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by geoffpm
December 8th, 2018, 9:25 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Vegetable (Chinese) cleaver - Shun Classic or?
Replies: 15
Views: 364

Re: Vegetable (Chinese) cleaver - Shun Classic or?

This is the one I recently bought as a gift -

Less than $15
by geoffpm
December 6th, 2018, 5:38 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Vegetable (Chinese) cleaver - Shun Classic or?
Replies: 15
Views: 364

Re: Vegetable (Chinese) cleaver - Shun Classic or?

Buy an inexpensive one on Amazon, I paid $15 and it has lasted a long time and rarely needs sharpening
by geoffpm
November 27th, 2018, 7:57 am
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Flights to Paris....am I missing something?
Replies: 24
Views: 808

Re: Flights to Paris....am I missing something?

I flew twice last summer from Bos to London and France on Norwegian. It was by far the best airline experience I have had in decades. They fly 787 dreamliners which have lower cabin pressure, significantly larger windows and the lighting is controlled to lessen the impact of jet lag. Very Comfortabl...
by geoffpm
October 9th, 2018, 6:01 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Long Island North Fork Restaurants suggestions
Replies: 12
Views: 413

Re: Long Island North Fork Restaurants suggestions

We spent a week on the north fork last summer. Had a wonderful meal at Barba Bianca in Greenport. Ate outside right on the dock. https://www.barbabiancany.com/. Great local seafood and a classic italian menu. Good winelist with a balance of North Fork and Italians. We loved the combo of clams with f...
by geoffpm
September 28th, 2018, 5:54 am
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Wineries for a wedding
Replies: 9
Views: 372

Re: Wineries for a wedding

Take a look at this article about Scribe winery in Sonoma and their weddings -https://www.thegirlandthefig.com/single ... to-publish
by geoffpm
September 19th, 2018, 5:46 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Mexico City... cheap eats?
Replies: 12
Views: 428

Re: Mexico City... cheap eats?

I suggest watching all of Mark Wiens' videos in Mexico city. Here is a link to one of them -
by geoffpm
September 6th, 2018, 5:12 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Santa Rosa restaurants
Replies: 22
Views: 854

Re: Santa Rosa restaurants

I second J Galang's recommendation for Rosso. I think their list is more than decent. I also think Zazu Kitchen and Farm is worth the 10 min drive from Santa rosa.
by geoffpm
August 22nd, 2018, 9:26 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Official Costco Thread
Replies: 920
Views: 99615

Re: Official Costco Thread

Lafage Cuvee Nicolas - All grenache from 60 yr old vines. Dark fruit forward with lots of guts. Great buy for $11
by geoffpm
August 22nd, 2018, 9:17 am
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Montpellier/Languedoc Trip/Tasting Report
Replies: 4
Views: 281

Re: Montpellier/Languedoc Trip/Tasting Report

Jeff,

Let me know when you are going to languedoc again. I left out a number of other places that didn't warrant being mentioned on a wine site.
by geoffpm
August 22nd, 2018, 9:16 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Boston Dining
Replies: 29
Views: 835

Re: Boston Dining

Jan.

Guilia is also a great place. Their pastas are sublime. Erbaluce is not like any other American Italian restaurant. Draghi's touch is a bit more subtle and he lets the ingredients shine. It's also in an interesting quaint village area of Boston.
by geoffpm
August 21st, 2018, 7:40 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Boston Dining
Replies: 29
Views: 835

Re: Boston Dining

If you have a hankering for real Piemontese Northern Italian with an entirely Italian list with great surprises, Try Erbaluce . http://www.erbaluce-boston.com/#about-us-section. Charles Drahgi is an amazing chef and aspiring stand up comic.

The food is always inspiring and the wine impeccable.
by geoffpm
August 18th, 2018, 7:55 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Montpellier/Languedoc Trip/Tasting Report
Replies: 2
Views: 131

Re: Montpellier/Languedoc Trip/Tasting Report

I just received a letter from Amex that because europcar never responded to their request, the case has been closed.
by geoffpm
August 18th, 2018, 7:03 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Montpellier/Languedoc Trip/Tasting Report
Replies: 2
Views: 131

