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Destination Guides And Trip Planning / Re: 5 Towns/Rockaway Master Thread
« on: September 12, 2018, 04:59:53 AM »
What exactly is going on with Seasons?

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General Discussion / Re: All Halocha Shailos and teiffa Questions
« on: September 12, 2018, 04:58:05 AM »
Why is there no Birchas HaNehenin for hearing a great Chazan or concert? We have such Brochos for enjoyable sights, tastes and smells, several Brochos for different besamin, but nothing to thank HaShem for our hearing pleasurable music?

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Credit Cards / Re: Starwood AMEX Master Thread
« on: August 02, 2018, 03:06:33 PM »
he was asking regarding using spg or Marriott card
Correct

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Credit Cards / Re: Starwood AMEX Master Thread
« on: August 02, 2018, 02:37:43 PM »
Now that it's August, is is better to continue to use an SPG Amex card and receive 2X SPG points on regular purchases, or the Marriott Card ?

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Okay, redirected from Bermuda thread. DW decided if we're just hitting the water, may as well go to Miami area and not have to bring food (even though she's usually the "let's pack homemade chicken burgers and meatballs, like we did in Kaui" and I'm the one reading the Backyward BBQ menu in my free time, but go figure).

Going next week Sunday to Wed. Decided to blow 90K on St regis Bal Harbour bc we only travel alone together every few years so YOLO. Few questions:

1) Any updates on the valet parking workaround? Is there local parking within walking (or cheap uber) distance? Is parking at the mall lots still "do-able"? Is it cheaper to just Lyft everywhere than renting a car?

2) I read many food reviews on this thread. I was thinking Harbour Grill (no onion rings), Fuego, and Backyard BBQ for dinners and 26, Carrot, and maybe Kosh for lunches? Does that sound right? Anything that should be switched in or out?

3) Activities - We're looking for 2-3 activities, and probably more water-based (weather permitting) than theme park type (e.g. Seaquarium, Jungle Island, etc). Something like kayaking and snorkeling type stuff. Any rec's, preferably near Bal Harbour?

Thanks so much!
Since youíre staying in a resort hotel on the beach walking distance to the kosher restaurants and shuls, youíre probably better off using Uber or Lyft than over paying for parking. I agree with your 3 dinner choices, but would switch to something lighter, diary/fish, for lunch and certainly eliminate Kosh. For kayaking and snorkeling you would probably have to go further south, like Key Biscayne.

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Destination Guides And Trip Planning / Re: Hong Kong Master Thread
« on: July 27, 2018, 06:43:39 PM »
If you have a visa to enter mainland China itís a 45 minute subway ride from KZ in Hong Hong to the Luohu shopping mall in Shenzhen which has bargains on many different items; but you must always bargain down the price.

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Destination Guides And Trip Planning / Re: Milan, Italy Master Thread
« on: July 20, 2018, 01:54:35 PM »
we rented a car.
it was a pain in Milan because the area near the PH has traffic and no parking. Within Milan we only used it to get to restaurants. But since we were mostly out of Milan, it was great. We went with 2 kids so train wasn't an option.
Como has a lot to do but we allotted one day for it - we wanted to explore the whole region and were only there for 3 days.
That was also a benefit of the car - driving around Como and having the ability to stop in various places.
Thanks! I read that the driving can be scary due to sharp curves on mountains with narrow roads. Is this true or an exaggeration? 

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Destination Guides And Trip Planning / Re: Hong Kong Master Thread
« on: July 20, 2018, 08:30:40 AM »
Whatís the jcc bbq like ? Party style or more restaurant style ? How much does it cost ?
You are seated at your assigned table. Looks like nice restaurant. The server will bring you drinks and some items, but for the most part you go to the buffet tables to get your food, and there is lots of it including sushi, steak and chicken, desserts; large, generous assortment of items, seemingly endless supply, and you eat at your own table, nothing like a typical wedding shmorg rushed grab fest. I seem to recall that it was about a total US $110 bill for the both of us.

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Destination Guides And Trip Planning / Re: Hong Kong Master Thread
« on: July 19, 2018, 02:09:11 PM »
if he's still there on Sunday he should go to the the JCC BBQ it's absolutely delicious!
Mul Hayam probably has a meatless menu this week preceding Tisha B'Av, and the JCC probably won't have a BBQ this Sunday.

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Destination Guides And Trip Planning / Re: Milan, Italy Master Thread
« on: July 18, 2018, 12:50:04 PM »
+ 1 for locarno. absolutely beautiful and relaxing.

we stayed in Milan (for purposes of staying in PH Milan and food) and did day trips - one day to como, one day to stresa (islands there) and one day to locarno.
I highly recommend getting the lonely planet italian lakes book for ideas

We are planning a similar trip. How did you travel from Milan for day trips, via train or car rental, and how was it? Is one day enough for Lake Como, seems like there are several paces to visit? 

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Destination Guides And Trip Planning / Re: Toronto Master Thread
« on: July 16, 2018, 05:09:43 PM »
Any feedback on Gladstoneís Bistro?

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Just Shmooze / Re: Movies
« on: July 15, 2018, 10:00:35 PM »
Thank you! Defiance sounds good. Anyone ever seen it?
Yes, it was good.

I just saw the new Project Witness film, Rosja. Very moving.

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Destination Guides And Trip Planning / Re: Toronto Master Thread
« on: July 13, 2018, 06:07:42 PM »
We will have one weekday night to go out to a nice dinner in Toronto. Staying downtown at the Adelaide Hotel (SPG, soon to be St. Regis). Which is better, and why: Marron or Windsor Arms?

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Here is something else to think about: When Chazal said that boarding earlier in the week is ok, werenít they speaking of non-stop trips continuing on through into Shabbos? Would that exception apply if there were stops for exit and re boarding on Thursday or Friday?

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