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by Philip Liao
November 5th, 2020, 3:22 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: The "Flannery" for Chicken? Or Pork? Or Lamb?
Replies: 107
Views: 8855

Re: The "Flannery" for Chicken? Or Pork? Or Lamb?

Anyone have a recommendation for who would have the best turkey? D'Artagnan maybe? Anyone else? I would say get a Kelly Bronze. The most flavorful turkey I've ever had. Raised free-range in the woods, hand plucked, and hung 7 days. A couple different places carry it: https://www.kellybronze.co.uk/f...
by Philip Liao
October 30th, 2020, 11:59 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Eating and Drinking in Los Angeles
Replies: 1204
Views: 71613

Re: Eating and Drinking in Los Angeles

I'll be doing a local staycation in Huntington Beach for four nights. Looking for restaurant recommendations there and nearby (Newport Beach is close). So far I've identified Watertable (at my hotel) Solita tacos for taco Tuesday A Restaurant (newport beach) Nobu (neport beach) I need at least one ...
by Philip Liao
October 30th, 2020, 10:02 am
Forum: Wine 101: The Basics
Topic: Do Wine Glasses Make A Difference?
Replies: 52
Views: 4277

Re: Do Wine Glasses Make A Difference?

A lot of it is marketing. Obviously an oaked CA Chardonnay is very different from a German riesling, but both would be served in the "white wine glass." I assume that's why Grassl/Glasvin went with a naming scheme that isn't so prescriptive. Some whites you do want room to breathe, for me,...
by Philip Liao
October 29th, 2020, 10:43 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Eating and Drinking in Los Angeles
Replies: 1204
Views: 71613

Re: Eating and Drinking in Los Angeles

Food is pretty good at Carousel. Classic. Used to love going there after 10 on weekends for the music and dancing. People got rowdy.
by Philip Liao
October 22nd, 2020, 2:30 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Eating and Drinking in Los Angeles
Replies: 1204
Views: 71613

Re: Eating and Drinking in Los Angeles

Have been wanting to hit up Anajak for a while. They do such a good job with their ig. Have to say that I've only been in LA for 5 years but the thai food here is pretty outstanding. And I lived in SE Asia for a few years. I also like Spicy BBQ in Thai town. Anyone have any recs for Peranakan/Nonya ...
by Philip Liao
September 26th, 2020, 1:39 pm
Forum: Wine 101: The Basics
Topic: Wine Refrigerators
Replies: 195
Views: 36498

Re: Wine Refrigerators

They're bottom out because each shelf holds two rows of wine, so to maximize storage you arrange the bottles neck-neck. You can choose to store neck out but you'd lose significant amount of storage space for your back row. Got it, thanks. How do you label or identify your wine? CellarTracker digita...
by Philip Liao
September 26th, 2020, 12:24 pm
Forum: Wine 101: The Basics
Topic: Wine Refrigerators
Replies: 195
Views: 36498

Re: Wine Refrigerators

They're bottom out because each shelf holds two rows of wine, so to maximize storage you arrange the bottles neck-neck. You can choose to store neck out but you'd lose significant amount of storage space for your back row.
by Philip Liao
September 14th, 2020, 8:00 am
Forum: Wine 101: The Basics
Topic: Wine Refrigerators
Replies: 195
Views: 36498

Re: Wine Refrigerators

I'm far from an expert but I did do some research before buying. Yeah they're mostly the same, some people do use mini-fridges. The advantages of getting a wine fridge would be bottle placement and temperature read out, granted the temp readout may not be accurate anyways. In either case they are se...
by Philip Liao
September 8th, 2020, 6:48 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Eating and Drinking in Los Angeles
Replies: 1204
Views: 71613

Re: Eating and Drinking in Los Angeles

Outdoor space is very nice. Pizzas pretty good, not quite like Naples - the one here uses cow's milk mozzarella instead of bufala. And if I may nitpick, the dough was slightly undercooked. But now that I know how they roll, I can probably ask for 1min more hang time, next time around. It's funny. W...
by Philip Liao
September 8th, 2020, 6:32 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Eating and Drinking in Los Angeles
Replies: 1204
Views: 71613

