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by Mike Cohen
July 18th, 2019, 7:50 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2016 Emidio Pepe - Trebbiano d'Abruzzo (Italy, Abruzzi, Trebbiano d'Abruzzo)
Replies: 6
Views: 335

Re: TN: 2016 Emidio Pepe - Trebbiano d'Abruzzo (Italy, Abruzzi, Trebbiano d'Abruzzo)

Nice note. Had this a couple weeks back while in Montalcino ($36Eu off a list; lol) on a patio on a hot night and it was spectacular. We drank several on our trip in May as well and I brought back a few too. Can't believe how cheap it still is in Italy! ^This! Was in Rome and Florence in August of ...
by Mike Cohen
July 10th, 2019, 12:07 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: Hazy IPAs/New England IPAs
Replies: 50
Views: 1403

Re: Hazy IPAs/New England IPAs

John Kimmich is commonly referred to as the originator of the hazy NE styled IPA/DIPA with the introduction of The Alchemists' Heady Topper way back in 2003, long before Trillium or Treehouse started brewing commercially. Cheers, Bud Didn’t he think it was a flaw at the time though, which is why th...
by Mike Cohen
July 10th, 2019, 12:02 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: Hazy IPAs/New England IPAs
Replies: 50
Views: 1403

Re: Hazy IPAs/New England IPAs

For Fiddlehead, I prefer Second Fiddle to Rareified Air. Fuller body. Love Second Fiddle. Love the Fiddlehead IPA even more. But Rarified Air hits a sweet spot for me with regard to alcohol content. Second Fiddle - 8.2% Fiddlehead IPA - 6.2% Rarified Air - 5% My scenario is that I'm having a beer A...
by Mike Cohen
June 20th, 2019, 11:42 am
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: Hazy IPAs/New England IPAs
Replies: 50
Views: 1403

Re: Hazy IPAs/New England IPAs

i have to give kudos to trillium, treehouse, etc. who may have started the craze, but imo their western brethren like monkish, modern times, fieldwork, and now moonraker (out of auburn, ca), maybe moksa (rocklin near sacramento) has been making better hazy ipas imho. cheers! I'm not up on the histo...
by Mike Cohen
June 20th, 2019, 7:50 am
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: The Cocktail Thread
Replies: 464
Views: 38951

Re: The Cocktail Thread

Really enjoying reading this. https://www.amazon.com/Death-Co-Modern-Classic-Cocktails/dp/1607745259/ref=asc_df_1607745259_nodl/?tag=bingshoppinga-20&linkCode=df0&hvadid=%7Bcreative%7D&hvpos=%7Badposition%7D&hvnetw=o&hvrand=%7Brandom%7D&hvpone=&hvptwo=&hvqmt=e&hvdev=m&hvdvcmdl=%7Bdevicemodel%7D&hvl...
by Mike Cohen
June 20th, 2019, 7:42 am
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: Hazy IPAs/New England IPAs
Replies: 50
Views: 1403

Re: Hazy IPAs/New England IPAs

I'm not much of a beer drinker. However, I spend a lot of time in Vermont (especially during ski season) and when I'm up there it's all I drink. Over the past few years, I've come to find that I enjoy the hazy pale ales the most. Reason being that they are not as bitter and they are typically much l...
by Mike Cohen
June 18th, 2019, 8:06 am
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: Margaritas for a Crowd
Replies: 29
Views: 1138

Re: Margaritas for a Crowd

https://www.instacart.com/products/23856-365-100-organic-lime-juice-10-fl-oz?utm_campaign=taurus&utm_content=retailer_product&utm_medium=web&utm_source=instacart_seo This is widely available at Whole Foods by me. Is it ideal? No. But it's a very, very good substitute and saves the trouble of juicin...
by Mike Cohen
June 6th, 2019, 10:22 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What happened to all the love for Anthill Farms?
Replies: 37
Views: 2028

Re: What happened to all the love for Anthill Farms?

