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by Andrew Kotowski
April 22nd, 2019, 12:49 pm
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: MUSINGS FROM AMSTERDAM FALL 2018 UPDATED VERSION WITH A SPRING 2019 UPDATE
Replies: 47
Views: 1759

Re: MUSINGS FROM AMSTERDAM FALL 2018 UPDATED VERSION WITH A SPRING 2019 UPDATE

You lost me at "Belgian beers win out over all others." :D Don't get me wrong; I drank gallons of La Chouffee at 1.5E in Paris... but only because their IPAs were crap! Of course, I'm the guy taking home Cantillon and giving/trading it away, so take it for what it's worth. Every time I see this thre...
by Andrew Kotowski
April 22nd, 2019, 9:47 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Steak Porn
Replies: 1872
Views: 149491

Re: Steak Porn

@Kevin - just added the Franklin book to my cart! Thanks for the head's up, as I loved his other book.
by Andrew Kotowski
April 21st, 2019, 11:25 am
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: What BEER are you drinking?
Replies: 16033
Views: 377447

Re: What BEER are you drinking?

Scotch-aged Abyss was a bit much, imho!
by Andrew Kotowski
April 20th, 2019, 12:29 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: What BEER are you drinking?
Replies: 16033
Views: 377447

Re: What BEER are you drinking?

Re: MT stock - curious if you get a four pack of 16 oz cans per share? At after-market pricing, $252/four pack of one of their collab beers is almost break-even *smirk*
by Andrew Kotowski
April 19th, 2019, 8:35 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: What BEER are you drinking?
Replies: 16033
Views: 377447

Re: What BEER are you drinking?

Fort George Crysknife IPA - great beer. On the off chance you see this and like hazy/OJ IPAs, I’d jump on it. Deschutes Abyss - as always, fantastic on tap. Will be in Bend in a couple of weeks and we’ll be dropping in to grab this from the source. Fremont Head Full of Dynamite 10 - good, but not al...
by Andrew Kotowski
April 19th, 2019, 7:20 am
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Solo trip ideas
Replies: 13
Views: 581

Re: Solo trip ideas

I’d want to hike a leg of the Camino de Santiago.

Your mileage may vary, but for me, a week of solo dinners in restaurants gets old pretty fast.
by Andrew Kotowski
April 16th, 2019, 4:23 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: What BEER are you drinking?
Replies: 16033
Views: 377447

Re: What BEER are you drinking?

FWIW - FiftyFifty futures on sale for some of their barrel aged stuff. Half-off, given they're futures. Will probably pass, but the Vietnamese Coffee one has me on the fence...

https://fiftyfiftybrewing.com/shop/eclipse-futures.html
by Andrew Kotowski
April 13th, 2019, 11:52 am
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: What BEER are you drinking?
Replies: 16033
Views: 377447

Re: What BEER are you drinking?

More cabinet depletion work!
by Andrew Kotowski
April 10th, 2019, 7:54 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Stone Crab claws: way overrated
Replies: 46
Views: 1157

Re: Stone Crab claws: way overrated

While considerable more work to access the treasures, Chesapeake bay blue crabs have no equal for flavor IMO. Agree with no equal; Dungeness far surpasses blue! My experience with stone crab claws has been awesome when I’ve had them on the east coast (NC/SC/FL) in season. I like taste of Dungeness ...
by Andrew Kotowski
April 8th, 2019, 6:29 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: What BEER are you drinking?
Replies: 16033
Views: 377447

Re: What BEER are you drinking?

We're canning for the first time tomorrow. Das Bier (Kolsch) and Pils. We're doing a lot, and I'm not sure where we're going to put it in the Brewery, but based on initial orders, it will be manageable within a few days. So cool to hear. Seems like yesterday you were posting on VinoCellar and talki...
by Andrew Kotowski
April 8th, 2019, 5:25 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: What BEER are you drinking?
Replies: 16033
Views: 377447

Re: What BEER are you drinking?

On the flat side, with a brown sugar/toffee syrup flavor. The head vanished immediately after pouring. Could be time in bottle or possible heat damage (2015), but other beers stored with it have been ok. Surprisingly, there was little, if any, “burn” from the 12.5%. Not really my thing, but not bad.
by Andrew Kotowski
March 31st, 2019, 9:00 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: What BEER are you drinking?
Replies: 16033
Views: 377447

Re: What BEER are you drinking?

Drinking away my sorrows with the wife in Issaquah tonight. Rolling Thunder 2019 choco-bomb.
by Andrew Kotowski
March 31st, 2019, 7:56 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Florida Fish of the Week
Replies: 32
Views: 1378

Re: Florida Fish of the Week

Robert M yers wrote:
March 30th, 2019, 4:21 pm
Nice thread idea Jim, thanks for sharing.
+1, responding so it pops in my thread.

Am inspired enough to go to my local fishmonger and grab one of his last shots of Columbia River Spring Chinooks, which is my favorite salmon, hands down.
by Andrew Kotowski
March 26th, 2019, 12:59 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Steak Porn
Replies: 1872
Views: 149491

Re: Steak Porn

Painted Hills. Not quite as exciting as Holy Grail, but great when cooked properly :)
by Andrew Kotowski
March 23rd, 2019, 5:45 pm
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Quick lunch in Paris near Eiffel Tower?
Replies: 13
Views: 486

Re: Quick lunch in Paris near Eiffel Tower?

