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by M.Kaplan
March 26th, 2020, 7:35 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Eating and Drinking in Los Angeles
Replies: 1024
Views: 56818

Re: Eating and Drinking in Los Angeles

We are ordering takeout/delivery almost every night from local restaurants because we like their food and want to support them. Bruce Marder’s Capo/Rooster/Brentwood, Vincenti, Pizzana, Jon & Vinny’s, Bandera, California Chicken Cafe, Belcampo, Milo & Olive, Lodge Bread, Bombay Frankie, and others.
by M.Kaplan
March 24th, 2020, 9:54 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Best overperforming wine you’ve ever had
Replies: 98
Views: 5045

Re: Best overperforming wine you’ve ever had

Some time in the late ‘00s I brought a bottle of ‘82 La Tour Haut Brion to Eleven Madison Park. It smelled absolutely foul on opening. The sommelier said it would be fine but I didn’t really believe her, as it was the 5th or 6th bottle from a case and none of the previous bottles (or any since) smel...
by M.Kaplan
March 17th, 2020, 6:11 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Michael Broadbent RIP
Replies: 32
Views: 2250

Re: Michael Broadbent RIP

*****(*)
by M.Kaplan
March 16th, 2020, 10:02 am
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Mt Whitney advice and training - stair stepper advice?
Replies: 13
Views: 485

Re: Mt Whitney advice and training - stair stepper advicer ?

Many years ago I co-led a YMCA middle school age camping trip to the Mammoth area that got snowed out the first night we were there. We decided to head down to Diaz Lake and camp there for the balance of the week long trip. The campers became restless, so we decided on the fly to hike up Whitney (be...
by M.Kaplan
March 12th, 2020, 7:21 pm
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Coronavirus and Summer Travel
Replies: 212
Views: 7685

Re: Coronavirus and Summer Travel

My daughter just cancelled her JFK-LAX tix next week following the same advice as my son. Ymmv.
by M.Kaplan
March 12th, 2020, 7:07 pm
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Coronavirus and Summer Travel
Replies: 212
Views: 7685

Re: Coronavirus and Summer Travel

The flights and the airports.
by M.Kaplan
March 12th, 2020, 6:43 pm
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Coronavirus and Summer Travel
Replies: 212
Views: 7685

Re: Coronavirus and Summer Travel

My son who also lives in LA has a reservation at Alinea Saturday. He and his friend planned to take the red eye after work tomorrow to Chicago and have dinner Saturday. He reached out an hour ago to his lifelong buddy, Ted Long, who is responsible for ambulatory care at New York City Health + Hospit...
by M.Kaplan
March 11th, 2020, 2:53 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: What SCOTCH are you drinking?
Replies: 698
Views: 47867

Re: What SCOTCH are you drinking?

JulianD wrote:
March 11th, 2020, 11:10 am
Seems like highland park has had issues with batch variation/QA recently.
This has been my experience also, for 10+ years. Mostly bad sherry casks (sulphur/rubber/'gunpowder'). Too bad, as good HP is very good or better.
by M.Kaplan
March 4th, 2020, 11:36 am
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Coronavirus and Summer Travel
Replies: 212
Views: 7685

Re: Coronavirus and Summer Travel

Booking LAX to Corsica, Sardinia, then Paris in Sept/Oct. Delta will fully refund tickets or waive change fees for all tix purchased this month. Hotels are cancelable until 2 weeks before arrival. Paid a small deposit on the Paris apartment until big payment in June. So we have little risk until Jun...
by M.Kaplan
February 28th, 2020, 6:31 pm
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Greece - Santorini, Naxos and Athens
Replies: 18
Views: 683

Re: Greece - Santorini, Naxos and Athens

Maire, I understand your comments about Argyros’ facility, but their wines are first class. IMO, Argyros, Hatzidakis, and Sigalas (and sometimes Gaia) make the best Santorini Assyrtiko year in and year out.
by M.Kaplan
February 27th, 2020, 8:37 pm
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Panzano, Dario Cecchini
Replies: 4
Views: 314

Re: Panzano, Dario Cecchini

He has recently had a class at the Ojai Valley Inn arranged by Nancy Silverton. He’s done other dinners arranged by Nancy Silverton, which are reputed to have been good. Some years ago, Dario did back to back dinners in LA. The first night at Valentino was the worst restaurant experience in my memo...
by M.Kaplan
February 26th, 2020, 7:48 pm
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Paris with kids?
Replies: 9
Views: 434

Re: Paris with kids?

