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by Phil Smith
August 23rd, 2019, 7:40 am
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: A world's best list that is actually interesting...
Replies: 4
Views: 204

Re: A world's best list that is actually interesting...

Fun list(s). I haven't heard of probably half of them, but have been to 7 and based on those think she does a solid enough job at doing what she's intending to do. I'll give her some extra credit for the write up of Oriole's wine pairing in the companion article. On her Oriole recommendation alone ...
by Phil Smith
August 22nd, 2019, 7:29 pm
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: A world's best list that is actually interesting...
Replies: 4
Views: 204

Re: A world's best list that is actually interesting...

Fun list(s). I haven't heard of probably half of them, but have been to 7 and based on those think she does a solid enough job at doing what she's intending to do. I'll give her some extra credit for the write up of Oriole's wine pairing in the companion article.
by Phil Smith
July 11th, 2019, 9:55 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Paris 3 Star Michelin Lunch recs
Replies: 38
Views: 1741

Re: Paris 3 Star Michelin Lunch recs

I suppose if I were prioritizing setting then one of the palace hotels is what I would pick. Le Cinq is a great choice, I haven't been to Epicure or Ducasse's Paris location but I imagine either would meet your needs (Ducasse Monaco was one of my favorite lunches ever, London a good notch behind). T...
by Phil Smith
July 3rd, 2019, 6:04 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2008 Salon
Replies: 40
Views: 3105

Re: 2008 Salon

Presumably they incorrectly believed that they could move the '04-07 at $500+/bottle. Not sure they're any more prescient with their '08 strategy. Happy to wait it out and see what happens.
by Phil Smith
July 3rd, 2019, 5:58 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Recirculating range hoods... worth anything?
Replies: 11
Views: 915

Re: Recirculating range hoods... worth anything?

Thanks all. Consistent with what I'd found from searching around. I'm shooting for an external vent, so if my setup will allow for it without going all in for an extensive remodel that's the plan.
by Phil Smith
July 1st, 2019, 3:43 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Recirculating range hoods... worth anything?
Replies: 11
Views: 915

Recirculating range hoods... worth anything?

I need to get new kitchen appliances and prefer to avoid a remodel, so am looking for more-or-less drop-in replacements. My current range is on an interior wall with a microwave over it and cabinets over that (with maybe a 3ft gap then between the cabinets and the ceiling). I think I could, in theor...
by Phil Smith
June 18th, 2019, 8:20 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Weingut Keller | 2014 Abts E® | 2013 Hubacker
Replies: 5
Views: 671

Re: Weingut Keller | 2014 Abts E® | 2013 Hubacker

Had '13 Pettenthal GG off a list on Friday... delicious indeed.
by Phil Smith
June 2nd, 2019, 5:09 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: What Cigar or Pipe Are You Smoking?
Replies: 215
Views: 11123

Re: What Cigar or Pipe Are You Smoking?

Bunch over the weekend… A few random Fuentes at random ages, a couple of Davidoff Winston Churchills old and new, and a Don Carlos Personal Reserve tonight. I love that cigar
by Phil Smith
May 19th, 2019, 4:39 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: What Cigar or Pipe Are You Smoking?
Replies: 215
Views: 11123

Re: What Cigar or Pipe Are You Smoking?

Liga Connecticut Flying Pig in the morning and a Partigas Serie D 4 with a screwy draw. I do find an extra dimension on the Cuban stuff that I’m having a hard time finding elsewhere.
by Phil Smith
May 19th, 2019, 12:23 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: If you have 250 or more btls in your cellar, why are u not on CT?
Replies: 113
Views: 4027

Re: If you have 250 or more btls in your cellar, why are u not on CT?

Such a great application. I wish it existed for some other collectibles...
by Phil Smith
May 18th, 2019, 4:38 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: What Cigar or Pipe Are You Smoking?
Replies: 215
Views: 11123

Re: What Cigar or Pipe Are You Smoking?

Quick Davidoff Escurio petit robusto... fine but not memorable
by Phil Smith
May 17th, 2019, 5:34 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: What Cigar or Pipe Are You Smoking?
Replies: 215
Views: 11123

Re: What Cigar or Pipe Are You Smoking?

God of Fire Serie B Robusto tonight... just learning my way around but enjoying this as a way to wind down in the evenings.
by Phil Smith
May 10th, 2019, 6:45 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: What Cigar or Pipe Are You Smoking?
Replies: 215
Views: 11123

Re: What Cigar or Pipe Are You Smoking?

So how much would a 6000 churchill be in CA ? $8.05 in my local store which is not a cheap shop There’s well-publicized threats of a proposal in the Illinois senate with the same 64% tax... I’ve never actually ordered cigars online, do we like CI around here? CI ? The site referenced in the post ab...
by Phil Smith
May 10th, 2019, 6:15 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: What Cigar or Pipe Are You Smoking?
Replies: 215
Views: 11123

Re: What Cigar or Pipe Are You Smoking?

