Author: Enjoy Fine Food

  • The Helmsley Park Lane, NYC

    After you read this post, you could find my conclusion surprising , so I’m putting it right up front:  I recommend you book the Helmsley Park Lane hotel for a stay in New York City. My November plan to visit NYC for a long weekend combining business, museum visits, and food, was destroyed by Hurricane […]

  • $399 Non-stop Roundtrip Istanbul from Washington, D.C. — Once in a lifetime??

    Update (March 14, 2013):  $399 is gone, but there’s a pretty good fare on Air France “Super Spring Sale.”  Purchase before March 26 — as low as $667 New York >< Istanbul round-trip.  Departures through April 30.  I found March 30 >< April 10 @ $691.  Most fares are just under $710. Update (February 20, 2013):  We’ve […]

  • Melia Hotels MAS Rewards points — why I exchanged mine for Skymiles

    Update:  February 21, 2013.   mas Rewards is now MeliáRewards.  Additions include a new level, free Internet in many brands, and contests and prizes during the re-branding.   More emphasis on (recently added) discounts for members booking directly.  First reaction  —  only a few downgrades:  lower breakfast discounts and expiration dates on points. Even the basic […]

  • Carpentras Flea Market — a nice Sunday Marché aux Puces. Here’s how to find it!

    Sunday midday there’s a nice flea market on the outskirts of Carpentras in a lovely tree-lined parking lot. Since it starts at 10 am, you can visit the market in L’Isle-sur-la-Sorgue early in the morning and then take the short drive up to Carpentras for its combination of art, antiques, and bric-a-brac. Websites that mention […]

  • Buying what could be free — US Airways off-peak award to Europe

    Update (November 21, 2012):  Off-peak availability for 60k mile roundtrips in Business Class is gone.  If you didn’t get on the plane with me this year, I look forward to seeing you in 2013! Background:   I recently read (on that the US Airways Airbus 330 is the flagship of their Business Class. US […]

  • Redemption — in the secular sense — Chase ultimate rewards points

    Don’t waste your hard-earned rewards points learning how to use them.  Follow me as I crawl through a ticketing experience. The background:  I wanted two round-trip Business Class tickets from Cincinnati to Barcelona in September.  Beginning in January, I hounded looking for rewards tickets at the low end of their redemption scale (which runs […]

  • Thanksgiving in Turkey. Deal Alert! Chicago >< Istanbul $532 r/t.

    *March 14, 2013 UPDATE*  Even though the deal is over, this post still contains useful information on KLM “Economy Comfort” seating and prices. *FEBRUARY 12, 2013 UPDATE*   Istanbul is still an  under $500 bargain.  Delta from Newark fare must be purchased by February 17 and started by February 24.  Other origins possible under $760. […]

  • O Deux La [O2 LA] Bar Restaurant, Nimes, France

    A Treat for Lunch.  Worth Finding. My wife and I discovered O2 LA while heading back to our car after a morning walk around Nimes. We were first attracted to the tables outside under a canopy and trees on the Place Des Esclafidous. As we looked at the posted menu and the plaza, we were […]

  • le 5eme Peche, Collioure, France

    While more casual than the area’s Michelin-starred restaurants, the chef’s dedication to his art shows star potential. At dinners, we have experienced top-notch ingredients prepared with care and challenging taste combinations, all beautifully plated. At lunch we were treated as a guest in the home of a great cook, even given recommendations of other delightful […]