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by G. Keeler
December 11th, 2019, 2:39 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Eating and Drinking in Los Angeles
Replies: 942
Views: 50576

Re: Eating and Drinking in Los Angeles

We recently did the Tuscany menu at Maude. Food was really excellent with some interesting interpretations of dishes and some expert pasta making. White truffle supplement was solid, not fantastic. If you bring a bottle from a region they are featuring there is no corkage so we brought a 2001 Costan...
by G. Keeler
November 12th, 2019, 4:25 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: New York City Restaurants
Replies: 2294
Views: 136954

Re: New York City Restaurants

Was in NY last week first for business and then my wife joined for a few days. Dinner the first night with a colleague at Balthazar hit the spot after a long flight. Started with some oysters and then the classic steak frites. The fries are truly great. Business lunch the next day at Le Coucou. I li...
by G. Keeler
October 23rd, 2019, 9:55 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: New York City Restaurants
Replies: 2294
Views: 136954

Re: New York City Restaurants

I went to the Chef’s table at Brooklyn fare on Monday evening . A great experience , the food was creative and very tasty . His king crab with aged tomatoes a dish I will never forget . Service top . We were allowed to bring our own wines at $ 90 per bottle . The Coche Dury 2009 Genevrieres was a t...
by G. Keeler
September 27th, 2019, 11:40 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Eating and Drinking in Los Angeles
Replies: 942
Views: 50576

Re: Eating and Drinking in Los Angeles

In case anyone was as curious as I was, here's the actual current menu at Pasjoli https://la.eater.com/2019/9/26/20885586/dave-beran-pasjoli-french-restaurant-santa-monica-open-inside I'm drooling just thinking about it. It's certainly not cheap, but I'll be able to go here more than Dialogue. If i...
by G. Keeler
September 22nd, 2019, 12:18 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: New York City Restaurants
Replies: 2294
Views: 136954

Re: New York City Restaurants

Sad to report Bar Uchu (not the Sushi part) has closed. I LOVED that place. So bummed. These small restaurants open with great young chefs and it works for awhile because they do not need to do much business to avoid losing money but then they realize you can never make money with an 8-12 seat rest...
by G. Keeler
September 20th, 2019, 2:20 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Eating and Drinking in Los Angeles
Replies: 942
Views: 50576

Re: Eating and Drinking in Los Angeles

Ha. I wouldn’t call that a wild guess.
by G. Keeler
September 19th, 2019, 2:13 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: New York City Restaurants
Replies: 2294
Views: 136954

Re: New York City Restaurants

Thanks for the recommendations. Robert, we did Uchu last year and loved it. We will try for Cagen. Any other high end sushi recs in case we can’t get a booking at Cagen?
by G. Keeler
September 18th, 2019, 12:41 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: New York City Restaurants
Replies: 2294
Views: 136954

Re: New York City Restaurants

Going to be in NYC with my wife in November. Staying somewhere between soho and downtown this time. Have 3 dinners to plan. 1 night we are thinking Atomix and another night more casual, something like Frenchette or Via Carota. Would also like to do Japanese one night. What are the current favorites ...
by G. Keeler
September 14th, 2019, 3:35 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: If you were going to buy a grill today what would you buy?
Replies: 21
Views: 2036

Re: If you were going to buy a grill today what would you buy?

I’ve been looking at a lot of grills lately because we are planning a backyard refresh. We settled on the Kalamazoo hybrid. My buddy has one and it’s awesome.
by G. Keeler
September 9th, 2019, 8:53 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: What's you favorite Vegetarian-qualifying food?
Replies: 24
Views: 1601

Re: What's you favorite Vegetarian-qualifying food?

