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by G. Greenbaum
May 17th, 2019, 2:51 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Impossible burgers
Replies: 18
Views: 492

Re: Impossible burgers

and while on the subject are they actually good for you? In my opinion, no. It is not a healthy choice. I'm all for eating less meat, or eating none at all, if you prefer and are still getting your nutrients. But these meat alternatives are highly processed and contain questionable ingredients, som...
by G. Greenbaum
May 16th, 2019, 1:32 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The search for a “wow” Rosé
Replies: 123
Views: 4194

Re: The search for a “wow” Rosé

In order of preference:
Lopez de Heredia
Bonavita Rosato
Cornelissen Susucaru
Musar
Abbatucci Cuvée Faustine

For me, some Etna rosatos and Corsican roses are in another league.
by G. Greenbaum
May 7th, 2019, 4:22 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What is the deal with the 2014 Chidaine wines?
Replies: 16
Views: 1110

Re: What is the deal with the 2014 Chidaine wines?

I taste at the domain's tasting room in Montluis a few weeks ago. I didn't take any notes but my picture shows we tasted '15 Bouchet, 2 '16 Molleuxs and the remainder 2017. 14 wines in total including a sparkling and the rose. The quality was impressive. I cannot speak to the '14s, but I still have ...
by G. Greenbaum
May 5th, 2019, 10:00 am
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Our favorite flea market in Paris is out of business :(
Replies: 3
Views: 175

Re: Our favorite flea market in Paris is out of business :(

There is an excellent flea market at the Marché aux Puces de Vanves (Sat & Sun). A lot less crowded than the Marché aux Puces de St-Ouen (Clignancourt).
by G. Greenbaum
April 27th, 2019, 1:34 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Eating and Drinking in Paris (Updated November 2018)
Replies: 135
Views: 8731

Re: Eating and Drinking in Paris (Updated November 2018)

Rigmarole (11th) should be included as a destination. Counter seating and several tables. There’s a 49€ and 69€ menu or you can go a la carte. We opted for the 69€. Mostly cooked on binchotan. Raw scallops, picked vegs, several cooked fish, several yakatori, a pasta with half a langostine, several v...
by G. Greenbaum
April 26th, 2019, 11:19 pm
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Paris itinerary / wine accessible restaurants
Replies: 18
Views: 608

Re: Paris itinerary / wine accessible restaurants

I'm in Paris now. Not sure when you're coming but CAM is closing for about 2 weeks starting today. We had a fantastic dinner at Rigmarole. We went with the 69 euro tasting. They also have excellent wines, mostly natural. Trying out Au Passage and Grand Bain in the next few days. Wine prices are a pl...
by G. Greenbaum
April 4th, 2019, 2:46 pm
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Restaurant & Wine Recommendations: FRANCE: Sarlat & Avignon Area
Replies: 13
Views: 456

Re: Restaurant & Wine Recommendations: FRANCE: Sarlat & Avignon Area

Thank you all for the recommendations. Has anyone been to Hygge in Avignon? It comes up on the Raisin app.
by G. Greenbaum
April 2nd, 2019, 10:33 am
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Restaurant & Wine Recommendations: FRANCE: Sarlat & Avignon Area
Replies: 13
Views: 456

Re: Restaurant & Wine Recommendations: FRANCE: Sarlat & Avignon Area

Thanks Ilkkal.

