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by Andrew Kotowski
January 20th, 2020, 5:14 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: US 25% tariff on European wines; 100% "digital" tariff on French products called off for the moment
Replies: 1158
Views: 61020

Re: US to impose 25% tariff on many European wines; but 100% tariff called off

As someone with Champagne on the water, I am slightly relieved. This only resolved one issue (the DST), there is still risk of 100% on ALL wines from the EU, including Champagne, for the Airbus issue. So they just removed one nuke, the other one is still hanging over our heads. Fun times. We’ll be ...
by Andrew Kotowski
January 20th, 2020, 4:12 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Cast Iron- share all your favorite tips/tricks/recipies
Replies: 61
Views: 3505

Re: Cast Iron- share all your favorite tips/tricks/recipies

Mel Hill wrote:
January 14th, 2020, 6:58 am
I’ve used this method to redo the seasoning in a cast iron skillet
http://sherylcanter.com/wordpress/2010/ ... cast-iron/
Just did this over the course of three days; thanks for the link.
by Andrew Kotowski
January 20th, 2020, 7:17 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: What did you cook tonight?
Replies: 1389
Views: 73355

Re: What did you cook tonight?

Not at Milton’s level of bread making, by a mile... but made some Jimmy Red Cornbread in a skillet, using some rendered bacon fat from a round of candied Benton’s bacon I made. Great stuff, but my family can’t get past the fact that is savory instead of cake.
by Andrew Kotowski
January 19th, 2020, 1:56 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: What BEER are you drinking?
Replies: 16475
Views: 428936

Re: What BEER are you drinking?

Fort George + Public House Magnetic Fields. Good beer, NEIPA style. I’d buy it again, but it isn’t earth shattering.
by Andrew Kotowski
January 19th, 2020, 9:02 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Steak Porn
Replies: 2048
Views: 173614

Re: Steak Porn

Grilled some Flannery short ribs using a homemade batch of Chris Lilly’s coffee rub. Spectacular. Just freaking spectacular. No idea how to “slice” for presentation (for the Instagram crowd), so I cut in half and dropped them on plates.
by Andrew Kotowski
January 18th, 2020, 9:26 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: French Toast Anyone?
Replies: 14
Views: 429

Re: French Toast Anyone?

I make this quite often. I use Challah, typically a day or two old, sliced thick. I mix eggs, milk, cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, and ginger. Every once in a while, I'll add cardamom. The key is letting the challah soak in the mixture for at least a few minutes to soak up the liquid. Fry in butter. Ser...
by Andrew Kotowski
January 17th, 2020, 4:42 pm
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Hard season in Paris.
Replies: 20
Views: 1553

Re: Hard season in Paris.

Hello Strikes are quite finished. I am happy for me and a lot friends who are shuffering about this. Amazon is happy : Their sales are explosing. Really? I don't see anything on France 24 or other places announcing an end? Don't get me wrong, I'm going next Sat and will be ecstatic if that's the ca...
by Andrew Kotowski
January 16th, 2020, 8:56 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: The Bourbon Thread
Replies: 3514
Views: 191583

Re: The Bourbon Thread

Ok. Will try to get in on Sat when the main guy is there for Sammamish - I picked up a Michters American from them tonight.
by Andrew Kotowski
January 16th, 2020, 5:49 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: The Bourbon Thread
Replies: 3514
Views: 191583

Re: The Bourbon Thread

Kris Patten wrote:
January 16th, 2020, 5:15 pm
New Whiskey....

FEW has partnered with Alice in Chains to make a limited release Alice in Chains Bourbon finished in Tequila barrels, bottles at 101 proof. Think they made 150 6-packs.
Are these available locally? Am a HUGE AIC fan (even have the Cantrell solo albums).
by Andrew Kotowski
January 11th, 2020, 5:25 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: What BEER are you drinking?
Replies: 16475
Views: 428936

Re: What BEER are you drinking?

This REALLY kicked the llama’s ass.
by Andrew Kotowski
January 10th, 2020, 6:05 am
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: First Time in France - Itinerary
Replies: 32
Views: 1613

Re: First Time in France - Itinerary

FWIW - French strike is now impacting other European routes, as the air traffic controllers are refusing to show up to work. I'm seeing several colleagues rant on Facebook about other routes (London to Geneva, Madrid to AMS, etc.) being delayed because they are unable to fly through French airspace.
by Andrew Kotowski
January 9th, 2020, 5:57 am
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: First Time in France - Itinerary
Replies: 32
Views: 1613

Re: First Time in France - Itinerary

Haven't been over there for a year, but the Le Grande Epiceries in Passy used to have several Rougeards on the shelf. I don't recall what the mark-up was, but I don't recall it being too bad, as I almost pulled the trigger a couple of times. Worth a call. Worst case, if you walk over and come up emp...
by Andrew Kotowski
January 8th, 2020, 2:11 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Cast iron: Butter Pat or Finex?
Replies: 31
Views: 3831

Re: Cast iron: Butter Pat or Finex?

