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by George Hejna
March 30th, 2020, 4:01 pm
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: What are you doing to support restaurants during Covid19?
Replies: 22
Views: 463

Re: What are doing to support restaurants during Covid19?

Maybe a time to stop the BYO a while and buy off the list?? I know that is sacrilege here but it is a big money maker for restaurants.

George
by George Hejna
March 29th, 2020, 10:47 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2007 Leflaive Chevalier
Replies: 26
Views: 989

Re: 2007 Leflaive Chevalier

Happy Birthday. I am glad it held up much better than my 09 Meursault 1er Cru Sous le Dos d'Âne. That one got dumped on Friday. Out of magnum none the less.

George
by George Hejna
March 28th, 2020, 9:14 am
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: What are you doing to support restaurants during Covid19?
Replies: 22
Views: 463

Re: What are doing to support restaurants during Covid19?

Sarah - Thanks for posting. I did not know this until I read your article. According to multiple health and safety organizations worldwide, including the CDC, the USDA, and the European Food safety Authority, there is currently no evidence that COVID-19 has spread through food or food packaging. Pre...
by George Hejna
March 28th, 2020, 9:12 am
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: What are you doing to support restaurants during Covid19?
Replies: 22
Views: 463

Re: What are doing to support restaurants during Covid19?

It is a really sad time for restaurants. Many in ATL transitioned to take out, but several have already given up on that. I have contributed to several GoFundMe pages to help restaurant workers and I have purchased gift cards for future use. I have not done takeout as I don't understand how people ...
by George Hejna
March 28th, 2020, 8:33 am
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: What are you doing to support restaurants during Covid19?
Replies: 22
Views: 463

What are you doing to support restaurants during Covid19?

I didn't want to hijack the BYOB thread and I also think this is important enough to have it's own topic. Clearly, the restaurant industry is in BIG trouble. We all seem to enjoy restaurants around the world quite frequently. So what are you doing to help? There are many GoFundMe pages. There are ma...
by George Hejna
March 24th, 2020, 1:26 pm
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: is this the end of byo culture?
Replies: 14
Views: 612

Re: is this the end of byo culture?

I think the end of restaurants in general would be more worrisome.

George
by George Hejna
March 2nd, 2020, 7:09 am
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Coronavirus and Summer Travel
Replies: 209
Views: 7484

Re: Coronavirus and Summer Travel

American and I believe United waiving any change fees for tickets purchased up until 3/16 as of now.

George
by George Hejna
March 1st, 2020, 7:51 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Chicago Restaurant Thread
Replies: 663
Views: 37746

Re: Chicago Restaurant Thread

It's been a while since this thread has seen some action. Had dinner at Porto last night. Absolutely wonderful. Food, service, wine all top notch. Large selection of conservas. The room is really great also. One thing I found interesting is that the entire restaurant is almost all counter or communa...
by George Hejna
March 1st, 2020, 7:38 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Cleaning Zalto glass with metal pellets
Replies: 13
Views: 1189

Re: Cleaning Zalto glass with metal pellets

Welcome to WB. I have cleaned Zaltos by hand hundreds of times same in dishwasher and have broken 1. They are sturdier than they feel. I have never used the metal bead products but I thought they were designed for decanters where you have little or no access. I just don't see how they would get a cl...
by George Hejna
March 1st, 2020, 7:32 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Premox % from 540 white Burgundy tasting notes
Replies: 44
Views: 2586

Re: Premox % from 540 white Burgundy tasting notes

LeFlaive - Ouch. Although not surprised.

George
by George Hejna
February 28th, 2020, 11:45 am
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Coronavirus and Summer Travel
Replies: 209
Views: 7484

Re: Coronavirus and Summer Travel

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by George Hejna
February 28th, 2020, 7:28 am
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Coronavirus and Summer Travel
Replies: 209
Views: 7484

Re: Coronavirus and Summer Travel

I agree with others. I would wait. Wouldn't be too concerned about contracting the virus (as of today). It would just be all the potential headaches it could cause your travel. If you wanted to book something I would just make sure everything is refundable so you can bail out if needed. If you wait ...
by George Hejna
February 28th, 2020, 7:28 am
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Coronavirus and Summer Travel
Replies: 209
Views: 7484

Re: Coronavirus and Summer Travel

I agree with others. I would wait. Wouldn't be too concerned about contracting the virus (as of today). It would just be all the potential headaches it could cause your travel. If you wanted to book something I would just make sure everything is refundable so you can bail out if needed.

