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by Chris Blum
March 18th, 2020, 9:54 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Quarantine Recipes - share some favorites!
Replies: 58
Views: 1599

Re: Quarantine Recipes - share some favorites!

Risotto with little smoked bay scallops from the freezer (Simple yet Died and went to heaven good)

Pizza in a cast iron pan (similar to victor above, but here’s a linky... )
by Chris Blum
March 11th, 2020, 7:24 am
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: Looking for Used Acacia Barrels
Replies: 3
Views: 225

Re: Looking for Used Acacia Barrels

I’m curious... wouldn’t this add a really resin-y sharp note?
by Chris Blum
March 8th, 2020, 9:21 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Oyster knife
Replies: 5
Views: 368

Re: Oyster knife

Yeah, I never knew I needed it until I had it. [snort.gif]
by Chris Blum
March 8th, 2020, 7:06 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Oyster knife
Replies: 5
Views: 368

Oyster knife

I was a bit skeptical that an oyster knife could be improved upon, but after using it last night I’m impressed. The ergonomic handle allows better control and more security. And the slight curve at the end of the blade is better for separating. https://toadfishoutfitters.com/collections/coastal-kitc...
by Chris Blum
March 2nd, 2020, 9:25 am
Forum: Offline Planner
Topic: Pittsburgh OL?
Replies: 5
Views: 247

Re: Pittsburgh OL?

Bump
by Chris Blum
February 27th, 2020, 1:13 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Envoyer is crushing it with Champagne these days
Replies: 1727
Views: 104112

Re: Envoyer is crushing it with Champagne these days

I grabbed 3. At that price point I figured it was worth a fling.
by Chris Blum
February 21st, 2020, 2:50 pm
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Croatia Recommendations?
Replies: 19
Views: 837

Re: Croatia Recommendations?

Rovinj is really cool, but it’s very well loved. Check crowds in June and possibly book early. That said; It’s pretty magical early AM and late at night.

Similar thoughts on Plitvice NP. Amazing, but get there early during the Summer tourist times.
by Chris Blum
February 20th, 2020, 4:28 pm
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Croatia Recommendations?
Replies: 19
Views: 837

Re: Croatia Recommendations?

No luck so far. I’ll keep searching cuz I’m a bit curious if I can locate it. It was an upstairs apt maybe 3-4 minutes uphill from the Pula gate. The are was great; quiet, great views, and reasonably priced. A quick search on TripAdvisor shows a ton of sobe/apartments that would fit your bill. I kin...
by Chris Blum
February 20th, 2020, 5:50 am
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Croatia Recommendations?
Replies: 19
Views: 837

Re: Croatia Recommendations?

I gotta be honest with you. I didn’t find anything particularly charming about Split. I couldn’t wait to hop a ferry to an island. In Dubrovnik, I think it’s totally worth the hassle and cost for sunset dinner at Panorama. I can’t remember the food, but the view is really great. We stayed at a priva...
by Chris Blum
February 11th, 2020, 6:45 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Short Ribs
Replies: 31
Views: 1411

Re: Short Ribs

I sear in a nonstick, do a 45/15 instant pot and then I roast in the oven for another 30-45 minutes. My go to is Guinness and beef stock for braising, skim the resulting fat, flavor with tomato paste and molasses. Thicken and use as your sauce. This time I did the sauce different... I used the brais...
by Chris Blum
February 10th, 2020, 7:19 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2014 Argyle Vintage Brut (USA, Oregon, Willamette Valley)
Replies: 18
Views: 830

Re: TN: 2014 Argyle Vintage Brut (USA, Oregon, Willamette Valley)

Yeah that $43 was an old sale and case price.
by Chris Blum
February 9th, 2020, 5:11 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2014 Argyle Vintage Brut (USA, Oregon, Willamette Valley)
Replies: 18
Views: 830

Re: TN: 2014 Argyle Vintage Brut (USA, Oregon, Willamette Valley)

