people do more online searches for flowers in anticipation of the May holiday than they do for Valentine's Day.
In fact, this day is inextricably linked with flowers, as Congress first issued a Mother's Day proclamation in 1913 asking all federal officials to wear a white carnation to commemorate their mothers.
Many children wish their mothers well on the day by sending a bouquet of carnations, roses, violets or tulips.
Coming in second place as the busiest holiday for florists is Valentine's Day. When Feb. 14 arrives, so do many people looking for arrangements to send to their loved ones. Just like Mother's Day, this holiday is very lucrative for floral designers. Americans typically spend tens of millions of dollars on their significant others every Feb. 14, and flowers, especially long-stemmed red roses, are a popular way to show someone you care.
Valentine's Day goes to show that a gift of fresh-cut flowers never goes out of style. However, it does go up in price - quite a lot, actually. The price of a bouquet of roses usually doubles on Feb. 14 before it goes back down the next business day. Expect to pay up to $100 for red roses from a flower shop on Valentine's Day. Therefore, if you're looking for a deal, it's smart to buy your bouquets a few days ahead of time and keep them in a vase with water so they stay fresh.
Thanksgiving, Christmas and Hanukkah
The holiday season is also one known for festive floral arrangements. Many families look to florists to come up with a Thanksgiving table set piece or a traditional cornucopia featuring plants with autumnal colors and gourds. Many churches and individuals also spring for flowering plants to help usher in Christmastime. Many florists sell living yuletide decorative plants such as ivy, holly, poinsettias, mistletoe and even miniature Christmas trees.
Many flower shops and floral arrangers also design centerpieces especially for the eight nights of Hanukkah. Online and brick-and-mortar florists offer blue and white flowers, usually arranged with candles in between the blossoms.
Easter and Passover
Religious holidays held in spring also keep flower shops busy as they design orders for families, churches and synagogues. Many shoppers are on the lookout for bunches of mixed flowers pre-arranged in bouquets or vases by florists. Lilies, as well as daffodils and tulips, are especially popular around these spring holidays.
Hindu and Buddhist Ceremonies
Flowers, especially the lotus, figure prominently in Hindu and Buddhist religious ceremonies, as well as in these two ancient religions' wedding customs. Many florists provide garlands of flowers to decorate and festoon the functions with.
Remember that it doesn't need to be a holiday to purchase flowers. Floral designers also make commissioned or pre-arranged flowers to take to sick relatives, friends and colleagues recovering at home or in the hospital. Many florists also make designs for newborn babies, too.
While the majority of their work is devoted to making eye-catching and pleasing creations with plants, florists can help you with much more than just finding the right flowers for your next event or party.
In fact, a good floral designer can be a fountain of knowledge. These experts can inform you of the best ways to take care of your plants or how to properly cut the stems of flowers to ensure they last longer in your vase.
The next time you're out buying an arrangement, ask your florist which type of vase to use with which flower and how much water and plant food you should use to prolong the life of your bouquet or potted plant. Even though retail florists don't usually grow the blooms or plants themselves, they do know the best ways to keep your arrangement looking fresh for longer.
Local flower shops or gardening stores used to be the only game in town when it came to selling real or fake floral arrangements until supermarkets and drugstore chains entered the business by offering inexpensive pre-arrangements for holidays and other occasions. However, the number of brick-and-mortar florists is further on the decline as more customers choose to purchase bouquets, wreaths and other greenery online.
Even though one exists in a virtual capacity while the other is located in a physical setting, there aren't too many differences between online and brick-and-mortar flower shops.
Many online stores offer pre-arrangements of flowers you can purchase, as well as the ability to form your own design and decoration.
Online flower shops, in fact, work with wholesale florists near your area to ensure they deliver your order promptly. Since cut flowers don't have a long shelf life, these Internet-based companies essentially take your request and contract it out to a florist in your locale to design it and drop it off at your home or office.
While purchasing flowers online is convenient - you can shop any time of the day without leaving your house - there are a few things the online stores cannot offer patrons. You can't smell the sweet fragrance of tulips or roses in cyberspace and you can't touch the petals or leaves before you buy the plant. Additionally, when you buy a bouquet over the Internet, you're basing your decision on a stock photo of the item instead of the actual one that will arrive at your doorstep.
Not all varieties of roses or violets look the same and an approximation of a flower isn't the same as the specific one you could end up receiving.
This is one advantage physical brick-and-mortar flower shops have over their online competitors. Making the trip to your local florist means you can actually get the chance to stop and smell the roses.