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Alton Brown's granola recipe is intriguing...
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AnakinOU wrote:


If I'm not mistaken, this is where she came up with the idea.

As an added bonus, the house smells heavenly while baking!
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LennyS wrote:
AnakinOU wrote:


If I'm not mistaken, this is where she came up with the idea.

As an added bonus, the house smells heavenly while baking!


So are you bringing enough for the whole class?
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I went out, bought the supplies, and made granola with that recipe tonight. It is VERY tasty! It was good while still a bit warm with milk.
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I didn't see anything to indicate that anyone else had already pointed this out to you - I apologize if this is redundant by now.

Before I found out that my friend had already booked a room for the con, I was looking at rooms available via the "Book Rooms Online" link at http://boardgamegeek.com/bggcon - this link takes me to a search especially with the block prices. We were hoping for a suite, but they aren't included in the block and so he booked something else so BGGCon would get credit for his patronage.

While I do not know how the search results I found compare to the Awaken package you mention, I do see that two available possibilities in the block are the King and the Double Queen with breakfast for two at Jacobs' Spring Grille.

Another thing I noticed was that the Deluxe Double Queen room comes with a refrigerator. You cannot get a Deluxe Double Queen with breakfasts, though, and you will pay an extra $30/night for the privilege of a refrigerator. However, I was very tempted because of the opportunity it would afford me to bring healthful food choices.

(This would also suggest to me that folks who medically require refrigerators, to store prescriptions and such, should be able to work something out.)

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That is fantastic! Thank you for posting that. I've spoken with the Hyatt and have changed my reservation. That was exactly what I was looking for.

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If you call the Hyatt reservation line, they can add a fridge to the regular room reservations for $15.

edit - that's a one time charge of $15, not per day.
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I am getting to the airport 4 days early to check the area out with me and my wife for a vacation before the Con. I like all the restaurant suggestions I am seeing.
I had wanted to take a day out and drive a day out to San Antonio to check out Chunky's Burgers and the Four Horsemen Burger but I do not know if I want a 5 hour drive down and back as that would take a whole day away. Are there any good food challenges in the Dallas Area?
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tawnos76 wrote:
I am getting to the airport 4 days early to check the area out with me and my wife for a vacation before the Con. I like all the restaurant suggestions I am seeing.
I had wanted to take a day out and drive a day out to San Antonio to check out Chunky's Burgers and the Four Horsemen Burger but I do not know if I want a 5 hour drive down and back as that would take a whole day away. Are there any good food challenges in the Dallas Area?


YMMV

http://www.pegasusnews.com/news/2011/may/25/dallas-fort-wort...
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ikiru wrote:
tawnos76 wrote:
I am getting to the airport 4 days early to check the area out with me and my wife for a vacation before the Con. I like all the restaurant suggestions I am seeing.
I had wanted to take a day out and drive a day out to San Antonio to check out Chunky's Burgers and the Four Horsemen Burger but I do not know if I want a 5 hour drive down and back as that would take a whole day away. Are there any good food challenges in the Dallas Area?


YMMV

http://www.pegasusnews.com/news/2011/may/25/dallas-fort-wort...

I suggest skipping Pluckers. They aren't even Austin's best wings.

I can't imagine that you'd want to drive down to San Antonio for burgers while passing right past what Austin offers, though. Stick to DFW and plan a separate trip to San Antonio. =P
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Kilbia wrote:
Another thing I noticed was that the Deluxe Double Queen room comes with a refrigerator. You cannot get a Deluxe Double Queen with breakfasts, though, and you will pay an extra $30/night for the privilege of a refrigerator. However, I was very tempted because of the opportunity it would afford me to bring healthful food choices.


Wait, I missed this the first time through. $30 a night for a refrigerator? Wed-Thur-Fri-Sat = $120 for the chance to borrow a fridge for a few days?

For $99 with free Prime shipping I can buy
http://www.amazon.com/Danby-DAR0488W-Diplomat-1-7-Cu-Ft-Refr...

and just cart it into my room. Anyone with Amazon Prime could do that and have it shipped ahead to the hotel. At the end of the week I could donate it to Goodwill and still be ahead. (Or keep it to use at work, whatever.)
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Digren wrote:
For $99 with free Prime shipping I can buy
http://www.amazon.com/Danby-DAR0488W-Diplomat-1-7-Cu-Ft-Refr...


And, even better, most of the reviews have one star!

This type of refrigerator will chill drinks, but it doesn't get cold enough for storing fresh food that can spoil.
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Digren wrote:
Kilbia wrote:
Another thing I noticed was that the Deluxe Double Queen room comes with a refrigerator. You cannot get a Deluxe Double Queen with breakfasts, though, and you will pay an extra $30/night for the privilege of a refrigerator. However, I was very tempted because of the opportunity it would afford me to bring healthful food choices.


