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by Barry L i p t o n
June 12th, 2019, 9:32 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What wine with grilled octopus?
Replies: 47
Views: 1473

Re: What wine with grilled octopus?

I just got back from Spain, where I consumed Albariño regularly with olives and octopus. And when I was in Greece, ditto for Assyrtiko.
by Barry L i p t o n
June 4th, 2019, 11:38 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: New York City Restaurants
Replies: 2068
Views: 114112

Re: New York City Restaurants

Crown Shy serves what type of food?
by Barry L i p t o n
June 2nd, 2019, 12:35 am
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Very Short Paris Trip Report (May 2019)
Replies: 2
Views: 382

Re: Very Short Paris Trip Report (May 2019)

Agree on Semilla (although no service issues).

Disagree on L’As du falafel but I guess it might be perspective as I didn’t like the falafel in Tel Aviv (I need parsley in my falafel).
by Barry L i p t o n
June 2nd, 2019, 12:30 am
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: London Recos
Replies: 13
Views: 432

Re: London Recos

Mayfair has lots of lights up, and we dine stand/or peak in to the finer hotels like Claridges to see their impressive designer trees. We stay just across the border of Mayfair in Marleybone at the Hyatt Churchill. It’s walkable to Covent Garden albeit a long walk. Walkable to Harrods too -through t...
by Barry L i p t o n
May 30th, 2019, 3:06 pm
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Foreign Transaction Fees
Replies: 13
Views: 785

Re: Foreign Transaction Fees

Always local, there’s a 3% forex fee built in the dynamic conversion.

Be sure to use a credit card without forex fees and an ATM without forex or any outside of network fees (Schwab or Fidelity for example)
by Barry L i p t o n
May 30th, 2019, 3:01 pm
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Balkan Help
Replies: 8
Views: 895

Re: Balkan Help

Monte in Rovinj was good.

Dvor in Split was pretty good, but not so good that I’d have said anything if you weren’t pleading for suggestions .
by Barry L i p t o n
May 27th, 2019, 12:47 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2009 Bodegas Muga Rioja Selección Especial
Replies: 1
Views: 336

Re: TN: 2009 Bodegas Muga Rioja Selección Especial

Don’t know this bottling but Muga must be making it in a modern style. Some of the best extra old riojas have been made by Muga, just had an 85 Prado Enea that was singing.
by Barry L i p t o n
May 26th, 2019, 12:00 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?
Replies: 11070
Views: 494274

Re: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?

They had bottles with nice labels of the 64 Vina Monty for 75 euros, still a great price.
by Barry L i p t o n
May 25th, 2019, 1:03 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?
Replies: 11070
Views: 494274

Re: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?

Haven’t been in this thread for a few years, as I’ve stopped buying. But in San Sebastián, a wine shop had some old Rioja with butt ugly, mostly destroyed labels (with unsound corks) at 20-30 euros for wines like Viña Royal 1964 by Franco-Espanolas. I tried one and was happy. Drinking my second and ...
by Barry L i p t o n
May 20th, 2019, 3:04 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: GG's - What to drink young and what to age
Replies: 90
Views: 3245

Re: GG's - What to drink young and what to age

Sorry, troken. I assume they would be very ageworthy like a regular Riesling but not sure of the differences between a GG and s trocken wine.
by Barry L i p t o n
May 20th, 2019, 2:03 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: GG's - What to drink young and what to age
Replies: 90
Views: 3245

Re: GG's - What to drink young and what to age

What about a Trocken wine, Donnhof Felsenberg troken. Have I waited too long for my 2007 ?
by Barry L i p t o n
May 20th, 2019, 1:28 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Impossible burgers
Replies: 40
Views: 1310

Re: Impossible burgers

My personal view (and actually shared by several vegetarians I know) is that trying to mimic meat with non meat ingredients is missing the point of being vegetarian. Fake meat is Like going to a brothel for a kiss. If I eat vegetarian I dont want fake meat, I want good tasting and presumably health...
by Barry L i p t o n
May 19th, 2019, 5:53 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Berserker's views on Neal Martin
Replies: 99
Views: 6564

Re: Berserker's views on Neal Martin

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by Barry L i p t o n
May 19th, 2019, 5:53 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Berserker's views on Neal Martin
Replies: 99
Views: 6564

Re: Berserker's views on Neal Martin

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by Barry L i p t o n
May 17th, 2019, 1:04 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Impossible burgers
Replies: 40
Views: 1310

Re: Impossible burgers

Thanks Scott. Great article. I enjoy both plant based products. I also feel better after the plant based burger. But I don’t eat much beef due to preference (as opposed to health). Probably enjoy beef hamburgers more than steak due to the higher fat (at least in the burgers I like). Prior to these t...
by Barry L i p t o n
May 8th, 2019, 7:41 pm
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: What is top frequent flyer status really worth?
Replies: 37
Views: 1252

Re: What is top frequent flyer status really worth?

