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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: 559

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: 559

Re: Honeymoon plans: help me make a decision

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

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George
by George Hejna
January 12th, 2020, 11:09 am
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Caribbean recommendations?
Replies: 13
Views: 394

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: 29
Views: 677

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: 559

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: 13
Views: 394

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: 13
Views: 394

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: 539

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: 2067

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: 1145

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: 1937

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: 11574

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: 11574

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: 13340

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: 3879

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: 13340

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: 1030

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: 1227

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: 660
Views: 36100

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...
by George Hejna
October 25th, 2019, 1:01 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Chicago Restaurant Thread
Replies: 660
Views: 36100

Re: Chicago Restaurant Thread

I didn't even know it was still open. I never hear anyone talk about it.

George
by George Hejna
October 17th, 2019, 3:19 pm
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Philadelphia - quick trip this month (next week!)
Replies: 35
Views: 1705

Re: Philadelphia - quick trip this month (next week!)

Mark -

Fork is still really good. Will be eating there next week.

George
by George Hejna
October 17th, 2019, 6:45 am
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Philadelphia - quick trip this month (next week!)
Replies: 35
Views: 1705

Re: Philadelphia - quick trip this month (next week!)

Sarah Kirschbaum wrote:
October 17th, 2019, 1:23 am
Brian Tuite wrote:
October 16th, 2019, 7:26 pm
Jay $$ Winton wrote:
October 16th, 2019, 2:35 pm
Gotta go to Reading Market for the experience.
Definitely this ^^
Beware - the crowds can be horrendous. I avoid it like the plague between 11:30 and 1:30, but others are much more tolerant than I am.
I agree with this completely. It can be a madhouse.

George
by George Hejna
October 16th, 2019, 1:50 pm
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Philadelphia - quick trip this month (next week!)
Replies: 35
Views: 1705

Re: Philadelphia - quick trip this month (next week!)

I will be there also. What more could you ask for?

George
by George Hejna
October 15th, 2019, 7:22 am
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Advice for traveling to Nice, France?
Replies: 14
Views: 1498

Re: Advice for traveling to Nice, France?

It really depends on what you want. You basically have the entire south of France in to Italy within an easy drive from Nice. There are beautiful hill towns, you can stay on or near the sea or you can stay in a city. An Apartment for 3 days doesn't seem like it would be worth the hassle. If you are ...
by George Hejna
October 8th, 2019, 2:47 pm
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Milwaukee, WI
Replies: 15
Views: 1379

Re: Milwaukee, WI

Chicago.

:)


George
by George Hejna
October 1st, 2019, 5:26 pm
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: CDMX Recos?
Replies: 6
Views: 1360

Re: CDMX Recos?

I preferred Quintonil to Pujol by a large margin. Rosetta was wonderful. We stayed at the St Regis. Had a huge suite for less than $300USD per night. It is hard to beat. F&B is expensive for Mexico though. Teotihuacan is really worth the trip if you have the time. Hire a guide. Traffic can be absolu...
by George Hejna
September 29th, 2019, 10:38 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Chicago Restaurant Thread
Replies: 660
Views: 36100

Re: Chicago Restaurant Thread

Shocked at the Kyoten snub... I would’ve thought two stars more likely than zero. Something must have happened. Maybe Michelin couldn't get enough visits?? It is a tough reservation as so few seats. Chef also commented that he was opening a restaurant in Chicago so he could get a star(s). Not sure ...
by George Hejna
September 26th, 2019, 3:47 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Chicago Restaurant Thread
Replies: 660
Views: 36100

Re: Chicago Restaurant Thread

Yeah no surprise there but Grant finally got one for Next so it is a wash. Kikko is absolutely outstanding so no shock there Mako was really good so happy for them and to have Chef Park get a star. Have not eaten at Yume or Yugen. Dusek’s who lost their star never deserved it in the first place IMO ...
by George Hejna
September 9th, 2019, 2:24 pm
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Little Things Mean a Lot - the Travel Version
Replies: 38
Views: 2678

Re: Little Things Mean a Lot - the Travel Version

I also find when traveling over seas with all the phones/iPads etc we have to charge this is quite convenient.




George
by George Hejna
September 9th, 2019, 2:19 pm
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Little Things Mean a Lot - the Travel Version
Replies: 38
Views: 2678

Re: Little Things Mean a Lot - the Travel Version

Corkscrew I've lost a couple via TSA when I wasn't checking bags. Just ordered a luggage scale. Any particular scale u like? I’m looking for one but they are all fairly cheap and so many brands. I bought a cheap one off Amazon. It has probably lasted me 8 years. I have to replace the battery twice....
by George Hejna
September 9th, 2019, 8:38 am
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Little Things Mean a Lot - the Travel Version
Replies: 38
Views: 2678

Re: Little Things Mean a Lot - the Travel Version

A luggage scale. They are cheap and light and prevent unwanted charges at check in.

George
by George Hejna
September 3rd, 2019, 12:07 pm
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Newark Airport
Replies: 41
Views: 2754

Re: Newark Airport

Mark Golodetz wrote:
September 3rd, 2019, 11:55 am
La Guardia under construction is horrible
It's an absolute disaster. Took me longer to get out of LaGuardia then it did to fly there from Chicago. Massive gridlock everywhere.

George
by George Hejna
September 2nd, 2019, 12:33 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Scallop and sole night...searing is hard.
Replies: 7
Views: 1636

Re: Scallop and sole night...searing is hard.

I don't use oil to sear a scallop. Cause you end of basically frying them. Stainless steel pan. Dry. Extremely hot. Scallops need to be bone dry also. Put the scallop on, it makes a cool squeaking sound. Don't touch it don't move it, try not to even look at it. It should release it self from the pan...
by George Hejna
August 25th, 2019, 8:50 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Rush Creek Reserve!
Replies: 226
Views: 13340

Re: Rush Creek Reserve!

Not sure what Natto has to do with a 7 month old thread on this cheese? Maybe just another way for you to plug your blog??

George
by George Hejna
August 23rd, 2019, 5:45 am
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: A world's best list that is actually interesting...
Replies: 8
Views: 2057

Re: A world's best list that is actually interesting...

Fun list(s). I haven't heard of probably half of them, but have been to 7 and based on those think she does a solid enough job at doing what she's intending to do. I'll give her some extra credit for the write up of Oriole's wine pairing in the companion article. On her Oriole recommendation alone ...
by George Hejna
August 18th, 2019, 7:35 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Chicago Restaurant Thread
Replies: 660
Views: 36100

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 - Food and Recipes
Topic: Rome, Florence, Tuscany Michelin Starred Restaurants w/ Kids?
Replies: 19
Views: 2609

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: 924

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: 924

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: 27888

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: 27888

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 - Food and Recipes
Topic: Chicago Restaurant Thread
Replies: 660
Views: 36100

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 and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Stockholm and Oslo.......all kinds of advice needed.
Replies: 35
Views: 2935

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 - Food and Recipes
Topic: New York City Restaurants
Replies: 2321
Views: 140061

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 - Food and Recipes
Topic: What the Romans ate: last supper Pompeii
Replies: 7
Views: 2265

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 - Food and Recipes
Topic: Paris 3 Star Michelin Lunch recs
Replies: 51
Views: 4588

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 and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Italy itinerary - does this work?
Replies: 25
Views: 3289

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 and Restaurants Forum
Topic: New Orleans Hotels
Replies: 32
Views: 3329

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 - Food and Recipes
Topic: Paris 3 Star Michelin Lunch recs
Replies: 51
Views: 4588

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

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