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by Barry L i p t o n
January 16th, 2020, 9:53 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: RIP Michel Lafarge, 1928-2020
Replies: 23
Views: 1541

Re: RIP Michel Lafarge, 1928-2020

One of my very first connections to burgundy, I met him first at a dinner hosted by Woodland Hills wine club. I would always be granted an appointment, and the family (son Frederick) were always incredibly warm and cellar door prices incredible priced (pro consumer). Amazing wines, I’d often run to ...
by Barry L i p t o n
January 16th, 2020, 3:39 pm
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: 6 days in sicily-need some advice
Replies: 7
Views: 117

Re: 6 days in sicily-need some advice

I personally prefer centrally locates hotels do there are days not driving. By the way, the Sicilian drivers make the Roman drivers seem meek. But other people like the countryside and enjoy driving more than me.
by Barry L i p t o n
January 16th, 2020, 3:37 pm
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: 6 days in sicily-need some advice
Replies: 7
Views: 117

Re: 6 days in sicily-need some advice

If you a have a passion for Greek ruins, then Agrigento is a must (and then you can take in the one near Palermo). Otherwise I’d vote for a smaller area . Italy has a million sites. However the best times seem to be had by those experiencing La Dolce Vita, not those people seeing the most sites. Rar...
by Barry L i p t o n
January 15th, 2020, 5:41 am
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Costa Rica Questions
Replies: 21
Views: 505

Re: Costa Rica Questions

For me, seems like too much road time in the middle. You are driving every other day.

Also no flexibility. What if it’s pouring or someone isn’t feeling well the only full day you have for Manuel Anontio?
by Barry L i p t o n
January 14th, 2020, 8:49 am
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Costa Rica Questions
Replies: 21
Views: 505

Re: Costa Rica Questions

Michael O'Brien wrote:
January 14th, 2020, 8:31 am


Barry just to make certain that Poppy doesn't get confused, it is Arenal and not Arsenal. You must be a football fan
No
But my spell check is!

This is the butterfly conservatory I mentioned
butterfly conservatory arenal

Poppy, michael has the greater experience, I defer to him.
by Barry L i p t o n
January 13th, 2020, 7:59 pm
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Costa Rica Questions
Replies: 21
Views: 505

Re: Costa Rica Questions

[help.gif] I was staying at the Tabacon resort; I’d find eating at the springs a turnoff as well. Staying at the resort gave access to a more private secluded adults only area, I found it paradisical. But the buffet looked meh. I’m interested in trying Baldi. I agree with the recommendation of Manue...
by Barry L i p t o n
January 13th, 2020, 2:05 pm
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Costa Rica Questions
Replies: 21
Views: 505

Re: Costa Rica Questions

Michael, is Baldi hot springs as lushly landscaped as Tabacon? Or rather, as full of flowering plants- everyplace is lush up here. We loved Manuel Antonio, the nature was the most impressive of a country filled with impressive nature. This time , we didn’t want the drive or expenses so we did Guanac...
by Barry L i p t o n
January 13th, 2020, 1:41 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Eating and Drinking in Los Angeles
Replies: 972
Views: 51854

Re: Eating and Drinking in Los Angeles

I really enjoyed my meal at Bavel but the noise level exceeded LAX
by Barry L i p t o n
January 12th, 2020, 8:13 pm
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Costa Rica Questions
Replies: 21
Views: 505

Re: Costa Rica Questions

The rice and beans dish is Gallo Pinto and is vegetarian. You can find the recipes online. If you are in Arenal area, no shortage of places with vegetarian options. Whether you find them delicious is another story. Food has been certainly adequate for me (fish mostly, chicken if no fresh fish, ok sa...
by Barry L i p t o n
January 12th, 2020, 3:48 pm
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Costa Rica Questions
Replies: 21
Views: 505

Re: Costa Rica Questions

Michael, sounds like you are the resident expert! Re rice and beans, don’t think so as they aren’t refried beans, it’s together. we didn’t ask, but my wife usually gets stomach issues if they do. I’ll ask at breakfast if I remember. A great boat tour is Palo Verde. In Ortega but they will pick you u...
by Barry L i p t o n
January 12th, 2020, 12:35 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: New York City Restaurants
Replies: 2321
Views: 140002

Re: New York City Restaurants

Thanks!! Excited to go.

