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by theocorrel
July 14th, 2019, 1:01 pm
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Reccos for Itinerary that Includes Berlin
Replies: 6
Views: 195

Re: Reccos for Itinerary that Includes Berlin

You could do a nice nonstop RT to Marrakech in the middle of your stay in Berlin. (I have done this frequently from Paris, Milan, Frankfurt, etc.) Stay at the La Mamounia. You would never have to leave Marrakech (or La Mamounia) to have an extraordinary experience, but Essouira on the Atlantic and t...
by theocorrel
July 11th, 2019, 4:29 pm
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Zanzibar, Dar es Salaam
Replies: 15
Views: 310

Re: Zanzibar, Dar es Salaam

Mark - Fantastic instragram of the journey by your son. Perfect for me; really appreciated. Thank you. Do you mind if I follow up with you at some point by pm re the physical prep, etc., your son did?
by theocorrel
July 11th, 2019, 4:03 pm
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Zanzibar, Dar es Salaam
Replies: 15
Views: 310

Re: Zanzibar, Dar es Salaam

Gentlemen - Thank you! Really appreciated. This is frightening. Mark, based on your great fight advice, I just essentially worked out 2 trips Seattle-Dar es Salaam, one for the fall, one for next spring. This has gone from an idea to a virtual certainty - to occur at least at some point - in about 4...
by theocorrel
July 11th, 2019, 3:08 pm
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Zanzibar, Dar es Salaam
Replies: 15
Views: 310

Re: Zanzibar, Dar es Salaam

Ryan - Thanks. Lamu Kenya? I heard in the last 3-5 years there have been a lot of culture clashes - not benign ones - between the devout majority & tourists. I would love to be wrong.
by theocorrel
July 11th, 2019, 3:02 pm
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Zanzibar, Dar es Salaam
Replies: 15
Views: 310

Re: Zanzibar, Dar es Salaam

Thanks Mark. I just looked at Sobek - they look great (as always). Thanks; I didn't even think of them! Really good. Did he do the 'Trek' or 'Summit' trip? (I assume the latter?)
by theocorrel
July 11th, 2019, 2:47 pm
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Zanzibar, Dar es Salaam
Replies: 15
Views: 310

Re: Zanzibar, Dar es Salaam

Mark - Great, I will look into it. I'm familiar with Sobek; I think they are from Berkeley (or were at one point). Was his subsequent visit to Zanzibar something he did on his own, or was that also run by Sobek? (I generally try and avoid tour groups/guides, something like climbing Kilimanjaro obvio...
by theocorrel
July 11th, 2019, 1:17 pm
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Zanzibar, Dar es Salaam
Replies: 15
Views: 310

Re: Zanzibar, Dar es Salaam

Gentlemen, outstanding. Thank you. I may follow up in time, if you don't mind. For now - Mark: Do you/your son have any recommendations or thoughts on trekking up Kilimanjaro? That was my idea, as a combination with going to Zanzibar.

Thanks again.
by theocorrel
July 11th, 2019, 9:34 am
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Zanzibar, Dar es Salaam
Replies: 15
Views: 310

Zanzibar, Dar es Salaam

Anyone been to Zanzibar? Any recommendations? I'm interested in history & culture as well as lodging, food & natural beauty/the usual tourist activities. Also, any recommendations re Dar es Salaam? Finally, is there an easy way to get from Zanzibar/Dar es Salaam to Ngorogoro Crater or Kilimanjaro, o...
by theocorrel
June 30th, 2019, 11:45 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: books ?
Replies: 21
Views: 1172

Re: books ?

