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by Mike Cohen
January 12th, 2020, 9:31 am
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Honeymoon plans: help me make a decision
Replies: 22
Views: 608

Re: Honeymoon plans: help me make a decision

Fiancée and I are tying the knot in late April and looking for a mid May plan for honeymoon in Europe. Budgeting about 2 weeks (give or take a day). First stop will be in Andalucía, mostly in Jerez to coincide with the Feria del Caballo from 5/8-5/13. We’ll do a night in Sevilla, probably at the Al...
by Mike Cohen
December 17th, 2019, 8:42 am
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: barcelona 3 nights enough?
Replies: 51
Views: 2313

Re: barcelona 3 nights enough?

Hold on to your wallet near/on Las Ramblas. I've had quite a few friends/locals pick-pocketed or mugged in the area. Totally get that all big cities deal with these issues, but the Las Ramblas area felt like ground zero for it in Europe. Has been two years since I've been back to Barcelona, so coul...
by Mike Cohen
December 17th, 2019, 8:32 am
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: barcelona 3 nights enough?
Replies: 51
Views: 2313

Re: barcelona 3 nights enough?

mark rudner wrote:
December 17th, 2019, 7:05 am
have it booked mike
thanks again
Nice! Make sure to get the egg "carpaccio"
by Mike Cohen
December 16th, 2019, 4:28 pm
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: barcelona 3 nights enough?
Replies: 51
Views: 2313

Re: barcelona 3 nights enough?

mark rudner wrote:
December 15th, 2019, 1:53 pm
we leave in 10 days
any last minute insight?
going to do 1 michelin lunch and the rest tapas/pintxos
thanks
Mark,

I know I mentioned it upthread, but I highly recommend Bar Mut for dinner. Have the best time.
by Mike Cohen
November 7th, 2019, 12:05 pm
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Jackson Hole, Wyoming
Replies: 22
Views: 1051

Re: Jackson Hole, Wyoming

I would say the drive from Teton Village to Jackson is about 20-25 minutes. It's not that far, but the speed limit the whole way is like 35mph and you have to keep an eye out for wandering moose. I would say it's worth it to head into Jackson for a couple of meals, some shopping, and to walk around....
by Mike Cohen
November 7th, 2019, 11:02 am
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Jackson Hole, Wyoming
Replies: 22
Views: 1051

Re: Jackson Hole, Wyoming

Mike, I haven't been back since my trip in 2016 (loved it). We've discussed going back, but have tried out Squaw, Alta, and PC since. As mentioned above, Snake River Grill was excellent. It's a white tablecloth kind of place. One place that I found to be underrated was the Handle Bar which is the pu...
by Mike Cohen
November 1st, 2019, 11:41 am
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: Rye
Replies: 338
Views: 31008

Re: Rye

I see High West "A Midwinter's Night Dram" for as low as $85 to as high as $145. Frankly it depends on the store.
by Mike Cohen
October 16th, 2019, 4:41 pm
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Philadelphia - quick trip this month (next week!)
Replies: 35
Views: 1748

Re: Philadelphia - quick trip this month (next week!)

The best museum in Philadelphia and maybe the world is the Mütter Museum. http://muttermuseum.org/ Was really hoping to find out about a cool art museum that I didn’t know about so I could take a drive down and combine a Zahav visit with this museum. Let’s just say it wasn’t what I was expecting.😂
by Mike Cohen
October 16th, 2019, 9:04 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: New York City Restaurants
Replies: 2322
Views: 140198

Re: New York City Restaurants

Recently discovered Via Carota (thanks YB) and have had two excellent meals there in the past three weeks. The room is great and the service was on point. The menu is large so I was pleasantly surprised that there were no duds. It's super casual and exactly the way that I want to eat and drink for ...
by Mike Cohen
October 16th, 2019, 7:43 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: New York City Restaurants
Replies: 2322
Views: 140198

Re: New York City Restaurants

Recently discovered Via Carota (thanks YB) and have had two excellent meals there in the past three weeks. The room is great and the service was on point. The menu is large so I was pleasantly surprised that there were no duds. It's super casual and exactly the way that I want to eat and drink for a...
by Mike Cohen
October 15th, 2019, 8:37 pm
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: barcelona 3 nights enough?
Replies: 51
Views: 2313

Re: barcelona 3 nights enough?

