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by RMolnar
February 12th, 2018, 1:08 pm
Forum: Offline Planner
Topic: 6th Annual Di Fara's offline in Brooklyn - February 13, 2018 - Fat Tuesday - post what you're bringi
Replies: 86
Views: 4545

6th Annual Di Fara's offline in Brooklyn - February 13, 2018 - Fat Tuesday - post what you're bringi

Bottle 2: 2016 Cameron Giuliano. It's a blend of Italian varieties (white) from Oregon, seems worth a try.

I will also be bringing the Flat Stanley that my cousin's kid just sent me, because what could be more New York than a visit to DiFara's?
by RMolnar
February 1st, 2018, 6:13 pm
Forum: BYO Forum - Wine at Restaurants
Topic: New York City, aka Manhattan and the boroughs BYO
Replies: 612
Views: 64543

New York City, aka Manhattan and the boroughs BYO

Subu Ramachandran wrote:Robataya, Japanese spot in East village. Great atmosphere, delicious food (more on the style of Japanese small plates). Corkage $20. Excellent service!
Now closed.
by RMolnar
February 1st, 2018, 4:16 pm
Forum: Offline Planner
Topic: 6th Annual Di Fara's offline in Brooklyn - February 13, 2018 - Fat Tuesday - post what you're bringi
Replies: 86
Views: 4545

6th Annual Di Fara's offline in Brooklyn - February 13, 2018 - Fat Tuesday - post what you're bringi

One bottle will be a 2012 DeRose Zinfandel (Nick DeRose Sr Vineyard). The second bottle I'll have to figure out as even I am not feeling the pairing of Riesling with pizza.
by RMolnar
September 24th, 2017, 5:32 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Asian market on Route 1/9 in Jersey City closed - new one on Grand St.
Replies: 28
Views: 1826

Asian market on Route 1/9 in Jersey City closed - new one on Grand St.

We just tried Food Bazaar out in Queens for the first time, and it looks like they have a few branches in North Jersey (Fairview, West New York, and Union City). Has anyone been? We were pretty impressed with the cleanliness (definitely better than the 99 Ranch in JC) and the broad range of products...
by RMolnar
May 3rd, 2017, 5:11 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Asian market on Route 1/9 in Jersey City closed - new one on Grand St.
Replies: 28
Views: 1826

Great Asian market on Route 1/9 in Jersey City

Update - 555 Closed about a year ago but we have an even nicer new Asian market that opened last week on Grand St. in Jersey City - 99 Ranch. Oh man! We were in JC with a car last weekend, could have checked it out but instead went to Super HMart. Had heard 99 Ranch was going to open in Hackensack,...
by RMolnar
April 4th, 2017, 5:07 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: New York City Restaurants
Replies: 2166
Views: 129024

New York City Restaurants

Sarah Kirschbaum wrote: Loved the vibe and friendliness at Secchu Yokota (food, too) and wish it were in my neighborhood.
Ooh, but it is in my neighborhood! Guessing this is not a place to take my non-seafood-eating husband, though, since they say they don't do substitutions...
by RMolnar
February 22nd, 2017, 6:18 pm
Forum: Offline Planner
Topic: 5th Annual Di Fara's offline in Brooklyn - Fat Tuesday February 28, 2017.
Replies: 60
Views: 5047

5th Annual Di Fara's offline in Brooklyn - Fat Tuesday February 28, 2017.

Hmm, pickings are getting slim at my house in the red department.

How about a 2012 Tonti Family Wines Zinfandel, and a 2013 Banshee Marine Layer Pinot Noir?
by RMolnar
January 5th, 2017, 3:49 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Best Brisket in Austin?
Replies: 30
Views: 1935

Best Brisket in Austin?

If you are up for eating your brisket in a little bit different way, Valentina's is awesome for their tacos and tortas, sort of a 1+1=3. Another thumbs up for Valentina's, although the brisket is chopped in their standard taco, which was a shame (you can get it sliced by ordering it in a sandwich, ...
by RMolnar
October 2nd, 2016, 1:47 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: First Chiptole. Then Pizza . And Now .....
Replies: 3
Views: 632

First Chiptole. Then Pizza . And Now .....

