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by Barry L i p t o n
October 17th, 2019, 4:47 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Any wine store recommendations for Rome, Milan & Venice?
Replies: 19
Views: 722

Re: Any wine store recommendations for Rome, Milan & Venice?

It was was super hot in stone this summer, unless Costanti put In air con wheRe they keep the older wines ( downstairs, but many years ago), I’d stick to Trimani
by Barry L i p t o n
October 16th, 2019, 9:20 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Coffee maker recommendations?
Replies: 191
Views: 10386

Re: Coffee maker recommendations?

My Bonavita 8 cup coffee cup brewer stopped working this morning after no problems for 30 months. Light went on, but no action and light goes off shortly. I think it may be because I never descaled. Could that cause it. Any tips to get it going again so I can descale? Alternatively, in the same pric...
by Barry L i p t o n
October 12th, 2019, 7:41 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Trip to Nice - need recommendations
Replies: 26
Views: 1032

Re: Trip to Nice - need recommendations

dupe
by Barry L i p t o n
October 6th, 2019, 7:23 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: ORECCHIETTE with GORGONZOLA and CAULIFLOWER
Replies: 7
Views: 287

Re: ORECCHIETTE with GORGONZOLA and CAULIFLOWER

Any thought on how to modify to skip the heavy cream? Looks great as is, but just curious.
by Barry L i p t o n
October 5th, 2019, 3:54 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2008 Dom Pérignon
Replies: 67
Views: 6154

Re: 2008 Dom Pérignon

M. Taylor wrote:
October 5th, 2019, 3:36 pm
Grabbed 2 at Costco today for $144 per.
Which Costco?
by Barry L i p t o n
October 4th, 2019, 9:50 am
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: bringing cheese through lax customs
Replies: 17
Views: 514

Re: bringing cheese through lax customs

First time for me in over maybe 15 timesbringing IB cheese, always declaring, I will just stop at Di Palos in little Italy next time I’m in NYC
by Barry L i p t o n
October 4th, 2019, 5:36 am
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: bringing cheese through lax customs
Replies: 17
Views: 514

Re: bringing cheese through lax customs

That’s a special agricultural line, usually not as long. We’ve brought in orchids a couple of times (and failed once because of tiny bugs)
by Barry L i p t o n
October 3rd, 2019, 3:24 pm
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: bringing cheese through lax customs
Replies: 17
Views: 514

Re: bringing cheese through lax customs

No, it was definitely because of the cheese, the guy was already to wave me through as I said: chocolate, cookies, pasteurized cheese... he looked up when I said cheese and put me in the secondary inspection line. Coming from Spain.
by Barry L i p t o n
October 3rd, 2019, 3:23 pm
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: bringing cheese through lax customs
Replies: 17
Views: 514

Re: bringing cheese through lax customs

duplicate
by Barry L i p t o n
October 3rd, 2019, 5:00 am
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: bringing cheese through lax customs
Replies: 17
Views: 514

Re: bringing cheese through lax customs

Victor Hong wrote:
October 3rd, 2019, 3:49 am
You could have eaten all that cheese, during the wait.
Yes, but it wouldn’t have gotten me out of the line.
by Barry L i p t o n
October 3rd, 2019, 1:45 am
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: bringing cheese through lax customs
Replies: 17
Views: 514

bringing cheese through lax customs

I almost always bring cheese back from Europe without problem. In early June coming through LAX, I declared the cheese as usual, but was directed to secondary screening for the first time. Took about 40 minutes extra. Has anyone had recent experience bringing cheese through (declared) and whether it...
by Barry L i p t o n
October 2nd, 2019, 10:33 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Recommendations for Munich?
Replies: 19
Views: 1172

Re: Recommendations for Munich?

Best restaurant in Munich for me was an Italian restaurant, Acquarello. Great for pescatarian. Ate there twice in 5 nights. Pricey but delivers.
Tantris was excellent but even pricier.

(One and two Michelin stars respectively.

