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by David Wright
December 9th, 2019, 9:53 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Pizzeria Bianco in Phoenix? Is that that good?
Replies: 16
Views: 912

Re: Pizzeria Bianco in Phoenix? Is that that good?

The have a 2nd location north of Downtown. I visit every time I'm in Phoenix but last July my sister was concerned about crowds and parking because there was a baseball game happening at the time, and we found the uptown to have equivalent quality and zero wait. That would be the Town & Country loc...
by David Wright
November 23rd, 2019, 11:02 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: best easy mashed potatoes recipe?
Replies: 32
Views: 1037

Re: best easy mashed potatoes recipe?

A ricer or food mill makes a huge difference in the texture. Over mashing or whipping will produce gluey, heavy puree. ^ This. Yes. I use a ricer like the one pictured below. You simply put cooked, quartered potatoes into the hopper -- skins and all -- close the handle, then pull the leftover skins...
by David Wright
October 5th, 2019, 3:26 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Mountain Lions
Replies: 34
Views: 2605

Re: Mountain Lions

They [mountain lions] are closely related to house cats- the largest in the genus Felix in the world so are not truly lions. [. . .] Cougars/mountain lions are not particularly closely related to the domestic cat. Once upon a time, all cats big and small, were lumped together in the genus Feli s . ...
by David Wright
October 3rd, 2019, 9:06 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Give CO wine a taste...
Replies: 148
Views: 6170

Re: Give CO wine a taste...

Scanning the list of wines, I did a doubletake after seeing BookCliff -- Book Cliff is a famous geology locality in western CO. I might guess that one or more of the principals is a geologist. Anyhow, if the BookCliff wines are not already spoken for, my wife and I would be happy to try them with su...
by David Wright
October 2nd, 2019, 10:51 am
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: VACATION FROM IT ALL
Replies: 20
Views: 1367

Re: VACATION FROM IT ALL

What is the world coming to? I just googled “Argentinian tail” and got nothing but horses and lobsters.
by David Wright
September 30th, 2019, 11:55 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: 50 Top Pizzeria Europe and North America
Replies: 14
Views: 1346

Re: 50 Top Pizzeria Europe and North America

I see that Pizzeria Bianco is #2. Here is an article about pizza in Phoenix that has a bit about Chris Bianco’s approach to making it (he mills his own flour, for one thing). https://www.phoenixnewtimes.com/restaurants/phoenix-food-news-pizza-rising-chris-bianco-myke-olsen-pomo-cibo-lamp-11213501 Bi...
by David Wright
September 23rd, 2019, 11:05 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: A Fall Horror Story: Carbonation in.....Zinfandel?!!!!
Replies: 26
Views: 1360

Re: A Fall Horror Story: Carbonation in.....Zinfandel?!!!!

Years ago (late ‘80s) I had a Lytton Springs Winery (purple grape label) zin that was slightly effervescent. Decanted it and let it sit until the bubbles were gone. The wine was fine.
by David Wright
September 11th, 2019, 12:53 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Avocados. What a pain.
Replies: 36
Views: 2403

Re: Avocados. What a pain.

The Hass avocado hails from La Habra Heights We owe this culinary gift to the tinkering of a mailman named Rudolph Hass. Rudolph grew interested in the thick-skinned fruit after he saw a magazine ad with dollar bills growing on an avocado tree. He began purchasing seeds with the hope of launching a ...
by David Wright
September 7th, 2019, 8:00 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Avocados. What a pain.
Replies: 36
Views: 2403

Re: Avocados. What a pain.

I've had good luck lately with California avocados (Hass) from Costco. They come in a 5-pack, but keep reasonably well in the fridge.
by David Wright
August 3rd, 2019, 10:21 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Rhys fined $3.76M for illegally diverting water in Anderson Valley
Replies: 359
Views: 27634

Re: Rhys fined $3.76M for illegally diverting water in Anderson Valley

What a backpedaling wimp. Did you even read (and comprehend) what Bob Swain wrote?