As Plat Pro (75K miles per year) and Ex Plat (100K) you get complimentary upgrades. As a Gold or Plat you can get complimentary upgrades (no 500-mile certificates) on short flights (<500 miles). I think the better phrasing is if you clear the upgrade, it’s free. I’m in such an elite heavy area that...
by Barry L i p t o n
May 8th, 2019, 7:37 pm
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: What is top frequent flyer status really worth?
Replies: 37
Views: 1252

Re: What is top frequent flyer status really worth?

I’m in the same boat although still employed. All my work travel is domestic. Given the increase in EQD requirement to $15k and the cutback on the Aviator card’s potential for EQDs from $6k to $3k, I’ll be about $5k short. I fly mostly transcons and find that milesand copay is needed for the upgrade...
by Barry L i p t o n
May 5th, 2019, 2:00 pm
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Where should we go in Italy?
Replies: 15
Views: 671

Re: Where should we go in Italy?

The Veneto is lovely if you like Palladian villas.

Sardinia is unlike the rest of Italy - it still shows it's Carthage roots. While the Costa Smerelda is gorgeous (and super pricey), Cagliari is interesting, affordable and some of the best seafood ever.
by Barry L i p t o n
April 21st, 2019, 9:30 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2000 Chateau Grand Puy Lacoste, Pauillac
Replies: 45
Views: 1663

Re: TN: 2000 Chateau Grand Puy Lacoste, Pauillac

My recent bottle was more rustic than expected, with less depth. Since it's the first of a case, I hope the others taste like yours!
by Barry L i p t o n
April 16th, 2019, 7:57 pm
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: London / Solo Diner
Replies: 34
Views: 1119

Re: London / Solo Diner

Dishoom takes reservations until 5:30. Perfect for pre theater.
by Barry L i p t o n
April 4th, 2019, 8:47 pm
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Venice trip and miles or points?
Replies: 5
Views: 227

Re: Venice trip and miles or points?

No surcharges on AA. You want to fly BA on AA miles.

Fly BA on AA miles - big surcharges
Fly IB on AA miles - smaller surcharges
Fly AA on AA miles - no surcharges

You can also transfer your Chase points to IB miles one for one. But that getting more complicated.
by Barry L i p t o n
April 4th, 2019, 3:59 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: San Sebastian
Replies: 106
Views: 6406

Re: San Sebastian

Thanks!
by Barry L i p t o n
April 4th, 2019, 3:31 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: San Sebastian
Replies: 106
Views: 6406

Re: San Sebastian

Thanks Sarah, very helpful. I'll be staying right next to old town, so will be walking around and having an occassional snack. Just wasn't sure I'd be making a meal of it - I tend to eat quickly when standing, and so I enjoy a sit down meal when the focus is the food. I will be doing my first walk a...
by Barry L i p t o n
April 4th, 2019, 1:38 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: San Sebastian
Replies: 106
Views: 6406

Re: San Sebastian

Are tapas crawls in San Sebastián in a much higher level than those in Madrid? I enjoyed them but nowhere’s as much as much as my formal meals.

Also, is it an option on Sunday, which is the one place I could let go without too much regret (Rekondo).
by Barry L i p t o n
April 4th, 2019, 12:48 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: San Sebastian
Replies: 106
Views: 6406

Re: San Sebastian

Martin Berasategui is the finest restaurant in Donastia. I love Akelare but Martin Berasategui is absolutely the finest to me. You are gonna love Mirador Ulia. Martin Berasategui is the only top place in the area where I have not yet dined in the 6 or so times I've been to San Sebastian. I never fe...
by Barry L i p t o n
April 4th, 2019, 9:34 am
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Venice trip and miles or points?
Replies: 5
Views: 227

Re: Venice trip and miles or points?

