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    Fantastic post! I so love seeing packing photos, and yours makes me want to buy a Smart Alec and a bunch of PCSBs.
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    Quote Originally Posted by scribe View Post
    Ack, I hate those mini-bars with everything RF-tagged - you can't rearrange them to fit your own food in there. I avoid even opening the door!
    It is easy to find out what hotel has them and avoid them. You can also ask for an empty fridge, they cannot say no because you could need it for medications.

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    Quote Originally Posted by backpack View Post
    It is easy to find out what hotel has them and avoid them. You can also ask for an empty fridge, they cannot say no because you could need it for medications.
    Alas I can't always choose my hotel - for work trips the venue is generally chosen by my employer, and on leisure travel I'm often going to a convention that's at a specific hotel (I could stay elsewhere - and have done so on occasion - but it's not convenient since socialising goes on until late at night). TBH, a lot of UK hotels don't even bother with a mini-bar/fridge in rooms any more, presumably because of all the hassle it involves.
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    To Vegas and Back with a Pilot and a Smart Alec

    Quote Originally Posted by scribe View Post
    Alas I can't always choose my hotel - for work trips the venue is generally chosen by my employer, and on leisure travel I'm often going to a convention that's at a specific hotel (I could stay elsewhere - and have done so on occasion - but it's not convenient since socialising goes on until late at night). TBH, a lot of UK hotels don't even bother with a mini-bar/fridge in rooms any more, presumably because of all the hassle it involves.
    I totally agree, scribe. If I'm traveling for work I'm usually freaking out about other things (like not making an ass of myself in front of hundreds of strangers) so calling the hotel to ask for a fridge or clean out the minibar is the last thing on my mind. I generally just assume there won't be a fridge and if there is one, great. Occasionally I do take stuff out of the minibar, but not to the tune of $8 cashews. $8 scotch is fine though (it's all about priorities).

    ETA: I meant to say that unless it's total highway robbery, I always try to stay at the conference/convention hotel. Doing otherwise in the past has proven to be a major pain.


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    To Vegas and Back with a Pilot and a Smart Alec

    Yeah - battling through autumn wind & rain on the seafront at Brighton put me off staying in alternative hotels for life!

    ETA: Scotch in the fridge? Blasphemy!


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    Quote Originally Posted by scribe View Post
    Scotch in the fridge? Blasphemy!
    I know, right? But that's where they keep it, at least in my experience. To be honest, I usually travel with a mini bottle in my 311 bag and then I can just bypass all that nonsense altogether. If I'm willing to use the hotel shampoo, I can even bring multiples.

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    *lol* I've only taken Scotch with me when not flying. A hip flask is a wonderful thing


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    If I'm not traveling by air, I take a normal (entire) bottle. More cost-effective.
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    I've taken Scotch on a few flights with me, easier in the days before all the crazy liquid restrictions. Unfortunately I have not found minis of my 2 favorite scotches so I have been forced to aliquot them into a couple of mini Nalgene containers - blasphemous I know. On the bright side, they don't attract attention.
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    I feel your pain. I will never be able to get minis of Junipero gin, which kills me because the bottles would be stinking cute.

    What are your two favorites? I usually just take Glenlivet (or Woodford reserve bourbon, which I like with lots of ice; less dehydrating that way).


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    Yeah, I think it unlikely I'll ever find a miniature of my favourite Scotch, Glenkinchie (which I'm sipping as we speak, as it happens...). It's light, smooth and also the closest distillery to my husband's home town Auchentoshan is not dissimilar, though it comes from the other side of Scotland.

    In winter I like Aberlour A'bunach, a delicious cask-strength whisky (nearly 60% abv!).

    Glenfiddich is my usual brand when more obscure single malts are unavailable...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Badger View Post
    I feel your pain. I will never be able to get minis of Junipero gin, which kills me because the bottles would be stinking cute.

    What are your two favorites? I usually just take Glenlivet (or Woodford reserve bourbon, which I like with lots of ice; less dehydrating that way).


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    Lagavulin 16 year and Macallan 18 year. My first introduction to Scotch was the top shelf stuff and it has pretty spoiled me. I will drink Glenlivet and Woodford, especially since they're usually available on flights when I get the lucky upgrade.

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    Ooh. Fancy.

    I would like to say my favorite is Bruichladdich 18 but as I've only been able to afford one bottle, ever, I don't know if it counts.

    I mostly just drink gin. Because gin.


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    To Vegas and Back with a Pilot and a Smart Alec

    I love gin (Bombay Sapphire is my favourite) but it needs a good tonic. Fevertree is the best tonic brand I've come across, but few pubs stock it


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    Quote Originally Posted by Badger View Post
    Ooh. Fancy.

    I would like to say my favorite is Bruichladdich 18 but as I've only been able to afford one bottle, ever, I don't know if it counts.

    I mostly just drink gin. Because gin.


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    On the upside, I don't have to worry about my drinking habits because of the price of a bottle... Never been one for gin, but if I'm out at the bar with friends, my standard is a Guinness.

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