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by M.Kaplan
December 7th, 2019, 7:10 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Scrambled eggs
Replies: 38
Views: 1239

Re: Scrambled eggs

Gordon Ramsay scrambled eggs, Urbani white truffles, toasted Gjusta sourdough; as close to perfect as makes no difference.
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by M.Kaplan
November 17th, 2019, 5:32 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: When your partner/SO goes dumpster diving in “your” cellar . . . .
Replies: 64
Views: 4734

Re: When your partner/SO goes dumpster diving in “your” cellar . . . .

Uh, WHY would you have wine in your office?? (and second, why and how would the company you work for allow this?) Eh, because I’m an owner? ;) You should see the Scotch selection.... Why would anyone want to work for a company that doesn’t allow this? The only time any of my partners objected to my...
by M.Kaplan
November 15th, 2019, 7:41 am
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Vienna - Steiereck or something else? Aend?
Replies: 14
Views: 696

Re: Vienna - Steiereck or something else? Aend?

FWIW (and thread drift) - the Leopold Museum is an interest stop if you’re an art fan. It’s a shrine to Egon Schiele (the “Pornographer of Vienna”) and his mentor Klimt’s works, including “Life and Death,” which is pretty spectacular. Not for the easily offended, but definitely a cultural highlight...
by M.Kaplan
November 14th, 2019, 10:33 pm
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Charleston lodging and restaurants
Replies: 23
Views: 836

Re: Charleston lodging and restaurants

Also following. We’re going for 5-6 nights in January for a wedding.
by M.Kaplan
November 14th, 2019, 8:05 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: The Big Cheese
Replies: 13
Views: 996

Re: The Big Cheese

Ate RR Blue and RR Caveman Blue again tonight. My preference is Caveman. RR Blue tastes too spoofy sweet (wine soaked grape leaves and poire eau de vie) compared to Caveman. YMMV. Edit: Went to my local fromagerie today while they cut their first Black Betty of the year (I bought the first piece). N...
by M.Kaplan
November 14th, 2019, 3:40 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: The Big Cheese
Replies: 13
Views: 996

Re: The Big Cheese

I tasted Rogue River Blue and Rogue River Caveman Blue side by side last night. Texturally, I prefer the crunchies in the Caveman. Tastewise, maybe a slight edge to Blue. They are both excellent.

Looking forward to picking up my first chunk of this year's Black Betty tomorrow.
by M.Kaplan
November 14th, 2019, 8:02 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: The Big Cheese
Replies: 13
Views: 996

Re: The Big Cheese

Rogue River Blue is excellent, as is Rogue River's Caveman Blue.
by M.Kaplan
October 29th, 2019, 2:12 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Peter Luger NYT review.
Replies: 63
Views: 2607

Re: Peter Luger NYT review.

Pete Wells is a crummy restaurant critic and Peter Luger is a shadow of its former self (and has been for a decade). Both things can be true.
by M.Kaplan
October 25th, 2019, 1:33 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Las Vegas Restaurants
Replies: 155
Views: 11368

Re: Las Vegas Restaurants

If you want the whole lobster, call them a few days in advance to make sure they have one for you.
by M.Kaplan
October 25th, 2019, 7:51 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Las Vegas Restaurants
Replies: 155
Views: 11368

Re: Las Vegas Restaurants

GregP wrote:
October 24th, 2019, 4:47 pm
MBerto wrote:
October 24th, 2019, 1:34 pm
That's all?
There is only so much 2 people can eat in one sitting.
That's why I omitted dessert. Mango with sticky rice and coconut ice cream.
by M.Kaplan
October 24th, 2019, 10:11 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Las Vegas Restaurants
Replies: 155
Views: 11368

Re: Las Vegas Restaurants

Going to LoS in 2 weeks. What should I order? How many people? Nam kao todd, chicken wings, beef jerky, northern (pork) larb, steak koi soi (tartare), duck khao soi, whole deep fried lobster if there are sufficient people to eat it, otherwise garlic prawns (which are cooked the same way), soft shel...
by M.Kaplan
October 22nd, 2019, 2:58 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Best American cheese I have tasted.
Replies: 72
Views: 2993

Re: Best American cheese I have tasted.

Too many to choose only one. Parish Hill Creamery's Cornerstone is among the best American cheeses and hasn't been mentioned so far.
by M.Kaplan
October 21st, 2019, 9:49 am
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: The new Carrieres de Lumieres show is Van Gogh
Replies: 30
Views: 1283

Re: The new Carrieres de Lumieres show is Van Gogh

Jerry Hey wrote:
October 19th, 2019, 1:58 pm
I just wish there was a little more seating, but I've seen both and they are well were a visit.
Jerry, I agree about the seating. Ended up sitting on the steps to the mezzanine, which was ok but far from ideal.
by M.Kaplan
October 18th, 2019, 10:18 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What is your Champagne of the year?
Replies: 120
Views: 5821

Re: What is your Champagne of the year?