Tomato tart can be made ahead of time and reheated or made on site with the right equipment. I make a version of this https://barefootcontessa.com/recipes/annas-tomato-tart

I just use a store bought frozen pastry for the crust when I don't have time to make from scratch.
by G. Keeler
September 2nd, 2019, 7:30 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Friday poll: Bordeaux Rouge vs. Burgundy Rouge
Replies: 52
Views: 1890

Re: Friday poll: Bordeaux Rouge vs. Burgundy Rouge

Antoine makes good points. In addition for me, I have just moved to “lighter” styles of wine in general over the years. Most of that has to do with a changing diet as we have gotten older. Right or wrong, I associate Bordeaux with beef, lamb or other more robust dishes. Burgundy can play with lighte...
by G. Keeler
September 1st, 2019, 9:27 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Friday poll: Bordeaux Rouge vs. Burgundy Rouge
Replies: 52
Views: 1890

Re: Friday poll: Bordeaux Rouge vs. Burgundy Rouge

Bordeaux was first love and still enjoy it but now a days I drink 15 bottles of burg to every Bordeaux.
by G. Keeler
August 28th, 2019, 1:44 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Best of Class restaurant dishes
Replies: 42
Views: 2908

Re: Best of Class restaurant dishes

Venison at the Ledbury is the best version of that protein I have had.
by G. Keeler
August 27th, 2019, 11:17 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Best of Class restaurant dishes
Replies: 42
Views: 2908

Re: Best of Class restaurant dishes

First thing that came to mind was the best pizza I've ever had - Ramp pesto and lamb sausage pizza at Cotogna in SF. I love pizza, make it once a week and have been to a lot of what others consider to be the best pizza places in the world and that pizza at Cotogna stands above them all.
by G. Keeler
August 27th, 2019, 11:11 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Eating and Drinking in Los Angeles
Replies: 942
Views: 50576

Re: Eating and Drinking in Los Angeles

Lovely Japanese breakfast at Konbi: And not to sound like a broken record but another great overall meal at Majordomo. We did Majordomo and Konbi a few weekends ago as well. Domo was very good again and I really like what they do with veggies. A roasted squash dish with fish sauce and crispy shallo...
by G. Keeler
August 25th, 2019, 6:33 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Popeyes Chicken Sandwich
Replies: 137
Views: 7001

Re: Popeyes Chicken Sandwich

Haven’t had it yet. How does it compare to Chick-fil-A?
by G. Keeler
August 15th, 2019, 3:40 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: COOKBOOKS: What Are Your Top 5
Replies: 40
Views: 2842

Re: COOKBOOKS: What Are Your Top 5

I'm surprised to see so much love for the Food Lab. I think Kenji is a terrible writer, but I suppose I'm in the minority. I don't think people read the Food Lab for the writing, compared to other books where you might want to read about a chef or a restaurants history. It's a really good text book...
by G. Keeler
August 8th, 2019, 4:52 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: COOKBOOKS: What Are Your Top 5
Replies: 40
Views: 2842

Re: COOKBOOKS: What Are Your Top 5

We have started a bit of a cookbook collection and probably have over 100 at this point. Some of our favs that come to mind are Tender by Nigel Slater, Made in Italy by Giorgio Locatelli, Dinner at the Long Table by Andrew Tarlow and Twelve Recipes by Cal Peternell. Recently picked up the Night + Ma...
by G. Keeler
August 5th, 2019, 12:51 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Eating and Drinking in San Francisco
Replies: 219
Views: 17845

Re: Eating and Drinking in San Francisco 2016

Did a quick weekend in the city with our 4 and 6 year olds. They are good restaurant eaters for their age but it still limits our choices somewhat. Lunch at Cotogna was great once again. A couple of pizzas and a couple of pastas and everyone was happy. Right now they are featuring a corn triangoli t...
by G. Keeler
August 1st, 2019, 7:02 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Healdsburg winery and restaurant recommendations
Replies: 45
Views: 2937

Re: Healdsburg winery and restaurant recommendations

Ceritas is walkable from town. By appointment only I believe.
by G. Keeler
July 29th, 2019, 1:19 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Restaurant Recommendations
Replies: 75
Views: 21051

Re: Restaurant Recommendations

BTW, a new restaurant opened called Knife Pleat (where the old Marché Moderne used to be located in Costa Mesa). First class restaurant in every sense. $35 corkage. We went to Knife Pleat this past weekend and I would say they are aiming for first class but have missed the mark on the food. Things ...
by G. Keeler
July 27th, 2019, 7:11 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Complex wines and simple ingredients are kind of boring!
Replies: 33
Views: 1396

Re: Complex wines and simple ingredients are kind of boring!

