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by George Hejna
December 7th, 2019, 3:19 pm
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Italy (Rome/Florence/Venice) - June 2020
Replies: 11
Views: 1051

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: 153
Views: 11167

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: 153
Views: 11167

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: 13165

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: 3376

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: 13165

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: 689

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: 830

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: 35799

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: 35799

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: 1247

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: 1247

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: 1247

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: 1075

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: 963

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: 918

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: 35799

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: 35799

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: 2209

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: 2209

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: 2209

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: 2267

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: 1241

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: 13165

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: 1630

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: 35799

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: 2185

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: 914

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: 914

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: 27609

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: 27609

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: 35799

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: 2438

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: 2289
Views: 136627

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: 1856

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: 4098

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: 2722

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: 2834

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: 4098

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 - Food and Recipes
Topic: Recirculating range hoods... worth anything?
Replies: 11
Views: 2141

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 - Food and Recipes
Topic: What meals did you grow up on
Replies: 72
Views: 3947

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: 3271

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: 6816

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 - Food and Recipes
Topic: All Clad VIP Sale extra discounts
Replies: 29
Views: 3667

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 - Food and Recipes
Topic: All Clad VIP Sale extra discounts
Replies: 29
Views: 3667

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 and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Turks & Caicos
Replies: 27
Views: 3376

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 and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Turks & Caicos
Replies: 27
Views: 3376

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 - Food and Recipes
Topic: Chicago Restaurant Thread
Replies: 660
Views: 35799

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 and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Lisbon?
Replies: 45
Views: 4722

Re: Lisbon?

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

George

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