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by Michael Sopher
July 4th, 2020, 9:36 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: MURCA! What're you making and drinking today?
Replies: 17
Views: 316

Re: MURCA! What're you making and drinking today?

Grass fed hot dogs for lunch. Lamb rib chops for dinner.
by Michael Sopher
July 3rd, 2020, 5:54 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Saxum Summer 2020 Release
Replies: 36
Views: 2279

Re: Saxum Summer 2020 Release

Glenn L e v i n e wrote:
July 2nd, 2020, 8:30 am
Anybody want mine just reach out. I get a good allocation including mags and I’m outta work now after a COVID-19 Force Majeure release from my contact.
Sorry to hear that. Thinking positive thoughts.
by Michael Sopher
July 2nd, 2020, 3:51 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Watermill / Hamptons
Replies: 7
Views: 356

Re: Watermill / Hamptons

People have been remarkably uncautious out there... backyard grill... or get a baby Weber and grill on the beach (have a bucket of H2O and police your ashes)

Or picnic prepped food from Citarella or something
by Michael Sopher
July 1st, 2020, 7:52 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Saxum Summer 2020 Release
Replies: 36
Views: 2279

Re: Saxum Summer 2020 Release

Mike Davila wrote:
June 30th, 2020, 2:19 pm
From CellarTracker, a Saxum search returns
155 Bottles of 55 wines......
I have a problem
Well that makes me feel much better... only 53 bottles across 33 wines.
by Michael Sopher
June 23rd, 2020, 4:40 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: New York City Restaurants
Replies: 2457
Views: 152411

Re: New York City Restaurants

Also off the beaten path is Hometown BBQ in Industry City. They do an excellent pastrami there. Worth the trip.

Pastrami Queen on Lex and 78th also makes a worthwhile trip.
by Michael Sopher
June 12th, 2020, 12:19 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Another revolting American concoction-and it’s not as bad as I thought it would be.
Replies: 51
Views: 1349

Re: Another revolting American concoction-and it’s not as bad as I thought it would be.

PB&J I don't really like. I get good peanut butter but the jams/preserves whatever are way too sweet.. PB & banana & honey is a great combo though. Almond butter is a healthier butter so use that more often.
by Michael Sopher
June 9th, 2020, 6:53 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Gorgeous leg of lamb- what can I do with it?
Replies: 16
Views: 930

Re: Gorgeous leg of lamb- what can I do with it?

I did one on Sunday, 4lb rubbed the inside before I tied it up with a paste of olive oil, garlic and rosemary and the same on the outside. 15 minutes at 450 and then down to 350 till the internal temp hit 125 degrees. Tented and left to stand for 15 minutes. Perfect medium rare. Lots of leftovers ma...
by Michael Sopher
June 4th, 2020, 9:41 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Another Flannery PSA
Replies: 422
Views: 26704

Re: Another Flannery PSA

same effect from a good size saute pan, just lay a steak in there on the stove top (no flame) and it defrosts in no time
by Michael Sopher
May 24th, 2020, 2:16 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: New York City Restaurants
Replies: 2457
Views: 152411

Re: New York City Restaurants

I ordered the Katz's dinner for 4 and it arrived Thursday. So far: The half sour pickles were very good (there was a choice of sour or half sour), the pastrami was great, the cinnamon babka was terrible (there was a choice of cinnamon or chocolate), the rye bread was good, the mustard was good. Sti...
by Michael Sopher
May 22nd, 2020, 8:33 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: French Press recommendation
Replies: 20
Views: 908

Re: French Press recommendation

Have you considered an Aeropress rather than a French Press? I just made the switch this year during lockdown and while I'm still figuring out my preferred coffee/water quantities I'm generally happy with it. An AeroPress makes something akin to espresso, and while you can put lighter roasts in it,...
by Michael Sopher
May 14th, 2020, 7:12 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Another Flannery PSA
Replies: 422
Views: 26704

Re: Another Flannery PSA

2014 Bedrock Evangelho Have had the ribeye and NY strip now. Got some hangers in the freezer. Don’t think you can go wrong with any of them. You really can't. I love them all... but those hangers in particular... Now you're making me wish I bought more than two with their sale :D Amateur... you'll ...
by Michael Sopher
May 14th, 2020, 7:02 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Shepherd’s pie
Replies: 19
Views: 964

Re: Shepherd’s pie

alan weinberg wrote:
May 13th, 2020, 7:58 am
nobody else makes this?
Not until you motivate us... next rainy quarantine day this is on. You motivated my first ever batch of stuffed cabbage last week. Now is the time for high effort cooking
by Michael Sopher
May 14th, 2020, 6:59 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Another Flannery PSA
Replies: 422
Views: 26704

