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Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
can you be so kind as to post your plans for activities in Cancun
We didn't exactly try to do a lot of activities, I'm happy to share the few we did.

On Thursday we rented jet ski right next to our hotel (Hyatt Ziva) they charged $60 for a half hour. We also did some Kayaking  complementary from the Hotel.

On Friday we took the ferry to Isla mujeres. We did not go with a tour we just rented Golf cars and cruised around the island. Be aware; they will try to sell you a Golf car when you buy the ticket to the ferry, DO NOT BUY its more then double the price, just rent one right where you get off the boat. We also ate at the Kosher place there called Cafe Maya. Make sure to bring pesos there, and in Mexico in general, you will be heavily ripped off with  US$$.

On Sunday we changed hotels to the Banyan tree Mayakoba.

On Monday we were biking around the Mayakoba area. We also took the boat tour around the Mayakoba lagoon, which is  complementary from the Hotel.

On Tuesday we went to a park called, Boka del Puma. They have ATVs zip lines and swimming in caves. My understanding is that it's a cheaper version of Xplore, it's half the price, though I'm sure it's not as nice. We had a great time there  Tour guides were really nice and fun.

On Wednesday we just lazied around at our hotel pools, beaches, did some kakaying. Afternoon we went to Playa walked around 5th avenue which is the Main Street they have all expensive stores and bars.

On Thursday we have planned a airplane ride to NY 😢.

Ps. I'm sitting in the lounge here, I've seen some negative reviews  in the past. It's actually very nice, they may have renovated it recently.

If you have any questions feel free to ask.

December 15, 2016, 12:52:49 PM
Quick Montreal Trip We did a quick Montreal Weekend for a wedding.

I'd like to share what we did, so others can benefit.

We left 12/2/18 from the Teaneck NJ area to Montreal, (Cot St Luc). We drove from Teaneck to Cot St. Luc after shabbat. It took us about 6 hours. We stopped a few times at one of the Thruway rest stops, for a quick stop. We refueled in Champlain, NY (make sure to get off at exit 42, not 43) to make sure we had a full tank of cheap NY gas instead of insanely expensive Canadian gas. We stopped at Duty free (mostly for the restrooms). If you get off at duty free, you must exit at exit 43 and go straight. If you purchase anything at Duty free, you must go towards the border upon exit.

We we got to the border, we were hassled, because one of our kids birth certificates were from NJ and was a copy. When you make a copy of a NJ Birth Certificate it says, void, so the Canadian guard tried to hassle us but let us through. We got in about 1am.

On this trip the exchange rate was insanely beneficial for people from the USA. $1USD = $1.33CD, and $1CD=$0.75 USD.

We went for breakfast to Expressions. Food is good as usual, but service is slow. We have been here before, and knew what to expect. You need to give an hour minimum to sit down and eat.

We had a bunch of kids with us, and needed to be in the Cote St. Luc area, so we spent a few hours, in the Cavendish Mall or whatever is left of it.  There is a food court in the court, in which all the eateries except for one is kosher. There are other kosher places in the mall as well, as well and a dozen or so stores, including a dollar store which the kids love. There is also an IGA Supermarket which a kosher bakery and a giant kosher takeout, butcher, and kosher section. The mall also has a movie theatre, kosher butcher, judaica shop, and more. We like it also because it has a Scotia Bank, which is free for Bank of American bankholders to use their ATM.

We had a wedding in the evening.

In the morning we went to Cote St. Luc Bagels for fresh bagels to go. They are cheap and good. We then went to Outremount to the factories on Casgrain Street, where we got discounted clothing for the kids for pennies on the dollar.

We then stopped at Cheskies for amazing bakery goods, and got sandwiches for supper at Deli 365 right next door, and then in the afternoon drove back to NJ.

Took us about 5:45 back to NJ. Stopped at Canadian Duty free to get a coffee at Starbucks and bathroom break, and then at another Thruway rest stop to get gas. No line at the border.

Happy Chanukkah.

By day we wanted to eat breakfast sitting down. We went

December 04, 2018, 01:43:00 PM
Re: South Florida Master Thread
Is it the one across grand beach surfside?


