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by Thomas Puricelli
December 18th, 2019, 7:53 am
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Need Atlanta restaurant rec under specific circumstances...
Replies: 7
Views: 1409

Re: Need Atlanta restaurant rec under specific circumstances...

Given your highly specific ask, I would inquire with Aria (1/2 mile away from St. Regis), to see if they would accommodate you. I suspect they would. Have fun.
by Thomas Puricelli
November 23rd, 2019, 4:52 am
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Favorite San Francisco Hotel?
Replies: 30
Views: 5031

Re: Favorite San Francisco Hotel?

Check out Hotel Drisco. Above cow hollow and the marina in pacific heights.
by Thomas Puricelli
November 7th, 2019, 3:52 pm
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Jackson Hole, Wyoming
Replies: 25
Views: 1627

Re: Jackson Hole, Wyoming

In Teton Village, I like Osteria for Italian. Teton Thai on the other side of the parking lot in the village is great, but it is very small. It can be a bit variable, as Craig alludes to above, but I’m a fan. If staying in a house/condo, would recommend getting take out from there. I also like the H...
by Thomas Puricelli
July 16th, 2017, 3:50 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Juicing
Replies: 29
Views: 1350

Juicing

Juicing is a ton of work and requires a lot of produce. I have a Norwalk juicer collecting dust but a vitamix that is used every day for smoothies. I think juicing is one of those products that is worth buying from a local merchant - assuming there are some near you - rather than going thru the time...
by Thomas Puricelli
February 26th, 2017, 5:32 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: New York City Restaurants
Replies: 2456
Views: 152278

New York City Restaurants

Benjamin - thanks for the suggestions. I wasn't clear...this is for a couple weeks from now so I will look into all of these.
by Thomas Puricelli
February 25th, 2017, 5:36 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: New York City Restaurants
Replies: 2456
Views: 152278

New York City Restaurants

Any suggestions for dinner that is not terribly high-end (less a cost issue vs. not wanting a tasting menu)? Staying at the Greenwich downtown and in the recent past have enjoyed Locanda Verde and Le Coq Rico. Anything you all recommend in that vein?
by Thomas Puricelli
May 7th, 2016, 4:24 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: BGE arrives today!
Replies: 45
Views: 2670

BGE arrives today!

Thanks everyone. Store also recommended taking it easy for the first few cooks. They also said you should fill the charcoal to the top of the inner ring - this seems excessive and will make everything blazing hot. How long does it typically take for the fire to settle down? First time I lit it (usi...
by Thomas Puricelli
September 29th, 2015, 4:43 pm
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Family vacation with grown children who love food and wine
Replies: 12
Views: 618

Family vacation with grown children who love food and wine

Totally depends on what you all like to do. A villa can be a bit limiting or claustrophobic if it is in the middle of nowhere and some portion of the group are more city oriented. We did a villa in the hills of western Tuscany that allowed for easy trips to the beach in forte de marmi as well as gre...
by Thomas Puricelli
August 25th, 2015, 6:24 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Jackson Hole Restaurant Recommendations
Replies: 4
Views: 278

Jackson Hole Restaurant Recommendations

You didn't say where you would be, but within Teton Village, Osteria is my favorite. There are other serviceable choices but none are fabulous. Teton Thai, which is across the parking lot at the base of the mountain is good and fun - it's small and waits can be long, but easy enough to deal with on ...
by Thomas Puricelli
June 23rd, 2015, 6:56 am
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Alinea
Replies: 19
Views: 827

Alinea

Had the reserve pairings two weeks ago and thought they were great, although I'm not aware of the cost, nor did I look at the list. More off the beaten path stuff versus classified growths - I seem to recall a grower champs, gruner veltliner, zind humbrecht gewurtz, a 2006 CdP, an older loire red fr...
by Thomas Puricelli
April 28th, 2015, 11:14 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Chicago Restaurant help
Replies: 27
Views: 1418

Chicago Restaurant help

Thanks Mel and Siun!
by Thomas Puricelli
April 28th, 2015, 6:25 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Chicago Restaurant help
Replies: 27
Views: 1418

Chicago Restaurant help

Anything interesting, really, that goes beyond well executed food in a nice setting. There's no shortage of options for that, so was just wondering if there are any exciting new (or not new) restaurants/chefs that are worth experiencing.
by Thomas Puricelli
April 27th, 2015, 6:59 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Chicago Restaurant help
Replies: 27
Views: 1418

Chicago Restaurant help

Any updates here? Heading to Alinea in a couple of weeks but have another open night. Have enjoyed Avec in the past and am inclined to go back but am open to other thoughts. The RPM restaurants look good but not really what I'm looking for. Anything else?
by Thomas Puricelli
March 21st, 2015, 6:11 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Top 5 restaurants in Atlanta?
Replies: 74
Views: 3285

Top 5 restaurants in Atlanta?

