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by Andrew Kotowski
April 6th, 2020, 12:02 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: FYI: Gramercy Cellars Deal
Replies: 29
Views: 2858

Re: FYI: Gramercy Cellars Deal

Interesting. I got the 2013 Inigo Montoya and the mystery bottle was a 2009 L’idiot du Village. Must have been a subtle message to me on the latter :)
by Andrew Kotowski
April 5th, 2020, 5:10 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: Your Gin?
Replies: 401
Views: 35078

Re: Your Gin?

Evan Tunis wrote:
April 5th, 2020, 3:45 pm
Loved Plymouth Gin for over 20+ Year but now discovered the "Navy Strength". Its amazing
Scroll up a bit - couldn’t agree more. I knock down two of this at 2:1 fever tree in a pint glass and I’m good for a couple of hours :)
by Andrew Kotowski
April 4th, 2020, 9:23 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Steak Porn
Replies: 2106
Views: 181572

Re: Steak Porn

Wife showed her game off last night, pan-searing a Flannery NY. I used my tri-tip rub on it to changes things up a little (salt, garlic, chili powder, granulated garlic), as I usually just salt it down a bit, given they’re dry-aged. Turned out great, but as I expected, lost a lot of the subtleness o...
by Andrew Kotowski
April 3rd, 2020, 8:20 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Another Flannery PSA
Replies: 233
Views: 16588

Re: Another Flannery PSA

I get that the place is called “Flannery Beef,” but I’d recommend trying out their pork chops, as well. I have thrown a couple in my last few orders and, as you would expect, they’re great! I’ve tried the pork cap with little success, flavor is nil. I’ll have to try these. Thawing a Picanha for ton...
by Andrew Kotowski
April 3rd, 2020, 7:42 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Another Flannery PSA
Replies: 233
Views: 16588

Re: Another Flannery PSA

I get that the place is called “Flannery Beef,” but I’d recommend trying out their pork chops, as well. I have thrown a couple in my last few orders and, as you would expect, they’re great!
by Andrew Kotowski
April 2nd, 2020, 9:02 pm
Forum: Berserker Quarantine Relief
Topic: Coffee Time--It's live and ready to order
Replies: 29
Views: 1729

Re: Coffee Time--It's live and ready to order

Coffee is fantastic, as usual. With the “shelter-in-place” order in WA state, we’re going through four pots a day!
by Andrew Kotowski
April 1st, 2020, 5:53 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Uncorked on Netflix
Replies: 62
Views: 5499

Re: Uncorked on Netflix

All things being equal, I'll take Uncorked over Tiger King #justsaying
by Andrew Kotowski
April 1st, 2020, 5:51 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: FYI: Gramercy Cellars Deal
Replies: 29
Views: 2858

Re: FYI: Gramercy Cellars Deal

Couldn't say no and I pulled the trigger on a pack.
by Andrew Kotowski
March 31st, 2020, 4:55 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Frozen meat: yea or nay?
Replies: 53
Views: 1603

Re: Frozen meat: yea or nay?

I've got a freezer full of frozen, vacuum-sealed meat. It's pretty damn reliable, although I believe I've noticed some differences in texture with cuts that have large fat-caps, etc. I'm super happy ordering in bulk and freezing, but I'll try to eat those cuts (tri-tip w/fat cap, picanha) fresh, if ...
by Andrew Kotowski
March 31st, 2020, 3:32 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: FYI: Gramercy Cellars Deal
Replies: 29
Views: 2858

Re: FYI: Gramercy Cellars Deal

Fantastic producer, love their wines (although I haven't all of these). -Al +1 Given I'm in WA, I'm a huge fan for the price point and usually have several bottles of the Lower East Syrah stashed away at any given time. Tried their 2013 Oldfield Syrah via Jackson Rohrbaugh's Crunchy Red Fruit offer...
by Andrew Kotowski
March 29th, 2020, 11:21 am
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: The Cocktail Thread
Replies: 495
Views: 44676

Re: The Cocktail Thread

My wife and I are into gin cocktails recently (gin & tonics, gimlets, gin fizz, etc) but I'm looking to elevate my game a little. A personal favorite of mine is the Aviation, though haven't tried making it at home yet. For the others that I have made at home, I use Plymouth Gin primarily, but looki...
by Andrew Kotowski
March 28th, 2020, 2:34 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Uncorked on Netflix
Replies: 62
Views: 5499

Re: Uncorked on Netflix

I got 99 problems, but a chard ain’t one.
by Andrew Kotowski
March 27th, 2020, 8:06 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Steak Porn
Replies: 2106
Views: 181572

