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by Elliot Steele
February 12th, 2019, 6:18 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: L.A. Times Fast Food French Fry Rankings
Replies: 18
Views: 570

Re: L.A. Times Fast Food French Fry Rankings

In-N-Out fries do indeed suck. All you need to know if you live in LA is that the best fries are at the Bellwether. Period. End of story. I would venture to say they are the best fries I've had anywhere on planet earth.
by Elliot Steele
February 10th, 2019, 4:49 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Is a VitaMix worth it?
Replies: 39
Views: 1616

Re: Is a VitaMix worth it?

Tried this tonight holy crap it's great and best of all super easy! Just another reason to love the Vitamix. Thanks! Thanks for the invite, old man! I didn't know you were feeling better already. I would've stopped by with a hell of a lineup for you to break your fast with Well then that's my mista...
by Elliot Steele
February 9th, 2019, 9:02 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Is a VitaMix worth it?
Replies: 39
Views: 1616

Re: Is a VitaMix worth it?

You can't post something like that without a recipe. Do tell! Here you go: https://www.vitamix.com/mx/en_us/recipes/lemon-curd Tried this tonight holy crap it's great and best of all super easy! Just another reason to love the Vitamix. Thanks! Thanks for the invite, old man! I didn't know you were ...
by Elliot Steele
February 9th, 2019, 9:52 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Who Are Your Favorite N. Piedmont Producers
Replies: 36
Views: 2053

Re: Who Are Your Favorite N. Piedmont Producers

Had a couple bottles from Rovellotti over the last two weeks. Wow is it great juice! 09 and 11 Chioso dei Pomi. 09 is rich, plummy, truffley and really singing right now with many years of upside and development ahead. The 11 is more sleek in structure and feminine with pretty red fruits poking thr...
by Elliot Steele
February 6th, 2019, 11:13 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2016 Bryant Family Allocation
Replies: 4
Views: 467

Re: 2016 Bryant Family Allocation

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by Elliot Steele
February 6th, 2019, 11:09 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2016 Bryant Family Allocation
Replies: 4
Views: 467

Re: 2016 Bryant Family Allocation

I tasted the '16 cab just last week at dinner with Bettina alongside the 2014 cab and the 2013 Bettina. Very well made wines even if a bit rich for my AFWE palate. They had a fair amount of new oak present and it is apparent that these are not being made for immediate consumption based on their stru...
by Elliot Steele
January 31st, 2019, 7:31 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Sushi and Champagne
Replies: 19
Views: 2206

Re: Sushi and Champagne

Mich@el Ch@ng wrote:
January 31st, 2019, 7:13 am
I like grand Marques with some age with sushi.
+1 Also, the 96 and 01 Vilmart CdC are singing right now if you've got them laying around.
by Elliot Steele
January 30th, 2019, 12:43 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Turley 2017 Vintage Spring Release
Replies: 18
Views: 1244

Re: Turley 2017 Vintage Spring Release

Funny there's been no mention of the Ueberroth. I think it is by far the most distinctive zin I've had from any Cali producer aside from Ridge, but the styles are so different I wouldn't really compare them.
by Elliot Steele
January 27th, 2019, 8:53 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Who Are Your Favorite N. Piedmont Producers
Replies: 36
Views: 2053

Re: Who Are Your Favorite N. Piedmont Producers

Had a couple bottles from Rovellotti over the last two weeks. Wow is it great juice! 09 and 11 Chioso dei Pomi. 09 is rich, plummy, truffley and really singing right now with many years of upside and development ahead. The 11 is more sleek in structure and feminine with pretty red fruits poking thro...
by Elliot Steele
January 23rd, 2019, 10:40 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Official Costco Thread
Replies: 1085
Views: 115010

Re: Official Costco Thread

Burbank Costco has 02 Piper Heidsieck Cuvee Rare for $95. Still about a case left. Helluva price
by Elliot Steele
January 20th, 2019, 2:48 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 1999 Vogue - Chambolle - Pre cru
Replies: 3
Views: 357