George
by George Hejna
February 28th, 2020, 7:26 am
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Road to Hana
Replies: 27
Views: 798

Re: Road to Hana

We decided the take the drive up to Halekala instead because of the time commitment to Hana. Really enjoyed it. Road is twisty and curvy and you have to watch the altitude for us flat landers but it was really cool. Our kids loved it. They were 9 and 13 George George - did you do sunrise/sunset or ...
by George Hejna
February 27th, 2020, 4:24 pm
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Road to Hana
Replies: 27
Views: 798

Re: Road to Hana

We decided the take the drive up to Halekala instead because of the time commitment to Hana. Really enjoyed it. Road is twisty and curvy and you have to watch the altitude for us flat landers but it was really cool. Our kids loved it. They were 9 and 13

George
by George Hejna
February 20th, 2020, 12:45 pm
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Madrid, España
Replies: 21
Views: 954

Re: Madrid, España

I will start off with probably my most favorite restaurant experience ever. Not sure how you don't go here on a trip to Madrid. https://diverxo.com/en/ I will also add it can be difficult to get reservations for but if you stay in the hotel it helps a great deal, almost guarantees if you plan ahead....
by George Hejna
February 18th, 2020, 6:33 am
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Caribbean recommendations?
Replies: 18
Views: 1191

Re: Caribbean recommendations?

Ritz Carlton St Thomas just finished a multi-year rebuild. It might be worth a look.

George
by George Hejna
February 14th, 2020, 3:21 pm
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Needing Family Friendly Recs for Washington DC
Replies: 21
Views: 805

Re: Needing Family Friendly Recs for Washington DC

All the restaurant recommendations are great. José's places are all perfect for a family. Except of course Minibar and Barmini.

If you are doing museums on the mall the cafe in the National Museum of the American Indian is a good place.

George
by George Hejna
February 13th, 2020, 9:54 am
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: United Airlines Upgrade Question
Replies: 4
Views: 550

Re: United Airlines Upgrade Question

Flyertalk is a great source of airline specific info. I am sure this website will be brought up. https://www.expertflyer.com

George
by George Hejna
February 5th, 2020, 7:18 am
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Stockholm and Oslo.......all kinds of advice needed.
Replies: 39
Views: 3872

Re: Stockholm and Oslo.......all kinds of advice needed.

I can't imagine jackets are required anywhere. It is relatively casual. That being said summers have been much hotter than normal (duh). A/C is not a thing in many places so it can be really hot. We dined at a 1* in Stockholm when it was about 80 degrees at night. No A/C. They brought in a portable ...
by George Hejna
January 30th, 2020, 7:56 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Noma - Disappointing...... (long)
Replies: 63
Views: 5124

Re: Noma - Disappointing...... (long)

. . . They could have cared less. . . Could not have cared less, of course, but now that I am done with the pet peeve, let's move to the substance. I know a guy who has a SEVERE tree nut allergy. He was a trade association senior executive and traveled all over the world. He had a notebook which ha...
by George Hejna
January 30th, 2020, 7:53 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Noma - Disappointing...... (long)
Replies: 63
Views: 5124

Re: Noma - Disappointing...... (long)

Connected is the perfect word. Some 3*** meals tend to be more of a performance. Alinea here in Chicago is a perfect example. I do enjoy some of these every now and again. (Haven't been to Alinea for years). These meals can sometimes make you feel very disconnected. Like you are watching a movie. I...
by George Hejna
January 28th, 2020, 4:11 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Noma - Disappointing...... (long)
Replies: 63
Views: 5124

Re: Noma - Disappointing...... (long)

I started this thread so I guess I can drift it a little???? To Sarah's point. Traveling to other countries to get something amazing that I can't get elsewhere.... I seem to be having much better luck with this when I stay away from the 2** and 3*** restaurants. There seems to be some predictabilit...
by George Hejna
January 28th, 2020, 7:18 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Noma - Disappointing...... (long)
Replies: 63
Views: 5124

Re: Noma - Disappointing...... (long)

Connected is the perfect word. Some 3*** meals tend to be more of a performance. Alinea here in Chicago is a perfect example. I do enjoy some of these every now and again. (Haven't been to Alinea for years). These meals can sometimes make you feel very disconnected. Like you are watching a movie. I...
by George Hejna
January 27th, 2020, 1:13 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Noma - Disappointing...... (long)
Replies: 63
Views: 5124

Re: Noma - Disappointing...... (long)

Connected is the perfect word. Some 3*** meals tend to be more of a performance. Alinea here in Chicago is a perfect example. I do enjoy some of these every now and again. (Haven't been to Alinea for years). These meals can sometimes make you feel very disconnected. Like you are watching a movie. In...
by George Hejna
January 26th, 2020, 8:16 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Noma - Disappointing...... (long)
Replies: 63
Views: 5124

Re: Noma - Disappointing...... (long)

Just want to clarify. When we say disappointed. It’s relative to the cost and hype right? If the quality and service was $100 all in at ur neighborhood spot, you/folks would be blown away? Or it’s baddd even if it was free kinda bad? Hahah just trying to set expectations. :) I don’t usually really ...
by George Hejna
January 25th, 2020, 10:45 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Noma - Disappointing...... (long)
Replies: 63
Views: 5124