Re: Steak Porn

Flannery tri-tip tonight... and it was fantastic!!!
by Andrew Kotowski
March 26th, 2020, 5:39 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Another Flannery PSA
Replies: 233
Views: 16588

Re: Another Flannery PSA

Saw this on the Flannery Instagram. @flannerybeef Real talk: do you make bone broth? If so, would you like to order some frozen ones from us? We just started playing around in our test kitchen and it got us thinking... #askingforafriend I, of course, responded with a "@akgrill - Berserker Day offeri...
by Andrew Kotowski
March 25th, 2020, 3:43 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Floyd Cardoz RIP
Replies: 6
Views: 447

Re: Floyd Cardoz RIP

Looks like he's starting to have an impact on other chefs's decisions to serve to-go from their restaurants. See below from Pok Pok: Dear Portland, Today I made the decision to close all Pok Pok Restaurants for the duration of the Covid19 crisis. I did not make this decision with heavy heart; I made...
by Andrew Kotowski
March 25th, 2020, 2:30 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Floyd Cardoz RIP
Replies: 6
Views: 447

Re: Floyd Cardoz RIP

Just saw this on Instagram. Guy was really fun to watch and opened so many peoples's eyes to Indian food. Very sad to see COVID-19 hitting close to home :/
by Andrew Kotowski
March 23rd, 2020, 2:32 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: What BEER are you drinking?
Replies: 16537
Views: 435790

Re: What BEER are you drinking?

I am destroying every last can of Ft. George Magnetic Fields that I can find.

I have found quite a bit :D
by Andrew Kotowski
March 22nd, 2020, 12:27 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Since when was entry level Meursault so damn expensive?
Replies: 87
Views: 5981

Re: Since when was entry level Meursault so damn expensive?

Just picked this up for $60.95 and am enjoying it quite a bit. It’s not PYCM, but a nice entry level Mersault.
by Andrew Kotowski
March 20th, 2020, 3:41 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: The Cocktail Thread
Replies: 495
Views: 44676

Re: The Cocktail Thread

With the sun out and the temps creeping up (to 60), I've become a Paper Plane making machine, but am adding fresh squeezed mandarin in. Still 1:1:1:1 (lemon : bourbon : aperol : amaro nonino), but I add juice from a single squeezed mandarin. I swear to god this thing tastes like I'm on a boat in the...
by Andrew Kotowski
March 20th, 2020, 12:47 pm
Forum: Berserker Quarantine Relief
Topic: Coffee Time--It's live and ready to order
Replies: 29
Views: 1729

Re: Coffee Time--It's live and ready to order

Brent S wrote:
March 20th, 2020, 7:09 am
I put an order in for the 8 pounds. My local roaster here in LA will most likely not open for a long,long time. This will get me through this very long winter.
Dude. I'm WFH with four kids a puppy. 8 pounds might last me a week and a half at this rate :D
by Andrew Kotowski
March 19th, 2020, 5:25 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Best US Pinot for $30 or under
Replies: 81
Views: 6270

Re: Best US Pinot for $30 or under

"Best" is a silly word to use when talking about wine, but that's a topic for another day. In any case, I'll put in another vote for Sandler. They are typically on the fruit forward end of the spectrum, but are not over-the-top, which is a good choice for gatherings with both wine geeks and casual ...
by Andrew Kotowski
March 18th, 2020, 9:50 am
Forum: Berserker Quarantine Relief
Topic: Coffee Time--It's live and ready to order
Replies: 29
Views: 1729

Re: Coffee Time--It's live and ready to order

We're in for a microlot and the 8lb split (Mexican/Colombian). Much like Eric, I've got access to great stuff here in Seattle, but we were blown away by your Berserker Day offering... and if we can help keep you going at all, we're in it to win it! I used the BD10 code, but only so you could track t...
by Andrew Kotowski
March 17th, 2020, 8:01 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Eating and Drinking in Washington (mostly Seattle area)
Replies: 90
Views: 4692

Re: Eating and Drinking in Washington (mostly Seattle area)

I need to get over to WG for their Allemand at $125/bottle!
by Andrew Kotowski
March 14th, 2020, 7:33 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: PSA--possible Flannery Berserker credit card breach? [UPDATE in First Post 2/14/20]
Replies: 294
Views: 22353

Re: PSA--possible Flannery Berserker credit card breach? [UPDATE in First Post 2/14/20]

I made it rain, again :) Check my Instagram in 2 weeks for results!

Other note - Katie has tri-tips! They’re not 50% off... but several are heading up here, too!
by Andrew Kotowski
March 12th, 2020, 4:21 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Eating and Drinking in Washington (mostly Seattle area)
Replies: 90
Views: 4692

Re: Eating and Drinking in Washington (mostly Seattle area)

And the massacre begins...

