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by Ryan Kilkenney
August 6th, 2020, 5:25 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Not enjoying wine at the moment.
Replies: 51
Views: 2277

Re: Not enjoying wine at the moment.

Maybe it is just me, but I am not having any fun or enjoyment from wine right now. I have taste and am not ill, just not getting pleasure. Pretty sure that it is my stress level and or a bit of depression. When a glass of Ultramarines Rose doesn’t do it, it is probably time to take a break. Anyone ...
by Ryan Kilkenney
July 28th, 2020, 2:15 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Chicago classic: Italian beef sandwich, with giardiniera
Replies: 20
Views: 894

Re: Chicago classic: Italian beef sandwich, with giardiniera

Luke’s was my go-to when I worked in the Loop. Johnnie’s was great the one time I went, but maybe not worth the extra effort when Portillo’s is so convenient.
by Ryan Kilkenney
July 28th, 2020, 12:05 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Chicago Restaurant Thread
Replies: 810
Views: 43369

Re: Chicago Restaurant Thread

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/07/28/dini ... virus.html

Anyone have tickets? I'm still on the sidelines, hoping it's still around next year.
by Ryan Kilkenney
July 14th, 2020, 9:33 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Chicago Restaurant Thread
Replies: 810
Views: 43369

Re: Chicago Restaurant Thread

Band of Bohemia Michelin-starred brewpub temporarily closes amid employee complaints and a restaurant industry reckoning Michelin-starred restaurant Band of Bohemia has temporarily closed its doors and issued a public apology after online accusations of fostering a hostile workplace and mismanageme...
by Ryan Kilkenney
June 30th, 2020, 6:26 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Chicago Restaurant Thread
Replies: 810
Views: 43369

Re: Chicago Restaurant Thread

I moved to Chicago in 2002. Coming from Ohio, the restaurants all seemed sophisticated. But looking back it’s hard to remember most of them. There was Trotter’s, Ambria, and Everest in the jacket-required category. Blackbird seemed to be in a category by itself. Sad.
by Ryan Kilkenney
June 27th, 2020, 6:19 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Chicago Restaurant Thread
Replies: 810
Views: 43369

Re: Chicago Restaurant Thread

George Hejna wrote:
June 26th, 2020, 4:15 pm
Love Butcher and Larder.

I know the Alinea meal is rain or shine. I want to know what they do if it is 90 degrees?

George
Good point. It would be a bummer if the edible balloon melted on its way to your table.
by Ryan Kilkenney
June 26th, 2020, 11:31 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Chicago Restaurant Thread
Replies: 810
Views: 43369

Re: Chicago Restaurant Thread

Rain or shine according to Tock. I'm also interested to see, come fall, whether restaurants will manage to extend outdoor dining into the colder months.
by Ryan Kilkenney
June 25th, 2020, 9:31 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Chicago Restaurant Thread
Replies: 810
Views: 43369

Re: Chicago Restaurant Thread

I’m staying out of restaurants for the time being. For one thing, I have a 3-year old who isn’t mature enough yet to comply with social distancing guidelines. So, a family meal would be stressful, at best. And as for going out with friends, I’d need to wade back into the babysitting pool, get in an ...
by Ryan Kilkenney
June 11th, 2020, 6:15 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: The Bourbon Thread
Replies: 3691
Views: 207196

Re: The Bourbon Thread

Andrew Kotowski wrote:
June 10th, 2020, 9:37 pm
Four Roses 2019 Limited Edition - looks like it’s spectacular, MSRP at $140. Found it at a shop, but at $399. Way overpriced, or is that reasonable for secondary market?
Prior releases have been in that range and a bit higher. I’d say you got a fair deal.
by Ryan Kilkenney
June 4th, 2020, 3:07 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: The Cocktail Thread
Replies: 561
Views: 48411

Re: The Cocktail Thread

* You don't need all the fuss of making simple syrup or buying superfine sugar. Just blend sugar away in your blender until it becomes a fine powder. This is all superfine sugar really is and it dissolves instantly in a shaker. You can substitute in the superfine sugar instead of simple syrup by us...
by Ryan Kilkenney
May 12th, 2020, 8:09 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Chicago Restaurant Thread
Replies: 810
Views: 43369

Re: Chicago Restaurant Thread

Corey N. wrote:
May 12th, 2020, 7:54 am
Anyone who has had the Alinea anniversary meal, what did you drink with it?
Diet Coke. If I had been drinking wine that night, I would have gone with champagne. The only traditionally red-paired dish, the short rib and mashed potatoes, is sweet (root beer and vanilla).
by Ryan Kilkenney
May 2nd, 2020, 5:13 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: The Bourbon Thread
Replies: 3691
Views: 207196

