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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: 42
Views: 1207

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: 25
Views: 634

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: 169

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: 6114

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: 6114

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: 6114

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: 6114

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: 169

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: 6114

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: 6114

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: 25
Views: 634

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: 463

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: 47
Views: 2873

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: 21
Views: 657

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: 21
Views: 657

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: 919

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: 489

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: 7
Views: 153

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: 47
Views: 2873

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: 2002
Views: 110366

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: 763
Views: 35776

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: 763
Views: 35776

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: 6154

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: 8647

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: 7546

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: 375

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: 618

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: 8647

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: 2002
Views: 110366

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...
by Barry L i p t o n
March 6th, 2019, 9:40 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: New York City Restaurants
Replies: 2002
Views: 110366

Re: New York City Restaurants

Have never had a problem bringing bottles to Upland. Quick aside: any vegetarian focused dinners that have had you blown away? Looking for one for a special occasion. Have thought about Kajitsu, Nix, Dirt Candy. Bonus points for corkage friendly! I went to Nix once and did not like it all. It is th...
by Barry L i p t o n
March 6th, 2019, 9:24 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: New York City Restaurants
Replies: 2002
Views: 110366

Re: New York City Restaurants

Have never had a problem bringing bottles to Upland. Quick aside: any vegetarian focused dinners that have had you blown away? Looking for one for a special occasion. Have thought about Kajitsu, Nix, Dirt Candy. Bonus points for corkage friendly! Hi; Yes I have, but in NYC, it's been Bouley (on mor...
by Barry L i p t o n
March 4th, 2019, 4:25 pm
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Tuscany
Replies: 29
Views: 1105

Re: Tuscany

I’m a huge Sienna fan. Yes, it’s more charming after the day trippers leave. The key, besides it’s beauty, is there are no cars allowed inside the city walls. For me, that helps balance the crowds. Plus the times I went, I was out of town during the day at wineries. I’ve been to Perugia and Sienna a...
by Barry L i p t o n
February 24th, 2019, 10:37 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Eating and Drinking in Los Angeles
Replies: 763
Views: 35776

Re: Eating and Drinking in Los Angeles

Mark et al, thanks for the tip on Badmaash. Enjoyed it, thought it was sort of on par with Dishoom in London, and better than anything else I've tried in LA.
by Barry L i p t o n
February 24th, 2019, 9:15 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: [Poll] Who has the better $20-30 wines? Oregon or Burgundy?
Replies: 138
Views: 4141

Re: [Poll] Who has the better $20-30 wines? Oregon or Burgundy?

As mentioned upthread, if you include Beaujolais, then Burgundy wins hands down.
by Barry L i p t o n
February 20th, 2019, 2:14 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Eating and Drinking in Los Angeles
Replies: 763
Views: 35776

Re: Eating and Drinking in Los Angeles

Thanks all!

Booked Badmaash, Indian food is my wife's favorite cuisine.

Still curious, is AOC still doing it's thing well? Don't hear it mentioned much anymore.
by Barry L i p t o n
February 19th, 2019, 5:47 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Earliest Drinking Grand Cru Red Burgundies?
Replies: 25
Views: 1510

Re: Earliest Drinking Grand Cru Red Burgundies?

The reds Charlie drinks on his rapido trip to France.
by Barry L i p t o n
February 17th, 2019, 10:47 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Eating and Drinking in Los Angeles
Replies: 763
Views: 35776

Re: Eating and Drinking in Los Angeles

Thanks, I'll take a look at Badmaash. Already have reservations for Kali in March.

ETA Menu looks great, we love Indian food but haven't found one in LA that makes the grade, so looking forward to try it. Are the seats more comfortable than they look in the pictures?
by Barry L i p t o n
February 17th, 2019, 1:20 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Eating and Drinking in Los Angeles
Replies: 763
Views: 35776

Re: Eating and Drinking in Los Angeles

I will be seeing a show at the Matrix theater (Sunday matiness), which is on Melrose 5 blocks east of Fairfax. A couple of obvious choices are AOC and Angelini Osteria. I have enjoyed them both, but haven't been in to either over 10 years. AOC is more suitable to my New Year's resolutions (, but if ...
by Barry L i p t o n
February 15th, 2019, 10:19 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Quick 6 day trip to Paris and Burgundy - 2019 edition
Replies: 57
Views: 4712

Re: Quick 6 day trip to Paris and Burgundy - 2019 edition

What was the best burgundy "score" in terms of wine list pricing and delicious to boot?
by Barry L i p t o n
February 13th, 2019, 11:27 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: WAGYU ON SALE
Replies: 9
Views: 576

Re: WAGYU ON SALE

Read poor things about them recently in this board. Not necessarily wagyu though.
by Barry L i p t o n
February 10th, 2019, 10:42 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: New York City Restaurants
Replies: 2002
Views: 110366

Re: New York City Restaurants

Been a few weeks but wanted to provide a review of Gramercy Tavern. Needed a big round table for a business diner, and it accommodated. Their corkage policy was a godsend for bringing a mag of Montevetrine, and when you factor in no tipping, we also ordered two bottles of their list. Food wasn't al...
by Barry L i p t o n
January 30th, 2019, 5:45 pm
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Easter Island / Torres Del Paine Question
Replies: 5
Views: 241

Re: Easter Island / Torres Del Paine Question

We went for a boat ride on a lake in Torres del Paine where they went up to a glacier, chipped some ice and served scotch on 10,000 year old rocks. That was way cool, even if the Scotch was pedestrian.
by Barry L i p t o n
January 29th, 2019, 7:57 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2001 Château de Beaucastel Châteauneuf-du-Pape
Replies: 24
Views: 801

Re: TN: 2001 Château de Beaucastel Châteauneuf-du-Pape

Love the 01, very disappointed in the 98. The 98 is mostly grenache and doesn't excite me - too bad as it held so much promise when it came out.
by Barry L i p t o n
January 27th, 2019, 9:56 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Atlanta????
Replies: 9
Views: 491

Re: Atlanta????

Varasano's in terminal A at Atlanta airport is pretty amazing, and has better slices than anyplace in LA.
by Barry L i p t o n
January 27th, 2019, 9:52 am
Forum: BerserkerDay 10 Forum (January 27, 2019) #BD10 "the Black Friday of wine commerce" - Forbes
Topic: Flannery Beef!
Replies: 82
Views: 4375

Re: Flannery Beef!

Locked in some 2019 Xmas gift shopping with the Cal Reserve/Wagyu combo! Thanks for accepting ship dates in December on that package!
by Barry L i p t o n
January 21st, 2019, 5:46 pm
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Cancun as a family vacation - yea or nay?
Replies: 19
Views: 556

Re: Cancun as a family vacation - yea or nay?

Not sure if Playa del Carmen is more family than Cancun, but there is a Marriott there. Cancun felt like spring break when I was there which was not during spring break (compared to Cozumel which was much more family and diver oriented). When I had to leave at dawn to catch my flight home, plenty of...
by Barry L i p t o n
January 21st, 2019, 4:30 pm
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Cancun as a family vacation - yea or nay?
Replies: 19
Views: 556

Re: Cancun as a family vacation - yea or nay?

I would have thought the Maya Riviera would be a more family oriented spot. Only been toCancun once but it seemed like spring break compared to Cozumel.

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