Baja Cantina

311 Washington Blvd., Marina Del Rey, CA 90292

Casual Mexican with nice relaxing atmosphere. 10 minute walk from Hilton Marina Del Rey toward the beach.

Drury Plaza Broadview

1920’s hotel recently renovated sits on the Arkansas river. Nice and quiet. Attached restaurant/bar (AVI Chophouse) gives 20-30% discount depending upon item. This is a middle of the road chop house with decent food. Complimentary managers evening reception in lobby has better than typically finger food.

Attractions nearby:

Lawrence-Dumont stadium – minor league baseball walking distance across bridge. Also a nice ice skating rink next to the stadium with multiple rinks. Wichita Thunder hockey team plays at Instrust Arena about 15 min walk (0.8 mi).

Old Town – area of restaurants, shops, and movie theatre is East of hotel about a mile. Warren theatre in Old Town is nice and has multiple theatres, a bar, one theatre serves food, and one is over 21 only. I would walk East on Douglas with your Google map open and check out the stores and restaurants down to Mosley or Washington street.

Comedy Club also along Douglas Ave. short walk from hotel.

Delano District is an area with restaurants and some shops less than 1/2 mile West of hotel on West side of river on Douglas street. Good BBQ and other casual fare.

Quality theatre, plays, broadway musicals, orchestras at Century II convention hall across the street from hotel. Top concerts and events at Intrust Bank Arena 0.8 miles from hotel.

On longer layovers there is a excellent air & space museaum in Hutchinson, Ks about 40 minute drive NW of town. This is the place that refurbished Gus Grissom’s recovered capsule. Not huge but very good quality – has a SR71 hanging in the atrium.

Numerous other small museums in Wichita including Wichita Air museum at McConnel AFB in the original 1930’s Wichita Airport Terminal.

Holiday Inn

To get to hotel from airport if deviating, take S8 from airport to Rosenheimerplatz. Exit the S-bahn station and follow the signs toward the Holiday Inn. You will be inside the whole time.

Baja Cantina

311 Washington Blvd., Marina Del Rey, CA 90292

Casual Mexican with nice relaxing atmosphere. 10 minute walk from Hilton Marina Del Rey toward the beach.

Firestone Walker Brewing Company

3205 Washington Blvd., Venice, CA 90292

Brewpub restaurant. Good pizzas, burgers, and fish tacos. Rest of the menus looks good too, can’t eat fast enough! Between 16-24 beers on tap brewed right next door. About 10 minutes from the Hilton Marina Del Rey.

The Grape

55 Xinle Rd, Xuhui Qu, Shanghai Shi, China, 200000

Very good food.


175 Bencoolen St, Singapore 189649

Great food. Black pepper prawns are the best.

Pane e Tulipani

Via Fabio Filzi, 12 Milano

Great pasta, great pizza, great steaks. Salad bar buffet at lunch. Very reasonably priced! Only a 5 minute walk from Four Points. Open for lunch, open for dinner 1900-2300.


201 N. 5th Street, Fargo, ND 58102

• Complimentary local calls & long distance access

• Complimentary high-speed wireless in guest rooms & throughout the hotel

• Complimentary wired high-speed internet access in the Business Center

• Complimentary newspaper in lobby

• Complimentary Fitness Center with treadmills, elliptical, reline step machine & free


• Two hot tubs and sauna

• 15 percent food & non-alcoholic discount


ZEST RESTAURANT – main dining room serving breakfast, lunch & dinner. Lunch buffet features homemade soup of the day and other great options.

Zest Hours

Breakfast buffet: Mon-Fri, 6:30–9 a.m.

Lunch: Daily, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.

Dinner: Daily, 5-10 p.m.

Sunday brunch: 9 a.m.-2 p.m.

Room Service Hours

Sun-Thu, 6:30 a.m.-10 p.m.

Fri-Sat, 6:30 a.m.-midnight

Fork & Fig

6904 Menaul Blvd NE, Albuquerque, NM 87110

Really great sit down sandwich and burger place. Very relaxed. Bottled beer only. 5 minute walk from hotel. Behind hotel on the next block.

Red Crab Seafood

Leave the hotel by going through the restaurant. Cross the street directly in front of the stairs, left turn on sidewalk. At the next intersection, enter the pedestrian tunnel on your right. In the tunnel, right turn to the end and left turn up escalator to street level. The mall is directly in front of you up the escalator about 100 yards, left turn at the top, continue to the end of the walkway. Left turn and continue around to Greenbelt #3. Many nice restaurants on level 2 & 3 ahead of you. 10 minute walk from Peninsula.

2nd floor, Greenbelt #3

Makati, Philippines

Fadino’s Pizza

Q-City hotel, No.79 Panfulu

Pizza, Pasta, Salads and a few sandwiches on the menu. Approximately 15 different types of pizza. Small, medium and large. I had a chicken alfredo small and a Coke Zero and it was 54RMB ($8). Both inside and patio seating and a short walk from the China Hotel.

Depart out of the hotel along the Starbucks side and walk to the right. At the first intersection with street lights, bear to the right. About one block down on the right is the restaurant. Its set back as the second store front so keep your eyes out to the right.

Schmidt Haus

Very good german food in German Village. It’s a little over a mile to the restaurant but worth the walk if you choose to get some exercise.

Out the hotel, right on 3rd St. Go about a mile. Left on Kossuth.

