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by mark rudner
February 26th, 2020, 12:27 pm
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: New York City hotels
Replies: 13
Views: 318

Re: New York City hotels

neal if by chance you have an amex platinum (or higher) there are some decent options and the perks make a stay well worth the tariff early check in, late check out, free breakast, and a $100 credit for food or spa in the hotel. there's the edition, dominick, and quite a few others that may work for...
by mark rudner
February 12th, 2020, 2:41 pm
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: airitaly heading for bankruptcy
Replies: 1
Views: 243

airitaly heading for bankruptcy

as i am going to sicily in june, and (was) taking airitaly from milan to catania, i was disturbed to see the news today.
apparently owned by qatar airways.

not sure this affects anyone here but still news nonetheless
by mark rudner
February 12th, 2020, 2:27 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: SQN Spring 2020 offer
Replies: 58
Views: 5013

Re: SQN Spring 2020 offer

the non eba 16's scored 98 and 99 in wa
just as an indicator
by mark rudner
February 10th, 2020, 1:19 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Brunch at Momofuku Ssäm Bar
Replies: 6
Views: 436

Re: Brunch at Momofuku Ssäm Bar

the pork bun is still amazing after all these years but i'm with you on the brussels. amazing!!!
by mark rudner
February 10th, 2020, 1:14 pm
Forum: Commerce Corner - Wine Classifieds
Topic: LTB Saxxum
Replies: 7
Views: 624

Re: LTB Saxxum

sent you an email on friday. did you receive it?
by mark rudner
February 7th, 2020, 8:33 am
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: 6 days in sicily-need some advice
Replies: 20
Views: 939

Re: 6 days in sicily-need some advice

thanks lori and riccardo i was able to extend our trip by 1 night and have been thinking that 2 nights on and around etna, 3 nights in the islands and 2 nights in taormina may be the plan. as much as i know taormina is super touristy, i think i would still like some time there. we are still flying i...
by mark rudner
February 6th, 2020, 4:02 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Tench Winery
Replies: 52
Views: 5826

Re: Tench Winery

Dear Friends, We want to thank you for your early interest in Tench Vineyards. Thank you for signing up and being a part of something truly momentous and personal for us. It is amazing for us to realize how far we have come – from being a kid running through the vineyard, eating some Cabernet grapes...
by mark rudner
February 4th, 2020, 7:30 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: New York City Restaurants
Replies: 2369
Views: 143534

Re: New York City Restaurants

maiailino can do 24 people
lupa can do 30
what can i say, i like roman food!
by mark rudner
January 31st, 2020, 2:56 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 15 liter sqn inaugural at upcoming auction!
Replies: 12
Views: 1728

15 liter sqn inaugural at upcoming auction!

anyone care to guess at the hammer price?
anyone care to guess how many people it takes to finish it, and not end up hospitalized??
by mark rudner
January 31st, 2020, 9:29 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Another one bites the dust...Noon Eclipse 2001
Replies: 36
Views: 1455

Re: Another one bites the dust...Noon Eclipse 2001

timely post. last sunday i offered one of my last noon reserves to someone who expressed love for those wines.
i'm supposed to share it with her soon and have no real hope for anything but cough syrup. my fingers are still crossed.
by mark rudner
January 31st, 2020, 6:57 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Forbes Article about MacDonald Brothers
Replies: 4
Views: 917

Re: Forbes Article about MacDonald Brothers

interesting to think what 2022 means for those already on the list
thanks for posting
by mark rudner
January 30th, 2020, 7:18 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Riesling Study #1 - Atoboy
Replies: 11
Views: 1321

Re: Riesling Study #1 - Atoboy

great night robert and well done
the restaurant staff did an amazing job
i thought i knew very little about riesling, i just underestimated how little i knew!!!
looks like i missed my opportunity for ops, but will see you somewhere soon, i'm sure
thanks, and cheers [cheers.gif]
by mark rudner
January 29th, 2020, 12:24 pm
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: NYC restaurant recommendations
Replies: 6
Views: 603

Re: NYC restaurant recommendations

the simone does not offer lunch
a recent lunch at jean georges was fantastic and very relaxed
by mark rudner
January 29th, 2020, 9:43 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Sandlands 2020 — Anyone know when?
Replies: 117
Views: 6262

Re: Sandlands 2020 — Anyone know when?

nevermind
offer email just hit!
by mark rudner
January 29th, 2020, 9:42 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Sandlands 2020 — Anyone know when?
Replies: 117
Views: 6262

Re: Sandlands 2020 — Anyone know when?

is there a second email or just the save the date from yesterday?
by mark rudner
January 24th, 2020, 9:15 am
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: 6 days in sicily-need some advice
Replies: 20
Views: 939

Re: 6 days in sicily-need some advice

i don't think i've ever planned a trip to a place with so many possibilities. each new town i read about makes me change my plan. taormina seems so attractive yet the disney references and cruise ship traffic have reduced it to a possible evening visit. noto seems amazing. etna can't be missed. pana...
by mark rudner
January 24th, 2020, 8:54 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: SQN Twisted&Bent AlbanVnyd '97...(short/boring)
Replies: 3
Views: 278

