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by LMD Ermitaño
August 9th, 2022, 11:52 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: QPR daily scotch whiskey
Replies: 21
Views: 656

Re: QPR daily scotch whiskey

Not peaty; but I find Craigellachie 13 Years (Speyside) pretty decent and rather interesting as a casual “anytime” drink. Appears to be in the US$45/bottle range in the US - about the same price here in Metro Manila.
by LMD Ermitaño
August 6th, 2022, 6:52 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: Japanese Whiskey
Replies: 113
Views: 12692

Re: Japanese Whiskey

Noel, I don't know if you have had Nikka's "Yoichi' but I like it a lot also. It's a NAS but very Scotch-like at a decent price. Hi, Michael. Yes, I recall having had that as well. From my notes (from the tail end of a Tokyo work trip in October 2018). 8DA80E69-F31D-4900-9D76-A6E6660477C5.jpeg...
by LMD Ermitaño
August 6th, 2022, 5:48 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: Japanese Whiskey
Replies: 113
Views: 12692

Re: Japanese Whiskey

Michael S. Monie wrote: August 5th, 2022, 2:42 pm Had Nikka's "From The Barrel" today for the first time. I like.
Same here - first time to try it Friday night (Philippines time). I can’t remember much; but, I did drink a respectable amount of it, which is a good sign.
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by LMD Ermitaño
August 6th, 2022, 6:51 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: What did you cook tonight?
Replies: 2799
Views: 159834

Re: What did you cook tonight?

Around a week ago, the cook reminded me that I still had some Miyazaki A5 beef in the freezer (given by friends/clients who import & distribute the stuff). Figured I’d just pan-sear them for Saturday family dinner (just sea salt & black pepper). Served them with ebi & ika tempura (from a...
by LMD Ermitaño
August 4th, 2022, 9:22 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: What WHISKY (Scotch) are you drinking?
Replies: 1027
Views: 75877

Re: What WHISKY (Scotch) are you drinking?

I’ve had a hard time historically getting excited about Glengoyne, Luis. My experiences have mostly mirrored your note Yes, haven’t had anything of particular note from them; but, that said, their 15YO is a decent/reliable daily drinker and moderately priced as well. It’s currently one of bottles I...
by LMD Ermitaño
August 4th, 2022, 6:21 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Guts and Glory
Replies: 7
Views: 420

Re: Guts and Glory

Bdklein wrote: August 4th, 2022, 1:34 am Do you then order durian fruit for dessert ?
In France? I don’t believe they have any there - not that we’d ever. Stuff smells like dead rat.
by LMD Ermitaño
August 3rd, 2022, 11:43 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Guts and Glory
Replies: 7
Views: 420

Re: Guts and Glory

Some years ago, while having dinner in Tours with my sons, the second (18 at the time) ordered andouillette for his main course. As it was his first time in France, I told him it’s different from those he’s had before (e.g., Cajun andouille in the US, the toned-down andouillettes a couple of French ...
by LMD Ermitaño
July 29th, 2022, 11:01 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: What did you cook tonight?
Replies: 2799
Views: 159834

Re: What did you cook tonight?

I usually cook dinner for the wife and 3 sons on Saturdays; but, since we have a big party to attend tomorrow night, I cooked on a Friday. 7B6D07FD-90FD-4FBC-9929-16BE03575A63.jpeg Seared-then-roasted spiced duck breasts. B312FA2B-1C45-497C-8F56-B63FEDD11372.jpeg Pan-seared foie gras w/ a sauce made...
by LMD Ermitaño
July 28th, 2022, 11:39 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?
Replies: 20080
Views: 1096814

Re: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?

Tried one out this past Monday evening (never had any Quintarelli bianco before), and it was very interesting. Paired wonderfully with the pasta course. Pity the nearby shop had only 3 bottles left; but they promised to get me more. CF1E93B4-54C4-4F72-A2C8-95756E4A786C.jpeg 7811F3CA-0E80-4665-AB42-A...
by LMD Ermitaño
July 28th, 2022, 7:21 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Which Champagne are you drinking?
Replies: 4341
Views: 267450

Re: Which Champagne are you drinking?

