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by Robert Pollard-Smith
August 5th, 2020, 3:48 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Harris Poll Best Burger Brand
Replies: 132
Views: 6979

Re: Harris Poll Best Burger Brand

nopenopenopenopenope. Salt only.

By proclamation, Potato is vegetable.
by Robert Pollard-Smith
August 5th, 2020, 8:40 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Monthly check-in: Cellar inventory reduction plan
Replies: 821
Views: 43274

Re: Monthly check-in: Cellar inventory reduction plan

Purchased zero. Consumed 5.

Binny’s just sent me a lovely bouquet.
by Robert Pollard-Smith
August 4th, 2020, 9:55 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Harris Poll Best Burger Brand
Replies: 132
Views: 6979

Re: Harris Poll Best Burger Brand

As an aside, Culver's custard, last two visits (different locations) had a new, not very pleasant chemical taste. [barf1.gif] When you arrive at a certain age, one should allow oneself a certain amount of meat credits per week/month. I am no longer wasting them on FF burgers. I will, however, allow ...
by Robert Pollard-Smith
July 24th, 2020, 6:50 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: If Everything were Normal, and Teleportation were Possible....
Replies: 45
Views: 1307

Re: If Everything were Normal, and Teleportation were Possible....

I am a simple man... hopefully, they would be crowded, noisy, and not a mask in sight.
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by Robert Pollard-Smith
July 12th, 2020, 11:47 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Another Flannery PSA
Replies: 501
Views: 30129

Re: Another Flannery PSA

When the hangars were on sale, I ordered burgers for the first time, and I can not believe what I have been missing.
by Robert Pollard-Smith
July 8th, 2020, 3:50 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Monthly check-in: Cellar inventory reduction plan
Replies: 821
Views: 43274

Re: Monthly check-in: Cellar inventory reduction plan

Due to the bad influence of a Berserker, 17 in.
Due to the plague, only 5 out.
by Robert Pollard-Smith
July 5th, 2020, 7:42 am
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: heat and density
Replies: 6
Views: 513

Re: heat and density

Crap. Now I have to go to offsite and figure out a way to stand up 12 bottles. Fun, this will not be.
by Robert Pollard-Smith
July 4th, 2020, 12:45 pm
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Travel insurance
Replies: 27
Views: 1196

Re: Travel insurance

Check has been deposited. Just in time to be shelled out for the 17-y.o. wall oven that died.
by Robert Pollard-Smith
June 29th, 2020, 12:05 pm
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Travel insurance
Replies: 27
Views: 1196

Re: Travel insurance

Update 2, AIG cut a check today.
by Robert Pollard-Smith
June 25th, 2020, 9:47 pm
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Travel insurance
Replies: 27
Views: 1196

Re: Travel insurance

Update... after repeatedly checking my AIG claim status online, and always seeing that “document not received” message, and sending emails daily to them, they assigned me to a new agent who now lists all of my required docs as received. Fingers crossed.
by Robert Pollard-Smith
June 18th, 2020, 6:08 pm
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Travel insurance
Replies: 27
Views: 1196

Re: Travel insurance

AIG, ixnay. At present, they are reacting very poorly to getting slammed with COVID claims. I broke my shoulder in Madrid in mid-December, and they have completely stalled out on doing anything other than repeatedly requesting the same documentary evidence I’ve sent multiple times since I originally...
by Robert Pollard-Smith
June 10th, 2020, 2:17 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Another revolting American concoction-and it’s not as bad as I thought it would be.
Replies: 51
Views: 1678

Re: Another revolting American concoction-and it’s not as bad as I thought it would be.

Grew up on it, still love it. My biggest quarantine dietary fail has been the result of discovering Santa Cruz Organic Dark Roasted Crunchy. I think I am into the fourth jar since March. Most consumption is via the random rounded teaspoon.
by Robert Pollard-Smith
June 10th, 2020, 9:25 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Celebrating Chicago with some great friends!
Replies: 7
Views: 648

Re: Celebrating Chicago with some great friends!

I think people thought that I was moving out of town, and were sorely disappointed.
by Robert Pollard-Smith
June 1st, 2020, 10:01 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: What did you cook tonight?
Replies: 1603
Views: 85408

Re: What did you cook tonight?

