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by George Hejna
March 17th, 2019, 7:33 am
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Thoughts on Europe Itinerary - Paris/Auch/Barcelona
Replies: 1
Views: 72

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: 10
Views: 680

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: 10
Views: 680

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: 549
Views: 23395

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: 1544

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: 549
Views: 23395

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: 1544

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: 549
Views: 23395

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: 549
Views: 23395

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: 364

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: 15
Views: 471

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: 753

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: 753

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: 2508

Re: Mezcal advice?

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

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by George Hejna
February 24th, 2019, 11:24 am
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: Mezcal advice?
Replies: 41
Views: 2508

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: 147

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: 655

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: 109

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: 655

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: 11
Views: 365

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: 357

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: 226

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: 204
Views: 7727

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...
by George Hejna
January 25th, 2019, 6:52 am
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Cancun as a family vacation - yea or nay?
Replies: 19
Views: 434

Re: Cancun as a family vacation - yea or nay?

Tulum is close and better for everything except getting plastered. Eating? I can definitely see staying elsewhere out of the hotel zone, like in a house. It depends upon the family. Some like resort amenities. I am into exploring and like house-renting or small properties. But there is some ease to...
by George Hejna
January 25th, 2019, 6:50 am
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Puebla Recommendations
Replies: 1
Views: 72

Re: Puebla Recommendations

I have not stayed but have heard wonderful things. We were supposed to go last Thanksgiving but had to change plans.

https://www.rosewoodhotels.com/en/puebla

George
by George Hejna
January 24th, 2019, 1:04 pm
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Inter European flight search engines.
Replies: 3
Views: 182

Re: Inter European flight search engines.

This always works for me as a search tool. Always book directly with the airline.

https://www.google.com/flights/#flt=/m/ ... w;sd:0;t:h


George
by George Hejna
January 22nd, 2019, 6:37 am
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Cancun as a family vacation - yea or nay?
Replies: 19
Views: 434

Re: Cancun as a family vacation - yea or nay?

Reading numerous posts on travel sites that better than 50/50 chance a rental car gets stopped for a shakedown...sucks. Any firsthand rental car experience? Better to rent at property than airport? In 4+ trips driving up and down the coast, never been stopped never even seen someone get stopped. Th...
by George Hejna
January 22nd, 2019, 6:34 am
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Any Experience with TAP Airlines?
Replies: 11
Views: 374

Re: Any Experience with TAP Airlines?

Flew them to Lisbon. I think it was out of EWR at the time. They were just fine, quality the same as AA or UAL. nice lounge in Lisbon. They do sometimes run a narrow body 757 not sure if they are doing that from ORD. If they are direct I would take them in a heartbeat. Lisbon is wonderful. Spend som...
by George Hejna
January 21st, 2019, 4:44 pm
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Cancun as a family vacation - yea or nay?
Replies: 19
Views: 434

Re: Cancun as a family vacation - yea or nay?

I agree with Barry to a certain extent. It depends on what you want. I don't think that member status is enough of a reason to stay in a big hotel on the tourist zone in Cancun unless that is what you like. The RC is nice but it IMO is not Mexico. Go south, rent a house on the beach there are tons o...
by George Hejna
January 13th, 2019, 7:01 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Florida Fish of the Week
Replies: 22
Views: 936

Re: Florida Fish of the Week

Caught a big beautiful yellow tail in Belize. Brought it back to the resort and the chef prepared it multiple ways. It was really great.

George
by George Hejna
January 11th, 2019, 2:26 pm
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: A short trip to Prague
Replies: 12
Views: 1126

Re: A short trip to Prague

We just left there 2 days ago. Great information here. We stayed 5 nights and stayed busy the whole time. Prague is a wonderful city with plenty to see. We did hire a private guide which was expensive but worth the expense. We did almost all the sights recommended here including the day trip to Ter...
by George Hejna
January 11th, 2019, 2:18 pm
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Chicago in January - Looking for a few recs
Replies: 16
Views: 508

Re: Chicago in January - Looking for a few recs

Cherry Circle Room is great. Depending on how picky your son is it might work. You are eating early. Easy walk from there to the theater. I would also look at a short Uber ride away as that opens up all the restaurants on W. Randolph street. You have Formento’s all the Stephanie Izard restaurants, L...
by George Hejna
January 11th, 2019, 5:56 am
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Chicago in January - Looking for a few recs
Replies: 16
Views: 508

Re: Chicago in January - Looking for a few recs

Yes this.. Quartino is terrible.

George
by George Hejna
January 10th, 2019, 6:13 am
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Chicago in January - Looking for a few recs
Replies: 16
Views: 508

Re: Chicago in January - Looking for a few recs

I think for a 10yr old the Museum of Science and Industry, The Field Museum and the Shedd Aquarium are your best bet. The Shedd gets crowded very quickly so get there early. The Museum of Science and Industry is wonderful but it is about 7 miles south of where you are staying. Uber is your best bet....
by George Hejna
January 7th, 2019, 3:49 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Florida Fish of the Week
Replies: 22
Views: 936

Re: Florida Fish of the Week

Please eat as much lion fish as possible...

