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  1. Where I live (NYC) everyone uses the apps. It's turned into the way most people meet the opposite sex. The good - you can meet people you would otherwise never run into in your life The bad, you will meet people you would otherwise never have met in your life (and that would have been a good thing) But overall I think the good way overshadows the bad. I have met some real gems on there.
  2. If you can make it happen I will be there. Good luck. HA
  3. How is next Tuesday the 2nd at Carnegie Club? Does that work for anyone? Just trying to make this happen...
  4. Wow, good call. I will separate them tonight when I get home. Thanks for the heads up!
  5. I didn't see them, but I wasn't necessarily looking for them. I did ask what RE or LE and this was all she showed me. Maybe they were gone. I loved the city, and they had some decent smokes. I call that successful!
  6. In some parts that is a close representation actually. HA
  7. Old post but after smoking some Petit this week have to say they are almost worth the $. Almost. Bought a box a while back in a moment of weakness.
  8. All the newer boxes I looked at had a warning label over the dates which was a pain to try and remove. The older boxes did not.
  9. Just returned from 12 days in the Balkans. Started in Bulgaria and traveled through Macedonia, Albania, coast of Montenegro and finished in Dubrovnik. I do love the Balkans - great food, great people, and great smoking laws. I went to the LCDH in Sofia (inside the Intercontinental Hotel). Decent selection, not great. I picked up the last couple of Bolivar 681 RE Bulgaria they had. Also picked up a couple of Ramon Allones Terra Magica Adriatico release 2016. They had some really aged Monte Open, but I will leave those for someone else. Also visited the LCDH in Tirana, Albania. This is inside what used to be the Sheraton, now the MAK Albania Hotel. They had two boxes brand new of the Bolivar 681 regional edition for Bulgaria 2011. I grabbed a couple of Romeo Capuletos EL 2016. They had half a box left. As for regular stock they didn't have anything great.
  10. Maybe we should re-poll with two dates and see where that lands. The last poll is outdated as 4 people voted 9/20.
  11. I'm in Europe for those dates. Here the week of the 24th or first week of October.
  12. I’ll do that for sure. Good to see some positive feedback. Thanks! Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  13. Have been thinking about going to ULA when I head back to China this fall. Seems to be a pretty amazing place.
  14. Hard to tell, but I wouldn't dip my feet in the water.
  15. Tipping for me depends where I am. In the US I generally leave 20%, sometimes more, sometimes less (for bad service). When traveling it gets a little more complicated. In countries where tipping is not expected I still do tip if I am at a foreign branded hotel or restaurant (Westin, St Regis, etc) as they get used to tipped due to the large foreign customer base who tips. But I do see the changes taking place everywhere towards tipping, it is becoming more expected all over the world due to the influx of travelers from "tipping" countries.
  16. In Shanghai - my absolute favorite place to smoke is the roof of the Peninsula Hotel in the Bund area. Great drinks, great seating, and one of the best views in the world. If you get a chance to burn one there, do it. I attached a couple of images that I took in May. Due to the new ban on indoor smoking one of my other favorite spots, the jazz bar at the top of the Le Meridien is no longer smoke friendly. I believe the Long Bar at the Waldorf somehow got around this rule. Another great place to listen to live music, drink, and smoke. There is a small LCDH in the Westin Bund. Guanxi Lounge in the Roosevelt Steakhouse is a nice place to smoke a cigar as well.
  17. I found this site a few months ago and really see a lot of value here. This addiction is relatively new for me, maybe two years. Before that I was just smoking randomly whenever someone had a cigar or I happened upon a cigar shop. I live in a city that frowns on smoking, so I have learned to adapt. There are actually some good places to smoke in Manhattan, I would consider my home base to be Hudson Bar & Books (if anyone is familiar). It is becoming more difficult to smoke here as they continually narrow down where it is allowed. I travel all over the world and am always interested in the cigar culture of the different countries. I always seem to make a friend when I pull out a cigar. Looking forward to interacting with everyone and hopefully I am able to add something to the forum. Neal

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