Alan Eden wrote:
June 6th, 2019, 10:07 am
Pinot is dead at retail
I don't pretend to be in the know, but c'mon...this sounds like opinion not fact.
by Mike Cohen
June 6th, 2019, 8:16 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Suit against Bryant Family alleges falling sales
Replies: 76
Views: 7194

Re: Suit against Bryant Family alleges falling sales

Yet another case of a rich family hiring someone to do work for them and then screwing the worker on compensation.
by Mike Cohen
June 4th, 2019, 12:42 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: What's your favorite mustard? Fallot mustard photo added.
Replies: 55
Views: 2602

Re: What's your favorite mustard?

Been on a Beaver Sweet & Hot kick recently. I like Oscar's More Than Mustard. I wonder if they are similar as the Oscar's has that sweet and hot thing going. Haven’t seen that brand on the West Coast. Looks similar. Only sold at Oscar's Smokehouse in Warrensburg, NY. Oscar's is one of those dying b...
by Mike Cohen
June 4th, 2019, 12:21 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: What's your favorite mustard? Fallot mustard photo added.
Replies: 55
Views: 2602

Re: What's your favorite mustard?

Paul Luckin wrote:
June 4th, 2019, 12:05 pm
Been on a Beaver Sweet & Hot kick recently.
I like Oscar's More Than Mustard. I wonder if they are similar as the Oscar's has that sweet and hot thing going.
by Mike Cohen
June 4th, 2019, 11:52 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: What's your favorite mustard? Fallot mustard photo added.
Replies: 55
Views: 2602

Re: What's your favorite mustard?

I love mustard...in almost all forms. My go to these days is from Butterfly Bakery of Vermont. Their website isn't that great as I know they have a bunch of different mustards. My standard is the one they make with Heady Topper. But I've been digging the Chipotle mustard that they make too. I typica...
by Mike Cohen
May 28th, 2019, 11:48 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Pizza - what is the Best Pizza in NYC? Wishing a NYC Pizza tour suggestions
Replies: 92
Views: 4941

Re: Pizza - what is the Best Pizza in NYC? Wishing a NYC Pizza tour suggestions

I've been to Ava's a couple of times. As Chris said, owned by the former owner of Emma's so the pizza is very good. And they have a great beer list. IMHO, Ava's is a good place for a big group, but it can get loud, especially in the front room. I used to really enjoy Emma's but post sale, everything...
by Mike Cohen
May 28th, 2019, 7:18 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Pizza - what is the Best Pizza in NYC? Wishing a NYC Pizza tour suggestions
Replies: 92
Views: 4941

Re: Pizza - what is the Best Pizza in NYC? Wishing a NYC Pizza tour suggestions

I'm glad this thread got resurrected. A few weeks ago, my wife and I went to Santillo's Brick Oven Pizza in Elizabeth, NJ. Santillo's is widely considered to be the best pizza in Union County and I've read several articles where it's mentioned as the best in the state. We had never been there, so wh...
by Mike Cohen
May 21st, 2019, 7:22 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: New York City Restaurants
Replies: 2081
Views: 118516

Re: New York City Restaurants

This is the first I'm hearing about Manhatta. No previous notes on this thread. The views look fantastic (checking the website), how is the food? It's a block from my office. I've been for drinks several times but never for dinner. The view are indeed fantastic and they have binoculars on the bar. ...
by Mike Cohen
May 21st, 2019, 7:20 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: New York City Restaurants
Replies: 2081
Views: 118516

Re: New York City Restaurants

Where can I get the best fish taco in NYC? I really love the tacos at Empellon, but those are fancy. I'm talking super tasty, but super casual tacos.
by Mike Cohen
May 21st, 2019, 7:19 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Texas BBQ Spring Break
Replies: 15
Views: 863

Re: Texas BBQ Spring Break

I was in Austin this past Tuesday - Friday for a work conference. I snuck out as best as possible for food and drink. Highlights were Franklin BBQ . My buddy arranged for takeout and we got 10lbs of ribs, brisket, pulled pork and sausage with all the sides. Brought it back to the hotel and a bunch ...
by Mike Cohen
May 20th, 2019, 8:52 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Texas BBQ Spring Break
Replies: 15
Views: 863

Re: Texas BBQ Spring Break

I was in Austin this past Tuesday - Friday for a work conference. I snuck out as best as possible for food and drink. Highlights were Franklin BBQ . My buddy arranged for takeout and we got 10lbs of ribs, brisket, pulled pork and sausage with all the sides. Brought it back to the hotel and a bunch o...
by Mike Cohen
May 7th, 2019, 9:51 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Is the Weber Genesis still the best?
Replies: 25
Views: 1253

Re: Is the Weber Genesis still the best?

