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by johngonzales
November 3rd, 2019, 7:55 am
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Hawaiian island to visit
Replies: 37
Views: 1082

Re: Hawaiian island to visit

I just got back from the Big Island this week. Kauai is my favorite island, but the Big Island has a lot to offer and is a respectable second. I’m guessing that I’m over the 30 count on Hawaii trips by now. Sounds like Kauai is the choice??? I can chime in with more detail if so. I still like the Pr...
by johngonzales
October 30th, 2019, 4:43 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Chicago Restaurant Thread
Replies: 660
Views: 35347

Re: Chicago Restaurant Thread

Thanks Guys. We take off from Midway at 9:40. Backtracking means arrive there at 8:20, Uber from Fairmont at 8:00 after grabbing bags, so could leave a restaurant not far away in an Uber at 7:45. So I’m thinking of a 5:30 table somewhere we we can be in and out of in about 2 hrs.. So that means some...
by johngonzales
October 29th, 2019, 9:12 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Chicago Restaurant Thread
Replies: 660
Views: 35347

Re: Chicago Restaurant Thread

Anyone have a suggestion for a place close to the Fairmont @Millenium Park.
I have to fly out Sunday night after a wedding Saturday, so want to leave my bags at hotel, hit an early dinner nearby, then retrieve bags to head to the airport. So it needs to be nearby and can’t be a real drawn out affair.
by johngonzales
October 10th, 2019, 1:37 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Eating and Drinking in Los Angeles
Replies: 931
Views: 49446

Re: Eating and Drinking in Los Angeles

HAs anyone been to Ronan??? Food??? Corkage???
by johngonzales
October 6th, 2019, 6:35 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Eating and Drinking in Los Angeles
Replies: 931
Views: 49446

Re: Eating and Drinking in Los Angeles

Brian G r a f s t r o m wrote:
October 2nd, 2019, 3:53 pm
johngonzales wrote:
October 2nd, 2019, 1:15 pm
Just a nit that somehow started and is running: It''s Hatchet Hall, not Hatchett.
Duly noted.

And it's "It's," not "It''s." [wink.gif]
I’m 58 with eyes that are 68. I can’t even see the difference between a ‘ and a “ without expanding my tablet’s screen.
by johngonzales
October 2nd, 2019, 1:15 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Eating and Drinking in Los Angeles
Replies: 931
Views: 49446

Re: Eating and Drinking in Los Angeles

Just a nit that somehow started and is running: It''s Hatchet Hall, not Hatchett.
by johngonzales
September 21st, 2019, 7:26 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Eating and Drinking in Los Angeles
Replies: 931
Views: 49446

Re: Eating and Drinking in Los Angeles

I wonder how Beran is going to split time. When we went to Dialogue he was mega-involved in about every dish coming out of the kitchen. Hard to imagine he wouldn’t be at Dialogue every night. Maybe he’ll conceptualize and have someone else head the kitchen at the new spot. Definitely looking forward...
by johngonzales
September 16th, 2019, 9:04 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Eating and Drinking in Los Angeles
Replies: 931
Views: 49446

Re: Eating and Drinking in Los Angeles

There’s a whole gigantic, historic, world of great wine that’s not a milkshake but not “natural”. THough not many people even know what qualifies as “natural”. But hey, as esoteric as the list is, irks much better than it was when they opened, and they’re cool with byo.
by johngonzales
September 14th, 2019, 11:40 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Eating and Drinking in Los Angeles
Replies: 931
Views: 49446

Re: Eating and Drinking in Los Angeles

G. Greenbaum wrote:
September 14th, 2019, 12:43 pm

.......their wine list is well chosen, mostly natural.
Oxymoron neener

Marshall and I were chuckling at their corkage policy that asks one not to bring anything on their list. No risk there. It’s a pretty deep list of esoteric, moderately priced, young wine.
by johngonzales
September 14th, 2019, 8:57 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Eating and Drinking in Los Angeles
Replies: 931
Views: 49446

Re: Eating and Drinking in Los Angeles

Similar experience at Cassia tonight, but moreso with the noise than dim lighting. Service and food were both excellent. But just way too loud. Pumped-in music. Conversation was difficult, and required speaking at loud volume. Got up from the table seriously conflicted as to whether we'd return, bu...
by johngonzales
September 13th, 2019, 5:21 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Eating and Drinking in Los Angeles
Replies: 931
Views: 49446