Re: 1999 Vogue - Chambolle - Pre cru

Just had the '93 Chambolle village last week and I found it to be getting close to hitting peak with at least 25 years left to go. It was just as you are describing this wine as well with dark fruits, crystalline focus and purity with a velvety texture and seamlessness that left me in awe of its hum...
by Elliot Steele
January 7th, 2019, 2:38 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Best Bargain Champagne
Replies: 64
Views: 2807

Re: Best Bargain Champagne

+1 for Aubry. Also love Jose Dhondt and Mouzon Leroux at the $40 price point
by Elliot Steele
January 1st, 2019, 3:55 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Favorite Producer
Replies: 104
Views: 4451

Re: Favorite Producer

Red: Giacosa

White: Arnaud Ente
by Elliot Steele
January 1st, 2019, 3:45 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Now that 2018 is over: your wine of the year
Replies: 189
Views: 6283

Re: Now that 2018 is over: your wine of the year

Such a tough choice as I drank so well this year but if there's one wine that keeps haunting me it is definitely the 1998 Bruno Giacosa Barbaresco Riserva Santo Stefano. Hat tip to the 1982 Stony Hill Gewurtz and 1961 Clos de Tart as very close seconds.
by Elliot Steele
December 17th, 2018, 7:03 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: “Speculators are ruining it for everybody”
Replies: 191
Views: 7834

Re: “Speculators are ruining it for everybody”

Interesting subject for sure. While I certainly feel this way to a large degree I also happen to look at it another way as well. The market is forcing the type of people you'd find on this board to discover the next best up and coming regions that are still under the radar price-wise and quality-wis...
by Elliot Steele
December 15th, 2018, 10:27 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Official Costco Thread
Replies: 1085
Views: 115010

Re: Official Costco Thread

Just picked up a few bottles of the 2008 Louis Roederer ‘Cristal’ from Costco at 219/per! Great deal considering KL price and WS avg. Time to ring in the new year!!! :D champagne.gif champagne.gif champagne.gif Which location? Alhambra, CA. The tag has the star on the upper right corner, so apparen...
by Elliot Steele
December 14th, 2018, 8:46 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Official Costco Thread
Replies: 1085
Views: 115010

Re: Official Costco Thread

Frank Z wrote:
December 14th, 2018, 8:28 pm
Just picked up a few bottles of the 2008 Louis Roederer ‘Cristal’ from Costco at 219/per! Great deal considering KL price and WS avg.

Time to ring in the new year!!! :D

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Which location?
by Elliot Steele
December 10th, 2018, 5:15 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Favorite Riesling from USA ?
Replies: 84
Views: 2885

Re: Favorite Riesling from USA ?

I’ve really enjoyed Smith Madrone’s rieslings the last couple vintages. Very fairly priced to boot too.
by Elliot Steele
December 4th, 2018, 8:22 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Vegetable (Chinese) cleaver - Shun Classic or?
Replies: 21
Views: 705

Re: Vegetable (Chinese) cleaver - Shun Classic or?

You're honestly better off using a bench scraper to scoop up vegetables than using your knife. You'll just end up dulling it faster that way
by Elliot Steele
December 4th, 2018, 7:56 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Vegetable (Chinese) cleaver - Shun Classic or?
Replies: 21
Views: 705

Re: Vegetable (Chinese) cleaver - Shun Classic or?

Check out Epicurean Edge. They have a great selection of Japanese knives. I just picked up a really nice nakiri from them on Cyber Monday which is in the realm of what you're looking for. You can get some great knives from small makers for a little more than half the price of that Shun.
by Elliot Steele
November 19th, 2018, 8:38 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 1980 Kalin cuvée JL & 1980 Chalone pinots
Replies: 7
Views: 380

Re: 1980 Kalin cuvée JL & 1980 Chalone pinots

If memory serves me correctly I had the JL over the summer and it was in desperate need of air. A ton of VA upfront that was tough to get past but when it finally blew off and opened up it was singing. I'd give it 2-3 hours of air if your bottle shows the same as mine did on the PnP. Love me some Ka...
by Elliot Steele
November 19th, 2018, 6:50 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Somek Winery - Israel
Replies: 9
Views: 360

