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Who wants to eat Borenstein meals for their whole vacation?

And who gives the hashgacha over the 60+ kitchen?

Or the other way at looking at this is that it's a new and additional holiday option for kosher travellers.

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Up In The Air / Re: Thomas Cook Airline Master Thread
« on: June 28, 2019, 11:27:27 AM »
I have flown with them before as part of package holiday deals from the UK to Tenerife. Very good service.

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Destination Guides And Trip Planning / Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
« on: June 27, 2019, 04:06:36 AM »
I used The Unoffocial Guide to Disneyworld. They also make one for Disneyland.

I used the Unofficial Guide to Disneyland. But the best advice I can probably give is to purchase the Max Pass every day you're there and it will dramatically cut down queue times.

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Destination Guides And Trip Planning / Re: Spain Master Thread
« on: May 30, 2019, 11:15:40 AM »
Going Tuesday - Sunday and trying to plan out my itinerary. Been reading the posts and reviewed the wiki. A few questions for those who have been to Barcelona recently:

-Do the kosher restaurants offer any shabbos take out options?
-Any suggestions for shabbos afternoon walking/exploring? We are staying in the marina area.
-Any take any good day trips to Girona? Do you need a guided tour or can you rent a car and drive?
-Is it possible to add a stop along the coast with the Girona tour?

Thank you in advance.

Can only help with your first question as was recently in Barca albeit only for 24 hours and not on Shabbos, but I had lunch in Shaq Shuq and 99.9% sure it said in there that they did Shabbos meals. I'm not sure if that means take-out or pre-paid eat in however.

I had dinner in Ilan's but don't recall any mention of Shabbos meals

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Destination Guides And Trip Planning / Re: Spain Master Thread
« on: May 23, 2019, 10:20:33 AM »

Didn't go to Maccabi?? Haven't heard of Ilan's - glad to hear there are new options.


No - I was there on my own for a big football (soccer!) match so wanted something relatively quick and cheap.

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Destination Guides And Trip Planning / Re: Canary Islands
« on: May 20, 2019, 07:23:18 AM »
Is there a minyan in any of the canary islands?

Nothing kosher, no minyan, nothing.

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Destination Guides And Trip Planning / Re: Venice Master Thread
« on: May 13, 2019, 11:46:51 AM »
They have a winter shul and a summer shul, which they swap over around Pesach/Simchat Torah time or so. They are next to each other, close to Gam Gam.

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Destination Guides And Trip Planning / Re: London Master Thread
« on: May 07, 2019, 11:17:43 AM »
Zest in Bevis Marks has also closed.

Not surprising. So many restaurants have tried their luck there but just not enough passing trade. I thought it was a seasonal restaurant anyway.

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Destination Guides And Trip Planning / Re: London Master Thread
« on: May 07, 2019, 10:17:52 AM »
So it's only Hermolis downtown now?

Apart from the supermarkets which sell DD sandwiches, yes.

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Destination Guides And Trip Planning / Re: London Master Thread
« on: May 07, 2019, 08:08:31 AM »
FYI Reubens on Baker Street has closed

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Destination Guides And Trip Planning / Re: Spain Master Thread
« on: May 03, 2019, 05:56:39 AM »
Was in BCN for less than 24 hours this week.

Lunch at Shaq Shuq which I was a bit disappointed with. Dinner at Ilan's Burger which was excellent.#

Unfortunately the shul in the Call was closed due to Labour Day.

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Destination Guides And Trip Planning / Re: Spain Master Thread
« on: April 23, 2019, 07:21:38 AM »
Anyone know what the current kosher options are in Barcelona (besides Maccabi)? Is Shaq Shuq still open and the felafel place?

I'm there overnight next Wednesday.

Thank you.

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Destination Guides And Trip Planning / Re: London Master Thread
« on: April 05, 2019, 10:02:30 AM »
As far as finding a shul that's more heimish or more 'my style's that doesn't really concern me. (Unless the shul in central London is problematic in the mechitza or something in regard to halacha). Just curious, Why do you say we wouldnt have to worry about food? At the Pillar they can order it and provide disposable utensils but they charge a fortune. 60/person/meal. That's 240 for shabbos. Seems a bit crazy to me. The only convenience I see is that if I want to pick up my own food and eat at the Pillar where they provide disposables water grape juice and hotplate ( 30 /meal or 60 for shabbos) I am located close to takeout options.  Do you still recommend staying in Hendon?

Also, eiruv isn't an issue because we aren't travelling with kids.
We arrive at LHR at noon. I dont know when stores close erev shabbos, do you think we have ample time to get to Hendon, check in, and pick up food for shabbos? If we decided on central London, is there somewhere there to pick up food ( even if we order hermolis but something to snack on over shabbos)? Thanks.

The shul in Marble Arch is United Synagogue. This isn't a problem for me as I'm a US member but I don't know your level, and in Hendon you have US/MO/Chabad/Sephardi/Charedi etc so far more choice. MArble Arch is also where the former Chief Rabbi Jonathan Sacks used to daven (possibly still does) so there's no issue in terms of mechitza (women are upstairs anyway).

In terms of food, I don't know what the Pillar charge but what I meant was it takes the hassle out of it for you albeit pricey. There is a big Chabad in Hendon 5 mins walk away so expect they could hook you up for meals?

Most kosher shops in London close 1-2 hours before Shabbos but bear in mind that even in the middle of summer, most shuls (certainly US) bring in Shabbos by 7.30pm, you'll struggle to find too much open past 6pm or so (unless you're in a big supermarket like Tesco for example).

Only place really in Central London is the Hermolis stand in Selfridges although I don't know what time they're open until - you're best off contacting Hermolis. There is Reubens too, I expect they can help (although pricey).

You would probably be fine - just - if you went to Hendon to check in and pick up food but I think you'd be leaving it tight if you were checking into Central London then going to Hendon.

If you're looking for somewhere with a Shabbos 'atmosphere', Hendon is far better (albeit not particularly pretty) as there are thousands of frum jews about. You can also walk into GG and even up to Golders Hill Park which is beautiful. If you prefer to do a bit of sightseeing on Shabbos afternoon then CL is a better bet.

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Destination Guides And Trip Planning / Re: London Master Thread
« on: April 05, 2019, 05:46:02 AM »
Planning  a trip this summer. I can either stay in Hendon at the Pillar Hotel for Shabbos and then move to central london on points or Stay 5 nights in central london (get 5th night free at a marriott) and spend shabbos near the marble arch shul. The only issue is the food for Shabbos. We would be arriving Friday at noon (at Heathrow) so what would be the best option as far as food for Shabbos if we stay near the Marble Arch? Can I can order food and have it delivered to the hotel? Is there somewhere in Central London to pick up food for Shabbos and a hotplate? Aside from food is there any other considerations I am missing when deciding where to stay for Shabbos? Thanks.

If i were you I'd stay at the Pillar because then you don't need to worry about food and there are a million shuls on the doorsteps of all hats and sizes. Plus no eruv in Central London.

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