240 East Kossuth Street, Columbus, OH 43206

Dinosaur BBQ

Outstanding BBQ place located approximately 1 mile from hotel. Hotel will drive you and pick you up. Also other great restaurants in “Armory” District of SYR.

Crowne Plaza Ground Transportation

The hotel shuttle will pick you up/drop you off. There is only one shuttle, but two FedEx jets that arrive and depart at the same time (Indy 757, MEM A300). If you’re first to arrive, it’s not a bad idea to see how far out the other jet is before you get in the shuttle and head to the hotel. On the way back to the airport at night the shuttle will only make one trip for both crews. It leaves at 10pm. For the Airbus crew that’s about 15 minutes later than what is scheduled on the pairing.

PC Electronics

Tiny electronics store almost directly above the Australian Watch shop that’s already listed. I don’t have the exact address. Ice inside the Australian Watch shop building go to the 2d floor and follow the South African flag signs. Obviously he has anything for can find anything for you. But, what’s special is his FREE wall of liquor from

all over the world and the FREE beer fridge. The liquor is replenished periodically by aircrew which is what he caters to. A great way to start the evening before heading out to other more expensive bars.


During summer, walk back behind hotel across the river to Ann Morrison park. You can take a shuttle bus that takes you up river to another park where you can rent a tube for $12 and float the river back to Ann Morrison park. Once there, you drop your tube off and walk back to the hotel. 2-3 hours.

Courtyard Marriott Airport

Blvd Miguel Aleman V 177, Toluca, Mexico

Less than 10 minutes from the FedEx ramp. Transportation provided by hotel. The hotel has an average gym, free breakfast, and free wifi. The restaurant at the hotel has ok food. Refrigerator in the room, but no microwave. There is a shopping center/mall about a mile away.


The night flight back to Memphis is NOCAT. But if you coordinate with the driver, he can pick you up and run by a sandwich shop on the way to the airport, so you have food on the flight home.

Pearl Harbor

The Pearl Harbor Museums/U.S.S. Arizona memorial are free for airline crew members (normally $65 for all the museums). Make sure you bring your company I.D. You can get there via city bus #42 for $2.50 (exact change required).

Laundry on Xinji Road

In middle of 17 day trip and needed some stuff washed. Hotel prices were ridiculous. This place will do entire bag of laundry (weighed on scale!) for about same price, 210 Taiwan dollars, that Howard charges for one shirt. Same day service, in by 9 AM, when they open, and out by 4 PM. Go out front of hotel, right on Renai, right on Fuxing, go one block, then left on Xinji. Laundry is about 50 yards down street on right. They speak little English, so I used translator on my phone and asked simple questions with no problem.

Lucky BBQ

Across the parking lot from the hotel (Howard Plaza Hotel) is where you’ll find Lucky BBQ. It’s a 3 min walk around the parking lot to good food and beer. The owner’s name is Sabrina and she’s almost always there. She’s going to try a new idea to drum up some FedEx business so bring your FedEx ID for a free draught beer (it’s a local beer) The place gets full on weekend nights so go early if able. I think they open at 1400. If it’s full, there’s a long table on the sidewalk that may be open. Sabrina’s best friend is a hospitable lady from New York named Vicky. She’s a really fun person that hangs out there almost everyday. Her English is perfect and she’ll most likely join your table and give you all sorts of local information.

Grand Hyatt Incheon (Airport not Downtown)

***This gouge is for the Grand Hyatt Incheon Airport hotel, not the Grand Hyatt Seoul where we usually stay.

The hotel is pretty nice overall. The rooms are clean, quiet and fairly modern. However, the hotel is pretty isolated compared to most of our other layover hotels. But that doesn’t mean that there isn’t ***anything*** around it, you just need to explore a bit. It’s definitely not anything like Itaewon though.

There is a grocery store in the building next to the hotel. To find it, go out the front door and turn right, then turn right again just before the elevated train tracks. Walk to the end of the hotel building and you will see a sign for “eMart” just ahead. (You can also walk through the “8” restaurant in the hotel, and exit through the back door.) The eMart store is on the lower level of what appears to be an abandoned shopping mall. Enter the building through the glass doors. All the stores are abandoned on the ground floor, but turn to your right and go down the escalators to find the grocery store in the basement. It’s surprisingly modern and well stocked.

If you’d rather eat at a restaurant, then just keep walking past the eMart for a block or two. There are quite a few traditional Korean restaurants, several Chinese ones, one Indian, and a Thai place. There are also a few coffee shops. I didn’t find a Starbucks, but there was a “Starback”. There are also a few bars that looked reasonably descent. There’s a bar called “Russian KGB Bar” just outside the Best Western. I was intrigued, but I didn’t go in. Some of the restaurants had “24 hour” signs on them, but I can’t verify that’s true.

Overall, this hotel is adequate for short layovers. I wouldn’t want to spend a long time there, but it beats the 1 1/2 hour ride to Itaewon if you’re not planning for a late night on the town.

One last thing… it shows up on the VIPS pairing as KAL Hotel Network instead of Grand Hyatt Incheon.

Coin Laundry – Marriott Shin Osaka

If you need to do some laundry in Osaka, but don’t want to pay an arm and a leg for the hotel to do it for you, there is a coin laundromat about 15 minutes walk. The hotel concierge has a direction sheet with a map and photos, but its in Kanji, so I think I can improve on it a bit.