Saturday, Marjorie was bored, watching Cash Cab. A question came up to which the answer was tartar sauce, of which I had never been a fan, having been exposed to only commercial crap. They listed the 4 main ingredients, and I said to myself, “Self, you gots all of dem”. So with roasted snapper on th...
by Robert Pollard-Smith
May 16th, 2020, 8:10 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: The Cocktail Thread
Replies: 561
Views: 48408

Re: The Cocktail Thread

The cherry syrup is the alteration, I guess.
by Robert Pollard-Smith
May 16th, 2020, 3:35 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: The Cocktail Thread
Replies: 561
Views: 48408

Re: The Cocktail Thread

Ohhh, sounds good, Sir!
by Robert Pollard-Smith
May 16th, 2020, 12:23 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: The Cocktail Thread
Replies: 561
Views: 48408

Re: The Cocktail Thread

Have a bit of blended whisky to use up, and was looking for simple cocktails utilizing ingredients on hand . I ran across Blood and Sand, which is— 3/4 ounce Scotch whisky 3/4 ounce cherry brandy 3/4 ounce sweet vermouth 3/4 ounce orange juice Orange peel for garnish Stirred with ice, strained into ...
by Robert Pollard-Smith
April 27th, 2020, 7:22 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Quarantine Recipes - share some favorites!
Replies: 88
Views: 4230

Re: Quarantine Recipes - share some favorites!

I've mentioned before on this board, but will mention again - I strongly recommend keeping a container of red onions pickling in the fridge. Slice red onion thin or on a mandoline and cover with a mixture of red wine vinegar and water. You can add a little salt and sugar if you want, but we don't f...
by Robert Pollard-Smith
April 7th, 2020, 12:30 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Quarantine Recipes - share some favorites!
Replies: 88
Views: 4230

Re: Quarantine Recipes - share some favorites!

Niece just sent this recipe, says it is GREAT... No Yeast Beer Bread

Gonna make it right now.
by Robert Pollard-Smith
April 1st, 2020, 12:57 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Coffee maker recommendations?
Replies: 255
Views: 16272

Re: Coffee maker recommendations?

Our 20-year old Krups POC died 5 weeks ago, and we are very happy to have replaced it with this — Cuisinart® 12-Cup Thermal Coffee Maker Coffee tastes clean, fresh, and in the 64-oz. thermal carafe, retains heat (starts out much hotter than the old thermal carafe) and flavor for about 4.65 hours [sn...
by Robert Pollard-Smith
March 29th, 2020, 6:41 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Collapse of Bordeaux and explosion of champagnes in my consumption
Replies: 15
Views: 1388

Re: Collapse of Bordeaux and explosion of champagnes in my consumption

"I am not really a normal consumer"

M. Audouze, please add this to your signature. [cheers.gif]
by Robert Pollard-Smith
March 20th, 2020, 8:16 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Quarantine Recipes - share some favorites!
Replies: 88
Views: 4230

Re: Quarantine Recipes - share some favorites!

Yeah, I upped it on the garlic to 5 cloves, and tripled the orange. Noms.
by Robert Pollard-Smith
March 20th, 2020, 7:42 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Quarantine Recipes - share some favorites!
Replies: 88
Views: 4230

Re: Quarantine Recipes - share some favorites!

The 'Serves: 8' is dependent on your being Victor or not. Actually, more like 24 if Victor. neener Beef Daube * Serves: 8 *Ingredients:* 4 1/2 pounds boneless beef chuck, excess fat trimmed, meat cut into 2-inch cubes 1 750-ml bottle of dry red wine 3 medium carrots, peeled, cut into large pieces 1 ...
by Robert Pollard-Smith
March 19th, 2020, 9:01 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Corn Wine?
Replies: 13
Views: 629

Corn Wine?

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by Robert Pollard-Smith
March 2nd, 2020, 11:24 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Who isn't drinking their share?
Replies: 44
Views: 3164

Re: Who isn't drinking their share?