Look at carrier imposed surcharges, and then decide. The BA flights come with whopping surcharges, as do the Lufthansa on points. You don't say whether Lufthansa is coach or business class, nor whether you are transferring the points to a Star Alliance carrier or just redeeming UR points for credit ...
by Barry L i p t o n
April 4th, 2019, 8:50 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: San Sebastian
Replies: 106
Views: 6406

Re: San Sebastian

For my upcoming trip, I have a couple of choices to make given limited time. Any comments on either Akelare vs. Martin Berasategui? The later has a la carte, which given the timing (my last day in town) might be better suited than a tasting menu. There is also Eme Be Garrote. My other choices are or...
by Barry L i p t o n
April 3rd, 2019, 10:34 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: San Sebastian
Replies: 106
Views: 6406

Re: San Sebastian

Just got back from dinner at Rekondo. My impression, if you are going, go solely because of the wine cellar (and probably just go for wine and maybe some lunch). The food was disappointing, especially the overcooked fish. The service (both food and wine) was pretty bad as well - the poor couple nex...
by Barry L i p t o n
April 3rd, 2019, 10:07 am
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: London / Solo Diner
Replies: 34
Views: 1119

Re: London / Solo Diner

My absolute favorite is Pollen Street Social if you don't want a long meal, otherwise Kitchen Table is the best (but currently closed). I prefer Dishoom to Cinnamon Club - I don't like modern Indian food (as defined by including mayonaisse in some of the dishes). Lot's of variety although casual and...
by Barry L i p t o n
April 3rd, 2019, 9:59 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2016 Domaine Weinbach Riesling Schlossberg Cuvée Ste. Catherine
Replies: 10
Views: 473

Re: TN: 2016 Domaine Weinbach Riesling Schlossberg Cuvée Ste. Catherine

I love Weinbach and that wine in particular but as I get older, it seems sweeter (2004 vintage is my reference as I loaded up then).
by Barry L i p t o n
April 3rd, 2019, 8:58 am
Forum: BYO Forum - Wine at Restaurants
Topic: South Florida BYO (Palm Beach, Broward & Miami-Dade Counties)
Replies: 50
Views: 3196

Re: South Florida BYO (Palm Beach, Broward & Miami-Dade Counties)

Barry--unfortunately, we found the food to be mediocre on a most recent visit in Jan. Sorry to hear it. That's an anomaly, it's the best food in Delray. I dine there monthly. Only once was it less that excellent. Was that the same visit where you said in a couple posts up that the food was quite go...
by Barry L i p t o n
April 3rd, 2019, 7:24 am
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Florence recommendations
Replies: 28
Views: 1120

Re: Florence recommendations

What Lori said, Enoteca Pitti Gola E Cantina. This is probably one of the better wine bars in the world. Particularly if you like old Chianti. We we're just there maybe 4 days ago,and it was fantastic. Food was very good and Zeno, one of the owners is about as good of a host as one could hope for. ...
by Barry L i p t o n
March 31st, 2019, 8:40 am
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Florence recommendations
Replies: 28
Views: 1120

Re: Florence recommendations

What Lori said, Enoteca Pitti Gola E Cantina. This is probably one of the better wine bars in the world. Particularly if you like old Chianti. We we're just there maybe 4 days ago,and it was fantastic. Food was very good and Zeno, one of the owners is about as good of a host as one could hope for. ...
by Barry L i p t o n
March 25th, 2019, 10:07 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Good wine stores to visit in Fisherman's Wharf area, San Fransisco
Replies: 25
Views: 980

Re: Good wine stores to visit in Fisherman's Wharf area, San Fransisco

Mich@el Ch@ng wrote:
March 25th, 2019, 8:41 am
The wine club and flatiron are within walking distance as is K&L
Flatiron is 2 miles, the others 2.5 miles. But the cable car to Powell and Market will bring you to a half mile away and is a fun ride.
by Barry L i p t o n
March 24th, 2019, 10:21 am
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Quick lunch in Paris near Eiffel Tower?
Replies: 13
Views: 579

Re: Quick lunch in Paris near Eiffel Tower?

Rue Cler shopping for a Champ de Mars picnic was a great time when I did it. If the weather is fine, that is a fabulous choice.
by Barry L i p t o n
March 19th, 2019, 8:18 am
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Berlin recommendations?
Replies: 11
Views: 334

Re: Berlin recommendations?

