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by David K o l i n
July 15th, 2019, 12:29 pm
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: PSA- Hotel Maria Cristina in San Sebastián, Spain
Replies: 16
Views: 418

Re: PSA- Hotel Maria Cristina in San Sebastián, Spain

Roughly 650 Euro a night right now. Around 35,000-50,000 points per night IF you can get a redemption right now. During current high season I see no redemption nights. We stayed at a lovely 2 bedroom across the street from La Concha with a fabulous multilevel garden for about a third of the price
by David K o l i n
July 15th, 2019, 12:07 pm
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: New Orleans Hotels
Replies: 27
Views: 573

Re: New Orleans Hotels

I love the Roosevelt (just returned in May), but man the Sazerac bar has just lost its charm in recent years. I really don’t want to hang out and pay $20 for a Sazerac where 80% of the Patrons are treating it like a bar on bourbon st. Class it up people (should be in the get off my lawn thread I su...
by David K o l i n
July 14th, 2019, 2:29 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Chicago Restaurant Thread
Replies: 623
Views: 30767

Re: Chicago Restaurant Thread

Might be worth checking in at Avec, if Mediterranean suits you. They have openings early and late, and even one at 7:30 not too much earlier today.
by David K o l i n
July 14th, 2019, 2:03 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Chicago Restaurant Thread
Replies: 623
Views: 30767

Re: Chicago Restaurant Thread

Where are you, Andy?
by David K o l i n
July 14th, 2019, 12:49 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Stranded on a deserted island - 1 wine, 1 beer, 1 spirit
Replies: 61
Views: 1594

Re: Stranded on a deserted island - 1 wine

Krug MV

Havana Club Anejo Rum (Cuban) 7 year (it is a tropical island)

Not too particular on the beer, but most certainly a lager
by David K o l i n
July 12th, 2019, 6:23 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Your best/favorite/cleverest words or phrases seen in a WB post
Replies: 22
Views: 892

Re: Your best/favorite/cleverest words or phrases seen in a WB post

It’s best to keep Corey away from your legs
by David K o l i n
July 9th, 2019, 4:31 pm
Forum: Commerce Corner - Wine Classifieds
Topic: 'Golden' Russian Osetra Caviar & Kaluga/Huso Hybrid @ unbeatable pricing!
Replies: 23
Views: 1372

Re: 'Golden' Russian Osetra Caviar & Kaluga/Huso Hybrid @ unbeatable pricing!

There is an outfit in St Ignace that sells salmon caviar for $20 a pint. It ain’t sturgeon, but I do get my Thurston Howell moments with it
by David K o l i n
July 9th, 2019, 2:42 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Bedrock "Alta Vista" YouTube Video
Replies: 2
Views: 555

Re: Bedrock "Alta Vista" YouTube Video

Very nice
by David K o l i n
July 7th, 2019, 7:24 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What Bedrock wine are you drinking tonight?
Replies: 2163
Views: 134008

Re: What Bedrock wine are you drinking tonight?

‘18 Lulu and a ‘17 Wirtz Riesling on the deck
by David K o l i n
July 6th, 2019, 9:28 am
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: New Orleans Hotels
Replies: 27
Views: 573

Re: New Orleans Hotels

Roosevelt. Buy me a drink one day and we’re good. https://waldorfastoria3.hilton.com/en/hotels/louisiana/the-roosevelt-new-orleans-a-waldorf-astoria-hotel-MSYRHWA/index.html?SEO_id=GMB-WA-MSYRHWA We stayed at the Roosevelt during our last trip. It was very comfortable, but we’ve become accustomed t...
by David K o l i n
July 2nd, 2019, 6:04 am
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Lisbon?
Replies: 40
Views: 3282

Re: Lisbon?

We're heading to Portugal in September, a few days in Lisbon, then Coimbra and surrounds, then Porto and surrounds. I've been reading the great food suggestions, how about any highly recommended places to stay...from rustic up through five star? Thanks. We just returned and stayed in a bright and v...
by David K o l i n
July 1st, 2019, 7:15 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: San Sebastian
Replies: 112
Views: 7278

Re: San Sebastian

It's a five hour drive from Madrid to San Sebastian, which is a pretty long drive after a night of flying (particularly if your flight is delayed by seven hours). The first three hours of the drive aren't very interesting, but the last 90 minutes are beautiful.
by David K o l i n
June 30th, 2019, 8:28 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: San Sebastian
Replies: 112
Views: 7278

Re: San Sebastian

No three stars this trip, but we had a stunning lunch at Mirador de Ulia. Lunch is the perfect meal given the view.
by David K o l i n
June 30th, 2019, 4:48 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: What meals did you grow up on
Replies: 67
Views: 1597

Re: What meals did you grow up on

Nada
by David K o l i n
June 29th, 2019, 12:26 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Next week Europe is going to get hammered by heat
Replies: 67
Views: 3656

