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Re: Stretch the Loonie [Re: PineapplePete] #79258
12/29/2015 06:33 AM
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Pineapple Pete, do you mean you will accept Canadian dollar cash in payment? This is how Canuck54 seems to have interpreted your post.

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Re: Stretch the Loonie [Re: PineapplePete] #79259
12/29/2015 10:58 AM
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After reading this post, Pineapple Pete would like to offer Canadians some stretch to their dollar! $1.00 US currently costs $1.38 CDN. For a limited time, Pineapple Pete will take $1.00 US for $1.20 CDN if it helps in any way. (Not available with any other promotions or discounts).


What a nice gesture, Pineapple Pete! See you in a few weeks.


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Re: Stretch the Loonie [Re: Ritchard] #79260
12/29/2015 11:10 AM
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This thread is of particular interest to me. I have not been on TTOL in a couple of weeks, but over the last few days our soft dollar has really been weighing on my mind. I came here today to moan about it a bit.

There's not all that much to be done I suppose. I usually adhere to a kind of carpe diem kind of life - esp on vacay - but adding 30 percent onto the cost of carpe diem-ing is getting a bit scary. For sure a bit of eating in our room will offset some of the cost. We are staying in an apartment so close to Orient Beach this time that strolling home for lunch will not be an issue at all. We almost always have coffee, fruit, and pastries at home for breakfast, esp since we are usually still stuffed from some outrageous dinner, so that's okay.

I am interested to hear more ideas about dinner options - esp nearer Orient - that are somewhere between The Talk of the Town and Le Pressoir for price.

Activities/Day trips are not a great cost for us, 'cuz we have been to SXM enough times that we have done all that needs doing. Our daily itinerary usually contains little more than a long walk, lazing on a lounger on some (usually Orient) beach for the day, cocktails, then dinner. Carpe Diem is latin for expensive laziness.


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Re: Stretch the Loonie [Re: kish] #79261
12/29/2015 11:19 AM
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kish said:
Pineapple Pete, do you mean you will accept Canadian dollar cash in payment? This is how Canuck54 seems to have interpreted your post.


Perhaps I am mistaken but I read it as PP with take CAD 1.20 as USD 1.00. Basically a 20% premium versus the higher 35%+ premium.


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Re: Stretch the Loonie [Re: Canuck54] #79262
12/29/2015 11:26 AM
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Just to clarify about the so called Canadian banks you
mention. The Scotia Bank and RBC are not the same as our Canadian banks. There is a Canadian interest in them, but they do not do business like our banks in Canada. In fact, their rules and regulations are very different. I was sorry to learn that as I too thought they would be similar.

We have such a great banking system in Canada that we are spoiled when visiting other countries.

I guess when visiting Pineapple Pete's, Canadian cash can be used to pay the bill at a better exchange rate which will be appreciated by many Canadian diners.



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Re: Stretch the Loonie [Re: ruralcarrier] #79263
12/29/2015 12:18 PM
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kish said:
Pineapple Pete, do you mean you will accept Canadian dollar cash in payment? This is how Canuck54 seems to have interpreted your post.


Perhaps I am mistaken but I read it as PP with take CAD 1.20 as USD 1.00. Basically a 20% premium versus the higher 35%+ premium.


Still not sure if PP means Canadian cash or a Canadian CC. Hoping they will clear up the confusion. smile

Re: Stretch the Loonie [Re: kish] #79264
12/29/2015 12:27 PM
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Credit card was not mentioned so I personally would take it as a cash deal. Not sure how often Pierre reads this so it might be best to call the restaurant or contact him directly.


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Re: Stretch the Loonie [Re: ruralcarrier] #79265
12/29/2015 12:33 PM
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Agreed, best to contact the restaurant directly. Plus he said it was also for a limited time.


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Re: Stretch the Loonie [Re: Ritchard] #79266
12/29/2015 01:49 PM
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For years now we cook about 1/2 the time we are on island. We get tired eating out every night so with my wife being Italian we do pasta a couple of times. It's very easy to make in a limited kitchen you get at most places. Pizza to go is another reasonable dinner with a salad from produce purchased at the market. Although I am not a big fan of pizza in the Orient area (because I live and work in an area with fantastic pies) I shut up because I'm on vacation. Another good alternative is to get a whole rotisserie chicken sold at the small store in the village but you have to get that early because they are gone by 4 pm. A few years ago I bought a cheep grill at the Ace but the meat sold on island is not that good so we don't do that anymore. Some nights a baguette and some good salami and cheese will do if we had a big lunch.
One of our must haves wherever we stay is a table setup on the balcony. Nothing better than breakfast or dinner with a nice tropical breeze

Re: Stretch the Loonie [Re: Carol_Hill] #79267
12/29/2015 03:41 PM
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I believe that canuck54 has contacted PP in a private message, but has not as yet had a reply.

