July 4, 2013
Happy July 4th everyone!
I took a rare vacation from blogging last week. We attended my niece’s high school graduation in Buffalo, then spent a day wandering around my old home town near Princeton NJ, and finished up with four days in Manhattan at the 48 Lex (which was terrific, by the way). Now that I’m back, I realize that I have a few follow-ups and minor news nuggets to report…
Before my trip, I looked into renting a car for our brief stay in New Jersey. I reported the quest in two posts: “Finding the best car rental deal” and “Priceline car rentals.” There were 5 of us traveling together, all with luggage, so I wanted a big car to hold everything and everyone. I intended to do Priceline until a reader let me in on a great Alamo deal. With this deal, I was able to rent a very nice minivan for two days for about $80 all-in! This was waaay better than the best Minivan price from any alternative I could find, and it was even better than the best intermediate-size car deal I could find elsewhere. Unfortunately, this reader asked me not to blog about the deal, so I’ll honor his request. Sorry!
In the post, “The best pizza in Manhattan?” I asked for pizza recommendations. Within Manhattan, the most popular recommendation was John’s of Bleecker Street. Many said to forget Manhattan and head to Brooklyn. Other locations outside of Manhattan receiving votes were Long Island, Queens, Staten Island, New Haven Connecticut, Stowe Vermont, and Sao Paulo Brazil! One reader suggested Cottage Inn pizza in Ann Arbor. I have to assume that was a joke because Cottage Inn’s pizza (even the one on William) doesn’t come close (in my mind) to other Ann Arbor favorites: New York Pizza Depot, Anthony’s Gourmet Pizza, or Bella Italia.
Anyway, while in New York, I only had a chance to try two places: John’s of Bleecker and Bleecker Street Pizza. Both served terrific traditional New York style pizzas. While I enjoyed both, I had a very slight preference for Bleecker Street, whereas my son had a slight preference for John’s. You won’t go wrong with either.
Due to a glitch in my site’s HTML, Google now believes that I am Ben Schlappig (One Mile at a Time), also known as Lucky:
Hopefully this will be sorted out by the time you read this!
A few weeks ago I introduced a new blog page called Quick Deals (see “Introducing Frequent Miler’s Quick Deals“). Since then I’ve posted quite a few deals, but I’ve had some trouble with deal notifications. I tried several services that broadcast blog posts to Twitter, Facebook, etc. but I ran into problems with each of them. Finally I signed up for the pro version of Hootsuite and set up the notifications there. As far as I can tell, that’s working well. As a reminder, here are your options for signing up for alerts:
- Instant email: Signup for emails by clicking here.
- Newsreader: The new Quick Deals page has a different RSS feed than the main Frequent Miler page. You can subscribe to the new feed with this URL.
- Social Media: If you follow Frequent Miler on Twitter, Facebook, or Google+, then there’s nothing extra to do. You are already receiving Quick Deal alerts, and hopefully they’re working correctly now!