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by George Hejna
June 14th, 2019, 7:09 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Chicago Restaurant Thread
Replies: 609
Views: 27351

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: 38
Views: 2910

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: 13
Views: 537

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: 13
Views: 785

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: 13
Views: 537

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: 13
Views: 537

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: 601

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: 1169

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: 429

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: 41
Views: 1654

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: 1252

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: 1169

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: 1252

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: 714

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: 1252

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: 1252

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: 2482

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: 818

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: 28
Views: 1120

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: 609
Views: 27351

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: 3738

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: 4618

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: 1860

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: 609
Views: 27351

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: 609
Views: 27351

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: 404

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 ...
by George Hejna
March 16th, 2019, 1:05 pm
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Napa First timer
Replies: 21
Views: 1215

Re: Napa First timer

Stayed here this past week. It was nice. Get a room on the 2nd floor not the 1st. Was reasonable for the area. Location just OK. We chose it as we were having a dinner at Single Thread and it was reasonably close and price was good. https://www.vintnersinn.com George When we stayed at the Vintners ...
by George Hejna
March 16th, 2019, 10:16 am
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Napa First timer
Replies: 21
Views: 1215

Re: Napa First timer

Stayed here this past week. It was nice. Get a room on the 2nd floor not the 1st. Was reasonable for the area. Location just OK. We chose it as we were having a dinner at Single Thread and it was reasonably close and price was good.

https://www.vintnersinn.com

George
by George Hejna
March 8th, 2019, 8:05 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Chicago Restaurant Thread
Replies: 609
Views: 27351

Re: Chicago Restaurant Thread

I read all the original emails before they were taken down. Alinea did not make a mistake. If anyone did it was her assistant. George I did too and I agree. It sounds like Alinea went above and beyond to reasonably accommodate. Cat tried to shame the restaurant by tagging celebrity chefs on her ins...
by George Hejna
March 8th, 2019, 8:03 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Cat Cora storms out of Alinea: looks like a chef with too strong a sense of entitlement.
Replies: 26
Views: 1856

Re: Cat Cora storms out of Alinea: looks like a chef with too strong a sense of entitlement.

Charlie was a brilliant chef, he really created fine dining in Chicago. That being said he was difficult to work for/with.(putting it nicely) A long time ago you could make a donation to his charity and work 1 night in the kitchen of his restaurant.... which I did. I was able to witness him interac...
by George Hejna
March 8th, 2019, 6:52 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Chicago Restaurant Thread
Replies: 609
Views: 27351

Re: Chicago Restaurant Thread

I read all the original emails before they were taken down. Alinea did not make a mistake. If anyone did it was her assistant.

George
by George Hejna
March 8th, 2019, 6:50 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Cat Cora storms out of Alinea: looks like a chef with too strong a sense of entitlement.
Replies: 26
Views: 1856

Re: Cat Cora storms out of Alinea: looks like a chef with too strong a sense of entitlement.

Charlie was a brilliant chef, he really created fine dining in Chicago. That being said he was difficult to work for/with.(putting it nicely) A long time ago you could make a donation to his charity and work 1 night in the kitchen of his restaurant.... which I did. I was able to witness him interact...
by George Hejna
March 4th, 2019, 1:32 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Chicago Restaurant Thread
Replies: 609
Views: 27351

Re: Chicago Restaurant Thread

Went to https://barkumiko.com for the first time Saturday night. Highly recommend. Great Sake list, Japanese Whiskey and many Japanese inspired cocktails. Had some small bites. Sticky buns, prawns and short rib all were excellent. A dessert with Japanese milk toast, fermented honey and black truffle...
by George Hejna
March 4th, 2019, 1:28 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Chicago Restaurant Thread
Replies: 609
Views: 27351

Re: Chicago Restaurant Thread

I read the full accounting on Medium before the emails between Alinea and Cat Cora were removed due to Medium's policy about publishing emails without permission. Cat Cora was 100% wrong. She asked Alinea for a reservation on Friday shortly before arriving in Chicago. Alinea gave her one of the tabl...
by George Hejna
March 4th, 2019, 7:10 am
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Flight Itinerary Question- Second Leg
Replies: 13
Views: 514

Re: Flight Itinerary Question- Second Leg

Your bag will be ticketed to JFK but U.S customs legally require that you pick up your bags in ATL and walk them through customs. At that point you would just leave the airport. Like others have said this is against the contract of carriage. Will Delta do anything? probably not but they could. Lufth...
by George Hejna
March 2nd, 2019, 12:08 pm
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: I hate winter!!!!!!!!!!
Replies: 16
Views: 698

Re: I hate winter!!!!!!!!!!

