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by doug johnson
May 28th, 2019, 7:56 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 1998 Bel Air-Marquis d'Aligre
Replies: 14
Views: 1163

Re: 1998 Bel Air-Marquis d'Aligre

I liked the '98 - this is my tasting note from a few months back: Give it a little air. Pretty but not quite as beautiful as the '95 a few days ago - not as silky in texture. Good earthy, tobacco-y and red berry smells. Tastes the same as it smells. Rougher tannins and more spice on the finish than ...
by doug johnson
May 19th, 2019, 9:01 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: New York City Restaurants
Replies: 2154
Views: 128230

Re: New York City Restaurants

Anyone been to L'Appart?
by doug johnson
April 3rd, 2019, 7:06 pm
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: London / Solo Diner
Replies: 34
Views: 1598

Re: London / Solo Diner

I'll be that guy....my one time at Hedone was garbage. Good ingredients, yes, but the cooking had no soul, no creativity, no style.
by doug johnson
March 24th, 2019, 4:57 pm
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Seoul, Korea
Replies: 6
Views: 474

Re: Seoul, Korea

I recall the Seoul branch as being at a similar level as NYC but with the food tilted more Korean.

E.g., the starter course was a banchan rendition including tuna
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and their urchin bibimbap was really good
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by doug johnson
March 21st, 2019, 6:00 pm
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Seoul, Korea
Replies: 6
Views: 474

Re: Seoul, Korea

I recall the lists at Mingles and at Jungsik being at least "ok".

I had a 2014 A. et P. de Villaine Rully Les Saints-Jacques for 99k won at Mingles and a 2012 Wieninger Pinot Noir Select for 78k won at Jungsik.

Good food, too, at both places.
by doug johnson
March 2nd, 2019, 8:23 am
Forum: Wine Pimps
Topic: DC Help?
Replies: 8
Views: 812

Re: DC Help?

Weygandt Wines.

The guy who runs this operation lives in NW DC, I believe.

https://vintage59.com/

This place is a newish hipster natural wine shop - https://domestiquewine.com
by doug johnson
January 7th, 2019, 7:36 pm
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: trip to Greek Islands (Cyclades)
Replies: 4
Views: 518

Re: trip to Greek Islands (Cyclades)

I went to Sigalas. Nice tasting, I thought the wines were very good. Just below Oia. Selene Meze and Wine in beautiful Pyrgos. Good food and good wine, particularly an interesting BTG list. To Psaraki - in the working marina of Vlichada. Best seafood I found on Santorini. Anogi - very tasty taberna ...
by doug johnson
October 30th, 2018, 8:05 pm
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Baltimore
Replies: 14
Views: 918

Re: Baltimore

I am not a fan of Spike Gjerde or his restaurants such as Woodberry. They have always been very twee and pretentious.

Peter's Inn is a quintessential Bmore place.
by doug johnson
October 25th, 2018, 7:32 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wineries near Charlottesville VA
Replies: 34
Views: 1130

Re: Wineries near Charlottesville VA

Barboursville and Gabriele Rausse
by doug johnson
October 21st, 2018, 4:38 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 1990 Robert Michel Cornas La Geynale
Replies: 16
Views: 610

Re: 1990 Robert Michel Cornas La Geynale

I had the '99 18 months ago. Pretty good but didn't ring any bells. Thought it needed more fruit.
by doug johnson
October 16th, 2018, 12:04 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Restaurants in/near Taormina?
Replies: 16
Views: 843

Re: Restaurants in/near Taormina?

Sorry my rec let you down. Did you at least check out their wine cellar and get a cool bottle?
by doug johnson
October 8th, 2018, 11:36 pm
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: one dinner in Arlington or D.C.?
Replies: 15
Views: 625

Re: one dinner in Arlington or D.C.?

My one meal at Centrolina was, perhaps unfairly, burdened by comparisons to recent meals in Italy. It is the type of restaurant that DC does - a fancified simulacra of the real thing!
by doug johnson
September 30th, 2018, 7:10 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Mexico City... cheap eats?
Replies: 12
Views: 589

Re: Mexico City... cheap eats?

Nicos is awesome! The food, the scene (mariachis on the weekend!), the mezcal cart, the cafe de oja ritual at the end...feasting and merrymaking for hours! Glad you liked Pujol but I agree with George on this one. Quintonil strikes me as great, precise, high technique and exceptionally sourced Mexic...
by doug johnson
September 28th, 2018, 8:37 pm
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Wanted: Tokyo and Kyoto restaurants
Replies: 27
Views: 1710

Re: Wanted: Tokyo and Kyoto restaurants

Tetsuan is pretty awesome kappo in Tokyo.
by doug johnson
September 26th, 2018, 6:08 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Restaurants in/near Taormina?
Replies: 16
Views: 843

Re: Restaurants in/near Taormina?