The laundromat has 3 washers and about 6 dryers. Each washer is a different size, and price. I used the small one for 12 kg load, and it was 600 yen. The dryers are 100 yen for each 9 minutes. 300 yen did the trick. There is an attendant, but I didn’t see a change machine, so I’d bring some yen coins from the hotel–the washer takes 500’s, and 100’s, but the dryer only takes 100’s.

To get there, go out the front door of the hotel lobby. Look straight ahead. You can’t see the road below, but the gap between the buildings is where the road is that you’re going to follow. You’ll need to take the elevated sidewalk across the busy road in front of you to get there. Turn right, and follow the sidewalk until in turns left over the road, and under the train tracks. Keep following it around to the left after you cross under the tracks, then take the stairs down to the sidewalk. Go straight for about 10ish minutes. After a couple of blocks you should see a Subway sandwich shop on the other side of the road–keep going, you’re on the right track. When you’re getting close you should see a tall sign on the other side of the road for Royal Host. As you get close to that intersection, you can see the big sign for the Aeon MaxValue grocery store. Go up to, but don’t cross the street that runs by the store. Turn right a the corner. Go about 50 yards or so until you are just about abeam the end of the MaxValue across the street on your left. Look for the parking sign with a winking turtle on it–kinda looks a bit like Yoda. Turn right at the corner, and the shop should be on your right.

China Garden Hotel – Papa John’s

Strangely enough, Papa John’s will deliver to the China Garden Hotel until around 9PM local. Go to the concierge desk, ask for a menu. It’s around 100-ish yuan, so maybe $15-20 last time I was there. It was about a 95% accurate copy of a USA-made Papa John’s pizza, and a great alternative to the happy hour scooby snacks or the Hooker Heaven McDonald’s across the parking lot.

The “New” Bon Restaurant

The Bon Restaurant has moved. It is now only a block and a half away from the bus drop-off near the Narita Train Station. After getting off the bus, turn RIGHT and go down the hill. Continue across the street and go one block (about 250 feet) and look for the the Spiral Staircase sign in the front of the building. The restaurant is on the second floor, is larger, and has more seating than the old location. It is still all you can eat with a beer under 2000 yen.

Shanghai Brewery

From their website:
“Shanghai Brewery is a microbrewery, a high-quality restaurant and a sports bar located in Hongqiao in western Shanghai. We regularly brew 6 kinds of fresh hand-crafted microbrewery beers onsite, including People’s Pilsner, West River Weizen, North Star IPA and Black Eyed Bear Stout, as well as special seasonal beers such as the Brewmeister’s Choice. The Shanghai Brewery regularly produces 6 kinds of fresh, hand-crafted microbrewery beers as well as “Brewmaster’s Choice” seasonal special beers.”

Steelhead Grill

218 N Howard St, Spokane, WA 99201

Located a few doors down on Howard St from Riverside Dr across the park from the Red Lion Hotel. Offers 20% discount on all F&B to aircrew. Nice atmosphere and menu.

The Roxy

1121 SW Stark St. Portland, OR 97205

Eclectic Diner around the corner from the hotel. Open 24 hours and serves breakfast all day as well. Good for those early morning departures if you want to have a good meal.

Walk out of the door of the Benson turn right. At the end of the block turn right walk about 3 blocks The Roxy will be on the right hand side of the street in the middle of the block.

Trumbull Kitchen

150 Trumbull Street. Hartford, CT 06103

Great food. I’ve had multiple meals here and haven’t found a bad one yet. Good looking crowd and people trying to impress dates. More expensive than a chain restaurant, but worth it. Out the front of the hotel make a right and it’s a couple of blocks down on the left. Over 90% of the locals will recommend this restaurant if you ask where you should go for dinner.

Valença Restaurant

665 Monroe Ave. Elizabeth, NJ 07201

The single digit Uber ride is well worth the trip. It’s a shame there’s not a good way to walk there. Specialty are the meals served on hot stones still cooking as they arrive at your table. Cheaper than Ruby Tuesday and WAY better. Caution this place can have a long wait depending on time of day, it’s that popular. Call ahead.


Best hamburger in the system. Bold claim, but true. This is a sawdust joint, old west themed hamburger grill with a limited menu, great prices, and some attitude. Heard of the soup Nazi? If the grillmaster (usually Juan) shouts out ‘What’re you having?’ and points at you, speak your order in a loud, clear voice or be skipped.

Beer and wine. Huge, well maintained condiment bar is second to none.

5 minute walk from hotel. Corner of Forrest and University.

Kayak and Hike Trip

Kayak thru sea arches and hike the peaks of the islands in the Geo park east of Hong Kong. You can find all of the details on the web site. Long time HK resident and Brit, Paul is the guide & owner. He’s a very knowledgeable and a great host. Great trip but you need all day. $800HKD. Kayak to several islands, opportunity to snorkel on reefs. Lunch at fishing village on one of the islands- very good! after lunch hike up some steeper hills and down rock formations. you’ll get wet getting kayaks on/off beach and swimming. shoes recommended for the hike, rough terrain. Bonca boat takes everyone from kai sung pier to island. you can leave backpack/shoes etc on boat and easily access them at each stop. Boat follows kayakers and anchors off beach of the islands you visit kayaking. Leave Kowloon NLT 0730- trips over 1700ish. Great bars at the kai sung harbor after the excursion. From – Kowloon MTR to Mong Kok –

• At Mongkok change to the Green line and head to Choi Hung Station.