Wife says Cafe l’Homme, for the view. Sit outside https://www.cafedelhomme.com Cafe du Trocadero was also a recommendation, more for the outside experience (typical chairs pointing towards the circle,) looking down the mall towards the Tower. If you’re there at night, Trocadero is THE place to watch...
by Andrew Kotowski
March 23rd, 2019, 5:24 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: What BEER are you drinking?
Replies: 16033
Views: 377447

Re: What BEER are you drinking?

Nice PNW IPA
by Andrew Kotowski
March 23rd, 2019, 2:14 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: Your Gin?
Replies: 306
Views: 24677

Re: Your Gin?

Always love this stuff, and it’s now takes one of my mule spots in the luggage home.

https://www.lagrandeepicerie.com/en/gin ... 97001.html
by Andrew Kotowski
March 23rd, 2019, 11:43 am
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: What BEER are you drinking?
Replies: 16033
Views: 377447

Re: What BEER are you drinking?

@Scott - Pinebox has Cantillon on tap; was over there this AM for brunch at Stateside
by Andrew Kotowski
March 22nd, 2019, 6:17 am
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Quick lunch in Paris near Eiffel Tower?
Replies: 13
Views: 486

Re: Quick lunch in Paris near Eiffel Tower?

Les Cocottes L'Ami Jean Arnaud Nicolas Les cocottes is awesome but menu is sort of limited so for dining with kids, that might be a challenge if they are picky. Great spot though. Arnaud Nicolas is the same. Great location and I love the food, but really on the bubble for 9-12 year olds, given pric...
by Andrew Kotowski
March 20th, 2019, 3:30 pm
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Advice re Normandy and Brittany
Replies: 68
Views: 4434

Re: Advice re Normandy and Brittany

Anyone have any advice about staying in Normandy. We were going to take the train and stay (maybe Honfleur), but it looks like we would need to rent a car out there just to get around after our tour. Any thoughts. We stayed in Caen, which was pretty cool. Hornfleur is prettier. Pics from Normandy (...
by Andrew Kotowski
March 19th, 2019, 7:20 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: What BEER are you drinking?
Replies: 16033
Views: 377447

Re: What BEER are you drinking?

Fort George - Skies of Wonder (batdance) IPA and Fremont Brew 3000. Both recommended.
by Andrew Kotowski
March 18th, 2019, 8:28 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: What BEER are you drinking?
Replies: 16033
Views: 377447

Re: What BEER are you drinking?

Gluggable, especially at 5.8% for a stout. Not as sharp as one might expect for a stout.
by Andrew Kotowski
March 17th, 2019, 12:47 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: What BEER are you drinking?
Replies: 16033
Views: 377447

Re: What BEER are you drinking?

MT Dreamspeaker. Solid IPA, but not overly memorable.

Picked up some MT Black House nitro based on reccomendarion above. Will let you know what I think later.
by Andrew Kotowski
March 10th, 2019, 3:35 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: What BEER are you drinking?
Replies: 16033
Views: 377447

Re: What BEER are you drinking?

Bud caught a whirlwind of texts from me yesterday from the moment the first sip of "You Seem More Zen" hit my palate. Good. God. Very hoppy; Most definitely a NEIPA that feels like it wants to be a WCIPA. Concentrated grapefruit on the palate. This is in the conversation for my favorite Monkish bre...
by Andrew Kotowski
March 9th, 2019, 1:52 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: What BEER are you drinking?
Replies: 16033
Views: 377447

Re: What BEER are you drinking?

@Scott - have you tried these? Picked up a couple because my local guy stashed them away.
by Andrew Kotowski
March 9th, 2019, 7:56 am
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: What BEER are you drinking?
Replies: 16033
Views: 377447

Re: What BEER are you drinking?

HUB Robot Truckers - HUB’s attempt at a NE hazy. HUB should stick to regular IPA.

I chose to double down on Parisian gin and Pastis, rather than fill my bags with Cantillon *grin*
by Andrew Kotowski
March 7th, 2019, 3:40 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Eating and Drinking in Paris (Updated November 2018)
Replies: 131
Views: 8098

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

Last post for this trip. I wanted to replenish my bourbon stash (ironic, but Maison du Whisky at Odeon has great stuff), so I stopped in for lunch at L’Avant Comptoir (terre). The food has been great, but the guy running the counter is a dick with ears. There are two other people in here and he can’...
by Andrew Kotowski
March 6th, 2019, 1:12 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Eating and Drinking in Paris (Updated November 2018)
Replies: 131
Views: 8098

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

I continue to be a fan of Arnaud Nicolas. Best part is that he serves vegetarian/pescatarian food, so I was able to dive face first into plate after plate of foie gras starters and not feel guilty :)
by Andrew Kotowski
March 5th, 2019, 2:16 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Eating and Drinking in Paris (Updated November 2018)
Replies: 131
Views: 8098

