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by Michel Abood
September 11th, 2019, 11:09 am
Forum: Offline Planner
Topic: Mini-BerserkerFest 10.4 at my house (San Clemente CA), September 7 2019 - NEW START TIME
Replies: 100
Views: 3386

Re: Mini-BerserkerFest 10.4 at my house (San Clemente CA), September 7 2019 - NEW START TIME

How the hell did you manage THAT? The super-duper, handy navigation app got us TO the train station in SJC, but put us on the street just to the west of station and across the tracks just as the train was arriving. Michel hoofed it across the tracks and managed not to get mangled. Good recovery. Br...
by Michel Abood
September 10th, 2019, 1:46 pm
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Anyone use Global Entry Program?
Replies: 477
Views: 29337

Re: Anyone use Global Entry Program?

I applied for Global Entry renewal as it was expiring at the end of October and finally got re-approved. It only took about 3 months. [head-bang.gif]
by Michel Abood
September 10th, 2019, 1:43 pm
Forum: Offline Planner
Topic: Mini-BerserkerFest 10.4 at my house (San Clemente CA), September 7 2019 - NEW START TIME
Replies: 100
Views: 3386

Re: Mini-BerserkerFest 10.4 at my house (San Clemente CA), September 7 2019 - NEW START TIME

How the hell did you manage THAT? I ended up on the wrong side of the tracks, so I had to decide whether to run in front of the train as it arrived or wait and run around the back, climb onto the platform, and hope they wouldn't leave without me. I chose to run around the back, which as it turns ou...
by Michel Abood
September 10th, 2019, 12:10 pm
Forum: Offline Planner
Topic: Mini-BerserkerFest 10.4 at my house (San Clemente CA), September 7 2019 - NEW START TIME
Replies: 100
Views: 3386

Re: Mini-BerserkerFest 10.4 at my house (San Clemente CA), September 7 2019 - NEW START TIME

Thanks for hosting Todd, Jen, and great to see everyone. That was a blast, and thank you to Bruce for dropping me off at the train station. You're welcome. Todd told me to make sure I ran you out of town, so I complied. neener Bruce Indeed, I almost got run over by the train too. [cry.gif]
by Michel Abood
September 9th, 2019, 12:19 pm
Forum: Offline Planner
Topic: Mini-BerserkerFest 10.4 at my house (San Clemente CA), September 7 2019 - NEW START TIME
Replies: 100
Views: 3386

Re: Mini-BerserkerFest 10.4 at my house (San Clemente CA), September 7 2019 - NEW START TIME

Thanks for hosting Todd, Jen, and great to see everyone. That was a blast, and thank you to Bruce for dropping me off at the train station.
by Michel Abood
September 4th, 2019, 1:20 pm
Forum: Offline Planner
Topic: Mini-BerserkerFest 10.4 at my house (San Clemente CA), September 7 2019 - NEW START TIME
Replies: 100
Views: 3386

Re: Mini-BerserkerFest 10.4 at my house (San Clemente CA), September 7 2019 - NEW START TIME

Todd F r e n c h wrote:
September 4th, 2019, 12:26 pm
Forecast is creeping up a bit - now a high of 81, was 77 or so. Aim late if the weather stays hot, and we'll do an even-later start to keep it cool.

Let me know if you plan to bring something, so I know what to fill in. Will be shopping Friday!
Just please no Speedos. [snort.gif]
by Michel Abood
August 27th, 2019, 5:17 pm
Forum: Offline Planner
Topic: Mini-BerserkerFest 10.4 at my house (San Clemente CA), September 7 2019 - NEW START TIME
Replies: 100
Views: 3386

Re: Mini-BerserkerFest 10.4 at my house (San Clemente CA), September 7 2019 (Kane comes to town)

Cris Whetstone wrote:
August 26th, 2019, 8:23 pm
Anymore talk of wine themes? Wines Brad hates maybe?
You mean good wine? neener [wow.gif]
by Michel Abood
August 2nd, 2019, 10:39 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: New York City Restaurants
Replies: 2154
Views: 128227

Re: New York City Restaurants

mark rudner wrote:
August 1st, 2019, 8:40 am
awesome pic of your son and the pig
i'm not sure my kid would be in the same room with it!
We've been adamant about introducing new dishes and foods almost from the day he was born. He is quite an adventurous eater, especially for a nearly 5 year old. We are very lucky.
by Michel Abood
August 1st, 2019, 7:26 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: New York City Restaurants
Replies: 2154
Views: 128227