For wine shops, I'd also recommend ph wine merchant in peachtree hills which is just north of midtown. Just down the street from it is a restaurant called KR Steakbar, where oddly enough, the pasta is the thing to order. I had forgotten about KR but have been about five times in the past month as my...
by Thomas Puricelli
March 4th, 2015, 5:05 pm
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Caribbean Advice
Replies: 45
Views: 2589

Caribbean Advice

Have been looking into the Eden Roc at Cap Cana in the DR but haven't been. Let us know where you wind up.

Round Hill in Jamaica is great but is older school and not ultra luxury. Lot of charm though.
by Thomas Puricelli
March 3rd, 2015, 5:06 pm
Forum: Wine Pimps
Topic: Issues with Benchmark Wine Group (WOT)
Replies: 96
Views: 15947

Issues with Benchmark Wine Group (WOT)

Fact: If I ever consider getting involved with a retail business I will (1) re-read this thread, (2) decide against pursuing whatever retail business I was considering and (3) say a quiet "thank you" to Bill and the folks at Benchmark for the priceless and timeless education.
by Thomas Puricelli
February 20th, 2015, 12:22 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: New York City Restaurants
Replies: 2456
Views: 152278

New York City Restaurants

I didn't say they were the best because they were first, I said they were the best because they are better and people don't realize it because of the way they learned how to appreciate wine or pizza. There is nothing wrong with having a subjective preference. But when you say you like Roman pizza b...
by Thomas Puricelli
January 25th, 2015, 4:39 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Island cooktops? Love them? Hate them?
Replies: 26
Views: 809

Island cooktops? Love them? Hate them?

Hate them and always assume that those that have them don't actually cook. If you find the house you like, reconfiguring the kitchen shouldn't be that big of a deal. Don't get hung up on it as you would probably want to upgrade the appliances anyway. Just factor it into your bid.
by Thomas Puricelli
January 16th, 2015, 2:56 pm
Forum: Commerce Corner - Wine Classifieds
Topic: Culling Burgundies
Replies: 3
Views: 541

Culling Burgundies

Atlanta
by Thomas Puricelli
January 16th, 2015, 11:14 am
Forum: Commerce Corner - Wine Classifieds
Topic: Culling Burgundies
Replies: 3
Views: 541

Culling Burgundies

Culling the herd to create more space. All bottles have been in my cellar since release, except for the 99 epenots. Given the low dollar values here, requesting minimum purchases of 6 bottles and will give preference to larger orders. Thanks! 2005 Denis Bachelet Bourgogne - 6 bottles, $35 per SOLD 2...
by Thomas Puricelli
December 20th, 2014, 5:08 am
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Domestic Bachelor Party Destinations
Replies: 23
Views: 1150

Domestic Bachelor Party Destinations

If you can do early October, going to Austin for Austin City Limits is a lot of fun. Went this year for a bachelor party and rented a big house via VRBO next to the park where the festival took place. Definitely recommended.
by Thomas Puricelli
October 31st, 2014, 6:20 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Bo ssam
Replies: 148
Views: 13511

Bo ssam

Before resorting to burning it on the grill, I'd try a lesser amount of the brown sugar rub at the end, bring it to 400 or so to let it melt/glaze over the pork. Or you could skip the last step altogether. It will still be plenty good.
by Thomas Puricelli
October 1st, 2014, 10:51 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Hot Dougs, Chicago
Replies: 22
Views: 1515

Hot Dougs, Chicago

I remember my first time there, waiting in line, and then getting my chance to order. Looking Doug right in the eye, explaining it was my first visit, and having him get all excited about what I should order is still memorable. I wish him all the best. Something to be said about taking a simple prod...
by Thomas Puricelli
August 22nd, 2014, 6:28 am
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Need advice for big Napa dinner with kids
Replies: 4
Views: 226

Need advice for big Napa dinner with kids

If you haven't already, I'd suggest calling Bistro Don Giovanni. I bet you could do a bunch of pizzas or pastas for the kids.
by Thomas Puricelli
August 6th, 2014, 12:46 pm
Forum: Commerce Corner - Wine Classifieds
Topic: WTB: 1975 Bdx, German Riesling, Cali Cab
Replies: 2
Views: 147

WTB: 1975 Bdx, German Riesling, Cali Cab

Years ago, I think you sold or traded to me a 75 mouton. It drank very well. Wish you had more!
by Thomas Puricelli
August 6th, 2014, 9:19 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: BGE Question.
Replies: 87
Views: 2968

BGE Question.

My local store has the Firecraft lump and I'm a big fan as well. Was not aware I could get it shipped to me - and at a decent price. Thanks for the info.

