I like using Orbitz to help me with travel pricing. Sometimes they have really good deals and they email you coupon codes for which you can get an additional 10-15% off select hotels. Now they have the Orbitz rewards program where you can actually earn Orbitz bucks for booking your travels through them. Then you can use these towards your next Orbitz purchase. Although similar in format to its competitor sites, I personally like the format of Orbitz more than others (Expedia, Booking.com, Priceline, Hotwire).
I love checking Kayak when I'm in the process of price-checking potential vacation flights/destinations. I really like that it checks multiple airlines/websites/hotels and then arranges them into a user-friendly format. I use this information as a baseline and then compare prices along the way. For the flight pricing, I like that you can choose "flexible dates" and it generates a range of favorable pricing, especially when I'm not 100% sure my travel dates. What I don't like is that sometimes I will click on a deal and it will say that the deal has already expired, despite the fact that I had only searched 10 minutes ago! That reeks of scam to me, but fortunately this has only happened to me once before.
I think these are too costly, especially when you can buy a 10 pack of BIC pens for less. These write nicely and flow smoothly, but I think these pens tip the scale at being better than #basic, but not quite luxury worthy. For me, a #basic pen is all I need.
I've flown Hawaiian Airlines at least 3 times in the last 3 years. The good: 1) Affordable flights, 2) Great flight times from Los Angeles to Hawaii, 3) Nice tropical-flavored drinks get you in the Aloha spirit, 4) Friendly and efficient service, 5) Some routes/times serve free meals (no other airline does this anymore!) I really can't think of many bad things except that for a 5-6 hour flight from LA to Hawaii, there is practically no in-flight entertainment - every TV show/movie costs money.
Like others have said, it depends who makes your coffee. On any given day it could be any of the following: all cream. No sugar. Diluted and watery. I know they're not a major coffee chain but at the very least they should standardize the recipe! Also, they should use an iced coffee brew - I think they just pour regular coffee over ice because sometimes my cup is warm.
I'm actually a Gold Rewards member at Starbucks, but lately I'm growing out of this place. The coffee (iced and hot) tastes bitter / burnt. I don't drink Frappucino's because they're just calorie-loaded smoothie blends. My absolute favorite drink is a grande triple-shot hazelnut latte extra hot but that's almost $5 and frankly I can't afford that all the time.
I think Chipotle is a place where you can get a great tasting, huge burrito. Sometimes I feel like the price is a bit high, but if you think about it, it's only a few bucks more than a taco truck burrito, minus the dirtiness and late night shadiness. Maybe the flavor is not distinctly authentic, but I'm cool with it because it errs on the side of freshness vs. greasiness. Unfortunately, the reason why I don't eat here anymore is because of the calories.
There's a whole spectrum of waters that tend to go like this in terms of price: Store generic < Crystal Geyser/Arrowhead/Dasani < SmartWater < Fiji/VOSS. I love Fiji water. It goes down so smooth, you don't really feel "feel" or "taste" those minerals that are in some waters. The price is the biggest drawback though and I consider it a luxury purchase.
Too many calories for two little toaster pastries! I'm always amazed that one package has like 400 calories when it's just some jam-encrusted stale-dough pastry. Nevertheless, I like to eat these once in awhile, usually the strawberry jam with white frosting and sprinkles. It's a good throwback to childhood.