Michael - Any names you can share in Avignon?
by G. Greenbaum
March 25th, 2019, 8:42 am
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Restaurant & Wine Recommendations: FRANCE: Sarlat & Avignon Area
Replies: 13
Views: 456

Re: Restaurant, Wine Recommendations: Sarlat & Avignon Area

Anyone else? Western Provence and Chateauneuf du Pape area seems like a popular destination. Appreciate any help on restaurants, wine bars with good lists. Is Beaugraviere still the best wine list in the area? Thanks for your insights.
by G. Greenbaum
March 18th, 2019, 11:55 am
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Restaurant & Wine Recommendations: FRANCE: Sarlat & Avignon Area
Replies: 13
Views: 456

Restaurant & Wine Recommendations: FRANCE: Sarlat & Avignon Area

I'm interested in recommendations for restaurants in and near Avignon. I will have a car so anything worthy within 30k is game. Not interested in fine dinning. Great wine lists and quality food trumps service. Rustic, in the country dinning works well. Orange, Chateauneuf du Pape, St-Remy-de-Provenc...
by G. Greenbaum
March 14th, 2019, 10:55 pm
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Restaurants in Dolomites area?
Replies: 8
Views: 353

Re: Restaurants in Dolomites area?

Hey Stefan - We stayed in San Vito di Cadore (2017) and loved Ago. Great wine list (Foradori, Hoffstater, Dettori, Bonavita, Roagna) and very creative/inventive food, in an intimate setting.
http://www.agaristorante.it

Wonderful hike to Lago di Sorapis, very close to Cortina.
by G. Greenbaum
March 4th, 2019, 9:16 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Eating and Drinking in Paris (Updated November 2018)
Replies: 135
Views: 8731

Re: Eating and Drinking in Paris (Updated November 2018)

It appears CAM is no reservations unless a 6 top. How long are the typical waits? Are weekends crowded? Am I correct they are closed Mon & Tu?
by G. Greenbaum
December 27th, 2018, 2:10 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Quick TNs - 1981 Sanford and Benedict PN, Sta Rita Hills, CA and 2008 Vieux Telegraphe Blanc La Craus
Replies: 6
Views: 318

Re: Quick TNs - 1981 Sanford and Benedict PN, Sta Rita Hills, CA and 2008 Vieux Telegraphe Blanc La Craus

Michael Benedict was certainly on to something. His story is fascinating and those old, younger vine Pinot Noirs have really stood the test of time. And good fortune to have more in the cellar.
by G. Greenbaum
December 23rd, 2018, 10:00 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Corked Champagne--what is the right recourse?
Replies: 105
Views: 2874

Re: Corked Champagne--what is the right recourse?

Hi Frank, If you're still following this, those that have outlined the retail>distribution>import route are correct. One experience I will share is regarding Pierre Matrot and their pitiful record with premox. Years ago, I opened a bottle of 2007 Meursault Perrieres within a year of release. Brought...
by G. Greenbaum
October 31st, 2018, 9:14 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Eating and Drinking in Los Angeles
Replies: 764
Views: 36298

Re: Eating and Drinking in Los Angeles

Going to Cassia for the first time. Anyone been lately? I loved the Spice Table back in the day. What are your favorite dishes?
by G. Greenbaum
October 30th, 2018, 5:25 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2004 Gravner Breg Orange wine
Replies: 31
Views: 846

Re: 2004 Gravner Breg Orange wine

... One some levels it parallels my experience with Beaucastel Blanc VV. The one experience I had with it when it was on was awesome...every other one was meh. ... Don't say that. BB is a totally different beast with no oxidative notes and NOT orange. Of course, like many Rhone whites, you need to ...
by G. Greenbaum
September 26th, 2018, 2:28 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Eating and Drinking in Los Angeles
Replies: 764
Views: 36298

Re: Eating and Drinking in Los Angeles

went to Hippo in Highland Park recently. in the same complex as Triple Beam pizza, Highland Park Wine, and now Go Get Em Tiger. The chef is Matt Molina from Mozza. The highlight for me was the pastas, handmade and very fresh/interesting seasonal flavors, like summer corn. Big downer was that they d...
by G. Greenbaum
August 13th, 2018, 3:34 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Eating and Drinking in San Francisco 2016
Replies: 168
Views: 13214