In Midtown East, there's a Lebanese place along those lines called Naya Express that gets incredible lines at lunchtime. Also a Greek place called (ever so creatively) Grk. And further downtown Cava Grill has just opened a branch on 4th Avenue on a block that now has about four restaurants that can ...
by RMolnar
May 22nd, 2016, 5:03 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: The Quiet New York City Restaurant thread
Replies: 18
Views: 1488

The Quiet New York City Restaurant thread

Jay, have you tried Freud, which if I remember correctly is the same folks as Edi and the Wolf? We had a Sunday night dinner there several weeks ago and I remember thinking how calm and "grownup" it felt.
by RMolnar
March 23rd, 2016, 5:41 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: NYC Area Baked Goods - list your favorites
Replies: 98
Views: 4365

NYC Area Baked Goods - list your favorites

ybarselah wrote:
the hamantashen at breads are insane. perfection.

Mmm, the cheesecake one... and I don't even like cheesecake.
by RMolnar
March 21st, 2016, 6:58 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Big island food recs?
Replies: 19
Views: 1450

Big island food recs?

Didn't love the pig and the lady but their BBQ is made with lilicoi and I don't love that taste so who knows. Did you mean Fish and the Hog rather than Pig and the Lady (which is in Honolulu)? Too many "and the" names involving swine... And I'll answer my question about Moon and Turtle in Hilo. We ...
by RMolnar
February 3rd, 2016, 5:44 pm
Forum: Offline Planner
Topic: 4th Annual Di Fara's Pizza - Brooklyn - February 9, 2016
Replies: 83
Views: 5123

4th Annual Di Fara's Pizza - Brooklyn - February 9, 2016

OK Dan--how about 2010 Halter Ranch Ancestor, and 2012 Campesino Pinot Noir "Mis Ninas". If I remember correctly, when we bought the Halter Ranch we did so with the intention of sharing it with you sometime.
by RMolnar
February 1st, 2016, 4:43 am
Forum: Offline Planner
Topic: 4th Annual Di Fara's Pizza - Brooklyn - February 9, 2016
Replies: 83
Views: 5123

4th Annual Di Fara's Pizza - Brooklyn - February 9, 2016

I'll figure out what we're bringing over the weekend. Don't worry, we're still in. [cheers.gif]
by RMolnar
January 28th, 2016, 6:23 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: What BEER are you drinking?
Replies: 16272
Views: 418158

What BEER are you drinking?

Thanks Charlie, I do like IPA. Are there any of the sours you'd recommend for someone with no experience in the category? This description of the Schnoodlepip is kinda scaring me--there's a lot going on there. "Somerset Sharpham Park Spelt has been used for a full body. Pink peppercorns give a gentl...
by RMolnar
January 28th, 2016, 5:32 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: What BEER are you drinking?
Replies: 16272
Views: 418158

What BEER are you drinking?

Oh great and wise beerheads: I've got a reservation at Lupulo for Saturday night. Is there anything on this list that I'd be an absolute idiot to miss? https://www.beermenus.com/places/20746-lupulo Based on their own website, it looks like they do smaller glasses as well, but the list is completely ...
by RMolnar
January 25th, 2016, 4:28 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: What are you gong to cook while stuck at home during Snowpocalypse?
Replies: 18
Views: 911

What are you gong to cook while stuck at home during Snowpocalypse?

Gerard S wrote:Braised beef on porcini polenta
Oh yum, I need to do something like that soon (a friend of my husband's who runs a mill/flour business gave us some polenta that is supposed to be amazing).
by RMolnar
January 24th, 2016, 3:21 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: What are you gong to cook while stuck at home during Snowpocalypse?
Replies: 18
Views: 911

What are you gong to cook while stuck at home during Snowpocalypse?

Another souper here--split pea with ham. Also a loaf of no-knead bread (half white, half whole wheat), a batch of hummus, and somewhat disappointing batch of vegan "chocolate chip pear blondie bites". Other than my bundt cake at Christmas, which was killer, my experiments in vegan baking have left s...
by RMolnar
January 19th, 2016, 5:48 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: New York City Restaurants
Replies: 2166
Views: 129024

New York City Restaurants

For the ramen heads on the board, we passed by Ippudo on 4th Ave this evening and there's a sign up that it's closed for renovations until Jan 30. Bad timing given the current weather, but....
by RMolnar
January 14th, 2016, 4:44 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: NYC Area Baked Goods - list your favorites
Replies: 98
Views: 4365

