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by George Hejna
January 22nd, 2019, 6:37 am
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Cancun as a family vacation - yea or nay?
Replies: 13
Views: 193

Re: Cancun as a family vacation - yea or nay?

Reading numerous posts on travel sites that better than 50/50 chance a rental car gets stopped for a shakedown...sucks. Any firsthand rental car experience? Better to rent at property than airport? In 4+ trips driving up and down the coast, never been stopped never even seen someone get stopped. Th...
by George Hejna
January 22nd, 2019, 6:34 am
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Any Experience with TAP Airlines?
Replies: 7
Views: 157

Re: Any Experience with TAP Airlines?

Flew them to Lisbon. I think it was out of EWR at the time. They were just fine, quality the same as AA or UAL. nice lounge in Lisbon. They do sometimes run a narrow body 757 not sure if they are doing that from ORD. If they are direct I would take them in a heartbeat. Lisbon is wonderful. Spend som...
by George Hejna
January 21st, 2019, 4:44 pm
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Cancun as a family vacation - yea or nay?
Replies: 13
Views: 193

Re: Cancun as a family vacation - yea or nay?

I agree with Barry to a certain extent. It depends on what you want. I don't think that member status is enough of a reason to stay in a big hotel on the tourist zone in Cancun unless that is what you like. The RC is nice but it IMO is not Mexico. Go south, rent a house on the beach there are tons o...
by George Hejna
January 13th, 2019, 7:01 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Florida Fish of the Week
Replies: 21
Views: 766

Re: Florida Fish of the Week

Caught a big beautiful yellow tail in Belize. Brought it back to the resort and the chef prepared it multiple ways. It was really great.

George
by George Hejna
January 11th, 2019, 2:26 pm
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: A short trip to Prague
Replies: 12
Views: 1043

Re: A short trip to Prague

We just left there 2 days ago. Great information here. We stayed 5 nights and stayed busy the whole time. Prague is a wonderful city with plenty to see. We did hire a private guide which was expensive but worth the expense. We did almost all the sights recommended here including the day trip to Ter...
by George Hejna
January 11th, 2019, 2:18 pm
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Chicago in January - Looking for a few recs
Replies: 16
Views: 413

Re: Chicago in January - Looking for a few recs

Cherry Circle Room is great. Depending on how picky your son is it might work. You are eating early. Easy walk from there to the theater. I would also look at a short Uber ride away as that opens up all the restaurants on W. Randolph street. You have Formento’s all the Stephanie Izard restaurants, L...
by George Hejna
January 11th, 2019, 5:56 am
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Chicago in January - Looking for a few recs
Replies: 16
Views: 413

Re: Chicago in January - Looking for a few recs

Yes this.. Quartino is terrible.

George
by George Hejna
January 10th, 2019, 6:13 am
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Chicago in January - Looking for a few recs
Replies: 16
Views: 413

Re: Chicago in January - Looking for a few recs

I think for a 10yr old the Museum of Science and Industry, The Field Museum and the Shedd Aquarium are your best bet. The Shedd gets crowded very quickly so get there early. The Museum of Science and Industry is wonderful but it is about 7 miles south of where you are staying. Uber is your best bet....
by George Hejna
January 7th, 2019, 3:49 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Florida Fish of the Week
Replies: 21
Views: 766

Re: Florida Fish of the Week

Please eat as much lion fish as possible...

TIA,

George
by George Hejna
December 26th, 2018, 2:41 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Chicago Restaurant Thread
Replies: 536
Views: 21824

Re: Chicago Restaurant Thread

FYI - Oriole's formal bar has started to take reservations. 8 seat cocktail Omakase.

https://barkumiko.com


George
by George Hejna
December 26th, 2018, 7:18 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Chicago Restaurant Thread
Replies: 536
Views: 21824

Re: Chicago Restaurant Thread

c fu wrote:
December 24th, 2018, 10:19 pm
Tried to book oriele when I was in town. Was not successful :(
Have to plan way ahead especially on weekends. 28 seats fills up fast. Good thing is no tickets and a pretty liberal cancellation policy.

