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Title: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: steinl321 on August 14, 2008, 09:36:39 PM
anyone know any info about accommodations and food?
Title: Re: Shabbos in Miami
Post by: levi on August 15, 2008, 05:50:11 AM
Yes, when are you going? and which part of miami are you staying in?
Title: Re: Shabbos in Miami
Post by: coralsnake on August 15, 2008, 12:09:39 PM
There are many options- where in Miami would you like to be?
Title: Re: Shabbos in Miami
Post by: kishke on August 16, 2008, 11:18:48 PM

i will stay next week, in Miami beach at 42 street
Title: Re: Shabbos in Miami
Post by: steinl321 on August 17, 2008, 01:01:58 AM
I want to stay next to a Minyan and food. will only be in Miami for the weekend.
Title: Re: Shabbos in Miami
Post by: steinl321 on August 17, 2008, 01:04:59 AM
I'm going to be there September 12-15.
Title: Re: Shabbos in Miami
Post by: stevenk on August 17, 2008, 11:28:11 AM
Many minyanim in that area. Tower 41, The Vendome Place 4301 collins and a chasidishe place (Late minyan) on 36 or 35 between Collins and Indian Creek. As far as food goes you have many to choose from 42 street
Title: Re: Shabbos in Miami
Post by: levi on August 17, 2008, 07:08:17 PM

i will stay next week, in Miami beach at 42 street
same here i i'll be there too
Title: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: Muscatini on September 07, 2008, 08:00:33 PM
does anyone know of kosher hotels in florida to stay over a shabbos?
Title: Re: kosher florida hotels
Post by: levi on September 08, 2008, 12:55:00 AM
Do you mean a hotel with a kosher resterant or with a shul or just that has jewish people?
Title: Re: kosher florida hotels
Post by: Muscatini on September 08, 2008, 12:22:47 PM
hotel with kosher food, or i think there are kosher restaurants open on shabbos with hotels nearby...anyone know what i'm talking about?
Title: Re: kosher florida hotels
Post by: Mikeoracle on September 08, 2008, 01:17:42 PM
In orlando there is a Kosher restaraunt that is called "the lower East Side" that has a shul and there are a couple hotels on the block. I think the reasturant has some deals with hotels if you book through them. Not sure the contact info- try looking it up online.
Title: Re: kosher florida hotels
Post by: levi on September 08, 2008, 02:29:17 PM
In Miami Beach there is Tower 41 there is a kosher resterant and a shul inside, ans within a 5 minute walk there are many hotels, 4points by Sheraton, Days Inn, Fontainebleau etc...
Title: Hotels in Miami Beach Area
Post by: randomness123 on January 27, 2009, 12:45:42 PM
I am looking for a really sick deal on a hotel for this weekend in Fl (preferably Miami Beach) Any suggestions??? The most important is that its on the water and besides for that anything will do. Let me know ASAP!
Title: Re: Hotels in Miami Beach Area
Post by: Charles The Govenor on January 29, 2009, 03:03:44 AM
try hotels.com
Title: Florida
Post by: eli1571 on November 25, 2009, 06:02:42 PM
I'm thinking about going to florida in feb from n.y. Which airline's fly that route ? And which would be the cheapest ?
Title: Re: Florida
Post by: jack on November 26, 2009, 12:55:44 AM
Florida does have more than 1 airport - you may want to be a tiny more specific.
Title: Re: Florida
Post by: eli1571 on November 26, 2009, 04:19:06 AM
Well i don't know anything about that place thats y i asked. Any lcc's fly there etc. 
Title: Re: Florida
Post by: Charles The Govenor on November 26, 2009, 03:15:17 PM
Airtran,swa,jet blue,spirit
Title: Re: Florida
Post by: eli1571 on November 28, 2009, 01:59:26 PM
Is that to miami ?
Title: Re: Florida
Post by: Charles The Govenor on November 28, 2009, 05:59:29 PM
Fll
Title: Re: Florida
Post by: eli1571 on November 29, 2009, 09:41:41 AM
Fll
? ? Is that the airport code or something ?
Title: Re: Florida
Post by: Dan on November 29, 2009, 10:35:35 AM
? ? Is that the airport code or something ?
There are lots of tourist destinations if Florida, where do you want to go?
There's Orlando, Tampa, Fort Myers, Key West, and of course Miami/Fort Lauderdale/West Palm Beach in SE Florida,
Title: Re: Florida
Post by: Charles The Govenor on November 29, 2009, 01:10:02 PM
Yes,for fort lauderdale.
Title: Re: Florida
Post by: eli1571 on November 29, 2009, 06:00:22 PM
There are lots of tourist destinations if Florida, where do you want to go?
There's Orlando, Tampa, Fort Myers, Key West, and of course Miami/Fort Lauderdale/West Palm Beach in SE Florida,
miami
Title: Re: Florida
Post by: steve2 on November 29, 2009, 06:25:37 PM
miami

 that now its Miami, keep in mind it might be cheaper to fly into FLL (Fort Lauderdale) as both Jet Blue and southWest fly into FLL but not MIA. Its less than an hours drive w/o traffic.

 Also you need to check fares from EWR,LGA & JFK also ISP for Southwest, and check them into FLL & MIA from each so thats 6 pairs you need to look at. And at times the prices can be significant
Title: Re: Florida
Post by: eli1571 on November 30, 2009, 06:18:01 AM
Thanx guys now any idea's what to do there ?
Title: Re: Florida
Post by: jack on November 30, 2009, 09:03:00 AM
EAT!!!!!!!!!!!
Title: Re: Florida
Post by: Charles The Govenor on November 30, 2009, 07:16:09 PM
Thanx guys now any idea's what to do there ?
also hpn/swf
Title: Re: Florida
Post by: steve2 on November 30, 2009, 07:26:05 PM
also hpn/swf

 Sorry to disagree but 1- HPN parking is expensive and very limited spaces

                               2- SWF is good if you live in Monsey or there abouts,not sure of the parking sit up there also remember we are heading into Dec = snow , Id rather be downstate then Upstate if I have to dig out of that stuff
Title: Re: Florida
Post by: Charles The Govenor on December 01, 2009, 03:26:41 AM
your right.but he could be in monsey and swf is also pretty close too monsey.
Title: Re: Florida
Post by: eli1571 on December 01, 2009, 04:34:10 PM
EAT!!!!!!!!!!!
y in heaven's name would i travel till miami to EAT ? Is there some food there that u can't get anywhere else ?
Title: Re: Florida
Post by: eli1571 on December 01, 2009, 04:35:01 PM
also hpn/swf
Title: Re: Florida
Post by: eli1571 on December 01, 2009, 04:35:40 PM
also hpn/swf
which stands for ? Sorry i'm just terrible at remembering all of these codes
Title: Re: Florida
Post by: Dan on December 01, 2009, 05:28:28 PM
You can use the great circle mapper (http://gc.kls2.com/cgi-bin/gc?PATH=hpn-swf&RANGE=&PATH-COLOR=&PATH-UNITS=mi&PATH-MINIMUM=&SPEED-GROUND=&SPEED-UNITS=kts&RANGE-STYLE=best&RANGE-COLOR=&MAP-STYLE=) to find out airport names as well as mileage.
Title: Re: Florida
Post by: Charles The Govenor on December 01, 2009, 10:52:27 PM
Hpn-westchester/whiteplains NY

SWf-newburgh NY
Title: Re: Florida
Post by: Mikeoracle on December 07, 2009, 11:23:32 AM
I am lloking to book for a friend a car rental at FLL for 12/15-1/7 and need a Nav system included, anyone have any suggestions for good deals?
Title: Re: Florida
Post by: jack on December 07, 2009, 01:48:27 PM
use chabad discount - search for it- should come up.

Buy a gps in costco and return it - before the 30 days.  many cell phones have pretty good gps.
Title: Re: Florida
Post by: stevenk on December 08, 2009, 03:07:24 PM
use chabad discount - search for it- should come up.

Buy a gps in costco and return it - before the 30 days.  many cell phones have pretty good gps.

Ask your local Rabbi before doing this
Title: Re: Florida
Post by: GABE on December 09, 2009, 01:07:09 PM
Buy a gps in costco and return it - before the 30 days.  many cell phones have pretty good gps.
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If I am correct there's 90 day return policy on the gps.
Title: Starwood in Miami area for Shabbos
Post by: Mikeoracle on December 18, 2009, 12:11:57 PM
Does anyone have any suggestions for a *wood property in the Miami area that is nice and convenient for Shabbos? Looking to be near a shul and possibly someplace to eat the meals or in a hotel that we can warm up food in the room and eat there....
Thanks for any tips.

Also looking for any tips on spending a few day in Key West, hotel and activity recommendations etc...
Title: Re: Starwood in Miami area for Shabbos
Post by: steve2 on December 18, 2009, 12:37:22 PM
 only 2 that I know of 1 the 4 Points off 41st but its known to be worse then a sewer dump!

 The other The Diplomat up in Hollywood/Dania on the beach, appx 209th St

 Theres a shul appx 1 mile North or a friend said last yr there was a new Chabad a block away

 The only other idea is to trade someone your SPG pts for their Marriott pts and stay at the Eden Roc which is @ 45th st and a 10 min walkover to Tower 41 area. Of cause if you dont have status with MR you can probably count out a great view but then with The Dip they have 36 floors which can be a very longwalk up or down the stairs if yous core a top room with view. The Lounge is I believe on the 34th floor

 If you arent gonna be using pts then Id try and see if that Chabad by the Dip offers meals if not then Id simply stay with whatever you can find near to 41st st . Rare should be open for Shabbos meals on 41st St, theres alsoa Courtyard on 36th that should be less then the Eden Roc.
Title: Re: Starwood in Miami area for Shabbos
Post by: Mikeoracle on December 18, 2009, 12:42:15 PM
Thanks for the info. How recent is your review on the 4 points? I see they write on SPG that they renovated the place.
Title: Re: Starwood in Miami area for Shabbos
Post by: steve2 on December 18, 2009, 02:25:18 PM
Thanks for the info. How recent is your review on the 4 points? I see they write on SPG that they renovated the place.

 have Fun reading, BTW I understand its owned by a Religious person . Dont say you werent WARNED!

http://www.flyertalk.com/forum/starwood-preferred-guest/675515-sheraton-four-points-miami-beach-problematic-hotel-master-thread.html
Title: Re: Starwood in Miami area for Shabbos
Post by: stevenk on December 21, 2009, 10:13:10 AM
DIPLOMAT is a much better option! Upon check in last year, I was greeted with a list of Kosher amenities available at the hotel, and shuls, restaurants, Religious babysitters and more. They are making a strong push to attract Jewish travelers.
Title: Re: Starwood in Miami area for Shabbos
Post by: steve2 on December 21, 2009, 10:46:16 AM
DIPLOMAT is a much better option! Upon check in last year, I was greeted with a list of Kosher amenities available at the hotel, and shuls, restaurants, Religious babysitters and more. They are making a strong push to attract Jewish travelers.

 with a car Aventura is a 10 min drive. Or if you get up early The Shul on the Beach on Madison 1 mile north. But Shabbos is the problem, if its raining or humid that mile walk can do you in, also you will need to feed the meters by the shul.

 Dont know if that Chabad is still around they were across the street and down a side street, so a friend told me last year.

 The best was Sheraton Bal Harbour 1 block to the Shuls and restaurants but its gone, a St Regis is suppose to go up there but who knows what Cat that will be.

 
Title: Re: Starwood in Miami area for Shabbos
Post by: Dan on December 21, 2009, 02:30:32 PM
DIPLOMAT is a much better option! Upon check in last year, I was greeted with a list of Kosher amenities available at the hotel, and shuls, restaurants, Religious babysitters and more. They are making a strong push to attract Jewish travelers.
What kind of kosher amenities?
Title: Re: Starwood in Miami area for Shabbos
Post by: steve2 on December 21, 2009, 02:46:36 PM
 links for the 2 shuls Ive mentioned by the Diplomat

 beachshul on Madison  http://www.beachshul.org/

 Chabads link isnt working the info: 7 Seacrest Pway off A1A, south of the Dip and across the street from it, north of Hallandale Beach Blvd

 Tel# 954-457-8080 Rabbi Dovid Kudan

 his email is rabbikudan@yahoo.com
Title: Re: Starwood in Miami area for Shabbos
Post by: stevenk on December 21, 2009, 04:05:59 PM
bunch of kosher restaurants nearby, how to order food for shabbos, delivered kosher champange to my suite etc
Title: Re: Starwood in Miami area for Shabbos
Post by: steve2 on December 21, 2009, 04:29:00 PM
bunch of kosher restaurants nearby, how to order food for shabbos, delivered kosher champange to my suite etc

 I take it you mean Waterways, since I dont know of anything that is a short walk and I wouldnt walk to Waterways , its maybe a 10-15 min car ride depending on traffic

 also keep going South on A1A and after the causeway (bridge) that says to Aventura Mall, a few blocks past that and I think a Texaco station is Bisila (dairy) I think its in the 180s in a strip mall
Title: Re: Starwood in Miami area for Shabbos
Post by: Deal Guy on December 23, 2009, 01:35:27 AM
The 4 points is NOT that bad, and the location is great on Shabbos.
  Plus you can eat both meals on Shabbos a couple of minutes away in Tower 41 by Greenwald catering (from Lakewood I believe)
Title: Re: Starwood in Miami area for Shabbos
Post by: steve2 on December 23, 2009, 10:14:12 AM
The 4 points is NOT that bad, and the location is great on Shabbos.
  Plus you can eat both meals on Shabbos a couple of minutes away in Tower 41 by Greenwald catering (from Lakewood I believe)

 Well a ton of people on FT seems to disagree with You. I havent stayed there nor even walked into the place but with amount of BAD reports on FT and other sites all basically saying the samething Id go with them on this

 Now true the Dip is a Cat5 and the 4P is a Cat4 but Id pay the difference since the Dip is Worth it

As for food as I posted theres a Chabad House across the street that I was told has meals on Shabbos

 Better then Greenwald is 'Rare' a block past Tower 41 on 41st St (left side walking from Collins)
Title: Re: Starwood in Miami area for Shabbos
Post by: Deal Guy on December 23, 2009, 03:20:26 PM
Well a ton of people on FT seems to disagree with You. I havent stayed there nor even walked into the place but with amount of BAD reports on FT and other sites all basically saying the samething Id go with them on this

 Now true the Dip is a Cat5 and the 4P is a Cat4 but Id pay the difference since the Dip is Worth it
 

As for food as I posted theres a Chabad House across the street that I was told has meals on Shabbos

 Better then Greenwald is 'Rare' a block past Tower 41 on 41st St (left side walking from Collins)

Well I DID stay there and it's not bad. Plus how much time will you spend indoors, instead of going out to the beach or to daven and to eat the meals? Plus the location on Shabbos is much better especially in regard to the food. Just make sure to get a ocean view room and you can relax on the balcony all Shabbos afternoon. Try it once please!!
  What is this  'Rare' place? Do they have Shabbos meals? What Hechsher? How much money compared to Greenwald?
Title: Re: Starwood in Miami area for Shabbos
Post by: steve2 on December 23, 2009, 03:47:46 PM
Well I DID stay there and it's not bad. Plus how much time will you spend indoors, instead of going out to the beach or to daven and to eat the meals? Plus the location on Shabbos is much better especially in regard to the food. Just make sure to get a ocean view room and you can relax on the balcony all Shabbos afternoon. Try it once please!!
  What is this  'Rare' place? Do they have Shabbos meals? What Hechsher? How much money compared to Greenwald?

 sorry Im gonna go along with all of those on FT and Trip Advisor and Im Staying Away from the 4P

 Rare is open on Shabbos and is gerenally isnt cheap. I dont know their prices nor what Greenwald charges.During the week w/o a res you cant get in

 Hechsher 1 of the local Glatt etc etc

But I generally dont care for Greenwalds food Ive had at a number of weddings at Bais Faige and other Halls in Lake

 I agree the food is better down by 41st but no way can U compare the 4P to The Dip, go 1 time to The Dip you yourself would never set foot back in the 4P. As for an Ocean room thats not so simple during Peak times like the Winter.
Title: Re: Starwood in Miami area for Shabbos
Post by: Deal Guy on December 23, 2009, 03:59:32 PM
sorry Im gonna go along with all of those on FT and Trip Advisor and Im Staying Away from the 4P

 Rare is open on Shabbos and is gerenally isnt cheap. I dont know their prices nor what Greenwald charges.During the week w/o a res you cant get in

 Hechsher 1 of the local Glatt etc etc

But I generally dont care for Greenwalds food Ive had at a number of weddings at Bais Faige and other Halls in Lake

 I agree the food is better down by 41st but no way can U compare the 4P to The Dip, go 1 time to The Dip you yourself would never set foot back in the 4P. As for an Ocean room thats not so simple during Peak times like the Winter.

I was there in Jan last year with a packed hotel, and still they upgraded me to a king suite with a city view with my lousy gold status. The next day at the desk I easily DOWNGRADED myself to a standard room with a huge balcony facing the pool overlooking the ocean. I'm sure that you can pull it off as well! Do me a favor and try it once for the convenience of the location on Shabbos even though it doesn't compare to the Dip
Title: Re: Starwood in Miami area for Shabbos
Post by: steve2 on December 23, 2009, 04:11:11 PM
I was there in Jan last year with a packed hotel, and still they upgraded me to a king suite with a city view with my lousy gold status. The next day at the desk I easily DOWNGRADED myself to a standard room with a huge balcony facing the pool overlooking the ocean. I'm sure that you can pull it off as well! Do me a favor and try it once for the convenience of the location on Shabbos even though it doesn't compare to the Dip

 No need on my part over 1 Mil in Marriott Pts and I have the Eden Roc on 45th or the CourtYard on 36th, plus till 4/11 I have a cert for 7 nights at any MR up to and including a Cat6 (Eden Roc) and as aPlat with MR I get upgrades with them as well
Title: Re: Starwood in Miami area for Shabbos
Post by: BrooklynCPA on December 29, 2009, 02:52:15 PM
Stayed at the 4 Points a few years ago and it was the lousiest hotel stay I ever experienced!!!WHAT A DUMP!!!! Unless they renovated since I would stay far away!!! I am truely surprised they are still part of Starwood!!
Title: w south beach
Post by: sarah on December 29, 2009, 04:13:48 PM
I'm going to miami Feb, I'm thinking of staying in the new w south beach (on points 20,000) and walking to 41st street area for food and minyan.  Anyone stay there for shabbos?  Can it be hard getting in your room?  Do you think they will provide a "shabbos key"?  Any ideas from anyone that has been there?
Title: Re: w south beach
Post by: steve2 on December 29, 2009, 04:16:45 PM
 havent been there but I wouldnt want to walk over 20 blocks from/to the W and 41st St
Title: Re: w south beach
Post by: Dan on December 29, 2009, 05:33:22 PM
I'm going to miami Feb, I'm thinking of staying in the new w south beach (on points 20,000) and walking to 41st street area for food and minyan.  Anyone stay there for shabbos?  Can it be hard getting in your room?  Do you think they will provide a "shabbos key"?  Any ideas from anyone that has been there?
I'm sure Levi's been there but I've never ventured outside of the MIA airport.
Title: Re: Starwood in Miami area for Shabbos
Post by: steve2 on December 29, 2009, 07:50:03 PM
Stayed at the 4 Points a few years ago and it was the lousiest hotel stay I ever experienced!!!WHAT A DUMP!!!! Unless they renovated since I would stay far away!!! I am truely surprised they are still part of Starwood!!

 Thanks, makes me wonder why someone was begging me to go and stay there. guess misery loves company

 After reading the FT and Trip Advisor reports no way would I even get close to staying at that Joint
Title: Re: Starwood in Miami area for Shabbos
Post by: bades on December 29, 2009, 08:35:10 PM
4 points supposedly has key locks as oppose to magnetic
Title: Re: Starwood in Miami area for Shabbos
Post by: steve2 on December 29, 2009, 10:23:04 PM
4 points supposedly has key locks as oppose to magnetic

 the Rent a Potty that are found at construction sites dont have magnetic keys either. And Id almost rather stay in 1 of those then this DUMP
Title: Re: Starwood in Miami area for Shabbos
Post by: Dan on December 29, 2009, 10:28:33 PM
4 points supposedly has key locks as oppose to magnetic
Just tape down the door lock in any hotel on shabbos, and put up the DND sign...no biggie.
Title: Re: Starwood in Miami area for Shabbos
Post by: steve2 on December 29, 2009, 10:55:02 PM
 or use a piece of strong cardboard lying around that wont let the tongue of the lock to get into the hole and put the DND sign out

then it helps if you arent staying at either The Westin Europa & Regina in Venice or The Marriott Berlin as they simply entered the room in Venice  shut the lights I left on and turned on those I turned off along with the TV and made up the room.and put the DND on the inside of the door. I was Mad especially as House keeping said they only noticed the door was open (Impossible) and shut it. In the end although I was staying on 2 free weekend certs , I got 24k in pts for the 2 nights I was there, still mad just not as much

 Berlin wasnt as bad as they left me notes on my door they came by for Turn Down and then the same in the morning. they knocked I was in shul and I guess the door opened so they closed it (Locked now) got security to let me in no one spoke good enough English and I wanted to make sure the sceurity guy who was Russian wasnt Jewish Housekeeping was an Arab, Ok never thought Id be glad to see an Arab. Once in they wanted me to show them my ID its in the safe. The security guy saw my carry-on and address tag and saw it matched the name registered for the room and said no problem

 only 2 times I ever had a problem

 now I simply let the front desk know I dont want to be distrub (Im distrub enough already LoL) from whatever time it is that I call then till Sun morn unless I call and ask for something. tried it for the 1st time @ The Imperial in Vienna and no problems , once the maid saw me leaving the room (heading for Mincha Shabbos afternoon) and asked if I needed anything as she was told not to bother me or even knock. said thanks everything is perfect as is, would I like Turn down later that night, I said No Thanks wasnt sure if I would be out of the room when they came around, as Shabbos ended late
Title: Re: Starwood in Miami area for Shabbos
Post by: Deal Guy on December 30, 2009, 12:41:25 AM
Thanks, makes me wonder why someone was begging me to go and stay there. guess misery loves company

 After reading the FT and Trip Advisor reports no way would I even get close to staying at that Joint

I never meant to beg you; I just think that since you are often in Miami (I believe), it would simply be possible for you to go in there a couple of minutes and ask to see a room, so that way you can make your own decision, without relying on me or on FT reports. I still maintain that the location is great for Shabbos for someone that davka wants to book with spg, and until you see the property yourself it's not nice for someone to badmouth a frum yid's property and ruin his business, based on gossip on FT. That's just my humble opinion; correct me if I'm wrong, please.
Title: Re: Starwood in Miami area for Shabbos
Post by: steve2 on December 30, 2009, 01:08:08 AM
I never meant to beg you; I just think that since you are often in Miami (I believe), it would simply be possible for you to go in there a couple of minutes and ask to see a room, so that way you can make your own decision, without relying on me or on FT reports. I still maintain that the location is great for Shabbos for someone that davka wants to book with spg, and until you see the property yourself it's not nice for someone to badmouth a frum yid's property and ruin his business, based on gossip on FT. That's just my humble opinion; correct me if I'm wrong, please.

 You are wrong. if the frum owner couldnt care 1 bit about those who stayed there be they Frum Yidden or Goyim, I dont care 1 bit for his place.

I cant believe that everyone on FT and TA who blasted the place are doing it for No reason what so ever, even brooklyncpa called it a DUMP. Maybe you dont mind dumps, I do

 this isnt the 1st place Ive refrained from not going to, If 1 or 2 or even 3 people knock a place Id agree with You, but its a heck of alot more people then that. If a kosher restaurant I see is filthy maybe I shouldnt say anything after all the owner will lose biz

 If anyone is ruining the 4Ps biz its the owner!!! For not cleaning the place up and probably has no intent to do so either , after knowing about how the place is talked about he would have.

 No question 41st St is a great location but B"H there are plenty of other clean Hotels around 41st St where a person can stay then that DUMP.

 If a person davka wants SPG Id send them to The Dip or tell them to trade someone SPG pts for Marriott pts and stay either at the Eden Roc on 45th or the CY on 36th. Thusly they get 41st St and dont have to pay for it at the same time

 If I remember correctly it was you and 1 other person who didnt mind the 4P against 10s of people who called it a DUMP and to stay away. Ive been to some of the otehr places they said were DUMPs before they were there and they were 100% correct.

 Now if you dont mind it as it is, you are perfectly free to stay there all you want

 BTW I dont get to Miami nearly as often as you might think I do. Maybe for a couple of days ever couple of yrs. I usually do LA alot more EQMs for a few bucks more. Id get to LA maybe 10x a yrn if not more , last yr probably closer to 20x. Last time in MIA was 12/08 just after the Eden Roc reopened  but the new tower wasnt ready as of yet.
Title: Re: Starwood in Miami area for Shabbos
Post by: Deal Guy on December 30, 2009, 02:27:47 AM
All right. I thought you spend more time there. Just wondering if next time that you are in the area,and you hava a free moment,  if you can take a quick peek, and let us know your opinion
Title: Re: Starwood in Miami area for Shabbos
Post by: steve2 on December 30, 2009, 09:02:54 AM
All right. I thought you spend more time there. Just wondering if next time that you are in the area,and you hava a free moment,  if you can take a quick peek, and let us know your opinion

 this is a reasonable request (yes that means the otehrs were not)

However I remember the last time I was at the Sans Souci when it too was owned and runned by a supposingly Frum Yid. They just finished a few mil renov of the Lobby and it showed. But the rooms were TERRIBLE and smelled from Mildew and the Bathroom was full of Mold. During lunch a pipe burst somewhere and that meant no AC what so ever.

MS I asked about repairs and was told probably Sun morn as it was very expensive to get someone on MS.BTW this was in Aug!!! They didnt want to refund me even for my Sat night and even charged me for parking. We left and I disputed the charge and got my $$ back

Pt is just cause it looks nice doesnt mean the rooms are. Doesnt pay to ask to see a room as most likely they give me the keys to a room thats OK. What I would need to do is spend some time and either hope a maid lets me see a couple or ask those staying there their opin.

 But I trust the Olam at FT, they havent steered me wrong yet. Dont always agree with them but never found that they totally missed the Mark either
Title: Re: w south beach
Post by: damaxer91 on December 31, 2009, 07:01:41 AM
I'm sure Levi's been there

Been there? He actually keeps a spare wardrobe there
Title: Re: Starwood in Miami area for Shabbos
Post by: stevenk on December 31, 2009, 10:42:49 AM
I ve stayed at the 4 points and the suite was clean and decent, and a great oceanfront view! Any specific questions let me know. If I had a choice would pick Diplomat, but in the 41 street area its not as bad as everyone is making it out to be
Title: Re: Florida
Post by: jmail on December 31, 2009, 02:00:21 PM
y in heaven's name would i travel till miami to EAT ? Is there some food there that u can't get anywhere else ?

Actually grilltime in miami is an excellent steakhouse.
Title: Re: Starwood in Miami area for Shabbos
Post by: Deal Guy on December 31, 2009, 04:08:42 PM
I ve stayed at the 4 points and the suite was clean and decent, and a great oceanfront view! Any specific questions let me know. If I had a choice would pick Diplomat, but in the 41 street area its not as bad as everyone is making it out to be

Thanks for seconding my opinion, and it's good to hear someone say something nice about the hotel. After all, both of us were actually at the hotel, and we are describing a first-hand experience.
Title: Re: Florida
Post by: Deal Guy on December 31, 2009, 04:13:43 PM
Actually grilltime in miami is an excellent steakhouse.

True. But make sure to book a day early or extremely early in the morning
Title: Re: w south beach
Post by: levi on January 05, 2010, 06:57:32 AM
I have stayed there a few times. The room doors are all electric, no option for manual. When you open the balcony sliding doors the air conditioner turns off automatically. I was able to have the hotel disable the sensor on the balcony doors. As far as getting in the room, the staff was extremely accommodating every time I needed their help. There is a chabad close by (less than 10 min walk) which has a minyan Friday night and shabbos day, as well as shabbos meals.
Title: Re: w south beach
Post by: sarah on January 05, 2010, 09:05:59 AM
Thanks for the info!
Title: Westin Diplomat
Post by: bades on January 06, 2010, 10:02:50 AM
i have an upcoming stay in miami and i am staying at the westin diplomat, does anyone know anything about the hotel or its location. I am SPG gold what are my chances of an upgrade??
Title: Re: Starwood in Miami area for Shabbos
Post by: ChaimB on January 08, 2010, 02:09:36 AM
Thanks for seconding my opinion, and it's good to hear someone say something nice about the hotel. After all, both of us were actually at the hotel, and we are describing a first-hand experience.

 Unfortunately I stayed there as well, last year was suppose to be there for a week left after 1 night.The place is a dump as others have already said. No other room was available. I did speak to 1 person who said after switching rooms 3 times they finally got a sort of decent room

I guess its like the lottery, the chances of getting a decent room is very slim but some do, just not enough of them.. But I think both sides so far are correct

 If a person wants only starwood and to be by 41st St theres no real choice but this dump. I like the idea of finding someone with marriott pts and trade them my starwood pts for their marriott pts and stay at the Eden Roc. Staying at either The W or Diplomat over Shabbat doesnt do it for us as we dont want to daven by Chabad. So I can see where someone might bite the bullet and stay at the dump 4Points for Fri & Sat nights then get out of there ASAP, in order to beable to avail themselves of what 41st st has to offer, but in my opin they have to be nuts to stay there any other time. and staying Fri/Sat nights would only be if they cant get anything else for the same money $0
Title: Re: Westin Diplomat
Post by: damaxer91 on January 10, 2010, 04:16:37 PM
i have an upcoming stay in miami and i am staying at the westin diplomat, does anyone know anything about the hotel or its location. I am SPG gold what are my chances of an upgrade??

Read through the thread on FT. Personally, when I was a gold I got upgraded to an Ocean View room.
Title: Re: Starwood in Miami area for Shabbos
Post by: hendels on January 23, 2010, 04:53:17 PM
i stayed in the 4p last year in October. as a spg gold they upgraded me to a new renovated king suite. it was clean and beautiful. no complaints
Title: Miami Beach Hotel for Starwood/Cash trade??
Post by: mordyp on January 26, 2010, 09:18:01 PM
So..i'm taking a short vacation wife my wife and baby and the only spg hotel in miami beach is the 4 points...which, as everyone knows, just "doesn't cut it". I'd figure i'd see if anyone had any alternative hotel chain reward points, free night vouchers, airline miles...what it will take to get a hotel on miami beach (not south beach!). I am willing to trade for Starwood points or cash. This could be a good opportunity to use those rewards that you've never used or whatever...I'm still knida new to this whole posting thing and the point system but let's see if there's someone out there who has some ideas. feel free to private message me as well.

Hotel stay dates JAN 31, 2010 - FEB 3, 2010 (3 nights..)


thanks!

mordy
Title: Re: Miami Beach Hotel for Starwood/Cash trade??
Post by: Deal Guy on January 27, 2010, 01:57:22 AM
So..i'm taking a short vacation wife my wife and baby and the only spg hotel in miami beach is the 4 points...which, as everyone knows, just "doesn't cut it". I'd figure i'd see if anyone had any alternative hotel chain reward points, free night vouchers, airline miles...what it will take to get a hotel on miami beach (not south beach!). I am willing to trade for Starwood points or cash. This could be a good opportunity to use those rewards that you've never used or whatever...I'm still knida new to this whole posting thing and the point system but let's see if there's someone out there who has some ideas. feel free to private message me as well.

Hotel stay dates JAN 31, 2010 - FEB 3, 2010 (3 nights..)


thanks!

mordy

It is an okay hotel, and I imagine that if you are only in Miami for 3 days, you won't be in your room that much. It's an expensive time in Miami the next 2 weeks, so everything will be expensive, and given the fact that The Four Points is available for 10k points those 3 nights, I would go for it, since they are asking $257.
Title: Re: Miami Beach Hotel for Starwood/Cash trade??
Post by: Mikeoracle on January 27, 2010, 09:37:43 AM
Why not stay in the Westin Diplomat? It is a gorgous hotel for 12,000 points a night and it is definitly worth the extra 2000 points over staying at the 4P. It is in Hollywood which is North Miami beach. I just booked some rooms for a friend and the rates were in the $400 range, so a pretty good points value. It is also near the waterways and all the nice restaurants in that area.
Title: Re: Miami Beach Hotel for Starwood/Cash trade??
Post by: Mikeoracle on January 27, 2010, 10:00:05 AM
Actually, I apologize, I just checked availability for the Westin Dip and there isnt any showing up online for your dates. It is still worth a shot to try calling up the SPG concierge to see if they can get you availability over the phone. I have had times in the past that there was no avail showing online but over the phone i was able to get a room.
Keep in mind that 1/31 is Pro Bowl Sunday in Miami followed by the Super Bowl on Sunday 2/7, so there are alot of tourist in town that are filling up the hotels.
Title: Re: Miami Beach Hotel for Starwood/Cash trade??
Post by: mordyp on January 27, 2010, 07:58:57 PM
Thanks to all the replies. I ended up matching through betterbidding on hotwire the Palms Hotel (4 star) for 139 +tax per night. Thanks though to all...now to figure out what restaurants are a must in miami....
Title: Re: Miami Beach Hotel for Starwood/Cash trade??
Post by: Deal Guy on January 27, 2010, 08:07:54 PM
Thanks to all the replies. I ended up matching through betterbidding on hotwire the Palms Hotel (4 star) for 139 +tax per night. Thanks though to all...now to figure out what restaurants are a must in miami....

What is MATCHING through BETTERBIDDING on Hotwire?
Title: Re: Miami Beach Hotel for Starwood/Cash trade??
Post by: Mikeoracle on January 27, 2010, 08:08:11 PM
Grill Time was our favorite but make sure to make a reservation. Very pricey but we thought it was well worth it.  Another favorite is China Bistro, really good food, great menu and atmosphere....
Title: Re: Miami Beach Hotel for Starwood/Cash trade??
Post by: MOSES on January 27, 2010, 08:17:00 PM
REAR STEAKHOUSE
Title: Re: Miami Beach Hotel for Starwood/Cash trade??
Post by: jmail on January 28, 2010, 12:01:04 PM
Definitely try grilltime in north miami beach. Best steak I've had in a long time.
Title: Re: Miami Beach Hotel for Starwood/Cash trade??
Post by: MOSES on January 28, 2010, 07:04:02 PM
Definitely try grilltime in north miami beach. Best steak I've had in a long time.
order the volcano for dessert
Title: Re: Miami Beach Hotel for Starwood/Cash trade??
Post by: mordys on January 29, 2010, 12:02:10 AM
We loved Gourmet Carrot in South Beach.
Title: Re: Miami Beach Hotel for Starwood/Cash trade??
Post by: MOSES on January 29, 2010, 09:16:53 AM
We loved Gourmet Carrot in South Beach.
Definitely number 1 in south Florida. 100 percent
Title: Re: Miami Beach Hotel for Starwood/Cash trade??
Post by: jack on January 29, 2010, 11:24:59 AM
What is MATCHING through BETTERBIDDING on Hotwire?
betterbidding has pinned most of the hotels so you match up the amenities, location, and star rating with their list to figure out which hotel it is.
Title: Re: Miami Beach Hotel for Starwood/Cash trade??
Post by: Yordai Dooma on January 29, 2010, 11:53:03 AM
betterbidding has pinned most of the hotels so you match up the amenities, location, and star rating with their list to figure out which hotel it is.

Works pretty well too! Ive done it successfully many times with priceline. It helps you figure out what you'll get if you bid X dollars on a specific star rating in a specific area.
Title: Re: Miami Beach Hotel for Starwood/Cash trade??
Post by: Deal Guy on January 29, 2010, 02:31:37 PM
Works pretty well too! Ive done it successfully many times with priceline. It helps you figure out what you'll get if you bid X dollars on a specific star rating in a specific area.

But how can you know, that x dollars gets you x hotel? Prices at hotels change from day to day, or week to week.
Title: Re: Miami Beach Hotel for Starwood/Cash trade??
Post by: Yordai Dooma on January 29, 2010, 02:42:54 PM
But how can you know, that x dollars gets you x hotel? Prices at hotels change from day to day, or week to week.

You dont know for sure...it is a forums where people report back what they bid and what they got...you sort of watch the trends...if 7 people bid on a 3 star hotel in Manhattan for X price within 1 week and they all get the same hotel...your chances of getting it as well are pretty good. Check it out. Betterbidding.com, it works.

They have other shtick as well. Such as they provide a list of which hotels priceline uses in some areas and what star rating they fall into. So you know that if you bid on a 3 star hotel in X area, chances are you will get one of those hotels.

Additionally, you can know that the adjoining area (where you dont want to stay) does not have ANY "4 star or higher hotels". So if you just bid $65 on a 4 star or higher and got denied and now you need to raise your bid AND add an area. So add THAT area nearby which we now know does not have any "4 star or higher hotels" (based on the list) and you know you wont get stuck there...and raise your bid a few dollars. check out that site for more info
Title: Re: Miami Beach Hotel for Starwood/Cash trade??
Post by: jack on January 30, 2010, 09:35:22 PM
you can figure out the hotel only with hotwire.
you can only narrow it down to a couple on priceline as it doesn't show you ammenities so you know 4* in x area will get you a,b, or c etc.

Priceline will give you the hotel that costs them the least for those nights - nothing to do with how much you spend  - they will profit a couple of $ more or less.
Title: Re: Miami Beach Hotel for Starwood/Cash trade??
Post by: queensdeals on March 02, 2010, 12:19:38 AM
I know how horrible the Four Points is, and I read all the horrible comments on this site and on tripadvisor.  Le'mmaseh, they told me that my gold status would get me upgraded to a relatively newly renovated oceanfront suite on a high floor.

Apparently the renovations on 9th and 10th floors are really nice (plasma TVs, new bathrooms, new furniture).  And the balconies are nice.  4,000 points + $60 (almost 4 CPM) is a really good deal this time of year.

1. Has anyone seen the renovated rooms who can confirm the degree of upgrade?
2. Would anyone wanna trade my starpoints/BA miles/AA miles/Jetblue/$$ for 3-4 nights in the Holiday Inn (priority club points) next door (especially if they'll make reservation and have high status for a room upgrade)

I'm really not in the mood to stay at the Western Dip all the way up in the 200s...(unless theres a lot of kosher food/minyanim that I dont know about - either way I doubt it'll match 41st street, and all minyanim and the kosher food and the restaturant.com GC at Rare Steakhouse, etc.)

Hotel victor in South Beach is also a little bit of a shlep (and too pricey, unless i get a really good deal on a trade- to all you sellers ;)) Plus parking is prob more expensive there.
Anyone have any new creative thoughts about the options? Or a good review of the renovations?

We all would really benefit from a good star* option there.  Miami beach can't be beat.  If only this place has enough rooms up to par, it would change the whole picture.
Title: Re: Miami Beach Hotel for Starwood/Cash trade??
Post by: Deal Guy on March 02, 2010, 02:57:02 AM
I know how horrible the Four Points is, and I read all the horrible comments on this site and on tripadvisor.  Le'mmaseh, they told me that my gold status would get me upgraded to a relatively newly renovated oceanfront suite on a high floor.

Apparently the renovations on 9th and 10th floors are really nice (plasma TVs, new bathrooms, new furniture).  And the balconies are nice.  4,000 points + $60 (almost 4 CPM) is a really good deal this time of year.

1. Has anyone seen the renovated rooms who can confirm the degree of upgrade?
2. Would anyone wanna trade my starpoints/BA miles/AA miles/Jetblue/$$ for 3-4 nights in the Holiday Inn (priority club points) next door (especially if they'll make reservation and have high status for a room upgrade)

I'm really not in the mood to stay at the Western Dip all the way up in the 200s...(unless theres a lot of kosher food/minyanim that I dont know about - either way I doubt it'll match 41st street, and all minyanim and the kosher food and the restaturant.com GC at Rare Steakhouse, etc.)

Hotel victor in South Beach is also a little bit of a shlep (and too pricey, unless i get a really good deal on a trade- to all you sellers ;)) Plus parking is prob more expensive there.
Anyone have any new creative thoughts about the options? Or a good review of the renovations?

We all would really benefit from a good star* option there.  Miami beach can't be beat.  If only this place has enough rooms up to par, it would change the whole picture.

Where are you getting this idea about cash and points at the Four Points Miami? On spg.com, there is no availability on c&p for the next few months!
Title: Re: Miami Beach Hotel for Starwood/Cash trade??
Post by: queensdeals on March 02, 2010, 11:23:51 AM
Generally Speaking, if the hotel has a lot of availability, like it does on the dates I wanna go, they'll honor C+P just to get another room booked. Of course YMMV,  but calling the hotel directly almost always works if you have a nice conversation with a manager or reservation office. (especially if you're Starpoints Elite gold/plat)
Title: Re: Miami Beach Hotel for Starwood/Cash trade??
Post by: Dan on March 02, 2010, 02:43:32 PM
Of course YMMV,  but calling the hotel directly almost always works if you have a nice conversation with a manager or reservation office. (especially if you're Starpoints Elite gold/plat)
Interesting...so the hotel can book a C&P for you by calling directly even when it doesn't show online?
Which hotels have you done this with?
Title: Re: Miami Beach Hotel for Starwood/Cash trade??
Post by: Deal Guy on March 02, 2010, 04:04:59 PM
Generally Speaking, if the hotel has a lot of availability, like it does on the dates I wanna go, they'll honor C+P just to get another room booked. Of course YMMV,  but calling the hotel directly almost always works if you have a nice conversation with a manager or reservation office. (especially if you're Starpoints Elite gold/plat)

Who did you speak with at that hotel, that said they will do so? They always say that free nights or c&p can only be booked with the spg.
 How do you know on the phone how full they are? They won't tell you they are empty because then you will make them crazy for a good deal.
Title: Re: Miami Beach Hotel for Starwood/Cash trade??
Post by: queensdeals on March 02, 2010, 10:28:51 PM
They always say that free nights or c&p can only be booked with the spg.
 How do you know on the phone how full they are? They won't tell you they are empty because then you will make them crazy for a good deal.

I know how full they are because i checked on spg.com and saw that every class of room was available on the dates i wanted... and then called the hotel, sounding confident about availability and confirmed with the night front desk attendant who checked on the computer.  He gave me the whole rundown and even told me that based on current trend and reservations, I would prob get one of the nicest rooms in the hotel as a GOLD member if i booked.  He said they were nowhere near full.

BTW, this kind of C+P schtick is googleable...look around.  Especially if you call up and already know the manager's  name from tripadvisor or something and let him know how highly recommended he was by other starmembers, and how professional and accommodating he was for them.

They love to hear it.

I'm also pretty sure that C+P is a hotel thing not a franchise wide decision.  I even asked an SPG operator/reservation person who confirmed it as well.
Title: Hyatt Miami At The Blue
Post by: Dan on April 11, 2010, 08:04:38 PM
Anyone planning on staying here?
Just joined Hyatt last week.
http://theblue.hyatt.com/hyatt/hotels/

"All of our 217 guest suites overlook the golf course and are exceptionally large – ranging from 704 square feet to over 2000 square feet – on one or two levels, plus a spacious balcony with lounging furniture. Every suite includes a fully-equipped kitchen and an oversize bathroom with both jetted tub and rain shower. The Blue’s style is unique – a soft and comfortable contemporary décor blending custom Italian designs in wenge, dark oak and zebra wood with a palette of taupe, cappuccino and azure. Plush carpeting, stone flooring and stainless steel appliances are complemented by large-screen plasma televisions, DVD players, IPod docking stations, wireless internet service, mini bar and safe. Amenities include turndown service, daily complimentary in-room coffee and newspaper, personalized room service and 24/7 concierge & bell service."
Title: ft lauderdale help!
Post by: rm on April 27, 2010, 10:44:36 PM
I am planning a trip to ft lauderdale w a friend who only wants to stay at the hyatt regency pier six. Iam willing to pay for a nice hotel but is it so worth 156 or can we go for a diff four star hotel from hotwire or name ur own price on priceline. any suggestions for hotel in ft lauderdale area?
Title: Re: ft lauderdale help!
Post by: steve2 on April 27, 2010, 11:00:31 PM
 It all depends what you are looking to do

The 66 isnt on or across from the beach and if memory serves me right isnt really walkable either

If it must be Ft Lau then at least get something on or across from the beach, didnt check out the Rates since there wasnt any dates put down, but there are a few *W Props, a Marriott and even Hiltons ( Marriott Harbour Beach in Ft Lau is where Mr Marriott himself brings his family to vacation)

If it doesnt have to be by the beach then Shearton FLL by the airport is a Cat2 = Sun-Thurs 4k in pts and Fri & Sat 3k, just park on the other side of the hway by the FairfieldInn for $0 instead of paying Sher $13 apx 10 min walk

 ** Before going with HOT or PL checkout both of these for info on what you should beable to get it for; www.betterbidding.com & www.biddingfortravel.com (just PLEASE dont use the links on the last 1 when youre gonna bid, just use the site to do your homework) U should checkout both sites to get a good idea of what the winning and losing bids were/are

Title: Re: ft lauderdale help!
Post by: rm on April 27, 2010, 11:25:15 PM
Sorry, eplain *W Prop, HOT and PL. And I didn't see a link on better biding, explain please.
Title: Re: ft lauderdale help!
Post by: steve2 on April 27, 2010, 11:53:07 PM
Sorry, eplain *W Prop, HOT and PL. And I didn't see a link on better biding, explain please.

 *W = a Starwood Hotel eg Sheraton,Westin,W, 4 Points

 HOT = hotwire

PL = PriceLine

 as for a Link to PL dan has posted below that DD has links on the home page, so Please use Dans links. Tried to Modify my post above to edit out about using BBs links but too much time has past and I no longer can do so.

 
Title: Re: ft lauderdale help!
Post by: Dan on April 28, 2010, 12:08:13 AM
Or use the priceline and hotwire links on the side on dansdeals.com to cover this board's hosting bills :)
Title: Re: ft lauderdale help!
Post by: steve2 on April 28, 2010, 12:17:16 AM
Or use the priceline and hotwire links on the side on dansdeals.com to cover this board's hosting bills :)

 Ok didnt know DD had them rm PLEASE use Dans links instead and only use the 2 sites links I supplied for Homework purposes = to know what winning and lossing bids were so that you dont end up bidding too low or too high and over paying
Title: Re: ft lauderdale help!
Post by: rm on April 29, 2010, 07:45:03 PM
So were planning on going iy"h in may. We were gng to stay in ft laudrdale but now thnking maybe miami?!? Is that a better area? Any suggestions in where to stay in FL? And how abt things to do?
Title: miami - jet blue
Post by: rm on May 11, 2010, 12:22:19 PM
Any1 cumn down to miami? Any suggestions of what to do here?
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: E on November 30, 2010, 01:11:10 PM
anyone know of any conferences going on in miami beach area, jan 27-30 weekend I'm hoping to find at the fontainebleau.
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: d234 on December 12, 2010, 12:52:28 AM
Hi. Im looking to go to miami area mid january..really my only requirements are great price, beautifull hotel, water and kosher food.  Am i limited to miami? if not (i dont want orlando) can a/o tell me another location and a good site to buy a package deal..flight hotel and car.  (Thanks im awfully clueless and the type to get ripped off)
Title: Diplomat Parking Deals
Post by: eliteflyer on December 28, 2010, 03:03:01 AM
Ive booked two C&P nights at the Diplomat on a Plat acct. Whats the best deal for parking? Seems like the hotel charges $22 per day for valet.  (arriving Sunday, departing Tuesday)

Also, what sort of kosher amenities have people been able to get for breakfast in the lounge?
Title: Boca Raton, FL
Post by: myr707 on January 25, 2011, 02:36:11 PM
I'm going there on vacation. Any suggestions about attractions and things to do? Also what is the food situation over there? Kosher restaurants? What hashgachas are reliable? Any info is appreciated. Thanks
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: Chachem Balaileh on February 19, 2011, 11:25:08 PM
Looking for best rate at 3-4star hotel in miami beach with walking distance to shul&shabbos meals?
3/4/ ck in - 3/7 ck out
Thanks
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: Chachem Balaileh on February 19, 2011, 11:27:11 PM
Just found out that RARE steakhouse in miami beach offeres fri night shabbos meal
Anybody have a review on Rare Steakhouse in miami for fri night shabbos meal?(price-tasty?)or just to stick with the usual at the carriage club shabbos meals or any suggestion
just the wife no kids
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: youG on February 21, 2011, 09:20:38 PM
Looking to go down from 3/9-3/14!
Any deals on flights and/orhotels in Miami on beach?
Title: Things to do in Miami/Fort Lauderdale
Post by: bubkiz on April 04, 2011, 11:07:35 PM
Any ideas? (Aside from Jungle island and Seaqarium). Thanx!
Title: Re: Things to do in Miami with a baby
Post by: sprint on April 04, 2011, 11:20:23 PM
boat tour millionare's row with a bottle...its only an hour
Title: Re: Things to do in Miami/Fort Lauderdale
Post by: Miami00 on April 10, 2011, 12:29:49 AM
A little more info would go a long way. Are you asking for couples, families, teens, or small kids?
Title: Re: Things to do in Miami/Fort Lauderdale
Post by: Avid Reader on April 10, 2011, 12:45:49 AM
Key Biscane. You can rent all different kinds of bikes and ride them down the trails along the beautiful water. They have these 4-6 seater bikes which make for a nice ride together with the family (everyone pedals, and two steering wheels in the front). There's a beach there if you like that,. When I was at the beach during March last year there weren't many people there at the time. You can do fishing too. They charge a few dollars to enter the park.

The Parot Jungle. Never went there but I hear people like it.
Title: Re: Things to do in Miami/Fort Lauderdale
Post by: HesderGuy on April 10, 2011, 12:52:12 AM
The Duck Tour starting at South Beach is a lot of fun for all ages!
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: josh nyc on April 10, 2011, 09:33:29 AM
anyone know anything interesting to do in key west/the keys?
DIVE!
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: Finckmyster on April 10, 2011, 08:10:30 PM
Does anybody know a few good places to go Peasch Shopping in Miami?

Thanks
Title: Re: Things to do in Miami/Fort Lauderdale
Post by: Mocha on May 03, 2011, 08:50:52 AM
If anyone is looking for a nice place to eat I highly recommend Pistachio.
Theyre located at
740 41st St,
Miami Beach FL33140      305-538-1616
The burgers are to die for and they have amazing deli sandwiches too. And the stuff cannot be more polite.
Title: Things to do in Miami/Fort Lauderdale
Post by: A3 on May 03, 2011, 08:55:00 AM
If anyone is looking for a nice place to eat I highly recommend Pistachio.
Theyre located at
740 41st St,
Miami Beach FL33140      305-538-1616
The burgers are to die for and they have amazing deli sandwiches too. And the stuff cannot be more polite.

To die for. Um idk about that. But yes it is a nice establishment. They have a really good rosemary skirt steak as well.
Title: Re: Things to do in Miami/Fort Lauderdale
Post by: bubkiz on May 03, 2011, 11:53:11 AM
Key Biscane. You can rent all different kinds of bikes and ride them down the trails along the beautiful water. They have these 4-6 seater bikes which make for a nice ride together with the family (everyone pedals, and two steering wheels in the front). There's a beach there if you like that,. When I was at the beach during March last year there weren't many people there at the time. You can do fishing too. They charge a few dollars to enter the park.

The Parot Jungle. Never went there but I hear people like it.

+1. I went there and it is stunning. They charge $8 per car to enter the park.

Title: Things to do in Northern Florida
Post by: good sam on July 25, 2011, 05:10:46 PM
We are going on vacation with a toddler and an infant to Boynton Beach.  Anyone know of anything to do around here? (West Palm Beach? Boca Raton?)
Title: Re: Things to do in Northern Florida
Post by: Finckmyster on July 25, 2011, 05:25:36 PM
That is not Northern Florida, That is South Florida

Northern Florida is Jacksonville, Daytona Beach
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: Chaikel on July 26, 2011, 02:00:03 AM
That is not Northern Florida, That is South Florida

Northern Florida is Jacksonville, Daytona Beach
Miami is a beautiful continent
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: ChAiM'l on July 26, 2011, 06:09:38 AM
And the stuff cannot be more polite.
I love polite stuffing... ;)
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: Dan on September 13, 2011, 12:12:53 AM
Wow...color me overwhelmed by the responses on the main site!

Tried to get a feeling of where to go by the number of positive and negative mentions. 
Does it look right to you guys?  Anything worth prioritizing or deprioiritizing in your opinions?
Any good bakeries?
Any other cholov yisroel ice cream/yogurt?

Meat:
Grill time: 13
china bistro: 8
harber grill: 5
Rare Steakhouse: 5 (+1 negative)
pita loca: 4
Thai treat: 3
Pistachio: 2
pita hut: 1
cine citta grill: 1
West avenue deli: 1
Lotus: 1
Asia sushi: 1
asi's grill: 1 (+1 negative)
LUL: 2 (+3 negative)

milk:
Shem tov pizza : 10
Cine Citta cafe: 8
mozart cafe/avigdor's: 6
17 restaurant: 4
Jerusalem pizza: 2
Tasti D Cafe: 3-Not CY?
bagel time: 2
cafe emunah: 2
prime sushi: 2
ritz: 2
cafe vert: 1
fresh cafe: 1
jonahs pizza: 2 (+1 negative)

misc:
Schakolad: 3
The Frieze: 3 (only sorbet is parve?)
LOFTY LATTE: 1
Serendipity Yogurt Cafe (partially cholov yisroel?): 1

skoops/sarahs/gourmet carrot: closed
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: aussiebochur on September 13, 2011, 12:17:07 AM
Wow, that's a lot of eating even for a foodie ;)
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: Dan on September 13, 2011, 12:19:01 AM
Wow, that's a lot of eating even for a foodie ;)
Indeed!

Thus the need for some sort of prioritizing system that I tried creating...just unsure if it's valid or not.
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: Chaikel on September 13, 2011, 02:05:32 AM
I believe Tasti offers CY by request
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: myb821 on September 13, 2011, 08:06:56 AM
Wow...color me overwhelmed by the responses on the main site!

Tried to get a feeling of where to go by the number of positive and negative mentions. 
Does it look right to you guys?  Anything worth prioritizing or deprioiritizing in your opinions?
Any good bakeries?
Any other cholov yisroel ice cream/yogurt?