Didn’t like the attitude at Esszimmer for what it’s worth.
by Barry L i p t o n
October 1st, 2019, 5:22 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: 50 Top Pizzeria Europe and North America
Replies: 14
Views: 718

Re: 50 Top Pizzeria Europe and North America

A map would be great!
by Barry L i p t o n
September 30th, 2019, 10:59 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2008 Dom Pérignon
Replies: 67
Views: 6154

Re: 2008 Dom Pérignon

jeffruggels wrote:
September 30th, 2019, 1:25 pm
Bruce - Burbank costco still has a few, i believe at $149
Thanks!
by Barry L i p t o n
September 30th, 2019, 10:21 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Two 2013 Francesco Rinaldis
Replies: 17
Views: 1867

Re: TN: Two 2013 Francesco Rinaldis

I had the 2006 Rinaldi Barolo Le Brunate about a month ago. My favorite out of 25 wines. Really was singing after 6 hrs in the decanter. I would say that this is still mostly primary, but just starting to smooth out and get some mild tertiary notes. I would wait another 10 years minimum for true ma...
by Barry L i p t o n
September 29th, 2019, 2:55 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Rome, Florence, Tuscany Michelin Starred Restaurants w/ Kids?
Replies: 19
Views: 1524

Re: Rome, Florence, Tuscany Michelin Starred Restaurants w/ Kids?

Went to La Giostra tonight (3 dishes of 4 great, 4th just ok); tomorrow Il Palagio, (and Taverna di Branzino and Cibreo later in the week).
by Barry L i p t o n
September 29th, 2019, 2:43 pm
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: October trip to Piemonte then to Florence
Replies: 7
Views: 530

Re: October trip to Piemonte then to Florence

If driving from Torino, make sure you have small bills and an adequate amount of change for the tolls. It cost us about 10€ in total to get to the Barolo area, and about 3€ to get back. The toll booth machines take cards but I've heard American CCs are unreliable in them, so best to be prepared. Al...
by Barry L i p t o n
September 29th, 2019, 1:21 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2008 Dom Pérignon
Replies: 67
Views: 6154

Re: 2008 Dom Pérignon

Mark Y wrote:
September 28th, 2019, 4:59 pm
dcornutt wrote:
September 28th, 2019, 2:46 am
I would love to have many bottles of this. Very difficult now to find and the price has skyrocketed.
They are like $137 At Costco. And they have tons of them.. :)
Which Costco?
by Barry L i p t o n
September 29th, 2019, 12:15 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2008 Dom Pérignon
Replies: 67
Views: 6154

Re: 2008 Dom Pérignon

Has anyone seen them in 375s?
by Barry L i p t o n
September 28th, 2019, 1:06 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Rome, Florence, Tuscany Michelin Starred Restaurants w/ Kids?
Replies: 19
Views: 1524

Re: Rome, Florence, Tuscany Michelin Starred Restaurants w/ Kids?

At Enoteca Pitti &Gola right now,great recommendation!

Drinking a 96 Selpvapiana vignetto Bucerchiale 96 riserva that’s drinking perfectly (85 euros). Food menu is short but I loved what I got (chicken liver terrine, pasta with pesto and squid, and a cheese course).
by Barry L i p t o n
September 28th, 2019, 12:46 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2008 Dom Pérignon
Replies: 67
Views: 6154

Re: 2008 Dom Pérignon

Just tried it in vacation in Venice for 45 euros a glass. Thought it was a good by the glass price and loved the wine.
by Barry L i p t o n
September 25th, 2019, 10:02 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Looking for dining recos in Toulouse, Marseille and Genoa
Replies: 15
Views: 620

Re: Looking for dining recos in Toulouse, Marseille and Genoa

Genoa not a foodie destination?!?? Guess you haven’t been to the city that invented pesto.
I’m on the road, so don’t have access to my notes but one of the best seafood destinations I’ve ever been too.
by Barry L i p t o n
September 25th, 2019, 12:12 am
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Oahu wine stores and restaurant recs
Replies: 13
Views: 538

Re: Oahu wine stores and restaurant recs

I’ll be there in November, any fine dining recs in Honolulu (will be staying in Waikiki).

It’s been over a decade but I loved Alan Wong’s , any recent reports?
by Barry L i p t o n
September 19th, 2019, 11:58 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2000 Chateau Lynch Bages, Pauillac
Replies: 7
Views: 826

Re: TN: 2000 Chateau Lynch Bages, Pauillac

Thanks for the TN

I have a bunch, thanks to Costco
by Barry L i p t o n
September 19th, 2019, 8:00 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: No more >$50 red Burg purchases for a decade!
Replies: 13
Views: 1505

Re: No more >$50 red Burg purchases for a decade!