Re: Eating and Drinking in Los Angeles

Been meaning to try forever, but just finally had L'Antica Pizzeria da Michele as a takeaway. As far as I understand, this is the first ever satellite of the famous da Michele pizzeria in Naples (which claim to be the birth place of pizza, pretty much). Contrary to that one, who only serve Margheri...
by Philip Liao
September 2nd, 2020, 11:00 am
Forum: Wine 101: The Basics
Topic: Wine Refrigerators
Replies: 195
Views: 36498

Re: Wine Refrigerators

Just a heads up: WE customer service is terrible right now and has been since March. I get it's the pandemic, but I simply cannot reach anyone. I've tried chat, email, and phone. No responses via the first 2, on the phone wait for 20 minutes then get disconnected - every time. It's a shame they're t...
by Philip Liao
August 8th, 2020, 2:05 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: What did you cook tonight?
Replies: 1806
Views: 100063

Re: What did you cook tonight?

FWIW - more on the concept of board sauces -> https://amazingribs.com/tested-recipes/other-fun-sauce-recipes/board-sauce-recipe-adam-perry-lang Charred and Scruffed is one of my faves. All the concepts really took grilling up a notch for me: increasing surface area for maillard, basting, board dres...
by Philip Liao
August 8th, 2020, 12:15 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Eating and Drinking in Los Angeles
Replies: 1204
Views: 71613

Re: Eating and Drinking in Los Angeles

DTLA dining will be particularly devastated with no after work and work lunch crowd. I'm surprised Nick + Stef's hasn't closed for good yet (though, I'm happy they haven't) since I don't believe it's considered a particularly trendy or cool spot, and I thought it survived off of the work crowd. I'm...
by Philip Liao
August 8th, 2020, 9:02 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine and the NBA bubble in Orlando
Replies: 59
Views: 4719

Re: Wine and the NBA bubble in Orlando

Love this thread. I know Jimmy Butler's favorite was Sassicaia, introduced to him by Mark Wahlberg. So I imagine a lot of athletes are getting their recs/wine from other celebrities.
by Philip Liao
August 6th, 2020, 2:30 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Eating and Drinking in Los Angeles
Replies: 1204
Views: 71613

Re: Eating and Drinking in Los Angeles

This. I've been to places where after a few years it's a new joint. I walk in and notice its the same people. I asked them once, and they flat out said people in LA get bored. So they run with a concept for a couple years, then rebrand etc. It's the same with people here - you throw a party, send o...
by Philip Liao
July 15th, 2020, 11:12 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Eating and Drinking in Los Angeles
Replies: 1204
Views: 71613

Re: Eating and Drinking in Los Angeles

Glad to see you had that much time on your hands. I've never been to Sqirl, nor am I in favor of mold, but I do think this particular kerfuffle is ridiculous. I'm sick of people getting hysterical. Food safety regulations always err on the side of caution, based on tiny possibilities of risk, and I...
by Philip Liao
July 14th, 2020, 7:43 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Eating and Drinking in Los Angeles
Replies: 1204
Views: 71613

Re: Eating and Drinking in Los Angeles

Right, because mold is obviously, unequivocally and always an evil sign of unsanitary conditions. That's why I never eat cheese or dry aged meat, or take penicillin. Wow I don’t get why you are defending spoiled jam. If you want to risk it that’s on you but Sqirl is a restaurant that serves the pub...
by Philip Liao
July 14th, 2020, 3:43 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Eating and Drinking in Los Angeles
Replies: 1204
Views: 71613

Re: Eating and Drinking in Los Angeles

Sqirl in a jammy situation https://la.eater.com/2020/7/13/21322591/sqirl-mold-jam-jessica-koslow-workers-unhappy-unsanitary-toast-los-angeles-news Nationally-known Virgil Village restaurant Sqirl came under fire over the weekend after allegations of questionable food handling practices and mistreat...
by Philip Liao
July 10th, 2020, 9:54 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Eating and Drinking in Los Angeles
Replies: 1204
Views: 71613

Re: Eating and Drinking in Los Angeles

APL Hollywood takeout? Be there sat...worthy...or should I just do in-n-out? APL is great - it’s Adam perry Lang and Jimmy kimmel’s joint. Lang of le cirque, Daniel, Daisy Mays fame. Their take out plates are good like chicken fried steak with mash, greens, and gravy. They also do a great matzo bal...
by Philip Liao
July 3rd, 2020, 10:20 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Eating and Drinking in Los Angeles
Replies: 1204
Views: 71613

