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by Peter Metzger
August 1st, 2020, 7:01 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: New York City Restaurants
Replies: 2492
Views: 154491

Re: New York City Restaurants

Re Marea -- anyone read Wine Girl by Victoria James? Her description of working at Marea as a sommelier casts a fairly dark shadow on the place. Anyone know how accurate her story is?
by Peter Metzger
July 25th, 2020, 7:34 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Anyone from Quebec, Canada?
Replies: 5
Views: 251

Re: Anyone from Quebec, Canada?

Lived in Montreal from 1966 to 1980 and went to undergraduate university and law school there. Have been back many times since, most recently during the winter of 2019.
by Peter Metzger
July 17th, 2020, 7:49 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine consumption changed?
Replies: 39
Views: 2022

Re: Wine consumption changed?

I'm drinking much less wine, but far more cocktails. Not sure whether this is good, but I guess overall my alcohol consumption may be down. On the other hand, my wife is drinking a lot more wine. When I do drink wine, I tend to open higher end bottles. Have no idea what this all means.
by Peter Metzger
July 14th, 2020, 6:32 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: New York City Restaurants
Replies: 2492
Views: 154491

Re: New York City Restaurants

That's what I do as well in NJ where I live. Easy breezy. Restaurants here are set up with a table at the entrance with the bags and you just walk up and pick up or you call them when you get to the restaurant and they come out and put the bag in your trunk. I guess that doesn't work too well in NY...
by Peter Metzger
July 13th, 2020, 1:07 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: New York City Restaurants
Replies: 2492
Views: 154491

Re: New York City Restaurants

I order direct and pick up. I have not used grub hub or seamless in years. Restaurants around me are appealing for people to do just that. That's what I do as well in NJ where I live. Easy breezy. Restaurants here are set up with a table at the entrance with the bags and you just walk up and pick u...
by Peter Metzger
July 12th, 2020, 1:17 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: New York City Restaurants
Replies: 2492
Views: 154491

Re: New York City Restaurants

I'm curious what people think about ordering takeout and the responsibility of diners to try to go direct to the business rather than using a caviar/seamless etc (to protect their margins)... I originally tried to call in orders wherever I could, but noted that it was also an administrative burden ...
by Peter Metzger
July 11th, 2020, 8:35 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: New York City Restaurants
Replies: 2492
Views: 154491

Re: New York City Restaurants

Shockingly I have never eaten at Lucalis. Well I decided to rectify that during Tropical Storm Fay. They are only open for take out. I called right at 3:00 on Friday and I was told 10 minutes. I got over there as fast as I could with some cold Rosé and Zaltos. It was pouring rain by the time we arr...
by Peter Metzger
July 10th, 2020, 7:58 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: New York City Restaurants
Replies: 2492
Views: 154491

Re: New York City Restaurants

The outdoor seating / roadclosures in Brooklyn are a godsend and hopefully won't be forgotten as an artifact. No reason why there should ever be cars on Berry, Smith, or 5th Ave. I guess that’s true if you don’t own a car and don’t mind riding the subway during the pandemic. You might also ask what...
by Peter Metzger
June 5th, 2020, 1:28 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: 14707

Re: CHARITY RAFFLE NAACP Legal Defense and Education Fund -JUST ADDED ROUSSEAU CHAMBERTIN (Currently at $40,60 in donati

Robert M yers wrote:
June 5th, 2020, 12:52 pm
DanielP wrote:
June 5th, 2020, 10:39 am
Did not get a response, sent via PayPal yesterday
Same
Ditto.
by Peter Metzger
May 31st, 2020, 7:15 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: We are thinking about getting some plastic wine glasses for outside "happy hours"
Replies: 30
Views: 1549

Re: We are thinking about getting some plastic wine glasses for outside "happy hours"

Amazon has the Govinos in a set of 72 for $189.95. Less than $3/glass:

[snort.gif]
by Peter Metzger
May 26th, 2020, 8:38 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: French Press recommendation
Replies: 20
Views: 1081

Re: French Press recommendation

Le Monde is a good newspaper.
by Peter Metzger
May 7th, 2020, 8:10 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Has Anyone Made Mozzarella?
Replies: 34
Views: 1676

Re: Has Anyone Made Mozzarella?

