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by M.Kaplan
June 14th, 2019, 7:12 am
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Reccos for London & Amsterdam
Replies: 29
Views: 1300

Re: Reccos for London & Amsterdam

Gymkhana closed indefinitely due to a huge fire last week.

by M.Kaplan
June 10th, 2019, 5:41 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What wine with grilled octopus?
Replies: 47
Views: 1606

Re: What wine with grilled octopus?

Assyrtiko from Santorini (Hatzidakis, Sigalas, Argyros, Gaia).
by M.Kaplan
June 8th, 2019, 8:07 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Copper River - Incoming
Replies: 224
Views: 11870

Re: Copper River - Incoming

Maybe I haven't had it prepared especially well, but I don't see how CR salmon is worth the premium compared to the normal King Salmon I get. Less a taste thing and more a fat content one, at least for me. I still swear by Columbia River Spring chinooks. No contest. This is spot on! Only thing that...
by M.Kaplan
June 7th, 2019, 3:04 pm
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Cabo San Lucas: Recs?
Replies: 36
Views: 1450

Re: Cabo San Lucas: Recs?

Thanks!
by M.Kaplan
June 7th, 2019, 12:46 pm
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Cabo San Lucas: Recs?
Replies: 36
Views: 1450

Re: Cabo San Lucas: Recs?

We're heading to the Palmilla later this month. Any food recos for San Jose del Cabo would be especially appreciated.
by M.Kaplan
June 6th, 2019, 3:30 pm
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: London Recos
Replies: 13
Views: 449

Re: London Recos

I'm a fan of Kit Kemp's Firmdale hotels, particularly The Soho Hotel.
by M.Kaplan
June 5th, 2019, 9:45 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Eating and Drinking in Los Angeles
Replies: 817
Views: 37760

Re: Eating and Drinking in Los Angeles

And Felix still sells out 30 days in advance.

I agree generally with Andy Wang's point of view: https://www.foodandwine.com/news/los-an ... t-reaction
by M.Kaplan
June 4th, 2019, 6:42 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: What's your favorite mustard? Fallot mustard photo added.
Replies: 37
Views: 1147

Re: What's your favorite mustard?

Maille straight from the tap in Paris. Black truffle with Chablis is my favorite, too.
by M.Kaplan
June 3rd, 2019, 10:40 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Eating and Drinking in Los Angeles
Replies: 817
Views: 37760

Re: Eating and Drinking in Los Angeles

I pay more attention (but not all that much) to Michelin in Europe. They aren't relevant in LA and continue not to understand the dining scene here. Providence is the most overrated restaurant in LA; it has an easier path to retaining that title now that Melisse closed. The Michelin ratings will hav...
by M.Kaplan
June 2nd, 2019, 1:20 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Decent Chardonnay reccos?
Replies: 38
Views: 1887

Re: Decent Chardonnay reccos?

Domaine de Roally Viré-Clessé Tradition
by M.Kaplan
May 28th, 2019, 3:03 pm
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Cabo San Lucas: Recs?
Replies: 36
Views: 1450

Re: Cabo San Lucas: Recs?

Ryan,
Does the Palmilla have a swimmable beach? We are booked to go there in a few weeks. I also looked at the Montage, being familiar with the location from its Twin Dolphin days, but decided on the Palmilla because I've been told that its beach is better. Thanks.
by M.Kaplan
May 25th, 2019, 4:12 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Next of Kyn #9 Wood Box..WOW!
Replies: 28
Views: 2659

Re: Next of Kyn #9 Wood Box....WOW!!

A group of us drank all 9 NoKs last month. The first release was the only one to show any evolution at all; the remainder were all pretty much indistinguishable from each other and very primary.
by M.Kaplan
May 24th, 2019, 10:06 am
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Cabo San Lucas: Recs?
Replies: 36
Views: 1450

Re: Cabo San Lucas: Recs?