'Blue Trout and Black Truffles: The Perigrinations of an Epicure', Wechsberg (from the New Yorker). I'm not sure food writing gets better than this. (At lease if you like France.)
by theocorrel
May 28th, 2019, 8:05 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Favorite Wines You No Longer Buy Due to Pricing
Replies: 72
Views: 4524

Re: Favorite Wines You No Longer Buy Due to Pricing

I bought '99 La Tache in about 2001-2 for about $327. It was part of a whole parcel of DRC I bought - with the '99 La Tache the only one I couldn't bring myself to drink as it had gone over $4,000. HDH auctioned it for me a year ago at about $5,000. These numbers sound good - except in 1967-8 my fat...
by theocorrel
April 11th, 2019, 12:47 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine Shops in Frankfurt & Milan
Replies: 14
Views: 586

Re: Wine Shops in Frankfurt & Milan

Gentlemen, thank you! I will be checking them out.

Ilkkal - Como is on the lake, but I also wiill be in Bellagio & Ravenna - thanks!
by theocorrel
April 10th, 2019, 12:32 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine Shops in Frankfurt & Milan
Replies: 14
Views: 586

Re: Wine Shops in Frankfurt & Milan

Pierfrancesco - Outstanding. Thank you much! You (or anyone) don't happen to know a wineshop/cantine in Como, do you? Thanks again. Theo
by theocorrel
April 9th, 2019, 10:55 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine Shops in Frankfurt & Milan
Replies: 14
Views: 586

Re: Wine Shops in Frankfurt & Milan

Excellent Krystian! Thanks much (& for the message with contact info). I will try and stop by!
by theocorrel
April 8th, 2019, 3:22 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Frankfurt Restaurants
Replies: 7
Views: 320

Re: Frankfurt Restaurants

Thanks Ed and Russell - much appreciated. They look great!
by theocorrel
April 7th, 2019, 3:47 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine Shops in Frankfurt & Milan
Replies: 14
Views: 586

Re: Wine Shops in Frankfurt & Milan

Tim - Excellent, thank you! I will look them up. I'm familiar with Peck, but not the rest.

Please keep any recommendations coming! Frankfurt, anyone?

Thanks
by theocorrel
April 7th, 2019, 3:39 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Frankfurt Restaurants
Replies: 7
Views: 320

Re: Frankfurt Restaurants

Thanks Paul. The Gasthaus looks great.

Please keep any other recommendations coming!

Thanks.
by theocorrel
April 7th, 2019, 1:11 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Frankfurt Restaurants
Replies: 7
Views: 320

Re: Frankfurt Restaurants

Le Bump.
by theocorrel
April 7th, 2019, 1:10 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine Shops in Frankfurt & Milan
Replies: 14
Views: 586

Re: Wine Shops in Frankfurt & Milan

Ilkkal,

Thanks much. Looks great.

Please keep the recommendations coming!

Thanks
by theocorrel
April 6th, 2019, 3:52 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Frankfurt Restaurants
Replies: 7
Views: 320

Frankfurt Restaurants

Can anyone recommend restaurants in Frankfurt for very traditional German food? Casual is fine. Just looking for great, traditional German food! I assume this one is much more difficult, but I also would be interested in traditional or historic Jewish restaurants/delis in Frankfurt, if such exists (...
by theocorrel
April 6th, 2019, 3:42 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine Shops in Frankfurt & Milan
Replies: 14
Views: 586

Wine Shops in Frankfurt & Milan

Can anyone recommend a good wine shop or two in Frankfurt and/or Milan? I'm most interested in aged Riesling for Frankfurt and aged Barolo/Barbaresco for Milan, and don't need trophies. (Burgundy also of course is good.) For the Riesling, I'm looking most for Spatlese, Kabinett & Auslese. Thank you ...
by theocorrel
March 23rd, 2019, 4:08 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: SF lunch for 50 or so, near the Moscone Center
Replies: 13
Views: 707

Re: SF lunch for 50 or so, near the Moscone Center

Just checked the website for the Maxfield Parrish bar at the Palace (The Pied Piper) - they now only open at 4pm, so maybe they will give it to you for a private lunch! That would be an awesome spot! That & the Garden Coirt are sui generis SF history - I believe the Palace is the only hotel down the...
by theocorrel
March 23rd, 2019, 3:59 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: SF lunch for 50 or so, near the Moscone Center
Replies: 13
Views: 707

