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by M.Kaplan
April 17th, 2019, 2:37 pm
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Restaurants open for Sunday lunch in Reims?
Replies: 3
Views: 78

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: 12
Views: 348

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: 22
Views: 504

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: 22
Views: 504

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: 2001
Views: 110238

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: 5152

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: 571

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: 453

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: 453

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: 18
Views: 1017

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: 4429

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: 763
Views: 35721

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: 635

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: 635

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: 764

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: 6140

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: 209
Views: 7361

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: 29
Views: 1099

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: 1823

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: 1385

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.
by M.Kaplan
February 25th, 2019, 2:36 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine drinking in France sucks
Replies: 287
Views: 14084

Re: Wine drinking in France sucks

I eat 60+ lunches and dinners annually in Paris and go back each year because the food and wine suck. Seriously, during a month or longer stay, we'll eat maybe 5 meals at Michelin starred restaurants and 25+ meals at bistros, all with wine. I can always find something that I want to drink for a pric...
by M.Kaplan
February 24th, 2019, 3:21 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Common Winery and Vineyard Names with Various Pronunciations & Mispronunciations !!!
Replies: 56
Views: 2135

Re: Common Winery and Vineyard Names with Various Pronunciations & Mispronunciations !!!

A. So wrote:
February 24th, 2019, 2:16 pm
Cockburn
I see what you did there; nice try. [cheers.gif]

Co-burn.
by M.Kaplan
February 24th, 2019, 10:51 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine drinking in France sucks
Replies: 287
Views: 14084

Re: Wine drinking in France sucks

Bump
by M.Kaplan
February 23rd, 2019, 9:28 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Poll: Which type of German rieslings do you usually prefer?
Replies: 86
Views: 1870

Re: Poll: Which type of German rieslings do you usually prefer?

Flawed poll; it only allows me to vote for one Pradikat. [cheers.gif]
by M.Kaplan
February 23rd, 2019, 8:10 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 'Badass, aged red wines' at APL Hollywood, 2/21/19
Replies: 41
Views: 2057

Re: 'Badass, aged red wines' at APL Hollywood, 2/21/19

FOMO. So sad that I missed it. I recovered sufficiently yesterday to join my parents at Wolfgang's Steakhouse, which serves the most disgustingly bad food in SoCal. So, I'm doubly pisssed off to have canceled the APL dinner.
by M.Kaplan
February 21st, 2019, 9:17 am
Forum: Offline Planner
Topic: APL Los Angeles
Replies: 82
Views: 1862

Re: APL Los Angeles

I'm out for tonight. Bad migraine. Let me know what I owe.
by M.Kaplan
February 20th, 2019, 9:24 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: French wine and hotel funnies
Replies: 13
Views: 1368

Re: French wine and hotel funnies

Don't you know that wine drinking in France sucks? You could have saved yourself a lot of trouble if you had read this singularly brilliant opus about eating and drinking in the vicinity of your hotel.
viewtopic.php?f=1&t=149326
by M.Kaplan
February 20th, 2019, 6:41 pm
Forum: Offline Planner
Topic: APL Los Angeles
Replies: 82
Views: 1862

Re: APL Los Angeles

After tomorrow I may have to change my Uber photo from the pic taken at the Umamicatessen steak dinner that you put together in (hard to believe it was 6+ years ago) in 2012.
by M.Kaplan
February 20th, 2019, 5:19 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Any Tea Aficionados Out There?
Replies: 157
Views: 8513

Re: Any Tea Aficionados Out There?

Jay,
Have you found a respectable replacement for American Tea Room's milk oolong? I have not (but I haven't tried very hard).
by M.Kaplan
February 19th, 2019, 10:23 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2017 Meulenhof Erdener Treppchen Riesling Spätlese Alte Reben
Replies: 4
Views: 195

Re: TN: 2017 Meulenhof Erdener Treppchen Riesling Spätlese Alte Reben

David,
How would you compare Meulenhof's ET Spatlese to Max Ferd Richter's? Thanks.
by M.Kaplan
February 17th, 2019, 1:47 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Eating and Drinking in Los Angeles
Replies: 763
Views: 35721

Re: Eating and Drinking in Los Angeles

I like Badmaash on Fairfax across the street from Animal. The same cooking as their downtown location, but with more space and not as crushingly loud.

Kali Restaurant is further (too far?) east on Melrose. I like it there very much.

So many good choices in that part of town.
by M.Kaplan
February 16th, 2019, 3:05 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Chardonnay Suggestions
Replies: 59
Views: 1817

Re: Chardonnay Suggestions

2015 Domaine de Roally Viré-Clessé.
by M.Kaplan
February 16th, 2019, 2:30 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Quick 6 day trip to Paris and Burgundy - 2019 edition
Replies: 57
Views: 4700

Re: Quick 6 day trip to Paris and Burgundy - 2019 edition

Those old Chartreuse from Tarragona are very special. I’m happy that you had the opportunity to taste one, as they are becoming quite rare. I love old Chartreuse.
by M.Kaplan
February 15th, 2019, 9:06 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Quick 6 day trip to Paris and Burgundy - 2019 edition
Replies: 57
Views: 4700

Re: Quick 6 day trip to Paris and Burgundy - 2019 edition

I wish I were young again. Well done!
by M.Kaplan
February 15th, 2019, 10:22 am
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: Grappa, etc.
Replies: 27
Views: 639

Re: Grappa, etc.