Re: Eating and Drinking in San Francisco 2016

Just returned from a few days in SF. It's been a few years and I realized how much I love it and missed it. Briefly, we ate at Cotogna, Rich Table & The Progress for dinner and two lunches worth mentioning at Zuni Café and City View Restaurant. What can be said about Zuni that hasn't already been? J...
by G. Greenbaum
July 30th, 2018, 9:33 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: RIP Jonathan Gold
Replies: 30
Views: 1543

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 ... athan-gold
by G. Greenbaum
July 18th, 2018, 9:54 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Arnot-Roberta Offer Live
Replies: 14
Views: 711

Arnot-Roberta Offer Live

Is Roberta Nathan's estranged...oh never mind?
by G. Greenbaum
June 2nd, 2018, 10:09 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Restaurant recommendations in Florence/Dolomites
Replies: 7
Views: 372

Restaurant recommendations in Florence/Dolomites

Bolzano is a large area. Was there last year but just outside Bolzano proper in San Vito di Cadore (very close to Cortina). In San Vito we had a stunning meal at Ristorante Aga ( agaristorante.it ). Aga is a mostly tasting menu experience with a fantastic wine list. The meal was as good as any I've ...
by G. Greenbaum
May 17th, 2018, 10:23 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Eating and Drinking in Los Angeles
Replies: 764
Views: 36298

Eating and Drinking in Los Angeles

If the meeting is casual and you won't mind sitting outside at a possible communal table, Destroyer is in Culver City on the Hayden tract. If you're not familiar, check out Jordan Kahn.
by G. Greenbaum
April 19th, 2018, 10:14 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Eating and Drinking in Los Angeles
Replies: 764
Views: 36298

Eating and Drinking in Los Angeles

Hey Barry,
That Theater is super close to Marouch or Carousel (which is free corkage).
by G. Greenbaum
April 13th, 2018, 8:52 am
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Most Sous Bois and Mushrooms in Mendocino County Pinot?
Replies: 7
Views: 292

Most Sous Bois and Mushrooms in Mendocino County Pinot?

Knez & Onward might fit your search. Lioco makes some nice Mendocino wines, but they're located in RRV.
by G. Greenbaum
March 26th, 2018, 2:01 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Eating and Drinking in Los Angeles
Replies: 764
Views: 36298

Eating and Drinking in Los Angeles

Thanks for all this, Jason! Very good to know about the Beachwood-adjacent pizzeria, and also Isaac's. What part of Torrance did you grow up in? Ashley and I reside in south. Hey Brian, Still a shame we have never connected. I grew up in East Side Torrance and went to old Torrance High, many moons ...
by G. Greenbaum
March 22nd, 2018, 4:41 pm
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Auckland Restaurant Recommendations?
Replies: 5
Views: 266

Auckland Restaurant Recommendations?

Was in Auckland in Nov '17 and ate at Cassia. Very imaginative southern Indian fare, recommended if you like that kind of cuisine. https://www.cassiarestaurant.co.nz/
by G. Greenbaum
March 9th, 2018, 9:04 am
Forum: Offline Planner
Topic: Santa Monica/LA March 23 or 24
Replies: 14
Views: 905

Santa Monica/LA March 23 or 24

If we have a group, would appreciate any restaurant recommendations from the locals. Not including the new, prix-fixe Dialogue, where I've not yet dined but have heard is excellent, I think the best restaurant in Santa Monica is Melisse; then, I think of Rustic Canyon, Michael's, and Cassia; finall...
by G. Greenbaum
February 26th, 2018, 6:11 pm
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Essential Italy: the less obvious list
Replies: 48
Views: 2115

Essential Italy: the less obvious list

Forgot about Bolzano in the Dolomites and near the Alto Adige wine region. Was just going to mention this. Also as perhaps a third tier place to visit, Friuli. This. If you like hiking, the Dolomites are a must do. We stayed in San Vito di Cardone very close to Cortina. Great food-duh- and scenery ...
by G. Greenbaum
January 10th, 2018, 8:30 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Las Vegas Restaurants
Replies: 78
Views: 6336

Las Vegas Restaurants

Any recommendations for lunch away from the strip?
by G. Greenbaum
January 3rd, 2018, 2:03 pm
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: One night in London...
Replies: 16
Views: 923

One night in London...

