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I dont see one.
Can you post it
Sorry, I could have sworn it was there. Must have been a different city thread.

yes i was there, very nice don't think its as big as STR but they have nice pools decent bars and the rooms are very good big spacious etc..
Thank you! Half the price of SR is nice too.


Thank you! Have you been? Pics seem nice.

Is there anywhere nice to stay in Bal Harbour besides for SR and Ritz (non points is okay)?

Is there anywhere I can find a map with all the kosher restaurants in miami beach (like the one that LA has)?
Makes trip planning so much easier

(wish would have that option, would make his blog useful to a lot more people)
Wiki has a link. Not sure if it's updated.

Destination Guides And Trip Planning / Re: Rome Master Thread
« on: May 02, 2019, 09:16:24 AM »
I think we are going to rent a car in Florence so we can drive to the winery in Tuscany and then return it in Rome. How hard is it to find parking in Rome for one night? We will be staying close to the Jewish Ghetto.
I assume you'll need to go into a lot.

Destination Guides And Trip Planning / Re: Teaneck, NJ
« on: May 01, 2019, 04:59:05 PM »
I've heard Rabica has stepped up recently. I don't really go out for dairy in Teaneck except for causal at Sammy's but I would much sooner try Rabica than MB.
Thanks, will try that next time!

Destination Guides And Trip Planning / Re: Venice Master Thread
« on: May 01, 2019, 01:09:09 PM »
ok good to know, do you think Murano/Burano is possible to do on a Friday afternoon from 2:30-6:30? We are staying at the Carnival Palace so I am not sure how long it takes to get there from the water bus stop.
Yes, and worst case you only do one and see it's getting late so you come back. You can use gmaps to estimate walking times.

Destination Guides And Trip Planning / Re: Venice Master Thread
« on: May 01, 2019, 12:44:19 PM »
So when you said take a taxi you meant a public water bus and if so, where does it stop at?
There's a stop at San Marco - I didn't follow his order either, but airport water bus to San Marco probably takes an hour.

Destination Guides And Trip Planning / Re: Venice Master Thread
« on: May 01, 2019, 12:43:40 PM »
If you are not checking into any hotel, using a taxi from airport, taking a water bus to marco square, 11:35 should definitely doable
+1 checking into a hotel near San Marco might be possible also.

Destination Guides And Trip Planning / Re: Newark shul
« on: April 30, 2019, 01:30:03 PM »
Thanks. It's already within 24 hours so I already checked in

Question is how late can i arrive even if checked in.
I think he meant - check in and drop your bags, then go to Shul. If all that is done and you have TSA Precheck - let's say davening ends at 7 and you Uber and arrive at 7:15. I'd think you can make it.

Destination Guides And Trip Planning / Re: Teaneck, NJ
« on: April 30, 2019, 11:14:47 AM »
Mocha Bleu Review (no pics)

This was our 3rd attempt to try Mocha Bleu as they don't take reservations for parties of 2, and are always fully booked.

What wins here is the most important part of any restaurant - the food was great, particularly the french onion soup and the mint chocolate chip milkshake.

However, there were 4 very big downsides:
1) The place was freezing. It was February, there was snow on the ground and you could feel the air conditioner. We were not the only ones wearing coats inside.
2) The cost of several items was higher on the receipt than it was on the menu. Shameful to not update your menu or warn the customer that you haven't updated the prices yet.
3) Tip was not only mandatory and included on your receipt, but it was 20%! Everyone has their own tipping strategy/mindset, but personally 20% is when a waiter/ess goes above and beyond.
4) Desserts, which sound super yummy, are all pareve. I don't get it. A dairy restaurant has the unique ability to do amazing things with desserts - starting with the basic of all - desserts taste better when they're dairy!! And guess what? They're not good. Worse than even fleishig restaurants. I couldn't believe it.

Went to Mocha Bleu again last night. Made a reservation online easily - the place was almost empty. Some thoughts:
1) It was so cold again. Fortunately, others complained and they turned off the AC at some point. Apparently they also complained that it was too loud, and the music was turned off - fine with me!
2) We went in remembering the 20% mandatory tip, so the final price was more in line with what we were expecting. My wife and I had different prices in our menus. lolz

Poutine Fries were GREAT! The gravy and cheese reminded me a lot of french onion soup and having fries in it instead of soggy bread was YUM.
Mac n Cheese - good
Penne ala Vodka - classic and very good (ask for more parmesan when the first batch runs out :P)
Vanilla Bean Mocha Blend - gross. I mean just gross. Perhaps I don't know what this should taste like, but we were hoping for a vanilla frappuccino type of drink like you might get at Starbucks. This tasted like bitter milk. We asked them to put in more vanilla, and I think they remade the drink. It still had no flavor. $8 ugh.
Avoided desserts, despite how pretty they look.