Cast iron is not a great conductor. So if you get a pan that is bigger than your burner (probably 10") it's going to be a pain to get the edges heated up evenly unless you want to heat it in the oven or heat it really slow and move around a lot. Love my 10 inch lodge cast iron but for bigger pans I...
by Andrew Kotowski
January 7th, 2020, 6:51 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: US 25% tariff on European wines; 100% "digital" tariff on French products called off for the moment
Replies: 1158
Views: 61020

Re: US to impose 25% tariff on European wine, cheese, etc.

Mr. Earles, Please explain to me what skin Facebook has in this game? I am also a little puzzled by the mention of Google and Microsoft in your post. I understand the interest of Boeing, but I apologize for my ignorance about the involvement of the other mentioned corporations. I should also point ...
by Andrew Kotowski
January 7th, 2020, 1:04 pm
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Hard season in Paris.
Replies: 20
Views: 1553

Re: Hard season in Paris.

Peter Hirsch wrote:
January 7th, 2020, 10:11 am
I'm heading over towards the end of April. Hopefully all has returned to Paris Normal by then..
I'll be there the last week of Jan (as will Michel) and give you an update ;)
by Andrew Kotowski
January 7th, 2020, 8:36 am
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: The Bourbon Thread
Replies: 3514
Views: 191583

Re: The Bourbon Thread

Mike Maguire wrote:
January 7th, 2020, 8:32 am
Andrew Kotowski wrote:
January 6th, 2020, 8:02 pm
Any thoughts on the Michter's American release? Worth the $57.99 in WA, all things being equal?
Had it about a year ago and liked It quite a bit, not very complex and a bit sweet, but
really smooth with loads of carmel on the finish.I think I paid mid 30’s in Cali.
Thanks for the note, Mike!
by Andrew Kotowski
January 6th, 2020, 8:02 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: The Bourbon Thread
Replies: 3514
Views: 191583

Re: The Bourbon Thread

Any thoughts on the Michter's American release? Worth the $57.99 in WA, all things being equal?
by Andrew Kotowski
January 6th, 2020, 7:47 am
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Hard season in Paris.
Replies: 20
Views: 1553

Re: Hard season in Paris.

We were in Paris for much of December. We live in the 16th and travel extensively throughout the city, generally by Metro. The 1 is running, because it is automated and driverless. Only the 14 as well for the Metro. This means the streets are jammed with traffic during rush hour, Uber fares are sky...
by Andrew Kotowski
January 5th, 2020, 12:58 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: What BEER are you drinking?
Replies: 16475
Views: 428936

Re: What BEER are you drinking?

Which beer is that Andrew? It sounds like my type of thing. Modern Times Infinity Waves Great, thanks. Do you know if it came up to Seattle? If not I'll have one of my Portland friends grab one or two for me. I had not seen it on the shelves here. Will be the last time I go out of my way to get ove...
by Andrew Kotowski
January 5th, 2020, 12:33 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: What BEER are you drinking?
Replies: 16475
Views: 428936

Re: What BEER are you drinking?

Adam Noble wrote:
January 5th, 2020, 7:59 am
Which beer is that Andrew? It sounds like my type of thing.
Modern Times Infinity Waves
by Andrew Kotowski
January 4th, 2020, 6:54 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: What BEER are you drinking?
Replies: 16475
Views: 428936

Re: What BEER are you drinking?

In what can only be described as Sean’s beer of the year - “We fruited the living hell out of this hulking mega-gose, yielding a liquid festival of blueberries, tart cherries and peaches that is shockingly crushable at 10%. It’s tart, complex and virtually guaranteed to significantly increase levels...
by Andrew Kotowski
January 4th, 2020, 12:52 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: What BEER are you drinking?
Replies: 16475
Views: 428936

Re: What BEER are you drinking?

Drinking my way through these; pils is pretty good. Brewmaster is from the pFriem team.

Picked up some Heater Allen 4 packs at New Seasons. Weren’t on the shelf, so I had them raid the back. Guy said he hadn’t seen the bottle format in months.
by Andrew Kotowski
January 4th, 2020, 9:11 am
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: What BEER are you drinking?
Replies: 16475
Views: 428936

Re: What BEER are you drinking?

Price points in the BBAs appear to be going up materially this year, from 10-15%. The Fremont abominable lone-up is at $23-$25 now, Abyss was $19 at Total Wine and some of the other price points have been surprising.