Alan Eden wrote:
May 9th, 2019, 11:35 pm
So how much would a 6000 churchill be in CA ? $8.05 in my local store which is not a cheap shop
There’s well-publicized threats of a proposal in the Illinois senate with the same 64% tax...

I’ve never actually ordered cigars online, do we like CI around here?
by Phil Smith
May 8th, 2019, 2:02 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: New Espresso Machine
Replies: 160
Views: 10401

Re: New Espresso Machine

darren as a current and still satisfied breville owner, i cannot imagine the sheer nirvana of upgrading to a la marzocco. wow. use it in good health. i am curious. aside from the price, what turned you away from the GS3? which is my current dream So, in the end, it came down to practicality. I was ...
by Phil Smith
May 4th, 2019, 8:07 am
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: What is top frequent flyer status really worth?
Replies: 37
Views: 1639

Re: What is top frequent flyer status really worth?

I used to qualify for ExPlat on AA often. I thought it was important then and chased after it in years I was close. Then I stopped traveling for work much and stopped caring about being up front on anything domestic. I hadn't eaten the meals in years anyways and if I really want a drink I'll pay for...
by Phil Smith
February 18th, 2019, 4:40 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Deli Slicer
Replies: 4
Views: 393

Re: Deli Slicer

I have a "Chef's Choice" I got for a gift once. Not sure what model but I think it was in the $150-200 range. It sat in a box in my basement for 3 years or so but I recently brought it out and it's been working well the few times I've used it (steak sandwiches). Can't say much more than that. Berkel...
by Phil Smith
February 2nd, 2019, 10:25 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Tell me about Vin Chicago?
Replies: 18
Views: 919

Re: Tell me about Vin Chicago?

If you're looking for allocated, higher priced and collectable wines, you'll generally find their selection thin and absolutely lacking in volume. It's not what they do, but they're a very respectable store.
by Phil Smith
January 30th, 2019, 3:51 pm
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Easter Island / Torres Del Paine Question
Replies: 5
Views: 326

Re: Easter Island / Torres Del Paine Question

I went in from Chile and don’t specifically remember entrance requirements, but we certainly didn’t go through customs on EA (only place to get a passport stamp is at the post office, and they’re not open every day). I’d be surprised if there weren’t some restrictions on fruits and vegetables given ...
by Phil Smith
January 26th, 2019, 8:23 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Casual hot sauce & mustard recommendation
Replies: 10
Views: 631

Re: Casual hot sauce & mustard recommendation

The Baron stuff is great. First time I tried it I was surprised at how hot it was and thought it would take me forever to get through an 11 ounce bottle. It lasted about a month. I think I went through half the bottle with a pot of oxtail stew.
by Phil Smith
January 16th, 2019, 4:09 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: L'Ambroisie still great?
Replies: 11
Views: 747

Re: L'Ambroisie still great?

I was there in May if that qualifies as recent. The wine list is both expensive and not particularly exciting. It is an "old restaurant that's fading out" by most any measure. Rich, large, a la carte portions of very dated food with liberal use of high quality and expensive ingredients. It is, howev...
by Phil Smith
January 15th, 2019, 9:40 am
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: Tesseron Cognac Lot 29 - Exception
Replies: 24
Views: 944

Re: Tesseron Lot 29 - Exception

The Lot 29 and 53 are both special, but the former has always been the star IMO. I remember when it was closer to $300. I generally keep the 76 and 90 around, and they're both solid for more of an everyday drink, but there's a precipitous drop-off from the previous two. A couple of years ago the Pen...
by Phil Smith
December 22nd, 2018, 10:46 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Animal Farm Butter For Sale
Replies: 42
Views: 2744

Re: Animal Farm Butter For Sale

After balking on the Animal Farm I bought some of this stuff. Pretty solid and much more reasonable. http://www.ploughgate.com Thinking of using it with some Inaudi tagliolini (https://www.rarewineco.com/inaudi-egg-tagliolini) and truffles for Christmas Eve. I’ll have to try the Chicago butter... pr...
by Phil Smith
December 21st, 2018, 11:59 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2016 Emidio Pepe Montepulciano d'Abruzzo (Italy, Abruzzi, Montepulciano d'Abruzzo)
Replies: 12
Views: 938

Re: TN: 2016 Emidio Pepe Montepulciano d'Abruzzo (Italy, Abruzzi, Montepulciano d'Abruzzo)

Just had a number of these this week (03/05/07) and I’ve had a lot over the years at various ages. The 70s/80s bottles can be delicious but also really variable (particularly the former, perhaps because they move around a lot). I think I like them best at about 20 to 25 years.
by Phil Smith
December 16th, 2018, 6:24 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Who Has the Best Wine Shop in Chicago
Replies: 21
Views: 1348

