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by Mike Cohen
June 18th, 2020, 3:22 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Sourdough Thread
Replies: 42
Views: 1963

Re: Sourdough Thread

This is my latest. I think it’s my prettiest one yet.
by Mike Cohen
June 8th, 2020, 8:48 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Buying a gas grill: propane vs. hard-lining to my home's natural gas?
Replies: 34
Views: 1164

Re: Buying a gas grill: propane vs. hard-lining to my home's natural gas?

So one more question...I currently have two blue rhino tanks that I swap out as needed at HD. Can I take those tanks to a refill place, or do I have to buy a tank from the refill place?
by Mike Cohen
June 5th, 2020, 9:59 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Buying a gas grill: propane vs. hard-lining to my home's natural gas?
Replies: 34
Views: 1164

Re: Buying a gas grill: propane vs. hard-lining to my home's natural gas?

Never use those "swap out rack" as those tanks are the worst of the lot. I would love to hear elaboration on this. I have done both ways and noticed zero diff, but I may just not have paid attention Recently went to a local propane refill rather than the exchange, definitely a heavier fill. I had t...
by Mike Cohen
June 5th, 2020, 9:45 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Buying a gas grill: propane vs. hard-lining to my home's natural gas?
Replies: 34
Views: 1164

Re: Buying a gas grill: propane vs. hard-lining to my home's natural gas?

I guess that I'm an outlier. I like propane for my weber. Reason is I grill all year. In the warmer months I move the grill to a corner of the patio to make more room for the patio furniture and insure that folks sitting on the patio aren't getting smoke in their face from the grill. However in the ...
by Mike Cohen
May 11th, 2020, 10:18 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Bread porn -- post yours
Replies: 206
Views: 16356

Re: Bread porn -- post yours

Been baking a ton of bread using the Tartine Bread recipe (slightly modified). Along with starter from Yaacov and a ton of texts and calls for support. Results have been solid.
by Mike Cohen
May 6th, 2020, 8:50 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Sourdough Thread
Replies: 42
Views: 1963

Re: Sourdough Thread

Beautiful, nicely done! I am doing a bunch of sourdough but still working on technique. Of course I went to order a bunch of baking tools from Amazon and everything is a few weeks out, of course. Anyway, it has been fun. I supplied several friends with starters and there is now a sort of baking com...
by Mike Cohen
May 6th, 2020, 8:43 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: The Cocktail Thread
Replies: 539
Views: 47545

Re: The Cocktail Thread

With the sun out and the temps creeping up (to 60), I've become a Paper Plane making machine, but am adding fresh squeezed mandarin in. Still 1:1:1:1 (lemon : bourbon : aperol : amaro nonino), but I add juice from a single squeezed mandarin. I swear to god this thing tastes like I'm on a boat in th...
by Mike Cohen
May 6th, 2020, 8:21 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Sourdough Thread
Replies: 42
Views: 1963

Re: Sourdough Thread

Beautiful, nicely done! I am doing a bunch of sourdough but still working on technique. Of course I went to order a bunch of baking tools from Amazon and everything is a few weeks out, of course. Anyway, it has been fun. I supplied several friends with starters and there is now a sort of baking com...
by Mike Cohen
May 6th, 2020, 8:17 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Drinking in Place
Replies: 10
Views: 768

Re: Drinking in Place

Hey Mike, Thanks for the notes. Flowers used to be such a WCWN darling based on the 94 vintage. I don't remember the sequence but somehow or another, the 96 was released to high praise. I got in right as the 95 and 97 were being released. Bought a bunch. Tasted and and a while later decided they wer...
by Mike Cohen
May 6th, 2020, 8:08 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Flour - Go big or go home
Replies: 62
Views: 2223

Re: Flour - Go big or go home

Ahhh but we should listen to your guidance on the safety of our flour sources. Got it. ^So much this. Mitch, I really wish you (and all who come into contact with you) nothing but safety and health. But given your statements on your social distancing status, your concern for the long term effects o...
by Mike Cohen
May 6th, 2020, 7:56 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Eleven Madison Park Might Not Reopen
Replies: 9
Views: 1175

Re: Eleven Madison Park Might Not Reopen

I read the article...while it's definitely a possibility, it seemed like the headline was somewhat sensational.
by Mike Cohen
May 6th, 2020, 7:28 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Sourdough Thread
Replies: 42
Views: 1963

Re: Sourdough Thread

I wish I could figure out how to post pix. I've been very into the Chad Robertson recipe from Tartine Bread. I've made about 10 boules in the past two weeks. Love seeing the progress.
by Mike Cohen
May 5th, 2020, 6:23 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Flour - Go big or go home
Replies: 62
Views: 2223

Re: Flour - Go big or go home

I would not have mentioned it but this weekend I hosted an oncologist I had never met in person who wanted to listen to my stereo. He had seen photos and posts on an audio board and reached out to me. He arrived with food and a bottle of wine and before we listened to some vinyl records, we sat in ...
by Mike Cohen
April 20th, 2020, 9:47 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: New York City Restaurants
Replies: 2469
Views: 152682

Re: New York City Restaurants

The only food I miss during these self isolation times is sushi. And I really, really miss it. We've obviously been cooking a ton and frankly have only ordered in (pizza) twice in the past five weeks. I do miss sushi, but that lack of places that I really enjoy by us makes it an easy pass for me. W...
by Mike Cohen
April 15th, 2020, 8:23 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?
Replies: 13674
Views: 667141

Re: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?