Is this a WA thing or a market one?
by Andrew Kotowski
January 2nd, 2020, 6:41 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: What BEER are you drinking?
Replies: 16475
Views: 428936

Re: What BEER are you drinking?

I saw 1/23 above; don’t know anything about 1/10.
by Andrew Kotowski
January 2nd, 2020, 6:14 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: What BEER are you drinking?
Replies: 16475
Views: 428936

Re: What BEER are you drinking?

Rick’s pretty cans and, yes Mark, I’ll bring this and the goze nonsense back. Trying to make 1/23 work.
by Andrew Kotowski
January 2nd, 2020, 3:51 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: Nice (and overdue) Heater Allen shout out
Replies: 3
Views: 205

Re: Nice (and overdue) Heater Allen shout out

More lagers than IPA on tap at Modern Times right now... one of the bartenders was just commenting on it to another guest.
by Andrew Kotowski
January 2nd, 2020, 3:19 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: What BEER are you drinking?
Replies: 16475
Views: 428936

Re: What BEER are you drinking?

Couple of thoughts re: Scott/Rick’s post - I’m generally ok with an IPA that’s less than two months. Aside from the fact that it’s hard to find them stocked on shelves at a month or less (I’ve seen IPAs at Total Wine that were 9 months old), I just don’t see that big of a drop-off at 8 weeks. There’...
by Andrew Kotowski
January 2nd, 2020, 3:06 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: What BEER are you drinking?
Replies: 16475
Views: 428936

Re: What BEER are you drinking?

Irony - sitting at the bar until 5:00ish at Modern Times in Portland... and Rick’s collab is on tap (smoked marzen)!
by Andrew Kotowski
December 30th, 2019, 7:14 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: What did you cook tonight?
Replies: 1389
Views: 73355

Re: What did you cook tonight?

Chicken Bog. Have been on a Southern cooking kick lately, after reading Sean Brock’s Heritage and South over the break. I spatchcocked and roasted a chicken, chopped the white meat up and added to some homemade chicken stock that had been simmering for a couple of hours with two ham hocks. I shredde...
by Andrew Kotowski
December 29th, 2019, 5:56 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: What did you cook tonight?
Replies: 1389
Views: 73355

Re: What did you cook tonight?

Ribs - full rack sauced, half cooked old school.
by Andrew Kotowski
December 28th, 2019, 6:54 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: What did you cook tonight?
Replies: 1389
Views: 73355

Re: What did you cook tonight?

Had some leftover rib-eye, so I charred some sweet peppers and whipped up Geechie Boy cheesy grits!
by Andrew Kotowski
December 28th, 2019, 8:55 am
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: barcelona 3 nights enough?
Replies: 51
Views: 2273

Re: barcelona 3 nights enough?

On the bright side... Girona! Don’t get me wrong; I love Barcelona, but the day trips are even better - Girona, Sitges, Montserrat, etc.

Awesome they didn’t gank your stuff!
by Andrew Kotowski
December 27th, 2019, 4:26 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: The Cocktail Thread
Replies: 474
Views: 42218

Re: The Cocktail Thread

Tried something new - had a bottle of Becherovka gifted to me (you can find at Total Wine) so I made a “Lonesome Hero” cocktail. 1 1/2 ounces Sazerac rye 3/4 ounce Becherovka 1/2 ounce cherry liqueur (I used Luxardo) 2 dashes orange bitters Lemon peel garnish is critical, as it’s a bit on the sweet ...
by Andrew Kotowski
December 24th, 2019, 5:45 pm
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: First Time in France - Itinerary
Replies: 32
Views: 1613

Re: First Time in France - Itinerary

And this is why I love France. Ballerinas on strike, performing the Nutracker on the steps of Palais Garnier.
https://www.france24.com/en/20191224-pa ... de-strikes
by Andrew Kotowski
December 24th, 2019, 5:13 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: What BEER are you drinking?
Replies: 16475
Views: 428936

Re: What BEER are you drinking?

Popped a 2019 Deschutes Abyss tonight! Good, but needs a couple of years to settle down.
by Andrew Kotowski
December 23rd, 2019, 5:18 pm
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Where to Stay in Amsterdam? Location and Type.
Replies: 11
Views: 382

Re: Where to Stay in Amsterdam? Location and Type.

Agree with Neal re: talking to Blake. Was a shame we never caught up over there.