Re: Another Flannery PSA

Just cooked some Flannery dry aged ribeyes. Pan sear and oven finish. Threw on a rub of minced garlic and rosemary and some salt/black pepper about 4 hours before cooking. This was delicious. The intensity of the meat flavor and balance of the rosemary with the nutty/mushroom aged flavors from the ...
by Michael Sopher
May 14th, 2020, 4:11 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Another Flannery PSA
Replies: 422
Views: 26704

Re: Another Flannery PSA

Planning to cook some Flannery ribeyes for the first time. Will be using the pan-sear/oven finish method as I don't have a grill. Should I just salt these ahead of time and cook or anyone use a marinade/rub? I have some fresh rosemary and garlic on hand. I salt before cooking (hours but not overnig...
by Michael Sopher
May 14th, 2020, 1:39 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Another Flannery PSA
Replies: 422
Views: 26704

Re: Another Flannery PSA

Planning to cook some Flannery ribeyes for the first time. Will be using the pan-sear/oven finish method as I don't have a grill. Should I just salt these ahead of time and cook or anyone use a marinade/rub? I have some fresh rosemary and garlic on hand. I salt before cooking (hours but not overnig...
by Michael Sopher
May 9th, 2020, 8:43 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: my Jewish grandma’s stuffed cabbage
Replies: 16
Views: 1134

Re: my Jewish grandma’s stuffed cabbage

Made a batch tonight. Filling Pound of beef Cup of cooked rice Shredded carrots Shredded onion 1 egg Salt & pepper Sauce 14.5 oz can tomato sauce 1/3 cup ACV 1/3 cup brown sugar 1 diced onion 1/2 cup golden raisins Assembled and baked at 350 for an hour or so. Let it stand for a bit before serving....
by Michael Sopher
May 9th, 2020, 6:26 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: my Jewish grandma’s stuffed cabbage
Replies: 16
Views: 1134

Re: my Jewish grandma’s stuffed cabbage

Made a batch tonight. Filling Pound of beef Cup of cooked rice Shredded carrots Shredded onion 1 egg Salt & pepper Sauce 14.5 oz can tomato sauce 1/3 cup ACV 1/3 cup brown sugar 1 diced onion 1/2 cup golden raisins Assembled and baked at 350 for an hour or so. Let it stand for a bit before serving. ...
by Michael Sopher
May 8th, 2020, 3:47 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Another Flannery PSA
Replies: 422
Views: 26704

Re: Another Flannery PSA

Does he normally only sell the Tri Tips paired with the Picanha? I missed the sale and don't see tri tips sold solo.
by Michael Sopher
April 4th, 2020, 8:08 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: The "Flannery" for Chicken? Or Pork? Or Lamb?
Replies: 79
Views: 4350

Re: The "Flannery" for Chicken? Or Pork? Or Lamb?

I get the Green Circle chickens at my local Fairway Market and as they are more expensive they are nearly always there even in the pandemic.

For the time being, Happy Valley Meat which usually supplies top restaurants is selling to the public
Shop.happyvalleymeat.com
by Michael Sopher
March 31st, 2020, 6:09 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Frozen meat: yea or nay?
Replies: 53
Views: 2516

Re: Frozen meat: yea or nay?

I currently have a freezer that is literally half filled with Flannery. Vacuum sealed and never disappoints
by Michael Sopher
March 31st, 2020, 8:54 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Quarantine Recipes - share some favorites!
Replies: 88
Views: 3973

Re: Quarantine Recipes - share some favorites!

These should keep me going for a bit. Just arrived today off the recent sale

Recipe will be
salt
reverse sear

Flannery Quarantine supplies.jpg
by Michael Sopher
March 16th, 2020, 3:52 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: PSA--possible Flannery Berserker credit card breach? [UPDATE in First Post 2/14/20]
Replies: 294
Views: 24696

Re: PSA--possible Flannery Berserker credit card breach? [UPDATE in First Post 2/14/20]

put in a big order for NY's. With the restaurant shutdown here I may need to host a dinner or two (at 50% capacity of my table)
by Michael Sopher
February 27th, 2020, 10:30 am
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Austin Bbq Trip Report
Replies: 25
Views: 1579

Re: Austin Bbq Trip Report

Coopers was damn good BBQ to me. We have legit Texas style Q in NY now, but not this good. The brisket in particular was divine. Salt Lick at the airport under-performed, seriously.
by Michael Sopher
February 26th, 2020, 6:51 pm
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: New York City hotels
Replies: 16
Views: 1302