Ice cream on Ile Saint-Louis at Maison Berthillon.

Dinner at Le Relais de l’Entrecôte for steak frites.

Ferris wheel at Tuileries or Hotel De Ville or St Paul.

Ride bikes on the riverside bike path (right bank of the Seine).
by M.Kaplan
February 26th, 2020, 12:39 pm
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: New York City hotels
Replies: 16
Views: 714

Re: New York City hotels

neal if by chance you have an amex platinum (or higher) there are some decent options and the perks make a stay well worth the tariff early check in, late check out, free breakfast, and a $100 credit for food or spa in the hotel. there's the edition, dominick, and quite a few others that may work f...
by M.Kaplan
February 26th, 2020, 11:18 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Eating and Drinking in Paris
Replies: 306
Views: 22492

Re: Eating and Drinking in Paris

Great notes, Sarah. I agree about the weird downstairs at Maison Sota. It screams to be a wine bar. I also loved the baby abalone at Enfants Rouge, as well as everything else I ate there. So much so that I walked 1.25 miles from our apartment for lunch 2-3 times a week. They do a good job with (most...
by M.Kaplan
February 26th, 2020, 10:38 am
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: SMWS --- what do you think of them?
Replies: 21
Views: 1104

Re: SMWS --- what do you think of them?

GlenMonsanto sold the SMWS to a group of private investors circa 2015. Since then, SMWS hasn’t the access to casks that it did during GlenMonsanto’s ownership and is in the same boat as other independent bottlers looking for quality casks. The US SMWS is back to getting far less than its fair share...
by M.Kaplan
February 25th, 2020, 8:57 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: SMWS --- what do you think of them?
Replies: 21
Views: 1104

Re: SMWS --- what do you think of them?

GlenMonsanto sold the SMWS to a group of private investors circa 2015. Since then, SMWS hasn’t the access to casks that it did during GlenMonsanto’s ownership and is in the same boat as other independent bottlers looking for quality casks. The US SMWS is back to being the red-headed stepchild when i...
by M.Kaplan
February 25th, 2020, 11:33 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Tinned Fish & Wine Pairing (Conservas)
Replies: 13
Views: 855

Re: Tinned Fish & Wine Pairing (Conservas)

One of my favorite things to eat at L'Avant Comptoir de la Mer and L'Avant Comptoir du Marche are sardines from Yves Camdeborde's cousin swimming in Bordier butter, washed down with still or sparkling dry Loire Chenin. A match made in heaven.
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by M.Kaplan
February 24th, 2020, 7:54 pm
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Greece - Santorini, Naxos and Athens
Replies: 18
Views: 683

Re: Greece - Santorini, Naxos and Athens

My Santorini favorites are Sunset Taberna in Ammoudi Bay, Melitini and Candouni in Oia. I also like Anogi. We spend 9-12 nights and alternate Sunset every other night with these others, mixing in a few dinners at Katikies, where we stay. I avoid the pan European restaurants (Ambrosia, et al) as they...
by M.Kaplan
February 24th, 2020, 2:29 pm
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Greece - Santorini, Naxos and Athens
Replies: 18
Views: 683

Re: Greece - Santorini, Naxos and Athens

Vedema is closer to all wineries except Sigalas, which is at the north end of the island and near Mystique. Of the wineries nearer Vedema, I'd go to some combination of Hatzidakis, Argyros, Gaia and the tasting room at Santo (the Santorini wine cooperative). The Santo wines aren't my favorite, but t...
by M.Kaplan
February 24th, 2020, 7:38 am
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Sardinia - why not? Advice requested.
Replies: 12
Views: 630

Re: Sardinia - why not? Advice requested.

