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by Magnus Solhjell
August 26th, 2020, 2:02 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Knives or wine glasses
Replies: 34
Views: 1667

Re: Knives or wine glasses

I bring one santoku. And after last year, maybe a spatula as well..
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by Magnus Solhjell
August 13th, 2020, 3:10 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Coffee
Replies: 13
Views: 918

Re: Coffee

Tim Wendelboe:https://timwendelboe.no/product/tims-pi ... f3f489a005

I don't know about a discount, though..
by Magnus Solhjell
June 22nd, 2020, 2:59 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: BBQ Short Ribs for Dummies...
Replies: 21
Views: 1665

Re: BBQ Short Ribs for Dummies...

For what its worth, I would do the following: 1. Start on your smoker to get some smoker. 1-2 hours should be fine, and don't worry about getting it down to 225. Lots and Lots of famous restaurants smoke between 275-300. Just go as low as you can get things and remember overstocking leaves your mea...
by Magnus Solhjell
June 19th, 2020, 7:06 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: How would you spend $1000/year on Zinfandel
Replies: 81
Views: 3388

Re: How would you spend $1000/year on Zinfandel

I don't drink much Zin, but I could easily buy 2,5 cases of Vine Starr by Broc Cellars.
by Magnus Solhjell
April 15th, 2020, 10:21 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Smoker - what to purchase?
Replies: 133
Views: 6086

Re: Smoker - what to purchase?

p. raghib wrote:
April 8th, 2020, 7:31 pm
Pellets=glue.

I don’t know anyone that is serious about bbq that would recommend a pellet smoker.
Amazingribs is pretty much as serious as they come..
https://amazingribs.com/ratings-reviews ... llet-grill
by Magnus Solhjell
April 1st, 2020, 10:26 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Mandoline recommendations?
Replies: 21
Views: 1803

Re: Mandoline recommendations?

I have the Benriner and am very happy with it. It also comes in handy when you need to change your fingerprints..
by Magnus Solhjell
February 24th, 2020, 12:36 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Charcoal Grill - Weber?
Replies: 58
Views: 2677

Re: Charcoal Grill - Weber?

I have two of the model with the cart and the sideboard, one at home and one at our summer house. I looked at the 26", but ended with 22" as there are much more accessories available, I have a rotisserie at home and a pizza oven at our summer house. I am drooling at a kamado or the Weber Summit char...
by Magnus Solhjell
February 5th, 2020, 7:21 am
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Stockholm and Oslo.......all kinds of advice needed.
Replies: 39
Views: 5200

Re: Stockholm and Oslo.......all kinds of advice needed.

In Oslo, jackets are not required anywhere, and not really expected either. Swedes have a reputation for being slightly more formal than Norwegians so it wouldn't surprise me if it is different in Stockholm. About eservations: Maaemo opened for reservations for February and March Monday, January 6th...
by Magnus Solhjell
January 26th, 2020, 12:01 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Noma - Disappointing...... (long)
Replies: 63
Views: 5831

Re: Noma - Disappointing...... (long)

Mark - Would love to hear about your experience. FYI I was like you and I clearly explained no orange wines. They brought them anyway. My only advice is grab the list, try to find something you like or even recognize and go with that. I truly hope you do better than I did wine wise. If you have tim...
by Magnus Solhjell
January 3rd, 2020, 1:39 pm
Forum: Wine Pimps
Topic: Box Wines
Replies: 11
Views: 3927

Re: Box Wines

I'm Norwegian. More than fifty percent of the wine sold in Norway (by volume) is box wine. The wine snob in me dislikes it, and before I had kids, I almost never bought it, but now it is very nice to be able to have a glass or two when the kids are asleep without feeling that we have to finish a bot...
by Magnus Solhjell
November 26th, 2019, 2:50 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Christmas Roasts (non-beef)
Replies: 17
Views: 1657

Re: Christmas Roasts (non-beef)

Porchetta https://buypork.com/pork/porchetta/#product-tab-description I recommend this. I have done it a few times and will serve it once during Christmas. But I would recommend to slice the skin in long strips across rather than diamond patterned. If you cut it diamond patterned, some of the crack...
by Magnus Solhjell
November 7th, 2019, 1:20 am
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Stockholm and Oslo.......all kinds of advice needed.
Replies: 39
Views: 5200

Re: Stockholm and Oslo.......all kinds of advice needed.