Re: Eating and Drinking in Los Angeles

A little off the beaten path but there's Babita restaurant in San Gabriel about 10 or so miles east of Downtown LA if craving elevated Mexican food. It's been awhile so not sure how it is these days, but a change of pace from the various taco shops and more casual restaurants in the area. Babita is...
by Philip Liao
June 28th, 2020, 4:52 pm
Forum: Wine 101: The Basics
Topic: Wine fridge, 1, 2 or 3 zone?
Replies: 18
Views: 2552

Re: Wine fridge, 1, 2 or 3 zone?

Another vote for single zone. I find that in multiple zones, the zones are always battling each other and constantly running the compressor, even Eurocave.

I also use this chilled drink calculator for how long to chill: https://www.omnicalculator.com/food/chi ... ling-hacks
by Philip Liao
June 27th, 2020, 12:19 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Garlic Stems?
Replies: 12
Views: 1822

Re: Garlic Stems?

Yes can use them like green onions, which is to say don’t overcook it. They’re highly coveted in Chinese cuisine and often used in stir frys like double cooked pork belly. Also great in sauces as well. I like them most raw and paired with Karasumi - Japanese bottarga. This is awesome info. I had tw...
by Philip Liao
June 27th, 2020, 10:28 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Garlic Stems?
Replies: 12
Views: 1822

Re: Garlic Stems?

I know they are referred to as garlic scapes on some varieties but this is different garlic. I picked 6 head from my garden this morninnd while cleaning them I felt it a waste to toss the stems as they could be of use. Can I use these in a similar way to say leeks or green onions to add a mild garl...
by Philip Liao
June 27th, 2020, 9:20 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Eating and Drinking in Los Angeles
Replies: 1204
Views: 71613

Re: Eating and Drinking in Los Angeles

Perle, a new French restaurant just opened in Pasadena and I’ve heard good things about the Chef. We badly need a good French restaurant on this side of town. the menu looks so typical pasadena. Really basic french food. Miso Salmon, Coq au vin, steak frites. Yeah the menu seems a little early 2000...
by Philip Liao
June 26th, 2020, 7:23 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Bread porn -- post yours
Replies: 209
Views: 19589

Re: Bread porn -- post yours

Philip - the crumb looks great, pity that the flavor didn’t match. Was there any whole wheat flour in the mix? I’ve been finding that the whole wheat flour is adding another dimension of flavor to my loaves. This was 100% AP. I’ve done it with a cold ferment and that works much better flavor wise. ...
by Philip Liao
June 25th, 2020, 9:07 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Official kitchen knife thread
Replies: 670
Views: 56705

Re: Official kitchen knife thread

On the subject, does anyone have a great rec for a high quality break knife? Prefer one of high quality which can be sharpened relatively easily (yes I know how to do this reasonably well). We have a Shun bread knife which while fine is pretty awful to sharpen as that metal is super hard and genera...
by Philip Liao
June 25th, 2020, 10:52 am
Forum: Wine 101: The Basics
Topic: Thoughts on WSET Levels 1-3?
Replies: 27
Views: 4125

Re: Thoughts on WSET Levels 1-3?

Has anyone recently taken WSET Level 3 online? I was hoping to test for Level 3 this year but it seems unlikely in-person classes will resume within the next few months, at least here in NYC. I'm interested in taking the self-study online version, but have heard from a friend that it's very clunky ...
by Philip Liao
June 24th, 2020, 11:12 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: What did you cook tonight?
Replies: 1806
Views: 100063

Re: What did you cook tonight?

Mac and cheese - blend of raclette, gruyere, butterkase, sharp cheddar, Colby jack. Paired perfectly with 2017 Bodega Chacra + Roulot Mainqué Chardonnay.
by Philip Liao
June 24th, 2020, 10:55 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: BBQ Short Ribs for Dummies...
Replies: 21
Views: 2712

Re: BBQ Short Ribs for Dummies...

