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Destination Guides And Trip Planning / Re: Paris Master Thread
« on: January 20, 2020, 11:40:55 AM »
Kavod is not Glatt but might have Glatt meat, you have to call/ask the machgiah. Or you can go to Bassar Paris 17ème which is Beth Din halak Beth Yossef.

Thank you!
For coffee and croissants (and other bakery items), what would you recommend that is closest to the Louvre? 
Are there places that are open motzei Shabbat? maybe a pizza place or similar?

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Destination Guides And Trip Planning / Re: Paris Master Thread
« on: January 20, 2020, 11:33:16 AM »

I sometimes buy some salads from La Box de Shabbath they are pretty good, I would definitely recommend it. Are you looking to get Glatt kosher meat or regular Beth Din is ok?

Glatt kosher only.
I'm also looking for a nice fleishig place to go Thursday evening for dinner. My wife would like to go to Kavod, but it is my understanding that it's not Glatt.

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Destination Guides And Trip Planning / Re: Paris Master Thread
« on: January 20, 2020, 11:06:11 AM »
Hi,

I'm going to be visiting Paris later this week, I had a few questions.

  • I'll be staying at the Hyatt Du Louvre, has anyone stayed there recently and could share their experience?
  • Do we know if the trains are functioning properly? is there a place to check? or will I just have to wait until I get there?
  • For Shabbat food, I found a website that delivers called "La box de Chabbat" under chabad hashgocha. Has anyone tried this?

thanks

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Destination Guides And Trip Planning / Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
« on: July 17, 2019, 01:08:34 PM »
I'm planning a trip for the LA area and looking for a nice resort property for a 5 night stay. I am considering either the Hyatt Regency Huntington Beach or the Laguna Cliffs Marriott Resort and Spa.
Any suggestions or recommendations?

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Destination Guides And Trip Planning / Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
« on: February 06, 2019, 07:47:36 AM »
Planning a trip, following
I just got back, take a look at my TR. Im happy to answer any questions.
https://forums.dansdeals.com/index.php?topic=101285.0

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Trip Reports / Re: Cancun TR JAN 2019
« on: February 06, 2019, 07:35:32 AM »
Just a few notes:
Compared Ziva to Ritz at Ziva my room had a fridge balcony has lights Free coffee drinks  and spa we paid $90 for 30 minutes couple massage.
good to know.
I was saying as we left cancun, maybe the next time we go we should try an all inclusive option... dont get me wrong, the Ritz was amazing

the Ritz does have a small nini fridge, you'd just have to take out the drinks they put in there. I also noticed it wasnt kept very cold... I dint look to see if it could be adjusted. I'm sure with some of the suites you'd get a regular size fridge.
There is a nespresso machine in the room with the pods to make coffee, but sometimes you just want a regular big cup of coffee....

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Destination Guides And Trip Planning / Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
« on: February 06, 2019, 07:20:50 AM »
Canada transfers +1 my flight had an hour delay I called them they said we monitor your flight.

Great service. thanks for the recommendation

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Trip Reports / Re: Cancun TR JAN 2019
« on: February 06, 2019, 07:15:41 AM »
Nice well written.
 Interesting trip, just to relax and enjoy some food..
Any minyanim around there?

There is no minyan around there, the minyan would be at chabad but the walk is over an hr.

What did you pay for the smart park at JFK? And how many days? And how far was the terminal from where you parked?
I paid $71 for 4 days, I've used them in the past and therefore used them again this time. However i wasnt so happy.
Every time I park with them I have to wait for the shuttle to pick me up from the terminal, they say the driver is on the way but sometimes it takes 15 minutes... in the meantime I see shuttles from other companies like Jiffy and Park Plus which you can always get a groupon for and it can be 50-60 for 5 days

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Trip Reports / Cancun TR JAN 2019
« on: February 05, 2019, 01:03:57 PM »
My wife and I decided we wanted to go somewhere warm for a weekend during the New York winter, we looked around a bit and settled on Cancun, the main reason being that its close by and there is kosher food.
We decided on the last weekend in Jan (1/31-2/3), which also happens to work out perfectly as it turn out its the week after Yeshiva week! :)

I did a quick check for flights for thursday to sunday evening, they were roughly $500-$600 RT pp for direct (this is 6 weeks before). BA was not showing availability… So I went ahead and booked Jetblue for 24,300 trueblue points RT pp.

