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by johngonzales
February 6th, 2020, 8:04 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Eating and Drinking in Los Angeles
Replies: 1007
Views: 54298

Re: Eating and Drinking in Los Angeles

One of our favorite restaurants is closing in Echo Park... The Park Restaurant (1400 Sunset blvd) will close its doors permanently on March 19, 2020. Sad to see them go. If you have not tried them, they offer pre-fixed dinner on Tuesday nights. They are almost always delicious. Of course, the menu ...
by johngonzales
January 30th, 2020, 2:57 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Eating and Drinking in Los Angeles
Replies: 1007
Views: 54298

Re: Eating and Drinking in Los Angeles

PSA Auburn has a pretty good DineLA option, ending tomorrow. Five courses plus a glass of Prosecco for $99. Same choices as the regular tasting menu which is typically $95 for four courses and $120 for six. It was my first time. I thought the vibe and design were cool, though I’m not sure I was as s...
by johngonzales
January 26th, 2020, 4:38 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Some Basic (But Good) Filipino Home Dishes.
Replies: 20
Views: 1004

Re: Some Basic (But Good) Filipino Home Dishes.

Nico, I have family near you, in Magallanes Village. The bagoong I grew up around was sent to my dad from my grandmother decades back. It was. Definitely more pungent than most of current market versions. Here in the U.S., bottled versions of bagoong and patis both often have a bunch of MSG and flav...
by johngonzales
January 21st, 2020, 12:44 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: French Toast Anyone?
Replies: 27
Views: 1234

Re: French Toast Anyone?

Really only around the holidays but in our house Panettone is the preferred bread for French toast. I like this idea . . . decadent! Wow, I guess the use is more widespread than I thought. It both works well, and provides a use for the panettone that we get gifted most Christmases and don’t otherwi...
by johngonzales
January 20th, 2020, 5:11 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Some Basic (But Good) Filipino Home Dishes.
Replies: 20
Views: 1004

Re: Some Basic (But Good) Filipino Home Dishes.

Oh yes a side of all of that, please. Looks and sounds delicious! Definitely will give that oxtail a go. Make your way to Manila, and you'll have them in spades! Just let me know when. I'm not sure, though, if you'd care for the accompanying bagoong - very few foreign (non-Asian) friends of mine do...
by johngonzales
January 19th, 2020, 10:18 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Impact of Crawlspace Encapsulation on Cellar Performance
Replies: 14
Views: 676

Re: Impact of Crawlspace Encapsulation on Cellar Performance

1) Doesn’t seem like it should be necessary for the purpose of cellar performance. 2) It’s a plus for mold/rot prevention. Though those probably aren’t issues worth the expense for most situations that don’t have extreme moisture and have adequate ventilation. SoCal is pretty dry so people don’t opt...
by johngonzales
January 6th, 2020, 2:57 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Damn it; I like ketchup with my hot dog.
Replies: 78
Views: 1978

Re: Damn it; I like ketchup with my hot dog.

Why are we talking about pastrami? Crappy meat, treated to cover up the crappiness, but sorry it's still crappy. You're a bunch of Philistines. Corned beef on the other hand is what God eats on his day off... Hey, I love Pastrami but like Corned Beef too. It’s delicious mixed with some sautéed onio...
by johngonzales
January 5th, 2020, 4:06 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Damn it; I like ketchup with my hot dog.
Replies: 78
Views: 1978

Re: Damn it; I like ketchup with my hot dog.

Russian dressing in pastrami is an abomination, for the same and an additional reason. After all the work put in to make a perfect pastrami, why in the world would one cover it up with dressing. I’ve only had Langer’s once, and my recollection is that maybe the pastrami is worth covering up. I did ...
by johngonzales
January 5th, 2020, 11:10 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2020 Wine Resolutions
Replies: 60
Views: 2714

Re: 2020 Wine Resolutions

You can still make it her way but make the interior pleasing to you as a compromise! You should go for it! Oops: edited - I meant to post to John. The compromise you suggest is one that is readily available. I’m just still angling for the full Monty showcase. That’s going to require some sort of in...
by johngonzales
January 5th, 2020, 10:53 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Damn it; I like ketchup with my hot dog.
Replies: 78
Views: 1978

Re: Damn it; I like ketchup with my hot dog.

The only thing that's worse than ketchup on a hot dog is mayo on pastrami, with a double whammy when you put it on white bread. I actually have no idea how mayo would taste on pastrami, and I hope I never do. It pastrami on white bread is akin to a sandwich, so ketchup would be fine Does Russian dr...
by johngonzales
January 5th, 2020, 10:49 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Damn it; I like ketchup with my hot dog.
Replies: 78
Views: 1978

Re: Damn it; I like ketchup with my hot dog.

The only thing that's worse than ketchup on a hot dog is mayo on pastrami, with a double whammy when you put it on white bread. I actually have no idea how mayo would taste on pastrami, and I hope I never do. It pastrami on white bread is akin to a sandwich, so ketchup would be fine Does Russian dr...
by johngonzales
January 4th, 2020, 5:12 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Damn it; I like ketchup with my hot dog.
Replies: 78
Views: 1978

Re: Damn it; I like ketchup with my hot dog.

