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by Marshall Gelb
July 7th, 2019, 2:20 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Eating and Drinking in Los Angeles
Replies: 843
Views: 41425

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: 4
Views: 838

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: 12951

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: 8413

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
Topic: Recent New Orleans Eats
Replies: 113
Views: 7026

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: 15932

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
Topic: Eating and Drinking in Los Angeles
Replies: 843
Views: 41425

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: 1261

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
Topic: Recent New Orleans Eats
Replies: 113
Views: 7026

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 Forum
Topic: Any "NEW" New Orleans dining experiences?
Replies: 34
Views: 2579

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
Topic: How regulated is the term, "Wagyu?"
Replies: 20
Views: 807

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
Topic: How regulated is the term, "Wagyu?"
Replies: 20
Views: 807

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: 1841

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: 2305

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: 1625

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
Topic: Olive Oil -- It's Here, It's Here!
Replies: 129
Views: 12300

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 Forum
Topic: Any "NEW" New Orleans dining experiences?
Replies: 34
Views: 2579

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...
by Marshall Gelb
March 9th, 2019, 3:44 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Best place to buy a Le Creuset Dutch Oven?
Replies: 19
Views: 897

Re: Best place to buy a Le Creuset Dutch Oven?

Outlets have excellent prices as long as you really don't care about color.


Cheers!
Marshall
by Marshall Gelb
March 9th, 2019, 3:26 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Does anyone drink Sauvignon Blanc anymore?
Replies: 211
Views: 8062

Re: Does anyone drink Sauvignon Blanc anymore?

T. Altmayer wrote:
March 6th, 2019, 8:40 pm
Spottswoode used to make a lovely SB, but haven’t had it in a while. Don’t mind a full-bodied SB, but unfotunately I’ve found too many from Napa have a bit of heat to them.
Still do! It is one I still purchase every year.


Cheers!
Marshall [cheers.gif]
by Marshall Gelb
March 4th, 2019, 12:10 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 1986 Château La Lagune - Stunningly Good, Almost a Fail . . . .
Replies: 24
Views: 1453

Re: 1986 Château La Lagune - Stunningly Good, Almost a Fail . . . .

Neal my friend, you would be all over this wine. MarcF and I shared a 1982 a couple of years ago, and it shined even more. This Chateau way out-performed in these vintages. Truthfully, La Lagune seems to out perform in almost all vintages. To me, one of the most consistently underrated chateaus in ...
by Marshall Gelb
March 1st, 2019, 2:31 pm
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Invasion of cruise ships and riverboats
Replies: 49
Views: 2487

Re: Invasion of cruise ships and riverboats

Richard: We took the National Geographic cruise in October/November of 2015. It was simply amazing and the people from Nat/Geo are extremely concerned with the environment. I believe that they have replaced the ship we were on with a newer version but absolutely no ship is allowed in the Galapagos w...
by Marshall Gelb
March 1st, 2019, 2:08 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Falltacular 2019...a thank you in advance/thread for TNs and comments
Replies: 104
Views: 4740

Re: Falltacular 2019...a thank you in advance/thread for TNs and comments

Man what a week. It’s amazing how much missing 1-1/2 days of work affects the following week. Top that off with babysitting a 15mo old for three days and you have one worn out Berserker. But boy was it worth it. I am amazed by the event that Frank and Jill put in every year. The amount of planning,...
by Marshall Gelb
February 24th, 2019, 11:45 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 'Badass, aged red wines' at APL Hollywood, 2/21/19
Replies: 41
Views: 2218

Re: 'Badass, aged red wines' at APL Hollywood, 2/21/19

Amazing evening...thanks to Saul for putting it all together. I have never been a real fan of very aged beef so I went into the evening with a bit of trepidation. Man, was I WRONG! The steaks were absolutely fabulous .....totally eye opening! As a group, the wines were fantastic as they showed beaut...
by Marshall Gelb
February 23rd, 2019, 10:19 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Eating and Drinking in Los Angeles
Replies: 843
Views: 41425