Re: SF lunch for 50 or so, near the Moscone Center

I'm sure the Palace could accommodate you, ideally in the gorgeous & historic Garden Court (the former horse carriage turn around) or otherwise in a private DR (try and get an historic room). Place is gorgeous, food should be not bad (if not exceptional). Also - assume they wouldn't do it at lunch, ...
by theocorrel
February 12th, 2019, 8:05 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Central Greece: Attica
Replies: 3
Views: 181

Re: Central Greece: Attica

Stunning inventor of drama, and Dionysian at that. Top producer by any measure, even if flying under the radar a bit today.
by theocorrel
November 3rd, 2018, 9:47 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Last minute visit to Santa Cruz: suggestions for a winery or 2 to visit?
Replies: 10
Views: 718

Re: Last minute visit to Santa Cruz: suggestions for a winery or 2 to visit?

Not a winery, but Soif for wine (with or without food) in Santa Cruz itself.
by theocorrel
October 25th, 2018, 8:25 pm
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Paris in February? Where to Stay?
Replies: 101
Views: 3985

Re: Paris in February? Where to Stay?

The whole point of a la biche au bois is the game meats incl game birds. The restaurant is not fancy and is traditional. I had an '01 Clos Vougeot there (R. Engel I think) 15 years out on my last visit that did not disappoint...
by theocorrel
September 25th, 2018, 5:08 pm
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Paris in February? Where to Stay?
Replies: 101
Views: 3985

Re: Paris in February? Where to Stay?

As of Dec. 1 of last year, fines for Air B&B rentals in Paris are now I believe 12,000 euro+ and they are enforcing it. Be careful. All Air B&Bs are illegal in Paris, unless it is licensed as a commercial property. The Dec. law was meant to put teeth to the prohibition - and prop managers in Paris t...
by theocorrel
May 22nd, 2018, 9:56 pm
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Adventures in Paris
Replies: 421
Views: 22499

Adventures in Paris

Andrew - St. Chapelle is a magical place. If you're interested, it was built to house Christ's crown of thorns, I believe the greatest relic in Christendom. Louis IX received the crown of thorns from Constantinople in exchange for financial support, when that city was under threat. In the stained gl...
by theocorrel
October 27th, 2017, 4:34 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Clos de Tart reportedly sold for 200 Million Euros
Replies: 13
Views: 1267

Clos de Tart reportedly sold for 200 Million Euros

$14 million+ an acre sounds reasonable. (Just joking.) What does the top Napa vineyard land go for now? (I believe Coppola shattered records back in the day when he bought Niebaum for $350-450k an acre.) There also is the issue of scale - all of the Cotes de Nuits GC vineyards together probably fit ...
by theocorrel
October 12th, 2017, 8:50 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Catastrophic Fires In Napa and Sonoma
Replies: 1217
Views: 86784

Catastrophic Fires In Napa and Sonoma

Alan - Thank you.
by theocorrel
October 12th, 2017, 8:08 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Catastrophic Fires In Napa and Sonoma
Replies: 1217
Views: 86784

Catastrophic Fires In Napa and Sonoma

Is anyone aware of the status of Mount Veeder road between what used to be (pre-sale) the Jade Mountain Winery and Mayacamas winery? It certainly looks like it is/was engulfed in flames per the KQED satellite images - but any knowledge is appreciated. The specific address is 3375 Mt. Veeder Road. Th...
by theocorrel
August 15th, 2017, 12:09 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Shake Shack coming to Seattle: what should I expect?
Replies: 41
Views: 1993

Shake Shack coming to Seattle: what should I expect?

I think that Red Mill, like Dick's, is a good niche place - it hits that 'spot' for their particular burger-taste when you want it (and I go to Red Mill and Dicks's every so often for that particular taste, which I like). But those burgers, as great burgers, don't not compare to Uneeda. I went to Li...
by theocorrel
August 14th, 2017, 11:20 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Shake Shack coming to Seattle: what should I expect?
Replies: 41
Views: 1993

Shake Shack coming to Seattle: what should I expect?