• Exit at C1 and walk around to the right and find the Sai Kung mini bus with green band, No A1

• Stay on mini bus till it stops in Sai Kung waterfront pier. you’ll pass a big soccer stadium and you can see the waterfront

Michos Tacos

905 4th Ave, San Diego, CA 92101

Very good and inexpensive Tacos. The fish tacos are very good, but they have quite a good variety of other tacos. It is two doors down on the southwest corner of 5th Ave and F St., which is a 5 minute walk from the Westin Hotel in the Gaslamp area. They are open for lunch and dinner. It is also a bar and becomes a night club after the restaurant closes at 9PM, so it does not look like a regular restaurant as you walk in.

Hotel Indigo

If deviating to BNA and you need to go a day early due to airline schedule or whatever, the hotel blocks the rooms for early arrivals at 3pm the day prior. So, if you plan your arrival after 3pm, you won’t get charged for the day early arrival. Again, this is only if the room is for an early arrival (before 10am) the next day. They are very accommodating.

Courtyard Plantation

Although it doesn’t show on the pairing, the Courtyard DOES have a complimentary shuttle to and from the airport.

The DO request notice the day prior to guarantee the van availability. The normal driver is a retired gent who they call in as needed, hence the request for advance notice.

They MAY be able to pick you up, even without advance notice IF the front desk is not busy.

Pullman Airport Hotel

Great free breakfast, small coffees better , fresh made vs big cup

Use the free 50Yuan metro card (from front desk) and get away from this boring hotel — go shopping, touring, restaurants in town….only 4-6 per ride…I used 3 days so far and still have 25yuan left with 2 days left on my layover

Gym, crappy, small, very few items, 3 tread, 1 arc trainer (ellip),1 bike, universal machine, rack of hand weights…did not get out and run due to injury…so someone else has to provide running routes

Nice pool, sauna & steam room, I think. ATM machine near front desk – China Construction – no ATM fee if you have BoA account

Executive lounge – nothing like China Hotel, this is mediocre, few finger foods, best to go into town or airport, I think beer and liquor free?? During happy hour 5:30-7:30pm..I won’t know until I check out.

Typical pilot stuff – Room beers are 35 -40yuan, so replace with airport bought beers / soda from town (5-10yuan) or airport (10-15yuan)

Songtan near Osan AFB

Well, I finally made the journey to Songtan to see the old shopping/bar street from back in 1993. I was surprised to see Mr. Ohs tailor shop is still there. Tiger Embroidery changed it’s name but they still have all the cool patches. I was there in the day time on a weekday so not much happening. But it was a good experience. I learned a few valuable lessons. To get there it is best to take the bus from Nambu Bus station in Seoul directly to Songtan bus station. You can take the metro or a cab to Nambu Bus station. Go inside the bus station and there are several walk up windows. Tell the lady you want a bus ticket to Songtan. It cost about 3850 won. Yes, that’s only about $3.50 US. It’s pretty cheap and you’ll be able to sit in a seat the whole time. I made the mistake of taking the subway on the way down. The only benefit was it was cheaper. (2350 won) However, it made many stops and you have to make 2 transfers. Total time on the subway was 2 hours. Coming back on the bus was 45 mins. Once you are in Songtan, jump in a cab and tell them to take you to Osan Main Gate. All the bars and restaurants are directly outside the gate. The cab only cost 3000 won. That’s about $2.50 US. You can walk it if it’s not too hot. About 15 min walk. But if it’s your first time you won’t know where to go so just take the cab. They say that the best time is on a Friday or Saturday night. You’ll either need to take the last bus back to Seoul around 10:30pm or the morning bus at 6:30am. Still lots of food, bars, and lots of shopping. (Clothes, gifts, guitars, shoes, blankets, leather goods and more) Hope this helps. Have a good time.

Ashoka Indian Restaurant

47 Taojin Beilu

5-10min walk from Garden Hotel / Taojin Metro stop (Red line5)

Cross the street to right past Metro station, then left in front of 7-11, head down street about 1/4 mile on left side…excellent meal reasonable price 250-300rmb each included 3 beers or so..variety of hot and mild choices

Kazuha Public Golf Course

If you like golf. I found a nice public course with an outdoor driving range. The price is the cheapest you’ll find in Osaka. (6,400 yen for 18 holes and it includes lunch) Normally, you play 9 holes, eat lunch then finish the back 9 then go to the spa followed by happy hour. Club rentals cost 100 yen per club or 2100 yen for a full set. The driving range cost 510 yen per 50 balls. Take the Midosuji red line from Namba station 3 stops north to Yodobashi. Buy another ticket and catch the Keihan Limited Express from Yodobashi to Kuzuha stop. The course is a 2 min walk through the train station. First ticket costs 180yen and the second ticket costs 350 yen. Here’s the website link:

Recommend downloading “Translate” for Safari to translate foreign websites to english. You can get it by selected going to this apple link:

Howard Hotel Lobby Bar

Hotel gives you a coupon for one free drink at the lobby bar upon checkin. Beer, punch, soft drinks are the options-a limited list, but a good starter. The bar offers a wide variety of beverages and a pretty good menu of food. Be on the lookout for “CK”, the hotel general manager that enjoys being in the bar visiting with hotel guests. He really enjoys visiting with FedEx pilots and has been known to buy numerous drinks (including top shelf scotch) until you’re ready to call it a night. Just fair warning when you encounter CK in the bar you’ll be in for a treat to lots of corny jokes and adult beverages. CK no longer works at the Howard Hotel; the GM has retired.