Re: New York City Restaurants

I forgot to mention we also visited a classic that doesn't get much press anymore: Balthazar. It's amazing to me that after all these years, not only is the place banging all day (we were there from 12:45pm to 2:30pm), but service is still outstanding and the food is still really good. It's not grou...
by Michel Abood
July 31st, 2019, 10:12 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: New York City Restaurants
Replies: 2154
Views: 128227

Re: New York City Restaurants

I was in town with my wife and 4.5 year old boy for a week to visit family (and this was their first trip back since we moved to San Diego 3 years ago) so we hit up some of the usual spots (Wu's, Ops, Maialino). Wu's was a slight disappointment, the food was good but not great (though the fried anch...
by Michel Abood
July 10th, 2019, 10:45 pm
Forum: Offline Planner
Topic: Mini-BerserkerFest 10.4 at my house (San Clemente CA), September 7 2019 - NEW START TIME
Replies: 100
Views: 3386

Re: Mini-BerserkerFest 10.4 at my house, September 7 2019 (Kane comes to town)

K John Joseph wrote:
July 10th, 2019, 12:53 pm
Imagine how kickass this offline would be if TWO K@NES showed up! Just sayin...
TRUST me, you don't want two Brad Kanes showing up. Sign of the Apocalypse and all that.
by Michel Abood
June 21st, 2019, 4:09 pm
Forum: Offline Planner
Topic: Mini-BerserkerFest 10.4 at my house (San Clemente CA), September 7 2019 - NEW START TIME
Replies: 100
Views: 3386

Re: Mini-BerserkerFest 10.4 at my house, September 7 2019 (Kane comes to town)

Have well aged (by now) Burg, comes with a set of large plastic cups, red, of course: . . . Rossi Burg.png 99 Points rating, year in and year out, Hobo Paradise magazine Brad loves Burgundy, so this is right in his wheelhouse (kidding, for those who don't know Kane, he despises Burgundy - except, s...
by Michel Abood
June 20th, 2019, 1:55 pm
Forum: Offline Planner
Topic: Mini-BerserkerFest 10.4 at my house (San Clemente CA), September 7 2019 - NEW START TIME
Replies: 100
Views: 3386

Re: Mini-BerserkerFest 10.4 at my house, September 7 2019 (Kane comes to town)

On Brad Kane's CA tour, I agreed to host a shindig at my house (in San Clemente, CA), theme to be determined, but I have plenty of big hunks of Flannery we can throw on the grill (as long as someone ELSE agrees to grill, as I'm not so good at it). Likely theme will be 'bring some good wine, don't b...
by Michel Abood
May 13th, 2019, 5:23 pm
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Anyone use Global Entry Program?
Replies: 477
Views: 29337

Re: Anyone use Global Entry Program?

WARNING= Mobile passport switched to a freemium version a few weeks ago. I usually read review before updating apps, and when I noticed there was an update I went to the Play store and started reading. Apparently it's now $15/year so the app can do what was once free: scan your passport, and keep yo...
by Michel Abood
May 3rd, 2019, 12:11 pm
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Best Area in Paris for Bistros
Replies: 20
Views: 898

Re: Best Area in Paris for Bistros

Thanks everyone for the help. We ended up booking the Westin Vendomme which I believe is in the 9th. It's our plan to walk as much as we can while in Paris. That's in the 1st, right by the Tuileries and the Louvre, but still a lovely place. Paris, overall, is a very walkable city. You aren't far fr...
by Michel Abood
May 3rd, 2019, 12:02 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Good Old Days At Eleven Madison Park
Replies: 30
Views: 2198

Re: Good Old Days At Eleven Madison Park

Oh man, what a blast from the past. EMP was so much fun, but like many here I haven't been back in ages. Last time there was the grid menu.
by Michel Abood
April 29th, 2019, 10:00 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Eating and Drinking in Paris (Updated July 2019)
Replies: 176
Views: 13043

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 ...
by Michel Abood
April 14th, 2019, 7:31 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: New York City Restaurants
Replies: 2154
Views: 128227

Re: New York City Restaurants

I was in NYC for a few days on my way back from VinItaly and before heading to New England so I had to stop back in at Ops, consistently one of the best pizzas in NYC (and SOOOO much better than anything we get out in San Diego). Absolutely fantastic. IMG_20190413_201929.jpg IMG_20190413_202106.jpg ...
by Michel Abood
March 1st, 2019, 4:47 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Eating and Drinking in Paris (Updated July 2019)
Replies: 176
Views: 13043