Montpellier/Languedoc Trip/Tasting Report

First of all, thanks to all of you who kindly responded to my earlier request about Montpellier. We spent 18 days living in Fabregues and exploring as much as we could in Montpellier, along the coast and into the heartland of Languedoc. We were exceptionally lucky to rent a house in Fabregues which ...
by geoffpm
August 16th, 2018, 11:38 am
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Montpellier/Languedoc Trip/Tasting Report
Replies: 4
Views: 281

Montpellier/Languedoc Trip/Tasting Report

First of all, thanks to all of you who kindly responded to my earlier request about Montpellier. We spent 18 days living in Fabregues and exploring as much as we could in Montpellier, along the coast and into the heartland of Languedoc. We were exceptionally lucky to rent a house in Fabregues which ...
by geoffpm
August 16th, 2018, 8:25 am
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Pittsburgh (and Fallingwater) ideas
Replies: 9
Views: 342

Re: Pittsburgh (and Fallingwater) ideas

Had a fantastic meal at Cure in Lawrenceville in pittsburgh. Hot Chef, Great cured meats and interesting wine list.
by geoffpm
August 16th, 2018, 8:16 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Official Costco Thread
Replies: 920
Views: 99615

15 LaFage Cuvee Nicolas - 10.99

A wonderful Pure Grenache with great length and forward fruit. Wonderful deal
by geoffpm
August 7th, 2018, 6:44 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Duke’s Mayonnaise??
Replies: 17
Views: 685

Duke’s Mayonnaise??

I buy Duke's regularly on amazon but if you need an easy alternative, the Trader Joe's mayo is a close second .
by geoffpm
July 24th, 2018, 5:55 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Florence & Rome
Replies: 12
Views: 540

Florence & Rome

Since you are traveling To Florence w teens, I suggest walking through the market before lunch and then walking across the square to Mario's http://trattoria-mario.com/. Only open for lunch, it's a locals only place with lots of college professors and students, The waiters are brash but it's real, i...
by geoffpm
May 31st, 2018, 5:57 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Must visit wineries near Montpellier France ?
Replies: 11
Views: 347

Must visit wineries near Montpellier France ?

Thanks so much to everyone who chimed in!!!

I will report back as we try them all.

The thought of eating freshly caught oysters with a picpoul sounds pretty damn good right now !!!
by geoffpm
May 30th, 2018, 5:29 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Must visit wineries near Montpellier France ?
Replies: 11
Views: 347

Must visit wineries near Montpellier France ?

Traveling to a suburb of Montpellier for close to a month at the end of June.

Can anyone recommend wineries, restaurants in the region ?

Thanks in advance.
by geoffpm
April 17th, 2018, 11:13 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: North Fork Wineries
Replies: 44
Views: 943

North Fork Wineries

John, I agree with your recommendation of One woman. Clean crisp whites especially the gruner. One of the fun experiences is to go to there on a weekend night for movie night where they project films on the side of a bar and people bring picnics and drink One Woman wines. Lots of fun. I also will gi...
by geoffpm
April 16th, 2018, 9:43 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: North Fork Wineries
Replies: 44
Views: 943

North Fork Wineries

By far Anthony Nappa has the most interesting wines on the north fork. Who else makes a ripasso on LI ?After tasting through the more popular wineries including Shinn, the entire range of Nappa wines blew us away.
by geoffpm
April 10th, 2018, 7:25 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Wash D.C. and Pittsburgh restaurant reccos??
Replies: 20
Views: 606

Wash D.C. and Pittsburgh restaurant reccos??

I had a memorable meal at Cure in Pittsburgh. www.curepittsburgh.com/
It's in an up and coming area of the city and good wine list as well.
by geoffpm
March 28th, 2018, 6:04 am
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Help w/ Montpellier France and the beaches ...
Replies: 3
Views: 236

Help w/ Montpellier France and the beaches ...

Thanks so much R. I would love to see your list . You can pm it to me if you like or post it here.
by geoffpm
March 25th, 2018, 6:30 am
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Help w/ Montpellier France and the beaches ...
Replies: 3
Views: 236

Help w/ Montpellier France and the beaches ...

