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by George Hejna
August 18th, 2019, 7:35 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Chicago Restaurant Thread
Replies: 631
Views: 32926

Re: Chicago Restaurant Thread

Couple of new places for me. Cafe Cancale in the old Publican Anker spot. Was good. Oysters were excellent as was the raw bar. Couple of misses on some of the other dishes. Service was spot on. One complaint - the restaurant is so loud. I get it, It is lively and exciting but when you can't even hav...
by George Hejna
August 14th, 2019, 2:33 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Rome, Florence, Tuscany Michelin Starred Restaurants w/ Kids?
Replies: 10
Views: 589

Re: Rome, Florence, Tuscany Michelin Starred Restaurants w/ Kids?

Went to Enoteca Pinchiorri about a month ago. The wine list is enormous. I have never seen so much Petrus. That being said the prices across the board are just plain stupid even by 3 star standards. The room we sat in was beautiful. The food was good, not great. I wouldn't go back.

George
by George Hejna
August 11th, 2019, 1:30 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Thoughts on making this Crude Basement space a cellar
Replies: 14
Views: 841

Re: Thoughts on making this Crude Basement space a cellar

I think you should be concerned about humidity and mold if it is dirt floor. My parents house which is slightly older than yours has a dirt floor. I stored some wine there for a while and even though the room the wine was in had a wood sub floor most of the labels were trashed. Some even fell off or...
by George Hejna
August 11th, 2019, 8:24 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Thoughts on making this Crude Basement space a cellar
Replies: 14
Views: 841

Re: Thoughts on making this Crude Basement space a cellar

You have a lot of HVAC in there which would need some attention depending on what it is. Do the round ducts run outside? That seems odd, maybe I am just looking at it incorrectly. I think as others have said it is pretty close to being able to hold wine as is. I would make sure to monitor temps thro...
by George Hejna
August 8th, 2019, 7:20 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Rhys fined $3.76M for illegally diverting water in Anderson Valley
Replies: 359
Views: 25653

Re: Rhys fined $3.76M for illegally diverting water in Anderson Valley

Hi Robert, On the face, your reading of the situation is certainly plausible. When all the facts come out, you will see that the first clause of your next to last sentence is closer to the truth, and there was nothing willfully done to ignore or circumvent anything. Maybe some day I will write a bo...
by George Hejna
August 7th, 2019, 2:43 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Rhys fined $3.76M for illegally diverting water in Anderson Valley
Replies: 359
Views: 25653

Re: Rhys fined $3.76M for illegally diverting water in Anderson Valley

What about the people/companies that did the actual work? There certainly was a ton of it. Are they not liable?
I read through most of this thread and didn't see much discussion around that.

George
by George Hejna
August 5th, 2019, 4:56 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Chicago Restaurant Thread
Replies: 631
Views: 32926

Re: Chicago Restaurant Thread

Hit up some restaurants this past weekend which were new to me. Mako - Omakase only Sushi. Really good. Beautiful room, nice Sake list, wine list is a little small but serviceable. Menu was very nigiri heavy. Hand roll with tuna and uni was outstanding. Excellent service. A bit expensive at $175 pp....
by George Hejna
July 30th, 2019, 7:39 am
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Stockholm and Oslo.......all kinds of advice needed.
Replies: 20
Views: 572

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

We were in Stockholm for 3 nights last summer. It is a wonderful and beautiful city. Like others have said if you can get out on the water it is amazing. It was an anniversary trip and we stayed at The Grand Hotel. It was a lot of money and I was not overly impressed. It felt in need of updating/ref...
by George Hejna
July 27th, 2019, 10:47 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: New York City Restaurants
Replies: 2132
Views: 124078

Re: New York City Restaurants

Was there Thursday for the Smyth collaboration. Both chef's dishes were excellent. I thought the room was nothing special. Service was very good. Did you BYO the sake? I didn't see it on the list.

George
by George Hejna
July 24th, 2019, 4:16 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: What the Romans ate: last supper Pompeii
Replies: 7
Views: 649

Re: What the Romans ate: last supper Pompeii

Pompeii is an amazing place. When we went our guide showed us ruins of wine bars. bakeries and giant fish markets. Highly recommended if you are in the neighborhood.