The mozzarella in our neighborhood (Carroll Gardens) is too good to pass up and readily available. Good luck though.
by Peter Metzger
May 7th, 2020, 7:59 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine Store Websites Are Terrible
Replies: 49
Views: 2759

Re: Wine Store Websites Are Terrible

I've always found Chambers Street's solid, reliable, fast, and accurate (allowing for inevitable minor inventory errors when stock is low). And the search function work. David and Jamie saw the importance of a good website when the opened in 2001. It was miles ahead of anyone's at that point. IIRC ...
by Peter Metzger
December 19th, 2019, 9:55 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Netflix series "Rotten"
Replies: 3
Views: 1453

Re: Netflix series "Rotten"

I'll bite. Is it about Johnny Rotten and the Sex Pistols? [wink.gif]
by Peter Metzger
November 25th, 2019, 10:37 am
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Your NYC Reccommendations!
Replies: 31
Views: 1998

Re: Your NYC Reccommendations!

Thinking about a couple days trip to NYC for a Christmas gift for the daughter. I’m thinking Dec 21-23rd or 26-28 She is really into musicals any recs on where to stay in or close to the theater district that is not too pricey? Oklahoma is excellent. Small intimate theater in the round. A somewhat ...
by Peter Metzger
October 29th, 2019, 10:09 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Peter Luger NYT review.
Replies: 63
Views: 3632

Re: Peter Lugar NYT review.

[oops.gif] Luger, not Lugar
by Peter Metzger
August 29th, 2019, 10:15 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Envoyer Thread #2: Everything else
Replies: 1447
Views: 86518

Re: Envoyer Thread #2: Everything else

Joe Chanley wrote:
August 28th, 2019, 7:39 pm
Neal.Mollen wrote:
August 28th, 2019, 12:45 pm
Felsina CCR in halves? Yup.
Perplexed why I seem to only get random offers. Would’ve loved that.
Same issue here.
by Peter Metzger
August 22nd, 2019, 10:43 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: World Famous Pizza Joint and Wine Offline destination is shuttered.
Replies: 52
Views: 4571

Re: World Famous Pizza Joint and Wine Offline destination is shuttered.

mike pobega wrote:
August 22nd, 2019, 8:12 am
BTW, probably the dirtiest kitchens I have ever seen.
The secret ingredients...
by Peter Metzger
July 9th, 2019, 11:05 am
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: New Orleans Hotels
Replies: 32
Views: 4597

Re: New Orleans Hotels

Really? I've stayed there several times over the last couple years and I thought it was great. We booked it for graduation weekend next year too. I also like the Windsor Court. The street the Ritz was on (Canal?) was exceedingly ugly and unappealing. The layout of the hotel was ridiculous - we were...
by Peter Metzger
July 8th, 2019, 8:31 pm
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: New Orleans Hotels
Replies: 32
Views: 4597

Re: New Orleans Hotels

Avoid the Ritz. I usually like the Ritz, but this one was in an unsatisfactory location and a subpar hotel. Really? I've stayed there several times over the last couple years and I thought it was great. We booked it for graduation weekend next year too. I also like the Windsor Court. The street the...
by Peter Metzger
July 4th, 2019, 8:21 pm
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: New Orleans Hotels
Replies: 32
Views: 4597

Re: New Orleans Hotels

Avoid the Ritz. I usually like the Ritz, but this one was in an unsatisfactory location and a subpar hotel.
by Peter Metzger
June 18th, 2019, 10:47 am
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Rome: RIMESSA ROSCIOLI Wine Tasting Options
Replies: 8
Views: 3014

Re: Rome: RIMESSA ROSCIOLI Wine Tasting Options

Dinner at Roscioli was booked when we were in Rome a couple years ago, so we did lunch, which was great.
by Peter Metzger
June 12th, 2019, 2:48 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: need evidence that these famous critics were fooled
Replies: 40
Views: 3537

Re: need evidence that these famous critics were fooled

.............. When a critic insists that one was not fooled, especially by the party paying for the tasting, then that critic manages to fool only oneself while also deceiving others. [/quote] This sounds strangely like Richard Nixon’s farewell speech to White House staffers after he resigned. [sn...
by Peter Metzger
April 4th, 2019, 9:16 am
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Restaurant and Wine Shop Recommendations in Fort Myers
Replies: 2
Views: 289

Restaurant and Wine Shop Recommendations in Fort Myers

We will be traveling to Fort Myers, Fla for a few days to visit family.

