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by Marshall Gelb
November 6th, 2019, 2:55 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Eating and Drinking in Los Angeles
Replies: 935
Views: 49642

Re: Eating and Drinking in Los Angeles

Any thoughts on Manuela? Corkage policy? Thanks! Cheers! Marshall [cheers.gif] Just dined there last Friday night. Loved the vibe and food was good - flavorful and well portioned. However, service can be hit or miss. Our particular server really wasn't feeling it that day and acted like he didn't w...
by Marshall Gelb
November 6th, 2019, 2:49 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: New Orleans dining.....thinking about "newer" places
Replies: 1
Views: 217

New Orleans dining.....thinking about "newer" places

Yes, I know it has been discussed quite a bit but has anyone had any recent experiences in New Orleans? There seems to be a real restaurant renaissance in the city and thankfully, quite a bit of new construction. Anyone have any experience with a "newer" spot? If not, how about some favorites that y...
by Marshall Gelb
November 4th, 2019, 2:17 pm
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Stockholm and Oslo.......all kinds of advice needed.
Replies: 35
Views: 2137

Re: Stockholm and Oslo.......all kinds of advice needed.

When are you coming? Most of the best restaurants in Oslo are closed most of July. I think Maaemo opens for reservations three months in advance, Frantzén accepts reservations two months in advance, and you need to be early,to get a table, especially if you are two persons. Getting a table at Frant...
by Marshall Gelb
November 4th, 2019, 2:04 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Eating and Drinking in Los Angeles
Replies: 935
Views: 49642

Re: Eating and Drinking in Los Angeles

Any thoughts on Manuela? Corkage policy?

Thanks!

Cheers!
Marshall [cheers.gif]
by Marshall Gelb
November 4th, 2019, 2:00 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: CARROTS à la Eric Ripert/Le Bernardin
Replies: 13
Views: 1110

Re: CARROTS à la Eric Ripert/Le Bernardin

Very nice! We have been cooking our carrots in a very similar manner for quite a while.

Cheers!
Marshall
by Marshall Gelb
October 30th, 2019, 8:29 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: has anyone tried the 2017 Lewellings?
Replies: 6
Views: 715

Re: has anyone tried the 2017 Lewellings?

Jeff; We visited recently and tasted the 2016 and 2015 vintages. We didn’t try the 2017 but to me it is a no brainer. The Lewelling wines are, in my opinion, one of the premier “bargains” in all of Napa plus the Wight’s are some of the nicest people I have ever met. Cheers! Marshall How were the 15...
by Marshall Gelb
October 30th, 2019, 3:59 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: has anyone tried the 2017 Lewellings?
Replies: 6
Views: 715

Re: has anyone tried the 2017 Lewellings?

Jeff; We visited recently and tasted the 2016 and 2015 vintages. We didn’t try the 2017 but to me it is a no brainer. The Lewelling wines are, in my opinion, one of the premier “bargains” in all of Napa plus the Wight’s are some of the nicest people I have ever met.

Cheers!
Marshall
by Marshall Gelb
October 30th, 2019, 12:59 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Eating and Drinking in Los Angeles
Replies: 935
Views: 49642

Re: Eating and Drinking in Los Angeles

T. Altmayer wrote:
October 24th, 2019, 3:02 pm
Any good recommendations for Manhattan Beach? Especially with decent corkage?
Tom: I don't know if I am too late with this idea but "Slay's" in Manhattan Beach is relatively new and quite good.

Cheers!
Marshall
by Marshall Gelb
October 30th, 2019, 12:36 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: RIP: Marcel Juge
Replies: 19
Views: 1878

Re: RIP: Marcel Juge

Enjoyed many of his bottles in the past. He will certainly be missed. RIP.

Marshall
by Marshall Gelb
October 14th, 2019, 11:40 am
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Stockholm and Oslo.......all kinds of advice needed.
Replies: 35
Views: 2137

Re: Stockholm and Oslo.......all kinds of advice needed.

Hi folks: Bumping this back up. Curious as to how far in advance one needs to book the top restaurants in Oslo and Stockholm.

