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Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
can one of you explain stacking award nights at IC? do you mean just using free IHG nights plus/or points-paid nights together for 2 rooms instead of one or something else?

Making 2 consecutive reservations with free nights from different accounts, and having the hotel combine reservations so you don't need to check out of one room and into another.

December 21, 2016, 03:58:54 PM
Re: South Florida Master Thread
Hotels that cost $300+ are ~$100
You can look at priceline. I could have gotten 4 star for ~100 plus tax & fees last week, but decided just to use 20k star points for four points instead.

February 16, 2017, 04:07:30 PM
Re: Las Vegas Master Thread
youve seen this show?
never heard of it before. its good? seems cheaper than other shows
Have not seen it but wanted to when I was there, but it was dark. Really just wanted to post the link...

March 14, 2017, 10:01:20 AM
Re: Maui Master Thread
there is no direct to ogg from ny. you can fly delta coach for 25k rt or biz for 45k rt pp korean which transfers from chase. can also do the same delta flight for 30k rt in coach using flying blue which transfers from chase and amex

as far as hotel i stayed 3 days at the marriott wailea for 40k marriott per night which transfers from spg at 1:3 so thats only 13,333 spg per night. you can stay for 5 nights and get the 5th night free so that makes it only 10,666 spg per night.also stayed 5 nights at hyatt kaanpali for 20k hyatt per night. would recommend the marriott, more upscale area and recently renovated. they will get you with the resort fee though. save the 2 hyatt nights for the GH kauai
Could also do Andaz West Maui with Hyatt if there's availability.

April 05, 2017, 03:14:58 PM
Re: Maui Master Thread
oh you are 100% right! thanks
out of sheraton, Westin, Ritz, Marriott Wailea  which one you would recommend? based on my research Wailea is best since it is newly renovated and it comes out cheaper in points than other ones. let me know what you think please.
Ritz is in a bad location on the Island. North and East Maui have bad weather; South and West have good weather.

April 09, 2017, 03:17:20 PM
Re: Maui Master Thread
Was it crowded by sunset? How long before did you need to get there? Which area on the actual crater was the best to view the sunset?
The best viewpoint is the lower visitors center, since it is at horizon level. The upper one is above, so you'll be looking down at sunset.

April 25, 2017, 01:03:05 PM
Re: Stuck In Paris- Help needed As someone who freely traveled Italy during Bein HaZmanim, as well as long stop overs is Madrid, Barcelona, and Zurich, I'll say that most 21 year olds can manage on their own. That having been said, ending up somewhere with 0 prep time that doesn't speak English as a first language could be difficult, especially without a laptop or tablet. When I got rerouted unexpectedly through Frankfurt on my way back from Israel once, even though I had a few hours where I technically could have explored, I didn't want to do it without having looked into any info about the area, transportation etc.

I also sympathize with people that feel Paris is particularly dangerous for Jews (though I personally don't agree with that).

April 27, 2017, 08:52:20 AM
Re: Alitalia Bankruptcy Bankruptcy =/= default or impact on operations.
May 02, 2017, 11:52:21 AM
Re: JFK - > TLV - Take a Shower?
I am traveling on Elal Economy from JFK to TLV roundrip.
How can I take a shower ?
JFK-> TLV: in JFK at departure or in TLV at arrival?
TLV -> JFK: in TLV at departure or in JFK at arrival? I am arriving around 6am and I'd like to take a shower before going straight to office.

I have Amex Plat.
I am willing to pay to access a Lounge. I see that the King David Lounge has a shower but not sure if I can pay to access it.



In JFK, you should be able to buy the cheapest DL one-way flight possible, and use your Amex Plat to access the Skyclub that I believe has showers.

You can use Matrix to find the cheapest destination and use routing code DL.

May 08, 2017, 10:55:03 AM
Re: Maui Master Thread
I don't really care about tour, I just wanna get the best out of these days. I feel like I tours will take me to the better places that I would go myself since I was never there and tour people know it all! I don't know honestly. I'll definitely put one day for road to hana. thanks
Nah. Driving RTH yourself is better. I did tour due to limited driving experience, and there were no stops for hikes. Mostly a lot of 15 minute breaks/photo ops/bathroom.