I've been drinking a lot of '09 Cristal. Opened two dozen for the various activities leading up my daughter's wedding and maybe another dozen throughout the year. In fact, my daughter and I shared a glass as we walked down the aisle (as did my son and wife, and each of the bridesmaids/groomsmen pair...
by M.Kaplan
October 18th, 2019, 10:00 am
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: The new Carrieres de Lumieres show is Van Gogh
Replies: 30
Views: 1283

Re: The new Carrieres de Lumieres show is Van Gogh

The Atelier show is worth the hour if one is in Paris. Van Gogh was as good as Klimt last year. Very fun.
by M.Kaplan
October 16th, 2019, 1:39 pm
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Philadelphia - quick trip this month (next week!)
Replies: 35
Views: 1302

Re: Philadelphia - quick trip this month (next week!)

The best museum in Philadelphia and maybe the world is the Mütter Museum.

http://muttermuseum.org/
by M.Kaplan
October 16th, 2019, 12:22 am
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: barcelona 3 nights enough?
Replies: 26
Views: 1174

Re: barcelona 3 nights enough?

Botafumeiro is open for dinner on Sundays.
https://www.botafumeiro.es/en/
by M.Kaplan
October 14th, 2019, 8:04 am
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: barcelona 3 nights enough?
Replies: 26
Views: 1174

Re: barcelona 3 nights enough?

I like the Majestic; location can't be beat. Near the energy/craziness of the gothic, raval, and born, but far enough away, too. The rooms are big; be sure to ask for an updated room.
by M.Kaplan
October 13th, 2019, 7:24 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Fave Champagne stopper?
Replies: 37
Views: 1510

Re: Fave Champagne stopper?

Le Creuset doesn't fit Cristal bottles.
by M.Kaplan
October 11th, 2019, 5:20 am
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Paris and Normandy in late March, early April
Replies: 6
Views: 803

Re: Paris and Normandy in late March, early April

Honfleur is great.

As one of my Parisian friends who is originally from Normandy says, if there is a cloudless sky in France except for one cloud, that cloud will be over Normandy and it will be raining.
by M.Kaplan
October 10th, 2019, 12:53 pm
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: barcelona 3 nights enough?
Replies: 26
Views: 1174

Re: barcelona 3 nights enough?

Are three nights enough? NO.
by M.Kaplan
October 10th, 2019, 4:22 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Eating and Drinking in Paris
Replies: 220
Views: 16261

Re: Eating and Drinking in Paris (Updated July 2019)

Returned today for baby black scallops. Delicious. Baby abalone also pictured below.

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by M.Kaplan
October 9th, 2019, 8:07 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Eating and Drinking in Paris
Replies: 220
Views: 16261

Re: Eating and Drinking in Paris (Updated July 2019)

It seems that I run into Wendy almost daily, but not today. I ate the abalone instead of the scallops after vacillating back and forth. Guess I’ll have to go back tomorrow.
by M.Kaplan
October 9th, 2019, 7:53 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Eating and Drinking in Paris
Replies: 220
Views: 16261

Re: Eating and Drinking in Paris (Updated July 2019)

Echoing Robert’s recommendation of Les Enfants du Marche, I ate exceptional wild baby abalone today there for lunch. Last week, a great monkfish liver and some fried whitebait. They are very enthusiastic about the fish and shellfish current available. My only additional suggestion is to avoid Saturd...
by M.Kaplan
October 8th, 2019, 10:57 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: $200 Champagne-The Most Pleasure NOW...?
Replies: 23
Views: 1504

Re: $200 Champagne-The Most Pleasure NOW...?

