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by George Hejna
July 9th, 2020, 4:25 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Chicago Restaurant Thread
Replies: 785
Views: 42281

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: 785
Views: 42281

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: 785
Views: 42281

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: 785
Views: 42281

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: 785
Views: 42281

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: 785
Views: 42281

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: 681

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: 785
Views: 42281

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: 785
Views: 42281

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: 785
Views: 42281

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: 1053

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: 785
Views: 42281

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: 785
Views: 42281

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: 785
Views: 42281

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: 785
Views: 42281

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: 1432

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: 785
Views: 42281

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: 785
Views: 42281

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: 785
Views: 42281

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: 785
Views: 42281

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: 785
Views: 42281

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: 785
Views: 42281

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: 785
Views: 42281

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: 79
Views: 4350

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: 1155

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: 785
Views: 42281

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: 785
Views: 42281

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: 785
Views: 42281

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: 785
Views: 42281

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: 2202

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: 785
Views: 42281

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: 785
Views: 42281

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: 785
Views: 42281

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: 606

Re: BYO in Disney World Orlando?

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

George
by George Hejna
April 22nd, 2020, 6:23 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Chicago Restaurant Thread
Replies: 785
Views: 42281

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
by George Hejna
April 19th, 2020, 4:15 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Chicago Restaurant Thread
Replies: 785
Views: 42281

Re: Chicago Restaurant Thread

Some bars in Chicago are trying to get cocktails to go. Here is the petition if you would like to sign. I can't see how it could be a bad thing. Anything to help them generate revenue IMO. https://www.change.org/p/illinois-governor-and-chicago-mayor-allow-the-sale-of-pre-mixed-cocktails-in-container...
by George Hejna
April 19th, 2020, 12:53 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Chicago Restaurant Thread
Replies: 785
Views: 42281

Re: Chicago Restaurant Thread

Very good meal. The roast chicken, plantains, Brussel sprouts and enchiladas were all wonderful. I would probably pass on the short ribs next time. They were good just nothing special. The tomatillo tart for dessert was amazing. I did have to wait about 10 min outside which I would prefer not to do....
by George Hejna
April 18th, 2020, 12:04 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Chicago Restaurant Thread
Replies: 785
Views: 42281

Re: Chicago Restaurant Thread

Picking up Leña Brava in a couple of hours. Will report back


George
by George Hejna
April 14th, 2020, 5:01 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Chicago Restaurant Thread
Replies: 785
Views: 42281

Re: Chicago Restaurant Thread

Let us know how it is. I did the Beef Wellington from Alinea and the Osso Bucco from Aviary. Wellington was good. George We snoozed on the Beef Wellington and missed it. May try the duck confit, but I guess I only have 1 more day to do so. I wonder what's next? I think they are just starting the du...
by George Hejna
April 12th, 2020, 2:41 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Chicago Restaurant Thread
Replies: 785
Views: 42281

Re: Chicago Restaurant Thread

Let us know how it is. I did the Beef Wellington from Alinea and the Osso Bucco from Aviary. Wellington was good.

George
by George Hejna
April 12th, 2020, 6:37 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: The "Flannery" for Chicken? Or Pork? Or Lamb?
Replies: 79
Views: 4350

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

FYI I got an email from pasturebird.com that said they are running 1-3 weeks behind on orders as they are so busy.

Good for them!

George
by George Hejna
April 5th, 2020, 8:22 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: The "Flannery" for Chicken? Or Pork? Or Lamb?
Replies: 79
Views: 4350

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

Joe Chanley wrote:
April 3rd, 2020, 11:49 am
RyanC wrote:
April 3rd, 2020, 11:40 am
Pasture Bird seems great -- thanks guys. Just ordered a Colab pack.
+1
+2. Thanks for the recommendation.

George
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: 41
Views: 2240

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: 28
Views: 1350

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: 41
Views: 2240

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: 41
Views: 2240

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: 41
Views: 2240

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: 33
Views: 2549

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: 266
Views: 13090

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

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