Jonathan and Barry,
Thanks for the info and advice.

Looks like a week at Pitrizza and 3 nights on Corsica at Casadelmar. We are late booking Il Pellicano and only big suites are remaining at €2300/night. Oh, well...
by M.Kaplan
February 23rd, 2020, 6:46 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Taittinger Comtes de Champagne - any copycats?
Replies: 24
Views: 1468

Re: Taittinger Comtes de Champagne - any copycats?

Yaacov,
Check out Bereche Les Beaux Regards. BdB, no dosage. Also Vouette et Sorbee Blanc d’Argile. I, too, love Chardonnay with bubbles.
by M.Kaplan
February 23rd, 2020, 8:38 am
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Sardinia - why not? Advice requested.
Replies: 12
Views: 630

Re: Sardinia - why not? Advice requested.

My son's former 'work mom' loves the Pitrizza, so we're going to look at it as well as the other Luxury Collection hotels. Our preference is for smaller resorts with great beaches. Has anyone stayed on Corsica? Thinking about spending a few nights there, too, if the logistics of getting to Il Pellic...
by M.Kaplan
February 22nd, 2020, 5:42 pm
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Hudson Valley for families?
Replies: 4
Views: 413

Re: Hudson Valley for families?

Hi Bruce, My daughter spent four years in college near Rhinebeck, in Annandale-on-Hudson, and was married 10 years later this past September near New Paltz at Buttermilk Falls Inn, which I heartily recommend as a lovely place to stay (the Friday night welcome dinner was coincidentally held at Robibe...
by M.Kaplan
February 22nd, 2020, 12:41 pm
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Sardinia - why not? Advice requested.
Replies: 12
Views: 630

Re: Sardinia - why not? Advice requested.

Thanks Barry. Exactly the kind of advice I’m looking for.

Hope to combine a week-ish in Sardinia with a few nights at Il Pellicano.
by M.Kaplan
February 22nd, 2020, 12:25 pm
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Sardinia - why not? Advice requested.
Replies: 12
Views: 630

Re: Sardinia - why not? Advice requested.

Reupping this topic.

We have 10 days or so for travel before heading to Paris in mid-September and are thinking about going to Sardinia to take it slow and hang out at a beach resort and maybe travel around the island. Any recommendations?
Thanks.
by M.Kaplan
February 18th, 2020, 2:58 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: Irish Whiskey Thread
Replies: 49
Views: 2813

Re: Irish Whiskey Thread

so the current green spot is not worth getting? haven't gotten in a while and loved the style. but perhaps i was tasting the "new" style and my taste is shite? Yaacov, Over the past couple of weeks I drank a recently purchased on-sale Green Spot. It was good for the price, but somewhat lacking the ...
by M.Kaplan
February 18th, 2020, 12:03 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Eating and Drinking in Paris
Replies: 306
Views: 22492

Re: Eating and Drinking in Paris

Ouch. Hope you mend before you get to Paris. Have a great trip!
by M.Kaplan
February 18th, 2020, 11:17 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Eating and Drinking in Los Angeles
Replies: 1024
Views: 56818

Re: Eating and Drinking in Los Angeles

Ramon, You might want to check out MB Post, in Manhattan Beach. Not French bistro (SoCal is lacking in true French bistros), but fresh and fun California bistro. And wine friendly.
by M.Kaplan
February 16th, 2020, 10:18 pm
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: Wiring Euros
Replies: 7
Views: 1025

Re: Wiring Euros

I pay $45 per international wire transfer to my bank, regardless of the amount transferred. All it takes is a phone call. What's the big deal?
by M.Kaplan
February 16th, 2020, 10:53 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Texas BYOB Let Down :(
Replies: 60
Views: 4225

Re: Texas BYOB Let Down :(

This! I call ahead to insure bringing a bottle is not an issue and not on their list . I’m curious how many people do this. I BYOB most times I go out to dinner and never do it. I just can’t picture either me, or the restaurant staff, spending the time on the phone confirming that some specific bot...
by M.Kaplan
February 15th, 2020, 6:00 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: Irish Whiskey Thread
Replies: 49
Views: 2813

