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by Andrew Kotowski
February 19th, 2019, 7:48 am
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Anyone use Global Entry Program?
Replies: 450
Views: 24472

Re: Anyone use Global Entry Program?

scamhi wrote:
February 19th, 2019, 7:15 am
Michel Abood wrote:
February 19th, 2019, 7:00 am
so they just waived me through.
contraband cheese and all
Or blocks of Bordier *cough, cough*
by Andrew Kotowski
February 18th, 2019, 8:31 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: The Bourbon Thread
Replies: 3213
Views: 159219

Re: The Bourbon Thread

Enjoyed the last of a bottle of John J Bowman Single Barrel tonight. Good stuff out of VA that I pick up once or twice a year when family has to fly back to Quantico.
by Andrew Kotowski
February 18th, 2019, 6:11 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Steak Porn
Replies: 1805
Views: 144607

Re: Steak Porn

@Ilkka - those look great! Where did you pick them up? Would love to pass the link along to my team in Helsinki! FWIW - really enjoyed Shelter when I was there last...
by Andrew Kotowski
February 16th, 2019, 6:56 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: What BEER are you drinking?
Replies: 15902
Views: 372369

Re: What BEER are you drinking?

New Holland Dragon’s Milk - meh, little thin. Used to my gravy-consistency, chocolate sundae bombs. Love your description! Don’t hate the player; hate the game :) If it’s any consolation, I’m grilling in the rain (on a snow-covered deck) and drinking a 2016 Giraud CdP. There is SOME hope for me :)
by Andrew Kotowski
February 16th, 2019, 3:07 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: What BEER are you drinking?
Replies: 15902
Views: 372369

Re: What BEER are you drinking?

New Holland Dragon’s Milk - meh, little thin. Used to my gravy-consistency, chocolate sundae bombs.
by Andrew Kotowski
February 16th, 2019, 7:32 am
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Reims or Epernay for kid friendly day trip
Replies: 17
Views: 399

Re: Reims or Epernay for kid friendly day trip

If you go the Loire route, I’d stop at the cathedral in Chartres on the way (read the article about the West Point guy that saved it). Amboise is a must hit for the kids - Clos Luce (Da Vinci’s chateau) is super kid-friendly with a bunch of hands-on exhibits and a small playground in the gardens, wi...
by Andrew Kotowski
February 15th, 2019, 11:28 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Any Tea Aficionados Out There?
Replies: 140
Views: 7442

Re: Any Tea Aficionados Out There?

Thank you!
by Andrew Kotowski
February 13th, 2019, 12:01 pm
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Reims or Epernay for kid friendly day trip
Replies: 17
Views: 399

Re: Reims or Epernay for kid friendly day trip

In true Berserker form ("no really, do this instead!") I'd recommend scratching it and heading to the D-Day beaches instead. Tons of kid-friendly stuff to do there, including playing on the guns at Longues sur Mer, jumping around in the landing vehicles at Utah beach or checking out the museum at Ca...
by Andrew Kotowski
February 12th, 2019, 1:59 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: Old Beer - Results
Replies: 97
Views: 5441

Re: Old Beer - Results

I've got an Abraxas from around the same timeframe... will post when I pop it.
by Andrew Kotowski
February 12th, 2019, 12:07 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: Old Beer - Results
Replies: 97
Views: 5441

Re: Old Beer - Results

From my experience, coffee stouts lose a lot of their bitterness/coffee flavor after the first year or two. I've never gone more than 3 years, but most of the ones I've had (and I've had a ton) are really coffee-forward in year one, drop off a cliff in year two and have most of the coffee notes com...
by Andrew Kotowski
February 12th, 2019, 12:02 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: What BEER are you drinking?
Replies: 15902
Views: 372369

Re: What BEER are you drinking?