Meat:
Grill time: 13
china bistro: 8
harber grill: 5
Rare Steakhouse: 5 (+1 negative)
pita loca: 4
Thai treat: 3
Pistachio: 2
pita hut: 1
cine citta grill: 1
West avenue deli: 1
Lotus: 1
Asia sushi: 1
asi's grill: 1 (+1 negative)
LUL: 2 (+3 negative)

milk:
Shem tov pizza : 10
Cine Citta cafe: 8
mozart cafe/avigdor's: 6
17 restaurant: 4
Jerusalem pizza: 2
Tasti D Cafe: 3-Not CY?
bagel time: 2
cafe emunah: 2
prime sushi: 2
ritz: 2
cafe vert: 1
fresh cafe: 1
jonahs pizza: 2 (+1 negative)

misc:
Schakolad: 3
The Frieze: 3 (only sorbet is parve?)
LOFTY LATTE: 1
Serendipity Yogurt Cafe (partially cholov yisroel?): 1

skoops/sarahs/gourmet carrot: closed
let me give some advice as a miami native. the top two meat restaurants on ur list are def right. Prime grill and china bistro are awesome but a little pricey. In terms of dairy shemtovs is a pizza place with other stuff as well its pretty good but nothing so special. lofty latte doesnt exist anymore. and the frieze's sorbet is awesome i try to go whenever im back at home.  If you have any specific questions feel free to ask
Title: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: A3 on September 13, 2011, 08:15:32 AM
The frieze has cholov yosroel soft serve ( kleins) it does not compare to their home made stuff though. You should go for the sorbets alone.
There is a skoops in NMB  that us still around and cholov yosroel.
Compared to other steak houses around the globe grill time is not to pricey
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: myb821 on September 13, 2011, 08:16:53 AM
Compared to other steak houses around the globe grill time is not to pricey
true
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: Yungerman on September 14, 2011, 01:58:34 AM
@Dan: Let me know if you need me to pick you up @ the airport. Also, I can lend an infant car seat if needed.
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: Dan on September 14, 2011, 02:07:23 AM
Thanks for the offer :)
I'll be renting a car though and will bring a car seat onto the plane.
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: Deal Guy on September 14, 2011, 02:11:34 AM
If you have time, please inquire if the Four Points started their long awaited renovations. I know you might not want to step into that place.... but im curious to know, if you have a minute to go in there. Thanks
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: Dan on September 14, 2011, 02:14:31 AM
If you have time, please inquire if the Four Points started their long awaited renovations. I know you might not want to step into that place.... but im curious to know, if you have a minute to go in there. Thanks
Why not just call them and ask?
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: Deal Guy on September 14, 2011, 02:16:07 AM
Why not just call them and ask?
Aren't you curious to finally see the place that people love to hate? ;)
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: Dan on September 14, 2011, 02:17:40 AM
Aren't you curious to finally see the place that people love to hate? ;)
Not in particular.
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: Dan on September 15, 2011, 11:42:58 PM
Just bought this:
http://www.groupon.com/deals/bike-and-roll-miami-2?c=all&p=0

Now, how the heck do I find a babysitter I can trust?
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: myb821 on September 15, 2011, 11:43:50 PM
Just bought this:
http://www.groupon.com/deals/bike-and-roll-miami-2?c=all&p=0

Now, how the heck do I find a babysitter I can trust?
i may be able to help u pm me
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: Deal Guy on September 16, 2011, 12:21:17 AM
Just bought this:
http://www.groupon.com/deals/bike-and-roll-miami-2?c=all&p=0

Now, how the heck do I find a babysitter I can trust?
I saw you got a number of offers on the main site.
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: Dan on September 18, 2011, 01:58:50 PM
Taking my talents to South Beach :D
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: Mocha on September 19, 2011, 03:14:31 PM
IMHO Shem Tov's is more around a 6-7. I'd recommend you get the super-sized slice. Its this HUGE slice and comes with a fountain soda..pretty good.

Pistachio has really good Burgers and they're sandwiches are good too. Much more then a 2, more like 7.

Dan if you rate Grill Time 13...you will be in for one heck of a surprise. Yes from time to time their steaks are good. But it was/is (haya/hove/v'yiyeh) NEVER EVER EVER a 13!!! More like a 5. With that said I don't mean to say that you shouldnt go, just saying don't expect no Tierra Sur. The Gaza Strip steak is recommended, but even that I've had when it was dry/overdone. Also if you go to Grill Time, you should go to the Aventura Mall (it's a really nice mall) before, and then go to eat right after as it's really close by.

Also to consider is Webers Caf at the Waterways. 3565 NE 207th St # A11, Miami, FL
(305) 935-5580. Its a dairy restaurant. I've had a few amazing visits and one average one. But its definitively worth checking out. Its at Waterways.

The Gourmet Carrot/West Ave Deli should get more then a 1. When they were the Gourmet Carrot is was 8 and then they lost their chef, but I heard hes back and its pretty good again.

Hope I helped with my two cents, but let me add that all of Miamis "good" eateries are extremely relative and many are inconstant (with the exception of Tasti's which is really A+). Even the top restaurants there don't compare to the top restaurants in NY or LA.
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: Chaikel on September 19, 2011, 03:19:45 PM
IMHO Shem Tov's is more around a 6-7. I'd recommend you get the super-sized slice. Its this HUGE slice and comes with a fountain soda..pretty good.

Pistachio has really good Burgers and they're sandwiches are good too. Much more then a 2, more like 7.

Dan if you rate Grill Time 13...you will be in for one heck of a surprise. Yes from time to time their steaks are good. But it was/is (haya/hove/v'yiyeh) NEVER EVER EVER a 13!!! More like a 5. With that said I don't mean to say that you shouldnt go, just saying don't expect no Tierra Sur. The Gaza Strip steak is recommended, but even that I've had when it was dry/overdone. Also if you go to Grill Time, you should go to the Aventura Mall (it's a really nice mall) before, and then go to eat right after as it's really close by.

Also to consider is Webers Caf at the Waterways. 3565 NE 207th St # A11, Miami, FL
(305) 935-5580. Its a dairy restaurant. I've had a few amazing visits and one average one. But its definitively worth checking out. Its at Waterways.

The Gourmet Carrot/West Ave Deli should get more then a 1. When they were the Gourmet Carrot is was 8 and then they lost their chef, but I heard hes back and its pretty good again.

Hope I helped with my two cents, but let me add that all of Miamis "good" eateries are extremely relative and many are inconstant (with the exception of Tasti's which is really A+). Even the top restaurants there don't compare to the top restaurants in NY or LA.
He wasn't rating, he was tallying recommendations.
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: Mocha on September 19, 2011, 03:35:18 PM
He wasn't rating, he was tallying recommendations.
Ooooooooooooooooooooooo  :-[
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: Dan on September 19, 2011, 04:57:49 PM
Would be quite hard to make all those ratings without ever having stepped foot out of MIA before yesterday ;)
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: sky121 on September 19, 2011, 08:03:44 PM
Would be quite hard to make all those ratings without ever having stepped foot out of MIA before yesterday ;)

Can't wait to hear about your trip!! Hope you're having fun!
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: Deal Guy on September 20, 2011, 01:44:16 AM
Enjoy!
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: Dan on September 21, 2011, 10:26:43 AM
Been to: Avigdor's/Mozart, Grill Time, Shemtov's, Schokolad, Scoops, Frieze, Cine Citta Cafe, China Bistro.

Going to for lunch: Jonas and Pistachio.

So for our last dinner: Harbour Grill, Rare Steakhouse, or Thai Treat?
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: sky121 on September 21, 2011, 10:29:57 AM
Been to: Avigdor's/Mozart, Grill Time, Shemtov's, Schokolad, Scoops, Frieze, Cine Citta Cafe, China Bistro.

Going to for lunch: Jonas and Pistachio.

So for our last dinner: Harbour Grill, Rare Steakhouse, or Thai Treat?

I'm getting hungry over here...
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: sky121 on October 11, 2011, 10:09:57 PM
Where's best place to go for Sushi in Miami?
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: Dan on October 11, 2011, 10:14:43 PM
Where's best place to go for Sushi in Miami?
China Bistro and Harbour Grill had excellent sushi and very dubious business practices and service.
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: sky121 on October 11, 2011, 10:22:39 PM
China Bistro and Harbour Grill had excellent sushi and very dubious business practices and service.

Great! What about the rest of the menu items? and price? One more $$ than the other?
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: Dan on October 11, 2011, 10:24:05 PM
Great! What about the rest of the menu items? and price? One more $$ than the other?
www.dansdeals.com/archives/16322
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: sky121 on October 11, 2011, 10:26:55 PM
www.dansdeals.com/archives/16322

Got it. Thanks :)
Title: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: Cbs on October 11, 2011, 11:45:49 PM
Live from Mozart....rate a 8 - great food!
Title: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: Cbs on October 12, 2011, 06:19:07 AM
The only problem was that the food took forever to come - so they gave us a complimentary open toast (avocado, cheese....) - love the smoothies there as well.

And before we paid we asked if there's a 15% chabad discount and they said there's 10% off! :)
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: dd321 on October 12, 2011, 09:16:05 AM
China Bistro and Harbour Grill had excellent sushi and very dubious business practices and service.
i order a steak at harbor grill, they ask if I want any sauce on side I say sure, I get the bill there's a 6$ charge for sauce (Mind u it was in a lil dipping cup size) so I go to owner and I said 1) u never told me there's a charge for sauce, u can offer me s/t making it sound free. 2)  6$ for sauce????! Whats in there gold?? So he says ok, I'll only charge u 3$  ???
Title: Re: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: sky121 on October 12, 2011, 09:23:15 AM
i order a steak at harbor grill, they ask if I want any sauce on side I say sure, I get the bill there's a 6$ charge for sauce (Mind u it was in a lil dipping cup size) so I go to owner and I said 1) u never told me there's a charge for sauce, u can offer me s/t making it sound free. 2)  6$ for sauce????! Whats in there gold?? So he says ok, I'll only charge u 3$  ???

Gosh. Pretty low if you ask me.

Besides that was it good experience?

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Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: Dan on October 12, 2011, 11:40:51 AM
i order a steak at harbor grill, they ask if I want any sauce on side I say sure, I get the bill there's a 6$ charge for sauce (Mind u it was in a lil dipping cup size) so I go to owner and I said 1) u never told me there's a charge for sauce, u can offer me s/t making it sound free. 2)  6$ for sauce????! Whats in there gold?? So he says ok, I'll only charge u 3$  ???
Not surprised at all, the guy was so rude to me.
Post a comment on my trip notes about that when you have a moment.
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: dd321 on October 12, 2011, 02:37:45 PM
I found the food to be nothing amazing, small uncomfortable store, and the owner had major attitude prob cuz he's french sry if I offended any1. In future u guys shud go to rare on 41st street amazing Service and great food. Grill time is great too.
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: sky121 on October 12, 2011, 02:57:44 PM
I found the food to be nothing amazing, small uncomfortable store, and the owner had major attitude prob cuz he's french sry if I offended any1. In future u guys shud go to rare on 41st street amazing Service and great food. Grill time is great too.

Yes, atmosphere and attitude are a big deal. Which is why I loved Cafe Vert. The owner is ALSO french, and the nicest guy ever. It's a small cafe with limited choices daily but the best food and the nicest atmosphere!
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: Cbs on October 16, 2011, 10:04:22 PM
what to do in/near south beach when the 3 days im here are rainy (very rainy)?!
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: sky121 on October 16, 2011, 10:09:45 PM
what to do in/near south beach when the 3 days im here are rainy (very rainy)?!

That stinks :(  I hope it clears up for you!

Casino...Shopping....Rock Climbing..Indoor Paintball....


Not sure your age and stats etc...   you with kids?
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: Cbs on October 16, 2011, 10:17:24 PM
That stinks :(  I hope it clears up for you!

Casino...Shopping....Rock Climbing..Indoor Paintball....


Not sure your age and stats etc...   you with kids?
ye it was really really hot before YT and great on YT but chol hamoed is a disaster!
besides - shopping i dont think the rest will work out. and im not with kids  ;)

looking for more sight seeing and scenery. - and the beach is not fun in this weather. jet skiing in rain is fine?
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: jack12 on October 18, 2011, 01:01:20 PM
This is from an email this morning from the KM - Kosher Miami:

"Pistachio Grill in Miami Beach has been sold and is NO LONGER under KM Certification
 
Effective today, Tuesday October 18, 2011, Pistachio Grill located at 740 41st Street in Miami Beach is under new ownership and is NO LONGER under Kosher Miami supervision and certification. We have not been asked by the new owners to give certification to them, and we are not sure how they plan to operate the restaurant, i.e. Kosher or Not Kosher."
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: dd321 on October 18, 2011, 01:28:40 PM
Not surprised at all, the guy was so rude to me.
Post a comment on my trip notes about that when you have a moment.
post link I will comment
Title: Things to do in Miami
Post by: sky121 on October 23, 2011, 04:53:23 PM
I checked the South Florida thread and I don't see a lot of activities listed...

 So what are some fun things to do in Miami for 2 people in their 20's?
Title: Re: Things to do in Miami
Post by: PlatinumGuy on October 23, 2011, 06:40:29 PM
I checked the South Florida thread and I don't see a lot of activities listed...

 So what are some fun things to do in Miami for 2 people in their 20's?
Brand new Legoland.
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: Yaalili on October 23, 2011, 06:50:49 PM
Brand new Legoland.

What are some fun things to do in Miami for 2 people in their 20's?
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: Dan on October 23, 2011, 06:53:46 PM
Eat.
Vizcaya mansion+gardens (think Versailles on a slightly smaller scale without the insane crowds)
Shopping (Lincoln rd, aventura mall, outlet malls, collins rd in south beach, etc)
Beach/Jetski/Water Activities.
Boat tour of celeb. mansions and of miami beach.
Everglades tour/hike/airboat.
Eat.
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: Yaalili on October 23, 2011, 06:57:36 PM
Eat.
Vizcaya mansion+gardens (think Versailles on a slightly smaller scale without the insane crowds)
Shopping (Lincoln rd, aventura mall, outlet malls, collins rd in south beach, etc)
Beach/Jetski/Water Activities.
Boat tour of celeb. mansions and of miami beach.
Everglades tour/hike/airboat.
Eat.

Lol bout the eating, that is really what south florida / miami is all about.. If u want some fun like theme parks u have to go to orlando.
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: Dan on October 23, 2011, 07:00:29 PM
Lol bout the eating, that is really what south florida / miami is all about.. If u want some fun like theme parks u have to go to orlando.
Personally LA is more my speed than MIA.
But for theme parks for anyone over the age of 13 the stuff in Orlando can't touch Cedar Point in Sandusky, OH. (http://www.lmgtfy.com/?q=cedar+point)
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: Yaalili on October 23, 2011, 07:02:50 PM
Personally LA is more my speed than MIA.
But for theme parks for anyone over the age of 13 the stuff in Orlando can't touch Cedar Point in Sandusky, OH. (http://www.lmgtfy.com/?q=cedar+point)

No way, nothing beats SeaWorld and the Universal Studio's movie tour.
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: Dan on October 23, 2011, 07:10:30 PM
No way, nothing beats SeaWorld and the Universal Studio's movie tour.
Have you been to Cedar Point?
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: sky121 on October 23, 2011, 07:12:21 PM
Cedar point is the best. Sea world is something else. Not to be compared.

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Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: sky121 on October 25, 2011, 11:48:58 AM
Where is the best place to get a falafel in Miami?
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: dd321 on October 25, 2011, 12:10:36 PM
Pita loco in south beach. Pita hut on 41st or shemtovs. Went to rare last night - simply amazing!
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: hocker on October 25, 2011, 01:26:28 PM
Pita loco in south beach. Pita hut on 41st or shemtovs. Went to rare last night - simply amazing!

Nice i`m in Miami too. How about a Miami DO?
Title: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: A3 on October 25, 2011, 01:33:12 PM
How bout in Mia at the AA Admirals club?
Btw do they have kosher food in there? Sara lee bagels like Cont and United?
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: Dan on October 25, 2011, 01:34:33 PM
Nice i`m in Miami too. How about a Miami DO?
BAHayman is there too this week.  What are they giving away down there?
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: hocker on October 25, 2011, 01:50:02 PM
Anyone have info on a good Everglades tour for Bochurim?
Title: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: A3 on October 25, 2011, 01:57:35 PM
Anyone have info on a good Everglades tour for Bochurim?

Shark valley is nice. Not sure if the gotars are out this time of year though. It's off Tamiami trail.
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: Cbs on October 25, 2011, 03:13:35 PM
Nice i`m in Miami too. How about a Miami DO?
was just there last week - too bad :(
Title: Re: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: BAHayman on October 25, 2011, 03:36:19 PM
BAHayman is there too this week.  What are they giving away down there?

:)

Went to Grill Time last night, amazing food.

Hopefully going to Rare tomorrow night.
Title: Re: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: dd321 on October 25, 2011, 05:04:51 PM
:)

Went to Grill Time last night, amazing food.

Hopefully going to Rare tomorrow night.
ya hope to hit up grill time tonight, and rare again tomorow night  ;D any1 eat in new place grill house on 41st next to bagel time? and is any1 else addicted to shemtovs fries too?
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: dd321 on October 25, 2011, 05:05:42 PM
o and if you go to rare , make sure to hit up schoklad two doors down, awesome pareve and dairy chocolate and gelato yum!!
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: hocker on October 25, 2011, 05:44:35 PM
Hope to checkout Chinese Bistro tonight. Anyone else?
Title: Re: Re: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: BAHayman on October 25, 2011, 05:52:01 PM
ya hope to hit up grill time tonight, and rare again tomorow night  ;D any1 eat in new place grill house on 41st next to bagel time? and is any1 else addicted to shemtovs fries too?

Lol the fries are pretty good...

Hope to checkout Chinese Bistro tonight. Anyone else?

Might be going... Been to grill time, going to Rare tomorrow, any recommendations for tonight or is China Bistro a good idea?
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: myb821 on October 25, 2011, 05:55:39 PM
i personally rly like china bistro
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: Dan on October 25, 2011, 05:55:39 PM
I would do Harbour Grill over China Bistro.

Also the word on the street was that Thai Treats is good as well, but we didn't make it there.

i personally rly like china bistro
What do you like there specifically?
Title: Re: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: BAHayman on October 25, 2011, 06:12:21 PM
I would do Harbour Grill over China Bistro.

Also the word on the street was that Thai Treats is good as well, but we didn't make it there.

Cool, I'll look into Thai Treats. I disregarded Harbour Grill as it'll probably be impossible to get an Uppababy in there no?
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: myb821 on October 25, 2011, 06:14:33 PM
I would do Harbour Grill over China Bistro.

Also the word on the street was that Thai Treats is good as well, but we didn't make it there.
What do you like there specifically?
there sushi is really good and i really like there mongolian duo dish. My wife loves Thai Treats
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: Dan on October 25, 2011, 06:17:36 PM
Cool, I'll look into Thai Treats. I disregarded Harbour Grill as it'll probably be impossible to get an Uppababy in there no?
Hard, yes. Impossible, no.

there sushi is really good and i really like there mongolian duo dish. My wife loves Thai Treats
Their sushi was good, but I think Harbour Grill's is at least as good if not better.
I was utterly unimpressed with their Chinese though.

What do you get at Thai Treats?
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: myb821 on October 25, 2011, 06:19:54 PM
Hard, yes. Impossible, no.
Their sushi was good, but I think Harbour Grill's is at least as good if not better.
I was utterly unimpressed with their Chinese though.

What do you get at Thai Treats?
ive never been to harbor grill. i dont remember what we got a thai treats but the sushi there is also really good
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: dd321 on October 25, 2011, 07:17:28 PM
China bistro has great sushi and appetizers. But I find that their main dishes are just overpriced reg chinese food, not worth the shlep or $. Any1 knw what that mix of spices are that shemtovs puts on their reg fries??
Title: Re: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: BAHayman on October 25, 2011, 07:26:25 PM
Hard, yes. Impossible, no.

Too tired for hard :)

I think we are going to go to Thai Treats now.
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: Dan on October 25, 2011, 08:04:55 PM
China bistro has great sushi and appetizers. But I find that their main dishes are just overpriced reg chinese food, not worth the shlep or $. Any1 knw what that mix of spices are that shemtovs puts on their reg fries??
Wasn't too impressed with their apps.
Sushi was good though.  Not good enough though to make me go there or put up with the mediocre service+mandatory tip policy.
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: dd321 on October 25, 2011, 09:04:41 PM
Wow! Vry unimpressed with grill time! Used to be much better! I ordered the wings and somehow they were ready in 2min ?! And they didn't taste fresh either, plus I don't recall asking for feathers. They give u a buncha mediocre salads for free, but chumus is 10$??! I ordered falafel plate and they wouldn't give me chumus! Wat, its made of gold? Then come my biggest pet peeve: we got 2 mains so we each are entitled to 2 sides, so we each wanted a fries and rice, so when u mention sides they say "don't worry I will bring you 1 of each" but I wanted 2 fries! They ignore u. This helps them with their turnover, but its sucha scam. My wife got kalbi steak, pure fat, my gaza was dry. Only good thing was choco souffle dessert. Back to rare tomorow!
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: Cbs on October 25, 2011, 09:58:25 PM
same by pita loca. i was quite unimpressed by there salads. didnt taste good. - prime rib steak was good. - lamb shish kabob was ok, a bit over cooked, and shwarma...eh..theres room to fix!
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: hocker on October 25, 2011, 09:59:29 PM
Wasn't too impressed with their apps.
Sushi was good though.  Not good enough though to make me go there or put up with the mediocre service+mandatory tip policy.
+1. Just ate there and was unimpressed. The food is overrated and overpriced  but good.
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: hocker on October 26, 2011, 07:57:28 PM
Lol the fries are pretty good...
 
Might be going... Been to grill time, going to Rare tomorrow, any recommendations for tonight or is China Bistro a good idea?
How was Rare?? Where would you send me tonight?
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: BAHayman on October 26, 2011, 10:16:03 PM
Also the word on the street was that Thai Treats is good as well, but we didn't make it there.
Ended up at Thai Treat last night. Had the "Crispy Chicken" and asked for it to be made spicy, was pretty good. Wife had the "Sweet and Sour Chicken", wasn't as impressed as I was with my Entree. The "Thai Treat Platter" appetizer was also very nice.

How was Rare??
Rare was very good. I had the "Blackened Angus Steak" and my wife had the "Boneless Angus Steak", both were excellent.

Not sure if we just got lucky the night we went to Grill Time but we both had amazing steaks there. I had the "Kalbi Pepper Steak" and my wife had the "Korean Steak", again both were excellent. The initial salads that they gave were also very fresh and tasty and they had no problem giving refills of them.

Wow! Vry unimpressed with grill time! Used to be much better! I ordered the wings and somehow they were ready in 2min ?! And they didn't taste fresh either, plus I don't recall asking for feathers. They give u a buncha mediocre salads for free, but chumus is 10$??! I ordered falafel plate and they wouldn't give me chumus! Wat, its made of gold? Then come my biggest pet peeve: we got 2 mains so we each are entitled to 2 sides, so we each wanted a fries and rice, so when u mention sides they say "don't worry I will bring you 1 of each" but I wanted 2 fries! They ignore u. This helps them with their turnover, but its sucha scam. My wife got kalbi steak, pure fat, my gaza was dry. Only good thing was choco souffle dessert. Back to rare tomorow!
My Kalbi Steak was really good with almost no fat at all and the beef battered onion bread was really tasty... They also had no problem when we asked for 2 mashed potatoes instead of the grilled vegetables as sides...
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: dd321 on October 27, 2011, 08:22:21 AM
Went back to rare last night, had the boneless black angus, amazing! Service is gr8!
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: aarony on November 01, 2011, 09:12:06 PM
anyone know of a reasonably priced vacation rental house or apartment in miami beach.  i am looking for a week in february.

Thanks
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: steve L on November 06, 2011, 05:16:59 PM
is there a shul within walking distance from the W south beach?
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: sky121 on November 07, 2011, 08:37:39 AM
Which restaurants in Miami can you eat outside at?
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: dd321 on November 07, 2011, 09:44:11 AM
China bistro, gourmet carrot, grill house, cinna citte, tasty cafe.
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: dd321 on November 07, 2011, 09:44:40 AM
is there a shul within walking distance from the W south beach?
www.godaven.com
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: BAHayman on November 07, 2011, 10:03:06 AM
China bistro, gourmet carrot, grill house, cinna citte, tasty cafe.

FYI tasty cafe is not cholov yisroel.
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: Cbs on November 07, 2011, 11:25:48 AM
Which restaurants in Miami can you eat outside at?
Avigdor's Mozart Cafe. - its not rally in miami but 25 min away. (FLL)
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: Dan on November 07, 2011, 11:51:28 AM
gourmet carrot
Closed down.

Avigdor's Mozart Cafe. - its not rally in miami but 25 min away. (FLL)
Had to walk through a thick cloud of smoke to get indoors there.
Title: Re: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: sky121 on November 07, 2011, 11:54:37 AM
Closed down.
Had to walk through a thick cloud of smoke to get indoors there.

Guess my question should be where's a NICE place to eat outside at in Miami?

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Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: myb821 on November 07, 2011, 11:56:01 AM
There is 17 on south beach a bit expensive but its nice outside. As I have said before I really like china bistro in aventura and it has a nice outside seating area
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: Cbs on November 07, 2011, 11:57:23 AM
Had to walk through a thick cloud of smoke to get indoors there.
good point! - i didnt have much of an issue bec i ate there on sukkos so was a nice big sukka (empty) on the side. -
as well as pita loca had a sukka on the grass across the street.
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: dd321 on November 07, 2011, 01:51:35 PM
There  are two gourmet carrots. South beach and aventura, both closed down?
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: Mocha on November 09, 2011, 12:31:14 AM
There  are two gourmet carrots. South beach and aventura, both closed down?
South Beach changed to West Ave Cafe and the one in Aventura I believe closed.
Title: Vacation advice
Post by: Leibush on November 09, 2011, 11:41:24 AM
Looking to go down to Miami with wife and baby end of Jan.
Thursday til following Friday.
Want to stay in Miami from Thur til after shabbos and then go somewhere more deserted for the rest.
Any ideas on somewhere drivable from Miami with deserted beaches. Marco island?
Also, which restaurants/hotels to eat in over shabbos?
Thanks!
Title: Re: Vacation advice
Post by: dd321 on November 09, 2011, 01:52:13 PM
Looking to go down to Miami with wife and baby end of Jan.
Thursday til following Friday.
Want to stay in Miami from Thur til after shabbos and then go somewhere more deserted for the rest.
Any ideas on somewhere drivable from Miami with deserted beaches. Marco island?
Also, which restaurants/hotels to eat in over shabbos?
Thanks!
carriage club south and rare have Shabbos meals
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: bands on November 20, 2011, 10:15:58 PM
Going to miami in a few weeks.  What are the best recommendations for starwood hotel these days?   It seems that ppl were not happy with the four points...anyone been there more recently or have any more positive experiences there?
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: JFEADV on November 21, 2011, 10:00:09 AM
diplomat in hallandale golf location
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: BAHayman on November 21, 2011, 10:03:28 AM
Looks like it was just us, but we really enjoyed the W south beach. Everyone here is complaining about the service but they treated us like royalty...
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: Dan on November 21, 2011, 10:29:20 AM
Looks like it was just us, but we really enjoyed the W south beach. Everyone here is complaining about the service but they treated us like royalty...
Post a review to prove it :D
I know damax hates the place and levi is in love with it.  Seems almost as polarizing at the Park Hyatt Paris...
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: damaxer91 on November 21, 2011, 12:07:45 PM
Post a review to prove it :D
I know damax hates the place and levi is in love with it.  Seems almost as polarizing at the Park Hyatt Paris...

Anyone who knows both Damax and Levi knows exactly why :)
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: damaxer91 on November 21, 2011, 12:24:48 PM
Looking forward to the St. Regis. Let's all hope that they offer the same SPG50 discounts that the St. Regis NYC offers

https://www.starwoodhotels.com/preferredguest/property/overview/index.html?propertyID=1591
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: Dan on November 21, 2011, 12:26:08 PM
Looking forward to the St. Regis. Let's all hope that they offer the same SPG50 discounts that the St. Regis NYC offers

https://www.starwoodhotels.com/preferredguest/property/overview/index.html?propertyID=1591

SPG Category 7
 :o  ::) :P
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: damaxer91 on November 21, 2011, 12:29:12 PM
SPG Category 7
 :o  ::) :P

CAT 7=Less Yidden :)
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: JFEADV on November 21, 2011, 01:32:48 PM
what is spg50 disc
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: bades on November 21, 2011, 02:27:05 PM
a close friend of mine who is a bit high maintenance, and is spg plat, said he felt like a king at the W in south beach he loved it , FYI he has over 80 paid nights annually at spg hotel so he knows his spg hotels...
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: BAHayman on November 23, 2011, 10:33:28 AM
FYI: for all those that used there sp card at rare steakhouse, they are classified as specialized food and not fine dining so you don't get the bonus points. I called chase yesterday and they gave me 1,000 points for the inconvenience :)
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: Dan on November 23, 2011, 11:33:31 AM
FYI: for all those that used there sp card at rare steakhouse, they are classified as specialized food and not fine dining so you don't get the bonus points. I called chase yesterday and they gave me 1,000 points for the inconvenience :)
Weird, sounds like they are miscategorized.
Title: Re: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: BAHayman on November 23, 2011, 11:37:41 AM
Weird, sounds like they are miscategorized.
Yup the csr told me to let rare know next time I'm there :P
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: bands on November 25, 2011, 03:21:01 PM
Anyone know which part of W Diplomat is better?  Golf or beach location?  Also how is that location overall (from restaurants, attractions, etc)?
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: JFEADV on November 27, 2011, 10:17:36 AM
GOLF IS SMALL BEAUTIFUL QUIET PLACE NEAR ALL THE OTHER LOCATION IS  MUCH BUSIER & ON THE BEACH NEAR ALL ALSO
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: Chachem Balaileh on November 28, 2011, 10:19:31 PM
Imho. Beach location is for folks who like action/noise.
Golf location has the spa  :-* and is quieter.
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: YYZ Fan on December 10, 2011, 06:54:27 PM
Any recommendations in the Miami Beach Area for a condo rental or a hotel for Jan 31, looking to stay 1 week and prefer having 2 rooms.

Thanks
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: David B on December 10, 2011, 11:46:31 PM
Imho. Beach location is for folks who like action/noise.
Golf location has the spa  :-* and is quieter.


I've stayed at the Beach location five times...was just at both locations last week.  For some reason, half of the people at the pool at the Beach location were frum on Tuesday (never seen that before).  Beach location is a 998 room, beachfront resort, with a very friendly staff.  Pool area gets very crowded during holiday season, but you can usually find a seat (not necessarily in the sun- that's hard to get).  Golf location is MUCH smaller, and not on the beach.  If you don't want to stay on the beach, you can probably save some points and stay elsewhere -- if they were still totally separate hotels, the golf location would NEVER still be a Cat 5 hotel.  One little side point...pools at the beach are much warmer than those at the golf resort -- especially the upstairs pool at the beach.  Shul (Chabad) is right around the corner from the beach property.  Just FYI...gelato in the lobby coffee shop (the faux Sbux) is Kosher from the place in Miami. If you don't care about shul and kosher food, go stay at the W in Ft. Lauderdale -- it's the same Cat 5 where W's are usually higher. 
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: asks on December 11, 2011, 12:28:09 PM
I've stayed at the Beach location five times...was just at both locations last week.  For some reason, half of the people at the pool at the Beach location were frum on Tuesday (never seen that before).  Beach location is a 998 room, beachfront resort, with a very friendly staff.  Pool area gets very crowded during holiday season, but you can usually find a seat (not necessarily in the sun- that's hard to get).  Golf location is MUCH smaller, and not on the beach.  If you don't want to stay on the beach, you can probably save some points and stay elsewhere -- if they were still totally separate hotels, the golf location would NEVER still be a Cat 5 hotel.  One little side point...pools at the beach are much warmer than those at the golf resort -- especially the upstairs pool at the beach.  Shul (Chabad) is right around the corner from the beach property.  Just FYI...gelato in the lobby coffee shop (the faux Sbux) is Kosher from the place in Miami. If you don't care about shul and kosher food, go stay at the W in Ft. Lauderdale -- it's the same Cat 5 where W's are usually higher.

Which Chabad is there? Also this is in Ft Lauderdale or  in N Miami Beach?
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: asks on December 11, 2011, 12:30:47 PM
Imho. Beach location is for folks who like action/noise.
Golf location has the spa  :-* and is quieter.

Know which one would more readily give SPG Gold suite upgrades?
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: David B on December 11, 2011, 10:17:16 PM
Which Chabad is there? Also this is in Ft Lauderdale or  in N Miami Beach?


Chabad of the Ocean (in Hollywood Beach -- Rabbi Kudan) is right around the corner from Diplomat Hollywood on the beach.  Chabad is on a tiny little street two blocks south of the Diplomat, called Seacrest Parkway, on the other side of the street.  The SPG properties in Ft. Lauderdale are nowhere near any shul.   
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: David B on December 11, 2011, 10:19:13 PM
Know which one would more readily give SPG Gold suite upgrades?

I know the Diplomat Hollywood (on the ocean) does NOT typically upgrade to a suite.  The best they have done in my experience is upgrade to deluxe room with a balcony facing the ocean.  I do not know what the golf location does for upgrades.
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: Dan on December 11, 2011, 10:31:02 PM
I know the Diplomat Hollywood (on the ocean) does NOT typically upgrade to a suite.  The best they have done in my experience is upgrade to deluxe room with a balcony facing the ocean.  I do not know what the golf location does for upgrades.
Plats OTOH almost always get a suite on the ocean.
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: David B on December 11, 2011, 10:38:16 PM
Plats OTOH almost always get a suite on the ocean.

Dan - he was asking about a Gold getting an upgrade...I've stayed there five times as a gold, and never gotten a suite.  Almost got one the last time as it was our anniversary, but they were truly sold out of suites.  Did, however, get a nice ocean facing room with a large balcony and Westin Club privileges
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: Dan on December 11, 2011, 10:39:29 PM
Dan - he was asking about a Gold getting an upgrade...I've stayed there five times as a gold, and never gotten a suite.  Almost got one the last time as it was our anniversary, but they were truly sold out of suites.  Did, however, get a nice ocean facing room with a large balcony and Westin Club privileges
I know what he was asking, hence why I said "Plats OTOH"
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: David B on December 11, 2011, 10:40:01 PM
Plats OTOH almost always get a suite on the ocean.

Now I figured out what "OTOH" means and see that my response was unnecessary as you knew he was asking about Gold...
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: asks on December 12, 2011, 09:14:59 AM
I know what he was asking, hence why I said "Plats OTOH"
thanks Dan, now you've inspired me to get Plat status!
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: westman812 on December 13, 2011, 10:39:28 AM
Anyone have recommendations for a good segway or jet ski place? Obviously, price is a big factor...Thanks
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: David B on December 13, 2011, 12:56:55 PM
How about recommendations for an Air Boat tour in the Everglades?  Anyone?
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: Mocha on December 13, 2011, 01:57:02 PM
How about recommendations for an Air Boat tour in the Everglades?  Anyone?
http://www.airboatusa.com/
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: AtallD on December 14, 2011, 02:26:43 PM
Has anyone stayed in the Hyatt Miami at the Blue? Is there anything kosher or any shul nearby? Or is the closeset kosher area miami beach (20 min away)?
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: David B on December 14, 2011, 04:02:54 PM
http://www.airboatusa.com/

Mocha - thanks.  Looks like they only do private tours that are a bit pricey...have you ever gone on a tour with them?  How about any of the group tours?
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: Mocha on December 14, 2011, 04:44:24 PM
Mocha - thanks.  Looks like they only do private tours that are a bit pricey...have you ever gone on a tour with them?  How about any of the group tours?
Ill be honest, I don't remember if these were the guys I went with. I went on one and it wasn't private. I just remember them saying how theyre boat was used in CSI Miami ( the beginning of each episode when Horatio is standing on the airboat). I googled airboat and CSI Miami and this was the company that came up. Did you call them to see if they have grouped rides?
Title: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: A3 on December 14, 2011, 05:12:20 PM
How about recommendations for an Air Boat tour in the Everglades?  Anyone?
There is a groupon in Miami today for one.  (http://www.jdoqocy.com/click-2164838-10769837?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.groupon.com%2Fch%2Fgrouponicus%2Fdeals%2Fgx-half-price-ticket-tours)Not sure about the company but check it out.
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: David B on December 14, 2011, 07:15:55 PM
There is a groupon in Miami today for one.  (http://www.jdoqocy.com/click-2164838-10769837?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.groupon.com%2Fch%2Fgrouponicus%2Fdeals%2Fgx-half-price-ticket-tours)Not sure about the company but check it out.

Thanks -- it's actually a great price ($27) for a tour that includes R/T transportation from Miami to the everglades, as well as the boat tour and a show.  We don't need the transport (renting a car) -- so you can buy tickets to a few of the places online with a discount (advance purchase) for around $20 ($18 to $22 seems to be the range).

But definitely post if you see another one down there -- much appreciated.  We're coming down to keep you company a week from tomorrow.
Title: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: A3 on December 14, 2011, 07:27:15 PM
Thanks -- it's actually a great price ($27) for a tour that includes R/T transportation from Miami to the everglades, as well as the boat tour and a show.  We don't need the transport (renting a car) -- so you can buy tickets to a few of the places online with a discount (advance purchase) for around $20 ($18 to $22 seems to be the range).

But definitely post if you see another one down there -- much appreciated.  We're coming down to keep you company a week from tomorrow.
I don't have 2012 entertainment book yet. But in the Miami one the past couple years there were bogo's for a few diff airboat rides.

I live in Miami. Never took an airboat ride. But shark valley off tamiami trail has an awesome bike ride and tram ride
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: mguy on December 14, 2011, 09:02:05 PM
Anyone have recommendations for a good segway or jet ski place? Obviously, price is a big factor...Thanks

If you're looking to go cheap, you may want to search on craigslist. I've seen individuals offering their own jet skis (which I'm not suggesting you do), but there are also one or two outfits that seem to do this as a business - with better rates than the tourist walk-up places.
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: David B on December 15, 2011, 08:08:24 AM
If you're looking to go cheap, you may want to search on craigslist. I've seen individuals offering their own jet skis (which I'm not suggesting you do), but there are also one or two outfits that seem to do this as a business - with better rates than the tourist walk-up places.

Thanks...there's one place I see on CL South Florida that charges $225 for the whole day...much cheaper than places on the beach, but no options for one or two hours.  I searched "jet ski rental" in the For Sale section -- any other section you have seen listings?
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: mguy on December 15, 2011, 09:31:51 AM
Thanks...there's one place I see on CL South Florida that charges $225 for the whole day...much cheaper than places on the beach, but no options for one or two hours.  I searched "jet ski rental" in the For Sale section -- any other section you have seen listings?

Sorry, don't have any others. I think I've seen others come up on CL in the past, but in fact I did a search just now and just saw what you saw.
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: ChikkyMonkey on December 17, 2011, 04:45:55 PM
I'm driving from Carolina to Florida.. Plan on arriving in Orlando Monday night (Dec 26) and fly out of Miami on Friday morning..

Does it make sense to spend more time in Orlando or Miami? We are coming with 3 kids, ages 5, 3, and baby... Are outdoor pools warm enough this time of year for swimming?

Was thinking of going to Disney World Tuesday (figured the kids would like it?! are they too young?)

Then wanted to do some outlet shopping before heading out to Miami on Wednesday morning.

As of now booked at the Westin Diplomat for Wednesday and thursday. Any ideas what the kids might enjoy there?
(posting in Orlando thread as well)
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: world2see on December 19, 2011, 01:02:30 AM
anyone know anything about the acqualina resort in north miami beach?seems quite pricey,any ideas?
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: dd321 on December 19, 2011, 07:59:10 AM
Supposedly gorgeous and great spa
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: world2see on December 19, 2011, 02:44:41 PM
thats why i wanna go! :) any ideas of getting the price down?
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: Yordai Dooma on December 25, 2011, 11:26:01 PM
Full trip report to come, but gotta say- I can not understand the hype of Rare Steakhouse.
Had one of the most expensive steaks and couldnt even finish half of it as it didnt taste very good. It took a full hour from the time we sat down to be served our entrees. The wings on the other hand were incredible. I doubt i would ever go back there.
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: Dan on December 25, 2011, 11:32:40 PM
Full trip report to come, but gotta say- I can not understand the hype of Rare Steakhouse.
Had one of the most expensive steaks and couldnt even finish half of it as it didnt taste very good. It took a full hour from the time we sat down to be served our entrees. The wings on the other hand were incredible. I doubt i would ever go back there.
IMO most of the MIA fleishig places were overhyped...can't come close to the LA scene. 
The milchig ones mostly lived up to the hype though.
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: Yordai Dooma on December 26, 2011, 12:12:57 AM
IMO most of the MIA fleishig places were overhyped...can't come close to the LA scene. 
The milchig ones mostly lived up to the hype though.
As sad is it may seem, the best food we had so far was shemtovs.
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: Miami00 on December 26, 2011, 12:35:56 AM
Try the places in the neighborhood of Surfside.
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: Crown Street on December 26, 2011, 06:19:16 PM
Whats the closest kosher food to the Diplomat? Any kosher in the hotel itself?
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: Mocha on December 26, 2011, 11:24:01 PM
Whats the closest kosher food to the Diplomat? Any kosher in the hotel itself?
Theres a few kosher restaurants at the Waterways in Aventura which google says is a 11 minute drive from The Diplomat.
3565 Northeast 207th Street, Aventura, FL
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: David B on December 29, 2011, 05:01:20 PM
Whats the closest kosher food to the Diplomat? Any kosher in the hotel itself?


The two closest places to go for food are on Hallandale Beach Blvd -- south out of the Diplomat (left), make a right onto Hallandale Beach Blvd (the first causeway crossing the bay), and a couple miles down on the right hand side is Felafel Benny and Dairy Bites -- a felafael/shwarma place and a pizza place (respectively).  Call before you go as both have spotty hours.  http://falafelbenny.com/

658 W. Hallandale Beach Blvd
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: YYZ Fan on December 31, 2011, 10:04:36 PM
Has anybody been to four points Miami beach recently?

How are they with upgrading spg gold? How are the rooms/suites?
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: robi on January 01, 2012, 12:32:43 AM
Has anybody been to four points Miami beach recently?

How are they with upgrading spg gold? How are the rooms/suites?
was there last April. Got a suite with gold. I thought it was definitely decent, wife on the other hand wasn't too happy. But hard to beat the location
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: YYZ Fan on January 01, 2012, 10:05:21 AM
was there last April. Got a suite with gold. I thought it was definitely decent, wife on the other hand wasn't too happy. But hard to beat the location

Was if the junior suite (1 larger room) or executive suite (2 room suite)?
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: Deal Guy on January 02, 2012, 12:30:35 AM
Was if the junior suite (1 larger room) or executive suite (2 room suite)?
2 years ago I got with gold an executive suite facing the city, so I downgraded myself to a oceanview room or junior suite, (dont remember which)
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: Crown Street on January 05, 2012, 03:23:55 PM
If you rent a car in Florida, do you need to pull out Additional Liability? Or are you covered automatically when you rent?
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: yare on January 05, 2012, 03:56:42 PM
no coverage.     
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: robi on January 05, 2012, 05:57:56 PM
Was if the junior suite (1 larger room) or executive suite (2 room suite)?
it had 1 bedroom, living room, and jacuzzi facing the ocean
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: tlaz on January 06, 2012, 02:35:13 PM
going to florida sunday-thursday next week and staying in ft. lauderdale 3 nights and south beach the last night. i need recommendation of things to do and places to eat. i will have a car and dont mind driving up to an hour for something fun to do or for a good restaurant. any ideas r much appreciated!
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: Avid Reader on January 08, 2012, 01:47:56 AM
Here's two: http://forums.dansdeals.com/index.php?topic=452.msg76665#msg76665
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: roush on January 13, 2012, 12:41:02 AM
Looking to go to Soth Florida in March, mabey anyone of you guys can help me. Trying to figure out to book an SPG hotel that have minyanim near them (besides for the 2 spg hotels on collins). Any thoughts?
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: ms on January 17, 2012, 04:45:07 PM
Did anyone stay in the W south beach for shabbos, and if yes how was your experience?
Title: Going to Miami-- any tips?
Post by: DavidM on January 18, 2012, 02:55:11 PM
Someone told us to buy a "City Pass" that is supposed to save us money on tickets for zoos and stuff?  Any recommendations on that if it is worth it?
Title: Re: Re: Going to Miami-- any tips?
Post by: sky121 on January 18, 2012, 03:16:57 PM
Someone told us to buy a "City Pass" that is supposed to save us money on tickets for zoos and stuff?  Any recommendations on that if it is worth it?
Depends on what you're planning to do.

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Title: Re: Re: Going to Miami-- any tips?
Post by: DavidM on January 18, 2012, 03:35:17 PM
Depends on what you're planning to do.

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Miami Seaquarium, lion country safari, jungle island, metro zoo.  May not do all though.
Title: Re: Re: Re: Going to Miami-- any tips?
Post by: sky121 on January 18, 2012, 04:06:56 PM
Miami Seaquarium, lion country safari, jungle island, metro zoo.  May not do all though.

Depending on how many places you want to go to and how many days you'll be there for it may or may not be worth it. 

http://www.miamitours.us/?event=offer.detail&offerId=4031

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Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: David B on January 18, 2012, 08:07:55 PM
Someone told us to buy a "City Pass" that is supposed to save us money on tickets for zoos and stuff?  Any recommendations on that if it is worth it?

There is a Go Miami card that I think is what it is called in Miami.  If you'll actually squeeze in most of what you menttioned above -- jungle island, seaquarium, etc., -- if those places are on the GoMiami card then it pays.  Those attractions are super expensive for each admission.
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: Yup on January 19, 2012, 05:00:41 PM
I'm looking for a hotel in Miami area for 2 nights from Sun. night  and Monday night next week. (Check in Jan. 22 and check out 24)

I have spg points. MR points. UR points etc..  Spg card member and Amex plat member so also spg gold. Hilton Gold. Seems like I can get Hyatt suite upgrades.

Can you suggest the best property to get the nicest room for the least amount of money or points. On water. Any area.

TY
 
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: Yup on January 20, 2012, 12:06:56 AM
I'll try this differently.
Can you recommend a nice hotel in Miami? area and I'll figure out how to book it.
Am I posting this in the wrong place?
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: jack on January 20, 2012, 12:11:41 AM
Did the new st Regis open?
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: Yup on January 20, 2012, 12:22:52 AM
I think today but it's cat 7
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: David B on January 22, 2012, 10:25:00 AM
Westin Diplomat in Hollywood Beach, FL (on the beach, not golf location) is always a good and safe bed.  Have been there five times - always enjoyed.  Shul right down the block, kosher food nearby.
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: Yitz on February 01, 2012, 12:14:53 PM
Just got back from the Westin Diplomat Golf and spa property. Really very nice and quiet. The room was beautiful. The service was great. I checked out the rooms at the beach property and it did not compare to the Golf and spa property.
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: David B on February 01, 2012, 12:19:10 PM
Just got back from the Westin Diplomat Golf and spa property. Really very nice and quiet. The room was beautiful. The service was great. I checked out the rooms at the beach property and it did not compare to the Golf and spa property.

One is a 998-room hotel right on the beach, the other is a much smaller, intimate hotel on a golf course.  It really depends on what you are looking for...,Beach property rooms are very nice -- a bit bigger than 'standard' size, big bathroom with separate soaking tub and large shower, and comfy Westin beds, westin bath amenities, etc.  The spa is at the golf property and is open to anyone staying at both -- if you stay at the beach, can go the quiet pool at the golf property anytime you want (free parking there for visitors).
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: Tzadik Nistar on February 01, 2012, 03:40:29 PM
I wanted to book the westin diplomat Hollywood FL from Sunday Feb. 19 - Friday Feb. 24 but its available only for 3 nights till Wednesday, and for that 3 nights they could only give me a accessible room with 2 beds and i"m traveling with 2 little kids and i cant get any cribs in the room for safety reasons, so my questions are like this.
1) is there any way i should be able to open availability for Wednesday and Thursday? is there a chance it will open up some available rooms for these dates?
2) if i book the accessible room and i"m a gold member do i have a big chance to get upgraded minimum to regular room with ocean view? 
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: David B on February 01, 2012, 05:02:11 PM
I wanted to book the westin diplomat Hollywood FL from Sunday Feb. 19 - Friday Feb. 24 but its available only for 3 nights till Wednesday, and for that 3 nights they could only give me a accessible room with 2 beds and i"m traveling with 2 little kids and i cant get any cribs in the room for safety reasons, so my questions are like this.
1) is there any way i should be able to open availability for Wednesday and Thursday? is there a chance it will open up some available rooms for these dates?
2) if i book the accessible room and i"m a gold member do i have a big chance to get upgraded minimum to regular room with ocean view? 

Did you speak to SPG reservations over the phone?  There may be an upgraded room available for a 1,000 or 1,500 more points per night so you can guarantee yourself a different room.  I know that Club level rooms are usually 2,500 more points per night (worth the convenience if you'll eat the cereal, fruit, and coffee they have in the club room -- lots of berries and fruit).
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: damaxer91 on February 02, 2012, 11:27:44 AM
So who's going to be the first to spend 30k a night at the new St. Regis?
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: Tzadik Nistar on February 02, 2012, 03:16:12 PM
It looks like a cant get reservations at the westin diplomat for Feb. 19 - Feb. 24, whats my next option with points something near shuls and kosher food i have spg points, UR and Marriott points?
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: steve L on February 02, 2012, 03:26:11 PM
if have enough marriot , book the eden roc
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: Tzadik Nistar on February 02, 2012, 03:45:29 PM
if have enough marriot , book the eden roc
i dont have enough points for that and they are anyway booked for my dates.
anything else?
Thank u
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: David B on February 02, 2012, 03:50:04 PM
It looks like a cant get reservations at the westin diplomat for Feb. 19 - Feb. 24, whats my next option with points something near shuls and kosher food i have spg points, UR and Marriott points?

Not nearly as nice, but check if the Four Points on Collins Ave and 39th has rooms...lots of kosher food and shuls nearby, on the beach and boardwalk, etc. 
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: Tzadik Nistar on February 02, 2012, 03:53:44 PM
Not nearly as nice, but check if the Four Points on Collins Ave and 39th has rooms...lots of kosher food and shuls nearby, on the beach and boardwalk, etc. 
looking for something nicer
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: David B on February 02, 2012, 04:48:11 PM
looking for something nicer

W in South Beach -- Dan was a big fan when he stayed there (if I recall his TR correctly).  Shuls and food nearby as well...
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: BAHayman on February 02, 2012, 04:52:06 PM
W in South Beach -- Dan was a big fan when he stayed there (if I recall his TR correctly).  Shuls and food nearby as well...
Actually I don't think he did enjoy it too much... see here (http://www.dansdeals.com/archives/16322).

Although when I went I had an amazing time at the W.
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: David B on February 02, 2012, 08:29:36 PM
Actually I don't think he did enjoy it too much... see here (http://www.dansdeals.com/archives/16322).

Although when I went I had an amazing time at the W.

Oops...you are correct.  Although if the Westin is not available, it's probably the next best SPG alternative (albeit a pricey mileage one).

How do you embed those links in a post??
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: Saver2000 on February 02, 2012, 08:40:25 PM

How do you embed those links in a post??

When you quote his post you can see how its done.
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: YYZ Fan on February 02, 2012, 09:24:44 PM
Anyone have a email for the general manger at the westin diplomat, I would like to try to get an upgrade to a suite prior to my arrival.
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: David B on February 02, 2012, 10:24:49 PM
Anyone have a email for the general manger at the westin diplomat, I would like to try to get an upgrade to a suite prior to my arrival.

Gold or plat?
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: YYZ Fan on February 02, 2012, 10:33:44 PM
Gold
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: YYZ Fan on February 02, 2012, 10:34:40 PM
Gold or plat?
Gold
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: David B on February 02, 2012, 11:36:11 PM
Gold

As a Gold, I've gotten upgrade to Deluxe Ocean View, but never a Suite (almost got one the last time this past September -- was our anniversary, but Suites were sold out when we arrived).  Been there five times...good luck trying!  Let us know how it works out....I'm pretty good at the sweet and friendly talking thing....still haven't successfully gotten a suite as a Gold.
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: MLM on February 05, 2012, 11:33:52 PM
Anyone know of any good deals on hotels in W 47 St Area in Miami. The Four Points is in a great location just very pricey? I would like to spend $120/ night.

Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: Yitzy781 on February 07, 2012, 12:17:43 AM
Has anyone ever taken the GoCar tour in Miami or any of the other cities that have it?
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: Tzadik Nistar on February 15, 2012, 02:34:01 PM
does anybody know if there is a gmach that lends car seats in the Miami area?
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: AVI D on February 20, 2012, 06:21:02 PM
Can anyone give their opinion of cine citta grill in miami? Will be going to miami on vacation for a few days and looking for a good steakhouse option besides for grill time which is always an automatic visit when I visit..thanks.
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: sky121 on February 20, 2012, 07:00:57 PM
Search for Dans trip report from Miami. That should help.
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: David B on February 20, 2012, 07:03:10 PM
Can anyone give their opinion of cine citta grill in miami? Will be going to miami on vacation for a few days and looking for a good steakhouse option besides for grill time which is always an automatic visit when I visit..thanks.

I personally give Rare Steakhouse very high marks...I would choose it 9/10 times before Cine Citta
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: AVI D on February 20, 2012, 08:10:51 PM
David B- thanks for the heads up..any specific recommendations at rare?
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: AVI D on February 20, 2012, 08:14:46 PM
Search for Dans trip report from Miami. That should help.
I read Dan's trip report when he originally put it out, however i do not believe he paid cine citta grill a visit.
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: robi on February 20, 2012, 09:18:50 PM
I personally give Rare Steakhouse very high marks.
+1
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: David B on February 21, 2012, 08:49:14 AM
David B- thanks for the heads up..any specific recommendations at rare?

The classic hamburger is outrageously good, and the skirt steak was delicious (if you like the hangar steak at Le Marais).  Otherwise, I've heard all the filet steaks and rib-eye are quite good -- but hangar/skirt steaks are what I stick with anywhere they are offered so I wouldn't know personally.  Enjoy!
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: dd321 on February 21, 2012, 09:15:39 AM
The angus steak is good too
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: David B on February 21, 2012, 09:39:47 AM
The angus steak is good too

That's what my neighbor just mentioned last night....but they don't serve it with Kugel ;)
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: Yitzy781 on February 23, 2012, 06:05:24 PM
Was in Rare two weeks ago. It is very good, not outrageously good. Beer battered chicken nuggets and beer battered onion rings were excellent, as was the apple cobbler dessert.
I had the black angus ribeye, my wife had the skirt steak. They were both very good but wasn't heads and shoulders above anything I've tasted before.
Title: chol hamoed in miami
Post by: yehuda l on April 02, 2012, 10:06:31 AM
I am going to be chol hamoed in miami I have 2 small kids 5 months and 27 months what can we do there
Thanks for your responding
Title: Re: chol hamoed in miami
Post by: Yaalili on April 02, 2012, 10:10:29 AM
This thread has lots of information: http://forums.dansdeals.com/index.php?topic=452.0
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: boruch on May 02, 2012, 05:14:52 PM
I'm flying to FLL for my 4th wedding anniversary on 5/15 (thanx Dan for the 2 $100 codes!) and am staying for 3 nights. I've the 2 free Hyatt nights (regular, not suites) from the Chase Hyatt Card.

