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by Andrew Kotowski
June 16th, 2019, 4:08 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Steak Porn
Replies: 1911
Views: 153372

Re: Steak Porn

Thought about you, Tex, as I picked up some Akaushi today. Flat iron steak, should be great!
by Andrew Kotowski
June 16th, 2019, 4:07 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: What BEER are you drinking?
Replies: 16141
Views: 381311

Re: What BEER are you drinking?

Have a buddy coming up from Portland, will tell him to get it on the list. With this weather, I’m hitting GnTs like crazy, instead of beer :)
by Andrew Kotowski
June 15th, 2019, 5:59 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: What BEER are you drinking?
Replies: 16141
Views: 381311

Re: What BEER are you drinking?

Sums it up. That after all that beer your a bit sideways ? neener Cheers, Bud Hah! All of them are very good, but not “highly recommended!” Liked the Crysknife more than the 3 Way this year, which will likely shock Scott :) MT Telesto is a good daily drinker, but I’d probably buy Georgetown Bodhi b...
by Andrew Kotowski
June 15th, 2019, 4:35 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: What BEER are you drinking?
Replies: 16141
Views: 381311

Re: What BEER are you drinking?

Sums it up.
by Andrew Kotowski
June 14th, 2019, 9:26 am
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: What BEER are you drinking?
Replies: 16141
Views: 381311

Re: What BEER are you drinking?

Really, we're laughing WITH you.

At least with IPA, I can blame the IBUs ;)
by Andrew Kotowski
June 13th, 2019, 8:21 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: True Confessions
Replies: 31
Views: 860

Re: True Confessions

Fried pickles with ranch dressing. I feel dirty just typing it.

Throw in an extra-hoppy IPA? Killing me.
by Andrew Kotowski
June 13th, 2019, 10:13 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: PSA - Flannery sale
Replies: 54
Views: 2684

Re: PSA - Flannery sale

I've been hit-or-miss with it, personally, and that includes with Flannery beef. Biggest issue for me when something goes sideways has been texture, as opposed to flavor. That said, I froze my two NYs rather than leave them in the fridge for a week, given I'm cooking them tomorrow. Will take out of ...
by Andrew Kotowski
June 10th, 2019, 6:04 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: What's your favorite mustard? Fallot mustard photo added.
Replies: 37
Views: 1067

Re: What's your favorite mustard?

Apparently I'm slumming it with the US purchased Maille, but I still think it's pretty darned good. I'll have to try Amora. I tried to find the French version of Maille available for shipping to the US and either failed or gave up because of cost, I forget which. They intentionally cut the American...
by Andrew Kotowski
June 9th, 2019, 3:09 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: What BEER are you drinking?
Replies: 16141
Views: 381311

Re: What BEER are you drinking?

MT Telesto, out of cans. Totally different beer, fruity overtones gone, more malt and nowhere near as good as on tap at Eureka. Meh.
by Andrew Kotowski
June 9th, 2019, 9:15 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Steak Porn
Replies: 1911
Views: 153372

Re: Steak Porn

Flannery hanger steaks.
by Andrew Kotowski
June 7th, 2019, 9:14 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Copper River - Incoming
Replies: 224
Views: 11870

Re: Copper River - Incoming

J. Rock wrote:
June 7th, 2019, 2:27 pm
Maybe I haven't had it prepared especially well, but I don't see how CR salmon is worth the premium compared to the normal King Salmon I get.
Less a taste thing and more a fat content one, at least for me. I still swear by Columbia River Spring chinooks. No contest.
by Andrew Kotowski
June 7th, 2019, 6:53 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: PSA - Flannery sale
Replies: 54
Views: 2684

Re: PSA - Flannery sale

Tom G l a s g o w wrote:
June 7th, 2019, 4:52 pm
It appears I’m in the minority since I bought the NY strip. Still the best steak in town.
You can have your steak and eat it, too.
by Andrew Kotowski
June 7th, 2019, 12:38 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: What BEER are you drinking?
Replies: 16141
Views: 381311

Re: What BEER are you drinking?