Re: Eating and Drinking in Los Angeles

That's a bummer, Gregg. That's my #1 restaurant pet peeve. Mine as well! We went to Hatchett Hall a couple of weeks ago with John & Mary Gonzales. The place was deafening and so dark that you could not even see your food let alone read the menu. In reality, the food was pretty decent but the overal...
by johngonzales
August 30th, 2019, 9:12 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Even more preposterous...new Napa Cabernet
Replies: 56
Views: 3707

Re: Even more preposterous...new Napa Cabernet

Takes some stones to sell this wine in this way, that's for sure This is not like Patek. Haut Brion is like Patek. This is a diamond-encrusted Hublot Big Bang with an ETA movement (apologies to anyone on here who owns one) If there's any particular generation this person is marketing to it's the bo...
by johngonzales
August 30th, 2019, 9:10 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Even more preposterous...new Napa Cabernet
Replies: 56
Views: 3707

Re: Even more preposterous...new Napa Cabernet

Takes some stones to sell this wine in this way, that's for sure This is not like Patek. Haut Brion is like Patek. This is a diamond-encrusted Hublot Big Bang with an ETA movement (apologies to anyone on here who owns one) It tastes like marketing to millenials: https://www.google.com/search?q=mill...
by johngonzales
August 27th, 2019, 9:16 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Eating and Drinking in Los Angeles
Replies: 931
Views: 49446

Re: Eating and Drinking in Los Angeles

Christophe Eme is out at Kass already. I thought he was actually the main owner but, regardless, it seems like some stylistic differences hit. I’d speculate that he wanted to do more of a restaurant, with more serious food, than a wine bar.
by johngonzales
August 9th, 2019, 9:21 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Eating and Drinking in Los Angeles
Replies: 931
Views: 49446

Re: Eating and Drinking in Los Angeles

Aug 2 to 5 have already passed, yet you posted after that date??? Majordomo is probably $17-20 in an Uber from (eg) Sunset and La Cienega, dependent on time of day. Yes you can bring wine to most restaurants. They will charge a few which may or may not make it worthwhile. If you want to drink wine t...
by johngonzales
July 27th, 2019, 3:10 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Complex wines and simple ingredients are kind of boring!
Replies: 33
Views: 1385

Re: Complex wines and simple ingredients are kind of boring!

food/wine pairing is overrated. just drink what you like.. and eat what you want. outside of some obvious disaster pairings to avoid, i think generally you can eat any food, with any good wine. shitty wine is shitty regardless of food. likewise with great wine. I strongly agree with this. A good pa...
by johngonzales
July 25th, 2019, 9:52 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine list buying vs. corkage habit
Replies: 52
Views: 2042

Wine list buying vs. corkage habit

I was looking at some local winelists (Angler, Auburn, Margot) and considering whether they seemed appealing to me. Part of it was considering my own habits, and I wonder what others do. Note that my wife sim in the wine business. I am excluding dinners at accounts of hers. Also, we have a slightly ...
by johngonzales
July 23rd, 2019, 1:17 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: R.I.P. Alan Eden
Replies: 138
Views: 9894

Re: R.I.P. Alan Eden

Wow. Stunningly unfortunate news. Generally, I enjoyed Alan and his posts on this board, and felt that he was frequently treated quite poorly (and unfairly so) by many on this board. I am sad to see him gone. Condolences to his family and friends. May he R.I.P. I got kind of the same impression. I ...
by johngonzales
July 15th, 2019, 11:15 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Eating and Drinking in Los Angeles
Replies: 931
Views: 49446

Re: Eating and Drinking in Los Angeles

Water Grill did the trick. A healthy meal of salad and nice halibut with a few oysters to start. Not particularly special but guilt free Plus they are corkage-friendly. On the music front, we went to Spago last night. Did the DineLA tasting menu of about 8 courses. Very good btw. It didn’t bother m...
by johngonzales
July 15th, 2019, 8:59 am
Forum: Commerce Corner - Wine Classifieds
Topic: Caviar. All sold out!! Thank you
Replies: 27
Views: 2147

Re: 'Golden' Russian Osetra Caviar & Kaluga/Huso Hybrid @ unbeatable pricing!