Re: Irish Whiskey Thread

From the recently concluded Ardbeggeddon XXI, the 21st annual gathering of the clan: A couple of 1950’s distillates. Both very good. 14FD94AB-BD4D-4BE5-B63F-6EAB66818D58.jpeg 5CDABC76-03CA-485F-809A-E361B349204D.jpeg And an excellent Jameson Distillery Reserve 12 year old, available only at the dist...
by M.Kaplan
February 14th, 2020, 10:16 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What is your pick on the most undervalued wine (producer, vintage, grape, etc.) in the world?
Replies: 86
Views: 6038

Re: What is your pick on the most undervalued wine (producer, vintage, grape, etc.) in the world?

White: Assyrtiko from Santorini
Red: Roagna Rosso or Alto Piemonte Nebbiolo
Pink: Château Pradeaux Bandol Rosé
'Natural': Jean Foillard Morgon Côte du Py
by M.Kaplan
February 13th, 2020, 10:22 am
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Need London Restaurant Recs. There's a Twist!
Replies: 10
Views: 615

Re: Need London Restaurant Recs. There's a Twist!

For a meat oriented restaurant that can accommodate 10 (they have a private room), you might want to take a look at Quality Chop House. For farm to table chef's table, check out my favorite, Kitchen Table at Bubbledogs, which can accommodate 10 if seats are available.
by M.Kaplan
February 11th, 2020, 10:11 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Eating and Drinking in Paris
Replies: 306
Views: 22492

Re: Eating and Drinking in Paris

Michel, have you been to the 'new' Kodawari behind the Palais-Royal on Rue de Richelieu? It looks like a fish market and serves pescetarian ramen and other dishes, for the most part. I like it, but it gets crazy busy. If the line is too long, Juveniles is down the block and Pho 14 Opera is around th...
by M.Kaplan
February 10th, 2020, 12:52 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: LA Cheese Shops ?
Replies: 9
Views: 632

Re: LA Cheese Shops ?

Also, Ralph’s (the California Kroger banner) Fresh Fare stores have Murray’s Cheese counters. Their inventory varies by location.
by M.Kaplan
February 10th, 2020, 10:50 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Which Champagne are you drinking?
Replies: 1102
Views: 75638

Re: Which Champagne are you drinking?

Had an 04 Krug last night in 750 to celebrate FIL’s 88th. He loved it, but man is that a high-acid, white-fruit neutron bomb. Seemed very young to me. Slightly un-Kruglike in that I really didn’t pick up any oxidative notes. I drank a bottle of 2004 Krug on Wednesday and liked it precisely for the ...
by M.Kaplan
February 9th, 2020, 2:47 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: LA Cheese Shops ?
Replies: 9
Views: 632

Re: LA Cheese Shops ?

*Cheese Shop BH
*Wally’s Santa Monica (much smaller selection than previously, but they have some difficult to source cheeses)
*Andrew’s Santa Monica
*Eataly Century City has an excellent cheese counter, vying with Cheese Shop BH as the best in the area. And it has a great selection of charcuterie.
by M.Kaplan
February 9th, 2020, 2:12 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Which Champagne are you drinking?
Replies: 1102
Views: 75638

Re: Which Champagne are you drinking?

Had an 04 Krug last night in 750 to celebrate FIL’s 88th. He loved it, but man is that a high-acid, white-fruit neutron bomb. Seemed very young to me. Slightly un-Kruglike in that I really didn’t pick up any oxidative notes. I drank a bottle of 2004 Krug on Wednesday and liked it precisely for the ...
by M.Kaplan
February 9th, 2020, 11:41 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Eating and Drinking in Paris
Replies: 306
Views: 22492

Re: Eating and Drinking in Paris

I loved Bones and haven’t been to Jones since the transformation. Will check out Jones in Sept.
by M.Kaplan
February 8th, 2020, 4:11 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Donating wine- how to calculate tax deduction?
Replies: 32
Views: 1506

Re: Donating wine- how to calculate tax deduction?