Re: TN: SQN Twisted&Bent AlbanVnyd '97...(short/boring)

from rp The 1997 Twisted and Bent (540 cases) is no wimpy wine. All of the fruit comes from the Alban Vineyard in San Luis Obispo. The 1997's blend is 60% Roussanne and 40% Chardonnay. This is white wine at its most concentrated. Light gold with a greenish hue, it has the unctuosity and nearly the p...
by mark rudner
January 23rd, 2020, 12:51 pm
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: 6 days in sicily-need some advice
Replies: 20
Views: 939

Re: 6 days in sicily-need some advice

the research continues. from wendy perrin. "Most overrated place Many visitors include the famous hilltop town of Taormina on their Sicily bucket list, and for some compelling reasons: The town features amazing views of both Mt. Etna and the Mediterranean, elite dining spots, and some of the best ac...
by mark rudner
January 22nd, 2020, 7:43 am
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: 6 days in sicily-need some advice
Replies: 20
Views: 939

Re: 6 days in sicily-need some advice

anyone do a ferry from milazzo to the aeolian islands? is it a place to spend a night? looks like we will spend 2 nights on etna and one in taormina, or even stay low enough to head into taormina for an afternoon. that leaves us 3 or 4 nights and the islands sound like something we would like thanks...
by mark rudner
January 19th, 2020, 11:21 am
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: 6 days in sicily-need some advice
Replies: 20
Views: 939

Re: 6 days in sicily-need some advice

and doug, your comment about taormina makes me think i should avoid it
if i want the rustic sicilian experience, resort is probably not he right feel, thanks
by mark rudner
January 19th, 2020, 11:20 am
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: 6 days in sicily-need some advice
Replies: 20
Views: 939

Re: 6 days in sicily-need some advice

I learned to drive in NYC and have no problems there. Have drove from FCO to my hotel in central Rome on two occasions (before I wised up). Sicily was another level than Rome, which is worse than NY. passing on the right is common, cutoffs more common, etc. I slowed down in a neighborhood in Siracu...
by mark rudner
January 17th, 2020, 12:22 pm
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: 6 days in sicily-need some advice
Replies: 20
Views: 939

Re: 6 days in sicily-need some advice

hi mike while that sounds relaxing, i've got 6 full day on the island and will need to get around a bit more, but agree that palermo is just too much. i'm glad you threw in the line about nyc because i drive there quite a bit and figured i'd be able to get by in sicily. i guess not! may cut it down ...
by mark rudner
January 17th, 2020, 9:24 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: I guess they don’t want you bringing mags
Replies: 30
Views: 2740

Re: I guess they don’t want you bringing mags

I’m guessing that’s a mistake or misunderstanding. But who the hell knows, there is a lot of illogical stuff (both favorable and unfavorable to the diner) in the world of corkage. I thought so too, so called the restaurant (first info was through email) and confirmed the $225 corkage fee. I'll try ...
by mark rudner
January 16th, 2020, 4:24 pm
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: 6 days in sicily-need some advice
Replies: 20
Views: 939

Re: 6 days in sicily-need some advice

barry
this is a la dolce vita trip (they all are for us [highfive.gif] )
we have 6 full days on the ground in sicily
by mark rudner
January 16th, 2020, 12:49 pm
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: 6 days in sicily-need some advice
Replies: 20
Views: 939

Re: 6 days in sicily-need some advice

ian
will definitely do at least one agriturismo property, and probably stay in 3 different places.
thanks for the sensible advice about open jaw and car returns
by mark rudner
January 16th, 2020, 7:18 am
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: 6 days in sicily-need some advice
Replies: 20
Views: 939

6 days in sicily-need some advice

i've read every note from every thread here, and feel i have a good jumping off point. at first i thought we'd drive the entire island but now see there's just no way. it's either a) fly into catania and stay in a triangle from cefalu, taormina, and siracusa or b) fly into catania and make the trian...
by mark rudner
January 14th, 2020, 8:21 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2017 Screaming Eagle
Replies: 61
Views: 7456

Re: 2017 Screaming Eagle

mag prices from the winery have always been crazy
like 4x750 iirc
by mark rudner
January 11th, 2020, 6:42 am
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Caribbean recommendations?
Replies: 18
Views: 917

Re: Caribbean recommendations?

bonvoy in the grenadines? didn't know that.

how about dorado beach in puerto rico? it's an rc reserve property and supposed to be magnificent.
by mark rudner
January 2nd, 2020, 4:40 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Damn it; I like ketchup with my hot dog.
Replies: 78
Views: 2096

Re: Damn it; I like ketchup with my hot dog.

try mutti brand ketchup
game changer for me
may change some minds
by mark rudner
January 2nd, 2020, 12:30 pm
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: barcelona 3 nights enough?
Replies: 51
Views: 2604

Re: barcelona 3 nights enough?

so, 3 days is enough... the barcelona arts is a great hotel. right on the water with amazing views and excellent staff. it's also not a bad walk to barceloneta, and taxis are easy and plentiful. there is good food everywhere, although frankly tapas kind of blend together after a while. thanks to so ...
by mark rudner
December 18th, 2019, 2:42 pm
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: NY Style Pizza Recs
Replies: 55
Views: 2139