Re: Eating and Drinking in Los Angeles

Wow. Thanks John. I appreciate the information. I have been visiting LA every 6 weeks or so. My wife is on a project at the LA county assessors office, been 2 and a half years now. She went to Factory Kitchen a couple of weeks ago and she liked the food. Also her admin really liked Dama. That Fashi...
by Marshall Gelb
February 23rd, 2019, 10:02 am
Forum: Offline Planner
Topic: Falltacular 2019--Saturday, 2/16/2019 @ My Place In The OC
Replies: 131
Views: 5689

Re: Falltacular 2019--Saturday, 2/16/2019 @ My Place In The OC

grouphug Simply an event that we refuse to miss! Always a highlight of the year, this is an event that shows the "true" side of most winos. Incredibly generous and personable.....this is what people are capable of; If they just try. [winner.gif]


Cheers!
Marshall [berserker.gif]
by Marshall Gelb
February 23rd, 2019, 9:48 am
Forum: Offline Planner
Topic: APL Los Angeles
Replies: 82
Views: 2507

Re: APL Los Angeles

Echo! Awesome arranging job by Saul..we were treated like kings! The whole experience was top notch. The wines showed very well, nice summary from Todd, and the meat was a revelation. I had no idea what to expect from such extensively aged meat but I, and most of the other attendees, was very pleasa...
by Marshall Gelb
February 21st, 2019, 4:12 pm
Forum: Offline Planner
Topic: APL Los Angeles
Replies: 82
Views: 2507

Re: APL Los Angeles

M.Kaplan wrote:
February 21st, 2019, 9:17 am
I'm out for tonight. Bad migraine. Let me know what I owe.
Feel better Mark.

Cheers!
Marshall
by Marshall Gelb
February 7th, 2019, 1:09 pm
Forum: Offline Planner
Topic: APL Los Angeles
Replies: 82
Views: 2507

Re: APL Los Angeles

7:30 works for me.....I will probably LYFT up from the South Bay. Wine thoughts?

Cheers!
Marshall [berserker.gif]
by Marshall Gelb
February 1st, 2019, 4:06 pm
Forum: Offline Planner
Topic: APL Los Angeles
Replies: 82
Views: 2507

Re: APL Los Angeles

c fu wrote:
January 31st, 2019, 9:49 am
Marshall Gelb wrote:
January 31st, 2019, 6:56 am
neener
c fu wrote:
January 29th, 2019, 11:27 pm


Perfect!
Saul; I am good for a single.... just me.

Cheers!
Marshall
A single Marshall!? TIME TO PARTY BOYS!!!! flirtysmile
Break out the good stuff! [highfive.gif]
Saul: Did we set a time yet?

Cheers!
Marshall
by Marshall Gelb
January 31st, 2019, 6:56 am
Forum: Offline Planner
Topic: APL Los Angeles
Replies: 82
Views: 2507

Re: APL Los Angeles

neener
c fu wrote:
January 29th, 2019, 11:27 pm
saul_cooperstein wrote:
January 29th, 2019, 7:10 pm
Fu - we are capped at 6 to take advantage of my discount at the restaurant. If Chris can’t make it have one spot left. Marshall 1st in line but if he needs a deuce can go to you/Steve.
Perfect!
Saul; I am good for a single.... just me.

Cheers!
Marshall
by Marshall Gelb
January 29th, 2019, 4:53 pm
Forum: Offline Planner
Topic: APL Los Angeles
Replies: 82
Views: 2507

Re: APL Los Angeles

Saul: Room for a couple more or is six the max? Would like to sneak in. [wink.gif]

Cheers!
Marshall
by Marshall Gelb
January 29th, 2019, 4:41 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Crisping Pork Skin
Replies: 9
Views: 708

Re: Crisping Pork Skin

Gentlemen: If Christine suggests it......just do it! The Bo Ssam is simply amazing and I can't wait to try that porchetta! flirtysmile



Cheers!
Marshall grouphug
by Marshall Gelb
January 27th, 2019, 11:44 am
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Lisbon?
Replies: 40
Views: 3365

Re: Lisbon?