As for a hotel, I was conflicted as to whether I should book an all inclusive resort like the hyatt Ziva or Zilara or go with one of the SPG options. We decided on the Ritz Carlton for 50k spg points a night, total 150 for 3 nights (we booked after spg and marriott joined) and we were happy we did! Its a great property to stay at.

Our flight was Jan 31 from JFK (happens to be it was one of the coldest days this year, so we got lucky there), dropped our car off at Smart Park JFK and took their shuttle to the terminal.
Check-in and the flight went without a hitch, although when I got my boarding pass I noticed I didn’t have TSA Pre-Check, so I had to take off my shoes etc
After a little digging online during the flight thanks to Jetblue’s free wifi, I realized my Global Entry membership had expired on 1/18. Crazy that it’s already been 5 years since I signed up.

We landed in Cancun around 3pm, deplaned and got our bags. The customs lines were long! At least 45 min long. They were heavily understaffed and only had 5-6 agents working.
They had the machines, but would not allow any of us to use them.
We got the green light and headed outside to where a rep from Canada Transfers was waiting for us with a sign with our name on it. I booked in advance $55 RT. They had cool fresh towels to wipe our face and cold water for the 25 min ride to the hotel.

We arrived at the Ritz and were greeted with a cold cucumber drink and then showed to our room on the 5th floor. Room was spacious and nice, nothing particularly special…. Bathroom was big, we had a balcony with an ocean view. We also requested a fridge to store the few yogurts and snacks we brought along with us, they waived the $25 per day fee which was kind of nice.

We headed down to the hotel’s main pool area to enjoy the warm weather and watch the sunset and ordered drinks. The drinks at the ritz are top quality and they use good liquor… one of the advantages over an all inclusive resort.
Chabad delivered our Shnitzel salad, tacos and fries. All really delicious.. The pulled beef tacos particularly.

The Ritz’s massages and spa were super expensive, so we found Arenas Spa & Lounge highly recommended place on trip advisor that was a 5 min walk from the ritz and paid for 2 massages what it would of cost for one at the Ritz.

For dinner thursday night we decided to try the new kosher restaurant Ember Kosher. We weren't that hungry, so we decided to start with apps and go from there.
The place was empty, one other family was seated. But they had a full wait staff.Our server told us that friday night they were expecting a big crowd and then the following week would be full opening.
The menu for us was very limited, a few apps and steak and the burger for the mains.We got some beef empanadas, beef chili tacos and fries.
The fries were solid. the empanadas and tacos were not bad, but they were missing the kick.... meaning, it didn’t taste bad but it didn’t have a good taste that i’d come back for it.
being that we were kind of disappointed and not that hungry we decided to call it a night. we were hoping for dessert, but all they had was plain chocolate cake.

Side note, they do shabbos food delivery and provide a hot plate to keep your food warm.
I spoke to someone that ordered this, they told me the delivery arrived to their hotel well after shabbos started and all the food was packed in Styrofoam. so even if they would have been able to plug in the hotplate, they wouldn't have been able to keep the food warm

We didn’t plan any trips or excursions, our plan was to sit an relax in the resort until our flight on sunday afternoon. We loved every minute at the Ritz and wished we could’ve stayed longer. Their service was fantastic! And everyone was very helpful and friendly.

About an hour before shabbos we had our shabbos food from chabad delivered to our room by room service. Salmon, shnitzel, salad, chummus, grilled vegetables, challah and a bottle of wine. All very tasty if I may add. Portions of salmon and shnitzel were quite large, we had extra..

We discovered that at the end of the hallway (far right of the floor… possibly on the other side as well. I did not venture to that side), they have a normal staircase all the way up/down the hotel. A aice, climate controlled not the dark and hot staircases we are used to walking up and down in many hotels... This was going to work out great for shabbos.