So I have a contrary opinion. I've never had an experience with an Argyle wine that made me take notice of it. I have some friends that like the producer, so I see I've tried them quite a few timesI've liked the extended tirage the best, but for $70 you can buy champagne that will blow it out of th...
by Chris Blum
January 29th, 2020, 8:30 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Cellar Tracker notes - pet peeves
Replies: 194
Views: 6692

Re: Cellar Tracker notes - pet peeves

I *try* to give my provenance e.g. “PnP, passive cellar since direct purchase”, any food I’m drinking it with, a general idea of the style and where the wine is at. I used to be more into the geekier individual flavor notes, but I just don’t find that as helpful, (and it’s a bit of a wank). And yes,...
by Chris Blum
January 28th, 2020, 7:50 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: French Toast Anyone?
Replies: 27
Views: 1603

Re: French Toast Anyone?

I’ll put a plug in for Costco bread. Made some solid French toast today
by Chris Blum
January 23rd, 2020, 7:23 am
Forum: Commerce Corner - Wine Classifieds
Topic: FS in LA area: 2016 Napa Cab, 100pts
Replies: 10
Views: 1273

Re: FS in LA area: 2016 Napa Cab, 100pts

So wouldn’t that be 200 points?

Can I use the points to buy wine?
by Chris Blum
January 21st, 2020, 9:49 am
Forum: Wine 101: The Basics
Topic: Training palate - suggestions?
Replies: 3
Views: 731

Re: Training palate - suggestions?

Great Wine Made Simple is another good one, but the short answer is to drink wine
by Chris Blum
January 18th, 2020, 7:25 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: French Toast Anyone?
Replies: 27
Views: 1603

Re: French Toast Anyone?

We tend to use heavier breads and mix in cinnamon, apple or other breads a lot. Challah is good, but falls apart for me. (Maybe local bread is problem idk) Egg w a bit of milk, some vanilla and sometimes some cinnamon. Fry pretty slowly in butter so the “custard” in the middle sets up. We tried this...
by Chris Blum
January 10th, 2020, 9:10 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: "Traditional buns."
Replies: 12
Views: 1005

Re: "Traditional buns."

Speaking of old family recipes... Dad always used to make this dish: He’d take two pieces of bread and butter one side. : 7C8E434B-39A7-424B-B0BA-D0CFC20AED8D.jpeg : Then he’d put a slice of (unwrapped) kraft cheese in between and make like a layered thing, but here’s the catch...with the butter fac...
by Chris Blum
January 3rd, 2020, 9:09 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Psa: envoyer
Replies: 18
Views: 1249

Re: Psa: envoyer

Thanks!
by Chris Blum
January 2nd, 2020, 3:14 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Damn it; I like ketchup with my hot dog.
Replies: 78
Views: 2663

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

Yeah, the odd fake smoke flavor was... what’s the opposite of good?
by Chris Blum
January 1st, 2020, 7:43 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Damn it; I like ketchup with my hot dog.
Replies: 78
Views: 2663

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

No joke... dad grew up in the depression, so even when we got ahead he would still serve a half-assed soup made from the wiener water.

I think the ingredients were hot dog water and a bowl to serve it in.
by Chris Blum
December 31st, 2019, 10:45 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Damn it; I like ketchup with my hot dog.
Replies: 78
Views: 2663

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

I even put ketchup on my Chicago dogs.
by Chris Blum
December 31st, 2019, 10:20 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Could you have nailed this [sic] if you'd tasted it blind?
Replies: 10
Views: 1030

Re: Could you have nailed this [sic] if you'd tasted it blind?

I thought it tasted much more advanced.. I would have said 200 year old urine at least
by Chris Blum
December 28th, 2019, 9:50 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Envoyer is crushing it with Champagne these days
Replies: 1727
Views: 104112

Re: Envoyer is crushing it with Champagne these days

Anybody bite on the 2012 Pol Roger regular brut mags? I hit hard.
by Chris Blum
December 27th, 2019, 2:07 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Costco 12lb A5 Kuroge Wagyu Ribeye
Replies: 27
Views: 2392

Re: Costco 12lb A5 Kuroge Wagyu Ribeye

I feel dumb having given you advice after your report. It sounds pretty awesome.
by Chris Blum
December 27th, 2019, 2:06 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Grass fed???
Replies: 59
Views: 3252

Re: Grass fed???