As for Salmon, I have yet to find a red pairing that works as well or better than a white or rose so we go white or rose 100% of the time with salmon.
by G. Keeler
July 27th, 2019, 7:08 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Complex wines and simple ingredients are kind of boring!
Replies: 33
Views: 1396

Re: Complex wines and simple ingredients are kind of boring!

We got into wine through food and while we really enjoy wine, the food comes for first for us so we pick out what we want to eat and then try to find a wine that will compliment. We get bored quickly so like to have a diverse set of wines on hand at all times to match a variety of dishes and styles....
by G. Keeler
July 17th, 2019, 9:06 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Favorite ACTUAL pizza and wine pairings
Replies: 62
Views: 3796

Re: Favorite ACTUAL pizza and wine pairings

Almost every week we make dough on Sunday to make pizza on Monday. My 4 and 6 year olds are now into it and they help prep and put toppings on. I'm not much of a beer guy anymore so it's always wine with pizza in our house. Some of our favorites: - We don't make it often, but when we go basic red sa...
by G. Keeler
July 13th, 2019, 7:27 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Las Vegas Restaurants
Replies: 155
Views: 11381

Re: Las Vegas Restaurants

Andrew Kotowski wrote:
July 13th, 2019, 7:21 pm
CarneVino is permanently closed :(
I thought it closed in 2018? It was when I walked by it last year.
by G. Keeler
July 8th, 2019, 10:05 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Eating and Drinking in Los Angeles
Replies: 942
Views: 50576

Re: Eating and Drinking in Los Angeles

slada wrote:
July 8th, 2019, 5:29 pm
Hi heading down to LA for a few days-
Have dinners lined up at Felix and majordomo
These looks byo friendly

But we love pastries and are a little spoiled by the SF bakery scene (arsicault [worship.gif] )

Best bakery in LA?!?
republique
by G. Keeler
June 30th, 2019, 7:08 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Sunday discussion time only $17.73 to spend today.
Replies: 38
Views: 1401

Re: Sunday discussion time only $17.73 to spend today.

Tenuta Dells Terre Nere Etna Rosso - one of our go to pizza wines and I think it’s around $17.
by G. Keeler
June 18th, 2019, 8:00 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Would you drink zero alcohol wine
Replies: 116
Views: 3420

Re: Would you drink zero alcohol wine

Under the hypothetical that it tasted the same, it would be great to have the option. I don't think I would drink less of the alcohol version of wine but I would add the non-alcohol version to meals. I go to nice work lunches from time to time where it would be great to have a non-alcohol version of...
by G. Keeler
June 10th, 2019, 2:37 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: New York City Restaurants
Replies: 2294
Views: 136954

Re: New York City Restaurants

Thanks for the report Robert. I feel similarly about places like Per Se at this moment in dinning. I still want a few to hang around because there are those special occasions were it's nice to have some of the formality, but overall I think its a model that feels very dated. If you love food this is...
by G. Keeler
June 6th, 2019, 2:55 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: In'n'Out Burger Fries
Replies: 57
Views: 4434

Re: In'n'Out Burger Fries

Hate the fries. My wife and kids like in-n out so we go from time to time. I just get a DD with grilled onions and call it a day. The in-n-out is a better "value" than Shake Shack doesn't hold up for me. Even though SS is more expense than in-n-out, I still think it's a better value because it actua...
by G. Keeler
June 5th, 2019, 9:14 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Eating and Drinking in San Francisco
Replies: 219
Views: 17845