May 24, 2017, 03:04:37 PM
Re: Maui Master Thread Walmart is pretty reasonable. Careful about bread though. Also, they have kosher non bread baked goods.
June 13, 2017, 08:35:38 AM
Re: FBI Raids Orthodox Homes and Businesses in Monsey and KJ Look, they know the rules when they sign up. If you want to live in a nice house, while learning in Kollel with a large family, and sending everyone to private school, obviously there's going to be a gap between income and expenses. That's not a chiddush. Work on changing laws for benefits, not lying to fit in to the system.
June 28, 2017, 12:12:31 PM
Re: FBI Raids Orthodox Homes
This does happen elsewhere but for some reason it doesn't make national news. The lakewood story was in the WSJ, saw it thanks to dansdeals signup...
Why would a few thousand a person make national news? You have to admit that something is more newsworthy when each crime is demarcated in $100,000+ increments. Also, odds are, there's not a ring of crime in that case, whixh there most likely is here. Also, part of the WSJ is local tri-state area news.

June 30, 2017, 11:13:48 AM
Re: FBI Raids Orthodox Homes
100% how else does the media know about the pending arrests to be waiting. The walk of shame is all about showboating.
Not about showboating, but about demonstrating consequences to masses.

June 30, 2017, 12:08:02 PM
Re: South Florida Master Thread Went to Backyards BBQ last night. Food was amazing, and mendel was out talking to each table and making recommendations. Food is amazing! They basically let you build your own sampler/combo. My wife and I shared a platter with Brisket, pastrami, Turkey, and small Dino Rib with 3 sides + slaw for $90 +tax/tip. Brisket was unreal (maybe even better than izzys)! Other food was very good, but the outer layer of the ring was a bit dry (inner meat was good). Sides were good as well. Place was packed when we arrived at 7pm bit emptied out by 8 (might have just been a Thanksgiving thing). Service was pretty bad, but of course, 18% service charge. Sauces are Rabbi Q, of course!
November 24, 2017, 07:21:27 AM
Re: South Florida Master Thread
I'll be staying on Shabbos Chanukkah at the Fontainebleau Hotel I plan on eating the Friday night meal in my room. since this is my first time there I have no idea how it works.

Should I ask for a lower room now or I should wait until I arrive at the hotel, also what's the possibility of getting a free room upgrade? Are there refrigerators in the room?

Is there free or cheap parking at the hotel or anywhere nearby?

What will be the closest Shul?

There's a Shtibel on the 3rd floor of the "HSBC" building across the street from Tower 41. I know they have shabbos and sunday AM. I believe the shul is Ahavas Torah. Shabbos morning has a kiddush and there's also Shalosh Seudos.

December 06, 2017, 08:53:52 AM
Re: Manhattan Kosher Restaurants
What's the latest not to miss items in Reserve Cut for a first timer? Is there a consensus on another fancy place that's better? (I'm not a foody at all, and I only go out once in a blue moon, so I'm not following this thread at all)

Mike's is often better reviewed.

January 02, 2018, 03:49:15 PM
Re: Obamacare Master thread High Deductible plan could be good. The other benefit is access to the negotiated rates, so even if you have a high deducible/co-insurance, at least your base prices are fixed and should be much lower than the posted rates (without having to worry about negotiation).

Also, childbirth in NYC with a standard hospital stay + OB + Ped for our daughter was more like $20k before insurance or any hardship adjustments for lower income and uninsured. With insurance - $250 total. So that more than made up for 2+ years of premiums on its own.

January 04, 2018, 12:40:47 PM
Re: South Florida Master Thread
I'm looking to book a 2 bedroom suite (going with 3 kids) using starwood points.
Anyone have any luck getting something nice, with an ocean view for a reasonable amount of points?

I have 175K points to burn
For a more discount option, you could go 4 points at 43rd (boardwalk access) - only 10k per night. I believe they can upgrade to an ocean view for a fee. More expensive options include the W in South Beach and the SR in Surfside.

January 22, 2018, 12:31:23 PM
Re: Travel to Mongolia looks interesting. Thanks for the suggestion  :)

When I was poking around online, I also found and they say they can deliver to Mongolia.
Anyone have any experience with them?

I would not rely on international shipping for food, as there's no saying what will happen at customs.