Nero d'Avola was not bad, though the wine list was only ok. Tiramisu was awesome though! If you want you can find some details on search.

Cave Ox also has good wine and tasty casual food - it may or may not be close to Taormina for you.
by doug johnson
September 17th, 2018, 11:20 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Mexico City... cheap eats?
Replies: 12
Views: 589

Re: Mexico City... cheap eats?

If you like art, the Rufino Tamayo museum near the anthropology museum is a small gem.
by doug johnson
September 14th, 2018, 4:11 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Kitchen Appliance Recommendations
Replies: 52
Views: 2689

Re: Kitchen Appliance Recommendations

Do any of you with 4-digit CFM hoods have powered make-up air systems (as opposed to a passive "hole" in your house)? If so, what sort of person designed it?
by doug johnson
September 5th, 2018, 9:16 pm
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Pfalz
Replies: 6
Views: 346

Re: Pfalz

Several years ago I enjoyed dinner at Alte Pfarrey in Neuleiningen. I think they serve lunch, too.
by doug johnson
August 29th, 2018, 9:15 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Kitchen Appliance Recommendations
Replies: 52
Views: 2689

Re: Kitchen Appliance Recommendations

On a hoodfan note, I've heard that units with 1200cfm's and higher require a make up air systems to bring in air to the home, thereby reducing back drafting issues. I don't know what the cfm threshold is (and it may be local code dependent), but high cfm hoods do require a make-up air vent. Had to ...
by doug johnson
August 25th, 2018, 6:59 am
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: 11 nights in Sicily - Itinerary?
Replies: 15
Views: 817

Re: 11 nights in Sicily - Itinerary?

Segesta was breathtakingly beautiful and not too time consuming. Also fits nicely with Trapani / Erice. I respectfully disagree about La Madia based on my one fairly recent trip. Good wine list though. Look for a restaurant called Tiramisu in Taormina. Really fun poking through their wine inventory ...
by doug johnson
August 17th, 2018, 8:01 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2002 DIDIER DAGUENEAU SILEX POUILLY-FUME
Replies: 29
Views: 1268

Re: 2002 DIDIER DAGUENEAU SILEX POUILLY-FUME

scamhi wrote:
August 17th, 2018, 1:48 pm
I opened the 2006 Silex last night in magnum. Didier's last vintage. I don't think anyone makes a sauvignon blanc similarly.
Beautiful wine.

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'07 was not his last vintage?
by doug johnson
August 14th, 2018, 9:55 am
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Pittsburgh (and Fallingwater) ideas
Replies: 9
Views: 447

Re: Pittsburgh (and Fallingwater) ideas

Are you going to Kentuck Knob? It was an interesting counterpoint to Falling Water.
by doug johnson
August 5th, 2018, 3:48 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Edinburgh Recommendations Please....
Replies: 14
Views: 601

Edinburgh Recommendations Please....

Recently had good (not great) seafood at Fishers in the City and some quite nice drinks of Knockando at Thomson's Bar.
by doug johnson
August 4th, 2018, 5:49 pm
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Advice please: first time in NYC
Replies: 53
Views: 1855

Advice please: first time in NYC

Morgan Library is pretty cool and I think their current exhibitions are fascinating.
by doug johnson
August 3rd, 2018, 6:22 pm
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Reccos for London & Amsterdam
Replies: 43
Views: 2332

Rocco’s for London & Amsterdam

Was in London in June. Gymkhana's duck egg bhurji with lobster was one of the best things I've eaten in recent years. Also went to Hedone on the basis of board recommendations here and its proximity to Kew Gardens. I found the food boring, the service pretentiously poor, and the overall experience b...
by doug johnson
July 12th, 2018, 7:40 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: New York City Restaurants
Replies: 2154
Views: 128230

New York City Restaurants

How is Hasaki or 15 East? I am looking for either a good sushi counter or kappo place, with some ambience, that is easy-going enough that a day-of cancellation would be possible without incurring penalties; or is not so popular that I could walk in at 9 on a Saturday... A few years ago Robert's rec ...
by doug johnson
June 21st, 2018, 11:48 am
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: My observations while in China
Replies: 23
Views: 1124

My observations while in China

Face mask of all sorts are worn – I don't understand the reasoning I sometimes wear one as protection against the filth in the air. I assume that is a pretty common reason.... Was recently in Xi'an for the first time. Favorite big city in China I've been to, out of Beijing, Shanghai, Shenyang, Chen...
by doug johnson
June 13th, 2018, 12:24 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine Bars in Tokyo
Replies: 18
Views: 875

Wine Bars in Tokyo

i've enjoyed Elevage a lot. Why'd they move?
by doug johnson
June 8th, 2018, 5:35 am
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Sicily? I’ve been warned away.
Replies: 12
Views: 879

Sicily? I’ve been warned away.

