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by Siun o'Connell
June 12th, 2019, 1:42 pm
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Favorite San Francisco Hotel?
Replies: 15
Views: 347

Re: Favorite San Francisco Hotel?

Fairmont if you get the right room .... I've stayed there a lot and their larger rooms with huge windows looking over the city and the Bay are stunning. The Intercontinental near Moscone is lovely and convenient if you need to be in that location. My real favorite though is the Hotel Kabuki - fun fu...
by Siun o'Connell
June 9th, 2019, 2:46 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Fine Disregard Spring Release
Replies: 19
Views: 1042

Re: Fine Disregard Spring Release

Haven't opened the Mataro yet but the Semillion was amazing.
by Siun o'Connell
June 8th, 2019, 7:27 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What bottle of wine did you open today?
Replies: 10512
Views: 344549

Re: What bottle of wine did you open today?

2014 Under the Wire Sparkling Zinfandel which continues my love of their sparklers

2016 Tercero Rose magnum - just wonderful
by Siun o'Connell
June 5th, 2019, 5:05 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Nashville and Surrounding area Eats?????
Replies: 73
Views: 4069

Re: Nashville and Surrounding area Eats?????

The only reason I miss my last job was that I'd go to Nashville a few times a year and always ate at the Red Pony in Franklin. Such a wonderful spot - great hospitality, great food and quite nice wine list.
by Siun o'Connell
June 5th, 2019, 10:41 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Chicago Restaurant Thread
Replies: 614
Views: 28047

Re: Chicago Restaurant Thread

My daughter was a line cook for Chef Thai and will be so glad to see this. He was a tremendous mentor to her.
by Siun o'Connell
June 4th, 2019, 3:51 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Maris Piper potatoes.....roger
Replies: 10
Views: 774

Re: Maris Piper potatoes.....roger

Another option - Beatrix restaurant here (casual but good place near my old office) makes their fries -- and a potato salad stuffed deviled egg - with Kennebec potatoes and they are really good. Just such clear potato flavor ... really extra good. I'll ask my SIL if he knows a Maris Pipers source - ...
by Siun o'Connell
May 26th, 2019, 7:01 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Low carb diet effects on wine
Replies: 13
Views: 962

Re: Low carb diet effects on wine

How does one drink any wine on a Keto diet? There are plenty of carbohydrates in wine. Is it just for a “splurge”, or do you all do this on a regular basis with Keto diets. This is one thing that makes Keto dieting difficult for me. I did one years ago and lost a bunch of weight but during that tim...
by Siun o'Connell
May 24th, 2019, 1:17 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?
Replies: 11091
Views: 494966

Re: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?

Cruse Monkey Jacket - had a bottle recently at The Kitchen and it was really interesting ... had to get some of my own.
by Siun o'Connell
May 19th, 2019, 8:56 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Tipping your Host on a Paid Tasting
Replies: 44
Views: 2293

Re: Tipping your Host on a Paid Tasting

I'm still wondering about Robert Creth tipping the cable guy .... and thinking the Brits know anything about good service.
by Siun o'Connell
May 16th, 2019, 9:01 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The search for a “wow” Rosé
Replies: 123
Views: 4284

Re: The search for a “wow” Rosé

I never get the Rose is only a porch drink ... then again I don't have a porch. I like Matthiasson Rose and I adore Tercero and drink it with real pleasure during all four seasons, with and without food. Beautiful balance and energy ... and very good wine.
by Siun o'Connell
May 16th, 2019, 8:29 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Tipping your Host on a Paid Tasting
Replies: 44
Views: 2293

Re: Tipping your Host on a Paid Tasting

I always assumed the staff at tasting rooms earned some type of commission - unless of course they were the owner?
by Siun o'Connell
May 16th, 2019, 7:29 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What bottle of wine did you open today?
Replies: 10512
Views: 344549

Re: What bottle of wine did you open today?

Two bottles of 2014 Paetra Riesling Eola-Amity Hills with a few colleagues and it was wonderful! Purchased at BerserkerDay ... I had been so glad that Bill offered it since I had finished my stash from his first release and the last bottle had been amazing. I was so glad I lightly chilled a second b...
by Siun o'Connell
May 8th, 2019, 5:18 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Anyone really into drinking Tea?
Replies: 201
Views: 9061

Re: Anyone really into drinking Tea?

