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I see that KOSHERWHERE.COM advertises kosher meal delivery in Europe. Have you tried this and, if so, what has been your experience?

Just Shmooze / Re: Random questions.
« on: May 09, 2018, 12:08:14 PM »
Any lawyers that can answer, is it illegal to send a ITS letter, when I have no intention to sue?
No, it is not illegal.

General Discussion / Re: All Halocha Shailos and teiffa Questions
« on: May 09, 2018, 10:20:31 AM »
Assuming that one should make a "Kiddush" for a newborn daughter, does it have to be a Kiddush, or can it be a meal during the week, or does it even have to be a meal? Can I get an ice cream truck to come to my block for friends and families?

I heard that a reason for a kiddish even long after the name was given is so that people will give Brochos (e.g., she should be Zocheh to Torah/Ben Torah, Chupa and Maasim Tovim), which can be very meaningful even from plain people. Similar reason for Tikun at a Yahrzeit, for Brochos that the Neshama should have an Aliya. So supplying the ice cream might well get you the same Brochos from your friends and neighbors that a Kiddush would.

Just Shmooze / Re: The funny/strange/interesting video thread...
« on: May 09, 2018, 06:08:02 AM »
From a friend thatís a belz chasid and is in Montreal for the trip. Itís all her family...
Avada miz zien de Baba mit de einiklich.

The only thing 2018 about it is the technology-enabled invasion of privacy.

Destination Guides And Trip Planning / Re: Spain Master Thread
« on: May 08, 2018, 03:55:50 PM »
Mini-Trip Report: We visited Madrid, Toledo, Seville, Gibraltar, Granada and Barcelona; and then Israel.
In Madrid, I recommend Pinati Restaurant, where we ate both nights that we were there. It opens for dinner at 7 pm, and the other restaurant, which did not seem to get great reviews, only opens at 8:30 pm. They are a few blocks from each other and close to the heavily guarded shul, where you will need a passport to enter. The Prado Museum is amazing if you appreciate art. Shlomo Hanoka gave us a great day tour from Madrid to Toledo, highlighting the Jewish history in a very meaningful way, and I highly recommend him as well.
They served us a nice kosher meal on board the Renfe train from Madrid to Seville, order in advance, on Preferente class, dining car.
Seville tour guide Moises Hassan was excellent, as was our stay there in the Hotel La Casas de la Juderia, in a junior suite. We happened to be there for the Seville Spring Fair, which was very festive and colorful. Tour guide and driver Abby Suissa (see Gibraltar thread) drove us from Seville to Gibraltar, gave us a tour of Gibraltar, where we spent Shabbos in the Sunborn Hotel. Afterwards, he drove us to Granada. The Alhambra Palace there is beautiful; I recommend a guided tour. We flew from Granada to Barcelona,where we visited Gaudi's colorful Parc Guell as well as La Pedera, a/k/a Casa Mila. The latter was very interesting, I recommend you take the audio tour which starts with an elevator ride to the roof, one of the main attractions, and then walks you down. We enjoyed walking around Barcelona, not so much La Rambla, which is a bit too Times Square touristy, but rather the Passieg de Garcia and nearby streets. We stayed at the Le Meridien right off La Rambla, which was very nice, and we ate at the nearby Restaurant Maccabi, an excellent restaurant with great food, and also took out from Shaq Shuq a few blocks away.         

Destination Guides And Trip Planning / Re: Gibraltar Master Thread
« on: May 08, 2018, 03:17:07 PM »
His name is Rabbi Hassid
Post-trip: Thanks to Moish, we emailed Rabbi Hassid in advance and promptly received a warm invitation for Friday night seudah at his home, and he told us that he was setting us up in advance with an invitation for Shabbos lunch with another family, all of whom were wonderful and gracious hosts.   

Destination Guides And Trip Planning / Re: Gibraltar Master Thread
« on: May 08, 2018, 03:12:29 PM »
Anybody know the current taxi rates from malaga airport to gib?
Don't know current rates, but I am just back from Gibraltar and highly recommend local guide/driver Abby Suissa, , , for transportation and tours in and around the Gibraltar area. Recommended to us by the excellent Seville tour guide Moises Hassan, he drove us from Seville to Gibraltar, gave us a wonderful tour of Gibraltar, up to the Rock, etc., and after our weekend stay in Gib, he drove us to Granada.

No. I don't know of any European city (besides Venice with an Eirev)
Gibraltar has one

Thanks @Yehudaa, much appreciated

Check the design hotels. Booked the Giardino Lago hotel in Locarno last year. Gorgeous hotel on the lake for 12k points.
What can one do for kosher food in Locarno? Thanks

Wife and I are going to be in Milan for a week in April and want to go north into southern Switzerland for 2-3 days. Any suggestions of where to stay and what to see? Spg properties? Thanks for the help!
LA5675, We are planning a similar trip. Where did you end up staying and eating; how did it work out, any advice? Thanks

In July/Aug there is a kosher program at the Kempsinki St Moritz 3h from Milan
Thanks, but I am planning a trip in May or June. Any other good ideas?

Where is the best place to stay for Shabbos in Switzerland and/or Northern Italy Lake region (but not Venice as we have been there already)

Hi all, would appreciate any help anyone would offer on this.
Planning a trip with my 14 year old son for a week after Shavuos (belated Bar mitzva gift). Will be based in Yerushalayim, but want to give him a good time from the whole country, a little nervous about driving there but will if I have to. Prefer to not sleep over outside Yerushalayim, so looking more for day trips.
Any trip ideas of stuff you may have done with that age that were really can't miss?
He (and definitely his out of shape father  ;D) not really the athletic type for long hikes and such. TIA!

Destination Guides And Trip Planning / Re: South Florida Master Thread
« on: April 09, 2018, 04:27:38 PM »
I was just invited to be flown in to give some lectures in Miami ... in early July. :( The speeches alone aren't enough to fill my time there or make the trip worthwhile, so even with my expenses covered, is it worth it to go there in the summer?

I'm not a huge foodie, so the restaurant scene isn't enough of a draw, and I wouldn't be comfortable going to mixed beaches.

Are there enough activities there (e.g. Everglades) that would be pleasurable in July to fill a few days to justify making a trip out of it? Or will I be miserable the whole time due to humidity, storms, and mosquitoes?
Yes, Miami is hot in July. So swimming, either beach or pool, is a major draw. An early morning, or evening, walk on the boardwalk/promenade might be nice, and you might find some isolated pool/beach time at a quiet time or location. There is a deserted area at Haulover Park that was frequented by Chasidic men, but be careful as there are no lifeguards there and there was a tragic drowning last year. Another activity may be boating, or fishing, if you are interested. 

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