George
by George Hejna
July 22nd, 2019, 2:22 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Paris 3 Star Michelin Lunch recs
Replies: 38
Views: 1725

Re: Paris 3 Star Michelin Lunch recs

Had a stunning lunch at L'Atelier a few years ago. Sat at the counter/bar with 2 "youngish" kids. Service was top notch. Did you sit at a table?

George
by George Hejna
July 18th, 2019, 6:44 am
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Italy itinerary - does this work?
Replies: 21
Views: 924

Re: Italy itinerary - does this work?

Drop off fees for a rental car from France to Italy can be extensive. At least you will avoid that. Just got back from Nice. I can tell you the rental car experience at the airport was hell. Took me 2 hours to get my car even though I am Hertz Pres club. Car was ready and waiting I just could not ge...
by George Hejna
July 11th, 2019, 9:58 am
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: New Orleans Hotels
Replies: 28
Views: 1095

Re: New Orleans Hotels

Windsor Court. They have frequent buy get offers through Amex Fine hotels and resorts.


George
by George Hejna
July 11th, 2019, 9:45 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Paris 3 Star Michelin Lunch recs
Replies: 38
Views: 1725

Re: Paris 3 Star Michelin Lunch recs

I ate at Pre Catelan with Michael. It was amazing. It was better than Arpege. That being said I would probably choose Guy Savoy.

George
by George Hejna
July 2nd, 2019, 6:58 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Recirculating range hoods... worth anything?
Replies: 11
Views: 895

Re: Recirculating range hoods... worth anything?

Cooking the way I do I couldn't even imagine a recirculating hood. I would definitely look at trying to get the vent outside. A long run would worry me as they still get pretty greasy.

George
by George Hejna
June 30th, 2019, 4:27 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: What meals did you grow up on
Replies: 72
Views: 2337

Re: What meals did you grow up on

Breaded pork tenderloin, Kraft Mac and cheese and creme corn out of a can.

George
by George Hejna
June 21st, 2019, 7:14 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Auction slowdown? (HDH today)
Replies: 66
Views: 3127

Re: Auction slowdown? (HDH today)

Was at the HDH auction yesterday. Saw some passed lots on 82 BDX. Seemed to me that the estimates were higher but I am no expert on BDX. Burgundy continued to sell well.

Lots of repeat BDX lots today (Friday). Boring...... neener

George
by George Hejna
June 20th, 2019, 6:14 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Retailer Ghosting Incident
Replies: 79
Views: 6575

Re: Retailer Ghosting Incident

Why the 5 month wait from December to May to ship? Maybe he is busy or traveling or figured you weren't in a real rush. Now you want to ship in the summer?

George
by George Hejna
June 18th, 2019, 2:44 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: All Clad VIP Sale extra discounts
Replies: 27
Views: 2028

Re: All Clad VIP Sale extra discounts

Some bad reviews out there. Anybody have experience ordering from them?

George
by George Hejna
June 18th, 2019, 2:08 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: All Clad VIP Sale extra discounts
Replies: 27
Views: 2028

Re: All Clad VIP Sale extra discounts

Alan Eden wrote:
June 18th, 2019, 11:57 am
Interestingly if you use Poppys link you get the discount, i used my log in and got another 20% off, so you just have to buy each item individually
Same here. Definitely worth the effort for 20% off.

George
by George Hejna
June 18th, 2019, 6:21 am
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Turks & Caicos
Replies: 24
Views: 1735

Re: Turks & Caicos

I really like it. The condos are huge. Very high end. Plus you have a really nice restaurant called Luca in the bldg. They will do room service and they have waiters on the beach for drinks. It is a nice hybrid of hotel/condo. Parking is simple and included (IIRC) also

George
by George Hejna
June 17th, 2019, 2:20 pm
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Turks & Caicos
Replies: 24
Views: 1735

Re: Turks & Caicos

If budget allows look at. http://www.caribclub.com

Really phenomenal, great location.

George
by George Hejna
June 14th, 2019, 7:09 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Chicago Restaurant Thread
Replies: 631
Views: 32926

Re: Chicago Restaurant Thread

Yeah he hit her in the head with a bottle. Hard enough to require staples according to the police report. Plenty of other restaurants in Chicago to give my money too. It will not be this one.

George
by George Hejna
June 3rd, 2019, 1:58 pm
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Lisbon?
Replies: 44
Views: 3803

Re: Lisbon?