Howard Cooper wrote:
October 15th, 2019, 6:11 pm
Get tickets IN ADVANCE to go inside Sagrada Familia
Get tickets in advance for all tourist attractions including all the Gaudi stuff.
by Mike Cohen
October 14th, 2019, 2:29 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Sad Passing of one of the great wine importers to the US
Replies: 9
Views: 1776

Re: Sad Passing of one of the great wine importers to the US

That's sad news. Very nice guy. Years ago at A Toute Heure, my wife and I were one of two tables left in the restaurant. Alain and his wife were at the other table and the proprietor introduced us. Alain's wife seemed amused that I was so interested in speaking with her husband. Pretty sure we went ...
by Mike Cohen
October 10th, 2019, 10:27 am
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: barcelona 3 nights enough?
Replies: 51
Views: 2313

Re: barcelona 3 nights enough?

Hey Mark, I was in Barcelona with my family at the end of August. We flew from EWR on a Sunday overnight flight, arriving Monday AM. Spent Monday through Thursday nights there and flew to San Sebastian on Friday morning. I loved everything about Barcelona. I would say that you could do it in three n...
by Mike Cohen
September 26th, 2019, 8:50 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Would You Drink a Nazi Wine??
Replies: 149
Views: 6697

Re: Would You Drink a Nazi Wine??

Why do you hate the grapes? [stirthepothal.gif]
by Mike Cohen
September 25th, 2019, 5:26 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Would You Drink a Nazi Wine??
Replies: 149
Views: 6697

Re: Would You Drink a Nazi Wine??

Never forget history, but at a certain point, are public or other major companies to be held accountable for things that happened generations before? A very personal decision for each and every one of us, and that decision is correct for you and you alone. No judgments. This is pretty much how I fe...
by Mike Cohen
September 23rd, 2019, 7:27 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Making wine in a drier, hotter world
Replies: 3
Views: 322

Re: Making wine in a drier, hotter world

We were in Mitzpe Ramon in the summer of 2017. If you can grow grapes there, you're a pretty talented person. It's an amazing place that looks like a lunar landscape.
by Mike Cohen
September 12th, 2019, 10:57 am
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Back to Barcelona -- new recommendations?
Replies: 29
Views: 3864

Re: Back to Barcelona -- new recommendations?

Had a phenomenal meal at Bar Mut. Would go back in a heartbeat.
by Mike Cohen
September 12th, 2019, 8:44 am
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Bilbao, San Sebastian, Rioja this Fall
Replies: 18
Views: 2570

Re: Bilbao, San Sebastian, Rioja this Fall

Thanks everyone! I'e been crazy busy, so haven't had a chance to reserve until now - we'll see what we can get. At the very least, Hotel Maria Cristina will be our home base for the week. Hi Christine, We just got back from Spain, including 4 days in Barcelona, 1/2 day in Bilbao, and 4 days in San ...
by Mike Cohen
September 9th, 2019, 9:23 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: BBQ Tour
Replies: 24
Views: 1933

Re: BBQ Tour

Franklin's in Austin has a limited number of pre-orders, so that you can skip the line and pick up early. Of course, the line is fun if you have a cooler of beer and camp chairs. I did the pre-order (take out) thing with friends this past May. I just picked it up, I wasn't involved in the ordering,...
by Mike Cohen
September 9th, 2019, 8:56 am
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Little Things Mean a Lot - the Travel Version
Replies: 38
Views: 2715

Re: Little Things Mean a Lot - the Travel Version

Sarah Kirschbaum wrote:
September 7th, 2019, 7:04 pm

6) a little bag of good sea salt, like Maldon.
I'd be careful with this one...