TIA,

George
by George Hejna
December 26th, 2018, 2:41 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Chicago Restaurant Thread
Replies: 549
Views: 23395

Re: Chicago Restaurant Thread

FYI - Oriole's formal bar has started to take reservations. 8 seat cocktail Omakase.

https://barkumiko.com


George
by George Hejna
December 26th, 2018, 7:18 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Chicago Restaurant Thread
Replies: 549
Views: 23395

Re: Chicago Restaurant Thread

c fu wrote:
December 24th, 2018, 10:19 pm
Tried to book oriele when I was in town. Was not successful :(
Have to plan way ahead especially on weekends. 28 seats fills up fast. Good thing is no tickets and a pretty liberal cancellation policy.

George
by George Hejna
December 24th, 2018, 10:22 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Chicago Restaurant Thread
Replies: 549
Views: 23395

Re: Chicago Restaurant Thread

Was at SKY on Saturday. Agree on lobster dumplings and FG Bibimbap. Did not have the seafood Orzotto but the pork chop was amazing as was the hamachi. They did not charge us corkage. The list is a bit "meh" IMO . tbf, you aren't the target audience for the list. But, I'm quite sure you could find a...
by George Hejna
December 24th, 2018, 6:31 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Chicago Restaurant Thread
Replies: 549
Views: 23395

Re: Chicago Restaurant Thread

Went to SKY with Adrian last week. I was super impressed by the meal. The lobster dumplings, Seafood Orzotto and Foie Gras Bibimbap were ridiculous. I went in knowing nothing and expecting nothing and came out absolutely blown away by the flavor and texture combinations in the food. Lots of Asian i...
by George Hejna
December 21st, 2018, 2:43 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Chicago Restaurant Thread
Replies: 549
Views: 23395

Re: Chicago Restaurant Thread

Interesting... service was good. Wine service was really good. Jean Joho was in the dining room a lot. I am sure that helped.

George
by George Hejna
December 21st, 2018, 7:38 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Chicago Restaurant Thread
Replies: 549
Views: 23395

Re: Chicago Restaurant Thread

Had a wonderful meal at Everest last night. Everything was spot on. I haven't been in a very long time. I am a bit surprised that this restaurant doesn't get more play. The food is wonderful, the room is gorgeous, service is spot on and the wine list is extremely deep especially in French wines and ...
by George Hejna
December 15th, 2018, 6:53 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Chicago Restaurant Thread
Replies: 549
Views: 23395

Re: Chicago Restaurant Thread

The food at Smyth was absolutely spot on again. This place continues to amaze me. We had a bit of an issue as we had a later reservation and the table before us took too much time. The restaurant did everything they could do to politely move them along. It is a small place and we were a 6 top so thi...
by George Hejna
December 14th, 2018, 8:32 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Chicago Restaurant Thread
Replies: 549
Views: 23395

Re: Chicago Restaurant Thread

Looking forward to it! Thanks for the feedback.

George
by George Hejna
December 13th, 2018, 5:01 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Chicago Restaurant Thread
Replies: 549
Views: 23395

Re: Chicago Restaurant Thread

Keith A k e r s wrote:
December 13th, 2018, 4:24 pm
George,

is this your first time at HaiSous?
Yes. We were looking for somewhere to go after Bar Sotano. Thought this might work. Thoughts?


George
by George Hejna
December 13th, 2018, 4:09 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Chicago Restaurant Thread
Replies: 549
Views: 23395

Re: Chicago Restaurant Thread

You can all stay home leaves more room for me. Hitting up Bar Sotano, Haisous and Smyth this weekend. Next weekend Everest, Oriole and S.K.Y. That seems pretty diverse for me. That would be Mexican, Vietnamese, "New American" and French, Yep pretty boring... Not many places get more seasonally drive...
by George Hejna
December 3rd, 2018, 2:29 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Restaurant Wine Pairings
Replies: 9
Views: 326

Re: Restaurant Wine Pairings

Almost always never. I would rather buy what I know I like to drink. When there is an interesting pairing or bottle they are pouring I ask the Som for a glass and have never been told no. Some times it comes at no charge. Best of both worlds IMO Last time I tried a pairing it was at Noma and it was ...
by George Hejna
December 1st, 2018, 8:16 am
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Flights to Paris....am I missing something?
Replies: 24
Views: 1106

Re: Flights to Paris....am I missing something?

Barry L i p t o n wrote:
November 30th, 2018, 2:23 pm
From Flyertalk

https://saleslink.aa.com/en-US/document ... _Index.pdf

See last item
Barry - great link. I have been traveling AA for a long time and have never seen that. What is saleslink? I couldn't figure that out.

George
by George Hejna
December 1st, 2018, 8:09 am
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: French Rivera/Cote D'Azur. Where to stay?
Replies: 19
Views: 809

Re: French Rivera/Cote D'Azur. Where to stay?

Jeff,

Thanks. I think my tastes mirror yours. We are going to stay outside the larger cities.

George
by George Hejna
November 30th, 2018, 12:39 pm
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Flights to Paris....am I missing something?
Replies: 24
Views: 1106

Re: Flights to Paris....am I missing something?

I have only once been able to connect two separate AA tickets once. I have only tried a 3 times When asked if the connection was protected they said no. It could go back to who I talked to but I usually find the Platinum travel desk pretty well informed. If I were Milton I would definitely call AA m...

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