Thanks!
Cheers!
Marshall
by Marshall Gelb
October 13th, 2019, 7:45 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Eating and Drinking in Los Angeles
Replies: 935
Views: 49642

Re: Eating and Drinking in Los Angeles

I'd love to, Marshall. And, luckily, Ashley and I recently hired P.M. help with the kids, so we have pretty easy/regular access to a babysitter now. The challenge of shoehorning it into our terribly busy work schedules remains, but the new help has turned the situation from nearly impossible to mer...
by Marshall Gelb
October 10th, 2019, 4:00 pm
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: bringing cheese through lax customs
Replies: 17
Views: 855

Re: bringing cheese through lax customs

I almost always bring cheese back from Europe without problem. In early June coming through LAX, I declared the cheese as usual, but was directed to secondary screening for the first time. Took about 40 minutes extra. Has anyone had recent experience bringing cheese through (declared) and whether i...
by Marshall Gelb
October 10th, 2019, 3:56 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Eating and Drinking in Los Angeles
Replies: 935
Views: 49642

Re: Eating and Drinking in Los Angeles

Loved Hatchett Hall! Had a small table outside, and glad we did because it was quite noisy inside. As mentioned by others, good-sized portions. $20 corkage on first 2 bottles, $40 thereafter, will waive one if you buy from their list. We ordered 4 dishes: 1 was very good (pork chop, which was cooke...
by Marshall Gelb
October 10th, 2019, 3:49 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Eating and Drinking in Los Angeles
Replies: 935
Views: 49642

Re: Eating and Drinking in Los Angeles

johngonzales wrote:
October 10th, 2019, 1:37 pm
HAs anyone been to Ronan??? Food??? Corkage???
John: Heading there on Saturday after the Taper. Will give you an update unless you are available to join us.

Cheers!
Marshall [cheers.gif]
by Marshall Gelb
October 10th, 2019, 3:47 pm
Forum: Offline Planner
Topic: South Bay LA - August Offline (Planning)
Replies: 20
Views: 2929

Re: South Bay LA - August Offline (Planning)

Still hoping for some South bay traction....There have been a few new restaurant openings of late but I am not sure if they would be amenable to wine dinners.

Cheers!
Marshall [cheers.gif]
by Marshall Gelb
September 13th, 2019, 2:29 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Eating and Drinking in Los Angeles
Replies: 935
Views: 49642

Re: Eating and Drinking in Los Angeles

That's a bummer, Gregg. That's my #1 restaurant pet peeve. Mine as well! We went to Hatchett Hall a couple of weeks ago with John & Mary Gonzales. The place was deafening and so dark that you could not even see your food let alone read the menu. In reality, the food was pretty decent but the overal...
by Marshall Gelb
September 13th, 2019, 2:08 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Ancillary Cellars 2017 release schedule
Replies: 7
Views: 921

Re: Ancillary Cellars 2017 release schedule

FWIW, the El Diablo chardonnay is stunning!

Cheers!
Marshall
by Marshall Gelb
September 13th, 2019, 2:06 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2006 R. López de Heredia Rioja Reserva Viña Tondonia
Replies: 37
Views: 2652

Re: TN: 2006 R. López de Heredia Rioja Reserva Viña Tondonia

For me, year in and year out, one of the premier bargains in the wine world. They age them for over ten years before release and price the wines modestly. The oak treatment is not overpowering and is usually quite integrated by release time. In addition, they age forever. It is a wine to buy annuall...
by Marshall Gelb
August 21st, 2019, 11:47 am
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Stockholm and Oslo.......all kinds of advice needed.
Replies: 35
Views: 2137

Re: Stockholm and Oslo.......all kinds of advice needed.

Krister: Thank you so much! That is a wonderful resource. Do you have any personal favorites for dinner?

Thanks again!
Cheers!