Robert.A.Jr. wrote:
April 9th, 2020, 12:38 pm
Some quarantine daily drinkers:

2017 Charvin Cotes du Rhône Le Poutet
Daily drinkers here. Mostly white's and Rose's. Muscadet, Albarino, etc.
by Mike Cohen
March 3rd, 2020, 9:14 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Guest etiquette: Wine glasses
Replies: 91
Views: 4084

Re: Guest etiquette: Wine glasses

There is no way in hell I’m bringing glasses. I don’t think I’ll ever care about wine enough to do so or not be able to enjoy wine out of shitty glasses enough to do so. I’m bringing good wine, I’m gonna enjoy drinking it out of whatever glass or shoe they pour it in, and I’m not giving it another ...
by Mike Cohen
March 3rd, 2020, 8:54 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Guest etiquette: Wine glasses
Replies: 91
Views: 4084

Re: Guest etiquette: Wine glasses

There is no way in hell I’m bringing glasses. I don’t think I’ll ever care about wine enough to do so or not be able to enjoy wine out of shitty glasses enough to do so. I’m bringing good wine, I’m gonna enjoy drinking it out of whatever glass or shoe they pour it in, and I’m not giving it another ...
by Mike Cohen
February 26th, 2020, 12:02 pm
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Paris with kids?
Replies: 9
Views: 995

Re: Paris with kids?

How old are your kids? We were in Paris in 2011 with our two kids who were 9 and 7 at the time. Obviously a lot has changed in 9 years. We didn't eat at any Michelin places, but we ate well...Willi's Wine Bar, L'Ami Jean, La Regelade, Cafe Constant, etc. My kids were well behaved, but still, we made...
by Mike Cohen
February 24th, 2020, 10:57 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Anything good from '81?
Replies: 54
Views: 1972

Re: Anything good from '81?

81 Beaucastel if it's still around. It was spectacular. Haven't had it in ten years or so.
by Mike Cohen
February 24th, 2020, 9:34 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Question for consumers about a 2% DTC assesment
Replies: 72
Views: 2767

Re: Question for consumers about a 2% DTC assesment

What if every industry in every area of the country did the same thing? My hometown has the downtown corporation that all businesses pay into and then the downtown corporation markets the town and local businesses. The costs of this are picked up by the businesses. Now I'm sure that the businesses s...
by Mike Cohen
February 24th, 2020, 7:43 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: A fantastic adventure at Wine Watch, wine merchant in Fort Lauderdale
Replies: 8
Views: 1105

Re: A fantastic adventure at Wine Watch, wine merchant in Fort Lauderdale

Although I haven't been in a while, when we fly into FTL (assuming its during business hours), Wine Watch is our first stop on the way up to Boca. My wife and kids give me 15 minutes while they wait in the car and I hurriedly grab provisions for the trip. Always fun and wish that I had more time to ...
by Mike Cohen
February 11th, 2020, 2:01 pm
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Boca Raton and Surrounding Areas
Replies: 14
Views: 1643

Boca Raton and Surrounding Areas

Heading to Florida tomorrow for a few days, staying in Boca. Need good restaurants (doesn't have to be fancy). Also a wine shop or two in the Boca area would be great. Usually stop at Wine Watch on the way from the FLL airport but coming in too late and family won't put up with a special trip the ne...
by Mike Cohen
February 11th, 2020, 5:28 am
Forum: Wine 101: The Basics
Topic: How do you control your alcohol intake?
Replies: 83
Views: 11410

Re: How do you control your alcohol intake?

Does anyone curb their alcohol intake after the holiday season and practices a dry January? I’ve been doing dry January for four years now. The past three years I extended it to President’s Day Weekend. This year I didn’t go to dry January but have limited it to Saturday’s only so far in February. ...
by Mike Cohen
February 9th, 2020, 8:50 pm
Forum: Wine 101: The Basics
Topic: How do you control your alcohol intake?
Replies: 83
Views: 11410

Re: How do you control your alcohol intake?

Does anyone curb their alcohol intake after the holiday season and practices a dry January? I’ve been doing dry January for four years now. The past three years I extended it to President’s Day Weekend. This year I didn’t go to dry January but have limited it to Saturday’s only so far in February. ...
by Mike Cohen
February 6th, 2020, 6:34 am
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: Rocks glasses
Replies: 20
Views: 1576

Re: Rocks glasses

Sarah Kirschbaum wrote:
January 25th, 2020, 10:32 am
What do you use them for? I ask because, in our house, we find exactly zero times when we prefer a rocks glass to something else. That said, we do have quite a few of them, of various sorts.
What about cocktails?
by Mike Cohen
January 28th, 2020, 10:10 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Vieux Donjon Vertical
Replies: 36
Views: 2052

Re: TN: Vieux Donjon Vertical

Thanks for some great notes. I've been a fan of VD for years. Interested that there wasn't a 99, 00, or 03?
by Mike Cohen
January 27th, 2020, 10:36 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Your most memorable wine experience
Replies: 50
Views: 2790

Re: Your most memorable wine experience

I think if I had to pin it down to one experience, I would say April 1999 (honeymoon) at Willi's Wine Bar in Paris. It was our first night there (and my first trip to Europe) so I wanted to go to a place where I knew that some English would be spoken. 91 Chave was on the list and we ordered a bottle...
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: 1788

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: 3691

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: 3691

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: 3691

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: 25
Views: 1635

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: 25
Views: 1635

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: 345
Views: 34568

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: 46
Views: 3064

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: 2469
Views: 152682

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: 2469
Views: 152682

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: 3691

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: 1797

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: 3691

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: 6953

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: 6953

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: 333

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: 4876

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: 3504

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: 2296

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: 3600

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: 1478

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: 422
Views: 26863

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...

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