A) What is the nicest Hyatt in this area ?
B) What is my best option for the 3rd night? Paying for a room or using Hyatt points (transferring from UR) ?

Thank you for your help!
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: Mocha on May 02, 2012, 05:32:11 PM
I'm flying to FLL for my 4th wedding anniversary on 5/15 (thanx Dan for the 2 $100 codes!) and am staying for 3 nights. I've the 2 free Hyatt nights (regular, not suites) from the Chase Hyatt Card.

A) What is the nicest Hyatt in this area ?
B) What is my best option for the 3rd night? Paying for a room or using Hyatt points (transferring from UR) ?

Thank you for your help!
Firstly congratulations.
Secondly the Hyatt Miami at the Blue (http://theblue.hyatt.com/hyatt/hotels-theblue/index.jsp?src=agn_tig_hyt_lk_ta_businesslisting_miahb&hyattprop=yes) seems like a nice option, and IMHO Id just transfer in UR for the 3rd night. Big bummer to change hotels for no reason.
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: businessmachine on May 09, 2012, 03:32:28 PM
Hey All.

Thinking of going to Miami from July 2-9. Is 1 week too much time to spend in south beach? any recommendations on going somewhere else ?

Also-- Looking for hotels on South Beach, preferably close to Kosher establishments etc- any recommendations?

Thanks in advance
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: JFEADV on May 09, 2012, 04:38:44 PM
Hallandale is grt between miami & fll
nr shuls kosher food & shops
westin diplomat goldf course hotel is beautiful
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: DevoiriS on May 09, 2012, 10:11:47 PM
I live in South florida and my husband and I want to get away for a bit... IN Florida so we are not too far from our kids. Suggestions? We are thinking of going to the keys. We have 100,000 UR between us, and 60k SPG. We would stay one or two nights max. Must be near water. Not necessarily Kosher food. We are thinking also of renting a home so we can have a private pool. Any suggestions?
Title: Re: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: Ergel on May 09, 2012, 10:15:43 PM
I live in South florida and my husband and I want to get away for a bit... IN Florida so we are not too far from our kids. Suggestions? We are thinking of going to the keys. We have 100,000 UR between us, and 60k SPG. We would stay one or two nights max. Must be near water. Not necessarily Kosher food. We are thinking also of renting a home so we can have a private pool. Any suggestions?
Its usually not economical to rent a pool for one or two nights. most places won't do it, and even if they do the cleanup fee will make it very expensive
Title: Re: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: PlatinumGuy on May 10, 2012, 08:02:49 AM
I live in South florida and my husband and I want to get away for a bit... IN Florida so we are not too far from our kids. Suggestions? We are thinking of going to the keys. We have 100,000 UR between us, and 60k SPG. We would stay one or two nights max. Must be near water. Not necessarily Kosher food. We are thinking also of renting a home so we can have a private pool. Any suggestions?
Hampton inn in Key Largo was nice, with a private beach which IME was empty.
Might be worth a drive to Key West though.
Its usually not economical to rent a pool for one or two nights. most places won't do it, and even if they do the cleanup fee will make it very expensive
I think the way to go would be HomeAway or AirBnb which I doubt clean between guests.
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: DevoiriS on May 11, 2012, 05:25:03 PM
I was thinking of the keys. Is it nice? is there food? Nice hotel recommendation?
Title: Re: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: sky121 on May 11, 2012, 07:13:47 PM
I was thinking of the keys. Is it nice? is there food? Nice hotel recommendation?

Would you swim? Snorkel? Boat ride? What kind of vacation are you looking for?
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: kracked dude on May 13, 2012, 12:16:57 AM
i am going to a wedding in miami, and im staying at the Fontainebleau Hotel. I will have a few hours on the day of the wedding and a few hours the day after to do or see something with my wife. anything to do near the hotel or the airport (MIA) ?
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: yossi4k on May 13, 2012, 02:02:47 AM
Fairchild Botanical Gardens... Deering Estates... Metro Zoo

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Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: Dan on May 13, 2012, 02:04:32 AM
Vizcaya
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: kracked dude on May 13, 2012, 08:43:16 AM
are any of these in the "must see" catagory?
has anyone stayed at the Fontainebleau ? what are you thoughts of about it
Title: Re: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: sky121 on May 13, 2012, 02:05:01 PM
are any of these in the "must see" catagory?
has anyone stayed at the Fontainebleau ? what are you thoughts of about it

What type of activity are you looking for?  You could do some watersports. I'd also say Vizcaya. Its really beautiful there and if you appreciate things like that you will definitely enjoy it there. 
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: kracked dude on May 13, 2012, 06:08:51 PM
we are mainly looking for nice places to see and go to during the few hours that we will have free.
How long should the vizcaya take us to go through? what are the prices there?
any other ideas?
Title: Re: Private pool villa week of Aug 5
Post by: blerbz on June 04, 2012, 10:29:56 PM
Looking to rent a villa with a private pool - needs to be fenced/screened in - really tznius. Looking to pay appx $100 per nite. Any suggestions?
Thanks!
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: David B on June 08, 2012, 06:33:57 PM
Looking to rent a villa with a private pool - needs to be fenced/screened in - really tznius. Looking to pay appx $100 per nite. Any suggestions?
Thanks!

Look on VRBO or homeaway.com or vacationrentals.com -- look in the area where you want to stay.  $100 per night may be tough, but depends where, when, and for how long.  Good luck, and welcome to the forums!
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: mercaz1 on June 12, 2012, 10:36:50 AM
whats there to do in July in West Palm Beach
going with a 4 year old but also looking for things to do for adults some of the time and def at night
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: Dan on June 12, 2012, 10:51:30 AM
Be hot and miserable?
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: mercaz1 on June 12, 2012, 11:25:07 AM
Be hot and miserable?
but while im hot and miserable what can i be doing?
Title: Re: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: Ergel on June 12, 2012, 11:42:06 AM
but while im hot and miserable what can i be doing?
Stay inside?
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: mercaz1 on June 12, 2012, 11:46:09 AM
honestly is there anyone out there with real ideas
i know that there is a safari
i think i heard that this "kid city" or something might have closed down
does anyone know for sure if it did or what esle there is to do there for a week
what about places to eat there in the west palm area
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: myb821 on June 12, 2012, 12:10:08 PM
honestly is there anyone out there with real ideas
i know that there is a safari
i think i heard that this "kid city" or something might have closed down
does anyone know for sure if it did or what esle there is to do there for a week
what about places to eat there in the west palm area
if u want something for adults one night u can go down to hard rock casino one night. you ca nalso check what they have going on often they have some sort of concert, comedian or some other show.
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: A3 on June 12, 2012, 12:17:05 PM
honestly is there anyone out there with real ideas
i know that there is a safari
i think i heard that this "kid city" or something might have closed down
does anyone know for sure if it did or what esle there is to do there for a week
what about places to eat there in the west palm area

It was Wannadoo city i think in sawgrass mills mall. and indeed it did close down :(
Go swimming a lot.
Do a lot of driving with A/C. See the smallest post office. its on Tamiami trail, way past Shark valley, if you take the really long way from Miami to Marco Island/ Naples.
Check out the new Marlins park.
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: Dan on June 12, 2012, 12:19:19 PM
Do a lot of driving with A/C. See the smallest post office. its on Tamiami trail, way past Shark valley, if you take the really long way from Miami to Marco Island/ Naples.
What's exciting about a post office ???
Title: Re: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: Ergel on June 12, 2012, 12:24:06 PM
What's exciting about a post office ???
air conditioning?
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: mercaz1 on June 12, 2012, 12:26:39 PM
What's exciting about a post office ???
+1
dont want to drive to far like i said have a 4 year old so would rather do more local stuff
how far is the hard rock from west palm beach
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: Dan on June 12, 2012, 12:50:16 PM
GIYF (https://local.google.com/maps?saddr=West+Palm+Beach,+FL&daddr=hard+rock+cafe&hl=en&sll=37.0625,-95.677068&sspn=59.639182,135.263672&geocode=Fc6klwEdgXs6-ynBrZW1zNXYiDHea-EftcfvFQ%3BFXuGjQEdpw44-ylDlsQYmKnZiDHBXrdYTA58Kg&oq=hard+rock&mra=ls&t=m&z=10)
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: caveman924 on June 13, 2012, 01:58:04 PM
West Palm is supposed to have a nice place to go for a drive called Worth Blvd (or it might be Worth Ave, who knows). Regardless, be prepared to face really intense heat and humidity no matter where you go. Since you are going with a four year old you may want to consider going to the beach...pretty simple huh. Or head south the the Miami/Ft. Lauderdale area which is about an hour drive. There is Boomers, Parrot jungle and all sorts of places to go walk around and enjoy the sights. Also, there are quite a few kosher restaurants in the Miami/Ft. Lauderdale area. Quite frankly, I think West Palm may not have that much going in terms of entertaining a 4 year old. You can also look at CB Smith Park, they have a man made lake for swimming in which is temperature controlled and some water slides, granted I haven't been there in years so not sure if the slides are still there.
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: PlatinumGuy on June 13, 2012, 01:59:21 PM
Wannabe city still around for the kid?
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: A3 on June 13, 2012, 02:51:31 PM
It was Wannadoo city i think in sawgrass mills mall. and indeed it did close down :(
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: jack12 on June 17, 2012, 06:21:45 PM
Message from the Kosher Miami:

Kosher Miami has been asked by OK Kosher Certification to notify the public that the hashgacha from all of the Jona's locations in South Florida have been revoked effective June 13, 2012.
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: Dan on June 17, 2012, 09:19:29 PM
 :o
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: JEWDA on June 27, 2012, 10:19:16 AM
Anyone been to the Hyatt Miami at The Blue? whats it like? I know its far from everything but is there anything to do close by?
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: RelatedToMendy on July 06, 2012, 10:31:27 AM
Is there anything "must see"/experience in Key West that warrants the 3 hour (or so) drive from Miami? We're just looking to relax. Not much for snorkeling, fishing etc.... We have 5 days total in Miami, and I don't want to waste it in the car, if there is really nothing there, that can't be done in the Miami Area.

Thanks!
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: sky121 on July 06, 2012, 10:32:21 AM
Is there anything "must see"/experience in Key West that warrants the 3 hour (or so) drive from Miami? We're just looking to relax. Not much for snorkeling, fishing etc.... We have 5 days total in Miami, and I don't want to waste it in the car, if there is really nothing there, that can't be done in the Miami Area.

Thanks!

If you are only going 5 days I'd stay put in Miami.
And I believe it's more than 3 hours.

Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: shmelive on July 16, 2012, 04:10:56 PM
I'm going to be in Miami from 8/8-8/13.

I've been in Miami before. Is there anything happening those dates that I shouldn't miss?

Thanks!
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: Menachem613 on July 22, 2012, 12:05:21 AM
Need some help here, please.

I am planning a one-week trip to Miami/Ft Lauderdale area this August using Marriott points. Any recommendations of hotels that are near shuls (walking distance)?
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: A3 on July 22, 2012, 12:09:43 AM
http://www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/miaav-courtyard-miami-aventura-mall/

http://www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/miatb-turnberry-isle-miami-autograph-collection/

http://www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/miasr-eden-roc-renaissance-miami-beach/

These are just a few but im sure there are many more option.
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: Menachem613 on July 22, 2012, 12:15:09 AM

http://www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/miatb-turnberry-isle-miami-autograph-collection/

http://www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/miasr-eden-roc-renaissance-miami-beach/

These are just a few but im sure there are many more option.

Between the two above, which one do you recommend?

Which shul would you recommend for Shabbos next to each?
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: A3 on July 22, 2012, 12:19:24 AM
Prob a more Hiemish crowd in Miami Beach, but the Turnberry Isle one I think use to be a Fairmont, and is supposed to be really nice. The neighborhood is more modern, Israeli, but there are a few shuls to pick from in the Aventura area, it is not on the beach though.
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: Menachem613 on July 25, 2012, 05:06:31 PM
Has anyone done the Shabbos meals at the Chabad Highland Lakes?

http://www.chabadchayil.org/templates/articlecco_cdo/aid/877232/jewish/Synagogue.htm
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: businessmachine on July 29, 2012, 04:49:19 PM
Looking for cheap rates for a hotel on south beach for 5 nights from 8/30-9/4.  Anyone have any advice?

Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: zek on July 29, 2012, 07:55:27 PM
Anyone been to the Hyatt Miami at The Blue? whats it like? I know its far from everything but is there anything to do close by?
was just there. Very nice hotel for families since it has lots of space and easy 30 min drive to the beach
Nothing at all to do close by
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: bubbles on August 08, 2012, 01:06:07 PM
anyone ever ate in Montefiore Cafe & Restaurant on arthur godfrey?
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: myb821 on August 08, 2012, 01:10:07 PM
anyone ever ate in Montefiore Cafe & Restaurant on arthur godfrey?
is that new? because i have never heard of it
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: bubbles on August 08, 2012, 01:15:29 PM
is that new? because i have never heard of it

i think so, its on 41 and prairie
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: doodley on August 08, 2012, 01:29:05 PM
anyone ever ate in Montefiore Cafe & Restaurant on arthur godfrey?
I just ate there last week twice its a very decent restaurant with good service I ordered the taco with guacmole and was very impressed also its chalav yisroel and they have outdoor seating too
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: bubbles on August 08, 2012, 04:12:15 PM
I just ate there last week twice its a very decent restaurant with good service I ordered the taco with guacmole and was very impressed also its chalav yisroel and they have outdoor seating too

thanks  typical cafe prices?
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: doodley on August 08, 2012, 07:44:48 PM
thanks  typical cafe prices?
yes very decent prices!!!
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: Yaalili on August 12, 2012, 12:27:54 AM
Just ate at the new Mozart Cafe in Sunny Isles Beach, and was very impressed with the food and the service.
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: Menachem613 on August 12, 2012, 12:37:21 AM
Has anyone done the Shabbos meals at the Chabad Highland Lakes?

http://www.chabadchayil.org/templates/articlecco_cdo/aid/877232/jewish/Synagogue.htm
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: Yaalili on August 12, 2012, 12:53:43 AM
The Kievman's are awesome shluchim, u will really enjoy it there.
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: Menachem613 on August 17, 2012, 05:13:12 PM
Any decedent pizza shops in Ft Lauderdale/Aventura area?
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: Yaalili on August 17, 2012, 05:18:39 PM
Try out mozart, a little more of a dairy cafe than a pizza shop. Or go to sara's in FL.
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: Menachem613 on August 17, 2012, 05:22:21 PM
Try out mozart, a little more of a dairy cafe than a pizza shop. Or go to sara's in FL.

Sara's has awful  reviews.
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: doodley on August 17, 2012, 05:51:00 PM
Sara's has awful  reviews.
Saras deserves they're bad reviews but they do have good pizza.  but I would call it in as it takes them a long time to make it.   Also there's a gr8 dairy cafe called urban bagel right off the 95 and they have sushi too and its open till about 3am(chalav stam) and there's a jonahs pizza near saras too
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: jack12 on August 18, 2012, 11:33:30 PM
there's a jonahs pizza near saras too

Message from the Kosher Miami:

Kosher Miami has been asked by OK Kosher Certification to notify the public that the hashgacha from all of the Jona's locations in South Florida have been revoked effective June 13, 2012.
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: Menachem613 on August 28, 2012, 07:14:40 PM
I can highly recommend Mozart, Fresko, Shemtov and Milky Cafe.
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: zek on August 28, 2012, 08:21:37 PM
I can highly recommend Mozart, Fresko, Shemtov and Milky Cafe.
Shemtov is average....huge slices but lacking taste
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: dd321 on August 28, 2012, 08:45:06 PM
agree
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: A3 on August 28, 2012, 08:47:18 PM
Shemtov is average....huge slices but lacking taste

+1 on the slices, but the personal pies are much better.
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: JEWDA on August 28, 2012, 08:50:19 PM
Shemtov is average....huge slices but lacking taste
All the food there tastes the same.
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: dd321 on August 28, 2012, 09:41:46 PM
fries are amazing though, that secret spice...
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: DrDanny on August 28, 2012, 09:50:54 PM
They have deep fried garlic knots with this tomato'ish sauce which is awesome
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: JEWDA on August 28, 2012, 09:52:02 PM
They have deep fried garlic knots with this tomato'ish sauce which is awesome
...which taste the same as the pizza and the same as the fries etc...
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: Yaalili on August 28, 2012, 10:14:01 PM
I can highly recommend Mozart, Fresko, Shemtov and Milky Cafe.

Mozart in sunny isles is much newer and nicer than the mozart in FL.
As for shemtov's i was there around a year ago, and was highly impressed with most of the choices.
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: Menachem613 on August 29, 2012, 12:23:06 PM
Shemtov is average....huge slices but lacking taste

We didn't try the regular slices.  Everything we ate was superb.
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: shmelive on August 30, 2012, 12:31:18 AM
I recently spent a few days in Miami and North Miami Beach. A few notes:

Jerusalem Pizza in NMB is decent. Worth checking out if you're in the area.

My wife and I actually liked Shemtov's in Miami Beach. The menu is (too) large, and we didn't try the pizza, but what we did have was very good. I remember the mushroom soup and the crab cakes. Good stuff!

Oleta River State Park (10 min from NMB) is a really great place to go kayaking or canoeing.

The Snake Creek Canal in NMB is a really nice walk along water. They have some cute stretching stations set up along the way, with diagrams and bars to use for the stretches.

We actually checked out some schools - we're looking into the community. I was blown away by the Rohr Middle School and the principal, Rabbi Efraim Palgon. I have never seen such understanding of children and dedication to professional work.

Recommended to me but didn't try: Bill Baggs Park, the Seaquarium, Parrot Jungle, airboating in the Everglades, renting bikes at the Miami Zoo.
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: Yaalili on August 30, 2012, 07:18:03 AM
Jerusalem Pizza in NMB is decent. Worth checking out if you're in the area.

I forgot about that place, it's more of your average pizza shop, as opposed to like Shemtov's which is a little more of a dairy cafe. They do have really good prices though, cheapest around.
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: JEWDA on August 30, 2012, 09:49:14 AM
I forgot about that place, it's more of your average pizza shop, as opposed to like Shemtov's which is a little more of a dairy cafe. They do have really good prices though, cheapest around.
Was at Jerusalem pizza last year, really nothing special.
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: shmelive on August 30, 2012, 01:12:12 PM
Was at Jerusalem pizza last year, really nothing special.

It's not spectacular, but I still think it's worth checking out, especially since it's the only kosher pizza in NMB at this point.

I liked the personal pie and fried fish sandwich.

Also, tap water in Miami leaves a weird taste in my mouth.
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: JEWDA on August 30, 2012, 01:22:04 PM

Also, tap water in Miami leaves a weird taste in my mouth.
I didnt have the guts to taste it after I noticed its yellow water.
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: shmelive on August 30, 2012, 03:04:53 PM
I didnt have the guts to taste it after I noticed its yellow water.

Ya, i spent a year there in yeshiva a while back. I had to get used to it. Nasty!
Title: Hyatt Hotel In Florida
Post by: DBpoints on August 31, 2012, 05:53:41 PM
I'm curious if anyone knows what the most expensive/nicest Hyatt hotel in Florida (or close by) would be.  I have 3 free suite nights (from hyatt card) that I need to use up in the next few months and would like to take my girl somewhere nice for a weekend. Any suggestions would be appreciated. Thanks
Title: Re: Hyatt Hotel In Florida
Post by: sky121 on August 31, 2012, 06:05:32 PM
I'm curious if anyone knows what the most expensive/nicest Hyatt hotel in Florida (or close by) would be.  I have 3 free suite nights (from hyatt card) that I need to use up in the next few months and would like to take my girl somewhere nice for a weekend. Any suggestions would be appreciated. Thanks

What about the Hyatt Key West?
Title: Re: Hyatt Hotel In Florida
Post by: DBpoints on August 31, 2012, 06:08:34 PM
Thats what I was thinking...seems to be the only "premium property" in FL...although now I'm tinking Aruba is a pretty short plain ride
Anyone been to the Aruba property? thoughts?
Title: Re: Re: Hyatt Hotel In Florida
Post by: sky121 on August 31, 2012, 06:10:20 PM
Thats what I was thinking...seems to be the only "premium property" in FL...although now I'm tinking Aruba is a pretty short plain ride
Anyone been to the Aruba property? thoughts?

How far are you willing to travel?
Title: Re: Hyatt Hotel In Florida
Post by: DBpoints on August 31, 2012, 06:21:23 PM
I can only get away for a weekend and am located in Ft Lauderdale...I guess 3-4 flight max
Title: Re: Re: Hyatt Hotel In Florida
Post by: sky121 on August 31, 2012, 06:30:22 PM
I can only get away for a weekend and am located in Ft Lauderdale...I guess 3-4 flight max

Would you fly to Key west?
Title: Re: Hyatt Hotel In Florida
Post by: DBpoints on August 31, 2012, 06:35:54 PM
No key west I would drive to...I was saying I guess I would go as far as say NY or Aruba as they are 3 hours in either direction flying
Title: Re: Re: Hyatt Hotel In Florida
Post by: sky121 on August 31, 2012, 06:38:54 PM
No key west I would drive to...I was saying I guess I would go as far as say NY or Aruba as they are 3 hours in either direction flying


Maybe do Aruba then.
Title: Re: Hyatt Hotel In Florida
Post by: Dan on September 01, 2012, 09:44:08 PM
Curacao?
Title: Re: Hyatt Hotel In Florida
Post by: momo on September 01, 2012, 10:05:12 PM
Just finished a stay at hyatt clearwater. Not the most beautiful hotel i have ever stayed in but very nice and the views of the ocean cannot be beat! I would return and stay there again
Title: Re: Hyatt Hotel In Florida
Post by: DBpoints on September 02, 2012, 03:05:26 AM
Curacao?

I was at the Hyatt In curacao a few months ago,,,,,great property and fun island~
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: ZCN on September 20, 2012, 11:41:08 PM
Planning a stay in the Miami area and will probably be using hotwire or priceline for hotels. If I want to be within a 15 minute drive of food and shuls, what neighborhoods will work? How far is Central South Beach from the main Jewish community? Should I be looking more in the area of Bal Harbor/ Sunny Isles?

Thanks
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: joey89 on September 21, 2012, 03:08:47 AM
Planning a stay in the Miami area and will probably be using hotwire or priceline for hotels. If I want to be within a 15 minute drive of food and shuls, what neighborhoods will work? How far is Central South Beach from the main Jewish community? Should I be looking more in the area of Bal Harbor/ Sunny Isles?

Thanks
41st st. area is good. has a bunch of restaurants there and only a 10 minute drive to south beach which has several kosher restaurants.
shuls you are always gonna be within 15 minute drive.
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: eitang on September 21, 2012, 06:59:42 AM
Planning a stay in the Miami area and will probably be using hotwire or priceline for hotels. If I want to be within a 15 minute drive of food and shuls, what neighborhoods will work? How far is Central South Beach from the main Jewish community? Should I be looking more in the area of Bal Harbor/ Sunny Isles?

Thanks

South beach is far walk from most shuls food. South beach is the blocks under 20 and orthodox area really is in the upper 30s to 40s. Bal harbor has a big chabad in the upper 90s. The beach is littered with hotels so u should be able to find closer to 41st st.
Title: Re: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: yossi4k on September 21, 2012, 09:24:49 AM
South beach is far walk from most shuls food. South beach is the blocks under 20 and orthodox area really is in the upper 30s to 40s. Bal harbor has a big chabad in the upper 90s. The beach is littered with hotels so u should be able to find closer to 41st st.
Carriage House Condo has a shul and its 54th st. As well in Bal Harbour there's a Young Israel and a sefardi shul in addition to the chabad shul.
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: ZCN on September 21, 2012, 01:57:28 PM
Thanks for the reply's.


   Are there any areas I should avoid for safety reasons?
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: PlatinumGuy on September 21, 2012, 01:58:05 PM
Thanks for the reply's.


   Are there any areas I should avoid for safety reasons?
North Miami Beach is very crime ridden
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: BrooklynCPA on October 16, 2012, 10:44:20 AM
I'm trying to help someone plan a 2 nights stay to Miami. I am looking for a sick deal on a beautiful high end resort in the Miami area but do not want to pay more than $250 a night. Any suggestions?
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: myb821 on October 16, 2012, 10:46:16 AM
I'm trying to help someone plan a 2 nights stay to Miami. I am looking for a sick deal on a beautiful high end resort in the Miami area but do not want to pay more than $250 a night. Any suggestions?
u can use marriot points for the eden roc
Title: Re: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: sky121 on October 16, 2012, 10:47:42 AM
I'm trying to help someone plan a 2 nights stay to Miami. I am looking for a sick deal on a beautiful high end resort in the Miami area but do not want to pay more than $250 a night. Any suggestions?

What dates are they going? I just saw dates for eden Roc and fountainbleu for $250 and under a night.
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: BrooklynCPA on October 16, 2012, 11:02:23 AM
They do not have points and its hard to buy Marriott points.

They need it for 2 nights from November 11 to the 13th. They'd rather out of Miami Beach. I wish I can somehow get the new St. Regis in Baal Harbor at a crazy rate.
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: caveman924 on October 17, 2012, 11:28:36 AM
 I may be able to get you a rate at the Fontainebleau around that price per night. Let me know. I can access a one bedroom suite on those dates, I just have to verify the price. Please let me know if you are interested so that I may contact my contact at the hotel and verify the price.
Title: How to get around Miami?
Post by: kangaroo on October 19, 2012, 02:12:35 PM
Im staying in Bal Harbor, dont want to pay for a car for two reasons:

1) its $40/night to park.
2) last two times i went, i used the car at night every other day.

My wife and I (and little baby) are only going to go out for supper, so we dont really need a car. but what is the cheapest way to get around? thats safe (not buses)
Title: Re: How to get around Miami?
Post by: myb821 on October 19, 2012, 02:28:37 PM
Im staying in Bal Harbor, dont want to pay for a car for two reasons:

1) its $40/night to park.
2) last two times i went, i used the car at night every other day.

My wife and I (and little baby) are only going to go out for supper, so we dont really need a car. but what is the cheapest way to get around? thats safe (not buses)
the only way is taxis and they are not cheap
Title: Re: Re: How to get around Miami?
Post by: Galitzyaner on October 19, 2012, 02:35:56 PM
Im staying in Bal Harbor, dont want to pay for a car for two reasons:

1) its $40/night to park.
2) last two times i went, i used the car at night every other day.

My wife and I (and little baby) are only going to go out for supper, so we dont really need a car. but what is the cheapest way to get around? thats safe (not buses)
Why do you think buses are not safe?
That's pretty much your only form of public transport, besides taxis or hitching a ride.
Title: Re: How to get around Miami?
Post by: kangaroo on October 19, 2012, 02:49:27 PM
are the buses safe?
Title: Re: How to get around Miami?
Post by: kangaroo on October 19, 2012, 02:50:12 PM
the only way is taxis and they are not cheap

im guessing it would still be cheaper than renting a car and paying for parking.

does anybody know where free/cheap parking is near st regis bal harbor?
Title: Re: Re: How to get around Miami?
Post by: Galitzyaner on October 19, 2012, 02:56:12 PM
are the buses safe?
I've taken a bus there, they're not the most comfortable, but what can you expect from a local citybus.
My guess is they're as safe as NYC buses, if ya know what I mean..
Title: Re: How to get around Miami?
Post by: kangaroo on October 19, 2012, 03:13:47 PM
thank you
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: gswannabe on October 23, 2012, 11:06:02 AM
So who's going to be the first to spend 30k a night at the new St. Regis?
i booked 5 nights ( will be a total of 60k points ) with the spg R&R promo, has anyone stayed there for a shabbos yet ?
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: David B on October 23, 2012, 11:18:10 AM
i booked 5 nights ( will be a total of 60k points ) with the spg R&R promo, has anyone stayed there for a shabbos yet ?

We expect a full TR when you get back :)
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: gswannabe on October 23, 2012, 12:40:06 PM
np
Title: Re: How to get around Miami?
Post by: RavChik on October 23, 2012, 02:27:01 PM
I stayed around Collins and 41 st and was able take busses from downtown up to Aventura. Very convenient and cheap. My wife and kids were very happy with busses

Enjoy Miami!
Title: Re: How to get around Miami?
Post by: Solomon on October 23, 2012, 02:39:40 PM
Btw if u do take a car, it dont pay 40 bucks for parking, as a parking ticket in miami is only 19 bucks in total, thats what i did there
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: aj26 on October 23, 2012, 04:04:28 PM
anyone been to the westin diplomat in hollywood. Was thinking about a nice place to spend 2 days to take advantage of SPG promo
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: David B on October 23, 2012, 04:13:23 PM
anyone been to the westin diplomat in hollywood. Was thinking about a nice place to spend 2 days to take advantage of SPG promo

Search on the forums...I think even in this very thread....lots of opinions/info about the Westin Diplomat -- both the golf location as well as the beach location.

Enjoy!
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: JayBerns on October 23, 2012, 05:24:07 PM
Going to South Florida in Feb.  Want to be in mid-beach (Collins & 41 area) or Bal Harbor area to be walking distance to food/shul/etc.

Looking for a suite/1br for ~$150-200 a night -- any recommendations?  I don't have points to use but would buy points if that made the most sense.
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: JEWDA on October 23, 2012, 11:33:39 PM
anyone been to the westin diplomat in hollywood. Was thinking about a nice place to spend 2 days to take advantage of SPG promo
Yup great hotel. Can get busy at times.
Title: Re: How to get around Miami?
Post by: Galitzyaner on October 24, 2012, 02:54:16 AM
Btw if u do take a car, it dont pay 40 bucks for parking, as a parking ticket in miami is only 19 bucks in total, thats what i did there
Neat!
anyone been to the westin diplomat in hollywood. Was thinking about a nice place to spend 2 days to take advantage of SPG promo
Yup great hotel. Can get busy at times.
+1  Nice place.
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: Yaalili on October 26, 2012, 02:27:09 AM
Btw if u do take a car, it dont pay 40 bucks for parking, as a parking ticket in miami is only 19 bucks in total, thats what i did there

Now that is cool, anyone know other tourist cities where it is cheaper to get a ticket?
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: PlatinumGuy on October 28, 2012, 04:53:01 AM
Now that is cool, anyone know other tourist cities where it is cheaper to get a ticket?
DC I got a $30 once.
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: DrDanny on October 28, 2012, 04:57:58 AM
DC is also the first city I've ever been to that had speeding cameras my first trip there cost me like $300 in tickets
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: JEWDA on October 28, 2012, 09:33:44 AM
DC I got a $30 once.
downtown Toronto I recently got a $30 ticket but not sure how much parking in a garage would be.
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: hocker on October 28, 2012, 10:45:38 AM
If anyone is looking for a house in the NMB area, there's this guy I know who rents them out and people have had great experiences with him.

http://floridakoshervillas.com/
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: PlatinumGuy on October 28, 2012, 11:39:39 PM
Thanks guys. Mozart at sunny isles was great.
Excellent tuna melt focaccia.
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: PlatinumGuy on October 30, 2012, 07:10:42 PM
Any place that will deliver to FLL?
Title: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: A3 on October 30, 2012, 07:16:18 PM
Any place that will deliver to FLL?

When is your flight
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: PlatinumGuy on October 30, 2012, 07:16:53 PM
When is your flight
At an airport hotel and too busy to go out
Title: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: A3 on October 30, 2012, 07:20:07 PM
At an airport hotel and too busy to go out

Did you try Mozart in Hollywood?
Sara's in Hollywood, but it's nothing to exciting.
Chai Wok in North Miami Beach may deliver for a minimum. Call all the eateries, or are you to busy?
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: PlatinumGuy on October 30, 2012, 07:22:08 PM
Did you try Mozart in Hollywood?
Sara's in Hollywood, but it's nothing to exciting.
Chai Wok in North Miami Beach may deliver for a minimum. Call all the eateries, or are you to busy?
I'm obviously not all that busy...

Just thought someone might know
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: caveman924 on October 30, 2012, 11:11:03 PM
Now that is cool, anyone know other tourist cities where it is cheaper to get a ticket?

Toronto is cheap however depending on the parking rule it can become quite expensive. For example if you are in a 1hr parking zone and you park there for 1+ hrs then the first hour is free and afterwards they can and often will write you a ticket every hour.

The state of Florida however is quite strict with enforcing tickets, at least with speeding tickets. Assuming there is no reciprocity with the state of FL with wherever you live then pay they ticket. One unpaid traffic ticket can get you detained until payment is made, at the cops discretion. Towny cops are extremely likely to enforce this.
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: JEWDA on November 01, 2012, 08:36:53 AM
Toronto is cheap however depending on the parking rule it can become quite expensive. For example if you are in a 1hr parking zone and you park there for 1+ hrs then the first hour is free and afterwards they can and often will write you a ticket every hour.

The state of Florida however is quite strict with enforcing tickets, at least with speeding tickets. Assuming there is no reciprocity with the state of FL with wherever you live then pay they ticket. One unpaid traffic ticket can get you detained until payment is made, at the cops discretion. Towny cops are extremely likely to enforce this.
dude he was asking about parking tickets not traffic tickets.
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: caveman924 on November 08, 2012, 12:23:08 PM
dude he was asking about parking tickets not traffic tickets.

I know. I answered accordingly. I said Toronto parking tickets can be cheap depending where you getter and the rules. And then I mentioned how in the Miami area the police are strict with unpaid traffic tickets in general. This includes both traffic and parking. Sorry for any confusion.
Title: SPG Boca area reviews
Post by: gozalim on November 11, 2012, 06:30:49 PM
I'm looking for a cheap 1 night in the boca raton/ft lauderdale area (12/30)
any idea if "Sheraton Suites Cypress Creek Ft. Lauderdale"/4000 *points is decent place/value?
any other ideas in that area?
anyone been there? review?
Title: Re: SPG Boca area reviews
Post by: JEWDA on November 11, 2012, 06:32:51 PM
I'm looking for a cheap 1 night in the boca raton/ft lauderdale area (12/30)
any idea if "Sheraton Suites Cypress Creek Ft. Lauderdale"/4000 *points is decent place/value?
any other ideas in that area?
anyone been there? review?
why don't you post in the south Florida thread?
Title: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: FMM on November 13, 2012, 11:35:05 PM
Looking for a cheap hotel using points/money, either one works.  Looking to for 2 weeks (nov/dec)
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: lowmann66 on November 14, 2012, 08:42:55 PM
Thinking of going to Miami January time.  Anyone know about renting houses with pools, i heard that you can get one for same price as a hotel for a night or cheaper? Also with kosher kitchen?
Also anyone know about where is the private beaches that i can go with my family to?

thanks
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: JEWDA on November 14, 2012, 09:15:57 PM
Thinking of going to Miami January time.  Anyone know about renting houses with pools, i heard that you can get one for same price as a hotel for a night or cheaper? Also with kosher kitchen?
Also anyone know about where is the private beaches that i can go with my family to?

thanks
You can check www.VRBO.com
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: 14cars on November 14, 2012, 10:29:24 PM
Want to goto miami/orlando for winter vaca.  I found a flight home with avios on AA and the cheapest flight i could find on the way there at a convenient time was 114 on AA.  Does anyone think that more avios seats on aa will open up between now and then or that there might be any crazy specials on spirit.  Or should I just take the 114 and not risk it?
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: 14cars on November 14, 2012, 10:29:52 PM
obviously there are no guarantees but i want to know based on past experience
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: Yordai Dooma on November 18, 2012, 06:47:25 PM
Anyone ever stay at the Intercontinental Miami?
Have a free night award to use and most other hotels are either sold out or priced very high for our dates.
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: Yordai Dooma on November 18, 2012, 11:48:08 PM
4 night stay...can anyone make a recommendation whether to stay at the Westin Diplomat or the Intercontinental Miami?
Westin is 12K SPG/night and the IC is 30K PC points/night.
Another option could be Hyatt at the Blue for 15k/night...

W South beach and St Regis are both sold out for the nights in question.
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: PlatinumGuy on November 19, 2012, 12:14:01 AM
W FLL was great, and I think the Westin Diplomat is awesome. They give plats a huge corner suite. C&P tends to open on day-of.

Don't forget to eat at Mozzart. Great food.
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: JEWDA on November 19, 2012, 10:20:04 AM
C&P tends to open on day-of.


Or you can book in the golf location and then just ask to be moved to beach location. (IME)
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: Yitz on November 26, 2012, 04:16:38 PM
Or you can book in the golf location and then just ask to be moved to beach location. (IME)
i got the beach and I want Golf location
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: JEWDA on November 26, 2012, 05:40:21 PM
i got the beach and I want Golf location
Yay.
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: Yitz on November 28, 2012, 01:20:35 PM
looking for information on the Westin in Fort Lauderdale
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: PlatinumGuy on November 28, 2012, 01:21:52 PM
looking for information on the Westin in Fort Lauderdale
What do you mean by information?
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: Yitz on November 28, 2012, 02:50:03 PM
How does it compare to other Westin in Miami
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: Dan on November 28, 2012, 03:45:56 PM
Where we ate last year:
Grill Time
China Bistro
Harbour Grill
Pistachio
Shemtov's
Jona's
Cinne Cita Cafe
Mozart FLL
Schakolad
Skoops
Frieze

What's new and what did we miss that we should cover this year?
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: RT on November 28, 2012, 04:42:29 PM
Where we ate last year:
Grill Time
China Bistro
Harbour Grill
Pistachio
Shemtov's
Jona's
Cinne Cita Cafe
Mozart FLL
Schakolad
Skoops
Frieze

What's new and what did we miss that we should cover this year?

Haven't planned my trip yet but I'd always go back to China Bistro and Cina Cita..
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: Dan on November 28, 2012, 04:44:45 PM
I know what I did, I'd love to know what's new or what I missed!
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: gswannabe on November 28, 2012, 06:03:06 PM
If you are staying by the st Regis try out cafe vert, it's very close
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: AVI D on November 28, 2012, 06:45:19 PM
Dan- House of dogs is a relatively new restaurant. Very different than any kosher restaurant I have ever been to. They have a video on their website that would give you a feel of the place..http://www.houseofdogmiami.com/
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: gswannabe on November 28, 2012, 07:17:57 PM
i went there. overrated in my opinion
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: A3 on November 28, 2012, 07:25:37 PM
Where we ate last year:
Grill Time
China Bistro
Harbour Grill
Pistachio
Shemtov's
Jona's
Cinne Cita Cafe
Mozart FLL
Schakolad
Skoops
Frieze

What's new and what did we miss that we should cover this year?

Grill Time North Miami changed up their menu a bit since the last time.

A nice dairy/fish place would be Fresko in Aventura. Worth checking out.   http://www.freskomiami.com/
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: PlatinumGuy on November 28, 2012, 07:27:54 PM
Mozzart had really good food
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: Yaalili on November 28, 2012, 10:36:34 PM
Where we ate last year:
Grill Time
China Bistro
Harbour Grill
Pistachio
Shemtov's
Jona's
Cinne Cita Cafe
Mozart FLL
Schakolad
Skoops
Frieze

What's new and what did we miss that we should cover this year?

Mozart in SIB is the newest to the mozart family, and is really good.
Other good ones to try out would be rare steakhouse and burger bar.
Title: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: A3 on November 29, 2012, 07:44:42 AM
Mozart in SIB is the newest to the mozart family, and is really good.
Other good ones to try out would be rare steakhouse and burger bar.

Are you referring to the famous pita burger bar in North Miami Beach?

Do not be confused with the Israeli Burgers bar company.
Although yes their hamburgers are really really good
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: Yaalili on November 29, 2012, 10:51:15 AM
Are you referring to the famous pita burger bar in North Miami Beach?

Do not be confused with the Israeli Burgers bar company.
Although yes their hamburgers are really really good

Yes i am referring to the one in NMB. It's not like mozart or rare, it is more of a casual place with very good tasty food.
Title: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: A3 on November 29, 2012, 10:56:17 AM
Yes i am referring to the one in NMB. It's not like mozart or rare, it is more of a casual place with very good tasty food.

I second that. Haven't been there in a while. But the food is good indeed. The hamburgers are really good.
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: Dan on November 29, 2012, 11:23:36 AM
Any suggested activities being that we have a 17 month old?
Last time we did Vizcaya and shopping and that was about it.  Kind've like LA, eat, eat, eat.

Worth going to the Everglades?

Anyone know a frum babysitter firsthand?
Title: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: A3 on November 29, 2012, 11:27:56 AM
Any suggested activities being that we have a 17 month old?
Last time we did Vizcaya and shopping and that was about it.  Kind've like LA, eat, eat, eat.

Worth going to the Everglades?

Anyone know a frum babysitter firsthand?

If your in the Aventura area, veterans park is a nice little park. It's free.
Founders park has a whole water section that he may love. But it's pricey.
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: AVI D on November 29, 2012, 01:51:38 PM
DAN- http://forums.dansdeals.com/index.php?topic=13655.0
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: Dan on November 29, 2012, 01:57:30 PM
DAN- http://forums.dansdeals.com/index.php?topic=13655.0
Not really seeing anything too trustworthy looking there.
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: yare on November 29, 2012, 02:09:41 PM
Anyone know a frum babysitter firsthand?
pm me
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: AVI D on November 29, 2012, 02:24:54 PM
Dan- I pm'd the fellow with the username "pps" from the link I sent you. I was in Miami recently and was thinking of using a babysitter. (I didn't end up needing her) You can pm me for her number. I asked him for some information on the babysitter he used and he sent me the following- "No problem, Im not sure if u r familiar but i stayed at the Eden Roc Hotel and she lives less then a minute drive from there and a block away from Chabad. we had to bring our baby to her but she only charged 5 dollars an hour and we were able to bring our baby any time including evenings even as late as 9 oclock! her husband learns  in the miami kollel and she was amazing Njoy your trip good luck"

Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: Yaalili on November 29, 2012, 03:33:45 PM
Any suggested activities being that we have a 17 month old?

The miami metrozoo is great and very affordable too, they have a kiddie area, and they are ranked #5 on TA - http://www.tripadvisor.com/Attractions-g34438-Activities-Miami_Florida.html.
Title: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: A3 on November 29, 2012, 03:36:08 PM
Jonas pizza in North Miami beach on Miami Gardens drive. Is now "uncle noodles pizzeria" i know, don't laugh. It is under the kosher Miami. KM.
anybody been there yet?
Title: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: A3 on November 29, 2012, 03:36:51 PM
Don't forget about the entertainment book for a few good BOGO coupons.
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: Yaalili on November 29, 2012, 03:40:21 PM
Jonas pizza in North Miami beach on Miami Gardens drive. Is now "uncle noodles pizzeria" i know, don't laugh. It is under the kosher Miami. KM.
anybody been there yet?

Same management? Didn't like the old place when i was there.
Title: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: A3 on November 29, 2012, 03:44:16 PM
Same management? Didn't like the old place when i was there.

No idea. Haven't been there yet. The old place was ok. Their tuna melt sandwiches and calzones were really good. Not sure about this place
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: Yaalili on November 29, 2012, 07:33:46 PM
The old place was ok. Their tuna melt sandwiches and calzones were really good.

...And their pizza was the worst that i have ever tasted in miami.
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: caveman924 on November 30, 2012, 12:38:48 PM
Hey Dan you've hit up most of the good places. There isn't much left in terms of restaurants.

Although I haven't been in a while, you might want to consider Seventeen, which last I remember is a pretty solid dairy place with good sushi.

Also, although I've never been but have been dying to try, there is Thai Treat which has kosher Thai, Indian and other kinds of food like that. It is located near the old original Sara's on 123rd, down the ways from Bal Harbor mall. It seems interesting enough to try at least once. Just haven't been able to find anyone yet who enjoys that kind of food.

In terms of things to do with kids there, there isn't much for kids that age really that it looks like you haven't done yet. Maybe try Parrot jungle. The everglades might not be that enjoyable for a young kid.
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: Dan on November 30, 2012, 12:41:26 PM
Don't really need things for the kid to do, just adult things feasible with a 17 month old.
And a babysitter that might come to the hotel for an evening though convincing my wife as to her reliability is gonna be a long shot.
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: caveman924 on November 30, 2012, 01:22:15 PM
You might want to consider Sawgrass Mills Mall.

Also, something interesting to see is Jai Alai, if you haven't seen a match it's definitely worth going, and it's fun trying to bet on the matches too. It's got to be the fastest sport in the world and definitely fun to watch.

If it's a nice night, consider taking a walk down South Beach or Lincoln Road Mall. Both are just as interesting during the day as well. If you choose the right dates they have on some days at Lincoln Road Mall people who set up booths in the streets and sell antiques and other cool things...if that's something you and your wife like.

Everything always depends on what you want to see. The greater Miami/Ft. Lauderdale area has a LOT of stuff but you have to be specific as to what you want to see for good suggestions. (For example, scenery, shopping, just walking around, etc.) 
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: Dan on December 02, 2012, 11:41:55 AM
Hmm...
Suite at the Westin Diplomat or a standard room at the S. Regis?
Title: Re: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: Ergel on December 02, 2012, 11:46:48 AM
Hmm...
Suite at the Westin Diplomat or a standard room at the S. Regis?
No upgrade? Sold out?
Does the suite have a separate room for your kid to sleep in? That would be the deciding factor for me
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: PlatinumGuy on December 02, 2012, 11:52:50 AM
The westin suite is one of if the not the biggest hotel room I've ever been in.

It has a separate room for Rafi.

3 balconies...
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: Ergel on December 02, 2012, 11:55:15 AM
Then would be a no brainer for me
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: doodley on December 02, 2012, 12:01:52 PM


Worth going to the Everglades?
I would definetly go to the everglades there's a really cool place not too far called alligator farm and whenever I was there I've seen families with kids....http://www.yelp.com/biz/everglades-alligator-farm-homestead-2
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: RT on December 02, 2012, 06:12:34 PM
I would definetly go to the everglades there's a really cool place not too far called alligator farm and whenever I was there I've seen families with kids....http://www.yelp.com/biz/everglades-alligator-farm-homestead-2
I went there as a kid and really enjoyed it, not sure how enjoyable it will be with a 17mth old tho..
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: RT on December 02, 2012, 06:16:53 PM
Hey Dan you've hit up most of the good places. There isn't much left in terms of restaurants.

Although I haven't been in a while, you might want to consider Seventeen, which last I remember is a pretty solid dairy place with good sushi.

Also, although I've never been but have been dying to try, there is Thai Treat which has kosher Thai, Indian and other kinds of food like that. It is located near the old original Sara's on 123rd, down the ways from Bal Harbor mall. It seems interesting enough to try at least once. Just haven't been able to find anyone yet who enjoys that kind of food.

In terms of things to do with kids there, there isn't much for kids that age really that it looks like you haven't done yet. Maybe try Parrot jungle. The everglades might not be that enjoyable for a young kid.

Parrot jungle is great for little kids!
That Thai restaurant was pretty good, not a crazy fan of Asian but the people I was with really liked it. Big portions!
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: sky121 on December 02, 2012, 07:37:04 PM
St. Regis.
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: PlatinumGuy on December 02, 2012, 08:50:33 PM
Anyone down there this weekend?
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: PlatinumGuy on December 05, 2012, 09:14:02 AM
Mozzart

$25 for $4
$10 for 1.60
http://www.restaurant.com/mozart-cafe-fort-lauderdale-jewishkosher-restaurant-pid=153874

Promo code WRAPPED
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: mmmm on December 05, 2012, 04:53:13 PM
Anyone know of a good place to stay?  We are small family, couple and 1 toddler.  We are looking for a place with at least 1 bedroom.  Ideally also a balcony, ocean view, close to kosher restaurants, chabad house.  We are looking to go the week of chanuka, next week.
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: Dan on December 05, 2012, 05:08:50 PM
Anyone know of a good place to stay?  We are small family, couple and 1 toddler.  We are looking for a place with at least 1 bedroom.  Ideally also a balcony, ocean view, close to kosher restaurants, chabad house.  We are looking to go the week of chanuka, next week.
Have SPG points?
Title: Re: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: yossi4k on December 05, 2012, 10:21:58 PM
I would definetly go to the everglades there's a really cool place not too far called alligator farm and whenever I was there I've seen families with kids....http://www.yelp.com/biz/everglades-alligator-farm-homestead-2
Just don't do the airboat ride, it's impossibly loud! The alligator farm is fun, there's a guy who explains all the eating/playing habits of the alligators and feeds them.
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: mmmm on December 06, 2012, 01:10:36 PM
Have SPG points?

No i dont.  I am looking for a rental such as from vrbo or homeaway, trip advisor.  a 2 bedroom in hollywood beach, hallendale, aventura, ideally.  something under $900 all feeds included.
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: sarah on December 09, 2012, 06:21:58 PM
Anyone saw this new SPG hotel opening in South Beach Miami?  Aloft South Beach - Opening June 1, 2015
http://www.starwoodhotels.com/corporate/directory/new-hotels/all/list.html

Awesome location......
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: Deal Guy on December 24, 2012, 01:16:45 AM
it had 1 bedroom, living room, and jacuzzi facing the ocean
I know you posted this a year ago, but on what floor does the four points Miami Beach, have Jacuzzi facing the Ocean? Do you recall around what floor you were on?
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: robi on December 24, 2012, 08:42:00 AM
I know you posted this a year ago, but on what floor does the four points Miami Beach, have Jacuzzi facing the Ocean? Do you recall around what floor you were on?
I didn't mean jacuzzi facing the ocean, it was meant as jacuzzi, facing the ocean. the jacuzzi is in the bathroom, and the room was oceanfront
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: yare on December 24, 2012, 09:06:38 AM
I know you posted this a year ago, but on what floor does the four points Miami Beach, have Jacuzzi facing the Ocean? Do you recall around what floor you were on?
trump towers on collins, near bal harbour, has some rooms with jacuzzi on the balcony facing the ocean
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: MnM1130 on December 24, 2012, 10:04:20 AM
The Westin Diplomat Resort & Spa, Hollywood, Florida, OR Four Points by Sheraton Miami Beach. Their both available for the dates i need and westin is 2k more points per night.. anyone experience both and have recommendations? Just looking for a nice room with a nice view.
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: Dan on December 24, 2012, 10:16:09 AM
Westin
Title: Fountainbleu Miami Beach
Post by: Mutty on December 24, 2012, 08:54:58 PM
Any experience at this place? Seems the Alexander has good stories and horror stories. This is more expensive but would love to know who's tried it and recommendations, if good, who to call. Thanks
Title: Re: Fountainbleu Miami Beach
Post by: robi on December 24, 2012, 09:07:17 PM
it's an awesome place. period. you can try vrbo.com or yo on the forums
Title: Re: Fountainbleu Miami Beach
Post by: MEIR613 on December 24, 2012, 09:39:58 PM
Any experience at this place? Seems the Alexander has good stories and horror stories. This is more expensive but would love to know who's tried it and recommendations, if good, who to call. Thanks
I go here for pesach So I can't tell you about the rest of the year what its like but its a very nice hotel

Title: Re: Fountainbleu Miami Beach
Post by: Mutty on December 24, 2012, 10:16:25 PM
it's an awesome place. period. you can try vrbo.com or yo on the forums
Sounds like it's worth the extra bucks. Can you point me to a specific renter/rooms? Also, what's "yo on the forums"? Thanks
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: MiamiTrip on December 25, 2012, 12:41:01 PM
I am headed for business being put up in Downtown Miami on Brickell beginning of January (6-10), any way I get to a minyan without renting a car?  Thanks in advance for any ideas!
Title: Re: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: yossi4k on December 25, 2012, 04:40:54 PM
I am headed for business being put up in Downtown Miami on Brickell beginning of January (6-10), any way I get to a minyan without renting a car?  Thanks in advance for any ideas!
Check out The Shul of Brickell. It's chabad
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: Deal Guy on December 25, 2012, 05:16:10 PM
I didn't mean jacuzzi facing the ocean, it was meant as jacuzzi, facing the ocean. the jacuzzi is in the bathroom, and the room was oceanfront
Around what floor where you on?
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: yossi4k on December 26, 2012, 05:35:05 PM
Anybody have recommendations for renting a motor boat in Miami area?
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: APoshiterYid on December 26, 2012, 07:30:31 PM
Looking for a nice place to stay in MIA shabbos 1/24-1/27. Just a couple.
Miami Beach Resort pricing at 180, looking for something a bit nicer for more or less the same.

Hotal, Villa, whatever.

TIA!
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: robi on December 26, 2012, 07:31:39 PM
Looking for a nice place to stay in MIA shabbos 1/24-1/27. Just a couple.
Miami Beach Resort pricing at 180, looking for something a bit nicer for more or less the same.

Hotal, Villa, whatever.

TIA!
try vrbo.com
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: EE4504 on December 29, 2012, 08:43:18 PM
looking for a nice place in miami.
dates january 13/14 till the 17th.
nice hotel room with jacuzzi..

have about 60k spg or 78k amex mr points and 30k thank you points

any suggestion ?
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: robi on January 08, 2013, 01:05:07 AM
Anyone stay in the W Fort Lauderdale?
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: DG on January 08, 2013, 11:06:56 AM
Anyone stay in the W Fort Lauderdale?

Yea - last year in February. What would you like to know? I was pretty impressed with it but that may be because I came in with low expectations...
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: robi on January 08, 2013, 02:11:14 PM
Yea - last year in February. What would you like to know? I was pretty impressed with it but that may be because I came in with low expectations...
rooms were nice? Large? Pools? Beach? Any private/semi private beaches around? Thnx!
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: DG on January 08, 2013, 03:58:09 PM
rooms were nice? Large? Pools? Beach? Any private/semi private beaches around? Thnx!

I did not end up going to the beach even though it is literally right across the street. There is one pool on the same floor as the lobby (not the ground floor.) The pool is cool just because the staircase to get to the lower level goes through the pool and the views of the ocean happen to be awesome.

I remember the room I got but I do not remember how or why. It may have been Gold status but I had a corner room with a living room overlooking the ocean and a separate bedroom. I think I just asked nicely and they upgraded me. It may have been easier since they have so many different types of rooms and upgrades.

