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by George Hejna
September 11th, 2020, 8:29 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Corked food
Replies: 13
Views: 344

Re: Corked food

I have read that you can get TCA from wood shipping crates. I have had it in apples.

George
by George Hejna
September 5th, 2020, 2:38 pm
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Europe Travel - Safe?
Replies: 43
Views: 2068

Re: Europe Travel - Safe?

Post is over 4 years old.

George
by George Hejna
August 31st, 2020, 4:23 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Help - I need some great tomato recipes
Replies: 42
Views: 952

Re: Help - I need some great tomato recipes

Uncooked tomato sauce is the way to go with the summer's best tomatoes. I am sure there are recipes online but it is very simple. Chop up tomatoes put in a bowl Add fresh garlic - better more than not enough Add some red pepper flakes salt and pepper EVOO - not a lot. Do this in the AM and let it co...
by George Hejna
August 29th, 2020, 8:04 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: ICEOLOGY 101 - THE HUNT FOR CLEAR COCKTAIL ICE
Replies: 18
Views: 725

Re: ICEOLOGY 101 - THE HUNT FOR CLEAR COCKTAIL ICE

Gotta put on those safety glasses! :)

George
by George Hejna
August 28th, 2020, 1:24 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: ICEOLOGY 101 - THE HUNT FOR CLEAR COCKTAIL ICE
Replies: 18
Views: 725

Re: ICEOLOGY 101 - THE HUNT FOR CLEAR COCKTAIL ICE

It works perfectly. Crystal clear ice with tap water. The big cubes do take a while ....12+ hrs to freeze. 90% of the time I make those. It only makes 6 at at time so this is by no means mass production.

I have no skin in this game. Just some friendly advice.

George
by George Hejna
August 28th, 2020, 10:44 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: ICEOLOGY 101 - THE HUNT FOR CLEAR COCKTAIL ICE
Replies: 18
Views: 725

Re: ICEOLOGY 101 - THE HUNT FOR CLEAR COCKTAIL ICE

Tom G l a s g o w wrote:
August 28th, 2020, 9:27 am
George Hejna wrote:
August 28th, 2020, 8:45 am
I just use this. Works great, very easy,

http://www.icemadeclear.com

George
What are the dimensions?
the mold makes 6 - 2" square ice cubes or 12- 1/2" square cubes. You can only freeze one old at a time in the cooler

The cooler measures approx - 10"W X 6.5"deep X 6" tall

George
by George Hejna
August 25th, 2020, 4:30 pm
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: "Guess I've got that old travelling bone"
Replies: 32
Views: 1194

Re: "Guess I've got that old travelling bone"

Yes... It just goes with out saying. Bouncing off the walls here.

George
by George Hejna
August 23rd, 2020, 8:26 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: bad cooking instructions from Flannery
Replies: 11
Views: 775

Re: bad cooking instructions from Flannery

Any suggestions on where I went wrong, if I did? Since you asked, and with respect, you went wrong by blindly following instructions that were contrary to your own experience, and by not having a sanity check along the way, like a thermometer, or even just the touch test, to see how the meat was co...
by George Hejna
August 19th, 2020, 11:38 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Anova's countertop combi steam oven is out
Replies: 23
Views: 875

Re: Anova's countertop combi steam oven is out

We have been looking for a 2nd oven. This might be the perfect solution. Would love to stop misting bread when cooking. Among other things.

George
by George Hejna
August 3rd, 2020, 4:43 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: The "Flannery" for Chicken? Or Pork? Or Lamb?
Replies: 95
Views: 6075

Re: The "Flannery" for Chicken? Or Pork? Or Lamb?

hooked on Pasturebird. A butchery in Santa Ana carries it broken down so I can buy thighs or breasts. On the website I have to order spatchcocked birds. Absolutely excellent like chicken should taste. Elevates every bird dish. Agreed but the last shipment I received was not as flavorful. Maybe it w...
by George Hejna
July 30th, 2020, 2:47 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Nespresso to Espresso
Replies: 21
Views: 1922

Re: Nespresso to Espresso

Also have a fully automatic. Love it. I have had both Delonghi and Saeco. I think the Saeco makes better coffee. Light years better than Nespresso. My wife likes cappuccino and the automatic milk frother is wonderful. If I want something more nuanced a simple pour over is the way to go IMO. George
by George Hejna
July 28th, 2020, 4:37 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Chicago Restaurant Thread
Replies: 811
Views: 44385

Re: Chicago Restaurant Thread

Ryan Kilkenney wrote:
July 28th, 2020, 12:05 pm
https://www.nytimes.com/2020/07/28/dini ... virus.html

Anyone have tickets? I'm still on the sidelines, hoping it's still around next year.
Not yet. Want to give it a few months to settle in and Covid to hopefully settle down.