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

From my recent trip, highlights - Danico - Inside Daroco - great cocktail spot and small bites. Sitting at the bar here with a couple of buddies from work. Thank you for the recommendation; this place is fantastic. 14 euro cocktails and they’re top notch. Bartender said this is the second bar for N...
by Andrew Kotowski
March 4th, 2019, 4:03 pm
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Tuscany
Replies: 29
Views: 1101

Re: Tuscany

It’s funny to read your note - I’ve never been to Tuscany, but just spent the evening holding up the Hemingway Bar at the Ritz in Paris. I randomly sat with a nice, older gentleman who runs the bar program at Il Pellicano in Porto Ercole... and could not stop talking about me visiting his hotel in T...
by Andrew Kotowski
March 4th, 2019, 10:30 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Eating and Drinking in Paris (Updated November 2018)
Replies: 131
Views: 8098

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

It appears CAM is no reservations unless a 6 top. How long are the typical waits? Are weekends crowded? Am I correct they are closed Mon & Tu? I've never had a problem showing up right at 7. By 8:15, they're turning people away, at least on Sundays. There's a little bar at the front you can sit at,...
by Andrew Kotowski
March 4th, 2019, 5:12 am
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: Rye
Replies: 316
Views: 26853

Re: Rye

Missed that it was 6 year - I was bringing the 3 year up from CA, where I was getting it for $30 in Lafayette. Apologies.

And yes, Washington is horrific for pricing. I'm in Paris now and thinking of bringing bourbon home from here because it's cheaper :(
by Andrew Kotowski
March 4th, 2019, 12:48 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Eating and Drinking in Paris (Updated November 2018)
Replies: 131
Views: 8098

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

CAM was on point again last night, and might be the only place I eat all of my vegetables now :). Sat next to the kitchen and watched him break-down dry-aged beef for the tartare (see pic below), which was fun. Couple of pics below (spicy quail, sizzling seafood on crispy rice) just for the hell of ...
by Andrew Kotowski
March 3rd, 2019, 2:33 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: Rye
Replies: 316
Views: 26853

Re: Rye

Price point on it is fantastic, as well.
by Andrew Kotowski
March 3rd, 2019, 2:04 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Seattle Restaurants Recommendation
Replies: 74
Views: 4632

Re: Seattle Restaurants Recommendation

I have not, it used to be owned by the couple who owned the Harvest Vine. It has been around for a long time and I have heard good things. Belltown is a very competitive restaurant neighborhood. If you are looking for great Basque/Spanish food the Harvest Vine is really good and they have a great w...
by Andrew Kotowski
March 1st, 2019, 2:54 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Eating and Drinking in Paris (Updated November 2018)
Replies: 131
Views: 8098

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

All of the spaces are really cramped :D Both Clown Bar and CAM have kitchens that can fit inside a food truck. Speaking of CAM, I have dinner plans there on Sunday... Too funny that out of all of the places in Paris, I can't stop going back there and it's not for the wine or "French" food. It's just...
by Andrew Kotowski
February 28th, 2019, 9:06 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Steak Porn
Replies: 1872
Views: 149491

Re: Steak Porn

Bdklein wrote:
February 27th, 2019, 4:11 pm
Reverse sear filet mignon. Seared in a little ghee.

BTW the red on the plate is not blood .
Take time to smell the roses!!!
by Andrew Kotowski
February 26th, 2019, 3:54 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Seattle Restaurants Recommendation
Replies: 74
Views: 4632

Re: Seattle Restaurants Recommendation

dteng wrote:
February 23rd, 2019, 6:05 pm
Oh and two visits to Dahlia Bakery - creme brûlée is stupid good.
Donut holes are absurdly expensive there/Dahlia Lounge, but if you're looking for a late night dessert, I'm a huge fan.
by Andrew Kotowski
February 19th, 2019, 2:05 pm
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Tasting Fees in Champagne?
Replies: 14
Views: 568

Re: Tasting Fees in Champagne?

We just got back from Reims. We tasted at Taittinger and Krug -- no fees. Did you pay a guide? When we went to Taittinger, there was a fee associated with the tour and baseline tasting, which was rolled into the cost of the guide. Bumping up to the higher-end wines resulted in an incremental cost.
by Andrew Kotowski
February 19th, 2019, 12:16 pm
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Anyone use Global Entry Program?
Replies: 466
Views: 26056

Re: Anyone use Global Entry Program?

Michel Abood wrote:
February 19th, 2019, 8:19 am
Yes to both. [berserker.gif]
To jump on a tangent... this is what I was telling you about at dinner. You could fund a third world economy with what I spent on it over two years :)
http://www.lebeurrebordier.com/en/new-l ... e-roscoff/
by Andrew Kotowski
February 19th, 2019, 7:48 am
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Anyone use Global Entry Program?
Replies: 466
Views: 26056

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: 3309
Views: 164488

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: 1872
Views: 149491

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: 16033
Views: 377447

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: 16033
Views: 377447

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: 565

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: 157
Views: 8520

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: 565

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: 103
Views: 5978

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: 103
Views: 5978

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...

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