Tom Douglas closing 12 of 13 places (bakery is attached to a hotel) and Canlis is switching to a bagel, burger and home delivery model - see: https://canlis.com/
by Andrew Kotowski
March 5th, 2020, 3:21 pm
Forum: BerserkerDay 11 Forum - (Jan 27, 2020) 'The Black Friday of Wine Commerce' - Forbes
Topic: Grassl Glasses (and a few Zaltos)
Replies: 200
Views: 11948

Re: Grassl Glasses (and a few Zaltos)

Chris Freemott wrote:
March 5th, 2020, 11:37 am
The container has cleared customs. The delivery date is set by my freight company soon...
yay! 3/5/20
Whoohoo! I've got a wine dinner on 3/28 - will I have stems in time?
by Andrew Kotowski
February 29th, 2020, 9:23 am
Forum: BerserkerDay 11 Forum - (Jan 27, 2020) 'The Black Friday of Wine Commerce' - Forbes
Topic: ***EXTENDED*** Veleta Gourmets BD11 DEALS!! ***FREE SHIPPING
Replies: 144
Views: 4798

Re: ***EXTENDED*** Veleta Gourmets BD11 DEALS!! ***FREE SHIPPING

Thanks - I assumed there was some kind of a government regulation attached to it. Mackerel was great!
by Andrew Kotowski
February 29th, 2020, 8:38 am
Forum: BerserkerDay 11 Forum - (Jan 27, 2020) 'The Black Friday of Wine Commerce' - Forbes
Topic: ***EXTENDED*** Veleta Gourmets BD11 DEALS!! ***FREE SHIPPING
Replies: 144
Views: 4798

Re: ***EXTENDED*** Veleta Gourmets BD11 DEALS!! ***FREE SHIPPING

Technical question for you, Nola. When I was living in Paris, I used to eat “millesime” sardines, which appears to be common for canned fish and basically means year/vintage. Idea was that you’d hide them away in a cupboard and try them in 10 years, and they’d be fantastic! I noticed all of your can...
by Andrew Kotowski
February 28th, 2020, 11:42 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Benton's Aged Whole Hickory Smoked Ham
Replies: 6
Views: 529

Re: Benton's Aged Whole Hickory Smoked Ham

Really appreciate the coaching; don’t know what I was thinking re: freezing. I use a ton of bacon ends, etc in my cooking and that’s just a no brained.
by Andrew Kotowski
February 27th, 2020, 5:41 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Benton's Aged Whole Hickory Smoked Ham
Replies: 6
Views: 529

Benton's Aged Whole Hickory Smoked Ham

WTF do I do with this? https://shop.bentonscountryham.com/ProductDetails.asp?ProductCode=awch So, I've had it hanging from a rack in it's original wrap/packaging in my garage for a few months and I'm thinking I should probably get around to eating it. The note that came with the ham said to take sli...
by Andrew Kotowski
February 26th, 2020, 11:29 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Eating and Drinking in Paris
Replies: 306
Views: 22525

Re: Eating and Drinking in Paris

My first words to the somm at Enfants du Marche were "I want a crisp, bright light bubbly with no mouse" and the guy delivered. Even Andrew liked the natural wines he served us. For me, it boils down to trusting whomever is picking the wines to understand what your tastes are and then deliver. I've...
by Andrew Kotowski
February 24th, 2020, 8:49 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Charcoal Grill - Weber?
Replies: 58
Views: 1585

Re: Charcoal Grill - Weber?

I prefer lump for grilling, but use briquettes for smoking. Do people use lump even for an indirect setup and smoking on the Weber? I find that the lump tends to catch to quick and burn too hot, or it doesn't want to catch and burns out. So you have to start the pieces in a chimney, whereas briquet...
by Andrew Kotowski
February 23rd, 2020, 8:24 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Charcoal Grill - Weber?
Replies: 58
Views: 1585

Re: Charcoal Grill - Weber?

Weber Kettle is a great grill and it does its job well. I use a kamado now and miss the ash catcher at the bottom of the Weber. Take some time to experiment with the vents; it took ten years of cooking on it before I figured out the impact they made :0. PK Grill is the hottest grill on the market on...
by Andrew Kotowski
February 23rd, 2020, 6:32 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: What BEER are you drinking?
Replies: 16537
Views: 435790

Re: What BEER are you drinking?