Wait, I missed this the first time through. $30 a night for a refrigerator? Wed-Thur-Fri-Sat = $120 for the chance to borrow a fridge for a few days?


...but did you see this?

MungSu wrote:
If you call the Hyatt reservation line, they can add a fridge to the regular room reservations for $15.
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DaviddesJ wrote:
Digren wrote:
For $99 with free Prime shipping I can buy
http://www.amazon.com/Danby-DAR0488W-Diplomat-1-7-Cu-Ft-Refr...


And, even better, most of the reviews have one star!

This type of refrigerator will chill drinks, but it doesn't get cold enough for storing fresh food that can spoil.


I agree. I think it would probably be better to go to WalMart and pick up a 5 day cooler and fill it with ice. Maybe something like a Coleman 70qt Xtreme cooler.

http://www.walmart.com/ip/Coleman-70-Quart-Xtreme-Cooler/480...
http://www.amazon.com/Coleman-70-Quart-Xtreme-Cooler-Blue/dp...

Pick up a few bags of ice while you at WalMart and I bet they are still mostly frozen by the end of the con!

Ill also be willing to take any cooler donations after you are done with them blush
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LennyS wrote:

...but did you see this?

MungSu wrote:
If you call the Hyatt reservation line, they can add a fridge to the regular room reservations for $15.


We added a fridge to our reservation for $30 (I think - my wife made the arrangements) for the entire length of our stay.
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LennyS wrote:
Digren wrote:
Kilbia wrote:
Another thing I noticed was that the Deluxe Double Queen room comes with a refrigerator. You cannot get a Deluxe Double Queen with breakfasts, though, and you will pay an extra $30/night for the privilege of a refrigerator. However, I was very tempted because of the opportunity it would afford me to bring healthful food choices.


Wait, I missed this the first time through. $30 a night for a refrigerator? Wed-Thur-Fri-Sat = $120 for the chance to borrow a fridge for a few days?


...but did you see this?

MungSu wrote:
If you call the Hyatt reservation line, they can add a fridge to the regular room reservations for $15.


I thought that was per night.

Nodecam wrote:
LennyS wrote:

...but did you see this?

MungSu wrote:
If you call the Hyatt reservation line, they can add a fridge to the regular room reservations for $15.


We added a fridge to our reservation for $30 (I think - my wife made the arrangements) for the entire length of our stay.


Ahh, gotcha.
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Kilbia wrote:
Before I found out that my friend had already booked a room for the con, I was looking at rooms available via the "Book Rooms Online" link at http://boardgamegeek.com/bggcon - this link takes me to a search especially with the block prices. We were hoping for a suite, but they aren't included in the block and so he booked something else so BGGCon would get credit for his patronage.
As of this moment, the web site shows BGG block rate of $209 available for a "One Bedroom Executive Suite" but only for certain nights: namely Tues, Fri, Sat, and Sun nights. To see what nights are available by the time you read this, uncheck the box for "Show available rates only" after searching for any dates within the conference parameters, and then repeat the search.

And so as not to completely hijack this thread, I will mention that when I called the hotel I got the following info (if it's wrong, please don't blame me, it's what someone at the hotel told me...I don't remember whether I mentioned BGG when I called):
Refrigerator is $15/stay, not per night.
Microwaves are not available.
Even the Executive Suite doesn't have a refrigerator or microwave (disappointing--the old hotel's suites had both).
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LauraTheLabRabbit wrote:
I don't remember whether I mentioned BGG when I called):
Refrigerator is $15/stay, not per night.


I just got off the phone with them and the rep added a request for one to my reservation and indicated it was $15/stay.
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So.... local folks... I'll give someone $25 cash to bring a reasonably clean, functional microwave oven to me at the hotel on Wednesday... I don't care if it's a $10 microwave from Craigslist as long as it's clean and it works (though 1000+ watts moves to the front of the line)! Bonus points and smiles for the Dallas person who then wants to take it home with them, drop it off at Goodwill, whatever. I promise not to deliberately abuse it, so if you have an extra in your garage, you can make $25 and then take it home again Sunday.

Anyone? Let's work it out beforehand so we don't end up with 10 people trying to sell/rent microwaves at the hotel... unless there are others who do want them, of course.
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He has brought a microwave to the hotel every year along with tons of microwave friendly food.
He is also easily swayed by $$$
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I am really interested in this because I am flying directly into DFW and I hope to not have to survive on the hotel restaurant alone. It looks like if you are not driving you are stuck.