Thoughts across a ton of posts - * @Rick - I've always enjoyed PtE and thought it was heads and tails above the rest, and that's going back at least a decade, maybe more. When they pulled out of WA (six years ago?), I stopped drinking it. That said, nirvana for me was starting at Bear Republic with ...
by Andrew Kotowski
February 10th, 2019, 8:02 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Grill / Smoker / Other Meat Prep
Replies: 20
Views: 655

Re: Grill / Smoker / Other Meat Prep

ERPark wrote:
February 9th, 2019, 6:11 pm
Andrew Kotowski wrote:
February 9th, 2019, 5:32 pm
I have neither the patience nor the equipment to do long smokes.
[smileyvault-ban.gif]
So that was a bit dramatic. I have a Vision kamado, which works, but is a pain in the ass to go much longer than a 3 hr spareribs cook with a constant temp at <=275 on.
by Andrew Kotowski
February 9th, 2019, 6:07 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Gordon Ramsay and Hot Wings
Replies: 7
Views: 667

Re: Gordon Ramsay and Hot Wings

@Brian - you have won the internet today. Thank you.
by Andrew Kotowski
February 9th, 2019, 5:32 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Grill / Smoker / Other Meat Prep
Replies: 20
Views: 655

Re: Grill / Smoker / Other Meat Prep

Grilling, hands down. I have neither the patience nor the equipment to do long smokes.
by Andrew Kotowski
February 4th, 2019, 6:24 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Any Tea Aficionados Out There?
Replies: 140
Views: 7442

Re: Any Tea Aficionados Out There?

Appealing to the board for a little info about the tea I’m drinking. I have no idea what it is, but very enjoyable. Context: Purchased at a tea store in Singapore in Sept of 2007 and have kept in the back of the pantry since. Am 99% positive it’s Pu-erh, but outside of that, am at a loss. I have a c...
by Andrew Kotowski
February 2nd, 2019, 4:47 am
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Is France Safe for Travel
Replies: 53
Views: 1824

Re: Is France Safe for Travel

I might have to walk over to the Champs Elysee in a bit, because I have been sorely disappointed with today's yellow jacket manifestations. Aside from shutting down half the streets around my hotel, I have seen nothing.. and I walked/took the metro across 2/3 of Paris today. The only imminent danger...
by Andrew Kotowski
February 1st, 2019, 2:07 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Eating and Drinking in Paris (Updated November 2018)
Replies: 118
Views: 6614

Re: Eating and Drinking in Paris (Updated November 2018)

FWIW - I love this lady's site, and she has several of our collective favorites on it. Might consider bookmarking it, as she updates much more frequently than other sites (Paris by Mouth, Leibowitz, etc.) -> http://www.parisfoodaffair.com/new-paris-restaurants-wine-bars/ Only 8 posts in 2018. Was t...
by Andrew Kotowski
January 31st, 2019, 3:51 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Eating and Drinking in Paris (Updated November 2018)
Replies: 118
Views: 6614

Re: Eating and Drinking in Paris (Updated November 2018)

FWIW - I love this lady's site, and she has several of our collective favorites on it. Might consider bookmarking it, as she updates much more frequently than other sites (Paris by Mouth, Leibowitz, etc.) -> http://www.parisfoodaffair.com/new-pari ... wine-bars/
by Andrew Kotowski
January 30th, 2019, 9:07 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Steak Porn
Replies: 1805
Views: 144607

Re: Steak Porn

@kennyh - YES!
by Andrew Kotowski
January 30th, 2019, 11:48 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Eating and Drinking in Paris (Updated November 2018)
Replies: 118
Views: 6614

Re: Eating and Drinking in Paris (Updated November 2018)

Juvéniles still firing on all cylinders. I called 30 mins ahead as a party of 1 and told them they could stick me in the corner. Margaux laughed and accommodated. 2013 Clape Cornas At 90 euros is dead center in my wheelhouse and I almost started clapping as I powered through my foie.
by Andrew Kotowski
January 30th, 2019, 12:04 am
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: What BEER are you drinking?
Replies: 15902
Views: 372369

Re: What BEER are you drinking?