Re: Stretch the Loonie [Re: Ritchard] #79268
12/29/2015 04:09 PM
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Any of the beach bars on Orient fall within the "less than Le Pressoir" price range. Our favorite is Kakao; we often have our main meal there at lunchtime, and then just have cheese, crackers, and fruit with a bottle of wine for dinner in our unit. A very nice meal for two there, including a bottle of wine, usually runs slightly under $100, which would seem like a lot for lunch, but if you consider it's really dinner, then it's pretty reasonable.

Re: Stretch the Loonie [Re: Ritchard] #79269
12/29/2015 04:47 PM
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but adding 30 percent onto the cost of carpe diem-ing is getting a bit scary


It is actually more like 40%...the current exchange rate is 1.382 to purchase a US dollar, plus whatever % the bank charges. We live near the US border and the art of "cross-border shopping" for Canadians has ground to a halt.

John


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Re: Stretch the Loonie [Re: kish] #79270
12/29/2015 05:01 PM
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I believe that canuck54 has contacted PP in a private message, but has not as yet had a reply.


As I suggested, I would call the restaurant or if you have a direct email to Pierre, use that as he is not on TTOL on a regular basis. A private message will ONLY be seen if he logs on and that has not happened for a few days.

1-721-544-6030

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Re: Stretch the Loonie [Re: John] #79271
12/29/2015 05:18 PM
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I know how you feel, I lived on a border for 40 years, fortunately on the hard currency side.

When you look at unemployment rates in the USA and Canada (which is one of the major indicators that federal banks look at), I don't think that the Canadian Dollar will be rising against the USD too soon.

This situation could even last several years.

Re: Stretch the Loonie [Re: dlbert] #79272
12/29/2015 09:39 PM
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The real killer to our dollar is the price of oil. Our economy was stupidly biased toward $110/bbl oil. Hopefully with our recent change in management someone can focus on building a more diversified economic base.

15 years ago when I was a film producer, I thought the soft dollar was pretty great. American films flocked here for the cheap labour and would hire me to run them.

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Re: Stretch the Loonie [Re: Ritchard] #79273
12/30/2015 10:07 AM
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Hello all! Just want to clarify for everyone. Pineapple Pete will accept $1.20 Canadian for US$1.00. This is only for cash sales and not in conjunction with any other offers or discounts. We cannot offer the discounted rate when using credit card as we have no control over the rate the credit card company will charge.
All of our staff are aware of this and more than happy to assist the Canadian visitors! Please just keep in mind that this is for a limited time only as we do not know when the rate may change again.
Wishing everyone a very happy and prosperous New Year!

Re: Stretch the Loonie [Re: PineapplePete] #79274
12/30/2015 10:09 AM
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Thank you Pierre for checking in and clarifying this. Happy New Year and see you in a couple of months.


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Re: Stretch the Loonie [Re: PineapplePete] #79275
12/30/2015 10:32 AM
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Thank you Pierre for the clarification.

Re: Stretch the Loonie [Re: JohnandBev] #79276
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Simply in Sandy Ground is 1:1 exchange rate.
I think it is there to stay..
Bring US Cash, NOT Credit cards!


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Re: Stretch the Loonie [Re: letsgosailing] #79277
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Monoprix in Baie Nettlé and Bellevue also, but their meat is edible ..

Re: Stretch the Loonie [Re: dlbert] #79278
01/06/2016 11:09 AM
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Today's CBC News headline:

"Canadian dollar dips below 71 cents for 1st time since 2003"

My vacation may be limited to icewater and soda crackers this time out.


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Re: Stretch the Loonie [Re: Ritchard] #79279
01/06/2016 11:16 AM
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Today's CBC News headline:

"Canadian dollar dips below 71 cents for 1st time since 2003"

You may still not be able to afford the soda crackers haha--buy baguettes!

My vacation may be limited to icewater and soda crackers this time out.

Re: Stretch the Loonie [Re: RonDon] #79280
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Simply in Hope Estates was giving 1 euro to $1USD, cash only, this past week. It is a well stocked store.

