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by Peter Hirdt
December 28th, 2018, 7:05 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Non fancy italian reco nyc?
Replies: 28
Views: 1731

Re: Non fancy italian reco nyc?

Porsena (21 E 7th St.)
by Peter Hirdt
October 16th, 2018, 7:38 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Long Island North Fork Restaurants suggestions
Replies: 12
Views: 705

Re: Long Island North Fork Restaurants suggestions

The Halyard. When I last asked, corkage was $25/bottle. It didn't seem like a very firm policy. Great views of the Sound, good food.
by Peter Hirdt
September 26th, 2018, 5:51 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Restaurants in/near Taormina?
Replies: 16
Views: 852

Re: Restaurants in/near Taormina?

On a recent visit, we got a bit more attitude than I would have liked at Nero d’Avola. Don Ciccio, just the opposite, and the food was as good if not better.
by Peter Hirdt
September 14th, 2018, 2:03 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: New York City Restaurants
Replies: 2289
Views: 136672

Re: New York City Restaurants

Has anyone dined at 212 Steakhouse on 53rd St? Looking for opinions.
by Peter Hirdt
June 10th, 2018, 3:34 pm
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Sicily? I’ve been warned away.
Replies: 12
Views: 895

Sicily? I’ve been warned away.

Total BS. Just returned a week ago. PM if you have any questions.
by Peter Hirdt
April 21st, 2018, 10:10 am
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: layover in Munich
Replies: 3
Views: 289

layover in Munich

During travel next month, I will have a 7-hour layover in Munich en route to Sicily. All I'm looking to do is head into town, grab lunch at the Augustinerkeller (behind the train station), and head back to the airport. If it seems I have extra time to kill, I will head over the Marienplatz and/or Vi...
by Peter Hirdt
March 25th, 2018, 3:44 pm
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Essential Italy: the less obvious list
Replies: 54
Views: 3234

Essential Italy: the less obvious list

Does anyone have recommendations for sights to see along the way driving from Palermo to Taormina or vice versa. I'm not locked into the autostrada or the coastal route—would do either based on what there is to see en route. Also, can anyone recommend a specific tour for hiking Etna without stopping...
by Peter Hirdt
January 27th, 2018, 8:59 am
Forum: BerserkerDay IX (January 27, 2018 - it was a doozy!)
Topic: THEOPOLIS VINEYARDS' BERSERKER DAY SALE EXTENDED - UP TO 25% OFF WITH FREE SHIPPING!
Replies: 29
Views: 1625

THEOPOLIS VINEYARDS' SPECIALS - UP TO 25% OFF WITH FREE SHIPPING!

Theodora Lee wrote:Thanks so much Peter Hirdt for your continued support and enjoy the wines.
Thanks, Theo. Always hunting for good petite sirah, so I'm looking forward to trying your wine.
by Peter Hirdt
January 27th, 2018, 7:43 am
Forum: BerserkerDay IX (January 27, 2018 - it was a doozy!)
Topic: EMH Black Cat Cab (Little Black price adjustment) - Black Cats Need Good Homes!
Replies: 59
Views: 4556

EMH Black Cat Cabernet - Black Cats Need Good Homes!

Pretty excited to grab one of those 2009 mags. Such an outstanding wine.
by Peter Hirdt
October 24th, 2017, 11:38 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Good food near NJPAC (Newark, NJ)
Replies: 12
Views: 619

Good food near NJPAC (Newark, NJ)

Thanks so much, everyone.
by Peter Hirdt
October 23rd, 2017, 3:47 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Good food near NJPAC (Newark, NJ)
Replies: 12
Views: 619

Good food near NJPAC (Newark, NJ)

I'm sure many of you have seen shows at NJPAC in Newark, NJ. I'm have tickets for King Crimson there next Tuesday. Can anyone recommend a good restaurant that's within a 10-minute walk of the theater? Any price point, any type of food; good wine list not required but would be nice. Just looking for ...
by Peter Hirdt
August 24th, 2017, 8:44 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What did I buy? (Massandra muscat)
Replies: 6
Views: 646

What did I buy? (Massandra muscat)

These were included in a lot that I won at a recent Acker auction. I can't tell from anything I've been able to find on line exactly what I bought. That includes a look at all the Massandra wines on CellarTracker ... no matches. The labels are a lot slicker than those on the bottles of the original ...
by Peter Hirdt
May 19th, 2017, 8:43 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Amazon Spiegelau?
Replies: 15
Views: 1150

Amazon Spiegelau?