Re: The Bourbon Thread

Recovering today from having a friend/client over yesterday for a social distancing lunch. Sushi, sake and champagne morphed into afternoon happy hour, then an evening dinner of homemade dumplings. Finished up by dipping into the stash of dusties, which was a very enjoyable first experience for my ...
by Ryan Kilkenney
May 1st, 2020, 8:28 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Producers you wish you had more of
Replies: 66
Views: 3090

Re: Producers you wish you had more of

In the if-I-had-known-then vein, I wish I had more Allemand and Clos Rougard. Prices had just started to rise when I tasted them and I concluded that I’d missed the boat. In fact the engines had started but it hadn’t left the dock. Oh well. Also, I should have signed up for Monte Bello futures a dec...
by Ryan Kilkenney
April 29th, 2020, 8:52 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What bottle of wine did you open today?
Replies: 12177
Views: 456261

Re: What bottle of wine did you open today?

2008 Arcadian Francesca Pinot Noir. I liked it yesterday, I love it tonight. Dark cherry cola notes and refreshing acidity.
by Ryan Kilkenney
April 28th, 2020, 1:36 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Chicago Restaurant Thread
Replies: 810
Views: 43369

Re: Chicago Restaurant Thread

I ordered it for Friday - excited to try something more ambitious. Does anyone know how they package the wine pairings? I’m curious, but not curious enough to order
by Ryan Kilkenney
April 25th, 2020, 8:41 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: Clear Ice
Replies: 38
Views: 2137

Re: Clear Ice

I have this at home when I want to make a cocktail. Works pretty well. There’s tons of these on Amazon and they are all the same. Probably all made in the same factory in China. https://www.amazon.com/Crystal-Clear-Ice-Ball-Maker/dp/B0713SZD2Y?ref_=ast_bbp_dp I had a similar contraption purchased t...
by Ryan Kilkenney
April 25th, 2020, 8:25 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Chicago Restaurant Thread
Replies: 810
Views: 43369

Re: Chicago Restaurant Thread

We ordered Acadia earlier this week. The seafood stew is the best thing I've eaten during the lockdown.
by Ryan Kilkenney
April 19th, 2020, 1:20 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Chicago Restaurant Thread
Replies: 810
Views: 43369

Re: Chicago Restaurant Thread

I thought the duck was good, not great. In retrospect, I would have cut the duck off the bone and reheated the entire dish in a skillet with duck fat. It dried out a bit in the oven.
by Ryan Kilkenney
April 13th, 2020, 8:01 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: The Cocktail Thread
Replies: 561
Views: 48411

Re: The Cocktail Thread

What is the correct ratio for ingredients in an Aviation? The few recipes I've found online have varied quite a bit on the amount of maraschino liqueur and creme de violette/Yvette, and the ones I've made at home so far don't taste like the ones I have had at restaurants. I've used both Plymouth Gi...
by Ryan Kilkenney
April 11th, 2020, 5:19 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: The Cocktail Thread
Replies: 561
Views: 48411

Re: The Cocktail Thread

I made this the other night, it was excellent. A "navy strength" gin would make it even better (I used Beefeater).

https://www.diffordsguide.com/cocktails ... rds-recipe
by Ryan Kilkenney
April 11th, 2020, 10:40 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Facebook "10 things others like but I don't" challenge - adult beverage version
Replies: 143
Views: 4005

Re: Facebook "10 things others like but I don't" challenge - adult beverage version

Vodka
Sherry
Scotch
Red burgundy
“House” cocktails (I’ve had good ones, of course, but I generally steer clear of a restaurant’s “house” cocktails)
Flavored whiskeys (e.g., Fireball)
Orange wines
Very ripe red wines
Barleywines and their ilk
by Ryan Kilkenney
April 10th, 2020, 2:34 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Chicago Restaurant Thread
Replies: 810
Views: 43369

Re: Chicago Restaurant Thread

Anyone got quarantine takeout recommendations? We’ve liked Wherewithal and Galit. Alinea was good, too.
by Ryan Kilkenney
April 4th, 2020, 5:35 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What SHIPMENT did you receive today?
Replies: 515
Views: 24953

Re: What SHIPMENT did you receive today?