Re: Next week Europe is going to get hammered by heat

Made it to 110+ before it started to cool down. Its100 degrees now at 9:30 pm, but the sun is setting
by David K o l i n
June 29th, 2019, 8:53 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Next week Europe is going to get hammered by heat
Replies: 67
Views: 3656

Re: Next week Europe is going to get hammered by heat

107 in American. About 100 miles south of Madrid

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by David K o l i n
June 26th, 2019, 8:15 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Next week Europe is going to get hammered by heat
Replies: 67
Views: 3656

Re: Next week Europe is going to get hammered by heat

It’s supposed to be 72 on the Algarve on the Southern Coast of Portugal on Saturday and 106 in Madrid. Were driving from one to the other on Saturday
by David K o l i n
June 25th, 2019, 3:00 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Next week Europe is going to get hammered by heat
Replies: 67
Views: 3656

Re: Next week Europe is going to get hammered by heat

Northern Spain and western Portugal have been mid-70s. Delightful
by David K o l i n
June 22nd, 2019, 11:59 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Breakfast This Morning: Spanish Tortilla
Replies: 14
Views: 796

Re: Breakfast This Morning: Spanish Tortilla

That looks pretty nice, Bill. We’ve been eating a lot of these over the last week
by David K o l i n
June 22nd, 2019, 11:57 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Chicago Restaurant Thread
Replies: 623
Views: 30767

Re: Chicago Restaurant Thread

Sorry too late, but Riccardo’s trattoria in Lincoln Park is quite good.
by David K o l i n
June 14th, 2019, 6:39 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Dads: what's your Father's Day dinner this year?
Replies: 20
Views: 1072

Re: Dads: what's your Father's Day dinner this year?

Café Iruña In Pamplona, it seems
by David K o l i n
June 14th, 2019, 5:13 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Chicago Restaurant Thread
Replies: 623
Views: 30767

Re: Chicago Restaurant Thread

Has anyone gone to Stone Flower and/or planning on it? It looks AMAZING but this is the former chef at 42 grams that was convicted of hitting his ex-wife. My initial instinct would be to stay away, no matter how good the food is. OTOH, it sounds like he has gone out of his way to make amends by rai...
by David K o l i n
June 14th, 2019, 11:31 am
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Anyone been to the Great Sand Dunes National Park?
Replies: 7
Views: 415

Re: Anyone been to the Great Sand Dunes National Park?

You can always do the more moderate dunes National park and follow up with chillin’ in Chicago

https://www.washingtonpost.com/lifestyl ... story.html
by David K o l i n
June 13th, 2019, 2:48 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Best wine deal I have seen in LONG time
Replies: 13
Views: 1596

Re: Best wine deal I have seen in LONG time

Nuts. I’ll take a 60 pack
by David K o l i n
June 12th, 2019, 9:07 am
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Favorite San Francisco Hotel?
Replies: 15
Views: 811

Re: Favorite San Francisco Hotel?

I always enjoyed the Mandarin Oriental (now the Loews) when I was in SF on business
by David K o l i n
June 11th, 2019, 7:19 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Any Reccos in Santiago de Compostela
Replies: 5
Views: 290

Re: Any Reccos in Santiago de Compostela

Leaving on Saturday. San Sebastián, across Spain’s North Coast to Santiago de Compostela and down the Portuguese Atlantic coast
by David K o l i n
June 11th, 2019, 2:20 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Any Reccos in Santiago de Compostela
Replies: 5
Views: 290

Re: Any Reccos in Santiago de Compostela

yes a few. We were there last summer. Casa Marcello in town http://www.casamarcelo.net/ asian fusion with a Galician accent. We loved it and went 2X. Asbastos 2.0 in the food market https://abastosdouspuntocero.com/ the best scallops ever. small plates and lively place Take a drive about 40 minutes...
by David K o l i n
June 1st, 2019, 9:36 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Where please?
Replies: 23
Views: 1682

Re: Where please?

Welcome, Len. Come play along!
by David K o l i n
May 29th, 2019, 5:10 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Chicago Restaurant Thread
Replies: 623
Views: 30767

Re: Chicago Restaurant Thread

I went to Passerotto last night for the third time and I'm a big fan. Four of us ordered everything on the menu except the whole fried branzino and dessert. The wine list is on the small side but corkage is $15. I'm still thinking about the short rib. We had a bottle of champagne, a dry riesling, a...
by David K o l i n
May 27th, 2019, 4:02 pm
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Traverse City, Mackinac Island tips
Replies: 14
Views: 545

Re: Traverse City, Mackinac Island tips

If you’re going to Leland, you must (of course) stop in the Cove Restaurant for a Chubby Mary

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by David K o l i n
May 27th, 2019, 3:30 pm
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Bar Harbor, Maine / Acadia National Park
Replies: 7
Views: 945

Re: Bar Harbor, Maine / Acadia National Park

If you have time, a nice day trip from Bar Harbor is Campobello Island, New Brunswick - Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt’s summer home. It’s a 2+ hour drive each way. If you decide to go , it’s worth a stop a the West Quoddy Head lighthouse, the most eastern point in the continental US, on the Bay of ...
by David K o l i n
May 18th, 2019, 6:55 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Inexpensive coffee grinders?
Replies: 99
Views: 4779

Re: Inexpensive coffee grinders?