I agree with the iron/copper/metal flavor descriptor for some boutique-y grass fed beef. Not as much as Wild venison (which oddly is mostly corn finished around here) but still. Our family hunted and dad was “frugal” so I grew up eating a lot of venison and kinda hated it. Maybe that’s where my gras...
by Chris Blum
December 27th, 2019, 11:31 am
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: Pretty good Christmas tap list
Replies: 9
Views: 1003

Re: Pretty good Christmas tap list

John does a pretty great job curating bottles and sourcing fresh kegs. It’s a pretty amazing place for being located in a smallish American city in the upper Midwest. And he mixes in a few token good non-Belgian beers. Last night I had a Duchess de Bourgogne chocolate cherry sour. I prefer the regul...
by Chris Blum
December 27th, 2019, 10:55 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Grass fed???
Replies: 59
Views: 3252

Grass fed???

A recent post got me wondering so here’s an honest question... What is your attraction to grass fed meat? Growing up in the upper Midwest, fresh grass fed tastes “off” to me. It’s not as sweet. (aging covers up the difference) Is it taste, environmental, animal welfare, or some health benefit I’m no...
by Chris Blum
December 27th, 2019, 12:14 am
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: Pretty good Christmas tap list
Replies: 9
Views: 1003

Re: Pretty good Christmas tap list

Bump,

I definitely like the Bernardus Xmas better than the Delerium Xmas but I’d say the DT tastes more Christmas-y with stronger spice.
by Chris Blum
December 25th, 2019, 7:57 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: In Memoriam: A Tribute to my best friend, Claudine Kargere
Replies: 52
Views: 2494

Re: In Memoriam: A Tribute to my best friend, Claudine Kargere

I have the attention span of a caffeinated labradoodle, but I couldn’t stop reading that wonderful tribute. What a life.

Well done.
by Chris Blum
December 22nd, 2019, 3:56 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine from Normandy?
Replies: 68
Views: 1986

Re: Wine from Normandy?

One thing I was surprised by was just how amazingly the Bordelet ciders aged. Really great interesting sparkling beverages
by Chris Blum
December 21st, 2019, 8:13 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Costco 12lb A5 Kuroge Wagyu Ribeye
Replies: 27
Views: 2392

Re: Costco 12lb A5 Kuroge Wagyu Ribeye

And by thin steaks, I’m talking like 1/4 or 1/3 inch. That’s how it would be served in Japan in my (admittedly limited) experience. I swear they cut them while still frozen, but I might be wrong.
by Chris Blum
December 21st, 2019, 7:39 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Costco 12lb A5 Kuroge Wagyu Ribeye
Replies: 27
Views: 2392

Re: Costco 12lb A5 Kuroge Wagyu Ribeye

I like chuck's suggestion.

I’d either slice it thin and quick sear or a go slow and low and try to render the fat a bit before searing.

Serve doused with a ton of ketchup. [snort.gif]
by Chris Blum
December 21st, 2019, 7:36 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Costco 12lb A5 Kuroge Wagyu Ribeye
Replies: 27
Views: 2392

Re: Costco 12lb A5 Kuroge Wagyu Ribeye

That’s a bleepload of real Kobe. I’m not trying to pee in your cornflakes but a little bit of Kobe goes a long way. I love meat and I’m a big guy, but that rich cut would feed 30 people in our house.
by Chris Blum
December 17th, 2019, 5:59 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: Pretty good Christmas tap list
Replies: 9
Views: 1003

Re: Pretty good Christmas tap list

It’s got a bit of an odd angular acidic bite on the finish. I didn’t *love* it after the first few sips. I like the regular DT though.
by Chris Blum
December 17th, 2019, 1:57 pm
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Charleston lodging and restaurants
Replies: 30
Views: 1974