Had the ‘06 Dom Pérignon Monday night just before dinner proper. Was very pleasantly surprised how open and enthusiastic it was as I didn’t find it interesting last I had it late 2019. Now, I find it more immediately enjoyable than the ‘06 Taittinger Comtes de Champagne. 68AA8849-8ED3-42FD-99E3-FAED...
by LMD Ermitaño
July 26th, 2022, 10:37 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What bottle of wine did you open today?
Replies: 14408
Views: 642108

Re: What bottle of wine did you open today?

An Italian (Tuscan) friend (a chef/restaurateur/fellow wino) invited some of us over to one of his restaurants to try out some of his new dishes. He preferred that we not bring any very old wines; so, these two below were my contributions. The red I decanted for sediment and aeration in my cav for a...
by LMD Ermitaño
July 24th, 2022, 9:32 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?
Replies: 20080
Views: 1096814

Re: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?

Picked up a bottle each of these two for an Italian dinner tonight. The Rennina I’ve had many times before; but not this vintage. The white will be totally new to me.
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by LMD Ermitaño
July 24th, 2022, 8:52 am
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: What WHISKY (Scotch) are you drinking?
Replies: 1027
Views: 75877

Re: What WHISKY (Scotch) are you drinking?

I’ve had a hard time historically getting excited about Glengoyne, Luis. My experiences have mostly mirrored your note Yes, haven’t had anything of particular note from them; but, that said, their 15YO is a decent/reliable daily drinker and moderately priced as well. It’s currently one of bottles I...
by LMD Ermitaño
July 23rd, 2022, 12:06 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: What did you cook tonight?
Replies: 2799
Views: 159834

Re: What did you cook tonight?

Seared then roasted Dingley Dell pork chops (bone-in, skin on). I need a new dry rub for these. The rub I’ve used the last 4-5 times is getting boring. Made some mashed potatoes as well. The cook made the peas & carrots side. Some young Côte de Brouilly to go with the chops. 5FB0C680-2F87-4DA8-A...
by LMD Ermitaño
July 23rd, 2022, 11:54 am
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: What WHISKY (Scotch) are you drinking?
Replies: 1027
Views: 75877

Re: What WHISKY (Scotch) are you drinking?

Tried this out after dinner tonight…middling whisky at best. Not bad; but nothing particularly distinctive.
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by LMD Ermitaño
July 22nd, 2022, 12:06 am
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: The King Of Beers!
Replies: 49
Views: 2085

Re: The King Of Beers!

Curtis Chen wrote: July 21st, 2022, 10:35 pm Sapporo, baby.
Oh, yes, particularly on tap. The Japanese concessionaire in our nearby golf/country club started offering that recently - really hits the spot after a round.
by LMD Ermitaño
July 21st, 2022, 9:16 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Which Champagne are you drinking?
Replies: 4341
Views: 267450

Re: Which Champagne are you drinking?

Last night, Ulysse Collin Les Pierrieres (‘16 base, 48 months on lees) at Ikoyi in London. First, the restaurant is a must for anyone who likes creative, somewhat spicy (some dishes, not all), market ingredients beautifully prepared and served. Les Pierrieres was a great match and foil for the food...
by LMD Ermitaño
July 21st, 2022, 2:28 am
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: The King Of Beers!
Replies: 49
Views: 2085

Re: The King Of Beers!

I used to love drinking good IPAs; that is, until they started giving me acid reflux. Nowadays, especially since I live in a warm country, my go-to house beer is Pilsner Urquell.
by LMD Ermitaño
July 19th, 2022, 12:26 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What bottle of wine did you open today?
Replies: 14408
Views: 642108

Re: What bottle of wine did you open today?

Only the middle bottle was mine - 1997 Domaine François Gaunoux Pommard 1er Cru Les Rugiens. If one likes aged Pommard; one simply must get some of this.
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by LMD Ermitaño
July 14th, 2022, 8:53 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Which Champagne are you drinking?
Replies: 4341
Views: 267450

Re: Which Champagne are you drinking?