George
by George Hejna
July 15th, 2020, 1:27 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Chicago Restaurant Thread
Replies: 811
Views: 44385

Re: Chicago Restaurant Thread

Corey - Agree on Rick B. He seems to be a great person. His employees have nothing but good things to say about him. I have met him a few times and he was nothing but gracious. When my son was probably 8 yrs old he wrote RB a letter telling him how much he liked his food. RB wrote a nice note back t...
by George Hejna
July 15th, 2020, 7:05 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Chicago Restaurant Thread
Replies: 811
Views: 44385

Re: Chicago Restaurant Thread

Bayless leaving Leña Brava and Cruz Blanca.

https://chicago.eater.com/2020/7/14/213 ... ruz-blanca

George
by George Hejna
July 9th, 2020, 4:25 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Chicago Restaurant Thread
Replies: 811
Views: 44385

Re: Chicago Restaurant Thread

Nick Gangas wrote:
July 9th, 2020, 11:13 am
Going to GT Fish and Oyster tonight. Excited.
I hear the Oysters are good... [snort.gif]

Enjoy!

George
by George Hejna
July 9th, 2020, 9:10 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Chicago Restaurant Thread
Replies: 811
Views: 44385

Re: Chicago Restaurant Thread

Keith A k e r s wrote:
July 8th, 2020, 7:07 pm
yea, that's no bueno from Alinea. It's even more uncomfortable reading Kokonas defending it
Read his tweets saying you have to see it in context within the meal but he doesn't do anything to explain the context for those that can't or don't want to go to Alinea.

George
by George Hejna
July 4th, 2020, 8:17 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Chicago Restaurant Thread
Replies: 811
Views: 44385

Re: Chicago Restaurant Thread

NYC bans indoor dining indefinitely. How soon until at least Chicago does the same? Difficult to go backwards now that it is open unless data supports the ban. Only time will tell. Hopefully the city can keep things going in a positive direction. George Agreed. Sadly I’m just not hopeful. I’ve walk...
by George Hejna
July 2nd, 2020, 9:38 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Chicago Restaurant Thread
Replies: 811
Views: 44385

Re: Chicago Restaurant Thread

Keith A k e r s wrote:
July 1st, 2020, 2:59 pm
NYC bans indoor dining indefinitely. How soon until at least Chicago does the same?
Difficult to go backwards now that it is open unless data supports the ban.

Only time will tell. Hopefully the city can keep things going in a positive direction.

George
by George Hejna
June 26th, 2020, 4:15 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Chicago Restaurant Thread
Replies: 811
Views: 44385

Re: Chicago Restaurant Thread

Love Butcher and Larder.

I know the Alinea meal is rain or shine. I want to know what they do if it is 90 degrees?

George
by George Hejna
June 26th, 2020, 11:14 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Chicago Restaurant Thread
Replies: 811
Views: 44385

Re: Chicago Restaurant Thread

David K o l i n wrote:
June 26th, 2020, 10:08 am
Alinia is doing rooftop dining on Fulton Market starting on July 1 :-)
Saw that - I wonder what the experience will be like? It is full Alinea price.

Bayless tweeting about a Toplobampo 2.0 also. No details yet.

George
by George Hejna
June 25th, 2020, 4:36 pm
Forum: Offline Planner
Topic: NYC somewhere on the street?
Replies: 11
Views: 1304

Re: NYC somewhere on the street?

Merrill Lindquist wrote:
June 25th, 2020, 9:20 am
I guess there you have the difference between NYC and Napa Valley. Restaurants here are at full capacity on weekends, and doing well during the week.
And there you have the difference in Covid19 positive cases. CA positivity rate is double + that of NY.


George
by George Hejna
June 25th, 2020, 2:39 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Chicago Restaurant Thread
Replies: 811
Views: 44385

Re: Chicago Restaurant Thread

Nick Gangas wrote:
June 23rd, 2020, 3:34 pm
ok. My friend and partner is coming in town in 2 weeks. Trying to figure out where to go but don't know at this point who will even be open. I'd love to do sushi.
Mako is taking reservations. Omakase Yume is not yet.