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by M.Kaplan
May 20th, 2019, 12:45 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine Impressions 5-19-19
Replies: 12
Views: 839

Re: Wine Impressions 5-19-19

2017 Greek Wine Cellars, Assyrtiko Santorini - An odd name for a winery. At least "Produttori" sounds cool for a coop. Couldn't they come up with something more original? With Total Wine, it's always possible that the original producer did have a cool name, but it was more advantageous legalistical...
by M.Kaplan
May 17th, 2019, 5:48 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: I had a long day, and Fu pissed me off, so I popped a 2016 Gonon St Joe
Replies: 73
Views: 2837

Re: I had a long day, and Fu pissed me off, so I popped a 2016 Gonon St Joe

Alfert,
You are a disappointment. When associates piss off partners, the only proper response is to behead the offender with a letter opener and drink the beverage of your choice from the empty skull cavity. I'm sure our Viking compatriots agree.
Skål!
by M.Kaplan
May 10th, 2019, 5:48 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Is Guigal a casualty of Parker’s retirement
Replies: 237
Views: 9833

Re: Is Guigal a casualty of Parker’s retirement

John Morris wrote:
May 10th, 2019, 3:48 pm
No, grafting doesn't affect the DNA of either the roots or the vines.
No?
www.newscientist.com/article/2079813-fa ... ennia/amp/
by M.Kaplan
May 10th, 2019, 3:23 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Is Guigal a casualty of Parker’s retirement
Replies: 237
Views: 9833

Re: Is Guigal a casualty of Parker’s retirement

I am curious whether there has been any effort to find and clone or propagate through selecion massale vines that exhibit fungus resistance (via mutation). Or pushing it further, much more “green”-friendly to me would be to isolate the DNA mutation that provides fungus resistance and create GMO vin...
by M.Kaplan
May 3rd, 2019, 3:58 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Stupid poll time
Replies: 19
Views: 783

Re: Stupid poll time

by M.Kaplan
May 3rd, 2019, 9:41 am
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: The new Carrieres de Lumieres show is Van Gogh
Replies: 26
Views: 645

Re: The new Carrieres de Lumieres show is Van Gogh

I saw the Klimt show last year at the Atelier des Lumieres. It was very cool and I plan to see the Van Gogh show in Paris later this year. I'm not sure it is worth traveling to Provence to see it projected in the quarry, but I'd certainly go if I was already nearby. YMMV.
by M.Kaplan
May 2nd, 2019, 7:20 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Steak Porn
Replies: 1912
Views: 153414

Re: Steak Porn

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by M.Kaplan
May 2nd, 2019, 7:15 am
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Best Area in Paris for Bistros
Replies: 20
Views: 642

Re: Best Area in Paris for Bistros

3ème, 10ème, and 11ème on the right bank and 5ème, 6ème, and 7ème on the left bank. A single arrondissement is too restrictive; each of these three groupings is contiguous and walkable.
by M.Kaplan
April 30th, 2019, 9:20 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Thoughts on this list of PYCM lower end 2017’s
Replies: 14
Views: 1250

Re: Thoughts on this list of PYCM lower end 2017’s

I drank a 2013 St. Aubin Remilly on Saturday and it is still youthful. I like them young and was not disappointed.
by M.Kaplan
April 29th, 2019, 11:59 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Eating and Drinking in Paris (Updated November 2018)
Replies: 139
Views: 9080

Re: Eating and Drinking in Paris (Updated November 2018)

Le Rigmarole is great. And open for dinner on the weekends. Funny how quickly things change; I was able to book a prime time Saturday night 4 top in October without difficulty.
by M.Kaplan
April 26th, 2019, 8:00 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Best wine stores in Paris and Beaune
Replies: 32
Views: 1979

Re: Best wine stores in Paris and Beaune

Yeah, I was wondering how that would work when it says the refund centers are located inside the airport. Good to know, will stick with shipping. VAT refund Center game has been a scam in my experience, albeit not in Paris. You have to present goods to a customs agent after airport security; which ...
by M.Kaplan
April 25th, 2019, 12:00 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: New Guy disillusioned with WA
Replies: 167
Views: 8257

Re: New Guy disillusioned with WA

Their idea to try to compete with CT was wrong-headed. It may have been a good idea if they had come up with it earlier. So? How were they going to win that fight? They just looked desperate and delusional. It was actually spite. We tried in 2005-2006 to see if we could ink a deal for me to make a ...
by M.Kaplan
April 17th, 2019, 2:37 pm
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Restaurants open for Sunday lunch in Reims?
Replies: 11
Views: 451

Re: Restaurants open for Sunday lunch in Reims?