Bringing this back up to the top.....We will be there in late May. Any new information including hotels would be greatly appreciated.


Thanks in advance! grouphug

Cheers!
Marshall [cheers.gif]
by Marshall Gelb
January 27th, 2019, 11:38 am
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Any "NEW" New Orleans dining experiences?
Replies: 34
Views: 2579

Re: Any "NEW" New Orleans dining experiences?

BUMP!

Anything new? [scratch.gif]

Cheers!
Marshall
by Marshall Gelb
January 26th, 2019, 3:31 pm
Forum: BerserkerDay 10 Forum (January 27, 2019) #BD10 "the Black Friday of wine commerce" - Forbes
Topic: Cabot Vineyards- Something old, something new
Replies: 50
Views: 2831

Re: Cabot Vineyards- Something old, something new

FWIW, I have tried all of the new pinots and I think they are excellent. I am especially enamored with the Lost Coast fruit. However, as (most) you know, I am highly prejudiced! flirtysmile Cheers! Marshall [berserker.gif] You are only slightly prejudiced to the female half of this duo - as to the ...
by Marshall Gelb
January 26th, 2019, 3:28 pm
Forum: BerserkerDay 10 Forum (January 27, 2019) #BD10 "the Black Friday of wine commerce" - Forbes
Topic: Veleta EVOO & Gourmets of Spain Berserker Day 10 Deals
Replies: 187
Views: 6967

Re: Veleta EVOO & Gourmets of Spain Berserker Day 10 Deals

Hi Nola: Could you please explain the difference between the "Reserva" and the new "Reserva Sin." Thanks! Cheers! Marshall [berserker.gif] Yep!! The reserva Sin means "without", it is made with only Seasalt and Pork. The flavor is really about the same, the color of the meat is a little lighter in ...
by Marshall Gelb
January 26th, 2019, 12:23 pm
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Any Experience with TAP Airlines?
Replies: 11
Views: 534

Re: Any Experience with TAP Airlines?

Thank you all! Very interesting thread and I am going to start another thread about Lisbon in general.


Cheers!
Marshall
by Marshall Gelb
January 26th, 2019, 12:18 pm
Forum: BerserkerDay 10 Forum (January 27, 2019) #BD10 "the Black Friday of wine commerce" - Forbes
Topic: Veleta EVOO & Gourmets of Spain Berserker Day 10 Deals
Replies: 187
Views: 6967

Re: Veleta EVOO & Gourmets of Spain Berserker Day 10 Deals

Hi Nola: Could you please explain the difference between the "Reserva" and the new "Reserva Sin."
Thanks!

Cheers!
Marshall [berserker.gif]
by Marshall Gelb
January 26th, 2019, 12:07 pm
Forum: BerserkerDay 10 Forum (January 27, 2019) #BD10 "the Black Friday of wine commerce" - Forbes
Topic: Cabot Vineyards- Something old, something new
Replies: 50
Views: 2831

Re: Cabot Vineyards- Something old, something new

FWIW, I have tried all of the new pinots and I think they are excellent. I am especially enamored with the Lost Coast fruit. However, as (most) you know, I am highly prejudiced! flirtysmile

Cheers!
Marshall [berserker.gif]
by Marshall Gelb
January 15th, 2019, 6:37 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2019 Rivers-Marie Spring Offer
Replies: 66
Views: 7566

Re: 2019 Rivers-Marie Spring Offer

Always look forward to these pinots and have been buying since the very first vintage. Now due to age and having too much wine, I have cut down considerably. Nonetheless, I will still be buying these as they remain among my very favorite California pinots. As an added bonus , for me, they drink well...
by Marshall Gelb
December 13th, 2018, 1:04 pm
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: The best or memorable vacation spot was...
Replies: 47
Views: 2335

Re: The best or memorable vacation spot was...