‘09 Cristal.
by M.Kaplan
October 7th, 2019, 11:58 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Best Burger in Each State
Replies: 64
Views: 3108

Re: Best Burger in Each State

G. Greenbaum wrote:
October 7th, 2019, 2:40 pm
IMHO, Apple Pan is the quintessential Los Angeles burger place. It has history, quality, flavor, nostalgia (for many). It may not be the best burger, but the experience, I would argue, is.
100% agree for my father, myself, and my children. Among us, we've been going since they opened in 1947.
by M.Kaplan
October 7th, 2019, 10:11 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Best Burger in Each State
Replies: 64
Views: 3108

Re: Best Burger in Each State

I think the burger at Father's Office, while solid, is quite over rated. I haven't had every burger in CA, but the best I've had, and by a good margin, is the Trois Mec burger at Petit Trois, which is far, far better than the burger at Father's Office. Au contraire. The burger at Petit Trois is a d...
by M.Kaplan
October 6th, 2019, 10:24 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Eating and Drinking in Paris
Replies: 220
Views: 16261

Re: Eating and Drinking in Paris (Updated July 2019)

Anyone tried Sota's new spot yet? Went to Maison last night. Open only 3 weeks and excellent nonetheless. A big warehouse space with nothing on the ground floor (it begs for a wine bar) and the kitchen and restaurant seating is on the balcony level above. Kitchen counter seating, a long shared tabl...
by M.Kaplan
October 5th, 2019, 8:00 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: I'm done*
Replies: 336
Views: 18301

Re: I'm done*

Neal, what is your actual retirement date, and if you don’t mind, your age. I’m calibrating here, learning from my esteemed elders, you and Howard! And congrats. You guys are clearly more balanced and disciplined than me. 120 days from today. 63. Neal, I wish you a happy next phase. Many of my frie...
by M.Kaplan
October 1st, 2019, 6:40 am
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: Has anybody ever encountered this Scotch?
Replies: 16
Views: 1073

Re: Has anybody ever encountered this Scotch?

Many of the single cask offering from K&L are 't-spooned' from another distillery and are technically not single malts. This offering appears to be a single cask, single malt and I've known David OG for, well, forever (he and my son were grade school chums) and I do not doubt his identity of this wh...
by M.Kaplan
September 30th, 2019, 1:47 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: Has anybody ever encountered this Scotch?
Replies: 16
Views: 1073

Re: Has anybody ever encountered this Scotch?

Given what the distillery was producing at that time, I'm a very hard pass.
by M.Kaplan
September 26th, 2019, 7:28 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Anyone seen, gotten, or received any 2015 Benetiere yet?
Replies: 385
Views: 22008

Re: Anyone seen, gotten, or received uany 2015 Benetiere yet?

While the so-called rule of 15 may have been a reasonable guide to aging Rhône reds in general (and Cornas, in particular) in the previous millennium, it hasn’t held true in this one.
by M.Kaplan
September 25th, 2019, 11:55 pm
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: SIM cards for Spain, France and Italy
Replies: 17
Views: 1180

Re: SIM cards for Spain, France and Italy

We have a T-Mobile International plan. Calls and texts to and from Mexico and Canada are included.Data and text are free in over 200 countries. So far, we haven't been to one that was not covered and we have been in >70 countries. Calls still cost money. WhatsApp is a good alternative with WiFi. We...
by M.Kaplan
September 25th, 2019, 1:14 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Looking for dining recos in Toulouse, Marseille and Genoa
Replies: 15
Views: 1257

Re: Looking for dining recos in Toulouse, Marseille and Genoa

I hesitate to chime in here, as Laurent is a local resident and has impeccable taste, but we ate a very good, unfancy, and deeply satisfying meal at Le Bon Vivre in Toulouse on the recommendation of a local acquaintance who recommended it for their sud ouest cuisine (cassoulet, saucisse de Toulouse,...
by M.Kaplan
September 23rd, 2019, 2:16 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Eating and Drinking in Paris
Replies: 220
Views: 16261

Re: Eating and Drinking in Paris (Updated July 2019)

My wife’s tummy was bothering her tonight and we canceled our dinner at Grive. Instead, we walked 50 feet from our apartment to Guy Savoy’s Maître Albert, which her best friend loves. I’m sure there are worse restaurants in Paris, but Maître Albert has to be in the running for worst restaurant under...
by M.Kaplan
September 22nd, 2019, 10:19 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Eating and Drinking in Paris
Replies: 220
Views: 16261

Re: Eating and Drinking in Paris (Updated July 2019)

Anyone tried Sota's new spot yet? Going Saturday, will report back. Off to Automne in an hour. Edit: Another very fine meal by Nobuyuki Akishige at Automne. Precise, light, and intensely flavorful non-fussy cooking. I don’t understand why it doesn’t get more love hereabouts. Michelin *. 5 course, 8...
by M.Kaplan
September 22nd, 2019, 6:26 am
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: SIM cards for Spain, France and Italy
Replies: 17
Views: 1180