Charlie
Maybebe you can toss a 50g oestetra on the order you make for me?
If you can keep if chilled till I can get it from you.
by johngonzales
July 8th, 2019, 5:41 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Eating and Drinking in Los Angeles
Replies: 931
Views: 49446

Re: Eating and Drinking in Los Angeles

I've had this on my to-do list since it opened and thank you for your thoughts. Did you do the 4, 6, or 9 course meal option? I typically always want to get the larger number of courses, however, my wife always advocates the lower number of courses so curious on their portion sizing. Also, do you k...
by johngonzales
June 10th, 2019, 8:58 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Eating and Drinking in Los Angeles
Replies: 931
Views: 49446

Re: Eating and Drinking in Los Angeles

I really liked Kass. It’s not a typical wine bar, and more restaurant. The menu is more like a standard menu, with not just small snacks things, but some basic entrees. The wine list is decent, corkage reasonable and friendly, and the somm gave us excellent wine service. We go to Alta quite a bit. W...
by johngonzales
June 10th, 2019, 8:49 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: In'n'Out Burger Fries
Replies: 57
Views: 4067

Re: In'n'Out Burger Fries

Shake Shack is meh. Chick fil A awful. In N out is mediocre- prefer well done with lots of salt and some peppers. I am with Michael. Best are 5 guys. Not always perfect, but twice fried and when fresh and properly salted.... I ate at Five Guys once. The burger was Ok, but the fries were a bag of gr...
by johngonzales
June 9th, 2019, 11:27 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: ‘98 Dominique st. Emilion
Replies: 3
Views: 369

Re: TN: ‘98 Dominique st. Emilion

Thanks for the note. I just picked up a couple of these at auction. To me 98 Right Bank has continuously deliver great wines.
by johngonzales
June 7th, 2019, 6:05 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: In'n'Out Burger Fries
Replies: 57
Views: 4067

Re: In'n'Out Burger Fries

Here is Dame Helen Mirren chowing down on an In-N-Out burger after winning her Oscar. Note she did not get fries. https://i.pinimg.com/originals/a4/8a/d5/a48ad5bacf913dea483d524fcd0c225f.jpg Instead she's pairing it with Champagne, some kind of mixer and a bag of regular Lay's potato chips. ... I m...
by johngonzales
June 6th, 2019, 12:28 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: In'n'Out Burger Fries
Replies: 57
Views: 4067

Re: In'n'Out Burger Fries

I always enjoy these threads. Arguing about which fast food chain's fries or burgers are best/worst is like arguing about which mass produced grocery store wine is best/worst. Not really, IMO. Plonk TO ME isn’t enjoyable, and there is a vast difference between it an better wines. I am sure that som...
by johngonzales
June 6th, 2019, 10:31 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Eating and Drinking in Los Angeles
Replies: 931
Views: 49446

Re: Eating and Drinking in Los Angeles

Maybe Michelin got screwed by Feliz like we did. Played their month ahead reservation game for a group dinner on a friend's Saturday birthday. They canceled on us via voicemail the night before the reservation leaving us to try and scramble for another plan. No offer of a guarantee on another day, ...
by johngonzales
June 6th, 2019, 10:25 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: In'n'Out Burger Fries
Replies: 57
Views: 4067

Re: In'n'Out Burger Fries

They are awful. However they likely have the highest margin on fries in the business since the only people involved with the fries are a potato farmer and some minimum wage skater dude. One thing I give In 'n' Out credit for is they pay their employees above industry standards and even offer benefi...
by johngonzales
June 5th, 2019, 1:56 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Eating and Drinking in Los Angeles
Replies: 931
Views: 49446

Re: Eating and Drinking in Los Angeles

Maybe Michelin got screwed by Feliz like we did. Played their month ahead reservation game for a group dinner on a friend's Saturday birthday. They canceled on us via voicemail the night before the reservation leaving us to try and scramble for another plan. No offer of a guarantee on another day, a...
by johngonzales
May 30th, 2019, 9:35 pm
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Dinner in London Recommendation?
Replies: 15
Views: 889

Re: Dinner in London Recommendation?

