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by Robert Pollard-Smith
January 14th, 2021, 12:27 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Chicago Restaurant Thread
Replies: 839
Views: 47166

Re: Chicago Restaurant Thread

Only thing left of value now is the Obituaries space.
by Robert Pollard-Smith
January 13th, 2021, 11:27 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Do you like any Girl Scout cookies? (Poll Added)
Replies: 31
Views: 700

Re: Do you like any Girl Scout cookies? (Poll Added)

A few years ago, under duress from my SIL, whose daughter was hawking, I tried Samoas and one other unremembered variety. The memory almost makes me retch.
by Robert Pollard-Smith
January 10th, 2021, 3:44 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Horrible news about a Berserker - Frank Drew, RIP
Replies: 145
Views: 8851

Re: Horrible news about a Berserker - Frank Drew, RIP

Shattering and horrible news, RIP, Frank.
by Robert Pollard-Smith
January 6th, 2021, 8:16 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Burr Grinder Recommendation
Replies: 32
Views: 1000

Re: Burr Grinder Recommendation

I had a Baratza for several years until the motor burned up. Replaced it with a Rancilio Rocky which is far sturdier and has been going like a champ for probably 8 years now. My Rocky is 10, and I would rate it as a superb machine, light years more functional and sturdy than the Baratza it replaced.
by Robert Pollard-Smith
December 31st, 2020, 4:05 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Mama's Pecan Pie
Replies: 151
Views: 14806

Re: Mama's Pecan Pie

That ‘recipe’ is spam.
by Robert Pollard-Smith
December 30th, 2020, 7:39 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Monthly check-in: Cellar inventory reduction plan
Replies: 1047
Views: 54690

Re: Monthly check-in: Cellar inventory reduction plan

Including tomorrow, 10 opened, none added. But I have some tragically (comically?) strong impulses at present.

Berserkerday notwithstanding, January is going to leave a mark.
by Robert Pollard-Smith
December 24th, 2020, 6:34 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2015 Ladd Cellars Chardonnay (USA, California, Sonoma County, Sonoma Coast)
Replies: 6
Views: 382

Re: TN: 2015 Ladd Cellars Chardonnay (USA, California, Sonoma County, Sonoma Coast)

Opened the 2015 last night for one glass, and I heartily concur on all above notes. Can't wait to see how it develops.
by Robert Pollard-Smith
December 24th, 2020, 6:32 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Fried eggs
Replies: 40
Views: 1267

Re: Fried eggs

For the ham, I would happily sub a few slices of Katz's pastrami.

And, over medium, with crisp edges and a sprinkle of Maldon flakes.
by Robert Pollard-Smith
December 24th, 2020, 1:26 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Authenticity of Petrus Bottles
Replies: 54
Views: 4161

Re: Authenticity of Petrus Bottles

Aren't late 2000's Hong Kong auctions exceptionally suspect? A lot of rejected Rudy bottles were making there way there, weren't they?
by Robert Pollard-Smith
December 19th, 2020, 12:06 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Need recipe for world's greatest vegetarian main dish
Replies: 23
Views: 953

Re: Need recipe for world's greatest vegetarian main dish

I got nuthin to add, except good luck to you, Jay!
by Robert Pollard-Smith
December 18th, 2020, 5:22 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Dishwasher rinse aid
Replies: 35
Views: 1598

Re: Dishwasher rinse aid

If you see some residue on glassware, it can also be an indication that you're using too much detergent. I usually add a healthy glug of white vinegar to the bottom of my dishwasher before running. You can fill the rinse aid with white vin, too. It does not leave an odor but does help decrease any ...
by Robert Pollard-Smith
November 30th, 2020, 4:03 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Monthly check-in: Cellar inventory reduction plan
Replies: 1047
Views: 54690

Re: Monthly check-in: Cellar inventory reduction plan

Nine men out, zero in. Haven’t bought since 8/3. Well, vermouth and whiskey do not count, according to the rules posted at Binny’s.
by Robert Pollard-Smith
November 25th, 2020, 1:49 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Official kitchen knife thread
Replies: 670
Views: 56616

Re: Official kitchen knife thread

I have no experience with Misono, but there is a good discussion re the 440 and suggested alternatives in the price range. The last post is most valuable.
https://www.kitchenknifeforums.com/thre ... ost-473711
by Robert Pollard-Smith
November 24th, 2020, 12:54 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: No tagines?
Replies: 21
Views: 1308

Re: No tagines?

Mark, I used breasts, and the low-heat cooking resulted in tender, juicy chunks.
by Robert Pollard-Smith
November 20th, 2020, 10:30 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Berserkers Video Meets - Schedule/Info inside
Replies: 263
Views: 16439

Re: Berserkers Video Meets - Schedule/Info inside

What they said, good fun!
by Robert Pollard-Smith
November 20th, 2020, 8:59 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: No tagines?
Replies: 21
Views: 1308

Re: No tagines?