Marshall champagne.gif
by Marshall Gelb
August 21st, 2019, 11:39 am
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: New Orleans Hotels
Replies: 32
Views: 2497

Re: New Orleans Hotels

Really enjoyed the NOPSI in the CBD.....relatively new and a nice location.

https://www.nopsihotel.com

Cheers!
Marshall [cheers.gif]
by Marshall Gelb
August 11th, 2019, 11:28 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Rome, Florence, Tuscany Michelin Starred Restaurants w/ Kids?
Replies: 19
Views: 1914

Re: Rome, Florence, Tuscany Michelin Starred Restaurants w/ Kids?

Ben: This your first and only post and I see you have no responses. Use the search function and you will get lots of pertinent information. You also might try using a full name to get a bit more help....just my opinion.

Cheers!
Marshall
by Marshall Gelb
August 11th, 2019, 11:11 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Help! Bumper Crop of Basil
Replies: 24
Views: 1713

Re: Help! Bumper Crop of Basil

John: It works. We make pesto "ice cubes" and freeze them for use during the winter. The only ingredient we leave out is the pine nuts which we add at the time of use.

Cheers!
Marshall [cheers.gif]
by Marshall Gelb
August 9th, 2019, 2:44 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Is it legitimate to post about expensive wines?
Replies: 90
Views: 4523

Re: Is it legitimate to post about expensive wines?

Howard; Thanks and absolutely! Love to post on all aspects of food and wine and travel. This board is a treasure trove of wonderful information.
Cheers!
Marshall
by Marshall Gelb
August 7th, 2019, 1:34 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Is it legitimate to post about expensive wines?
Replies: 90
Views: 4523

Re: Is it legitimate to post about expensive wines?

I have been on wine boards, including this one, for a long time and this is an issue that rears its' head periodically . We all have different levels of income, and how we spend our money is personal. There are many things out there, wine included, that I cannot afford. By the same token, I can affo...
by Marshall Gelb
August 4th, 2019, 11:13 am
Forum: Offline Planner
Topic: South Bay LA - August Offline (Planning)
Replies: 20
Views: 2929

Re: South Bay LA - August Offline (Planning)

Any updates?

Cheers!
Marshall grouphug
by Marshall Gelb
August 4th, 2019, 11:10 am
Forum: Offline Planner
Topic: Mini-BerserkerFest 10.4 at my house (San Clemente CA), September 7 2019 - NEW START TIME
Replies: 100
Views: 4378

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

Sorry to miss this, especially since it is my birthday, as I will be up North. But at least I was able to arrange hanging out with Brad a day earlier! Enjoy!

Cheers!
Marshall champagne.gif
by Marshall Gelb
August 4th, 2019, 10:51 am
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Venice (Italy) help for a first timer
Replies: 141
Views: 10564

Re: Venice (Italy) help for a first timer

Barry: We loved Ai Testiere.....wonderful choice. Il Ridotto is excellent but very different. It is Michelin level but not stuffy. Very much modern, not "traditional." The service and food were excellent and I would go back. I thought Ai Artisti was very good but did not wow us. One restaurant that ...
by Marshall Gelb
August 4th, 2019, 10:10 am
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Stockholm and Oslo.......all kinds of advice needed.
Replies: 35
Views: 2137

Re: Stockholm and Oslo.......all kinds of advice needed.

Magnus: Thank you so much! Wonderful information.

Cheers!
Marshall
by Marshall Gelb
August 4th, 2019, 10:00 am
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Venice (Italy) help for a first timer
Replies: 141
Views: 10564

Re: Venice (Italy) help for a first timer

Barry L i p t o n wrote:
August 4th, 2019, 9:37 am
Marshall, which were your favorite restaurants?
Barry: Rechecking my notes and pictures for names and exact spellings. Will get back to this thread. Where are you staying?


Cheers!
Marshall champagne.gif
by Marshall Gelb
July 29th, 2019, 4:01 pm
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Stockholm and Oslo.......all kinds of advice needed.
Replies: 35
Views: 2137

Stockholm and Oslo.......all kinds of advice needed.

We will be going to Stockholm & Oslo next year and would love any advice this esteemed board can offer. There doesn't seem to be much, especially current thoughts. Restaurants, hotels, sights......all is appreciated. [thankyou.gif]


Cheers! champagne.gif
Marshall
by Marshall Gelb
July 29th, 2019, 3:49 pm
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Lisbon?
Replies: 45
Views: 4558

Re: Lisbon?

