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by M.Kaplan
January 28th, 2020, 3:45 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: Irish Whiskey Thread
Replies: 27
Views: 1665

Re: Irish Whiskey Thread

I’m a recent convert to Irish whiskey, much preferring it to Bourbon or Scotch/single malts, which I often find too oaky or peat smokey for my tastes. I recently had a bottle of Yellow Spot but didn’t feel that it deserved the premium over Redbreast or Green Spot. I generally prefer Irish Whiskey a...
by M.Kaplan
January 28th, 2020, 10:37 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Eating and Drinking in Paris
Replies: 254
Views: 18127

Re: Eating and Drinking in Paris

Two of my favorites, Le Rigmarole and Le Sergent Recruteur, received their first Michelin * yesterday.
by M.Kaplan
January 24th, 2020, 8:42 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Grassl Glassware
Replies: 98
Views: 3905

Re: Grassl Glassware

I own some Liberte glasses and gifted some more to my daughter and her (now) husband. They broke two and I replaced them. It would never occur to me to hold the distributor responsible for my or my daughter’s carelessness. YMMV.
by M.Kaplan
January 24th, 2020, 5:21 pm
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Paris Restaurants wine list - Any Advice Please!?
Replies: 19
Views: 922

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

In case I wasn’t clear, La Table du 53 is of the same ‘family’ as Passage 53. Same ownership. Chef was the second sous chef at Passage 53 (the first left to open/partner/cook at Mr. T), also of the same ‘family.’
by M.Kaplan
January 24th, 2020, 4:28 pm
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Paris Restaurants wine list - Any Advice Please!?
Replies: 19
Views: 922

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

Passage 53 has undergone a transformation to a bistro and is now La Table du 53. Food is (still) great, but the wine list is more modest thank it was.

Passage 53 is in hiatus and may reopen in an other location.
by M.Kaplan
January 23rd, 2020, 6:36 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2012 Cristal
Replies: 20
Views: 911

Re: 2012 Cristal

Mich@el Ch@ng wrote:
January 23rd, 2020, 5:50 pm
...
09 is the one to drink now.
Agree.
by M.Kaplan
January 23rd, 2020, 5:50 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Eating and Drinking in Paris
Replies: 254
Views: 18127

Re: Eating and Drinking in Paris

I’m a big fan of Le Rigmarole. The best thing I ate the last time we went was grilled ventresca, which wasn’t cooked or served on skewers. Eating at the counter has the added advantage of talking with chef about what to eat next.
by M.Kaplan
January 19th, 2020, 10:19 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Thoughts on 2016 Jean-Marc Roulot Bourgogne Blanc?
Replies: 10
Views: 705

Re: Thoughts on 2016 Jean-Marc Roulot Bourgogne Blanc?

C. Keller wrote:
January 18th, 2020, 12:29 pm
No. Is all I will say.
Concur.
by M.Kaplan
January 16th, 2020, 5:43 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: The 40 Most Important Restaurants of the Decade
Replies: 23
Views: 1630

Re: The 40 Most Important Restaurants of the Decade

I'm surprised that Coquine didn't make the list. Nice to see Curate and Little Jack's on the list. Looks like the Puerto Rico listing was established in 2007. James Just finished dinner at Little Jack’s. Drinks were good, she crab soup was ok but not as good as the one I ate at Henry’s earlier toda...
by M.Kaplan
January 15th, 2020, 6:12 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Greenock Creek Creek Block
Replies: 18
Views: 920

Re: Greenock Creek Creek Block

Not super recent, but had the 1998 and 2001 in London a few years back - very rich, confectionery blackcurrant fruit - true crème de cassis - and still lively. Will be interested to hear your report back. William, if you described them as balanced and elegant I would have lost all faith in you! [wi...
by M.Kaplan
January 11th, 2020, 10:19 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 1982 Pichon Lalande
Replies: 20
Views: 1376

Re: 1982 Pichon Lalande

Wife had her 50th bday party last year. Along with lots of other fun stuff, I opened an imperial of '82 PL. Was just spectacular. Bought it in the early '90s for maybe $500. You are a good husband. I still have an unopened owb of dbl mags. Paid $240. For the box. Someone should invite me to a bbq.
by M.Kaplan
January 10th, 2020, 5:03 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Grass fed???
Replies: 59
Views: 2415

Re: Grass fed???