Re: Noma - Disappointing...... (long)

Just want to clarify. When we say disappointed. It’s relative to the cost and hype right? If the quality and service was $100 all in at ur neighborhood spot, you/folks would be blown away? Or it’s baddd even if it was free kinda bad? Hahah just trying to set expectations. :) I don’t usually really ...
by George Hejna
January 25th, 2020, 9:26 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Noma - Disappointing...... (long)
Replies: 63
Views: 5124

Re: Noma - Disappointing...... (long)

that may well be very true but i still think they are comparable from a standard of your expectation going in. if you eat at either place there are so many accolades and hype associated how can they live up to the reputation? also i would say winning a bocuse d'or is far more impressive than toppin...
by George Hejna
January 25th, 2020, 6:42 am
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Aix-en-P and environs
Replies: 6
Views: 625

Re: Aix-en-P and environs

Had an excellent lunch at Saint-Estève. Beautiful property.

https://www.leslodgessaintevictoire.com ... urant.html

George
by George Hejna
January 24th, 2020, 4:43 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Noma - Disappointing...... (long)
Replies: 63
Views: 5124

Re: Noma - Disappointing...... (long)

Mark - Would love to hear about your experience. FYI I was like you and I clearly explained no orange wines. They brought them anyway. My only advice is grab the list, try to find something you like or even recognize and go with that. I truly hope you do better than I did wine wise. If you have time...
by George Hejna
January 22nd, 2020, 7:08 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Naperville IL
Replies: 4
Views: 695

Re: Naperville IL

I grew up in Naperville and live a bit west of there now. Listen to Chris he gives excellent advice. Your options are limited especially on wine. If you are willing to drive you have the entire city of Chicago not too far away. There are some good Mexican options (no wine) in Geneva also. There is a...
by George Hejna
January 12th, 2020, 1:00 pm
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Honeymoon plans: help me make a decision
Replies: 22
Views: 1182

Re: Honeymoon plans: help me make a decision

The beaches in Jerez de la Frontera, Cordoba and Sevilla are stunning!! [snort.gif] [snort.gif] George My sarcasm meter might be a bit on the fritz....but at the chance you’re not being 100% honest, there’s a bunch of options on the Costa del Sol, amigo mío. Yes... I was kidding. Certainly lots of ...
by George Hejna
January 12th, 2020, 11:59 am
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Honeymoon plans: help me make a decision
Replies: 22
Views: 1182

Re: Honeymoon plans: help me make a decision

The beaches in Jerez de la Frontera, Cordoba and Sevilla are stunning!!

[snort.gif] [snort.gif]

George
by George Hejna
January 12th, 2020, 11:09 am
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Caribbean recommendations?
Replies: 18
Views: 1191

Re: Caribbean recommendations?

In regards to Scrub Island. I have never stayed there but spent a bit of time there on a dive trip out of Virgin Gorda. Dove with some folks who were not overly complementary. Not a lot to do, small rooms, only OK food. Granted this is just 1 couples opinion. It has 1000+ reviews on Trip Advisor I w...
by George Hejna
January 12th, 2020, 10:09 am
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Costa Rica Questions
Replies: 35
Views: 1870

Re: Costa Rica Questions

Poppy, It's a big country. Where are you looking at staying? It's really hard to say if a very inexpensive AirBnb would be safe or not. Personally I would feel very uncomfortable in that price range especially with a 7 year old but everyone is different. Driving - you will see all different recommen...
by George Hejna
January 12th, 2020, 9:51 am
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Honeymoon plans: help me make a decision
Replies: 22
Views: 1182

Re: Honeymoon plans: help me make a decision

The Balearics are great. I think Sevilla and possibly Cordoba need more than 1 night but don't know your time frame. How about the south of France? You will be there before the summer tourists but the weather should be good. Lots of options from big luxury hotels to small boutique ones. Plenty of gr...
by George Hejna
January 11th, 2020, 12:00 pm
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Caribbean recommendations?
Replies: 18
Views: 1191

Re: Caribbean recommendations?

Thanks all. Bequia looks good but not Bonvoy and as this is a no kids trip , we want to accumulate or use points. Mark, funny you ,emotion Dorado. I actually have a hold at RC Dorado Beach but it is pricey and you can’t use or earn Bonvoy points. St Johns looks nice. Only thing available is 2 bedro...
by George Hejna
January 11th, 2020, 8:28 am
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Caribbean recommendations?
Replies: 18
Views: 1191

Re: Caribbean recommendations?