Anyone have restaurant or wine shop recommendations?

Thanks.
by Peter Metzger
March 12th, 2019, 11:55 am
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Colombia in December (Cartagena) - Reccs?
Replies: 12
Views: 634

Re: Colombia in December (Cartagena) - Reccs?

Sh@n A wrote:
March 11th, 2019, 7:09 pm
There is a concierge service I used, ticartagena.com. Reasonable prices. But useful for making reservations, boats asking questions. We used them for a nanny service as well.
Thanks Sh@n A. I'll check it out.
by Peter Metzger
March 11th, 2019, 6:55 pm
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Colombia in December (Cartagena) - Reccs?
Replies: 12
Views: 634

Re: Colombia in December (Cartagena) - Reccs?

Made a reservation at Erre for one evening. Carmen is booked each night we’re in town; maybe we’ll have better luck when we get there. Still checking other places.
by Peter Metzger
March 11th, 2019, 10:43 am
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Colombia in December (Cartagena) - Reccs?
Replies: 12
Views: 634

Re: Colombia in December (Cartagena) - Reccs?

Copied/pasted from another site I had posted these on. Re Blue Apple Beach Club, would definitely recommend getting a private boat for the day if you can afford it (?$400-600 USD?) and swimming in the various ocean spots in the Rosario islands, getting flashed lobsters from the local fisherman, and...
by Peter Metzger
March 11th, 2019, 10:39 am
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Colombia in December (Cartagena) - Reccs?
Replies: 12
Views: 634

Re: Colombia in December (Cartagena) - Reccs?

Bump. We’re heading to Cartagena in a couple of weeks for a conference. Dining or sightseeing suggestions would be greatly appreciated. Thanks! Nice! Happy to help, as we loved our trip to Colombia (particularly Medellin and Cartagena) I highly recommend Erre for a nice meal - it was worth the ardu...
by Peter Metzger
March 4th, 2019, 8:32 pm
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Colombia in December (Cartagena) - Reccs?
Replies: 12
Views: 634

Re: Colombia in December (Cartagena) - Reccs?

Bump. We’re heading to Cartagena in a couple of weeks for a conference. Dining or sightseeing suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks!
by Peter Metzger
March 4th, 2019, 11:40 am
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Need Cartagena Restaurant Suggestions
Replies: 0
Views: 200

Need Cartagena Restaurant Suggestions

Will be traveling to Cartagena later this month. Anyone know any good restaurants there?

Thanks!
by Peter Metzger
February 5th, 2019, 11:35 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Any Wine related Podcasts worth giving a go?
Replies: 47
Views: 3070

Re: Any Wine related Podcasts worth giving a go?

You can get everything on Soundcloud.
by Peter Metzger
August 7th, 2018, 11:16 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Best Place to Purchase Loose English Tea in NYC or Online
Replies: 8
Views: 434

Best Place to Purchase Loose English Tea in NYC or Online

Thanks for the suggestions. Look like good ideas.
by Peter Metzger
August 6th, 2018, 11:40 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Best Place to Purchase Loose English Tea in NYC or Online
Replies: 8
Views: 434

Best Place to Purchase Loose English Tea in NYC or Online

Recently returned from England where I had a pot of Earl Grey tea that my wife and I thought was especially outstanding. We were in such a tea stupor that we neglected to ask what type of Earl Grey tea we were drinking. Anyone have suggestions on where to buy superb loose English tea in New York Cit...
by Peter Metzger
June 28th, 2018, 1:57 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 1988 Château Haut-Marbuzet (France, Bordeaux, Médoc, St. Estèphe)
Replies: 7
Views: 360

TN: 1988 Château Haut-Marbuzet (France, Bordeaux, Médoc, St. Estèphe)

In tough meat vintages like 1988, no surprise that it was better on day 2. Let the tannins release their grip, let the acid start to resolve and here comes the fruit! Oddly, I think this applies to Burgundy as well as Bordeaux, although Burgundy is more likely to drop dead overnight. Dan Kravitz Da...
by Peter Metzger
June 23rd, 2018, 7:13 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: New York City Restaurants
Replies: 2492
Views: 154491

New York City Restaurants

ok so here goes... in a part of town i don't get to much any more and hit an old favorite fred's at barneys i know, not cool not any thing we really talk about here but still perfect salads, and the best spaghetti all'arrabiate i've ever had the crowd sucks the service is i guess the best they can ...
by Peter Metzger
June 13th, 2018, 12:00 pm
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: what is your favorite paris hotel-and why?
Replies: 18
Views: 1368

what is your favorite paris hotel-and why?

