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by Kenneth Brown
April 14th, 2019, 12:49 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: What did you cook tonight?
Replies: 1313
Views: 61976

Re: What did you cook tonight?

Masters being early today worked out perfectly. Watch golf, watch bbq.
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by Kenneth Brown
April 13th, 2019, 5:26 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: It's been too long! Pizza!
Replies: 1215
Views: 64001

Re: It's been too long! Pizza!

Big fan of pizza night here. Very thin crust on bottom. Margherita with fresh buffalo mozzarella. IMG_20190412_220223.jpg Italian sausage, Kalamata Olives, and Mushrooms with shredded mozzarella. IMG_20190412_224013.jpg Made on the bottom of a cast iron skillet on a normal oven. Very happy with the ...
by Kenneth Brown
April 3rd, 2019, 9:36 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: What did you cook tonight?
Replies: 1313
Views: 61976

Re: What did you cook tonight?

Also, made this tonight, Shrimp Saganaki. So delicious.
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by Kenneth Brown
April 3rd, 2019, 9:20 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: What did you cook tonight?
Replies: 1313
Views: 61976

Re: What did you cook tonight?

That pork, wow! Random rental apartment kitchen, so I was lucky to nail the temp so perfectly. The ingredients were the star though. I could post the exact same pic with US supermarket pork and pancetta and it would look great, but just be good. This was really great. The butcher literally said whe...
by Kenneth Brown
April 3rd, 2019, 3:40 pm
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Florence recommendations
Replies: 28
Views: 1159

Re: Florence recommendations

Let me also throw out Le Volpi de L'Uva as another really good winebar. You won't find anything really old on the list, but the wines are good and Leonardo was a great host. The food is very small plates but good. You could make a meal of it I suppose, but you would have to order one of everything j...
by Kenneth Brown
April 2nd, 2019, 5:50 pm
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Florence recommendations
Replies: 28
Views: 1159

Re: Florence recommendations

What Lori said, Enoteca Pitti Gola E Cantina. This is probably one of the better wine bars in the world. Particularly if you like old Chianti. We we're just there maybe 4 days ago,and it was fantastic. Food was very good and Zeno, one of the owners is about as good of a host as one could hope for. ...
by Kenneth Brown
March 29th, 2019, 10:40 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2013 Produttori del Barbaresco Barbaresco Riserva Pajé
Replies: 41
Views: 2522

Re: 2013 Produttori del Barbaresco Barbaresco Riserva Pajé

I just had a glass of the 2013 Ovella today and it was also really singing. Having tasted around Piemonte the last few days, 2013 is a fantastic vintage.
by Kenneth Brown
March 28th, 2019, 5:37 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: What did you cook tonight?
Replies: 1313
Views: 61976

Re: What did you cook tonight?

"That looks beautiful. Bravo. Regarding getting better pork, you might check local butchers about sourcing Country Time Farms. It's Lancaster County, PA based and superb. I grew up in Northern VA and my parents still live there. We have sourced Lancaster County meat locally on occasion, though I don...
by Kenneth Brown
March 28th, 2019, 5:08 pm
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Florence recommendations
Replies: 28
Views: 1159

Re: Florence recommendations

What Lori said, Enoteca Pitti Gola E Cantina. This is probably one of the better wine bars in the world. Particularly if you like old Chianti. We we're just there maybe 4 days ago,and it was fantastic. Food was very good and Zeno, one of the owners is about as good of a host as one could hope for. H...
by Kenneth Brown
March 27th, 2019, 3:59 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: What did you cook tonight?
Replies: 1313
Views: 61976

Re: What did you cook tonight?