The brasserie Le Jardin at Les Crayeres would be my choice for a casual lunch and it is open on Sundays. And, if the weather is good, lovely to sit outside.
by M.Kaplan
April 4th, 2019, 7:23 am
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Restaurant & Wine Recommendations: FRANCE: Sarlat & Avignon Area
Replies: 13
Views: 536

Re: Restaurant & Wine Recommendations: FRANCE: Sarlat & Avignon Area

have lunch at this 1 star in tremolat-book outside under the vines. A short drive from Sarlat along the river. https://www.vieux-logis.com/en-GB/ We loved staying at Vieux Logis some years ago and the restaurant was very good, especially for dinner. Good to know that it still is. The Saturday stree...
by M.Kaplan
April 1st, 2019, 9:53 pm
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: London / Solo Diner
Replies: 34
Views: 1121

Re: London / Solo Diner

Kitchen Table is closed (they are remodeling Bubbledogs and Sandia Chang and James Knappett had a baby girl yesterday). I overlooked Ryan’s time frame. Yes, I like Hedone quite a lot. The owner/chef is a bit of a weird guy, but I like his cooking very much. Been twice. Also, the communal table downs...
by M.Kaplan
April 1st, 2019, 9:28 pm
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: London / Solo Diner
Replies: 34
Views: 1121

Re: London / Solo Diner

Kitchen Table is my favorite (book well in advance)
Barrafina for tapas (no reservations, but well worth the wait)
Kiln Soho
Roka Fitzrovia

Countless good solo dining opportunities in London.
by M.Kaplan
April 1st, 2019, 3:26 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: New York City Restaurants
Replies: 2070
Views: 114787

Re: New York City Restaurants

by M.Kaplan
March 30th, 2019, 10:53 am
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: Which Scotch distilleries are firing on all cylinders?
Replies: 84
Views: 5298

Re: Which Scotch distilleries are firing on all cylinders?

If I were to spend big $ on a bottle of The Macallan, I’d look to buy pre-1979 18 Years Old at auction from Skinner in the US or Kruger’s whiskyauction.com in Germany (they ship worldwide).
by M.Kaplan
March 27th, 2019, 4:29 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Seeking advice from Riesling fans: Mosel/Rhine Cruise
Replies: 12
Views: 627

Re: Seeking advice from Riesling fans: Mosel/Rhine Cruise

Walk/take the gondola through the Rudesheim vineyards up to the Niederwald monument and park. You can continue to Assmannshausen by taking the chairlift down. Walk, taxi, or take the riverboat back to Rudesheim. I recall that there is an all-in-one (gondola, chairlift, riverboat) ticket. In Rudeshei...
by M.Kaplan
March 21st, 2019, 10:44 am
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Quick lunch in Paris near Eiffel Tower?
Replies: 13
Views: 579

Re: Quick lunch in Paris near Eiffel Tower?

All good suggestions, above. Maybe consider one of Constant's other restaurants, Cafe Constant, rather than Les Cocottes. Also take a look at Pottoka. Or consider walking over to Rue Cler (Aux PTT).
by M.Kaplan
March 20th, 2019, 7:38 pm
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Quick lunch in Paris near Eiffel Tower?
Replies: 13
Views: 579

Re: Quick lunch in Paris near Eiffel Tower?

p. raghib wrote:
March 20th, 2019, 11:54 am
I'm going to be passing through Paris (layover) and thought I would take my kids to the Eiffel Tower so I made reservations. Wondering if anyone knows a good spot for lunch near there.

thanks very much

-paul
How old are your kids? What day of the week?
by M.Kaplan
March 20th, 2019, 2:12 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Good Old Days At Eleven Madison Park
Replies: 30
Views: 1862