I've stayed at the Hotel d'Aubusson in the 6th a few times, although the rooms look like they've been somewhat modernized recently --- I guess it depends on taste, but in my mind, not necessarily for the better. http://www.hoteldaubusson.com/fr/
by Peter Metzger
June 11th, 2018, 1:02 pm
Forum: Commerce Corner - Wine Classifieds
Topic: Chateauneuf-du-Pape for Sale
Replies: 1
Views: 593

Chateauneuf-du-Pape for Sale

I have 5 bottles of Chateauneuf-du-Pape for sale. Stored in temperature controlled refrigerator since purchase. 1990 Chat Beaucastel - one bottle - $195 2001 Chat Beaucastel - two bottles - $85 each 1998 Pierre Usseglio & Fils Cuvée de mon Aïeul - two bottles - $115 each Would sell all 5 for $575. P...
by Peter Metzger
June 5th, 2018, 2:21 pm
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Looking for Simple and Direct Way to Get from Heathrow to London
Replies: 24
Views: 768

Looking for Simple and Direct Way to Get from Heathrow to London

I’m in a car service car on the way to Heathrow as I write this. I tip 10-15% on the fixed fare, maybe more, depending on wait times. On the way over, AA and BA lost our bags and it took quite some time to sort it out. Tipped the driver extra for the wait time. Thank you Mark. I generally don’t tip...
by Peter Metzger
June 5th, 2018, 2:17 pm
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Looking for Simple and Direct Way to Get from Heathrow to London
Replies: 24
Views: 768

Looking for Simple and Direct Way to Get from Heathrow to London

dbailey wrote:I tip cabbies but not fixed fare drivers here. Sub £50 is very cheap vs a cab or add lee.
Thanks Dan - when you say “here,” are you from London?
by Peter Metzger
June 5th, 2018, 10:34 am
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Looking for Simple and Direct Way to Get from Heathrow to London
Replies: 24
Views: 768

Looking for Simple and Direct Way to Get from Heathrow to London

So it looks like I'll take some type of car service. The Heathrow Express to Paddington is about 50£ for two, plus wait time, plus a cab from Paddington to the hotel, plus more inconvenient, so that's likely a no go. Blackberrys Car Service appears to be about 39£ plus tip [add a tip?] - possibility...
by Peter Metzger
June 5th, 2018, 5:16 am
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Looking for Simple and Direct Way to Get from Heathrow to London
Replies: 24
Views: 768

Looking for Simple and Direct Way to Get from Heathrow to London

jdietz wrote:Why not the Tube? If you each have only one suitcase, you can get pretty much anywhere. And, then, if need be, a cab. We've done it with kids.
Been there, done that. I suppose it depends on your definition of “suitcase.” And there are two of us, each with a suitcase and carry on. No thanks.
by Peter Metzger
June 4th, 2018, 6:46 pm
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Looking for Simple and Direct Way to Get from Heathrow to London
Replies: 24
Views: 768

Looking for Simple and Direct Way to Get from Heathrow to London

Thanks Tom. Didn’t think I could get from Heathrow to London via Google. And 30 seconds is much faster than I thought possible! champagne.gif More seriously are you familiar with that taxi service?
by Peter Metzger
June 4th, 2018, 5:03 pm
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Looking for Simple and Direct Way to Get from Heathrow to London
Replies: 24
Views: 768

Looking for Simple and Direct Way to Get from Heathrow to London

Thanks. Anyone know the cost of a private car service or taxi?
by Peter Metzger
June 4th, 2018, 2:52 pm
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Looking for Simple and Direct Way to Get from Heathrow to London
Replies: 24
Views: 768

Looking for Simple and Direct Way to Get from Heathrow to London

Will be in London the end of July. Wife and I will have suitcases. Looking for direct transportation that's not too outrageously priced. Private car service? All suggestions welcome.

Thanks.

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