In that case I would also recommend eating outside on sunny days. I like the seafood platter at Solsiden. Festningen at Akershus Fortress is also very good. Ekebergrestauranten is a short tram ride outside of the city centre and has a great view of the city and a good lunch. It can be a little too c...
by Magnus Solhjell
November 4th, 2019, 1:01 pm
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Pre-Christmas in Europe
Replies: 15
Views: 2530

Re: Pre-Christmas in Europe

Copenhagen? Good Christmas markets and a great food scene.
by Magnus Solhjell
October 16th, 2019, 12:24 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Where Does Dessert Go For You?
Replies: 17
Views: 1917

Re: Where Does Dessert Go For You?

When the French and the English disagree about food, side with the French. Always.

But not after the last wine, with the last wine, the last wine being a dessert wine.
by Magnus Solhjell
October 16th, 2019, 3:07 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: It's been too long! Pizza!
Replies: 1479
Views: 84711

Re: It's been too long! Pizza!

Here is my latest Taglio 10 minute autolyse. Delayed oil. Mixer for 14 minutes. 3 hours rest/48 first (refrigerator) & 24 hours second (refrigerator) but I think I will stop this first step at 36 hours as I see many bubbles. (tomorrow morning) do the 6 fold and ferment for another 24. 900 grams Ann...
by Magnus Solhjell
October 15th, 2019, 12:49 am
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Stockholm and Oslo.......all kinds of advice needed.
Replies: 39
Views: 5200

Re: Stockholm and Oslo.......all kinds of advice needed.

When are you coming? Most of the best restaurants in Oslo are closed most of July. I think Maaemo opens for reservations three months in advance, Frantzén accepts reservations two months in advance, and you need to be early,to get a table, especially if you are two persons. Getting a table at Frantz...
by Magnus Solhjell
September 19th, 2019, 1:55 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: At What Age Did You Start Cooking?
Replies: 25
Views: 2215

Re: At What Age Did You Start Cooking?

A story about the Norwegian philosopher and mountaineer Arne Næss sr. comes to mind. During an interview with a student newspaper he was asked when he started climbing. His answer was "When did you quit?" I have been helping (or should I say "helping") my mother for as long as I can remember. Now th...
by Magnus Solhjell
September 12th, 2019, 1:05 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: If you were going to buy a grill today what would you buy?
Replies: 21
Views: 2911

Re: If you were going to buy a grill today what would you buy?

A chimney starter and a Weber 22" or a PK. The gas cooking you can do indoors.
by Magnus Solhjell
August 10th, 2019, 3:59 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: COOKBOOKS: What Are Your Top 5
Replies: 40
Views: 3654

Re: COOKBOOKS: What Are Your Top 5

Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat by Samin Nosrat is probably the best cookbook I know. It really has made me better at cooking. Watch the Netflix show and buy the book! And by the way, you're all wrong. The silver spoon rather than Marcella Hazan for Italian food and there are many cookbooks translated from Fr...
by Magnus Solhjell
July 31st, 2019, 4:42 am
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Stockholm and Oslo.......all kinds of advice needed.
Replies: 39
Views: 5200

Re: Stockholm and Oslo.......all kinds of advice needed.

I live in Oslo. I have two small children, so I don't have the overview of the Oslo restaurant scene that I used to have, but I can provide some of my favourites. I'll probably add more as I remember them. We went to A l'Aise for my birthday this year and I loved it. It is fine dining done pretty mu...
by Magnus Solhjell
July 6th, 2019, 6:29 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Pasta maker
Replies: 9
Views: 2451

Re: Pasta maker

I also have the Mercato and it's great. Sturdy built and there are a lot of different shapes available. You can even buy an engine for it.
by Magnus Solhjell
June 24th, 2019, 2:04 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Breakfast This Morning: Spanish Tortilla
Replies: 14
Views: 2837

Re: Breakfast This Morning: Spanish Tortilla

It looks great. If you want a faster version, Ferran Adria uses potato chips (!) instead of thinly sliced potatoes. I haven't tried it myself, but I probably will next weekend.

https://www.google.com/amp/amp.timeinc. ... p-tortilla
by Magnus Solhjell
May 23rd, 2019, 11:51 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Buttermilk roasted chicken.
Replies: 9
Views: 3003

Re: Buttermilk roasted chicken.

Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat has an amazing buttermilk roasted chicken (but I prefer to spatchcock the chicken rather than roasting it whole).
https://www.saltfatacidheat.com/butterm ... st-chicken

Both the Netflix show and the book are great, I can't recommend them highly enough.
by Magnus Solhjell
April 23rd, 2019, 1:02 am
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Bergen and Oslo recs
Replies: 24
Views: 1842

Re: Bergen and Oslo recs

Kolonialen is a fine choice.
by Magnus Solhjell
April 2nd, 2019, 12:47 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine as a Veblen Good?
Replies: 75
Views: 3147

Re: Wine as a Veblen Good?