George
by George Hejna
December 24th, 2018, 10:22 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Chicago Restaurant Thread
Replies: 536
Views: 21824

Re: Chicago Restaurant Thread

Was at SKY on Saturday. Agree on lobster dumplings and FG Bibimbap. Did not have the seafood Orzotto but the pork chop was amazing as was the hamachi. They did not charge us corkage. The list is a bit "meh" IMO . tbf, you aren't the target audience for the list. But, I'm quite sure you could find a...
by George Hejna
December 24th, 2018, 6:31 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Chicago Restaurant Thread
Replies: 536
Views: 21824

Re: Chicago Restaurant Thread

Went to SKY with Adrian last week. I was super impressed by the meal. The lobster dumplings, Seafood Orzotto and Foie Gras Bibimbap were ridiculous. I went in knowing nothing and expecting nothing and came out absolutely blown away by the flavor and texture combinations in the food. Lots of Asian i...
by George Hejna
December 21st, 2018, 2:43 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Chicago Restaurant Thread
Replies: 536
Views: 21824

Re: Chicago Restaurant Thread

Interesting... service was good. Wine service was really good. Jean Joho was in the dining room a lot. I am sure that helped.

George
by George Hejna
December 21st, 2018, 7:38 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Chicago Restaurant Thread
Replies: 536
Views: 21824

Re: Chicago Restaurant Thread

Had a wonderful meal at Everest last night. Everything was spot on. I haven't been in a very long time. I am a bit surprised that this restaurant doesn't get more play. The food is wonderful, the room is gorgeous, service is spot on and the wine list is extremely deep especially in French wines and ...
by George Hejna
December 15th, 2018, 6:53 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Chicago Restaurant Thread
Replies: 536
Views: 21824

Re: Chicago Restaurant Thread

The food at Smyth was absolutely spot on again. This place continues to amaze me. We had a bit of an issue as we had a later reservation and the table before us took too much time. The restaurant did everything they could do to politely move them along. It is a small place and we were a 6 top so thi...
by George Hejna
December 14th, 2018, 8:32 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Chicago Restaurant Thread
Replies: 536
Views: 21824

Re: Chicago Restaurant Thread

Looking forward to it! Thanks for the feedback.

George
by George Hejna
December 13th, 2018, 5:01 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Chicago Restaurant Thread
Replies: 536
Views: 21824

Re: Chicago Restaurant Thread

Keith A k e r s wrote:
December 13th, 2018, 4:24 pm
George,

is this your first time at HaiSous?
Yes. We were looking for somewhere to go after Bar Sotano. Thought this might work. Thoughts?


George
by George Hejna
December 13th, 2018, 4:09 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Chicago Restaurant Thread
Replies: 536
Views: 21824

Re: Chicago Restaurant Thread

You can all stay home leaves more room for me. Hitting up Bar Sotano, Haisous and Smyth this weekend. Next weekend Everest, Oriole and S.K.Y. That seems pretty diverse for me. That would be Mexican, Vietnamese, "New American" and French, Yep pretty boring... Not many places get more seasonally drive...
by George Hejna
December 3rd, 2018, 2:29 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Restaurant Wine Pairings
Replies: 9
Views: 298

Re: Restaurant Wine Pairings

Almost always never. I would rather buy what I know I like to drink. When there is an interesting pairing or bottle they are pouring I ask the Som for a glass and have never been told no. Some times it comes at no charge. Best of both worlds IMO Last time I tried a pairing it was at Noma and it was ...
by George Hejna
December 1st, 2018, 8:16 am
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Flights to Paris....am I missing something?
Replies: 24
Views: 1015

Re: Flights to Paris....am I missing something?

Barry L i p t o n wrote:
November 30th, 2018, 2:23 pm
From Flyertalk

https://saleslink.aa.com/en-US/document ... _Index.pdf

See last item
Barry - great link. I have been traveling AA for a long time and have never seen that. What is saleslink? I couldn't figure that out.

George
by George Hejna
December 1st, 2018, 8:09 am
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: French Rivera/Cote D'Azur. Where to stay?
Replies: 19
Views: 745

Re: French Rivera/Cote D'Azur. Where to stay?

Jeff,

Thanks. I think my tastes mirror yours. We are going to stay outside the larger cities.

George
by George Hejna
November 30th, 2018, 12:39 pm
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Flights to Paris....am I missing something?
Replies: 24
Views: 1015

Re: Flights to Paris....am I missing something?

I have only once been able to connect two separate AA tickets once. I have only tried a 3 times When asked if the connection was protected they said no. It could go back to who I talked to but I usually find the Platinum travel desk pretty well informed. If I were Milton I would definitely call AA m...
by George Hejna
November 30th, 2018, 7:26 am
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Flights to Paris....am I missing something?
Replies: 24
Views: 1015

Re: Flights to Paris....am I missing something?