I did not get a chance to look around for private beaches and I did not look at any of the other rooms. I did use the Acura MDX that the hotel provides with a chauffeur to bring me to daven and also to the closest kosher restaurant - Emunah Cafe (5-7 minute drive) - which they were happy to do except that I needed to reserve it well ahead of when I needed it.

I was very impressed with the level of service which seemed more five star-esque although I am sure this varies greatly from employee to employee and customer to customer. Overall I was certainly satisfied with my C&P stay...
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: 14cars on January 11, 2013, 09:41:23 AM
Anyone know of any good deals on kennedy space center.  I am going martin luther king week
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: Cbs on January 12, 2013, 10:47:32 PM
Stopover for 5 hours  MIA- 5:30 am till 10:30 am

What to do?
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: Yaalili on January 13, 2013, 02:17:36 AM
Stopover for 5 hours  MIA- 5:30 am till 10:30 am

What to do?

Great time to go to the beach, very quiet at that time.
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: Cbs on January 13, 2013, 02:18:51 AM
Great time to go to the beach, very quiet at that time.
Breakfast?
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: Yaalili on January 13, 2013, 02:22:39 AM
Breakfast?

I would go to holy bagels, newish place, very clean and great food. They are located about 15 minutes from the airport in downtown miami, and only about another 10 minutes to the beach.

Keep in mind they are not open on sunday though.
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: shmiel1429 on January 13, 2013, 07:36:49 AM
Has anubody tried the B Hotel in Ft. Lauradale, any experience
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: tageed-lee on January 19, 2013, 07:47:47 PM
 My parents are going to be staying in Ft Laudedale this week from Jan 20-24. Can anyone tell me a reliable/Frum place to daven in or around Ft lauderdale? TIA
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: doodley on January 19, 2013, 08:00:24 PM
My parents are going to be staying in Ft Laudedale this week from Jan 20-24. Can anyone tell me a reliable/Frum place to daven in or around Ft lauderdale? TIA
young israel of hollywood
3291 Stirling Road, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33312. (954) 966-7877 Many minyonim. Daf yomi...
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: tageed-lee on January 19, 2013, 08:07:08 PM
Thanks for your reply....is that opposed to Young Israel of Hollywood Beach at 315 MADISON STREET Hollywood, FL 33019 USA
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: Yitz on January 19, 2013, 08:09:16 PM
My parents are going to be staying in Ft Laudedale this week from Jan 20-24. Can anyone tell me a reliable/Frum place to daven in or around Ft lauderdale? TIA

godaven.com you will find a few more places
Title: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: A3 on January 19, 2013, 08:39:57 PM
Anybody at the diplomat this week?
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: chuchem on January 20, 2013, 10:49:44 AM
Going tomorrow to miami for 4 days with my wife...
Thinking of st regis or any other nice hotel...
Ideas? I value 30k spg at 600 dollars, so thats what the st regis costs me... I liked the z ocean resort south beach, as i can get a roof top jacuzzi suite for 450 a night...

What do you guys think?
Have to book in next few hours
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: robi on January 20, 2013, 11:00:52 AM
Have heard great things about the z ocean, and your roof top suite is probably gonna be nicer than a standard room in the st regis
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: DrDanny on January 20, 2013, 12:28:27 PM
Very different neighborhoods Z ocean Spa is deep in south beach on Ocean Blvd IIRC and the St Regis is kind of its own campus and stuff
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: yare on January 20, 2013, 01:05:58 PM
Going tomorrow to miami for 4 days with my wife...
Thinking of st regis or any other nice hotel...
Ideas? I value 30k spg at 600 dollars, so thats what the st regis costs me... I liked the z ocean resort south beach, as i can get a roof top jacuzzi suite for 450 a night...

What do you guys think?
Have to book in next few hours
is that paying straight up or through points upgrade etc?
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: chuchem on January 20, 2013, 02:16:47 PM
I can get a room for 30k spg, so i figure i pay about 600 dollars a night

Just want to know if the hotel is really so wow... Worth it to pick this over the z ocean resort, were i will have a nicer room for less....
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: chuchem on January 21, 2013, 06:32:08 PM
staying at the z ocean resort. our flight zrh-fra-mia got cancelled, bad weather... via Dus also got cancelled. They rebooked us via YUL. I am now in the air YUL-MIA and will land 21:00

Were can I go and grab a light dinner, best milky. Something on way from airport to soutch beach? Anything open late....

Thanks
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: Dan on January 21, 2013, 06:33:39 PM
Shemtovs
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: chuchem on January 21, 2013, 06:46:17 PM
any idea until when they are open?
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: chuchem on January 21, 2013, 07:10:42 PM
any idea until when they are open?
anyone know? cant find it online
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: Dan on January 21, 2013, 07:26:12 PM
anyone know? cant find it online
I called for ya' but they're not answering...typical jewish business.
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: PlatinumGuy on January 21, 2013, 07:27:00 PM
Mozzart is open until 2 or 3 am
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: chuchem on January 21, 2013, 07:36:35 PM
I called for ya' but they're not answering...typical jewish business.
Thank you very much. I emailed them... My gogo is finished in 5 min... will chekc from my BB when landing if I got update per email or on here
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: Ebaystores on January 21, 2013, 07:56:09 PM
I am driving to Miami (from Cincinnati) This Wednesday for a week in the sun with my family (wife 3 kids ranging 2 to 6). Any advice on ways to save money & things to do is greatly appreciated. Also Interested in places to eat that can cater to someone with an egg allergy (my 6 year old). We are staying by family so thankfully no need for lodging :-)
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: robi on January 21, 2013, 07:58:55 PM
Shemtovs close at 11pm
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: chuchem on January 21, 2013, 10:28:55 PM
Doesnt look, like i will make shemtovs at time. Any other idea? Meaty worst case, just some food after a long day of travel, not to far from south beach
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: PlatinumGuy on January 21, 2013, 10:31:22 PM
Mozzart is open until 2 or 3 am

3 am http://www.mozartcafeusa.com/contact.html
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: Bp on January 21, 2013, 10:32:29 PM


not close to S beach.
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: Yaalili on January 21, 2013, 10:32:34 PM

Is that also regarding the one in SIB? I know the one is FL is open late.
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: chuchem on January 22, 2013, 08:32:21 AM
Was to late for shemtov, there is a place called 17 in south beach, they let me order via phone and i was able to pick it up 23:45...
Took time until sixt got my E class convertible ready :-)

Any place i can go close by for breakfast?
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: Yaalili on January 22, 2013, 09:02:14 AM
Any place i can go close by for breakfast?

Holy bagels in downtown miami.
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: Dan on January 22, 2013, 11:16:02 AM
Was to late for shemtov, there is a place called 17 in south beach, they let me order via phone and i was able to pick it up 23:45...
They have the R.com coupons as well.

Don't miss Rare or House of Dog while down there.
And def go to the Frieze and Schakolad.  Tell Schakolad that DansDeals sent you.
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: Cbs on January 22, 2013, 03:55:51 PM
I would go to holy bagels, newish place, very clean and great food. They are located about 15 minutes from the airport in downtown miami, and only about another 10 minutes to the beach.

Keep in mind they are not open on sunday though.
so whats it gonna be - tomorrow morning -holy bagel or mozart cafe in sunny isles, i see its like 30 min from airport but maybe worth the Groupon discount from DD main site. what do you say?
i have from 5:45 until 10:40 is take off again
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: Yaalili on January 22, 2013, 05:49:29 PM
so whats it gonna be - tomorrow morning -holy bagel or mozart cafe in sunny isles, i see its like 30 min from airport but maybe worth the Groupon discount from DD main site. what do you say?
i have from 5:45 until 10:40 is take off again

Both are very good, the difference is holy bagels is more of the standard breakfast place, while mozart is a little classier, but like u said it's out of the way, if ur going to MB.
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: chuchem on January 23, 2013, 02:59:08 PM
China Bistro At The Waterways

Any good? Last night here with my wife, want something nice

Harbourgrill was average at best...
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: Yaalili on January 23, 2013, 03:00:31 PM
Any good? Last night here with my wife, want something nice

Harbourgrill was average at best...

Don't miss Rare or House of Dog while down there.
And def go to the Frieze and Schakolad.  Tell Schakolad that DansDeals sent you.
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: robi on January 23, 2013, 03:05:24 PM
i personally wasnt impressed by china bistro
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: Dan on January 23, 2013, 03:21:58 PM
China Bistro At The Waterways

Any good? Last night here with my wife, want something nice

Harbourgrill was average at best...

Awful.
I already told you where to go.
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: Cbs on January 23, 2013, 09:17:33 PM
Both are very good, the difference is holy bagels is more of the standard breakfast place, while mozart is a little classier, but like u said it's out of the way, if ur going to MB.
i appreciate the help, but plans got changed and i pushed off the flight a few more hours and drove up to boca to see some friends.
and the flight leaving later was a 757 to lax...and jam packed. no upgrade.
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: Yaalili on January 23, 2013, 11:04:38 PM
i appreciate the help, but plans got changed and i pushed off the flight a few more hours and drove up to boca to see some friends.

Did u go to Euro Fusion while u were there? Heard great things about that place.
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: chuchem on January 24, 2013, 10:18:13 AM
Went to rare last night... Was better then harbour grill, but still far from l.a. Restaurants

Leaving today, wanna pick up lunch from a restaurant and double wrap it for plane to heat up on board

Any ideas were to get from, can be fast food...not to far from south beach...meaty...
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: Mutty on January 24, 2013, 10:23:01 AM
I think it's because, I heard, that they replaced the chef a couple of years ago (Rare). I didn't find it as good last year as the year before. And you're paying good money.
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: dhalpern1 on January 24, 2013, 10:24:18 AM
I think it's because, I heard, that they replaced the chef a couple of years ago (Rare). I didn't find it as good last year as the year before. And you're paying good money.

Was just there a week and a half ago, I liked it, but wasn't wowed by it.
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: Yaalili on January 24, 2013, 10:40:04 AM
Any ideas were to get from, can be fast food...not to far from south beach...meaty...

House of Dog.
Title: Re: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: ChAiM'l on January 24, 2013, 10:41:00 AM
Went to rare last night... Was better then harbour grill, but still far from l.a. Restaurants

Leaving today, wanna pick up lunch from a restaurant and double wrap it for plane to heat up on board

Any ideas were to get from, can be fast food...not to far from south beach...meaty...

Why don't you try House of Dog? Sounds like something you don't get anywhere else. It's definitely on my list for when I'm going to be there...

ETA - Beat me to it...
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: chuchem on January 24, 2013, 10:53:13 AM
Not in mood of hot dogs... Want more real food, like chinese takeout or so...
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: Yaalili on January 24, 2013, 11:10:34 AM
Not in mood of hot dogs... Want more real food, like chinese takeout or so...

They have some good steak wraps and burgers too.
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: Yaalili on January 24, 2013, 11:18:36 AM
like chinese takeout or so...

U could try Thai Treat, or China Beach.
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: dhalpern1 on January 24, 2013, 11:19:22 AM
U could try Thai Treat, or China Beach.

China Bistro was good.
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: Dan on January 24, 2013, 12:15:47 PM
Not in mood of hot dogs... Want more real food, like chinese takeout or so...

The Dogs are the best you've ever had and the burgers are excellent as well.

I don't know of any good chinese in MIA/FLL.  Or LA for that matter.  Strange!

Hope you went to The Frieze and Schakolad!

What did you get at Rare? I though the Sliders and Black Angus steak held their own against NY/LA places.
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: dd321 on January 24, 2013, 02:30:24 PM
The Dogs are the best you've ever had and the burgers are excellent as well.

I don't know of any good chinese in MIA/FLL.  Or LA for that matter.  Strange!

Hope you went to The Frieze and Schakolad!

What did you get at Rare? I though the Sliders and Black Angus steak held their own against NY/LA places.
which dogs u recommend ?
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: chuchem on January 24, 2013, 04:33:51 PM
Got the skirt steak, as i was with a friend that had the agnus the night before and said it want amazing

Got food from china beach... Told them 3 times to double wrap it in silver foil, but they didnt do it. Just realized in airport now

Can you reheat in oven if its in aluminium pan with a plastic cover? Has second plastic wrap around it

Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: ye on January 24, 2013, 08:37:55 PM
I am staying at the Intercontinental Miami next week. Is there any minyan for shacharis nearby, or is the closest one in South beach/ Miami Beach?
Thanks!
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: AVI D on January 24, 2013, 09:28:56 PM
Not sure what all the hype is about on this forum regarding House of Dogs. Thought it was definitely different (which is why I recommended it to Dan when he asked if there was anything new since he was last in Miami) but taste wise was pretty underwhelmed. Reviews on yelp of the place are less than complimentary.
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: damaxer91 on January 24, 2013, 10:35:14 PM
Not sure what all the hype is about on this forum regarding House of Dogs. Thought it was definitely different (which is why I recommended it to Dan when he asked if there was anything new since he was last in Miami) but taste wise was pretty underwhelmed. Reviews on yelp of the place are less than complimentary.

+1
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: DrDanny on January 27, 2013, 02:53:21 PM
Anybody know what the best Fleishig place in Boca is I think my options are Grill Time and Asia's
Which one is better? and What should I get
Title: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: A3 on January 27, 2013, 03:19:21 PM
Anybody know what the best Fleishig place in Boca is I think my options are Grill Time and Asia's
Which one is better? and What should I get

Calling Yossi4k

But grill time boca I would not recommend. Compared to north Miami is it not so great at all
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: Yaalili on January 27, 2013, 03:20:20 PM
Anybody know what the best Fleishig place in Boca is I think my options are Grill Time and Asia's
Which one is better? and What should I get

You could also try sagi's heard some great stuff about it.
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: yossi4k on January 27, 2013, 07:40:09 PM
Asia for Chinese and grill time for their gaza steak. And if you go before 6 everything is half price!
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: Yaalili on January 27, 2013, 07:40:55 PM
And if you go before 6 everything is half price!

Which place?
Title: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: A3 on January 27, 2013, 08:04:39 PM
Which place?

+1
And does half off = smaller portions?
Grill time North Miami has great prices for lunch. But their rib eyes are also 10oz instead of the norm 16oz
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: yossi4k on January 27, 2013, 08:44:43 PM
+1
And does half off = smaller portions?
Grill time North Miami has great prices for lunch. But their rib eyes are also 10oz instead of the norm 16oz
Ya thats what I was talking about. I'm pretty sure GT in boca has the same policy but I will confirm it. BTW just went to Asia and ordered the Short Ribs. A bit sweet but amazingly succulent.
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: DrDanny on January 28, 2013, 09:04:27 PM
Asia for Chinese and grill time for their gaza steak. And if you go before 6 everything is half price!
Maybe I ordered the wrong stuff but I didn't like one thing I got
I would go back it seemed like it had potential but just didn't work out this time
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: A3 on January 28, 2013, 09:31:40 PM
Maybe I ordered the wrong stuff but I didn't like one thing I got
I would go back it seemed like it had potential but just didn't work out this time

Which place?


Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: doodley on January 28, 2013, 10:28:43 PM
Not sure what all the hype is about on this forum regarding House of Dogs. Thought it was definitely different (which is why I recommended it to Dan when he asked if there was anything new since he was last in Miami) but taste wise was pretty underwhelmed. Reviews on yelp of the place are less than complimentary.
I spoke to someone who works there and was told that in the beginning when they opened they had some confusing way of injecting beer into the hot dogs and they stopped that awhile ago and now they just boil it in beer....(Before grilling it) So its not the same as it used to be
Title: Re: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: yossi4k on January 28, 2013, 11:55:08 PM
I spoke to someone who works there and was told that in the beginning when they opened they had some confusing way of injecting beer into the hot dogs and they stopped that awhile ago and now they just boil it in beer....(Before grilling it) So its not the same as it used to be
ya I had it, nothing special. The hamburger was pretty good though
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: DrDanny on January 29, 2013, 12:12:19 PM

Sorry Asia's
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: BrooklynCPA on January 30, 2013, 05:37:37 PM
I need an upscale hotel for next week at a reasonable price. (not more than $250) It does not have to be in Miami Beach.  Any ideas???
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: Dan on January 30, 2013, 05:39:50 PM
Westin Diplomat?
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: Mutty on January 30, 2013, 05:58:31 PM
Motel 6? Just kidding. We once actually went to a motel 6 and they didn't even leave the light on for us.
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: AVI D on January 30, 2013, 06:54:45 PM
Was thinking of going to the Westin Diplomat on my Miami trip next week. Have heard from several people that the pool area is always ridiculously over crowded. Anyone have any experience with that? (Was there once but it was raining the whole time so the pool was empty)
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: dhalpern1 on January 30, 2013, 07:09:51 PM
Was thinking of going to the Westin Diplomat on my Miami trip next week. Have heard from several people that the pool area is always ridiculously over crowded. Anyone have any experience with that? (Was there once but it was raining the whole time so the pool was empty)

Was there a couple weeks ago. Wasnt an issue getting a seat in general, but was crowded in the area getting the most sun.
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: BrooklynCPA on January 30, 2013, 08:26:45 PM
Westin Diplomat?

That was the first place I looked but no availability at all next week from sunday to thursday!
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: PlatinumGuy on January 30, 2013, 08:30:05 PM
Was thinking of going to the Westin Diplomat on my Miami trip next week. Have heard from several people that the pool area is always ridiculously over crowded. Anyone have any experience with that? (Was there once but it was raining the whole time so the pool was empty)
Not overcrowded at all.
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: robi on January 30, 2013, 08:30:44 PM
Try the Mondrian south beach. You can it for much less on vrbo.com
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: PraiseCanada on January 31, 2013, 04:03:49 PM
I want to rent a small condo with a private pool in the Miami area for 4 nights in three weeks.

Do you have any recommendations?
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: yossi4k on February 01, 2013, 12:11:30 AM
I want to rent a small condo with a private pool in the Miami area for 4 nights in three weeks.

Do you have any recommendations?
Orlando. Homeaway.com
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: Deal Guy on February 01, 2013, 02:07:53 AM
That was the first place I looked but no availability at all next week from sunday to thursday!
Book now, its all available! You snooze you lose ;D
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: far rockaway on February 01, 2013, 07:22:09 AM
Was there a couple weeks ago. Wasnt an issue getting a seat in general, but was crowded in the area getting the most sun.

There is a shuttle every 15 min that takes you to the resort location. Pool there is empty.
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: PraiseCanada on February 04, 2013, 10:32:53 AM
Does anyone have any experience with the Deauville Beach Resort? I got a good deal there, but they have mixed reviews online
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: robi on February 04, 2013, 01:57:03 PM
anyone know how to get the z ocean south beach on points? they're a member of IHG...but cant find them on the IHG website. thnx!
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: sky121 on February 04, 2013, 02:22:29 PM
anyone know how to get the z ocean south beach on points? they're a member of IHG...but cant find them on the IHG website. thnx!

Priority club shows it for me.
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: robi on February 04, 2013, 02:37:34 PM
Priority club shows it for me.
dont know what im doing wrong..how many points for feb 10-11? thnx!
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: sky121 on February 04, 2013, 02:39:13 PM
dont know what im doing wrong..how many points for feb 10-11? thnx!
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: robi on February 04, 2013, 02:43:02 PM
Thnx, didnt realize it'll come up under crowne plaza. appreciate!
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: PraiseCanada on February 05, 2013, 10:08:40 AM
Does anyone know about parking on Miami Beach?
Is there anywhere free to park if you're going to the beach for the day? Or is there public transportation?
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: robi on February 05, 2013, 10:25:49 AM
Does anyone know about parking on Miami Beach?
Is there anywhere free to park if you're going to the beach for the day? Or is there public transportation?
there's a public parking lot on Collins ave between the edec roc  and mimosa, IIRC  that's around 44th  street
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: caveman924 on February 06, 2013, 01:10:36 PM
there's a public parking lot on Collins ave between the edec roc  and mimosa, IIRC  that's around 44th  street


Maybe a little further north like 45th or 46th but that's just splitting hairs.

There are plenty of buses that run along collins that can get you to the beach, granted you'd need to define beach. You mentioned that you were looking at the Deuville, which I believe is on 67th or so, it's located on the beach so you can just go downstairs, however if you'd prefer to be further south when on the beach and assuming that you have 4 or less people you may want to consider calling a cab. They are plentiful down there and assuming there is no heavy traffic could be cheaper than a bus if you are around 4 people. I think buses are about $2.35 or so per person per direction.
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: dd321 on February 06, 2013, 02:52:23 PM

Maybe a little further north like 45th or 46th but that's just splitting hairs.

There are plenty of buses that run along collins that can get you to the beach, granted you'd need to define beach. You mentioned that you were looking at the Deuville, which I believe is on 67th or so, it's located on the beach so you can just go downstairs, however if you'd prefer to be further south when on the beach and assuming that you have 4 or less people you may want to consider calling a cab. They are plentiful down there and assuming there is no heavy traffic could be cheaper than a bus if you are around 4 people. I think buses are about $2.35 or so per person per direction.
buses come once a week
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: Mutty on February 06, 2013, 07:32:32 PM
buses come once a week
Maybe it's the week he'll be there
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: robi on February 12, 2013, 11:52:44 AM
 rumor has it that the pina colada  at the Fontainebleau is kosher, anyone know?
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: PraiseCanada on February 13, 2013, 10:51:32 PM
Has anyone heard of this?
Florida requiring some silly international permit for Canadians?

http://blogs.montrealgazette.com/2013/02/13/florida-requires-international-driving-permit-for-canadians/
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: robi on February 13, 2013, 10:59:11 PM
Has anyone heard of this?
Florida requiring some silly international permit for Canadians?

http://blogs.montrealgazette.com/2013/02/13/florida-requires-international-driving-permit-for-canadians/
pretty crazy, although I rented in FLL on Monday with my Quebec license. What I wonder is if need one too, since I have a green card and live in the US...
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: mmermss on February 19, 2013, 10:44:05 PM
Can someone please wiki this thread...looking to go and want to know whats best to do/eat/see.

TIA
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: caveman924 on February 20, 2013, 04:13:14 PM
Has anyone heard of this?
Florida requiring some silly international permit for Canadians?

http://blogs.montrealgazette.com/2013/02/13/florida-requires-international-driving-permit-for-canadians/

Beware my response is long --- Only read this if it affects you

-------------------------------------

Yes and no. There has been a lot of confusion with mixed messages coming from all sources, both Canadian and Floridian.

Basically, the State of Florida passed a law that went into effect Jan 1, 2013, that as it currently stands, requires all non-US citizens to carry an international driver's license when driving within the State of Florida. From my understanding, the reasoning behind this is that because of the large numbers of foreign tourists from non-English speaking countries in Florida, this law was passed to help others read a license in the event that that is needed to be done. The problem here is that the law was passed in a manner that included English speaking countries as well, namely Canada, which theoretically should not be a problem because their licenses are already printed in English.

Basically when this issue came to light last week, it caused a lot of media attention particularly in Canada. As a result, state legislators stated that in their next sitting they will amend the law to exempt Canadians from this requirement. Florida State Troopers and other local law enforcement agencies stated that they will not enforce this law on Canadians either. The only time this law may become an issue for you, until it's corrected, is in the event of an auto accident. Although most insurance companies also stated that they will not enforce the rules associated with this law, you can still be denied coverage. The reason for that is technically based on how the law stands, if you don't have an international drivers license you do not have a license and therefore your insurance company can decide how they enforce coverage. Keep in mind it's an insurance company. The best thing to do is if you have time, is to go to your local CAA/AAA office and get an international driver's license, just to be on the safe side. I believe they are $25.

The law's anticipated amendment according to media reports is sometime in March of this year and it will come into force with the amendments some time in June.
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: robi on February 20, 2013, 05:23:19 PM
Beware my response is long --- Only read this if it affects you

-------------------------------------

Yes and no. There has been a lot of confusion with mixed messages coming from all sources, both Canadian and Floridian.

Basically, the State of Florida passed a law that went into effect Jan 1, 2013, that as it currently stands, requires all non-US citizens to carry an international driver's license when driving within the State of Florida. From my understanding, the reasoning behind this is that because of the large numbers of foreign tourists from non-English speaking countries in Florida, this law was passed to help others read a license in the event that that is needed to be done. The problem here is that the law was passed in a manner that included English speaking countries as well, namely Canada, which theoretically should not be a problem because their licenses are already printed in English.

Basically when this issue came to light last week, it caused a lot of media attention particularly in Canada. As a result, state legislators stated that in their next sitting they will amend the law to exempt Canadians from this requirement. Florida State Troopers and other local law enforcement agencies stated that they will not enforce this law on Canadians either. The only time this law may become an issue for you, until it's corrected, is in the event of an auto accident. Although most insurance companies also stated that they will not enforce the rules associated with this law, you can still be denied coverage. The reason for that is technically based on how the law stands, if you don't have an international drivers license you do not have a license and therefore your insurance company can decide how they enforce coverage. Keep in mind it's an insurance company. The best thing to do is if you have time, is to go to your local CAA/AAA office and get an international driver's license, just to be on the safe side. I believe they are $25.

The law's anticipated amendment according to media reports is sometime in March of this year and it will come into force with the amendments some time in June.
thnx! source?
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: caveman924 on February 21, 2013, 03:33:40 PM
thnx! source?

680News -- Toronto All-News Radio station....and various other media sources (but all pretty much say the same)
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: robi on February 21, 2013, 03:52:13 PM
680News -- Toronto All-News Radio station....and various other media sources (but all pretty much say the same)
good to hear. thnx
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: ChaimBer on March 03, 2013, 09:39:39 PM
Hi,

I'm going to be in South Florida for the weekend of shabbos hagadol, Mar 20-24th

can anybody recommend a decent place to stay (condo, hotel, motel) that is near a shul (and in close proximity (drive) of kosher supermarkets and restaurants.. )

there is also a chance that we would like to stay with another family and that makes the search even harder cuz it would mean 2 or 3 hotel rooms or a 3 bedroom apt/condo

i'm having a hard time searching on vrbo and homeaway.. if anybody has any leads about apts or any ideas which hotel is near a shuls it will be greatly appreciated!!

i have SPG, but the rooms that are still available are starting at 11k a night, is there any tricks that i should know to get cheaper rates? do rooms open up later?

Thanks for you help!


Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: caveman924 on March 05, 2013, 01:34:03 PM
In the Miami Beach area there are several  hotel options that are near shuls. Try finding a hotel around 41st and Collins (5-10 blocks in either direction is still walkable) There are shuls and kosher restaurants everywhere in that area.

Try to VRBO for the Fontainebleau Hotel. There are other hotel options as well but I am not sure which ones have private units (if any) listed on VRBO. There are some postings I've seen on this site for Tower 41 as well. This is a private condo with a shul on premises, however it is not directly on the beach but still walking distance to the beach.

Hope this helps.
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: dd321 on March 05, 2013, 03:04:11 PM
Hi,

I'm going to be in South Florida for the weekend of shabbos hagadol, Mar 20-24th

can anybody recommend a decent place to stay (condo, hotel, motel) that is near a shul (and in close proximity (drive) of kosher supermarkets and restaurants.. )

there is also a chance that we would like to stay with another family and that makes the search even harder cuz it would mean 2 or 3 hotel rooms or a 3 bedroom apt/condo

i'm having a hard time searching on vrbo and homeaway.. if anybody has any leads about apts or any ideas which hotel is near a shuls it will be greatly appreciated!!

i have SPG, but the rooms that are still available are starting at 11k a night, is there any tricks that i should know to get cheaper rates? do rooms open up later?

Thanks for you help!
try reservekosher.com
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: sal2011 on April 03, 2013, 12:34:36 AM
going to florida for 4 days with my wife getting a condo in west palm beach any ideas what to do in Miami or west palm beach or in between !! thanks
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: RT on April 04, 2013, 02:27:26 PM
Can someone please wiki this thread...looking to go and want to know whats best to do/eat/see.

TIA
+1
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: BP13 on April 07, 2013, 11:35:26 PM
Anyone know of a catering place in the miami beach area, who caters shaboss meals, so I can sit in with the family to eat there,
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: 972sg212 on April 07, 2013, 11:37:37 PM
Anyone know of a catering place in the miami beach area, who caters shaboss meals, so I can sit in with the family to eat there,

Kikar Tel Aviv Restaurant
5005 Collins Ave, Miami Beach, FL
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: robi on April 07, 2013, 11:39:20 PM
Anyone know of a catering place in the miami beach area, who caters shaboss meals, so I can sit in with the family to eat there,
rare steakhouse does Shabbos meals
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: 972sg212 on April 07, 2013, 11:40:45 PM
rare steakhouse does Shabbos meals

Rare
4101 Pine Tree Drive
(off 41st Street - Tower 41)
Miami Beach, FL 33140

(305) 532-7273
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: BP13 on April 08, 2013, 10:04:33 AM
Rare
4101 Pine Tree Drive
(off 41st Street - Tower 41)
Miami Beach, FL 33140

(305) 532-7273
Thanks for your complete info
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: 972sg212 on April 08, 2013, 10:15:03 AM
Thanks for your complete info

Enjoy
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: RT on April 10, 2013, 02:40:16 PM
This thread is 44 pages, can someone give me some quick ideas?

Going for a short honeymoon SUN-WED. Mostly I want to relax (pool and beach)

Whats a few things to do that are cheap and relaxing? No shopping, museums etc..

Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: sky121 on April 10, 2013, 03:55:32 PM
This thread is 44 pages, can someone give me some quick ideas?

Going for a short honeymoon SUN-WED. Mostly I want to relax (pool and beach)

Whats a few things to do that are cheap and relaxing? No shopping, museums etc..

Head to the beach.
There are places with decent snorkeling as well.
Are you using points for hotel?
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: msg on April 10, 2013, 04:26:09 PM
going too. let me know what you hear
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: Dan on April 10, 2013, 05:02:02 PM
This thread is 44 pages, can someone give me some quick ideas?

Going for a short honeymoon SUN-WED. Mostly I want to relax (pool and beach)

Whats a few things to do that are cheap and relaxing? No shopping, museums etc..


Honeymoon to MIA :P

SUP is fun though challenging.
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: RT on April 11, 2013, 09:31:25 AM
Honeymoon to MIA :P

SUP is fun though challenging.
Beggars can't be choosers- Mom is taking the baby for 3 days, I can't ask for more :)

I'll look into it, thanks for the recommendation.
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: sky121 on April 11, 2013, 09:33:07 AM
Beggars can't be choosers- Mom is taking the baby for 3 days, I can't ask for more :)

I'll look into it, thanks for the recommendation.

I'm sure you'll have an awesome time.
Meanwhile it doesn't matter where you are but who you're with, right?  :P
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: sal2011 on April 11, 2013, 10:14:44 AM
I'm sure you'll have an awesome time.
Meanwhile it doesn't matter where you are but who you're with, right?  :P
+1
im sitting in mia did the same went on honeymoon from sun nt to this morning(i missed my original flight)parents are watching my kid
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: RT on April 11, 2013, 10:18:50 AM
I'm sure you'll have an awesome time.
Meanwhile it doesn't matter where you are but who you're with, right?  :P
Or without ;)
I'm looking forward to not waking up at 6:30 with my princess :)
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: RT on April 11, 2013, 10:19:35 AM
+1
im sitting in mia did the same went on honeymoon from sun nt to this morning(i missed my original flight)parents are watching my kid
That's the way to do it! What did you guys do there?
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: Dan on April 11, 2013, 10:34:39 AM
Gotcha though I think you lose the "honeymoon" if you don't take it before you have kids.
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: damaxer91 on April 11, 2013, 12:14:46 PM
Gotcha though I think you lose the "honeymoon" if you don't take it before you have kids.

Thats awfully conservative thinkng
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: Devorah on April 18, 2013, 01:58:22 AM
My mother is turning 60 next year and we would love to celebrate by all coming to FL for a weekend (6 of us with our families).  We were thinking of the Westin Diplomat but are trying to figure out where we could have Shabbos meals.  I doubt the hotel would rent us a meeting room and allow us to bring our own food.   Any suggestions?
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: Chaikel on April 18, 2013, 05:19:28 AM
I doubt the hotel would rent us a meeting room and allow us to bring our own food.
Why do you doubt it?
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: RT on April 18, 2013, 10:19:49 AM
Why do you doubt it?
+1 I don't see why not. People bring food in for conventions..
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: SPLP on April 18, 2013, 10:42:03 AM
My mother is turning 60 next year and we would love to celebrate by all coming to FL for a weekend (6 of us with our families).  We were thinking of the Westin Diplomat but are trying to figure out where we could have Shabbos meals.  I doubt the hotel would rent us a meeting room and allow us to bring our own food.   Any suggestions?

if you pay the will rent it , that is how they make a profit -- if u plan to "cook " not so sure they will --just ask them ,they are the only ones who can answer your question
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: MosheP on April 18, 2013, 02:24:39 PM
Anybody been to Kosh (http://koshmiami.com/) yet? Its in Surfside on Harding and 95th. I heard that one of the partners from Harbor Grill split and opened this new place.
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: dd321 on April 18, 2013, 02:27:15 PM
yes. cool ambiance, food was 7.5/10 service 6.5/10
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: A3 on April 18, 2013, 02:34:45 PM
Anybody been to Kosh (http://koshmiami.com/) yet? Its in Surfside on Harding and 95th. I heard that one of the partners from Harbor Grill split and opened this new place.

Been there.
IMO food was 5 out of 10.
And service was 3 out of ten.
Never refilled our glasses, brought out the wrong dish twice.

One dish meat was way over cooked. Ordered medium   
Other dish hamburger was practically raw.  Order med-well
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: dhalpern1 on April 18, 2013, 02:42:30 PM
Been there.
IMO food was 5 out of 10.
And service was 3 out of ten.
Never refilled our glasses, brought out the wrong dish twice.

One dish meat was way over cooked. Ordered medium   
Other dish hamburger was practically raw.  Order med-well

To that point, i think service is kind of weak but the food is hit or miss. Ive been there a bunch of times and sometimes i have been very happy with my food, sometimes not as much.
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: MosheP on April 18, 2013, 03:33:32 PM
Thanks all. I heard from a friend that it was the best food he's ever eaten in a reasturaunt. It's good to get some others views as well.
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: Dan on April 18, 2013, 03:52:55 PM
Considering how overrated Harbour Grill is...
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: dd321 on April 18, 2013, 08:06:53 PM
Considering how overrated Harbour Grill is...
+1
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: lechaim2life on April 21, 2013, 02:05:11 AM
Surprising my wife for her Bday and going to Miami for the weekend...we are staying in Bal Harbour so we cant go to hotels for meals. Any good take-out places to get food?
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: RT on April 24, 2013, 10:57:56 AM
Considering how overrated Harbour Grill is...
I really like Harbour grill..
Good food, good service, good prices (considering we were taken out  :P)
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: Burt on May 03, 2013, 12:15:42 PM
If you had 4 meals (2 lunch, 2 dinners) to eat in the miami beach/north Miami beach/south Miami beach vicinity, where would you go? Doesn't need to be kid friendly.
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: jmansour on May 03, 2013, 12:16:59 PM
If you had 4 meals (2 lunch, 2 dinners) to eat in the miami beach/north Miami beach/south Miami beach vicinity, where would you go? Doesn't need to be kid friendly.

hit up china bistro in aventura for sure, one of the best chinese places
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: Dan on May 03, 2013, 12:17:53 PM
Lunch:
Shemtov's
17 (with rest.com cert)

Dinner:
Rare
House of Dog or Grill Time.

And don't miss Schakolad or Frieze either.
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: Dan on May 03, 2013, 12:19:00 PM
hit up china bistro in aventura for sure, one of the best chinese places
I thought the chinese was awful as was the service.
Sushi was excellent though.
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: Burt on May 03, 2013, 12:29:40 PM
Dan - u still prefer Rare over Harbour Grill? (putting aside their tip
shtick)
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: dd321 on May 03, 2013, 12:31:50 PM
Lunch:
Shemtov's
17 (with rest.com cert)

Dinner:
Rare
House of Dog or Grill Time.

And don't miss Schakolad or Frieze either.
+1000000000
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: Dan on May 03, 2013, 12:33:27 PM
Dan - u still prefer Rare over Harbour Grill? (putting aside their tip
shtick)
Absolutely.
Harbour makes great sushi but that's it.  Service and ambiance stinks and the steak is meh.
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: dd321 on May 03, 2013, 12:34:36 PM
Dan - u still prefer Rare over Harbour Grill? (putting aside their tip
shtick)

whats that?
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: dd321 on May 03, 2013, 12:35:11 PM
Absolutely.
Harbour makes great sushi but that's it.  Service and ambiance stinks and the steak is meh.
+100000 terrible snotty service
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: Dan on May 03, 2013, 12:37:40 PM
whats that?
They charge 18% tip and then on your cc slip they give you suggested tip amounts again (18, 20%) without any mention that they already billed you for that.

Plus they stealthily charged an 18% tip on a to-go order my wife picked up one night :P

Just terrible, terrible service.  Plus there's my onion rings incident as well...I have no luck there.
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: dd321 on May 03, 2013, 12:42:26 PM
They charge 18% tip and then on your cc slip they give you suggested tip amounts again (18, 20%) without any mention that they already billed you for that.

Plus they stealthily charged an 18% tip on a to-go order my wife picked up one night :P

Just terrible, terrible service.  Plus there's my onion rings incident as well...I have no luck there.
wow.
I posted once about a friends sauce incident, ill refresh being that we are on topic.
My friend ordered a steak there, the waiter asks if he'll like some sauce with it, so he says sure.
The bill comes and theres a 6$ charge for the sauce!
He approaches the owner/maitre d , and says the waiter never told me there is a charge for sauce, i never would have gotten if i knew it cost 6$!
So he answers, fine ill only charge 3$! Royal chutzpah!

Dan- whats yout onion ring incident?
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: Dan on May 03, 2013, 12:48:08 PM
wow.
I posted once about a friends sauce incident, ill refresh being that we are on topic.
My friend ordered a steak there, the waiter asks if he'll like some sauce with it, so he says sure.
The bill comes and theres a 6$ charge for the sauce!
He approaches the owner/maitre d , and says the waiter never told me there is a charge for sauce, i never would have gotten if i knew it cost 6$!
So he answers, fine ill only charge 3$! Royal chutzpah!

Dan- whats yout onion ring incident?
Disgusting. How unclassy can you get??

http://www.dansdeals.com/archives/16322
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: dd321 on May 03, 2013, 12:51:51 PM
Disgusting. How unclassy can you get??

http://www.dansdeals.com/archives/16322
wow! "owner shrugged it off"
the guy is a pompous arrogant french a**
However it seems ppl like it because they expanded their store, double the size now, still refuse to go there ever again.
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: Dan on May 03, 2013, 12:54:03 PM
wow! "owner shrugged it off"
the guy is a pompous arrogant french a**
However it seems ppl like it because they expanded their store, double the size now, still refuse to go there ever again.
Even in the expanded location they sat a party literally inches away from me. Unreal.
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: dd321 on May 03, 2013, 12:56:31 PM
Even in the expanded location they sat a party literally inches away from me. Unreal.
wow. i guess ppl are on vacation, so they dont care enough to ruin their vacation over it, so they keep going back, but not me.
This is why i stick to rare.
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: jmansour on May 03, 2013, 01:56:50 PM
I thought the chinese was awful as was the service.
Sushi was excellent though.

really? i though their chicken lettuce wraos were one of the best
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: Dan on May 03, 2013, 01:58:06 PM
really? i though their chicken lettuce wraos were one of the best
I only tried Sesame and Sweet and Sour chicken.
Was thoroughly unimpressed.
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: asks on May 03, 2013, 02:06:37 PM
really? i though their chicken lettuce wraos were one of the best
Are we not considering Grill time here? That place is always awesome (as long as you have a reservation during busy times)
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: Burt on May 03, 2013, 02:27:19 PM
Grill Time was Dans second choice after Rare.
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: dd321 on May 03, 2013, 03:40:27 PM
Are we not considering Grill time here? That place is always awesome (as long as you have a reservation during busy times)
honestly i think it has fallen down the totem pole... used to be grea, dunno what changed but food isnt as good
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: MosheP on May 19, 2013, 12:29:07 AM
Where can I  get contact lenses in Miami Beach on Sunday?

Do I need a prescription?

Thanks
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: yossi4k on May 23, 2013, 06:52:42 PM
Where can I  get contact lenses in Miami Beach on Sunday?

Do I need a prescription?

Thanks
I doubt you'll find anyone that will give you lenses without a prescription.....cheapest is BJ'S
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: AJK on May 23, 2013, 09:18:46 PM

Considering how overrated Harbour Grill is...
+1
Lunch:
Shemtov's
17 (with rest.com cert)

Dinner:
Rare
House of Dog or Grill Time.

And don't miss Schakolad or Frieze either.
+1000000000
Absolutely.
Harbour makes great sushi but that's it.  Service and ambiance stinks and the steak is meh.
+100000 terrible snotty service

Dan, I think kugelfresser MAY agree with you.
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: dd321 on May 23, 2013, 10:04:53 PM
Dan, I think kugelfresser MAY agree with you.
wow very observant
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: AJK on May 24, 2013, 02:22:03 PM
wow very observant

That's how I make my living, what can I say.

Hey, don't be ashamed, many people on here agree with him :)
Title: Hollywood FL
Post by: jgecovich on May 28, 2013, 09:25:17 PM
Will be in Hollywood FL for a conf.  Need recommendations for kosher food.  Any good chinese food in the area?
Title: Re: Hollywood FL
Post by: SavingsBigtime on May 28, 2013, 09:31:26 PM
Welcome to ddf , yes plenty but its all been discussed in the s Florida forum
http://forums.dansdeals.com/index.php?topic=452.0
Title: Re: Hollywood FL
Post by: dd321 on May 28, 2013, 09:54:53 PM
Will be in Hollywood FL for a conf.  Need recommendations for kosher food.  Any good chinese food in the area?
china bistro, overpriced though
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: Dan on May 28, 2013, 10:05:36 PM
china bistro, overpriced though
Chinese isn't great but the sushi is.
Title: Re: Hollywood FL
Post by: Feivish on May 28, 2013, 11:43:09 PM
Will be in Hollywood FL for a conf.  Need recommendations for kosher food.  Any good chinese food in the area?

Forget the Chinese, Mozart Cafe in Hollywood got the best sushi down there.
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: mochada on June 23, 2013, 01:18:11 PM
I know this a bit last minute- but maybe someone can help out.

Anyone know any good deals along Collins (could be Bal Harbour/Sunny Isles) for July 3- July 8?
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: myb821 on June 23, 2013, 01:55:37 PM
good luck
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: mochada on June 23, 2013, 02:13:52 PM
good luck

Lol...Thanks!
If only my parents apartment wasn't rented out!
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: meshugener on June 23, 2013, 04:58:52 PM
I know this a bit last minute- but maybe someone can help out.

Anyone know any good deals along Collins (could be Bal Harbour/Sunny Isles) for July 3- July 8?
How do you deal with the heat/humidity in the summer?
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: Dan on June 23, 2013, 05:12:23 PM
How do you deal with the heat/humidity in the summer?
Stay indoors between 7am and 9pm :P
I couldn't even deal with it in the fall there.
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: meshugener on June 23, 2013, 05:36:20 PM
Stay indoors between 7am and 9pm :P

Seems like you never had a good pool.
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: mochada on June 23, 2013, 07:00:09 PM
Seems like you never had a good pool.
;-)
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: jack12 on July 04, 2013, 03:24:01 PM
From The Kosher Miami: "SOHO Asian Bar & Grill"  has recently been added to the list of establishments certified by Kosher Miami, The Vaad HaKashrus of Miami-Dade.
 
SOHO, located at 19004 NE 29th Avenue, behind Loehman's Plaza, is a New Asian style restaurant and bar, specializing in tapas, sushi, meat sushi, wok and everything on the grill. Their phone number is 305-466-5656.
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: MosheP on July 07, 2013, 10:06:19 PM
I'm looking for a friend who wants to rent a house/condo with a private pool. From Sunday 7/28 through Thursday 8/1. I already checked vrbo and the other site whose name eludes me at the moment.

I am open to all options pretty much anywhere within 45 minuets to Miami Beach.
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: meshugener on July 08, 2013, 11:42:25 AM
I'm looking for a friend who wants to rent a house/condo with a private pool. From Sunday 7/28 through Thursday 8/1. I already checked vrbo and the other site whose name eludes me at the moment.

I am open to all options pretty much anywhere within 45 minuets to Miami Beach.
www.reservekosher.com
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: Feivish on July 09, 2013, 10:25:50 AM
I'm looking for a friend who wants to rent a house/condo with a private pool. From Sunday 7/28 through Thursday 8/1. I already checked vrbo and the other site whose name eludes me at the moment.

I am open to all options pretty much anywhere within 45 minuets to Miami Beach.
http://floridakoshervillas.com/

They have many kosher villas in Florida. I have stayed there in the winter really nice villa, pool and quiet naibougerhood in North Miami Beach.
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: mordyl19 on July 09, 2013, 10:53:20 AM
I'm looking for a friend who wants to rent a house/condo with a private pool. From Sunday 7/28 through Thursday 8/1. I already checked vrbo and the other site whose name eludes me at the moment.

I am open to all options pretty much anywhere within 45 minuets to Miami Beach.
You can post onto MBShuls on yahoo groups. You might have success with that.
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: btab on July 17, 2013, 10:53:35 AM
Right now living social is having an amazing deal for Parasailing for two! Just $59! You can also use the coupon code July20 to save another 20%!

https://www.livingsocial.com/deals/756558-parasailing-tour-for-two
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: yitz-ee on July 18, 2013, 08:12:11 PM
Anybody have good ideas for things to do in Miami Beach area (or half hr drive) when it's raining? We have a 7 month old...
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: Dan on July 18, 2013, 08:14:02 PM
Go to a mall?
Title: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: dd321 on July 18, 2013, 08:51:06 PM
Anybody have good ideas for things to do in Miami Beach area (or half hr drive) when it's raining? We have a 7 month old...
eat, or boomers
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: dd321 on July 18, 2013, 09:34:54 PM
@Dan - I decided to give harbour grill a 2nd chance the other night (place was jammed btw) ... Picked up to go..
Food was ok,  but portions were tiny!

Chicken soup - 7$ , about half a pound of soup!
Beef salad -15$ tiny

Will bli neder, never go back
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: yitz-ee on July 19, 2013, 08:22:18 AM
Go to a mall?

I mean activities specific to south florida. I can go to a Mall in NY
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: asks on July 19, 2013, 09:05:40 AM
I mean activities specific to south florida. I can go to a Mall in NY
theres a good kids museum (even for a baby)
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: Toronto on July 23, 2013, 04:08:08 PM
We will be visiting boca in a couple of weeks. Who has a better Sunday brunch buffet - Euro or Mozart?
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: yossi4k on July 23, 2013, 04:33:49 PM
We will be visiting boca in a couple of weeks. Who has a better Sunday brunch buffet - Euro or Mozart?
Mozart has better pizza..if that helps  8)
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: Aaaron on July 25, 2013, 07:01:15 PM
Any recommendations for a hotel in Miami, August 12-14?  I'm leaning towards the Four Points; the reviews make it seem like it's nicely renovated.  I would use my SPG for that, although I would prefer to get rid of my TY points, but everything on TY's website is twice the price.
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: yossi4k on July 25, 2013, 07:05:50 PM
Any recommendations for a hotel in Miami, August 12-14?  I'm leaning towards the Four Points; the reviews make it seem like it's nicely renovated.  I would use my SPG for that, although I would prefer to get rid of my TY points, but everything on TY's website is twice the price.
Sheraton MIA and Sheraton Suites Cypress Park are good cheap redemption options. Sheraton mia is newer and Cyprus park is fancier but dated
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: Aaaron on July 25, 2013, 09:41:39 PM
Sheraton MIA and Sheraton Suites Cypress Park are good cheap redemption options. Sheraton mia is newer and Cyprus park is fancier but dated

I should've mentioned, we're looking for a hotel on the beach.  Thanks.
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: Dan on July 25, 2013, 09:42:52 PM
Why MIA and not FLL?
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: Aaaron on July 25, 2013, 10:14:05 PM
We like the easy accessibility to Kosher food.  Although we'll have a car, so if there's a good option in FLL I'd take it.  We're flying into FLL (via the two RR cards, thanks, Dan!).  The wife wants on the beach and a pool.  I prefer to use SPG or TY points.  I'm saving my UR and MR for a different trip.
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: Dan on July 25, 2013, 10:22:18 PM
Simple then. Westin Diplomat.
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: Aaaron on July 25, 2013, 10:31:43 PM
I was thinking that after reading your trip reports, but it just seems so far from the main eateries.  Will probably book it anyway.  Thanks!
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: dhalpern1 on July 29, 2013, 06:03:59 PM
Simple then. Westin Diplomat.

Love that hotel and its accessibility to all of the kosher restaurants and markets (with a car).
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: Aaaron on July 30, 2013, 09:34:18 PM
Love that hotel and its accessibility to all of the kosher restaurants and markets (with a car).

I ended up booking the Westin Diplomat with Thank You points (41k vs. 24k spg).  I also just upgraded my AmEx BRG to Platinum.  Can I use my new Gold SPG status for a possible upgrade and free wifi even though I booked through a 3rd party?
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: dhalpern1 on July 31, 2013, 11:47:36 AM
I ended up booking the Westin Diplomat with Thank You points (41k vs. 24k spg).  I also just upgraded my AmEx BRG to Platinum.  Can I use my new Gold SPG status for a possible upgrade and free wifi even though I booked through a 3rd party?

You can try, but typically IMHO they dont give you as much if you book through 3rd party.
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: Aaaron on August 06, 2013, 03:40:59 PM
I ended up booking the Westin Diplomat with Thank You points (41k vs. 24k spg).  I also just upgraded my AmEx BRG to Platinum.  Can I use my new Gold SPG status for a possible upgrade and free wifi even though I booked through a 3rd party?
You can try, but typically IMHO they dont give you as much if you book through 3rd party.

Yeah, I just chatted with an SPG rep and he confirmed that.  He also said I could try asking on check-in, but I'm not optimistic.  Thanks.
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: AFM on August 12, 2013, 04:02:44 PM
Hi,

Flying into FLL for 2 nights and looking for somewhere really nice to stay. Doesnt have to be right next to shuls restaurants etc. because i have a car. Any recomendations?

TIA
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: Aaaron on August 12, 2013, 04:23:38 PM
Hi,

Flying into FLL for 2 nights and looking for somewhere really nice to stay. Doesnt have to be right next to shuls restaurants etc. because i have a car. Any recomendations?

TIA

I'm at the Westin Diplomat in Hollywood right now (based on Dan's recommendation), and it's great!  15-20 minutes from FLL, right on the beach, nice rooms, close"ish" to enough places to eat, etc.
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: AFM on August 12, 2013, 04:26:33 PM
I'm at the Westin Diplomat in Hollywood right now (based on Dan's recommendation), and it's great!  15-20 minutes from FLL, right on the beach, nice rooms, close"ish" to enough places to eat, etc.

I was thinking of that place. i know the area as ive stayed in sunny isles many times. go to aventura , there are alot of good restaurants there.

How is the pool beach area? that is important to me. and is the hotel really full?
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: AFM on August 12, 2013, 04:27:46 PM
Also if you can post any pics that would be great.
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: Aaaron on August 12, 2013, 04:41:04 PM
I was thinking of that place. i know the area as ive stayed in sunny isles many times. go to aventura , there are alot of good restaurants there.

How is the pool beach area? that is important to me. and is the hotel really full?

I'll take some pics and try to post them tomorrow.  There are two pool areas, one is kind of on a bridge over the other one.  Neither is crazy packed, with plenty of open chairs in the sun or the shade.  Same with the beach.  The hotel is busy, but not crazy.  I walked right up to the elite check-in counter and they honored my SPG Gold without me asking, even though I booked with Thank You points. 

I'm re-reading Dan's reports now to decide where we should go for dinner.  We stopped at Pita Plus on the way from the airport; it was alright.
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: AFM on August 12, 2013, 04:47:54 PM
I'll take some pics and try to post them tomorrow.  There are two pool areas, one is kind of on a bridge over the other one.  Neither is crazy packed, with plenty of open chairs in the sun or the shade.  Same with the beach.  The hotel is busy, but not crazy.  I walked right up to the elite check-in counter and they honored my SPG Gold without me asking, even though I booked with Thank You points. 

I'm re-reading Dan's reports now to decide where we should go for dinner.  We stopped at Pita Plus on the way from the airport; it was alright.

Thanks, dont be busy uploading pictures on your vacation please, just enjoy! I like China Bistro in Aventura i know Dan isnt such a fan. Grill Time is also good.

Hows the weather?
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: Aaaron on August 12, 2013, 04:55:04 PM
Thanks, dont be busy uploading pictures on your vacation please, just enjoy! I like China Bistro in Aventura i know Dan isnt such a fan. Grill Time is also good.

Hows the weather?

My wife takes pictures of everything, it won't take much to upload em.  We're probably doing one of those two places, unless the wife wants dairy.  Weather is a little warmer than Baltimore, and not much more humid either.  In short, better than I anticipated.
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: AFM on August 12, 2013, 05:01:22 PM
My wife takes pictures of everything, it won't take much to upload em.  We're probably doing one of those two places, unless the wife wants dairy.  Weather is a little warmer than Baltimore, and not much more humid either.  In short, better than I anticipated.
Thanks enjoy!

PS - Dairy place: Mozart Cafe,Gigis Cafe, Weber cafe.
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: E R K on August 13, 2013, 02:18:23 AM
I was thinking about staying at 4 Points in January 2014 with my SPG because its right on the beach and near kosher food and I have a teen who wants to be near friends. But everyone keeps mentioning Westin Diplomat. Is 4 Points so awful or is Westin so great? I just thought it was far since it's in Hollywood. Any comparisons? I heard 4 Points is under renovations now. I also have free Hyatt nights but it doesn't seem there is anywhere good in Miami for it. Thanks.
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: Deal Guy on August 13, 2013, 02:25:52 AM
I was thinking about staying at 4 Points in January 2014 with my SPG because its right on the beach and near kosher food and I have a teen who wants to be near friends. But everyone keeps mentioning Westin Diplomat. Is 4 Points so awful or is Westin so great? I just thought it was far since it's in Hollywood. Any comparisons? I heard 4 Points is under renovations now. I also have free Hyatt nights but it doesn't seem there is anywhere good in Miami for it. Thanks.
Renovations should be complete by then.
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: Mutty on August 13, 2013, 12:58:57 PM
Renovations should be complete by then.
The 4 points is under renovations? Major or minor? Is this the one on Collins Avenue? I heard the points needed were high for a dumpy place. Hope the renovations are good. Also, do they have keys or only electronic?
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: Aaaron on August 15, 2013, 12:25:21 PM
Ok, just got back from 3 days, 2 nights at the Diplomat.  Overall impressions were great.  A few small things felt dated, otherwise we loved it.  Here are pic of the room for those that asked.  No pics of the pools or beach area, but both were fantastic.