MT Telesto - good stuff, bit of an orange smoothie crisis.

Boneyard Hop Venom - always good

@Scott - in Eureka! In University Village. Pleasant surprise.
by Andrew Kotowski
June 7th, 2019, 8:19 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Coffee Filters
Replies: 6
Views: 269

Re: Coffee Filters

I'm a big fan of the Swiss Gold / Cilio filters, personally. I think it makes a difference in flavor (no paper taste, which I didn't realize I was actually tasting) and it's super easy to clean. I'm also using a Technivorm (have been for ~10 years) and it's a great pairing.
by Andrew Kotowski
June 5th, 2019, 11:24 am
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: What BEER are you drinking?
Replies: 16141
Views: 381311

Re: What BEER are you drinking?

I continue to destroy the Fort George Crysknife. @Scott and @Mark - pick some up if you see it. Probably my IPA of the year so far, but I haven't had the 3 Way yet :D
by Andrew Kotowski
June 5th, 2019, 8:16 am
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Foreign Transaction Fees
Replies: 13
Views: 799

Re: Foreign Transaction Fees

I am also interested in this topic. I recently rented a house near Montpellier privately and had to wire the money to the landlord. I didn’t pay but the French landlord had to pay 165Euros . Is there an alternative? TransferWise, in a heartbeat. Found out about it thanks to this board and it saved ...
by Andrew Kotowski
June 4th, 2019, 12:59 pm
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Foreign Transaction Fees
Replies: 13
Views: 799

Re: Foreign Transaction Fees

I choose to pay in local currency as I understand my credit card bank exchange rate (e.g. Euros to Dollars) is more favorable than the exchange rate used by the merchants and its bank (called Dynamic Currency Conversion). The same holds true for ATM withdrawals. The Dynamic Currency Conversion (con...
by Andrew Kotowski
June 2nd, 2019, 8:47 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Steak Porn
Replies: 1911
Views: 153372

Re: Steak Porn

#nomnomnom
by Andrew Kotowski
June 1st, 2019, 10:22 am
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: What BEER are you drinking?
Replies: 16141
Views: 381311

Re: What BEER are you drinking?

Making breakfast with four kids? Of course I’m drinking IPA. Fort George (collab with Our Mutual Friend Brewing) Crysknife. Really enjoying - feels like a halfway point between Hazy and NW IPA (bitter on the end still comes through without tasting like orange juice). If you can find it, pick some up!
by Andrew Kotowski
May 31st, 2019, 4:19 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: What BEER are you drinking?
Replies: 16141
Views: 381311

Re: What BEER are you drinking?

Mark Y wrote:
May 31st, 2019, 2:32 pm
Thanks for hosting Scott! luckily no coyotes joined the party!
Agreed!

There was a game or concert at Safeco, which rerouted traffic... and had me under the bridge to West Seattle at 11:00. Derp.

Great beer and stories! Can't wait to go back to Enumclaw...

AK
by Andrew Kotowski
May 30th, 2019, 5:17 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: PSA - Flannery sale
Replies: 54
Views: 2684

Re: PSA - Flannery sale

>> Hard to compare to regular steaks maybe closer to rib cap with less fat. Kinda chewy when Rare, chewy when Med and up. Best at Med Rare. Slice against the grain. This. Probably my favorite cut, although tri-tip is a close second :D With the price you're paying for Flannery, I don't know if I'd lo...
by Andrew Kotowski
May 30th, 2019, 3:00 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Eating and Drinking in Paris (Updated November 2018)
Replies: 139
Views: 9079