Re: Eating and Drinking in San Francisco 2016

Just spent a few days in SF. Lunch at Angler was really good. Fresh seafood cooked over fire with pretty much flawless execution. Highlights were the scallops, fire squid and salt and pepper bass. Service a little more formal than it needs to be but good and attentive. Solid wine list and cocktails....
by G. Keeler
June 4th, 2019, 5:08 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Eating and Drinking in Los Angeles
Replies: 942
Views: 50576

Re: Eating and Drinking in Los Angeles

I REALLY like Taco Maria, but at the same time, I have always thought it somewhat overrated, first by Jonathan Gold, and now by Michelin. Same. While I always enjoy it, I think if they mixed up their pre-fix menu more they could take it to the next level. I feel like the past 4-5 times I've had a v...
by G. Keeler
June 4th, 2019, 12:24 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Eating and Drinking in Los Angeles
Replies: 942
Views: 50576

Re: Eating and Drinking in Los Angeles

Some interesting choices for the stars. Taco Maria with a star? I really like it there and have been going regularly from the start but don't see how it's 1 star and a place like Majordomo is not. Also was just up in SF and went to Al's Place which has a star. Good food in an extremely casual (which...
by G. Keeler
May 13th, 2019, 8:52 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Eating and Drinking in Los Angeles
Replies: 942
Views: 50576

Re: Eating and Drinking in Los Angeles

Made it out to Majordomo this past weekend. We did the bing with spicy lamb, egg & smoked roe and a foie mouse which was all very good. Also tried the diver scallops, potato salsa seca, snap peas, fried cauliflower and ended with the big short rib. I liked everything except the scallops which just n...
by G. Keeler
May 10th, 2019, 8:12 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: New York City Restaurants
Replies: 2294
Views: 136954

Re: New York City Restaurants

Was in NY for work last week. First night I met a friend at Pasquale Jones. Shared a few starters and some pizza. I thought the food was very good and the wine list was great for a casual restaurant. Roulot and the clam pizza was awesome together. Second night went to Casa Lever for a big group dinn...
by G. Keeler
April 26th, 2019, 10:19 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Why are you into wine ?
Replies: 35
Views: 1658

Re: Why are you into wine ?

I'm into wine mainly due to my interest in food. Wine is a natural complement.
by G. Keeler
April 19th, 2019, 5:41 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: anyone have a copy of "Pomerol" by Neal Martin they don't need anymore?
Replies: 13
Views: 1251

Re: anyone have a copy of "Pomerol" by Neal Martin they don't need anymore?

Send him a dm on Facebook or Instagram and ask if he knows were to find a copy. He will probably send you one. He is a great guy.
by G. Keeler
April 9th, 2019, 11:38 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Masters Champions Dinner - Patrick Reed's Picks
Replies: 38
Views: 2395

Re: Masters Champions Dinner - Patrick Reed's Picks

Boring choices but probably fits the crowd well.
by G. Keeler
April 3rd, 2019, 11:41 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: How much do you drink
Replies: 54
Views: 2739

Re: How much do you drink

Sarah Kirschbaum wrote:
April 2nd, 2019, 6:34 pm
Scott Brunson wrote:
April 2nd, 2019, 6:16 pm
Scott Watkins wrote:
April 1st, 2019, 9:37 pm


Agree!
totally this
Don't forget lunch! There's little more civilized than a long, lazy, wine-filled lunch, particularly on a sunny day.
A long wine lunch is my favorite time to enjoy wine. Wish I could do it more often!
by G. Keeler
April 2nd, 2019, 9:57 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: How much do you drink
Replies: 54
Views: 2739

Re: How much do you drink

Used to be 5-7 a week shared on an avg week. Now 2-3 shared.
by G. Keeler
March 16th, 2019, 2:09 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Do you have a wine cellar? Probably the answer is YES: But do you have...
Replies: 24
Views: 2167

Re: Do you have a wine cellar? Probably the answer is YES: But do you have...