Shocked how good this came out!!! [worship.gif] https://www.instagram.com/p/CBt492BJHAK/?igshid=1ii31fl28387o Nice. Looks like you were able to get some good smoke and crust on it. If you have the time plate ribs are pretty straight forward. Bone side down at 275 until crust sets (~5 hours) then sp...
by Philip Liao
June 24th, 2020, 9:19 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: The "Flannery" for Chicken? Or Pork? Or Lamb?
Replies: 107
Views: 8855

Re: The "Flannery" for Chicken? Or Pork? Or Lamb?

CalebJoseph wrote: June 24th, 2020, 5:06 pm
Andrew Kotowski wrote: April 3rd, 2020, 9:55 pm If you’re on the west coast, try https://tailsandtrotters.com/
Good call. Their pork is fantastic, and luckily available at the butcher shop a half mile from my house.
Oh yes fantastic. They’re recreating Iberian pata negra in the PNW. Fed hazelnuts!
by Philip Liao
June 23rd, 2020, 11:13 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: The "Flannery" for Chicken? Or Pork? Or Lamb?
Replies: 107
Views: 8855

Re: The "Flannery" for Chicken? Or Pork? Or Lamb?

Meatnbone out of Miami has really good pork and beef. They have several cuts of Iberico pork from Spain - just amazing. They are also an authority on picanha - sourcing A5 Miyazaki, Aus 8-9 wagyu, Uruguayan grass fed, USDA prime. Highly recommended.
by Philip Liao
June 23rd, 2020, 10:04 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Which Champagne are you drinking?
Replies: 1744
Views: 119007

Re: Which Champagne are you drinking?

Had a 2014 Pierre Baillette Coeur de Craie Verzenay Grand Cru. Disgorged 3/19. Blanc de noirs. Full-body and rich - creamy, yeasty, bready, with red fruit. Nice little grower champagne.
by Philip Liao
June 17th, 2020, 10:01 am
Forum: Wine 101: The Basics
Topic: Thoughts on WSET Levels 1-3?
Replies: 27
Views: 4125

Re: Thoughts on WSET Levels 1-3?

I did the WSET level 2 online during shelter in place. Like others have said it was extremely easy and the information was pretty basic. I did have wine knowledge prior to the course but it was mostly concentrated in specific areas like Burgundy so it was good to learn about Australian rieslings or ...
by Philip Liao
June 11th, 2020, 6:30 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Eating and Drinking in Los Angeles
Replies: 1204
Views: 71613

Re: Eating and Drinking in Los Angeles

except orange chicken, I don't know why, but there's not a single Chinese restaurant that can make Orange Chicken well. Walnut shrimp I agree with. Yeah it's hard to beat Panda orange chicken...is it because Panda:orange chicken like Heinz:ketchup? Have you ever had Trader Ming's orange chicken? Pr...
by Philip Liao
June 6th, 2020, 4:34 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Bread porn -- post yours
Replies: 209
Views: 19589

Re: Bread porn -- post yours

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This was Jim Lahey's No-Knead recipe. Pretty good texturally, but not much flavor.
by Philip Liao
June 6th, 2020, 4:12 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Eating and Drinking in Los Angeles
Replies: 1204
Views: 71613

Re: Eating and Drinking in Los Angeles

I always find that the best Chinese American food is actually at the more authentic Chinese restaurants. They always have a few Chinese American dishes in addition to their more authentic/regional fare. And that's how I grew up - at restaurants I would want to order Peking Pork Chop and Walnut Shrim...
by Philip Liao
June 6th, 2020, 1:48 pm
Forum: Wine 101: The Basics
Topic: Wine Refrigerators
Replies: 195
Views: 36498

Re: Wine Refrigerators

Waiting on my 1st Eurocave. Should arrive this next week!!
by Philip Liao
June 6th, 2020, 1:32 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Toasting lost friends
Replies: 22
Views: 1346

Re: Toasting lost friends

Very sorry for your loss. There's never enough time.
by Philip Liao
June 6th, 2020, 1:27 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: 15448

Re: CHARITY RAFFLE NAACP LDF - WINNERS ANNOUNCED - we hit our max goal of $60,000!!

Thanks so much for setting this up Charlie! Much appreciated and for a good cause!

-Philip

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