Re: New York City hotels

We also stay at the Beacon every trip. We like the fact that the units have kitchens/kitchenettes. Great for coffee and breakfast. There is also a subway stop at 72nd about a block and half away. We might also look at rates after joining their Beacon insider club. And if you choose The Beacon you c...
by Michael Sopher
February 26th, 2020, 7:24 am
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Austin Bbq Trip Report
Replies: 25
Views: 1579

Re: Austin Bbq Trip Report

Coopers did us right for an in town short line place. Had the brisket, beef rib, sausage and turkey. Brisket was the best thing on the plate by far with the rib coming in second. Going to give the Salt Lick a try at the airport this afternoon. AUS looks like it has pretty good food for an airport (b...
by Michael Sopher
February 24th, 2020, 8:41 am
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Austin Bbq Trip Report
Replies: 25
Views: 1579

Re: Austin Bbq Trip Report

Any thoughts on what is good in town? I will be there for 44 hours starting tonight (we get in early enough for dinner) so I have 2 dinners and 2 lunches (and two chances at breakfast tacos too) to fill, but working around some client meetings so no time to leave town and no time for lines.
by Michael Sopher
February 24th, 2020, 8:24 am
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: New York City hotels
Replies: 16
Views: 1302

Re: New York City hotels

The NoMad hotel is also a good choice near some good dining and sort of "in the middle of things" but not in the business middle of things
by Michael Sopher
February 19th, 2020, 5:52 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: PSA--possible Flannery Berserker credit card breach? [UPDATE in First Post 2/14/20]
Replies: 294
Views: 24696

Re: PSA--possible Flannery Berserker credit card breach? [UPDATE in First Post 2/14/20]

Heads up in case anyone else has seen this--I had a card compromised after my BD Flannery purchase, activity was flagged and card replaced within a day or two, just like most others in this thread. New twist was when I got a bunch of bills from Fedex today for an account opened up in my name, with ...
by Michael Sopher
February 18th, 2020, 6:45 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: PSA--possible Flannery Berserker credit card breach? [UPDATE in First Post 2/14/20]
Replies: 294
Views: 24696

Re: PSA--possible Flannery Berserker credit card breach? [UPDATE in First Post 2/14/20]

I would kill any card you used with Flannery. Why wait. The numbers got out there.

I will still buy Flannery... when my freezer empties from my last few orders.
by Michael Sopher
February 16th, 2020, 8:18 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: PSA--possible Flannery Berserker credit card breach? [UPDATE in First Post 2/14/20]
Replies: 294
Views: 24696

Re: PSA--possible Flannery Berserker credit card breach? [UPDATE in First Post 2/14/20]

I got hit twice, once back in the fall, I think proximate to a Flannery order, caught by me after a $5.xx charge and locked, the replacement for that was hacked the day after BD day. Glad I know the source of the breaches now. Will still buy from Bryan, may make more use of those virtual one time nu...
by Michael Sopher
February 10th, 2020, 7:55 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: PSA--possible Flannery Berserker credit card breach? [UPDATE in First Post 2/14/20]
Replies: 294
Views: 24696

Re: PSA--possible Flannery Berserker credit card breach?

I purchased only Flannery. Card compromised the next day. Caught by the bank, got a text and stopped within minutes. Some weird consulting firm in California for like $2400. Minor pain in the arse. Not Bryan's fault... CC processor's. Steaks great as always. Had I realized it would be a crime scene ...
by Michael Sopher
February 10th, 2020, 2:32 pm
Forum: Commerce Corner - Wine Classifieds
Topic: LTB Saxxum
Replies: 7
Views: 702

Re: LTB Saxxum

I have a lot. Plenty of it with age.
by Michael Sopher
January 29th, 2020, 3:58 pm
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Orlando
Replies: 14
Views: 977

Re: Orlando

Ok a little Birdie told me about this thread that needs my attention. First, Le Coq Au Vin is a total pass. Used to be great, quaint, then sold. The former owners were a super cute olkder French couple, they are gone. Now it is for the out-of-towners and trades on past reputation. Second, the Disne...
by Michael Sopher
January 29th, 2020, 9:24 am
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Orlando
Replies: 14
Views: 977

Re: Orlando

Anything more up to date on Orlando.
I will be downtown staying at the Doubletree in the UCF area (12125 High Tech Ave)
and working from 11486 Corporate Blvd

Looks like a lot of fast food around there
by Michael Sopher
January 28th, 2020, 8:24 am
Forum: BerserkerDay 11 Forum - (Jan 27, 2020) 'The Black Friday of Wine Commerce' - Forbes
Topic: Flannery Beef x BerserkerDay11: Ribeyes, Porterhouse, Hangers and More!
Replies: 119
Views: 7847

Re: Flannery Beef x BerserkerDay11: Ribeyes, Porterhouse, Hangers and More!