Sicily was amazing if you like history, friendly people, great food and wine, and beautiful scenery.

My trip summary of 2 weeks from last fall -

https://www.wineberserkers.com/forum/vi ... 6#p2443546
by doug johnson
June 2nd, 2018, 1:35 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Martin Berasategui - My best 3 Michelin Star Experience to date
Replies: 14
Views: 815

Martin Berasategui - My best 3 Michelin Star Experience to date

Had an amazing meal there a few years ago, too. Then the next day, on a holiday weekend, the somm got us in to a fully booked Elkano.

Would love to return.
by doug johnson
May 23rd, 2018, 4:50 pm
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: In DC for the 4th
Replies: 17
Views: 578

In DC for the 4th

Love 2 Amy's, but can't imagine that the Cathedral is a very good place to watch the fireworks. WAY too far away Guess it depends what you want out of fireworks watching...it is one of the highest points in DC and you see the display quite well. People are there watching but it is not so crowded th...
by doug johnson
May 23rd, 2018, 6:08 am
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: In DC for the 4th
Replies: 17
Views: 578

In DC for the 4th

2 Amy's then a short walk to the National Cathedral.
by doug johnson
May 12th, 2018, 4:25 pm
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: London advice? Trying to make a happy birthday for 13 year old daughter
Replies: 38
Views: 1138

London advice? Trying to make a happy birthday for 13 year old daughter

+1000 on Kew Gardens. Just there today and it was amazing.
by doug johnson
April 23rd, 2018, 9:19 am
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: D.C. and Pittsburgh
Replies: 18
Views: 751

D.C. and Pittsburgh

A Rake's Progress and the Dabney purport to serve regional cuisine. Quarterdeck is the best crabhouse I know of in the close surrounding area. Whaley's and several Hank's Oyster bars have decent seafood in a non-shack ambience.
by doug johnson
April 15th, 2018, 11:36 am
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Quebec City - seeking restaurant suggestions
Replies: 14
Views: 691

Quebec City - seeking restaurant suggestions

It was a few years ago that I visited but Laurie Raphael was not worthwhile. However, http://www.clocherpenche.ca/en/ was quite good, and recommended here on an old thread.
by doug johnson
April 7th, 2018, 6:10 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Wash D.C. and Pittsburgh restaurant reccos??
Replies: 20
Views: 849

Wash D.C. and Pittsburgh restaurant reccos??

I byo in DC all the time. Etto and 2 Amy's for small plate Italian style food (and pizza). $25 corkage at both but 2 Amy's has a good "reserve" list (recently had a great and well-priced Valentini there). Kinship for good American food (corkage not a good option here). Tail Up Goat for good Mediterr...
by doug johnson
March 25th, 2018, 7:04 pm
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Essential Italy: the less obvious list
Replies: 54
Views: 3018

Essential Italy: the less obvious list

Does anyone have recommendations for sights to see along the way driving from Palermo to Taormina or vice versa. I'm not locked into the autostrada or the coastal route—would do either based on what there is to see en route. Also, can anyone recommend a specific tour for hiking Etna without stoppin...
by doug johnson
March 19th, 2018, 5:52 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Tipping....a scenario question...
Replies: 155
Views: 5334

Tipping....a scenario question...

There is a local chef who owns several restaurants, none are cheap. I love his cooking. I would go regularly, but his list is obscenely priced and he allows no corkage. Through these policies, he is telling me quite clearly he doesn't want my business, and I oblige him. His choice, and mine. Perhap...
by doug johnson
March 12th, 2018, 8:08 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Salt Lake City Dinner Recs?
Replies: 10
Views: 932

Salt Lake City Dinner Recs?

+1 on Pallet.

Copper Onion seems a bit tired compared to he past (and sounds like the same for Pago!).