My Genesis still going strong after many years. I have replaced the original grills and flavorizer bars but everything else is original. Charcoal is great but being able to heat the grill in 10 minutes is very handy in a busy world. Agree completely. I've had my Genesis Silver B for 17 years. Repla...
by Mike Cohen
May 7th, 2019, 7:26 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine shopping in Jerusalem
Replies: 19
Views: 724

Re: Wine shopping in Jerusalem

My family and I were in Israel in the summer of 2015 and summer of 2017. Unfortunately, due to timing we weren't able to eat at Machneyuda on either trip. The 2017 trip being the most disappointing because we had a reservation that would have had us go right from arriving at the airport in TLV to di...
by Mike Cohen
May 6th, 2019, 2:15 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine shopping in Jerusalem
Replies: 19
Views: 724

Re: Wine shopping in Jerusalem

Howard Cooper wrote:
April 20th, 2019, 1:34 pm
Xavier,

Before you head out to Israel, watch the movie In Search of Israeli Cuisine (it is on Netflix)



And, eat at https://www.machneyuda.co.il/menu if you can get in. Great restaurant!!!!!
Howard,

I loved, loved, loved this documentary.
by Mike Cohen
May 4th, 2019, 5:08 pm
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: London / Solo Diner
Replies: 34
Views: 1428

Re: London / Solo Diner

Whoa...was in London two weeks ago and absolutely loved The Barbary. Loved Palomar (sister restaurant) even more. Fun atmosphere, great flavors, loud and frenetic, but a ton of fun. Curious as to what you didn't like about the Barbary? I was with my family of four and both at the Barbary and Paloma...
by Mike Cohen
May 4th, 2019, 9:17 am
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: London / Solo Diner
Replies: 34
Views: 1428

Re: London / Solo Diner

I spent a week eating in London last week, my strongest recs would be for; The Clove Club (bats way above its 1 star rating imho) Kiln (awesome) Tandoor Chop House Roti King (the one in the basement near Euston station) Avoid The Barbary - total joke. Whoa...was in London two weeks ago and absolute...
by Mike Cohen
May 3rd, 2019, 12:18 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2018 Rose
Replies: 40
Views: 1688

Re: 2018 Rose

C Chen wrote:
May 3rd, 2019, 10:17 am
2018 Tercero for me. I used to buy Commanderie de Peyrassol, but haven't liked their recent releases.
I used to drink a lot of Commanderie de Peyrassol but I haven't liked at least the last five vintages and the price has gone way up.
by Mike Cohen
April 14th, 2019, 8:54 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Tell me about Westchester-Wine related
Replies: 16
Views: 803

Re: Tell me about Westchester-Wine related

Glad you spoke with Chris. He built my cellar and has serviced my cooling unit. He’s a stand up guy.
by Mike Cohen
April 11th, 2019, 7:06 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Texas BBQ Spring Break
Replies: 15
Views: 863

Re: Texas BBQ Spring Break

This is great. I'm heading to Austin in mid-May for a work seminar. My wife may tag along, but we won't know until last minute. Where should I eat in Austin (breakfast, lunch, and dinner)? I'm not a huge BBQ guy, but love a great taco. Open to all suggestions with bonus points for a place with amazi...
by Mike Cohen
April 10th, 2019, 6:59 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 3 CA Chardonnays (Rochioli; Arcadian; Rhys)
Replies: 8
Views: 719

Re: TN: 3 CA Chardonnays (Rochioli; Arcadian; Rhys)

with a hint of smokable herb presenting itself Could be one of my favorite tasting notes... In all seriousness, I appreciate the notes. After years of staying away, I've found that there are a number of domestic Pinot Noir and Chardonnay producers that are doing a great job of making balanced, enjo...
by Mike Cohen
April 3rd, 2019, 5:42 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: What did you cook tonight?
Replies: 1328
Views: 64845

Re: What did you cook tonight?