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

All of the spaces are really cramped :D Both Clown Bar and CAM have kitchens that can fit inside a food truck. Speaking of CAM, I have dinner plans there on Sunday... Too funny that out of all of the places in Paris, I can't stop going back there and it's not for the wine or "French" food. It's jus...
by Michel Abood
March 1st, 2019, 10:59 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Eating and Drinking in Paris (Updated July 2019)
Replies: 176
Views: 13043

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

Looking through my pictures I realized I forgot to mention one of my last dinners in Paris was at an Italian joint in the 11th, Retro Bottega (https://www.laretrobottega.com/). It's primarily Puglian food from a Puglian chef, Pietro, with a ton of well-chosen Italian natural wines (several of which ...
by Michel Abood
February 19th, 2019, 1:40 pm
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Anyone use Global Entry Program?
Replies: 477
Views: 29337

Re: Anyone use Global Entry Program?

Yes to both. [berserker.gif] To jump on a tangent... this is what I was telling you about at dinner. You could fund a third world economy with what I spent on it over two years :) http://www.lebeurrebordier.com/en/new-le-beurre-a-loignon-de-roscoff/ My guy didn't have that or I would have grabbed i...
by Michel Abood
February 19th, 2019, 8:19 am
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Anyone use Global Entry Program?
Replies: 477
Views: 29337

Re: Anyone use Global Entry Program?

Yes to both. [berserker.gif]
by Michel Abood
February 19th, 2019, 7:00 am
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Anyone use Global Entry Program?
Replies: 477
Views: 29337

Re: Anyone use Global Entry Program?

Came back from Paris via JFK on Sunday night and discovered something: you can't use both Mobile Passport and Global Entry at the same time. So if you've already used MP, then Global Entry won't work for you, and vice versa. I had figured I'd see which line was shortest, and when I saw an open GE ki...
by Michel Abood
February 19th, 2019, 6:54 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Eating and Drinking in Paris (Updated July 2019)
Replies: 176
Views: 13043

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

I just got back from 3 weeks in France and had some amazing meals (shocking, I know). Favorite places included: -Shu (Kushiage style literal underground hole in the wall - it was an old coal storage basement, Chef is NY-born, CA-raised, and worked in Tokyo and Paris before opening this in 2009): htt...
by Michel Abood
February 6th, 2019, 12:51 am
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Is France Safe for Travel
Replies: 53
Views: 2560

Re: Is France Safe for Travel

Not Paris but Angers yesterday (Tuesday). There was a joint Gillets Jaunes (Yellow Jackets), union (CGT) and school kids demonstration. Everyone was very motivated but happy, and as one person told me, "Make fun of the French all you want, but at least we still fight for our rights." Hard to argue w...
by Michel Abood
February 2nd, 2019, 3:53 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Eating and Drinking in Paris (Updated July 2019)
Replies: 176
Views: 13043

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

Dinner last night with Andrew and my British ex-pat buddy Neil at Paul Bert was fantastic. Felt like I was home. IMG_20190201_205150.jpg Fried monkfish cheeks IMG_20190201_205219.jpg Herve Souhaut St Joseph Clos des Cessieux IMG_20190201_210817.jpg Côte de Boeuf for 2 IMG_20190201_210843.jpg Frites ...
by Michel Abood
January 29th, 2019, 4:07 pm
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Paris in February? Where to Stay?
Replies: 101
Views: 4256

Re: Paris in February? Where to Stay?

I'm in Montpellier until Wednesday 30th, happy to meet up 31st or 1st. I have an early morning TGV to Angers for the trade shows on Sunday so I'd rather stay home and sleep early on Saturday.
by Michel Abood
January 25th, 2019, 5:48 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Eating and Drinking in Paris (Updated July 2019)
Replies: 176
Views: 13043

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

Going to CAM Import/Export this Sunday :) #thesmiths I took Mike Grammer to Amarante on a Sunday and it was pretty good, iirc. Hate you. [cheers.gif] I'll strongly support all the recommendations for Clown Bar, as well as the others folks mentioned. Brutos is also on my favorites list for Sunday di...
by Michel Abood
January 24th, 2019, 7:37 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Eating and Drinking in Paris (Updated July 2019)
Replies: 176
Views: 13043

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

Going to CAM Import/Export this Sunday :) #thesmiths I took Mike Grammer to Amarante on a Sunday and it was pretty good, iirc. Hate you. [cheers.gif] I'll strongly support all the recommendations for Clown Bar, as well as the others folks mentioned. Brutos is also on my favorites list for Sunday di...
by Michel Abood
January 24th, 2019, 7:32 am
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Paris in February? Where to Stay?
Replies: 101
Views: 4256

Re: Paris in February? Where to Stay?