Stomeground Kitchen was pretty tasty pasta, pizza, and charcuterie.
by doug johnson
March 11th, 2018, 5:12 pm
Forum: BYO Forum - Wine at Restaurants
Topic: Baltimore, MD (Charm City, hon)
Replies: 39
Views: 5557

Baltimore, MD (Charm City, hon)

Did you eat there yet? How was it? Corkage fee is bonkers Not yet but will be there soon. I'm wondering whether the corkage is because they expect to be popular for the first few weeks/months and maybe they'll relax it once it settles down. Seems like a very standard French Bistro menu (even it's w...
by doug johnson
March 10th, 2018, 5:32 pm
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Air France - Wine/Alcohol Restriction
Replies: 28
Views: 1562

Air France - Wine/Alcohol Restriction

I think this limitation is for higher alcohol content items like spirits. I’m flying Lufthansa next month and bringing as much riesling back with me that I can carry. Hi Brian, Looks like you are right! See here, under sub-heading "Alcoholic Beverages" - https://www.lufthansa.com/us/en/Information-...
by doug johnson
March 10th, 2018, 1:30 pm
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Air France - Wine/Alcohol Restriction
Replies: 28
Views: 1562

Air France - Wine/Alcohol Restriction

I think all Lufthansa lines have this same 5L restriction.
by doug johnson
March 4th, 2018, 4:30 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Baltimore Restaurants for Next Week
Replies: 9
Views: 630

Baltimore Restaurants for Next Week

A few more suggestions... Cinghiale is good Italian right in Harbor East. Good wine list as it is owned by the local wine guru. Bottega is good BYO (with a low corkage fee) Italian a short cab ride north of the harbor. Bin 604 (Owned by Cinghiale and Charleston family), in Harbor East, would be a go...
by doug johnson
February 26th, 2018, 9:38 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Peru Recommendations?
Replies: 12
Views: 687

Peru Recommendations?

I'll second Pachapa...though the culinary scene in Cuzco is not a highlight of the area. Lima: just eat ceviche all the time...it is amazing there. Good meal at Lima 27, nice ceviche brunch at El Muelle by the beach in Barranco, very nice dinner at Astrid Y Gaston (and drank a cheap and adequate Per...
by doug johnson
February 24th, 2018, 7:07 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Help with Tokyo, Kyoto, Nara and Hikone/Maibara
Replies: 12
Views: 638

Help with Tokyo, Kyoto, Nara and Hikone/Maibara

A couple places I love in Tokyo - Tetsuan in Azabujuban (quiet, excellent kappo); Yoshino Sushi Honten in Nihonbashi (local and unpretentious vibe, relatively inexpensive sushi) And while in Hakone if you are staying in Yumoto you will find that there are limited dinner spots - you might look for th...
by doug johnson
February 4th, 2018, 11:13 am
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Essential Italy: the less obvious list
Replies: 54
Views: 3018

Essential Italy: the less obvious list

Neal, I was in Sicily this past October. Awesome trip. Check these two threads for some ideas if you go this way... https://www.wineberserkers.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=1&t=144623 https://www.wineberserkers.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=77791 My trip summary: Fly into Catania from Rome, rent car, dr...
by doug johnson
January 6th, 2018, 1:30 pm
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Oaxaca, Mexico
Replies: 11
Views: 650

Oaxaca, Mexico

I was there about 18 months ago and had very good meals at Origen and Casa Oaxaca, and a good meal at Las Danzantes. I don't recall seeing any wine lists that were interesting apart from having Mexican wines, which aren't bad. 2012 L. A. Cetto Nebbiolo Reserva Privada - Mexico, Baja California, Vall...
by doug johnson
January 5th, 2018, 9:15 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Range Recommendation
Replies: 40
Views: 2246

Range Recommendation

The gas oven has been fine, better than expected, overall. Still prefer electric oven thanks for the feedback. For what specific uses of your Bluestar oven do you find an electric to be preferable? I'm not a pro baker so "fine, better than expected" may be good enough for me, too, but I just don't ...
by doug johnson
January 4th, 2018, 8:33 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Range Recommendation
Replies: 40
Views: 2246

Range Recommendation

Thinking about upgrading to a Bluestar range but I worry about the gas oven. How much worse is a gas oven than electric? Worse enough that I should upgrade even further to the dual-fuel Capital unit Kenny has?

Thanks!!!!
by doug johnson
January 2nd, 2018, 7:27 pm
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Mexico City Recommendations Sought
Replies: 15
Views: 777

Mexico City Recommendations Sought

Did you get Contramar's whole grilled robalo? I have had but few better whole fish dishes in my life.

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