At minimum, check out his "Musings From Amsterdam" thread (I believe that's the title).
by Andrew Kotowski
December 23rd, 2019, 10:23 am
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: First Time in France - Itinerary
Replies: 32
Views: 1613

Re: First Time in France - Itinerary

I’d keep a super close eye on all of your travel and recognize you might need contingency plans. I do not recall if it affects Eurostar; it is hitting other intra-EU transportation (I.e Thalys). Check France24.com for the latest. Other note - if you’re a cheese fan, try the comte de Noel, which is a...
by Andrew Kotowski
December 22nd, 2019, 8:03 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Steak Porn
Replies: 2048
Views: 173614

Re: Steak Porn

Wife’s friend came over and asked me to “cook one of my rib-eyes because that’s the second best steak she had ever had!” Turns out #1 was a Ruth’s Chris butter bomb... so I grilled using an APL-style baste, flipping every sixty seconds. I put the plate down and she said “this looks lovely, but I lik...
by Andrew Kotowski
December 21st, 2019, 10:03 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: The Cocktail Thread
Replies: 474
Views: 42218

Re: The Cocktail Thread

Just made a Paper Plane with Meyer lemons. Wow.

If you don’t have the book, this guy does a good job talking through the drink ->
by Andrew Kotowski
December 21st, 2019, 2:50 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: What BEER are you drinking?
Replies: 16475
Views: 428936

Re: What BEER are you drinking?

Ft George Fields of Green (Nelson) - Bud would be happy :)
by Andrew Kotowski
December 20th, 2019, 11:48 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: The Bourbon Thread
Replies: 3514
Views: 191583

Re: The Bourbon Thread

Not sure I follow. WA price is $80 higher on this item; i should be happy it’s not more?
by Andrew Kotowski
December 20th, 2019, 8:53 am
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: The Bourbon Thread
Replies: 3514
Views: 191583

Re: The Bourbon Thread

Clearly not bourbon, but some context for the discussion re: WA State above. Same thing for Willett 4 year, etc.
by Andrew Kotowski
December 19th, 2019, 8:54 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: The Cocktail Thread
Replies: 474
Views: 42218

Re: The Cocktail Thread

Death & Co is definitely one of the top cocktail books out there. Also near the top for me is a book by the late Sasha Petraske called Regarding Cocktails. Almost every cocktail in the book is very approachable in terms of ingredients (unlike some books like PDT, for example). https://www.amazon.co...
by Andrew Kotowski
December 19th, 2019, 6:35 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: US 25% tariff on European wines; 100% "digital" tariff on French products called off for the moment
Replies: 1158
Views: 61020

Re: US to impose 25% tariff on European wine, cheese, etc.

Doing my part to extend a middle finger to the machine.

Had to pick-up Christmas gifts for my team... and they’re all getting Crozes Hermitage instead of Fran’s this year.

*putting on my yellow vest*
by Andrew Kotowski
December 18th, 2019, 1:04 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Steak Porn
Replies: 2048
Views: 173614

Re: Steak Porn

Nice, even cook coming off a skillet!
by Andrew Kotowski
December 17th, 2019, 9:38 am
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: barcelona 3 nights enough?
Replies: 51
Views: 2273

Re: barcelona 3 nights enough?

Back on topic! One of the great things about being in Barcelona at Christmas is seeing the Caganer sitting in the back of Nativity Scenes. I've got one sitting on my shelf at work, which is always a conversation starter :D Little background on the Crapper -> https://www.barcelonas.com/caganer.html M...
by Andrew Kotowski
December 17th, 2019, 9:03 am
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: barcelona 3 nights enough?
Replies: 51
Views: 2273

Re: barcelona 3 nights enough?

I'm curious about the petty crime issue that is being reported here (and elsewhere). Barcelona crime wave tarnishes boom in tourism - BBC August 2019 https://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-49409625 In general Mike, you're right, the risk is small. It's not non-existent. RT I hadn't seen that article...
by Andrew Kotowski
December 17th, 2019, 8:43 am
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: What BEER are you drinking?
Replies: 16475
Views: 428936

Re: What BEER are you drinking?

Robert M yers wrote:
December 17th, 2019, 8:11 am
Popped the KBS espresso stout this am...wow Starbucks could sell this. Way too much espresso for me, but a decent day off morning drink I suppose :)
Yes! I need to take more days off that start like this.
by Andrew Kotowski
December 16th, 2019, 11:53 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Steak Porn
Replies: 2048
Views: 173614

Re: Steak Porn

Nice, Andrew. How funky was the 60-day? Did you enjoy it? I loved it. Definitely on the "nutty" side, which you could smell while it was grilling. I generally use a SW-style rub when I grill beef, but went salt with a very little bit of granulated garlic to keep the flavor as pure as possible. Woul...
by Andrew Kotowski
December 16th, 2019, 11:50 am
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: barcelona 3 nights enough?
Replies: 51
Views: 2273

Re: barcelona 3 nights enough?

Hold on to your wallet near/on Las Ramblas. I've had quite a few friends/locals pick-pocketed or mugged in the area. Totally get that all big cities deal with these issues, but the Las Ramblas area felt like ground zero for it in Europe. Has been two years since I've been back to Barcelona, so could...

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