If Gymkhana appealed to you, look at Benares or Jamavar. Both higher end Indian not far from Green Park. We couldn’t get into Gymkhana on a trip last year, so went to Jamavar and had a really tasty meal. A number of people recommended Dishoom to me, but we could never swing getting in. Probably only...
by johngonzales
May 29th, 2019, 11:08 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Eating and Drinking in Los Angeles
Replies: 931
Views: 49446

Re: Eating and Drinking in Los Angeles

Anyone try L’Antica Pizzeria da Michele yet?
by johngonzales
May 15th, 2019, 8:58 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Give up salt or give up wine?
Replies: 52
Views: 1844

Re: Give up salt or give up wine?

I think Mark meant salt anywhere, not added salt. Think how bad that would be! Forget ever having baked goods again. Fruits, veg, and unsalted meat. Hey, I'm almost there :) Those baked goods though.... Yes, salt period. If it were salt PERIOD, I’d give up wine. While one can eliminate added salt w...
by johngonzales
April 4th, 2019, 9:30 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Chicago Restaurant Thread
Replies: 660
Views: 35347

Re: Chicago Restaurant Thread

Thanks guys. I grabbed a table at Haisous for an upcoming Thurs, which is listed as a day that they do corkage so I assume that will work. $25 is fine. How is the winelist?
Hope the local couple we’re going with can deal with some different dishes.
by johngonzales
March 30th, 2019, 7:58 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Chicago Restaurant Thread
Replies: 660
Views: 35347

Re: Chicago Restaurant Thread

I have one night, one dinner, in Chicago in a few weeks. SKY and Haisous both have tables. Opinions? Anyone know what corkage policy is at either?
by johngonzales
March 18th, 2019, 12:46 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Can Dave Phinney turn a SF island into a hipster Napa altrernative?
Replies: 22
Views: 1684

Re: Can Dave Phinney turn a SF island into a hipster Napa altrernative?

I think it would be awesome if Vallejo-based island tasting rooms took off and fewer people were congesting Napa Valley. I think it’s obvious that a lot of people don’t really make a big distinction between tasting rooms on the winery production property as opposed to in removed locations. Personal...
by johngonzales
March 18th, 2019, 8:07 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Eating and Drinking in Los Angeles
Replies: 931
Views: 49446

Re: Eating and Drinking in Los Angeles

Eme is a really good chef, he was at L’Orangerie for awhile and I liked Ortolan. Grown-up food in a grown-up setting, a basically dead breed.

I was really hoping that he’d resurface with a more serious place, but I’m looking forward to hitting Kass. We almost went on Friday.
by johngonzales
March 16th, 2019, 7:29 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: How regulated is the term, "Wagyu?"
Replies: 20
Views: 881

Re: How regulated is the term, "Wagyu?"

M.Kaplan wrote:
March 16th, 2019, 6:22 pm
Kagoshima A5 ribeye at Tamaen last night was killer.
My cousin likes that place. Is it by the oz. as far as the Kobe/Wagyu?
by johngonzales
March 15th, 2019, 4:01 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: How regulated is the term, "Wagyu?"
Replies: 20
Views: 881

Re: How regulated is the term, "Wagyu?"

https://www.bonappetit.com/entertaining-style/trends-news/article/kobe-wagyu-steak-myths Fascinating article, thank you! My personal once a year splurge is not Kobe but A5 Miyazaki beef. Oh yes, that stuff is unreal. It’s hard to rank “best ever” but Curtis Duffy, ex-Grace in Chicago served some M-...
by johngonzales
March 15th, 2019, 9:00 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: How regulated is the term, "Wagyu?"
Replies: 20
Views: 881

Re: How regulated is the term, "Wagyu?"

USDA regulations require only 46.9% Wagyu genetics for beef sold at retail. Exempt from these labelling requirements, restaurants can call any beef Wagyu, and often do. Basically, if the guy who writes the menu for a restaurant can spell "Wagyu" he can call it Wagyu. USDA Prime would rate a Wagyu s...
by johngonzales
March 13th, 2019, 6:43 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Heeee's Back - Gary V.
Replies: 32
Views: 2407

Re: Heeee's Back - Gary V.