https://www.cnn.com/travel/article/lond ... index.html

[rofl.gif]
by Mike Cohen
September 6th, 2019, 9:45 am
Forum: Commerce Corner - Wine Classifieds
Topic: FS: 2010 Bénétière 'Cordeloux' Côte-Rôtie x 2
Replies: 25
Views: 1447

Re: FS: 2010 Bénétière 'Cordeloux' Côte-Rôtie x 2

I guess that the forum rules pinned at the top of all of the commerce corner threads are optional? Cuz by my count 30% of the posts on this thread don't follow the stated rules below: "Forum rules If you have a negative or potentially harmful comment to make about another poster's pricing or offer, ...
by Mike Cohen
September 4th, 2019, 9:01 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Another Flannery PSA
Replies: 187
Views: 11643

Re: Another Flannery PSA

Picked up a few more to share with my parents on a visit next weekend. Dad turned 85 yesterday--still going strong! [cheers.gif] to your dad! One of the great blessings of my life was to have my wife's parents in our lives. Nanny is 89 and going strong, as well! She lives with us 2/3 time (she stil...
by Mike Cohen
August 28th, 2019, 9:34 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Best of Class restaurant dishes
Replies: 42
Views: 3305

Re: Best of Class restaurant dishes

I had a banner day yesterday, tasting two "best of class" dishes in one day: * Best fish taco: Solbar, Calistoga, CA * Best iceberg wedge salad: Press, St. Helena, CA (chilled iceberg, bacon, blue cheese, red grapes, pistachio, avocado puree) I'll throw in another all-time favorite from years past ...
by Mike Cohen
August 12th, 2019, 12:36 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: What did you cook tonight?
Replies: 1390
Views: 73800

Re: What did you cook tonight?

Kenny H wrote:
August 11th, 2019, 9:32 pm
Mike Cohen wrote:
August 5th, 2019, 12:38 pm
Been doing this salad or slight variations of it this summer. Lotsa thinly sliced fresh and pickled stone fruit, radishes, pickled carrots, onions and fresnos, pistachios, mint, oil, salt, pepper.
Gorgeous!
Thanks! Forgot to mention that underneath I add fresh orange sections.
by Mike Cohen
August 8th, 2019, 1:58 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Anyone seen, gotten, or received any 2015 Benetiere yet?
Replies: 385
Views: 22452

Re: Anyone seen, gotten, or received any 2015 Benetiere yet?

ybarselah wrote:
August 8th, 2019, 1:56 pm
Mike Cohen wrote:
August 8th, 2019, 1:40 pm
Robert Panzer wrote:
May 21st, 2019, 8:36 am
My warehouse is ideal temp/humidity 24/7/365.
I am quite proud of its efficiency, the total energy bill in August is around $100!!!
How big is your warehouse? Where is it? How is that even possible?
context: this guy pays $250/month for water.
LOL!
by Mike Cohen
August 8th, 2019, 1:40 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Anyone seen, gotten, or received any 2015 Benetiere yet?
Replies: 385
Views: 22452

Re: Anyone seen, gotten, or received any 2015 Benetiere yet?

Robert Panzer wrote:
May 21st, 2019, 8:36 am
My warehouse is ideal temp/humidity 24/7/365.
I am quite proud of its efficiency, the total energy bill in August is around $100!!!
How big is your warehouse? Where is it? How is that even possible?
by Mike Cohen
August 8th, 2019, 9:41 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: COOKBOOKS: What Are Your Top 5
Replies: 40
Views: 3244

Re: COOKBOOKS: What Are Your Top 5

It's tough to narrow down to 5 and I appreciate the offerings so far. I clearly need to look into The Food Lab. I too gain inspiration from these books rather than strictly following the recipes. Kenji has so much material online you *almost don't need the book. Serious Eats and Kenji's online stuf...
by Mike Cohen
August 8th, 2019, 8:53 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: COOKBOOKS: What Are Your Top 5
Replies: 40
Views: 3244

Re: COOKBOOKS: What Are Your Top 5

Brian King wrote:
August 8th, 2019, 6:34 am
Smoke it Like a Pro - Eric Mitchell
Is this really a cookbook? [rofl.gif]
by Mike Cohen
August 5th, 2019, 12:38 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: What did you cook tonight?
Replies: 1390
Views: 73800

Re: What did you cook tonight?

