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Goods For Sale/Trade / For free shirts
« on: July 28, 2016, 09:03:50 PM »
Used. In absolute pristine condition. Fresh from the cleaners. All white. Very fancy. Monogrammed. Are you a size 20 34/35? Can you use 7 stunning shirts? Pm me your name and I'll tell you if it works. The monogram is one name (first) and is a very common biblical name with a twist- i.e. Yosef = Yossi

Trip Reports / Mr. And Mrs. Stbaum's Europe Trip 2016
« on: July 14, 2016, 11:27:51 AM »
First and foremost, i wanted to thank Dan and the whole DDF community for helping me with my trip. I seriously couldn't have done it by myself.
a note before i start, i know i could probably have used my points more wisely. i could have saved money here or there, blah blah blah. i'm still super new to this and was just glad to go on vacation. the fact that i used points was just a bonus.

Trip #1 JFK> CDG 6/30/16

the cheapest tickets i found for this was on Priceline for a little over $900. i kept refreshing the page and somehow a flight popped up for $574 (including insurance). i booked 2 right away. it was my ideal flight. i would still be able to work a full day Thursday and not rush to the airport since the flight was for 11:55pm.

i didn't take any pics of the flight at all since it was pathetic. airline was XL Airways and was a tiny plane with tiny seats. you know the drill. my husband sat maybe 3-4 hours out of the 6 hour flight.
we boarded very late and ended up leaving closer to 1am. however, flight was supposed to be 7 hours but was a little over 6 instead so we landed about the same time we were originally supposed to at 1pm Friday.

I did a very stupid move and booked the Hyatt Regency instead of Park Hyatt. on the Paris wiki it clearly says that you don't need to be "in the center" of paris, if you find a cheaper hotel, book it, because the metro is cheap and easy. yeah, that doesn't mean outside city limits. i paid 17k a night for an airport hotel that had an hour commute into Paris. So that was clever.

Paris day 1 & 2

we took the hotel shuttle straight to our hotel and on the way i got an Uber to pick up my pre arranged shabbos meal from Ben & Cook.

i checked in and got our room, unpacked a bit, showered and went downstairs to get my food.

I love robes :) makes everything feel fancier

Our food from Ben & Cook

This is their standard Shabbos food. Meatballs and noodles with 2 dips and 2 challas. Dips and challah were amazing, rest of the food was not so good

The Shabbos morning food. Couscous with meat and squash

Some noshkes for Shabbos as well. Wasn't so amazing

I had emailed the gm in advance, saying it was our anniversary and our first time in Europe, hoping for an upgrade. We got an email back saying they'll do what they can to make out stay special. Once we were in the room they sent up a little treat

Instead of the water they wanted to give me wine but I asked if I can have a couple extra waters instead and she was happy to oblige

this is what we did every day:
took free shuttle from hotel (comes every 20 minutes and takes 15 to get to airport) to CDG, get off at Terminal 3, take RER B straight in to Paris.
now according to my research, the RER as well as the other trains are about €1.40. ye, that's not true if you start at the airport. there's a massive tax tacked on to the ticket so each ride is €10.

we got to Paris around 4 and started at St. Michel.

We couldn't do the Sandeman's free walking tour because it was too late (last one is at 1pm) so we just walked their route to see some sights.
we walked to Notre Dame before realizing it's a church so we walked to the Louvre. we didn't actually go inside because... well, honestly, we didn't think we would enjoy it. we just walked around a bit and took some pictures.

after the Louvre we walked right outside and saw the original/mini Arc de Triomphe.

right after that there is a really nice park with benches and flowers. we sat down and ate lunch we had brought from home.
there was a fair/carinval or something right there so we took a little ride on the ferris wheel to see Paris from above.

A glimpse at the Eiffel Tower

The garden outside the Louvre

after that, we took the metro (right outside the carnival) to a spot someone had mentioned had an incredible view of the Eiffel where you can take fantastic pics.

Then it was time to go back and bring in Shabbos at 9:40.

As Hyatt members, we had access to the club where we could get some free drinks (and snacks).