May 17, 2018, 04:58:06 PM
Re: Maine Master Thread

June 20, 2018, 11:09:17 PM
Re: US Politics/2016 Election Pick Your Poison Master Thread
White House Office of Management and Budget Director Mick Mulvaney describing the need for government reform at a Thursday meeting of the Presidentís cabinet:

If you make a cheese pizza, itís governed by the Food and Drug Administration. If you put a pepperoni on it, thatís governed by the USDA. If you have a chicken, itís governed by the USDA. If that chicken lays an egg, itís governed by the FDA. But if you break the egg and make it into an omelet, that is now covered again by the USDA.

If you have an open-face roast beef sandwich, thatís one or the other. But if you put the bread on top of it, itís the other one. A hot dog -- the hot dog meat is governed by one. You put it in a bun, itís governed by the other. One of my favorites: If you have a saltwater fish -- you have a salmon, and itís in the ocean, itís governed by the Department of Commerce. Once it swims up river, itís governed by the Department of the Interior. And to get there, it has to go up a fish ladder governed by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers...

A long time ago, when I was 15 years old, I worked in a freezer for a guy that made frozen pizzas... Put yourself in that guyís business. And one day heís making cheese pizzas, and in the afternoon, heís going to make pepperoni. Heís got an entirely different federal agency to deal with, an entirely different process...

We talked about... the Department of Education and the Department of Labor being merged. We think that makes tremendous sense because what are they both doing? Theyíre doing the same thing. Theyíre trying to get people ready for the workforce. Sometimes thatís education, sometimes itís vocational training. But weíre all doing the same thing, so why not put them in the same place?... We donít even know how many job training programs we have. Some people think itís 40, some people think itís 46, some people think itís 47.
At least he can name the agencies he wants to eliminate.

June 22, 2018, 04:40:29 PM
Re: Elal airlines I just want to wait for elal to have to decide to forcibly remove someone from the plane and have a Dr. Dau situation.
June 26, 2018, 10:33:45 AM
Re: Cooking in a hotel room If you do it and you get hit with a cleaning fee, you'd better own up and pay it.
June 29, 2018, 09:38:19 AM
Re: NYC Master Thread

Coffee Bean planning to open 100 NYC stores in next decade!

July 02, 2018, 03:07:36 PM
Re: Exceeding Hotel Suite/Room Occupancy Definitely against hotel policy, possibly against fire code.

If you want to do it, check in while part of your family is elsewhere and try to lay low in the lobby etc when all together, as to not raise suspicion.

July 02, 2018, 03:33:35 PM
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July 03, 2018, 03:39:55 PM
Re: South Florida Master Thread
So please explain why did Zak the Baker change Hechsherim?

My guess is that it was due to Chalav Stam. The OK only certifies C"S if it's considered Wholesale. In the past, they considered the baked goods wholesale, and notably, didn't certify the small coffee bar attached to the bakery (that was under Dade Kosher, not to be confused with the Vaad, K(D)M). Now that there is a full cafe in the bakery, they likely needed a Hechsher for that cafe that was more recognizable, hence they needed to leave the OK who wouldn't certify the cafe, which serves Zaks C"S pastries.

Why they didn't then go to KDM is a mystery, but it is logical that they dropped OK.

July 05, 2018, 11:54:03 AM
Re: US Politics/2016 Election Pick Your Poison Master Thread
Finally Pruitt is out!!! This should have happened months ago.

Good riddance! One of the most brazenly corrupt pols ever. Most at least have the decency to do things quiet. Pruit may well have advertised he was corrupt,

July 05, 2018, 04:12:08 PM
Re: Starbucks lost its hechsher!?!
Sure it does. If you go to McDonald's and buy a black coffee you won't have a Hava Amina to buy a burger. If you go to Starbucks you might get a latte and then you might get a flavored mochiato
But you could have before. The star K was only concerned about keilim, not people buying other things. I don't think your reasoning matches what an agency actually said.

July 10, 2018, 09:41:00 PM
Re: South Florida Master Thread
Who has the best pizza in this area?
Lennys is good.

August 08, 2018, 02:51:50 PM
Re: Once again El-Al has their annual 7 hour delay to tlv... Convenient the delays are always 7 hours but the Israeli compensation kicks in at 8 hours.