Re: Somek Winery - Israel

Thanks for the report, Howard. Do you see any progression in quality and/or stylistically overall since you've last been? I too have tried my fair share of kosher Israeli wines and have never been remotely satisfied. Hell I'd even go so far as to say kosher wines made anywhere in the world are a gen...
by Elliot Steele
November 17th, 2018, 4:41 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Turkey- Where do you buy it?
Replies: 55
Views: 1531

Re: Turkey- Where do you buy it?

Y ou are exactly right. It's just that in koshering, according to Chabad, Not sure why you keep referring to Chabad. AFAIK, Chabad squawks a lot but they don't speak for all of Orthodox Jewry. I would defer to OU (Orthodox Union) myself; https://oukosher.org Please note that I don't claim to be rig...
by Elliot Steele
November 17th, 2018, 8:09 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Envoyer is crushing it with Champagne these days
Replies: 1199
Views: 59796

Re: Envoyer is crushing it with Champagne these days

Heidsieck Blanc des Millénaires is such a great price. Had to break my already short lived moratorium for it. If it's anything like '95 with some cellar time I'll be a very happy camper.
by Elliot Steele
November 17th, 2018, 6:18 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Turkey- Where do you buy it?
Replies: 55
Views: 1531

Re: Turkey- Where do you buy it?

The TJ's Kosher birds are dry-brined and not soaked? Are you sure? That might get me on board to try one. I detest wet-brined birds and birds with added "flavour enhancer" solutions like just about every frozen bird out there. I usually end up with a Jenny-O or one from Sprouts. Kosher meats by nat...
by Elliot Steele
November 15th, 2018, 11:20 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Turkey- Where do you buy it?
Replies: 55
Views: 1531

Re: Turkey- Where do you buy it?

The TJ's Kosher birds are dry-brined and not soaked? Are you sure? That might get me on board to try one. I detest wet-brined birds and birds with added "flavour enhancer" solutions like just about every frozen bird out there. I usually end up with a Jenny-O or one from Sprouts. Kosher meats by nat...
by Elliot Steele
November 15th, 2018, 3:03 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Turkey- Where do you buy it?
Replies: 55
Views: 1531

Re: Turkey- Where do you buy it?

Trader Joe's Kosher +1000. Trader Joe's kosher turkeys are the best. And you've got the added plus that they've already been dry brined. I am shocked at this, but trust Elliot's opinion 100%. I stopped buying chicken/meat at TJ years ago because I found the quality to be poor (and freshness sorely ...
by Elliot Steele
November 15th, 2018, 12:40 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Turkey- Where do you buy it?
Replies: 55
Views: 1531

Re: Turkey- Where do you buy it?

+1000. Trader Joe's kosher turkeys are the best. And you've got the added plus that they've already been dry brined. +1001, I buy several to have over the next couple months. Do you need to soak before cooking? No soaking required. I usually hit it with some more salt in fact as the initial dry bri...
by Elliot Steele
November 14th, 2018, 9:00 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Champagne Recommendations under $100
Replies: 55
Views: 3055

Re: Champagne Recommendations under $100

Highly enjoyed the Envoyer pick up of Mouzon Leroux L'Atavique. Really lovely stuff for around $40. Also a big fan of Jose Dhondt for both NV and vintage.
by Elliot Steele
November 12th, 2018, 1:14 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Turkey- Where do you buy it?
Replies: 55
Views: 1531

Re: Turkey- Where do you buy it?