(edit for typo)
by David Wright
July 22nd, 2019, 4:06 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: R.I.P. Alan Eden
Replies: 138
Views: 9979

Re: R.I.P. Alan Eden

Crap, not our only wild & crazy Welshman. He will be missed.
by David Wright
July 19th, 2019, 3:54 pm
Forum: Wine Pimps
Topic: Recommended retail store in or around Seattle, WA
Replies: 11
Views: 1712

Re: Recommended retail store in or around Seattle, WA

So, Brandon... University Wines used to be La Cantina (?). I stopped there regularly when I lived in Seattle (Wedgwood; early-mid 90s). A small but very good shop. The nearby Safeway (U Village) had a pretty decent wine section in those days as well.
by David Wright
July 7th, 2019, 1:48 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Is Avocado Toast just...avocado on toast?
Replies: 85
Views: 3774

Re: Is Avocado Toast just...avocado on toast?

My comment about "vegan avocados" was in response to Victor's disappointment in the spelling on the restaurant signboard... avacado

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by David Wright
July 4th, 2019, 10:05 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Favorite Waffle Iron ?
Replies: 14
Views: 2387

Re: Favorite Waffle Iron ?

Yes, the overnight yeasted batter is the way to go. Besides the superior flavor, there is no mixing of ingredients in the morning... just pull it from the fridge and go. We use a Waring Belgian flipper model (Costco, iirc). The waffles freeze OK too.
by David Wright
July 1st, 2019, 9:41 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: What meals did you grow up on
Replies: 72
Views: 4029

Re: What meals did you grow up on

Porcupine meatballs
by David Wright
June 30th, 2019, 11:50 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: books ?
Replies: 21
Views: 1343

Re: books ?

Adventures on the Wine Route -- Kermit Lynch.
by David Wright
June 16th, 2019, 3:01 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Tobin James California Champagne? How?
Replies: 5
Views: 613

Re: Tobin James California Champagne? How?

Here's an article about the situatiuon: With wine production soaring, and American wine consumption rising, California Champagne was once again enraging winemakers in France. In 1983, the European Commission (the EU’s executive) and the United States opened up trade talks on wine. The Comite Interpr...
by David Wright
June 12th, 2019, 9:14 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 1100AD <- Savagnin Blanc
Replies: 17
Views: 896

Re: 1100AD <- Savagnin Blanc

Touché. I would guess that the reason you lean toward *millennia* is because it sounds right. That is by far the most common plural form, in my experience.
by David Wright
June 12th, 2019, 8:37 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 1100AD <- Savagnin Blanc
Replies: 17
Views: 896

Re: 1100AD <- Savagnin Blanc

Sounds like a newfangled dumbing-down. At any rate, I don't think it is a long-established standard at NYT. In fact, here is an article from two days ago that uses millennia . https://www.nytimes.com/2019/06/09/dining/what-to-cook-this-week.html Good catch! But it's not newfangled or dumbing down. ...
by David Wright
June 11th, 2019, 11:25 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 1100AD <- Savagnin Blanc
Replies: 17
Views: 896

Re: 1100AD <- Savagnin Blanc

Sounds like a newfangled dumbing-down. At any rate, I don't think it is a long-established standard at NYT. In fact, here is an article from two days ago that uses millennia.

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/06/09/dini ... -week.html
by David Wright
June 11th, 2019, 10:48 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 1100AD <- Savagnin Blanc
Replies: 17
Views: 896

Re: 1100AD <- Savagnin Blanc

Cool story, but "millenniums"? Oh well, at least it wasn't "millennium's."
by David Wright
June 8th, 2019, 10:50 pm
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: 2019 West Coast Weather Thread
Replies: 552
Views: 31879

Re: 2019 West Coast Weather Thread

Casey asked me to post this photo of grape flowers that I labeled to help folks understand what's going on. (I posted it a couple of days ago on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter so you may have seen it there.) Flowering.JPG Nice, clear diagram. Can't help but wonder -- who are the pollinators of the...
by David Wright
June 6th, 2019, 5:15 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: In'n'Out Burger Fries
Replies: 57
Views: 4434

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.

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by David Wright
May 23rd, 2019, 12:30 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Inexpensive coffee grinders?
Replies: 103
Views: 5629

Re: Inexpensive coffee grinders?

The encore (along with other baratzas) has parts that eventually wear out, but they can be replaced. How-tos and parts on their website.
by David Wright
May 20th, 2019, 1:40 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Morgan’s Shirt??
Replies: 22
Views: 2037

Re: Morgan’s Shirt??