In the early 80's, my wife and I did a 4 month bike tour of France which was the trip that bonded us together for close to 40 yrs. We have decided to go visit some of the areas we biked through and see what we missed while pedaling. Montpellier and the beaches seems to be an interesting and financia...
by geoffpm
February 24th, 2018, 8:11 am
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: 1st trip to Caribbean - island help. (Jamaica)
Replies: 14
Views: 388

1st trip to Caribbean - island help. (Jamaica)

I have visited Jamaica regularly since the early 80's. My daughter is married to a man whose family has been in Jamaica since the late 1700's. They owned over 25k acres of farmland on the North Coast near Trelawny and Falmouth that has now been leased back to Jamaicans. If you saw "Stella Got her Gr...
by geoffpm
February 18th, 2018, 5:48 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Red Curry Paste
Replies: 4
Views: 339

Red Curry Paste

If you are into Thai food , you need to watch Pailin's Kitchen - Hot thai kitchen on youtube. She has amazingly easy recipes that beat any local thai place. Here is her Red curry paste video. Adjust the chiles to lower heat -
by geoffpm
January 15th, 2018, 7:12 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine Scene in Boston/Cambridge?
Replies: 80
Views: 3108

Wine Scene in Boston/Cambridge?

i am a big Bin Ends fan. Definitely worth the ride from cambridge. Sign up for the email list. Great choices, better prices and incredible customer service. !!!
by geoffpm
January 4th, 2018, 6:21 am
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Need food recs for Worcester MA
Replies: 4
Views: 262

Need food recs for Worcester MA

Worcester is a fun beer town - Wormtown especially and armsby abbey.

Volturno has great napoletano pizza in worcester. in westborough, I really enjoy Dharani for south indian.
by geoffpm
December 30th, 2017, 5:41 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What Trader Joe's Wine Are You Drinking?
Replies: 77
Views: 4771

What Trader Joe's Wine Are You Drinking?

Has anyone tried the 2015 Pontificus White - Viognier, marsanne, rousanne for $6.99? I always enjoy the red but the white is a definite case buy - Good fruit, perfect for a new yrs party w spicy food !
by geoffpm
December 16th, 2017, 7:04 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Official Costco Thread
Replies: 920
Views: 99615

Official Costco Thread

Stumbled upon a great Cali white rhone blend - Tenshen at the Waltham costco. 14.99 ,exceptional deep fresh fruit and high acid -$14.99 Worked perfectly with Shrimp and Grits !
by geoffpm
November 25th, 2017, 6:19 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Official Costco Thread
Replies: 920
Views: 99615

Official Costco Thread

The 15 Kirkland Chablis grand cru is out at $14.99. Made by Blason who also make some of TJ's wines, its got good fruit followed immediately by bracing acidity. Quite a welcome change from flabby US chards!!!
by geoffpm
November 18th, 2017, 5:40 am
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Wineries Near Florence Italy
Replies: 13
Views: 916

Wineries Near Florence Italy

I have had great experiences at Villa Pillo in Gambassi Terme about 45 min from Florence -http://www.villapillo.com/

Owned by the owner of Williams Seylem, the wines are all interesting including the Cab Franc and syrah. Their olive oil is spectacular and cheap. They also ship free to the US.
by geoffpm
November 5th, 2017, 5:48 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Sous vide scallop recipe?
Replies: 44
Views: 1254

Sous vide scallop recipe?

I use sous vide as part of my toolset but I have to ask - Why Sous vide scallops when they cook in a minute or two and sear so well
by geoffpm
October 1st, 2017, 6:54 am
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Munich, one night
Replies: 15
Views: 659

Munich, one night

Before you go, try to watch this video blog - He has some interesting suggestions for food in Munich -
by geoffpm
September 19th, 2017, 6:39 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Official Costco Thread
Replies: 920
Views: 99615

Official Costco Thread

Tasted the Kirkland Gigondas last night. Very fruit forward and exceptionally drinkable. Great buy at $13!!
by geoffpm
September 14th, 2017, 8:15 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2016 Kirkland CDR Village - a Steal for $6.80
Replies: 0
Views: 274

2016 Kirkland CDR Village - a Steal for $6.80

Made by Patrick Lesec 14% grenache and mourvedre. This is another winner from Costco especially at this price. The Mourvedre rounds out the slightly sour grenache and make this wine a great weeknight gem.
by geoffpm
August 13th, 2017, 12:44 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Anthony Nappa Long island wines - Utterly Amazing !
Replies: 5
Views: 435

Anthony Nappa Long island wines - Utterly Amazing !

I used to live in Westport point but I wasn't aware that he worked at Running Brook. They make one of the most drinkable Vidal blancs I have had and their chard is easily the equal of Westport Rivers.
by geoffpm
August 13th, 2017, 7:24 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Anthony Nappa Long island wines - Utterly Amazing !
Replies: 5
Views: 435

Anthony Nappa Long island wines - Utterly Amazing !