G. Bienstock wrote:
November 12th, 2018, 12:50 pm
Trader Joe's Kosher
+1000. Trader Joe's kosher turkeys are the best. And you've got the added plus that they've already been dry brined.
by Elliot Steele
November 9th, 2018, 7:38 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: d'Yquem vs. Tokaji & Others
Replies: 46
Views: 1708

Re: d'Yquem vs. Tokaji & Others

Oremus and Szepsy are a couple Tokaj producers I've really enjoyed. I believe Oremus is currently owned by the same folks who own Vega Sicilia. As an aside I find I enjoy Tokaj, and Beerenauslese for that matter, a lot more then Sauternes.
by Elliot Steele
November 8th, 2018, 11:16 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: I’m New and have 1,000 Questions
Replies: 87
Views: 3178

Re: I’m New and have 1,000 Questions

Forgot to mention one of my favorite QPR bottles from Cali is Halcon Alturas. It's Syrah from the Yorkville Highlands not too far north of Napa Valley. Absolutely killer juice and so affordable. Well worth seeking out.
by Elliot Steele
November 8th, 2018, 11:03 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: I’m New and have 1,000 Questions
Replies: 87
Views: 3178

Re: I’m New and have 1,000 Questions

ClayS wrote:
November 8th, 2018, 8:16 pm
So, what are some big cabs from California to check out? Below $50...and I don’t have a friend with a helicopter...
I'd check out Smith Madrone. Very well balanced, well made Spring Mountain estate cab that ages well. Their riesling isn't too shabby either and also ages very well.
by Elliot Steele
November 8th, 2018, 6:20 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: I’m New and have 1,000 Questions
Replies: 87
Views: 3178

Re: I’m New and have 1,000 Questions

Hmm check out white burgundy from the Macon region. Plenty of great wines coming out of that region for $15/btl. Andre Bonhomme being one of those producers. Also look for the reds coming out of Puglia in southern Italy. Negroamaro is pretty cheap and tasty for the money. For my money I like Cantele...
by Elliot Steele
November 8th, 2018, 12:23 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Efficient garlic/salt shaker ideas for cooking
Replies: 16
Views: 461

Re: Efficient garlic/salt shaker ideas for cooking

The problem you're having is that the steam from whatever you're cooking causes the granulated spices to clump and block the holes. Either just season from up higher or earlier in the process before the steam becomes an issue.
by Elliot Steele
October 16th, 2018, 7:23 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: D'Artagnan Flash Sale PSA
Replies: 28
Views: 1195

D'Artagnan Flash Sale PSA

Today only till 9pm. 40% off. Some good deals to be had.
by Elliot Steele
October 5th, 2018, 9:12 am
Forum: Wine 101: The Basics
Topic: Fruity, non-dry, low-tannin, low-acidic Super Tuscans
Replies: 11
Views: 554

Re: Fruity, non-dry, low-tannin, low-acidic Super Tuscans

Well if you like red Burgundy you will like Gamay which is the grape they grow in Beaujolais. Just for your reference you should know that the Beaujolais region is at the southern-most part of what is still, or at least used to be, considered Burgundy.
by Elliot Steele
October 5th, 2018, 7:34 am
Forum: Wine 101: The Basics
Topic: Fruity, non-dry, low-tannin, low-acidic Super Tuscans
Replies: 11
Views: 554

Re: Fruity, non-dry, low-tannin, low-acidic Super Tuscans

Cru Beaujolais seems like a better place to start than Tuscany. See if you can find yourself some Chateau Thivin or Foillard. Trousseau from the Jura region would be another. Ganevat is a good producer to start with. I'd post this in the Wine Talk forum if you want to get more answers Thanks, indee...
by Elliot Steele
October 4th, 2018, 6:24 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Are you attached to a bottle of wine ?
Replies: 40
Views: 1515

Re: Are you attached to a bottle of wine ?

All the time unfortunately, although I figure at some point I'm going to try and remove the labels and make a book with all of them. I keep bottles from the 50s and 60s that belonged to my grandfather and bottles from offlines where we pop something special and it may be the only time I will ever ge...
by Elliot Steele
October 4th, 2018, 6:18 pm
Forum: Wine 101: The Basics
Topic: Fruity, non-dry, low-tannin, low-acidic Super Tuscans
Replies: 11
Views: 554

Re: Fruity, non-dry, low-tannin, low-acidic Super Tuscans

Cru Beaujolais seems like a better place to start than Tuscany. See if you can find yourself some Chateau Thivin or Foillard. Trousseau from the Jura region would be another. Ganevat is a good producer to start with.

