Articles in Journeys

Versailles Cuban Restaurant, Little Havana, Miami – Review


“You have to try Versailles,” several people told me when I asked about the best Cuban restaurant in Miami’s Little Havana section. They pronounced it in the manner of Louis XIV but locals say “Ver-say-ez,” more in the manner of José Martí.
There was a line forming, my dining companion and I were quite hungry, and the hostess advised it would be a 15-20 minute wait. I need not have been …

Great Moments in Travel History – February 2016


On February 1, 1859, the Menger Hotel in San Antonio, Texas opened its doors.  By the 1870s, the property was one of the best-known hotels in the American Southwest, and has since hosted such notable personalities as Theodore Roosevelt, Robert E. Lee, Dwight Eisenhower, Babe Ruth, Oscar Wilde, and William McKinley.  The hotel is still in operation today.
The Hotel del Coronado in San Diego, California opened on February 19, 1888.  …

Lobby Bar – January 29: Homeless Business Travelers, Hipsters in Space, and Why Airports Make the Best Campsites

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Lobby Bar – An Innovation Infusion of FBT News and Views
Moving a country. Jonathan Spira dines at Taste of Samarkand in Uzbekistan, which has relocated to Queens, N.Y.  Find out how the country managed to uproot and migrate thousands of miles, and why you should never leave home without lepyoshkas again.
Riches to ruin. Our annual business travel survey results are in and once again business travelers are expecting to take …

Survey: Business Travel to Increase in 2016


Business travelers report they will once again be on the road more often in 2016 than last year, according to a new Frequent Business Traveler research report.  A copy of the complete report is available by clicking here.
Four out of ten business travelers surveyed said they plan on taking more trips in 2016 as compared to 2015, while 51.9% said they anticipate taking more trips in 2016 than they did …

Taste of Samarkand, Middle Village, New York – Restaurant Review


“Let’s try Uzbek tonight” my dining companion suggested. “Sure, what time is the flight?”
It turns out that a half-hour drive to Middle Village, Queens would suffice to transport the two of us into a thoroughly Uzbek experience. The city of Samarkand, a stop for spice traders along the Silk Road and now a part of Uzbekistan, was also on Woodhaven Boulevard.
It was a stormy night and I called ahead to …

Lobby Bar – January 22: Ineffective Dragon Monkeys, Cars for Arachnids, and Shelter from the Storm

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Lobby Bar – An Increasingly Irrelevant Summary of FBT News and Views
I.O.U. Gas prices are continuing to drop nationwide, bringing the price below $1 in some parts of the country. Fierce competition is giving birth to rumors that some gas stations are charging as low as -11 cents a gallon; on average, motorists are being paid about $1.50 to full up at these pumps.
The password is…. passw0rd? It’s a new year, but …

Nominations Open for Baseball Research Award Named after FBT Co-Founder

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The group that manages the Greg Spira Baseball Research Award, named in honor of Frequent Business Traveler’s late co-founder and managing editor, said that nominations for the fourth annual award were now open.
Eligible submissions include a story, research paper, or book about baseball that contains original analysis or research. Nominated pieces or books must have been published in the period January 16, 2015 through January 15, 2016. Submissions published in …