From last night’s dinner. The 2004 Bollinger RD was from me, an old reliable for less casual meals. The Champagne Pierre Péters L’Etonnat Monsieur Victor Ed. MK. 11 Blanc de Blancs was from my friend, Eric, who was said dinner’s host.
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by LMD Ermitaño
July 10th, 2022, 5:53 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: What did you order tonight?
Replies: 13
Views: 1359

Re: What did you order tonight?

During dinner sometime this past week, my 2nd son mentioned that he came across an interesting looking supplier of HK-style roast goose and roast duck; and that said supplier delivers on Saturdays. I told him to order a goose for dinner this past Saturday so we could try it out. It was quite good, a...
by LMD Ermitaño
July 8th, 2022, 9:09 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?
Replies: 20080
Views: 1096814

Re: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?

Some more aged (ex-domaine) bottles from Domaine Robert Ampeau:

1997 1er Cru Volnay-Santenots
1997 1er Cru Puligny-Montrachet Les Combettes
1995 1er Cru Meursault Perrières
by LMD Ermitaño
July 7th, 2022, 5:30 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: What did you cook tonight?
Replies: 2799
Views: 159834

Re: What did you cook tonight?

Having tested negative for 2 consecutive days (5th & 6th days in isolation), I ventured into the kitchen last night (wearing N95 mask, nobody else around, all windows open, vents on) and made some seared-then-roasted Dingley Dell pork tomahawks. 26B1100D-DEF2-4834-87E2-62A35426FBDD.jpeg 16ED4017...
by LMD Ermitaño
June 26th, 2022, 3:55 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?
Replies: 20080
Views: 1096814

Re: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?

More Pommard 1er crus from Domaine François Gaunoux - 1999 Les Epenots & 1997 Les Rugiens (all directly from the domaine).
by LMD Ermitaño
June 13th, 2022, 10:17 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: What did you cook tonight?
Replies: 2799
Views: 159834

Re: What did you cook tonight?

Had a couple of friends over for a long lunch yesterday; so I made the following simple (but good) dishes. Nb., we also had large live-cooked mud crabs and other sides; but, the cook made those, not I, so no photos thereof. 18CE2901-F79B-470A-A188-E6752C8BA365.jpeg Linguine alle Vongole FBA8B7D9-DDE...
by LMD Ermitaño
May 30th, 2022, 11:20 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: “High End” Soju (Korea): Hwayo 25 & 41.
Replies: 0
Views: 400

“High End” Soju (Korea): Hwayo 25 & 41.

Having previously only tried the now ubiquitous cheap Jinro sojus, I always figured soju isn’t for me (too cloying/sweet, couldn’t drink the stuff); that is, until a Korean friend made try Hwayo 25 & 41 - very clean, appetisingly dry and pure, pretty nice with the Hanwoo 1++ grade beef said frie...
by LMD Ermitaño
May 8th, 2022, 4:24 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: What did you cook tonight?
Replies: 2799
Views: 159834

Re: What did you cook tonight?

Steamed mud crabs, roasted racks of lamb.
by LMD Ermitaño
May 1st, 2022, 9:54 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What bottle of wine did you open today?
Replies: 14408
Views: 642108

Re: What bottle of wine did you open today?

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Meh.
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Nice.
by LMD Ermitaño
April 23rd, 2022, 8:34 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What bottle of wine did you open today?
Replies: 14408
Views: 642108

Re: What bottle of wine did you open today?

1992 Domaine Robert Ampeau Pommard - in very good shape (sourced from the domaine). I’ve gone through maybe 12-15 bottles of this over the past couple of years; and it’s holding up quite well. Great for casual dinners involving lamb, duck, goose. *Edited to correct the vintage (it was 1992, not 1993...
by LMD Ermitaño
April 22nd, 2022, 10:47 am
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: What WHISKY (Scotch) are you drinking?
Replies: 1027
Views: 75877

Re: What WHISKY (Scotch) are you drinking?

I coincidentally had this same scotch last Wednesday. Your take is about the same as mine. It is not particularly complex, but it is nice and tasty. Smooth, slightly honeyed, soft floral notes, fruity in that glazed apple, yellow raisins type of profile. Not real exciting, but a nice dram. I had a ...
by LMD Ermitaño
April 18th, 2022, 11:41 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Which Champagne are you drinking?
Replies: 4341
Views: 267450

Re: Which Champagne are you drinking?