As far as hotels, we loved the Corinthia. Not in the older section of town but still very convenient and FWIW, very easy to get to and from airport.


Cheers!
Marshall
by Marshall Gelb
July 22nd, 2019, 8:48 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Eating and Drinking in Los Angeles
Replies: 935
Views: 49642

Re: Eating and Drinking in Los Angeles

We had another excellent meal at DAMA......consistently excellent and interesting food and wonderful service.

Cheers!
Marshall
by Marshall Gelb
July 7th, 2019, 2:20 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Eating and Drinking in Los Angeles
Replies: 935
Views: 49642

Re: Eating and Drinking in Los Angeles

I went to Auburn this week. Great service. Private room is amazing - feels like you're in a living room. Food visually is impressive, the plating is great. Flavor wise.. i wish it popped and sometimes the flavors kinda conflict. One example There's a hamachi crudo dish with celery and strawberry. T...
by Marshall Gelb
July 4th, 2019, 1:49 pm
Forum: Offline Planner
Topic: South Bay LA - August Offline (Planning)
Replies: 20
Views: 2929

Re: South Bay LA - August Offline (Planning)

Josh: I would love to participate once you pick a date and theme. Plus,If I cannot make the first attempt, I would certainly be interested in future dates.

Cheers!
Marshall [cheers.gif]
by Marshall Gelb
July 4th, 2019, 1:26 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Mark Squires' BB to close for good - UPDATED (WA sold to Michelin)
Replies: 247
Views: 14172

Re: Mark Squires' BB to close for good

"It's been a long time coming." That Board was wonderful in the past.....so much good information and lots of interaction with posters from all over the world. Unfortunately, the autocratic and argumentative tones became unbearable. After many of us were "requested" to leave for disagreeing with cer...
by Marshall Gelb
June 7th, 2019, 2:07 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: $175+ is the new $125 in Napa, will market support ?
Replies: 162
Views: 9113

Re: $175+ is the new $125 in Napa, will market support ?

This price discussion pops up endlessly in different clothing. The reason that Napa wine prices continue to rise must be that people ARE buying them. Truthfully each one of us can only speak for himself but obviously these wines must be selling somewhere. Personally, I have stopped buying these wine...
by Marshall Gelb
April 29th, 2019, 2:20 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Recent New Orleans Eats
Replies: 118
Views: 8000

Re: Recent New Orleans Eats

Made a reservation for "Bordeaux.".........new on Magazine and if we have time, I have heard good things about "Gris Gris." In addition, we will try Bywater Bistro for the first time. Love the city and it is always a challenge to balance our favorites with new openings. Cheers! Marshall champagne.g...
by Marshall Gelb
April 29th, 2019, 1:41 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2018 Bordeaux.
Replies: 268
Views: 16743

Re: 2018 Bordeaux.

Buy Burgundy instead. [winner.gif] https://www.decanter.com/wine-news/burgundy-2018-vintage-rival-mythical-1947-404473/ We were in Burgundy this fall and whether it rivals 1947 remains to be seen but after a number of difficult vintages there were a lot of happy winemakers that we spoke with. I let...
by Marshall Gelb
April 7th, 2019, 6:57 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Eating and Drinking in Los Angeles
Replies: 935
Views: 49642

Re: Eating and Drinking in Los Angeles

Native in Santa Monica is closed as of yesterday. This saddens me. I like Nyesha and her cooking. That space is very inefficient and will likely lead to the demise of whatever restaurant moves into it. I hope she re-emerges somewhere on the westside with whatever she decides to do next. Me as well....
by Marshall Gelb
March 18th, 2019, 9:18 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: SF Chronicle Article on World's Oldest Cinsault... In Lodi
Replies: 27
Views: 1367

Re: SF Chronicle Article on World's Oldest Cinsault... In Lodi

Sounds fascinating B.C.! Save some for a football game next Fall......Sounds like a perfect tailgate wine!

