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by M.Kaplan
October 18th, 2019, 10:18 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What is your Champagne of the year?
Replies: 93
Views: 3654

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 Forum
Topic: The new Carrieres de Lumieres show is Van Gogh
Replies: 28
Views: 1083

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 Forum
Topic: Philadelphia - quick trip this month (next week!)
Replies: 26
Views: 399

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 Forum
Topic: barcelona 3 nights enough?
Replies: 22
Views: 466

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 Forum
Topic: barcelona 3 nights enough?
Replies: 22
Views: 466

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: 21
Views: 677

Re: Fave Champagne stopper?

Le Creuset doesn't fit Cristal bottles.
by M.Kaplan
October 11th, 2019, 5:20 am
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Paris and Normandy in late March, early April
Replies: 6
Views: 256

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 Forum
Topic: barcelona 3 nights enough?
Replies: 22
Views: 466

Re: barcelona 3 nights enough?

Are three nights enough? NO.
by M.Kaplan
October 10th, 2019, 4:22 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Eating and Drinking in Paris (Updated July 2019)
Replies: 199
Views: 14240

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
Topic: Eating and Drinking in Paris (Updated July 2019)
Replies: 199
Views: 14240

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
Topic: Eating and Drinking in Paris (Updated July 2019)
Replies: 199
Views: 14240

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: 1429

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

‘09 Cristal.
by M.Kaplan
October 7th, 2019, 11:58 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Best Burger in Each State
Replies: 64
Views: 2854

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
Topic: Best Burger in Each State
Replies: 64
Views: 2854

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
Topic: Eating and Drinking in Paris (Updated July 2019)
Replies: 199
Views: 14240

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: 18007

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: 535

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: 535

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: 339
Views: 16000

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 Forum
Topic: SIM cards for Spain, France and Italy
Replies: 17
Views: 560

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
Topic: Looking for dining recos in Toulouse, Marseille and Genoa
Replies: 15
Views: 631

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
Topic: Eating and Drinking in Paris (Updated July 2019)
Replies: 199
Views: 14240

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
Topic: Eating and Drinking in Paris (Updated July 2019)
Replies: 199
Views: 14240

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 Forum
Topic: SIM cards for Spain, France and Italy
Replies: 17
Views: 560

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: 3336

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 Forum
Topic: Anyone use Global Entry Program?
Replies: 487
Views: 29861

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: 2696

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
Topic: Eating and Drinking in Paris (Updated July 2019)
Replies: 199
Views: 14240

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
Topic: Eating and Drinking in Los Angeles
Replies: 911
Views: 47831

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: 2206

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: 350
Views: 29645

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: 1634

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 Forum
Topic: Little Things Mean a Lot - the Travel Version
Replies: 38
Views: 1542

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: 6218

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
Topic: New York City Restaurants
Replies: 2201
Views: 131054

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/
by M.Kaplan
August 27th, 2019, 4:04 pm
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Monte Argentario
Replies: 4
Views: 565

Re: Monte Argentario

Niki de Saint Phalle's Tarot Garden is definitely worth visiting. http://ilgiardinodeitarocchi.it/en/
by M.Kaplan
August 18th, 2019, 12:08 pm
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: From Brussels north to Amsterdam
Replies: 8
Views: 849

Re: From Brussels north to Amsterdam

Rock Fort in Bruges. Not fancy, but very good.

https://www.rock-fort.be/nl/
by M.Kaplan
August 15th, 2019, 4:34 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2014 Marguet Le Parc Grand Cru brut nature
Replies: 51
Views: 2177

Re: 2014 Marguet Le Parc Grand Cru brut nature

Brad Baker wrote:
August 15th, 2019, 9:54 am
...

I honestly don't care if a wine can age or not; I just want to be able to know when to enjoy it and when it will show the characteristics I am looking for.
Exactly this. 2009 Cristal is a prime example; it is so delicious now that I don’t care whether it is a long term ager or not.
by M.Kaplan
August 11th, 2019, 10:01 am
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Where should we go in Italy?
Replies: 36
Views: 2082

Re: Where should we go in Italy?