Staying in Alba right now and after a few days of travel we wanted to stay in. So the first place we discovered on our quest for protein was a great little salumeria a block from our apartment. Part butcher, part salumi, but all local small pig. I grabbed a very small tenderloin marinated in Arneis ...
by Kenneth Brown
March 3rd, 2019, 11:46 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: JF Mugnier vs Chevillon Styles - newbie question
Replies: 41
Views: 2344

Re: JF Mugnier vs Chevillon Styles - newbie question

The two producers have markedly different styles, and Vaucrains as a site produces much more rustic and powerful wines than the Clos de la Marechale. Dujac is top tier...a step up from the other two wines...and much more expensive. I can't agree that the Dujac is a better wine, although it certainl...
by Kenneth Brown
March 3rd, 2019, 11:43 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: JF Mugnier vs Chevillon Styles - newbie question
Replies: 41
Views: 2344

Re: JF Mugnier vs Chevillon Styles - newbie question

The two producers have markedly different styles, and Vaucrains as a site produces much more rustic and powerful wines than the Clos de la Marechale. Dujac is top tier...a step up from the other two wines...and much more expensive. I can't agree that the Dujac is a better wine, although it certainl...
by Kenneth Brown
March 2nd, 2019, 1:58 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: NV José Michel & Fils Champagne Cuvée du Père Houdart
Replies: 24
Views: 836

Re: TN: NV José Michel & Fils Champagne Cuvée du Père Houdart

I opened a bottle of this at our monthly tasting group dinner a few months ago and it showed quite well. I love aged wine and typically don't like Pinot Meunier so much, but I like Jose Michel in general, so I took a flyer on this one. It really came off like a nice version of an aged vintage Champa...
by Kenneth Brown
February 21st, 2019, 9:14 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine drinking in France sucks
Replies: 287
Views: 14357

Re: Wine drinking in France sucks

Hey Alan, I don't have a limp dick, at least not yet. I am not a lawyer, and my wife doesn't have fake tits. No Tesla either for that matter. I am also not here to attack you, but I would like to know one thing. Why in the world would you spend years posting here and then not use the resources for a...
by Kenneth Brown
February 17th, 2019, 5:48 pm
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Piemonte
Replies: 25
Views: 1186

Re: Piemonte

Last request: Good producers to visit. Here we are looking for friendly and hospitable visits with good wine. I know all(err, most depending on who you ask) the big names and if any fall on this list and are accessible that is great as well, but wasn't planning on more than maybe one. And by big na...
by Kenneth Brown
February 16th, 2019, 11:17 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TSA lifted wine from checked luggage
Replies: 58
Views: 4291

Re: TSA lifted wine from checked luggage

Great, we've always had to battle TCA and now TSA wants in on the game.

So here's to the stolen bottle being corked. Badly corked.
by Kenneth Brown
February 15th, 2019, 5:45 pm
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Piemonte
Replies: 25
Views: 1186

Re: Piemonte

Thanks everyone for the very helpful responses. I think I have now sorted out the restaurants we would like to visit. Last request: Good producers to visit. Here we are looking for friendly and hospitable visits with good wine. I know all(err, most depending on who you ask) the big names and if any ...
by Kenneth Brown
February 8th, 2019, 3:51 pm
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Solo trip ideas
Replies: 13
Views: 717

Re: Solo trip ideas

I hear the Belgian Congo is lovely this time of year. Maybe hike it from east to west.
by Kenneth Brown
February 6th, 2019, 1:46 pm
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Piemonte
Replies: 25
Views: 1186

Re: Piemonte

Jim- Thank you, Enoclub looks to be right up our alley. I like and own some of Sandrone's wines, so we will probably visit there if they will have us.