The hotel staff seemed to know a lot about shabbos, what is allowed and what isn’t. They were very accommodating. Whenever we needed to get into out room we stopped at the front desk and they sent someone upstairs with us. Funny that they never wanted to take the elevator and meet us, they insisted on walking up the stairs with us.
We scheduled turn down service for later friday evening so that we could leave our lights on until we were ready to go to sleep.
We had our friday night meal on our balcony, but just note there are no lights outside… we left all the lights on in the room and with the shades wide open it was still very dark.
The bar and cafe all knew about shabbos and that we could not sign for anything.
The weather was gorgeous during our stay, about 80 degrees and sunny. It didn’t rain at all.

Shabbos day they came around the pool area and offered free drinks and invited us to a mojito class and gave us all free mojitos… even though I didn’t attend the class.

Motzei shabbos we hit the gym, pretty standard hotel gym… during the day you have a really nice view of the ocean. There is also a dry and wet sauna in the bathroom/locker room.
We then headed out to Dag Dag for some food. We thought we were lost until we finally found it hidden around the corner…
We had called on friday and they told us to make a reservation which we booked though OpenTable. When we got there there were a few people there already and it didn’t seem like they cared about reservations at all.. I’m not sure how they would have handled it either way because it was a bit of a balagan.. We ordered, food was really tasty. However it took FOREVER for the food to be ready.
We had regular pizza, nachos and fries. Im told the fish and chips are really good too.
Relaxed experience might be an understatement 🤣 service was a serious melava Malka (no pun intended) 🙈

We scheduled our canada Transfer pickup for 2pm for a 4pm flight, so we requested late checkout which they confirmed with us on sat night.
I ordered food from chabad to take with us on our trip back to New York which was delivered hot and online for our departure. Shnitzel pitas and fries and of course pulled beef tacos… because they are just so good :)

Return flight was uneventful, TV coverage on Jetble was on just in time to watch the Super Bowl.

Happy to answer any questions, let me know

Hotel Notes
Really good drinks at the bar outside by the pool
The cafe charges a whopping 90 pesos for hot coffee, but u get free refills all day
Main elevator takes forever, the ones on at the end of the hallways are a lot faster

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Destination Guides And Trip Planning / Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
« on: February 04, 2019, 01:20:11 PM »
I just got back from Cancun, I went out for Dinner at the Ember on thursday 1/31.

We weren't that hungry, so we decides to start with apps and go from there. (we had arrived at the hotel around 4pm and had chabad deliver food for late lunch being that we were hungry from the travel)

The place was empty, one other family was seated. But they had a full wait staff.
Our server told us that friday night they were expecting a big crowd and then the following week would be full opening.

The menu for us was very limited, a few apps and steak and the burger for the mains.
We got some beef empanadas, beef chili tocas and fries.
The fries were solid. the empanadas and tocos were not bad, but they were missing the kick.... meaning, it didnt taste bad but it didnt have a good taste that id come back for it.
being that we were kind of disappointed and not that hungry we decided to call it a night.
we were hoping for dessert, but all they had was plain chocolate cake.

Side note, they do shabbos food delivery and provide a hot plate to keep your food warm.
I spoke to someone that ordered this, they told me the delivery arrived to their hotel well after shabbos started and all the food was packed in Styrofoam. so even if they would have been able to plug in the hotplate, they wouldn't have been able to keep the food warm

i'm sure it will get better...

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Destination Guides And Trip Planning / Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
« on: January 23, 2019, 10:57:24 AM »
has anyone used any of the private shuttle companies to book rt airport/hotel? which is recommended?

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Trip Reports / Re: Sam 28 Cancun TR FEB 2017
« on: January 17, 2019, 03:54:28 PM »
Cancun TR FEB 2017

The reason we stayed at the Ritz was because the Hyatt was sold out.


I'm booked at the ritz and I see the ziva is available. what would u say is the better choice?

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Destination Guides And Trip Planning / Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
« on: January 17, 2019, 03:35:30 PM »
Has anyone stayed at the ritz in cancun? how is it?
are any of the category 6 Marriott hotels better value?

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Deals/Deal Requests / Re: Puffer coat
« on: October 19, 2015, 03:29:30 PM »
uniqlo has real down coats, a lot cheaper than most places

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Destination Guides And Trip Planning / Re: Chicago Master Thread
« on: October 16, 2015, 08:35:16 AM »
I'm looking for some good sushi that's open at 10.AM Sunday, any suggestions?
Jewel on Howard should have. Its not the greatest sushi, but they are open

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