Shabbos was so unbelievably boring. the hotel is really nice with a hammock and koi pond in the lobby but that's only exciting for a few minutes. after catching up on sleep there was really nothing to do till zman which was at 11.

Next up: Paris day 3 & 4

Deals/Deal Requests / Free Dunkin Donuts Donut for National Donut Day
« on: June 03, 2016, 10:05:34 AM »
Enjoy a free Classic Donut with the purchase of any beverage when you use your Perks enrolled DD Card. Offer only valid at participating locations. Cannot be combined with other offers. Expires today, June 3 2016

Just Shmooze / Schools in Brooklyn
« on: November 10, 2015, 04:03:28 PM »
With such a concentration of DDFers being Jewish and so many of them living in Brooklyn, i'm hoping to get some answers. does anyone have any experience with Bais Yaakov of Bensonhurst in Boro Park? i'm asking about the girls school. it's on 39th st.

feel free to PM me

Destination Guides And Trip Planning / Grand Rapids, Michigan
« on: November 09, 2015, 02:51:43 PM »
i couldn't find any info here so i did my own research and here is what i've found, in case anyone needs to visit:

2615 Michigan St. NE
Grand Rapids, MI 49506
Minyan Shachris 7.15am

The only kosher option is Chani’s Kosher Kitchen
All orders should be sent a night before.
Hashgacha is under local Chabad Rabbi. All meat is from Shor Habor; Lubavitch hashgacha:

Omelet, breakfast potatoes, Israeli salad, fruit plate

Challah roll with hummus, salmon or tilapia, potatoes or pasta or rice, hot vegetables

Challah roll with hummus, salmon or tilapia, or chicken, potatoes, hot vegetables, dessert. Salad optional for another $5

FTR Grand Rapids is about a 2.5 hour drive from Detroit.

Deals/Deal Requests / Up for grabs. Hotel room in Haifa
« on: October 30, 2015, 02:31:18 AM »
It didn't cost me anything (not even points). A pity it should go to waste. Not sure how it would work but if anyone wants a free night, pm me and I can give you booking info

Goods For Sale/Trade / Otterbox Defender for iPad
« on: October 26, 2015, 03:30:28 PM »
selling this Otterbox $30 obo. can be picked up in Midtown or BP (can be mailed for a small shipping fee). brand new in original box. never been used

Deals/Deal Requests / Old Navy Free Shipping No Minimum
« on: October 07, 2015, 01:56:24 PM »
Today only. code FREESHIP

Goods For Sale/Trade / Orbitz Vouchers for Sale
« on: December 29, 2014, 12:16:44 PM »
i have 2 vouchers worth $90 each. both expire on 12/3/15. according to the email it's to be used for:
              • Prepaid Hotel booking
              • Vacation Package booking
I'm not sure if this is standard so I'm putting it here in case it's important to know.

selling for $85 each. can buy both or just one. pm or quote op so I'll get a notification.

Goods For Sale/Trade / For Sale: Iphone 5
« on: November 12, 2014, 02:24:13 PM »
Mint condition, unlocked w/SIM card. 16 gb.

asking price: $300

Just Shmooze / RIP Joan Rivers
« on: September 04, 2014, 03:49:24 PM »
what a funny lady...

Just Shmooze / Opinion: Highlander Vs Venza Vs Cherokee
« on: June 23, 2014, 04:59:01 PM »
we can't decide. Has anyone experienced 2 or 3 and can tell me more pros and cons? we need this car to shlep heavy-ish tools, we are 3 people total


Bigger overall

Comfortable, good mpg, great price (189 a month- 24 months)


Best MPG of all 3, great price


most expensive, high mgp

i don't like the look too much


because i have a Toyota now, i need to wait to give up my lease (october), and might end up paying more for damages for my current car

Credit Cards / Saphirre vs Saphirre Preferred
« on: April 02, 2014, 04:23:24 PM »
Can anyone tell me the pros and cons of both? I got the non preferred to save on the annual fee but i'm wondering if i've made a huge mistake. i don't plan on spending oversees anytime soon. should i get a preferred anyway? close the non preferred? any help is appreciated.

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