I am an economist and I wrote my thesis about the market structure for wine in Norway. While the concept of Veblen goods is pretty easy to grasp, it's desperately tricky to quantify. I haven't tasted Armand de Brignac, but I suspect it has an element of Veblen. I agree with Al about First Growth Bor...
by Magnus Solhjell
March 27th, 2019, 2:52 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: New Underwater Restaurant in Norway
Replies: 4
Views: 452

Re: New Underwater Restaurant in Norway

If anyone's interested, there's a reservation for sale ( at cost) for two on May 10th..

https://www.finn.no/bap/forsale/ad.html ... =143546772

(I am not affiliated with the seller in any way).
by Magnus Solhjell
March 6th, 2019, 11:11 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: "Wine grapes" on sale
Replies: 2
Views: 362

"Wine grapes" on sale

Just a little heads up to those of you who haven't bought "Wine grapes" by Jancis Robinson et al. The Kindle edition is now on sale at 4.99$ at Amazon.
by Magnus Solhjell
December 20th, 2018, 4:42 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: There's nothing more fun than a scathing restaurant review
Replies: 15
Views: 1131

Re: There's nothing more fun than a scathing restaurant review

This is how you slam a restaurant:
https://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyl ... jay-rayner

He has a two volume "Worst of"-collection available on Amazon. I haven't read the second yet, but the first is fantastic.
by Magnus Solhjell
December 12th, 2018, 11:17 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Fancier Pressure Cooker Recipes
Replies: 1
Views: 303

Re: Fancier Pressure Cooker Recipes

Modernist Cuisine at home is the obvious choice. If you want it a little more than slightly complex, go for the Modernist Cuisine (not at home).
by Magnus Solhjell
September 19th, 2018, 8:55 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Salt Cod...worth it?
Replies: 5
Views: 402

Re: Salt Cod...worth it?

Why eat bacon and prosciutto when you have access to fresh pork? Because it's delicious, of course! The same applies to salt cod. The salting process generates a different product. Sometimes you want fresh and sometimes you want salted.
by Magnus Solhjell
September 19th, 2018, 8:45 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Poll: Pourover Coffee
Replies: 15
Views: 932

Re: Poll: Pourover Coffee

Why not french press? Because of cholesterol. Coffee contains cafestol and kahweol, which are two of the most cholesterol raising substances known. Paper filters remove them, but french presses don't. There was a large study in northern Norway where men were encouraged to switch from steep to filte...
by Magnus Solhjell
August 9th, 2018, 7:54 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Wanted - World's Greatest French Fry Recipe
Replies: 23
Views: 1496

Wanted - World's Greatest French Fry Recipe

I will try the triple cooked method recommended when I have the extra time, but I think those need much thicker fries to avoid them falling apart. You're right. Heston Blumenthal recommends 2x2x6 cm. Personally, I think that's a bit too large, I prefer 1.5x1.5x whatever the length of the potato. Bu...
by Magnus Solhjell
August 4th, 2018, 3:44 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Wanted - World's Greatest French Fry Recipe
Replies: 23
Views: 1496

Wanted - World's Greatest French Fry Recipe

Heston Blumenthal's triple cooked chips.
by Magnus Solhjell
July 28th, 2018, 2:20 pm
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: After Venice ... Ideas please
Replies: 19
Views: 1296

After Venice ... Ideas please

Try to get one night in Kobarid, Slovenia. It's about a two hour drive. Watch the Chef's table episode about Ana Roš and you'll see why..
by Magnus Solhjell
July 26th, 2018, 11:18 am
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Scandanavia Trip Report
Replies: 6
Views: 850

Scandanavia Trip Report

I'm glad you enjoyed it. The next time you're in the fjord region, make sure to make a pit stop at Park Hotell Vossevangen, their wine cellar is INSANE! http://parkvoss.no/en/fasiliteter/vinkjeller/ Since you mention the Drie Founteinen, I hope for your sake you visited Akkurat in Stockholm. If you ...
by Magnus Solhjell
June 24th, 2018, 12:42 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: recs for a hot and cold coffee brewer??
Replies: 4
Views: 287

recs for a hot and cold coffee brewer??