I'd post this in the Wine Talk forum if you want to get more answers
by Elliot Steele
October 3rd, 2018, 8:46 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Official Costco Thread
Replies: 1085
Views: 115010

Re: Official Costco Thread

Burbank Costco has 2 bottles left of 2015 Haut Brion with the OWC for $529.99/btl. Great price but I'm not baller enough to go dropping coin on that unfortunately
by Elliot Steele
October 3rd, 2018, 7:09 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Steak Porn
Replies: 1803
Views: 144522

Re: Steak Porn

Two inch thick Prime strip from Costco. https://scontent-mia3-2.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/42111755_1859064544211948_339885316460511232_n.jpg?_nc_cat=105&oh=3d8988edd276fb9823fd15140c9a0dc5&oe=5C5FF742 God that looks good, Bill. Curious to know how the quality/flavor was as I purchased a Costco prime NY...
by Elliot Steele
September 30th, 2018, 9:12 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: What BEER are you drinking?
Replies: 15901
Views: 372346

Re: What BEER are you drinking?

I’m back in Taiwan and found a local store with a bunch of Cantillon Gueuze, about $17 for the 750ml. It may be my house wine this week. A20E598F-FFD7-47BE-9B8D-EAE2D54E59FE.jpeg Love the label. If you're ever in Brussels you've got to check out the Mannekin Pis museum with all of the different out...
by Elliot Steele
September 30th, 2018, 7:36 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Super Mâconnais
Replies: 11
Views: 517

Re: Super Mâconnais

thx Barry , will look to see if the Pouilly and Saint Veran are available locally.. Elliot: will also look for the Vire Clesse ..Am always looking for Macon whites that I haven't tried before .. Keep a look out for the Les Pierres Blanches, Cuvee Speciale, and V.V. bottlings. The first being my per...
by Elliot Steele
September 30th, 2018, 5:53 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Super Mâconnais
Replies: 11
Views: 517

Re: Super Mâconnais

Thanks for the note. Will try to find that locally to give it a go. I'm a big fan of André Bonhomme's Viré Clessé stuff and think that Macon is so under rated as a whole.
by Elliot Steele
September 29th, 2018, 5:26 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Official Costco Thread
Replies: 1085
Views: 115010

Re: Official Costco Thread

Sherman Oaks Costco had 2015 Rauzan Segla at $69.99. Cleaned out the last 7 bottles there. Wonder if they've got it anywhere else?
by Elliot Steele
September 26th, 2018, 11:26 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Who Are Your Favorite N. Piedmont Producers
Replies: 36
Views: 2053

Re: Who Are Your Favorite N. Piedmont Producers

Sarah Kirschbaum wrote:
September 26th, 2018, 9:30 am
In addition:

Vallana for Gattinara, Spanna, Boca.

For Carema, we like Ferrando, both white and black label.
Sarah, I'm sure you've also had Ferrando's passito, but if you haven't I can highly recommend it as lovely dessert wine.
by Elliot Steele
September 26th, 2018, 11:24 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Who Are Your Favorite N. Piedmont Producers
Replies: 36
Views: 2053

Re: Who Are Your Favorite N. Piedmont Producers

Big fan of Ferrando and Sperino already as well as Cantina dei Produttori. Need to try Vallana and others listed here as well. I see a N. Piedmont offline brewing here.....
by Elliot Steele
September 25th, 2018, 10:45 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Who Are Your Favorite N. Piedmont Producers
Replies: 36
Views: 2053

Who Are Your Favorite N. Piedmont Producers

I've had a decent size sampling of 50's and 60's Spanna, Gattinara, and Carema from various producers and have found across the board that these wines are long lived, Burgundian, and great values to boot. I've wanted to stock up on some producers who are currently making wines that fit the bill of w...

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