English breakfast drinker here as my daily 3 cups ... with cream. I do enjoy finer teas at times and am quite fond of Kusmi tea's Tchai. They are a historic brand and have some very interesting offerings. They sell a wellness tea sampler at a reasonable cost if you want to experiment - https://us-en...
by Siun o'Connell
May 5th, 2019, 8:53 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Help me with a sparkling wine tasting party
Replies: 35
Views: 956

Re: Help me with a sparkling wine tasting party

I've been really enjoying both Cruse Pet Nat's and Under the Wire's sparklers. There are some of both listed on Wine Searcher ... worth trying both. I haven't opened any of my latest shipments of each yet but 2014's really drank well this year.
by Siun o'Connell
April 28th, 2019, 7:57 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Under The Wire Winter Release Save The Date
Replies: 29
Views: 2119

Re: Under The Wire Winter Release Save The Date

I think mine arrived ... I'm back at my office tomorrow and will check.
by Siun o'Connell
April 13th, 2019, 7:46 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Best Steak butcher in Chicago
Replies: 18
Views: 565

Re: Best Steak butcher in Chicago

I would also vote for Eataly and PQM as the best but priced so. One real find is the butcher counter at the back of Big Apple market at 2345 N Clark. All their beef is prime from a downstate IL supplier. Very good stuff and fair prices (below the fore mentioned above Costco/grocery). If anyone chec...
by Siun o'Connell
April 8th, 2019, 12:19 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Best Steak butcher in Chicago
Replies: 18
Views: 565

Re: Best Steak butcher in Chicago

Alan - they have a butcher and a separate fish counter. Towards the back on the second floor. A lot of Piedmont beef and some unexpected items -- and a cases of aged beef. I tend to pop in if I'm in the area and don't want to go grocery shopping - I know I can grab some good produce and a steak or s...
by Siun o'Connell
April 8th, 2019, 12:12 pm
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Phoenix/Scottsdale Recs
Replies: 16
Views: 441

Re: Phoenix/Scottsdale Recs

The Montelucia is lovely - enjoy! No big suggestions since when I've been out there I tend to be at work events that include meals so not much time to explore. A few little tips: In Scottsdale in the Old Town area, there's a great little very casual pasta and bar spot called Evo - we've had fun meal...
by Siun o'Connell
April 8th, 2019, 11:14 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Best Steak butcher in Chicago
Replies: 18
Views: 565

Re: Best Steak butcher in Chicago

Eataly's meat counter has some seriously aged beef - I have not tried it but have been pleased with the basics I've ordered. Their service is mixed with at times really knowledgeable folks and at others, meh

How's Gepperth's or Paulina - I'd likely head to either if I was not ordering from Flannery/
by Siun o'Connell
March 31st, 2019, 8:14 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What bottle of wine did you open today?
Replies: 10512
Views: 344549

Re: What bottle of wine did you open today?

A 2015 Cruse Monkey Jacket at The Kitchen for a fun lunch yesterday ... gave it about 15 minutes to air and it was singing. Never had it before though I love their sparklers and now I'll need to add these next order. Funky at first sip shifts to deliciously light tart with nice minerals and vibrance...
by Siun o'Connell
March 29th, 2019, 1:21 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Shipping season, when things come home to roost.
Replies: 49
Views: 2293

Re: Shipping season, when things come home to roost.

First shipping season at this new job ... I am getting a few looks but since I happily share, no problems with arrivals yet. Then I have to schlep home the bottles I won't open quickly here.
by Siun o'Connell
March 20th, 2019, 12:32 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Consistently superb: Flannery
Replies: 58
Views: 2282

Re: Consistently superb: Flannery

Just wanted to add my voice ... superb beef and even better customer service. All round best possible experience.
by Siun o'Connell
March 20th, 2019, 12:26 pm
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Vancouver: where to taste/buy Okanagan, and YVR Buys
Replies: 4
Views: 264

Re: Vancouver: where to taste/buy Okanagan, and YVR Buys

Haven't been in a few years but the duty free was not helpful except for Ice Wine's. I don't see a wine list on their website but I had a wonderful meal at YEW at the Four Seasons - and they focus on local in food so their lounge may well do a good job with BC wines. Otherwise, I am just jealous sin...
by Siun o'Connell
March 17th, 2019, 4:30 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: SF lunch for 50 or so, near the Moscone Center
Replies: 13
Views: 651

Re: SF lunch for 50 or so, near the Moscone Center

Slanted Door does do private events ... blocking off part or all of their seating for it (I know because we were unable to eat there one night with a client thanks to a party they were hosting - I really don't think the room is designed well for such events imho) but the distance from Moscone is jus...
by Siun o'Connell
March 16th, 2019, 8:34 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: SF lunch for 50 or so, near the Moscone Center
Replies: 13
Views: 651