Must like ketchup on your steak. Same effect as on a dog A hot dog is akin to a sandwich. A steak isn’t. A dog is much closer to a burger. Do you think it’s absurd to put ketchup on a burger? But using your logic, would YOU pile tomatoes, a pickle, and (Gag!) sweet pickle relish on a steak? Serious...
by johngonzales
January 4th, 2020, 3:12 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Damn it; I like ketchup with my hot dog.
Replies: 78
Views: 1978

Re: Damn it; I like ketchup with my hot dog.

I will never understand why ketchup on hot dogs is wrong. That’s how I’ve always eaten them. It’s the law https://www.hot-dog.org/culture/hot-dog-etiquette Uh, notice that these “rules” contain no endorsement of putting salad on hot dogs as Chicagoans do. Plus, why would the rest of the world accep...
by johngonzales
January 3rd, 2020, 1:28 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Holiday hits and misses
Replies: 7
Views: 1259

Re: Holiday hits and misses

Corked 97 Opus at Christmas dinner was a big miss.
by johngonzales
January 2nd, 2020, 1:26 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2019 purchases vs. overall cellar
Replies: 59
Views: 2430

Re: 2019 purchases vs. overall cellar

I admire your organizational skill! My cellar is 100% pandemonium but I try to keep certain grapes/types of wines in nearby areas of the cellar. My typical method for choosing what to drink is eerily similar to a peyote walk. I’m in your camp. I have a lot of wine but very little idea of what the s...
by johngonzales
January 2nd, 2020, 1:20 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2020 Wine Resolutions
Replies: 60
Views: 2714

Re: 2020 Wine Resolutions

My resolution is to really slow down on buying “basic” bottles at below $50. I find that we have a big supply already and my wife gets a ton of below $30 stuff from work in the trade. I am going to concentrate my budget toward the above-$75 stuff. I’m going to coravin and drink more basic (below $50...
by johngonzales
January 2nd, 2020, 1:07 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What do you think is the single best value in CA wine?
Replies: 37
Views: 2391

Re: What do you think is the single best value in CA wine?

I voted Zin. I rarely drink it, but with stuff like zesty bbq, it does well. Cal Zin is my favorite origin of the variety, and there are good examples at reasonable price as compared to other varieties. I actually think there is value in Cal Cab. It is priced higher than a lot of other varieties and...
by johngonzales
December 27th, 2019, 2:58 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Recommend Some Caviar
Replies: 14
Views: 1153

Re: Recommend Some Caviar

Also, I personally stay away from a lot of the Chinese caviar as I find them muddy or in need of being on a dish (basically they show best when paired with other food items I’d guess that’s this is a matter of which ones one is having. I’ve had some fantastic Chinese caviar. I went to a caviar tast...
by johngonzales
December 27th, 2019, 12:42 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Truffled Egg-Yolk Ravioli
Replies: 6
Views: 871

Re: Truffled Egg-Yolk Ravioli

Just here to tell everyone two things: Serious Eats Egg yolk ravioli recipe is delicious. I made a couple minor tweaks... grated a little truffle into the ricotta mixture, shaved a little on top, gave it a finishing salt crunch... but good step by step recipe. also, D'Artagnan is a great source for...
by johngonzales
December 27th, 2019, 11:51 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 1998 Le Vieux Donjon Châteauneuf-du-Pape
Replies: 3
Views: 505

Re: TN: 1998 Le Vieux Donjon Châteauneuf-du-Pape

Thanks for the note. I have really loved that wine since release, when it was a real deal. 98 I reloaded with purchases a couple of times until 2012-2013. I don’t have any left and haven’t had it in 4-5 years, but will grab a “swan song” bottle if it shows up at auction.
by johngonzales
November 22nd, 2019, 3:43 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Unfinished Pine vs. Redwood vs. Mahogany; another cellar question
Replies: 30
Views: 1386

Re: Unfinished Pine vs. Redwood vs. Mahogany; another cellar question

Pine warps easily. Otherwise not really. Redwood is ultra-soft. As long as it's properly cured and heartwood, really? Redwood and cedar also have natural anti-fungal and anti-insecticidal properties that make them a natural fit for things that have high humidity and fungal pressures. I think cedar ...
by johngonzales
November 20th, 2019, 9:59 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: an outstanding icewine from WA State ('03 Ste. Michelle)
Replies: 13
Views: 562

Re: TN: an outstanding icewine from WA State ('03 Ste. Michelle)

I believe that is right around the time they started bringing in Ernst Loosen as a consultant for their higher RS Rieslings. Good stuff, especially for the $. Ernie came in to develop dry and off dry, not sweet, they created Eroica. I am sure his insight with Riesling leaked into all winemaking tho...
by johngonzales
November 3rd, 2019, 7:55 am
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Hawaiian island to visit
Replies: 38
Views: 2190

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: 36364

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: 36364

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: 1007
Views: 54298

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: 1007
Views: 54298

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: 1007
Views: 54298

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: 1007
Views: 54298

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: 1007
Views: 54298

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: 1007
Views: 54298

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: 1007
Views: 54298

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: 1007
Views: 54298

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: 3896

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: 3896

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: 1007
Views: 54298

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: 1007
Views: 54298

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: 1463

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: 2103

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: 10133

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: 1007
Views: 54298

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: 2173

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: 1007
Views: 54298

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: 1007
Views: 54298

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: 4642

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: 374

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: 4642

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: 4642

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: 1007
Views: 54298

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, ...

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