Paul,
The best Flannery steak I’ve eaten was a grass fed, whole side dry aged Wagyu strip at a dinner at Umamicatessen in 2012. It was awesome.

Let’s get dinner soon.
by M.Kaplan
January 8th, 2020, 3:30 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The Ultimate Backfill Thread
Replies: 62
Views: 3121

Re: The Ultimate Backfill Thread

Over the past few years, I purchased all available bottles in the US of 2001 and 2004 Charvin CdP. 30 and 25 bottles, respectively.
by M.Kaplan
January 7th, 2020, 8:09 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Eating and Drinking in Paris
Replies: 254
Views: 18127

Re: Eating and Drinking in Paris

Barry, the menu changes constantly/daily. There are many other food stalls in the market, some of which feature vegetarian, so she should have many choices.

Enfant du Marche opens precisely at noon and isn’t busy then.
by M.Kaplan
January 6th, 2020, 5:58 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Eating and Drinking in Paris
Replies: 254
Views: 18127

Re: Eating and Drinking in Paris

Sarah, Patty doesn't eat what I consider to be lunch; she eats a pastry when we're in Paris (and has been known on occasion to indulge in riz au lait on the bench in front of Chez L'Ami Jean). Most of the time, I'm on my own for lunch. As we've gotten older, we eat fewer tasting menus at dinner for ...
by M.Kaplan
January 6th, 2020, 2:56 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Eating and Drinking in Paris
Replies: 254
Views: 18127

Re: Eating and Drinking in Paris

Did you go to Toutain after the remodel? We were there in late October, before the remodel, and agree that the cooking has improved. We didn't go in 2018, as the fall menu had become stagnant. Much improved since the last time we went (in 2017). And Thai Toutain was in fine form the evening we went....
by M.Kaplan
January 3rd, 2020, 7:53 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Damn it; I like ketchup with my hot dog.
Replies: 78
Views: 1765

Re: Damn it; I like ketchup with my hot dog.

I will never understand why ketchup on hot dogs is wrong. That’s how I’ve always eaten them. It’s a (culinary) crime against humanity. Like putting cheese on seafood pasta, dunking sushi rice in soy/wasabi sludge, well done grilled anything, ketchup/tomato-based sauce on BBQ, ice in fine whisky, bl...
by M.Kaplan
January 2nd, 2020, 6:14 pm
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Where to stay in Mosel River Valley area
Replies: 19
Views: 630

Re: Where to stay in Mosel River Valley area

I like the Weinromantikhotel Richtershof, 4 miles outside Bernkastel-Kues.
by M.Kaplan
December 31st, 2019, 6:34 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What is your Barolo of the year ?
Replies: 78
Views: 4921

Re: What is your Barolo of the year ?

I have developed a love for young, 21st century Nebbiolo. I suspect it is mostly a function of changes in winemaking and climate. The 20 year ‘rule’ no longer applies to me (exceptions obviously apply). My favorite Barolo of 2019 is most likely 2004 Bartolo Mascarello. I like it so much I drank six ...
by M.Kaplan
December 27th, 2019, 5:44 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Grassl Glass reviews/evals [merged]
Replies: 257
Views: 21581

Re: Grassl Glass reviews/evals [merged]

I love my Liberte glasses. Bought another six for my daughter and son in law, who promptly broke two in their dishwasher. Found out about it when visiting them over Xmas. Ordered two replacement glasses on the spot. Life is too short to drink good wine from poor stemware.
by M.Kaplan
December 26th, 2019, 5:00 pm
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: NY Style Pizza Recs
Replies: 55
Views: 1866

Re: NY Style Pizza Recs

We ate at Pasquale Jones on Monday. Not NYC style. Neapolitan and very good.
by M.Kaplan
December 25th, 2019, 6:13 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: In Memoriam: A Tribute to my best friend, Claudine Kargere
Replies: 52
Views: 2292

Re: In Memoriam: A Tribute to my best friend, Claudine Kargere

Dan,
Your requiem is beautiful. As was your friend. I regret never having met her. You are a mensch.
by M.Kaplan
December 24th, 2019, 12:15 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: What SCOTCH are you drinking?
Replies: 676
Views: 44541

Re: What SCOTCH are you drinking?