The Related-Use Rule: Income tax deductions for donations of artwork, collectibles, wine collections, watercraft, and similar tangible personal property are limited to your cost basis unless the donated personal property is related to the charity's tax-exempt purposes.
by M.Kaplan
February 4th, 2020, 11:16 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Schloss Lieser Riesling Kabinett 'Goldtröpfchen' 2018
Replies: 62
Views: 1560

Re: TN: Schloss Lieser Riesling Kabinett 'Goldtröpfchen' 2018

Corey N. wrote:
February 3rd, 2020, 8:05 am
Schloss Lieser is lovely and your note sublime.

Thank you for posting, old bean.
Agree!
by M.Kaplan
February 4th, 2020, 7:26 am
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: London Recos
Replies: 35
Views: 5120

Re: London Recos

Barrafina is great. The Soho branch is down the street from our London hotel and I eat there at least once a visit.

Good News: Gymkhana is reopening on Feb 18.
by M.Kaplan
February 2nd, 2020, 3:02 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 70th Birthday Bash for Bob Fleming
Replies: 18
Views: 1349

Re: 70th Birthday Bash for Bob Fleming

Howard Cooper wrote:
February 2nd, 2020, 12:56 pm
Neal.Mollen wrote:
February 2nd, 2020, 7:17 am
Happy birthday Robert, if you are lurking! We miss your contributions.
+1
+2
I heartily agree with both sentiments.
by M.Kaplan
February 1st, 2020, 5:54 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2014 Marcel Juge, Cornas - Stream of Consciousness Thoughts
Replies: 36
Views: 1882

Re: TN: 2014 Marcel Juge, Cornas - Stream of Consciousness Thoughts

Markus S wrote:
February 1st, 2020, 5:52 pm
Brent S wrote:
February 1st, 2020, 3:41 pm
Except they cost $500.
Just a 'casual sipper' around these parts.
Except they cost <$50 on release.
by M.Kaplan
January 31st, 2020, 1:45 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Eating and Drinking in Paris
Replies: 306
Views: 22492

Re: Eating and Drinking in Paris

The most interesting (and delicious) wine I tasted at Enfants du Marche last fall was Sous le Végétal Muscat Livia, a dry Chenin from Greece. I wish I could find some to buy. Sarah, I just tell them I want something fresh and not (too) oxidative that they think goes well with whatever I am ordering ...
by M.Kaplan
January 31st, 2020, 10:47 am
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Paris Restaurants wine list - Any Advice Please!?
Replies: 24
Views: 1877

Re: Paris Restaurants wine list - Any Advice Please!?

Les Climats' winelist is nuts. I'd love to drink my way through the 'lesser' appellation whites.
by M.Kaplan
January 30th, 2020, 10:56 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Grassl Glassware
Replies: 170
Views: 8648

Re: Grassl Glassware

Excellent. How do I go about buying them?
by M.Kaplan
January 30th, 2020, 10:24 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Grassl Glassware
Replies: 170
Views: 8648

Re: Grassl Glassware

Chris,
Do the travel bags hold Liberte glasses? If so, I'd like to buy a couple (in heartbeat).
by M.Kaplan
January 30th, 2020, 11:51 am
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Paris Restaurants wine list - Any Advice Please!?
Replies: 24
Views: 1877

Re: Paris Restaurants wine list - Any Advice Please!?

We were in Paris last September. I wrote up the experience as a CellarTracker story. We ate at several excellent restaurants, including a Michelin 3-star. Our favorites were a bit more off the beaten path. All of the wines chosen from the restaurants' lists were reasonably priced (excluding Arpège)...
by M.Kaplan
January 29th, 2020, 5:54 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Cellar Tracker notes - pet peeves
Replies: 194
Views: 6697

Re: Cellar Tracker notes - pet peeves

My CellarTracker notes pet peeve is people complaining about CellarTracker on WineBerserkers rather than on CellarTracker, where airing their pet peeves might have an impact. But that’s just me...

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