Gary needs some extra cash to buy the Jets.
by johngonzales
March 9th, 2019, 5:27 pm
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: What to do around the Mauna Kea Hotel
Replies: 11
Views: 532

Re: What to do around the Mauna Kea Hotel

The thing to remember about the Big Island is that it is really BIG. So driving between the various parts can’t take quite awhile which may be touch with a younger child. The volcana flow has really slowed down over the past year, so there’s is little or no lava flowing. The beach at Mauna Kea itsel...
by johngonzales
March 9th, 2019, 4:17 pm
Forum: Offline Planner
Topic: Arcadian tasting - 3/8/2019 @ Everson Royce in Pasadena
Replies: 7
Views: 661

Re: Arcadian tasting - 3/8/2019 @ Everson Royce in Pasadena

Damn, I didn’t see this either. Got done with work early, wife out of town, and sat on my ass last night.

I have a three-pack of Arcadian mags (03,04,05) that a few of us got with the idea of an Arcadian offline. Will have to open it up to some other Arcadians and do that this year.
by johngonzales
March 9th, 2019, 3:51 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Eating and Drinking in Los Angeles
Replies: 931
Views: 49446

Re: Eating and Drinking in Los Angeles

Has anyone been to Rogue? It’s still on my list
by johngonzales
March 7th, 2019, 2:11 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Best place to buy a Le Creuset Dutch Oven?
Replies: 19
Views: 984

Re: Best place to buy a Le Creuset Dutch Oven?

Homegoods / TJ Maxx / Marshalls has them at good prices sometimes. They are probably seconds or have some flaw, but I've been using one for fifteen years with no problem. As mentioned, Williams Sonoma and Sur la Table also have good sales at times. Yep, we have some pieces purchased for very good d...
by johngonzales
March 7th, 2019, 12:28 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Favorite US Chenin Blanc?
Replies: 48
Views: 2203

Re: Favorite US Chenin Blanc?

Hands down: Fozen I'm surprised their's has not been mentioned herein [unless I missed it]. Its creamy, rich, as in cherimoya, tropical with kiwi, grapefruit, minerals and did I say, creamy and rich? Which is my problem with just about all the California Chenin Blancs mentioned. They all see oak - ...
by johngonzales
March 7th, 2019, 12:06 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: How much would you pay for ultimate wine ?
Replies: 29
Views: 1854

Re: How much would you pay for ultimate wine ?

It’s an unusual question. In a way, doing that would remove some of the the fun of being into wine. One would thereafter know what height the best wine achieves and that one would never improve upon it. Would I be allowed to sell shares of the experience? I bet I could get three other people to go i...
by johngonzales
March 7th, 2019, 11:32 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Eating and Drinking in Los Angeles
Replies: 931
Views: 49446

Re: Eating and Drinking in Los Angeles

Melisse is serving its final meal on Saturday. It’s not in vogue, but I’ve had some really good meals there. Tempted to squeeze in a final tasting menu, but have another big dinner Saturday. We have had some very nice meals at Melisse over the years. Last time we went (2 years ago maybe) the food a...
by johngonzales
March 7th, 2019, 11:18 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Cat Cora storms out of Alinea: looks like a chef with too strong a sense of entitlement.
Replies: 26
Views: 2194

Re: Cat Cora storms out of Alinea: looks like a chef with too strong a sense of entitlement.

Kind of a he said - she said, but Cat’s coming across as the much more questionable here. It’s an aside but from what I see of her, she’s pretty weak within the Iron Chef realm. Btw, I just happened to have started watching “Chef’s Table” on Netflix. It isn’t great, and some of the segments are defi...
by johngonzales
March 7th, 2019, 7:48 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Casual hot sauce & mustard recommendation
Replies: 10
Views: 647

Re: Casual hot sauce & mustard recommendation

Which Marie Sharps? It seems that there are at least six different ones. I am a huge fan of Inner Beauty hot sauce. It’s not an all-use sauce as the flavors are a bit different. It’s Caribbean-styled and a melange of flavors. Scotch bonnets, mustard, mango/fruit, etc.. it went out of production abou...

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