NYC Area Baked Goods - list your favorites

Glad to hear on the Arcade babka! I just love the smell when you first come through the doors--wish I could bottle it.
by RMolnar
January 13th, 2016, 5:41 pm
Forum: BYO Forum - Wine at Restaurants
Topic: Jersey City and Northern NJ
Replies: 222
Views: 23261

Jersey City and Northern NJ

Jay Miller wrote:
RMolnar wrote:
Jay Miller wrote: All I know of is Mitsuwa in Englewood.
Edgewater?
Oops. Wood, water, I get confused easily blush
I know--everything around there is glen, wood, rock, river, ridge....
by RMolnar
January 12th, 2016, 5:15 pm
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Big Island v. Kauai v Maui
Replies: 44
Views: 2121

Big Island v. Kauai v Maui

If you've got a Costco membership, the Maui Costco had a lot of gift certs for local restaurants while we were there (eg, the Gannon group, which includes Hali'imaile General Store) that gave 20% or so discounts. Also Costco-sized bottles of Adoboloco's pineapple habanero sauce, which I lurve. You c...
by RMolnar
January 12th, 2016, 5:07 pm
Forum: BYO Forum - Wine at Restaurants
Topic: Jersey City and Northern NJ
Replies: 222
Views: 23261

Jersey City and Northern NJ

Jay Miller wrote: All I know of is Mitsuwa in Englewood.
Edgewater?
by RMolnar
January 10th, 2016, 3:30 pm
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Big Island Hawaii - Condo rental recs?
Replies: 12
Views: 891

Big Island Hawaii - Condo rental recs?

The Hilton time share/condo properties in Waikoloa allow you access to the pools etc at the big Hilton. Not sure how old the kids are but perhaps that would be appealing. I keep saying we'll give one a try sometime, but for our upcoming trip we got a rate at the Courtyard King Kam that we couldn't r...
by RMolnar
January 9th, 2016, 4:20 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: NYC Area Baked Goods - list your favorites
Replies: 98
Views: 4365

NYC Area Baked Goods - list your favorites

After reading about Kayser , I just had to drop in to the Bleecker St. location to see what all the fuss was about. It's very Parisian, with multiple choice overloads. flirtysmile There's one even closer to you on the corner of Greenwich and Harrison--the old The Harrison space. Oddly it doesn't sh...
by RMolnar
January 8th, 2016, 8:20 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: New York City Restaurants
Replies: 2166
Views: 129024

New York City Restaurants

Finally tried Bruno this evening, and I may agree with the assessment that the pizza is the least good thing. Nduja pizza was perfectly fine, but nothing earthshattering. The agnolotti, however..... so, so good. Cheese and butternut squash filling with maitakes, chanterelles, and hazelnuts. I'd go b...
by RMolnar
January 8th, 2016, 6:52 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Big island food recs?
Replies: 19
Views: 1450

Big island food recs?

Have been reading good things about Moon and Turtle in Hilo--has anyone been?
by RMolnar
January 7th, 2016, 4:41 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: NYC Area Baked Goods - list your favorites
Replies: 98
Views: 4365

NYC Area Baked Goods - list your favorites

Have you tried the babka at Arcade? It was highly recommended to me but it's been sold out whenever I go (which is itself a good recommendation). You know, I've seen the Arcade babka many times but haven't tried it--usually during the week I'm on the "no, I must be good" trip and on weekends, when ...
by RMolnar
January 7th, 2016, 9:51 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: NYC Area Baked Goods - list your favorites
Replies: 98
Views: 4365

NYC Area Baked Goods - list your favorites

Has anyone tried Moishe's Bakery on 2nd Avenue just south of 8th St.? Every time I pass by it I'm going away shortly afterwards so I don't stop in to buy anything. Yelp likes their challah and hamentaschen but that doesn't mean much. are they parve? if so, that's a non-starter. Yup, parve. I live n...
by RMolnar
January 6th, 2016, 4:14 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: NYC Area Baked Goods - list your favorites
Replies: 98
Views: 4365

NYC Area Baked Goods - list your favorites

Babka thoughts? I really like the one from Breads--I tend to think parve baked goods are not worth eating unless you have to. Haven't tried Sadelle's or Zucker's or (list whatever other nouvelle babka places are around). The loaves of bread that are in rotation in our house when I'm not baking: Balt...
by RMolnar
January 6th, 2016, 5:19 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: New York City Restaurants
Replies: 2166
Views: 129024

