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by todd waldmann
September 15th, 2020, 4:47 pm
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: Ever Have To File A Complaint About Another Winery?
Replies: 124
Views: 4169

Re: Ever Have To File A Complaint About Another Winery?

Kim,

Why are continually quoting Influenza studies to support your assertion that masks have no effect on the spread of COVID-19? And you’ll have to try harder than “they are both respiratory viruses.” That argument is laughable...
by todd waldmann
August 22nd, 2020, 9:20 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The Cult Of Champagne
Replies: 53
Views: 2409

Re: The Cult Of Champagne

I'm more tempted to say there's a Cult of Red Wine, as so often the reds are treated like the main event and everything else is secondary, as others have said. Of course there are those of us who don't think that way - some of whom have chimed in already - but it's pretty common with both geeks and...
by todd waldmann
July 24th, 2020, 3:25 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: If Everything were Normal, and Teleportation were Possible....
Replies: 45
Views: 1748

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

Teleportation, eh? I'm cheating a bit, Sarah by naming three meals, but here goes anyway.

Breakfast would be at certain street food stall in Hanoi that serves Char Siu with rice noodles.

El Mercado in Lima for lunch.

And then State Bird for dinner.
by todd waldmann
June 7th, 2020, 6:08 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: CHARITY RAFFLE NAACP LDF - super secret additional raffle run - we hit our max goal of $60,000!!
Replies: 327
Views: 15062

Re: CHARITY RAFFLE NAACP LDF - super secret additional raffle run - we hit our max goal of $60,000!!

c fu wrote:
June 7th, 2020, 3:22 pm
We have our first trade. I’m so excited. Someone just traded for the rights to the 16th pick! It seemed touch and go. Thought the trade was off but they just contacted the league office formalizing the deal.

Been waiting for one to happen.
We need an update on the picks...
by todd waldmann
June 5th, 2020, 9:09 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: CHARITY RAFFLE NAACP LDF - super secret additional raffle run - we hit our max goal of $60,000!!
Replies: 327
Views: 15062

Re: CHARITY RAFFLE NAACP LDF - Check first post for live draw information - (DONATION CAP $60,000 REACHED!!)

Congrats to all the winners! Now it's time to speculate how the draft will pan out [popcorn.gif] Oh cool, I forgot it was the draft. I thought I won the Pegau. Have tons of that. I do not want the Vatan. I hope 1-18 know Vatan is green thin and weedy shit. I mean really, its from Loire. There is NO...
by todd waldmann
June 5th, 2020, 6:46 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: CHARITY RAFFLE NAACP LDF - super secret additional raffle run - we hit our max goal of $60,000!!
Replies: 327
Views: 15062

Re: CHARITY RAFFLE NAACP Legal Defense and Education Fund -JUST ADDED ROUSSEAU CHAMBERTIN (Currently at $40,60 in donati

Awesome idea and amazing execution, Charlie.

If I win the magnum of Vatan, do I have to grow a beard and start waxing my mustache?
by todd waldmann
February 21st, 2020, 2:00 pm
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Croatia Recommendations?
Replies: 19
Views: 2002

Re: Croatia Recommendations?

We were there (as a family) last summer and had a great time. I liked Split more than Chris did. I got some recommendations from Leo Frokic prior to our trip. Two restaurant highlights: Bistro Ciba in Split was great- small, casual, great food, very busy. We were very obviously the only tourists in ...
by todd waldmann
February 16th, 2020, 2:19 pm
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: London Recos
Replies: 35
Views: 6407

Re: London Recos

We are seeing Hamilton in the West End next month. I'm looking for restaurant suggestions. We'll be with our two teenagers, who are moderately adventurous.
by todd waldmann
February 7th, 2020, 1:58 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: MAC&CHEESE
Replies: 3
Views: 1396

Re: MAC&CHEESE

My wife usually uses a combination of Gruyere, Fontina, and sharp cheddar. I like it better than Gruyere alone. And we usually pair it with Gruner.