Just needed to get that out there. Why? It isn’t any more likely to be true. A brief spasm of optimism that putting it out there might make it otherwise. newhere I’m not even sure why you would want it to be so unless you don’t like burgundy. Those who love it love mature burgundy the most. Unless ...
by Barry L i p t o n
September 19th, 2019, 4:03 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: No more >$50 red Burg purchases for a decade!
Replies: 13
Views: 1505

Re: No more >$50 red Burg purchases for a decade!

D@ve D y r 0 f f wrote:
September 18th, 2019, 3:43 pm


Just needed to get that out there.
Why?

It isn’t any more likely to be true.
by Barry L i p t o n
September 11th, 2019, 5:20 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 07 Pernot BBM
Replies: 8
Views: 474

Re: TN: 07 Pernot BBM

Glad to hear it. I have an 01 that maybe has a chance based on your note.
by Barry L i p t o n
September 10th, 2019, 11:58 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Recommendation on a white burgundy
Replies: 14
Views: 674

Re: Recommendation on a white burgundy

There is more than one Dauvissats, no? Which one did you get?
by Barry L i p t o n
September 9th, 2019, 12:33 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: What's you favorite Vegetarian-qualifying food?
Replies: 24
Views: 918

Re: What's you favorite Vegetarian-qualifying food?

Mushrooms are great. In particular, anything with porcini or chanterelle mushrooms (my Costco has chanterelles) You could pre cook the eggplant at home the night before and bake the parm on site. Spinach frittata. Bean and beet veggie burgers (not meat imitators) https://www.theroastedroot.net/beet-...
by Barry L i p t o n
September 8th, 2019, 2:57 pm
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Where should we go in Italy?
Replies: 36
Views: 2065

Re: Where should we go in Italy?

I agree on two bases, but Florence is super easy by train from Milan (under two hours). And not that hard from the lakes (Varenna, a smaller town on Lake Como is very accessible by train, under 4 hours to Florence). If you are talking touring the countryside, that's a bit more. Do you want countrysi...
by Barry L i p t o n
September 3rd, 2019, 3:37 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: On-Site vs Off-Site Storage Strategy
Replies: 70
Views: 3179

Re: On-Site vs Off-Site Storage Strategy

I have both.

A big thing in SoCal is how long would things stay cool in case of power outage. My offsite is like an old fashioned ice house, and with all the cold mass in the well insulated room, I’d bet it would be ok for a week if no one goes in or out. At home, maybe a day.
by Barry L i p t o n
August 28th, 2019, 10:08 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: New York City Restaurants
Replies: 2201
Views: 130963

Re: New York City Restaurants

Lunch at Ai Fiori yesterday was A+. Portions in the small side but I knew that going in.

Both the trofie nero with scallops and the scallop main were A+. Dishes were more complex then usual Italian to excellent effect.
by Barry L i p t o n
August 24th, 2019, 12:04 am
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Places to stay in Bend, Oregon?
Replies: 12
Views: 845

Re: Places to stay in Bend, Oregon?

I stayed at Tetherow during the solar eclipse. Perfectly fine. Don't remember much because the eclipse blew my mind (as well as the 7 hour drive back to Tetherow from Madras). I think we had a parking lot view at Tetherow which took a little of the shine off.
by Barry L i p t o n
August 23rd, 2019, 11:42 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Please Help me Navigate this Massive Wine List -- Roscioli Restaurant in Rome
Replies: 56
Views: 2034

Re: Please Help me Navigate this Massive Wine List -- Roscioli Restaurant in Rome

Roscioli is just epic on the Roman restaurant scene, an oldie but a goodie. Make sure to get a table upstairs where the atmosphere is more lively (and there's just a tad more seating room as the whole place is quite cramped, often off-puttingly so). I always get either the carbonara or the amatrici...
by Barry L i p t o n
August 23rd, 2019, 11:47 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: New York City Restaurants
Replies: 2201
Views: 130963

Re: New York City Restaurants

I'm having to choose between two restaurants: Gabriel Kreuther (been to twice before and enjoyed it) Sushi Ginza Onodera I know they aren't comparable in terms of cuisine, but they are within a couple of blocks of my hotel and I want to fit in a nice lunch into my workday. I have a $100 gift certifi...
by Barry L i p t o n
August 23rd, 2019, 9:02 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Please Help me Navigate this Massive Wine List -- Roscioli Restaurant in Rome
Replies: 56
Views: 2034

Re: Please Help me Navigate this Massive Wine List -- Roscioli Restaurant in Rome

Oops, ignore the below, this is Rimessa’s list. I thought it was the main place.

