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Tony’s New York Pizza, Camarillo – Best in Ventura County

I am not a food critique. I’m just a web designer who appreciate good pizza (cheap). This blog is just my personal opinion.

I think Tony’s New York Pizza has the best pizza in Ventura County. My coworkers also say Tony’s is the best in Ventura County. I often visit Tony’s New York Pizza in Old Town Camarillo for lunch and dinner. They are located on Lewis Road at Ventura Boulevard, right across Camarillo railroad station. Their great food, cheap menu, and free WiFi make this one of my favorite restaurants in Ventura County.

Tony’s New York Pizza is not a fancy place. You should make sure to dress down to eat here. I don’t think it’s a good place to bring kids. It doesn’t have a romantic setup. The dinning room only has several tables. It may hold about 30-40 people max.

But, if you and your family want to sit down and have a good meal? Tony’s New York Pizza is the place for you. This is where you come to enjoy good meal and chat with your friends and family. And top off your drink before you leave.

Tony's New York Pizza (Camarillo) Anti-salad

Today I visited Tony’s New York Pizza with my friend, and ordered;

  • Small anti-salad with blue cheese (picture above)
    • This is the salad with ham and salami.
  • 1 slice of pizza topped with sausage, pepperoni, and fresh basil. (picture below)
    • Their 1 slice is actually 2 big slices.
  • baked rigatoni with cheese, meatball, & sausage.
    • It comes with 2 big garlic breads.
  • 2 small drinks

Total for entire meal was little less than $20.00. I say their price is comparable to fast food places. But, here, you get real food prepared by real cook. Quality of food is excellent. Two of us ate until we couldn’t eat any more. I used their free WiFi to check up on my web design projects and my clients websites.

I took a few quick pictures with my pocket camera. I hope these pictures will get your juice flowing.

Best Pizza in Ventura County

There is a main cook who always works there in the kitchen. He looks like Fonzie from Happy Days (cool dude). I saw him today also, working hard as always. He occasionally came out to ask how everyone was doing, if we were enjoying the meal. I asked him “Excuse me, are you Tony?” “Yes” he replied with smile.

To me, Tony’s New York Pizza is guaranteed good meal, and good time.

Tony’s New York Pizza doesn’t really have a website. But their official menu is located here

Tony’s New York Pizza / Take out & Delivery
805 – 445 – 4400
Mo. – Th 11 to 9 Fr. – Sa. 11 to 10 Su. 12 to 9


Oxnard Borders Closing…

Oxnard Borders is closing

I remember when Oxnard Esplanade first opened about 10 years ago.   This shopping center still smells like new.  With new homes at River Park and widened freeway, Oxnard is looking better all the time.  It’s the fastest growing city in Ventura County.

Sadly, Internet technology is changing how we shop.  People shop online rather than shopping at local stores. Circuit City shut down a few years ago at Oxnard Esplanade.  Now Borders is closing.  I went to borders for a cup of coffee and found out that entire store became a bargain bin.  Coffee shop was all gutted out.

I hate to see these stores disappearing.  And I find it ironic that I build websites with shopping carts so more people will shop online.  But, what can I do?  I cannot fight the world.  I’m just a web designer.

Borders at Oxnard Esplanade, 2006

Borders at Oxnard - Where coffee shop used to be



First Sign of Christmas in Ventura County

I went to Oxnard Costco and saw this – Christmas ribbons!   (Today is August 4, 2011).  I also saw a lot of toys.

Santa Clause is a busy man. He hires people to come to Oxnard and buy toys for him, you see.

At the toy isle, I heard people saying “Here we go…” or “Oh, Christmas stuff…”

Anyway, I think this is officially the first sign of Christmas in Ventura County.   From this point, you may start seeing seasonal items at other stores in Ventura County.

After Oxnard Costco, I went to Bed Bath and Beyond at Oxnard promenade and found a Yankee Candle (Macintosh Spice) on clearance bin.  I like to burn candles when I do web design work.

I often work all night when I do web design work.  At work, we use the term “burning the midnight oil” a lot.  Somehow, that started me to burn candle when I do web design.  I have more than a dozen scented candles.  My favorite smell is anything that smells like Christmas.

Wow, Christmas time is near.  I feel distracted.


Taking Care of Customer – Burbank Airport

I was at Burbank Airport.  My airplane was already outside.  That’s when I opened my notebook computer and saw an email from one of our customers.  A client sent us a small web design job.  I was on my vacation, but this job was something I could do very quick.  I didn’t want to bother my co-workers.  My coworkers are better at programming (geeks).  I’m the one who can do web design tasks fast, so…

I started to work on the job with my notebook computer as people started to get on board.  My family members started to call my name.  I was running out of time, but I knew I could pull this off.  Suspense was killing me, but it was fun to work against clock like this.  I felt like I was in a movie, dismantling a bomb.  Finally, the job was completed, I sent an email to the customer, and I shut down my computer.

