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Destination Guides And Trip Planning / Re: Portugal Master Thread
« on: January 29, 2020, 11:38:39 AM »
Wanted to give a little TR (my first) about a couple things in Lisbon. :)

I had a 6hr layover between Chicago & TLV, and took an opportunity to visit Shaarei Tikvah, and check out the kosher market.

Took an Uber to Shaarei Tikvah for 10 Euro, and my driver was an off-season tour guide. I had a conversation with another lady a couple of days later who said her group had similar luck with their taxi driver, so if you find yourself in Lisbon in the Jan-Feb months it seems like driving folks around is a common pick-up job for tour guides who are filling in gaps during the slow season! Amongst other things, he pointed out the aqueduct, which I took a mental note to check out in more depth during my next visit.

You have to prearrange a visit to Shaarei Tikvah, but it was easy to send an email to, and there is more info for larger groups here: They asked for a copy of my passport or the number in advance, for security. Be advised that they do not allow carry-on luggage into the shul. I didn't have a problem with my backpack, but my rollerboard raised concern.

Sandra is a GEM!! Not only did I get a tour and history of the shul and the current community, Sandra covered the history of Jews in Portugal going back to 2nd temple periods. She spent about an hour with me 1:1. It would have been difficult with my littlest kids (they'd have been bored, I think?), but pre-teens and up should be comfortable. Not too much walking around, we sat in the sanctuary until we went upstairs to the women's balcony (which you could skip if you don't like the stairs).

The recommended donation is 5 Euro, but I personally recommend much more - the website has a PayPal donation link, and bank info if you want to send an electronic donation.

After the tour, I elected to walk to the kosher market ( I made it, but huffing and puffing - took just under 20 min on slippery cobblestone sidewalks (it had been drizzly) up and down steep hills. I imagine an Uber would have cost under 3 Euro (and some of my self-respect at not being able to walk 20 min up and down the mountain). The market is new since my last visit to Lisbon in 2014. They have a variety of Israeli products, reheatable meals (like airline food), ramen, snacks, candy, etc. When I was there, there was a modest selection of cheese and deli - enough to make a snack or stock an Airbnb kitchen, just not enough to be picky. I imagine that might be different during a more popular tourist season, though. The owner also bakes fresh challah for Shabbat (order in advance:, and has a large stock of frozen kosher meats & products (including pita). If you're just passing through, contact them in advance to request a sandwich ( There's an excellent wine selection, and Shabbat-friendly equipment (disposables, hot plates for rent, etc.).

From the kosher market, I took a 6 Euro Uber back to the airport.

On my return, I had a chance to go to the ANA lounge via Priority Pass. There was a great selection of breakfast cereals, drinks, whole fresh fruit (apples, oranges), and a bunch of other fresh-made non-kosher food I was jealous of. Best of all... they have sleeping rooms, which I was super grateful to take advantage of after the 5am flight from TLV. The only catch to the lounges at LIS is that they are all on the other side of passport control from the flights between US & Israel. The airport is split into S and N 'wings' of Terminal 1. Both of my flights out of LIS, to ORD and to TLV, were from N and the lounges are in S, beyond border control. I had 4 hours in LIS, so it was worth it - under 2 hours wouldn't have been worth standing in the longish border control line.

Deals/Deal Requests / Re: Samsung Washers and Dryers 70% off!
« on: August 02, 2019, 11:14:59 AM »
If anyone has a washer that can be delivered to (or picked up in) Chicago, I'd like to buy it from ya. Thanks!

Destination Guides And Trip Planning / Re: Catskills Master Thread
« on: August 02, 2019, 10:43:36 AM »
Visitors day Sunday, I'm coming from Chicago and have ZERO visitor's day experience (first sleepaway camp)... What would you do with mom & 2 Bar Mitzvah boys? Which restaurant would you go to?

Amazon & Walmart Deals / Chatting to get targeted
« on: July 15, 2019, 11:53:39 AM »
Anyone have advice on how to chat Amazon to get offers added to your account? I've tried 2 different reps, neither understand the issue, neither were helpful.

I'm trying to get targeted for the $30 off $60 when using Amex points, or $15 off $60 when using chase points, etc....

Credit Cards / Re: Southwest Visa 50,000 bonus points
« on: February 26, 2019, 09:13:37 AM »
I applied for the new premium consumer card, and was declined on the basis that I received a bonus on the same card in the last 24 mo... which is impossible, since it's a new card. I did get a bonus on a BUSINESS SW card just about 23.5 mo ago, and I'm guessing that's what it is - has anyone else encountered this?

I'm on the phone with recon now, rep is saying it's a decline per policy, credit was not pulled, and it's per Chase policy - is this a HUCA situation? Or is it a dead-end?

Credit Cards / Re: IHG Credit Card Master Thread
« on: June 15, 2018, 03:11:11 PM »
I still have the old IHG ($49/yr), been open for years and years (read: haven't received a *sign-up bonus* in over 24 mo).

If I open the new IHG ($89), will I get the 80K bonus? Will I be able to keep both cards?

If I need to call recon, how do I explain why I want both, beyond saying I want both annual free nights ('cause I don't think that's going to fly)?

Goods For Sale/Trade / Re: IHG nights for sale
« on: June 15, 2018, 02:16:22 PM »
1 night for sale, any property, expires end of June 2018.

Willing to trade for a certificate good through Dec 31, 2018. Otherwise make a reasonable offer!


Amazon & Walmart Deals / KidKraft Chanukah Set $22.13 LEOA
« on: April 27, 2018, 10:09:12 AM »

even lower 'used' via Amazon Warehouse - $15.75

Credit Cards / Re: New Ink Plus Card (another 50K UR points)
« on: March 12, 2018, 05:20:41 PM »
Ink Preferred as you cannot get the plus anymore

That's what I was thinking, except that Ink Plus AF just posted, I called to cancel/ask for credit - no go. :( Preferred has until Fall - would you downgrade Preferred now? or wait 'til Fall?

Credit Cards / Re: New Ink Plus Card (another 50K UR points)
« on: March 12, 2018, 02:39:16 PM »
I have the Ink Preferred & the Ink Plus - I don't want to pay for both, want to make one of them Ink Cash - which would you recommend downgrading?

I have a conference in San Jose that ends too late on Friday to make it home for Shabbat- would you stay in San Francisco or San Jose for Shabbat solo?


Clip $3 coupon & S&S

(This is my first time posting a deal, go easy if I made a mistake ;)

Deals/Deal Requests / Re: Hot!!! 75% off spyder coats
« on: November 24, 2017, 10:53:53 AM »
75% off code works for me, but I did not get free shipping, picked up 2 $100 coats for $67, even after the $10 shipping. Thank you! Just-in-time!

Deals/Deal Requests / Re: Best place for new oven during BF season
« on: November 23, 2017, 07:34:31 PM »
What do you think of the Kenmore posted?

No Sabbath Mode, and I want a warming drawer...

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