It’s not as good as my last visit a few years ago when I had old (88?) Monsanto Il Poggio.

I don’t even see the Pieropan Dennis mentioned in another thread.

I might go Etna Rosso but will check out the suggestions.
by Barry L i p t o n
August 23rd, 2019, 8:41 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Please Help me Navigate this Massive Wine List -- Roscioli Restaurant in Rome
Replies: 56
Views: 2034

Re: Please Help me Navigate this Massive Wine List -- Roscioli Restaurant in Rome

Thanks for resurrecting the thread. I’ll be there in a few weeks!
by Barry L i p t o n
August 17th, 2019, 9:31 am
Forum: BYO Forum - Wine at Restaurants
Topic: South Florida BYO (Palm Beach, Broward & Miami-Dade Counties)
Replies: 60
Views: 4167

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

I'm always eating fish, prefer local. I found more choice at Cut 432 (but not much more, and the ambiance is poor vs. A&L) than Abe and Louie's. Does Trattoria Romana tend to have fish specials or only the two on their menu?
by Barry L i p t o n
August 16th, 2019, 3:05 pm
Forum: BYO Forum - Wine at Restaurants
Topic: South Florida BYO (Palm Beach, Broward & Miami-Dade Counties)
Replies: 60
Views: 4167

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
August 16th, 2019, 1:50 pm
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Bilbao, San Sebastian, Rioja this Fall
Replies: 18
Views: 1251

Re: Bilbao, San Sebastian, Rioja this Fall

Just to add Casa Urola is both a great tapas place (downstairs) and a great restaurant (upstairs). If you do a pintxos crawl, choose your timing carefully. The popular places were three deep at the bar during Saturday afternoon and almost as bad prime dining time on a Tuesday (both in May). It put m...
by Barry L i p t o n
August 15th, 2019, 4:42 pm
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Bilbao, San Sebastian, Rioja this Fall
Replies: 18
Views: 1251

Re: Bilbao, San Sebastian, Rioja this Fall

Hi Christine The dedicated San Sebastián thread has a recent detailed discussion of some of the 3*s, nothing about kids. I was a little less enamored with Mirador del Ullia. Good to be sure, but while my app was stunning (tear peas and scallops), my main was foam over substance. Casa Urola was a gre...
by Barry L i p t o n
August 15th, 2019, 4:09 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Rome, Florence, Tuscany Michelin Starred Restaurants w/ Kids?
Replies: 19
Views: 1524

Re: Rome, Florence, Tuscany Michelin Starred Restaurants w/ Kids?

Website says no reservations at Cibreo. Maybe a Concierge can help me.
by Barry L i p t o n
August 14th, 2019, 7:41 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Rome, Florence, Tuscany Michelin Starred Restaurants w/ Kids?
Replies: 19
Views: 1524

Re: Rome, Florence, Tuscany Michelin Starred Restaurants w/ Kids?

I’m interested . Cibreo sounds wonderful but they don’t take reservations;is there usually a significant weight ? An old favorite of mine is Taverna Del Bronzino but it’s been 10 years. Anyone been in the last couple of years? I also enjoyed la Giostra last time, also wondered big someone’s been mor...
by Barry L i p t o n
August 13th, 2019, 7:50 pm
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Bilbao, San Sebastian, Rioja this Fall
Replies: 18
Views: 1251

Re: Bilbao, San Sebastian, Rioja this Fall

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by Barry L i p t o n
August 11th, 2019, 3:56 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?
Replies: 11896
Views: 569533

Re: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?

4 375s 2012 Toillot Beaut Chorey les Beaune
4 375s 2014 Frederic Esmonin Gevrey Chanbertin Les Jouises Vielle Vignes
1 750 1974 Bersano Barbaresco Riserva Speciale Cremosina

all of dubious provenance and priced as such.

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