TAP just launched non-stops from O'hare to Lisbon on their new A330Neo. Time to go back. :)

George
by George Hejna
May 31st, 2019, 6:36 am
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Turks & Caicos
Replies: 24
Views: 1735

Re: Turks & Caicos

I don't think Cayman is that much more expensive than T&C. Certainly more than Jamaica but I think that is obvious. I have not been to Bahamas. Cayman has a very high standard of living for the Caribbean. Good hospitals, infrastructure and low crime. The West side (7mile Beach) is very built up with...
by George Hejna
May 30th, 2019, 2:20 pm
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Foreign Transaction Fees
Replies: 17
Views: 1870

Re: Foreign Transaction Fees

Almost always the local currency. There are some places you cannot. The Cayman Islands always charge in USD.

George
by George Hejna
May 30th, 2019, 1:55 pm
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Turks & Caicos
Replies: 24
Views: 1735

Re: Turks & Caicos

Grand Cayman. :) George Hotel/Airbnb rec for cayman? We’ve been to Turks and Caicos 4 times in the last 5 years but thinking of changing to cayman next year. Have 2 smallish kids. At TC we stayed at Beaches resort which is super kid friendly but probably not what the Op is seeking ;) With small kid...
by George Hejna
May 30th, 2019, 6:19 am
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Turks & Caicos
Replies: 24
Views: 1735

Re: Turks & Caicos

Grand Cayman.

:)

George
by George Hejna
May 24th, 2019, 7:54 am
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: What is your favorite arrondissement in Paris and why?
Replies: 6
Views: 1469

Re: What is your favorite arrondissement in Paris and why?

I like the feel and the location of the 6th from a tourist's perspective.

George
by George Hejna
May 13th, 2019, 2:17 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Why do Americans eat cheese before a meal ?
Replies: 42
Views: 1620

Re: Why do Americans eat cheese before a meal ?

if you purchase good quality pine nuts from Italy they're less likely to give metallic problems. It's the cheap stuff from China sold by Trader Joes and Costco. Pine Mouth is a result of eating raw pine nuts and these are toasted. One study showed pine nuts from China both the white pine (Pinus arm...
by George Hejna
May 11th, 2019, 2:11 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Simple Meal Pleasures
Replies: 11
Views: 592

Re: Simple Meal Pleasures

Apparently I need to get my family into pork chops (or pork tenderloin, which I prefer)! Two of three have that as a go-to favorite, including my other love Suzanne! Around here the simple pleasures are more tuned to the teenagers in the house - ground turkey for burritos, as we have ready access t...
by George Hejna
May 11th, 2019, 9:15 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine Glasses for Rental Cabin
Replies: 50
Views: 2239

Re: Wine Glasses for Rental Cabin

I have stayed in rentals that have "higher end" glasses like Riedel Soms. There is a sign on the cabinet that if you break these you buy them at X price (don't remember) but it was high. Like $80. It's an option if you feel like you should have good stems and you have the ability to collect for brea...
by George Hejna
May 9th, 2019, 4:13 pm
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: What is top frequent flyer status really worth?
Replies: 37
Views: 1635

Re: What is top frequent flyer status really worth?

Upgrade lists are just stupidly long unless you are flying somewhere on the weekends.

George
by George Hejna
May 9th, 2019, 4:09 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Why do Americans eat cheese before a meal ?
Replies: 42
Views: 1620

Re: Why do Americans eat cheese before a meal ?

Chr!s G|@rn3r wrote:
May 9th, 2019, 2:32 pm
Because it is delicious, bite sized and pairs well with wine.
This... I don't particularly like something heavy like cheese after a meal. I very much prefer to have some really nice cheese and wine then a lighter dinner.

I guess I am a heathen.

George
by George Hejna
May 7th, 2019, 2:26 pm
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: What is top frequent flyer status really worth?
Replies: 37
Views: 1635

Re: What is top frequent flyer status really worth?

I really don’t understand the complimentary upgrade process. I’m Platinum for Life, and never get offered a chance to move up, and I’ve been on flights with empty seats in First Class. Do you request the upgrade on line for domestic routes and do you have enough 500 mile upgrades to cover it? For i...
by George Hejna
May 5th, 2019, 11:19 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Ken Onion Worksharp Knife sharpener
Replies: 21
Views: 938

Re: Ken Onion Worksharp Knife sharpener

You pay $150 a knife to have them sharpened? Is Thanos sharpening them?

