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Re: Where in the World is TravelGumbo #353

DrFumblefinger ·
Here are your final puzzle clues. The reveal goes up Monday, so review all the prior clues and see if you can put everything together and solve where we're at this week. Good luck!
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Re: Where in the World is TravelGumbo #360

DrFumblefinger ·
Here are your final puzzle clues, and I think they should be very helpful. Review all the clues and you should come up with the correct solution before Monday's reveal. There is only one place this can be.
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Re: EU Parliament Ends Cell Phone Roaming Charges in 2017

PHeymont ·
Yes, it will apply to prepaid plans, which many Europeans as well as visitors use, but it's not as happily absolute as some of the celebrators make it sound. The final June 2017 step depends on a reform of the European wholesale roaming market in which carriers pay each other for roaming use, and is also subject to limits for those who roam "too much." Here's a quote from one of the Parliament members who was a leading proponent of the law (which also originally included provisions for net...
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Re: Where Gumbo Was #14: A Sewer Journey

TravelandNature ·
How people have solved civil engineering problems is of great interest to many persons. I have visited the Egouts several times over the years. It is very interesting to see how the engineers went about providing - and continue to do provide - this important service for the growing city. A related infrastructure challenge for developing areas is always how to provide clean water for the populace. In Istanbul, it is possible to visit one of the ancient cisterns to see how this feat was...
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Re: Made in Puerto Rico - Jibaromania!

DrFumblefinger ·
Mmmmm...Crab stew over plantains! Worth the trip just for that! Thanks for sharing this experience.
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Re: Made in Puerto Rico - Jibaromania!

PortMoresby ·
It sounds like Isla Verde has come a long way since the days when Cecelia's Place and one other, on the water at the end of Calle Amapola, were the only places to eat outside the 2 big hotels (Americana & El San Juan). It was my home then and it may be time for a return visit.
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Re: Portland, Maine: The World's Longest Lobster Roll...and so much more!

Former Member ·
I can truly say that I will never think of lobster rolls in quite the same innocent way again. This was a fine tour of Portland, Maine. Thank you so much.
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Re: Yelp Offers Health Grades for LA Restaurants

PortMoresby ·
Then maybe for a next step Yelp might add health grades for the cities in which the restaurants are located.
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Re: Yelp Offers Health Grades for LA Restaurants

PHeymont ·
This is a first for both Yelp and the County Health Department, so I guess we'll have to view it as a pilot project before any other areas get added. I'm wondering (and I'm sure Yelp is, too) what effect it will have on discussion, and on user choices.
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Re: Frommer's New EasyGuides: A Future for Print

DrFumblefinger ·
That's a great review Paul, and I'm delighted to see Frommers guides back in the hands of the Frommers. I like their simple "Day By Day" series and this reboot of their guidebooks sounds very helpful and useful. I still like to travel with a guidebook in hand (though I research the trip beforehand). Thanks for the thoughtful review.
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Re: Frommer's New EasyGuides: A Future for Print

PHeymont ·
Garry...I don't have an order in for London (not going there soon, alas) but will you review it for Gumbo when it appears?
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Re: Frommer's New EasyGuides: A Future for Print

GarryRF ·
A review for London ? Haven't been there for 40 years Paul. Really don't like big Cities and the "too busy to care attitude of people who live there" It's just my personal opinion. On the Tube Train into London people don't make eye-contact or talk to strangers. Here in Liverpool you'll be in conversation with 3 or 4 strangers and share a few laughs on the journey ! Someone falls on the street here ( and most of Northern England ) and folks rush to help. London they step over you. Rant over...
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Re: Google Relaunches Zagat, minus content and search

Travel Luver ·
I used to find Zagat an extremely helpful aid in planning out special meals on my travels. Not so since Google acquired it. Seems almost as botched as what they did to Frommers.
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Re: Google Relaunches Zagat, minus content and search

PHeymont ·
I know what I think: I think that the ads should be so distinct (and funny, or pithy, or whatever tone) that no one could ever mistake them for user content. I'd hate to have to explain over and over that no, Gumbo is NOT recommending luggage sellers or tour companies, or--for that matter--kitchen remodeling in Britain. The creep over the line is so evident in the newspaper sales pitches for "rare" coins and various remedies dolled up to look like news articles.
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Re: Google Relaunches Zagat, minus content and search