Re: Who Has the Best Wine Shop in Chicago

Knightsbridge is another store that hasn't been mentioned that I've dealt with for close to a decade. A broad selection focusing more towards the high-end, but their personalization and customer service is superb. They certainly belong on the short list of top Chicago retailers.
by Phil Smith
December 12th, 2018, 8:41 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Good Store: Kahn’s
Replies: 13
Views: 729

Re: Good Store: Kahn’s

I used to commute between Columbus and Chicago through Indy and always stopped there (and Goose the Market for lunch). About two years ago I found an old cream-color label grand cuvée from the 80s. They charged me $150. Amazing wine
by Phil Smith
December 11th, 2018, 6:18 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Animal Farm Butter For Sale
Replies: 42
Views: 2744

Re: Animal Farm Butter For Sale

Got an announcement that this was going on sale at 9am today. Logged on 5 minutes late, put two pounds in my cart, wavered for 15 seconds at the $155 price after shipping, during which the amount in my cart disappeared, making the decision for me...
by Phil Smith
November 12th, 2018, 3:07 pm
Forum: BYO Forum - Wine at Restaurants
Topic: Chicago and suburbs
Replies: 490
Views: 39100

Re: Chicago and suburbs

Not really sure where to post this, but the place is kind of a BYOB, but has anybody heard of Birch Road Cellar? There is one on Armitage. Appears to be a "private club" where you can store some wine, and then go there and drink it. https://www.birchroadcellar.com/ Wondering if anyone here in Chica...
by Phil Smith
October 18th, 2018, 3:08 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Suggestions for wine cellar insurer
Replies: 59
Views: 2372

Re: Suggestions for wine cellar insurer

Nationwide Private Client (ex Crestfield) does dedicated collectibles policies that include wine and challenges specific to wine (e.g. cooling unit failure). I can’t speak to their claims service, however.
by Phil Smith
October 17th, 2018, 3:07 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Master Somm Invalidation
Replies: 207
Views: 16079

Re: Master Somm Invalidation

You don't have to believe your people saints, or be deliberately obtuse, to believe that a group that you gave your highest honor to a month prior is deserving of the benefit of the doubt and a decent amount of respect in how things are handled. That they aren't willing to extend them that courtesey...
by Phil Smith
October 14th, 2018, 9:36 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Master Somm Invalidation
Replies: 207
Views: 16079

Re: Master Somm Invalidation

My other reaction is that if the tasting portion of the test reliably identifies individuals with exceptional tasting ability, it would not be such a crisis to have to take the test again for no additional charge. If you did well in the SATs in October, you'll most likely do well in November. I thi...
by Phil Smith
October 13th, 2018, 9:42 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Master Somm Invalidation
Replies: 207
Views: 16079

Re: Master Somm Invalidation

He should just get a master's degree in science and use that...
by Phil Smith
October 13th, 2018, 9:39 am
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Wanted: Tokyo and Kyoto restaurants
Replies: 27
Views: 1689

Re: Wanted: Tokyo and Kyoto restaurants

Jason P1ckw1ck wrote:
October 13th, 2018, 7:33 am
Sarah Kirschbaum wrote:
September 28th, 2018, 12:28 pm
Alan - will PM you over the weekend.
Can I request the same info? haha

I'm heading back in April and am always looking for more firsthand experiences of great places to eat!
+1. I don't have any plans to be there but would love to see Sarah's recommendations.
by Phil Smith
October 12th, 2018, 8:52 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: New Espresso Machine
Replies: 160
Views: 10401

Re: New Espresso Machine

I don't think I have a material possession that gives me more daily pleasure than the combination of my Duetto 3 and Compak F10 conical. The latter developed a bit of a software bug so it's pretty much analog now, but still works really well (I had a previous small Macap and the upgrade was a revela...
by Phil Smith
October 11th, 2018, 2:25 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Master Somm Invalidation
Replies: 207
Views: 16079

Re: Master Somm Invalidation

I’ve been surprised before but expect a good portion of “the Court’s” weekend was spent figuring out their liability. And even if there were grounds for legal action, it’s a pretty small organization where, presumably, one of the primary benefits is that atmosphere and your colleagues, rather than a...
by Phil Smith
October 11th, 2018, 12:58 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Master Somm Invalidation
Replies: 207
Views: 16079

Re: Master Somm Invalidation

If they can't prove who was given information and who wasn't, what other choice do they have other than to void the entire test? If they don't have specific information then they shouldn't have started this mess in the first place, but presumably they have something solid or they wouldn't be moving...
by Phil Smith
October 11th, 2018, 12:13 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Master Somm Invalidation
Replies: 207
Views: 16079

Re: Master Somm Invalidation

Sorry, I can't help but the Court's response to this as cold-blooded and borderline unconscionable. These people have spend untold time and money to pass this test, working jobs that give you precious little of either. After passing I'm sure many immediately began to upend their lives, perhaps quit...
by Phil Smith
September 29th, 2018, 12:38 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Mexico City... cheap eats?
Replies: 12
Views: 585

Re: Mexico City... cheap eats?