Re: Good Old Days At Eleven Madison Park

I loved EMP before the first remodel and the one word menu. Since then, not as much.
by M.Kaplan
March 20th, 2019, 12:31 pm
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Advice re Normandy and Brittany
Replies: 68
Views: 4619

Re: Advice re Normandy and Brittany

I like Honfleur quite a bit. Good restaurants and good hotels there. A bit of a drive (1.5 hrs, maybe a little less) to the Normandy beach landing and other sites. For those, I'd stay in/near Bayeux. Depending on how long you plan to be in the area, a night or two in Honfleur and a night or two in B...
by M.Kaplan
March 18th, 2019, 6:11 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Eating and Drinking in Los Angeles
Replies: 817
Views: 37760

Re: Eating and Drinking in Los Angeles

julianseersmartin wrote:
March 18th, 2019, 1:48 pm
Native in Santa Monica is closed as of yesterday.
This saddens me. I like Nyesha and her cooking. That space is very inefficient and will likely lead to the demise of whatever restaurant moves into it. I hope she re-emerges somewhere on the westside with whatever she decides to do next.
by M.Kaplan
March 17th, 2019, 9:05 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: How regulated is the term, "Wagyu?"
Replies: 20
Views: 725

Re: How regulated is the term, "Wagyu?"

John,
We ate it as part of a yakiniku tasting menu. I don't know how it is priced on its own.
by M.Kaplan
March 16th, 2019, 6:22 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: How regulated is the term, "Wagyu?"
Replies: 20
Views: 725

Re: How regulated is the term, "Wagyu?"

Kagoshima A5 ribeye at Tamaen last night was killer.
by M.Kaplan
March 11th, 2019, 9:15 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Dauvissat: more fruit, less briney character?
Replies: 9
Views: 793

Re: Dauvissat: more fruit, less briney character?

Opened a 2015 Vaillons and had a similar reaction. Tons of fruit upfront and very little briney / sweat / old barrel flavors I am used to in just about every other dauvissat I have had. More fruit forward and white burgundy than Chablis acid. Was also very open and drinkable right away which defini...
by M.Kaplan
March 11th, 2019, 11:34 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Las Vegas Restaurants
Replies: 78
Views: 6404

Re: Las Vegas Restaurants

^Lamaii. Excellent.
by M.Kaplan
March 6th, 2019, 10:57 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Does anyone drink Sauvignon Blanc anymore?
Replies: 211
Views: 7706

Re: Does anyone drink Sauvignon Blanc anymore?

Gerhard P. wrote:
March 6th, 2019, 5:47 am
An old thread - but I repeat myself:
I drink a lot of the great Sauvignon blancs from Southern Styria (Steiermark), it´s my everyday white ... and the best examples are fine enough for the greatest events.
Hi Gerhard,
Which do you recommend as the better/best examples? Thanks,
by M.Kaplan
March 4th, 2019, 5:49 pm
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Tuscany
Replies: 38
Views: 1708

Re: Tuscany

It’s funny to read your note - I’ve never been to Tuscany, but just spent the evening holding up the Hemingway Bar at the Ritz in Paris. I randomly sat with a nice, older gentleman who runs the bar program at Il Pellicano in Porto Ercole... and could not stop talking about me visiting his hotel in ...
by M.Kaplan
March 4th, 2019, 7:42 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Favorite US Chenin Blanc?
Replies: 48
Views: 1894

Re: Favorite US Chenin Blanc?

Tom DeBiase wrote:
March 4th, 2019, 7:20 am
Leo Steen Jurassic Vineyard is a favorite.
...
Tom
+1
by M.Kaplan
March 3rd, 2019, 7:20 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Las Vegas (moderately priced) food & wine recommendations?
Replies: 20
Views: 1414

Re: Las Vegas (moderately priced) food & wine recommendations?

johngonzales wrote:
March 3rd, 2019, 7:08 pm
Bank, formerly of Chada and LoS, just opened a new place called Lamaii. Look into the reviews. Brian Bohr said he was going soon so maybe he’ll give a report.
I organized a dinner for 30 at Lamaii in early February, during their soft opening period. Food was great. I'll be going back in May.

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