Former Member ·
Interesting. So ads that look like user generated content seem to strongly imply that the site is directly pushing the product. I will need to drop by Verizon or an Apple store, I suppose, to see how such ads appear to the viewer. Happily iPad and iPod free. iMan Overboard
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Re: The easy life at Koh Kood island, Thailand

Mac ·
We love Thailand and this looks like another place to put on our "must go" list for the next trip. Thanks Linn for a great review!
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Re: The Lure of Stonehenge

GarryRF ·
I've never written a review and used the opening paragraph to criticise a few idiots I may have encountered. Of which there have been many. Nor have I needed to draw on the bad experience of another to make a critical point. I've never heard it called "Boring" and I've been here for 60 years. I suppose this will add to the list of "Warm Beer" questions I find boring whenever I visit my American Family. Nice photo's.
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Re: Rando Review: SoFi Café

Travel Rob ·
Thanks,It does look like a great healthy place. If you go back,please update on us on their lunch choices too. From their menu that looks interesting too.
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Re: Where in the World is TravelGumbo? (#45)

PHeymont ·
Well, it's Saturday night, and time for a review of progress so far, guys! Yes , a bank. Yes , a big time gap between the two sculptures. No , not in Rome, San Francisco, New York. Free Hint: It's not in North America.
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Re: Italian Competition Authority fines TripAdvisor €500,000

Travel Rob ·
I don't like the ruling either. Travelers by in large do a great job with their reviews and that's why TripAdvisor is so successful. I think it is harder for people to post fake reviews on booking.com because they require a stay before a review, but it's still possible As long as Tripadvisor is not claiming all their reviews are from real travelers or all are honest or trusted I think the blame should go to the few that are conning the system.
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Re: Jestine's Kitchen, Charleston

Travel Rob ·
The prices really are amazing there. The Pecan Fried Whiting basket is $5.95 on the menu and the Okra Gumbo is $2.75 .
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Re: Mary's Hash House, Las Vegas

PHeymont ·
My kind of place! I know where I'm eating, next time I go to Las Vegas...
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Re: Mary's Hash House, Las Vegas

Ottoman ·
Been to this restaurant...loved it! Great home made food, great service, good portions and reasonable prices. Not to mention going there is a nice getaway from the hustle and bustle from the huge Vegas casinos. The next time I'm in Las Vegas, I will definitely be going back there. Thanks for this blog Fumblefinger.
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Re: Airport trend: More local restaurants

DrFumblefinger ·
I enjoy trying these local restaurants in airports, especially when there's time between flights. It's one of the best developments of the airlines no longer offering meals.
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Re: Where in the World is TravelGumbo #373

DrFumblefinger ·
Here are the final puzzle clues. Review all prior clues and there's only one place you could be....Good luck to all.
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Re: Where in the World is TravelGumbo (#303)

DrFumblefinger ·
Here are the final clues for this week's travel puzzle. The reveal will be posted in Monday. so far we have one correct solution. Review all the clues and see if you can come up with the name of the place we're visiting this week.
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Re: Where in the World is TravelGumbo (#347)

DrFumblefinger ·
Here are your final puzzle clues, including our first views of the exterior of our mystery destination. The reveal will be posted on Monday. Review everything and hopefully there's enough there for you to come up with the correct solution.
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Re: Where in the World is TravelGumbo (#343)

DrFumblefinger ·
Here are your final puzzle clues. Review all prior clues and see if you can put it all together. Reveal goes up Monday, so good luck solving this.
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Re: Where in the World is TravelGumbo (#341)

DrFumblefinger ·
Here are your final puzzle clues. Reveal goes up on Monday. Review everything and see if you can solve where Gumbo's visiting this week.
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Re: Where in the World is TravelGumbo? (#321)

DrFumblefinger ·
Here are your final puzzle clues. Review these, then all the prior photo clues, and hopefully you'll be able to recognize where we're visiting this week.
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Re: Where in the World is TravelGumbo? (#330)

DrFumblefinger ·
Here are your final puzzle clues, featuring the king of this destination. Review everything and hopefully you'll conclude that there's only one place for us to be. Good luck solving it!
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Re: Where in the World is TravelGumbo #365

DrFumblefinger ·
Here are the final puzzle clues, all from a different part of this week's mystery destination. Reveal goes up Monday. Review all the clues and see if you can solve where we're visiting this week. Good luck!
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Re: Where in the World is TravelGumbo #364

