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#1427231 tickets and prices

Posted by mongo_jones on 03 May 2018 - 07:28 PM

thanks all for suggestions and especially, evelyn for help. i ended up doing one-stop in both directions on united. the price was so much lower than any conceivable combo with a delta nonstop from lhr-msp that it made little sense to wait and risk those prices rising too. we're going msp-ewr-edi and coming back lhr-ewr-msp. less than $900/head. will put the money saved into other parts of the trip.


the boys are campaigning for edinburgh to london by train but i think we might do a cheap flight instead. as our first few days in london will be spent with friends in kingston, i'm assuming gatwick is the non-heathrow airport that i should be looking at. (do any of the cheapo airlines fly out of heathrow?)

#1427167 tickets and prices

Posted by mongo_jones on 02 May 2018 - 03:05 PM

well, the british consulate took forever to grant my visa and we are now just over four weeks out to our trip to scotland and london. we'd be leaving on june 3. prices for our preferred itinerary (msp-somewhere-edi/lhr-msp*) are now much higher than a few weeks ago. it would cost over $2000 more for the entire family than going one stop in both directions. however, kayak is posting these fares with a "watch" rather than "buy now" notice. is this a chance worth taking? i.e when do prices for these routes stop fluctuating and begin to rise even more sharply? 


*the lhr-msp roundtrip is also now very expensive going nonstop. otherwise, i'd do that and do easy jet or whatever from lhr-edi and back.

#1425126 Ugly Delicious - David Chang

Posted by mongo_jones on 21 March 2018 - 04:01 AM

Pizza was terrible and made me really never want to try Lucali. Ansari is just embarrassing. The whole pandering to Redzepi thing was just ridiculous. Meehan going on about authenticity and then a whole thing about how this vaguely Mexican person is doing something authentic by cooking in vaguely Mexico. Sheesh. Some good segments but I gave up while multi millionaire Chang was busy attacking a working class Vietnamese dude for not serving food that nobody wants to eat. 


halfway through the first episode.


lowlight: aziz ansari


highlight: the moment the brooklyn chef who's been shit-talking neapolitan pizza takes his first bite of the margherita in naples and you can see his soul leave his body as he realizes it's better than anything he makes.

#1424960 current recommendations for chicago?

Posted by mongo_jones on 18 March 2018 - 04:46 PM

friends are going for a week. they have the publican on their list. where else should they go? is the girl and the goat still recommended?

#1424358 Ugly Delicious - David Chang

Posted by mongo_jones on 07 March 2018 - 06:23 PM

the missus is watching it and says she likes it. but then she also likes me (most of the time).

#1423929 Billy Graham

Posted by mongo_jones on 27 February 2018 - 01:36 AM


 political commentary?


t,  sadly, you are experiencing what I and others have been through.  No wonder  people are leaving here.



not enough people though.

#1423925 eating in Japan

Posted by mongo_jones on 27 February 2018 - 01:27 AM

that's why billy graham invented airplane movies.

#1423840 Micromanage my Life - London Edition

Posted by mongo_jones on 25 February 2018 - 05:59 PM

i don't approve of trading on or supporting raj nostalgia; i have no opinion on their food.

#1422345 babani's (st. paul, mn)

Posted by mongo_jones on 25 January 2018 - 05:16 PM

babani's is the first kurdish restaurant in the u.s, and it's located in st. paul (now in new digs). wonderful hospitality, simple but tasty food at fair prices: what's not to love?


review on the blog (you should click on the link if only to read the wonderful origin story they print on their menus).



#1422279 Creasey II

Posted by mongo_jones on 24 January 2018 - 04:10 PM

"innocent" comments? at best, they're passive aggressive.

#1422224 Tom Petty

Posted by mongo_jones on 24 January 2018 - 12:16 AM

remind me why i should care that you don't care, please.

#1420784 chengdu taste (los angeles)

Posted by mongo_jones on 21 December 2017 - 05:11 PM

another fabulous lunch at chengdu taste.  on the one hand, i wish we lived close enough to eat here often; on the other hand, my stomach lining would dissolve.





#1420692 thai cafe, st. paul

Posted by mongo_jones on 19 December 2017 - 06:43 PM

this is where we'd planned to eat when we ended up at thai garden last week. about a block away from thai garden in one direction and from bangkok thai deli in the other and probably sits that way in order of quality as well--but closer to bangkok thai deli than to thai garden. it's a tiny, unassuming place but the cooking is very good. if only they hadn't forgotten to make all our food properly hot and if only i hadn't discovered this after the others in our group had already served themselves from the bland dishes...





#1420268 Sexual harassment and the restaurant industry

Posted by mongo_jones on 11 December 2017 - 10:30 PM

who has lost their job so far just for putting their hands on anyone's shoulders or for making the occasional lewd comment?

#1420175 China Trip 2017 November

Posted by mongo_jones on 09 December 2017 - 02:00 AM

lovely pictures! how on earth do they make that third dish? and how are you supposed to eat it?