Abeno Harukas

The tallest building in Japan at 984ft (300m). Completed in March of 2014 it contains an upscale mall in the lower levels and an observation area at the top (1500 Yen). Get there by mid to late morning on weekdays if possible to avoid lines for the observation level. The MIO Mall and Abeno Q’s Mall are clustered together with the skyscraper at a main intersection with an elevated crosswalk. Numerous restaurants are in the malls’ upper levels and at street level.

Directions: From the Namba subway station below the Swisshotel, go south on the Midosuji Line for 3 stops, getting off at the M23 subway station – 240 Yen one way ( Swisshotel is at the M20 station ). If your room faces southeast, the Abeno Harukas is the tallest building straight out from your window about a mile away.

Sumo Wrestling

Check out Sumo Wrestling every year in March the top Sumo wrestlers in the world compete in Osaka. The location is down the street from the McDonalds near the Swiss O’ Tel. Recommend showing up around 9 am the day you want to attend and purchase general seating ticket for 2000yen or $20 us. This ticket grants you access up to 2 times a day. I recommend you go in the early afternoon around noon and then go eat lunch and come back at 3:15pm to catch the Makuuchi or the big boys compete. There is an opening ceremony you don’t want to miss. The tournament will end promptly at 6pm. The last to fight will be the Yokozuna’s. The tournament is always in March and last for 15 days. Google search Sumo Wrestling and you can find the schedule. Have fun!

Bei Oma Kleinmann

Zülpicher Straße 9, 50674 Köln, Germany

Best Schnitzel in Cologne. Recommend going with about 6 people and order Schnitzel sampler. Can’t remember the exact name but everyone get’s a large Schnitzel, salad, potatoes, fries and about 6 gravies to choose from to poor on your Schnitzel. All for less than 15 euros each. Google search for address and map.

Kolner Golf Club

Like Golf! Check out this course. Take the Tram line 1 from Heumarkt to Weiden Zentrum. Then transfer to the 145 bus bound for Bocklemund and get off at Indianapolis StraBe. The course is down the street about 5-10 min walk. Buy a 2B ticket at the tram and it is valid for the bus as well. The club has a Championship 18 hole par 72 course and an 18 hole Links course. (Par 3’s and 4’s only on the Links course) There is also a driving range and a great practice facility including a 9 hole pitch course. Taylormade rental clubs for only 10 euros.

Website address:

Irish Village

Irish pub in Dubai. Short cab ride from hotel. Adjacent to tennis stadium. The other side of the stadium has a collection of restaurants and bars as well.

31 A Street
United Arab Emirates

Bannerghatta National Park

Wild animal Park and Zoo, about a 90 minute drive from hotel. Recommend letting the hotel arrange transport. The park is interesting on several levels and it will be a unique experience. You will travel by bus through the animal enclosures and have up close experiences with bears, tigers and other large animals.

Bannerghatta Road
Bengaluru, Karnataka 560083

L’Auberge Aveyronnaise

A nice cafe with great food very close to Bercy layover. This cafe specializes in the food from the Aveyron region of France. The staff is very friendly. To get there , go to the walking district next to the hotel, walk to the right. At the end of the walking street, go left and proceed two blocks. Jog to the left and the L’Auberge Aveyronnaise is on the right side of the street. Sidewalk seating is available weather permitting.

L’Auberge Aveyronnaise
40 Rue Gabriel Lamé
Paris 75012

Qutab Golf Course

“Played golf at Delhi’s first public golf course; it was not bad. The course plays a short 6200 yds but is by no means forgiving. The total cost of green fees, clubs, caddie (almost unavoidable), and transportation was $50 on a weekday. We finished in 4 hours no problem. We paid our hotel cab driver to stay at the course until we were finished. We were joined by very friendly locals during our round. Next I will try to play at the Delhi’s most famous course, “The Delhi Club”. For more information on the Qutab course click on the following link:

Total travel time one way about 20-30 mins.”

Golden Computer and Outdoor Market

Golden Computer is a block long building full of electronics. Everything from pc’s to game consoles to cell phone accessories and more. Jump on the subway and travel up Nathan road to Sham Shui Po. Walk out exit D and the building will be straight ahead across the 1st street. Coincidentally, there is also an outdoor market there that seems the same stuff as the Temple Street market.

Big John’s American Breakfast

Big Johns is just 5 minutes from the Sheraton Hotel. Turn right, walk down Nathan to the first street crossing traffic light. Walk towards the I-Square Mall. Take the first street behind the mall and turn right. Walk half-way down the street and look on the left. You’ll see a PADI dive sign. Big John’s is a small restaurant below that sign. Recommend Big John #4. Cost is about 32HKG. It includes: scramble eggs with ham, toast, coffee and OJ.

Enoch’s BBQ

307 S National Ave.  Springfield, MO 65802

Two blocks from the Holiday Inn Express . Out the hotel to the left. Take a right on National Street one block. Restaurant is on the right in an old house. Excellent BBQ, super friendly staff. Most items are homemade.