Something we are also looking at in Winter 2021. Following.

George
by George Hejna
February 26th, 2019, 4:00 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: French Laundry reservation tips/tricks?
Replies: 9
Views: 962

Re: French Laundry reservation tips/tricks?

Eric Ifune wrote:
February 26th, 2019, 2:16 pm
Don't know if this still applies, but several years ago, I was able to call up a day beforehand to see if anyone had cancelled. Was able to secure a table.
There is a waiting list via the tock website.

George
by George Hejna
February 25th, 2019, 9:43 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: French Laundry reservation tips/tricks?
Replies: 9
Views: 962

Re: French Laundry reservation tips/tricks?

FL - reservations are advance purchase tickets through Tock now.

https://www.exploretock.com/tfl/

George
by George Hejna
February 24th, 2019, 1:52 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: Mezcal advice?
Replies: 41
Views: 2777

Re: Mezcal advice?

The way I felt the next morning. I think we had a little more than a taste.

champagne.gif [snort.gif]
by George Hejna
February 24th, 2019, 11:24 am
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: Mezcal advice?
Replies: 41
Views: 2777

Re: Mezcal advice?

I found it both ways in Mexico. With the oranges/sal de guasano or without. It is also very good with chapulines on the side. caskers.com has a very good selection of Mezcal. They certainly aren't the cheapest though. They have the limited edition Leyenda Mezcals. Stupidly expensive but really quite...
by George Hejna
February 14th, 2019, 8:24 am
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Memphis Resturants
Replies: 6
Views: 246

Re: Memphis Resturants

Not sure Memphis is one of the best eating cities around but this is a good place.

https://www.restaurantiris.com

George
by George Hejna
February 10th, 2019, 9:21 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Electric Kettle
Replies: 23
Views: 837

Re: Electric Kettle

Our tap water is pretty bad so water for coffee, tea etc comes out of a 5 liter bottle. Kettle looks brand new.

George
by George Hejna
February 9th, 2019, 8:38 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Any Chicago wine events of note this weekend??
Replies: 1
Views: 118

Re: Any Chicago wine events of note this weekend??

HDH auction is next weekend.

George
by George Hejna
February 9th, 2019, 7:28 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Electric Kettle
Replies: 23
Views: 837

Re: Electric Kettle

I have had a Bonavita for over a year now. Very happy with it. Surprisingly fast. $90 on Amazon.

https://bonavitaworld.com/products/17l- ... ure-kettle

George
by George Hejna
February 8th, 2019, 7:07 am
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Solo trip ideas
Replies: 13
Views: 703

Re: Solo trip ideas

Need to narrow it down a bit... actually more than a bit.

George
by George Hejna
February 7th, 2019, 6:17 am
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Hilton Resort Wi-Fi Code
Replies: 6
Views: 441

Re: Hilton Resort Wi-Fi Code

It's usually last name and room number. Unless you are attending a meeting and then sometimes there is a password. Those usually only work in the meeting rooms.

George
by George Hejna
February 6th, 2019, 3:31 pm
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Iceland on the Cheap?
Replies: 8
Views: 326

Re: Iceland on the Cheap?

Have you looked at hotel prices? Assuming you would need 2 rooms. They get pricey pretty quickly. I was looking in the summer hopefully they are much cheaper in March.

George
by George Hejna
January 27th, 2019, 2:46 pm
Forum: BerserkerDay 10 Forum (January 27, 2019) #BD10 "the Black Friday of wine commerce" - Forbes
Topic: Grassl Wine Glasses, and a few Zaltos if you need them
Replies: 229
Views: 11045

Re: Grassl Wine Glasses, and a few Zaltos if you need them

Any guidance on the volume of the Liberte and the Cru? Thanks, Andy Chris is on a plane and having a hard time getting a response through so he asked me to post this. I dont know. But if you go to the Grassl site and look at the schematics the red line at the width marker is also roughly a full lin...

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