Last night, at a friend’s house. Quite nice; particularly with the wild trout sashimi.
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by LMD Ermitaño
April 18th, 2022, 11:35 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: What did you cook tonight?
Replies: 2799
Views: 159834

Re: What did you cook tonight?

Made some roasted racks of lamb at a friend’s house last night; paired it with some 2009 Château Lagrange (decanted 1&1/2 hours for aeration); no photo of the wine though. Pretty decent for its moderate price.
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by LMD Ermitaño
April 16th, 2022, 10:20 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What bottle of wine did you open today?
Replies: 14408
Views: 642108

Re: What bottle of wine did you open today?

With dinner at an old favourite French restaurant for my eldest’s birthday dinner tonight (his birth vintage).
by LMD Ermitaño
April 14th, 2022, 9:21 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Steak Porn
Replies: 3130
Views: 270388

Re: Steak Porn

It’s certainly good stuff. Even my kids say they prefer it to A5 wagyu since it tastes “beefier”, isn’t as overly soft, and, isn’t as “nakakasawa” - there’s not an exact translation into English; but, best I can translate it is that it doesn’t fatigue the palate as much as A5 wagyu does. I have onl...
by LMD Ermitaño
April 14th, 2022, 8:26 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Steak Porn
Replies: 3130
Views: 270388

Re: Steak Porn

A Korean friend recently opened a higher-end Korean barbecue restaurant nearby that features Hanwoo grade 1++ beef (roughly the equivalent of Japan’s A5 wagyu as I understand) that she flies in from Korea; so we’ve been eating there fairly regularly. She cooks for us personally when she happens to ...
by LMD Ermitaño
April 14th, 2022, 8:10 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Steak Porn
Replies: 3130
Views: 270388

Re: Steak Porn

A Korean friend recently opened a higher-end Korean barbecue restaurant nearby that features Hanwoo grade 1++ beef (roughly the equivalent of Japan’s A5 wagyu as I understand) that she flies in from Korea; so we’ve been eating there fairly regularly. She cooks for us personally when she happens to b...
by LMD Ermitaño
April 14th, 2022, 7:47 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?
Replies: 20080
Views: 1096814

Re: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?

Picked up a few yesterday.
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by LMD Ermitaño
April 14th, 2022, 7:39 am
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: What COGNAC/ARMAGNAC Are You Drinking?
Replies: 168
Views: 21861

Re: What COGNAC/ARMAGNAC Are You Drinking?

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by LMD Ermitaño
April 8th, 2022, 10:22 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: What did you cook tonight?
Replies: 2799
Views: 159834

Re: What did you cook tonight?

Made dinner last night for 10 persons (to welcome a niece back to Manila on vacation from Ireland). The cook is still on vacation, so I had to make the pasta and meat courses, including prep work, solo. The other sides were made by my father-in-law’s cook (no photos of those though). FF57A286-B198-4...
by LMD Ermitaño
April 3rd, 2022, 7:28 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: What did you cook tonight?
Replies: 2799
Views: 159834

Re: What did you cook tonight?

Thanks!
by LMD Ermitaño
April 3rd, 2022, 5:58 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: What did you cook tonight?
Replies: 2799
Views: 159834

Re: What did you cook tonight?

Made some Dingley Dell pork tomahawks for Saturday dinner. The cook’s on a month’s vacation; so I made the (simple) sides of mashed potatoes, and peas & corn as well. 1D6CCD0B-074F-4CC9-862E-BC94AF175BE6.jpeg 0ED8ADA2-05C7-4A0F-BB0B-7978EFC1A582.jpeg Made a dry rub of sweet Spanish paprika, bit ...
by LMD Ermitaño
March 30th, 2022, 10:49 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: What did you cook tonight?
Replies: 2799
Views: 159834

Re: What did you cook tonight?