Ignite Fitness

21 E. State St. Columbus, OH 43215

This is a fitness facility located a block west of the Sheraton, past the Ohio Theater, at the corner of State and High St. and up the escalator. The facility is $5/day. Inside the fitness facility is huge. It has free weights, plenty of weight machines, a lot of cardio equipment, and rooms for classes if your so inclined. Try it out!

Ground Transportation (Hilton)

Hotel Shuttle driver cell phone number is: 802-999-3518. As you block in to normal parking spot, the security gate in front of you is where the shuttle will be to pick you up. In inclement weather, I prefer to wait inside jet until I see the shuttle outside gate. If you’re wondering where the shuttle is, don’t bother calling the hotel, call the shuttle driver directly.

When departing at night, an employee must meet you at the same gate to let you in. The number is posted on the gate: 802-860-2941. Call en route to avoid a wait.

Yanks Air Museum and Planes of Fame Air Museum at Chino Airport

If you have a long layover and want a full day’s worth of cool planes, have the hotel shuttle guys drive you out to Chino Airport (about 12 mins) and check out both the Yanks Air Museum and the Planes of Fame Air Museum. Each is between $11 and $16 for the full tour and there’s a little restaurant right between them where you can grab lunch. Here’s the websites:;

The Toast Lady – Cafe Y

As advertised… Big American breakfast with Texas Toast. Most direct directions are listed below. Exiting station is difficult. Best I can offer is below. On map, exit is NNW corner of station.

Midosuji (red) Line-Namba Station (M20) to Umeda Station (M16). Four stops. Currently 240 yen, each way.

Ascend to street level and, within the mall, find the Umeda Train Station.
While facing the steps up to the train station, a sign for McDonalds should be on your left.
Turn right to put McDonalds behind you and exit to the street.
Immediately to your right and parallel should be an elevated train track. Looking over the track and across the street, you should see TOHO Movie Theatre and a ferris wheel.
(You will follow the track virtually all the way to Cafe Y.)
Keeping the track on your right, follow it, crossing the first road.
Then come to next major road. To your right should be the corner of the EST Building. Cross and continue, keeping the track on your right.

Position check-

Shortly after you enter this side street, you should see Chelsea Market under the track. Continue.

First street crossing-

Forming the corner under the track, you should find a small brownstone mexican cantina. Continue.

Second street crossing-

On your left should be a red walled restaurant named “Mine”. Continue.
The street should fork. Keeping to the track, you should shortly come to a major road. Cross and turn right, to face the track.
Looking under and beyond the track, you should see a Suzuki garage. Cafe Y is just next door (to the garage).


Current price is 800 yen (roughly $8). Dress coolly. It is small and, with the cooking, it is hot.


2-5-9 Namba-naka, Osaka Kensai Japan

If you have a hunger for an inexpensive döner kebab, shawarma, or gyro this family run restaurant has your fix no matter what you call it. From the Swissôtel make a left at the McDonald’s intersection, in two blocks make a right and the restaurant is just less than two blocks down on your right after a parking lot. Open 10:00 – 23:00 everyday. It’s a six minute walk from the hotel.,135.504934,3a,75y,226.68h,87.08t/data=!3m4!1e1!3m2!1sJne9YiGkC_I4y-RPIeUDYw!2e0

Hotel, Restaurant, and Misc.

DWC – Holiday Inn

The DWC layover is at the Holiday Inn on Sheikh Zayed Road. It is down near the Barj Al Arab (sail hotel) and The Palm. It is an expensive cab ride from either airport, if you are deviating. However, the Metro stop just SW of the Mall of the Emirates is just two blocks from the hotel. The easy access of the metro allows you to get around Dubai.

This is a typical Holiday Inn with minor enhancements. Rooms are nice but basic. A/C works great (needed in Dubai). Amenities are good. The pool (top level) is nice, but noisy due to highway traffic. It is basically a lap pool (4 lanes). The gym is ok and not crowded. The TV is small (maybe 23”), but gets all the channels necessary to satisfy most all crew members (CNN, BBC, FoxNews, and Al Jazeera).

Restaurants in the hotel are good—expensive but good food. The main restaurant for breakfast provides a nice assortment (free). The Thai restaurant is very good, but expensive. Appetizers cost as much as the entrée! I did not try the Indian restaurant. The bar (main floor) is great. Lots of beers and many tv screens to watch sports. They will be broadcasting all the FIFA World Cup games. However, they strictly observe Islamic rules so there are time restrictions. With Ramadan starting June 28, 2014, I doubt they will serve any alcohol during the day games, and may not even be open for the finals except in the evening.

The ATM is right outside the hotel. For nearby restaurants, go out the hotel and turn left down the side street. Turn left at the first block. You’ll pass several assorted outdoor restaurants and mini-markets. Midway down the block is a Lebanese restaurant and the Pizza restaurant. Both are not bad (no alcohol). They are outdoor seating only, but in the evening in the shade it wasn’t bad. A little further down on the right is a Baskin & Robbins.

If you go out the hotel and again hang a left down the side street, but this time go two blocks, there is a lamb restaurant. It’s like a McDonalds but for lamb, serving kebobs, lamb burgers, and more. Across the street is a Green Chili Pepper restaurant (I didn’t try this). Turning left and going down the block is a good size grocery store.

Of course for a plethora of food selections, the Mall of the Emirates is just a few blocks away. Go down the main drag and turn into the revolving doors of the Kenski Hotel. Go straight through and you’re in the mall, right at Ski Dubai. Lots of restaurants in the mall with two food courts. I never did find the one that serves alcohol, but was told there is one in the mall.