Bought a ton, broke a few, gave away many as gifts, still use them regularly. They usually get cleaned in a dishwasher.

My recollection is that the pricing was an awful lot better than 2-for-1. Maybe the size of that fish I caught is swelling only in my own head? :)
by Peter Hirdt
April 25th, 2017, 11:07 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Places to eat and drink in Vienna
Replies: 14
Views: 1186

Places to eat and drink in Vienna

+1 Plachutta's for schnitzel.

+10 for avoiding Hotel Sacher's Sacher torte.
by Peter Hirdt
November 28th, 2016, 10:08 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: BUCANTINI all’ AMATRICIANA
Replies: 3
Views: 625

BUCANTINI all’ AMATRICIANA

Thanks for the inspiration, Martin. Always enjoy your contributions here.
by Peter Hirdt
June 9th, 2016, 10:42 am
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Long Island NY
Replies: 5
Views: 512

Long Island NY

A North Fork producer that is generally off the radar but turning out a wide range of impressive wines is One Woman. I haven't had the chance to taste through its entire portfolio, but many restaurants in the area are now pouring the wines and I have enjoyed every one that I've tasted.
by Peter Hirdt
April 6th, 2016, 7:15 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Cooking with the wine you will be drinking.
Replies: 35
Views: 1677

Cooking with the wine you will be drinking.

I think this is one of those mind games we play with ourselves. If I were to cook with a wine I was serving with dinner, I'd conclude that I either wasted some great wine or I should be drinking better wine.
by Peter Hirdt
March 23rd, 2016, 8:05 am
Forum: Commerce Corner - Wine Classifieds
Topic: LTB: magnums or larger bottles from 1987 vintage
Replies: 0
Views: 167

LTB: magnums or larger bottles from 1987 vintage

Willing to buy or trade at fair market value, bottles must have known and trusted provenance.

Send email to PHirdt at gmail-dot-com.
by Peter Hirdt
March 22nd, 2016, 7:28 am
Forum: Commerce Corner - Wine Classifieds
Topic: Old Bordeaux berserker trade
Replies: 21
Views: 1849

Old Bordeaux berserker trade

Gerhard P. wrote:
Dennis Kanagie wrote:This could be another fun learning exercise for the both of us. There's a '95 Clinet (Pomerol) and a '95 Grand Puy Lacoste (Pauillac) that I was saving for a Right Bank / Left Bank comparison tasting .....
Both are nowhere near what I would call "mature" !!!

0.02
+1
by Peter Hirdt
March 18th, 2016, 10:20 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Two Day air on a Thursday or Friday
Replies: 9
Views: 613

Two Day air on a Thursday or Friday

That's a whole other story, Dave. If any winery or retailer ignores your request, you should at least have a conversation with them about that. Depending on circumstances, you might have cause to refuse the shipment or return the wine. Lawyers?
by Peter Hirdt
March 18th, 2016, 8:27 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Two Day air on a Thursday or Friday
Replies: 9
Views: 613

Two Day air on a Thursday or Friday

I'm not meaning to be unduly confrontational, Dave, but that's on the buyer. Virtually every on-line purchase I make—whether from a retailer or a winery—has a space for additional shipping instructions. "Ship only on a Monday or Tuesday" should be a stock response.
by Peter Hirdt
March 16th, 2016, 11:17 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Olive Oil -- It's Here, It's Here!
Replies: 129
Views: 12594

Olive Oil -- It's Here, It's Here!

Henry Kiichli wrote:I really like seeing this topic all the time with Bob Wood's name.
+1
by Peter Hirdt
March 10th, 2016, 4:39 am
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Seeking a furnished apartment rental in NYC
Replies: 0
Views: 241

Seeking a furnished apartment rental in NYC

Can anyone recommend a reliable company, agent, or web site for finding furnished short-term rental apartments in Manhattan? It would be for 4–6 months minimum starting in June. Not seeking luxury, but clean and well-managed is a must.
by Peter Hirdt
February 22nd, 2016, 9:38 am
Forum: BYO Forum - Wine at Restaurants
Topic: Long Island
Replies: 202
Views: 13698

Long Island

Haven't been yet, but website shows Biscuits & Barbecue in Mineola is cash only and BYOB. Highly recommended, but beer is probably the best choice. If you do bring wine, I recommend bringing your own stems if that's what you want to drink from. I haven't tried bringing wine there, but this is a har...
by Peter Hirdt
February 19th, 2016, 6:37 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Pour one out for Fairway
Replies: 39
Views: 1477