Choucroute Garnie. Look delicious! Oddly, this dish made our meal plan for the week as well. Maybe it’s the last throws of cold weather in PHL that are prompting it. We are only serving two, so the recipe is a bit more simplistic. The general game plan is the same but with a 1/2 rack of country rib...
by LMD Ermitaño
March 29th, 2022, 10:20 pm
Forum: Travel, Wine Tourism, and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Budapest and Bucharest
Replies: 32
Views: 2401

Re: Budapest and Bucharest

One other tip re: Bucharest. Avoid using taxis, just stick to Uber.
by LMD Ermitaño
March 29th, 2022, 10:09 pm
Forum: Travel, Wine Tourism, and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Budapest and Bucharest
Replies: 32
Views: 2401

Re: Budapest and Bucharest

I spent a few nights in Bucharest in late 2019 - it was for work - accompanied a client to look into possible investment opportunities there. Because of meetings, we didn’t get to eat out of the hotel much. That said, we did have lunch at this old caravanserai (claiming to have been open since 1808)...
by LMD Ermitaño
March 29th, 2022, 8:09 am
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: What COGNAC/ARMAGNAC Are You Drinking?
Replies: 168
Views: 21861

Re: What COGNAC/ARMAGNAC Are You Drinking?

Mich@el Ch@ng wrote: March 29th, 2022, 8:03 am Tesseron is quite good. There’s a lot of new artisan bottlers you may like though. Fine drams will lrobdfbly deliver to you. May want to check out pasquet and normandin mercier.
Thanks, I’ll look them up.
by LMD Ermitaño
March 29th, 2022, 8:06 am
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: Kweichow Moutai - Luxury Liqueur: Anyone ever taste it?
Replies: 22
Views: 4699

Re: Kweichow Moutai - Luxury Liqueur: Anyone ever taste it?

I (reluctantly) had quite a bit of Kweichow Moutai (as well as Wuliangye, another “luxury” baiju) some years ago during dinner (and more over cigars) at a Chinese friend’s house - a banquet personally prepared by his wife. I was the only non-Chinese/non-family member at the dinner. The dishes were e...
by LMD Ermitaño
March 29th, 2022, 7:44 am
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: What COGNAC/ARMAGNAC Are You Drinking?
Replies: 168
Views: 21861

Re: What COGNAC/ARMAGNAC Are You Drinking?

Pity I saw this thread only now. Anyway, I used to drink cognac regularly many years ago; but that trailed off. These days, I still don’t drink much cognac; but, when I do buy, it’s always this. DE941DC1-76B2-4F25-90D7-61BA4C1352A6.jpeg My second son also likes the 53 a lot. Their 29 is also delicio...
by LMD Ermitaño
March 29th, 2022, 7:26 am
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: What WHISKY (Scotch) are you drinking?
Replies: 1027
Views: 75877

Re: What WHISKY (Scotch) are you drinking?

Bought this yesterday out of curiosity, and tried it out with my eldest after dinner. Nothing profound or complex; but definitely tasty. At its very reasonable price, there’s a place for it in one’s bar. I coincidentally had this same scotch last Wednesday. Your take is about the same as mine. It i...
by LMD Ermitaño
March 28th, 2022, 11:21 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: What did you cook tonight?
Replies: 2799
Views: 159834

Re: What did you cook tonight?

Flannery Bone-in Pork Loin cut into 2 bone chops. Dusted with a rub of Chili Powder, Cumin, Cayenne, S&P. Roasted then pan finished in Bul Go Kai sauce. Served with Asparagus, Ancient Grains and Applesauce. 6A144830-AB47-47D4-9B65-8C79461E70CD.jpegDF510B18-1EBA-4E2C-BBA9-EBE395273997.jpegDB0925...
by LMD Ermitaño
March 28th, 2022, 6:53 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: What did you cook tonight?
Replies: 2799
Views: 159834

Re: What did you cook tonight?

Flannery Bone-in Pork Loin cut into 2 bone chops. Dusted with a rub of Chili Powder, Cumin, Cayenne, S&P. Roasted then pan finished in Bul Go Kai sauce. Served with Asparagus, Ancient Grains and Applesauce. 6A144830-AB47-47D4-9B65-8C79461E70CD.jpegDF510B18-1EBA-4E2C-BBA9-EBE395273997.jpegDB0925...

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