Tag Archives: restaurants

Podcast #145 — Restaurant Karma; Hotel Breakfasts

Just regular domestic business travel since the last podcast, trying to dodge Hurricane Florence to get back to Charlottesville.  Thinking back to last month’s European travels, we talk about a tight connection through Amsterdam and some odd concierge lounge rules, which gets me thinking about hotel breakfasts. And a listener request for restaurant recommendations gets […]

Podcast #143 — How Bad is Business Travel For Your Health; Make Layovers Fun

No long-distance travel this month. Instead, I”m getting back into regional jets, and waiting out a long delay in Cincinnati has me wondering about American Eagle’s flight scheduling algorithm. My flights into CVG cause me to think about the impact of losing hub status. CVG looks overbuilt, but MEM is spending money to shrink itself. […]

Podcast #113 — 2014 was a Bad Year to Fly; Restaurant Trends Go Local

Can frequent travelers just write off 2014? We all knew we were abused by the airlines with high prices and lousy service. I guess it’s somewhat comforting to know that analysis of 2014’s data proves us right. I’m not sure there’s much more we can do than enjoy the little things and hope 2015 is […]

How Much Do You Want to Tip?

For a simple calculation that can be performed on a four-function calculator with buttons to spare, determining the right tip seems mystify a large portion of the traveling public.   Searching Apple’s App Store for “tip calculator” returns almost 600 apps for the iPhone.  The Hospitality Management Schools’ web site just published a comprehensive tipping […]

Podcast #98 — Stolen Luggage & Passports; Restaurants Want Your Smartphone

A backpack stolen from the train to the airport — or more specifically, passports inside the stolen backpack — unexpectedly extends a beer-tasting weekend in Brussels.  During my recent international trips, I find that Apple’s FaceTime and iMessage aren’t working reliably — could be because of hotel WiFi bandwidth constraints.  TSA’s PreCheck expedited security screening […]

Podcast #96 — Eating and Drinking with Social Media; Frequent Flier Alliances

Finishing up my annual 2-week travel sabbatical in an unseasonably warm Chicago. In this episode, a listener asks about if and when to use travel compression socks, we discern the popularity of in-flight Wi-Fi service from Gogo’s IPO filing, and dissect a recent article on the best airports for tech users.  We look at the […]

Table for One: Eating Alone on the Road

Dinner time on my last visit to Philadelphia  and I was sitting at the bar of Tinto, a Spanish restaurant in Philadelphia. My dinner was a couple of plates of tapas — one of grilled octopus, another of sautéed wild mushrooms and caramelized shallots. I put in the order for mushrooms and shallots immediately after the […]

Podcast #83 – Business Travel in India; iPad vs. Netbook

Returning from a week in India, I started recording this podcast in the business class toilet of an AA flight from Delhi to Chicago. For the sake of listeners’ ears and the bladders of fellow passengers, I finished it in the TravelCommons studios outside of Chicago. We talk about how Twitter has led me to […]