Jeff- That list is a tremendous help, I imagine we will try a few. Ciau del Tornavento certainly appears that it will make the cut. Many Thanks.
by Kenneth Brown
February 6th, 2019, 11:20 am
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Piemonte
Replies: 25
Views: 1186

Re: Piemonte

Thanks to all for the recommendations. We ended up booking an apartment in Alba which should be a perfect base for a few days of eating, drinking, and relaxing. Now we are looking for more winery and restaurant recommendations if anyone has them. We will certainly be visiting La Morra, Barolo, Monfo...
by Kenneth Brown
January 29th, 2019, 12:54 pm
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Piemonte
Replies: 25
Views: 1186

Re: Piemonte

Thanks for the response. Barolo and La Morra are both places I am considering, just wanted some feedback from those that have been. You also bring up a good point, we aren't really interested in structured tours, would much rather visit places where we taste with the winemakers like in Burgundy or t...
by Kenneth Brown
January 29th, 2019, 12:18 pm
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Piemonte
Replies: 25
Views: 1186

Piemonte

Looking for some help picking a village/town to stay in during our upcoming trip at the end of March. We want to stay in wine country somewhere near Barolo, loosely defined as within a few miles, and defintely not in Turin. We will be renting a house or apartment, so looking for a place where there ...
by Kenneth Brown
May 26th, 2017, 1:10 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Duck Confit
Replies: 47
Views: 1832

Duck Confit

If you pour the fat into a tall thin container like a soup container from a Chinese Carry Out and let it settle, any other liquids or solids will collect in the bottom. I just use a turkey baster to remove that from the bottom and it cleans up very nicely. I suppose you could also use one of those g...
by Kenneth Brown
May 26th, 2017, 1:07 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Duck Confit
Replies: 47
Views: 1832

Duck Confit

I reuse duck fat all of the time. Every time I make duck breast I just add the fat to a container I keep that goes in the freezer. If I make confit, I'll strain the fat when I am done and back into a container in the freezer. Since I normally only reuse for confit purposes, I have found you can do i...
by Kenneth Brown
November 12th, 2015, 10:27 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine Cellar Build Budget
Replies: 151
Views: 8128

Wine Cellar Build Budget

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by Kenneth Brown
November 12th, 2015, 10:22 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine Cellar Build Budget
Replies: 151
Views: 8128

Wine Cellar Build Budget

Jake- Congrats, building a cellar is a fun project. Mine is still underway, but despite all the work it is a labor of love and I really enjoy it. A few thoughts having done this recently for under your budget. First, you can absolutely stay under 10k and build a really nice cellar in that space if y...
by Kenneth Brown
November 12th, 2015, 9:50 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Question re: Wine Connection (Max Marinucci)
Replies: 66
Views: 4369

Question re: Wine Connection (Max Marinucci)

FWIW I 100% for sure paid for the six-pack of 01 Trimbach Emile. Only 90% sure it was from Max, but again there are not a lot of east coast retailers I have ever supported. I 100% know this Trimbach purchase was not from Wine Library. Max did just reach out to ship a case of 2010 Cantemerle I had f...
by Kenneth Brown
November 12th, 2015, 9:27 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Question re: Wine Connection (Max Marinucci)
Replies: 66
Views: 4369

Question re: Wine Connection (Max Marinucci)

Getting them to ship has been an adventure in the past, but I have always received my wine and it has always been in impeccable shape. Had some stuff there for quite a while that I had asked about shipping a couple years ago but then didn't follow up. I emailed Max a few weeks ago about these wines...
by Kenneth Brown
November 11th, 2015, 6:18 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Question re: Wine Connection (Max Marinucci)
Replies: 66
Views: 4369

Question re: Wine Connection (Max Marinucci)

Getting them to ship has been an adventure in the past, but I have always received my wine and it has always been in impeccable shape. Had some stuff there for quite a while that I had asked about shipping a couple years ago but then didn't follow up. I emailed Max a few weeks ago about these wines ...
by Kenneth Brown
November 10th, 2015, 10:17 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2015 Ocean Spray Cran-Cherry (no sugar added)
Replies: 36
Views: 1125

TN: 2015 Ocean Spray Cran-Cherry (no sugar added)

1. Buy some Mark West Pinot. 2. Buy bottle of Ocean Spray Cran-Cherry. 3. Feed wife Mark West. 4. Evaluate. 5. Add splash or more of Cran-Cherry to Mark West as required. 6. Buy more Ponsot. 7. Optional- Open really mind bending great mature Burgundy for wife. Depending on result, either go back to ...
by Kenneth Brown
July 14th, 2015, 7:12 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: I have a floppy palate allegedly caused by wine.
Replies: 60
Views: 2353

I have a floppy palate allegedly caused by wine.