Jay, thank you so much for that recipe. Marjorie and I were going nuts tonight, couldn’t keep our noses out of our plates. Absolutely delicious!
by Robert Pollard-Smith
November 17th, 2020, 1:03 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Mama's Pecan Pie
Replies: 151
Views: 14806

Re: Mama's Pecan Pie

I'm now considering if it would be considered bad form to bring a pecan pie down to the concierge desk with just one slice missing. What do people think? Nuh-uhh. I am thinking that anything that is not individually wrapped might create hesitance. We are trying to figure out what to use as edible h...
by Robert Pollard-Smith
November 16th, 2020, 6:41 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: My Confession. Not allowing time to open.
Replies: 45
Views: 2726

Re: My Confession. Not allowing time to open.

I do not generally decant, but I do tend to consume wines over two nights, so if it doesn’t show on night one it gets a second chance. I also do not decant my wines these days. I used to be a religious "decanter". I am more pleased with trying a glass on night one, re-corking the bottle, ...
by Robert Pollard-Smith
November 16th, 2020, 3:29 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Mama's Pecan Pie
Replies: 151
Views: 14806

Re: Mama's Pecan Pie

David K o l i n wrote: November 15th, 2020, 7:53 pm
Robert Pollard-Smith wrote: November 15th, 2020, 7:37 pm I so want to make this (since first posted), but I would be assigned the of task eating the whole thing.
That would suck
Well, the shaming part would, but the eating part, I doubt.
by Robert Pollard-Smith
November 15th, 2020, 7:37 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Mama's Pecan Pie
Replies: 151
Views: 14806

Re: Mama's Pecan Pie

I so want to make this (since first posted), but I would be assigned the of task eating the whole thing.
by Robert Pollard-Smith
November 14th, 2020, 10:47 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The most helpful thing you can say in your tasting note...
Replies: 64
Views: 2743

Re: The most helpful thing you can say in your tasting note...

The most helpful things: - Provenance and condition of the wine; - Serving temperature; - Preparation of wine (eg. decanted or not, how long, etc). All drastically affect a tasting note. Compare a) a wine bought on the auction with poor levels, tasted in a hot room, popped and poured; with b) a win...
by Robert Pollard-Smith
November 7th, 2020, 7:18 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Giving up drinking for the rest of the year.
Replies: 23
Views: 1628

Re: Giving up drinking for the rest of the year.

Change to... “my waking hours”, at this point.
by Robert Pollard-Smith
November 6th, 2020, 6:44 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2006 Domaine du Pégau Châteauneuf-du-Pape Cuvée Réservée
Replies: 1
Views: 231

TN: 2006 Domaine du Pégau Châteauneuf-du-Pape Cuvée Réservée

2006 Domaine du Pégau Châteauneuf-du-Pape Cuvée Réservée - France, Rhône, Southern Rhône, Châteauneuf-du-Pape (11/6/2020) Consumed over 8 nights, using VacuVin/refrigerator. From opening to last sip, a very expressive nose of leather, minerals and red fruit. Medium body, luxurious mouthfeel without...
by Robert Pollard-Smith
November 2nd, 2020, 8:09 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Monthly check-in: Cellar inventory reduction plan
Replies: 1047
Views: 54690

Re: Monthly check-in: Cellar inventory reduction plan

7 consumed, no purchases. I barely even look at the offers in the email. Is this some kind of illness? Do I need an intervention?
by Robert Pollard-Smith
October 23rd, 2020, 10:41 am
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: What BEER are you drinking?
Replies: 16913
Views: 477070

Re: What BEER are you drinking?

Just finished a 4-pack of Modern Times Spaceways. I do not know how long they have been in the Chicago market, but they are more than welcome. Delicious.
by Robert Pollard-Smith
October 22nd, 2020, 3:30 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: Mezcal advice?
Replies: 53
Views: 5498

Re: Mezcal advice?

I don't know what this is called, but it looked/sounded tasty (stolen from Kitchen Knife Forums)...

2 oz mezcal
1 oz Carpano Antica sweet vermouth
½ oz green Chartreuse
2 dashes chocolate bitters
Orange peel, for garnish
by Robert Pollard-Smith
October 17th, 2020, 3:47 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: ZÜRCHER GESCHNETZELTES
Replies: 9
Views: 1070

Re: ZÜRCHER GESCHNETZELTES

D Zurcher wrote: October 17th, 2020, 12:55 pm Wow-somehow I've never heard of this... :)
You need to hang out around the Umlauts.
by Robert Pollard-Smith
October 17th, 2020, 7:38 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The post COVID meal you have been dreaming about...
Replies: 23
Views: 1165

Re: The post COVID meal you have been dreaming about...

