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Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Couples first trip without kids in 10+ years.

Thoughts on this (Too much?):
I'm stressed just looking at that.  Can they just choose one island?  There is definitely enough adventure for a week on either Maui or Kauai.  If they want to see two islands, maybe Maui with day trip to Lanai or Kauai with day trip to Ni'ihau.

December 27, 2018, 09:44:32 AM
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Re: Ad Campaign for spreading awareness anti credit card swiping businesses! I like.
February 28, 2019, 06:40:43 PM
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Re: Ad Campaign for spreading awareness anti credit card swiping businesses!
It does say on the top in small letterings: 'Urgent message from concerned members of our community' Isn't that enough??
I think it's enough.  To me, including a link says "hidden agenda."

March 03, 2019, 09:59:40 AM
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Re: Hawaii housing for 5 near Honolulu? Don't listen to the naysayers if you've already made plans.  Waikiki is extremely touristy, less relaxing than the other islands, but there is loads to do.  You will not be bored. 
March 06, 2019, 08:56:12 PM
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Re: Making Pesach For The First Time I think some of it depends on your minhagim.  Do you use any processed/canned goods? Do you eat milchig? Etc.  Also, the number of people and ages will impact what you need.

You'll likely need disposable plastic containers: 3 oz, 8 oz, 1 lb, 2 lb.  Convenient for *everything*.

More disposables: foil pans of all sizes, foil, plastic wrap, vinyl tablecloth, 5 oz. cups (for sedarim), larger cups, bowls, plates, knives, spoons, forks, Ziploc bags in quart and gallon sizes, plastic baggies, twist ties, paper towels, stove foil, soup bags, counter covers, etc.

Like someone said, every year you can buy some non-disposables to replace the disposables. This is our 20th year making Pesach, and we still add to our kitchen equipment one or two things each year.

At the very minimum, start out with a good chef's knife and cutting board. The knife, almost singlehandedly, makes Pesach food prep less burdensome.  Peeler, paring knife, two fleishig pots, frying pan, utensil to use with frying pan. That's the bare minimum.

March 12, 2019, 09:40:43 AM
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Re: Making Pesach For The First Time
I use my food processor to whip the eggs and a hand mixer for the rest of the batter and then combine.  I don't have a Pesach stand mixer.  Although a simple one is not too expenseive.
My daughter makes a chocolate mousse cake that is absolutely divine with just a hand mixer, separated eggs and all.  We don't even own a food processor for year round.  (We *had* one, but gave it away after it sat mostly unused for the better part of a decade.)

General advice:  at the end of Pesach, when you are putting everything away, make a list of THINGS YOU NEED and THINGS YOU DON'T NEED for the following Pesach, and hang it up just inside your Pesach cabinet/bin.  We usually put away some consumables, so those we would include on the DON'T NEED list, but if we ran out of something, or there is something we see we can't live without, it goes on the NEED list.  The next Pesach, we can do our shopping before we are ready to unpack everything.

March 12, 2019, 02:14:54 PM
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Re: Maui Master Thread
Even if I have the book?
Yes.  I would get both.

May 03, 2019, 01:14:17 PM
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Re: Hawaii Master Thread: General Questions And Which Island To Visit?
If I spend a week+ in Maui, how much time is suggested to do the things that are not available in Maui or better in Kauai?

Suggestions on which of the small islands to try and drop in on?
They each have enough unique wonders that I'd split my time about even.  From Maui, looks like you can fly to Molokai, or take ferry to Lanai.  Or from Kauai, helicopter to Ni'ihau.  Been to Lanai, not interested in going again. Would love to go to either of the other two.  Might not be worth the time if this is your first trip to Maui/Kauai.

Secluded beach on Maui: Red Sand Beach in Hana.  Definitely stay the night in Hana if possible.

May 19, 2019, 09:12:21 PM
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Re: Alaska Master Thread
Did anyone fly to Katmai/brooks fall? I am looking to go in the end of August and am seeing mixed reviews about whether there are bears at the falls at that time of year. Iím looking for first hand experience of someone who was there at that time.
Eh.  One person's experience won't give much info, which is why you're seeing mixed reviews.  Call and speak to a ranger, someone who has seen what it's like that time of year, over many years.  Or try the Katmai webpage, which likely has the info.

nps.gov/katm

ETA: https://www.nps.gov/katm/planyourvisit/bear-watching.htm

May 24, 2019, 10:59:30 AM
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Re: Teton National Park and Yellowstone National Park https://www.nps.gov/yell/planyourvisit/hiking.htm
https://www.nps.gov/yell/planyourvisit/ranger-programs.htm
etc.

June 13, 2019, 04:46:12 PM
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