How's marijuana use trending? Could it be whittling away some people who would otherwise head toward wine? I can state that my use of recreational herb for medical purposes (joyously enabling sleep after 11/2018 disc herniation, and then fractured shoulder surgery 12/2019), has greatly impacted my ...
by Robert Pollard-Smith
February 21st, 2020, 7:48 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: My five favorite vegetables
Replies: 38
Views: 2253

Re: My five favorite vegetables

Corey N. wrote:
February 21st, 2020, 3:15 pm
Robert Pollard-Smith wrote:
February 20th, 2020, 6:47 pm
1. Katz’s pastrami
2. Corey’s smoked brisket
3. Charred garlicky shrimp
4. Braised lamb shanks
5. 17-way tie
You’re a sweetheart.

1. Taters.
2. Taters.
3. Taters.
4. Taters.
5. Stephen Hawking.
FTW.
by Robert Pollard-Smith
February 20th, 2020, 8:51 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Steak Porn
Replies: 2255
Views: 192728

Re: Steak Porn

Thanks, the method never fails.
by Robert Pollard-Smith
February 20th, 2020, 6:47 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: My five favorite vegetables
Replies: 38
Views: 2253

Re: My five favorite vegetables

1. Katz’s pastrami
2. Corey’s smoked brisket
3. Charred garlicky shrimp
4. Braised lamb shanks
5. 17-way tie
by Robert Pollard-Smith
February 20th, 2020, 4:09 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Steak Porn
Replies: 2255
Views: 192728

Re: Steak Porn

Whole Foods grass-fed prime, salted for 8 hours, pan-seared on medium, flipping every minute or so... very tasty.
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by Robert Pollard-Smith
February 11th, 2020, 5:40 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: PSA--possible Flannery Berserker credit card breach? [UPDATE in First Post 2/14/20]
Replies: 294
Views: 24817

Re: PSA--possible Flannery Berserker credit card breach?

Only purchased Flannery, and a call was received from Citibank re compromise within 36 hours.
by Robert Pollard-Smith
January 31st, 2020, 8:43 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Monthly check-in: Cellar inventory reduction plan
Replies: 821
Views: 43274

Re: Monthly check-in: Cellar inventory reduction plan

For 2019, purchased 15, consumed 61.

More than made up for the reduction in wine with Scotch purchases. [stirthepothal.gif]
by Robert Pollard-Smith
January 5th, 2020, 6:39 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Damn it; I like ketchup with my hot dog.
Replies: 78
Views: 3288

Re: Damn it; I like ketchup with my hot dog.

Al Osterheld wrote:
January 3rd, 2020, 7:29 pm
David K o l i n wrote:
January 3rd, 2020, 6:40 pm
I like French fries with mustard and/or mayo.
Anything but ketchup.

-Al
Anything but ketchup is the correct answer for crisp, golden fries— garlic aioli or dijon being my faves.

But if you need ketchup for anything else, Heinz Organic is #1.
by Robert Pollard-Smith
January 4th, 2020, 8:23 am
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: Best beers 2019 edition
Replies: 15
Views: 2172

Re: Best beers 2019 edition

Last year, I became quite enamored with a few of Naperville’s Solemn Oath’s offerings—

Pants Man New England Pale ale
Kidnapped by Vikings IPA
Butterfly Flashmob hop-forward Belgian Ale
by Robert Pollard-Smith
December 24th, 2019, 8:24 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Your lowest Cellartracker Scored Wine in Your Cellar
Replies: 263
Views: 13166

Re: Your lowest Cellartracker Scored Wine in Your Cellar

2008 Olga Raffault Chinon Les Picasses, 88.5

I distinctly remember great enjoyment of the single bottle I consumed.
by Robert Pollard-Smith
December 21st, 2019, 10:51 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: What BEER are you drinking?
Replies: 16722
Views: 444971

Re: What BEER are you drinking?

Modern Times is opening a new taproom near Lake Merritt in Oakland, The House of Perpetual Refreshment.

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by Robert Pollard-Smith
September 1st, 2019, 8:09 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: What SCOTCH are you drinking?
Replies: 750
Views: 51177

Re: What SCOTCH are you drinking?

This one...

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by Robert Pollard-Smith
August 31st, 2019, 7:29 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: What SCOTCH are you drinking?
Replies: 750
Views: 51177

Re: What SCOTCH are you drinking?