Also nearby is the Wadi Water park, plus the water park at Atlantis. There are other nearby activities and the hotel has a tour desk for your desert excursions, helicopter tours, and more.

Overall, the location isn’t bad at all. I think it is better than the Crowne Plaza location. Maybe it’s not as nice, but there is a lot more to do in the area.

Palika Bazaar Underground Market

Here is a link to the description to the Palika Bazaar underground market:

This market has similar stuff you’d see in Shanghai. Of course you can bargain. I recommend not going there alone due to the confinement of the tunnels. There are very few exits. Also, above ground are many other flea markets and various types of shops. Ten minute took took ride from hotel. (no traffic)

Places of Interest

Here are some places of interest in Guangzhou you might want check out:


Cabs are cheap. But I recommend buying a Tong Card. It’s like the Octopus card. It will cost you 70rmb minimum. You’ll receive 50 rmb credit and the charged 20 rmb for the card. Most trips are about 3-4 rmb. You can purchase the card at any subway customer service booth. However to recharge go to the 7-11s in the subway station. Also, iPhone users download the app All Subways for 99 cents. It has all the subway maps in the world.



1. Baiyun Leather Market, go out side door of hotel cross the street turn right and then left and walk for about 15-20 mins. You’ll pass a park on your right side and go through a major overpass intersection. Keep walking until you see the pedestrian bridge that crosses the street you are walking on and cross over to the right. You’ll be obviously in the leather district by then. Leather goods, bags, purses, scarves, some jewelry.


2. Watch Market. Near the leather market. If you are facing the Guangzhou Train station(big Clock) turn left and walk to the nearest street you can turn right on. Look up the street and you’ll see a tall building that says watch/clock on it. There about 4 buildings, multiple floors full of watches. However, if you want to buy a Rolex copy and others you need to ask any of the vendors. Be prepared to be taken either upstairs or the next building over through an alley. The average prices is about 650 yuan for a good watch. Stick to this price no matter what they offer in the beginning. You should have no problem.


3. HighSun Plaza. Take #2 Blue line to Haizu Square then transfer to the #6 Purple line to Donhu. Get off and walk out exit B2. You’ll immediately see electronics. Walk in the first building you see. You should head in a direction through the first building you see. Keep walking through until you see a covered street. Walk though the very next building. It’s a long hallway of electronics. Exit that long hallway building and walk directly across the street and you’ll see a small open square and another 3 story building with more electronics. Bottom line is you’ll see everything from lasers, iPhone accessories, flashlights and much more. Even Musical instruments like guitars and Ukuleles. Remember where the metro is located. You’ll need to go back there eventually.


4. One Link International Plaza. Go back to the #6 purple line and retrace your path 3 stops back to Haizu Square. Get off and exit B2. When you go out of the exit walk straight. You’ll see McDonalds, clothes stores then flower shops and after crossing a big intersection you’ll see a tall building on the right corner labeled One Link Intl Plaza. It’s 8 floors of everything China sells. Anyone could spend easily 3 hours in this building. Items grow in size as you go up. Tip: If you go from the China Hotel it’s the #2 Blue line 3 stops to Haizu Square.



1. Safari Park/Crocodile Park/Circus. Pet baby tigers, feed giraffes, rhinos, big tigers. You even get to ride in a small open air train through a wild animal safari. Crocodile park has more crocs then you’ll ever see. Feed Hippos and pet strange animals. I have not been to the circus yet.


2. Pearl River Cruise. Best taken at night. You can ride for as little as 40 rmb. But if you want dinner it’s a little over 100 rmb.


3. Famous Nanyue King Tomb. It’s right around the corner from the China Hotel. Go out door turn right past the starbucks. Take the first right at the corner and walk for about 5 mins. You’ll see the tomb. (See link for pics) The cost is very cheap. It’s one of the most famous discoveries in China. You will get to enter the actual tomb.


4. Chen Clan Academy. Take #2 blue line to Gongyuanquian the transfer to #1 yellow line to Chen Clan Academy. Small nominal fee to tour this famous residence of one of the wealthiest families that ever lived in Guangzhou. Inside are lots of cultural artifacts. Sometimes there are performers there.


5. Guangdong Provincial Museum. Tip: buy the special exhibit ticket and you won’t have to wait in a long line to enter. The exhibit was only like $2.50. This is a history museum. It’s very nice. See link for directions.



Most cheap pilots skip dinner and eat the free food at the happy hour. Every now and then the happy hour food is ok but I need better quality.


1. 1920 Restaurant. Take #2 blue line 3 stops to Haizu Square. Walk out B2 like going to One link Plaza. Except after walking up the stairs look left across the street and you’ll see a big construction fence. Head towards that fence and follow it to the river. (1 block) Turn right and you see the restaurant right on the corner. It’s German Food. Pretty good and a nice view of the river.


2. Most of the restaurants I’ve liked are a bit far away. Like Chanshou Lu Mall on the Changshoulu stop on the #1 yellow line. Upstairs are several restaurants. My favorite is a all you can eat and drink Japanese restaurant for less than $20us. But there are many others. Careful, not much english spoken there. There are pictures you can point to for ordering.