We're going to keep going back - apps and pastas are good, will stick to milkshakes and smoothies. And will bring a winter coat next time or have the courage to ask them to lower the air.

On The Road / Re: Marriot Bonvoy to Compete with AirBnB
« on: April 30, 2019, 09:37:11 AM »
I didn't realize Marriott already had this in a few select cities -

Looks like there the point redemptions are valued at .004

Just Shmooze / Re: Where Are You Posting From Now?
« on: April 28, 2019, 03:59:14 PM »
Bonnie Brae

Trip Reports / Re: @Yehuda's Trips to DEN
« on: April 25, 2019, 03:54:27 PM »
Pesach 2019
We just got back from 2 days up in the Rockies, so wanted to do a quick post. 8 months ago, @MosheD pointed out a glitch to me at the Park Hyatt Beaver Creek where all suites were pricing out at regular room rates ($175 + $35 resort fee). While I visit Colorado a few times a year, it was hard to jump on this nonrefundable deal without knowing specific dates that would work. I've been dreaming of visiting the PHBC ever since I got into miles and was dating a Denver girl, so I'm glad @benjie1305 encouraged me to pull the trigger, booking 2 suites (the top 2 - Rial Oxford and James Chadwick) for the 1st night of Chol Hamoed Pesach. We almost didn't come to Denver for the 1st days, but everything worked out in the end, so the trip was on! The email confirmation was worded weirdly, and it looked like the Rial came with 2 bedrooms, but luckily I called to confirm a few weeks in advance and found out that no, it only had 1 bedroom. We needed a 3rd room, so we booked a standard room for the same $175 as the suites. They wouldn't upgrade the room to be a connecting room to one of the suites since those are premium / mountain-facing rooms, but on the morning of, I called up and they put through the upgrade.

We left Denver on Monday morning and headed up I-70. The views did not disappoint.

We passed by Loveland...

and Copper...

saw some more gorgeous mountains...

passed by Vail...

and a little more than 2 hours after we left, we made it!

Rear view of the PH from Beaver Creek Village

The lobby started renovations a week ago, so it was mostly closed off and checkin took place in the concierge area. I really love the cabin-y feeling of these mountain hotels.

We went up to check out the Rial Oxford Suite with its huge living/dining room!

Next to the TV was a closet with... another TV :P that was hooked up to an Xbox

Half bath in hallway

There was a kitchenette which was a simple, separate room with a fridge, microwave, sink and counter space. Perfect for our needs. The master bedroom and bathroom were giant.

The 2nd bedroom had 2 double beds and its own bathroom.

The view from the porch was gorgeous - looking over the ski slope and gondola, which were closed already for the season. Following the rest of the suite, the porch was way larger than your average porch.

And that's only half of it!

The porch also looked out over the hotel grounds including the pool, hot tubs, playground and fire pit.

Up next was the James Chadwick suite, which is on the floor above (only 4 floors at the hotel).

After having some lunch, we went out for a 2 mile hike/walk from Beaver Creek down to Avon. The path was paved and ran alongside the road we had taken up from Avon not too long before. Parts of the path were still snow covered, and we got some great views.

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Walking with a toddler, it probably took close to an hour and a half. At the bottom we waited a few minutes for a free shuttle that took us back up to Beaver Creek. At the hotel, we changed and headed down to the pool. Unfortunately, despite them saying it was heated to 85 degrees, it certainly did not feel like it. Some of the family braved it anyway, but it was probably 50 degrees outside, so I passed. Only one of the 5 hot tubs was open, and it was hot, but I stayed indoors with our daughter.

The next morning, we took a walk around Beaver Creek Village, another very pretty mountain town. It was a ghost town as we're in shoulder season - barely anyone around and most shops closed. Fortunately we found 1 place open to get a shot glass ;)

Melted ice rink in the background

We then packed up, checked out and drove 15 minutes to Vail where we ate lunch by the fountain before walking over to the Betty Ford Botanical Gardens. The garden was mostly covered by snow still, so we didn't walk around, but there was a really nice playground there where we stayed for a while.

After a while there, we got in the car and drove back to Denver. It was a great trip up to the mountains. The next two days, my wife took our daughter to the Denver Zoo and the Children's Museum of Denver. The Children's Museum was very interactive and our daughter had a great time. While I didn't get to go, the word is it's highly recommended! Until next time...

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