Last week I have paid several visits to Ikea, the Do-It-Yourself mega furniture chain-store from the land of Sweden. Ikea opened several stores in the bay-area, and ever since they are in business I've been visiting them quite often. Since I just moved to a new place, I visited Ikea last week to get two shelves for my room because my room doesn't have too much storage spaces. I bought a 6-shelves bookshelf and a 4-shelves short shelf for clothes. Then I just go home and spent some time assembled them. I took my time so one shelf took me a full 2 hours to assemble. Now my stuff is so much more organized. All my books are in order together with some of my clothes.
During my Ikea visit I usually go there for food as well. Ikea has a canteen-like cafe with very reasonably priced food. They taste quite good too. I really like their meatballs and fries. And then they will rotate their menus from time to time. Last time I was there I order a chicken plate. Their salads and shrimp sandwiches are excellent and fresh. And usually when it's time to pay for my food, the prices usually float around $5-$6 which is quite affordable. And everytime I came out to have a full stomach :) I almost forgot to mention their $1 soft-cone ice-cream and $1 hotdog. Very fresh food and good price. It is very smart for Ikea to sell cheap food. The store is so big and people are usually quite tired after taking that big box for the pre-assembled shelf to the cashier. People need to get something to eat and drink.
The view from Ikea's cafe is excellent. If I happen to get a window seat, the view is worth a lot if the canteen is converted to a full-service restaurant. It is extra treat when I can see a nice view while having good food.