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by David Wright
May 19th, 2019, 9:46 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Official Costco Thread
Replies: 1662
Views: 198665

Re: Official Costco Thread

Arv R wrote:
May 18th, 2019, 4:56 pm
Of course in Pelosi-land we got both kinds of taxes - income and sales!
What does Pelosi have to do with state taxes? Your red hat is showing
by David Wright
May 17th, 2019, 9:56 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Tipping your Host on a Paid Tasting
Replies: 44
Views: 2632

Re: Tipping your Host on a Paid Tasting

Do you live in a socialist country? Do you need a tip every time you do your job? [snort.gif]
by David Wright
May 16th, 2019, 5:31 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Robert Parker retires
Replies: 125
Views: 8028

Re: Robert Parker retires

I recall seeing a tiny ad about the WA in 1987... "write for a free sample issue" (still have it somewhere). I subscribed for a few years, bought a few of his books, and learned a lot from him. Three cheers for RP! Here is a good article about him from last year https://www.baltimoremagazine.com/201...
by David Wright
April 21st, 2019, 10:01 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Dinner wine for tonight: 1959 La Mission Haut Brion
Replies: 46
Views: 2165

Re: Dinner wine for tonight: 1959 La Mission Haut Brion

Condolences, Victor.

Take comfort in knowing that you did your father proud.
by David Wright
April 21st, 2019, 9:53 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Odd recent palate sensation
Replies: 13
Views: 1008

Re: Odd recent palate sensation

And not to be too mystical, but part of it may be your emotional state. Sometimes the world just sucks and you're disgusted with everything in it. I've had a few issues recently and they have definitely lessened my enjoyment of wine and a few other things. If that's the case, it will pass. This -- ...
by David Wright
April 18th, 2019, 9:04 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Official Costco Thread
Replies: 1662
Views: 198665

Re: Official Costco Thread

Nick, please post the item number when you get a chance. Otto, just curious as to what the item number gives you? I have seen this type of request before on this thread. What should I know? Thanks. -Jim If you have the item number you can call and they'll do a "nearby store inventory" check for you...
by David Wright
April 18th, 2019, 5:46 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Bordeaux warehouse fire
Replies: 5
Views: 730

Re: Bordeaux warehouse fire

Apparently so. This might make for painful reading for any wine lovers out there. A total of 60 firefighters were sent out to try and stop the warehouse blaze in Carbon-Blanc in the suburbs of Bordeaux. But despite staying for hours to make sure the fire did not break out again, a significant part o...
by David Wright
April 9th, 2019, 9:08 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Uuni2 - new pizza oven in town!
Replies: 31
Views: 2247

Re: Uuni2 - new pizza oven in town!

They have an LP gas verion of this now. Quoted temp is 932F/500C. Anyone here tried it?
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They also have a gas burner for the uuni 3.
https://ooni.com/
by David Wright
March 27th, 2019, 9:36 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Stuck Cork in Sparkling Wine
Replies: 27
Views: 1344

Re: Stuck Cork in Sparkling Wine

With the neck of the bottle facing away from you (and anyone else), grab the cork with a pair of pliers and gently twist the bottle to loosen the cork.
by David Wright
February 13th, 2019, 4:52 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: L.A. Times Fast Food French Fry Rankings
Replies: 18
Views: 957

Re: L.A. Times Fast Food French Fry Rankings

Steak & Shake back east is good for fries. McDonald's used to be good, before they switched from beef tallow to vegetable oil (ca. 1990, before we knew that trans-fats are worse than other saturated fats). Some brave chain should go back to beef tallow for fries. This article has a bit about the his...
by David Wright
January 17th, 2019, 4:57 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Interesting sticker - your thoughts?
Replies: 36
Views: 1234

Re: Interesting sticker - your thoughts?