Beer Belly

If you like Craft Beer there is a place called Beer Belly that carries beer from the local Minoh Brewery and a few other guest beers. There are nine taps total, three of which are cask ales. The beers are superb and the menu is excellent, recommend the Chicken with Hop Salt. The menus are in English. Hours of operation are M-Sat 1700-0000, closed Sunday. You will usually find a good mix of ex-pats and locals. The proprietor’s name is Yasu (pronounced Yas).


Beer Belly is located a couple train stops north of the Swisshotel and Namba station. If you search Google Maps, Beer Belly Osaka will show where it is. From the north side of the Namba station, take the stairs below street level heading north. Follow the signs for the Yotsubashi subway line (Blue). The signs will take you initially north and then a left turn, west through an underground shopping area. Total walk underground is approximately ¼ mile. Purchase a subway ticket for 200 yen and take the subway north three stops to Higobashi. Exit the station via the #3 exit. At the top of the stairs turn right to get to the back side of the building with the coffee shop and then left down the street behind the back of the APA hotel. Beer Belly is located on the right prior to the second intersection (two to three minute walk). The sign outside is a large mug of beer with some wooden barrels out front. The final train back to the Swisshotel is at midnight.

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Click here for an ENGLISH translation of the website.

Casa Rio

2809 Valencia Lane  Schertz, Texas 78154

On the Riverwalk; oldest restaurant. Decent Tex-Mex food and a nice atmosphere.

Hilton Narita

Nice hotel.  Lots of crews stay there.  They have a crew lounge on the basement floor.  You can purchase big beers and hot food from a vending machine.  Plus there are computers with internet access if you need it.  The gym is pretty good.  Lots of treadmills, plus an indoor running track.  I do cardio and there is a lot of room for that.  They have an indoor pool.  But beware the Japanese are very serious about showering before entering.  The hotel store has a pretty good selection of goodies.  I often buy the big yogurts and sushi there.  They also have noodles you can poor hot water over.  But if you are hungry the best deal is the lunch.  We get 50% off the lunch. Last I checked the lunch buffet cost $26.  That means you only pay $13.  That’s not bad for a fairly decent buffet.  I think it starts around 11am.  Visit the concierge and you can check out free bicycles.  It’s tough to ride a bike around the hotel.  Lots of hills.  If you cross over the bridge and turn right there is a golf driving range.  You get 70 balls for 500 yen and the gal will loan you a club or two for free.  Grab a map from the concierge and you can ride into town.  It’s a nice ride when the weather cooperates.

I used to visit the hotel across the right next to the Hilton and partake in the crew breakfast there.  It’s straight through the lobby on the left, turn right and go down one floor.  It’s marked Crew Members.  Tell them you are FedEx and they should allow you to spend your money.  They have some American stuff.  It’s moderately priced but definitely cheaper than the breakfast buffet at the Hilton.  Enjoy your stay.

Breakfast is 2450 yen, $23.62, at FEDEX discount.


Just stayed at the Menzies Hotel.  Amenities include Free Breakfast, 20% discount in the lounge, Free Golf, Free Golf clubs with balls and tees.  I played golf 2 times.  Great course. It was a bit tough with the wind in the face.  There are a couple of inconvenient creeks that cross right around where your short drive may land. Otherwise decent course.  No transportation to and from town.  You can purchase a day pass on the bus to go into Cambridge.  We went to Duxford Air Museum.  We had 7 guys and rented a van suggested by the hotel.  It cost us around 6 pounds each.  That included tip.  That was only one way.

The museum cost 17.50 pounds.  I thought the transportation was a bit on the high side.  You can travel cheaper by going into Cambridge and catching the bus to the museum.  It takes longer. The rooms are average.  It was disappointing that they did not include a safe or a refrigerator.  The staff is really nice.  The TV has around 16 channels.  Not much to watch in my opinion.  The gym is ok.  Lots of nautilus equipment stuffed in a small space.  Three treadmills that were in poor shape.  There’s a pool and tennis courts. All are complimentary to use.  This hotel is in the middle of nowhere.  The lounge food is not bad.

But, the best deal is at The Fox Lounge Bar about a 7 min walk.  They have pretty good beverages and meals that only cost 5 pounds.  They are 2 for 10 pound specials.  There is a large variety of dishes.  Since we had only 5 guys we made the 6th dish an appetizer.  Total 30 pounds for the group.  Not bad.  The free breakfast at the hotel is marginal.  Don’t plan on getting your fill during breakfast.  Make sure you eat at least a decent dinner or lunch.  Well, that’s all I can say.  I liked the golf but it’s not worth staying outside the city center.


Everything you need is near the Ontario Mills Mall – Food a plenty, bars galore (sports bar too – Bostons), movies, shopping. It’s 2 miles from the Ayres, so if you don’t want to walk that far, the bell guys will drop you there & pick you back up. They will also provide transport to any of 3 area golf courses. Palm Springs is an option if you want to rent a car – tons more to do out there on a long layover, but too hot there in the summer !

Marriot CDG Airport

Allee du verger, Roissy en France

Full service contract Marriot hotel located in Roissy-en-France, about 1.5 mile from the terminal 2’s.

1) the wi-fi can be sporadic depending upon room location (avoid rm. 260, 360, etc…) Ask front desk reception to reference their room plan’s wi-fi quality chart.

2) must now pay for coffee at the lobby bar.  Good news: Starbuck’s is coming soon (spring ’14?) inside hotel’s lobby area (old business lounge)