Tim Raue, Modern Asian influenced
by Barry L i p t o n
March 14th, 2019, 1:19 pm
Forum: BYO Forum - Wine at Restaurants
Topic: South Florida BYO (Palm Beach, Broward & Miami-Dade Counties)
Replies: 50
Views: 3196

Re: South Florida BYO (Palm Beach, Broward & Miami-Dade Counties)

I think The Grove in Delray is $25, but they also have (had?--it's been a while) a cool wine list. The food is usually quite good. It's in Pineapple Grove next to the dearly departed Max's. Wine list is better these days with a few value burgs along with the high ticket items.(a&p villaine Montots ...
by Barry L i p t o n
March 12th, 2019, 5:37 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: New York City Restaurants
Replies: 2068
Views: 114112

Re: New York City Restaurants

Wanted to circle back on the vegetarian foray. We settled on Dirt Candy which was meh / meh+. 9 course tasting. Several were a bit contrived, others were quite delicious. I wasn't a huge fan of the sweet dishes (2). However, its a gratuity included menu and eminently reasonable ($95 all in for the ...
by Barry L i p t o n
March 12th, 2019, 6:58 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Eating and Drinking in Los Angeles
Replies: 817
Views: 37750

Re: Eating and Drinking in Los Angeles

Went to Kali, enjoyed it but didn't quite have the spark I was hoping for. If it was my neighborhood place, I'd love it, but didn't seem worth driving crosstown for. The beetroot tartare was a wow, the rest was tasty but not worth driving crosstown for. Perhaps if I ordered the Flannery, but steak ...
by Barry L i p t o n
March 11th, 2019, 5:48 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Eating and Drinking in Los Angeles
Replies: 817
Views: 37750

Re: Eating and Drinking in Los Angeles

Went to Kali, enjoyed it but didn't quite have the spark I was hoping for. If it was my neighborhood place, I'd love it, but didn't seem worth driving crosstown for. The beetroot tartare was a wow, the rest was tasty but not worth driving crosstown for. Perhaps if I ordered the Flannery, but steak i...
by Barry L i p t o n
March 11th, 2019, 9:24 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Las Vegas Restaurants
Replies: 78
Views: 6402

Re: Las Vegas Restaurants

I've been to Michael Mina and Joel Robuchon each the last two times I've been there.

The second time Joel Robuchon wasn't quite as brilliant as the time before but still very good. First time was absolutely awesome.
Michael Mina was amazing both times.
by Barry L i p t o n
March 9th, 2019, 3:23 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: What COGNAC/ARMAGNAC Are You Drinking?
Replies: 113
Views: 8967

Re: What COGNAC/ARMAGNAC Are You Drinking?

Peter Petersen wrote:
March 9th, 2019, 2:22 pm
1978 and the XO both come highly recommend by Jason Wilson.
Thanks! The vinous tasting notes for the 78 mention vanilla and oak. Anyone try it? Normally not what I look for in spirits, but willing to give it a try. In The meanwhile the XO seems like a safe try.
by Barry L i p t o n
March 9th, 2019, 11:39 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Does anyone drink Sauvignon Blanc anymore?
Replies: 211
Views: 7703

Re: Does anyone drink Sauvignon Blanc anymore?

M.Kaplan wrote:
March 6th, 2014, 6:10 pm
Sure.

Edmond & Anne Vatan
Paul & Francois Cotat
Gerard Boulay

Vatan is the apogee of Sauvignon Blanc.
+1.

And other Loire SB's when I'm in restaurants and they are offered by the glass.
by Barry L i p t o n
March 9th, 2019, 11:30 am
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: What to do around the Mauna Kea Hotel
Replies: 11
Views: 448

Re: What to do around the Mauna Kea Hotel

If she can handle it, helicopter ride over the volcano. Pricey but worth every penny - I saw rivers of lava when I did it.

The Botanic Gardens outside Hilo are amazing, like Jurassic Park gardens, but quite the drive from the Mauna Kea
by Barry L i p t o n
March 9th, 2019, 10:59 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Happy Birthday--Brian Loring
Replies: 14
Views: 640

Re: Happy Birthday--Brian Loring

Happy Belated Birthday Brian! Getting younger every year!
by Barry L i p t o n
March 9th, 2019, 9:49 am
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: What COGNAC/ARMAGNAC Are You Drinking?
Replies: 113
Views: 8967

Re: What COGNAC/ARMAGNAC Are You Drinking?

Can someone tell me which might be the best, at the price? Total Wine is giving me 10% off, and while I have a lot of experience with cognac (my favorite is Delamain Vespers perhaps even over their Tres Venerables), little with armagnac Chateau de Laubade 1972 - $200 1975 -$170 1978 - $180 1979 - $1...
by Barry L i p t o n
March 9th, 2019, 8:06 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: New York City Restaurants
Replies: 2068
Views: 114112

Re: New York City Restaurants

Vegetarians in general love nut butters. And vegans love nut cheeses (as do I, but in small quantities). Neither is as heavy as vegetarian lasagna. I can understand someone not finding them digestible, or enjoyable, but there were many things I've at at PF&W over the years with many different people...

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