Tomita was awesome, so thanks as well for that recommendation. Enjoyed it more than lunch at Sushi Ginda Onodera by a wide margin (not much price difference).
by Barry L i p t o n
January 12th, 2020, 12:06 pm
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Honeymoon plans: help me make a decision
Replies: 22
Views: 538

Re: Honeymoon plans: help me make a decision

Jorge Henriquez wrote:
January 12th, 2020, 10:40 am
Thanks all. South of France sounds like an option but we both also wanted to focus on a more renowned wine region.
Then it comes down to what you want to drink, no?

I found Piemonte to be even prettier than Burgundy or Alsace but all are nice.
by Barry L i p t o n
January 12th, 2020, 12:01 pm
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Caribbean recommendations?
Replies: 13
Views: 358

Re: Caribbean recommendations?

Is the beach at St Regis Punta Mita swimmable?
by Barry L i p t o n
January 12th, 2020, 11:53 am
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Caribbean recommendations?
Replies: 13
Views: 358

Re: Caribbean recommendations?

Just left the JW Guanacaste in Costa Rica and enjoyed it quite a bit. Most definitely right on the beach. Lovely walkable beach but most is too rocky for swimming except for a smallish area to the tight. Lots of families ,great pool but I wouldn’t choose to go in rainy season (ie our summer). Prior ...
by Barry L i p t o n
January 12th, 2020, 11:08 am
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Costa Rica Questions
Replies: 21
Views: 505

Re: Costa Rica Questions

I’m here now, finishing up a stay in Guanacaste and around Arsenal. I wouldn’t consider driving at night, but some roads are fine, and the others you just take slow because they are very curvy with potholes. I just did car and driver this time and happy I did. But I don’t like to drive in the US eit...
by Barry L i p t o n
January 12th, 2020, 10:21 am
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Honeymoon plans: help me make a decision
Replies: 22
Views: 538

Re: Honeymoon plans: help me make a decision

Why not spend more time in Seville and take in Granada. The Alhambra is very romantic and at least for seafood there is a great option (Bar FM). Was there last May. Also liked Córdoba but haven’t been there in years. As far as Mallorca, the Park Hyatt has a gourmet restaurant that was superb (Voro)....
by Barry L i p t o n
January 12th, 2020, 7:35 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: New York City Restaurants
Replies: 2321
Views: 140002

Re: New York City Restaurants

Did Cagen change it’s format? On line it says chef Nadeshiko sushi omakase for $95 and on Resy.

I was blown away by the back room sushi but not doing sushi this time.
by Barry L i p t o n
January 10th, 2020, 1:52 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: New York City Restaurants
Replies: 2321
Views: 140002

Re: New York City Restaurants

Any recommend places that focus on sashimi over sushi? Need to get my A1C down.
by Barry L i p t o n
January 8th, 2020, 2:03 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Eating and Drinking in Paris
Replies: 235
Views: 17282

Re: Eating and Drinking in Paris

Thanks Mark and Ramon!
by Barry L i p t o n
January 7th, 2020, 6:58 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Eating and Drinking in Paris
Replies: 235
Views: 17282

Re: Eating and Drinking in Paris

Does Enfant du Marche have salads or other vegetarian dishes so I can get my wife to come? Doesn’t have to be much.

Also, is there a time that you can be assured of getting a seat while they still have the full menu (in May)?
by Barry L i p t o n
December 31st, 2019, 11:54 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Coffee maker recommendations?
Replies: 219
Views: 12179

Re: Coffee maker recommendations?

ybarselah wrote:
October 17th, 2019, 7:16 am
excellent deal on the moccamaster on drop fyi; not at all cheap, but damn impressive machine:

https://drop.com/buy/technivorm-moccama ... rer=KHHQTR
Very happy with it and thanks for the tip!, got a great deal on it.
by Barry L i p t o n
December 26th, 2019, 7:37 pm
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: NY Style Pizza Recs
Replies: 53
Views: 1649

Re: NY Style Pizza Recs

NY Pizza Suprema is indeed very, very good. Almost my favorite. It is my wife's favorite as she is vegan and they cater to vegans as well. There is a Joe's on Broadway between 40th and 41st that's as good as the one in the Village. The lines are insane though. But for me, Joe's is the best slice day...
by Barry L i p t o n
December 24th, 2019, 11:32 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Are organic vegetables vegan?
Replies: 7
Views: 450

Re: Are organic vegetables vegan?

Not overthinking, it’s stupid. Under thinking is more like it.