Rick Allen wrote:
January 29th, 2019, 5:02 pm
I just found out that we were named in RateBeer's 100 Best Breweries in the World!
Congratz!!! Love that you landed just above Lawson’s; no Sip o Sunshine for them!
by Andrew Kotowski
January 29th, 2019, 10:51 pm
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Paris in February? Where to Stay?
Replies: 101
Views: 2973

Re: Paris in February? Where to Stay?

Am up for Friday. Rest of the team is now flying home early, which is spectacular for me :) I suppose we should be on PM, but if you haven’t found a place for Feb by now... you’re either in my shoes or a terrible planner *grin*
by Andrew Kotowski
January 29th, 2019, 9:19 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Steak Porn
Replies: 1805
Views: 144607

Re: Steak Porn

Simmental Cote de boeuf last night. Not as tender as I am used to, but pretty to look at.
by Andrew Kotowski
January 29th, 2019, 7:38 am
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Is France Safe for Travel
Replies: 53
Views: 1824

Re: Is France Safe for Travel

Have been here for several days with no issues. In fairness, I haven't been here on Saturday (I'll post if there's an update there), but my biggest concern has been whether or not I'm going to get snowed in at the office tonight. Depending on which site you're looking at... it's rain, snow or dry :D...
by Andrew Kotowski
January 29th, 2019, 3:56 am
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Paris in February? Where to Stay?
Replies: 101
Views: 2973

Re: Paris in February? Where to Stay?

Michael or Andrew, certainly let me know if you’d be interested in meeting up! Happy to meet up, but my availability is running last minute on this trip; locked down in Issy, Mon-Fri, 12 hrs a day. Will PM Wed or Thurs with Fri/Sat availability. Apologies to be so flaky, but I'm trying to get out o...
by Andrew Kotowski
January 28th, 2019, 4:26 am
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: What BEER are you drinking?
Replies: 15902
Views: 372369

Re: What BEER are you drinking?

Flag, a beer from Senegal. Went well with spicy food, but not sure I'd go seek it out?
by Andrew Kotowski
January 27th, 2019, 1:01 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Eating and Drinking in Paris (Updated November 2018)
Replies: 118
Views: 6614

Re: Eating and Drinking in Paris (Updated November 2018)

Always incredible. They have beer, which is a better pairing imho, but I didn’t see it on the menu. Just ask.

BTW - to save you some time, here's their email, which I haven't see published. <camresas@gmail.com>
by Andrew Kotowski
January 26th, 2019, 7:32 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Eating and Drinking in Paris (Updated November 2018)
Replies: 118
Views: 6614

Re: Eating and Drinking in Paris (Updated November 2018)

Anybody here lunched at La Comptoir de la Gastronomie ? Wife booked it for lunch as am a fan of Southwest foods (casssoulet, duck confit) and our go-to L'Assiette is closed the only day we can. I’ve taken a couple of groups there, as the place is well known for their escargot and I had a couple of ...
by Andrew Kotowski
January 24th, 2019, 8:38 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Eating and Drinking in Paris (Updated November 2018)
Replies: 118
Views: 6614

Re: Eating and Drinking in Paris (Updated November 2018)

Going to CAM Import/Export this Sunday :) #thesmiths I took Mike Grammer to Amarante on a Sunday and it was pretty good, iirc. Hate you. [cheers.gif] I'll strongly support all the recommendations for Clown Bar, as well as the others folks mentioned. Brutos is also on my favorites list for Sunday di...
by Andrew Kotowski
January 23rd, 2019, 5:21 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Eating and Drinking in Paris (Updated November 2018)
Replies: 118
Views: 6614

Re: Eating and Drinking in Paris (Updated November 2018)

Juveniles was a real positive surprise. I had read good things elsewhere do have it a try. Duck food gras terrine, squid in its own ink and pollock were all very toothsome, and the last two were more complex than they sound (in a good way). Fine wine by the glass, a Saumaize Vire Clisse was nice bu...
by Andrew Kotowski
January 23rd, 2019, 3:35 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Eating and Drinking in Paris (Updated November 2018)
Replies: 118
Views: 6614

Re: Eating and Drinking in Paris (Updated November 2018)

Going to CAM Import/Export this Sunday :) #thesmiths

I took Mike Grammer to Amarante on a Sunday and it was pretty good, iirc.
by Andrew Kotowski
January 23rd, 2019, 11:37 am
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: What BEER are you drinking?
Replies: 15902
Views: 372369

Re: What BEER are you drinking?