Nola Palomar wrote: October 17th, 2020, 6:47 am Berserkerfest Offline centered with a huge Spanish feast including a grand paella in the center. Reminiscent of the Offline in Chicago years ago at Mel Hill's house!!

All the above sound amazing!!
That would be grand, indeed, Nola!
by Robert Pollard-Smith
October 17th, 2020, 7:37 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The post COVID meal you have been dreaming about...
Replies: 23
Views: 1165

Re: The post COVID meal you have been dreaming about...

One thing I have missed a lot is the monthly wine dinners with my Burgundy group. I cannot wait until we can start getting together again. I will go to wherever and eat whatever. I just want us to be able to get together. That is what I have been dreaming about. Getting together again with my frien...
by Robert Pollard-Smith
October 10th, 2020, 9:25 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: The NY Strip Steak is...
Replies: 86
Views: 3366

Re: The NY Strip Steak is...

Brian Tuite wrote: October 10th, 2020, 8:05 pm I use a butter knife on my ribeye because it’s tender not tough.
neener
Abomination!!!
by Robert Pollard-Smith
October 10th, 2020, 4:14 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Steak Porn
Replies: 2498
Views: 213427

Re: Steak Porn

CA reserve NY strip From Flannery... 7 hour salt, one hour at room temp, 115 degrees plust 3 minute rest... I approve the Rareness of said Strip, Robert Pollard-Smith. I like saying your name. Sounds like I am addressing a member of the House of Commons. Well, you got the common part right, at leas...
by Robert Pollard-Smith
October 10th, 2020, 4:12 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: The NY Strip Steak is...
Replies: 86
Views: 3366

Re: The NY Strip Steak is...

Brian Tuite wrote: October 9th, 2020, 7:45 pm It’s right here in Robert Pollard-Smith’s photo although his doesn’t go the length of the steak.

That chewy NY Steak tendon

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That, my friend, is why Our Creator issued us steak knives at birth, no?
by Robert Pollard-Smith
October 9th, 2020, 1:09 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Steak Porn
Replies: 2498
Views: 213427

Re: Steak Porn

CA reserve NY strip From Flannery... 7 hour salt, one hour at room temp, 115 degrees plust 3 minute rest...
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by Robert Pollard-Smith
October 7th, 2020, 7:02 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Does Anyone Else Eat Everything?
Replies: 101
Views: 3621

Re: Does Anyone Else Eat Everything?

04DB77E3-A245-444C-A5EF-FC516DF4CD18.jpeg Tonight’s Home cured pickled tongue J-Nine’s fave, huh? Love me some tongue. Due to ‘incidents’ with enoki mushrooms and buttercream frosting, those are off my list. Not a fan of tripe, and canned vegetables are to be consumed only in dire planetary emergen...
by Robert Pollard-Smith
October 4th, 2020, 5:44 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Another Flannery PSA
Replies: 664
Views: 44037

Re: Another Flannery PSA

Seconding the Kali blend.
by Robert Pollard-Smith
October 1st, 2020, 3:07 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Irish court rules that Subway's rolls cannot be considered bread
Replies: 11
Views: 1185

Re: Irish court rules that Subway's rolls cannot be considered bread

Last time I went into one to get a bag of chips (I figger they can't screw that up) the radioactive bacterial sheen on the sliced 'meats' lit up the store.
by Robert Pollard-Smith
September 30th, 2020, 7:51 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Monthly check-in: Cellar inventory reduction plan
Replies: 1047
Views: 54690

Re: Monthly check-in: Cellar inventory reduction plan

8 Men Out.
Zero in.

I really struggled to not pull the trigger today on some desirables, wanting to keep the clean sheet going.

The COVID-19 seven pounds are possibly telling me I should be flipping the pattern.
by Robert Pollard-Smith
September 2nd, 2020, 12:15 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Coffee Roasting Question
Replies: 116
Views: 7296

Re: Coffee Roasting Question

Slight thread-drift, but I've decided to take the plunge into Epsresso and was looking at entry-machines. Any thoughts between the Rancilio Silvia, Breville Bambino Plus, or Gaggia Classic Pro? I'm attracted to the learning curve of the Rancilio but don't know how steep it is. Last week, delivered ...
by Robert Pollard-Smith
September 1st, 2020, 9:39 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Monthly check-in: Cellar inventory reduction plan
Replies: 1047
Views: 54690

Re: Monthly check-in: Cellar inventory reduction plan

6 in, 8 died magnificent deaths.
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: 11631

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: 1047
Views: 54690

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: 11631

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: 2620

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: 664
Views: 44037

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: 1047
Views: 54690

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: 1736

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: 35
Views: 1846

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: 35
Views: 1846

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: 35
Views: 1846

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.

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