Good call on the digi-q. Makes overnight cooks a no-brainer.
by Thomas Puricelli
July 23rd, 2014, 6:18 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Atlanta & Orlando Restaurant Recs
Replies: 47
Views: 918

Atlanta & Orlando Restaurant Recs

I've come around on K&D. Was not a big fan when they opened but I've had several good meals there recently. The pork chop was excellent last week and personally, I'd order the bar steak before I'd order the burger. The restaurant is also not nearly as crowded as it once was given some of the first y...
by Thomas Puricelli
July 15th, 2014, 12:59 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Jeni's Ice Cream? $80 a gallon good???
Replies: 53
Views: 1253

Jeni's Ice Cream? $80 a gallon good???

Jeni's uses corn starch as an ingredient in a lot of their ice creams. I think it gives some an unappealing taffy-like texture and consistency that you don't get in a custard base. Flavors are creative though and they definitely use good ingredients.
by Thomas Puricelli
May 29th, 2014, 11:37 am
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Jackson Hole / Aspen
Replies: 4
Views: 250

Jackson Hole / Aspen

The four seasons in jackson would be great if you were doing it as a ski trip. Seeing as you are not, being in teton village (at the base of the ski area and 20 mins from the town of jackson) may not be all that exciting. I love Jackson and have been going there for most of my life, but for this kin...
by Thomas Puricelli
March 29th, 2014, 5:08 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Flannery NY strips (Cali Reserve) 30% off
Replies: 165
Views: 5477

Flannery NY strips (Cali Reserve) 30% off

What type of seasoning do you all use for steaks? I used to use maldon and black pepper exclusively but in the past 6 months have been using the beef rub recipe from the Ideas in Food cookbook. 2 tbsp light brown sugar, 1 tbsp fine sea salt and 1/4 or 1/8 tsp of cayenne or other pepper. I was skepti...
by Thomas Puricelli
March 27th, 2014, 6:41 pm
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: ISO: Florence Hotel Recommendations
Replies: 29
Views: 2095

ISO: Florence Hotel Recommendations

Mike Cohen wrote:Although I haven't been there in a while, my wife and I absolutely loved the Lungarno. We had a room with a balcony that overlooked the Arno. I took a couple of postcard quality pictures from that balcony.
Likewise.
by Thomas Puricelli
January 21st, 2014, 8:41 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Restaurant Recommendations
Replies: 75
Views: 22549

Restaurant Recommendations

Michael,

For breakfast in West LA, I'd consider Clementine (century city area), Farmshop at the Brentwood Country Mart, any Urth Cafe, or Nate n Al in Beverly Hills for greasier food. The Brentwood Country Mart also has the added bonus of a decent coffee spot called Cafe Luxxe, I believe.
by Thomas Puricelli
January 16th, 2014, 12:34 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Help with Orlando area Restaurants
Replies: 13
Views: 367

Help with Orlando area Restaurants

I have heard positive things about Luma on Park. Would be more interested in the Ravenous Pig or Cask & Larder if you are heading to WP.
by Thomas Puricelli
January 14th, 2014, 1:16 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Can't get a good steak in France or Italy
Replies: 162
Views: 3572

Can't get a good steak in France or Italy

Steve, I actually agree with you more than I disagree with you. That said, the area of dining that you play in is more akin to haute couture as it relates to fashion, or F1 as it relates to passenger car production. The haute couture designers are extremely important in the world of fashion/apparel ...
by Thomas Puricelli
January 14th, 2014, 10:31 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Can't get a good steak in France or Italy
Replies: 162
Views: 3572

Can't get a good steak in France or Italy

Bill Klapp - Why is it that you can't address the nub of my thesis. Craftsmanship is not subjective, it is objective. A watch that is self winding has more craftsmanship than one that uses quartz. A stradivarious demonstrates more craftsmanship than other violins. A Ferrari exhibits more craftsmans...
by Thomas Puricelli
January 14th, 2014, 10:20 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Can't get a good steak in France or Italy
Replies: 162
Views: 3572

Can't get a good steak in France or Italy

Russell Faulkner wrote:Per Se Menu:

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Russell - I believe it is logical to assume that the "scottish" lobster on that menu is quite possibly canadian, as evidenced by the $50.00 supplement. A round trip airline ticket costs more than one-way, eh?
by Thomas Puricelli
January 14th, 2014, 9:42 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Can't get a good steak in France or Italy
Replies: 162
Views: 3572

Can't get a good steak in France or Italy

Russell Faulkner wrote:If you really think Canadian Lobsters superior to Scottish I can't take what you say seriously.
Russell - for the love of god, feel free to debate lobsters all you want, but under no circumstances bring up tomatoes with Steve!
by Thomas Puricelli
December 22nd, 2013, 6:12 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Official kitchen knife thread
Replies: 645
Views: 51074

Hattori knives

Was thinking about trying one of the Kramer/Zwilling chef knives at Sur la Table. Any views on pros/cons of the stainless damascus versus the carbon steel?
by Thomas Puricelli
November 23rd, 2013, 5:32 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Anyone know about La Cornue oven/stove tops?
Replies: 20
Views: 1066

Anyone know about La Cornue oven/stove tops?