(http://i659.photobucket.com/albums/uu313/anaiman/20130812_164642_zpsf838466a.jpg) (http://s659.photobucket.com/user/anaiman/media/20130812_164642_zpsf838466a.jpg.html)

Pull-out sofa bed.
(http://i659.photobucket.com/albums/uu313/anaiman/20130812_164722_zpsa230d179.jpg)
 (http://s659.photobucket.com/user/anaiman/media/20130812_164722_zpsa230d179.jpg.html)

(http://i659.photobucket.com/albums/uu313/anaiman/20130812_164713_zpsb8919706.jpg) (http://s659.photobucket.com/user/anaiman/media/20130812_164713_zpsb8919706.jpg.html)

"Heavenly Bath"

(http://i659.photobucket.com/albums/uu313/anaiman/20130812_164730_zps96090a2a.jpg) (http://s659.photobucket.com/user/anaiman/media/20130812_164730_zps96090a2a.jpg.html)

(http://i659.photobucket.com/albums/uu313/anaiman/20130812_164741_zpsad3494a0.jpg) (http://s659.photobucket.com/user/anaiman/media/20130812_164741_zpsad3494a0.jpg.html)

(http://i659.photobucket.com/albums/uu313/anaiman/20130812_164651_zps767b3e7e.jpg) (http://s659.photobucket.com/user/anaiman/media/20130812_164651_zps767b3e7e.jpg.html)

(http://i659.photobucket.com/albums/uu313/anaiman/20130812_164658_zps4bacf8e3.jpg) (http://s659.photobucket.com/user/anaiman/media/20130812_164658_zps4bacf8e3.jpg.html)

We didn't do much besides relax and eat, but we had a great time.  Parking is right across the street for $20/day (they only charged us for 2 days), and there's a bridge crossing the street right to the front of the hotel.

I also noticed that there were keyholes on the doors; not sure if they offer manual keys though.
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: Dan on August 29, 2013, 12:44:58 PM
Thanks enjoy!

PS - Dairy place: Mozart Cafe,Gigis Cafe, Weber cafe.
And what was the winner?
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: AFM on August 29, 2013, 12:45:41 PM
I say try Gigis, they have good pizza if thats what you want.
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: Dan on August 29, 2013, 12:54:21 PM
Will give it a try, anything particular that you recommend?

Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: Dan on August 29, 2013, 12:55:10 PM
VIP mode works perfectly at the Diplomat :)
http://forums.dansdeals.com/index.php?topic=1643.msg164062#msg164062

Corner suite with wraparound balcony and full ocean view is just great.
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: AFM on August 29, 2013, 12:59:17 PM
Will give it a try, anything particular that you recommend?

Was months ago that ive been there since so i dont remember exactly, but we basically just got a couple of pizzas and they were pretty good.

Let me know how it goes, hope im not gonna let you down lol.
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: AFM on August 29, 2013, 01:00:21 PM
Will give it a try, anything particular that you recommend?

One thing i mainly remembered is that Mozart cafe we really didnt like. I was in the area last week but we couldnt make it down to gigis.
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: btab on August 29, 2013, 01:03:06 PM
I think that the pizza at Mozart is by far the best out of all that you listed (never eaten at Weber cafe). I especially love the Pestorella; however, my wife disagrees with me. She will always choose the classic Margherita.

Also, if you really want a good salad, you can ask for Toast Salad. And if you run out of the bread (filled with mozzarella and feta) you can ask for more for an additional $2.00 (definitely worth it even just to take home to have).
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: AFM on August 29, 2013, 01:06:26 PM
I think that the pizza at Mozart is by far the best out of all that you listed (never eaten at Weber cafe). I especially love the Pestorella; however, my wife disagrees with me. She will always choose the classic Margherita.

Also, if you really want a good salad, you can ask for Toast Salad. And if you run out of the bread (filled with mozzarella and feta) you can ask for more for an additional $2.00 (definitely worth it even just to take home to have).
I didnt get pizza at Mozart, i think we got sandwiches and pastas. My opinon wasnt good.
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: btab on August 29, 2013, 01:07:35 PM
I didnt get pizza at Mozart, i think we got sandwiches and pastas. My opinon wasnt good.

You should try their pizza and toast salad. Unbelievable.
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: AFM on August 29, 2013, 01:08:29 PM
You should try their pizza and toast salad. Unbelievable.
Idk if i would try them again. Guess well c next time im in town.
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: sky121 on September 24, 2013, 12:28:52 PM
I got some cheap tickets to Miami for Presidents day week and now I'm looking for hotels. I need 3 nights but everything on Collins is pricey that week and I don't want to stay further in Ft. Lauderdale.
Any ideas close by that are off the water that would be cheaper or could be had with Hyatt points?

TIA
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: AtallD on September 24, 2013, 12:48:54 PM
I got some cheap tickets to Miami for Presidents day week and now I'm looking for hotels. I need 3 nights but everything on Collins is pricey that week and I don't want to stay further in Ft. Lauderdale.
Any ideas close by that are off the water that would be cheaper or could be had with Hyatt points?

TIA

We stayed at the Hyatt at the Blue in Doral - about 20 minutes away. Would definitely recommend.
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: sky121 on September 24, 2013, 12:50:12 PM
We stayed at the Hyatt at the Blue in Doral - about 20 minutes away. Would definitely recommend.
How's the area outside there? The grounds? Doral? That's far from the beach, no?
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: AtallD on September 24, 2013, 12:59:47 PM
How's the area outside there? The grounds? Doral? That's far from the beach, no?

has a great spa. nice pool. nice suites. it overlooks a huge golf course - host of PGA tour. I don't remember exactly how far the beaches are. I am sure you can google an address.
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: Dan on September 24, 2013, 01:42:57 PM
I got some cheap tickets to Miami for Presidents day week and now I'm looking for hotels. I need 3 nights but everything on Collins is pricey that week and I don't want to stay further in Ft. Lauderdale.
Any ideas close by that are off the water that would be cheaper or could be had with Hyatt points?

TIA
I think the Westin Diplomat is a great deal though more north that you probably want to be.
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: sky121 on September 24, 2013, 03:55:24 PM
I think the Westin Diplomat is a great deal though more north that you probably want to be.

Yes sir. I have the Four Points By Sheraton reserved for now using SPG points but I would much rather save them for somewhere else.
Being as how I'm only going for 2.5 days I don't want to have to do a lot of driving when I'm there. And I'd prefer to be along the water.
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: Dan on September 24, 2013, 06:46:28 PM
The Dip is along the water and is rated way above the 4P

Where are you driving to?
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: sky121 on September 24, 2013, 06:47:51 PM
The Dip is along the water.

Are there enough kosher places close by and things to do around the area that I wouldn't have to be driving a lot?
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: Aaaron on September 24, 2013, 08:51:17 PM
Are there enough kosher places close by and things to do around the area that I wouldn't have to be driving a lot?

Tons of Kosher places nearby, it's right on the water with two really nice pools too.  What activities are you looking to do while down there.

Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: joed25 on September 25, 2013, 05:09:09 PM
I would like to plan a trip to the Miami area during Chanukah and was wondering if anyone could advise me what my best options are for a hotel. I will be bring my wife and 2 kids so I need a suite. I would like something nice. I have 120,000 spg, 600,000 Amex MR points, 150,000 Chase UR, 60,000 Delta and about 50k with AA and British. Thanks!
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: sky121 on September 25, 2013, 05:15:41 PM
I would like to plan a trip to the Miami area during Chanukah and was wondering if anyone could advise me what my best options are for a hotel. I will be bring my wife and 2 kids so I need a suite. I would like something nice. I have 120,000 spg, 600,000 Amex MR points, 150,000 Chase UR, 60,000 Delta and about 50k with AA and British. Thanks!

What area do you want to stay in? Miami Beach? Ft. Lauderdale?
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: joed25 on September 25, 2013, 05:53:00 PM
What area do you want to stay in? Miami Beach? Ft. Lauderdale?
Either or. Wherever I good get a better deal in a nice hotel. My wife wants a nice hotel. Thanks!
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: sky121 on September 25, 2013, 05:56:26 PM
Either or. Wherever I good get a better deal in a nice hotel. My wife wants a nice hotel. Thanks!

With that amount of SPG I'd look into the Westin Ft. Lauderdale or the W South Beach perhaps. There are some Hyatt options you could use your Chase Sapphire points for but they aren't near the beach.
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: joed25 on September 25, 2013, 06:04:36 PM
With that amount of SPG I'd look into the Westin Ft. Lauderdale or the W South Beach perhaps. There are some Hyatt options you could use your Chase Sapphire points for but they aren't near the beach.
Do you know how many points I need for a suite at the Westin?
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: Dan on September 25, 2013, 06:08:46 PM
The Westin is in Hollywood, between FLL and Miami.

A suite is double the points of a standard room, so typically 12k vs 24k plus 5th night free.

W SoBe is outrageously overpriced.
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: joed25 on September 25, 2013, 06:23:34 PM
The Westin is in Hollywood, between FLL and Miami.

A suite is double the points of a standard room, so typically 12k vs 24k plus 5th night free.

W SoBe is outrageously overpriced.
Thanks Dan!
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: mochada on October 13, 2013, 04:57:39 PM
Harbour Grill in Surfside tonight.  Suggestions?
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: Dan on October 13, 2013, 05:06:34 PM
Harbour Grill in Surfside tonight.  Suggestions?
Go somewhere different :P
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: mochada on October 13, 2013, 05:14:47 PM
Go somewhere different :P

Would if I could  :D.  Free dinner on Uncle who lives across the street. 
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: Dan on October 13, 2013, 05:20:56 PM
Would if I could  :D.  Free dinner on Uncle who lives across the street. 
I heard a new nice place opened up in Bal Harbour...

Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: AVI D on October 13, 2013, 05:33:25 PM
I heard a new nice place opened up in Bal Harbour...

Are you referring to Kosh? Have yet to try it but heard the ambiance is better than the food.
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: Dan on October 13, 2013, 05:38:08 PM
As opposed to Harbour Grill where the service and ambiance stink and most of the food is mediocre.
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: es21729 on November 04, 2013, 11:07:18 PM
Are you referring to Kosh? Have yet to try it but heard the ambiance is better than the food.

I was there 6 months ago and can't agree more.

I'm headed back for a weekend with the wife in 2 weeks, tickets are booked but no hotel yet. Any ideas for a nice spot? I've done St. Regis and Turnberry for shabbos, looking for something different.
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: MamaRochel on November 05, 2013, 06:24:13 AM
Any new reviews for Kosh? I am planning a Special Children weekend in the area and debating between Kosh, Harbour grill or The Shul....any input?Thanks!
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: dpeikes on November 05, 2013, 02:43:29 PM
I am planning trip to the Miami area just me and the wife.  What area should I stay in if I want be near good kosher restaurants?  Bonus points if there is a low catagory starwood property in that area. :)  I will likely have a car so driving is not a problem, I just don't want to spend all day driving.  Also restaurant and "something to do" recommendations appreciated. Thanks in advance.
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: dhalpern1 on November 05, 2013, 03:24:35 PM
I am planning trip to the Miami area just me and the wife.  What area should I stay in if I want be near good kosher restaurants?  Bonus points if there is a low catagory starwood property in that area. :)  I will likely have a car so driving is not a problem, I just don't want to spend all day driving.  Also restaurant and "something to do" recommendations appreciated. Thanks in advance.

The westin diplomat (Hollywood) is a pretty close drive to all of the kosher restaurants and supermarkets in Aventura.
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: Mutty on November 05, 2013, 07:03:25 PM
I'm looking for a decent place on Collins for Purim (Thursday, Taanis Esther, thru Monday night). Around 50th would be best. I've been to Carriage Club but not such a nice apt. Any ideas, please let me know. I know it's probably a different thread, but need a flight from NY too. I have Starpoints, AA and getting 50,000 each shortly of Avios from the new cards. Nothing for that time on Avios.
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: Fan of Dan on November 17, 2013, 01:18:18 AM
Anyone know anything about Scuba diving in the Boca Raton area? Would like to go next week and was wondering what the there is and how the sites are.
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: btab on November 22, 2013, 10:58:22 AM
Heads up. Rare Steakhouse and House of Dogs are now both on restaurant.com
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: jaywhy on November 22, 2013, 11:28:25 AM
Anyone know anything about Scuba diving in the Boca Raton area? Would like to go next week and was wondering what the there is and how the sites are.
Dont know about scuba diving but there is awesome snorkeling at Red Reef Park.
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: Fan of Dan on November 23, 2013, 09:21:07 PM
Dont know about scuba diving but there is awesome snorkeling at Red Reef Park.
Looks good thanks. How would you rate the beach vs. the other beaches in Boca? Which one would you say is the best snorkeling aside?
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: jaywhy on November 23, 2013, 09:49:28 PM
Looks good thanks. How would you rate the beach vs. the other beaches in Boca? Which one would you say is the best snorkeling aside?
They are all pretty much the same. Red Reef has the best snorkeling from what I hear.
I'd recommend going to South Beach Park as you can park on the street for free and walk to the beach. The other parks charge $15-18 for non-resident parking with no accessible street parking.
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: Fan of Dan on November 23, 2013, 10:06:13 PM
They are all pretty much the same. Red Reef has the best snorkeling from what I hear.
I'd recommend going to South Beach Park as you can park on the street for free and walk to the beach. The other parks charge $15-18 for non-resident parking with no accessible street parking.
Thank you, South Beach park it is. Looks like it's a 5 minute walk to red reef does that make sense? Haven't spent much time on Florida beaches but I did notice that in the past I wasn't able to rent an umbrella and chairs. Is that still the case?
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: jaywhy on November 23, 2013, 10:11:39 PM
Thank you, South Beach park it is. Looks like it's a 5 minute walk to red reef does that make sense? Haven't spent much time on Florida beaches but I did notice that in the past I wasn't able to rent an umbrella and chairs. Is that still the case?
Don't know about 5 min but it's certainly walkable.
Not sure about the umbrella situation but I haven't noticed any rental stands there.
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: meshugener on November 23, 2013, 11:04:14 PM
Oh, thought all the beaches are in East
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: Fan of Dan on November 23, 2013, 11:38:23 PM
Oh, thought all the beaches are in East
In East?
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: Chana F on November 23, 2013, 11:58:21 PM
Any good activities for toddlers (just turned 2), to do? We are staying in Fort Lauderdale and making a family trip in mid December, I was thinking Jungle Island one day, any other suggestions?
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: meshugener on November 24, 2013, 12:02:49 AM
In East?
East Boca
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: EJB on November 24, 2013, 09:27:34 AM

My wife and I were about to book a stay at the diplomat till she read this and got scared:

http://touch.sun-sentinel.com/#section/-1/article/p2p-78225403/

Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: SPLP on November 24, 2013, 11:54:16 AM
My wife and I were about to book a stay at the diplomat till she read this and got scared:

http://touch.sun-sentinel.com/#section/-1/article/p2p-78225403/

scared of what?
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: twentie4hrs on November 24, 2013, 11:58:46 AM
My wife and I were about to book a stay at the diplomat till she read this and got scared:

http://touch.sun-sentinel.com/#section/-1/article/p2p-78225403/

I stayed there an it was great IMHO
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: EJB on November 24, 2013, 12:13:14 PM
scared of what?

 Someone crashing into the lobby as we check in?

It's more reactive than rational. I ask her if she's ok staying there. She googles it and finds that recent story :)
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: BigDanFan on November 24, 2013, 12:17:03 PM
safest time to stay at a hotel is after these freak occurances...
she won't be falling off balconies, anyway --
(plus, maybe cheaper if less demand)
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: EJB on November 24, 2013, 01:21:56 PM
safest time to stay at a hotel is after these freak occurances...
she won't be falling off balconies, anyway --
(plus, maybe cheaper if less demand)

Don't think the SPG rate will go down in the next week or so :)

What do ppl do about shabbos for these hotels? The receptionist said no Shabbos keys. Do you just prop the door open?
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: btab on November 24, 2013, 09:40:14 PM
Any good activities for toddlers (just turned 2), to do? We are staying in Fort Lauderdale and making a family trip in mid December, I was thinking Jungle Island one day, any other suggestions?

Lion Country Safari. Also there is a winter special at Jungle Island. Children's Museum. TY Park. That is stuff we do with our 2 year old.
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: jack12 on November 26, 2013, 08:24:33 PM
http://shabbatmealsonthebeach.com/
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: mochada on December 04, 2013, 06:37:15 PM
I've seen discussions of people booking at Four Points by Sheraton Miami Beach.  Any reviews?
I have 5 nights book for the week of 1/26.

All feedback is appreciated!
Based on tripadvisor, it seems like the hotel has recently been renovated.
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: jaywhy on December 04, 2013, 06:46:11 PM
I've seen discussions of people booking at Four Points by Sheraton.  Any reviews?
I have 5 nights book for the week of 1/26.

All feedback is appreciated!
Based on tripadvisor, it seems like the hotel has recently been renovated.
Which one?
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: mochada on December 04, 2013, 06:52:29 PM
Miami Beach (43rd and Collins)
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: sky121 on December 04, 2013, 07:03:31 PM
I've seen discussions of people booking at Four Points by Sheraton Miami Beach.  Any reviews?
I have 5 nights book for the week of 1/26.

All feedback is appreciated!
Based on tripadvisor, it seems like the hotel has recently been renovated.

How much did you book for?
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: mochada on December 04, 2013, 07:08:10 PM
How much did you book for?

8k/night.  How much did you pay?
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: sky121 on December 04, 2013, 07:10:39 PM
8k/night.  How much did you pay?
Pretty good use of points for that week. Are you booking their because of location? There is a Westin in Ft Lauderdale that might be nicer at the same price. As well as one in Hollywood that's nicer as well. A tad more though.
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: avrumy on December 04, 2013, 07:18:58 PM
Lion Country Safari. Also there is a winter special at Jungle Island. Children's Museum. TY Park. That is stuff we do with our 2 year old.
What is the winter special? Do I need a physical coupon?
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: mochada on December 04, 2013, 07:22:08 PM
Pretty good use of points for that week. Are you booking their because of location? There is a Westin in Ft Lauderdale that might be nicer at the same price. As well as one in Hollywood that's nicer as well. A tad more though.

Weston diplomat and Weston fort Lauderdale are unavail.
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: jaywhy on December 04, 2013, 07:36:46 PM
Miami Beach (43rd and Collins)
IME, it's a terrible property. Outdated and run down. Plastic cups, the soap and shampoo were in communal dispensers... Only bright spot is the service.
I was there in April and it definitely wasn't renovated although I guess it's possible they could've done some renovations in the interim.
When I complained afterwards that the hotel wasn't worthy of being a Cat 4, the manager responded that it was underpriced and that they would be raising the prices soon!

Come visit Boca when you're down here.
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: sky121 on December 04, 2013, 07:37:40 PM
IME, it's a terrible property. Outdated and run down. Plastic cups, the soap and shampoo were in communal dispensers... Only bright spot is the service.
I was there in April and it definitely wasn't renovated although I guess it's possible they could've done some renovations in the interim.
When I complained afterwards that the hotel wasn't worthy of being a Cat 4, the manager responded that it was underpriced and that they would be raising the prices soon!

Come visit Boca when you're down here.

How far is Boca from Miami? Traffic and all?
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: Dan on December 04, 2013, 07:39:10 PM
Euro Fusion in Boca is fantastic.

I've heard good things about Asia also.
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: jaywhy on December 04, 2013, 07:47:05 PM
How far is Boca from Miami? Traffic and all?
45-50 min.
Only time you'll hit traffic is evening rush hour.
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: jaywhy on December 04, 2013, 07:48:51 PM
Euro Fusion in Boca is fantastic.

I've heard good things about Asia also.
And consistently so. Every time I've been there they've been top-notch.

Asia was decent but not worth the prices they ask for, IMO.
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: sky121 on December 04, 2013, 07:49:46 PM
I think I'll actually be in Fort Lauderdale at the end of December. I can't wait to try it out.  :)
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: jaywhy on December 04, 2013, 07:59:11 PM
I think I'll actually be in Fort Lauderdale at the end of December. I can't wait to try it out.  :)
PM me when you're here :)
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: SPLP on December 05, 2013, 01:26:56 AM
IME, it's a terrible property. Outdated and run down. Plastic cups, the soap and shampoo were in communal dispensers... Only bright spot is the service.
I was there in April and it definitely wasn't renovated although I guess it's possible they could've done some renovations in the interim.
When I complained afterwards that the hotel wasn't worthy of being a Cat 4, the manager responded that it was underpriced and that they would be raising the prices soon!

Come visit Boca when you're down here.


any info--experience--anyone   on

 Marriott Fairfield Inn Palm Beach on Ocean Blvd.?
 
and ----Hyatt Regency Pier 66 Ft. Lauderdale
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: SPLP on December 05, 2013, 01:37:42 AM
Have reservation for car with SIXT --- Pick up Jan 29 at MIA Return  Feb 2 South  Beach-- Camry -- the total 4 days cost $ 132 ---

A-- SIXT CARS AS good as Hertz -Avis etc as never used them--any known problems with them ?

B-- Rate ---   any good? -- can I do much better considering  not returning to airport location


tks
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: meshugener on December 05, 2013, 01:42:36 AM
I got that same price ($138) for 8 days.
It was in summer and with Avis.
I picked up in FLL and returned in MIA.
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: Fan of Dan on December 05, 2013, 01:50:01 AM
Euro Fusion in Boca is fantastic.

I've heard good things about Asia also.
Was just in Asia on Sunday. Their sushi nachos are out of this world.
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: SPLP on December 05, 2013, 01:53:54 AM
I got that same price ($138) for 8 days.
It was in summer and with Avis.
I picked up in FLL and returned in MIA.

did u know the discount code u used?---- i would assume peak season winter rates would be more -- double not so sure

i know in greece if rent a car 4  days or more same rate as 7 days -- this is only for info to others as i asked to get  a better  rate and not to defend anything -please do not read me wrong
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: meshugener on December 05, 2013, 02:00:55 AM
Try adding the USAA corporate code and any valid coupon you find on their site.
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: SPLP on December 05, 2013, 02:31:26 AM
Try adding the USAA corporate code and any valid coupon you find on their site.


your rate was excellent -- went to usaa site needed to sign up --- they require a social ??? do not want to give -- anyway to get a code with out signing up

Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: meshugener on December 05, 2013, 02:49:50 AM
Yes, lust tell me which car rental you're currently looking for and I'll give you their respective code.
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: SPLP on December 05, 2013, 03:00:09 AM
Yes, lust tell me which car rental you're currently looking for and I'll give you their respective code.

will rent from any--  first choice is sixt as they have location for drop off near my hotel  -if need be hertz -- avis --  as i assume would be workable too -- THANKS SO MUCH
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: meshugener on December 05, 2013, 03:02:07 AM
I'm not at computer right now, will post full list first thing tomorrow morning.
If I forget don't hesitate shooting a pm
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: SPLP on December 05, 2013, 03:07:28 AM
I'm not at computer right now, will post full list first thing tomorrow morning.
If I forget don't hesitate shooting a pm

no problem -- i have time -- thanks again
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: mochada on December 05, 2013, 10:44:17 AM
I've seen discussions of people booking at Four Points by Sheraton Miami Beach.  Any reviews?
I have 5 nights book for the week of 1/26.

All feedback is appreciated!
Based on tripadvisor, it seems like the hotel has recently been renovated but service is horrible.

ETA: Four Points has already upgraded me to an executive suite- not sure how large or any specific amenities vs. a regular room.

I looked into the Westin Fort Lauderdale Resort and Westin Diplomat which both are recommended by DDFers.  Both of these hotels are only available on points half of the week, Sun-Weds and Weds-Fri, respectively.  I don't think I mind switching hotels but are these hotels significantly nicer than Four points? 

As per location- as long as I am somewhat driving distance from kosher places and things to do with my wife and 20 month old.

TIA!

Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: myb821 on December 05, 2013, 10:52:15 AM
ETA: Four Points has already upgraded me to an executive suite- not sure how large or any specific amenities vs. a regular room.

I looked into the Westin Fort Lauderdale Resort and Westin Diplomat which both are recommended by DDFers.  Both of these hotels are only available on points half of the week, Sun-Weds and Weds-Fri, respectively.  I don't think I mind switching hotels but are these hotels significantly nicer than Four points? 

As per location- as long as I am somewhat driving distance from kosher places and things to do with my wife and 20 month old.

TIA!
I was looking in trip advisor to see reviews of the new renovations and this may be one of the funniest responses to a review from a manager http://www.tripadvisor.com/ShowUserReviews-g34439-d120377-r185198360-Four_Points_by_Sheraton_Miami_Beach-Miami_Beach_Florida.html#CHECK_RATES_CONT
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: mochada on December 05, 2013, 11:02:23 AM
I was looking in trip advisor to see reviews of the new renovations and this may be one of the funniest responses to a review from a manager http://www.tripadvisor.com/ShowUserReviews-g34439-d120377-r185198360-Four_Points_by_Sheraton_Miami_Beach-Miami_Beach_Florida.html#CHECK_RATES_CONT

Yeah- the manager's response seems to be out of whack and definitely not professional! Entertaining though!
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: meshugener on December 05, 2013, 12:00:51 PM
no problem -- i have time -- thanks again
USAA
Hertz - 77694
Avis - A177232
Budget - Y126501
Enterprise - ALNCGEN
They don't list a Sixt code, but they possibly have one as is the case with Alamo.

Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: SPLP on December 05, 2013, 12:46:26 PM
USAA
Hertz - 77694
Avis - A177232
Budget - Y126501
Enterprise - ALNCGEN
They don't list a Sixt code, but they possibly have one as is the case with Alamo.

Checked  Hertz $237 and Avis $274  with codes-- I may be doing something wrong -- or since it is hi season and only 8 weeks away the prices are up -- THANKS FOR TRYING TO HEP
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: sky121 on December 05, 2013, 12:49:29 PM
Checked  Hertz $237 and Avis $274  with codes-- I may be doing something wrong -- or since it is hi season and only 8 weeks away the prices are up -- THANKS FOR TRYING TO HEP

Did you try National with corporate code?
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: mochada on December 05, 2013, 12:52:15 PM
Did you try National with corporate code?

Dates?
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: htg123 on December 05, 2013, 12:58:30 PM
try reserving without gold account...rates seem to be lower
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: SPLP on December 05, 2013, 01:02:29 PM
try reserving without gold account...rates seem to be lower

TRIED WITHOUT GOLD
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: SPLP on December 05, 2013, 01:04:32 PM
Dates?

 I WANTED pick up jan 29 at mia return feb 2 south beach -- did my reservation back in Aug $140 total  for a camry
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: mochada on December 05, 2013, 02:02:41 PM
I WANTED pick up jan 29 at mia return feb 2 south beach -- did my reservation back in Aug $140 total  for a camry

Not bad!  I have 26 thru 31- $195 for fullsize. 
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: AI-TRAVEL on December 05, 2013, 04:26:24 PM
Looking for a nice hotel for a decent price, $150-$225 a night. Dates are jan 11-14. Any help would be appreciated.
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: sky121 on December 05, 2013, 04:30:22 PM
Looking for a nice hotel for a decent price, $150-$225 a night. Dates are jan 11-14. Any help would be appreciated.

Buy SPG and stay at the Westin Fort Lauderdale or the Westin Hollywood?   
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: EJB on December 05, 2013, 04:52:32 PM
IME, it's a terrible property. Outdated and run down. Plastic cups, the soap and shampoo were in communal dispensers... Only bright spot is the service.
I was there in April and it definitely wasn't renovated although I guess it's possible they could've done some renovations in the interim.
When I complained afterwards that the hotel wasn't worthy of being a Cat 4, the manager responded that it was underpriced and that they would be raising the prices soon!

Come visit Boca when you're down here.

They should  be done with their renovations around now, but I don't know if that means anything.
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: plainbachur on December 09, 2013, 01:06:45 PM
Any recent reviews on the ramada Marco polo on Collins ave?
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: milechazzer on December 09, 2013, 01:12:07 PM
Hi - I'm planning on spending a shabbos at the Sheraton Four Points in Miami Beach in a couple of months. Does anyone have any experience there with a late checkout motzoei shabbos? I believe I should get a 4pm checkout with Gold status, but I would want to stay till after shabbos (around 6:30pm)

thx
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: sky121 on December 09, 2013, 01:17:00 PM
Hi - I'm planning on spending a shabbos at the Sheraton Four Points in Miami Beach in a couple of months. Does anyone have any experience there with a late checkout motzoei shabbos? I believe I should get a 4pm checkout with Gold status, but I would want to stay till after shabbos (around 6:30pm)

thx

You can usually ask and tell them it's your Sabbath and they will accommodate you.
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: milechazzer on December 09, 2013, 02:20:55 PM
You can usually ask and tell them it's your Sabbath and they will accommodate you.

Is it the type of thing to request in advance, by email?
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: NI on December 09, 2013, 09:23:11 PM
planning a vacation to miami in the beginning of febuary. Looking to book hotel/apt for 2-4. When booking a hotel, where do I want to stay to be near kosher food? Thanks!!!
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: mochada on December 09, 2013, 09:24:57 PM
Hi - I'm planning on spending a shabbos at the Sheraton Four Points in Miami Beach in a couple of months. Does anyone have any experience there with a late checkout motzoei shabbos? I believe I should get a 4pm checkout with Gold status, but I would want to stay till after shabbos (around 6:30pm)

thx

The Four Points by Sheraton Miami Beach GM called me today. PM me for his email if you want.
He doesn't seem to like the way SPG treats him.
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: Deal Guy on December 09, 2013, 10:02:56 PM
ETA: Four Points has already upgraded me to an executive suite- not sure how large or any specific amenities vs. a regular room.

I looked into the Westin Fort Lauderdale Resort and Westin Diplomat which both are recommended by DDFers.  Both of these hotels are only available on points half of the week, Sun-Weds and Weds-Fri, respectively.  I don't think I mind switching hotels but are these hotels significantly nicer than Four points? 

As per location- as long as I am somewhat driving distance from kosher places and things to do with my wife and 20 month old.

TIA!


If you stay, can you post pictures of their executive suite since they are close to finishing their renovations and the room is probably renovated?
Thanks
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: mochada on December 09, 2013, 10:09:33 PM
If you stay, can you post pictures of their executive suite since they are close to finishing their renovations and the room is probably renovated?
Thanks

Supposedly renovations have just been completed. Def will.
Staying end of Jan
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: Deal Guy on December 09, 2013, 10:10:44 PM
Supposedly renovations have just been completed. Def will.
Staying end of Jan
Thanks. And btw, he's a great guy.
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: mochada on December 09, 2013, 10:11:56 PM
Thanks. And btw, he's a great guy.

Funny too!
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: sam28 on December 09, 2013, 10:19:22 PM
Any recent reviews on the ramada Marco polo on Collins ave?
I have not stayed there but I  I stayed in le meridian a few blocks down so I came there to daven for shabbes and the hotel looked very old and dirty I would never stayed there but this was 5 years ago maybe it changed .
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: sky121 on December 09, 2013, 10:23:09 PM
Has anyone ever stayed at Miami Beach Resort next to the Diamonds on Collins?
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: Feivish on December 10, 2013, 09:31:47 PM
Has anyone ever stayed at Miami Beach Resort next to the Diamonds on Collins?
My sister stayed there last week.
She's went there cause it was cheap but said that was actually a pretty nice place and mostly redone.
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: sky121 on December 10, 2013, 09:35:56 PM
My sister stayed there last week.
She's went there cause it was cheap but said that was actually a pretty nice place and mostly redone.

Glad to hear. Have a stay there in February.
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: ShlomoM on December 10, 2013, 10:25:46 PM

My sister stayed there last week.
She's went there cause it was cheap but said that was actually a pretty nice place and mostly redone.
Staying there next week can you ask what floor she was on I hear only some parts were redone (sounds like the Le Meriden Dead Sea lol)
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: sky121 on December 10, 2013, 10:40:35 PM
Staying there next week can you ask what floor she was on I hear only some parts were redone (sounds like the Le Meriden Dead Sea lol)

+1

@ShlomoM can you let me know when you return what rooms are better than others? I'd be most grateful.
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: sky121 on December 11, 2013, 09:01:20 AM
Does anyone know of anywhere near the Westin Fort Lauderdale Beach Resort to park that WON'T cost me a fortune?
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: DZ on December 11, 2013, 11:55:50 AM
Sorry - i went through a bunch of posts and see hotels and food discussed for the most part. Any ideas for good activities in Miami/Ft Lauderdale area.
No kids on this trip  ;D
Thanks
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: sky121 on December 11, 2013, 12:13:50 PM
Sorry - i went through a bunch of posts and see hotels and food discussed for the most part. Any ideas for good activities in Miami/Ft Lauderdale area.
No kids on this trip  ;D
Thanks

I really enjoyed visiting the Vizcaya place and gardens.
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: Mutty on December 11, 2013, 06:04:42 PM
I really enjoyed visiting the Vizcaya place and gardens.

Where's that?
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: Dan on December 11, 2013, 06:08:55 PM
Where's that?
GIYF.
Also: http://www.dansdeals.com/archives/16322
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: Mutty on December 11, 2013, 09:43:25 PM
GIYF.
Also: http://www.dansdeals.com/archives/16322
Thanks.
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: Mutty on December 11, 2013, 09:47:28 PM
Hi - I'm planning on spending a shabbos at the Sheraton Four Points in Miami Beach in a couple of months. Does anyone have any experience there with a late checkout motzoei shabbos? I believe I should get a 4pm checkout with Gold status, but I would want to stay till after shabbos (around 6:30pm)

thx
First, is this the one on Collins Avenue near 41st? Second, when are you going? If it's before March (Purim time) can you find out if there are keys for Shabbos? And are the rooms nice now that they renovated? I have cousins that stayed there before the renovations and said it was decrepit. Thanks.
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: ShlomoM on December 11, 2013, 11:49:05 PM

+1

@ShlomoM can you let me know when you return what rooms are better than others? I'd be most grateful.
Sure PM if I forget
@mutty plenty to do in terms of shopping there is Lincoln Mall or sawgrass mills (in FLL) plus parrot zoo n reg zoo, scuba, jet skii rental
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: AJK on December 12, 2013, 03:21:07 PM
Someone really needs to start a WIKI, hotels, food, etc.
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: sky121 on December 12, 2013, 03:22:24 PM
Someone really needs to start a WIKI, hotels, food, etc.

That's a start, no? :)
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: AJK on December 12, 2013, 03:23:00 PM
That's a start, no? :)

Indeed. Now to fill it in!
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: ShlomoM on December 14, 2013, 08:36:01 PM
Looking for restaurant close to or in Fort lauderdale (Pompano Beach) and a good store to pick up shabbos food..
TIA
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: E-MAN on December 15, 2013, 10:01:19 AM
Going to Euro Fusion for lunch today. Any recommendations?
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: Dan on December 15, 2013, 10:02:16 AM
See my TR
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: sky121 on December 15, 2013, 10:14:58 AM
Can anyone recommend a couple restaurants near Fort Lauderdale?
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: AVI D on December 15, 2013, 10:45:07 AM
Can anyone recommend a couple restaurants near Fort Lauderdale?

http://levyskosherofhollywood.com/

Solid Israeli style food.
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: jaywhy on December 15, 2013, 10:53:48 AM
Going to Euro Fusion for lunch today. Any recommendations?
Blooming onion, shrimp tempura, any sushi roll, salmon skewers, sea bass, pad thai, teriyaki salmon, greek pizza...
Enjoy. Make sure to sit outside. Beautiful day today :)
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: BigDanFan on December 15, 2013, 10:58:24 AM
Blooming onion, shrimp tempura, any sushi roll, salmon skewers, sea bass, pad thai, teriyaki salmon, greek pizza...
Enjoy. Make sure to sit outside. Beautiful day today :)
thanks - hope to be there next month - will try it out. My fave foods!
Hard to believe that we live on the same planet/ same country -- Freezing temps in the east coast
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: Mushkie10 on December 16, 2013, 01:40:44 PM
Any tips on best place to stay with points? Have points with SPG, & Chase UR, What would be my best option? Two nights New Years time, haven't vacationed in long time, so don't mind splurging points, but hate it when parking and Wifi is an extra $50 a night.
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: sky121 on December 16, 2013, 01:53:34 PM
Any tips on best place to stay with points? Have points with SPG, & Chase UR, What would be my best option? Two nights New Years time, haven't vacationed in long time, so don't mind splurging points, but hate it when parking and Wifi is an extra $50 a night.

Do you have exact dates?
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: Mushkie10 on December 16, 2013, 02:08:18 PM
Do you have exact dates?
Dec. 30 & 31.
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: my08701 on December 16, 2013, 03:36:32 PM
If you do not mind driving a little further you can go to Aventura where there are many places to eat including Grill Time & China Bistro, etc.. or drive 20-25 minutes north to Boca, you have Grill Time there as well, with Asia, etc...
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: Mushkie10 on December 16, 2013, 04:28:19 PM
If you do not mind driving a little further you can go to Aventura where there are many places to eat including Grill Time & China Bistro, etc.. or drive 20-25 minutes north to Boca, you have Grill Time there as well, with Asia, etc...

Don't mind at all. Where should I stay? coming in to FLL anyway...
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: FlyFirst on December 17, 2013, 12:54:49 PM
Don't mind at all. Where should I stay? coming in to FLL anyway...

I enjoyed very much the Sheraton FLL at the beach, if you can get a room at the beach tower, very nice quite hotel wiith a private beach landing, whereas the W is more noisy and u have to corss the street for the poblic beach.
Parking fee you'll pay at both.
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: E-MAN on December 17, 2013, 01:39:55 PM
My wife and I went to House of Dog on a Saturday night at around 10:30. There were about 3 other tables of people there at the time. The food was pretty good, although I didn't find the hot dogs to be anything special. What makes it good are the plethora of toppings available for the hot dogs or burgers.

However, that's just about where the positives of this place start and end. The service was probably the worst I have ever experienced at any food establishment. We were told to take a seat at a table outside (which we preferred over inside). After about 5 minutes I asked the waiter who was taking another table's order if we could have the menus after they ordered, since we were never given a menu to order from. After waiting another 10 minutes I asked another waiter who was sitting with his friends at a nearby table if he could take our order, which he reluctantly did. We ordered to different hot dogs, fries, and a fountain soda (with free refill).

Now, I thought to myself how long could it possible take to make 2 hot dogs at a hot dog place? Well it seems that the answer is about 45 minutes. After about 25 minutes I went inside to see what was taking so long. I was asked by the manager if I was waiting to place an order to go and I told him that I was actually seated outside after which he told me to please have a seat and someone would be right with me. I then told him we already ordered and have been waiting 30 minutes for our food. After that the first hot dog came, but not the fries or soda, which you would think usually come out first. Finally, after going inside and getting the fountain soda myself the fries and other hot dog came. No apologies were ever offered for the horific service, only excuses which I didn't understand considering the place was pretty empty.

And to top it all off, they wouldn't accept the $25 restaurant.com certificate that I had, but they did give me $12 for it . The waiter said that restaurant.com posted the deal without their consent a few weeks ago (even though I bought the certificate a few days before and it was still up on the site)

I know this post is not much about the food, so if anyone has a question feel free to ask, but I would NOT recommend this place to anyone.
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: Mutty on December 17, 2013, 04:09:11 PM
My wife and I went to House of Dog on a Saturday night at around 10:30. There were about 3 other tables of people there at the time. The food was pretty good, although I didn't find the hot dogs to be anything special. What makes it good are the plethora of toppings available for the hot dogs or burgers.

However, that's just about where the positives of this place start and end. The service was probably the worst I have ever experienced at any food establishment. We were told to take a seat at a table outside (which we preferred over inside). After about 5 minutes I asked the waiter who was taking another table's order if we could have the menus after they ordered, since we were never given a menu to order from. After waiting another 10 minutes I asked another waiter who was sitting with his friends at a nearby table if he could take our order, which he reluctantly did. We ordered to different hot dogs, fries, and a fountain soda (with free refill).

Now, I thought to myself how long could it possible take to make 2 hot dogs at a hot dog place? Well it seems that the answer is about 45 minutes. After about 25 minutes I went inside to see what was taking so long. I was asked by the manager if I was waiting to place an order to go and I told him that I was actually seated outside after which he told me to please have a seat and someone would be right with me. I then told him we already ordered and have been waiting 30 minutes for our food. After that the first hot dog came, but not the fries or soda, which you would think usually come out first. Finally, after going inside and getting the fountain soda myself the fries and other hot dog came. No apologies were ever offered for the horific service, only excuses which I didn't understand considering the place was pretty empty.

And to top it all off, they wouldn't accept the $25 restaurant.com certificate that I had, but they did give me $12 for it . The waiter said that restaurant.com posted the deal without their consent a few weeks ago (even though I bought the certificate a few days before and it was still up on the site)

I know this post is not much about the food, so if anyone has a question feel free to ask, but I would NOT recommend this place to anyone.
Thanks a lot for the post. It's not always just about the food. My wife LOVES franks, but would go bonkers (myself as well), if we had to go through what you went through. Thanks for the heads up.
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: Freddie on December 17, 2013, 06:53:26 PM
I am landing in PBI tomorrow and then driving all the way down to Miami Beach.

Where is the best place to take my 10 year old son for lunch?
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: Mutty on December 17, 2013, 07:23:50 PM
I am landing in PBI tomorrow and then driving all the way down to Miami Beach.

Where is the best place to take my 10 year old son for lunch?
Beyond by Shemtovs - 41st street
As far as PBI, I can't get flights with Avios to FLL or MIA Purim, so a friend said I should try PBI and drive. Not much success there either. But is that why you chose to fly there?
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: Freddie on December 17, 2013, 08:28:27 PM
Beyond by Shemtovs - 41st street
As far as PBI, I can't get flights with Avios to FLL or MIA Purim, so a friend said I should try PBI and drive. Not much success there either. But is that why you chose to fly there?

Why PBI? First of all, thanks to Dan and you guys, my son and I are flying on miles I got from opening just 1 (of 2) SW cards. Thanks, guys!
So that's the answer. I got the best deal on SW miles by flying into PBI.

So, Mutty, is this where you think I should bring my son? http://www.beyondbyshemtovs.com/home.html
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: Dan on December 17, 2013, 08:42:46 PM
Go to euro fusion, sit by the water.
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: Freddie on December 17, 2013, 08:44:56 PM
Go to euro fusion, sit by the water.

Posting from the chasunah?   :D
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: Dan on December 17, 2013, 09:00:35 PM
Yup, good speech now from shabsi Halpern
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: AVI D on December 17, 2013, 09:02:56 PM
My wife and I went to House of Dog on a Saturday night at around 10:30. There were about 3 other tables of people there at the time. The food was pretty good, although I didn't find the hot dogs to be anything special. What makes it good are the plethora of toppings available for the hot dogs or burgers.

However, that's just about where the positives of this place start and end. The service was probably the worst I have ever experienced at any food establishment. We were told to take a seat at a table outside (which we preferred over inside). After about 5 minutes I asked the waiter who was taking another table's order if we could have the menus after they ordered, since we were never given a menu to order from. After waiting another 10 minutes I asked another waiter who was sitting with his friends at a nearby table if he could take our order, which he reluctantly did. We ordered to different hot dogs, fries, and a fountain soda (with free refill).

Now, I thought to myself how long could it possible take to make 2 hot dogs at a hot dog place? Well it seems that the answer is about 45 minutes. After about 25 minutes I went inside to see what was taking so long. I was asked by the manager if I was waiting to place an order to go and I told him that I was actually seated outside after which he told me to please have a seat and someone would be right with me. I then told him we already ordered and have been waiting 30 minutes for our food. After that the first hot dog came, but not the fries or soda, which you would think usually come out first. Finally, after going inside and getting the fountain soda myself the fries and other hot dog came. No apologies were ever offered for the horific service, only excuses which I didn't understand considering the place was pretty empty.

And to top it all off, they wouldn't accept the $25 restaurant.com certificate that I had, but they did give me $12 for it . The waiter said that restaurant.com posted the deal without their consent a few weeks ago (even though I bought the certificate a few days before and it was still up on the site)

I know this post is not much about the food, so if anyone has a question feel free to ask, but I would NOT recommend this place to anyone.

Had a very similar experience wait wise. I ordered to go as I was on my way to catch my flight from MIA. I ordered 2 pastrami sandwiches and 1 hot dog. The fellow running the counter said it would be a 15 minute wait. 35-40 minutes later my food was finally ready. (Only after telling the guy twice I had a flight to catch) The hot dog was nothing special and the pastrami sandwiches came in a hard baguette with barely any pastrami. Not what you expect for a 17.00 sandwich. There was only one guy manning the small grill that obviously led to the backup. Seemed like the people waiting in the restaurant were waiting a long time for their food to be served. The waiters seemed really inexperienced and kept on having to ask the manager for guidance. My visit last year was not the greatest experience either. Pretty surprised they are still in business.
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: zh cohen on December 17, 2013, 09:13:28 PM
I really enjoyed visiting the Vizcaya place and gardens.

I'm a fan. Unfortunately I was in a rush when I went there so I didn't get to see much of the gardens or the second floor. I definitely am planning to go back to finish next time I'm in the area.
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: beeweegee on December 17, 2013, 11:10:54 PM
I'm sure this has been discussed many times, so I'm sorry for asking, but I poked around a bit on this thread and didn't find what i was looking for.
It seems that the Westin Diplomat is head and shoulders above the Four Points. What about location? Is the Dip so far up that it's "out of it?"
Thanks!
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: dd321 on December 17, 2013, 11:20:56 PM

I'm sure this has been discussed many times, so I'm sorry for asking, but I poked around a bit on this thread and didn't find what i was looking for.
It seems that the Westin Diplomat is head and shoulders above the Four Points. What about location? Is the Dip so far up that it's "out of it?"
Thanks!
there are Shuls and restaurants near dip. What else you looking for
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: beeweegee on December 17, 2013, 11:29:09 PM
there are Shuls and restaurants near dip. What else you looking for
Really just that. I've never been there so I don't really know, but someone mentioned to me today that "if you stay at the Dip, it's a different area and you're out of it." I have no idea if this is in any way accurate or not.
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: Dave321 on December 17, 2013, 11:32:02 PM
Does anyone know a house for rent with a pool.... or an apartment? (I guess apartment that has pool access)
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: AJK on December 17, 2013, 11:44:53 PM
Had a very similar experience wait wise. I ordered to go as I was on my way to catch my flight from MIA. I ordered 2 pastrami sandwiches and 1 hot dog. The fellow running the counter said it would be a 15 minute wait. 35-40 minutes later my food was finally ready. (Only after telling the guy twice I had a flight to catch) The hot dog was nothing special and the pastrami sandwiches came in a hard baguette with barely any pastrami. Not what you expect for a 17.00 sandwich. There was only one guy manning the small grill that obviously led to the backup. Seemed like the people waiting in the restaurant were waiting a long time for their food to be served. The waiters seemed really inexperienced and kept on having to ask the manager for guidance. My visit last year was not the greatest experience either. Pretty surprised they are still in business.

Wow. Pretty disappointing.

Someone ought to point the owner/manager to this thread.

To think I was contemplating a day trip to FL to hit up House of Dog. Unfortunate.
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: EJB on December 18, 2013, 12:04:49 AM
Why PBI? First of all, thanks to Dan and you guys, my son and I are flying on miles I got from opening just 1 (of 2) SW cards. Thanks, guys!
So that's the answer. I got the best deal on SW miles by flying into PBI.

So, Mutty, is this where you think I should bring my son? http://www.beyondbyshemtovs.com/home.html

I'm landing in MCO to get to MIA bc it's cheaper on SW :)
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: Deal Guy on December 18, 2013, 02:14:06 AM

So, Mutty, is this where you think I should bring my son? http://www.beyondbyshemtovs.com/home.html
Not to get OT, but aren't some of the items they sell an issue of maras ayin? The 2nd picture on their homepage looks like a regular burger. Then they sell Buffalo poppers ect? Just asking
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: jaywhy on December 18, 2013, 06:10:22 AM
I'm landing in MCO to get to MIA bc it's cheaper on SW :)
You're driving to MIA from MCO?
Surely cheapness has it's limits no?
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: myb821 on December 18, 2013, 08:27:54 AM
Wow. Pretty disappointing.

Someone ought to point the owner/manager to this thread.

To think I was contemplating a day trip to FL to hit up House of Dog. Unfortunate.
Post it on their facebook page im sure they will notice.
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: yare on December 18, 2013, 08:37:55 AM
To think I was contemplating a day trip to FL to hit up House of Dog. Unfortunate.
even before the above reviews, that's just silly.   they're only hot dogs with some toppings, great for a midnight snack if you're in the area, but definitely not day trip material.
Title: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: dd321 on December 18, 2013, 09:28:24 AM
Really just that. I've never been there so I don't really know, but someone mentioned to me today that "if you stay at the Dip, it's a different area and you're out of it." I have no idea if this is in any way accurate or not.
your not near the food on 41st street and bal harbour etc.
Go on google maps to get a better understanding
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: Dan on December 18, 2013, 10:11:35 AM
even before the above reviews, that's just silly.   they're only hot dogs with some toppings, great for a midnight snack if you're in the area, but definitely not day trip material.
Yup.
Though I think the burgers are arguably better than their dogs.

Can't compete with an awesome Milt's burger though, not even close.
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: sky121 on December 18, 2013, 10:20:20 AM
Is Beit Burger any good ?



Also, is there anything fun to do near Boca Raton if I head out there to Euro Fusion?
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: btab on December 18, 2013, 10:30:57 AM
Is Beit Burger any good ?



Also, is there anything fun to do near Boca Raton if I head out there to Euro Fusion?

Boomers? Kind of ghetto though. If you go with family and kids, perhaps Sugar Sand Park? Also Lion Country Safari is amazing, my kid loved it (age 2).
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: jaywhy on December 18, 2013, 10:34:11 AM
Is Beit Burger any good ?



Also, is there anything fun to do near Boca Raton if I head out there to Euro Fusion?
Beaches, parks, malls...
Depends what you're looking for.
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: DovtheBear on December 18, 2013, 10:37:48 AM
Beaches, parks, malls, Jaywhy's...
Depends what you're looking for.
:P
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: E-MAN on December 18, 2013, 11:21:20 AM
Took Dan's suggestion and went to Euro Fusion for a late lunch on Sunday.
We couldn't eat outside because it was raining, but the inside of the restaurant is very nice too.
We ordered the blooming onion as an appeteizer for the table, and while it wasn't as good as Dougie's blooming onion (I have yet to find one that is) it was very good and came with a nice dipping sauce as well.
For the main dishes the portions were all HUGE. Two people ordered the fish and chips, which came with two huge pieces of crispy beer battered fish and tons of fries. Another person ordered the eggplant parmesean, which came with a side of spaghetti, another had the penne ala vodka, and I had the crispy fish sandwhich which came with one piece of the beer battered fish on a toasted baguette. Unfortunately, I chose the side of cole slaw, which I didn't like because it was slaw with some type of vinagrette and not mayo.
Everyone was stuffed by the end of the meal and very happy with all the food. Dan definitely knows his food and I would highly recommend this place to anyone looking for a solid dairy meal near Boca.
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: caveman924 on December 18, 2013, 11:25:03 AM
Yeah House of Dog is nothing to write home about. It's a great concept with poor execution. There does not appear to be anywhere enough cooking space for their cooks to work and it appears that just 3-4 family orders can back things up for them making people wait way to long for hot dogs.

It's a shame though because Rare and Shemtov's are both owned by the same owner as House of Dog. And, although I can't say I know him personally, I have had the chance to talk to him on several occasions and also see him in action at his restaurants and he seems to know what he's doing especially when you look at Rare and Shemtov's (Shemtov's is my go to place for reliably good, quick service food). Not sure though why he can't figure out how to improve the service at House of Dog.
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: cityprime on December 18, 2013, 03:24:56 PM
Can anyone recommend a babysitter to help us with twins age 9 months, any leads would be appreciated. We are staying in FountainBleau from Dec 23 - Dec 27.

Thanks
Daniel
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: AJK on December 18, 2013, 03:32:14 PM
even before the above reviews, that's just silly.   they're only hot dogs with some toppings, great for a midnight snack if you're in the area, but definitely not day trip material.

Says you.

Show me a place in NY like that, and I'd agree I'd skip the day trip, but since there's not, FL it is.
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: Dan on December 18, 2013, 03:45:04 PM
Says you.

Show me a place in NY like that, and I'd agree I'd skip the day trip, but since there's not, FL it is.

Way better off with a Jack's Gourmet Hot Italian sausage on your own grill.
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: AVI D on December 18, 2013, 04:02:57 PM
Way better off with a Jack's Gourmet Hot Italian sausage on your own grill.

So true. The idea of flying in just for "House of Dog" is enough to make me laugh out loud. Its one thing to fly down for a day in the sun and stop by what ostensibly seems like a cool hot dog joint for a bite. But to go down just "to hit up house of dog"....... Don't get that at all.
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: caveman924 on December 18, 2013, 04:33:35 PM
The Fontainebleau offers a babysitting service...it's not cheap but not too overly expensive either especially if u can't find anyone else.
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: my08701 on December 18, 2013, 04:52:04 PM
if you are looking for a house, North Miami Beach is the place to be. the most they go for is $350 a night (some have four or five bedrooms)
off season you can get it for a much better price. I dealt with someone Mendy Rosenberg who has been doing this for at least ten years that I have been there. his cell (786) 663-7050
there are Minyunim, food, etc.. it is minutes from Grill Time & other great eateries.. he can send you pictures as well. some houses are recently renovated as well... & all have Kosher Kitchens if needed...
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: my08701 on December 18, 2013, 04:54:07 PM
one more comment, there is always room for competition, but get a reference before you use anyone else, there are stories of some people who are not as honest... I used Mendy more than once, he is a straight shooter..
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: AJK on December 18, 2013, 04:56:56 PM
So true. The idea of flying in just for "House of Dog" is enough to make me laugh out loud. Its one thing to fly down for a day in the sun and stop by what ostensibly seems like a cool hot dog joint for a bite. But to go down just "to hit up house of dog"....... Don't get that at all.

If you think I was going to fly NYC-FLL, eat at House of Dog, and then turn right back around to do FLL-NYC, you're more naive than you sound.

Just because one of the prime motivations for FLL would be House of Dog doesn't mean it's the only motivation.
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: AJK on December 18, 2013, 04:59:07 PM
Way better off with a Jack's Gourmet Hot Italian sausage on your own grill.