Re: SF lunch for 50 or so, near the Moscone Center

I've always had good experiences with Osha Thai though not been to that location. They'd be my likely first call about space.
by Siun o'Connell
March 13th, 2019, 3:37 pm
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Egypt
Replies: 17
Views: 514

Re: Egypt

Some of my Polish coworkers go often for serious deep sea diving ... if that's of interest, let me know and I'll get you details.
by Siun o'Connell
March 13th, 2019, 12:14 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Fine Disregard Spring Release
Replies: 19
Views: 1042

Re: Fine Disregard Spring Release

Thanks for the links Drew - so nice to have the extra info. I'm pretending I'm limiting my purchases but the Semillion is a must have for me - very special bottles.
by Siun o'Connell
March 13th, 2019, 7:29 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Fine Disregard Spring Release
Replies: 19
Views: 1042

Re: Fine Disregard Spring Release

Release email yesterday ... you should contact them.
by Siun o'Connell
March 12th, 2019, 11:40 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Fine Disregard Spring Release
Replies: 19
Views: 1042

Re: Fine Disregard Spring Release

Ah ... I am now rethinking my order! Got 4 Semillion since I've enjoyed it young ... trying one Grenache but may need to increase my one Mataro. Julian - how does their Mataro compare to Once & Future if you've had both? Adding - their Semillion has been one of my surprises in trying a few completel...
by Siun o'Connell
March 11th, 2019, 5:33 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Cat Cora storms out of Alinea: looks like a chef with too strong a sense of entitlement.
Replies: 26
Views: 1860

Re: Cat Cora storms out of Alinea: looks like a chef with too strong a sense of entitlement.

Who is she anyway ? What restaurant brought her to fame for her to be considered a celebrity chef ? There is a Cat Cora named restaurant in one of the SFO terminals. Does that help? I researched this once before and recall being somewhat unimpressed with her resume. In general it seems the American...
by Siun o'Connell
March 7th, 2019, 7:45 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Cat Cora storms out of Alinea: looks like a chef with too strong a sense of entitlement.
Replies: 26
Views: 1860

Re: Cat Cora storms out of Alinea: looks like a chef with too strong a sense of entitlement.

There were more than issues with Trotter ... for many of the young chefs who went through his kitchen.

I really recommend Achatz' autobiography Life on the Line.
by Siun o'Connell
February 12th, 2019, 7:32 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Burgundy: Vosne
Replies: 32
Views: 1763

Re: Burgundy: Vosne

Ummm ... agree with David. This does not feel like participation in WB. Your threads do not include any contributions from you -- and ignore the wealth of knowledge already shared so graciously on this board by so many and available via Search. And your comment about 'free knowledge" is also odd - p...
by Siun o'Connell
February 12th, 2019, 11:50 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Desire Lines Wine Release
Replies: 6
Views: 296

Re: Desire Lines Wine Release

Yep - took my six and 1 Syrah but rethinking that and may add ... I had ordered this fall on a complete whim and I'm now hoarding the few I have so I don't just drink them all like NOW!

Also, honestly love their release letter ... ;->
by Siun o'Connell
February 12th, 2019, 10:39 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Rhys offer
Replies: 54
Views: 4495

Re: Rhys offer

Nodding ... I normally stick at lower prices and am really happy with my less expensive options. Will have to think about this one.
by Siun o'Connell
February 12th, 2019, 10:27 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Rhys offer
Replies: 54
Views: 4495

Re: Rhys offer

Thanks David.
by Siun o'Connell
February 12th, 2019, 10:23 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Rhys offer
Replies: 54
Views: 4495

Re: Rhys offer

My first offer from them ... what one or two bottles would be a good introduction? Are any relatively young drinking options?

(I'm sitting here with Desire and Cruce as well so just dabbling.)
by Siun o'Connell
February 12th, 2019, 10:20 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Desire Lines Wine Release
Replies: 6
Views: 296

Re: Desire Lines Wine Release

My first bottles from them back in October were some of the loveliest wines I've ever had. Really looking forward not to trying the Riesling and Griffin's Lair. Ordering fast so some are left!
by Siun o'Connell
February 5th, 2019, 4:31 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Under The Wire Winter Release Save The Date
Replies: 29
Views: 2119

Re: Under The Wire Winter Release Save The Date

Got my 1 requested too - so excited!
by Siun o'Connell
February 5th, 2019, 10:30 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: So, what's this new Cruse sparkling wine?
Replies: 6
Views: 541

Re: So, what's this new Cruse sparkling wine?

