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by Michael Sopher
March 31st, 2020, 6:09 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Frozen meat: yea or nay?
Replies: 50
Views: 1384

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: 62
Views: 1776

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: 22307

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: 20
Views: 751

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: 695

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: 20
Views: 751

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: 20
Views: 751

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: 695

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: 22307

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: 22307

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: 22307

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: 22307

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: 688

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: 855

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: 855

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: 7136

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: 7136

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: 1536

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: 2625

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: 1405

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: 2854

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: 2105
Views: 181349

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: 2165

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: 1963

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: 228
Views: 16190

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: 766

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: 766

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?
by Michael Sopher
August 30th, 2019, 9:03 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Another Flannery PSA
Replies: 228
Views: 16190

Re: Another Flannery PSA

Jay Miller wrote:
August 30th, 2019, 6:10 am
Sigh, you people.

I still had steak left from Berserkerday I certainly didn't need to order 2 ribeyes and 2 hangars. And yet somehow I did...
And we have enough wine in our cellars and continue to buy that as well.
by Michael Sopher
August 30th, 2019, 4:26 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Another Flannery PSA
Replies: 228
Views: 16190

Re: Another Flannery PSA

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Set for a bit. Truly my favorite steak.
by Michael Sopher
August 13th, 2019, 4:54 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Help! Bumper Crop of Basil
Replies: 24
Views: 2653

Re: Help! Bumper Crop of Basil

John: It works. We make pesto "ice cubes" and freeze them for use during the winter. The only ingredient we leave out is the pine nuts which we add at the time of use. Cheers! Marshall [cheers.gif] and use less olive oil, which you add when used Hmm - never have enough basil myself but my mother le...
by Michael Sopher
July 26th, 2019, 8:03 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Another Flannery PSA
Replies: 228
Views: 16190

Re: Another Flannery PSA

Last night's delivery from the prior sale ... Hangers and Jorges and a few other bits
Steaks.jpg
by Michael Sopher
July 22nd, 2019, 2:51 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Another Flannery PSA
Replies: 228
Views: 16190

Re: Another Flannery PSA

A few years back they did some extra aged stuff for BD sales. I remember liking a little extra age, (maybe 45 day) but finding the lotta extra age (maybe 60 day) too funky for my taste. YMMV
by Michael Sopher
July 22nd, 2019, 12:39 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Another Flannery PSA
Replies: 228
Views: 16190

Re: Another Flannery PSA

alan weinberg wrote:
July 22nd, 2019, 7:34 am
what is the sale? Didn’t see on website.
A bunch of ultra aged stuff at 25% off and California Reserve NYs at 25% off. All shows in the California Reserve section.
by Michael Sopher
July 22nd, 2019, 7:38 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Another Flannery PSA
Replies: 228
Views: 16190

Re: Another Flannery PSA

alan weinberg wrote:
July 22nd, 2019, 7:34 am
what is the sale? Didn’t see on website.
Per the Instagram/Facebook notice; look for it at 12PM. Not sure what time zone.
by Michael Sopher
July 5th, 2019, 11:36 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: PSA - Flannery sale
Replies: 60
Views: 6374

Re: PSA - Flannery sale

Bought my first Jorge cuts (along with many hangers and other odds and ends from mismatched section) Any tips on reverse sear method for the Jorge? And what about outdoors on a grill? reverse sear is perfecto. Question is how much time should I allow to get to temp. I usually have the oven at 275 o...
by Michael Sopher
July 5th, 2019, 4:52 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: PSA - Flannery sale
Replies: 60
Views: 6374

Re: PSA - Flannery sale

Bought my first Jorge cuts (along with many hangers and other odds and ends from mismatched section)

Any tips on reverse sear method for the Jorge? And what about outdoors on a grill?
by Michael Sopher
July 1st, 2019, 2:21 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Another Flannery PSA
Replies: 228
Views: 16190

Re: Another Flannery PSA

When does the sale last until? July 4?
by Michael Sopher
June 24th, 2019, 1:27 pm
Forum: Offline Planner
Topic: Shea Stadium (aka Citifield) June 29 - 50th Anniversary celebration
Replies: 4
Views: 2936

Re: Shea Stadium (aka Citifield) June 29 - 50th Anniversary celebration

Jay - I am pretty sure the rules for Citi field parking don't allow exposed flames. Was there last night and many had griddle type grills going. Not sure if the rules are looser when they are dealing with drunk baseball fans instead of old drunk hippies.
YMMV
by Michael Sopher
May 28th, 2019, 2:28 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Flannery Sale Alert
Replies: 0
Views: 2622

Flannery Sale Alert

35% off Hangers and 35% of Cal Reserve NY Strips.

Till May 31st
by Michael Sopher
May 28th, 2019, 6:39 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: 6167

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

Had some delicious pizza at Tramonti in the East Village over the weekend. They use some of the most authentic/imported/tasty tomatoes and sauces from their hometown and the Fior di Latte mozzarella, another Tramonti specialty, is a step up from the regular mozzarella in most pizza. The pasta dishe...
by Michael Sopher
May 26th, 2019, 3:54 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: 6167

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

Had some delicious pizza at Tramonti in the East Village over the weekend. They use some of the most authentic/imported/tasty tomatoes and sauces from their hometown and the Fior di Latte mozzarella, another Tramonti specialty, is a step up from the regular mozzarella in most pizza. The pasta dishe...
by Michael Sopher
May 21st, 2019, 8:14 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: New York City Restaurants
Replies: 2406
Views: 147241

Re: New York City Restaurants

If you can get a rez at Manhatta for say 8:00 or 8:30 on the 4th, might be best possible views and food combo https://www.manhattarestaurant.com/menus/ Both you and Wilfred mentioned Manhatta. It looks like a great choice. I've eaten at a couple of Danny Meyer's restaurants and have always been ver...
by Michael Sopher
May 21st, 2019, 8:10 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: New York City Restaurants
Replies: 2406
Views: 147241

Re: New York City Restaurants

Mike Cohen wrote:
May 21st, 2019, 7:20 am
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.
Los Mariscos (sister of Los Tacos #1)

https://www.losmariscos1.com/
by Michael Sopher
May 20th, 2019, 2:16 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: New York City Restaurants
Replies: 2406
Views: 147241

Re: New York City Restaurants

Curious why you don't want an amazing experience or incredible wine list? You are in the best restaurant city in the U.S. Sorry I wasn't clear … What I was trying to say was that those items weren't the priority, the location is. If I can get an incredible wine list and amazing food somewhere acces...
by Michael Sopher
May 6th, 2019, 12:50 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: How do you prepare popcorn?
Replies: 29
Views: 1324

Re: How do you prepare popcorn?

stove top, avocado oil, salt and roasted garlic powder (Penzey's) or truffle salt.

Will have to try it with ghee
by Michael Sopher
March 20th, 2019, 8:23 am
Forum: BYO Forum - Wine at Restaurants
Topic: New York City, aka Manhattan and the boroughs BYO
Replies: 675
Views: 74954

Re: New York City, aka Manhattan and the boroughs BYO

Tratorria Italliene Chelsea area Free BYO Tuesday, and OK with a group of 8 bringing in 10 wines. Food was good albeit not special. Proscuitto, Burrata were on point. The gluten free pasta was some of the best I've had. The pastas with Ragu were also very good, on the drier side vs. the saucy side....

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