That's pretty darn disappointing. The menu looked so incredibly promising IMO.
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: sky121 on December 18, 2013, 05:02:37 PM
I don't think it's worth going to FL for the day just for House of Dogs either. That being said, with miles to burn theres nothing wrong with going to FL for the day even without the food.
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: AJK on December 18, 2013, 05:36:25 PM
Well, heck, after all these negative reviews, even I agree :P
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: Dan on December 18, 2013, 05:44:53 PM
I'd go to Euro Fusion over HoD any day.

Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: sky121 on December 18, 2013, 05:45:11 PM
Well, heck, after all these negative reviews, even I agree :P

Maybe you'll have a better experience than the others. :)
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: AVI D on December 18, 2013, 06:14:56 PM
If you think I was going to fly NYC-FLL, eat at House of Dog, and then turn right back around to do FLL-NYC, you're more naive than you sound.

Just because one of the prime motivations for FLL would be House of Dog doesn't mean it's the only motivation.

Ok then. Let me rephrase-

So true. The idea of flying in PRIMARILY for "House of Dog" is enough to make me laugh out loud. Its one thing to fly down for a day in the sun and stop by what ostensibly seems like a cool hot dog joint for a bite. But to go down PRIMARILY "to hit up house of dog"....... Don't get that at all.
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: jaywhy on December 18, 2013, 06:17:55 PM
I'd go to Euro Fusion over HoD any day.
+1
I haven't had as bad of an experience as other posters but I thought HoD was pretty mediocre too.
On a side note, day trippers to Boca are always welcome to visit. I live about ~3 min up the road from Euro.
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: meshugener on December 18, 2013, 10:33:51 PM
But they all close so early.
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: jaywhy on December 18, 2013, 10:37:57 PM
But they all close so early.
True true...
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: Sowhat on December 18, 2013, 10:55:17 PM
Folks, I need some help.  I have some SPG and UR points and want to spend the first Week of Feb down south, possibly over shabbos.  Miami, Deerfield Beach, Boca, etc.  I need to maximize points.  Does anyone know a hotel within walking distance of a shul that doesn't require a boatload of points?  A suite is preffered, otherwise, I have to get two rooms.  Thanks.
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: ShlomoM on December 19, 2013, 12:35:52 AM

Reviews for Grill Time?
Also looking for a place that sells good pre made shabbas food for pick up either in Miami or Boca.
Thanks
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: jaywhy on December 19, 2013, 06:21:30 AM
Reviews for Grill Time?
Also looking for a place that sells good pre made shabbas food for pick up either in Miami or Boca.
Thanks
Kosher Marketplace in Boca sells excellent Shabbos takeout.
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: ShlomoM on December 19, 2013, 10:18:46 AM

Kosher Marketplace in Boca sells excellent Shabbos takeout.
Where is it located?
Is amazing savings supermarket any good?
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: jaywhy on December 19, 2013, 10:31:29 AM
Where is it located?
Is amazing savings supermarket any good?
http://www.koshermarket.com/
I haven't their takeout, nor do I think it's very extensive.
KM is definitely the way to go.
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: my08701 on December 19, 2013, 10:56:28 AM
Grill Time, in my opinion is from the best restaurants out there. They are very generous & the food is great
the takeout in Boca is very nice, it is near the Kosher Pizza Shop Jon's place (behind Publix, a few minute drive from the Boca Shul).
if you want take out in Miami Beach, you have Kastners on 41st Street, also not bad.
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: my08701 on December 19, 2013, 11:05:41 AM
to Sowhat: I mentioned earlier in this post there are houses in North Miami Beach for rent, which is near Minyunim (every possible type), food etc, wouldn't it make sense to sell your miles & stay in a place near shuls for Shabbos.. you could also use your points in Miami Beach four points, or I would check Sunny Isles beautiful area & there are shuls there as well....
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: my08701 on December 19, 2013, 11:06:54 AM
to ShlomoM: I personally have never eaten take out from Grill time, but I have eaten there countless times & sent many people there, I am sure their take out is great. they are a class a operation.
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: jaywhy on December 19, 2013, 11:07:43 AM
to ShlomoM: I personally have never eaten take out from Grill time, but I have eaten there countless times & sent many people there, I am sure their take out is great. they are a class a operation.
You know you can quote their posts by clicking the quote button :)
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: AVI D on December 19, 2013, 11:08:37 AM
Reviews for Grill Time?
Also looking for a place that sells good pre made shabbas food for pick up either in Miami or Boca.
Thanks

Grill time is very good. The lamb ribs as an appetizer are really good. Their Gaza strip steak and regular rib eye are both winners. For desert the chocolate molton cake  rivals the one one from Le Marais.
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: dd321 on December 19, 2013, 11:12:14 AM

Grill time is very good. Their Gaza strip steak and regular rib eye are both winners.
-100
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: dd321 on December 19, 2013, 11:12:58 AM

For desert the chocolate molton cake  rivals the one one from Le Marais.
+100. Best I ever had
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: ShlomoM on December 19, 2013, 11:29:10 AM
Thanks for the help.
So poll should I go to Grill time, Mozart Cafe or Euro fusion?
TIA 
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: jaywhy on December 19, 2013, 11:32:12 AM
Thanks for the help.
So poll should I go to Grill time, Mozart Cafe or Euro fusion?
TIA
If you're having dairy, definitely Euro over Mozart.
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: my08701 on December 19, 2013, 11:36:21 AM
Thanks for the help.
So poll should I go to Grill time, Mozart Cafe or Euro fusion?
TIA
& if you want meat, Grill Time.. China Bistro has good food as well
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: ShlomoM on December 19, 2013, 11:39:04 AM

& if you want meat, Grill Time.. China Bistro has good food as well
Doing china bistro next week when in Miami.
Tonight looking between those three and for take out food for shabbas
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: my08701 on December 19, 2013, 12:07:26 PM
Doing china bistro next week when in Miami.
Tonight looking between those three and for take out food for shabbas
I have heard from many who like Sara's Tent (not the pizza shop) which is a few hundred feet away from China Bistro. there is another place north of China bistro (south of Boca) called Jacob's market, also has good food, I haven't had their food since last summer so make sure they are still open, very nice, clean place..
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: Dan on December 19, 2013, 12:12:28 PM
IMHO China Bistro, Harbour Grill, and Grill Time are all very overrated food-wise and have below average service.

Though Grill Time was out of several steaks when I was there and China Bistro did have good sushi.
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: twentie4hrs on December 19, 2013, 12:13:15 PM
IMHO China Bistro, Harbour Grill, and Grill Time are all very overrated food-wise and have below average service.

Though Grill Time was out of several steaks when I was there and China Bistro did have good sushi.

You didn't like Harbour Grill?
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: Dan on December 19, 2013, 12:20:42 PM
You didn't like Harbour Grill?
I've had 3 experiences there.
It's overcrowded, they're scammy, and the owner is a jerk.  Sushi is excellent though :P
http://www.dansdeals.com/archives/16322
http://www.dansdeals.com/archives/26692
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: my08701 on December 19, 2013, 01:32:22 PM
I've had 3 experiences there.
It's overcrowded, they're scammy, and the owner is a jerk.  Sushi is excellent though :P
http://www.dansdeals.com/archives/16322
http://www.dansdeals.com/archives/26692
first person who I have heard that said that about Grill Time, I have sent dozens of people there & they all come back raving. you have to try it again.
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: Sowhat on December 19, 2013, 03:02:01 PM
to Sowhat: I mentioned earlier in this post there are houses in North Miami Beach for rent, which is near Minyunim (every possible type), food etc, wouldn't it make sense to sell your miles & stay in a place near shuls for Shabbos.. you could also use your points in Miami Beach four points, or I would check Sunny Isles beautiful area & there are shuls there as well....

Your probably right, but those rentals are sold out.  Four points is like 10000 a night, and I would need 2 rooms.  Its doable, but I'm looking at my options.  I'm also not so pleased to spend shabbos in a hotel.  Does the spg site show option for points + money, or is it not available for this hotel? 
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: sky121 on December 19, 2013, 03:05:10 PM
Q- is it generally cheaper to upgrade when they email you before your reservation with the option or when you're at the hotel?
This is for the Westin Fort Lauderdale.
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: ShlomoM on December 19, 2013, 03:18:16 PM

I have heard from many who like Sara's Tent (not the pizza shop) which is a few hundred feet away from China Bistro. there is another place north of China bistro (south of Boca) called Jacob's market, also has good food, I haven't had their food since last summer so make sure they are still open, very nice, clean place..
Do you know where Jacobs market was exactly or have their number...(nothing online I think)
Any good restaurants in North Miami beach?
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: my08701 on December 19, 2013, 03:21:24 PM
Your probably right, but those rentals are sold out.  Four points is like 10000 a night, and I would need 2 rooms.  Its doable, but I'm looking at my options.  I'm also not so pleased to spend shabbos in a hotel.  Does the spg site show option for points + money, or is it not available for this hotel?
intersting, what dates are looking at, I know people that rent houses there I can ask for you if you want... there ususally is some house availble. in matter of fact I have a friend who rented his house for the week because it made sense $$
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: ShlomoM on December 19, 2013, 11:06:12 PM
IMHO China Bistro, Harbour Grill, and Grill Time are all very overrated food-wise and have below average service.

Though Grill Time was out of several steaks when I was there and China Bistro did have good sushi.
Just came back from Grill Time now and it was amazing!!
The service was incredible, fast, friendly and helpful. Within minutes after sitting down we were served our pitta and dips and it took no longer then 6-7 minutes after we ordered for our food to come.
The food was terrific!! Lamb ribs had a great sweet sauce-finger licking! And the Gaza Steak (strange name) was done perfectly! The Kalbi Pepper steak was spicy and flavourful. We also had a neat appetizer some type of loaded potato with meat and onions was amazing!
To top it off we ordered the Chocolate Molten cake (thanks for the recommendation guys) it was simple the best I ever had (too).
Great restaurant wish I could go tomorrow night and great service!
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: Dan on December 19, 2013, 11:15:30 PM
I'll have to make it back.
When I was there the Gaza and several other options were OOS.
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: my08701 on December 20, 2013, 12:40:44 AM
I'll have to make it back.
When I was there the Gaza and several other options were OOS.
yes you do. everyone I have sent there came back with raving reviews like the previous comment , I think its from the best out there 
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: Dan on December 20, 2013, 12:43:18 AM
I think its from the best out there
Then you need to get out more.

It's not in the same league as world class kosher eateries like Asian, Mike's, Shallot's, Tierra Sur, etc.
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: Galitzyaner on December 20, 2013, 12:53:25 AM
Do you know where Jacobs market was
It is in Gulfstream Village (= Gulfstream (the casino) shopping area).  Prices are through the roof, but so are Sarah's Tent and Kosher Kingdom.
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: dd321 on December 20, 2013, 04:38:38 AM

IMHO China Bistro, Harbour Grill, and Grill Time are all very overrated food-wise and have below average service.

Though Grill Time was out of several steaks when I was there and China Bistro did have good sushi.
+1
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: sky121 on December 20, 2013, 08:37:21 AM
Q- is it generally cheaper to upgrade when they email you before your reservation with the option or when you're at the hotel?
This is for the Westin Fort Lauderdale.
Bump
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: Sowhat on December 20, 2013, 08:49:27 AM
intersting, what dates are looking at, I know people that rent houses there I can ask for you if you want... there ususally is some house availble. in matter of fact I have a friend who rented his house for the week because it made sense $$

last days of Jan, first few of Feb.  But i'm not looking to spend $350 a night.
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: ShlomoM on December 20, 2013, 10:16:34 AM

Then you need to get out more.

It's not in the same league as world class kosher eateries like Asian, Mike's, Shallot's, Tierra Sur, etc.
This holds its sway against mikes (dunno bout the rest). Forgot to mention the kalbi came with a great deep fried onion bread. I can't overall compare it to prime grill but I think it's a class A place with great food and variety.
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: my08701 on December 20, 2013, 10:28:59 AM
last days of Jan, first few of Feb.  But i'm not looking to spend $350 a night.
I may be wrong but I remember paying a lot less than that.. if they are not booked now & you are there for a week (not one or two nights), you probably can get it a lot cheaper, knocking off per night, there is no charge for parking, wifi, resort taxes & you have four rooms, not that you need four rooms, but if you need more than one room it is a no brainer $ wise,  I find it to be economical if you add it all up. I would be surpised if there were no houses with pools left, there is usually something availble.. in addition you cannot compare having your own private pool...
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: Dan on December 20, 2013, 10:49:28 AM
+1
:)

This holds its sway against mikes
Funniest thing I've heard in a very long time.
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: my08701 on December 20, 2013, 11:15:01 AM
FYI this is the link of a house I was just by.

http://forums.dansdeals.com/index.php?topic=36317.new#new

it is North Miami Beach, not Miami, but what you get is unreal...
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: my08701 on December 21, 2013, 06:45:19 PM
I am not sure if this is the time or place for this.. I have three tickets for Spirit, (you can use it many places in the country but the flights that I checked are…
out of LaGuardia to either Ft Lauderdale or Orlando the last week of Jan or the first week of Feb.
or you can fly the last week of Jan out of Atlantic City to Ft Lauderdale.
Willing to give a great deal on these tickets (lower than any price you can find plus more...)
The tickets do not include luggage, which if you need anything besides a personal bag (Spirit’s policy) you would have to pay for…
PM me for more info...
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: FlyFirst on December 22, 2013, 06:10:54 PM
I ate at,

Grill time,           delicious food, great service.
Harbour  grill,    Super delicious food, great service, extremely crowded, pretty over priced

Cina Citta dairy, super delicious food, great service, very nice and quite
Mozart caffe dairy in Sunny Isles, delicious food, great service
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: Sowhat on December 22, 2013, 06:16:48 PM
I know that there is a chabad by the Westin Diplomat, but is there a place to daven shabbos near the Sheraton Ft Lauderdale Hotel at 1140 Seabreeze Boulevard?
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: FlyFirst on December 22, 2013, 06:21:20 PM
There is a Chabad in FFL but its a very far walk.
Chabad in Hallendale is like a 15 min walk to the Westin Diplomat
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: shnoz on December 22, 2013, 08:24:43 PM
Then you need to get out more.

It's not in the same league as world class kosher eateries like Asian, Mike's, Shallot's, Tierra Sur, etc.
I agree it's not in the same league as those u mentioned but it's much cheaper, & the kalba pepper steak is MUCH better than the gaza
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: shnoz on December 22, 2013, 08:30:35 PM
Also Cine Citte as a is on par with any kosher dairy restaurant with the only exception maybe being Va Bene
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: Dan on December 23, 2013, 01:45:04 AM
Cinne cita looked very tired when we were there.
Food was good but didn't compare with euro fusion or noi due.
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: beeweegee on December 23, 2013, 08:44:45 AM
Yup.
Though I think the burgers are arguably better than their dogs.

Can't compete with an awesome Milt's burger though, not even close.
Going of HoD tonight. Any recommendations?
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: joed25 on December 23, 2013, 08:51:41 AM
Anyone ever stay at the Westin Diplomat for Shabbos? I am going winter vacation (Jan 20) and I assume there will be other Jews there at that time. Is there a Shabbos key? Do people ever make minyonim  there? Is it an easy walk to Chabad? Thank you.
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: ShlomoM on December 23, 2013, 08:56:45 AM


Mozart caffe dairy in Sunny Isles, delicious food, great service
Mozart is terrible I was just there Saturday night and the food was really bad. They weren't offering sushi  since they were too busy and the food took over 1.5 hours to arrive it was overall a terrible experience. The waitress sold us on their "world class cheese cake" and then told us they sold out (oops) and gave us free bread after our main course as a symbolic gesture of their bad service. Top it all off they don't take Amex...who doesn't take Amex in the food business??
China bistro last night was good not like it use to be though as I recall the sushi was great but the Chinese food tasted a bit off. Could've been me or a one time thing but I wasn't as impressed as I use to be leaving.
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: NMB on December 23, 2013, 09:37:54 AM
Going of HoD tonight. Any recommendations?

I was there last week for the first time and they recommended the Reuben, which was delicious (I wasn't a big fan of their fries)
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: my08701 on December 23, 2013, 10:25:35 AM
I am not sure if this is the time or place for this.. I have three tickets for Spirit, (you can use it many places in the country but the flights that I checked are…
out of LaGuardia to either Ft Lauderdale or Orlando the last week of Jan or the first week of Feb.
or you can fly the last week of Jan out of Atlantic City to Ft Lauderdale.
Willing to give a great deal on these tickets (lower than any price you can find plus more...)
The tickets do not include luggage, which if you need anything besides a personal bag (Spirit’s policy) you would have to pay for…
PM me for more info...
I have two tickets left. they are round trip tickets that can be used for Spirit Air next month. I am asking $175 round trip PER ticket, I hope to move them fast so I am not putting an expiriation date to this offer... you can fly from any of their airports, I noted three flights above to & from Florida from either NY or NJ.
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: Yitz on December 23, 2013, 10:32:12 AM
Anyone ever stay at the Westin Diplomat for Shabbos? I am going winter vacation (Jan 20) and I assume there will be other Jews there at that time. Is there a Shabbos key? Do people ever make minyonim  there? Is it an easy walk to Chabad? Thank you.
I stayed during the week. The walk has to be at least 1 hour  you can do a goole map search for walking.
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: twentie4hrs on December 23, 2013, 10:44:53 AM
Anyone ever stay at the Westin Diplomat for Shabbos? I am going winter vacation (Jan 20) and I assume there will be other Jews there at that time. Is there a Shabbos key? Do people ever make minyonim  there? Is it an easy walk to Chabad? Thank you.

Yea, I did…it was nice..there is something close by
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: Dan on December 23, 2013, 12:03:02 PM
I recall the sushi was great but the Chinese food tasted a bit off. Could've been me or a one time thing but I wasn't as impressed as I use to be leaving.
That's how I felt.
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: shnoz on December 23, 2013, 02:22:35 PM
Cinne cita looked very tired when we were there.
Food was good but didn't compare with euro fusion or noi due.
Agree the decor is dated but the food was just as good as noi due, never been 2 euro fusion
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: jaywhy on December 23, 2013, 02:24:45 PM
Just had lunch at Asia. Food was slightly above mediocre and the service was very slow even with only one other table being occupied.
Euro Fusion wins hands down IMO.
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: shnoz on December 23, 2013, 02:31:12 PM
Mozart is terrible I was just there Saturday night and the food was really bad. They weren't offering sushi  since they were too busy and the food took over 1.5 hours to arrive it was overall a terrible experience. The waitress sold us on their "world class cheese cake" and then told us they sold out (oops) and gave us free bread after our main course as a symbolic gesture of their bad service. Top it all off they don't take Amex...who doesn't take Amex in the food business??
i was at mozart in hollywood the homemade focaccia's were delicous as was the asian salmon salad, pasta was decent at best
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: ShlomoM on December 23, 2013, 03:10:18 PM

i was at mozart in hollywood the homemade focaccia's were delicous as was the asian salmon salad, pasta was decent at best
Had the focaccia was not the best plus I wouldn't grade a restaurant on a low level item like that. Trying Cina Cita tonight or tomorrow. Drive by last night looked trendy wouldn't say it dated I think they did reno a few years back. 
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: ShlomoM on December 24, 2013, 11:30:06 PM
I went to both Cina Citta and Harbour Grill.
Cina Citta had pretty good sushi nothing crazy which we both had as appetizers. The sushi was fresh and the service was fast.
For mains we both had pasta I got a 3 mushroom pasta which was enjoyable but very heavy on the cream. I don't think I would order again as I couldn't really taste or enjoy the three mushrooms with so much cream. My wife got the Rose Vodka which surprisingly also had some cream in it but I found that to be more enjoyable.
We went to harbour grill christmas night and it was packed! We tried calling to make a reservation but the phone was off the line so we figured we'd just walk in they barely managed to give us a table for just 90 mins which we thought would be enough time but the service wasn't that fast. We both again ordered sushi (can't get enough sushi :D) which was really good and I think much better than CC. We also split the short ribs as a appetizer and it was amazing! I would recommend that as a great appetizer. The ribs were sweet tender and soft although I found the meat smaller then expected. I would say it was even better then Grill Times short ribs. For main I made the mistake of getting the peppered filet. I liked the meat but I found it a bit spicy to enjoy the whole way through. My wife got the House burger which was amazing!
Overall Harbour grill was nice it had a lot of options for main it could be an amazing place just my experience with the filet left me feeling that some of the other choices may have been better. I would go back to Harbour Grill not CC
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: zh cohen on December 27, 2013, 11:24:54 AM
I say try Gigis, they have good pizza if thats what you want.

I haven't seen a lot of discussion about Gigi's, but I was there and everything was awesome. My wife and I are not such foodies, but we were both very impressed.
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: mochada on December 27, 2013, 11:33:51 AM
Purchased Groupons for Mozart Cafe (Cost $10, Value $20) and Eurofusion (Cost $21, Value $40).  Not going to FL in the end...going to Hawaii.  Will sell at cost, PM me if interested.
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: jack12 on December 27, 2013, 02:20:41 PM
"Freda's Falafel"  (two locations)  have recently been added to the list of establishments certified by Kosher Miami, The Vaad HaKashrus of Miami-Dade.
 
Freda's Falafel serves falafel and a whole lot more. Meditteranean food, pizzas, salads, fresh juices and smoothies. Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. All Pas Yisroel and Cholov Yisroel.
 
The North Miami store is located at 2174 NE 123rd Street, and the Hallandale Beach store is located at 800 East Hallandale Beach Beach Blvd, store # 24. The phone number for both locations is 305-517-1109.
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: sky121 on December 27, 2013, 03:14:00 PM
Was in FL this past week.

We went to Euro Fusion one day for lunch. Service was slow and they messed up our orders. There were 3 waiters and only 4 tables being served. The food was all very good though not good enough that I would drive there again especially.
The European citrus salad was my favorite. I had it with the Caesar dressing instead of the citrus vinaigrette.
The Crispy Roll had excellent flavor but was a bit well done IMO.





Cafe Emunah was close and convenient to the Westin Beach and Spa in Ft. Lauderdale so we went there as soon as we arrived. Everything we ordered was quite tasty.
The sublime sea bass was very good and the side of cheesy mash with it was delicious.
The pizza there had a nice flavor as well as did my Caesar salad.
Nice to have a decent place to eat just a few minutes from the hotel.


We ended up at 18 sauces one evening.  The main guy working the counter was super friendly. The Eighteen burger was good- and my chicken salad was one of the best I have had. Nice place when you want a quick bite of flieshig.

At Mozart we had the Asian Salmon Salad as everyone recommended and it did not disappoint. I was so surprised by how well the Salmon was cooked and the portion of fish we received. The pizza at Mozart was EXCELLENT. Some of the best pizza I have had in a while.
We ordered the Tiramisu for dessert. It pretty much tasted like whipped cream. Thank goodness we weren't really hungry after a great meal.
Their iced slushy coffee was great as well.


And by far my favorite place that I just discovered on this trip was Grand Cafe in Hollywood.
Breakfast here was as good as it is when I'm "home" in Israel. This place is run by Israelis ( as is every other joint in FL :)
and the food is fresh, delicious and you can't go wrong with anything you order. 
I can't wait to get back to FL just to get here again.
And they have the best coffee I've had in America yet.
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: Feivish on December 29, 2013, 01:12:12 AM
Weren't you going to stay at the Miami beach resort?
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: Deal Guy on December 29, 2013, 02:21:23 AM
Where can i find the latest shachris in Miami (10 block radius 0f 41st street)? Any 10:00 am?
 
Early mincha? 1:30-45 range?
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: sky121 on December 29, 2013, 07:43:42 AM
Weren't you going to stay at the Miami beach resort?
That's in February.
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: Askan on December 29, 2013, 08:14:50 AM
Where can i find the latest shachris in Miami (10 block radius 0f 41st street)? Any 10:00 am?
 
Early mincha? 1:30-45 range?

JLC (chabad) on 41st Street Between Sheridan and Royal Palm.
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: Feivish on December 29, 2013, 10:37:07 AM
That's in February.
Got you. Btw how is the Westin?
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: Sowhat on December 29, 2013, 11:39:04 AM
Is there a shul within walking distance of the Westin Beach and Spa in Ft. Lauderdale?
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: shiframeir on December 29, 2013, 11:57:56 AM
Anyone ever stay at the Westin Diplomat for Shabbos? I am going winter vacation (Jan 20) and I assume there will be other Jews there at that time. Is there a Shabbos key? Do people ever make minyonim  there? Is it an easy walk to Chabad? Thank you.

I stayed at diplomat (love it) but not for shabbos, but still did all the research. the Young Israel shul is (IIRC) within the eruv but not close: http://www.beachshul.org/ about a 20 minute walk: https://maps.google.com/maps?q=beach+shul+hollywood&ie=UTF-8&ei=pFHAUt7kLMrlsATQzoDYDQ&ved=0CAoQ_AUoAg.

But there is a Chabad like right across the street (less than 5 minutes) with meals and minyanim would ask rabbi details about shabbos stays: http://www.chabadoceandrive.com/templates/articlecco_cdo/aid/2028854/jewish/Hotels.htm

note that the dip is like 40 stories so suggest u get a low floor, not sure whether they have hard keys but also not sure they even have accessible steps. And most of all, Enjoy!!
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: shiframeir on December 29, 2013, 12:10:30 PM
also, when i was there there was a pretty good pizza place that delivered direct to the hotel (useful):  Dairy Bites (954) 457-2700 with reasonable pizza prices for pies that are a little smaller than normal.
here was my review: http://www.tripadvisor.com/ShowUserReviews-g34296-d271867-r124039179-Westin_Diplomat_Resort_and_Spa-Hollywood_Florida.html#REVIEWS
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: plainbachur on December 29, 2013, 01:08:39 PM
anybody with cuurent info with staying for shabbos in four points miami beach for shabbos?
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: Mutty on December 29, 2013, 03:30:34 PM
anybody with cuurent info with staying for shabbos in four points miami beach for shabbos?
Is that the Sheraton on Collins? If yes, besides the above question, do they have regular keys as well? Or just electronic.
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: shnoz on December 29, 2013, 04:16:18 PM
Where can i find the latest shachris in Miami (10 block radius 0f 41st street)? Any 10:00 am?
 
Kerestir 3401 Prarie ave had around 10
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: Feivish on December 29, 2013, 04:17:00 PM
Is there a shul within walking distance of the Westin Beach and Spa in Ft. Lauderdale?
No except if you call a hour walk walking distance
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: DealHunter on December 29, 2013, 04:55:55 PM
Is that the Sheraton on Collins? If yes, besides the above question, do they have regular keys as well? Or just electronic.

Yes, they do have regular keys. Just ask for it and give them some time to have a maintenance worker come up and disable the electronic lock.
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: chucksterace on December 29, 2013, 05:03:42 PM

Yes, they do have regular keys. Just ask for it and give them some time to have a maintenance worker come up and disable the electronic lock.

Thanks. Im there for Shabbat in two weeks and thats good to know.
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: DealHunter on December 29, 2013, 05:04:46 PM
Has anyone been to the St Regis Bal Harbour over Shabbos? I read Dan's trip notes from 2012 - he mentions there may be some automation in the rooms and throughout the hotel (lights, thermostat, doors etc) and may not be ideal for Shabbos. Any info on this?
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: Mutty on December 29, 2013, 05:11:35 PM
Thanks. Im there for Shabbat in two weeks and thats good to know.
Let us all know how the renovations worked out.
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: chucksterace on December 29, 2013, 05:21:08 PM

Let us all know how the renovations worked out.

Will do. Was there any time table for them?
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: Mutty on December 29, 2013, 05:59:40 PM
Actually, I thought renovations were going on based on some of these threads. Am I wrong?
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: Askan on December 29, 2013, 06:17:18 PM
Where can i find the latest shachris in Miami (10 block radius 0f 41st street)? Any 10:00 am?
 
Early mincha? 1:30-45 range?

Early mincha in the kollel, Chase ave and 40th st
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: Feivish on December 29, 2013, 11:15:47 PM
Where can i find the latest shachris in Miami (10 block radius 0f 41st street)? Any 10:00 am?
 
Early mincha? 1:30-45 range?
Godaven.com
Dej might have at 10 if there are enough people.
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: my08701 on December 29, 2013, 11:32:30 PM
Early mincha in the kollel, Chase ave and 40th st
I believe the Mincha in the Kollel is @ 2:45
Chabbad on 41st has after 9, & when it gets busy there are unofficial Minyunim after as well
The deuze shtibel may have later..
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: Deal Guy on December 30, 2013, 02:05:17 AM
JLC (chabad) on 41st Street Between Sheridan and Royal Palm.
What time do they daven?
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: Askan on December 30, 2013, 02:17:54 AM
What time do they daven?

Depends how busy, they can make minyanim around 10
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: Deal Guy on December 30, 2013, 03:31:01 AM
Depends how busy, they can make minyanim around 10
Thanks, and did you mention you know of a mincha around 1:45 if not earlier?
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: Askan on December 30, 2013, 03:30:11 PM
Thanks, and did you mention you know of a mincha around 1:45 if not earlier?

When yeshiva is in session they have early mincha, Yeshiva located 41st and Alton, the campus across from Bagel Time. As well the kollel has an early mincha.
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: smart brit on December 31, 2013, 01:50:35 AM
I'm trying to find a grocery, bakery or restaurant that would put together a nice food basket to send in to a friend staying in Fort Lauderdale.
Any recommendations?
Thanks
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: Spoke on January 01, 2014, 12:40:28 PM
We are going to be in Boca Raton, FL in a week and half, and will have 3 days to travel (mon-thur) before we fly out of Orlando airport.

It's me, my wife and an 11 months old.

We are not so much interested in disney, epcot or any other theme park. More interested in parks, nice view, lakes, etc.
We're gonna rent a car.

Would love to hear suggestions.
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: robi on January 01, 2014, 11:44:11 PM
Anyone know a fun, creative and cheap photographer in Miami?
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: yoruel on January 05, 2014, 12:02:44 PM
Was anyone ever in the Westin Diplomat(Hwood) for shabbos?
Any advice?
How far is the shul?
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: shiframeir on January 05, 2014, 01:06:48 PM
Look a couple pages back on this thread, I noted my research for my last stay. There is a Chabad very close and a young Israel a bit further.
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: cndguy on January 05, 2014, 01:33:55 PM
Looking to rent an apartment anywhere from Miami Beach up to Hallandale/Hollywood area from February 16-23. Any leads would be greatly appreciated. I've already searched homeaway, vrbo and tripadvisor without much success. Plus, I'd rather give the parnassa to another yid. Thanks.
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: FlyFirst on January 05, 2014, 01:46:57 PM
floridakoshervilla.com

northmiamirental.com

northmiamivilla.com

lxure.com
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: cndguy on January 05, 2014, 01:48:56 PM
floridakoshervilla.com

northmiamirental.com

northmiamivilla.com

lxure.com

Thanks!!
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: joed25 on January 05, 2014, 05:00:53 PM
Was anyone ever in the Westin Diplomat(Hwood) for shabbos?
Any advice?
How far is the shul?
I will be there for Shabbos Jan 25th. When are you going? I was never there for Shabbos either. I hope I could get a low floor!
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: my08701 on January 05, 2014, 11:08:30 PM
Looking to rent an apartment anywhere from Miami Beach up to Hallandale/Hollywood area from February 16-23. Any leads would be greatly appreciated. I've already searched homeaway, vrbo and tripadvisor without much success. Plus, I'd rather give the parnassa to another yid. Thanks.
You can try Ultimate management, I've used him. Was very happy (786) 663-7050. I spoke with Mendy
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: cndguy on January 05, 2014, 11:09:36 PM
You can try Ultimate management, I've used him. Was very happy (786) 663-7050. I spoke with Mendy

Thanks. Just replied to your PM.
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: Mutty on January 06, 2014, 10:32:41 AM
You can try Ultimate management, I've used him. Was very happy (786) 663-7050. I spoke with Mendy
Does he do condos on Collins Avenue for 4 nights or only apartments?
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: Deal Guy on January 06, 2014, 10:49:16 AM
Where is the closest free parking to the westin diplomat? How far a walk?
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: yoruel on January 06, 2014, 01:01:34 PM
I will be there for Shabbos Jan 25th. When are you going? I was never there for Shabbos either. I hope I could get a low floor!

Feb 22
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: my08701 on January 06, 2014, 01:07:17 PM
Does he do condos on Collins Avenue for 4 nights or only apartments?
call him, but I think it is only houses...
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: Deal Guy on January 06, 2014, 04:07:06 PM
Anyone know about somewhat free parking near the diplomat? Are there meters nearby?
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: zh cohen on January 06, 2014, 06:50:03 PM
Anyone know about somewhat free parking near the diplomat? Are there meters nearby?

The street in front doesn't have any parking. I don't know about the side streets, but it's very close to the beach, so I assume they have some kind of permit parking.
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: Deal Guy on January 06, 2014, 07:06:10 PM
Thanks
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: yoruel on January 06, 2014, 08:11:37 PM
Anyone know about somewhat free parking near the diplomat? Are there meters nearby?
How much is parking per day? If you are a guest?
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: Deal Guy on January 07, 2014, 12:01:22 AM
How much is parking per day? If you are a guest?
20 self 25 valet I think
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: Sowhat on January 07, 2014, 12:47:32 PM
Re Westin Diplomat.  I emailed the General Manager, Ed Walls, at Ed.Walls@westin.com, who was super accommodating.  He promised low floors, key locks and disabled auto lights in the room.  I urge you to contact him.  Just tell him you are Jewish and sabbath observant, and can he help with these items. 
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: AI-TRAVEL on January 07, 2014, 12:50:49 PM
Re Westin Diplomat.  I emailed the General Manager, Ed Walls, at Ed.Walls@westin.com, who was super accommodating.  He promised low floors, key locks and disabled auto lights in the room.  I urge you to contact him.  Just tell him you are Jewish and sabbath observant, and can he help with these items. 
great to know. Please let us know how it goes.
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: yoruel on January 07, 2014, 05:10:16 PM
20 self 25 valet I think
Does SPG Gold status get you a voucher for parking?
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: my08701 on January 07, 2014, 05:12:49 PM
Does SPG Gold status get you a voucher for parking?
Not according to my experience & my recent call to SPG. 
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: AI-TRAVEL on January 07, 2014, 09:09:53 PM
Re Westin Diplomat.  I emailed the General Manager, Ed Walls, at Ed.Walls@westin.com, who was super accommodating.  He promised low floors, key locks and disabled auto lights in the room.  I urge you to contact him.  Just tell him you are Jewish and sabbath observant, and can he help with these items. 
great to know. Please let us know how it goes.
turns out i will be there for shabbos myself. I will report back. I emailed him so far no response.
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: AI-TRAVEL on January 07, 2014, 09:16:10 PM
any idea how to add a night cash and points if there is no availability. I have friday night thru monday booked but would love to get thursday as that is when i arrive. any suggestions??
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: chff on January 07, 2014, 09:57:03 PM
Has anyone been to the little palm island resort?
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: Sowhat on January 07, 2014, 10:35:53 PM
turns out i will be there for shabbos myself. I will report back. I emailed him so far no response.

Took about 48 hours.
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: BigDanFan on January 07, 2014, 11:49:20 PM
any idea how to add a night cash and points if there is no availability. I have friday night thru monday booked but would love to get thursday as that is when i arrive. any suggestions??
sometimes calling front desk directly;
They've told me there was availability when the SPG site showed none...

or (more risk, but possible) maybe when you show up?
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: Mutty on January 08, 2014, 10:12:51 AM
Any review on the Grand Beach Hotel in Miami Beach on Collins?
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: shiframeir on January 08, 2014, 10:23:55 AM
Any review on the Grand Beach Hotel in Miami Beach on Collins?
Very chic and nice (but pricy) with white carpets etc. We went when it just opened about 3-4 years ago, don't know if there has been some wear and tear to all the white furnishings that may cheapen it. great location, but during yeshiva week it is packed (and no room in the relatively small pools with all the little yidden jumping around). If u have a big family and want a big suite with an ocean view (and are willing to pay like $700+ for a 2br) this seems like a good option.
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: chuchem on January 08, 2014, 10:30:15 AM
there is a new grand beach hotel as well surfside
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: Deal Guy on January 08, 2014, 10:54:40 AM
What can I do indoors in Miami or Ft Lauderdale?
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: jaywhy on January 08, 2014, 11:15:42 AM
What can I do indoors in Miami or Ft Lauderdale?
Shooting range.
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: shiframeir on January 08, 2014, 11:18:23 AM
What can I do indoors in Miami or Ft Lauderdale?

Eat. also, there is a Miami Children's museum that was cute enough, though a little pricy as a onetime thing. http://www.tripadvisor.com/Attraction_Review-g34438-d547153-Reviews-Miami_Children_s_Museum-Miami_Florida.html
http://www.miamichildrensmuseum.org/
here's a list of museums etc. and their free days: http://miamionthecheap.com/free-museum-days/
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: Jay the PRESIDENT on January 08, 2014, 04:26:41 PM
I know, not exactly high rolling, but overall opinion:

Best Western Atlantic beach (at $200 cash/night) verse Four Points Sheraton Miami Beach (at 10,000 SPG points a night)?

Or other ideas for Decent hotel 1/19-1/22

Thanks :)
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: sky121 on January 08, 2014, 04:29:51 PM
I know, not exactly high rolling, but overall opinion:

Best Western Atlantic beach (at $200 cash/night) verse Four Points Sheraton Miami Beach (at 10,000 SPG points a night)?

Or other ideas for Decent hotel 1/19-1/22

Thanks :)

In theory you can buy 10K points for less than $200 so...
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: my08701 on January 08, 2014, 04:40:01 PM
In theory you can buy 10K points for less than $200 so...
and you don't pay taxes, etc.. are you limited to Miami Beach?
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: Jay the PRESIDENT on January 08, 2014, 04:43:36 PM
Thanks! true...and I have the starpoints.

Prefer Miami beach, but would consider other ideas... Thanks
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: my08701 on January 08, 2014, 05:13:21 PM
Thanks! true...and I have the starpoints.

Prefer Miami beach, but would consider other ideas... Thanks
keep in mind you pay much more & get much less in Miami Beach.. just for an example on 163rd & Collins which is Sunny Isles you have Newport, I don't know if it is availble for the days you want, but you can pay half & get the same thing as an old hotel in Miami.. the hotel is minutes from the Young Israel of Sunny Isles & minutes from Gill time, Aventura Mall, China Bistro, etc...
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: Jay the PRESIDENT on January 08, 2014, 05:41:42 PM
keep in mind you pay much more & get much less in Miami Beach.. just for an example on 163rd & Collins which is Sunny Isles you have Newport, I don't know if it is availble for the days you want, but you can pay half & get the same thing as an old hotel in Miami.. the hotel is minutes from the Young Israel of Sunny Isles & minutes from Gill time, Aventura Mall, China Bistro, etc...
Thanks... so you would recommend Newport? or other ideas...  its so hard to tell which hotels are decent and which are bed bug infested...

Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: my08701 on January 08, 2014, 06:13:38 PM
Thanks... so you would recommend Newport? or other ideas...  its so hard to tell which hotels are decent and which are bed bug infested...
none of the above are great places, I was comparing to what you had in miami. the location of Newport is a great location..
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: E-MAN on January 08, 2014, 07:33:37 PM
If you don't need to pay with points there's a doubletree in sunny isles down the block from the young Israel and on the beach
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: Jay the PRESIDENT on January 08, 2014, 07:45:43 PM
If you don't need to pay with points there's a doubletree in sunny isles down the block from the young Israel and on the beach
Thanks,  but looks like it goes for about $300/night
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: my08701 on January 08, 2014, 07:57:56 PM
Thanks,  but looks like it goes for about $300/night
I think you have to decide where you want to be. There is Miami Beach, Sunny Isles, North Miami, Hollywood, Ft. Lauderdale, Boca, West Palm.. Up to Boca you really have food, Minyunim, etc...
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: Jay the PRESIDENT on January 08, 2014, 09:28:18 PM
I think you have to decide where you want to be. There is Miami Beach, Sunny Isles, North Miami, Hollywood, Ft. Lauderdale, Boca, West Palm.. Up to Boca you really have food, Minyunim, etc...

Thanks for your help.. im asking for a friend who is going in a two weeks-- I think as long as near food and beach, relatively decent and ~$200/night.
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: my08701 on January 08, 2014, 10:53:31 PM
Thanks for your help.. im asking for a friend who is going in a two weeks-- I think as long as near food and beach, relatively decent and ~$200/night.
Newport is compared to any of the hotels you mentioned in Miami Beach (but does not compare to the nicer Starwood... If you broaden you choices there is a lot to chose from under $200 a night that is decent...
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: helpusout on January 09, 2014, 01:24:27 PM
Help! I am looking to book a suite  or 2 rooms for a family with a couple of kids for the weekend of the 24th.
Can anyone help me? I have access to Ultimate rewards points and Starwood, but dont want to spend a fortune.
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: joed25 on January 09, 2014, 03:09:36 PM
Help! I am looking to book a suite  or 2 rooms for a family with a couple of kids for the weekend of the 24th.
Can anyone help me? I have access to Ultimate rewards points and Starwood, but dont want to spend a fortune.
I booked a corner suite at the Westin Diplomat for that week. 24,000 points per night. Not cheap but I also need room for my kids.
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: shiframeir on January 09, 2014, 03:30:30 PM
I booked a corner suite at the Westin Diplomat for that week. 24,000 points per night. Not cheap but I also need room for my kids.
Great choice, u will love it! also, try the kids club there, really great and then u guys can relax.
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: Sowhat on January 09, 2014, 04:28:03 PM
I booked a corner suite at the Westin Diplomat for that week. 24,000 points per night. Not cheap but I also need room for my kids.

FYI, the suites don't allow that many more people than a regular room.  They are strict as to how many people in each room.
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: robi on January 09, 2014, 08:36:34 PM
Anyone know a fun, creative and cheap photographer in Miami?
bump
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: AI-TRAVEL on January 09, 2014, 08:53:43 PM
Anybody know where I can buy Shabbos? Like a good take out deli?
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: dd321 on January 09, 2014, 10:03:52 PM
Kasners or Sara's tent
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: myb821 on January 09, 2014, 10:14:07 PM
Kasners or Sara's tent
kosher kingdom
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: Sowhat on January 09, 2014, 10:37:37 PM
Kasners or Sara's tent

Close to the Diplomat?
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: dd321 on January 09, 2014, 10:44:05 PM

Close to the Diplomat?
Sara's tent in Aventura
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: AI-TRAVEL on January 09, 2014, 11:46:02 PM
Thanks
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: helpusout on January 10, 2014, 12:20:12 AM
Anyone stay at Sheraton suites in ft lauderdale
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: joed25 on January 10, 2014, 12:30:16 AM
Great choice, u will love it! also, try the kids club there, really great and then u guys can relax.
Thanks! I'm really excited.
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: joed25 on January 10, 2014, 12:31:31 AM
FYI, the suites don't allow that many more people than a regular room.  They are strict as to how many people in each room.
What is the max amount per suite? How would they know?
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: Adlebo on January 10, 2014, 12:40:34 AM
What's the closest restaurant option to the Miami airport? I want to drive after landing in Miami to West Key, and don't want to go too much out of my way.
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: chucksterace on January 10, 2014, 12:43:51 AM

Help! I am looking to book a suite  or 2 rooms for a family with a couple of kids for the weekend of the 24th.
Can anyone help me? I have access to Ultimate rewards points and Starwood, but dont want to spend a fortune.

Four Points?  10,000 SPG a night.
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: my08701 on January 10, 2014, 12:51:29 PM
What's the closest restaurant option to the Miami airport? I want to drive after landing in Miami to West Key, and don't want to go too much out of my way.
you are right near miami beach, you have dozens of choices.. you can check out the Kosher Miami website, very detailed & you can eat anything from any of those places..
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: shiframeir on January 10, 2014, 01:31:38 PM
in miami downtown nearby there is Beit Burger (shawarma and burgers, based on the original in israel http://www.beitburger.com/) and there is a bagels/pizza place called holy bagels (they deliver to airport for $20) http://holybagelspizzeria.com/
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: helpusout on January 11, 2014, 09:23:55 PM
Anyone stay at Sheraton suites in ft lauderdale


Again, anyone stay at this Sheraton Suites, or the one in Plantation?
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: FlyFirst on January 12, 2014, 01:02:16 AM
There's 2 sheratons in FLL , I stayed at the Sheraton Beach hotel in the Beach tower was very fresh nice and quite.
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: AI-TRAVEL on January 12, 2014, 02:26:12 AM
I just stayed there. I stated in the main building, the one were you check in,
There's 2 sheratons in FLL , I stayed at the Sheraton Beach hotel in the Beach tower was very fresh nice and quite.
it seemed pretty run down and dinky.
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: sarah on January 12, 2014, 02:50:12 PM
Does any one know any dairy restaurants that would deliver to 86th street and collins?   
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: dd321 on January 12, 2014, 03:07:27 PM

Does any one know any dairy restaurants that would deliver to 86th street and collins?
BH pizza? +1 (786) 245-5557
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: Mikeoracle on January 12, 2014, 04:08:17 PM
Are there any Kosher establishments in the Medley area where I can grab lunch?
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: helpusout on January 12, 2014, 07:42:35 PM
I just stayed there. I stated in the main building, the one were you check in, it seemed pretty run down and dinky.

Any other recommendations for 2 rooms or a suite for $200/ night? I have access to Starwood points and UR points
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: AI-TRAVEL on January 12, 2014, 08:28:28 PM
Not following convo but diplomat is great.
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: jack on January 12, 2014, 10:07:27 PM
Diplomat not available what's my next best option walking distance to a shul. I know the st Regis is but can it be used shabbos?
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: jack on January 12, 2014, 10:08:14 PM
Would like to use my spg points
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: dd321 on January 12, 2014, 10:23:32 PM
Diplomat not available what's my next best option walking distance to a shul. I know the st Regis is but can it be used shabbos?
sheraton four points
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: jack on January 13, 2014, 08:00:36 AM
sheraton four points
How bad is it?
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: dd321 on January 13, 2014, 08:08:14 AM

How bad is it?
never been there
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: NMB on January 13, 2014, 10:00:18 AM
How bad is it?

I just stayed there a few weeks ago.  The rooms are a little dated, but its not horrible, and the location is phenomenal.
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: BigDanFan on January 13, 2014, 10:43:13 AM
I just stayed there a few weeks ago.  The rooms are a little dated, but its not horrible, and the location is phenomenal.
if location is good and using SPG, then sounds great. spg costs for Four points are so low that you can get lots of nights for free/great cash&points rate!
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: jack on January 13, 2014, 12:45:25 PM
Is the w on 22 Shabbos friendly?  Is it walking distance to minyan with kids
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: E R K on January 13, 2014, 01:02:29 PM
I just stayed there a few weeks ago.  The rooms are a little dated, but its not horrible, and the location is phenomenal.
[/quote Going very soon. What kind of room were you in? And did you use their valet parking?
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: NMB on January 13, 2014, 03:01:06 PM
I just stayed there a few weeks ago.  The rooms are a little dated, but its not horrible, and the location is phenomenal.
[/quote Going very soon. What kind of room were you in? And did you use their valet parking?

I am not sure how crowded it will be when you go, but I had no problem finding street parking around the corner from the hotel.
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: DealHunter on January 13, 2014, 03:03:10 PM

I am not sure how crowded it will be when you go, but I had no problem finding street parking around the corner from the hotel.
But street parking means you have to start feeding the meter at 8am IIRC...
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: beeweegee on January 13, 2014, 03:27:21 PM
I just stayed there a few weeks ago.  The rooms are a little dated, but its not horrible, and the location is phenomenal.
+1
But street parking means you have to start feeding the meter at 8am IIRC...
+1
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: NMB on January 13, 2014, 03:52:24 PM
But street parking means you have to start feeding the meter at 8am IIRC...

Yes, that could be a problem.  I think there was a way to pay the meters after 8 pm that they extend into the morning, but I went to 8 oclock shachris every morning so worked well for me.
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: helpusout on January 14, 2014, 12:59:13 PM
How about Sheraton Ft Lauderdale Beach Resort? Anyone have reviews on that?
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: neyomiya on January 14, 2014, 02:58:01 PM
Staying in rented house in Bal Harbor next week. (VRBO)
Where can i buy shabbos meals for 11 people? Preferably per-prepared that i can eat in the house, and not have to go out out eat.
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: my08701 on January 14, 2014, 04:00:14 PM
Staying in rented house in Bal Harbor next week. (VRBO)
Where can i buy shabbos meals for 11 people? Preferably per-prepared that i can eat in the house, and not have to go out out eat.
Kosher Kingdom or Grill Time, Sara's tent (in the same plaza as China Bistro), there is also in Miami Beach if needed...
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: dhalpern1 on January 14, 2014, 04:00:24 PM
Staying in rented house in Bal Harbor next week. (VRBO)
Where can i buy shabbos meals for 11 people? Preferably per-prepared that i can eat in the house, and not have to go out out eat.

Its around a 10 minute drive to Aventura. You can go to Sarahs Tent which is a kosher supermarket with prepared food.
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: sky121 on January 14, 2014, 04:09:50 PM
Does anyone know of any baby gemachs in south Florida? Looking for car seats, cribs etc.
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: neyomiya on January 14, 2014, 04:14:46 PM
Kosher Kingdom or Grill Time, Sara's tent (in the same plaza as China Bistro), there is also in Miami Beach if needed...

Thanx to all responders!!
any specific recommendation?
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: jaywhy on January 14, 2014, 04:20:00 PM
Does anyone know of any baby gemachs in south Florida? Looking for car seats, cribs etc.
I have a Pack and Play I'd be happy to lend you.
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: dd321 on January 14, 2014, 06:42:25 PM

Does anyone know of any baby gemachs in south Florida? Looking for car seats, cribs etc.
walmart
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: meshugener on January 14, 2014, 09:39:37 PM
lol
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: Mutty on January 14, 2014, 10:04:07 PM
Does anyone know of any baby gemachs in south Florida? Looking for car seats, cribs etc.
What size baby do you need to borrow?
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: sky121 on January 14, 2014, 10:13:24 PM
What size baby do you need to borrow?

Lol, size is flexible. Not picky at all.
:)

Anyways, if anyone knows of such a thing let me know. My friend is going to visit their parents who are there for the winter and is looking for such a gemach.

Thanks jaywhy for the offer!
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: dd321 on January 14, 2014, 10:33:38 PM

Lol, size is flexible. Not picky at all.
:)

Anyways, if anyone knows of such a thing let me know. My friend is going to visit their parents who are there for the winter and is looking for such a gemach.

Thanks jaywhy for the offer!
I know there is a Gemach. Just don't knw the #. Try asking the local Chabad if they knw a/t
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: Mutty on January 15, 2014, 11:41:06 AM
Lol, size is flexible. Not picky at all.
:)

Anyways, if anyone knows of such a thing let me know. My friend is going to visit their parents who are there for the winter and is looking for such a gemach.

Thanks jaywhy for the offer!

I'm contacting someone I know there and will let you know.
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: chuchem on January 15, 2014, 03:53:25 PM
Anyone have a number and name of a good agent for fontainblue or maybe a contact. Looking for a 1 bedroom suite for a friend
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: sky121 on January 15, 2014, 03:58:35 PM
I'm contacting someone I know there and will let you know.

Thanks!
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: sky121 on January 15, 2014, 04:00:34 PM
Tried out Fresko in Aventura the other day. Great place!! Sushi was good. Sea bass was excellent. Gnocchi was amazing.  The creme brulee was quite good as well.
Def a great dairy restaurant. 
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: cooljoe613 on January 15, 2014, 04:01:19 PM
Staying in rented house in Bal Harbor next week. (VRBO)
Where can i buy shabbos meals for 11 people? Preferably per-prepared that i can eat in the house, and not have to go out out eat.

kosher kingdom is like pomegranate! 8)

where did you get a house and does it have a pool?
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: Mutty on January 15, 2014, 04:53:27 PM
Thanks!

I didn't get an answer yet. Texted him again and waiting. Will let you know if I hear from him.
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: Mutty on January 15, 2014, 04:55:15 PM
Anyone know if the Mimosa has a minyan/shul?
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: Mordy2 on January 15, 2014, 07:31:31 PM
Just read through the 75 pages of this thread and Dan's trip reports! (Man this thread needs to be wikified!) If you can chime in and let me know if I got the restaurant scene right, I'd really appreciate it!

Hands down best dairy restaurant- Euro Fusion in Boca?
What would be the second best/ in the Miami- Hollywood vicinity? Freskos in Aventura? Grand Cafe in Hollywood? Cinne Cita Cafe- Surfside?
Which places are good for a quick bite- breakfast or on the go? Shemtov's in Miami? Skoop's in North Miami? Jonah's? Emunah Cafe- FLL?

Hands down best meat restaurants- Rare Steakhouse and House of Dog?
Next best- Grill Time in North Miami? Kosh- Surfside?
Don't bother with Harbour Grill-Surfside and China Bistro- FLL?

And Schakolad and The Frieze are in the "don't miss it" category?

Any other food recommendations or tips? TIA!

Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: AVI D on January 15, 2014, 07:42:05 PM
Just read through the 75 pages of this thread and Dan's trip reports! (Man this thread needs to be wikified!) If you can chime in and let me know if I got the restaurant scene right, I'd really appreciate it!

Hands down best dairy restaurant- Euro Fusion in Boca?
What would be the second best/ in the Miami- Hollywood vicinity? Freskos in Aventura? Grand Cafe in Hollywood? Cinne Cita Cafe- Surfside?
Which places are good for a quick bite- breakfast or on the go? Shemtov's in Miami? Skoop's in North Miami? Jonah's? Emunah Cafe- FLL?

Hands down best meat restaurants- Rare Steakhouse and House of Dog?
Next best- Grill Time in North Miami? Kosh- Surfside?
Don't bother with Harbour Grill-Surfside and China Bistro- FLL?

And Schakolad and The Frieze are in the "don't miss it" category?

Any other food recommendations or tips? TIA!

House of dog- Mediocre food. Bad service.
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: sky121 on January 15, 2014, 07:49:59 PM
What area are you staying in mordy2?
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: Mordy2 on January 15, 2014, 07:53:21 PM
FLL but willing to travel for quality food  ;)
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: jaywhy on January 15, 2014, 07:53:40 PM
Euro.
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: Mordy2 on January 15, 2014, 07:54:12 PM
House of dog- Mediocre food. Bad service.

Mixed reviews on this one.  Any other opinions? Thanks!
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: beeweegee on January 15, 2014, 07:57:51 PM
Mixed reviews on this one.  Any other opinions? Thanks!
Food is okay. Service can be terrible at times. It's a cool place to check out if you've never been there, but I wouldn't put it on a "must go" list.
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: sky121 on January 15, 2014, 08:02:51 PM
FLL but willing to travel for quality food  ;)

Grand Cafe is just a great Israeli breakfast place.
I would def go to Fresko though. They have different menus for Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: robi on January 15, 2014, 08:25:48 PM
Anyone know if the Mimosa has a minyan/shul?
yes they do, in the basement
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: Mutty on January 15, 2014, 08:31:42 PM
yes they do, in the basement
Thanks.
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: BigDanFan on January 15, 2014, 09:03:54 PM
Just read through the 75 pages of this thread and Dan's trip reports! (Man this thread needs to be wikified!) If you can chime in and let me know if I got the restaurant scene right, I'd really appreciate it!