I feel sorry for our Canadian friends. I just ordered some tickets for the Stratford Festival this summer, and my bank gave me over $1.40 CDN for $1 USD on my credit card. If only someone could do something about the astronomical airfares between the US and Canada. $765 USD RT, Philadelphia to Toronto - for a one hour flight !

Re: Stretch the Loonie [Re: CJIMI] #79281
01/10/2016 09:26 AM
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Options:

Drive....about 10 hours from Philly.
Fly to Buffalo...2 hour drive to Stratford, about the same from Toronto.
Use US Airways or United FF points on Air Canada.
Wait for Air Canada seat sale.
Check pricing from other north east airports.
Welcome to my world!

Re: Stretch the Loonie [Re: jupiter] #79282
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We have done the PHL - BUF flight in the past. Sometimes it works, and sometimes it gets cancelled, and we end up getting stuck at the Philadelphia airport. I have driven straight home from Stratford to Philly, twice. It would have been a 10 hour trip, if not for a 2 hour delay on the Peace Bridge returning to the USA ( rarely any delays entering Canada ).

We are driving up this year. Roads are not too bad, and gas is cheap.

Re: Stretch the Loonie [Re: CJIMI] #79283
01/12/2016 04:02 PM
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I just printed off some coupons on sintmaartenrentalweeks. There's a mega coupon book with printable coupons for food discounts, and one for Grand Marche that will definitely get used!

Re: Stretch the Loonie [Re: ApeBro] #79284
01/13/2016 07:55 AM
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many of those coupons have expired

Re: Stretch the Loonie [Re: RonDon] #79285
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I'm gonna look at those coupons, because the Cdn dollar slipped even more yesterday. Crazy.


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Re: Stretch the Loonie [Re: Ritchard] #79286
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The ones I printed expire December 2016

Re: Stretch the Loonie [Re: ApeBro] #79287
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There is a small booklet in the rack at the airport just after luggage retrieval. It is full of coupons including one for the Grand Marche.

Re: Stretch the Loonie [Re: january] #79288
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Thanks!

Re: Stretch the Loonie [Re: Ritchard] #79289
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Coupons.....we need more than coupons......any places doing 1:1......kate <img src="http://www.traveltalkonline.com/forums/images/graemlins/canada.gif" alt="" />

Re: Stretch the Loonie [Re: KATEONTARIO77] #79290
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What we need is 1 to 1 Canadian! LOL this vacation is going to be a pricey one.

Re: Stretch the Loonie [Re: pandpfromcanada] #79291
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that's what I was getting at 1:1 US to Cdn.....lol kate <img src="http://www.traveltalkonline.com/forums/images/graemlins/canada.gif" alt="" />

Re: Stretch the Loonie [Re: KATEONTARIO77] #79292
01/14/2016 06:42 AM
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WHEW! I found one St Martin location that will do 1:1 Cdn!

http://tinyurl.com/z3kt8pu


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Re: Stretch the Loonie [Re: Ritchard] #79293
01/14/2016 06:56 AM
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Pineapple Pete is offering 1:1 Canadian but don't know for how long. See higher in the posts.

Last edited by kish; 01/14/2016 06:58 AM.
Re: Stretch the Loonie [Re: kish] #79294
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Pineapple Pete is offering 1:1 Canadian but don't know for how long. See higher in the posts.


Actually Pierre was offering 1:1.20 but only for a limited time. Below is his post that appeared earlier in this same thread. His last post was 12/30/15

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Hello all! Just want to clarify for everyone. Pineapple Pete will accept $1.20 Canadian for US$1.00. This is only for cash sales and not in conjunction with any other offers or discounts. We cannot offer the discounted rate when using credit card as we have no control over the rate the credit card company will charge.
All of our staff are aware of this and more than happy to assist the Canadian visitors! Please just keep in mind that this is for a limited time only as we do not know when the rate may change again.
Wishing everyone a very happy and prosperous New Year!


J.D.
Re: Stretch the Loonie [Re: ruralcarrier] #79295
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Even worse news for the Loonie, forecast to go to 59 US Cents by the end of 2016..http://www.msn.com/en-us/money/markets/record-low-loonie-in-top-forecaster%E2%80%99s-sights-amid-commodity-rout/ar-CCrFgi?ocid=ansmsnmoney11

Re: Stretch the Loonie [Re: ruralcarrier] #79296
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Sorry about that error. Wishful thinking!!

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Took Pierre (Pineapp Pete's) up on his offer tonight. As promised, multiply bill by 1.2 then pay in Canadian cash. Was awesome, food service, and the favorable exchange was a bonus. Thanks Pierre and staff!!

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