Tried @kenjilopezalt #betterthanchickfila challenge. Recipe was pretty easy and fun
by Mike Cohen
March 9th, 2019, 6:25 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Chiltern Firehouse
Replies: 4
Views: 320

Re: Chiltern Firehouse

Very interested. We have a reservation there for mid April.
by Mike Cohen
March 6th, 2019, 8:24 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Why Legs form, the real answer...
Replies: 27
Views: 1150

Re: Why Legs form, the real answer...

squats
by Mike Cohen
March 6th, 2019, 8:20 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: New York City Restaurants
Replies: 2081
Views: 118516

Re: New York City Restaurants

how does a chef talented enough to be at ko make marginal food at another restaurant. i've been eating at ko since long before the move to extra place and the food's been consistently amazing since. is it that they have to "dumb it down" for the new owner, place, patrons, etc or does it just not wo...
by Mike Cohen
March 6th, 2019, 8:15 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: New York City Restaurants
Replies: 2081
Views: 118516

Re: New York City Restaurants

LOL, I know I'm in the minority, but the two most over-rated restaurants in Philly are Vernick and Zahav. I've so tired about hearing about them in every single foodie article about Philly. Kevin, I find Zahav to be consistently rock solid. It always meets or exceeds my expectations. Reminds me of ...
by Mike Cohen
February 12th, 2019, 2:43 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Tribeca lunch recommendation
Replies: 21
Views: 892

Re: Tribeca lunch recommendation

My recent meal at Frenchette was good. I would say the food was exactly what I expected. Well executed bistro food. The service was excellent and the people watching was even better. Overall a fun and enjoyable experience, but if you're going to France shortly, I wouldn't bother. I do like the Locan...
by Mike Cohen
February 9th, 2019, 12:14 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Tribeca lunch recommendation
Replies: 21
Views: 892

Re: Tribeca lunch recommendation

What about Racines? I've heard the new chef has been killing it and we all know the wine list is fantastic.

I'm also a fan of Frenchette and Augustine as well. But Racines is right down the street from CSW.
by Mike Cohen
February 6th, 2019, 8:53 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Dry January: Lessons Learned
Replies: 51
Views: 2635

Re: Dry January: Lessons Learned

Ha! Thanks, Mike. I will check out the Wolfe book. Thankfully neither do I really "miss" alcohol per se -- though, like you, I do find myself "triggered" by things like the roaring fire. I only have two suits that fall into that category -- both Southwick, gabardine, thin lapels, classic look, and ...
by Mike Cohen
February 6th, 2019, 8:36 am
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Iceland on the Cheap?
Replies: 8
Views: 365

Re: Iceland on the Cheap?

Rent a car and drive around. You’d be missing 90% of things to see in Iceland if u stay in the City and surroundings. Golden circle day trip is almost a must. If u have time, which u do, drive the southern side. I’m not sure about northern light so will let others comment. Iceland isn’t usually pai...
by Mike Cohen
February 6th, 2019, 8:29 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Dry January: Lessons Learned
Replies: 51
Views: 2635

Re: Dry January: Lessons Learned

Every so often my wife makes the (mostly) unilateral decision to "paleo" us. We are both 50ish, in pretty good shape though not "Ironman" shape. I don't feel the burning need to participate, but I generally acquiesce. It is pretty hardcore -- basically meat, fish, eggs, certain nuts, relatively una...
by Mike Cohen
February 6th, 2019, 8:14 am
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Iceland on the Cheap?
Replies: 8
Views: 365

Iceland on the Cheap?