My sister in law is the sole distributor for them in the US. Definitely lust worthy artisanal ranges. I flirt with the idea of getting one of the Chateau series with a French top/plaque. If you'd like more info, PM me.
by Thomas Puricelli
November 16th, 2013, 12:52 pm
Forum: Commerce Corner - Wine Classifieds
Topic: SQN Whites
Replies: 0
Views: 150

SQN Whites

Hoping to find someone who will appreciate and enjoy these. Six bottles for $700.

2011 The Moment (2)
2010 The Monkey (1)
2009 On The Lam (2)
2007 Body & Soul (1)
by Thomas Puricelli
October 17th, 2013, 7:43 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: The Smoker Thread - recipes, techniques, ideas
Replies: 608
Views: 34296

The Smoker Thread - recipes, techniques, ideas

Sounds like a good plan Dan, although maybe remove a bit before 170. My general advice is to use a minimal amount of smoke and to have a drip pan in place to reduce grease hitting your heating source and causing grease smoke. Given the longish cooking time, in my experience, the skin takes on an acr...
by Thomas Puricelli
February 13th, 2013, 10:12 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Scottsdale restaurants.
Replies: 9
Views: 354

Re: Scottsdale restaurants.

For casual upscale, I used to love Rancho Pinot but it's been many years since I've been. Also, not sure how casual you want to get, but in Old Town Scottsdale, Grazie is a great place for pizza and wine.
by Thomas Puricelli
December 15th, 2012, 6:23 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Help a noob find some great teas
Replies: 38
Views: 1011

Re: Help a noob find some great teas

Check out matcha, which is ground green tea leaves. High in antioxidants, as you consume the powder and the caffeine impact is lower beta than coffee.
by Thomas Puricelli
November 22nd, 2012, 5:57 am
Forum: Commerce Corner - Wine Classifieds
Topic: Wanted: Lucky Peach, Issue 1 (from McSweeney's)
Replies: 14
Views: 597

Re: Wanted: Lucky Peach, Issue 1 (from McSweeney's)

Stephen - do you just want to read it or do you want to own it? I'm happy to send my copy to you on the expectation that I perhaps get it back at some point in the future.
by Thomas Puricelli
November 16th, 2012, 7:25 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: What to make with the following things?
Replies: 17
Views: 443

Re: What to make with the following things?

You can make a good breakfast if you also have some eggs. Remove most of the liquid in the beans, to the extent there is any. Then puree a bit of the black beans in the pot. Add turkey (chopped, or shredded), corn and poblanos. Form mixture into cakes about the size of a burger. Cook over medium/hig...
by Thomas Puricelli
November 16th, 2012, 5:54 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Juice extractor recommendations
Replies: 20
Views: 418

Re: Juice extractor recommendations

Yes, the Norwalk is expensive and but for the fact that they are made in the USA and likely in small quantities, I have no idea where the money goes.

It is certainly more juicer than I need, but that is the curse of being a gadget guy - always over-buying!
by Thomas Puricelli
November 15th, 2012, 5:16 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Juice extractor recommendations
Replies: 20
Views: 418

Re: Juice extractor recommendations

I've got a Norwalk which I guess is the Cadillac of juicers. It uses a hydraulic press to squeeze the juice out of vegetables and fruit. It's a two step process and is a categorical pain in the ass. Clean up actually isn't that bad given that it is all stainless steel and there arent that many movin...
by Thomas Puricelli
October 11th, 2012, 5:53 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Nashville, TN -- In Need of Lunch/Dinner recs...
Replies: 7
Views: 278

Re: Nashville, TN -- In Need of Lunch/Dinner recs...

Jack's BBQ on broadway is my favorite for BBQ. Rotier's is an institution for burgers and the "meat and three." Catbird Seat is supposed to be the place to go, but reservations are tough apparently. I would also try to go to City House for dinner.
by Thomas Puricelli
August 22nd, 2012, 10:09 am
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: NW Michigan restaurant/ local wine recommendations?
Replies: 16
Views: 690

Re: NW Michigan restaurant/ local wine recommendations?

Chateau Chantal is part-owned by a family friend and I have enjoyed all of their wines. If you are looking for wineries to visit, put them on your list. May also be worth calling them for restaurant recommendations as well, as they will likely have good insight into the top dining spots in the area....

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