George
by George Hejna
June 22nd, 2020, 10:15 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Chicago Restaurant Thread
Replies: 811
Views: 44385

Re: Chicago Restaurant Thread

Was there something else you were looking for? George Finding city data isn't easy and when I've visited the page, it's been broken (you can get some information, but some links/explanations do not seem to work). I hope that Lori is making the right call, but I'm somewhat worried that we are rushin...
by George Hejna
June 22nd, 2020, 9:26 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Chicago Restaurant Thread
Replies: 811
Views: 44385

Re: Chicago Restaurant Thread

Looks like we are 'Go' for indoor dining starting Friday June 26. Lori said we should have already started indoor dining. Very curious statement. I can only imagine she looked at the budget and panicked. So much for data. Yes and nothing form the state yet. Said we "should" be a go on Friday but no...
by George Hejna
June 17th, 2020, 3:20 pm
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Travel insurance
Replies: 27
Views: 1271

Re: Travel insurance

I just check the comparison sites. www.squaremouth.com and https://www.insuremytrip.com/?gclid=EAIaIQobChMIoamIk-qJ6gIVjobACh0i1QA0EAAYASAAEgJ0aPD_BwE seem to represent the most insurers. I have used www.squaremouth.com many, many times. You can compare the cost of the policies with cancel for any ...
by George Hejna
June 14th, 2020, 1:55 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Chicago Restaurant Thread
Replies: 811
Views: 44385

Re: Chicago Restaurant Thread

Really looking for a place to dine out. Would also love to be able to bring a bottle. Yes. Check out the Loyalist dine in menu. I have brought many bottles to Smyth. Shouldn't be an issue. https://www.smythandtheloyalist.com/the-loyalist/ George This looks interesting. Still wanting something more ...
by George Hejna
June 14th, 2020, 8:02 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Chicago Restaurant Thread
Replies: 811
Views: 44385

Re: Chicago Restaurant Thread

Nick Gangas wrote:
June 13th, 2020, 12:29 pm
Really looking for a place to dine out.
Would also love to be able to bring a bottle.
Yes. Check out the Loyalist dine in menu. I have brought many bottles to Smyth. Shouldn't be an issue.

https://www.smythandtheloyalist.com/the-loyalist/

George
by George Hejna
June 13th, 2020, 10:43 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Chicago Restaurant Thread
Replies: 811
Views: 44385

Re: Chicago Restaurant Thread

Doing Smyth soft shell crab tonight. Mako came out with an Omakase that looks great but $125pp is steep. Did Omakase Yume. Flavors were great but everything is in one bowl, fish on top rice on bottom stuff scattered about. Certainly easy for togo but was not a fan of the presentation. Think it was o...
by George Hejna
June 13th, 2020, 10:21 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Chicago Restaurant Thread
Replies: 811
Views: 44385

Re: Chicago Restaurant Thread

Look at the Loyalist menu. Very French. Much more Smyth than Loyalist IMO. Looks great.

George
by George Hejna
June 9th, 2020, 6:23 am
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Road trip in the USA in the Covid world
Replies: 22
Views: 2190

Re: Road trip in the USA in the Covid world

I think I might give it some time to see how opening effects overall numbers. Everybody is opening at different speeds and results vary. For example Texas had the highest number of hospitalizations over the last 7 days then it has ever had. That would worry me. It is also going to be interesting to ...
by George Hejna
May 22nd, 2020, 9:34 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Chicago Restaurant Thread
Replies: 811
Views: 44385

Re: Chicago Restaurant Thread

Alinea has their cellar or part of their cellar online for sale. Pick up only. Didn't notice any bargains but some nice wines.

https://thealineagroupstore.com/collect ... r/burgundy

George
by George Hejna
May 21st, 2020, 9:09 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Chicago Restaurant Thread
Replies: 811
Views: 44385

Re: Chicago Restaurant Thread

More Pappy was added to the Alinea store if anyone is interested.

George
by George Hejna
May 17th, 2020, 2:57 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Chicago Restaurant Thread
Replies: 811
Views: 44385

Re: Chicago Restaurant Thread

Duck was not worth the $$ IMO. Legs were great, breast - texture was off. Sides were great. Elske's salmon was excellent across the entire menu. Assuming you like Scandinavian food. George Thanks for the feedback. The cost is hard to swallow. I would pass. Get the Elske meal at $29. Oriole is doing...
by George Hejna
May 17th, 2020, 11:40 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Chicago Restaurant Thread
Replies: 811
Views: 44385

Re: Chicago Restaurant Thread

Duck was not worth the $$ IMO. Legs were great, breast - texture was off. Sides were great.

Elske's salmon was excellent across the entire menu. Assuming you like Scandinavian food.

George
by George Hejna
May 12th, 2020, 2:20 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Chicago Restaurant Thread
Replies: 811
Views: 44385

Re: Chicago Restaurant Thread

Doing Boka again this Friday. They changed their menu. Trying the pork. They "released" 12 - 21 day age ducks for pick up this Wednesday. I was able to grab a couple. Looking forward to it. Also Elske has a salmon dinner this weekend that looks great. George Wow. I missed seeing that. I love duck. ...
by George Hejna
May 12th, 2020, 7:45 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Chicago Restaurant Thread
Replies: 811
Views: 44385

Re: Chicago Restaurant Thread

Paul Miller wrote:
May 11th, 2020, 4:26 pm
Doing Boka again this Friday. They changed their menu. Trying the pork.
They "released" 12 - 21 day age ducks for pick up this Wednesday. I was able to grab a couple. Looking forward to it.