And before that, T&V was Big Y Wines in Northhampton. I think the (very large) wine section was kept in the 50s... a good place to shop on a warm summer day.
by David Wright
December 30th, 2018, 9:50 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: New Yorker article on supertasters
Replies: 7
Views: 1516

Re: New Yorker article on supertasters

That New Yorker article is only a year old, but whether being a "supertaster" is good or bad thing when it comes to wine is a question that has been batted around for more than a decade -- for example:
https://www.sfgate.com/wine/article/Sti ... 482873.php
by David Wright
December 30th, 2018, 4:28 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Coffee Roasting Question
Replies: 102
Views: 5427

Re: Coffee Roasting Question

My protocol is similar to Alan's... start the roast, set a timer to be in front of roaster to monitor first crack, then cool the beans. A few minutes of hands-on time 2-3 times a week yields a steady supply of fresh coffee, roasted the way I like (usually City/City+; the darkest I go is Full City). ...
by David Wright
December 4th, 2018, 3:06 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Biscuits
Replies: 34
Views: 1473

Re: Biscuits

According to this guy, you can mix cake flour (low protein) with AP flour to approximate White Lily.

https://www.southernkitchen.com/article ... lily-flour
by David Wright
November 21st, 2018, 10:31 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: The best fast food burger I never heard of
Replies: 47
Views: 2288

Re: The best fast food burger I never heard of

I noticed a Habit near the REI here. Will have to give it a try. How are the fries (and the tempura green beans, for that matter)?
by David Wright
November 9th, 2018, 9:37 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: 3qt or 4q saute pan?
Replies: 8
Views: 628

Re: 3qt or 4q saute pan?

For anyone else who comes across this thread, the 6 qt is the perfect size for browning two packages of chicken thighs (ie 8 thighs). We have the MC2 and the heat distribution is excellent with even browning even over the areas that extend past the flame. Also great for large batches of caramelized...
by David Wright
November 8th, 2018, 9:16 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: 3qt or 4q saute pan?
Replies: 8
Views: 628

Re: 3qt or 4q saute pan?

I have some of these. The 3qt Master Chef saute is 11.1" in diameter, about 2.7" high. The 6qt MC is 13.5" diameter and about the same height. I believe the 4qt is the same diameter as the 3qt but a third higher. They use standard diameters so the lids are interchangable. The 3qt is a workhorse in o...
by David Wright
November 5th, 2018, 10:29 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Jamon Serrano from Costco?
Replies: 40
Views: 13542

Re: Jamon Serrano from Costco?

Ugh. We need Country Of Origin Labeling.
by David Wright
October 11th, 2018, 9:39 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 750Daily: Science Behind Wineglass Shape
Replies: 25
Views: 946

Re: Baloney...

It's an astute and wise observation Mike. In my defense, weak though it may be, I did drive through Kansas once and I thought I felt a slight elevation on one road, although to be sure, that may have been wishful thinking. Baloney, Greg....Kansas is not nearly as flat as Iowa/Nebraska/Oklahoma and ...
by David Wright
September 18th, 2018, 9:06 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Poll: Pourover Coffee
Replies: 15
Views: 847

Re: Poll: Pourover Coffee

You can make pourover as strong/concentrated as you like. Mine is not watery. I use 48g of ground coffee to make 320ml liquid.
by David Wright
August 31st, 2018, 10:23 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Zero tolerance: no safe level of alcohol, study says
Replies: 70
Views: 3254

Re: Zero tolerance: no safe level of alcohol, study says

Discussion of some of the problems with interpretation of data in that study. Is one drink per day really unsafe? That new alcohol study, explained. A Lancet study shows everything that’s wrong with nutritional epidemiology, and the way we talk about it. https://www.vox.com/science-and-health/2018/8...
by David Wright
August 7th, 2018, 10:52 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Duke’s Mayonnaise??
Replies: 17
Views: 893

Duke’s Mayonnaise??

We used it back east, but have never found it in the west (including Safeway, etc.). Amazon works, or you can order directly from Duke's (Sauer): https://www.dukesmayo.com/product/real-mayonnaise/

We will order from them again in the fall (when it is safe to ship...)
by David Wright
August 2nd, 2018, 10:30 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: A New Wine Castle in Napa
Replies: 17
Views: 1259

A New Wine Castle in Napa

The crenellations are the most important part of this sort of thing and freakin’ nobody ever gets them right. Thumbs down! And the proportions are all wrong. If they wanted a simple tower castle, they should have gone with something like this: https://i.pinimg.com/originals/71/88/c5/7188c54ddaee216...
by David Wright
July 29th, 2018, 11:58 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Greatest outdoor wine "glass" of all time.
Replies: 51
Views: 2464

Greatest outdoor wine "glass" of all time.

Bob G a y n o r wrote:Thoughts on steel affecting taste of wine?
+1

I don't consume enough Chardonnay (not that there's anything wrong with that) to relish added steely taste

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