Re: SIM cards for Spain, France and Italy

Howard, Orange and other Eurozone cellular providers will work throughout the Eurozone without roaming charges. If you have a valid sim card (Orange France requires a minimum 10 euro top up every six months to remain valid), buy an Orange France Max 30 euro recharge, which will be good for 30 days a...
by M.Kaplan
September 21st, 2019, 2:46 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Delta Skyclub
Replies: 41
Views: 3444

Re: Delta Skyclub

We flew LAX-CDG business on a Delta/Air France codeshare. They were pouring NV Laurent Perrier in business and '06 Taittinger CdC in Premier, which was one row in front of us. I made nice with the flight attendants and drank CdC until I fell asleep. Best flight I've taken in a long time.
by M.Kaplan
September 21st, 2019, 5:26 am
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Anyone use Global Entry Program?
Replies: 495
Views: 31329

Re: Anyone use Global Entry Program?

Is a renewal appointment now required? When I renewed three years ago, I did so online.
by M.Kaplan
September 21st, 2019, 5:19 am
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: Peaty Whisky Advice
Replies: 51
Views: 2886

Re: Peaty Whisky Advice

The WB word censors won’t permit that. I really, truly don’t understand how Bill Lumsden and the marketing f*cktards at GlenMonsanto can sleep at night, knowing that they have reduced the greatest spirit in the history of mankind to a sewage swill that tastes like a dead, putrifying donkey’s *sshol...
by M.Kaplan
September 21st, 2019, 4:37 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Eating and Drinking in Paris
Replies: 220
Views: 16261

Re: Eating and Drinking in Paris (Updated July 2019)

I was sorry to see that. Wanted to go one last time before they closed, but couldn’t make it last night. Thought about lunch today at Enfants Rouge, but it was jammed and I was too hungry to wait. So I’m at Mr. T around the corner, which I love. Very busy here, too, which is great to see. Foie gras ...
by M.Kaplan
September 13th, 2019, 5:50 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Eating and Drinking in Los Angeles
Replies: 941
Views: 50502

Re: Eating and Drinking in Los Angeles

Marshall and John,
1. Always always always sit on the patio at Hatchett Hall on the weekends; weeknights inside aren't too busy/noisy.
2. Eat the porkchop.
by M.Kaplan
September 13th, 2019, 1:46 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Beaujolais, where have you been my whole life?
Replies: 42
Views: 2276

Re: Beaujolais, where have you been my whole life?

Robert.A.Jr. wrote:
September 12th, 2019, 7:26 pm
...
Well, in all fairness, like Kabinett, they are so ridiculously good young and with just a few years, that I cannot keep my grubby paws off them.
...
This, exactly. I love the exuberance of young Beaujolais.
by M.Kaplan
September 11th, 2019, 6:56 am
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: Your Gin?
Replies: 355
Views: 30655

Re: Your Gin?

Wondering if something is going on with Plymouth gin? It’s marked as closeout at $20 everywhere I go now... usually $35. Wish i could find it at that price. Smells like maybe they changed distributors in that market and the jilted distributor is pissing in the punchbowl by blowing out remaining inv...
by M.Kaplan
September 10th, 2019, 4:36 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: I Went Back to WA.
Replies: 15
Views: 1697

Re: I Went Back to WA.

I wish Kelley wrote for another publication. Any other publication. I like his writing and his sensibilities, but refuse to patronize LPB or Parker (in case he still has any remaining involvement of any kind). If Kelley were to go to Vinous or Jancis, I'd subscribe to either.
by M.Kaplan
September 10th, 2019, 7:25 am
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Little Things Mean a Lot - the Travel Version
Replies: 38
Views: 2262

Re: Little Things Mean a Lot - the Travel Version

So many great suggestions. I'll add my essentials: Pepto Bismol is not available in many countries; my gastro doc recommends it above all other OTC meds for travelers tummy. It works! Azithromycin Z-Pack antibiotics Extra unlocked cell phone. Many destinations sell local cheap voice/data sim cards. ...
by M.Kaplan
September 4th, 2019, 3:50 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Worst wines you've had?
Replies: 128
Views: 6520

Re: Worst wines you've had?

Otto Forsberg wrote:
September 4th, 2019, 10:36 am
Andrew Dodd wrote:
September 4th, 2019, 9:21 am
Cappellano Barolo Chinato, most god awful thing I've probably ever ingested
What? Barolo Chinatos are absolutely delicious!
Yes they are. More bitter, more better.
by M.Kaplan
September 1st, 2019, 7:45 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: New York City Restaurants
Replies: 2294
Views: 136908

Re: New York City Restaurants

FYI James Knappett from Kitchen Table, London, is doing a one night pop up at Benno on Sept 17.

https://www.bennorestaurant.com/event/kitchentable/

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