Israel ought to amend the law to have a sliding scale for compensation, as opposed to it being all or nothing at 8 hrs.

August 16, 2018, 10:07:48 AM
Re: Eida Charedit bans all Ethiopians from Barkan winery (touching the wine)
From the blogpost: "...the Badatz did not single out anyone, but, on the contrary, demanded new proof of Jewish status and Halachic observance for every employee. And it was the Ethiopian workers who refused." I am curious how this was handled at the ground level. How much more thorough were the investigations for the Ethiopians? For a non-Ethiopian, I can envision a pro forma conversation with the individual's rabbi. For an Ethiopian, probably less so.
You could officially investigate everyone, but if the whole point was really only for Ethiopians and they did everyone as a formality, the distinction is irrelevant.

August 27, 2018, 10:22:04 AM
Re: A Once-In-A-Lifetime Kosher Catered Trip To Antarctica! FOMO support group
Our minimum was 10 pax and I thought it would be doable, but a struggle to get that and could potentially require outside advertising.

Minimum 10 people or 10 men?

August 31, 2018, 09:16:07 AM
Re: New Antarctica Cruise Raffle! Win A Superior Cabin
Will know better after Succos. I would think mid to late afternoon.
Why is everyone going so much more crazy than any other raffle? If you don't trust the organizers, don't donate. If you do then buy.

September 16, 2018, 04:15:57 PM
Re: US Politics/2016 Election Pick Your Poison Master Thread

Probably DOA in the Senate.

September 28, 2018, 01:56:15 PM
Re: Paying employees for Yom Tov
Correct, that's the question
And my answer is paid for holidays that fall during shifts. If YT were on a Friday, then no pay that day. Since YT were all Mon-Tues, full pay for scheduled hours. When I was PT  at my company that's how it was.

October 04, 2018, 09:32:02 AM
Re: New Antarctica Cruise Raffle! Win A Superior Cabin Why all the hate?
October 09, 2018, 10:55:02 PM
Re: Mega millions $1.6BB
Buying tonight we have 6 confirmed I would like to get 10 more please pm if interested
I'd rather have a 1 in 302 mil chance of winning on my own than a 20 in 302 but have to coordinate with other people if we win.

October 22, 2018, 06:02:03 PM
Re: Shabbos in Fontainebleau
Sorry for the new thread but its impossible to look through the hundreds of pages of posts for Soouth Florida/Miami for a specific question.

We want to stay in Miami through shabbos; we'll be on the 8th floor. Can anyone give us some tips for shabbos there.
How are the stairs?
Concierge helpful?
Opening door?
Hot plate?
Going to beach?
Anything to help us with the planning for shabbos! Thx!
It's in the eruv. The boardwalk is in and the border is right after the boardwalk.

October 22, 2018, 07:28:02 PM
Re: Mega millions $1.6BB
You're not flying private with $12MM.
$500MM OTOH...
I mean if someone's dream is to just buy a retirement house and payoff debt and live comfortably with normal vacations sprinkled in, 12mm is fine.

October 24, 2018, 05:04:34 PM
Re: Shooting In Pittsburgh Shul (Targeted against Jews), 11 Dead SO many people who can plan armchair God and say this community was Nigzar for having Gays. What a disgrace for people to make such claims. When it happened in Har Nof, what's the excuse there? The gunman didn't care whether the Jews were Orthodox, Conservative, Reform, or otherwise, so neither should anyone here. You have opinions about why people might be targeted? Keep them to yourself until you become a Navi. For anyone keeping score, Bayit Sheni was destroyed for Sinas Chinam, not for people being gay.
October 29, 2018, 05:31:53 PM
Re: PRICE MISTAKE? Ashley furniture/mattresses up to $300 price drops Conspiracy theory: price mistakes were intentional to inflate Amazon sales totals, which stick with the Amazon algorithms even after orders get cancelled. Top 3 best selling dining chairs? Ashleys.
(H/T some guy on DDFB).