Hands down best dairy restaurant- Euro Fusion in Boca?
What would be the second best/ in the Miami- Hollywood vicinity? Freskos in Aventura? Grand Cafe in Hollywood? Cinne Cita Cafe- Surfside?
Which places are good for a quick bite- breakfast or on the go? Shemtov's in Miami? Skoop's in North Miami? Jonah's? Emunah Cafe- FLL?

Hands down best meat restaurants- Rare Steakhouse and House of Dog?
Next best- Grill Time in North Miami? Kosh- Surfside?
Don't bother with Harbour Grill-Surfside and China Bistro- FLL?

And Schakolad and The Frieze are in the "don't miss it" category?

Any other food recommendations or tips? TIA!
Schakolad is good, but we've had stuff delivered from there. so if you need to miss out on something i'd pick that - cool pics of the chocolate variety, tho...
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: Mordy2 on January 15, 2014, 09:14:48 PM
Thanks everybody for the feedback!
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: chuchem on January 16, 2014, 01:36:21 AM
How is Mozart? Its right across the trump
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: PlatinumGuy on January 16, 2014, 01:45:17 AM
How is Mozart? Its right across the trump
Amazing
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: my08701 on January 16, 2014, 07:39:05 AM
Anyone know if the Mimosa has a minyan/shul?
Yes. In the basement
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: sky121 on January 16, 2014, 07:41:42 AM
How is Mozart? Its right across the trump

Most things are pretty good. Their pizza is excellent.   Mozart Grill is right next door as well, though I've never been there.
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: chuchem on January 16, 2014, 07:54:59 AM
Amazing
Do they have a special menu for breakfast or the entire menu available early in the morning. Shemtovs I liked, as all was available in the morning
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: samlev on January 16, 2014, 09:36:15 AM
Harbor grill on Harding and 94th
Excellent food and service
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: my08701 on January 16, 2014, 09:41:19 AM
I have not been by Emuna in FLL for some time, but the last time I was in FLL they were not open that early. Just double check. China Bistro is a great place. In my opinion I would go there before Rare. Try their ribs & lettuce wrap.
In Miami for a quick bite you also have the bagel store on Alton. They also have great muffins. Shem Tov however is much more updated. Holy bagel in Aventura near Grill Time is also nice for breakfast.
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: chucksterace on January 16, 2014, 10:10:04 AM
Just spent 5 nights in Miami Beach. Quick overview.

- 4 Points by Sheraton - Good location (10 min walk to restaurants), bad room cleaning and service.

- The Pita House - Burger was amazing and decently priced.
- House of Dog - WAY over priced and not that good.
- Asi's Grill - Good food, fairly priced.
- Shem Tovs - Basic, pizza was better cold and just OK.
- Jonas Pizza - Not good at all.
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: dd321 on January 16, 2014, 10:27:41 AM

Harbor grill on Harding and 94th
Excellent food and service
don't tell that to Dan
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: Mutty on January 16, 2014, 10:55:28 AM
where is this Mozart everyone seems to like? Miami Beach, North Miami Beach?
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: sky121 on January 16, 2014, 11:08:04 AM
where is this Mozart everyone seems to like? Miami Beach, North Miami Beach?

There are a few locations. One in Sunny Isles on Collins across from Trump towers. One on Stirling Road in Hollywood and I think there is one in Boca.
I like the one in Hollywood when going with larger groups for it's bigger outdoor seating.
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: Mutty on January 16, 2014, 11:32:36 AM
There are a few locations. One in Sunny Isles on Collins across from Trump towers. One on Stirling Road in Hollywood and I think there is one in Boca.
I like the one in Hollywood when going with larger groups for it's bigger outdoor seating.
Which is closest to Miami Beach (Collins/50th)?
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: sky121 on January 16, 2014, 11:33:42 AM
Which is closest to Miami Beach (Collins/50th)?

I think the one in sunny isles. Not 100% sure. Map it out.
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: meshugener on January 16, 2014, 01:33:58 PM

- Jonas Pizza - Not good at all.
I actually liked their pizza.
Maybe I don't know how a good pizza is supposed to taste.
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: DealHunter on January 16, 2014, 02:17:45 PM
Pre-paid Shabbos meals - Rare vs. carriage club (kikar tel aviv)? Your thoughts?
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: my08701 on January 16, 2014, 02:53:22 PM
Pre-paid Shabbos meals - Rare vs. carriage club (kikar tel aviv)? Your thoughts?
I personally do not eat at Kikar Tel Aviv since their Hashgacha was taken away a few years ago.. in addition it is owned by a Goy & when you hear that the local Hashgacha took off their certification..
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: my08701 on January 16, 2014, 02:55:46 PM
Just spent 5 nights in Miami Beach. Quick overview.

- 4 Points by Sheraton - Good location (10 min walk to restaurants), bad room cleaning and service.

- The Pita House - Burger was amazing and decently priced.
- House of Dog - WAY over priced and not that good.
- Asi's Grill - Good food, fairly priced.
- Shem Tovs - Basic, pizza was better cold and just OK.
- Jonas Pizza - Not good at all.
Shem Tov is not just pizza, though I would argue & say their pizza is better than the way you described it.. they have a full blown Milchegi menu, soups, salads, etc... they also have their breakfast menu's.. he did a really good job turning around the store...
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: chucksterace on January 16, 2014, 02:58:53 PM
Shem Tov is not just pizza, though I would argue & say their pizza is better than the way you described it.. they have a full blown Milchegi menu, soups, salads, etc... they also have their breakfast menu's.. he did a really good job turning around the store...

True. The soup was decent. Friend got a salad which looked good. Cheddar fries were good.
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: my08701 on January 16, 2014, 03:16:21 PM
True. The soup was decent. Friend got a salad which looked good. Cheddar fries were good.
sounds like you have to go back to try again..  :)
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: dd321 on January 16, 2014, 03:18:19 PM

Pre-paid Shabbos meals - Rare vs. carriage club (kikar tel aviv)? Your thoughts?
rare shab menu is much better than carriage club, but much more expensive
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: ShlomoM on January 16, 2014, 03:22:28 PM
]- Shem Tovs - Basic, pizza was better cold and just OK.
Actually thought the pizza was only good hot lol
But you should've tried some of the other stuff on the menu
the curly fries are great!
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: ShlomoM on January 16, 2014, 03:23:58 PM
where is this Mozart everyone seems to like? Miami Beach, North Miami Beach?
one in north Miami Beach is close but I wouldn't recommend going unless you have a reservation.
( I also wouldn't recommend you going at all but if you want you...)
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: beeweegee on January 16, 2014, 03:25:24 PM
Shem Tov is not just pizza, though I would argue & say their pizza is better than the way you described it.. they have a full blown Milchegi menu, soups, salads, etc... they also have their breakfast menu's.. he did a really good job turning around the store...
I got a 2 person calzone to split with my wife, and they brought us a MASSIVE portion that probably could have fed half the store.
But now we know that it is better hot than cold  ;)
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: Mutty on January 16, 2014, 03:33:11 PM
one in north Miami Beach is close but I wouldn't recommend going unless you have a reservation.
( I also wouldn't recommend you going at all but if you want you...)
Hint.. Why? No good?
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: Mutty on January 16, 2014, 03:34:56 PM
Pre-paid Shabbos meals - Rare vs. carriage club (kikar tel aviv)? Your thoughts?
Rare has very good food and very good prices - like real high. The CC place has good plain Shabbos food. Nothing to go crazy over, but a meal. Reasonable. Some people have a problem with the hechsher.
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: ShlomoM on January 16, 2014, 03:40:18 PM
Hint.. Why? No good?
Reminded me of Israel food (the menu is in Hebrew and English) Salads where massive mounds of leafs with no dressing. Pizza took 45 mins to come and arrived soggy on top burnt on the bottom (quite a feat) and they closed the sushi due to over load
Not a high quality meal when there is so many other better places to eat out in Miami with faster service


Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: Mutty on January 16, 2014, 05:15:04 PM
Reminded me of Israel food (the menu is in Hebrew and English) Salads where massive mounds of leafs with no dressing. Pizza took 45 mins to come and arrived soggy on top burnt on the bottom (quite a feat) and they closed the sushi due to over load
Not a high quality meal when there is so many other better places to eat out in Miami with faster service



Thanks for the heads up.
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: yoruel on January 16, 2014, 08:43:44 PM
Did anybody go Bike Riding in Crandon Park?
Any public Boat rides near star island?
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: weimer on January 16, 2014, 09:08:14 PM
ill be staying in hallandale beach and wanted to know if there are any nearby (less than hour drive) coney island style boardwalks with rides and stuff to do
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: E R K on January 16, 2014, 09:25:56 PM
I personally do not eat at Kikar Tel Aviv since their Hashgacha was taken away a few years ago.. in addition it is owned by a Goy & when you hear that the local Hashgacha took off their certification..
It's under the OK, Rabbi Levy.
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: my08701 on January 17, 2014, 12:38:42 AM
It's under the OK, Rabbi Levy.
Well the facts are they lost their Hechsher. You can confirm yourself & the owner is not a Yid. In addition I've been told by people in the industry to stay clear & that it is not run out of the OK on this side of town, though it has the same name.
Suit yourself , but don't say you weren't warned...
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: E R K on January 17, 2014, 02:08:54 AM
Well the facts are they lost their Hechsher. You can confirm yourself & the owner is not a Yid. In addition I've been told by people in the industry to stay clear & that it is not run out of the OK on this side of town, though it has the same name.
Suit yourself , but don't say you weren't warned...
I called them and asked who gives their hashgacha and then went on the OK app and it confirmed it. Check for yourself.
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: Mutty on January 17, 2014, 10:44:40 AM
Got this off the OK site


OK Certified Restaurants



Kikar Tel-Aviv Restaurant and Caterer
5005 Collins Ave. #C1 Miami Beach FL 33140
305-866-3316    




Meat
(Chassidishe Shechita / Pas Yisroel)
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: joed25 on January 19, 2014, 07:27:00 PM
Are there any restaurants open till very late like midnight in the Miami area?
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: chucksterace on January 19, 2014, 07:29:58 PM
Are there any restaurants open till very late like midnight in the Miami area?

House of dog, possibly open till 12am? I think Pita Hut is open till 11pm
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: joed25 on January 19, 2014, 08:04:57 PM
House of dog, possibly open till 12am? I think Pita Hut is open till 11pm
Thank you!
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: daganster on January 19, 2014, 08:12:18 PM
House of dog, possibly open till 12am? I think Pita Hut is open till 11pm
Who gives the hechsher for the house of dog?
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: my08701 on January 19, 2014, 10:03:04 PM
Who gives the hechsher for the house of dog?
I am pretty sure it is KM. Check their website. They are the local reliable Hashgacha.
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: Jay the PRESIDENT on January 19, 2014, 10:53:28 PM
Anyone recommend boat tour near miami beach? (either of millionaires row or similar)

anyone with experience with the ones on groupon ? (such as https://www.groupon.com/deals/tropical-sailing-9 (https://www.groupon.com/deals/tropical-sailing-9)  or https://www.groupon.com/deals/tropical-sailing-8 (https://www.groupon.com/deals/tropical-sailing-8))

thanks
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: E R K on January 19, 2014, 11:52:39 PM
Are there any restaurants open till very late like midnight in the Miami area?
Here now. House of dog open till 12am. Kosher GPS smartphone app has restaurants with reliable hechsherim and links to their websites and phone #'s.
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: E R K on January 19, 2014, 11:53:31 PM
BTW burgers REALLY good.
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: Deal Guy on January 20, 2014, 12:26:30 AM
Kerister at 3401 Praire rd, has a 930 am Shachris, and is interesting. You have Satmar Chasidim and Chabad co-existing.
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: cndguy on January 20, 2014, 01:26:09 AM
Does anyone know if the Mrs. Fields in the Aventura Mall is kosher?
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: my08701 on January 20, 2014, 09:49:31 AM
Kerister at 3401 Praire rd, has a 930 am Shachris, and is interesting. You have Satmar Chasidim and Chabad co-existing.
Are you able to park on the street near the Shul (some streets there are very confusing where you can park without a resident permit..)
Do they start on time or is it a shleppy place..?
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: E R K on January 20, 2014, 11:22:29 AM
Yes, that could be a problem.  I think there was a way to pay the meters after 8 pm that they extend into the morning, but I went to 8 oclock shachris every morning so worked well for me.
Anyone use Pay By Phone for street parking? Any problems?
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: BigDanFan on January 20, 2014, 12:54:25 PM
Highly recommend Cafe Emunah -dinner reservations a good idea this week
Especially Dulce la leche mousse cheesecake.

Question: is the Grill Time Miami better than Grill Time Boca?
Or are they the same?
thanks
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: Mutty on January 20, 2014, 01:27:26 PM
Highly recommend Cafe Emunah -dinner reservations a good idea this week
Especially Dulce la leche mousse cheesecake.

Question: is the Grill Time Miami better than Grill Time Boca?
Or are they the same?
thanks
Where is this place?
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: sky121 on January 20, 2014, 01:29:09 PM
Where is this place?

Fort Lauderdale. The foods good and it's super close if that's where you're situated but I  wouldn't go here special. I'd choose Fresko over Cafe Emunah any day.
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: BigDanFan on January 20, 2014, 01:44:00 PM
Fort Lauderdale. The foods good and it's super close if that's where you're situated but I  wouldn't go here special. I'd choose Fresko over Cafe Emunah any day.
good to know -
It was helpful to have Mincha/Maariv right next door to Cafe Emunah..
and the beignets and the hot chocolate lava cake were also a big hit.

Would you recommend Fresko over Euro Fusion?
Also, are the 2 Grill Times the same? (Mia. only has one more spot at 8:30 tonight..)
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: sky121 on January 20, 2014, 01:47:42 PM
good to know -
It was helpful to have Mincha/Maariv right next door..
and the beignets and the hot chocolate lava cake were a big hit.

Would you recommend Fresko over Euro Fusion?
Also, are the 2 Grill Times the same? (Mia. only has one more spot at 8:30 tonight..)


I enjoyed Fresko a lot more than Euro Fusion.
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: ayg on January 20, 2014, 02:30:49 PM
Has anybody been to the four points on collins recently, how bad are the rooms?
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: chucksterace on January 20, 2014, 02:43:34 PM
Has anybody been to the four points on collins recently, how bad are the rooms?

Yup. Last week..

Room was always dirty. There was some type of leak. Toilet didn't work well and they spent over 2 hours trying to fix it and they never did.
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: NMB on January 20, 2014, 02:47:32 PM
Has anybody been to the four points on collins recently, how bad are the rooms?

I was there a few weeks ago.  The rooms weren't super updated, but I thought they were fine and thought the hotel was a pretty good value (10k starwood points or $130 when I stayed there) compared with other hotels in the area.  The hotel is definitely not 4 star, but IMO a decent value.
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: ayg on January 20, 2014, 02:56:21 PM
What upgrades can I get as a gold member?
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: Yitz on January 20, 2014, 02:57:30 PM
Are you able to park on the street near the Shul (some streets there are very confusing where you can park without a resident permit..)
Do they start on time or is it a shleppy place..?
I tried davening  there a few years ago and could not find a legal spot.
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: Deal Guy on January 20, 2014, 02:57:45 PM
Are you able to park on the street near the Shul (some streets there are very confusing where you can park without a resident permit..)
Do they start on time or is it a shleppy place..?
Starts on time. Everyone parks on the grass all around the building.
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: Deal Guy on January 20, 2014, 03:01:05 PM
Has anybody been to the four points on collins recently, how bad are the rooms?
Was redone recently, so it doesn't have the dirty issues that has been complained of in the past. It is still a four points, and will never be the Westin Diplomat, but its a good value in the area for a cat 4. It is an antique building so they were limited in which walls they were able to tear down and which not. Pool area and chairs are newer than what I saw 2 years ago. Request an oceanview, and you should be fine.
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: BigDanFan on January 20, 2014, 03:08:37 PM
Question: is the Grill Time Miami better than Grill Time Boca?
Or are they the same?
thanks
Bump:
Heard that Grill Time has great steaks - Anyone know if the quality of the Miami and Boca locations are both the same? thanks.
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: dd321 on January 20, 2014, 03:11:32 PM

Bump:
Heard that Grill Time has great steaks.
big 👎
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: Reuven321 on January 20, 2014, 03:13:24 PM
Yup. Last week..

Room was always dirty. There was some type of leak. Toilet didn't work well and they spent over 2 hours trying to fix it and they never did.

Was concerned as well, needed to be in the Miami area so just booked there because no choice but Trip Advisor has countless negative reviews.  I spoke to SPG today and the representative told me the hotel was built in the 50's and they did a small refurb a couple of years ago.

If award flights are better into Ft. Lauderdale, does anyone know if it's a major schlep to get from there to Miami?
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: DealHunter on January 20, 2014, 03:16:08 PM

What upgrades can I get as a gold member?
Upgrade to ocean view room should be expected. They don't really have suites, so nothing to look forward to there. And make sure you request a renovated room. I don't think they got to all of them yet.
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: DealHunter on January 20, 2014, 03:18:18 PM

Was concerned as well, needed to be in the Miami area so just booked there because no choice but Trip Advisor has countless negative reviews.  I spoke to SPG today and the representative told me the hotel was built in the 50's and they did a small refurb a couple of years ago.

If award flights are better into Ft. Lauderdale, does anyone know if it's a major schlep to get from there to Miami?
if you get a renovated room, it's not terrible. But don't expect anything fancy. It's a basic hotel. IMO most ppl prefer FLL over MIA, even with the extra distance.
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: Reuven321 on January 20, 2014, 03:26:25 PM
if you get a renovated room, it's not terrible. But don't expect anything fancy. It's a basic hotel. IMO most ppl prefer FLL over MIA, even with the extra distance.

Thanks.  For flights or for hotel as well?  I could stay in Ft. Lauderdale, I just figured with all the restaurants and minyanim in Miami it would make more sense to stay there.
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: ayg on January 20, 2014, 03:31:22 PM
Has anyone stayed in the fort lauderdale "W"?
Is there any kosher food around there?
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: judahk88 on January 20, 2014, 03:33:07 PM
Has anyone stayed in the fort lauderdale "W"?
Is there any kosher food around there?
Never stayed there, but supposedly very nice. Yea Grill time is not far.
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: DealHunter on January 20, 2014, 03:41:18 PM

Thanks.  For flights or for hotel as well?  I could stay in Ft. Lauderdale, I just figured with all the restaurants and minyanim in Miami it would make more sense to stay there.
I was referring to flights. Miami beach is widely considered the headquarters for most frum visitors to the area. However, you can stay in ft lauderdale too and you're not far from minyan and food.
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: my08701 on January 20, 2014, 03:41:55 PM
Has anyone stayed in the fort lauderdale "W"?
Is there any kosher food around there?
Emuna is the only place I know that is Kosher nearby. it is owned I believe by the Chabbad Rabbi of the FLL shul.
You would have to drive to Hollywood or aventura, or north to Boca..
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: my08701 on January 20, 2014, 03:42:31 PM
Highly recommend Cafe Emunah -dinner reservations a good idea this week
Especially Dulce la leche mousse cheesecake.

Question: is the Grill Time Miami better than Grill Time Boca?
Or are they the same?
thanks
both similar, I personally think Aventura is better..
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: jaywhy on January 20, 2014, 05:15:52 PM
Bump:
Heard that Grill Time has great steaks - Anyone know if the quality of the Miami and Boca locations are both the same? thanks.
Make a reservation if you go to the Boca one. It can get packed at times
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: judahk88 on January 20, 2014, 05:30:05 PM
Make a reservation if you go to the Boca one. It can get packed at times
+1 especially this time of year.
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: BigDanFan on January 20, 2014, 06:33:20 PM
both similar, I personally think Aventura is better..
okay - Great, thanks!
It seems like both Boca and Aventura need reservations these 2 weeks.
great menu, lots to choose from..
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: my08701 on January 20, 2014, 11:22:32 PM
okay - Great, thanks!
It seems like both Boca and Aventura need reservations these 2 weeks.
great menu, lots to choose from..
this is very true.
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: YYZ Fan on January 21, 2014, 02:25:28 PM
Hi,

Looking for recommendations/ recent stay experiences on a Starwood property in the Fort Lauderdale Beach Area

Westin
The W
Sheraton



Thanks in advance
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: BigDanFan on January 21, 2014, 05:02:37 PM
Hi,

Looking for recommendations/ recent stay experiences on a Starwood property in the Fort Lauderdale Beach Area

Westin
The W
Sheraton

Thanks in advance
The Sheraton Suites at Cypress Creek is a bit out of the way,
but only 4,000 SPG points per night for one room, bathroom, and living room with sofabed...
Was there recently and has nice fountains, marble entry, atrium/ bar area, all on site.
Would wait another month or so - or call - major construction, jackhammers, renovation...
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: sky121 on January 21, 2014, 05:04:38 PM
I really enjoyed the Westin. It's nice but not uppity as some hotels tend to be.

That being said I think the Hollywood area is my ideal location in S. Florida.  Is the Diplomat an option?
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: YYZ Fan on January 21, 2014, 07:08:21 PM
Westin diplomat is totally sold out.

I'm quite interested in the W Fort Lauderdale,

Just wanted to hear some feedback prior to finalizing.


Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: yoruel on January 21, 2014, 07:40:52 PM
Westin diplomat is totally sold out.

Are you spg gold member? did you try calling.
I was successful this way.
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: YYZ Fan on January 21, 2014, 09:26:09 PM
I am a gold member.

I did call and they told me property is sold out!

Any other recommendations
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: Reuven321 on January 21, 2014, 10:52:12 PM
Has anyone stayed at the Westin Diplomat and found somewhere else to park to not have to use the hotel's expensive parking?
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: Sowhat on January 22, 2014, 12:34:04 PM
Has anyone stayed at the Westin Diplomat and found somewhere else to park to not have to use the hotel's expensive parking?

 i think someone here is staying there this week.
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: FlyFirst on January 22, 2014, 06:57:11 PM
Has anyone stayed at the Westin Diplomat and found somewhere else to park to not have to use the hotel's expensive parking?

I looked for parking all over, didn't find anything close by
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: AI-TRAVEL on January 22, 2014, 07:04:11 PM

I looked for parking all over, didn't find anything close by


Don't see why you can't park near the chabad. It's a 5 min walk. 7 seacrest pkwy hollywood fl.
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: Sowhat on January 23, 2014, 04:47:22 PM

Don't see why you can't park near the chabad. It's a 5 min walk. 7 seacrest pkwy hollywood fl.

Does this Chabad have minyanim during the week too?
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: joed25 on January 23, 2014, 07:42:57 PM
Is there an Eiruv in the Westin area Hollywood? I am here for Shabbos and I would like to bring a stroller to shul.
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: yoruel on January 23, 2014, 08:14:16 PM
http://www.chabadoceandrive.com/templates/articlecco_cdo/aid/1911375/jewish/Contact-Us.htm

Try calling one of the rabbis
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: joed25 on January 23, 2014, 08:49:27 PM
http://www.chabadoceandrive.com/templates/articlecco_cdo/aid/1911375/jewish/Contact-Us.htm

Try calling one of the rabbis
I tried a few times. They are very difficult to reach.
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: yoruel on January 23, 2014, 08:51:35 PM
I tried emailing them. No response.
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: Sowhat on January 24, 2014, 11:22:17 AM
I tried emailing them. No response.

They are mostly unresponsive.  I did get through by phone once.
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: Sowhat on January 25, 2014, 09:12:49 PM
I was told by someone that stayed at the DIP that a weekday minyan is a few miles away.  Dunno, where though.  Can anyone chime in on where to daven during the week in the area?
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: Deal Guy on January 25, 2014, 10:18:54 PM
I was told by someone that stayed at the DIP that a weekday minyan is a few miles away.  Dunno, where though.  Can anyone chime in on where to daven during the week in the area?
http://godaven.com/detail.asp?Id=2511
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: syboat on January 28, 2014, 08:35:25 PM
Is there an Eiruv in the Westin area Hollywood? I am here for Shabbos and I would like to bring a stroller to shul.
yes reached one of the rabbis he was sitting shiva but i asked him he said there is a Eiruv from westin hollywood to chabad on 7 seacrest pkwy hollywood fl.
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: mememe on January 28, 2014, 09:43:38 PM
Would anyone know of a reliable driver/taxi ....and what the rates are from fll airport to miami beach & from mia airport to miami beach?

I would also be open to taking subway or bus, if that's an option.

Any info would be appreciated.

Thank you so much.
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: Askan on January 29, 2014, 12:07:44 PM
Would anyone know of a reliable driver/taxi ....and what the rates are from fll airport to miami beach & from mia airport to miami beach?

I would also be open to taking subway or bus, if that's an option.

Any info would be appreciated.

Thank you so much.

A taxi from FLL can be up to 75 dollars.
A taxi from MIA is 35 dollars.

From MIA you can take the AirportFlyer bus for 2 dollars goes straight to 41st Street in MB.

From FLL you can take the Tri-Rail to Downtown Miami, and from there either cab or take city busses.
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: mememe on January 29, 2014, 12:24:21 PM
A taxi from FLL can be up to 75 dollars.
A taxi from MIA is 35 dollars.

From MIA you can take the AirportFlyer bus for 2 dollars goes straight to 41st Street in MB.

From FLL you can take the Tri-Rail to Downtown Miami, and from there either cab or take city busses.

Thanks!
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: beej on January 29, 2014, 09:00:04 PM
Going to be in Miami for 4 nights with 2 little kids. Any recommendations as Where to stay? -decent place. Probably suite with 2 rooms have points to burn. Would spend up to about 250 per night too if needed.  after all my searching I'm just confused by now.
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: sky121 on January 29, 2014, 09:02:41 PM
Going to be in Miami for 4 nights with 2 little kids. Any recommendations as Where to stay? -decent place. Probably suite with 2 rooms have points to burn. Would spend up to about 250 per night too if needed.  after all my searching I'm just confused by now.

Dates?
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: beej on January 29, 2014, 10:47:33 PM
2/16-2/20
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: yoruel on January 29, 2014, 10:49:08 PM
What location do you want to be in?
Miami beach or North(Fort Lauderdale)
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: beej on January 29, 2014, 11:07:28 PM
What location do you want to be in?
Miami beach or North(Fort Lauderdale)
Ideally Miami but open to north as well
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: yoruel on January 29, 2014, 11:10:37 PM
Westin Diplomat(holywood)
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: beej on January 29, 2014, 11:27:05 PM
Westin Diplomat(holywood)
Not available
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: BigDanFan on January 30, 2014, 01:59:06 AM
Ideally Miami but open to north as well
the Sheraton suites was a great, low cost SPG place with a bedroom , bathro and a sleep sofa in the room that you first walk into - for your 2 boys.

They have either 2 q or a king in the master,
Chisaron is that the bathroom is in he master, so if your boys are out of diapers they need to go into ur room for bathroom.
Chisaron #2 is that it's more north - past ft Lauderdale or nearby -
Shuls are a bit of a drive, but Euro Fusion, Cafe Emunah, etc.. all good.

Also it's set up that when kids are asleep you can go down to the bar and the rooms/halls are all open air so you can see all 6-8 floors - Nice fountain, stream with fish and turtles in lobby and near bar -
A free trip for the kids..
hard to explain layout , but prob on their site or I can post pics:
4,000 SPG per night :)
Place is called Sheraton Suites Cypress Creek
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: beej on January 30, 2014, 07:39:53 AM
the Sheraton suites was a great, low cost SPG place with a bedroom , bathro and a sleep sofa in the room that you first walk into - for your 2 boys.

They have either 2 q or a king in the master,
Chisaron is that the bathroom is in he master, so if your boys are out of diapers they need to go into ur room for bathroom.
Chisaron #2 is that it's more north - past ft Lauderdale or nearby -
Shuls are a bit of a drive, but Euro Fusion, Cafe Emunah, etc.. all good.

Also it's set up that when kids are asleep you can go down to the bar and the rooms/halls are all open air so you can see all 6-8 floors - Nice fountain, stream with fish and turtles in lobby and near bar -
A free trip for the kids..
hard to explain layout , but prob on their site or I can post pics:
4,000 SPG per night :)
Place is called Sheraton Suites Cypress Creek
Def will check it out. Thanks
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: Adlebo on January 30, 2014, 11:09:58 AM
Will be in south beach soon. I'm looking for a minyan shachris at about 8:30. Any suggestions?
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: BigDanFan on January 30, 2014, 12:04:39 PM
Will be in south beach soon. I'm looking for a minyan shachris at about 8:30. Any suggestions?
here is Chabad of South Beach.
prob have a minyan:
http://www.chabad.org/centers/default_cdo/aid/269232/jewish/Chabad-in-South-Beach.htm

Their website shows 5:30 Mincha: http://www.chabadinsouthbeach.com/
i see a 7:45 shacharis and breakfast..
cool map of all locations here - maybe a nearby shul/chabad house has an 8 or 8:30 : http://www.chabad.org/centers/default_cdo/city/Miami%20Beach/state/Florida/country/USA/jewish/Chabad-Lubavitch.htm

this place looks closest - As many Yshivas, Zals, and Mesivtas, they may have an 8:30/8:45 minyan 
Call: 17330 Northwest 7th Avenue • Miami, FL 33169 • 305-653-8770
http://www.lecfl.com/templates/articlecco_cdo/aid/243685/jewish/Yeshiva-Gedolah-Rabbinical-College.htm
we did that near Coral Springs once - davened with mesivta at 8:45 -  had to drive, but was better than a 7:00am shacharis.
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: Adlebo on January 30, 2014, 12:06:08 PM
Thanx!
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: Askan on January 31, 2014, 04:45:29 AM

here is Chabad of South Beach. 
prob have a minyan:
http://www.chabad.org/centers/default_cdo/aid/269232/jewish/Chabad-in-South-Beach.htm

Their website shows 5:30 Mincha: http://www.chabadinsouthbeach.com/ 
i see a 7:45 shacharis and breakfast..
cool map of all locations here - maybe a nearby shul/chabad house has an 8 or 8:30 : http://www.chabad.org/centers/default_cdo/city/Miami%20Beach/state/Florida/country/USA/jewish/Chab
ad-Lubavitch.htm

this place looks closest - As many Yshivas, Zals, and Mesivtas, they may have an 8:30/8:45 minyan  
Call: 17330 Northwest 7th Avenue • Miami, FL 33169 • 305-653-8770
http://www.lecfl.com/templates/articlecco_cdo/aid/243685/jewish/Yeshiva-Gedolah-Rabbinical-College.htm
we did that near Coral Springs once - davened with mesivta at 8:45 -  had to drive, but was better than a 7:00am shacharis.

How can the last one be the closest if it's in Miami, FL and not even in Miami Beach? Coral Springs is a half hour drive from south beach, he's better off davening in the 41st Street area that is a 10 min drive.
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: BigDanFan on January 31, 2014, 08:39:42 AM
How can the last one be the closest if it's in Miami, FL and not even in Miami Beach? Coral Springs is a half hour drive from south beach, he's better off davening in the 41st Street area that is a 10 min drive.
on the map, that spot looked closest to the south beach spot.
Coral Springs looked further.
He can choose whatever links he'd like,
however, I'd recommend calling in advance if it is a mesivta -
while it's never been an issue for me, there may be a school one day that doesn't permit people 'off the street' to join/enter building - for safety/security reasons..
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: my08701 on January 31, 2014, 10:17:41 AM
Going to be in Miami for 4 nights with 2 little kids. Any recommendations as Where to stay? -decent place. Probably suite with 2 rooms have points to burn. Would spend up to about 250 per night too if needed.  after all my searching I'm just confused by now.
If your going with your children & will need more than one room why don't you rent a house in North Miami Beach with a private pool?
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: BigDanFan on January 31, 2014, 10:53:04 AM
If your going with your children & will need more than one room why don't you rent a house in North Miami Beach with a private pool?
+1
that's true for his $250 per night budget; would love a private pool.
You have a link for that?

Or, for free (4,000 spg points per night) they can get a 2 room suite with outdoor pool,
fitness room, bar, and indoor stream.. def more budget accomodations, but we managed to spend $100+
on dinner each night..  ;)
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: Askan on February 01, 2014, 03:00:40 PM
on the map, that spot looked closest to the south beach spot.
Coral Springs looked further.
He can choose whatever links he'd like,
however, I'd recommend calling in advance if it is a mesivta -
while it's never been an issue for me, there may be a school one day that doesn't permit people 'off the street' to join/enter building - for safety/security reasons..

The Lubavitch yeshiva on 15th and Alton should have a minyan around that time.
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: bandsway on February 01, 2014, 10:44:24 PM
What are the recommended family friendly restaurants? Fort Lauderdale and Miami
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: Myccrabbi on February 01, 2014, 10:51:44 PM
What are the recommended family friendly restaurants? Fort Lauderdale and Miami
look in the wiki.
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: bandsway on February 01, 2014, 11:16:42 PM
Which are good to bring kids to? Considering cost and atmosphere
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: ah on February 02, 2014, 12:05:15 AM
Which are good to bring kids to? Considering cost and atmosphere
pita hut (meat) and shem tovs (dairy) in miami
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: BigDanFan on February 02, 2014, 12:14:50 AM
Which are good to bring kids to? Considering cost and atmosphere
we liked Cafe Emunah, too - in Fort Lauderdale
Delicious food and amazing desserts. (Desserts were pricey at $10 each, but fresh, rich, and memorable)
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: cozmohoot on February 02, 2014, 12:24:41 AM
Is there a heimeshe car service or something that can take my wife and 2.kids from mia to the days Inn 41st area? Tia!
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: sky121 on February 02, 2014, 12:25:13 AM
Mozarts has outdoor seating which was great with kids.
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: cozmohoot on February 02, 2014, 12:27:29 AM
Is there a heimeshe car service or something that can take my wife and 2.kids from mia to the days Inn 41st area? Tia!
this is actually for tomorrow so any help would be appreciated
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: oiseli48 on February 02, 2014, 12:35:39 AM
we liked Cafe Emunah, too - in Fort Lauderdale
Delicious food and amazing desserts. (Desserts were pricey at $10 each, but fresh, rich, and memorable)

Make sure to check that they are open.

In Florida you always have to check. My last visit, after a few months, I went to 2 pizza stores, Jacob's in Aventura and Lenny's in Hallandale, only to see them closed
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: beej on February 02, 2014, 12:51:15 AM
If your going with your children & will need more than one room why don't you rent a house in North Miami Beach with a private pool?
Thanks.
I would consider that.  Any recommendations? Link?
I'd be surprised of i can get a house in Miami with a private pool for my price range. No?
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: Deal Guy on February 02, 2014, 01:47:09 AM
this is actually for tomorrow so any help would be appreciated
dunno. there is a $2 bus from the airport directly to 41st st
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: cozmohoot on February 02, 2014, 07:08:03 AM
dunno. there is a $2 bus from the airport directly to 41st st
ok. U know which bus?
What do all the other women that go do?
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: cozmohoot on February 02, 2014, 11:07:36 AM
ok. U know which bus?
What do all the other women that go do?
Where are all the Boro park husband's? :P
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: Deal Guy on February 02, 2014, 11:30:34 AM
ok. U know which bus?
What do all the other women that go do?

150 is the airport flyer express bus. I think the 120 is also fine, it just makes a couple of more stops.  In the terminal you need to follow all the signs that show car rentals/people movers and take the 2 minute people mover train to the car rentals and all the public busses.
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: cozmohoot on February 02, 2014, 11:42:47 AM
Thanks again. I think she will take a cab for 32 dollars
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: my08701 on February 02, 2014, 01:15:41 PM
besides Carriage club which Minyunim are there above 52nd Street, anyone know of a 8:30 Minyan or later?
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: Askan on February 02, 2014, 01:51:55 PM
besides Carriage club which Minyunim are there above 52nd Street, anyone know of a 8:30 Minyan or later?

If you have a car JCL on 41st St is a 7 min drive. Minyanim till 10 in peak season.
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: Askan on February 02, 2014, 01:55:33 PM
Thanks again. I think she will take a cab for 32 dollars

SuperShuttle works like Nesher Sheirut in Israel. (305) 871-2000
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: bandsway on February 02, 2014, 05:24:46 PM
Does anyone know anything about pita plus in Fort Lauderdale? Any experiences there?
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: cozmohoot on February 02, 2014, 06:01:56 PM
SuperShuttle works like Nesher Sheirut in Israel. (305) 871-2000
thanks. Super shuttle for 2 would be 32 bux. She ended up taking the 150 bus for 3 dollars!
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: my08701 on February 02, 2014, 06:04:31 PM
If you have a car JCL on 41st St is a 7 min drive. Minyanim till 10 in peak season.
thanks. was looking for something above 52nd Street..., ty
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: Deal Guy on February 02, 2014, 07:51:12 PM
thanks. was looking for something above 52nd Street..., ty
http://www.theshul.org/templates/articlecco_cdo/aid/438423/jewish/Daily-Prayer-Times.htm
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: Reuven321 on February 02, 2014, 09:58:38 PM
Any recommendations for a milchig salad place near Hollywood right now? I called a couple of places and they were closed our closing.  Thanks
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: shnoz on February 03, 2014, 11:45:57 AM
Any recommendations for a milchig salad place near Hollywood right now? I called a couple of places and they were closed our closing.  Thanks
Mozart
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: PraiseCanada on February 03, 2014, 05:08:23 PM
I'm looking to rent a vacation house (with private pool) in the Tampa area from February 25th to March 5th.
I checked the well known sites (VRBO, AirBnB) but couldn't find anything good.
Any other suggestions?
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: my08701 on February 04, 2014, 10:48:35 AM
stay on the East side of Florida there are plenty.. including Kosher kitchens :)
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: Marco Polo on February 04, 2014, 12:06:55 PM
stay on the East side of Florida there are plenty.. including Kosher kitchens :)
Any link to info on this?
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: Joe4007 on February 04, 2014, 12:09:33 PM
Any public transport available to go from PBI to Bal Harbour? (Cars are ridiculously expensive)
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: E R K on February 04, 2014, 12:32:18 PM
Any public transport available to go from PBI to Bal Harbour? (Cars are ridiculously expensive)
Paid $114 for car from a Sunday till Friday. Nothing fancy but got us around. Parking by hotels was a pain as hotel parking is $$$ but always found on street and paid meter.
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: DealHunter on February 04, 2014, 01:42:29 PM

Any public transport available to go from PBI to Bal Harbour? (Cars are ridiculously expensive)
How much is car service?
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: Joe4007 on February 04, 2014, 02:32:49 PM
Paid $114 for car from a Sunday till Friday. Nothing fancy but got us around. Parking by hotels was a pain as hotel parking is $$$ but always found on street and paid meter.
I wish that price would be available for my dates! Thursday through Monday 03/20-03/24, close to $300.

How much is car service?
Didn't check, but it's an hour drive so I assume not cheap.
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: sky121 on February 04, 2014, 02:34:18 PM
I wish that price would be available for my dates! Thursday through Monday 03/20-03/24, close to $300.
Didn't check, but it's an hour drive so I assume not cheap.

Did you try National with code ?
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: Askan on February 04, 2014, 05:02:58 PM
Any public transport available to go from PBI to Bal Harbour? (Cars are ridiculously expensive)

Yes, take the tri-rail from PBI
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: Joe4007 on February 04, 2014, 06:23:11 PM
Did you try National with code ?
No, where can I get a code?
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: Joe4007 on February 04, 2014, 06:24:01 PM
Yes, take the tri-rail from PBI
Does it stop in or near Bal Harbour?
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: CS1 on February 05, 2014, 01:22:29 AM
Any recommendations for a milchig salad place near Hollywood right now? I called a couple of places and they were closed our closing.  Thanks
Is Euro Fusion still open and Kosher?
Great salads, and I think it's near Hollywood! There was talk about it going "non-Kosher" when we were there in January.
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: ayman on February 05, 2014, 01:29:30 AM
Is Euro Fusion still open and Kosher?
Great salads, and I think it's near Hollywood! There was talk about it going "non-Kosher" when we were there in January.
As of a week ago they were still kosher  8), it's in Boca
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: BigDanFan on February 05, 2014, 01:43:20 AM
As of a week ago they were still kosher  8), it's in Boca
+1
that's good - word on the street was that a changeover would be happening - is that true?
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: my08701 on February 05, 2014, 02:54:17 AM
Any link to info on this?
You can try Ultimate management (786) 663-7050 for Kosher homes. I used them a few times for a house with you own private pool & a kosher kitchen
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: E R K on February 05, 2014, 06:51:19 AM
+1
that's good - word on the street was that a changeover would be happening - is that true?
No and if you google groupon eurofusion there is one to pay $11 for $20 worth of food for breakfast or lunch. Food was delicious. We went for brunch and couldn't eat anything the rest of the day. Had blooming onion, eggplant stacks and even though it was on the dinner menu, since it was before the lunch rush, chef was willing to make the sea bass. Also had delicious frappes.
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: jaywhy on February 05, 2014, 11:42:44 AM
Is Euro Fusion still open and Kosher?
Great salads, and I think it's near Hollywood! There was talk about it going "non-Kosher" when we were there in January.
Yes and Yes.
The talk was about going non CY, not non-kosher.
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: mb1 on February 06, 2014, 09:33:59 AM
Anyone stay at Sheraton Suites Plantation in Fort Lauderdale?
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: Sowhat on February 06, 2014, 12:18:56 PM
Mozarts has outdoor seating which was great with kids.

My wife enjoyed this place.
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: sky121 on February 06, 2014, 12:25:28 PM
No others have been to Fresko yet? I've been craving that place for days.
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: Sowhat on February 06, 2014, 12:36:49 PM
Back from Westin Diplomat.

Overall, a nice place.  If you ask some time in advance, they will provide keys instead of the key card, for shabbos use.  They will also put you on a low floor.  Shabbos shul was five min walk, weekday, five min by car.  Only downside is that its a very big place, with people in various states of dress or undress everywhere.  There are places near the pool/beach that are somewhat secluded and reasonably ok.  The Winn Dixie by the weekday Chabad shul has a large kosher section.

All in all, good place.
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: mb1 on February 06, 2014, 12:38:31 PM
My wife enjoyed this place.
Mozarts has outdoor seating which was great with kids.

Which location?
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: my08701 on February 06, 2014, 11:21:09 PM
Any suggestions for a good cholent in Miami Beach, aventera, or Boca? I haven't had much luck in the cholent dept
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: ayman on February 06, 2014, 11:39:12 PM
Which location?
Stirling Rd. in Hollywood. There is another in Boca, but I don't know if it has outdoor seating.
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: meshugener on February 07, 2014, 01:19:26 AM
Stirling Rd. in Hollywood. There is another in Boca, but I don't know if it has outdoor seating.
The Boca one has outdoor seating.
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: jaywhy on February 07, 2014, 01:25:54 AM
Any suggestions for a good cholent in Miami Beach, aventera, or Boca? I haven't had much luck in the cholent dept
Tough to find in these parts :)
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: Askan on February 07, 2014, 02:09:55 AM
Any suggestions for a good cholent in Miami Beach, aventera, or Boca? I haven't had much luck in the cholent dept

House of Dog 41st Street?
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: jaywhy on February 07, 2014, 02:17:44 AM
Tough to find in these parts :)
parts = Aventura + Boca.
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: my08701 on February 07, 2014, 09:37:52 AM
House of Dog 41st Street?
99% of the time house of dogs does not have cholent. Go by you will see. If you come in Jan they say its too early in the season, come in Feb it's too late... They put it up for one week a season. My guess is to bring people in the door. Regardless they don't have cholent this week or next week. 
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: Chachem Balaileh on February 07, 2014, 10:27:16 AM
South Florida mini trip report:
Hilton beach resort in ft Lauderdale:beware staff are trained to misguide and deceive customers
In short I ordered & paid more for an ocean view junior suite but was given a side room with parcel ocean view when I went to manager showing the confermation print out stating oceanview he said u need pay more for "Ocean Front" employee at hotel hold me this is common practice at this hotel
Same story with forcing u to take valet parking at hotel for $32.95 per day "I'm quoting hotel staff again-there's no other parking anywhere around hotel with traffic enforcement going around all times giving parking tickets since u need to feed meteres every 4 hours including through out the night...
But driving back to hotel I drove around area and saw Plenty of street with no meter parking ablock away.Go Figure.
My room was filthy when I checked in had to call housekeeping to clean sticky and dirty counters and fridge.
Also hotel is not on the beach u need to cross over the main road to get to beach.
There's a koshe frozen yogurt place on the strip walking distance from hotel
House of dogs was very good but way too long of wait to order and about another half hour to get food
Beyond Shemtov on 41st/Alton Rd. always a hit anything we orderd was delicious A MUST!
Milky Cafe in south Florida a must! About 25 mins from WESTIN Diplomat.
Large large portions
Very friendly staff/owner came over to our table to make sure everything is to our liking
Makes his own dips,sauces on premises
Food was extraordinary delcious...fries are the real deal crispy with some sort of a coating,
Appetizer sampler plate had enough of each item for two.
Gnocchi in cream sauce was amazing
Rented with Enterprise with Chabad Code(Avis didn't want to honor Florida state discount code without Florida ID

Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: DealHunter on February 07, 2014, 10:47:46 AM

In short I ordered & paid more for an ocean view junior suite but was given a side room with parcel ocean view when I went to manager showing the confermation print out stating oceanview he said u need pay more for "Ocean Front" employee at hotel hold me this is common practice at this hotel
Same story with forcing u to take valet parking at hotel for $32.95 per day "I'm quoting hotel staff again-there's no other parking anywhere around hotel with traffic enforcement going around all times giving parking tickets since u need to feed meteres every 4 hours including through out the night...
But driving back to hotel I drove around area and saw Plenty of street with no meter parking ablock away.Go Figure.
My room was filthy when I checked in had to call housekeeping to clean sticky and dirty counters and fridge.
Also hotel is not on the beach u need to cross over the main road to get to beach.
AFAIK almost all of the hotels in the region offer "oceanview" rooms and "oceanfront" rooms. They are not the same thing, as you described. It's worth noting.

As far as the valet, yea they always rip you off. But again, that's pretty much every hotel in that region. You should've checked here first :)

And regarding the beach access- there is no hotel that is situated on the beach itself there (in ft lauderdale) due to the fact that the street (A1A) runs parallel to the beach. There isn't anything that the hotel can do about it. The closest they can be is right across the street. It can be disappointing though :(

Thanks for your trip report!
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: my08701 on February 07, 2014, 04:50:05 PM
Any body eat a Friday night meal by the caterer in Mimosa?
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: beej on February 13, 2014, 12:12:57 AM
Looking for a baby sitter for next week in Miami.

Anyone have a frum baby sitter that you can vouch for?

pm plz- probably not smart to post public
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: cndguy on February 13, 2014, 12:16:26 AM
Looking for a baby sitter for next week in Miami.

Anyone have a frum baby sitter that you can vouch for?

pm plz- probably not smart to post public

Good call posting this here! I'm also looking for the same thing. Kids are 4 and 6. If anyone knows, please PM me.
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: PraiseCanada on February 14, 2014, 06:18:48 AM
Does anyone have any recommendations for finding a vacation home rental in the Tampa area?
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: Dan on February 14, 2014, 04:36:16 PM
vrbo.com
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: Yaalili on February 15, 2014, 09:34:46 PM
Thanks for the TR, hope to try milky cafe next time.
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: Mutty on February 16, 2014, 12:07:25 PM
Milky Cafe in south Florida a must! About 25 mins from WESTIN Diplomat.
Large large portions
Very friendly staff/owner came over to our table to make sure everything is to our liking
Makes his own dips,sauces on premises
Food was extraordinary delcious...fries are the real deal crispy with some sort of a coating,
Appetizer sampler plate had enough of each item for two.
Gnocchi in cream sauce was amazing
Rented with Enterprise with Chabad Code(Avis didn't want to honor Florida state discount code without Florida ID


Where's Milky Café? I don't see it in the Wiki.
Also, I found National with the special considerably cheaper than Enterprise with Chabad. Am I missing something? I need the car 3/13-17. Thanks
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: Chachem Balaileh on February 16, 2014, 12:12:11 PM
Where's Milky Café? I don't see it in the Wiki.
Also, I found National with the special considerably cheaper than Enterprise with Chabad. Am I missing something? I need the car 3/13-17. Thanks
Milky Cafe
http://www.milkycafe.com/
4579 N Pine Island Rd, Lauderhill 33351
(At 44th St)
(954) 533-5325
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: yoruel on February 16, 2014, 12:54:51 PM
I don't see it in the Wiki.
Updated.
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: beej on February 19, 2014, 09:15:19 PM
Is the frieze still kosher? Their recording says their open shabbos. .
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: dd321 on February 19, 2014, 09:21:26 PM
Is the frieze still kosher? Their recording says their open shabbos. .
kosher doesnt mean it has to be jewish owned... ie kosher dunkin donuts are open on shabbos
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: beej on February 20, 2014, 12:29:56 PM
I guess I hear that
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: eli123 on February 23, 2014, 10:32:02 AM
Besides for Rare steakhouse what other option are there in Miami beach to eat your shabbos meals? Any reviews? Thanks
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: yakovwogi on February 23, 2014, 12:47:01 PM
Just ate at the jcc next to tower 41. For Friday night meal. Was out of this world. And an open bar. Very nice food and drink.
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: Mutty on February 23, 2014, 01:36:27 PM
Just ate at the jcc next to tower 41. For Friday night meal. Was out of this world. And an open bar. Very nice food and drink.
Better than the Chinese place in carriage house?
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: DealHunter on February 23, 2014, 11:13:57 PM

Better than the Chinese place in carriage house?
rare/tower 41 is a great shabbos meal experience. Nice ambience with good food. Very happening. It is expensive though...
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: yoruel on February 24, 2014, 10:27:24 PM
Small TR.

Went recently for  Shabbos to Diplomat.I brought a hotplate. I let in housekeeping, when  I came back the hot plate was gone. I got it back when I checked out.( They left a letter stating the circuit breaker was tripping.....)

Parking-I was able to park on the block of Chabad every night i was there. This is the only  street(on that side of water) that has NO METER parking walking distance to the hotel.

 I emailed the GM, and he gave me a lower floor. The other jews were on 9,10 or 12(2 kids). I was lower.

 You can PM me if you have any more questions.
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: my08701 on February 24, 2014, 11:37:01 PM
Besides for Rare steakhouse what other option are there in Miami beach to eat your shabbos meals? Any reviews? Thanks
I ate in the Mimosa, nice Heimishe meal. Also (like Rare & JCC) under the local KM Hashgacha.
Gave plenty of food, was not cheap on the portions like other places I have been at.
They are also cheaper its $60 a meal all inclusive per person which for a couple is a Third cheaper the. Rare or JCC.
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: Deal Guy on February 25, 2014, 12:49:58 AM
Small TR.

Went recently for  Shabbos to Diplomat.I brought a hotplate. I let in housekeeping, when  I came back the hot plate was gone. I got it back when I checked out.( They left a letter stating the circuit breaker was tripping.....)

Parking-I was able to park on the block of Chabad every night i was there. This is the only  street(on that side of water) that has NO METER parking walking distance to the hotel.

 I emailed the GM, and he gave me a lower floor. The other jews were on 9,10 or 12(2 kids). I was lower.

 You can PM me if you have any more questions.

During the day, you can also park by Chabad?
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: yoruel on February 25, 2014, 09:27:15 AM
During the day, you can also park by Chabad?
Yes :)
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: jack on February 25, 2014, 02:37:24 PM
Short trip report

We stayed at the W over the weekend asked for a lower floor we got a room on the 3rd floor was a street view but was worth it rather than climbing all those stairs to 12 (original assigned floor). We used some duct tape to tape down the door but cut out for the bolt so able to lock it at night. - easy though they did offer to open our room for us each time we came in.  Need security to open the stairwell from lobby but open the rest of the way up.  If you take a suite  don't forget the fridge /freezer light. The porch doesn't activate the ac sensor unless you keep the door open for about 5 minutes so we just opened and closed immediately.   We walked to the Rare for Shabbos meals down flamingo takes about 25 minutes down Collins takes about 45 minutes.
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: artee on March 02, 2014, 02:43:45 PM
It's there any free parking near four points Sheraton on Collins. Parking here is a fortune!
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: DealHunter on March 02, 2014, 02:55:30 PM

It's there any free parking near four points Sheraton on Collins. Parking here is a fortune!
There is metered street parking, but you have to start feeding the meter (or move your car) by 8am.
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: my08701 on March 03, 2014, 02:53:52 PM
I just tried to book tickets to Florida with Southwest (went recently it worked out very well) & it seems all flights from NY, NJ, PA now have stopovers, anyone else have this issue? I tried with miles & with $ both only had stopovers.
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: Menachem613 on March 03, 2014, 02:54:35 PM

I just tried to book tickets to Florida with Southwest (went recently it worked out very well) & it seems all flights from NY, NJ, PA now have stopovers, anyone else have this issue? I tried with miles & with $ both only had stopovers.

They always had, as far as I can recall.
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: Dan on March 03, 2014, 02:57:05 PM
I just tried to book tickets to Florida with Southwest (went recently it worked out very well) & it seems all flights from NY, NJ, PA now have stopovers, anyone else have this issue? I tried with miles & with $ both only had stopovers.
ISP has nonstops to FLL, MCO, PBI, RSW, TPA.
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: my08701 on March 03, 2014, 03:25:02 PM
ISP has nonstops to FLL, MCO, PBI, RSW, TPA.
Thank you, but ISP is way, way too far, & with traffic on the belt, etc it may be worth to drive straight South :)
is this something new, that they stopped the direct flights?
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: Dan on March 03, 2014, 03:26:55 PM
ISP moved out of NY?

They never had nonstops from the other airports.
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: alpicone on March 03, 2014, 03:30:52 PM
Thank you, but ISP is way, way too far, & with traffic on the belt, etc it may be worth to drive straight South :)
is this something new, that they stopped the direct flights?

I would drive an extra hour to ISP any day of the week to avoid LGA. No issues with delays, security lines and best of all $15 parking.
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: my08701 on March 03, 2014, 03:40:34 PM
ISP moved out of NY?