Ryan - Thanks for the tip. I was not aware of Zippy's until your post (and I've semi made it a point to eat every burger in Seattle, searching for the great ones.) I will go and check it out. Uneeda is really fantastic - you can go with one of the fancy ones, but I go for their basic with an extra p...
by theocorrel
August 11th, 2017, 11:52 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Shake Shack coming to Seattle: what should I expect?
Replies: 41
Views: 1993

Shake Shack coming to Seattle: what should I expect?

Brandon - the burgers & fries at uneeda burger are significantly better than shake shack. Can't speak to the chicken sandwich at shake shack as I haven't had it. The owner of uneeda burger was on vacation in napa and ate at Taylor's/gott's refresher, and loved it so much, he decided to copy it in se...
by theocorrel
August 6th, 2017, 6:42 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: NYC - Later-Night Dinner
Replies: 21
Views: 1176

NYC - Later-Night Dinner

All, Thanks so much for all the great suggestions. Please keep them coming, if you'd like - all help is appreciated. I'm going to turn this over to my better half for decisions. We'll probably be in black-tie, if that makes any difference for the suggestions. Brent - We are staying on central park s...
by theocorrel
August 5th, 2017, 11:31 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: NYC - Later-Night Dinner
Replies: 21
Views: 1176

NYC - Later-Night Dinner

Thank you all! Please keep the late-night suggestions coming. Jason - Yes, we will be at Lincoln Center. Thank you. Separately - What are people's thoughts on (i) Minetta Tavern (they serve until 1am) and (ii) La Grenouille (not for late-night; for another night). (I haven't been in NYC in a little ...
by theocorrel
August 4th, 2017, 3:52 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: NYC - Later-Night Dinner
Replies: 21
Views: 1176

NYC - Later-Night Dinner

Can anyone help with suggestions for a great, fun spot for dinner at 11:45 or midnight on a Friday night, in Manhattan? We'll be getting out of the opera at 11:35. Thanks much in advance!

Theo
by theocorrel
April 30th, 2017, 6:58 pm
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Suggestions for 4 or 5 days within an easy drive of SF - [update....Sonoma is the chosen direction]
Replies: 28
Views: 1566

Suggestions for 4 or 5 days within an easy drive of SF - [update....Sonoma is the chosen direction]

Sonoma Mission Inn. Great pool, good spa. Well located including to jump over the hill to Napa. It looks like they're running a 4 nights for 3 special. You can also join Fairmont President's Club for free and get various benefits. About 5 minutes driving to the downtown Sonoma Plaza & its historic 2...
by theocorrel
April 25th, 2017, 6:35 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Wine/Whiskey Bars & Shops in Paris
Replies: 22
Views: 1378

Wine/Whiskey Bars & Shops in Paris

Andrew - I just checked, Legrand is currently serving among other things Krug, '97 Chave Hermitage, '02 Leflaive Batard, '01 d'Auvenay Bonnes Mares and '75 d'Yquem by the glass ... that should keep you busy!
by theocorrel
April 25th, 2017, 6:22 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Wine/Whiskey Bars & Shops in Paris
Replies: 22
Views: 1378

Wine/Whiskey Bars & Shops in Paris

Andrew, Lavinia sounds like what you want and it will be pretty close to you (on the way to Madeleine from the Opera). It's a beautiful modern store, the largest wine store in Paris, with a nice wine bar. When I was there they had Haut Brion by the glass, etc. Caves Legrand is also probably a place ...
by theocorrel
April 25th, 2017, 11:43 am
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Adventures in Paris
Replies: 421
Views: 22499

Adventures in Paris

I've done at least 15 roundtrips on the RER from Charles de Gaulle to downtown in the last 10 years - never even a hint of a problem. It's a great service, and no Peripherique traffic jams!
by theocorrel
April 20th, 2017, 4:28 pm
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Thailand suggestions
Replies: 15
Views: 726