The only Cairdeas that I liked enough to buy in quantity was the 200th anniversary version released in 2015. 100% Laphroaig’s own floor maltings and my favorite Laphroaig since Laphroaig 21.
by M.Kaplan
December 23rd, 2019, 8:59 am
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: What SCOTCH are you drinking?
Replies: 676
Views: 44541

Re: What SCOTCH are you drinking?

I’m firmly in the same camp as Sarah. Multi casting is too often a (failed) attempt to make a poor whisky salable.
by M.Kaplan
December 22nd, 2019, 2:28 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Costco 12lb A5 Kuroge Wagyu Ribeye
Replies: 27
Views: 1793

Re: Costco 12lb A5 Kuroge Wagyu Ribeye

Victor Hong wrote:
December 22nd, 2019, 1:43 pm
Sous vide, in entirety.
Why does Victor hate that beautiful chunk of Wagyu?
by M.Kaplan
December 20th, 2019, 2:10 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: PSA: 2008 Dom Perignon $125.99/btl for 6 pack
Replies: 29
Views: 2426

Re: PSA: 2008 Dom Perignon $125.99/btl for 6 pack

YLee wrote:
December 20th, 2019, 11:04 am
I was told that this deal didn't go through.
Southern reneged. I hate the evil empire with a fiery passion.
by M.Kaplan
December 20th, 2019, 8:25 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Mod selection champagne
Replies: 5
Views: 575

Re: Mod selection champagne

Mich@el Ch@ng wrote:
December 19th, 2019, 2:57 pm
What is this? Is it like ace of spades?
Yes. Mediocre. From Philippe Martin, as I recall.

https://champagne-philippe-martin.com/e ... -the-story
by M.Kaplan
December 19th, 2019, 5:22 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Another Wine Fridge question
Replies: 14
Views: 1131

Re: Another Wine Fridge question

Thanks, Carlton. If only there was a search function... newhere
by M.Kaplan
December 19th, 2019, 4:33 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Another Wine Fridge question
Replies: 14
Views: 1131

Re: Another Wine Fridge question

I'm looking for a large capacity wine fridge to augment my offsite storage. Artevino III by EuroCave, sold by Costco, looks like a candidate. Does anyone have one? What other 400+ bottles are recommended?
by M.Kaplan
December 19th, 2019, 2:03 pm
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: NY Style Pizza Recs
Replies: 55
Views: 1866

Re: NY Style Pizza Recs

The Ray's on Lex between 62nd and 63rd is indeed terrible.
by M.Kaplan
December 18th, 2019, 10:28 am
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: NY Style Pizza Recs
Replies: 55
Views: 1866

Re: NY Style Pizza Recs

Robert Dentice wrote:
December 18th, 2019, 9:20 am
There is a Robertas in Urban Space on Lexington and 51st.
Great to know. Thanks.
by M.Kaplan
December 14th, 2019, 10:49 am
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Best Area in Paris for Bistros
Replies: 26
Views: 1521

Re: Best Area in Paris for Bistros

Le Bon Georges features beef from the great butcher, Alexandre Polmard.
by M.Kaplan
December 7th, 2019, 7:10 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Scrambled eggs
Replies: 43
Views: 1937

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: 4868

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: 15
Views: 1163

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: 30
Views: 1409

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: 1397

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: 1397

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: 1397

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: 3070

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: 11624

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: 11624

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: 11624

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: 3539

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: 1352

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: 6149

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: 1352

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: 1775

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: 51
Views: 2353

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: 51
Views: 2353

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.

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