If you have to rebuy tickets it will be 5 international last min round trip tickets. So.... $10-15K?? That is going to be a lot more than $2200. You have a 5 hour lay over which is good but IMO still a huge risk as it is winter and JFK. I would go in the day before. To upgrade an international fligh...
by George Hejna
November 28th, 2018, 6:26 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Chicago Restaurant Thread
Replies: 536
Views: 21824

Re: Chicago Restaurant Thread

Another really good meal at Roister... It was brunch and it was a beautiful day so the doors were open. I really think that Brochu's balance and his use of sweet vs savory is the best in the city. The music is loud and the wine glasses have no stems but the food is amazing and the cocktails are gre...
by George Hejna
November 28th, 2018, 6:24 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Chicago Restaurant Thread
Replies: 536
Views: 21824

Re: Chicago Restaurant Thread

I’ve been to most of the top places in Chicago and I’ve come to the conclusion that oriole is pretty much the best place in the city. Service was impeccable, food was amazing with great value, and wine service was great. One of the better meals I’ve had. This /\ Going back in a few weeks for the 4t...
by George Hejna
November 27th, 2018, 2:10 pm
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Flights to Paris....am I missing something?
Replies: 24
Views: 1015

Re: Flights to Paris....am I missing something?

I was getting quotes in the $1,450 range for our trip in December/January. I ended up booking MSY to JFK as one ticket and JFK to CDG as the next ticket. Doing it this way saved $400+ per ticket. So for our five tickets total of $2,000. The itineraries were basically identical, and you have to retr...
by George Hejna
November 27th, 2018, 8:02 am
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Flights to Paris....am I missing something?
Replies: 24
Views: 1015

Re: Flights to Paris....am I missing something?

Summer is high season for European travel. $2K is not out of the range for good flights on a major airline. $3K seems a bit high. Set up an alert on google flights. I would not wait too long though. In my experience they don't change dramatically and availability/good seats become lower. I would not...
by George Hejna
November 26th, 2018, 12:02 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Recent New Orleans Eats
Replies: 84
Views: 4883

Re: Recent New Orleans Eats

Just back also really enjoyed Herbsaint, August was also good but not as good as Herbsaint. Compere Lapin was very good also but the service was a bit off. They did not seem happy when I sent back premoxed Burg.

George
by George Hejna
November 20th, 2018, 2:47 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Thanksgiving for 10 (plus leftovers) for....$48?!?
Replies: 13
Views: 822

Re: Thanksgiving for 10 (plus leftovers) for....$48?!?

Meijer's advertising turkey for $0.37/lb

I assume it is actually turkey.....


George
by George Hejna
November 11th, 2018, 5:02 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Rush Creek Reserve!
Replies: 200
Views: 9137

Re: Rush Creek Reserve!

Nice! Fondue..... [barf1.gif]

George
by George Hejna
November 10th, 2018, 4:37 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: A source for Laguiole knives/cutlery?
Replies: 4
Views: 383

A source for Laguiole knives/cutlery?

Looking to purchase these. Would prefer natural material handles. There are so many out there and price/quality seems to vary dramatically.

Does anyone have a good source? I do not want low quality or imitation.

Thanks,


George
by George Hejna
November 6th, 2018, 6:40 am
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: New Orleans Thanksgiving Weekend?
Replies: 3
Views: 292

Re: New Orleans Thanksgiving Weekend?

I will be there. You have to be aware that the Bayou Classic will basically take over the Quarter, Friday and Saturday nights. I am not a big Bourbon street fan so not a huge deal for me but you should be aware should you book a hotel in that area. We are staying outside the quarter and eating dinne...
by George Hejna
November 5th, 2018, 3:57 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Rush Creek Reserve!
Replies: 200
Views: 9137

Re: Rush Creek Reserve!

Honestly, I have tried it for 3 years now.. It is not that great. I would take Harbison or Epoisse and many other cheeses over Rush Creek any day. Putting it in an oven is cheese sacrilege IMO.

B.
by George Hejna
November 5th, 2018, 12:11 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Rush Creek Reserve!
Replies: 200
Views: 9137

Re: Rush Creek Reserve!

I found it for $22 at a local store.

George
by George Hejna
November 4th, 2018, 6:00 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Jamon Serrano from Costco?
Replies: 39
Views: 2685

Re: Jamon Serrano from Costco?

Nice job Nola. I will be interested to see what you can find out. Anyway to tell for sure where the pigs are from?

George
by George Hejna
October 27th, 2018, 3:44 pm
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Invasion of cruise ships and riverboats
Replies: 41
Views: 1570

Re: Invasion of cruise ships and riverboats

In St Petersburg we had a great private tour guide for 3 full days. Honestly it was a bit much but she was amazing. We walked past every line. I think the regular line for the Hermitage was probably 1/2 mile long..... She took me to a real Russian watch store far, far from the tourist areas. Helped ...
by George Hejna
October 27th, 2018, 6:51 am
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: French Rivera/Cote D'Azur. Where to stay?
Replies: 19
Views: 745

Re: French Rivera/Cote D'Azur. Where to stay?