YNWA.
by todd waldmann
January 27th, 2020, 2:12 pm
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Din Tai Fung
Replies: 6
Views: 1923

Re: Din Tai Fung

Champagne & Riesling would be my choices for pairing with the food at Din Tai Fung.
by todd waldmann
January 24th, 2020, 6:54 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Eating and Drinking in San Francisco
Replies: 226
Views: 20398

Re: Eating and Drinking in San Francisco

I just was in SF as well and went to Mourad: flippin' fantastic, I thought. We shared the beef short rib dish, which was truly outstanding. We were all stunned at how good it was. Also the eggplant and burrata apps: dope. Thanks for the alternative view I had a feeling it would be better with a lar...
by todd waldmann
December 8th, 2019, 11:34 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Eating and Drinking in San Francisco
Replies: 226
Views: 20398

Re: Eating and Drinking in San Francisco

Glenn L e v i n e wrote:
December 8th, 2019, 9:35 am
todd waldmann wrote:
October 29th, 2019, 1:33 pm
And I could easily enjoy State Bird once a week and not get tired of it.
My idea of hospice is a bong & a bag in a crib that’s walking distance from State Bird.
That sounds pretty good. I'd want access to my cellar too, though. champagne.gif
by todd waldmann
November 26th, 2019, 4:02 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Mama's Pecan Pie
Replies: 131
Views: 12776

Re: Mama's Pecan Pie

I love the fact that this recipe always shows up around this time of year. Thanks Robert Fleming and his Mama. Agreed. We were discussing Mama's Pecan Pie at work today (I have been spreading the word and several of my employees are converts) and someone new wanted the recipe. I knew if I came here...
by todd waldmann
November 1st, 2019, 7:56 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Which grand cru
Replies: 16
Views: 1907

Re: Which grand cru

Kris Patten wrote:
October 23rd, 2019, 8:28 pm
Mugneret followed by Lambrays.
He may be a Gooner, but he's right about this.
by todd waldmann
October 29th, 2019, 1:33 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Eating and Drinking in San Francisco
Replies: 226
Views: 20398

Re: Eating and Drinking in San Francisco

We had great meals at both Rich Table and State Bird this past weekend. Not the first visit for either one. We will return to both. I love the vibe in addition to the food at both places. And I could easily enjoy State Bird once a week and not get tired of it.
by todd waldmann
September 10th, 2019, 11:00 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Avocados. What a pain.
Replies: 36
Views: 3309

Re: Avocados. What a pain.

Thank God! Now, I will rest easier knowing that you are in a better position to look down your nose at the rest of us.
by todd waldmann
September 10th, 2019, 9:16 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Avocados. What a pain.
Replies: 36
Views: 3309

Re: Avocados. What a pain.

I can't believe Victor even buys/eats avocados. They require a TON of water to farm. Eating them pretty seriously undermines his holier-than-thou stance and makes it even more difficult to listen to the constant "tsk, tsk, tsk" coming from his keyboard.

Victor, how do you even sleep at night?
by todd waldmann
August 19th, 2019, 4:34 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: A bunch of Croatian wines from a recent visit, July 2019
Replies: 10
Views: 721

Re: TN: A bunch of Croatian wines from a recent visit, July 2019

Great notes, Todd! Glad you had a good time. Those are some great notes. We enjoyed a couple bottles of the Krajančić Pošip as well. Also drank a bottle of Krajančić rosé, which was perfectly matched with the setting.
by todd waldmann
July 26th, 2019, 2:36 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Eating and Drinking in San Francisco
Replies: 226
Views: 20398

Re: Eating and Drinking in San Francisco 2016

Todd... A lot of the posts are older and things change. So I was looking for up-to-date tips as I know zero about the city. Understood. An awful lot of what is in this thread is current. It can be tough to decide though since there are so many options. I would second Robert's enthusiastic take on S...
by todd waldmann
July 25th, 2019, 11:20 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Eating and Drinking in San Francisco
Replies: 226
Views: 20398

Re: Eating and Drinking in San Francisco 2016

You just posted a general question about San Francisco restaurants at the end of a four page thread..... on San Francisco restaurants. [scratch.gif]
by todd waldmann
July 24th, 2019, 9:12 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: R.I.P. Alan Eden
Replies: 138
Views: 10518

Re: R.I.P. Alan Eden

A very sad way to be reminded of how much of a community we have here.

As others have said, he will definitely be missed.
by todd waldmann
July 23rd, 2019, 8:34 am
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Seville/Sevilla
Replies: 12
Views: 2616

Re: Seville/Sevilla

Catch a Flamenco performance at la Casa del Flamenco. It was one of the highlights of our trip to Spain a few years ago.
by todd waldmann
July 22nd, 2019, 7:50 pm
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: SF restaurants
Replies: 4
Views: 2777

Re: SF restaurants

There are several threads in Epicurean Exploits, but this is the most up-to-date one.

viewtopic.php?f=6&t=123709
by todd waldmann
July 16th, 2019, 7:44 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Favorite ACTUAL pizza and wine pairings
Replies: 62
Views: 4107