How do you guys cook the Hanger Steaks? Never tried them. Contemplating a few of those and a couple of Ribeyes. Hanger Steaks are pretty forgiving, i sous vide them and they are so tender that i don't think you even need teeth to eat em. Picked up six plus a few 24oz Ribeyes and some Traditional Bl...
by Michael Sopher
January 28th, 2020, 8:23 am
Forum: BerserkerDay 11 Forum - (Jan 27, 2020) 'The Black Friday of Wine Commerce' - Forbes
Topic: Flannery Beef x BerserkerDay11: Ribeyes, Porterhouse, Hangers and More!
Replies: 119
Views: 7847

Re: Flannery Beef x BerserkerDay11: Ribeyes, Porterhouse, Hangers and More!

How do you guys cook the Hanger Steaks? Never tried them. Contemplating a few of those and a couple of Ribeyes. I do a sear in cast iron all 4 sides... and then finish in a 300 degree oven to 130 internal temp Never tried the sous vide that someone mentioned. generally dislike that for steaks but a...
by Michael Sopher
January 21st, 2020, 12:23 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Saxum Recommendation for Newbie
Replies: 25
Views: 1559

Re: Saxum Recommendation for Newbie

I have recently had
08 Bone Rock
06 JBV
05 Booker
06 Broken Stones
10 Terry Hoage

All were really singing and open for business. I think they are better at 10+ years of age and with some air. Not sure if the 2011s are ready yet.
by Michael Sopher
January 17th, 2020, 11:22 am
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: NY Style Pizza Recs
Replies: 55
Views: 3541

Re: NY Style Pizza Recs

Ramon C wrote:
January 16th, 2020, 4:43 pm
Will do. Hopefully, Sofias stick around as Marinaras looking much more relatively busy 2 days ago when I ran/jogged by.
We have a Marinara's over on the West Side. Not good.
by Michael Sopher
January 15th, 2020, 3:11 pm
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: 2.5 days in Austin with my son to experience BBQ! What tips can you offer first timers?
Replies: 29
Views: 1629

Re: 2.5 days in Austin with my son to experience BBQ! What tips can you offer first timers?

Any up to date recs for BBQ and tacos and other Austin specialties in the downtown area. Good bars too. I'll be there for 2 days in late Feb, staying downtown near 7th St and doing work downtown during the day (so need good breakfast tacos to get the day rolling.
by Michael Sopher
January 15th, 2020, 9:43 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Saxum Spring release
Replies: 26
Views: 2899

Re: Saxum Spring release

In for some JBV, Booker, G2 and Heartstone. Passing on the mags and that Bone Rock I am still agonizing over. Have a lot of Saxum, been drinking 05 - 08 recently and they are really shining but way overrepresented in my cellar.
by Michael Sopher
December 31st, 2019, 6:35 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Steak Porn
Replies: 2201
Views: 189581

Re: Steak Porn

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Flannery Hanger
by Michael Sopher
November 29th, 2019, 8:40 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: time to talk turkey
Replies: 29
Views: 2431

Re: time to talk turkey

Turchetta prepped.jpg
Turchetta cooked.jpg
Tur-chetta
A bit of work upfront but a breeze at dinner, perfect for a small group. Cooked sous vide for 2 1/2 hours and then browned in a pan (thought about a deep fry finish but opted against the mess)
by Michael Sopher
November 1st, 2019, 6:21 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Rao's NYC - need some help/luck
Replies: 16
Views: 2063

Re: Rao's NYC - need some help/luck

Ate there once, many years back. It is/was quite good and quite a scene. There is a lot of great Italian in NY and there are places with the old school vibe that you can get into without some long and uncertain wait at the bar. Bamonte's in Brooklyn comes to mind as does John's of 12th St (though th...
by Michael Sopher
October 24th, 2019, 2:38 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Another Flannery PSA
Replies: 422
Views: 26704

Re: Another Flannery PSA

Got a few of my coworkers in on the action too.
October steaks.jpg
by Michael Sopher
October 6th, 2019, 11:59 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Orlando
Replies: 24
Views: 786

Re: Orlando

Victor Hong wrote:
October 6th, 2019, 8:06 am
Michael Sopher wrote:
October 5th, 2019, 2:58 pm
I will end up in Lake Mary Fl before long for some work trips. Seems to be on the right side of Orlando (away from the them parks). Anything worthwhile up that way?
You retiring there too?
Don't be ridiculous... retirement happens in Boca Raton
by Michael Sopher
October 5th, 2019, 2:58 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Orlando
Replies: 24
Views: 786

Re: Orlando

I will end up in Lake Mary Fl before long for some work trips. Seems to be on the right side of Orlando (away from the them parks). Anything worthwhile up that way?

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