>> Andrew - was thinking they are right in your wheelhouse. In fact, they are a collaborator on this year’s 3-Way IPA along with our local brewery, Cloudburst.

Will keep an eye out. Having a Bodhizafa over lunch at Tavern Hall.

Threeeeeee Way!!!!!
by Andrew Kotowski
January 22nd, 2019, 4:17 pm
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Paris in February? Where to Stay?
Replies: 101
Views: 2973

Re: Paris in February? Where to Stay?

Looks like I will be at the Westin Vendome next week... trying to figure all that out now at the last minute, myself :O I might have Sat open, but working things out real time, as I was not expecting to travel. Quick note - it snowed in Paris yesterday, so I'd check the forecast. My local team was a...
by Andrew Kotowski
January 14th, 2019, 3:10 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: The Cocktail Thread
Replies: 461
Views: 35653

Re: The Cocktail Thread

Picked up "Drinking Distilled" by Jeffrey Morgenthaler (Clyde Common). If you post on this thread, it's a skip. Should be retitled "all the stuff I should have told my younger brother about drinking alcohol when he turned 21, with 4 recipes dropped in because I had to."
by Andrew Kotowski
January 13th, 2019, 6:00 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Steak Porn
Replies: 1805
Views: 144607

Re: Steak Porn

So a pre-sear has the two-fold effect of adding flavor to the sauce and making the meat look prettier. How can you tell the meat looks prettier when it is swimming in sauce? Serious question. And texture. I love that crisp outside you get from a sear; I don’t want to lose that letting it sit in sau...
by Andrew Kotowski
January 13th, 2019, 9:43 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Eating and Drinking in Paris (Updated November 2018)
Replies: 118
Views: 6614

Re: Eating and Drinking in Paris (Updated November 2018)

Could you hear him yelling at the staff? Loved the food when we went, pairings were ok, but I could have sworn Gordon Ramsay was in the back, pandering for the camera.
by Andrew Kotowski
January 5th, 2019, 7:29 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: What BEER are you drinking?
Replies: 15902
Views: 372369

Re: What BEER are you drinking?

We just bottled our Helles. I think that I may like it better than the Pils. We also bottled up our samples for the Oregon Beer Awards, which means I got another tasted of Lisa's Rauch Helles, which is delicious. Bring it on. I’ve been on an Andrew-like run lately with high abv Barrel age stouts. N...
by Andrew Kotowski
January 4th, 2019, 6:12 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: What BEER are you drinking?
Replies: 15902
Views: 372369

Re: What BEER are you drinking?

I suppose I should post this on the old beer thread, but I’ll post a pic here as a tease.
by Andrew Kotowski
January 2nd, 2019, 4:00 pm
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Is France Safe for Travel
Replies: 53
Views: 1824

Re: Is France Safe for Travel

>> It was also interesting to se women in hijab drinking wine at the sidewalk cafes. Maybe wine will conquer all. Pretty normal sight to see, which surprises a lot of people. 10-12% of the French population is Muslim, with a heavy influx from Africa (i.e. Morocco, Algeria, etc.) due to colonization ...
by Andrew Kotowski
December 29th, 2018, 7:56 pm
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Eating, drinking and buying some wine in Paris and Lyon
Replies: 15
Views: 743

Re: Eating, drinking and buying some wine in Paris and Lyon

Breaking my heart with your Lyon notes!!! We overnighted there on the way to the Alps... but was a Saturday night and the wine stores were all closed on a Sunday. Awesome.
by Andrew Kotowski
December 29th, 2018, 7:18 pm
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Woman alone in Rabat.
Replies: 26
Views: 860

Re: Woman alone in Rabat.

