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Re:Traveling from Buffalo, NY to parts of New England ??????????? 2012/02/28 10:37:38 (permalink)
Tony, I have a mountain home in the Blue Mountains of Oregon, driving up there through the open plains and old Homesteads reminds me of watching little house on the prairie. My home is at 4600ft, these pictures are from about 6000ft to an area that we snowmobile and 4 wheel to. I sit and look over this view and realize how small I am in the realm of things...........

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Re:Traveling from Buffalo, NY to parts of New England ??????????? 2012/02/28 11:15:17 (permalink)
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Tony, I have a mountain home in the Blue Mountains of Oregon, driving up there through the open plains and old Homesteads reminds me of watching little house on the prairie. My home is at 4600ft, these pictures are from about 6000ft to an area that we snowmobile and 4 wheel to. I sit and look over this view and realize how small I am in the realm of things...........


 
That "how small I am" feeling is exactly what I felt when crossing the plains for the first time, or as you say, being in the mountains of the west. Before that I had only felt that out in the ocean. Maybe the scenery I mention won't hit you as hard as it did me, but it will still be beautiful.
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Re:Traveling from Buffalo, NY to parts of New England ??????????? 2012/02/28 12:49:56 (permalink)
This is what I have come up with after seeing how many good restaurants there are in Boston, I already knew New York City is a food wonderland of Taste and verity. Please give me some ideas in NYC and Boston knowing I have an 11 year old to contend with and keep happy.
 
Train from Vancouver BC to Toronto....June 19,20,21,22
Arrive at 9:30 am Toronto on June 23rd do things around town that day.
See Niagara Falls Canadian side  June 24th
Take the Maple leaf from Tor to NYC June 25 arrive in NYC at 9:30pm
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Train from NYC to Boston on June 28th arrive Boston at 1:30pm
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Re:Traveling from Buffalo, NY to parts of New England ??????????? 2012/02/28 13:59:07 (permalink)
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This is what I have come up with after seeing how many good restaurants there are in Boston, I already knew New York City is a food wonderland of Taste and verity. Please give me some ideas in NYC and Boston knowing I have an 11 year old to contend with and keep happy.
 

 
Here is a running list I have kept. My kids have been to most of these places and enjoyed them. Possible some places may no longer be in business, but it is a start.
 
http://g.co/maps/3jkm9
 
The kids particularly like Economy Candy, Vanessa's Dumpling House, Rice to Riches and
Pommes Frites, but we like try to hit new places as often as possible.
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Re:Traveling from Buffalo, NY to parts of New England ??????????? 2012/02/28 17:16:13 (permalink)
Hi Tony, Thanks for the advice on kids places, I looked up the Economy Candy, that will be right up her alley. I know for me it will start off with Peter Luger, New York Pizza someplace. New York Deli any place. We only have two full days in NYC so I have to eat 15 times a day in order to eat everything I have missed for the last 35 years.
   What is a good location for a Hotel, with my time being limited. looking for easy access, I'll jump a cab for anything needed outside that area. Is staying around Time Square a good idea ?????????........The Hilton Hotel is on 6th &53rd. $300 to $400 range, does anyone have any info on this hotel, lkes dislikes ???????.................Thanks.......Bill
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Re:Traveling from Buffalo, NY to parts of New England ??????????? 2012/02/29 09:59:52 (permalink)
I remember my first Broadway musical in New York City, it was something I will never forget. The Musical was Man Of La Mancha, at Lincoln Center. I have waited until my little girl got old enough to sit through and be mesmerized my the wonders of a live stage performance. Have any of you seen "Wicket" the Musical on Broadway ????????????? if so was it a good musical, or is there better choices that we shouldn't miss..........thanks ..Bill
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Re:Traveling from Buffalo, NY to parts of New England ??????????? 2012/02/29 10:20:05 (permalink)
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The Hilton Hotel is on 6th &53rd. $300 to $400 range, does anyone have any info on this hotel, lkes dislikes ???????.................Thanks.......Bill

 
 
We stayed at this Hilton two years ago.  The location is great.  However, we got it on Priceline for $145.00 per night.  It is a great way to save money.