Looking at CT, the first wine I ever logged in as a purchase is a 2003 Château Léoville Barton that I purchased in June of 2006. I tried a bottle at a resturant and really liked it and found it on the shelf at winex a week later. It’s still in my cellar. Anyone try it recently? I’m sure I had 20-30 ...
by G. Keeler
March 9th, 2019, 8:59 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: New York City Restaurants
Replies: 2294
Views: 136954

Re: New York City Restaurants

Back from NY a few days ago. We ended up doing 3 dinners. First night a business dinner at Quality Italian (not my pick). Very loud and food was average to poor. 2nd night was another work dinner but at Ristorante Morini. I’ve always enjoyed eating here and think the 4 course menu is a relative valu...
by G. Keeler
March 5th, 2019, 3:39 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: New York City Restaurants
Replies: 2294
Views: 136954

Re: New York City Restaurants

We enjoyed BF much more than EMP. The type of the food and the whole vibe is much more our style at BF.
by G. Keeler
March 3rd, 2019, 3:36 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: New York City Restaurants
Replies: 2294
Views: 136954

Re: New York City Restaurants

Heading to NY next week for business. Have Wednesday night free but will be with a co-worker who might be the least adventurous person I’ve dined with. We are doing steaks Monday so would like to not just fall back on that again. I was looking at Le Coq Rico or Upland. Anyone with any recent experi...
by G. Keeler
March 3rd, 2019, 9:03 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Don't Stop Me Now... OR The Young and Spend-y Thread
Replies: 242
Views: 13779

Re: Don't Stop Me Now... OR The Young and Spend-y Thread

Haha. Whoops. Fixed above.
by G. Keeler
March 3rd, 2019, 8:01 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Don't Stop Me Now... OR The Young and Spend-y Thread
Replies: 242
Views: 13779

Re: Don't Stop Me Now... OR The Young and Spend-y Thread

I missed this thread the first time around. 42 with 2 kids (5 & 3 yrs old) and have been buying wine seriously since I was about 26-27. Strong dual income but also demanding so free time is valuable in our house these days. My wife and I have a shared passion for food, wine and travel. We made the d...
by G. Keeler
February 28th, 2019, 8:19 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: New York City Restaurants
Replies: 2294
Views: 136954

Re: New York City Restaurants

Heading to NY next week for business. Have Wednesday night free but will be with a co-worker who might be the least adventurous person I’ve dined with. We are doing steaks Monday so would like to not just fall back on that again. I was looking at Le Coq Rico or Upland. Anyone with any recent experie...
by G. Keeler
February 27th, 2019, 12:40 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: David McMillan (Joe Beef) on how excess nearly killed him
Replies: 15
Views: 1191

Re: David McMillan (Joe Beef) on how excess nearly killed him

I've known a few people in the wine world that were living a life of excess and had to pull back or stop all together. The Joe Beef story reminded me of a guy I knew when I lived in London that went from 0 to 100 really fast. He joined our monthly offline group not knowing much about wine and within...
by G. Keeler
February 27th, 2019, 5:52 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Eating and Drinking in Los Angeles
Replies: 942
Views: 50576

Re: Eating and Drinking in Los Angeles

Melisse is serving its final meal on Saturday. It’s not in vogue, but I’ve had some really good meals there. Tempted to squeeze in a final tasting menu, but have another big dinner Saturday. We have had some very nice meals at Melisse over the years. Last time we went (2 years ago maybe) the food a...
by G. Keeler
February 27th, 2019, 5:46 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Chef's Tasting menu (a la Playground 2.0) in Orange County
Replies: 5
Views: 360

Re: Chef's Tasting menu (a la Playground 2.0) in Orange County

I’m sure Studio at the Montage would do a cocktail pairing if you asked in advance. Last time we went the food was much improved and wine list is deep.

Nobu does a cocktail pairing I think.

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