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by P. Willenberg
July 31st, 2018, 3:50 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 8th Annual Post-IPNC Bob Wood Memorial Throwdown, July 30th 2018, Salem OR
Replies: 32
Views: 2202

8th Annual Post-IPNC Bob Wood Memorial Throwdown, July 30th 2018, Salem OR

I meant Cinnamon flavors caused by stems. Sorry. I just don't love the taste, especially when it borders on spicy Red Hots. Looking more closely at where I called it out, it isn't anything new for the producers where I noted it, so perhaps my comment about overworking in the winery is unwarranted. M...
by P. Willenberg
July 31st, 2018, 1:35 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Portland Eats
Replies: 246
Views: 15439

Portland Eats

you would enjoy hitting Proud Mary for Coffee and food before you head home.
by P. Willenberg
July 31st, 2018, 10:15 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Santa Fe for Lunch
Replies: 5
Views: 542

Santa Fe for Lunch

If I very specifically want to eat green chile dishes over Labor Day, where should I eat? Kid friendly.
by P. Willenberg
July 31st, 2018, 10:07 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Portland Eats
Replies: 246
Views: 15439

Portland Eats

You're right to be slightly unimpressed with Little Bird. It's what happens to a restaurant downtown. Rent is expensive and you have to cater to tourists which dampens things. Can't think of anything I'd recommend downtown sadly.
by P. Willenberg
July 31st, 2018, 9:58 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Vancouver restaurants
Replies: 11
Views: 523

Vancouver restaurants

Not too far to walk to Pidgin or Wildebeest
by P. Willenberg
July 31st, 2018, 9:58 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: RIP Jonathan Gold
Replies: 30
Views: 1731

RIP Jonathan Gold

I hope this is okay to post here. There is a GoFundMe set up for the family if anyone is interested. https://www.gofundme.com/for-the-family-of-jonathan-gold It's a good reminder most writers are criminally underpaid. I happily donated given I would have happily paid for his articles. The friendshi...
by P. Willenberg
July 30th, 2018, 6:53 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 8th Annual Post-IPNC Bob Wood Memorial Throwdown, July 30th 2018, Salem OR
Replies: 32
Views: 2202

8th Annual Post-IPNC Bob Wood Memorial Throwdown, July 30th 2018, Salem OR

Thank you to Steve for putting on a great event. Generally the wines disappointed me. I love the 07s I've had recently but these weren't them. There were some really F'ed noses showing lots of cinnamon from stress. I noticed alcohol from the chaptilization. On the other hand there was often really n...
by P. Willenberg
July 27th, 2018, 4:08 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Portland Eats
Replies: 246
Views: 15439

Portland Eats

John Osburn wrote:Dude, you are hitting some highlights all right, and apparently eating 24/7! Excellent reporting.

And Steve is correct about Pinolo/S&S....
Agreed. lots of incredible places you got to visit.

Geeks should add Canard and OK Omens to their lists.
by P. Willenberg
June 7th, 2018, 6:25 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Portland Eats
Replies: 246
Views: 15439

Portland Eats

S t e p h e nK wrote:I recently visited Jacqueline in SE. The $12/Dzn happy hour oysters drew us in and were great, but the highlight was the tasting menu. Well prepared, creative and fresh. 7 courses $55. I don’t know of another place where you get tuna, smoked cod, halibut and scallops in one meal.
Most Izakaya :)
by P. Willenberg
May 10th, 2018, 11:45 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Salt & Pepper - What do you use?
Replies: 64
Views: 2814

Salt & Pepper - What do you use?

Betty C wrote:So many recs for Penzy. I’m gonna pick up on this, ooh.
You do need to have a high flash point for his politics. He's pretty close minded.
by P. Willenberg
May 9th, 2018, 10:00 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Salt & Pepper - What do you use?
Replies: 64
Views: 2814

Salt & Pepper - What do you use?

I cook with Fleur de Sel https://bittermansalt.co/collections/bittermans-signature-fleur-de-sel/products/copy-of-bittermans-fleur-de-sel-sea-salt and finish with flake https://bittermansalt.co/collections/signature-flake-salts/products/bittermans-flake-sea-salt good info on that website too. he's go...
by P. Willenberg
May 3rd, 2018, 4:13 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Copenhagen Restaurants
Replies: 9
Views: 662

Copenhagen Restaurants

Just booked Kadeau on Bornholm, thank you for the recommendation Mr. Dentice!