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Re:Traveling from Buffalo, NY to parts of New England ??????????? 2012/02/29 11:17:29 (permalink)
Greymo, The Hilton New York is the hotel I'm looking at, pricelines best price is $358. I think summer rates are the problem, if you want it, they will pay.......I also like the location of the Hotel, right down the street from the Musical I'm looking to book...............Thanks for the help..........Bill
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Re:Traveling from Buffalo, NY to parts of New England ??????????? 2012/02/29 12:25:35 (permalink)
Wicked was the best musical I've seen in years, and that is from a former director!!!!
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Re:Traveling from Buffalo, NY to parts of New England ??????????? 2012/02/29 12:42:56 (permalink)
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Greymo, The Hilton New York is the hotel I'm looking at, pricelines best price is $358. I think summer rates are the problem, if you want it, they will pay.......I also like the location of the Hotel, right down the street from the Musical I'm looking to book...............Thanks for the help..........Bill

 
 
 
You were probably looking  at the price that they can get for you without your bidding.  You have to "Name your price"  and put in a bid.  There are other 4 star hotels right around there so if you happened to get one of them, you would be happy.  We got the Hyatt on priceline too for under 150.00.  You just have to be  certain that you bid on 4 star hotels.

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Re:Traveling from Buffalo, NY to parts of New England ??????????? 2012/02/29 12:55:03 (permalink)
leethebard: I'll take that as a written in Stone review, thanks for the help.
 
Greymo: I'll try that and let you know............
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Re:Traveling from Buffalo, NY to parts of New England ??????????? 2012/03/03 11:34:48 (permalink)
I'm in the planning stages on my Trip to Toronto, New York City and Boston. What a great tool Yelp is for planning and getting reviews of restaurants, Musicals, city tours, Markets Etc. Some of the popular restaurants have 100's and even 1000's of reviews. Most of the more popular restaurants have 100's of pictures, and pictures don't lie. I can see being fooled on a restaurant that has 20 or 30 reviews, but a place that gets in the 100's, has to be a good source for information......pnwc
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Re:Traveling from Buffalo, NY to parts of New England ??????????? 2012/03/03 11:47:24 (permalink)
Come on down South, Gettysburg, and surrounding Roadfood restaurants, then a short hop to Wash DC, your Grand daughter would love all the things to see, and as you know, the museums and historic places are endless!
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Re:Traveling from Buffalo, NY to parts of New England ??????????? 2012/03/03 14:40:24 (permalink)
Hey Chewy, I'm waiting for her to get a bit older to, maybe in a year or two. There is a lot to do in the DC area and I don't think shes old enough to absorb all of it at 11 yrs old.
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Re:New York City & Boston June 2012 2012/03/03 14:58:01 (permalink)
Good call waiting PNWCHEF, my daughter is 6yrs old, In 6 yrs I will take her to Chubbys and than visit D.C.
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Re:New York City & Boston June 2012 2012/03/03 20:33:31 (permalink)
not to get off topic here, but shouldn't this be in the Where Should I eat thread?
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Re:New York City & Boston June 2012 2012/03/04 02:39:52 (permalink)
sk bob, I initially thought that as well but take a look at pnwchef's first post.  He's using this as the beginning of his trip report.
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Re:New York City & Boston June 2012 2012/03/04 14:19:35 (permalink)
sk bob

not to get off topic here, but shouldn't this be in the Where Should I eat thread?

Thanks Bob, now ask the Mods to delete the post........Looks like you have the power.......pnwc
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Re:New York City & Boston June 2012 2012/03/04 15:25:38 (permalink)
pnwchef, we may be on the road when you're coming through Boston, but if you tell me what kind of food you want to try, I can give you great recs.  Regional food here includes fried clams, roast beef, Indian/Grapenut pudding, etc.    Chris
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Re:New York City & Boston June 2012 2012/03/04 15:48:36 (permalink)
Hello all ,
There are many NYC hotels in the 3 and 4 star range int he Times Square Broadway area , check  Expedia , Travelocity , Hotels com and the rest , get the best price , than call hotels direct , or check their website usually better prices .  150 to 200 a night tops , no need to pay almost double .
Are there thoughts of a meet one of the days you are in  NYC ?
 
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Re:New York City & Boston June 2012 2012/03/04 16:23:10 (permalink)
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  Regional food here includes fried clams, roast beef, Indian/Grapenut pudding, etc.    Chris

 
And cod cakes, and baked beans and brown bread...
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Re:New York City & Boston June 2012 2012/03/04 17:53:52 (permalink)
ayersian: Chris, I'm looking forward to traditional New England foods. My little girl and Wife have never been to This part of the country. I want to make it a positive experience for them and still be able to accomplish my own long time food wants. Fried clams are a must, I think my wife would go for  a stuffed Lobster. So, to answer your question, any and all seafood is fine. There aren't may things I don't eat, I just need to watch them and make sure the food isn't to far out of their comfort zone..........Thanks Chris........................Bill
 
Benzee: I'll know more as the time gets closer on a meet up, I'll keep in touch...........I'm still looking for the bargain hotels in the Broadway district, I'm sure everything goes up when the kids get out of school...........Thanks again....................Bill
 
wanderingjew: Wj, Cod cakes and Baked beans and Brown bread, OH MY......Cod Cakes and Baked beans and Brown bread, OH MY.
 