New York City Restaurants

I have a hard time thinking of Orwasher's as anything other than pumpernickel raisin (my dad grew up in Yorkville so I grew up eating pumpernickel raisin after visits to grandma) but should probably give some other stuff a chance. Then again I rarely find myself nearby. If you want to taste a delic...
by RMolnar
January 5th, 2016, 4:28 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: New York City Restaurants
Replies: 2166
Views: 129024

New York City Restaurants

Will have to give Lafayette a chance as it's close enough to home. I've tended to go to Il Buco Alimentari when I want to pick something nearby. Love Arcade, fortunately it's close enough to my office to make it feasible. Balthazar is also in the rotation. And I'll be on the lookout for anything fro...
by RMolnar
January 4th, 2016, 4:01 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: New York City Restaurants
Replies: 2166
Views: 129024

New York City Restaurants

Never did a sit down meal at Kayser but the chestnut boule they've had over the holidays has been excellent. At least at the one on the UWS. Their breads are excellent, however. Which of their breads do you like? I've been so underwhelmed by what I've bought there (I tend towards the whole grain br...
by RMolnar
January 1st, 2016, 3:13 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Durian Fruit in NYC or LI
Replies: 15
Views: 1102

Durian Fruit in NYC or LI

While I realize you're looking more for desserts, there is a stand on Grand Street just west of Bowery that specializes in durian. I have never bought from him (my experiences eating durian in Thailand as an exchange student in high school still haunt me 30+ years later) but he has been around for q...
by RMolnar
December 29th, 2015, 4:28 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: New York City Restaurants
Replies: 2166
Views: 129024

New York City Restaurants

Mike, I agree with Ippudo assessment. Went to the Astor Place location not too long ago and was very unimpressed. A huge let down from the Ippudo of 2011 when my Chinese mother couldn't stop raving about the broth and noodles. Good thing there are so many great/new ramen joints that have popped up ...
by RMolnar
December 22nd, 2015, 4:55 pm
Forum: Offline Planner
Topic: 4th Annual Di Fara's Pizza - Brooklyn - February 9, 2016
Replies: 83
Views: 5123

4th Annual Di Fara's Pizza - Brooklyn - February 9, 2016

Greg and I are in. Looking forward to it!
by RMolnar
November 15th, 2015, 3:21 pm
Forum: BYO Forum - Wine at Restaurants
Topic: Philadelphia, PA
Replies: 468
Views: 89030

Re: Philadelphia, PA

I went to the Farm and the Fisherman recently and loved it. Inventive food and great service. I would definitely go back. I'll also share my love for Farm and the Fisherman, which we tried last night. Had pheasant for what I am ashamed to say was the first time--what was I afraid of? It was delicio...
by RMolnar
October 10th, 2015, 2:31 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Inexpensive coffee grinders?
Replies: 103
Views: 5496

Inexpensive coffee grinders?

I've also had good luck with that Capresso grinder--has lasted about 10 years, although it's not my everyday grinder (it lives at the office now). Will agree that the static can be annoying, and I also burp the grinder once it's done.
by RMolnar
September 13th, 2015, 6:56 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Restaurant Porn: Eating Like a Celebrity at Luckee in Toronto
Replies: 11
Views: 420

Restaurant Porn: Eating Like a Celebrity at Luckee in Toronto

I think I need to go to Toronto. We had a 2002 Nigl Gruner Veltliner a few weeks ago (the Privat, not the Senftenberger Piri) that I picked up from Chambers St Wines over the summer, and that we very much enjoyed--I've had a lot of older Rieslings but perhaps not a Gruner of this age before. Now to ...
by RMolnar
September 13th, 2015, 4:06 pm
Forum: Offline Planner
Topic: Thanksgiving in Napa/Sonoma?
Replies: 1
Views: 292

Thanksgiving in Napa/Sonoma?

My husband and I should also be at the Verasa Thurs-Sun of that week, but we'll be with his mostly non-drinking family, which includes a 12 year old who only eats french fries, so I don't suspect we'd make great offline company! But hey, if I need a drink, I may hunt you down...
by RMolnar
August 21st, 2015, 4:16 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Fresh Direct: Are you using them?
Replies: 11
Views: 523

Fresh Direct: Are you using them?