Not a doctor, but my understanding is that CPAP machines are only for sleep apnea. For snoring issues, I have found that a Zquiet mouthpiece has been a huge game changer. Wife tells me I don't snore with it even after drinking, and I noticed immediately that I got a much better sleep. Only downside ...
by Kenneth Brown
June 14th, 2015, 4:54 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Flank Steak - What's your favorite marinade?
Replies: 63
Views: 2317

Flank Steak - What's your favorite marinade?

Mojo is a great answer for steak, chicken or pork. Easy version that is quite good, just buy a bottle of Goya Mojo Criollo and marinate overnight. The wishbone thing is not great, but it is not bad at all. Growing up, as I recall, London Broil was basically marinated in Wishbone with maybe some rose...
by Kenneth Brown
June 14th, 2015, 4:44 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Favorite Red Burg food recipe lay it on me
Replies: 9
Views: 523

Favorite Red Burg food recipe lay it on me

Any sort of game bird also makes a good match. I rather like this recipe: http://www.foodandwine.com/recipes/quail-with-asian-spices which I have served and enjoyed with with Vosne Romanee. The more delicate the Burgundy, the shorter marination time would be my general rule here. With either this or...
by Kenneth Brown
June 9th, 2015, 9:33 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Cellar Construction
Replies: 40
Views: 2771

Cellar Construction

Sounds good, just shoot me a PM/email or call. I spent all spring re-doing our Lake House, but that is finally over as of next weekend.
by Kenneth Brown
June 8th, 2015, 10:25 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: closed cell foam insulation for cellar
Replies: 17
Views: 834

closed cell foam insulation for cellar

I've tried the kits, they are expensive and temperamental. The propellant fills the air with noxious fumes. Avoid at all costs. As an alternative you could use 2" rigid closed cell (the blue or pink stuff) and cut to fit the joist cavities and spray in place with canned spray foam. This was the app...
by Kenneth Brown
June 8th, 2015, 8:16 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Cellar Construction
Replies: 40
Views: 2771

Cellar Construction

Likewise, I have been waylaid by other projects since out last proof of concept on the racking. Still game though if you want a hand sometime this summer. I have a Spencer Trapiste for you if you haven't come across any yet. I was actually just looking at buying a table saw yesterday.
by Kenneth Brown
June 5th, 2015, 6:18 pm
Forum: Commerce Corner - Wine Classifieds
Topic: WTB 1978 Vintage Wines
Replies: 13
Views: 734

WTB 1978 Vintage Wines

FYI, the '78 Leoville Las Cases is a very nice wine and was drinking really well when I last had a well stored bottle maybe 4-5 years ago. At $139 from K&L, I would start there.
by Kenneth Brown
December 10th, 2014, 6:20 pm
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Driving from Reims to Beaune
Replies: 26
Views: 996

Driving from Reims to Beaune

Have only done the Beaune to Reims drive, but I don't think there is much difference. We took the scenic route, driving back roads and through little towns the entire way, maybe picking up the autoroute as we got closer to Reims, but as I recall it took us maybe 5 hours and was a nice ride. Driving ...
by Kenneth Brown
August 12th, 2014, 1:25 pm
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Chicago Hotels
Replies: 43
Views: 1075

Chicago Hotels

Thanks for the advice. If our travels take us near Taylor St, then Al's it is, otherwise most likely Mr. Beef.
by Kenneth Brown
August 11th, 2014, 9:23 am
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Chicago Hotels
Replies: 43
Views: 1075