Robert.A.Jr. wrote:
June 21st, 2017, 5:01 pm
They are paid obscene amounts of money to shadow us around. Get a dog instead. We do have some sharp ones, however.
Best job I ever had.
by Ryan Kilkenney
March 31st, 2020, 8:51 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: COVID19 wine consumption
Replies: 73
Views: 3300

Re: COVID19 wine consumption

My consumption is up. I don’t usually drink during the week, but it’s a nice way to mark the end of the day when it all feels like one long Monday.
by Ryan Kilkenney
January 27th, 2020, 8:38 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: The Bourbon Thread
Replies: 3691
Views: 207196

Re: The Bourbon Thread

I picked up a couple of bottles of Stagg Jr the other day @ 132.3 proof. So I can handle the rough stuff when necessary. The 1920 is readily available locally but the 1910 has dried up. Heat is a very personal thing. I bought Stagg Jr. when it was first introduced and it tasted like jet fuel to me....
by Ryan Kilkenney
December 21st, 2019, 7:50 am
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: The Bourbon Thread
Replies: 3691
Views: 207196

Re: The Bourbon Thread

That seems short to me. My rule of thumb is to drink within a year. I think it depends on how much volume you take out. I have had bottles that have been open for years that have been drinking well. I learned that lesson with a bottle of Pappy 23 a few years ago ($200? - it seemed extravagant at th...
by Ryan Kilkenney
December 20th, 2019, 3:00 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: The Bourbon Thread
Replies: 3691
Views: 207196

Re: The Bourbon Thread

That seems short to me. My rule of thumb is to drink within a year.
by Ryan Kilkenney
December 13th, 2019, 7:22 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: The Bourbon Thread
Replies: 3691
Views: 207196

Re: The Bourbon Thread

The big gets are Stagg (my favorite among the bunch), Van Winkle, Thomas Handy (rye), and Elijah Craig 18. Weller 12 is very good and would good get at retail price.
by Ryan Kilkenney
December 1st, 2019, 4:13 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: The Bourbon Thread
Replies: 3691
Views: 207196

Re: The Bourbon Thread

Purchased at a local store, but definitely NOT for retail prices. A splurge for the holidays.
by Ryan Kilkenney
October 30th, 2019, 7:06 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Chicago Restaurant Thread
Replies: 810
Views: 43369

Re: Chicago Restaurant Thread

Another vote for Cherry Circle Room.
by Ryan Kilkenney
October 25th, 2019, 2:17 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Chicago Restaurant Thread
Replies: 810
Views: 43369

Re: Chicago Restaurant Thread

Saw this on Facebook Starting Friday, November 1, join Dutch & Doc's for their Balena pop-up, which will feature a menu of Balena favorites like the tagliolini nero with crab and sea urchin. You won't want to miss it! Make your reservation ASAP before availability is gone. #DutchandDocs 73209656_27...
by Ryan Kilkenney
October 23rd, 2019, 2:12 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Chicago Restaurant Thread
Replies: 810
Views: 43369

Re: Chicago Restaurant Thread

Not that I hadn’t already sworn I’d never go to this guy’s restaurant, I guess this is a helpful reminder why. Absolute garbage.
by Ryan Kilkenney
October 12th, 2019, 10:51 am
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: The Bourbon Thread
Replies: 3691
Views: 207196

Re: The Bourbon Thread

Crazy, we sell these for $35 and $25 respectively so definitely retail taking people to the hoop. I've paid pretty big premiums for my favorite bourbons (George T. Stagg, Four Roses LE). And other favorites are now more than I'm willing to spend (Pappy 20, Eagle Rare 17, William Larue). On principl...
by Ryan Kilkenney
October 12th, 2019, 10:08 am
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: The Bourbon Thread
Replies: 3691
Views: 207196

Re: The Bourbon Thread

I agree re Weller CYPB. Even the Special Reserve is starting to fetch inflated prices. The market is way overheated. Crazy, we sell these for $35 and $25 respectively so definitely retail taking people to the hoop. I've paid pretty big premiums for my favorite bourbons (George T. Stagg, Four Roses ...
by Ryan Kilkenney
October 9th, 2019, 6:38 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: The Bourbon Thread
Replies: 3691
Views: 207196

Re: The Bourbon Thread

I agree re Weller CYPB. Even the Special Reserve is starting to fetch inflated prices. The market is way overheated.
by Ryan Kilkenney
September 6th, 2019, 10:26 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What bottle of wine did you open today?
Replies: 12177
Views: 456261

Re: What bottle of wine did you open today?