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

We've decided to go to Paris the first week of September (1-8), which I realize isn't ideal, but we came to the conclusion that if we want to go at all within the next 1.5 years, that was close to the only time window (due to a variety of complications too boring to go into here). Beyond what's alr...
by Andrew Kotowski
May 29th, 2019, 4:32 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: PSA - Flannery sale
Replies: 54
Views: 2684

Re: PSA - Flannery sale

Parents in town next weekend, no brainer...
by Andrew Kotowski
May 26th, 2019, 3:33 am
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: The Bourbon Thread
Replies: 3354
Views: 167993

Re: The Bourbon Thread

@Alan - it’s relative; I enjoy it and given the 107, it makes a fantastic Manhattan. While there’s plenty of bourbon on the shelves here in WA, it generally isn’t going for K&L prices and stuff like Weller always seems to go straight from the back room to customers (or employees) at the bigger place...
by Andrew Kotowski
May 25th, 2019, 4:25 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: The Bourbon Thread
Replies: 3354
Views: 167993

Re: The Bourbon Thread

I tried a shot of Weller Antique 107 last night and found it quite to my liking. Of course, it's unobtainable here except by lottery, or through the "preferred customer secret handshake". I like the Special Reserve just a touch more the the Antique 107. Even when the 107 was watered down or on the ...
by Andrew Kotowski
May 23rd, 2019, 9:46 am
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: BOOZED AND INFUSED -- My Infused XO Brandy aka Homemade "Cuvée de Centenaire" Grand Marnier Project
Replies: 14
Views: 353

Re: BOOZED AND INFUSED -- My Infused XO Brandy aka Homemade "Cuvée de Centenaire" Grand Marnier Project

What Chris said - enjoying this thread and commenting so I can continue to follow. I'm totally going to try this :D
by Andrew Kotowski
May 20th, 2019, 10:41 pm
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Paris itinerary / wine accessible restaurants
Replies: 24
Views: 889

Re: Paris itinerary / wine accessible restaurants

FWIW, if you’re looking to pre/post party with a cocktail when you dine at Le Comptoir, consider grabbing a drink at Le Hibou (across the street, patio on the intersection). Service is spotty, but I’ve gone several times and enjoyed the cocktail list. If it’s a nice night, their patio is great... bu...
by Andrew Kotowski
May 19th, 2019, 12:47 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Steak Porn
Replies: 1911
Views: 153372

Re: Steak Porn

65 day dry-aged Creekstone Farms t-bone.
by Andrew Kotowski
May 14th, 2019, 6:42 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: What BEER are you drinking?
Replies: 16141
Views: 381311

Re: What BEER are you drinking?

This didn’t taste anything at all like the other bottle - no soy, light coffee notes and chocolate syrup with a little bit of stout thrown in to fit the genre. Let me know if you land on the 30th; will make it work and drag some crappy stouts :). Pretty sure I have some Parabola and BCBS with some a...
by Andrew Kotowski
May 14th, 2019, 9:21 am
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Anyone use Global Entry Program?
Replies: 474
Views: 26955

Re: Anyone use Global Entry Program?

That is GREAT news.
by Andrew Kotowski
May 14th, 2019, 9:04 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: The Smoker Thread - recipes, techniques, ideas
Replies: 554
Views: 25893

Re: The Smoker Thread - recipes, techniques, ideas

For what it’s worth - have been playing around with my Vision (Kamado) and trying different ways to set up dual temp zones. I had charcoal baskets with my Weber Kettle before, but haven’t gone aftermarket with the BGE knock-off. I’ve been using a split log on the center to separate the grill into h...
by Andrew Kotowski
May 11th, 2019, 8:37 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: What BEER are you drinking?
Replies: 16141
Views: 381311

Re: What BEER are you drinking?

2015 BCBS - This was great. Chocolate, vanilla, caramel with a motor oil viscosity. Had it with a rib eye, which was just great for layering fat on fat (as opposed to acid).