Great stuff. Five years has cut most of the coffee back to the point where it’s barely noticeable, but the beer itself is in a great spot - not overly syrupy, mellow chocolate and very little heat.
by Andrew Kotowski
February 22nd, 2020, 8:23 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Steak Porn
Replies: 2106
Views: 181572

Re: Steak Porn

More Flannery hangers!
by Andrew Kotowski
February 22nd, 2020, 6:40 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What was your wine board path to Wine Berserkers
Replies: 174
Views: 7550

Re: What was your wine board path to Wine Berserkers

Wine Spectator Squires (until I was banned) VinoCellar WinoDepot WineXiles WineBerserkers It's been mostly a fun and informative ride. Minus winexiles for me the same Largely the same - VinoCellar was my gateway drug. Amazing how many people I still keep in contact with from there, 15 years later.
by Andrew Kotowski
February 20th, 2020, 6:58 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Steak Porn
Replies: 2106
Views: 181572

Re: Steak Porn

Nicely done with that crust!
by Andrew Kotowski
February 19th, 2020, 5:45 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Steak Porn
Replies: 2106
Views: 181572

Re: Steak Porn

How could I forget a Flannery Porterhouse?
by Andrew Kotowski
February 19th, 2020, 5:20 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Desktop Background (wallpaper)
Replies: 0
Views: 393

Desktop Background (wallpaper)

Feel free to use for yourself :)
by Andrew Kotowski
February 19th, 2020, 4:42 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: What BEER are you drinking?
Replies: 16537
Views: 435790

Re: What BEER are you drinking?

Glenn L e v i n e wrote:
February 19th, 2020, 4:41 pm
Ft George Magnetic Fields on draught.

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Drinking one out of can while reading this. Great beer, as noted above.
by Andrew Kotowski
February 18th, 2020, 6:28 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: What BEER are you drinking?
Replies: 16537
Views: 435790

Re: What BEER are you drinking?

Great listen if you’re into podcasts.
by Andrew Kotowski
February 17th, 2020, 2:06 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: What BEER are you drinking?
Replies: 16537
Views: 435790

Re: What BEER are you drinking?

Structures Tomopolo - tasted more like a POG than an IPA
Perennial Abraxas - chocolately goodness, minus the chili pepper I’m used to

And then a lot
by Andrew Kotowski
February 16th, 2020, 6:45 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: What did you cook tonight?
Replies: 1420
Views: 77296

Re: What did you cook tonight?

St. Louis ribs smoked for 2 hrs over hickory and post oak, sauces with my bbq sauce + sambal. Geechie Boy Mills black eyed peas and bacon ends.
by Andrew Kotowski
February 15th, 2020, 8:35 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Eating and Drinking in Washington (mostly Seattle area)
Replies: 90
Views: 4692

Re: Eating and Drinking in Washington (mostly Seattle area)

Le Pichet was a good time today at lunch, although they have a pretty limited lunch menu. We sat at the bar and ordered one plate at a time, which seemed to be a foreign concept (literally and figuratively). Enjoyed a pinchet of Vouvray and one of Baudry Chinon Les Granges. Thanks for the recommenda...
by Andrew Kotowski
February 14th, 2020, 6:49 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: The Bourbon Thread
Replies: 3585
Views: 198716

Re: The Bourbon Thread

One more for the shelf.
by Andrew Kotowski
February 13th, 2020, 9:40 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Eating and Drinking in Washington (mostly Seattle area)
Replies: 90
Views: 4692

Re: Eating and Drinking in Washington (mostly Seattle area)

Looking to do an extended early dinner/late lunch thing on Saturday - lazy 2-3 hr thing, wine, food, etc. with the wife. As close to France as I can get, but in the dreary, rainy Pac NW. Any suggestions? RN74 Bit fancy for this purpose - looking more for a local bistro feel with small plates. If I ...
by Andrew Kotowski
February 11th, 2020, 5:48 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: PSA--possible Flannery Berserker credit card breach? [UPDATE in First Post 2/14/20]
Replies: 294
Views: 22353

Re: PSA--possible Flannery Berserker credit card breach?

My card was not breached but even if it was I would still be a loyal customer. They provide an excellent product and service. Meat is great. Didn't have any fraud issues (I cancelled my card anyways) and will now deal with resetting all of my insta-pays (phone, cable, power, etc.) and drown my sorr...
by Andrew Kotowski
February 11th, 2020, 8:44 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Eating and Drinking in Washington (mostly Seattle area)
Replies: 90
Views: 4692

Re: Eating and Drinking in Washington (mostly Seattle area)

Looking to do an extended early dinner/late lunch thing on Saturday - lazy 2-3 hr thing, wine, food, etc. with the wife.

As close to France as I can get, but in the dreary, rainy Pac NW.

Any suggestions?
by Andrew Kotowski
February 11th, 2020, 6:38 am
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Single Ticket Global Travel
Replies: 3
Views: 471

Re: Single Ticket Global Travel

This is why I love WB. Am gold in sky team, so will play with that link. Thanks.

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