Re: Favorite ACTUAL pizza and wine pairings

Of course it depends on the pizza, but in general; youngish Champagne, Tuscan wines without much oak and mature Red Burgs. If she knew you Ray, my wife would blame you for me always pairing Champagne with pizza. I hadn't thought of it until reading some of your posts a long time ago on the Parker b...
by todd waldmann
July 5th, 2019, 6:23 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Mark Squires' BB to close for good - UPDATED (WA sold to Michelin)
Replies: 320
Views: 23093

Re: Mark Squires' BB to close for good

Squires' BB was an information goldmine for someone with a budding wine obsession. When it was at its peak, I couldn't get enough. It started dying well before the paywall went up. The death began when Squires began "managing" the board arbitrarily and vindictively. The paywall merely accelerated th...
by todd waldmann
June 28th, 2019, 10:02 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Greatest field blend wines?
Replies: 55
Views: 2870

Re: Greatest field blend wines?

Doug Sher wrote:
June 26th, 2019, 2:21 pm
Doug Sher wrote:
June 26th, 2019, 6:35 am
Marcel Deiss wines are often brilliant examples of field blending.
Clearly, Alsace wines are dead at retail.
Agree with both posts, Doug. champagne.gif
by todd waldmann
May 27th, 2019, 5:59 am
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Balkan Help
Replies: 8
Views: 5553

Re: Balkan Help

Thanks, Don. I’ll send him a message.
by todd waldmann
May 23rd, 2019, 11:53 am
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Balkan Help
Replies: 8
Views: 5553

Re: Balkan Help

Nuthin'?
by todd waldmann
May 21st, 2019, 6:56 am
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Balkan Help
Replies: 8
Views: 5553

Balkan Help

Next week, we are off to the Balkans- Sarajevo, Mostar, Split, Korcula, Rovinj, Ljubljana, Lake Bled, and Zagreb. We have reservations at JB's in Ljubljana, Monte in Rovinj, and Hisa Franko. I'd love any other recommendations for dining. FWIW, we will be traveling with two teenagers, who are moderat...
by todd waldmann
April 17th, 2019, 11:41 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: From the creators of Chef's Table - Street Food
Replies: 16
Views: 1262

Re: From the creators of Chef's Table - Street Food

Nice! Multiple experiences eating street food in Asia rank among my favorite meals ever.
by todd waldmann
April 6th, 2019, 7:05 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Acquisition vs Consumption
Replies: 29
Views: 1897

Re: Acquisition vs Consumption

D@vid Bu3ker wrote:
April 6th, 2019, 2:20 pm
I fully admit that I love buying wine even more than I love drinking it!
^this.

As I am moving all the wine previously stored elsewhere into my new cellar, the depth of my derangement is becoming all too clear.....
by todd waldmann
March 27th, 2019, 12:10 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Say you know someone and they only think wine is red...
Replies: 52
Views: 2380

Re: Say you know someone and they only think wine is red...

Jeremy Holmes wrote:
March 23rd, 2019, 8:19 pm
Move onto the next person.
Precisely what I was thinking. Don't waste your time!
by todd waldmann
March 26th, 2019, 3:23 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Good Old Days At Eleven Madison Park
Replies: 30
Views: 2551

Re: Good Old Days At Eleven Madison Park

Absolutely true. At the time I didn't, but now I think it's pretty funny that he unknowingly brought the bottle back to my table. that is pretty funny, was the wine any good? No clue - didn't taste it. When I confronted him at the dinner he insisted that he brought the bottle of '69 CdlR. I didn't ...
by todd waldmann
February 26th, 2019, 3:13 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Seattle Restaurants Recommendation
Replies: 74
Views: 5592

Re: Seattle Restaurants Recommendation

Went to Spinasse last night and it was fantastic. This thread was a huge help. Almost 2 years later, my now 12 year old still periodically reminds us of how good their Tajarin with butter is. [cheers.gif] Went last night. Wowzers!! Amazing tajarin - also absolutely loved the Capunet, swiss chard wr...
by todd waldmann
February 26th, 2019, 12:30 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The search for a “wow” Rosé
Replies: 129
Views: 5938

Re: The search for a “wow” Rosé

All of the "wow" roses I have experienced, shared one characteristic: Age.
by todd waldmann
February 14th, 2019, 12:02 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Some Wineries Get It...And Some Don't...(Part 27)
Replies: 102
Views: 5681

Re: Some Wineries Get It...And Some Don't...(Part 27)

Further proof (as if we needed it) that there is nothing that can't be argued about on WineBerserkers.
by todd waldmann
February 10th, 2019, 3:15 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Which grape do you struggle most to pair with the food you eat?
Replies: 17
Views: 877

Re: Which grape do you struggle most to pair with the food you eat?