M.Kaplan wrote:Kitchen Table at Bubbledogs
YES!
by G. Greenbaum
December 31st, 2017, 10:26 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Eating and Drinking in Los Angeles
Replies: 764
Views: 36298

Eating and Drinking in Los Angeles

Shunji last Friday was outstanding. They do a fantastic omakase nigiri. Corkage is $25 and cannot be on their small list. The service was attentive and well paced. Wonderfully intimate feeling at the bar. About $120/pp. Will try the Kaiseki mulitcourse next time.
by G. Greenbaum
December 15th, 2017, 9:49 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Celebrity wine geeks
Replies: 125
Views: 5391

Celebrity wine geeks

Maynard Keenan (Tool) makes wines, has been very much into them for a long time. Helps make a particularly interesting Grenache from McLaren Vale with Ochota Barrels (A Sense of Compression). I met him at a tasting of his Arizona wines several years ago. Super nice guy, that has quite the collectio...
by G. Greenbaum
November 5th, 2017, 9:32 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Eating and Drinking in Los Angeles
Replies: 764
Views: 36298

Eating and Drinking in Los Angeles

Dinner last night at Here's Looking at You. There were some excellent dishes like the albacore sashimi with popped sorghum and leche de tigre. We loved the charred sprouted broccoli with nuts, HOP and chile. They serviced our wine very nicely with a decant and good stems. I guess my criticism is tha...
by G. Greenbaum
October 23rd, 2017, 3:21 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Eating and Drinking in Los Angeles
Replies: 764
Views: 36298

Eating and Drinking in Los Angeles

Looking for a restaurant fairly close to our hotel, Beverly Hills Marriott for dinner the first night as I imagine jet lag will set in. Open to almost anything but not super formal please. Go to Sotto. You can walk there. Very good Italian with great pizzas and pasta. Excellent wine list. Near by i...
by G. Greenbaum
October 5th, 2017, 11:09 am
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Slovenia Trip Help
Replies: 13
Views: 613

Slovenia Trip Help

The Vipava valley is wine area. In the town of Slap you should find your way to http://www.majerija.si/en/. You won't be disappointed
by G. Greenbaum
October 2nd, 2017, 9:47 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Portland Eats
Replies: 246
Views: 14303

Portland Eats

Any updates on PDX new and exciting venues? Would also appreciate any recs for small plates geared towards veg/pescatarian with natural wine list. Nearly every place in Portland will have a selection of veg and fish. Check out these places: http://www.damerestaurant.com/menus/ probably has the bigg...
by G. Greenbaum
September 26th, 2017, 8:41 am
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Balsamic visits/Restaurant suggestions in Modena
Replies: 10
Views: 447

Balsamic visits/Restaurant suggestions in Modena

Opera 02 Cà Montanari: Fantastic agriturismo with a lovely restaurant. They produce both balsamico and Lambrusco. http://www.opera02.it/it/index.html
by G. Greenbaum
September 25th, 2017, 2:18 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Portland Eats
Replies: 246
Views: 14303

Portland Eats

Any updates on PDX new and exciting venues? Would also appreciate any recs for small plates geared towards veg/pescatarian with natural wine list.
by G. Greenbaum
August 1st, 2017, 9:31 am
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Venice (Italy) help for a first timer
Replies: 135
Views: 8563

Venice (Italy) help for a first timer

Hi Marshall - I just returned from my trip which included 5 nights in Venice. Saw the main Biennale exhibits and several satellite galleries. Caught the Damien Hirst show at both locations. Also highly recommend the European Cultural Centre at both Palazzo Mora and Palazzo Bembo. I stayed in the Cas...
by G. Greenbaum
July 27th, 2017, 5:05 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Eating and Drinking in Los Angeles
Replies: 764
Views: 36298