November 02, 2018, 01:32:31 PM
Re: Joining Kosherica cruise minyan This is the same question as taking anything of intangible value that the owner otherwise charges for. Part of the question would be what is Kosherica's product? Presumably minyan is part of it. Also someone needs to pay for the room.
November 05, 2018, 10:01:14 AM
Re: Manhattan Kosher Restaurants
Looking to go out in NYC. Always love RC. Was not happy with UN plaza grill. Mikes was ok but i personally like RC better.

Any input? anything new?
New place for meat is Barnea. Haven't personally been there, but reviews of late seem to be pretty good.

November 13, 2018, 05:24:57 PM
Paid by big #bigsalad? Want us to buy more? Try reading the alert before making foolish statements!!!
Sarcastic joke about anti vaxxers.

November 21, 2018, 08:28:28 AM
Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
staying at the residence inn in pico, any restaurants open for friday night? if not, what are good takeout options?thanks
No resturants. Takeout is amazing at Lieders on Pico.

January 07, 2019, 01:18:25 PM
Re: Car Lease Master Thread If you want a good condition oddessy right now, trying buying an off lease/certified pre-owned. If it's true that banks are siting on all of this inventory, the prices on those should fall.
January 09, 2019, 10:47:56 AM
Re: Moving Violation Tickets
Do you know how it works with the ticket? Meaning will one get junk mail from lawyers or any of the sort in the mail? Or a copy of the ticket in the mail?
 A nj ticket. Thanks.

  Curios to know what one would expect, is it like an order online and all of the sudden I am bombarded with random catalogs and flyers?

Moving violations are open public records, so it's typical to get letters from lawyers. Keep in mind, if lawyers can see it, so can insurance, even if your state DMV doesn't assess points on out of state violations.

January 11, 2019, 09:53:09 AM
Re: Cancun TR JAN 2019
My wife and I decided we wanted to go somewhere warm for a weekend during the New York winter, we looked around a bit and settled on Cancun, the main reason being that its close by and there is kosher food.
We decided on the last weekend in Jan (1/31-2/3), which also happens to work out perfectly as it turn out its the week after Yeshiva week! :)

I did a quick check for flights for thursday to sunday evening, they were roughly $500-$600 RT pp for direct (this is 6 weeks before). BA was not showing availabilityÖ So I went ahead and booked Jetblue for 24,300 trueblue points RT pp.

As for a hotel, I was conflicted as to whether I should book an all inclusive resort like the hyatt Ziva or Zilara or go with one of the SPG options. We decided on the Ritz Carlton for 50k spg points a night, total 150 for 3 nights (we booked after spg and marriott joined) and we were happy we did! Its a great property to stay at.

Our flight was Jan 31 from JFK (happens to be it was one of the coldest days this year, so we got lucky there), dropped our car off at Smart Park JFK and took their shuttle to the terminal.
Check-in and the flight went without a hitch, although when I got my boarding pass I noticed I didnít have TSA Pre-Check, so I had to take off my shoes etc
After a little digging online during the flight thanks to Jetblueís free wifi, I realized my Global Entry membership had expired on 1/18. Crazy that itís already been 5 years since I signed up.

We landed in Cancun around 3pm, deplaned and got our bags. The customs lines were long! At least 45 min long. They were heavily understaffed and only had 5-6 agents working.
They had the machines, but would not allow any of us to use them.
We got the green light and headed outside to where a rep from Canada Transfers was waiting for us with a sign with our name on it. I booked in advance $55 RT. They had cool fresh towels to wipe our face and cold water for the 25 min ride to the hotel.

We arrived at the Ritz and were greeted with a cold cucumber drink and then showed to our room on the 5th floor. Room was spacious and nice, nothing particularly specialÖ. Bathroom was big, we had a balcony with an ocean view. We also requested a fridge to store the few yogurts and snacks we brought along with us, they waived the $25 per day fee which was kind of nice.

We headed down to the hotelís main pool area to enjoy the warm weather and watch the sunset and ordered drinks. The drinks at the ritz are top quality and they use good liquorÖ one of the advantages over an all inclusive resort.
Chabad delivered our Shnitzel salad, tacos and fries. All really delicious.. The pulled beef tacos particularly.

The Ritzís massages and spa were super expensive, so we found Arenas Spa & Lounge highly recommended place on trip advisor that was a 5 min walk from the ritz and paid for 2 massages what it would of cost for one at the Ritz.