Chicago Hotels

Thanks for the suggestions everyone. The hotel is close enough for us, i was just looking for something in the general vicinity. Steakhouses are not on the list, but thanks anyway. One thing I am looking to try is a good Italian Beef Sandwich. It appears Mr. Beef and Bari are fairly close by. Anyone...
by Kenneth Brown
August 4th, 2014, 9:58 pm
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Chicago Hotels
Replies: 43
Views: 1075

Chicago Hotels

Thanks everyone. The Kimpton properties came up recommended a few times, so I found Hotel Allegro for $142 a night for the long weekend. Looks like it will be just perfect, so thanks all for the advice. If anyone cares, let me know and i will post a review. I have tickets for the game on the 24th, s...
by Kenneth Brown
July 16th, 2014, 2:44 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Lodge skillet special pricing!
Replies: 14
Views: 610

Lodge skillet special pricing!

You can still buy them both for $55 with free shipping fwiw.
by Kenneth Brown
May 24th, 2014, 5:23 pm
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Chicago Hotels
Replies: 43
Views: 1075

Chicago Hotels

Anyone have any thoughts on the Millennium Knickerbocker?
by Kenneth Brown
May 22nd, 2014, 8:52 pm
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Chicago Hotels
Replies: 43
Views: 1075

Chicago Hotels

Relatively inexpensive is <$200 per night for this trip, at least that is my assumption. Don't need luxury, just clean, comfortable and convenient.
by Kenneth Brown
May 22nd, 2014, 4:48 pm
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Chicago Hotels
Replies: 43
Views: 1075

Chicago Hotels

Heading to Chicago in August for a long weekend to see the O's play at Wrigley and looking for some recommendations for a relatively inexpensive Hotel somewhere near the Magnificent Mile/Gold Coast or thereabouts. Also, from there, what would be the best way to get to Hot Doug's? Happy to hear addit...
by Kenneth Brown
May 20th, 2014, 1:52 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Need Help - Whole Prime Top Sirloin
Replies: 5
Views: 197

Need Help - Whole Prime Top Sirloin

I would turn it into a nice chunk of Baltimore Pit Beef. Trim some of the fat if there is a lot, rub with a mixture of Salt, Pepper, Garlic Powder, Onion Powder, Cayenne Pepper and let it rest with the rub overnight ideally. Cook over a hot flame turning frequently to all sides until it is about 125...
by Kenneth Brown
May 20th, 2014, 11:16 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Does anybody smoke burgers?
Replies: 24
Views: 676

Does anybody smoke burgers?

Haven't done this, but my best guess would be 200-250 from 15 minutes up to an hour depending on how big the burgers are, how much smoke you like and how well done you want your burgers, and then open up both vents all the way and give them a quick sear on both sides. I may give this a try, and if s...
by Kenneth Brown
May 19th, 2014, 12:15 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Copper River - Incoming
Replies: 224
Views: 12367

Copper River - Incoming

I have had good success portioning into smaller fillets, vacuum sealing them and putting them in a deep freeze. In the DC area, it's the best Salmon I can find without spending a small fortune.
by Kenneth Brown
March 22nd, 2014, 9:10 pm
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Good value for luxe Paris dinner?
Replies: 9
Views: 666

Good value for luxe Paris dinner?

If you haven't been, I would strongly recommend you give it a go. The view alone is special as is the wine list, which is quite well priced and has many treasures. The service is as good as it gets and while the food may not be at the very cutting edge, it is still worthy of a Michelin star imo.
by Kenneth Brown
March 22nd, 2014, 2:13 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Need 2 Restaurants in D.C.
Replies: 22
Views: 679

Need 2 Restaurants in D.C.

If you are in the Cleveland Park area, Ripple would be a really good choice. Fun wine bar with a small but very well conceived and executed menu, plus it's a wine bar as well. Chef used to work in the kitchen at Per Se and a few other places you have probably heard of. Very corkage friendly and not ...

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