They never had nonstops from the other airports.
I just flew non stop both ways from Philly.
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: my08701 on March 03, 2014, 03:40:50 PM
I would drive an extra hour to ISP any day of the week to avoid LGA. No issues with delays, security lines and best of all $15 parking.
$15 a day??
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: Dan on March 03, 2014, 03:44:32 PM
I just flew non stop both ways from Philly.
I'm talking about LGA/EWR.
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: Marco Polo on March 03, 2014, 03:47:02 PM
Any particular restaurant/s here i need to visit?
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: my08701 on March 03, 2014, 03:52:55 PM
Any particular restaurant/s here i need to visit?
Grill Time is a must.
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: yoruel on March 03, 2014, 04:12:05 PM
$15 a day??
NO, not in LGA. more $$$
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: yoruel on March 03, 2014, 04:12:25 PM
Grill Time is a must.
Over china bistro?
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: Dan on March 03, 2014, 04:14:03 PM
Frankly neither of those are "need to visit"

Odd that ORD and LAX have more need to visit places than MIA.
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: my08701 on March 03, 2014, 04:18:47 PM
Frankly neither of those are "need to visit"

Odd that ORD and LAX have more need to visit places than MIA.
there is something about going on a plane & getting somewhere in two hours (from S. Jersey) to a place with minyunim & restaraunts
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: my08701 on March 03, 2014, 04:19:12 PM
Over china bistro?
China Bistro is a great choice as well, my first choice is Grill Time.
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: my08701 on March 03, 2014, 04:19:46 PM
NO, not in LGA. more $$$
How much is parking in ISP? is that what you mean $15, $15 a day?
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: Marco Polo on March 03, 2014, 04:21:17 PM
China Bistro is a great choice as well, my first choice is Grill Time.
I'll try and check them both out. Thanks.
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: jaywhy on March 03, 2014, 04:21:37 PM
Any particular restaurant/s here i need to visit?
Euro Fusion.
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: Marco Polo on March 03, 2014, 04:26:39 PM
Any nice places for breakfast in Boca?
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: alpicone on March 03, 2014, 04:31:45 PM
How much is parking in ISP? is that what you mean $15, $15 a day?

$15.50 per day for parking right across the street from the terminal. Link (http://www.macarthurairport.com/parking/parking-rates-info)
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: jaywhy on March 03, 2014, 04:42:10 PM
Any nice places for breakfast in Boca?
Euro Fusion.  :)
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: Marco Polo on March 03, 2014, 04:44:33 PM
Euro Fusion.  :)
I think I'll take you up on that. Will let you know how it goes.
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: my08701 on March 03, 2014, 04:47:22 PM
I think I'll take you up on that. Will let you know how it goes.
if you are going to go to Euro, don't forget to get the Groupon that was posted on this site, if you are going with two people it is half off $20, with four half off of $40.
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: Marco Polo on March 03, 2014, 04:57:40 PM
if you are going to go to Euro, don't forget to get the Groupon that was posted on this site, if you are going with two people it is half off $20, with four half off of $40.
I knew i still needed to do something. Thanks!
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: Joe4007 on March 03, 2014, 05:28:01 PM
Any particular restaurant/s here i need to visit?
Harbour Grill is pretty good.
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: GAJ2303 on March 03, 2014, 05:31:09 PM
South Beach - pita loca.
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: Dan on March 03, 2014, 05:48:43 PM
Grill Time is a must.
Decent, but a must??

China Bistro is a great choice as well
Terrible chinese IMHO.
Sushi is good though.


Euro Fusion.
Now were' talkin.

Harbour Grill is pretty good.
But the service is the absolute pits.

Rare is very good as is Shemtov's.
Schakolad has very good chocolate and gelato, at least for the CY crowd.
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: judahk88 on March 03, 2014, 05:53:02 PM
Decent, but a must??
Terrible chinese IMHO.
Sushi is good though.

Now were' talkin.
But the service is the absolute pits.

Rare is very good as is Shemtov's.
Schakolad has very good chocolate and gelato, at least for the CY crowd.
I know a lot of people who would consider it a must. Harbor Grill IMO is the best restaurant (food) in Florida.
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: Dan on March 03, 2014, 06:03:44 PM
I know a lot of people who would consider it a must. Harbor Grill IMO is the best restaurant (food) in Florida.
Both of those statements are really, really sad.

To be fair I've only been to GT once and they were out of several steaks. I'll go back one day.
But HG makes only decent steaks at best and service and table crowding is atrocious.  And the owner is a #$%^.
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: judahk88 on March 03, 2014, 06:17:43 PM
Both of those statements are really, really sad.

To be fair I've only been to GT once and they were out of several steaks. I'll go back one day.
But HG makes only decent steaks at best and service and table crowding is atrocious.  And the owner is a #$%^.
In your opinion... I think we had this argument before. I personally think GT is very solid. Sorry, but I don't judge a restaurant on the owner. True about the crowding.
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: Dan on March 03, 2014, 06:19:49 PM
I'm not judging it by the owner. That was the cream filling along with several bad experiences.

And none of those places can possibly compare to what's available in LAX/NYC/ORD.
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: judahk88 on March 03, 2014, 06:21:32 PM
 
I'm not judging it by the owner. That was the cream filling.

And none of those places can possibly compare to what's available in LAX/NYC/ORD.
I didn't compare it to any of those places. I said it's the best food in Florida.
 
 
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: Dan on March 03, 2014, 06:35:22 PM
I didn't compare it to any of those places. I said it's the best food in Florida.
To which I said is very sad...

At any rate you really think GT and HG are better than Rare?
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: jack on March 03, 2014, 07:45:55 PM
If sitting outside by euro fusion don't forget ur bug spray. Also don't expect anything along the lines of va bend, noi or cafe Venezia.  Nothing close
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: AJK on March 03, 2014, 08:17:11 PM
I heard from a pretty reliable opinion that HG has the best steak in FL, FWIW.
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: mendoul on March 03, 2014, 08:48:47 PM
any nice boat ride in miami beach?
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: Dan on March 03, 2014, 08:55:19 PM
I heard from a pretty reliable opinion that HG has the best steak in FL, FWIW.
Have you been to HG and Rare?
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: Dan on March 03, 2014, 08:55:56 PM
any nice boat ride in miami beach?
http://www.dansdeals.com/archives/16322
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: mb1 on March 03, 2014, 09:17:18 PM
Any particular restaurant/s here i need to visit?

House of Dog is pretty good and you can have a Parave dessert at Shakoland right next door. :)
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: AJK on March 03, 2014, 10:03:51 PM
Have you been to HG and Rare?

Very soon, IYH.

Hope to hit HoD, HG, and either Rare or EF.
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: Dan on March 03, 2014, 10:06:19 PM
Very soon, IYH.

Hope to hit HoD, HG, and either Rare or EF.
Rare or EF? Huh?
Either way both of those come before HoD.  I grilled some jack's gourmet hot itlalian dogs with sauteed onions last night and it was way better than HoD.
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: Dan on March 03, 2014, 10:08:53 PM
Does HG still charge the mandatory 18% tip with the new 2014 tax laws meant to end that practice?
Be sure to watch out as they also leave the tip line blank on the CC slip and have recommended tips listed even though they already put the tip into the bill.

Then again this is the same place that charges 18% tip by default on pickup orders, lies about frozen non-homemade food, and stacks their tables so that you're practically eating on top of strangers.

Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: my08701 on March 03, 2014, 10:27:05 PM
Have you been to HG and Rare?
Yes & in my opinion Grill Time is better. I've sent many people their way & all came back raving (people that are used to NYC food). You owe it to them to give it another shot.
You also cannot compare how much more generous GT is from when you sit down & sample the salads, the side dishes... through desert.
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: my08701 on March 03, 2014, 10:28:47 PM
Rare or EF? Huh?
Either way both of those come before HoD.  I grilled some jack's gourmet hot itlalian dogs with sauteed onions last night and it was way better than HoD.
House of dog is not in the league of Rare or Grill time. It's like comparing Kosher delight to Abigael's
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: Dan on March 03, 2014, 10:36:35 PM
House of dog is not in the league of Rare or Grill time. It's like comparing Kosher delight to Abigael's
Who compared it ??????????????????????????????????????
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: my08701 on March 03, 2014, 10:39:03 PM
I think I'll take you up on that. Will let you know how it goes.
If you go to China Bistro, they have very good (finger licking) ribs. Their lettuce wrap which is an appetizer is unique & delicious. They also have beef & / or / combo chicken magnolian, very good.
Don't forget to get the free soda refills :)
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: my08701 on March 03, 2014, 10:45:10 PM
Who compared it ??????????????????????????????????????
Even mentioning both establishments in the same sentence is wrong :)
You have to have to be the right type of person (especially going with your wife) eating in HOD, with the menu, bar like setting w' stools. But hey, each to their own.
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: Dan on March 03, 2014, 10:46:41 PM
I think you need to go back and read again.
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: chevron on March 04, 2014, 01:31:11 AM
To which I said is very sad...

At any rate you really think GT and HG are better than Rare?

neither rare, gt or hg offer a menu not seen elsewhere.

Go to bill bags state park and bbq youre own food for 25% price
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: ayman on March 04, 2014, 01:31:39 AM
IME HoD was really good! Got burgers not dogs, and they were the best I ever had.
Rare was incredible, IMO it competes w any steakhouse in NYC, even Mikes.
Grill Time doesn't even come Remotely close! Food was bland. (Baby chicken and Beef Skewers)

Euro Fusion was an lackluster experience for me, but to be fair I got the Eggplant Parmesan w/o the Parmesan. The blooming onion was pretty good, but I think Dougies (Catskills) sauce is better.
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: chevron on March 04, 2014, 01:32:41 AM
I think you need to go back and read again.

Sushi wise, fresco gets my vote + united milage dining double dip!
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: E R K on March 04, 2014, 01:35:58 AM
Went in January. House of Dogs had great Hamburgers and Hot dogs were good. Wait time was LOOOONG
Schakolad was great! Mentioned I found him on Kosher GPS app and name dropped Dans Deals and I was good to go!
Disappointed with ShemTovs. Got Fish and Chips and hardly any fish and too much chips. Don't remember what else we got there.
Holy Bagels and Pizza was delicious. Not near hotels, we went special but really good food and large selection. Got Fish Tacos that were awesome.
Euro Fusion was excellent and even though we were there for Brunch, spouse was able to order Sea bass from dinner menu.
17 Sushi was also tasty. The place is small but food was good. Had Cheese quesadilla for the table, Grilled salmon wrap was good and spouse had cheese ravioli that was also good. They have a Restaraunt.com coupon and discount on Kosher GPS depending on what you order.
Grill time had delicious food. They give a sampling of different salads after you order. Spouse had Baby Lamb spare ribs that were great. I tasted the sauce. We were warned they were fatty but spouse didn't mind. And had something from the grill - don't remember but I remember it was good. Also brought portions of all the side dishes.
Went to Tasty for brunch. Typical Bagel, Lox and CC
Lastly we went to Rare and I was disappointed. The ambiance is nice. We started with sliders that were ok. We then ordered The Black Angus Steak with the Rosmary demigaze sauce. I happen to make very good steak at home on the grill so I felt this was nothing special. The sauce with it was tasty. But for that price ($45 each) not worth it. (But I enjoy going to Le Marais much better) We also shared Truffle mashed Potatoes that we really didn't need because the steak came with 2 or 3 tater tots which would have been fine, but waiter said we should order so we did. (BTW 18% tip was included so he probably wanted us to order alot to get more $$) also had Fruity vodka drink that was very small but very $$$. Dessert was some kind of chocolate and peanut butter thing with Parve Ice cream which tasted very parve. Everyone said to go with the S'mores, but the idea of paying $18 for smore's that I can make seemed crazy. but they must do it differently. I probably should have gotten Pomegranate Chicken instead of the steak.
Stayed at 4 Points. First room was awful - musty and bathroom door stuck and horrible view. My upgraded room wasn't available the first night as they told me they were over booked. Spoke to manager who was very nice and helpful and second night switched to larger room ocean view. MUCH BETTER.
We always found parking on street. Some places have meters that you can prepay the night before through the next morning. Otherwise you have to feed meter at 8.

Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: Deal Guy on March 04, 2014, 04:00:27 AM
Went in January. House of Dogs had great Hamburgers and Hot dogs were good. Wait time was LOOOONG
Schakolad was great! Mentioned I found him on Kosher GPS app and name dropped Dans Deals and I was good to go!
Disappointed with ShemTovs. Got Fish and Chips and hardly any fish and too much chips. Don't remember what else we got there.
Holy Bagels and Pizza was delicious. Not near hotels, we went special but really good food and large selection. Got Fish Tacos that were awesome.
Euro Fusion was excellent and even though we were there for Brunch, spouse was able to order Sea bass from dinner menu.
17 Sushi was also tasty. The place is small but food was good. Had Cheese quesadilla for the table, Grilled salmon wrap was good and spouse had cheese ravioli that was also good. They have a Restaraunt.com coupon and discount on Kosher GPS depending on what you order.
Grill time had delicious food. They give a sampling of different salads after you order. Spouse had Baby Lamb spare ribs that were great. I tasted the sauce. We were warned they were fatty but spouse didn't mind. And had something from the grill - don't remember but I remember it was good. Also brought portions of all the side dishes.
Went to Tasty for brunch. Typical Bagel, Lox and CC
Lastly we went to Rare and I was disappointed. The ambiance is nice. We started with sliders that were ok. We then ordered The Black Angus Steak with the Rosmary demigaze sauce. I happen to make very good steak at home on the grill so I felt this was nothing special. The sauce with it was tasty. But for that price ($45 each) not worth it. (But I enjoy going to Le Marais much better) We also shared Truffle mashed Potatoes that we really didn't need because the steak came with 2 or 3 tater tots which would have been fine, but waiter said we should order so we did. (BTW 18% tip was included so he probably wanted us to order alot to get more $$) also had Fruity vodka drink that was very small but very $$$. Dessert was some kind of chocolate and peanut butter thing with Parve Ice cream which tasted very parve. Everyone said to go with the S'mores, but the idea of paying $18 for smore's that I can make seemed crazy. but they must do it differently. I probably should have gotten Pomegranate Chicken instead of the steak.
Stayed at 4 Points. First room was awful - musty and bathroom door stuck and horrible view. My upgraded room wasn't available the first night as they told me they were over booked. Spoke to manager who was very nice and helpful and second night switched to larger room ocean view. MUCH BETTER.
We always found parking on street. Some places have meters that you can prepay the night before through the next morning. Otherwise you have to feed meter at 8.


Nice report!
Can you give an exact location example of where you can feed the meters the night before they take affect the next morning? Thanks
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: Marco Polo on March 04, 2014, 05:30:49 AM
I posted in one of the Hyatt threads, but may get an answer here. Does anyone know if there is street parking near the
Hyatt Coral Gables?
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: jaywhy on March 04, 2014, 05:57:05 AM
I posted in one of the Hyatt threads, but may get an answer here. Does anyone know if there is street parking near the
Hyatt Coral Gables?
Why don't you take a walk around it with Google Streetview?
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: E R K on March 04, 2014, 08:58:22 AM
Nice report!
Can you give an exact location example of where you can feed the meters the night before they take affect the next morning? Thanks
It's at the meters that you get a ticket from. Also you have to feed it before 6 PM otherwise if you feed it after 6 PM it says you don't need to feed the meter at this hour. Don't remember  where they were. Not too many of them but if you get meter starting at 8 get up at 7:30 throw on some clothes and run out and feed the meter till you want to leave. It's not like you have to move your car at that hour.
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: AJK on March 04, 2014, 09:31:32 AM
Rare or EF? Huh?
Either way both of those come before HoD.  I grilled some jack's gourmet hot itlalian dogs with sauteed onions last night and it was way better than HoD.

Have a thing for HoD. Must try it.
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: judahk88 on March 04, 2014, 11:08:16 AM
To which I said is very sad...

At any rate you really think GT and HG are better than Rare?
Just like you had a bad experience in GT and HG I had a very bad experience in Rare. Next time I am there I will try it again.
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: judahk88 on March 04, 2014, 11:09:51 AM
Does HG still charge the mandatory 18% tip with the new 2014 tax laws meant to end that practice?
Be sure to watch out as they also leave the tip line blank on the CC slip and have recommended tips listed even though they already put the tip into the bill.

Then again this is the same place that charges 18% tip by default on pickup orders, lies about frozen non-homemade food, and stacks their tables so that you're practically eating on top of strangers.
There are plenty of restaurants like that (PG comes to mind)
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: judahk88 on March 04, 2014, 11:16:07 AM
I was not a big fan of HOD, but I can't judge because I'm not a huge burger or hot dog guy.
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: Dan on March 04, 2014, 11:25:04 AM
There are plenty of restaurants like that (PG comes to mind)
I'm not a PG fan either.
If I wanted a group dinner I'd crash a wedding.
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: Dan on March 04, 2014, 11:25:45 AM
neither rare, gt or hg offer a menu not seen elsewhere.

Go to bill bags state park and bbq youre own food for 25% price
Sad but true. Nothing world class down here.
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: Dan on March 04, 2014, 11:26:02 AM
Sushi wise, fresco gets my vote + united milage dining double dip!
Will have to try it out!
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: judahk88 on March 04, 2014, 11:27:28 AM
I'm not a PG fan either.
If I wanted a group dinner I'd crash a wedding.
I agree.
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: Dan on March 04, 2014, 11:28:28 AM
IME HoD was really good! Got burgers not dogs, and they were the best I ever had.

Rare was incredible, IMO it competes w any steakhouse in NYC, even Mikes.

Grill Time doesn't even come Remotely close! Food was bland. (Baby chicken and Beef Skewers)

Euro Fusion was an lackluster experience for me, but to be fair I got the Eggplant Parmesan w/o the Parmesan. The blooming onion was pretty good, but I think Dougies (Catskills) sauce is better.
1. No way are the burgers comparable to ABC, Milt's, or Clubhouse A"H.
But they're good.

2. I did enjoy rare, but better than Mike's?

3. But they give you freeeeee salads, it's amaaaaaaaazing...

4. Maybe next time get the Parmesan without the Eggplant?
Did you get the sushi at Euro Fusion?
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: judahk88 on March 04, 2014, 11:29:55 AM
1. No way are the burgers comparable to ABC, Milt's, or Clubhouse A"H.
But they're good.

2. I did enjoy rare, but better than Mike's?

3. But they give you freeeeee salads, it's amaaaaaaaazing...

4. Maybe next time get the Parmesan without the Eggplant?
Did you get the sushi at Euro Fusion?
ALOL. You crack me up.
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: CS1 on March 04, 2014, 11:34:00 AM
Grill Time doesn't even come Remotely close! Food was bland. (Baby chicken and Beef Skewers)

Grill Time had great Korean Steak.
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: mb1 on March 04, 2014, 12:30:00 PM
I was not a big fan of HOD, but I can't judge because I'm not a huge burger or hot dog guy.

Not a major fan either but it was a fun meal and something different from the typical restaurant experience.
IMHO definitely worth trying, but wouldn't write a major review on what to order or how "amazing" the food was.
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: damaxer91 on March 04, 2014, 12:36:30 PM
Does HG still charge the mandatory 18% tip with the new 2014 tax laws meant to end that practice?
Be sure to watch out as they also leave the tip line blank on the CC slip and have recommended tips listed even though they already put the tip into the bill.

Then again this is the same place that charges 18% tip by default on pickup orders, lies about frozen non-homemade food, and stacks their tables so that you're practically eating on top of strangers.



In my experience, all the Kosher places in Surfside try pulling the same shtick. They only take off the charge if you notice
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: Dan on March 04, 2014, 01:42:50 PM
Vile.
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: jaywhy on March 04, 2014, 03:30:37 PM
Btw, Euro Fusion also has great prices.
We had a family lunch there this past Sunday and the bill was ~$20 per person. And we don't order cheaply ;)
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: Mordy2 on March 04, 2014, 06:57:22 PM
Will have to try it out!

I was really not impressed with Fresco at all.  Service was terrible, food was mediocre... They have a mandatory 18% tip for parties of 2(!!)+.

In contrast, we really enjoyed Euro Fusion- food was fantastic, service was great!
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: Marco Polo on March 04, 2014, 07:43:06 PM
Btw, Euro Fusion also has great prices.
We had a family lunch there this past Sunday and the bill was ~$20 per person. And we don't order cheaply ;)
Was just there this morning and paid 65 for breakfast and lunch for 3 people.
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: chaimaron on March 04, 2014, 08:07:35 PM
In Fll waiting for my flight back  :-\
Just a quick TR.
Stayed in th westin diplomat hollywood fl. Got a Great room with ocean view and club access for 18,700 points 1st night, second night no club access was 16,000. Hotel is unbelievable gets a five star rating from me,everything about it is simply amazing etc.etc..... Club lounge is great  amazing terraces with views and some kosher food like bagels etc... (ask to see certificate for bagels )they told me lox was kosher as well. they have paper plates and cutlery available. Didnt have enough points for lounge second day. Food -we ate in rare two thumbs downn :-[ :-[
The waiter tries to push you to the most expensive steak and to buy sides as well etc...i got so fed up just ordered a burger wasn't good at all,wings and popcorn chicken were decent as well as the salad. Motzart cafe is good pizza and sushi were great, pasta wasn't.
The winner hands down was fresko We ate there twice everything was simply delicious
Crab salad wrap,3 or 4 cheese pizza, sushi, salmon burger, are all just amazing goat cheese salad is particularly fantastic!!!!!!
Highly recommended (no i don't own this place or know who does).
Grill time was good got the rib eye, it was great! wife got the kids burger was good as well. I didnt particularly care for the free salads.
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: chaimaron on March 04, 2014, 08:15:29 PM
Also seeing lebron go off for 61 is pretty cool!
waching the game live my wife commented, the game just looks so easy for him.
Couldn't be truer (sorry dan but don't worry, i think he will return to cleveland next year).
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: sky121 on March 04, 2014, 08:20:23 PM
Mmm love me some Fresko!
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: AJK on March 04, 2014, 08:24:26 PM
So if I have two dinners, one lunch, and one brunch, where would you recommend, assuming I am going to HoD for the lunch?

Figure Fresko for brunch, HG for one dinner, EF for another dinner?

Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: CS1 on March 04, 2014, 09:03:40 PM
So if I have two dinners, one lunch, and one brunch, where would you recommend, assuming I am going to HoD for the lunch?

Figure Fresko for brunch, HG for one dinner, EF for another dinner?
(EF for dinner is dairy)  If interested in meat, can do Grill Time for dinner.
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: Dan on March 04, 2014, 09:09:27 PM
we ate in rare two thumbs downn :-[ :-[
The waiter tries to push you to the most expensive steak and to buy sides as well etc...i got so fed up just ordered a burger wasn't good at all,wings and popcorn chicken were decent as well as the salad.
You got mad that the waiter pushed the steak so you got a burger?
Maybe he knew what he talking about...the Black Angus Steak I had there was excellent.
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: shnoz on March 04, 2014, 09:23:08 PM
Any must haves in EF?
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: CS1 on March 04, 2014, 09:32:41 PM
Any must haves in EF?
blooming onion, sushi, tempura, milkshakes, were great. Salad are pretty good. The french fries were mediocre...
(Not sure what our entrees were, if any -- I think that their pizza was good.) Very good felafel plate with 6 massive felafel balls, loads of hummus and tehina.
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: Marco Polo on March 04, 2014, 09:42:11 PM
Just an update in regards to parking at the Hyatt Coral Gables. There is street parking right outside the hotel. It is free from midnight-9 AM and three hour max pre-paid. Comes out way cheaper to do this.
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: mb1 on March 04, 2014, 11:13:49 PM
So if I have two dinners, one lunch, and one brunch, where would you recommend, assuming I am going to HoD for the lunch?

Figure Fresko for brunch, HG for one dinner, EF for another dinner?
EF is nice eating outside during daylight.
Maybe better for brunch?
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: Dan on March 04, 2014, 11:16:31 PM
EF is nice eating outside during daylight.
Maybe better for brunch?
+1, EF for lunch for sure.

HoD is open really late. Do Rare for dinner so that we can your take on it vs HG, go have fun elsewhere for a few hours (#ChildfreeBennies), and then grab a late night dog and a beer like how it's meant to be :)
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: mb1 on March 04, 2014, 11:27:45 PM
Or try Kosh for the other dinner.
I heard it is really good but did not eat there.
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: jaywhy on March 04, 2014, 11:42:01 PM
blooming onion, sushi, tempura, milkshakes, were great. Salad are pretty good. The french fries were mediocre...
(Not sure what our entrees were, if any -- I think that their pizza was good.) Very good felafel plate with 6 massive felafel balls, loads of hummus and tehina.
French fries were very good IMO. Strawberry milkshake is awesome.
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: ayman on March 05, 2014, 12:54:29 AM
1. No way are the burgers comparable to ABC, Milt's, or Clubhouse A"H.
But they're good.

2. I did enjoy rare, but better than Mike's?

3. But they give you freeeeee salads, it's amaaaaaaaazing...

4. Maybe next time get the Parmesan without the Eggplant?
Did you get the sushi at Euro Fusion?
1. Never had Clubhouse or Milts, I think it's better than ABC.

2. Maybe not clearly better, but it can definitely compete. IME at each I enjoyed Rare more than Mikes.

3. ROFL, it was our second time getting food from them, this time we had to take it to go. The first time was good not great, second was a dud.

4. LOL, tough to do when you are lactose intolerant... tried to do something dairy-free that sounded good. Didn't get any of the sushi, I don't usually try exotic rolls...
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: ayman on March 05, 2014, 12:56:03 AM
Btw, Euro Fusion also has great prices.
We had a family lunch there this past Sunday and the bill was ~$20 per person. And we don't order cheaply ;)
+1, This was definitely the case IME. Lunch for two came out to $40 with a Groupon.
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: Dan on March 05, 2014, 01:10:50 AM
4. LOL, tough to do when you are lactose intolerant... tried to do something dairy-free that sounded good. Didn't get any of the sushi, I don't usually try exotic rolls...
Fair enough, but you can't judge an eggplant parm made dairy-free!

Don't need exotic, even a tempura fried veggie roll would have been awesome.
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: ayman on March 05, 2014, 01:15:03 AM
Fair enough, but you can't judge an eggplant parm made dairy-free!
I hear you, and that is why I made that disclaimer.
Euro Fusion was an lackluster experience for me, but to be fair I got the Eggplant Parmesan w/o the Parmesan. The blooming onion was pretty good, but I think Dougies (Catskills) sauce is better.
So we are in agreement then, a breaded eggplant parm on angel hair pasta w/o cheese is plain bad!   :D ::)
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: meshugener on March 05, 2014, 02:14:50 PM
food FOOD FOOD FOOD FOOD FOOD FOOD FOOD FOOD FOOD FOOD FOOD FOOD FOOD FOOD FOOD FOOD FOOD FOOD FOOD FOOD FOOD FOOD FOOD FOOD FOOD FOOD


I wish we can sub-divide this thread.

So hard to find anything productive in this thread. 90% of it are arguments about food.

Food, food, again and again.
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: SPLP on March 05, 2014, 02:57:24 PM
+100
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: CS1 on March 05, 2014, 03:02:48 PM
French fries were very good IMO. Strawberry milkshake is awesome.
+1
Agreed! We had that milkshake, too. Delish. (EF photos to be uploaded and posted onto DDF one day)

food
Food, food, again and again.
90% of it are arguments discussions/constructive criticism/advice on how to run the perfect restaurant to bring to CLE = analyzing food.
FTFY
+1
Strawberry Milkshakes at EF. That's where it's at.
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: E-MAN on March 05, 2014, 04:03:52 PM
Any must haves in EF?
Fish and chips was probably best I've had and huge portion!
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: AJK on March 05, 2014, 09:15:51 PM
On mobile. Recommendations for rare?
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: Dan on March 05, 2014, 09:18:31 PM
Sliders, sushi, black angus steak.
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: AJK on March 05, 2014, 09:21:13 PM
Thanks. Wife is looking at fire cracker fish tacos, and pastrami Reuben Chinese dumplings, but will likely grab the black Angus steak.
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: Mutty on March 05, 2014, 09:39:34 PM
Ok, you guys are getting me hungry. It seems this EF is in Boca. Could someone just tell me how far that is from Miami Beach (Collins Avenue). We'll be there IYH in a week and a half. Is there anything comparable to it in MB?
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: E R K on March 05, 2014, 09:58:28 PM
Ok, you guys are getting me hungry. It seems this EF is in Boca. Could someone just tell me how far that is from Miami Beach (Collins Avenue). We'll be there IYH in a week and a half. Is there anything comparable to it in MB?
About 45 minute drive. You can go to SawGrass Mills Mall which is around there.
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
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Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: AJK on March 06, 2014, 12:21:26 PM
Any recommendations for activities today? Besides eating I mean :)
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: Dan on March 06, 2014, 12:28:32 PM
Did you read my TRs?  Lots there besides food.
http://www.dansdeals.com/archives/16322
http://www.dansdeals.com/archives/26692
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: AJK on March 06, 2014, 12:28:55 PM
DO at EF?
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: AJK on March 06, 2014, 12:29:25 PM
Did you read my TRs?  Lots there besides food.
http://www.dansdeals.com/archives/16322
http://www.dansdeals.com/archives/26692

Thanks. Will review during lunch.
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: mendoul on March 06, 2014, 02:24:34 PM
Where can i rent a segway in miami beach?
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: bluiemonster1 on March 06, 2014, 05:57:02 PM
Where can i rent a segway in miami beach?


https://www.google.com/search?hl=en-US&ie=UTF-8&source=boatbrowser&q=miami+segway+rental
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: Mutty on March 06, 2014, 06:19:51 PM


https://www.google.com/search?hl=en-US&ie=UTF-8&source=boatbrowser&q=miami+segway+rental
It's a whole bunch of listings. Did anybody try any of these places? Recommendations?
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: chevron on March 07, 2014, 11:05:02 AM
Any recommendations for activities today? Besides eating I mean :)

ROFLMAO I just wrote this in LA.. hmm native miami here

Miami art district is fun, panther coffee is amazing, biscayne bay park has glass bottom boat tours but seems temporary not http://www.nps.gov/bisc/planyourvisit/things2do.htm

Virgina key up to key biscayne then bill baggs state park is amazing, awesome park, pristine sand, private beaches..

There are 1700 islands between miami dade and keywest, some you can go to by boat tour..

Drive to key west or even just marathon city for 7 mile bridge

The grove is groovy

Oletta park has great kayaking and bike trails, there is an amazing park near west palm beach you can only get to part by kayak

Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: BrooklynCPA on March 10, 2014, 05:08:52 PM
Is this a good deal or can you get similar deals one you get there?

http://www.groupon.com/deals/everglades-safari-park
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: BrooklynCPA on March 10, 2014, 05:10:00 PM
Does anyone know if it is easy to find parking on street near hotels on Collins and 41st. The hotels charge a fortune for parking.
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: AJK on March 10, 2014, 05:11:23 PM
Can park in the parking lot by the Edon Roc. I believe they charge per hour.
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: A3 on March 10, 2014, 05:12:28 PM
Can park in the parking lot by the Edon Roc. I believe they charge per hour.

Depends on the season. Sometimes there are guys in front charging $10 or so for the day.
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: Marco Polo on March 10, 2014, 05:16:30 PM
Does anyone know if it is easy to find parking on street near hotels on Collins and 41st. The hotels charge a fortune for parking.
There is a public parking lot right past the Eden Roc. Pretty cheap as well.

Just realized that is what this 
Can park in the parking lot by the Edon Roc. I believe they charge per hour.
was.
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: waterpri on March 10, 2014, 05:37:37 PM
It's $1 per hour there and you have to pay from 8-6 (a full day will cost you $10). 
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: robi on March 13, 2014, 09:58:52 PM
Can park in the parking lot by the Edon Roc. I believe they charge per hour.
can be very hard to find parking there during peak times
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: jaywhy on March 13, 2014, 10:24:27 PM
House of Dog is opening a location in Boca in a month.
Hopefully will be better than the MB one
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: robbie on March 13, 2014, 10:53:39 PM
House of Dog is opening a location in Boca in a month.
Hopefully will be better than the MB one

The food itself is pretty good for what they are going for., its more the service that's terrible.
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: E-MAN on March 14, 2014, 11:10:00 AM
House of Dog is opening a location in Boca in a month.
Hopefully will be better than the MB one
Also opening a 3rd location in Jacksonville
http://yeahthatskosher.com/2014/03/house-of-dog-to-open-3rd-location-in-jacksonville-fl/ (http://yeahthatskosher.com/2014/03/house-of-dog-to-open-3rd-location-in-jacksonville-fl/)
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: damaxer91 on March 14, 2014, 11:54:08 AM
Also opening a 3rd location in Jacksonville
http://yeahthatskosher.com/2014/03/house-of-dog-to-open-3rd-location-in-jacksonville-fl/ (http://yeahthatskosher.com/2014/03/house-of-dog-to-open-3rd-location-in-jacksonville-fl/)

Odd. I wonder if someone locally is fronting the $$ because they want it to open
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: yudel on March 17, 2014, 05:34:58 PM
planning a quick trip, just want to walk on the beach and eat good food :) was thinking about skipping the rental car not so much to save money but because its such a shlep to get to the rental car area!
My thought is to take a taxi (Uber:) to hotel and then just walk or cab to eat.

Thoughts?

Also, What would you say is the best option for a hotel (prefer spg) that's close to food options and is on the beach?

Last time we stayed at the Westin Diplomat and liked it a lot
 
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: ah on March 17, 2014, 07:39:59 PM
planning a quick trip, just want to walk on the beach and eat good food :) was thinking about skipping the rental car not so much to save money but because its such a shlep to get to the rental car area!
My thought is to take a taxi (Uber:) to hotel and then just walk or cab to eat.

Thoughts?

Also, What would you say is the best option for a hotel (prefer spg) that's close to food options and is on the beach?

Last time we stayed at the Westin Diplomat and liked it a lot
 
no uber down there
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: my08701 on March 17, 2014, 11:11:58 PM
planning a quick trip, just want to walk on the beach and eat good food :) was thinking about skipping the rental car not so much to save money but because its such a shlep to get to the rental car area!
My thought is to take a taxi (Uber:) to hotel and then just walk or cab to eat.

Thoughts?

Also, What would you say is the best option for a hotel (prefer spg) that's close to food options and is on the beach?

Last time we stayed at the Westin Diplomat and liked it a lot
 
Depending on the airport you are landing in... Ft. Lauderdale is fairly simple renting a car, usually in & out in no time. Some terminals you can walk to the rent a car others you take a free short bus ride. The cost of a cab to & from the airport will probably be more than a simple rental with Priceline or Costco. Also depending on the hotel with the price of parking for example the Marriot's have free parking...
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: Deal Guy on March 17, 2014, 11:35:54 PM
planning a quick trip, just want to walk on the beach and eat good food :) was thinking about skipping the rental car not so much to save money but because its such a shlep to get to the rental car area!
My thought is to take a taxi (Uber:) to hotel and then just walk or cab to eat.

Thoughts?

Also, What would you say is the best option for a hotel (prefer spg) that's close to food options and is on the beach?

Last time we stayed at the Westin Diplomat and liked it a lot
 
If you don't want to spend more than 12k per night, go back to the diplomat.
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: mendoul on March 18, 2014, 12:34:19 AM
If you don't want to spend more than 12k per night, go back to the diplomat.

Four points by sheraton
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: yudel on March 18, 2014, 09:32:54 AM
Thanks for the replies.
I'm flying in to MIA hence the airport shlep (yes if I was flying into fll i would def rent a car).

My main issue is that i'm going for a real short trip so I don't want to spend the entire time fighting traffic getting from place to place (read restaurant to restaurant :).
If I could find a place with a nice hotel a somewhat quiet beach and close by to a few restaurants that would be ideal.   
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: my08701 on March 18, 2014, 04:42:35 PM
Thanks for the replies.
I'm flying in to MIA hence the airport shlep (yes if I was flying into fll i would def rent a car).

My main issue is that i'm going for a real short trip so I don't want to spend the entire time fighting traffic getting from place to place (read restaurant to restaurant :).
If I could find a place with a nice hotel a somewhat quiet beach and close by to a few restaurants that would be ideal.   
if you are going for a short time, it is more of a reason to rent a car, if you are staying in a place that has free or street parking, I think it is a no brainer even from MIA.. renting is rather simple in MIA as well.
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: Mutty on March 18, 2014, 05:14:13 PM
Just got back from MB. I don't want to repeat all that you folks have already spoken about. Just want to concur. Beyond Shemtov's excellent. Cine Cenna was really great. Mozrat near FLL very good. The caramel cake with whip cream -OOOOOOOhhh! Had Friday night meal at the restaurant in Carriage Club North. Just ok. Was packed. Had some of Rare's ribs at our seuda in the condo and everyone loved them. A wonderful and relaxing time. Altima for $78 (Thursday-Monday) through Costco at Budget. JetBlue major delays going home, but more leg room than some other planes, like AA. And free snacks and one bag. Got the TSA Pre on our tickets which made it even better.
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: AJK on March 18, 2014, 05:29:15 PM
Also recently returned.

Among the restaurants we went to:

Rare was excellent. We ordered:

Spicy fish tacos -- 3.5/5
Reuben Chinese dumplings -- 4.75/5
Two steak specials (rare prime cut) -- 4.25/5
Molten Chocolate cake with peanut butter filling -- 5/5 (one of the best desserts I've ever had)
Ambiance -- 4.5/5 (plenty of room, enough light, service good)

Harbor Grill was disappointing, largely due to the service.

Scallops -- 4.5/5
Sliders -- 4.25/5 (not as good as Maple Grill)
Pepper-crusted filet -- 4/5 (not as good as Le Marais)
Chicken salad -- 3.5/5
Ambiance -- 3/5 (very crowded, and the waiter we got was terrible. Forgot orders, had to ask 3-4 times for things, when asked for more salad dressing for the salad, brought out a different dressing which looked the same but made salad inedible)
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: Joe4007 on March 18, 2014, 05:31:36 PM
Also recently returned.

Among the restaurants we went to:

Rare was excellent. We ordered:

Spicy fish tacos -- 3.5/105
Reuben Chinese dumplings -- 4.75/5
Two steak specials (rare prime cut) -- 4.25/5
Molten Chocolate cake with peanut butter filling -- 5/5 (one of the best desserts I've ever had)
Ambiance -- 4.5/5 (plenty of room, enough light, service good)

Harbor Grill was disappointing, largely due to the service.

Scallops -- 4.5/5
Sliders -- 4.25/5 (not as good as Maple Grill)
Pepper-crusted filet -- 4/5 (not as good as Le Marais)
Chicken salad -- 3.5/5
Ambiance -- 3/5 (very crowded, and the water we got was terrible. Forgot orders, had to ask 3-4 times for things, when asked for more salad dressing for the salad, brought out a different dressing which looked the same but made salad inedible)
FTFY
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: Dan on March 18, 2014, 05:37:36 PM
Also recently returned.

Among the restaurants we went to:

Rare was excellent. We ordered:

Spicy fish tacos -- 3.5/5
Reuben Chinese dumplings -- 4.75/5
Two steak specials (rare prime cut) -- 4.25/5
Molten Chocolate cake with peanut butter filling -- 5/5 (one of the best desserts I've ever had)
Ambiance -- 4.5/5 (plenty of room, enough light, service good)

Harbor Grill was disappointing, largely due to the service.

Scallops -- 4.5/5
Sliders -- 4.25/5 (not as good as Maple Grill)
Pepper-crusted filet -- 4/5 (not as good as Le Marais)
Chicken salad -- 3.5/5
Ambiance -- 3/5 (very crowded, and the waiter we got was terrible. Forgot orders, had to ask 3-4 times for things, when asked for more salad dressing for the salad, brought out a different dressing which looked the same but made salad inedible)
Como se diz I told ya so ;)
Is that all you went to?
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: Joe4007 on March 18, 2014, 05:40:58 PM
Como se diz I told ya so ;)
Te lo dije...
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: AJK on March 18, 2014, 05:44:11 PM
Como se diz I told ya so ;)
Is that all you went to?

Went to Fresko and EF as well.

Just don't have time right now to type up what we got, etc.

Unfortunately, HoD was closed on Friday, so I'll have to go back down :)
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: yudel on March 19, 2014, 12:11:43 AM
Also recently returned.

Among the restaurants we went to:

Rare was excellent. We ordered:

Spicy fish tacos -- 3.5/5
Reuben Chinese dumplings -- 4.75/5
Two steak specials (rare prime cut) -- 4.25/5
Molten Chocolate cake with peanut butter filling -- 5/5 (one of the best desserts I've ever had)
Ambiance -- 4.5/5 (plenty of room, enough light, service good)

Harbor Grill was disappointing, largely due to the service.

Scallops -- 4.5/5
Sliders -- 4.25/5 (not as good as Maple Grill)
Pepper-crusted filet -- 4/5 (not as good as Le Marais)
Chicken salad -- 3.5/5
Ambiance -- 3/5 (very crowded, and the waiter we got was terrible. Forgot orders, had to ask 3-4 times for things, when asked for more salad dressing for the salad, brought out a different dressing which looked the same but made salad inedible)
Where did you stay?
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: robbie on March 19, 2014, 12:27:30 AM
hey, looking to get down to Florida this weekend or next, if anyone needs a car driven to Florida from NY or vice versa pm me.
thanks
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: yudel on March 20, 2014, 09:52:12 AM
Anyone stay at Sheraton Miami beach recently? How does it compare to Westin diplomat?

How about W south beach? Is it worth the extra 18k a night?
Thanks
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: Marco Polo on March 20, 2014, 10:26:59 AM
Anyone stay at Sheraton Miami beach recently? How does it compare to Westin diplomat?

How about W south beach? Is it worth the extra 18k a night?
Thanks
Haven't stayed the SMB, but the WD was great. I can't stop thinking about those beds... heavenly :)
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: robbie on March 20, 2014, 10:31:37 AM
Anyone stay at Sheraton Miami beach recently? How does it compare to Westin diplomat?

How about W south beach? Is it worth the extra 18k a night?
Thanks

I stayed at the Sheraton Miami beach about 2 months ago, was very unimpressed for 10k starwood points. (now 12) Really nothing good about that hotel, pretty much a waste of points. Dont know though if its worth the extra 18 for the W, but would deff look for other options then the the Sheraton
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: Vosizderneias on March 20, 2014, 12:27:30 PM
Have an apartment on NMB, and want to rent out for pesach, anyone know how to do it?
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: Mushkie10 on March 23, 2014, 02:42:17 PM
Headed to FLL for two days tom. Going with a baby, but all we really want is Kosher food.

Hotel: Have tons of SPG and UR points (thanks Dan ;), is westin diplomat my best bet? (spg gold - any chance of upgrade?)

Car: is it safe to rent from the no-namer companies at FLL?

Food: Best milchig joints?

Any tips are appreciated
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: shnoz on March 23, 2014, 02:53:49 PM
Went to Fresko and EF as well.

Just don't have time right now to type up what we got, etc.

Going 2 EF next week would love 2 hear what u had...
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: jaywhy on March 23, 2014, 03:38:49 PM
Headed to FLL for two days tom. Going with a baby, but all we really want is Kosher food.

Hotel: Have tons of SPG and UR points (thanks Dan ;), is westin diplomat my best bet? (spg gold - any chance of upgrade?)

Car: is it safe to rent from the no-namer companies at FLL?

Food: Best milchig joints?

Any tips are appreciated
Best dairy place in S Florida is Euro Fusion.
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: CS1 on March 23, 2014, 04:05:18 PM
Best dairy place in S Florida is Euro Fusion.
+1

Also, for variety and some great, fresh baked desserts (beinets, carmel topped cheesecake, Choc. Lava cake, etc..) :
Cafe Emunah in FLL...
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: AJK on March 23, 2014, 05:29:59 PM
Going 2 EF next week would love 2 hear what u had...

Sushi, eggplant stack, blooming onion, and quesadillas:

(http://i.gyazo.com/4077b3b6495d9479ad3fff56c8d73014.png)

(http://i.gyazo.com/d0bd9f17c8600f1e5d0d9ba5792eecd3.png)

(http://i.gyazo.com/845a0995334717fbd6807b075a4b92dd.png)

(http://i.gyazo.com/da30a45e7e230cb1ce48a98934f1dfa7.png)
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: Dan on March 23, 2014, 05:35:41 PM
Sushi, eggplant stack, blooming onion, and quesadillas:

(http://i.gyazo.com/4077b3b6495d9479ad3fff56c8d73014.png)

(http://i.gyazo.com/d0bd9f17c8600f1e5d0d9ba5792eecd3.png)

(http://i.gyazo.com/845a0995334717fbd6807b075a4b92dd.png)

(http://i.gyazo.com/da30a45e7e230cb1ce48a98934f1dfa7.png)
Man you're getting me hungry.

Eat al fresco?
Review?
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: shnoz on March 23, 2014, 07:57:26 PM
Sushi, eggplant stack, blooming onion, and quesadillas:

(http://i.gyazo.com/4077b3b6495d9479ad3fff56c8d73014.png)

(http://i.gyazo.com/d0bd9f17c8600f1e5d0d9ba5792eecd3.png)

(http://i.gyazo.com/845a0995334717fbd6807b075a4b92dd.png)

(http://i.gyazo.com/da30a45e7e230cb1ce48a98934f1dfa7.png)

Thanx looks awsome! cant wait 2 go
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: zh cohen on March 27, 2014, 01:19:15 PM
Headed to FLL for two days tom. Going with a baby, but all we really want is Kosher food.

Hotel: Have tons of SPG and UR points (thanks Dan ;), is westin diplomat my best bet? (spg gold - any chance of upgrade?)

Car: is it safe to rent from the no-namer companies at FLL?

Food: Best milchig joints?

Any tips are appreciated

Hotel: I was very happy with the Weston diplomat. I asked for an upgrade at check in and got upgraded from a partial ocean view to a full ocean view. (I am not spg gold)

Food: at the risk of sounding like a broken record, Gigi's cafe was awesome!
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: jaywhy on March 27, 2014, 11:32:06 PM
Euro Fusion will be converted into a steakhouse after Pesach. Most of the menu items and staff will be moved over to Mozart Cafe.
Same owner.
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: Dan on March 28, 2014, 10:21:09 AM
Euro Fusion will be converted into a steakhouse after Pesach. Most of the menu items and staff will be moved over to Mozart Cafe.
Same owner.
Stinks!
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: Joe4007 on March 28, 2014, 10:56:37 AM
Stinks!
Someone is getting to you, restaurant after restaurant; Asian and now EF. We should send an agent to Tierra Sur... ;D
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: Dan on March 28, 2014, 11:01:24 AM
Someone is getting to you, restaurant after restaurant; Asian and now EF. We should send an agent to Tierra Sur... ;D
What happened to Asian?
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: Yaalili on March 28, 2014, 11:13:59 AM
What happened to Asian?

Supposedly a change in chef - http://forums.dansdeals.com/index.php?topic=3053.msg722133#msg722133.
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: AJK on March 28, 2014, 11:15:40 AM
Euro Fusion will be converted into a steakhouse after Pesach. Most of the menu items and staff will be moved over to Mozart Cafe.
Same owner.

Whiskey tango?

Why would they do that? Were they not as successful as they should have been? Margins not high enough on dairy? (I imagine margins should be HIGHER than meat, but what do I know.)
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: Dan on March 28, 2014, 11:16:41 AM
Maybe if you would have typed up a review more would have gone ;)
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: AJK on March 28, 2014, 11:18:07 AM
Maybe if you would have typed up a review more would have gone ;)

Guilty as charged, sir. I have no excuse.

Where's the plank? :)
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: ayman on March 28, 2014, 11:47:02 AM
Whiskey tango?

Why would they do that? Were they not as successful as they should have been? Margins not high enough on dairy? (I imagine margins should be HIGHER than meat, but what do I know.)
They are.
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: jaywhy on March 28, 2014, 11:47:43 AM
Apparently, the same owner owns both Mozart Cafe and Euro. Both are dairy and it didn't make sense to have them competing with each other, hence the switch.

At least most of the menu and the sushi chef will be moved to Mozart...

EF Meat Edition will have a focus towards more natural and hormone/antibiotic free meat dishes. The owner promised not to jack up the prices too much, FWIW.
The chef from ETC is coming down here next week to help plan the menu for EF Meat, and is considering a move to become full time executive chef if it works out well. (Sorry AJK :P)
EF will also stay open much later at night.

If Mozart turns into what EF was, and EF meat is as good as EF dairy, then the changes will be overall positive. Boca really needs a good meat place.
Although I'll really miss dairy EF, especially the deck over the water.
I've been coming here 1-2x per week for the past 8 months, tried everything on the menu, and have never had anything bad or even mediocre.
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: AJK on March 28, 2014, 11:55:34 AM
Apparently, the same owner owns both Mozart Cafe and Euro. Both are dairy and it didn't make sense to have them competing with each other, hence the switch.

Makes sense.

The chef from ETC is coming down here next week to help plan the menu for EF Meat, and is considering a move to become full time executive chef if it works out well. (Sorry AJK :P)

He left NJ a while ago, FWIU, so no loss.

If Mozart turns into what EF was, and EF meat is as good as EF dairy, then the changes will be overall positive. Boca really needs a good meat place.

Ayymen.
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: shnoz on April 01, 2014, 01:23:59 PM
Any1 been 2 Fuego in n miami?
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: JFEADV on April 02, 2014, 05:32:16 PM
any one been to westin on Collins ave 30K points a night
how is it
pls advise
ty
 :)
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: meshugener on April 02, 2014, 06:15:39 PM
any one been to westin on Collins ave 30K points a night
how is it
pls advise
ty
 :)
A little respect for the one who's going to help you. Please.
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: JFEADV on April 03, 2014, 10:15:19 AM
says pls advise
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: CS1 on April 03, 2014, 11:46:36 AM
any one been to westin on Collins ave 30K points a night
how is it
pls advise
ty
 :)
I think what the others are trying to recommend to you is that some specs and links would be helpful to provide you with the advice that you are requesting.

Personally, I was curious how something in SPG could be 30K per night if it is not a St. Regis.
So, I found out some details:
#1 - What you are inquiring about is actually a "W" hotel in South Beach.
        Much more 'hip' than your average Westin.
        And, it's in an extremely prime location.
#2 - Here's an exact link: http://www.starwoodhotels.com/preferredguest/property/overview/index.html?propertyID=1599
#3 - The mega suite has its own private 'plunge' pool on the balcony:
     http://www.starwoodhotels.com/preferredguest/property/rooms/room_class_detail.html?propertyID=1599&roomClassId=1004210061
#4 - The smaller "studio" is $489 = 30K. The Mega Suite is $789. The Penthouse Suite is $5,980.
#5 - Rates for May for all suites are here:
     http://www.starwoodhotels.com/preferredguest/rates/room.html?      refPage=property&departureDate=05%2F15%2F2014&ctx=search&arrivalDate=05%2F13%2F2014&priceMin=&iATANumber=&sortOrder=&propertyI     d=1599&accessible=&numberOfRooms=1&numberOfAdults=1&bedType=&priceMax=&currencyCode=&numberOfChildren=0&nonSmoking=
#6 - The St. Regis on Collins also has a few nights in May for 30K points. It's 6 miles north of the "W". Their 30K room goes for $719.
   While the "Presidential Suite guests also enjoy a complimentary poolside Presidential Cabana", it does not appear that their balcony includes a   private pool.
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: shnoz on April 03, 2014, 03:15:52 PM
Any1 been 2 Fuego in n miami?
BUMP
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: JFEADV on April 03, 2014, 04:32:59 PM
ty
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: CS1 on April 03, 2014, 04:43:24 PM
ty
you're welcome!
I didn't even know that there was that "W" there! Looking tempting. I like private pools. More worth it than a luxurious lobby.
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: Vosizderneias on April 03, 2014, 04:58:38 PM
you're welcome!
I didn't even know that there was that "W" there! Looking tempting. I like private pools. More worth it than a luxurious lobby.
plus im sure that a private pool comes equipped with a luxurious lobby :o
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: CS1 on April 03, 2014, 05:01:11 PM
plus im sure that a private pool comes equipped with a luxurious lobby :o
not in this case - some of the bigger suites have that idea, but no private pool.
Obviously, the main the lobby is public. Why pay 30K points for just that?

This pool is your own 'plunge pool' on your own private balcony in South Beach:
   http://www.starwoodhotels.com/preferredguest/property/rooms/room_class_detail.html?propertyID=1599&roomClassId=1004210061
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: shnoz on April 04, 2014, 11:27:38 AM
EF closed 4 renovations :'(
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: Dan on April 04, 2014, 11:36:50 AM
EF closed 4 renovations :'(
Already? That stinks!
Was hoping to hit it up erev pesach.
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: soursticks on April 04, 2014, 11:45:38 AM
Using SPG points, what is the best hotel in miami, I understand there are many factors, but for one night, balancing everything, which hotel do you get the most bang for your buck/point?


Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: CS1 on April 04, 2014, 01:21:00 PM
Using SPG points, what is the best hotel in miami, I understand there are many factors, but for one night, balancing everything, which hotel do you get the most bang for your buck/point?
Depends on several factors such as:
   Does it HAVE to be in Miama, or is FLL good enough?
   Does it HAVE to be by the water, or are a few blocks away good enough?
   Does it HAVE to be within 10 minutes of a minyan/restaurants, or is 25 min good enough?
And then there are the hotel amenities questions...  Sort of subjective, imo... B"H, a great SPG selection in Southern FL.
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: shnoz on April 04, 2014, 03:47:43 PM
Already? That stinks!
Was hoping to hit it up erev pesach.
Yep their phone transfers 2 mozart in boca, luckily I called b4 attempting 2 drive frm miami
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: robbie on April 04, 2014, 03:51:02 PM
Using SPG points, what is the best hotel in miami, I understand there are many factors, but for one night, balancing everything, which hotel do you get the most bang for your buck/point?

I deff would waste the points at the Sheraton Miami beach.
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: jaywhy on April 04, 2014, 04:19:59 PM
Already? That stinks!
Was hoping to hit it up erev pesach.
Staff and menu are at Mozart starting Sunday.
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: Super Speed on April 05, 2014, 09:21:43 PM
What is a good SPG property in or near Miami to stay over Shabbos (Shul nearby)?
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: mendoul on April 05, 2014, 09:25:50 PM
What is a good SPG property in or near Miami to stay over Shabbos (Shul nearby)?

Four points by sheraton
W hotel
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: Joe4007 on April 05, 2014, 09:26:32 PM
What is a good SPG property in or near Miami to stay over Shabbos (Shul nearby)?
St Regis Bal Harbour?
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: Super Speed on April 05, 2014, 09:36:59 PM

St Regis Bal Harbour?
That's a bit steep!
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: Super Speed on April 05, 2014, 09:37:40 PM

Four points by sheraton
W hotel
The W Miami? How long of a walk is it?
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: CS1 on April 05, 2014, 11:32:43 PM