2016 Tenuta delle Terre Nere Calderara Sottana.
by Ryan Kilkenney
July 26th, 2019, 4:33 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wines of Etna
Replies: 58
Views: 4718

Re: Wines of Etna

I was in Eataly yesterday and used this thread as a shopping list. I opened the Graci Etna Rosso with dinner - good stuff. Thanks everyone.
by Ryan Kilkenney
July 21st, 2019, 7:58 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2018 Arcadian Theresa-Noelle Rose of Pinot
Replies: 9
Views: 1001

Re: TN: 2018 Arcadian Theresa-Noelle Rose of Pinot

I’m a “Grand Cru Society” member, but I didn’t hear about this release. The website is likewise mum. What am I missing?
by Ryan Kilkenney
July 19th, 2019, 8:49 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: The Bourbon Thread
Replies: 3691
Views: 207196

Re: The Bourbon Thread

Drinking a barrel select Four Roses from Warehouse Liquors (Chicago). I think Four Roses single barrels may be the best deal going in bourbon right now. For my palate, which runs a little hot these days, only Bookers comes close.
by Ryan Kilkenney
July 17th, 2019, 7:12 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Stranded on a deserted island - 1 wine, 1 beer, 1 spirit
Replies: 87
Views: 3257

Re: Stranded on a deserted island - 1 wine, 1 beer, 1 spirit

Ridge Monte Bello
RRBC Supplication
George T. Stagg
by Ryan Kilkenney
July 17th, 2019, 6:47 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: The Bourbon Thread
Replies: 3691
Views: 207196

Re: The Bourbon Thread

Interesting story: https://www.msn.com/en-us/foodanddrink/beverages/uncle-nearest-honors-slave-who-taught-jack-daniel-to-make-whiskey/ar-AAEeJ3X?li=BBnb7Kw Funny, I’m sitting here with a copy of “Bourbon +” magazine (impulse purchase at the grocery store), and Uncle Nearest is the cover story. “Map...
by Ryan Kilkenney
June 29th, 2019, 3:31 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Friday Poll time, $1000 to spend
Replies: 90
Views: 3148

Re: Friday Poll time, $1000 to spend

If it has to be a single bottle, I'm going for the hard stuff. A bottle of Pappy or other high end whiskey can be opened and enjoyed for years afterwards, and has like 15 full sized servings in it. that would definitely make it my choice as a way to splurge on a single bottle. Showing my ignorance ...
by Ryan Kilkenney
June 27th, 2019, 7:32 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: It`s time for Rosé - summertime and the living is easy
Replies: 20
Views: 1737

Re: It`s time for Rosé - summertime and the living is easy

I don’t believe I’ve had a white wine I consider “refreshing” on a hot day. When I drink white wine, it’s because the food I’m eating calls for it. I reach for rosé when the weather calls for it. That said, my rosé palate is pretty specific (Bandol, preferably Domaine Tempier). If the rosé on offer ...
by Ryan Kilkenney
June 23rd, 2019, 5:23 pm
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: One night in NY
Replies: 5
Views: 2755

Re: One night in NY

Thanks Jim. Had a good meal at db after the show.
by Ryan Kilkenney
June 19th, 2019, 8:29 am
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: One night in NY
Replies: 5
Views: 2755

One night in NY

I’m flying into (and out of) New York this Sunday to see The Ferryman at the Jacobs Theater (242 W 45th St). I’ll have time for dinner after the matinee before heading to the airport. Any restaurant recommendations in the vicinity of the theater? Thanks.
by Ryan Kilkenney
April 18th, 2019, 8:20 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Why is the level of fervor is uneven: old world versus new world palates...
Replies: 161
Views: 5308

Re: Why is the level of fervor is uneven: old world versus new world palates...

I, too, notice the inequal derision noted by the OP. I believe the Old World crowd is **generally** snobbier and more condescending than is the New World crowd. I will never understand why some folks harang others for different wine preferences. I have the same sense and I tend to attribute it to t...
by Ryan Kilkenney
April 13th, 2019, 6:58 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Best Steak butcher in Chicago
Replies: 18
Views: 939

Re: Best Steak butcher in Chicago

IMHO the only game in town is Eataly. The others are interesting and despite credentials I’ve never had a mind blowing steak from PQM—always disappointed. Paulina is great for sausages and they are real butchers but their meat is Choice. So for me it’s Eataly or ordering via fed ex. They have prime...
by Ryan Kilkenney
April 4th, 2019, 9:25 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Envoyer Thread #2: Everything else
Replies: 1448
Views: 86879

Re: Envoyer Thread #2: Everything else

Is Envoyer more than this: Flickinger - 2015 Reynard, 12x for $6,628.99? I’ve been out of the game for awhile and thought this was a typo.
by Ryan Kilkenney
February 25th, 2017, 3:51 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: Pseudo Sue in IL
Replies: 6
Views: 752

Pseudo Sue in IL

Prior to its arrival in Chicago I had only had it once. The cans I've had recently are comparable to what I remember.
by Ryan Kilkenney
February 25th, 2017, 3:48 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: Malört
Replies: 17
Views: 998

Malört

My neighbor is a fan, so he occasionally brings it out for the curious. I don't like it, but I don't find it as egregious as some do.

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