Eating and Drinking in Los Angeles

Robert Dentice wrote:Anyone been to Vespertine yet? I am curious about the winelist. I am going Saturday.
I believe they allow one (free?) corkage per 2 top.
by G. Greenbaum
May 23rd, 2017, 11:48 am
Forum: Offline Planner
Topic: 5/20 - Orange County (San Clemente) Spanish Wine & Food Get Together - Saturday, May 20th
Replies: 71
Views: 4297

5/20 - Orange County (San Clemente) Spanish Wine & Food Get Together - Saturday, May 20th

Nice stuff y'all. Mark & Brad are exceptional hosts. LAs loss is OCs gain. Love seeing Bermejos represented.
by G. Greenbaum
May 16th, 2017, 11:37 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Four US Nebbiolos...(short/boring)
Replies: 25
Views: 837

TN: Four US Nebbiolos...(short/boring)

Bummer you didn't have a Giornata Luna Matta. Would have fit nicely in this lineup. I have a btl of the Harrington, so appreciate the note.
by G. Greenbaum
May 15th, 2017, 10:49 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Eating and Drinking in Los Angeles
Replies: 764
Views: 36298

Eating and Drinking in Los Angeles

a few comments: finally, i am not sure why jeremy fox at rustic canyon does not get more love on this board. this dish: beets & berries, jj”s lone daughter avocado, rancho gordo quinoa, mint & pistachio soil is NOT a side dish, is vegan, and absolutely fantastic. i have had killer pork chops, green...
by G. Greenbaum
May 3rd, 2017, 12:47 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Eating and Drinking in Los Angeles
Replies: 764
Views: 36298

Eating and Drinking in Los Angeles

M.Kaplan wrote:John,
I'm not ready to state that Felix>Factory Kitchen. It is, however, much more convenient to where I live. And, I assume, that it will continue to improve after it has been open for a while longer.
Going to Felix this week. Loved Bucato, hoping Evan's new project is as delicious.
by G. Greenbaum
May 3rd, 2017, 12:45 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Eating and Drinking in Los Angeles
Replies: 764
Views: 36298

Eating and Drinking in Los Angeles

Not to nit-pick but Coni is close to LAX but decidedly NOT north or adjacent to Playa Vista. Hmmm. The pescado zarendeado (snook) doesn't have much sauce. I bring white wine to Coni a lot and do fine with something fruity or even just off-dry. In fact if you find yourself getting a couple of decent...
by G. Greenbaum
February 1st, 2017, 8:35 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Eating and Drinking in Los Angeles
Replies: 764
Views: 36298

Eating and Drinking in Los Angeles

Cassia's menu strikes me as awfully thin --- do they tend to have off-menu specials and/or a tasting menu? Also, the non-seafood dishes don't strike me as being particularly wine-friendly. Just curious Brian, have you been to Cassia? I loved the food at Spice Table and miss it terribly. Unfortunate...
by G. Greenbaum
January 24th, 2017, 10:06 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Malibu, Westlake Village Dining Reccomendations
Replies: 3
Views: 316

Malibu, Westlake Village Dining Reccomendations

Pearl District
Lure
Osteria Orto

All good to excellent.
by G. Greenbaum
January 24th, 2017, 9:56 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Eating and Drinking in Los Angeles
Replies: 764
Views: 36298

Eating and Drinking in Los Angeles

Cassia's menu strikes me as awfully thin --- do they tend to have off-menu specials and/or a tasting menu? Also, the non-seafood dishes don't strike me as being particularly wine-friendly. Just curious Brian, have you been to Cassia? I loved the food at Spice Table and miss it terribly. Unfortunate...
by G. Greenbaum
January 20th, 2017, 10:21 am
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Venice (Italy) help for a first timer
Replies: 135
Views: 8563

Venice (Italy) help for a first timer

M.Kaplan wrote:Biennale 2017.
Yep. I will be there.

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