Thinking of doing a quick trip over the kids Spring Break to Iceland. Fly from Newark to Reykjavik on an overnight flight and arrive on a Friday morning. All day Friday-Tuesday, fly back late afternoon on Wednesday. Is it a must to move around or could you just do Reykjavik and the surrounding areas...
by Mike Cohen
February 4th, 2019, 8:34 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Dry January: Lessons Learned
Replies: 51
Views: 2635

Re: Dry January: Lessons Learned

I did dry January as well and am actually continuing on at least until this upcoming Friday. If I somehow decide to continue to be dry this coming weekend, I will definitely have a couple of drinks apres-ski over Presidents’ Day weekend. This is my second year, last year I went to Presidents’ Day we...
by Mike Cohen
February 4th, 2019, 9:59 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Frenchette NYC - anyone BYO?
Replies: 27
Views: 1188

Re: Frenchette NYC - anyone BYO?

Z- How was Frenchette? Like I said before, I thought the food and people watching was a ton of fun. But we were there while I was adhering to dry January, so no issues with the wine list. My wife did order one of their cocktails (the Rayuela) while we were waiting for our table. She said it was undr...
by Mike Cohen
January 31st, 2019, 7:27 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Frenchette NYC - anyone BYO?
Replies: 27
Views: 1188

Re: Frenchette NYC - anyone BYO?

The duck frites was great. I went during dry January to avoid the pain of the wine list. :)

Zak...food is very good and the people watching is even better.
by Mike Cohen
January 29th, 2019, 11:08 am
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Is France Safe for Travel
Replies: 53
Views: 2422

Re: Is France Safe for Travel

Milton Hudson wrote:
December 31st, 2018, 12:11 am
...before the advent of spray paint.
I'm having a hard time thinking of a "positive" use for spray paint.
by Mike Cohen
December 10th, 2018, 7:36 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: 150th tabasco
Replies: 65
Views: 3765

Re: 150th tabasco

Drew Goin wrote:
December 9th, 2018, 10:24 pm
I have never been one for hot sauce on my eggs, however.
Interesting. Eggs are the first thing that come to mind for hot sauce.
by Mike Cohen
December 9th, 2018, 8:30 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: 150th tabasco
Replies: 65
Views: 3765

Re: 150th tabasco

Fascinated
by Mike Cohen
December 4th, 2018, 9:53 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Incredible interview with Bobby Stuckey
Replies: 100
Views: 4734

Re: Incredible interview with Bobby Stuckey

I'll drop the geek level down several notches. Just give me a somm who can speak knowledgeably about the list without making me feel uncomfortable (either thru arrogance, snobbery, or trying to upsell) and I'm pretty happy. To me, the wine staff at Charlie Bird is the perfect mix of what I'm looking...
by Mike Cohen
November 28th, 2018, 11:58 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: New York City Restaurants
Replies: 2081
Views: 118516

Re: New York City Restaurants

North End Grill is going out not with a bang but with a whimper. Had Thanksgiving dinner there last night and the kitchen was really phoning it in. If they had put out a sign saying "we're closing in a month so we don't care what you think about the food" it couldn't have been clearer. A pity, as i...
by Mike Cohen
November 5th, 2018, 10:16 am
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: MUSINGS FROM AMSTERDAM FALL 2018 UPDATED VERSION WITH A SPRING 2019 UPDATE
Replies: 51
Views: 2350

Re: MUSINGS FROM AMSTERDAM FALL 2018 UPDATED VERSION

Thanks Blake! We visited in summer of 2017 and really enjoyed ourselves. Brings back memories.
by Mike Cohen
November 3rd, 2018, 2:14 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: New York City Restaurants
Replies: 2081
Views: 118516

Re: New York City Restaurants

Just returned from NYC and a few notes. Marea as always excellent; the noise level at Maialino reminded me why I had not eaten there for a few years, wanted to like King but the tables were too small and crammed together to make the experience pleasant. Looking for a convenient place to have dinner...
by Mike Cohen
November 1st, 2018, 9:05 pm
Forum: Offline Planner
Topic: Visiting NYC - Offline 9th/10th/11th Nov
Replies: 18
Views: 726

Re: Visiting NYC - Offline 9th/10th/11th Nov

Hey guys, thanks so much for that info. La Fête sounds right up my street so I will have to check that out. And Jay, you had me at 'grilled meat'. :) What is a Jets tailgate - is that something you do before going to a football game? I will assume the question is serious. We get there about 10 am. ...

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