A Bonavita kettle, a decent grinder, a V60 and some ice cubes.. ;)
by Magnus Solhjell
June 20th, 2018, 12:17 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Why sous vide?
Replies: 264
Views: 16575

Why sous vide?

I've had a sous vide machine for a few years now, and I agree, for steaks for a few people it doesn't really make sense. Tougher cuts of meat, on the other hand, is where sous vide really shines. I've done beef tongue, beef cheeks and other cuts with great results. And vegetables! Carrots, potatoes,...
by Magnus Solhjell
June 19th, 2018, 5:31 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Low Cost Kindle Versions of Cookbooks
Replies: 55
Views: 3757

Low Cost Kindle Versions of Cookbooks

The emperor of wine, a Robert Parker biography is on sale for 2.49$. Not exactly a cookbook, but I would think it fits in here anyway..
by Magnus Solhjell
June 18th, 2018, 8:38 am
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: A few days in Vienna - Wachau?
Replies: 25
Views: 1613

A few days in Vienna - Wachau?

Just take a train to Krems and then bus or taxi.
by Magnus Solhjell
May 8th, 2018, 1:46 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Salt & Pepper - What do you use?
Replies: 90
Views: 4238

Salt & Pepper - What do you use?

I can't recommend Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat by Samin Nosrat highly enough, and its chapter on correct salting in particular. I have way to many cookbooks, but that book has completely changed the way I cook.
by Magnus Solhjell
April 29th, 2018, 2:53 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2013 Produttori del Barbaresco Barbaresco Riserva Asili
Replies: 24
Views: 2297

TN: 2013 Produttori del Barbaresco Barbaresco Riserva Asili

I've bought about a case of PdB Riserva '13, and I hope they're still alive when my son born in '13 is old enough to enjoy them.

Thanks for the note.
by Magnus Solhjell
April 27th, 2018, 12:01 pm
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Canary Islands Ever been? - Specifically Tenerife.
Replies: 19
Views: 1180

Canary Islands Ever been? - Specifically Tenerife.

I agree. I go there in lack of better options, and from the US you have plenty of better options.
by Magnus Solhjell
April 27th, 2018, 11:38 am
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Canary Islands Ever been? - Specifically Tenerife.
Replies: 19
Views: 1180

Canary Islands Ever been? - Specifically Tenerife.

The Norwegian schools have a winter holiday in the last week of February, so expect a lot of Norwegians.. We prefer to stay in Puerto de Mogan, it is somewhat calmer than most of the tourist areas. Que Tal is an excellent restaurant there. Another option is La Gomera, one of the smaller islands and ...
by Magnus Solhjell
April 2nd, 2018, 8:45 am
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: A few days in Vienna - Wachau?
Replies: 25
Views: 1613

A few days in Vienna - Wachau?

We spent a few days in Wachau a few years ago. You don't need a car, take a train from Vienna to Krems, it takes a little more than an hour. From Krems you can explore both Wachau and Kremstal.
I found Domäne Wachau somewhat impersonal.
by Magnus Solhjell
March 28th, 2018, 2:21 pm
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Sweden & Scandinavia Recs
Replies: 15
Views: 942

Sweden & Scandinavia Recs

Stockholm is a really beautiful city especially in the summer. The archipelago outside of Stockholm is also really lovely and easily accessible by ferry, I would spend a day or two there. With a three year old and a five year old, I would recommend Legoland in Billund. We were there when my son was ...
by Magnus Solhjell
March 12th, 2018, 8:09 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Stockholm
Replies: 9
Views: 444

Stockholm

I don't know if you've seen it, but there's a thread about Stockholm and Copenhagen in the travel forum.
by Magnus Solhjell
March 2nd, 2018, 1:50 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: How long is too long to marinate?
Replies: 17
Views: 687

How long is too long to marinate?

Just to emphasise the mushiness, you mean? Sous vide for too long can cause mushiness in itself, so proceed with caution.
by Magnus Solhjell
February 25th, 2018, 10:14 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Kitchen Knife Sharpener?
Replies: 32
Views: 1799

Kitchen Knife Sharpener?

I have an EdgePro and am really happy with it. I use it for my Japanese knives with great results. I don't have any single bevel knives, though, but I don't see why that should be a problem.

www.edgeproinc.com
by Magnus Solhjell
February 8th, 2018, 6:18 am
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Maui wine & dine picks?
Replies: 65
Views: 4291

Maui wine & dine picks?

Sorry for the OT, but every time i glance through this sub forum, I read the topic as "Maui wine & di** pics".. [oops.gif]

I guess I am a dirty minded dyslexic..

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