Michael O'Brien wrote:
October 8th, 2015, 2:18 pm
We have been using our old Braun 4045 for over 20 years. Still grinding beautifully. Made in Germany.

Saw these on ebay http://www.ebay.tv/sch/i.html?_sop=16&_ ... 045&_frs=1
We lost ours several years ago after 30 years of daily use. ‘‘Twas a sad day
by David K o l i n
May 17th, 2019, 12:38 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Why do Americans eat cheese before a meal ?
Replies: 42
Views: 1489

Re: Why do Americans eat cheese before a meal ?

D Lewis wrote:
May 14th, 2019, 3:38 pm
Is there a sit down American restaurant that gives you cheese before taking your order? All I've experienced is butter/oil and bread.
I don’t know any US restaurants that give you cheese after a meal unless you order it
by David K o l i n
May 16th, 2019, 1:38 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Robert Parker retires
Replies: 125
Views: 7581

Re: Robert Parker retires

Enjoy your retirement RPMJr
by David K o l i n
May 15th, 2019, 11:29 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Give up salt or give up wine?
Replies: 52
Views: 1669

Re: Give up salt or give up wine?

I definitely would give up wine. Could still have gin and whiskey. And, of course, there is sake.
by David K o l i n
May 10th, 2019, 7:51 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Why do Americans eat cheese before a meal ?
Replies: 42
Views: 1489

Re: Why do Americans eat cheese before a meal ?

I guess I don't understand the antipathy to cheese before a meal. Cheese is common as an anitipasti option in Italy, feta is common as an opening dish in Greece, etc. I love a proper cheese plate at the end of the meal in France, but frankly there aren't many places in the States that do cheese as w...
by David K o l i n
May 9th, 2019, 1:35 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The Comprehensive Hypothetical Napa Classified Growth Lists (and what we might consider to be the current cult wines)
Replies: 104
Views: 4732

Re: The Comprehensive Hypothetical Napa Classified Growth Lists (and what we might consider to be the current cult wines

Wes Barton wrote:
May 9th, 2019, 1:20 pm
Eisele should be there. Known great site. Owned by a First Growth. Tended and made by veteran Chateau Latour folks.
My first instinct for First Growth
by David K o l i n
May 7th, 2019, 12:47 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Is the Weber Genesis still the best?
Replies: 25
Views: 1229

Re: Is the Weber Genesis still the best?

CJ Beazley wrote:
May 7th, 2019, 12:46 pm
David K o l i n wrote:
May 7th, 2019, 11:12 am
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David, how old is yours? The Genesis II S-435 on their website shows them having the round stainless grates; my Costco hasn’t had them yet so I haven’t seen them in person.
3-4 years, probably
by David K o l i n
May 7th, 2019, 11:12 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Is the Weber Genesis still the best?
Replies: 25
Views: 1229

Re: Is the Weber Genesis still the best?

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From the Genesis this afternoon
by David K o l i n
May 7th, 2019, 8:56 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: How do you prepare popcorn?
Replies: 29
Views: 1098

Re: How do you prepare popcorn?

Randy Bowman wrote:
May 6th, 2019, 7:56 pm
I was a wanna be connoisseur of popcorn back in the day. Various oils. Various add on's like cheese, chocolate, caramel and candy coatings. Now, this:

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I love the "whole grain" and "gluten free"
by David K o l i n
May 6th, 2019, 4:00 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Asimov: is it time to go to the can?
Replies: 15
Views: 1116

Re: Asimov: is it time to go to the can?

Muscadet Tall Boys!

24oz cans would be perfect for a dinner
by David K o l i n
May 2nd, 2019, 8:15 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Jackson Family Wines CEO calls for protections against imports
Replies: 23
Views: 1400

Re: Jackson Family Wines CEO calls for protections against imports

Protectionist nonsense. Not much of a capitalist, is he?
by David K o l i n
May 2nd, 2019, 8:13 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: How do you prepare popcorn?
Replies: 29
Views: 1098

Re: How do you prepare popcorn?

Pop in homemade ghee (a bit browner than commercial) + salt. Sometimes other additions (Parmesan; herbs), but not often
by David K o l i n
April 28th, 2019, 8:00 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2004 Terra di Lavoro
Replies: 12
Views: 593

Re: TN: 2004 Terra di Lavoro

I have had the ‘08 twice over the past 12 months and each time it was more accessible than any other vintage that I’ve had. Lots of life lefty, but open for business with a couple of hour decant
by David K o l i n
April 24th, 2019, 8:14 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2004 Terra di Lavoro
Replies: 12
Views: 593

Re: TN: 2004 Terra di Lavoro

The 2008, surprisingly, has been very accessible (and delicious) over the last couple of years

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