Look at the Westin St John. Just redone after the hurricane has nice villa rentals. I have not been to St J since the hurricane but I love the island. The beaches, the snorkeling are just fantastic. Restaurants are just OK but if you like outdoor stuff it is perfect. There is also a RC on St Thomas ...
by George Hejna
December 22nd, 2019, 7:16 am
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: When to Book Airfare ???
Replies: 7
Views: 1030

Re: When to Book Airfare ???

There is no answer. Google flights will allow you to track your fare and can alert you if the price goes down. Find a fare with a price you are comfortable paying and buy it. Getting an upgrade with low level status on an international flight for 2 people is pretty impossible. If you are using point...
by George Hejna
December 14th, 2019, 6:41 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Winning auctions for same or more than retail?
Replies: 44
Views: 2152

Re: Winning auctions for same or more than retail?

People could also be buying in case qty. Many times with older wines a store may have 1 bottle. Like Mark said you are much more sure of provenance also. HDH does an excellent job. Many of the wines I purchase at auction (older Burgundy) cannot be found at retail or wine searcher finds one bottle in...
by George Hejna
December 13th, 2019, 3:47 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Lobster source?
Replies: 29
Views: 1782

Re: Lobster source?

Have had pretty good luck with these guys. https://www.supremelobster.com

Costco lobster that I have had 2 or 3 times sucks.

George
by George Hejna
December 7th, 2019, 3:19 pm
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Italy (Rome/Florence/Venice) - June 2020
Replies: 21
Views: 2623

Re: Italy (Rome/Florence/Venice) - June 2020

Whatever you do plan in terms of visiting the popular tourists site. Plan WAAY in advance. We were in Florence in early July and like most of Europe it was packed. The tour guide will help immensely if they can help you avoid lines. I get having to go to Europe in the summer because of kids (that's ...
by George Hejna
December 1st, 2019, 8:56 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Las Vegas Restaurants
Replies: 155
Views: 12548

Re: Las Vegas Restaurants

Twist was excellent. Food was prepared perfectly. The caviar dish is outstanding. Service was a bit slow as they seemed a bit shorthanded. Restaurant was not at all crowded on a Friday night Nobu was also excellent. I was a bit concerned that it would be a bit over the top/loud/garish but the room w...
by George Hejna
November 29th, 2019, 5:04 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Las Vegas Restaurants
Replies: 155
Views: 12548

Re: Las Vegas Restaurants

Really mediocre meal at L'atelier last night. Sent one crab dish back as it just tasted/tasted smelled off. Ordered the 1/2 pheasant ($70) and it was relatively tasteless. Blind I would have guessed turkey without a doubt. Mash potatoes were a tiny portion and warm at best. Service was good. George
by George Hejna
November 13th, 2019, 12:25 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Rush Creek Reserve!
Replies: 226
Views: 13742

Re: Rush Creek Reserve!

Had it last night vs a bunch of really nice French cheeses. It did well. The texture to me still seems a little bit plastic like. It was room temp. I would like it to get a little more runny but that is being pretty nit picky, Geoge plastic like seems a little under ripe to me. likely just needed a...
by George Hejna
November 12th, 2019, 6:35 am
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Turks & Caicos
Replies: 27
Views: 4393

Re: Turks & Caicos

Pretty good summary of Grand Cayman. You must have been to the new Foster's grocery store. I hear it is great. It's nice also that the airport construction is now mostly finished. They have to still lengthen the runway but that shouldn't really effect anyone.

Did you dive or snorkel?

George
by George Hejna
November 11th, 2019, 3:51 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Rush Creek Reserve!
Replies: 226
Views: 13742

Re: Rush Creek Reserve!

Had it last night vs a bunch of really nice French cheeses. It did well. The texture to me still seems a little bit plastic like. It was room temp. I would like it to get a little more runny but that is being pretty nit picky,

Geoge
by George Hejna
November 11th, 2019, 3:49 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Chicken Pie -- Filling, am I going to make people sick?
Replies: 14
Views: 1437

Re: Chicken Pie -- Filling, am I going to make people sick?

Bring anything up to the right temp for the right amount of time and it will kill everything.

George
by George Hejna
November 4th, 2019, 3:08 pm
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Pre-Christmas in Europe
Replies: 15
Views: 1705

Re: Pre-Christmas in Europe

So many places. Sevilla and Cordoba come to mind. We spend a NYE if Sevilla a couple of years ago that was fantastic. We did Amsterdam which was sort of meh for xmas. Brugge was great. We did Lisbon also. Loved it. I like to get out of the really cold weather. :)

George
by George Hejna
October 30th, 2019, 6:45 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Chicago Restaurant Thread
Replies: 663
Views: 37746

Re: Chicago Restaurant Thread

There is nothing really with in walking distance as the hotel is pretty Far east. There are tons of restaurants within a 10 min Uber. It depends on what you want. If you are just traveling with carry on you could head west (towards O'hare) and the restaurant will keep your bag giving you more time t...

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