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‘Wyndham Philadelphia Historic District’ Fails 9 Year Old’s “Hotel Impossible” Test.

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by Anura Guruge

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Let Me 1st However Say

1. Nicest hotel staff, ever (and as you know I am no stranger to hotels (around the World).

2. I would give the hotel 3.5 out of 5 and will DEFINITELY stay there again.

3. Great location. Right next door to the Betsy Ross House and the U.S. Mint.

4. Room & public areas bright, white and airy. Very welcoming. [Plaster work, in the room, around the outlets, must have been done by the frustrated Orangutan from the zoo.]

5. There was quite the ruckus at the “Coin’s” restaurant when we had dinner there on Saturday night and we ended up with a FREE dinner — as did the three ladies at the table next to us! Our bill was in excess of $60.

As I have mentioned before, Deanna and the kids are HUGE fans of Anthony Melchiorri and “Hotel Impossible” (and that was even before Anthony and I started Tweeting each other). I am not sure exactly how many episodes we have watched but it has to be upwards of 30. So the kids know Anthony’s drill by heart.

Deanna didn’t come with us on this trip because of her bad back. IF she had been there she would have checked the beds for bed bugs even before I had the chance to put the bags down. In the absence of Mum Teischan, 9 years old, decided that she was going to play Anthony.

Within seconds she discovered a white stain on the pillowcase on one of the pillows. While Anthony would go within inches of trying to make sure that you knew EXACTLY what caused the stain I will spare the details and leave it to your imagination. It was white. Teischan and Devanee were both immediately grossed out (in much the same way when Deanna found a used female thong at the Cromwell Harbor Motel, Bar Harbor, Maine (Acadia). Teischan was beside herself. I told her to call up reception. She was too shy/scared. But when we went down for dinner, she marched up to the reception (making sure that Dad was behind her) and told them about the stain. To their credit they sent up a brand new pillow, still in its plastic, and a fresh pillow cover, within minutes of us getting back to the room — after our free dinner.

Teischan stood up on the bed and ran her fingers over the top of the tall bed backrest and found DUST galore. Anthony would have approved of how she did it — sans white gloves. She was NOT impressed.

Now the absolute kicker.

On Sunday evening she found a Kindle Paperwhite, in a pink case, under the bedside table. It was just lying on the floor, not that far in.

That was NOT good.

How could Housekeeping miss a Kindle lying on the floor?

NO, we did NOT give it to reception.

I, using the Setting tabs, found the name of the person it was registered to. I Googled her.

I wanted to find out 2 things:

1/ When did she lose the Kindle?

2/ Did she call the Hotel and what did they say.

On Tuesday (after we got back on Monday night) I spoke with her, on the phone, at her work.

She lost the Kindle 3 weeks ago!

Yes, she had called the Hotel TWICE. They said they couldn’t find any signs of it. THAT IS BAD.

That was why I did not just hand it over to reception. I wanted to make sure the owner gets it. [Right now it is all wrapped up in two layers of bubble-wrap. I will mail it the next time one of us goes into town.]

This was BAD. Though we have a very strict procedure for checking hotel rooms for anything we may have left behind, that could have been us — especially with the kids. So the Wyndham would have just told us — SORRY, it is not in the room. That is bad.

That upsets me. As Anthony will sure point out the General Manager of this hotel needs to address some issues.

Yellow Tail Shiraz – Cabernet, U.S. $5.99 At Hannaford’s Right Now: A Quick Review

Anura Guruge, laughing, picture November 16, 2011.

by Anura Guruge

Other wine reviews:
¤ Georges Duboeuf Beaujolais Nouveau 2012:
>>Fruity, Tangy, Fragrant & Light — Nov. 15, 2012.

¤ Beaujolais Nouveau 2012: Professional Review
>>Pretty Close To My Assessment — Nov. 16, 2012.

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I am sipping a glass of the Yellow Tail Shiraz – Cabernet as I pen this and I have to confess that it is indeed a richly satisfying tipple (as it invariably tends to be), made even more exquisite by the knowledge that it was a (on sale) $5.99 bottle.