Also Elske has a salmon dinner this weekend that looks great.

George
by George Hejna
May 10th, 2020, 9:23 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Chicago Restaurant Thread
Replies: 811
Views: 44385

Re: Chicago Restaurant Thread

The Alinea 15th anniversary to go meal was excellent. Took a little bit of prep but definitely worth it. An absolute steal at $50.

George
by George Hejna
May 8th, 2020, 11:46 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: The "Flannery" for Chicken? Or Pork? Or Lamb?
Replies: 95
Views: 6075

Re: The "Flannery" for Chicken? Or Pork? Or Lamb?

Mine were still frozen. Thawed one for dinner tonight.

We will see.

George
by George Hejna
May 7th, 2020, 7:25 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Eleven Madison Park Might Not Reopen
Replies: 9
Views: 1596

Re: Eleven Madison Park Might Not Reopen

George Hejna and I had dinner together once there, but were unaware at the time. I drank a 1995 Cos d'Estournel and 1994 La Jota Howell Mountain Selection. He watched and wondered who I was. I never told you this but I knew who you were. I asked to move tables but they were fully booked. neener fli...
by George Hejna
May 3rd, 2020, 7:15 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Chicago Restaurant Thread
Replies: 811
Views: 44385

Re: Chicago Restaurant Thread

Did the girl and the goat "goatceries". Weekend meal prep. 4 meals that you prepare for $70pp. 2 dinners, 2 brunches. All the food was excellent. Dinners were goat tostadas and a ramp rubbed smoked chicken. It did take significant cooking. There are about 50 ingredients all packaged really well. You...
by George Hejna
May 1st, 2020, 7:11 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Chicago Restaurant Thread
Replies: 811
Views: 44385

Re: Chicago Restaurant Thread

If you do the math it looks like Alinea is cranking out $45K worth of food for their 15th anniversary menu. PER DAY. This does not account for any alcohol sales.

George
by George Hejna
April 30th, 2020, 1:30 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Chicago Restaurant Thread
Replies: 811
Views: 44385

Re: Chicago Restaurant Thread

starting to feel like wave two of closure/reopening/inventory sell off is underway. between aviary/alinea selling all their old/expensive whiskey & fat rice permanently closing (or changing), its been a strange week. I am very sorry for everyone in this business. Really. I just can't even fathom. V...
by George Hejna
April 29th, 2020, 11:24 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Chicago Restaurant Thread
Replies: 811
Views: 44385

Re: Chicago Restaurant Thread

Ryan Kilkenney wrote:
April 28th, 2020, 1:36 pm
I ordered it for Friday - excited to try something more ambitious. Does anyone know how they package the wine pairings? I’m curious, but not curious enough to order
I only saw bottles of wine when I ordered. I don't think IL law allows them to sell open liquor. Only full bottles.

George
by George Hejna
April 28th, 2020, 12:51 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Flour - Go big or go home
Replies: 62
Views: 2730

Re: Flour - we’re paying far too much

The more you buy the more you save! :)

George
by George Hejna
April 28th, 2020, 12:35 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Chicago Restaurant Thread
Replies: 811
Views: 44385

Re: Chicago Restaurant Thread

Alinea doing a 15th anniversary to go menu. Looks pretty good especially at $50pp. https://www.exploretock.com/alinea/experience/124047/alineas-15th-anniversary-experience?date=2020-05-01&size=1&time=19%3A00 Blis Steelhead Roe Coconut Pudding, Carrot, Turmeric, Passionfruit Gel Chilled English Pea S...
by George Hejna
April 26th, 2020, 7:49 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Chicago Restaurant Thread
Replies: 811
Views: 44385

Re: Chicago Restaurant Thread

Also if anyone is interested in various Japanese spirits, sake, beer Kumiko has a to go store with some very unique things. Friday pick up only.

https://barkumiko.com/k-ok/omochikaeri

George
by George Hejna
April 25th, 2020, 5:49 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Chicago Restaurant Thread
Replies: 811
Views: 44385

Re: Chicago Restaurant Thread

Smyth Bahn Mi dinner tapped for this Saturday night. They are also offering 1oz Ossetra Caviar and a bottle of Charles Heidsieck for $120. Thought I would give it a whirl as not a bad price. Champagne is probably $50 retail. George Not bad. Please report Run do not walk and get the Smyth carry out....
by George Hejna
April 25th, 2020, 10:05 am
Forum: BYO Forum - Wine at Restaurants
Topic: BYO in Disney World Orlando?
Replies: 5
Views: 662

Re: BYO in Disney World Orlando?

I have brought wines to Flying Fish and Jiko. Resorts is not a problem what so ever.

George

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