Been doing this salad or slight variations of it this summer. Lotsa thinly sliced fresh and pickled stone fruit, radishes, pickled carrots, onions and fresnos, pistachios, mint, oil, salt, pepper.
by Mike Cohen
August 4th, 2019, 10:03 am
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Austria during Xmas/New Years (skiing)
Replies: 7
Views: 1899

Re: Austria during Xmas/New Years (skiing)

Jeff, I haven't skied in Europe, but regularly ski all over the US and Canada. I'm sure that most (if not all) ski areas in Austria will sell 3 day passes. My concerns would be as follows: 1. Might not be a lot of snow that early in the season. That said, assuming you're sticking mostly to beginner ...
by Mike Cohen
August 1st, 2019, 9:34 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Owners of eleven Madison Park To Split
Replies: 33
Views: 3586

Re: Owners of eleven Madison Park To Split

Even if Danny Meyer "gave away" EMP to DH/WG, Danny Meyer still has a prominent stake in lower volume/higher cost fine dining; places like the Modern, Maialino are much closer to EMP in style, feel and ambition (and wine lists) than they are to Shake Shack. You make it sound like he left fine dinin...
by Mike Cohen
July 31st, 2019, 9:40 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Owners of eleven Madison Park To Split
Replies: 33
Views: 3586

Re: Owners of eleven Madison Park To Split

It will be a fascinating experiment to see which person is more important. The Chef or the Hospitality Guy.
by Mike Cohen
July 29th, 2019, 8:11 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Stems: The Achilles’ heel of the wine glass?
Replies: 15
Views: 1136

Re: Stems: The Achilles’ heel of the wine glass?

I love my Zalto Universal glasses. I do feel that when I occasionally pour too big a glass that the bowl *could* snap off. Hasn't happened yet, but it does feel top heavy when the bowl is on the fuller side.
by Mike Cohen
July 26th, 2019, 8:41 am
Forum: Commerce Corner - Wine Classifieds
Topic: FS: Tree House! A Plethora of Goodies! SOLD
Replies: 18
Views: 984

Re: FS: Tree House! A Plethora of Goodies! SOLD

YLee wrote:
July 26th, 2019, 7:53 am
Just picked up the beers.
These beers are amazing (and they defy gravity). champagne.gif
by Mike Cohen
July 26th, 2019, 6:53 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2016 Emidio Pepe - Trebbiano d'Abruzzo (Italy, Abruzzi, Trebbiano d'Abruzzo)
Replies: 46
Views: 2095

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

My glass came from Roscioli, in Rome. Now I have no idea which version I had. 95% you had a young vines wine. In terms of which of the young vines wines, you will never know. They do not blend the vats. So in reality there are several different young vine wines, and several old vine wines. The good...
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: 46
Views: 2095

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: 68
Views: 4527

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: 68
Views: 4527

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: 68
Views: 4527

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: 474
Views: 42243

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: 68
Views: 4527

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: 33
Views: 3528

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: 2202

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: 118
Views: 13222

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 - Food and Recipes
Topic: What's your favorite mustard? Fallot mustard photo added.
Replies: 67
Views: 5676

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 - Food and Recipes
Topic: What's your favorite mustard? Fallot mustard photo added.
Replies: 67
Views: 5676

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 - Food and Recipes
Topic: What's your favorite mustard? Fallot mustard photo added.
Replies: 67
Views: 5676

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 - Food and Recipes
Topic: Pizza - what is the Best Pizza in NYC? Wishing a NYC Pizza tour suggestions
Replies: 95
Views: 5548

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 - Food and Recipes
Topic: Pizza - what is the Best Pizza in NYC? Wishing a NYC Pizza tour suggestions
Replies: 95
Views: 5548

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...

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