Saturday, November 26, 2011

Safer Travels With TrayGuard Antimicrobial Tray Cover, A Potential Way To Prevent Getting Sick...

A combination of many factors including shorter turn-around on flights and reduction of cleaning maintenance  has created an environment that passengers are 100 more times more likely to catch a cold compared to everyday circumstances, confirmed by a study in the Journal of Environmental Health. A new product called TrayGuard, an antimicrobial cover designed for fold down trays, can reduce your chances of getting sick. The product is chemical-free and food safe using a natural silver and copper ion technology activated by moisture in the environment and continually effective, a major advantage over wipes and gels that have to be reapplied frequently. TrayGuard is available on, currently for $15.95 for a reusable 2 pack.   For more information please go to .

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Malt Shop Memories Cruise For 2012 Aboard Holland America's M/S Eurodam From Ft. Lauderdale, FL., A Great Way To Relive Memories And Enjoy Music Icons From The 50's and 60's...

Inspired by the popular Time Life Malt Shop CD collection and hosted by the legendary DJ Jerry, "The Geator with the Heater" Blavat, we expect this cruise will be an experience to remember. This 7 day sailing  from Ft Lauderdale, FL .from October 27th through November 3rd, 2012 will be to the Turks & Caicos, San Juan, St. Thomas, and Half Moon Cay. Performers on board will include Frankie Avalon, Bobby Rydell, Dion, Ronnie Spector, The Chiffons, The Marvelettes, and many more. For more information please go to: www.MaltShopCruise.Com or call 877-700-6258.

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Skytop Lodge In Pennsylvania's Pocono Mountains, A Full-Service Family Resort Where Old World Service Still Exists

A recent visit to Skytop Lodge in the Pocono Mountains reminded me of a childhood visit in the 1970's to the Homestead in Hot Springs, VA., a time when staff truly provided personal service. That level of service still exists at Skytop, located within two hours drive of both Philadelphia and New York. Skytop sits on 5,500 pristine acres and features everything one would expect from an exceptional resort; dining that has been awarded Wine Spectator Magazine's Award Of Excellence for 10 consecutive years, a new spa, golfing, beautiful hiking trails, a tree top challenge course, and a full array of both Summer and Winter activities. For more details please visit:

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Free Seat Alerts Now Available To All Travelers Worldwide Via www.

This appears to be a very useful tool to gain access to better airline flight seating. If you try it please report back to this blog with your results.® announced today that its award-winning Seat Alerts® feature will now be available free to any traveler interested in changing their middle seat to a window or aisle seat.  Available exclusively through ExpertFlyer, Seat Alerts will also allow travelers to set an alert on a flight that is completely booked and will alert them via text or email if a seat becomes available on that flight.  ExpertFlyer's Seat Alerts feature currently monitors more than 120 airline carriers worldwide.

A free Seat Alerts account can be created at and will allow travelers to maintain one active Seat Alert at a time.  Once a Seat Alert has found a better seat or the flight has departed, a new Seat Alert can be created.  This is ideal for casual travelers who only have one flight where they may be stuck in a bad seat at any given time.  Additional active alerts can be purchased for $.99 and paid subscribers to ExpertFlyer will be able to set several alerts at one time at no additional cost.

"Seat Alerts is the fastest and easiest way for travelers to get out of the dreaded middle seat or even find a seat on a flight that is completely booked," explains Chris Lopinto, president and co-founder of  "Seat Alerts is a unique feature not offered anywhere else and wanted travelers at all levels to experience a more enjoyable flight whenever possible."

Friday, November 4, 2011

Cafette, A Hidden Dining Gem In Chestnut Hill Philadelphia

This is one of my promised updates on Chestnut Hill, leading to our detailed feature in print in the Spring...One of the better neighborhood dining spots in Chestnut Hill is a BYOB called Cafette, hidden on a quiet block, and best known for their outdoor garden and eclectic dining options. My recent visit for my birthday dinner started with a wonderful spicy vegan black bean soup. Unfortunately my main course, Sole stuffed with crab meat, was dry.  Considering on a past visit I had a wonderful moist Talapia with capers, one of the best preparations  in memory, the dry Sole was disappointing. Also while there is a warmth and relaxed comfort in the small dining room we were seated in with burgundy walls, the service can be a lot more attentive. My date made a point that it was my birthday to our server but was no recognition, our wine bottle was opened but not poured, a corkage fee is charged but only plain glasses are offered, and coffee refills were not offered. On the bright side our dessert was a wonderful piece of lemon curd cake-little did I know that my dinner date has a preference for lemon, even over chocolate :-)
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