I've enjoyed the Cruse sparklers - can't wait to see the details of the offer.
by Siun o'Connell
February 2nd, 2019, 7:31 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: "Millennials Now Ruining Wine As Well"
Replies: 328
Views: 11516

Re: "Millennials Now Ruining Wine As Well"

... and apparently we never have fun in bed coz we don't look as good as the millennials. Wow. I didn't say that. I'm sure you have lots of fun. They have just as much fun drinking their Trader Joe's as you do drinking the Ridge Monte Bello that they lust after. TJ's has some good wine and I don't ...
by Siun o'Connell
February 1st, 2019, 7:43 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: "Millennials Now Ruining Wine As Well"
Replies: 328
Views: 11516

Re: "Millennials Now Ruining Wine As Well"

Mine could not and certainly not in a major city. We eventually had a house my father built in a rural area that was changing to suburbs. I'm not saying you should not be able to afford that but you have to acknowledge the choices made that are choices along with the larger changes that impact every...
by Siun o'Connell
February 1st, 2019, 7:26 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: "Millennials Now Ruining Wine As Well"
Replies: 328
Views: 11516

Re: "Millennials Now Ruining Wine As Well"

Markus S wrote:
February 1st, 2019, 7:22 pm

That's what I was getting at about increased expectations being the new normal.
Yes ... you were right on the money.
by Siun o'Connell
February 1st, 2019, 7:19 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: "Millennials Now Ruining Wine As Well"
Replies: 328
Views: 11516

Re: "Millennials Now Ruining Wine As Well"

Gosh, life is not worth living if you don't make partner track at one of the top firms eh? Only graduates of the top 25 schools ... middle class kids who got to state schools will land in mediocre jobs I think someone said above. Oh and I have decided to live in Seattle and must live downtown ... et...
by Siun o'Connell
February 1st, 2019, 4:54 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Ray Walker & Maison Ilan updates - the saga has ended...(updated)
Replies: 2063
Views: 197063

Re: Ray Walker & Maison Ilan updates - the saga has ended...(updated)

But but but ... he's got all these cool photos with sexy ladies swimming ... it's gonna be a great business!
by Siun o'Connell
February 1st, 2019, 12:47 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: "Millennials Now Ruining Wine As Well"
Replies: 328
Views: 11516

Re: "Millennials Now Ruining Wine As Well"

That figure includes $11,000 room, board and $900 for health insurance. Just to be clear. Going to college fully paid with no financial aid and no need for a part time job, etc is ... a nice spot to be in. Lots of us never were there. Tuition: https://registrar.illinois.edu/tuition-fees/tuition-fee-...
by Siun o'Connell
February 1st, 2019, 12:21 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: "Millennials Now Ruining Wine As Well"
Replies: 328
Views: 11516

Re: "Millennials Now Ruining Wine As Well"

Just to note - the University of Illinois is under $13,000 for a year. Many kids - including myself back in the day - have never been able to afford the expensive private schools. I'm not saying that's the way it should be but it's not a new development. I do think what is new is the image of what i...
by Siun o'Connell
February 1st, 2019, 7:36 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Dirty and Rowdy winter offer
Replies: 37
Views: 2294

Re: Dirty and Rowdy winter offer

The Semillion was mighty nice last time ... considering my mix now.
by Siun o'Connell
January 31st, 2019, 9:30 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Why don't more wineries use PayPal or other payment systems?
Replies: 75
Views: 1971

Re: Why don't more wineries use PayPal or other payment systems?

What does payment gateway have to do with inventory control? Have no idea what you are describing above, doesn't make any sense to me. Maybe I do not have proper understanding of technology, like you do, I have only been coding for a living since 1977. Cart processor keeps track of inventory, payme...
by Siun o'Connell
January 30th, 2019, 4:06 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Why don't more wineries use PayPal or other payment systems?
Replies: 75
Views: 1971

Re: Why don't more wineries use PayPal or other payment systems?

I work these days for an app company with most of our customers being small (often one person) businesses (not in the wine industry). For our customers, we offer a payment option that matches PayPal and Square fees but integrates automatically with an inventory (and in our case, booking calendar) sy...
by Siun o'Connell
January 30th, 2019, 3:34 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: First attempt at apple pie
Replies: 25
Views: 774

Re: First attempt at apple pie

started with a google search and used Grandma Ople’s Allrecipes.com recipe. Apples are put into the crust, lattice top then bathed with concoction of white and brown sugar, butter, water, and flour. I added lemon juice to replace some of the water and made the volume more because in addition to Gra...

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