George
by George Hejna
May 4th, 2019, 8:02 am
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: What is top frequent flyer status really worth?
Replies: 37
Views: 1635

Re: What is top frequent flyer status really worth?

Yes was thinking domestic. Poorly worded on my part

I just always seem to be behind the guy trying to get in the lounge flying domestic and getting angry when told no.. [wow.gif]


George
by George Hejna
May 4th, 2019, 6:32 am
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: What is top frequent flyer status really worth?
Replies: 37
Views: 1635

Re: What is top frequent flyer status really worth?

Status doesn't get you lounge access. Business only gets you lounge access on international flights. Personally as I fly a lot for business I love the free 24hr flight change option. Sarah - Don't forget AA should allow you to buy up one level at the end of the year if you can't make Exec Platinum y...
by George Hejna
April 27th, 2019, 6:46 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Server Corkage Etiquette?
Replies: 53
Views: 2807

Re: Server Corkage Etiquette?

I looked at their wine list online. It has 16 bottles on it. All available BTG also. Not necessarily fair to expect top notch wine service from a server who may or may not be trained or required by the restaurant to do so.

George
by George Hejna
April 14th, 2019, 5:38 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Favorite (non-psychedelic) mushrooms to eat?
Replies: 32
Views: 1120

Re: Favorite (non-psychedelic) mushrooms to eat?

Morel and Chanterelle.

George
by George Hejna
April 14th, 2019, 6:03 am
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Florence recommendations
Replies: 31
Views: 1674

Re: Florence recommendations

My favorite wine bar in the world. I recommend it every chance I get, and have never had anything other than great feedback... Heading there next month. Is the osteria worth doing for dinner or is the enoteca sufficient? I strongly recommend the Osteria. The place is comfortable from beginning to e...
by George Hejna
March 31st, 2019, 8:12 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Chicago Restaurant Thread
Replies: 631
Views: 32926

Re: Chicago Restaurant Thread

Last time I was at SKY I brought a magnum and bought a couple of bottles off the list. I was not charged corkage.

George
by George Hejna
March 30th, 2019, 12:47 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Which red burg vintage (1999-2010) showing well now?
Replies: 93
Views: 4197

Re: Which red burg vintage (1999-2010) showing well now?

I think while not the most impressive vintages 07 and 08 are drinking really well right now and still relatively easy to source and not that expensive by Burgundy standards.

George
by George Hejna
March 23rd, 2019, 6:52 am
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Advice re Normandy and Brittany
Replies: 68
Views: 4941

Re: Advice re Normandy and Brittany

I have said this before and I will say it again.. This is truly a wonderful little hotel.

http://www.hotel-villalara.com/en/

George
by George Hejna
March 21st, 2019, 5:53 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Good Old Days At Eleven Madison Park
Replies: 30
Views: 2176

Re: Good Old Days At Eleven Madison Park

Victor Hong wrote:
March 20th, 2019, 11:24 am
When I worked upstairs, it was a decent hang-out, especially to escape nearby bond bro's.
George Hejna and I enjoyed watching me drink old Bordeaux and Howell Mountain reds there. [snort.gif]
I have never been to EMP. Ask Wilfred van Gorp.

George
by George Hejna
March 19th, 2019, 10:31 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Chicago Restaurant Thread
Replies: 631
Views: 32926

Re: Chicago Restaurant Thread

Had the 1999 Musar in half bottle last week it was drinking really well. Not sure an entire bottle of Red would be needed... It's a tough menu to pair. Hence Champagne.

:)

George
by George Hejna
March 19th, 2019, 6:46 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Chicago Restaurant Thread
Replies: 631
Views: 32926

Re: Chicago Restaurant Thread

I would skip the pairing. Get a bottle of Champagne and something else.... Alinea is not the place to go for bargains.

George
by George Hejna
March 17th, 2019, 7:33 am
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Armagac Region SW France
Replies: 5
Views: 493

Re: Thoughts on Europe Itinerary - Paris/Auch/Barcelona

I guess it depends what you and your kids want/like to do. I think people always try to cram too much in to European trips (myself included). It can be tough on little kids to keep moving from place to place. Personally I think Paris needs more the a few days but there isn't a ton for 6-7 year olds ...

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