Can't wait to be back, leaving Friday for 3 weeks in France.
by Michel Abood
January 21st, 2019, 6:21 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN- 2005 Allemand Cornas les Chaillots
Replies: 13
Views: 894

Re: TN- 2005 Allemand Cornas les Chaillots

Wow, talk about a blast from the past!
by Michel Abood
January 20th, 2019, 5:05 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Unfashionable Alsace making a comeback?
Replies: 45
Views: 2791

Re: Unfashionable Alsace making a comeback?

Something doesn’t compute here: restaurant sommeliers are pushing orange, borderline flawed “natural” and other wierd-ass wines...and Alsatian wines are a hard sell? And for anyone who thinks that Alsace should get out of the Riesling business, put together a tasting of Schlossbergs from Weinbach, ...
by Michel Abood
January 19th, 2019, 10:45 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Unfashionable Alsace making a comeback?
Replies: 45
Views: 2791

Re: Unfashionable Alsace making a comeback?

As an importer, we took a gamble on a small producer of biodynamic Alsatian wines this year ( http://vincent-fleith.com/ ) despite my better instincts. The price was right and the quality outstanding. I knew it would be a very tough sell, but even I wasn't prepared for the resistance. Buyers love t...
by Michel Abood
December 23rd, 2018, 4:24 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Eating and Drinking in Paris (Updated July 2019)
Replies: 176
Views: 13043

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

Yes, sorry, I should have mentioned that. It's a standing room only place, from what I remember. It's also first come first served, so getting there earlier is better. It's more of a riff on a tapas bar.
by Michel Abood
December 23rd, 2018, 2:16 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Eating and Drinking in Paris (Updated July 2019)
Replies: 176
Views: 13043

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

Thanks! Sounds like no-ones been to Pur. I love fish, so am likely going back to L'escalier du Bistro. The other choices are le grand bains (never been but recommended by Paris by Mouth) and Au Passage. Any opinions on the relative merits of those three? Never been to any of those places, but for f...
by Michel Abood
December 12th, 2018, 2:01 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Eating and Drinking in Paris (Updated July 2019)
Replies: 176
Views: 13043

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

Tom G l a s g o w wrote:
December 12th, 2018, 8:43 am
Thanks all.
Before you go make sure you check Wendy Lyn's website, she regularly posts about places that open in August (and during/after the end-of-year holidays). She lives there and does high-end tours of interesting places.
by Michel Abood
December 12th, 2018, 1:59 pm
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Is France Safe for Travel
Replies: 53
Views: 2560

Re: Is France Safe for Travel

Was in Provence earlier this fall. We saw armed guards in almost all the train stations in the larger towns. The guards actually made me more nervous because they stare you down. The TSA folks just touch you. Honestly, that's been the case since the 1980s. They've had heavily armed soldiers at airp...
by Michel Abood
December 7th, 2018, 11:54 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Vinland -- Portland, ME
Replies: 5
Views: 481

Re: Vinland -- Portland, ME

Glad to hear it's back on point. BTW the Il Farneto Rio Rocca is a wine we import, was it the Spergola or the Berzmein (Marzemino)? In any case hope you enjoyed it and that it went well with the dish. Thank you for sharing that...it was the Spèrgle. Just a lovely white that paired beautifully with ...
by Michel Abood
December 5th, 2018, 10:47 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Vinland -- Portland, ME
Replies: 5
Views: 481

Re: Vinland -- Portland, ME

My wife and I ate at Vinland last Thursday. For those of you who are not familiar with the restaurant, it's chef/owner is attempting to create the Noma of Maine: all ingredients are sourced from New England, with 90% from Maine. That means no pepper, no olive oil, no lemons, etc. It got a lot of bu...
by Michel Abood
November 26th, 2018, 9:49 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Michel Abood Article from Seven Fifty
Replies: 32
Views: 1782

Re: Michel Abood Article from Seven Fifty

Andrew Kotowski wrote:
November 23rd, 2018, 6:04 pm
jordan whitehead wrote:
November 21st, 2018, 4:45 pm
Who?
I didn’t realize I was eating dinner with a superhero; I always assumed he was a bit of a Joker ;)
Uuuuuugh. [banhim.gif]
by Michel Abood
November 26th, 2018, 9:47 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Michel Abood Article from Seven Fifty
Replies: 32
Views: 1782