Thailand suggestions

Re Bangkok, staying at a hotel near the skytrain or on the river (or both) is best - otherwise, you will never be able to really get around with Bangkok's traffic. (Water taxis & the water bus can take you up and down the river.) There are many, many great hotels in Bangkok, with the historic 140 ye...
by theocorrel
April 20th, 2017, 3:47 pm
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Thailand suggestions
Replies: 15
Views: 726

Thailand suggestions

The Four Seasons Chaing Mai is spectacular - it is built as a terraced tea plantation (and they used to have water buffalo helping with the plowing/harvest). Their concierge also arranges a great elephant riding trip where you float back to the hotel on the river - all this can be arranged and paid ...
by theocorrel
December 13th, 2016, 2:23 pm
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Picking a destination for a very special occasion
Replies: 34
Views: 2139

Picking a destination for a very special occasion

David - The anti-atlas mountains just outside Marrakech. I can give you more details if interested. Great mountains, Berber culture, very beautiful, snow, Marrakech, the Sahara, great beach villages.
Theo
by theocorrel
November 24th, 2016, 11:53 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Lobster recommendation in NYC
Replies: 11
Views: 630

Lobster recommendation in NYC

The Palm - original location. 3+ - 6 pounder. Traditional Palm preparation - butterflied. Outstanding. (And puts to rest the myth of big lobsters being tough, or anything less than fantastic.)
by theocorrel
November 18th, 2016, 3:17 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Experts - Pulling the Cork on a 3L with Wax Capsule
Replies: 11
Views: 836

Experts - Pulling the Cork on a 3L with Wax Capsule

Thanks all, please keep the answers coming. Ian - have you pulled several 3L & above where your method has worked? And when you say 'tire-bouchon', do you mean, put the worm all the way in, and then just pull the whole corkscrew straight up (i.e., with no part of the corkscrew leveraged against the ...
by theocorrel
November 18th, 2016, 12:22 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Experts - Pulling the Cork on a 3L with Wax Capsule
Replies: 11
Views: 836

Experts - Pulling the Cork on a 3L with Wax Capsule

What works best to cleanly pull a cork on a 3L with a wax capsule? I've heard you don't need to cut off the top of the wax and can simply insert the corkscrew & pull as normal (the wax will simply pop off) - but I am leery of this on a 3L as I think the angle on the big bottle & leverage may break t...
by theocorrel
September 21st, 2016, 6:09 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Help identifying a labeless Burgundy
Replies: 8
Views: 882

Help identifying a labeless Burgundy

I used to pretty regularly buy 1995, '96 and '97 Mugnier Musigny on sale for $40, and the Bonnes Mare for about $35. If it's late 1980s, it seems it could be a grand cru.
by theocorrel
February 11th, 2016, 5:43 pm
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Bayreuth, Bavaria, Nuremberg - Recommendations
Replies: 11
Views: 596

Bayreuth, Bavaria, Nuremberg - Recommendations

Thanks all for these great suggestions. I will see what we can incorporate into our trip! Please keep them coming!

Is Munich a must-see, given our limited time, or should we just stay focused on the locations listed above in Bavaria, and see Munich another trip?

Thanks again.

Theo
by theocorrel
February 8th, 2016, 6:51 pm
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Bayreuth, Bavaria, Nuremberg - Recommendations
Replies: 11
Views: 596

Bayreuth, Bavaria, Nuremberg - Recommendations

We will be in Bayreuth for the Ring Cycle in August (first time). We are thinking of doing a day-trip to Nuremberg during the week we are in Bayreuth, and then spending 2-4 days driving through Bavaria. (Unfortunately, we won't be able to extend this much beyond 4 days.) This is our first time in Ba...
by theocorrel
January 26th, 2016, 1:27 pm
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Anyone been to Paris lately?
Replies: 129
Views: 8751

Anyone been to Paris lately?

Hi - We were there in January. (We go almost every year.). It was fantastic - everything is normal/great in spades, plus almost no American tourists whatsoever and the strong dollar making prices great. Couldn't ask for more. Truly wonderful. Refreshing to not have an American voice even anywhere in...

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