Also booked Punk Royale and considering Bastard or Relae or 108. Anyone have strong preferences?
by P. Willenberg
May 3rd, 2018, 1:40 pm
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Sweden & Scandinavia Recs
Replies: 15
Views: 878

Sweden & Scandinavia Recs

Welcome to Sweden! Please specify your requests and I will provide a not-to-be-missed list. Also, consider this an invitation for an off-liner in Stockholm. We also have a summer house in the beautiful countryside in Dalecarlia (google it), with plenty of space. I would be interested in an offline ...
by P. Willenberg
April 30th, 2018, 2:33 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Willamette Itinerary Help
Replies: 9
Views: 505

Willamette Itinerary Help

What about Dusky Goose?
by P. Willenberg
April 30th, 2018, 7:22 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Mixed vegetarian/meat eater prom dinner...
Replies: 20
Views: 726

Mixed vegetarian/meat eater prom dinner...

I think it'll be hard to stir fry 10-12 portions and not have them steam. I'd roast the vegetables or do some other prep which can hold better while you bring everything else together. I also try not to serve giant hunks of meat when vegetarians are dining with me. Some of them might be ethically ve...
by P. Willenberg
April 30th, 2018, 6:39 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Eating and Drinking in San Francisco 2016
Replies: 196
Views: 16124

Eating and Drinking in San Francisco 2016

bumping to ask if any SF natives have recs for bars with interesting cocktails? I heard Julian Cox was setting up the bar program at Tartine Manufactory, will try to check that out, but would appreciate any other recs if you guys have any. Thanks! True Laurel Gibson Basement Bar under Liholiho Yach...
by P. Willenberg
April 27th, 2018, 7:28 am
Forum: Commerce Corner - Wine Classifieds
Topic: PDX: May 12 Saké
Replies: 0
Views: 141

PDX: May 12 Saké

I'm doing a Saké dinner on May 12th. If you're interested here's a link to buy tickets and the menu. https://eatfeastly.com/meals/d/191405128/barkadapdx-sake-dinner-with-namazake-paul/?rf=fwebbrowpopu Welcome Saké Pour: Kirin-zan Classic Futsu-shu Appetizers Lumpia Ensalada Family recipe eggrolls ma...
by P. Willenberg
April 26th, 2018, 1:03 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Eating and Drinking in Los Angeles
Replies: 887
Views: 46464

Eating and Drinking in Los Angeles

is that Triniti, Robert? had a tough time finding it on google.
by P. Willenberg
April 25th, 2018, 8:53 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2013 Johan Vineyards Pinot Noir Nils Reserve (USA, Oregon, Willamette Valley)
Replies: 3
Views: 209

TN: 2013 Johan Vineyards Pinot Noir Nils Reserve (USA, Oregon, Willamette Valley)

Great note! I typically name that citrus note as tangerine.

I love where this wine is right now and it's what I'm drinking while I wait a bit more for my 2010 and 11s.
by P. Willenberg
April 20th, 2018, 9:23 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Portland Eats
Replies: 246
Views: 15439

Portland Eats

I totally agree Rick. It's worth mentioning the Happy Hour is 4-5 and includes oysters for $18dz and $3 White Castle style burgers. Service was excellent from Maggie. Having Le Pigeon next door means it's highly likely you'll be able to get into at least one of them anytime you go. Parents should no...
by P. Willenberg
April 19th, 2018, 4:06 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: The piece of cookware that changed your life
Replies: 57
Views: 2468

The piece of cookware that changed your life

Elliot Steele wrote:Surprised nobody has said Vitamix. I think it is such a multi-use weapon in the kitchen that nothing else can imitate.
to each his own, I guess. I have an immersion blender and wouldn't trade it for a free vitamix. Everything from a vitamix tastes like yoga mat to me.
by P. Willenberg
April 18th, 2018, 12:12 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Smoke Salmon Mac & Cheese
Replies: 6
Views: 436

Smoke Salmon Mac & Cheese

cheese coats the mouth and diminishes the experience of a wine or subtle crustacean.
by P. Willenberg
April 18th, 2018, 12:08 pm
Forum: BYO Forum - Wine at Restaurants
Topic: Portland, OR
Replies: 55
Views: 9124

Portland, OR

Glenn L e v i n e wrote:
P. Willenberg wrote:$0 for Corkage on bottles over 15 years old at Canard, the new place from Le Pigeon.
Thx for this!
YES!!! I'm going to go once a week now. Kids allowed too.
by P. Willenberg
April 17th, 2018, 7:59 am
Forum: BYO Forum - Wine at Restaurants
Topic: Portland, OR
Replies: 55
Views: 9124

Portland, OR

$0 for Corkage on bottles over 15 years old at Canard, the new place from Le Pigeon.
by P. Willenberg
April 17th, 2018, 7:54 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: New Range Advice/Opinions/Comments...Blue Star 48"
Replies: 133
Views: 11477

New Range Advice/Opinions/Comments...Blue Star 48"