Fred,
Check out U Giancu
(https://www.ugiancu.it/?lang=en) up in the hills above Rapallo/SML. Very fun place. Food is good. Setting is great.
by M.Kaplan
August 7th, 2019, 11:31 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Eating and Drinking in Paris (Updated July 2019)
Replies: 199
Views: 14240

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

Robert Dentice wrote:
August 7th, 2019, 10:32 am
Looks like Maison Sota is opening September 10th and now taking reservations.

Chef Sota was formerly the Chef of Clown Bar.

Can't wait to go.
Thanks, Robert. I booked for early October.
by M.Kaplan
August 7th, 2019, 10:20 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Eating and Drinking in Paris (Updated July 2019)
Replies: 199
Views: 14240

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

SeanHarding wrote:
August 7th, 2019, 8:58 am
So I guess while they're on August vacation, the Septime online reservations are also unavailable? 😕
Yes. This is often the case with Paris restaurants during their summer holiday.
by M.Kaplan
August 6th, 2019, 4:44 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Post your CELLAR PIC time…..
Replies: 450
Views: 44123

Re: Post your CELLAR PIC time…..

Mine after Carte du Vin moved to a new warehouse. My home cellar is a twin to Russell's.
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by M.Kaplan
August 5th, 2019, 6:34 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Las Vegas Restaurants
Replies: 118
Views: 9274

Re: Las Vegas Restaurants

Bazaar Meats. Cash your IRA before you go. Food is impressive; they haul the meat out on stretchers. They have separate kitchens for meat, fish, and everything else. I got a tour from their somm. He's got around 1,000 separate labels and wants to take it to 1,500. All the wines are pricey but I fou...
by M.Kaplan
August 2nd, 2019, 11:37 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: De Moor I drink their wines, the bigger fan of theirs I become
Replies: 8
Views: 660

Re: TN: De Moor I drink their wines, the bigger fan of theirs I become

Love De Moor Chablis and Aligote. Last weekend we drank a bottle of '15 Aligote Plantation 1902, which is in a very good place. The 'regular' 2015 Aligote is also drinking very well now.
by M.Kaplan
July 30th, 2019, 10:34 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Another 'how many bottles' question. Or what would you choose from the wine list?
Replies: 24
Views: 1121

Re: Another 'how many bottles' question. Or what would you choose from the wine list?

Thank you all for your Berserker-like replies. Let me restate the question in the interest of clarity: There will be 7 hours of hosted and unlimited full open bar (cocktails, wines of all colors and effervescence, and beers). During the middle of which we will have seated dinner and will be serving ...
by M.Kaplan
July 30th, 2019, 4:46 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Another 'how many bottles' question. Or what would you choose from the wine list?
Replies: 24
Views: 1121

Another 'how many bottles' question. Or what would you choose from the wine list?

Assume an early September, Saturday afternoon wedding. Average daytime temperature is in the mid-high-70's. There will be an open bar following the ceremony from 5pm until midnight. Apparently, the venue will permit me to bring in wine for dinner and charge corkage. How many bottles of wine would yo...
by M.Kaplan
July 27th, 2019, 3:56 pm
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Reccos for Restaurants for Ireland and Iceland
Replies: 6
Views: 1001

Re: Reccos for Restaurants for Ireland and Iceland

In Dublin I liked Dax, L’Ecrevain, and Chapter One.
by M.Kaplan
July 24th, 2019, 1:30 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: CA/OR most expensive DTC Chardonnay and Pinot Noir
Replies: 49
Views: 2730

Re: CA/OR most expensive DTC Chardonnay and Pinot Noir

...Top Willamette Valley Chardonnay can hold it’s own with France. And the Pinot Noir is closing the gap as well, if you are drinking the right wines. ... Which are the right wines, both Pinot and Chard? Thanks! Chardonnay: Cameron-Clos Electrique Blanc Walter Scott-Ex Novo, Cuvee Anne, Freedom Hil...

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