Bal Harbour/Surfside/Bay harbor - Walking Distance To Shul
hotels in walking distance to shul:

Residence Inn by Marriott $$ (confirmed shabbos friendly)
Four Seasons $$$ Ocean front hotel
Sun Harbour Boutique Hotel $$
Grand Beach Surfside $$ Ocean front hotel
Grand Beach Surfside West $$

Bal Harbour:
St Regis $$$ Ocean front hotel
Ritz Carlton $$$ Ocean front hotel
Bal Harbour Quarzo $$ inter-coastal front hotel
Sea View $$ Ocean front hotel

Bay Harbour:
Grand beach Bay Harbour $$ inter-coastal front hotel
TRYP by Wyhndam $
The Landon $

February 07, 2019, 07:40:59 PM
Re: South Florida Master Thread Just got back from NOMA Miami. Wow!! Everything was amazing. The place is beautiful and the staff was awesome! We had 3 appetizers. Fish tacos- 10/10. Lava stone 10/10 for presentation. 8/10 for taste. What a show, fresh fish placed on a lava stone and seared at the table. We also had the  appetizer special I forgotwhatit’scalled pasta in a butter sauce 7/10, good taste but low temperature.
For mains we had the bronzini 8/10and fungi parpadelle 10/10.
Dessert-cheesecake 10/10. Great taste, texture and presentation.

February 24, 2019, 10:18:31 PM
Re: South Florida Master Thread Best cheese cake in south florida?
March 01, 2019, 11:16:30 AM
Re: South Florida Master Thread
As if there are so many options
Someone mentioned NOMA Miami cheesecake 10/10, then possibly a good bakery might have too.

March 01, 2019, 12:22:28 PM
Re: South Florida Master Thread
If I have 2 35K Marriott certs to use in the Miami area later in the year (with 3 small kids in tow), are there any current hotels I should be focusing on that are changing category on 3/5? We don't need to be by the beach, and it's only a stopping point on the way to the Keys, but would like to be somewhere nice with not too pricey a resort/parking fee, and not too far driving to Kosher food. Thinking about Ritz Coconut Grove, anywhere else I should be focusing on? I don't mind booking a hotel that's changing category now, and then canceling later in the year if we feel a better options has come up. Just don't want any regrets.

Also, on a Friday morning, what's the best place in Miami (Beach) to do Shabbos shopping and get breakfast if we were going straight from there to the Keys?

Kosher Kingdom for shabbos food. And Noma is Close to there, probably good for breakfast, but was never there.

March 04, 2019, 08:31:19 AM
Re: Welcome to the Coronavirus Board I would post this in the wiki of each thread in the board, but instead, I'll put it here:

Generally, when I appreciate the idea of a DDF post, I push that small button under the post, aptly titled "like", so that the poster can get some recognition and know that people appreciate his/her contribution. I also use the button when I recognize that the DDFer exerted effort into bringing us the information contained in the post, and as a sign of gratitude, I hit the like button.

On this board, it has been increasingly difficult for me to hit the like button. How can someone like a post of this nature?
I have what to say on this topic as my shver a"h came out of there in a body bag this week, but my shver would have shushed me that the hospital didn't do anything and that's what Hashem did and only him.
My shver was niftar motzei Shabbas in NYC. He was ‘lucky’ enough to get a Tahara but we had to bury him al tanai in a temporary grave so we can move him to Israel at a later date. Only option to get to Israel was via a private jet but body could not be escorted by anyone due to the quarantine laws.

I have to say this has been one of the most gut wrenching, heart breaking experiences of my life and watch someone who was a true yoreh shamyim to have had a levya with a few people in the rain at the grave site. Not being able to say Kaddish for him, not have a shiva and give proper respect to him has been truly unbearable.

This is not to mention he was isolated in an icu unit for two weeks by himself on a ventilator and died by himself with his children not being able to goodbye.

I am not someone who would typically share this info but people need to know what we are dealing with here. The pain is too much.
My shver a"h is on this list. May his soul rest in Gan Eden. I have no doubt that he's there.
I therefore wish to make an open declaration, which I'm sure others will join me in asserting.
On this board, the like button does not connote that the contents of the post is enjoyed. Rather, it has taken on a new meaning:
"I feel for you; I care for you; I hope your pain goes away and only good news should be forthcoming."
I look forward to the day when the like button will retain its literal sense, but until then, know that a push on it means that we are with you, living this nightmare alongside you.

March 31, 2020, 10:24:40 AM