Pour one out for Fairway

Correct, Mark. Fairway might be failing but Lempert's rationale is asinine. The company lacked the personnel needed to expand so quickly. As I mentioned upstream, employees with little knowledge of the breadth of Fairway's product were placed in management positions with predictable results. Quality...
by Peter Hirdt
February 16th, 2016, 8:56 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Pour one out for Fairway
Replies: 39
Views: 1477

Pour one out for Fairway

I've shopped at Fairway's Plainview location regularly since it opened in 2001. The decline in quality over the last three years, particularly in produce and cheese, has been disappointing. The managers who replaced those who were moved to newer stores have shockingly inadequate knowledge of their p...
by Peter Hirdt
February 10th, 2016, 10:29 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Ancient California Cabs (long)
Replies: 12
Views: 1359

Ancient California Cabs (long)

I had the good fortune of opening a 1965 version of Charles Krug Vintage Selection at Thankgiving. I purchased it as a birth year wine and given the dismal reputation of the '65 vintage worldwide, the humble-ish origins of this wine and the 50 years of age I would have been totally happy with just ...
by Peter Hirdt
February 5th, 2016, 7:04 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Why is there always so much Burgundy for sale?
Replies: 27
Views: 1901

Why is there always so much Burgundy for sale?

Same reason GOOG is for sale after several great earnings reports and forecasts. There's a lot of profit overhang.
by Peter Hirdt
February 4th, 2016, 7:26 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Business Dinner Recs - NYC Upper East Side
Replies: 11
Views: 674

Business Dinner Recs - NYC Upper East Side

A 16-ounce standard coffee [at Zabar's EAT] to go is $3.75.....twice that anywhere else. Any Kayser's would be happy to sell you that cup for a bargain price of $3.50, and they won't even charge extra for allowing it to cool down—I mean to age —to room temperature. So as not to cause any additional...
by Peter Hirdt
February 2nd, 2016, 11:50 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Recommended wineries near St. Emilion
Replies: 10
Views: 619

Recommended wineries near St. Emilion

+1 Henri Challeau
by Peter Hirdt
January 11th, 2016, 12:05 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: NYC Area Baked Goods - list your favorites
Replies: 98
Views: 4422

NYC Area Baked Goods - list your favorites

Favorite Canneles Fad food. While we're at it, lets put "favorite cronuts". Huh? Canelé de Bordeaux has been around since at least the 18th century. You may not care for them, or think there are any good ones in NYC, but I think "fad food," let alone any cronut reference, is a stretch. Saved me the...
by Peter Hirdt
December 26th, 2015, 5:47 pm
Forum: BerserkerDay VII (January 27, 2016)
Topic: BerserkerDay VII!!! (January 27, 2016) OFFERS ARE BEING POSTED NOW!
Replies: 319
Views: 31076

BerserkerDay VII!!! (January 27, 2016)

Todd F r e n c h wrote:A hope for this year, too, is that we'll have a 'war room' - a location where Brig and I can hang out and work BerserkerDay all day, somewhere that we hope others can come visit throughout the day as well.
Would be interesting if you could Periscope this.
by Peter Hirdt
December 10th, 2015, 7:25 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: SEMMELKNÖDEL
Replies: 8
Views: 388

SEMMELKNÖDEL

I always enjoy your recipes, Martin. Thanks for all your posts.
by Peter Hirdt
December 1st, 2015, 11:56 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Need to use up chicken stock - recipe requests!
Replies: 28
Views: 763

Need to use up chicken stock - recipe requests!

Avgolemono. I don't have a go-to recipe for it, but I'm sure a Google search would do the trick. Here's one example that looks representative:

http://bit.ly/1lVNYa7
by Peter Hirdt
November 26th, 2015, 3:47 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: EMH Black Cat
Replies: 43
Views: 3241

EMH Black Cat

Andrew Demaree wrote:Good call, David. I love the '09.
+1.

Actually +2. When we opened a 2009 a while back, the family demanded I open another bottle of the same when the decanter was drained.
by Peter Hirdt
October 20th, 2015, 7:22 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: I can't figure out how to navigate Vinous and so i hate it!
Replies: 60
Views: 3430

I can't figure out how to navigate Vinous and so i hate it!