DrFumblefinger ·
Here are the final clues for this week's travel puzzle, which shows how people reach our mystery destination. The reveal goes up on Monday. Review everything and see if you can solve where we're visiting this week.
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Re: Where in the World is TravelGumbo (#310)

DrFumblefinger ·
Here are the final puzzle clues. Reveal goes up on Monday. Review everything and see if you can solve where we're visiting this week.
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Re: Where in the World is TravelGumbo? (#322)

DrFumblefinger ·
Here are your final puzzle clues. Reveal goes up on Monday. Review all the submitted clues and see if you can solve where we're at this week.
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Re: June 22, 2016: Eats N Treats in Bowman, ND

DrFumblefinger ·
Visiting small diners that highlight the collection interests of the owners is one of the treats of road travel! It definitely makes the dining experience more interesting! Thanks.
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Re: June 22, 2016: Eats N Treats in Bowman, ND

Samantha ·
You are right drfumblefinger, it was such a great surprise. Makes me wonder what other surprises we will find on future trips.
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Re: Where in the World is TravelGumbo (#156)

DrFumblefinger ·
Last clues for this puzzle are going up a little early. The reveal will be posted on Monday. Review all the clues and hopefully you'll discover where TravelGumbo was.
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Re: Chip Credit Cards to Change the Way US Tips at Restaurants

PHeymont ·
Actually, that's only one way of looking at it...another is that it may push many people (I included) to resume cash tips. The "convenient" suggested amounts, which even now appear on many slips can be very deceptive, both because they usually place the normal or usual amount as if it were the lowest "acceptable" amount, but also because often—not always—they calculate percent not on the restaurant bill but on the total of the bill plus tax. The difference can be significant. Interestingly,...
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Re: Chip Credit Cards to Change the Way US Tips at Restaurants

GarryRF ·
In the UK where we've had chip and pin cards for years we never include the tip with the total. Always cash to the waiter. We know how unscrupulous Restaurant owners can be.
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Re: Chip Credit Cards to Change the Way US Tips at Restaurants

Travel Rob ·
It is safer that the card doesn't leave our sight with the chip cards and cash tips seem to be the answer. I don't know the statistics on the percent of people not carrying cash, but I know several young people that almost never carry cash.
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Re: Chip Credit Cards to Change the Way US Tips at Restaurants

JohnT ·
We've had suggested amounts for years on the machines. I was just in Ireland where tips weren't usually included as an option on the bill I never had the right amount of cash. Frankly maybe I'm lazy but I don't mind having the option on the machine. It's been a while. Nice to see you all (metaphorically that is).
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Re: Chip Credit Cards to Change the Way US Tips at Restaurants

PHeymont ·
Note that the tip suggestions on the machines have a habit of creeping up. New York cab tips were about 15% for years, as a standard, and as recently as 2 years ago, a Times survey found that was about the norm. But...when you pay by credit card, the machine offers a choice of 20%, 25% or 30%. To use 15%, you have to go back one step in the process, make a manual entry, and then back to the close-out screen...all while you're trying to get out of the cab and stop holding up traffic. I'll bet...
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Re: Chip Credit Cards to Change the Way US Tips at Restaurants

Travel Rob ·
According to that link I posted above, tipping is up for NY Taxis 10% with those default setting tips and they are expecting an increase at restaurants too now.
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Re: Chip Credit Cards to Change the Way US Tips at Restaurants

Travel Rob ·
Good seeing you JohnT!
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Re: Walking the Burgundy Canal

PortMoresby ·
I think this is a particularly nice part of the world to walk and I've been thinking about starting again in Pouilly-en-Auxois to go the other direction. I already have a guide for it, a gift in exchange for a review on a very good site, appropriately, 'I Love Walking in France'. Guides (and my review) here .
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Re: Swedish confusion: hash browns, not hash brownies!

DrFumblefinger ·
I would have thought the liberal Swedes would have been happy to serve her what they thought she had ordered.....
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Re: A kind word for Booking.com

PHeymont ·
Another thing I like about booking.com is that the site only accepts reviews from those who have actually stayed...you don't get a link to review until you've been.
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Re: Gumbo's Pic of the Day, Nov. 17: A Night out in Madrid

Mac ·
Really nicely exposed and atmospheric photo PH! Completely typifies the sidewalk eating culture. Come back summer!
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Re: Gumbo's Pic of the Day, Nov. 17: A Night out in Madrid

JohnT ·
That is a stunning photograph Pheymont.
 
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