I'm having an issue with the broiler on my Garland (same as Bluestar). Whenever I open the oven door the broiler cuts out then reignites pretty quickly with a giant fireball, then it might do that again until I close the oven door. It works fine otherwise but with my daughter starting to bake more, ...
by P. Willenberg
April 17th, 2018, 6:26 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Smoke Salmon Mac & Cheese
Replies: 6
Views: 436

Smoke Salmon Mac & Cheese

Glenn L e v i n e wrote:I got a great piece of smoked steelhead from a patient recently, which I loved, but I opened a lousy red wine with it that made for an awful pairing.
smoked fish is a really difficult pairing. not sure any red wine would have worked.
by P. Willenberg
April 16th, 2018, 9:39 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: The piece of cookware that changed your life
Replies: 57
Views: 2468

The piece of cookware that changed your life

I'm a big fan of the aluminum wok too. I always feel a bit guilty using it, like I'm cheating or the Wok gods are going to come down and smite me for not using steel but as long as you have 30K+ BTUs, the aluminum works well. Lower BTUs and it loses heat too fast. Wipes clean in seconds.
by P. Willenberg
April 16th, 2018, 9:34 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Inventing foods - Oxymoron sandwiches and other "you did what?"
Replies: 16
Views: 793

Inventing foods - Oxymoron sandwiches and other "you did what?"

. . . Sweetbreads done Buffalo Wing style. I love sweetbreads but I can never find them in the butcher shops. They are also notoriously hard to make. I have not done it for over 30 years. Are they really hard to find? I can think of two places to easily get them in Portland. lamb too, even. I've ne...
by P. Willenberg
April 16th, 2018, 9:30 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Inventing foods - Oxymoron sandwiches and other "you did what?"
Replies: 16
Views: 793

Inventing foods - Oxymoron sandwiches and other "you did what?"

You might enjoy the Le Pigeon cookbook as a common tactic they use is to sub in offal in a modern classic such as Sweetbreads done Buffalo Wing style. Pigeon offal sounds awful, and seems a redundant term. nah, squab is great. After you take the breasts out, simmer the carcass, heart, lung and live...
by P. Willenberg
April 13th, 2018, 3:47 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Inventing foods - Oxymoron sandwiches and other "you did what?"
Replies: 16
Views: 793

Inventing foods - Oxymoron sandwiches and other "you did what?"

You might enjoy the Le Pigeon cookbook as a common tactic they use is to sub in offal in a modern classic such as Sweetbreads done Buffalo Wing style.
by P. Willenberg
April 6th, 2018, 1:48 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Eleven Madison Wine List
Replies: 33
Views: 3364

Eleven Madison Wine List

that's exactly why I posted it Howard. Someone of us wants that wine.
by P. Willenberg
April 6th, 2018, 9:42 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Eleven Madison Wine List
Replies: 33
Views: 3364

Eleven Madison Wine List

This isn't what the OP had in mind but perhaps someone else is reading this thread and looking not to break their budget. In that case, there are some reasonably priced Riesling hiding in there for treasure seekers. For example, this is from a reliable producer in a high acid vintage. Should be grea...
by P. Willenberg
April 6th, 2018, 9:24 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Single Thread Farm Sonoma
Replies: 55
Views: 4461

Single Thread Farm Sonoma

Any updates? We are have reservations next weekend and am wondering what wines did folks bring or buy off list there? Was either wine pairing done well? Thanks in advance. The pricing on wine is just absurd, and everything is current release. No attempt at procuring interesting wines. There's a who...
by P. Willenberg
April 3rd, 2018, 6:38 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Duck Confit pairing
Replies: 18
Views: 1024

Duck Confit pairing

Karl K wrote:For a sweet white with duck confit, go with something with enough age that the wine has started to darken, like a 1996 or earlier Baumard Quarts de Chaume. There will be additional richness to harmonize with the deep savory qualities of the confit.
This is good advice. I'd like some sherry here too
by P. Willenberg
April 3rd, 2018, 6:20 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Another Shitty '07 Oregon Pinot Noir
Replies: 481
Views: 41180

Another Shitty '07 Oregon Pinot Noir

Lee Short wrote:Had the 2007 Scott Paul La Paulee with dinner Saturday. Was a fine bottle. Drinking well with red fruits, and secondary notes as the bass line. Maybe yet some upside, but I'm guessing not.
I've still got a few of these, so thank you for the report!
by P. Willenberg
April 3rd, 2018, 6:19 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: San Francisco BYO help
Replies: 9
Views: 532

San Francisco BYO help

Not surprising that a lot of restos aren't interested in cutting a deal for a Saturday dinner. The good spots will be busy enough. I'd suggest you consider ranging further afield both cuisine and distance-wise. Large Chinese restos, especially when you order their banquet menus for X people, often ...
by P. Willenberg
April 2nd, 2018, 6:51 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: San Francisco BYO help
Replies: 9
Views: 532