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Re:New York City & Boston June 2012 2012/03/04 19:00:05 (permalink)
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wanderingjew: Wj, Cod cakes and Baked beans and Brown bread, OH MY......Cod Cakes and Baked beans and Brown bread, OH MY.


 
I kid you not
 
Here  was lunch # 2 (actually it's now seems that it was just an early dinner) since I haven't had anything since.
at Turner's Market and Grille in Melrose MA this afternoon. The beans were fine- however the cod cake was simply over the top. In this day and age of "man vs food" roadfood, don't over look something just because it doesn't look as "sexy" as a plate of fried chicken .
 

 
And here' some brown bread I picked up earilier in the day at Nason's Stone House Farm in Boxford MA- I sliced it when I got home-  Nason's is a take out market- they have frozen savory and sweet pies to go, as well as frozen baked pea or kidney beans and various breads. They do serve baked beans and brown bread fresh out of the oven on Friday and Saturdays.
 

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Re:New York City & Boston June 2012 2012/03/04 19:35:08 (permalink)
WJ, your right, it doesn't have to be pretty, just has to be good. I remember being a kid and loving when someone brought a Crock of Boston baked beans to a picnic. You never really had beans until you have beans from a crock, and thats no crock.
 
 
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Re:New York City & Boston June 2012 2012/03/04 19:54:38 (permalink)
Does anyone have good ideas for Hotels in Boston ????? I'm not concerned about the cost, just if location. We will be walking the city, so a central location would be great. Are there any good ideas for getting around town with out a car, or is the city that easy to walk ?????  I would like to get my little girl over to Salem for a 1/2 day, I think she may enjoy that..................Thanks ..............Bill
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Re:New York City & Boston June 2012 2012/03/05 11:26:36 (permalink)
The Freedom Trail will take you past just about everything Historic Boston has to offer.
 
I would say my favorite place to stay is the Boston Marriott Long Wharf, 296 State Street, Boston, MA 02109, right next to the New England Aquarium.  It's also right across from the Faneuil Hall Marketplace, and an easy walk to the Italian North End.  The view of the bay from the executive lounge is worth the price.
 
Also the Marriott is at just about the middle of the Freedom Trail.  One day you can go north, and the next go South.  Breaking up the day perfectly.
 
I would check with the hotel for a Salem Tour, or just rent a car for the day. 

 
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Re:New York City & Boston June 2012 2012/03/05 13:42:38 (permalink)
Try this place in the north end...the real deal. I tried one of the places everyone tells you to go and the canoli tasted like they were filled with whipped cream. Tell them you know JoeRogo and they'll charge you twice!
 
http://bovabakeryboston.com/
 
http://www.urbanspoon.com/r/4/50697/restaurant/North-End/Bovas-Bakery-Boston
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Re:New York City & Boston June 2012 2012/03/05 15:43:17 (permalink)
Tony, if there is anything Joe knows, it's Italian food. I asked Joe about a Italian restaurant in Boston, the Chef was on DD&D, I know Joe saw what I saw in that Chef. The Chef in that restaurant is all heart and soul. It also looks like Joe knows Hotels, the Marriott is one of the more better deals in that area....................for now on in my book Joerogo= Roadfood ambassador
 
joerogo, Thanks Joe, great pick on the Marriott, I checked a lot of hotels in that area and downtown, this one is the best deal for the money and location..............Thanks for the help................Bill
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Re:New York City & Boston June 2012 2012/03/05 16:05:29 (permalink)
If you want New England food, try Durgin Park in Boston.  Be sure to save room for the Indian Pudding.
 
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Re:New York City & Boston June 2012 2012/03/05 20:22:28 (permalink)
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Tony, if there is anything Joe knows, it's Italian food. I asked Joe about a Italian restaurant in Boston, the Chef was on DD&D, I know Joe saw what I saw in that Chef. The Chef in that restaurant is all heart and soul. It also looks like Joe knows Hotels, the Marriott is one of the more better deals in that area....................for now on in my book Joerogo= Roadfood ambassador

joerogo, Thanks Joe, great pick on the Marriott, I checked a lot of hotels in that area and downtown, this one is the best deal for the money and location..............Thanks for the help................Bill

 
Hey Chef, I have Tony in training.  No longer satisfied being Sicilian or Calabrese, he wants to be a Pittston Italian!  
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