Also of you are going to the trouble of getting a microwave just buy one from a Costco. use it for the week and then return it, you get a known functional microwave and with their very nice return policy you get a full refund.

All I ask if you do this that you clean the microwave.

Ricin

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Ricin wrote:
I hope to not have to survive on the hotel restaurant alone. It looks like if you are not driving you are stuck.


There will be a restaurant shuttle for those foolish enough willing to sacrifice precious gaming time for better meals.
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Ricin wrote:
I am really interested in this because I am flying directly into DFW and I hope to not have to survive on the hotel restaurant alone. It looks like if you are not driving you are stuck.

Also of you are going to the trouble of getting a microwave just buy one from a Costco. use it for the week and then return it, you get a known functional microwave and with their very nice return policy you get a full refund.

All I ask if you do this that you clean the microwave.

Ricin


Ricin,

I know you mean well, but as a Costco member for about 14 years now, I consider what you've just recommended to be "stealing" since they don't offer gear rental like REI does. Never mind the fact that I'm not going to have a car, and I doubt there's a Costco at the airport, so we're right back to the "transportation is a problem" scenario.

(BTW, what do you think happens to returned microwaves at Costco? I can promise you that they DON'T check them to make sure they're clean and then just return them to the warehouse sales floor; they are returned to the manufacturer as defective units with all the high transportation, material, and labor costs associated with the return of a single product. All for a few days' use? Hm.)

We're flying into DFW as well and will not rent a car. Some people say the resto shuttle takes too long, but I look at it this way:
d10-1 A change of scenery is good for a person
d10-2 Outside ("fresh") air is arguably also good for you
d10-3 A hot, non-instant, not-from-frozen meal tastes really good after multiple meals of sandwiches, beans from cans, and frozen food
d10-4 We'll make new friends and see old friends at the CON, and we can ride the food shuttle WITH those people to meals that we then eat together. I know I will really enjoy those social times even if we don't play heavy games (there will be small games tucked into bags for the time that we spend waiting!)
d10-5 All games and no food makes the hypoglycemic go "thud". That includes me. You can't win if you're asleep or if you feel terrible.
d10-6 Hotel food is always really expensive and if I want to have more money to spend on games and pimped-out components, then I should avoid paying hotel prices for meals.
d10-7 One of my favorite restaurants anywhere is the Original Hotcake House in Portland, OR, and they have a franchised location a few miles from the hotel: http://www.originalpancakehousedallas.com/ We are SO there, at least once and maybe every day if it's easy from the shuttle -- it's practically at the end of one of the runways so you could walk, except that it's 6.4 pedestrian-unfriendly miles. LOL They're even open 24 hours on Friday and Saturday! (Note to self: find someone with a car to go there late at night... that is SUPER entertaining as well as delicious).

All in all, I figure we'll go off-site once a day, and we'll look for ways to maximize those couple of hours while recognizing that it's also a healthy break.

See you on the shuttle!
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Ricin wrote:
I am really interested in this because I am flying directly into DFW and I hope to not have to survive on the hotel restaurant alone. It looks like if you are not driving you are stuck.

Also of you are going to the trouble of getting a microwave just buy one from a Costco. use it for the week and then return it, you get a known functional microwave and with their very nice return policy you get a full refund.

All I ask if you do this that you clean the microwave.

Ricin



You can afford to attend the con, but can't afford $50-$75 for a microwave and would instead stiff Costco for it ? Bad form.
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d10-7 One of my favorite restaurants anywhere is the Original Hotcake House in Portland, OR, and they have a franchised location a few miles from the hotel: http://www.originalpancakehousedallas.com/ We are SO there, at least once and maybe every day if it's easy from the shuttle -- it's practically at the end of one of the runways so you could walk, except that it's 6.4 pedestrian-unfriendly miles. LOL They're even open 24 hours on Friday and Saturday! (Note to self: find someone with a car to go there late at night... that is SUPER entertaining as well as delicious).
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Looks awesome and is on my food itinerary now. Seriously, look at the menu. They have bacon pancakes and bacon waffles! http://www.originalpancakehousedallas.com/Breakfast.aspx
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Looks awesome and is on my food itinerary now. Seriously, look at the menu. They have bacon pancakes and bacon waffles! http://www.originalpancakehousedallas.com/Breakfast.aspx


Fair word of warning, I don't know where the construction will be at that point, but William D Tate is right in the middle of a huge construction project (unwinding 2 major highways, 121 and 114) It's mostly an issue at nights but getting to airport from there and back may require some creativity if you are unfamiliar with the area and relying on a GPS

but they are pretty good food there
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