Zero chance I’d let my wife fly solo to anywhere in Morocco. Here’s as watered down of a review as you can get, but still explicitly commenting on women traveling by themselves -> https://www.nomadicmatt.com/travel-blogs/safety-in-morocco/ We went back and forth on visiting Casablanca and Marrakech,...
by Andrew Kotowski
December 29th, 2018, 4:09 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: The Bourbon Thread
Replies: 3213
Views: 159219

Re: The Bourbon Thread

Low brow, but I picked up a bottle of Kirkland small batch (7 year) for the hell of a it. 103 proof, middle of the road bourbon. Will likely use as my mixer/well option.
by Andrew Kotowski
December 25th, 2018, 11:29 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: What did you cook tonight?
Replies: 1217
Views: 55241

Re: What did you cook tonight?

“I cooked it to Medium Well some because I wanted the fat to melt.” Congratulations! Your prime rib may have been overlooked, but that’s a temporary setback; you’ve now got a career hawking Kamado Joe accessories on YouTube!!! In all seriousness, sorry for your loss :( I’m going to put a four rib ro...
by Andrew Kotowski
December 25th, 2018, 8:24 am
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: What BEER are you drinking?
Replies: 15902
Views: 372369

Re: What BEER are you drinking?

Ho, ho, ho! What’s a reasonable price for BCBS? My local store has cases stacked, but I’m guessing it’s because they’re $11.99/bottle and average is $7.99 or something. Thoughts?
by Andrew Kotowski
December 23rd, 2018, 5:44 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Eating and Drinking in Paris (Updated November 2018)
Replies: 118
Views: 6614

Re: Eating and Drinking in Paris (Updated November 2018)

@Barry - three restaurants lined up next to each other and, if you get there early enough, you can wander around Maison du Whiskey. I can appreciate wintery Paris weather being a deterrent, but Yves Camdeborde is... Yves Camdeborde. I don’t recall if he made one of the Bourdain specials, but I’m alm...
by Andrew Kotowski
December 23rd, 2018, 11:37 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Flannery Holiday Sale (some good stuff)
Replies: 31
Views: 1540

Re: Flannery Holiday Sale (some good stuff)

Going to try this out tonight.
by Andrew Kotowski
December 20th, 2018, 12:22 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: Help with Bitters
Replies: 14
Views: 349

Re: Help with Bitters

ybarselah wrote:
December 20th, 2018, 11:16 am
Sarah Kirschbaum wrote:
December 16th, 2018, 4:57 pm
Miracle Mile bitters are fantastic as well.
this is the only serious answer.
Have you found them in sets, though? I stock up when I fly down to CA, but I've never seen sets and my favorites are rarely in stock at K&L. Amazon carries, but is generally 2x-3x cost.
by Andrew Kotowski
December 19th, 2018, 9:21 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Steak Porn
Replies: 1805
Views: 144607

Re: Steak Porn

Talk amongst yourselves. Medium Well? Smoked? Someone call the steak police. RIGHT?!? I was yelling at my screen. It's gotta be an ad for their accessories... because I'm going to go buy heat deflectors to cook a steak? Oh wait, let me put oil on my griddle to sear it off. It's got 800k views, too!!!
by Andrew Kotowski
December 19th, 2018, 7:20 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Braised tri tip - good choice?
Replies: 10
Views: 342

Re: Braised tri tip - good choice?

I score/poke holes in it and let it baste the meat. Personal experience is that I get a juicier result afterwards, and I'm generally willing to trade that off for an additional side of browned meat (i.e. what the cap is covering). Additionally, I look at it a lot like brisket; I enjoy a little bit o...
by Andrew Kotowski
December 19th, 2018, 6:36 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Steak Porn
Replies: 1805
Views: 144607

Re: Steak Porn

Talk amongst yourselves.

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