Cheers!
Marshall [cheers.gif]
by Marshall Gelb
March 17th, 2019, 3:49 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Recent New Orleans Eats
Replies: 118
Views: 8000

Re: Recent New Orleans Eats

Made a reservation for "Bordeaux.".........new on Magazine and if we have time, I have heard good things about "Gris Gris." In addition, we will try Bywater Bistro for the first time. Love the city and it is always a challenge to balance our favorites with new openings. Cheers! Marshall champagne.gif
by Marshall Gelb
March 17th, 2019, 11:14 am
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Any "NEW" New Orleans dining experiences?
Replies: 34
Views: 2696

Re: Any "NEW" New Orleans dining experiences?

I am also looking into "Gris Gris" on Magazine......seems quite interesting!
We will probably get crawfish at Grand Isle....fun place near the Casino and Aquarium.

Cheers!
Marshall
by Marshall Gelb
March 17th, 2019, 11:09 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: How regulated is the term, "Wagyu?"
Replies: 20
Views: 882

Re: How regulated is the term, "Wagyu?"

M.Kaplan wrote:
March 17th, 2019, 9:05 am
John,
We ate it as part of a yakiniku tasting menu. I don't know how it is priced on its own.
Looking forward to trying that place with you in April! Glad your dinner went well.

Cheers!
Marshall
by Marshall Gelb
March 17th, 2019, 11:08 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: How regulated is the term, "Wagyu?"
Replies: 20
Views: 882

Re: How regulated is the term, "Wagyu?"

https://www.bonappetit.com/entertaining-style/trends-news/article/kobe-wagyu-steak-myths Fascinating article, thank you! My personal once a year splurge is not Kobe but A5 Miyazaki beef. Oh yes, that stuff is unreal. It’s hard to rank “best ever” but Curtis Duffy, ex-Grace in Chicago served some M-...
by Marshall Gelb
March 17th, 2019, 10:53 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: When your mother turns 75...
Replies: 34
Views: 2008

Re: When your mother turns 75...

Beautiful post and sentiment! [winner.gif]

Cheers!
Marshall
by Marshall Gelb
March 17th, 2019, 10:49 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: How do you view the money you spend on wine
Replies: 42
Views: 2410

Re: How do you view the money you spend on wine

We are older, retired, and "relatively" stable. Technically, I should probably never buy another bottle for the rest of my life. Mortgage is minimal, kids finished with college so we can relax and travel. However, since this is an "affliction," I still buy a decent amount of wine but have slowed dow...
by Marshall Gelb
March 17th, 2019, 10:36 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: It's ready now...something I never though I'd say about a wine from this vintner!
Replies: 18
Views: 1660

Re: It's ready now...something I never though I'd say about a wine from this vintner!

At this point, I have Dunn only in large to very large format. So who knows if they will EVER be ready! *slowly nods his head while staring/cringing at the multiple magnums of 2012 Howell Mountain in his cellar* Quite the optimist! I really enjoy Dunn wines but stopped buying after the '97 vintage....
by Marshall Gelb
March 15th, 2019, 2:12 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Olive Oil -- It's Here, It's Here!
Replies: 129
Views: 12580

Re: Olive Oil -- It's Here, It's Here!

Robert M yers wrote:
March 13th, 2019, 9:11 pm
Thanks Stan, I put in for a six pack. I know I’d regret it again if I didn’t jump again! 15 bottles! :)
We have been buying it since 1996 and have not been disappointed . Bought a little bit less this year as we still have some 2017 but I would not pass completely.


Cheers!
Marshall [cheers.gif]
by Marshall Gelb
March 15th, 2019, 1:19 pm
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Any "NEW" New Orleans dining experiences?
Replies: 34
Views: 2696

Re: Any "NEW" New Orleans dining experiences?

OK.....made a reservation at "Bordeaux," a brand new place on Magazine. Looks very interesting. We also have rezzies at Cochon and Bywater Bistro . In addition, I left a few nights open to play by ear........guess it depends on how much we eat for lunch! [stirthepothal.gif] Cheers! Marshall [berserk...

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