After a week tasting through a lot of mediocre and expensive LI wines, waiting 20 min to be seated at Croteaux (the all Rose winery, mostly mediocre), we made our last stop at the small tasting room for Anthony Nappa's signature wines. Idiosyncratic is too neutral a word to use for his wines. Stylis...
by geoffpm
July 17th, 2017, 9:57 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Great Scallion Pancake Recipe
Replies: 20
Views: 952

Great Scallion Pancake Recipe

Jeez, this board is like a group of teenagers on facebook. I cook because of the pleasure of cooking and seeing my friends and family enjoy eating my food. FYI, I trained at 3 - 3 star Michelin Restaurants in Paris in 1976-78 , long before young american chefs trained in France. I no longer cook pro...
by geoffpm
July 17th, 2017, 9:52 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Tj's Tavel for $9
Replies: 1
Views: 494

Tj's Tavel for $9

I know that this board excoriates TJ wine postings but this one is a huge steal. We are awash in Rose these days in major markets. Prices are all over the board but Tavel AOC wines are usually over $20 in the Boston area. TJ's Reserve Des Chastelles Tavel, made by La Companie Rhodanienne ( a big neg...
by geoffpm
July 15th, 2017, 7:29 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Great Scallion Pancake Recipe
Replies: 20
Views: 952

Great Scallion Pancake Recipe

Here is a video of Joanne Chang's recipe for scallion pancakes that uses pizza dough. I have made this several times and I have never seen people at a dinner party line up for more.

by geoffpm
May 8th, 2017, 6:11 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: SFgate article about Trader Joe cheap wines
Replies: 12
Views: 974

SFgate article about Trader Joe cheap wines

I am a Rose freak. Drink it all year but spring is the best time for incredible deals at Tj's. I bought a case of all Southern French Rose yesterday for $60. Every bottle came from a recognizable producer in France. Yes, you have to do some internet sleuthing to find the real vintner. Always a great...
by geoffpm
May 6th, 2017, 6:10 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Official Costco Thread
Replies: 920
Views: 99615

Official Costco Thread

Overall, I find the elitism on this chain to be tremendously off putting. When the largest wine retailer in the country flexes its buying muscles and purchase oceans of good wine and passes that savings on to Costco members, I become more brand loyal to them. Rarely, do I purchase wines over $30/ bt...
by geoffpm
May 4th, 2017, 9:38 am
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Paris websites to bookmark
Replies: 9
Views: 1016

Paris websites to bookmark

First of all, I thought the paris by arrondisment site to be insipid. For example, the 11th which is not the hipster capital of Paris had no reference to it being the dining hotspot. Please don't forget Wendy Whitehurst's great site -www.wendylyn.paris/ . Her tours are incredible and she knows every...
by geoffpm
May 1st, 2017, 6:54 am
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Adventures in Paris
Replies: 421
Views: 20243

Adventures in Paris

Andrew,

Next time you are at the Bastille market, walk up the street to Marche D'aligre. I have always found this market to have more choice and cheaper prices. Also access to African and middle eastern foods
by geoffpm
April 23rd, 2017, 7:28 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Need Help Rose and Sub $15 Pinot
Replies: 41
Views: 1365

Need Help Rose and Sub $15 Pinot

2016 charles and charles Rose at costco for under $8

2016 Kirkland Cotes du provences at costco for $7
by geoffpm
March 14th, 2017, 7:58 am
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Washington D.C. Hotels
Replies: 9
Views: 800

Washington D.C. Hotels

Had a wonderful stay last week at the Graham in Georgetown. One block off of m st. Close to everything. Large room , well appointed and great staff
by geoffpm
March 14th, 2017, 7:56 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Official Costco Thread
Replies: 920
Views: 99615

Official Costco Thread

Thought it was appropriate to post this during a blizzard in Boston - 2016 Charles and Charles Rose now available at local Costco for under 9$.

Liquid wild strawberries with good depth. A steal at this price given that 2016 French rose are beginning to appear at local store for over 16$
by geoffpm
February 24th, 2017, 6:23 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Your current fav $10 and under white & red?
Replies: 49
Views: 2112

Your current fav $10 and under white & red?

costco/kirkland cotes du rhones village - 6.99

trader joes pontificus - southern french GSM - 5.99

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