Good stuff.
by Andrew Kotowski
May 11th, 2019, 8:18 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Steak Porn
Replies: 1911
Views: 153372

Re: Steak Porn

Choice Cote de boeuf and a Prime NY, grilled in a Kamari with a split load of charcoal and apple wood. Half bottle courtesy of Berserker Days :)
by Andrew Kotowski
May 11th, 2019, 7:12 pm
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Paris itinerary / wine accessible restaurants
Replies: 24
Views: 889

Re: Paris itinerary / wine accessible restaurants

Check out Paris by Mouth for Sunday restaurants. I drug Mike Grammer out to one of them and it was great.
by Andrew Kotowski
May 10th, 2019, 6:05 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Why do Americans eat cheese before a meal ?
Replies: 42
Views: 1173

Re: Why do Americans eat cheese before a meal ?

i don't understand a big cheese plate before the meal. Takes 5 minutes to throw together with some charcuterie and can be a great appetizer while you're catching up with friends before dinner. Alan's troll assumes that the cheese tray and an appetizer/entree are separate courses; I'd argue that in ...
by Andrew Kotowski
May 9th, 2019, 12:26 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: Washington State Beer Help
Replies: 23
Views: 410

Re: Washington State Beer Help

I totally missed this thread!!! Fremont is a great location, but agree with Scott re: their beers, with the exception of their barrel-aged Dark Star series. While based in Astoria, I've really enjoyed some of the limited releases from Fort George, including their Crysknife IPA (drinking lately). Thr...
by Andrew Kotowski
May 7th, 2019, 12:18 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: What BEER are you drinking?
Replies: 16141
Views: 381311

Re: What BEER are you drinking?

Mark, we need to meet up some time. I work in Lincoln Square, so has to be pretty damn close to where you're at, at least when you're not on a beach ;)

Maybe it'll be enough to get Scott to finally cross-over to the dreaded 4-2-5.
by Andrew Kotowski
May 5th, 2019, 11:27 am
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Bend, Oregon recommendations
Replies: 21
Views: 677

Re: Bend, Oregon recommendations

900 Wall Street had a decent Pac NW wine list, with just about everything that Cayuse makes. Prices weren't too ridiculous, all things being equal - 2001, 2002 Bionic Frog was $350, couple other bottlings (Flying Pig, Impulsivo, iirc) were ~$200 and there were a couple of other interesting choices. ...
by Andrew Kotowski
May 4th, 2019, 4:12 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: What BEER are you drinking?
Replies: 16141
Views: 381311

Re: What BEER are you drinking?

This was great.
by Andrew Kotowski
May 3rd, 2019, 10:21 pm
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Bend, Oregon recommendations
Replies: 21
Views: 677

Re: Bend, Oregon recommendations

I had the Porkstrami for lunch today :)
by Andrew Kotowski
May 3rd, 2019, 9:27 pm
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Bend, Oregon recommendations
Replies: 21
Views: 677

Re: Bend, Oregon recommendations

VRBO’d in Bend this weekend. Primal Cuts is great for a sandwich and beer - tap selection was top notch, with Boneyard, Crux, Barley Browns, Bevel (new) and a couple of others in the line-up. Picked up some prime rib-eyes and smoked kielbasa and am enjoying them with quite a bit of Rick’s beer, whic...
by Andrew Kotowski
May 2nd, 2019, 7:59 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: What BEER are you drinking?
Replies: 16141
Views: 381311

Re: What BEER are you drinking?

When in Oregon...
by Andrew Kotowski
April 30th, 2019, 7:17 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: What BEER are you drinking?
Replies: 16141
Views: 381311

Re: What BEER are you drinking?

Bottled on 11/2015. Good stuff. I remember this having a much more pronounced chili/red pepper flavor that just isn’t there any more.
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: 51
Views: 2099

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: 1911
Views: 153372

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: 16141
Views: 381311

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: 16141
Views: 381311

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: 16141
Views: 381311

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: 704

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: 16141
Views: 381311

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

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