My soon to be son in law gave me a bottle of Nonino Grappa Picolit. At 50%abv, it requires a bit of a chill to enjoy at full strength. Delicious.
by M.Kaplan
February 15th, 2019, 10:06 am
Forum: Offline Planner
Topic: APL Los Angeles
Replies: 82
Views: 1862

Re: APL Los Angeles

I'm going to bring some older Bordeaux and an old Cali Cab or two. We can decide which among them to drink on Thurs.
by M.Kaplan
February 13th, 2019, 12:20 pm
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Reims or Epernay for kid friendly day trip
Replies: 17
Views: 562

Re: Reims or Epernay for kid friendly day trip

Agree with Andrew. Also consider taking the RER to Versailles and take a Fat Tire Bike Tour there.
https://www.fattiretours.com/paris/tour ... -Bike-Tour
by M.Kaplan
February 12th, 2019, 10:05 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Central Greece: Attica
Replies: 3
Views: 172

Re: Central Greece: Attica

Boutari makes nice wines in Attica.
by M.Kaplan
February 12th, 2019, 8:38 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: L.A. Times Fast Food French Fry Rankings
Replies: 18
Views: 784

Re: L.A. Times Fast Food French Fry Rankings

The Bellwether fries are good (especially with their hot sauce, but the fried cauliflower with fish sauce is better). However, unless they’ve changed in the past month, the Bellwether isn’t a fast food restaurant.
by M.Kaplan
February 12th, 2019, 3:45 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: L.A. Times Fast Food French Fry Rankings
Replies: 18
Views: 784

L.A. Times Fast Food French Fry Rankings

https://www.latimes.com/food/la-fo-fren ... story.html

In-N-Out are indeed the worst. They taste and have the texture of drywall cooked in not hot enough oil.
by M.Kaplan
February 10th, 2019, 12:00 pm
Forum: Commerce Corner - Wine Classifieds
Topic: Dom Perignon 2008 - FINALLY here! NEW PRICING
Replies: 7
Views: 1236

Re: Dom Perignon 2008 - FINALLY here! NEW PRICING

What forms of payment do you accept?
by M.Kaplan
February 10th, 2019, 11:52 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: My first Keller gmax
Replies: 86
Views: 3872

Re: My first Keller gmax

Kelly Flynn wrote:
February 8th, 2019, 7:08 am
Robert.A.Jr. wrote:
February 8th, 2019, 5:07 am
Mark Golodetz wrote:
February 8th, 2019, 5:04 am
even the greatest white wines do not have the appeal to me of the great reds.
+1

Not even close.
Keller makes some great stuff, but at the end of the day I easily side with Henri Murger: "The first duty of wine is to be red."
No. The first duty of a wine is to be refreshing.
by M.Kaplan
February 9th, 2019, 6:50 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: Why do old Macallan 18's sell for so much ?
Replies: 19
Views: 1227

Re: Why do old Macallan 18's sell for so much ?

$300 for a NAS Macallan? No thanks.
by M.Kaplan
February 8th, 2019, 9:55 am
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Vegas for an almost rookie
Replies: 58
Views: 2066

Re: Vegas for an almost rookie

Bank's new place is Lamaii and he has a Facebook page with photos. Check out the magnums! He's only been open for around ten days and has gotten some good reviews. He describes it as "modern Thai." It is in Chinatown on Spring Mountain Road, pretty close to the old places. Also....on the hotels, Be...
by M.Kaplan
February 6th, 2019, 11:48 am
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: What SCOTCH are you drinking?
Replies: 638
Views: 38064

Re: What SCOTCH are you drinking?

I’m reporting in from the 20th Annual Gathering of the Clan, Ardbeggeddon XX, held annually at Dick Cheney’s Secret Underground Bunker located on a secure military base somewhere near Las Vegas.

For a taste of the good stuff, check out my Instagram, mkap888 (permission required), or whiskyanorach.
by M.Kaplan
February 5th, 2019, 7:41 pm
Forum: Offline Planner
Topic: APL Los Angeles
Replies: 82
Views: 1862

Re: APL Los Angeles

You choose. I also wouldn’t say no to the bacon appetizer.
by M.Kaplan
February 4th, 2019, 6:11 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2013 Roagna Langhe Rosso - BestBuy Piedmont
Replies: 12
Views: 877

Re: 2013 Roagna Langhe Rosso - BestBuy Piedmont

'12 is also a beautiful wine. Drank a bottle on Friday with a 150-day dry-aged rib at APL. Punches way above its price tag.
by M.Kaplan
February 2nd, 2019, 8:06 am
Forum: Offline Planner
Topic: APL Los Angeles
Replies: 82
Views: 1862

Re: APL Los Angeles

My wife and son surprised me with dinner at APL last night (I didn't know where we were going until we arrived). Ate a 147-day dry aged brontosaurus tomahawk rib for 3. It was very beefy and delicious. We are in for a real treat on 2/21. I suggest trying to beat the traffic by going earlier, rather ...

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