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https://oukosher.org/publications/bourbon-sheavar-hapesach/

The Sazerac company brands, including buffalo trace, blantons, eagle rare, pappy and many more, owned by the Goldring family, don't sell their chometz and thats where problems arise.
However the Heaven Hill brand(Parker's, evan williams, elijah craig), owned by the shapira family, sell their chometz and is kosher-see star-k list.
All other major bourbon brands are owned by non-jews.
With the shapira stuff, you have to compare when they started selling to the vintage of the bottle.

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Sure.
I'm assuming there's an argument the other way, because most kosher stores sell these products, I just haven't heard it yet. All kashrus lists 'do not recommend' them.
Not a rayah to anything

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Some Poskim hold itís not a problem, since bourbon is only kitniyos sheavar Pesach.
Didnt think of that, interesting to hear that there's 2 sides to the argument, I guess that's why you should ask your LOR.
This is inaccurate, bourbon has actual chametz. Bourbon mash has to be 51% corn, and usually contains rye or barley as a significant second ingredient. There is a different heter, not to buy, but to keep, because of hefsed, discussed on the forums previously.

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tentative planning a trip for myself and 4 kids 7-12. 2 days 1 night
here's what I have so far

landing 9:30
drop off bags at Holiday Inn Express and suites (using free annual night, confirmed upgrade to family suite)
Alcatraz is sold out, so assuming it doesn't open we'll do the  blue and gold escape from the rock 11:15 or 1:45
lunch?
pier 39 / Fishermans wharf/ exploratorioum
sabra for supper

monday - rent car (have a one way from fishermans wharf to SFO)
drive to Frena, buy lunch etc.
golden gate bridge
the marine mammal center
 Muir woods
SFO for 8pm flight back

thoughts?

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General Discussion / Re: Kosher, Kashrus and Hechsherim Master thread
« on: August 14, 2018, 01:12:05 AM »
Is Schweppes tonic water ok in China?
you're depending on the bottling plant. which is ok in USA and elsewhere, but in Asia I would double check with someone knowledgeable.

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Destination Guides And Trip Planning / Re: Arizona Master Thread
« on: August 14, 2018, 01:08:47 AM »
Did outlet today. Did labella twice already. Actually had the most tasty fettuccini there.
Iím thinking of going to Grand Canyon tomorrow. We may go via some other city which is about 2 hours away and then take a train up to the Grand Canyon. The train itself will be a trip for the kids
that's a great option, we almost did that. It's about 10 degrees cooler there, at least when I was there. Work Sedona in as well, if you can, it's gourgeous.
if you didn't got to kitchen18 yet, it's a superb fleishig option.

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Destination Guides And Trip Planning / Re: Arizona Master Thread
« on: August 13, 2018, 11:22:33 PM »
Anything around Glendale (within an hour) thatís good to do with kids today? (2 year old and baby) If outdoors it should be somewhere cooler.
Did lake pleasant yesterday.
also, I think there's an outlet mall there.

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Destination Guides And Trip Planning / Re: Arizona Master Thread
« on: August 13, 2018, 09:48:45 PM »
Anything around Glendale (within an hour) thatís good to do with kids today? (2 year old and baby) If outdoors it should be somewhere cooler.
Did lake pleasant yesterday.
glendale, AZ? you're in phoenix. go for pizza at La Belle, they have a/c.

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Destination Guides And Trip Planning / Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
« on: August 13, 2018, 07:31:18 PM »
That's not free, it's $20. Also, ask your LOR if that's Halachically allowed. It certainly seems illegal.
wrong is one thing, illegal is another

And again these agents have the power to do certain things regardless whether you tip them or not.

For example you can have 2 platinum guests checking in, one gets a suite, the other does not (even though 2 suites are available). This can be the case regardless of whether they tipped the agent or not.

Sometimes you can tip the guy and you won't get anything.

So bottom line there is nothing wrong with incentivizing (not sure if this is a word) him to use his full powers to give you what you want.

further to this point. I just, a minute ago, used an IHG free night to book a room that it wasn't eligible for. Phone agent unilaterally offered, booked the correct room, called the hotel and had them upgrade, and sent me the upgraded reservation.
I didn't ask for the upgrade. Should I have stopped her? Should I have not remembered her name and asked her how her day was going because maybe she'll reciprocate the good will? A tip is a tip. He offered free parking, I didn't say no.

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Destination Guides And Trip Planning / Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
« on: August 13, 2018, 02:06:29 PM »
Don't think it's been discussed here, but the "$20 trick" is very common and definitely known to hotel managers. The charge and the courtesy waiver showed up on the Ledger. The official reason for the waiver was because I was a gold member and no complimentary upgrade was available

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On The Road / Re: Hotel or motel for 2 nights every week
« on: August 12, 2018, 07:17:33 PM »
My husband will be commuting to Monsey and staying there 3 days a week this year. Is there a hotel or motel that has a program where there is an incentive when you sleep over twice a week on a weekly basis? Nothing fancy needed, just no bedbugs. Thank you.
Might be worth renting a basement and having his own private space

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Destination Guides And Trip Planning / Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
« on: August 12, 2018, 07:11:57 PM »
Any hint? :)
$20 to the check in guy had gotten me sorry, we're full, so no upgrades, but I'll comp your parking ($40)

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Destination Guides And Trip Planning / Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
« on: August 12, 2018, 06:07:17 PM »
Not sure where to post this. What's the cheapest parking option for ritz Carlton laguna niguel?
Get the hotel to comp it :)

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