Re: Charleston lodging and restaurants

Stayed at the French Quarter inn. It was great, especially the location and the Little patios for breakfast.
by Chris Blum
December 15th, 2019, 10:19 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Trading Places theme Dinner
Replies: 18
Views: 1258

Re: Trading Places theme Dinner

We did have beef jerky as a parting gift. The faux escargot were really good. Pulled stems and pulsed w garlic, butter, thyme, shallot and lots of parsley. Then I roasted the caps in wine do the took on that flavor, then I cooled and stuffed the caps w the mixture and topped w a crouton. Back in the...
by Chris Blum
December 14th, 2019, 10:28 am
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: Pretty good Christmas tap list
Replies: 9
Views: 1003

Re: Pretty good Christmas tap list

I assume these are sideways because it’s a 10% abv beer?
by Chris Blum
December 14th, 2019, 10:27 am
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: Pretty good Christmas tap list
Replies: 9
Views: 1003

Pretty good Christmas tap list

Our local place has a pretty great belgian list with a lot of fresh rotating kegs

Had to stop in for a Delirium xmas
by Chris Blum
December 12th, 2019, 9:24 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Should I pre-salt my Flannery hanger steaks?
Replies: 15
Views: 1444

Re: Should I pre-salt my Flannery hanger steaks?

I don’t know why you wouldn’t. In general, I either salt them at least 3 hours in advance or I wait until I’m cooking.
by Chris Blum
December 12th, 2019, 2:01 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Trading Places theme Dinner
Replies: 18
Views: 1258

Re: Trading Places theme Dinner

Steve Manzi wrote:
December 11th, 2019, 5:20 pm
Chris Blum wrote:
December 10th, 2019, 7:35 pm
What’s a Coleman steak?
It's just a company that I see that sells game meats. Was just trying to think of something that fit. [wink.gif]
Gotcha
by Chris Blum
December 11th, 2019, 10:50 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Best Wine to Pair with Caviar?
Replies: 61
Views: 2751

Re: Best Wine to Pair with Caviar?

We did an experimental pairing with a Russian River Valley Zinfandel of ours and it really was quite interesting in terms of the effect the caviar had on the wine. Best way I can describe it was elevating the fruit and spice elements, while reducing the perception of acid and tannin. This was strai...
by Chris Blum
December 11th, 2019, 10:33 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Trading Places theme Dinner
Replies: 18
Views: 1258

Re: Trading Places theme Dinner

These are great!
by Chris Blum
December 11th, 2019, 7:26 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Best Wine to Pair with Caviar?
Replies: 61
Views: 2751

Re: Best Wine to Pair with Caviar?

Tom G l a s g o w wrote:
December 11th, 2019, 5:17 am
Just don’t leave the Vodka in the freezer for days, evaporation is a problem.

I think your teenager is ...

by Chris Blum
December 10th, 2019, 7:35 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Trading Places theme Dinner
Replies: 18
Views: 1258

Re: Trading Places theme Dinner

What’s a Coleman steak?
by Chris Blum
December 10th, 2019, 8:29 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Trading Places theme Dinner
Replies: 18
Views: 1258

Trading Places theme Dinner

For our “dinner and a movie” group, we’re doing Trading Places. Manhattans, mimosa & some themed beer. —— chicken drummies “I have legs!” Pork belly Salmon Escargot (may get vetoed). Or faux escargot using a mushroom?? —- NY strip medallions —- Dessert with orange juice component NY cheesecake Thoug...
by Chris Blum
December 9th, 2019, 5:45 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Best Wine to Pair with Caviar?
Replies: 61
Views: 2751

Re: Best Wine to Pair with Caviar?

Yes, champagne is a perfect pairing. BdB probably gets the nod, but I’d do any as long as it’s dry.
by Chris Blum
December 4th, 2019, 11:23 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine from Normandy?
Replies: 68
Views: 1986

Re: Wine from Normandy?

C’mon Otto, that’s like saying Framboise isn’t an ale because you’d be upset if you “walked into a bar, ordered a pint of ale and you got a Lindemans” or saying a rauchbier isn’t beer for the same reason.

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