I use them occasionally for some things. When I run out of large cans of San Marzano tomatoes, I order from Fresh Direct so someone else will carry them for me. Same with cases of the fizzy water that my husband drinks. Staples like clamshells of salad greens, a bunch of broccoli to roast or bonele...
by RMolnar
August 16th, 2015, 6:28 pm
Forum: BYO Forum - Wine at Restaurants
Topic: New York City, aka Manhattan and the boroughs BYO
Replies: 612
Views: 64543

New York City, aka Manhattan and the boroughs BYO

Per the Chambers St Facebook page, King Bee on 9th St is now doing BYOB for Sunday brunch and dinner. http://www.kingbeenyc.com/ Had a very nice dinner at King Bee this evening. Confirmed that they are BYOB on Sundays. We were all very pleased with the food and service, and were surprised that we w...
by RMolnar
August 14th, 2015, 3:58 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Asian market on Route 1/9 in Jersey City closed - new one on Grand St.
Replies: 28
Views: 1826

Great Asian market on Route 1/9 in Jersey City

Good to know about 555--I think we usually drive past it on our way to/from the Super HMart in Ridgefield. We're huge HMart fans and find it hits the sweet spot for us in terms of price/quality/cleanliness. Mitsuwa is clean but too pricey, Chinese markets are scary, HMart is just right. Unlike Charl...
by RMolnar
August 2nd, 2015, 11:17 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Great Paris restaurants?
Replies: 186
Views: 8931

Great Paris restaurants?

Thanks Barry, that's pretty much what I was expecting. David Toutain looks like a solid contender for lunch, when it isn't carte blanche. I suspect we may lean towards larger lunches with wine bars or some such in the evening.
by RMolnar
August 2nd, 2015, 9:00 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Great Paris restaurants?
Replies: 186
Views: 8931

Great Paris restaurants?

Reading this thread with great interest as we start planning a trip for December. Like Charlie's wife, neither my husband and I are much for fine dining (I am the girl who had to get off the subway after dining at Per Se and get sick on the tracks), and to complicate matters, the hubs doesn't eat se...
by RMolnar
August 1st, 2015, 6:37 am
Forum: BYO Forum - Wine at Restaurants
Topic: New York City, aka Manhattan and the boroughs BYO
Replies: 612
Views: 64543

New York City, aka Manhattan and the boroughs BYO

Per the Chambers St Facebook page, King Bee on 9th St is now doing BYOB for Sunday brunch and dinner.
http://www.kingbeenyc.com/
by RMolnar
July 17th, 2015, 5:39 am
Forum: BYO Forum - Wine at Restaurants
Topic: New York City, aka Manhattan and the boroughs BYO
Replies: 612
Views: 64543

New York City, aka Manhattan and the boroughs BYO

Has anyone tried Virginia's in Alphabet City? Free corkage on Mondays, $30 otherwise.
Menu looks good.
http://www.virginiasnyc.com/information
by RMolnar
July 15th, 2015, 6:03 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Big island food recs?
Replies: 19
Views: 1450

Big island food recs?

P. Willenberg wrote:
Two Ladies Kitchen in Hilo makes great Mochi.
Two Ladies strawberry mochi. OMG. My husband swears it's how he hooked me for good when we were first dating.

He may be right.
by RMolnar
July 14th, 2015, 7:07 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 1996 Zind Humbrecht Pinot Gris Clos Windsbuhl
Replies: 7
Views: 474

TN: 1996 Zind Humbrecht Pinot Gris Clos Windsbuhl

OK, not very good at tasting notes, but reporting back. Opened the 2011 Thann last night at an Asian fusion place where we had a real mish-mosh of dishes--a shrimp green curry, some veggie sushi, an "Asian paella". It was also our 2nd bottle of the night, after a 1989 Mosel riesling that had less th...
by RMolnar
July 6th, 2015, 6:29 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Great Tuna Source in NY
Replies: 23
Views: 1489

Great Tuna Source in NY

I hear there's a really good fish monger at the Tribeca Farmer's Market but I've never made it there. The Tribeca farmers' market fishmonger is Blue Moon--they're also at Union Square on Wednesdays and Grand Army Plaza on Saturdays. http://www.bluemoonfish.com/markets/ Have always been happy with w...

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