Had the exact opposite impressions of Quintonil and Pujol. I thought Quintonil was much better. Pujol was over done and while a very modern menu I thought everything was overworked and the flavor was just not there. What dietary restrictions limited you at Quinotonil and not Pujol? Glad you had a g...
by Phil Smith
September 29th, 2018, 9:20 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Mexico City... cheap eats?
Replies: 12
Views: 585

Re: Mexico City... cheap eats?

Got back from CDMX last Sunday. Ate at Quintonil, Pujol, and Nicos. Quintonil was meh, but we were pretty limited by my wife's dietary restrictions and probably ordered wrong. Pujol is much more refined overall; just better. Nicos is informal very, very good classic Mexican. Went to Contramar a coup...
by Phil Smith
September 29th, 2018, 8:18 am
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Wanted: Tokyo and Kyoto restaurants
Replies: 27
Views: 1689

Re: Wanted: Tokyo and Kyoto restaurants

Others will have a lot more breadth of experience here than I do. Continuing on Ryan's "if not Saito" above, and I expect there are quite a few great options, we had a great experience at Sushi Yoshitake. Beef at Shima. Kichto in Kyoto is beautiful Kaiseki but frighteningly expensive.
by Phil Smith
September 16th, 2018, 4:18 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Mexico City... cheap eats?
Replies: 12
Views: 585

Re: Mexico City... cheap eats?

[thumbs-up.gif] ... thanks Corey
by Phil Smith
September 16th, 2018, 3:24 pm
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Thanksgiving ideas?
Replies: 12
Views: 700

Re: Thanksgiving ideas?

Golf doesn't do much for me other than ruin my mood, but my wife isn't as big on the idea of leaving town as I am and it might be a useful tool to get her buy-in...
by Phil Smith
September 16th, 2018, 3:15 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Mexico City... cheap eats?
Replies: 12
Views: 585

Mexico City... cheap eats?

Heading to CDMX in a bit and staying just east of Polanco. I have reservations covered but if there's anywhere not to miss for in-betweens that's reasonably walkable I'd appreciate recommendations... tacos, tamales, pozole, etc. Also, anything non-food that I just shouldn't miss? I'll make time for ...
by Phil Smith
September 15th, 2018, 3:20 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Is a VitaMix worth it?
Replies: 39
Views: 2067

Re: Is a VitaMix worth it?

It’s a great tool, no complaints at all, but if my wife (and occasionally me) didn’t make smoothies we would never use it.
by Phil Smith
September 15th, 2018, 2:49 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2008 Dom Perignon Champagne (France, Champagne)
Replies: 37
Views: 2863

Re: TN: 2008 Dom Perignon Champagne (France, Champagne)

One of the best young Doms I’ve ever had. Acid to die for, and WOTD in a very crowded field.
by Phil Smith
September 14th, 2018, 6:33 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Chicago Restaurant Thread
Replies: 631
Views: 32942

Re: Chicago Restaurant Thread

There’s a new 8-seater sushi place doing omakase in Logan that opens today $220 all in. I went to Kyoten a few months ago when he was in Austin. It was substantially better sushi than anything I've ever had in Chicago, and much more in feel to eating at a very high quality place in Japan. He's incr...
by Phil Smith
September 12th, 2018, 6:10 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: HDH Auction info
Replies: 7
Views: 410

Re: HDH Auction info

Bidding will go until each lot is done... it’s not timed on a lot-by-lot basis so you need to stay a little bit engaged if you want to monitor real time. I think it’s usually around 150 lots an hour +/- a bit. The mobile app will send you notices when lots you watch are coming up for bid. You can al...
by Phil Smith
September 12th, 2018, 8:11 am
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Thanksgiving ideas?
Replies: 12
Views: 700

Re: Thanksgiving ideas?

Thanks everyone, I appreciate the thoughtful ideas. There are a few that were definitely off my radar.
by Phil Smith
September 9th, 2018, 3:47 pm
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Thanksgiving ideas?
Replies: 12
Views: 700

Thanksgiving ideas?

My wife and I will be on our own for Thanksgiving this year and I thought it might be nice to get away somewhere. Prefer somewhere in the U.S., warmer if possible but not absolutely required, and ~$1K/night or less. And somewhere that actually does something for the holiday would be nice (i.e., I wa...

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