Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Another Atlantic City Failure In The Works?

Today I came across a new organization named Trenton's Bad Bet .  They are making an attempt to derail any attempt for casino expansion in northern New Jersey, which I like and is better for all.  The only group NOT opposed to this is the Iron Workers who will gain by building the doomed casinos.
A similar posting appears on my Facebook page.


Monday, August 8, 2016

Travel Alert: Las Vegas

If your travel plans include staying at the Monte Carlo Hotel, read this.  Credit KTNV TV

"Effective Oct. 3, Monte Carlo hotel-casino will close its pool as well as the outlets located along the Street of Dreams including The Pub.

The venues will close as the resort begins a $450 million transformation that will include two new hotels -- Park MGM and The NoMad Las Vegas. Construction on the new hotels is expected to be complete in late 2018.

Monte Carol hotel guests will still be able to use a pool during the closure. Guests will be given access to pools at MGM Resorts International sister properties. Options will be provided upon check-in."

My thoughts...
Before booking ANY hotels, always check the final cost. Many hotels add a "resort fee" that will considerably add to your bill, unless you get such
a ridiculously low price for your vacation that it won't matter.

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

United...Can't Live With 'em, Can't Live Without 'em!

United Airlines is crying over their potential 400 million loss at EWR due to pending increased competition.  Boo hoo and too bad!  If United had lower fares and a better business plan over the past few years and a very screwed merger that is still not completed, they wouldn't be hurting even though they're still making money.

Thursday, July 7, 2016

From the "This Cannot Possibly Be Good" Department


Here's another place from the "This can't be any good" department.

They have already closed one store.  Look at the pizza...Detroit style?  That must mean "not enough"!

Pure Michigan Churros??!  Churro's are a Mexican thing, possibly from Michoacan, Mexico, which some people pronounce as Michigan, so maybe they're confused!

Many people associate the name Nathan's with hot dogs, but in this case, Nathan is the character Nathan Detroit, played by Frank Sinatra in the musical Guys and Dolls, which anyone under the age of 40 or 50 wouldn't know about unless they watch it on Turner Classic Movies.

Looks like the pizza from Costco is better.


Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Dunkin Donuts Flavor of the Month

If you live outside of the New York region, you wouldn't know that Dunkin Donuts introduced a Pork roll, egg and cheese on a croissant. Here, we call it Taylor Ham and it's always made on a hard roll, or Kaiser roll for the rest of the world.
The result: Terrible!. Doesn't even taste like Taylor ham. If you eat it with the cheese on the bottom, it will turn into mush in your mouth. Slightly improved if you turn it upside down, but still bad. I don't think KETCHUP (or catsup) would have helped.


Saturday, March 5, 2016

Beautiful San Diego

San Diego, California is such a beautiful place.  The weather is always around 77 degrees (F) and very comfortable humidity, or lack of humidity is more like it!  San Diego is also "Craft Beer Central" with more than 90 breweries spread thoughout the City and County there is a never ending choice of wonderful beer, most notably West Coast Stlye India Pale Ales; high in alcohol and great in taste.  I'm a hop-head so I appreciate this.  Many brewries are also accessible by public transportation as well. 

Many food options exist as well with Mexican being the most popular of course, since San Diego is on the Mexican border.  Other choices of course include seafood.  As someone explained to me on my first visit; "This is San Diego, there is no Italian food".  I thought this was humorous, although it is partially true.  Many breweries offer pizza.  California or San Diego pizza is certainly not East Coast pizza by any means.  Generic pizza such as Dominos or Papa Johns is all over the place, but if you look hard, like I did, you can find good places.  Email me for restaurants.

As far as a hotel stay, there are many choices; Point Loma, my favorite, Old Town, Liberty Station, downtown, Mission Beach, Pacific Beach and so on.  All locations offer different choices.  Del Mar and La Jolla are on the high end side and do not offer much other than just relaxation and high end offerings.  Not for me exactly, I prefer a walkable area and being five minutes from anything and everything.

I was looking into retiring to San Diego, but California taxes you on EVERYTHING including pensions and social security which is a deal breaker.  Think of it as a Sunshine Tax.

I will continue to vacation in San Diego.  Move there for good?  Nah.


Saturday, November 21, 2015

Enjoy Cabo Wabo In Las Vegas But Check Your Bill

I can now feel alot more comfortable going to Cabo Wabo Cantina on The Strip knowing that Sammy Hagar is no longer associated with the company that he started. I never cared for him and also several employees there don't either from what I'm told, but I do enjoy the restaurant. The downside is the hidden "Concession and Franchise Fee" added to the bill. Be Aware all checks are subject to a 4.7% CNF Fee! I try very hard to support non-corporate, off Strip restaurants anyway.  This has nothing to do with any "Resort Fee" at many hotels.

Read more here from Vital Vegas