As I walk through the gate, I checked email with my iPod one last time and saw this message. (pic. below)

I was happy to receive this email.  I felt like I just saved the world with my web design skill.  I told my family members about what I just did.  I told them that my customer was impressed at me.  But, they were too busy getting on the airplane.  They didn’t seem to care.  :(

I don’t play video games.  Web design is plenty fun.  I seldom work under this kind of time constraint.  And I enjoy that stress.

Anyway, I was satisfied.  It was going to be a cool vacation.  Bing~!

I shot a video with my pocket camera as we were leaving Burbank  (sorry, no audio).


Happy Fathers Day 2011

Happy Fathers Day 2011.  Enjoy the magic moment when you have time.

God bless those without fathers.

My father is old, weak, and retired.  But he has more money than I do.  So my father pays when I visit him. :oops:
He took us to Claim Jumpers on Saturday, a day before Fathers Day.  If you truly love your father, don’t go out to eat on Fathers Day.  It’s really busy at some restaurants that eating is not enjoyable.

How I like my steak.



My Favorite DELL Mouse

My favorite mouse is this wired mouse from Dell.  I use exact same mouse for work, home, and notebook computer (I own 3 total).  Below is the picture of my mouse.  Sadly this mouse was replaced today.  It worn out.  I had to buy another one from eBay for $20.00.  Check out the finger mark on this mouse.

Note: I use a cheap point and shoot camera for my blog. (more)

I like my computer mouse as light as possible.  Also, I want my mouse to be absolutely trouble free and simple.  I don’t want track ball, super mini mouse, or any other funky alternative input devices.  I don’t use wireless mouse.  Wireless mouse has a cute concept.  But they are heavy.  Those 2 AA batteries add significant weight on the mouse.  After 12 hours of web designing, you will wish your mouse will be lighter.

I use computer 10-12 hours minimum every day.  To me, it’s very important that I have the best mouse and keyboard that will fit me perfectly.   I want the best keyboard and mouse money can buy.  Money is no object when it comes to computer parts.  That’s why I own 2 Das Keyboards ($130.00 each).  These are the tools that will help me make money.  Good equipment will make me work faster.  Good equipment will make web design easier on my body.  I bought an expensive mattress, because I spend 25% of my life in bed.  I spend 40-50% of my life using computer.  so, it only makes sense to buy the most comfortable keyboard and  mouse for my body.  That’s my philosophy as a computer geek.

And when it comes to mouse?  My favorite is this cheap Dell mouse.  I use this mouse with a smooth mouse-pad made out of waxed wood.  With my wooden mouse-pad, my mouse feels almost weightless like an air hockey puck.  I use very light touch to move my mouse.  That’s how I like it.

Thumb Mark

I do a lot of web design work, and I use mouse a lot.  This 3 years old mouse was showing signs of aging.  For example, “click” was not accurate.   So, I was afraid to work fast when I handle customers’ files/data.   I wouldn’t clean or maintain the mouse.  Mouse is cheap.  I just ordered a new one from eBay.  I’m not sure if any store in Ventura County sells this.

I’m back in business now.  My new mouse feels good.


Enjoying June Gloom In Camarillo, But…

I love May Gray and June Gloom weather in Camarillo.

I moved to Camarillo 12 years ago because of the good weather.  Well, there was a girl involved, but that’s another story (yikes).  Anyway, the weather in Camarillo is super fantastic.  We are having a typical June gloom weather lately.  I have to wear sweater when I go out about Camarillo at night.  It even rained several days ago.  I enjoy this weather.

But, last 3 days, I’ve been hoping for some blue sky in Camarillo.

Camarillo at Noon (June 11, 2011): 101 Freeway in front of Camarillo High School

We have a new web design customer.  We are currently designing a website for a dental office in Camarillo.  We will host website as well.  I am supposed to photograph the office building under blue Camarillo sky.  But, we haven’t have blue sky in Camarillo for a few days now.

Everyone at SOHO is making progress on this web design project.   Our graphic designer is working on concept designs to show to client.  The client will come back soon to talk about color scheme.  I will soon install Joomla CMS* program on our server.

I need to turn in some images soon.  Our graphic designer may need my image to complete her concept designs.  Good images will change mood of the website.   My photographs will mark the moment when our web design idea becomes more visual.  I would like to kick start this web design project by providing some good images to my design team.

I drove across Camarillo today at noon.  It looked extra gloomy over Camarillo High School.

I can really use some blue sky.
Besides that, I love the weather here in Camarillo.


*CMS – Content management system.