Re: Michel Abood Article from Seven Fifty

Michel, Loved the writeup. Couldn't tell from your website: where can I find out where your wines are available in CA? Paul, our wines are available in most of CA, through retailers around the state. Is there any store in particular you're thinking of? For most states I'd need to check with our loc...
by Michel Abood
November 20th, 2018, 9:01 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Michel Abood Article from Seven Fifty
Replies: 32
Views: 1782

Re: Michel Abood Article from Seven Fifty

Mark Cochard wrote:
November 20th, 2018, 8:50 am
Michel Abood wrote:
November 20th, 2018, 8:33 am
Mark Cochard wrote:
November 20th, 2018, 7:55 am
OK, I'll look for the Fleur de l'Europe Brut Nature.

Let me know if you are interested in getting distribution in Delaware.
I work at a wine store in Wilmington.
Mark, let's talk. We are in MD, VA and DC but not DE (yet).
PM Sent
Hah hah I think our emails crossed simultaneously!
by Michel Abood
November 20th, 2018, 8:33 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Michel Abood Article from Seven Fifty
Replies: 32
Views: 1782

Re: Michel Abood Article from Seven Fifty

Mark Cochard wrote:
November 20th, 2018, 7:55 am
OK, I'll look for the Fleur de l'Europe Brut Nature.

Let me know if you are interested in getting distribution in Delaware.
I work at a wine store in Wilmington.
Mark, let's talk. We are in MD, VA and DC but not DE (yet).
by Michel Abood
November 20th, 2018, 7:33 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Michel Abood Article from Seven Fifty
Replies: 32
Views: 1782

Re: Michel Abood Article from Seven Fifty

Philly and Wilmington This is the one I am looking for Champagne Fleury Notes Blanches Brut Nature. Only the Blanc de Noir and Rose show up on wine searcher. Hi Mark, we actually didn't import the Notes Blanches as there wasn't availability this year. Right now we're working with the BdN, Rose and ...
by Michel Abood
November 19th, 2018, 5:46 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Michel Abood Article from Seven Fifty
Replies: 32
Views: 1782

Re: Michel Abood Article from Seven Fifty

Michel, Loved the writeup. Couldn't tell from your website: where can I find out where your wines are available in CA? Paul, our wines are available in most of CA, through retailers around the state. Is there any store in particular you're thinking of? For most states I'd need to check with our loc...
by Michel Abood
November 19th, 2018, 5:42 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Michel Abood Article from Seven Fifty
Replies: 32
Views: 1782

Re: Michel Abood Article from Seven Fifty

Mark Cochard wrote:
November 19th, 2018, 10:40 am
Michel, Can you let me know where I can get Champagne Fleury. Doing a tasting and need something from the Aube. You can PM me if you don't want to advertise.
Hey Mark, Fleury is in NY in a bunch of places, where are you located?
by Michel Abood
November 19th, 2018, 9:43 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Michel Abood Article from Seven Fifty
Replies: 32
Views: 1782

Re: Michel Abood Article from Seven Fifty

Jorge Henriquez wrote:
November 19th, 2018, 9:28 am
Couldn’t happen to a nicer guy(s).
Ah, I see my check cleared. [snort.gif]
by Michel Abood
November 19th, 2018, 9:18 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Michel Abood Article from Seven Fifty
Replies: 32
Views: 1782

Re: Michel Abood Article from Seven Fifty

Michel, congrats! Great write-up. I'm back in the city so let me know next time you're in town. Where are you in CA? Hey Drew, welcome back to NYC! I moved to Solana Beach, just north of San Diego, 2 years ago to open the CA market. I'll be back in NYC in late January on my way to the trade shows i...
by Michel Abood
November 16th, 2018, 1:46 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Michel Abood Article from Seven Fifty
Replies: 32
Views: 1782

Re: Michel Abood Article from Seven Fifty

The only drawback for from clicking through to this very nice article is that he is pictured, smiling and non-demonic, meaning I have to drop the illusion that his avatar is not how he actually looks [cheers.gif] Jonathan Fake News. I used a pic from the Intertubes for the article. Thanks all for t...
by Michel Abood
November 9th, 2018, 6:50 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: New York City Restaurants
Replies: 2154
Views: 128227

Re: New York City Restaurants

faryan your review seems to be the consensus of most people i've spoken to i guess i'll still go but i'm certainly in no rush to get there +1 Several friends have been to UPN and reported the same thing. Pizzas are good, not great, and certainly not worth the coin. Funny enough we did a pizza crawl...

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