Made reservations here. https://www.hotel-llorca.com. Seems like a great location. Reasonably priced (for the area). Michelin 1* restaurant. I have found small hotels like this in Europe to be very relaxing.

Thoughts?

George
by George Hejna
October 27th, 2018, 6:49 am
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Invasion of cruise ships and riverboats
Replies: 41
Views: 1570

Re: Invasion of cruise ships and riverboats

Have done that many times. Did it this summer - spent a few days in Stockholm and then took a Silversea cruise to St Petersburg. Doing it again next summer spending 4 days in the Cote d'Azur and then catching a Silversea cruise in Monaco to head to some of the islands in the Med. Where I have never ...
by George Hejna
October 27th, 2018, 6:35 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Grand Cayman Restaurants
Replies: 18
Views: 670

Re: Grand Cayman Restaurants

I was there again 3 weeks ago for a short dive trip. Had a great meal (again) at Catch. They have a really good list although it is inexplicably heavy in CA cab. Half bottles of Krug for $100. Did not like Ave in the Kimpton. Food was OK, service meh. Felt like a hotel restaurant in Cleveland (no of...
by George Hejna
October 26th, 2018, 3:57 pm
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Invasion of cruise ships and riverboats
Replies: 41
Views: 1570

Re: Invasion of cruise ships and riverboats

I am a fan of cruises. Particularly Silversea. They have a definite advantage if done correctly. That being said I am also a big fan of staying in one place. Grand Cayman is one of my favorite places and they are seriously discussing a cruise pier (it is tendered now) that would destroy a whole bunc...
by George Hejna
October 21st, 2018, 10:49 am
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Invasion of cruise ships and riverboats
Replies: 41
Views: 1570

Re: Invasion of cruise ships and riverboats

Really liked Dubrovnik. I wouldn't skip it but maybe see if you can find a day where Cruise ship traffic is low.

George
by George Hejna
October 21st, 2018, 8:50 am
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Invasion of cruise ships and riverboats
Replies: 41
Views: 1570

Re: Invasion of cruise ships and riverboats

Economy is strong more people traveling. Cruises are an easy way to do this.

Most ports have searchable calendars so you can see how many ships and how many people are in port on a given day. Always worth a look when making plans where there is going to be a high concentration of tourists.

George
by George Hejna
October 17th, 2018, 6:38 am
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: French Rivera/Cote D'Azur. Where to stay?
Replies: 19
Views: 745

Re: French Rivera/Cote D'Azur. Where to stay?

Steve - thanks. The problem is not a lack of places to stay. Right now it is an over abundance. We will be there the 1st week of July. Founds some great places so far just need to make a decision.

George
by George Hejna
October 17th, 2018, 6:36 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Chicago Restaurant Thread
Replies: 536
Views: 21824

Re: Chicago Restaurant Thread

Ug - that's a bit tough re: service. Did you ask why so slow?

George
by George Hejna
October 16th, 2018, 8:18 am
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: French Rivera/Cote D'Azur. Where to stay?
Replies: 19
Views: 745

Re: French Rivera/Cote D'Azur. Where to stay?

I have been searching the entire area via VRBO and AirBnb. I think I have looked at every villa twice! :) Anybody have any local rental options? When we have stayed in other European cities - Paris, Barcelona, Madrid we have had good luck with local agencies instead of the big internet sites. George
by George Hejna
October 16th, 2018, 5:53 am
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: French Rivera/Cote D'Azur. Where to stay?
Replies: 19
Views: 745

Re: French Rivera/Cote D'Azur. Where to stay?

Craig - definitely looking at a VRBO maybe up around Vence or St Paul de Vence or Le Colle-Our-Loup. Some nice options there and relatively centrally located. Will look at Villefranche-sur-Mer also.

Thanks,

George
by George Hejna
October 15th, 2018, 9:09 am
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: French Rivera/Cote D'Azur. Where to stay?
Replies: 19
Views: 745

Re: French Rivera/Cote D'Azur. Where to stay?

You may also want to look at hotels in Vence and St Paul de Vence. We don’t have hotel experiences in either, though. Let Cagnes is Haut-Cagnes is a nice hotel in and old castle, but, alas, no pool Thanks. Will look around there also. Looked at Chèvre D'Or also beautiful. Major coin. [cheers.gif] G...

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