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Destination Guides And Trip Planning / Re: Vancouver Master Thread
« on: December 24, 2018, 09:31:42 AM »
Just realized you were asking about the free meals not buying food from Maple Grill. Never mind my response.
I definitely want and plan to pay, whether directly or via a donation. was just looking for a nice Shabbos meal experience for my wife and I, rather than take-out in the hotel room. Thanks all for your responses. I will skim the many pages on this thread for more, but thus far the Kolel seems best choice for us. It seems that Holiday Inn would be nicest hotel within the eruv, and will probably move  from a better downtown Hotel for Shabbos.

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Destination Guides And Trip Planning / Re: Vancouver Master Thread
« on: December 23, 2018, 08:47:21 PM »
It depends on your preference do you want a full ready meal for a set price or would you rather pick your items?
The main thing is that we would prefer not to eat the Friday night Shabbos Seuda alone in our hotel room, nicer to be served in a dining room setting. Also candle lighting in Hotel room might also be an issue.

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Destination Guides And Trip Planning / Re: Vancouver Master Thread
« on: December 23, 2018, 03:21:48 PM »
I see that the Kollel offers free Shabbos meals. Any reviews or comments?

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Destination Guides And Trip Planning / Re: Vancouver Master Thread
« on: December 23, 2018, 02:09:20 PM »
Chabad downtown has sit down day kidush with cholent and challah rolls.
Thanks, what can be done for Shabbos dinner Friday night?

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Destination Guides And Trip Planning / Re: Vancouver Master Thread
« on: December 22, 2018, 09:54:35 PM »
Is there a Chabad or similar availability of Shabbos meals?

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Destination Guides And Trip Planning / Re: Hong Kong Master Thread
« on: September 14, 2018, 04:33:06 PM »
Going to Hong Kong with my 16 year old son for Sukkot, any suggestions for things to do and must see attractions?
Take the ride up to Victoria’s Peak and visit tourist attractions there.

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Destination Guides And Trip Planning / Re: Spain Master Thread
« on: September 14, 2018, 04:29:41 PM »
Is there Uber in Madrid? Best way to get around the city for one day?
Center of City with main sights is very walkable

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General Discussion / Re: All Halocha Shailos and teiffa Questions
« on: September 13, 2018, 01:52:43 PM »
bracha on sights is called ברכת הראיה and is for specific views. taste and smell are called ברכת הנהנין and is said when pleasure "enters" the body and we benefit from it (regarding smell, we learn from a posuk that the neshama benefits from it (remember why we smell besomim?)
a good voice does not enter the body and there is no real benefit
So there are Brochos for “specific views” where we thank HaShem for the beautiful or extraordinary sights, such as the Yam Hagodol. Enjoying those sights does not enter the body any more so than listening to a concert. Thanks for addressing the issue, but I’m still not convinced. This question occurred to me on Rosh Hashanah when I observed a blind young man so obviously enjoying the Chazan and everyone’s back up harmony.

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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 you’re staying in a resort hotel on the beach walking distance to the kosher restaurants and shuls, you’re 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 it’s 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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