For dinner thursday night we decided to try the new kosher restaurant Ember Kosher. We weren't that hungry, so we decided to start with apps and go from there.
The place was empty, one other family was seated. But they had a full wait staff.Our server told us that friday night they were expecting a big crowd and then the following week would be full opening.
The menu for us was very limited, a few apps and steak and the burger for the mains.We got some beef empanadas, beef chili tacos and fries.
The fries were solid. the empanadas and tacos were not bad, but they were missing the kick.... meaning, it didnít taste bad but it didnít have a good taste that iíd come back for it.
being that we were kind of disappointed and not that hungry we decided to call it a night. we were hoping for dessert, but all they had was plain chocolate cake.

Side note, they do shabbos food delivery and provide a hot plate to keep your food warm.
I spoke to someone that ordered this, they told me the delivery arrived to their hotel well after shabbos started and all the food was packed in Styrofoam. so even if they would have been able to plug in the hotplate, they wouldn't have been able to keep the food warm

We didnít plan any trips or excursions, our plan was to sit an relax in the resort until our flight on sunday afternoon. We loved every minute at the Ritz and wished we couldíve stayed longer. Their service was fantastic! And everyone was very helpful and friendly.

About an hour before shabbos we had our shabbos food from chabad delivered to our room by room service. Salmon, shnitzel, salad, chummus, grilled vegetables, challah and a bottle of wine. All very tasty if I may add. Portions of salmon and shnitzel were quite large, we had extra..

We discovered that at the end of the hallway (far right of the floorÖ possibly on the other side as well. I did not venture to that side), they have a normal staircase all the way up/down the hotel. A aice, climate controlled not the dark and hot staircases we are used to walking up and down in many hotels... This was going to work out great for shabbos.

The hotel staff seemed to know a lot about shabbos, what is allowed and what isnít. They were very accommodating. Whenever we needed to get into out room we stopped at the front desk and they sent someone upstairs with us. Funny that they never wanted to take the elevator and meet us, they insisted on walking up the stairs with us.
We scheduled turn down service for later friday evening so that we could leave our lights on until we were ready to go to sleep.
We had our friday night meal on our balcony, but just note there are no lights outsideÖ we left all the lights on in the room and with the shades wide open it was still very dark.
The bar and cafe all knew about shabbos and that we could not sign for anything.
The weather was gorgeous during our stay, about 80 degrees and sunny. It didnít rain at all.

Shabbos day they came around the pool area and offered free drinks and invited us to a mojito class and gave us all free mojitosÖ even though I didnít attend the class.

Motzei shabbos we hit the gym, pretty standard hotel gymÖ during the day you have a really nice view of the ocean. There is also a dry and wet sauna in the bathroom/locker room.
We then headed out to Dag Dag for some food. We thought we were lost until we finally found it hidden around the cornerÖ
We had called on friday and they told us to make a reservation which we booked though OpenTable. When we got there there were a few people there already and it didnít seem like they cared about reservations at all.. Iím not sure how they would have handled it either way because it was a bit of a balagan.. We ordered, food was really tasty. However it took FOREVER for the food to be ready.
We had regular pizza, nachos and fries. Im told the fish and chips are really good too.
Relaxed experience might be an understatement service was a serious melava Malka (no pun intended)

We scheduled our canada Transfer pickup for 2pm for a 4pm flight, so we requested late checkout which they confirmed with us on sat night.
I ordered food from chabad to take with us on our trip back to New York which was delivered hot and online for our departure. Shnitzel pitas and fries and of course pulled beef tacosÖ because they are just so good :)

Return flight was uneventful, TV coverage on Jetble was on just in time to watch the Super Bowl.

Happy to answer any questions, let me know

Hotel Notes
Really good drinks at the bar outside by the pool
The cafe charges a whopping 90 pesos for hot coffee, but u get free refills all day
Main elevator takes forever, the ones on at the end of the hallways are a lot faster
Kept passing the Ritz on the bus to the center. From outside, it looks impressive. Hope ember improves. I was there during Yeshiva week and they were not yet open and red Heifer was overcharging so did Chabad daily (4 dinners) and Dag Dag for 1 lunch.

February 05, 2019, 01:14:23 PM