Shiraz – Cabernet tends to be a tad sharp on the tongue on first sip; not in an unpleasant way but more in the spirit of awakening your senses that you are in the process of experiencing something subliminally pleasing. The sharpness methinks is the tannin from the Shiraz tempered by some of the sugar from the Cabernet. It is different. You get into the habit of anticipating it. Mint is not something one associates with red wine, but if you can’t appreciate what the heck I am talking about, think of it akin to a jolt of mint — though, of course, there is no mint involved. This agreeable sharpness at once morphs into a dull metallic undertone that I at least always associate with ‘Shiraz’, though I will be the first to admit that I am by no means an expert on ‘Shiraz’. That said I like ‘Shiraz’, but to be candid I really should add that what I like (and have familiarity with) is what connoisseurs will label as ‘cheap Shiraz’.

The Yellow Tail Shiraz – Cabernet because of the dull metallic taste that lingers, is what I would class as a ‘heavy’ red, whereas a Beaujolais Nouveau, in particular the 2012 from Georges Duboeuf, falls into the category of being a ‘light’ red. That it is ‘heavy’ is not a bad thing. It forces you to drink it slowly, contemplatively. It is not a wine that you would want to chug at, as if it was a a soda. It makes you appreciate that you have the fortune of being able to enjoy a wine. That is good.

The Yellow Tail Shiraz – Cabernet is a deep red wine, in the glass. The bouquet is minimal, but is tangy and sharp. Like an expensive, subtle cologne, for men.

I am partial to Yellow Tail wines, in particular their Shiraz or this Shiraz – Cabernet. The prices on Yellow Tail, whether at a store or a restaurant, tends to be good. I think that is true in general with most ‘Shiraz’, though again I do not go looking for ‘expensive’ wines since I find it hard to justify paying too much given that I know that my role is to convert wine-to-water.

If I see a Shiraz, by the glass, on a wine list I will invariably ask for it. Since Deanna rarely if ever drinks red wine and I tend rarely to drink more than one glass of wine a day, the days of me ordering wine by the flagon are long gone. Usually it is just one glass for me; with Deanna and the kids opting for water! So, my familiarity with Shiraz is (I think) limited to Yellow Tail and Woodbridge. I am sure I couldn’t tell them apart, and I have no desire to be able to. To me a Shiraz is a nice change from my customary Burgundy or Merlot. The Shiraz always tastes different. Us Brits have a saying that a ‘change is as good as a rest’. Thus, a Shiraz always imbues a much needed kick into my mainly staid, generally uneventful, what most would call ‘boring’ life. For that, I am grateful to Shiraz and to Yellow Tail.

At the current $5.99 (U.S.) per bottle the Yellow Tail Shiraz or Shiraz – Cabernet is hard to beat. The Shiraz – Cabernet is what I would class a ‘profound’ wine. It make you THINK — which in my book is always a wonderful thing given that my motto in life is ‘Think Free, Or Die‘. It is ideal for social discourse or for writing. It is like having a pipe. It gives you time to reflect; time to ponder.

Get yourself a bottle and enjoy.

Cheers. Happy Thanksgiving.

I happened to be shopping at Hannaford, Alton Beaujolais Nouveau Day 2012, November 15. I wondered into the wine aisle to see if they had any Nouveau. They didn’t.  But, they had Yellow Tail with a $2 off coupon. So, I bought a bottle of the Shiraz – Cabernet.

later that day I went to New Hampshire Liquor Store in Wolfeboro and bought a bottle of the Georges Duboeuf Beaujolais Nouveau 2012 for $9.99.

Very different wines; both great in their own right. I would hate to pick one over the other.

But, if I had to, I probably will pick the Yellow Tail Shiraz – Cabernet!

Sorry. I like the Georges Duboeuf Beaujolais Nouveau 2012. That is beyond doubt. But, it is a light, frivolous wine — as it is meant to be. You can chug it down like it was soda. nothing wrong with that. But, if you want an adult wine, that will force you to savor it, I will go with the Yellow Tail Shiraz – Cabernet.