Many fruits have evolved to be eaten by birds with the result that the seeds are dispersed and dropped with a dollop of fertilizer upon egesting. Therefore wild fruit would not be considered vegan in many cases.
by Barry L i p t o n
December 21st, 2019, 8:44 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 08 Dom in gift box: $143.99
Replies: 22
Views: 1368

Re: 08 Dom in gift box: $143.99

If you have an Amex card, check the offers (online) - I got $20 off $100 for Total Wine which has them at $149.97 so pretty good after the $20 rebate. Too bad it's only one per cardholder (I got two, me and my wife).
by Barry L i p t o n
December 20th, 2019, 11:34 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: PSA: 2008 Dom Perignon $125.99/btl for 6 pack
Replies: 29
Views: 2417

Re: PSA: 2008 Dom Perignon $125.99/btl for 6 pack

If you have an Amex card, check your offers online on the Amex website for $20 off $100. Was able to get a bottle of Dom for $149.97 plus tax -$20 .

Not as good a deal, but still around and you only have to buy one.
by Barry L i p t o n
December 2nd, 2019, 6:50 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Black Friday Deals
Replies: 78
Views: 7706

Re: Black Friday Deals

Mich@el Ch@ng wrote:
December 2nd, 2019, 5:08 am
FWGS 10% off and free shipping, 08 dom for 147 delivered, decent.
FWGS is fine wine and good spirits? Is there a coupon vide? Website doesn’t say anything about a sale
by Barry L i p t o n
November 29th, 2019, 9:33 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: New York City Restaurants
Replies: 2321
Views: 140002

Re: New York City Restaurants

I also was a diehard Marea fan who noticed a clear falling off last time.

Try Ai Fiori. Also a Michael White restaurant.

Great lunch. Food quality is like Marea used to be.

Get the fois gras,trofie Nero, scallops and you’ll be happy if you like that stuff. Been several times now.
by Barry L i p t o n
November 28th, 2019, 9:19 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: No longer can afford Giuseppi Rinaldi- who is the ballpark?
Replies: 41
Views: 3224

Re: No longer can afford Giuseppi Rinaldi- who is the ballpark?

Love Brovia.

When I tasted the 06s and 07s in Piedmont, I preferred Francesco Ronaldi to Giuseppe. I think F Rinaldi has come a long way since the 90s .

Love my G Rinaldi ’s (mostly 04 and older). Would love to do another side by side.
by Barry L i p t o n
November 25th, 2019, 8:59 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: New York City Restaurants
Replies: 2321
Views: 140002

Re: New York City Restaurants

Yes, later seating . Was hanging around Little Italy (jimmy sent me) earlier.
How much is corkage?

Will be having lunch at Sushi Ginza Onodera today for comparison.
by Barry L i p t o n
November 25th, 2019, 7:09 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: New York City Restaurants
Replies: 2321
Views: 140002

Re: New York City Restaurants

which did you have?

I was in Tomita Saturday and loved it. Very impressive.
by Barry L i p t o n
November 24th, 2019, 9:08 am
Forum: BYO Forum - Wine at Restaurants
Topic: New York City, aka Manhattan and the boroughs BYO
Replies: 663
Views: 71056

Re: New York City, aka Manhattan and the boroughs BYO

The misinformation isn’t always price. Omitting 2 bottle limit or even that it’s allowed to be told no has happened to me.

Also, while I’m also fairly price insensitive to corkage fee, the ones in some of my circles often are.
by Barry L i p t o n
November 24th, 2019, 9:00 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Dinner w/ 04` Bollinger GA, 15` PYCM Batard,7 Grand Cru red Burgs, 05` Rieussec
Replies: 11
Views: 1065

Re: Dinner w/ 04` Bollinger GA, 15` PYCM Batard,7 Grand Cru red Burgs, 05` Rieussec

Great notes Blake! Has Girardin dialed down his oak use in the last 15 -20 years (last time I checked in on his wine)?
by Barry L i p t o n
November 23rd, 2019, 4:10 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: New York City Restaurants
Replies: 2321
Views: 140002

Re: New York City Restaurants

Answering my own questions: Tried 3 things at Parm among the two of us. Chicken Parm Hero, Meatball Parm Roll, Eggplant Platter. All very good; relative to what I can get locally in SoCal, the eggplant was a step above. The event was fun (late in the day), the only bad crowds were the lines for free...
by Barry L i p t o n
November 22nd, 2019, 6:36 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: New York City Restaurants
Replies: 2321
Views: 140002

Re: New York City Restaurants

Anyone been to Parm? I’ve thinking of trying a sandwich when I swing by DiPalos. I was going to go tomorrow but found out that Netflix is going what sounds like a fun event in Little Italy today and tomorrow but worried that the crowds would be oppressive. Anyone there today? https://www.timeout.com...
by Barry L i p t o n
November 11th, 2019, 8:56 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What 2017 White Burg are you drinking tonight?
Replies: 44
Views: 2999

Re: What 2017 White Burg are you drinking tonight?