A few come to mind....
Galapagos
Macchu Picchu
Komodo Island
Luxor


Hopefully, many more to come.

Cheers!
Marshall [cheers.gif]
by Marshall Gelb
December 5th, 2018, 8:35 am
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Victoria, Canada
Replies: 7
Views: 480

Re: Victoria, Canada

Couple of quick thoughts after a short weekend in Victoria: * Nobody is going to be starting an "Adventures in Victoria" thread * Kenmore Air sea plane was a blast. After tax, it was $325/person, but I've never ridden in a sea plane, there was free parking and we got to hope over to Lake Union befo...
by Marshall Gelb
December 5th, 2018, 8:28 am
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Invasion of cruise ships and riverboats
Replies: 49
Views: 2487

Re: Invasion of cruise ships and riverboats

While in Prague, drinking a beer overlooking the city from a monastery, we met a couple from Pittsburgh that had just left Dubrovnik where they spent two weeks. Said they didn't leave the apartment when the cruise ships were in port. Crushing. Brig: We were in Dubrovnik in October and we were on a ...
by Marshall Gelb
December 5th, 2018, 8:23 am
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Invasion of cruise ships and riverboats
Replies: 49
Views: 2487

Re: Invasion of cruise ships and riverboats

One of several reasons we are likely going to skip Dubrovnik on a trip to the Balkans next summer. While in Prague, drinking a beer overlooking the city from a monastery, we met a couple from Pittsburgh that had just left Dubrovnik where they spent two weeks. Said they didn't leave the apartment wh...
by Marshall Gelb
December 5th, 2018, 7:57 am
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Any "NEW" New Orleans dining experiences?
Replies: 34
Views: 2579

Re: Any "NEW" New Orleans dining experiences?

Heading back down for our anniversary again in March. We are staying at the new "Nopsi" Hotel which we noticed being built last year. It is an old public service building and naturally has a new restaurant called "Public Service." The menu looks very interesting but I have not seen any reviews yet. ...
by Marshall Gelb
December 5th, 2018, 7:23 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: William & Mary Wine Co.
Replies: 117
Views: 9390

Re: William & Mary Wine Co.

What a great day - thank you all for your orders, interest and support. Not many have had the opportunity to try the wine, so I doubly appreciate the faith you all have in what I'm doing. If you are in the area please let me know, I'd love to run you through all the things I have going on. I notice...
by Marshall Gelb
November 30th, 2018, 12:22 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Eating and Drinking in Los Angeles
Replies: 843
Views: 41425

Re: Eating and Drinking in Los Angeles

El Segundo Brewery visit? El Segundo is a million miles away from me but could do Monkish, Smog City or Phantom. Brian, our favorite place used to be right down the street from you. Maria's (Anza & PCH). Incredible carnitas and albondigas. Of course almost every Mexican restaurant in the South Bay ...
by Marshall Gelb
November 30th, 2018, 12:16 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Eating and Drinking in Los Angeles
Replies: 843
Views: 41425

Re: Eating and Drinking in Los Angeles

Havent gone through the entire thread of late but we have had two excellent meals at "Dama" in DTLA. Very interesting food, excellent service, decent wine list and reasonable corkage. It its across the courtyard from Rosso Blu. I think, at one time, that it was actually a banana warehouse. Cheers! M...
by Marshall Gelb
November 27th, 2018, 10:49 am
Forum: Offline Planner
Topic: Falltacular 2019--Saturday, 2/16/2019 @ My Place In The OC
Replies: 131
Views: 5689

Re: Falltacular 2019--Saturday, 2/16/2019 @ My Place In The OC

Booked the King Suite at $124.... Thanks Mike!

Cheers!
Marshall
by Marshall Gelb
November 26th, 2018, 10:09 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Mushroom powder pasta?
Replies: 18
Views: 790

Re: Mushroom powder pasta?

I have used dried porcini mixed with flour to dredge veal or chicken cutlets but have never used it for homemade pasta. Very interested in your results.


Cheers!
Marshall [cheers.gif]

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