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Trip Reports / Re: Live Antarctica Trip Report
« on: Yesterday at 09:14:28 AM »
Except the fact that the Falklands was Wednesday and not Tuesday

That was actually my error :P

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Trip Reports / Re: Live Antarctica Trip Report
« on: Yesterday at 09:00:39 AM »
Every article on this trip has included lots of fake and embellished facts and quotes.
But I guess that's just how media works in general.

Except the Moment, surprisingly enough. I couldn't believe it when I saw the draft - extremely well written and accurate.

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Antarctica -- no longer interested

Explain yourself, young man.

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Just Shmooze / Re: Seen now on every boro park street
« on: January 16, 2019, 05:27:09 PM »
Who remembers the good old days of shopping bags on the parking meters? 13th Ave. was covered in them.

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Deals/Deal Requests / Re: Cheap website for books
« on: January 16, 2019, 05:13:06 PM »
Looks very cheap... All books are brand new?

I don't think a single one is new. The ones I bought and looked at were all clearly labeled as used along with their condition.

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Deals/Deal Requests / Re: Cheap website for books
« on: January 16, 2019, 04:46:16 PM »
https://www.thriftbooks.com/

Wow, never heard of this place! Just bought all 7 Harry Potter hardcovers for under $25.

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Destination Guides And Trip Planning / Re: Rome Master Thread
« on: January 16, 2019, 09:54:31 AM »
http://www.bbc.com/travel/story/20180604-has-rome-declared-an-artichoke-war

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But according to Somekh, Arazi’s preventative ban does not take into account what Jewish-style artichokes mean for the local community. “This is not a war about artichokes,” he said. “It’s about preserving the identity and traditions of local Jews.”


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Destination Guides And Trip Planning / Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
« on: January 16, 2019, 09:43:09 AM »
Thoughts and critiques on a 1 week itin for first time in Kauai for a couple no kids:

Sunday: Land late afternoon, do Costco and Walmart shopping

Monday: secret falls morning, Helicopter afternoon

Tuesday: Waimea canyon (jeep is ideal 4WD Miloli Ridge Road)/Polihale State Park sunset/sunflower field

Wednesday: Awaawapuhi Trail/Nualolo Cliffs Trail/Nualolo Trail in Waimea, and other Waimea exploration

Thursday: general sightseeing around the island water falls, valley view, sugar tubes lazy river or zip line in afternoon

Friday: Snorkel Poipu Beach morning/get ready for Shabbos/Spa? Dinner in tidepools GHK.

Saturday:
Relax shabbos

Sunday: Fly Home early

kalalau trail is closed to I figure that part of the island isn't really necessary to visit. This is for 2 weeks from now.

Heli is typically better in the morning, unless Na Pali is your main draw.

Hasn't Miloli Ridge Road been closed to vehicles for a while? I seem to remember something to that effect.

The north side of the island is a must do even with the KT closed - Ke'e Beach, Tunnels, Hanelei Valley, Queens Bath if you're willing to risk life and limb, Kilauea Point... this list goes on and on.

ETA: obviously some of the places I listed were impacted last year, so check how they're doing first. But sunset at Ke'e is reason enough to head up, IMO.

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Up In The Air / Re: What Award Itinerary Did You Just Book/Hold?
« on: January 16, 2019, 12:21:53 AM »
WN LGA-STL (-MDW) 2.9k WN
AA STL-LGA 7.5k BA

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I used Grand and Essex to cater my last trip. The food was phenomenal, the portions generous, and way cheaper than POM.

They did not officially do travel meals until now (I used their catering service, as it was something like 60 meals), but they are now soft-launching them: https://grandandessex.com/#!/hb/m/000000/r/10980/he/New-Jersey/kosher-takeout/kosher-packages/frozen-meals-requires-4-days-to-process

Apparently now they have them for microwave only, and under the RCBC hechsher.

For my trip, they were able to pack the meals for the oven, as use the New Square hechsher (which certifies their catering, not the store). I am reaching out their deli manager to see if these options will be available.

After sending him feedback from here regarding microwave vs. oven, he has now added an oven option to all meals.

I have used him for other trips since my last post here, and my opinion stands: batter, cheaper, and bigger portions than POM. Highly recommended.

https://www.grandandessex.com/#!/hb/c/10706-0/c/10769-10706/r/10980/he/New-Jersey/kosher-takeout/kosher-packages//frozen-meals-requires-4-days-to-process

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Microwave only.

I've had him make me oven versions when he catered one of my trips, but you probably need a very large quantity for that.

That being said I had the microwave ones on my last trip to Hawaii and it was amazing.

I sent him the feedback here, and he has now added an oven option: https://www.grandandessex.com/#!/hb/c/10706-0/c/10769-10706/r/10980/he/New-Jersey/kosher-takeout/kosher-packages//frozen-meals-requires-4-days-to-process.

Enjoy!

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Destination Guides And Trip Planning / Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
« on: January 14, 2019, 04:25:13 PM »
6 hours with a 7-year old girl in January. ORD or STL? Don't need food.

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Start Here! / Re: Help Me Find It! - The Search Master Thread
« on: January 14, 2019, 12:59:25 AM »
There was a discussion some time ago about travel souvenirs - who collects what, the merits of shot glasses vs. magnets, and all that. Anyone able to find it? I've had no luck.

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