Bill Klapp wrote:" ... and, of course, '+1'. "
my morning laugh
by Peter Hirdt
September 1st, 2015, 11:14 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Mark Squires' Wine Bulletin Board
Replies: 259
Views: 18948

Mark Squires' Wine Bulletin Board

If you believe the Parker is computer inept, you are most likely quite wrong. He may portray that outwardly but he hasn't achieved what he did without it. There are several overlapping issues here: how Parker dealt with technology, how he dealt with social media, and how he tried to use both as par...
by Peter Hirdt
September 1st, 2015, 8:48 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Mark Squires' Wine Bulletin Board
Replies: 259
Views: 18948

Mark Squires' Wine Bulletin Board

Before we got sidetracked by a troll, Tim Burnett made a comment that I don't think was addressed earlier in the thread, but it's an important one. Tim wrote, "Parker got crotchety and evidently never got the Internet Communication for Aging Men memo." (For ease of reading, I removed Tim's Parker-st...
by Peter Hirdt
August 11th, 2015, 12:47 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: A Pilgrimage to Mecca
Replies: 20
Views: 1656

A Pilgrimage to Mecca

Mark Golodetz wrote:
Pat Martin wrote:What's a 61 Branaire go for in Mecca?

A flogging.
Where's the "Like" button?
by Peter Hirdt
August 10th, 2015, 6:49 am
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Strasbourg or Colmar
Replies: 12
Views: 598

Strasbourg or Colmar

I agree with Paul. I find that Colmar's buzz exceeds its actual charm, at least relative to several other similar towns in the area. I like both the Winstub and the starred restaurant at the Chambard in Kaysersberg, and I love that town—though it's small and doesn't offer the diversity of activities...
by Peter Hirdt
August 10th, 2015, 6:42 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Great Tuna Source in NY
Replies: 23
Views: 1490

Great Tuna Source in NY

Daniel Moritz wrote:Looking for a little fish advice. Just bought some tuna to sear from a local fish market and just disappointed with quality. I haven't been able to find really great tuna on Long Island.
How far east are you willing to travel? Southold Fish Market, a.k.a. Charlie's, is the gold standard.
by Peter Hirdt
August 6th, 2015, 5:38 am
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: London Neighborhoods for hotels
Replies: 40
Views: 1456

London Neighborhoods for hotels

I like Belgravia. You get the best of Knightsbridge and the parks with short walks to Mayfair/Soho, and those few blocks get you away from the bustle and give you a more relaxed, neighborhood feel. +1 on Belgravia. The Halkin is a fantastic hotel as is The Berkeley (Belgravia/Knightsbridge border)....
by Peter Hirdt
August 5th, 2015, 6:33 am
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: London Neighborhoods for hotels
Replies: 40
Views: 1456

London Neighborhoods for hotels

I like Belgravia. You get the best of Knightsbridge and the parks with short walks to Mayfair/Soho, and those few blocks get you away from the bustle and give you a more relaxed, neighborhood feel.
by Peter Hirdt
August 3rd, 2015, 6:58 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Egotarian Cuisine
Replies: 3
Views: 336

Egotarian Cuisine

Alan Richman is often too cranky for my taste, but his writing is always crisp and generally entertaining. This piece from GQ combines all three attributes. http://gqm.ag/1DkAegU A few choice comments: "This is the first food development in America that exists not because customers are eager for it ...
by Peter Hirdt
July 23rd, 2015, 10:40 am
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: NYC: Pizza & decent wine list
Replies: 10
Views: 555

NYC: Pizza & decent wine list

Marta and Keste are both good, and they have very different vibes—Keste younger, louder, more of a scene, Marta adds a touch of class, feels more like a bistro.

I prefer Pizzeterria Brunetti at 626 Hudson St. Good pizza, excellent wine program.
by Peter Hirdt
July 23rd, 2015, 5:42 am
Forum: Commerce Corner - Wine Classifieds
Topic: Hwa at cost
Replies: 5
Views: 481

Hwa at cost

Mike Ignacio wrote:Hammel wine alliance
Not exactly FYI, DOA, or LOL.
by Peter Hirdt
July 21st, 2015, 6:21 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: North Fork Bachelorette Party Ends In Tragedy
Replies: 27
Views: 2324

North Fork Bachelorette Party Ends In Tragedy

For those interested, there was a development yesterday in the investigation that may change the perception of what happened in this tragedy. The limo driver, who was making a legal turn, nevertheless said that he never saw the pickup truck that hit his car. But the only eyewitness to come forward s...
by Peter Hirdt
July 21st, 2015, 4:47 am
Forum: Commerce Corner - Wine Classifieds
Topic: Hwa at cost
Replies: 5
Views: 481

Hwa at cost

I guess, to paraphrase an old cliche, if I have to ask what the abbreviation means I don't want the wine. Assuming it's a wine, that is. But I do know at least something about wine and “Hwa” isn't familiar.

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