San Francisco BYO help

Café de la Presse might still have free corkage. Worth a call. Simple food but should be nice with good burgs.
by P. Willenberg
March 29th, 2018, 12:59 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Another Shitty '07 Oregon Pinot Noir
Replies: 481
Views: 41180

Another Shitty '07 Oregon Pinot Noir

Todd Hamina wrote:Let's be honest, half the 07's were not well made. Many producers started after the 97 vintage and 07 was the first tough year they ever saw. It was an excellent oportunity for learning.
The same could be said for 2013.
by P. Willenberg
March 23rd, 2018, 8:45 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: It's been too long! Pizza!
Replies: 1215
Views: 68217

It's been too long! Pizza!

Mike, you should post links to those videos.
by P. Willenberg
March 21st, 2018, 11:37 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Oregon trip in march: what wine town to stay in?
Replies: 84
Views: 4135

Oregon trip in march: what wine town to stay in?

Sean, When you fly in late Thursday, you should head directly to Expatriate for a cocktail and a bite.
by P. Willenberg
March 19th, 2018, 3:52 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Need to replace old Food Saver vacuum sealer
Replies: 15
Views: 693

Need to replace old Food Saver vacuum sealer

Bruce Leiser_owitz wrote:Food Saver opined that it might be a defective roll of bags, so I'm going to get a new set of bags and see if that fixes it.

Bruce


Vac-Fresh Roll Vacuum Sealer Bags, 11 inch x 50 feet, 3.5mil, Compatible with all Food Save Vacuum Sealers, 1 Roll
by Vac-Fresh Roll
Link: http://a.co/eMLSFEj
by P. Willenberg
March 19th, 2018, 8:08 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Champagne goes with everything...but what is its IDEAL food pairing?
Replies: 56
Views: 2019

Champagne goes with everything...but what is its IDEAL food pairing?

maybe I'm beating a dead fish here but I've always felt smoke taints a wine, not improves it.
by P. Willenberg
March 19th, 2018, 8:06 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Eating and Drinking in Los Angeles
Replies: 887
Views: 46464

Eating and Drinking in Los Angeles

johngonzales wrote:In/within 30min of Long Beach:
Beachwood
Big Mista BBQ
Unless there’s horrible traffic, you could get to Brodard Chateau / Little Saigon
def. going to squeeze in Brodard
by P. Willenberg
March 19th, 2018, 7:42 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Eating and Drinking in Los Angeles
Replies: 887
Views: 46464

Eating and Drinking in Los Angeles

I would stick to Beachwood over Congregation. Next to Beachwood is https://www.yelp.com/biz/michaels-pizzeria-long-beach-2?frvs=True&osq=michael%27s Only been once (have been to his high end place on Naples a few times) and it was excellent. Depending on your location and driving routes, you could ...
by P. Willenberg
March 16th, 2018, 2:42 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Need to replace old Food Saver vacuum sealer
Replies: 15
Views: 693

Need to replace old Food Saver vacuum sealer

just return it to Costco and get another. you have to spend too much to get anything good/better.
by P. Willenberg
March 16th, 2018, 2:40 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Champagne goes with everything...but what is its IDEAL food pairing?
Replies: 56
Views: 2019

Champagne goes with everything...but what is its IDEAL food pairing?

There are many traditional and contemporary pairings for Champagne. Since you're going to start your evening with the Krug Grande Cuvee, these foods come to mind: Caviar Smoked fish Egg dishes Triple-cream cheese like Brillat-Savarin Fried chicken I agree with Paul's above post about the desirabili...
by P. Willenberg
March 16th, 2018, 9:26 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Champagne goes with everything...but what is its IDEAL food pairing?
Replies: 56
Views: 2019

Champagne goes with everything...but what is its IDEAL food pairing?

Champagne pairs well because it has good texture, acidity and aromatics. when pairing a special bottle of wine, I most often recommend keeping it very simple. I like pairing champagne with a simple roast chicken or roast pork. you want something with salt and some fat to extend the palate, but not c...
by P. Willenberg
March 15th, 2018, 9:31 am
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Travel insurance
Replies: 13
Views: 582

Travel insurance

Same with all insurance. for normal circumstances it's not a good play. only buy if you have a fairly higher than typical chance of using it. Insurance is priced so there's a profit for the insurance company even if there's higher than expected incidence.
by P. Willenberg
March 14th, 2018, 9:03 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: The piece of cookware that changed your life
Replies: 57
Views: 2468

The piece of cookware that changed your life

Betty C wrote:Technically, this thing changed my parents' life, but I have certainly reaped the benefits as well. Behold, the wok range:
wok n roll.jpg
is it hard to clean?

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