Re: NY Style Pizza Recs

also, the request is for ny style pizza
a lot of the above are not
don antonio is very good pizza, like keste, but not ny style
by mark rudner
December 17th, 2019, 12:34 pm
Forum: Offline Planner
Topic: Alt-Rieslingfeier - Sunday, January 26th at Atoboy
Replies: 20
Views: 1722

Re: Alt-Rieslingfeier - Sunday, January 26th at Atoboy

hi robert
i'm in but can't confirm my +1 yet
by mark rudner
December 17th, 2019, 10:18 am
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: barcelona 3 nights enough?
Replies: 51
Views: 2604

Re: barcelona 3 nights enough?

definitely buying a few of those as gifts
never heard of the Caganer!!!
by mark rudner
December 17th, 2019, 9:11 am
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: barcelona 3 nights enough?
Replies: 51
Views: 2604

Re: barcelona 3 nights enough?

I'm curious about the petty crime issue that is being reported here (and elsewhere). I've seen mention of it happening in Paris, Rome, now Barcelona, etc. I've been to all three of these places within the past few years...Barcelona this past August, Rome the August before that and I've never felt un...
by mark rudner
December 17th, 2019, 7:05 am
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: barcelona 3 nights enough?
Replies: 51
Views: 2604

Re: barcelona 3 nights enough?

have it booked mike
thanks again
by mark rudner
December 16th, 2019, 1:35 pm
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: barcelona 3 nights enough?
Replies: 51
Views: 2604

Re: barcelona 3 nights enough?

thanks andrew
i've heard this about las ramblas and some areas of the subway and will be careful

barri de gracia is part of our plan
by mark rudner
December 15th, 2019, 2:05 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Marcassin
Replies: 82
Views: 13696

Re: Marcassin

anyone know what the estate chard current release price is?
by mark rudner
December 15th, 2019, 1:53 pm
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: barcelona 3 nights enough?
Replies: 51
Views: 2604

Re: barcelona 3 nights enough?

we leave in 10 days
any last minute insight?
going to do 1 michelin lunch and the rest tapas/pintxos
thanks
by mark rudner
December 15th, 2019, 1:47 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: New York City Restaurants
Replies: 2369
Views: 143534

Re: New York City Restaurants

saturday lunch at jean georges was as good as i can remember one dish wasn't perfect but that's it service, somm, and entire presentation is well worth the $68 four course prix fixe and well more handled my wine superbly as well, but they should at $100.... still, my wine would have cost $750+ on th...
by mark rudner
December 15th, 2019, 8:45 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2009 Schrader Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon CCS Beckstoffer To-Kalon Vineyard
Replies: 6
Views: 712

Re: TN: 2009 Schrader Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon CCS Beckstoffer To-Kalon Vineyard

great tn
all my 09's are long gone
seems once again i drank 'em too fast
by mark rudner
December 10th, 2019, 5:27 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: New York City Restaurants
Replies: 2369
Views: 143534

Re: New York City Restaurants

strange that cosme had little appeal
i have always found it great/amazing

thanks for the wayan review. i hope to get there soon
by mark rudner
December 8th, 2019, 2:51 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: And Round 1 goes to the MacDonald brothers
Replies: 10
Views: 2013

Re: And Round 1 goes to the MacDonald brothers

pretty cool for the boys
it's really a war
by mark rudner
December 5th, 2019, 7:09 am
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Back to Barcelona -- new recommendations?
Replies: 29
Views: 4140

Re: Back to Barcelona -- new recommendations?

i only have 3 days howard. i think i'll take a guided tour of sagrada familia, but just casually visit the other gaudi highlights
thanks
by mark rudner
December 2nd, 2019, 9:22 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: no Rieslingfeier this year...fyi
Replies: 23
Views: 1899

Re: no Rieslingfeier this year...fyi

i think i'm free robert
keep us posted!
by mark rudner
December 1st, 2019, 5:18 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: so who still gets wine spectator? and why?
Replies: 47
Views: 2435

Re: so who still gets wine spectator? and why?

anyone know why we get it for free?
by mark rudner
December 1st, 2019, 5:07 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: so who still gets wine spectator? and why?
Replies: 47
Views: 2435

so who still gets wine spectator? and why?

just got yesterday's mail and in it the latest ws issue. i don't remember if i re-up every year or it's automatic, and i'm not quite sure if i really like it anymore.
but here it is. big picture/ad for the wagners etc etc
so who's still in?
by mark rudner
November 30th, 2019, 7:29 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: New York City Restaurants
Replies: 2369
Views: 143534

Re: New York City Restaurants

as to marea falling off, i believe we're about to hear from ray t...
i have never had a meal at gramercy that came close to marea
i just don't get that place
by mark rudner
November 30th, 2019, 7:06 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Taittinger Comtes 08 $125 - $135
Replies: 62
Views: 4679

Re: Taittinger Comtes 08 $135

mine says $750 as well
thanks for the heads up

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