At almost 67 years old, I regret not investigating whiskey seriously much earlier. The "firing on all cylinders" thread kindled a sense of purpose. [stirthepothal.gif] Therefore, I commenced a somewhat serious investigation of this amazing beverage. In grouped order of descending preference of what ...
by Robert Pollard-Smith
August 12th, 2019, 1:39 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Tea Smoked Salmon
Replies: 14
Views: 2516

Re: Tea Smoked Salmon

Christine, I remember you posting this on eBob back a billion years ago, and I can vouch for this one. I used jasmine tea, and it was very tasty.
by Robert Pollard-Smith
August 11th, 2019, 7:01 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Monthly check-in: Cellar inventory reduction plan
Replies: 821
Views: 43274

Re: Monthly check-in: Cellar inventory reduction plan

Since there has been diminished activity in both directions, I have not posted monthlies. But I am happy to report that YTD, 17 purchased, and 41 consumed.

I am making up for the wine reduction with a strong increase in Scotch purchases.

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by Robert Pollard-Smith
August 2nd, 2019, 11:43 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2016 Goodfellow Family Cellars Chardonnay Richard's Cuvee Whistling Ridge Vineyard
Replies: 7
Views: 609

Re: TN: 2016 Goodfellow Family Cellars Chardonnay Richard's Cuvee Whistling Ridge Vineyard

Sounds exactly like the bottle that Marcus shared with a few of us a couple of weeks ago. And thanks for the reminder to order some!
by Robert Pollard-Smith
July 26th, 2019, 10:47 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Eating Italy 2019: Rome, Montalcino, Positano
Replies: 37
Views: 4217

Re: Eating Italy 2019: Rome, Montalcino, Positano

We hit Emma twice last October. The Pata Negra Iberica Chorizo pie was nothing short of remarkable...
by Robert Pollard-Smith
February 24th, 2019, 6:20 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What's your 'Wonder Grape'?
Replies: 62
Views: 2292

Re: What's your 'Wonder Grape'?

Aglianico. I have....not a few bottles, but a whole rack full, always, and for the life of me, I can't understand why it isn't the main topic of discussion on wine boards. I'm drinking a luscious Aglianico as I write this, which is at least 3 times better than the St. Emilion I opened before it, th...
by Robert Pollard-Smith
January 30th, 2019, 2:58 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: 216
Views: 13423

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

In for 6 oil and some chorizo.

I am using 2016 oil, bottled 1/2017, stored at room temp, and I can drink tablespoons of it with great pleasure at present, still!
by Robert Pollard-Smith
January 17th, 2019, 4:53 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Florence & Rome
Replies: 18
Views: 1552

Re: Florence & Rome

Richard mentioned Emma above. We came across this place during our wanderings in October.

We both ranked their pizza with pata negra iberico chorizo among the best things we have ever eaten, to wit (if only Todd would install scratch and sniff for us)...

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by Robert Pollard-Smith
December 15th, 2018, 6:34 pm
Forum: BYO Forum - Wine at Restaurants
Topic: Chicago and suburbs
Replies: 493
Views: 44824

Re: Chicago and suburbs

I've been to Jade Court three times in the last month and have really enjoyed it. The two course service of Peking Duck is very good. I have also enjoyed the beef in XO, pork belly over pickled greens, whole pike and a number of other dishes. The stems are borderline acceptable (I still bring my ow...
by Robert Pollard-Smith
December 10th, 2018, 5:38 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2008 Olga Raffault Chinon Les Picasses (France, Loire Valley, Touraine, Chinon)
Replies: 23
Views: 648

Re: TN: 2008 Olga Raffault Chinon Les Picasses (France, Loire Valley, Touraine, Chinon)

2008 Olga Raffault Chinon Les Picasses - France, Loire Valley, Touraine, Chinon (12/10/2018) Textbook Cabernet Franc displaying clean red fruit, green bell pepper and tobacco. Slightly lean with a nice acidic lift. Tannins are nicely integrated, but overall the wine seems quite youthful. Still, no ...
by Robert Pollard-Smith
September 21st, 2018, 12:52 pm
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Paris in February? Where to Stay?
Replies: 101
Views: 4842

Re: Paris in February? Where to Stay?

Victor Hong wrote:
September 20th, 2018, 12:51 pm
Coq au vin and cheese souffle, at L'Auberge Bressane. Perfect for that time of year.
Even better, few tourists.
Yeah, I could see that meal lasting you a week. [snort.gif]

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