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by doug johnson
January 18th, 2020, 11:57 am
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: 6 days in sicily-need some advice
Replies: 17
Views: 559

Re: 6 days in sicily-need some advice

Taormina driving was fine for me. It wasn't that crowded and the place was small. Only Palermo traffic was daunting. Palermo is pretty great. Taormina did not feel Sicilian to me - it is more of a "resort". Etna area is great fun though. Hit up Cave Ox. I really liked Segesta over Agrigento and foun...
by doug johnson
January 18th, 2020, 11:47 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Anyone using Kampot peppercorns?
Replies: 5
Views: 326

Re: Anyone using Kampot peppercorns?

A friend gave me some from a trip there. They were very good peppercorns but I guess my palate is not sensitive enough for me to have desire to seek them out.
by doug johnson
December 31st, 2019, 6:28 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: The 40 Most Important Restaurants of the Decade
Replies: 23
Views: 1613

Re: The 40 Most Important Restaurants of the Decade

The food at Bad Saint is good though everything else is not. But it wouldn't have worked in DC without Little Serow before it.
by doug johnson
December 23rd, 2019, 7:02 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: New York City Restaurants
Replies: 2326
Views: 140492

Re: New York City Restaurants

Next day , for lunch , to Chinatown . The place is called Nom Wah tea parlor. You would never go in without a recommendation , it does not look appealing , more like a hole in a wall . The place is packed , the food delicious . I ate way too much . Dang, the one time I went to Nom Wah I was wanderi...
by doug johnson
December 22nd, 2019, 5:14 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Bel Air Marquis d'Aligre 1982
Replies: 33
Views: 1206

Re: Bel Air Marquis d'Aligre 1982

flirtysmile
Neal.Mollen wrote:
December 22nd, 2019, 9:52 am
Anyone had the 96?
Yes. I thought it was very pretty and had good fruit.
by doug johnson
December 19th, 2019, 9:26 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: New York City Restaurants
Replies: 2326
Views: 140492

Re: New York City Restaurants

I had dinner at the bar at Marea for the first time a couple days ago. A langostine crudo was uninspired and insultingly expensive. The famous octopus fusilli was very good and a hazelnut and huckleberry crostata for dessert was good. An interesting Ligurian wine by the glass, also insultingly price...
by doug johnson
November 10th, 2019, 12:23 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Popeyes Chicken Sandwich
Replies: 143
Views: 8065

Re: Popeyes Chicken Sandwich

I got sucked into this thread's hype...

Sandwich was a fine piece of fast-food engineering but not otherwise remarkable.
by doug johnson
October 1st, 2019, 6:29 pm
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: CDMX Recos?
Replies: 6
Views: 1437

Re: CDMX Recos?

Agree with George that Quintonil is waaay better than Pujol (so much better that I would suggest you swap reservations, if possible, and if not, go to Maximo or somewhere else rather than Pujol.) Rosetta is good, too, but not really Mexican food; and what you are calling dinner at Contramar is reall...
by doug johnson
May 28th, 2019, 7:56 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 1998 Bel Air-Marquis d'Aligre
Replies: 14
Views: 1257

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 - Food and Recipes
Topic: New York City Restaurants
Replies: 2326
Views: 140492

Re: New York City Restaurants

Anyone been to L'Appart?
by doug johnson
April 3rd, 2019, 7:06 pm
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: London / Solo Diner
Replies: 34
Views: 1784

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 and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Seoul, Korea
Replies: 6
Views: 541

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 and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Seoul, Korea
Replies: 6
Views: 541

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: 956

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 and Restaurants Forum
Topic: trip to Greek Islands (Cyclades)
Replies: 4
Views: 536

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 and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Baltimore
Replies: 14
Views: 952

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: 1198

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: 623

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 - Food and Recipes
Topic: Restaurants in/near Taormina?
Replies: 16
Views: 863

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 and Restaurants Forum
Topic: one dinner in Arlington or D.C.?
Replies: 15
Views: 663

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 - Food and Recipes
Topic: Mexico City... cheap eats?
Replies: 12
Views: 606

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 and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Wanted: Tokyo and Kyoto restaurants
Replies: 27
Views: 1820

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 - Food and Recipes
Topic: Restaurants in/near Taormina?
Replies: 16
Views: 863

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 - Food and Recipes
Topic: Mexico City... cheap eats?
Replies: 12
Views: 606

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 - Food and Recipes
Topic: Kitchen Appliance Recommendations
Replies: 52
Views: 2795

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 and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Pfalz
Replies: 6
Views: 360

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 - Food and Recipes
Topic: Kitchen Appliance Recommendations
Replies: 52
Views: 2795

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 and Restaurants Forum
Topic: 11 nights in Sicily - Itinerary?
Replies: 15
Views: 876

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: 1286

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 and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Pittsburgh (and Fallingwater) ideas
Replies: 9
Views: 457

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 - Food and Recipes
Topic: Edinburgh Recommendations Please....
Replies: 14
Views: 611

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 and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Advice please: first time in NYC
Replies: 53
Views: 1920

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 and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Reccos for London & Amsterdam
Replies: 43
Views: 2732

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 - Food and Recipes
Topic: New York City Restaurants
Replies: 2326
Views: 140492

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 and Restaurants Forum
Topic: My observations while in China
Replies: 23
Views: 1161

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: 947

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 and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Sicily? I’ve been warned away.
Replies: 12
Views: 913

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 - Food and Recipes
Topic: Martin Berasategui - My best 3 Michelin Star Experience to date
Replies: 14
Views: 841

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 and Restaurants Forum
Topic: In DC for the 4th
Replies: 17
Views: 597

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 and Restaurants Forum
Topic: In DC for the 4th
Replies: 17
Views: 597

In DC for the 4th

2 Amy's then a short walk to the National Cathedral.
by doug johnson
April 23rd, 2018, 9:19 am
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: D.C. and Pittsburgh
Replies: 18
Views: 819

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 and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Quebec City - seeking restaurant suggestions
Replies: 14
Views: 836

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 - Food and Recipes
Topic: Wash D.C. and Pittsburgh restaurant reccos??
Replies: 20
Views: 886

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 and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Essential Italy: the less obvious list
Replies: 54
Views: 3352

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: 5375

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 - Food and Recipes
Topic: Salt Lake City Dinner Recs?
Replies: 10
Views: 972

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: 5776

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 and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Air France - Wine/Alcohol Restriction
Replies: 35
Views: 2211

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-...

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