Gewürztraminer. I buy bottles, then they just sit there because I never know what to do with them. Drink with asian dishes, drier Gewurz goes really well with peking duck and a large number of Thai dishes I'll try that. Asian food seems to occupy an ever-increasing percentage of the meals we cook a...
by todd waldmann
February 8th, 2019, 6:54 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: My first Keller gmax
Replies: 86
Views: 6164

Re: My first Keller gmax

Just last night (as my wife and I were enjoying a too young, but delicious '17 Weinbach Riesling Schlossberg), I was contemplating this very notion of the relative appeal of whites vs. reds. Ten years ago, I would have wholeheartedly agreed with Mark that red wines in general, and the greatest reds ...
by todd waldmann
January 28th, 2019, 2:35 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Favorite appetizer with old burgundy?
Replies: 16
Views: 752

Re: Favorite appetizer with old burgundy?

I like both Ray's and Christine's suggestions!
by todd waldmann
January 28th, 2019, 2:27 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: I am a CT delinquent.
Replies: 112
Views: 4250

Re: I am a CT delinquent.

I would estimate that I am currently about 3.14% accurate with my CellarTracker inventory. I'm on the verge of being able to move my whole inventory into a new storage space at home, so I'm hoping that number will improve. Should be easy as pi. I almost threw a few more decimal places in there, but...
by todd waldmann
January 23rd, 2019, 6:46 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: I am a CT delinquent.
Replies: 112
Views: 4250

Re: I am a CT delinquent.

I would estimate that I am currently about 3.14% accurate with my CellarTracker inventory. I'm on the verge of being able to move my whole inventory into a new storage space at home, so I'm hoping that number will improve.
by todd waldmann
January 18th, 2019, 12:25 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Please tell me about Fait Main wines
Replies: 59
Views: 2554

Re: Please tell me about Fait Main wines

Michael Martin wrote:
January 17th, 2019, 8:08 pm
This is #winning
.
by todd waldmann
November 30th, 2018, 10:30 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Sous vide fried chicken?
Replies: 43
Views: 2370

Re: Sous vide fried chicken?

c fu wrote:
November 29th, 2018, 3:03 pm
johngonzales wrote:
November 29th, 2018, 1:30 pm
MitchTallan wrote:
September 28th, 2018, 4:11 pm
I hope to live to see the day in which no one uses the word "tasty" any more.
Good luck with that. Do you not use the word “smelly” either?
Mitch is perfect
Mitch perfect.
by todd waldmann
November 13th, 2018, 3:26 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Hainanese Chicken Rice
Replies: 30
Views: 1862

Re: Hainanese Chicken Rice

alan weinberg wrote:
November 11th, 2018, 11:34 am
How do you get crisp skin in a boiled bird? Yao’s trick?
Alan,

I have one kid who I knew would not go for gelatinous chicken skin, so I carved the chicken into pieces and threw the pieces under the broiler to crisp the skin. It worked well.
by todd waldmann
October 29th, 2018, 1:17 pm
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: The best or memorable vacation spot was...
Replies: 47
Views: 2579

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

Truth be told, the question is impossible to answer; so keeping to form... seated in first class headed to an international destination on a long flight... flying an international carrier. dh I'm siding with Dan on this one. My limited first class experience, both on Asian airlines, were peak exper...
by todd waldmann
October 28th, 2018, 8:22 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Hainanese Chicken Rice
Replies: 30
Views: 1862

Re: Hainanese Chicken Rice

Made this tonight. It was delish. The rice really is the star.

And it paired nicely with a bottle of 2012 Maximin Grünhäuser Abstsberg Feinherb.
by todd waldmann
October 24th, 2018, 9:32 am
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: The best or memorable vacation spot was...
Replies: 47
Views: 2579

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

Prague, 1992
Hanoi
Cinque Terre (before the hordes discovered it)
Taroko Gorge, Taiwan
by todd waldmann
October 23rd, 2018, 1:55 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Hainanese Chicken Rice
Replies: 30
Views: 1862

Re: Hainanese Chicken Rice

Will do, Charlie.
by todd waldmann
October 23rd, 2018, 11:53 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Hainanese Chicken Rice
Replies: 30
Views: 1862

Re: Hainanese Chicken Rice

Richard T r i m p i wrote:
October 22nd, 2018, 7:35 am
dcornutt wrote:
October 19th, 2018, 6:53 pm
This place ROCKS!!!!!
Cheers Don. Glad you enjoyed it too.

RT
I doubt my homemade version could possibly live up to the Tian Tian version, but I'm going to give it a try.

Thanks, Charlie!
by todd waldmann
October 21st, 2018, 9:35 am
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Invasion of cruise ships and riverboats
Replies: 49
Views: 2924

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.

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