I had Jean Marc Brocard 1er Vau de Vey by the glass at a couple of restaurants last week, great for a by the glass option.


I remember when 2014 was current, Chablis by the glass was everywhere and village wines were singing, let alone the better stuff.
by Barry L i p t o n
November 11th, 2019, 8:52 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What 2008 Champagne Are You Buying?
Replies: 101
Views: 5000

Re: What 2008 Champagne Are You Buying?

Any current sightings of 08 375s from any of these producers?
by Barry L i p t o n
November 3rd, 2019, 12:33 pm
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Hawaiian island to visit
Replies: 38
Views: 1830

Re: Hawaiian island to visit

John, do you have any updates into visiting tunnels, ke’e, lumaha’i? I heard they are open but parking is impossible (vs just difficult at Ke’e and tunnels) before the flood
by Barry L i p t o n
November 1st, 2019, 6:48 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: New York City Restaurants
Replies: 2321
Views: 140002

Re: New York City Restaurants

Yeah - I didn't want to bring that up. They can have negative ten stars, and I'll still go there once a week. Wonder why Marea lost a star. The biggest surprise is The Four Horseman getting a star. I love it and go often. Nevertheless it is still surprising. Biggest omission for me personally is Se...
by Barry L i p t o n
November 1st, 2019, 6:36 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Peter Luger's - no corkage and bad reviews
Replies: 83
Views: 5612

Re: Peter Luger's - no corkage and bad reviews

2nd ave delhi is dry vs. Katz’s did pastrami battle one day between the two with a 2nd ave diehard who conceded.
by Barry L i p t o n
November 1st, 2019, 12:15 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Found bottle of 1969 Dom Perignon
Replies: 9
Views: 1390

Re: Found bottle of 1969 Dom Perignon

I would think ullage is more of an issue in champagne than still wine, no?
by Barry L i p t o n
October 27th, 2019, 9:07 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: You’re being evacuated from your home, what wine do you grab?
Replies: 84
Views: 2950

Re: You’re being evacuated from your home, what wine do you grab?

If you have already planned and packed, and have a place to stay, that's one thing. Otherwise, if you are thinking about what wine to bring, you are wasting the time that you need for things more important. Where to stay is a big deal - I had to go 60 miles to find a hotel last year. Even LAX airpor...
by Barry L i p t o n
October 19th, 2019, 11:02 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2014 Ramonet Chassagne...thought blanc...got rouge.
Replies: 22
Views: 1395

Re: 2014 Ramonet Chassagne...thought blanc...got rouge.

Just drank a 97 Ramonet Chassagne rouge Morgeot in 375 and it was lovely. Nicely mature but still with fruit and nice length.
by Barry L i p t o n
October 19th, 2019, 10:41 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Coffee maker recommendations?
Replies: 219
Views: 12179

Re: Coffee maker recommendations?

Do the orders always get fulfilled? There FAQs had something on “unsuccessful run” which I didn’t understand.

Either way, thanks for the tip! $70 less than Amazon.
by Barry L i p t o n
October 19th, 2019, 9:29 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Handcarry from Italy
Replies: 7
Views: 809

Re: Handcarry from Italy

I have found that unless you are buying VERY locally, like Pieropan in the Veneta, or cellar door, prices of most wines are cheaper in the US. Cellar door is a different story, then there are bargains. Check prices before you leave.
by Barry L i p t o n
October 18th, 2019, 5:36 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Coffee maker recommendations?
Replies: 219
Views: 12179

Re: Coffee maker recommendations?

excellent deal on the moccamaster on drop fyi; not at all cheap, but damn impressive machine: https://drop.com/buy/technivorm-moccamaster-cdg-coffee-maker?utm_source=linkshare&referer=KHHQTR I ordered and it’s a great price ($230) but doesn’t ship until 11/15. I didn’t see where it was shipping fro...
by Barry L i p t o n
October 18th, 2019, 11:46 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Any wine store recommendations for Rome, Milan & Venice?
Replies: 21
Views: 1015

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

Hi Marco, I haven't specifically tried to hunt down good wine shops on my trips to Venice (I have family there), but those that I have visited have generally been freakishly expensive and preying on the tourist market. One that is well worth a look is Cantine del Vino già Schiavi on Fondamenta Nani...
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: 21
Views: 1015

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

It was was super hot in stone this summer, unless Costantini 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 - Food and Recipes
Topic: Coffee maker recommendations?
Replies: 219
Views: 12179

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: 1174

Re: Trip to Nice - need recommendations

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