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by Peter Muto
March 8th, 2019, 8:52 pm
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: What to do around the Mauna Kea Hotel
Replies: 11
Views: 527

Re: What to do around the Mauna Kea Hotel

We were able to walk out to see the lava flows, a couple years ago but dunno if you can anymore. Perhaps by boat or helicopter is still possible?
by Peter Muto
February 24th, 2019, 11:41 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: David McMillan (Joe Beef) on how excess nearly killed him
Replies: 15
Views: 1162

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

Dave's rant in the middle of the new "apocalypse" book about natural wines (not only being superior, but non natural wines being inferior) really comes across as preachy. Obviously written while he was still drinking, and is an example of how both Fred, but especially Dave, have a history of being ...
by Peter Muto
February 21st, 2019, 10:06 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: David McMillan (Joe Beef) on how excess nearly killed him
Replies: 15
Views: 1162

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

My Restaurant Was the Greatest Show of Excess You’d Ever Seen, and It Almost Killed Me https://www.bonappetit.com/story/david-mcmillan-sober Very interesting read written by David McMillan of Joe Beef in Montreal speaking about his new sobriety and the effect it has had in the kitchen and his staff,...
by Peter Muto
February 12th, 2019, 9:29 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Toronto Restaurants
Replies: 19
Views: 997

Re: Toronto Restaurants

That would be my suggestion. If you want something a little off the wall, Patois is Jamaican-Chinese, and super yummy though anyone over 40 would stick out there. For dim sum, I'm not an afficiando, but agree with Chris, Asian Legend is great. Lai Wai Heen is high end dim sum with European service a...
by Peter Muto
February 11th, 2019, 6:08 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Toronto Restaurants
Replies: 19
Views: 997

Re: Toronto Restaurants

The short answer is that as an American you will be disgusted by every wine list in this city. Bring your own or drink beer, we have some of the best craft breweries in North America. As for restaurants, I think you just missed Alo, they use Tock and take two months of reservations so through to Apr...
by Peter Muto
October 9th, 2018, 7:54 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: 2018 White Truffles
Replies: 35
Views: 2555

Re: 2018 White Truffles

Thanks, if you're right, you've made my day!
by Peter Muto
October 9th, 2018, 11:46 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: 2018 White Truffles
Replies: 35
Views: 2555

2018 White Truffles

Is it too early to comment on the quality this year? We're going to be in Alba and I'm hoping they will be good or plentiful.
by Peter Muto
July 25th, 2018, 11:32 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Piedmont Producers to Visit
Replies: 11
Views: 790

Piedmont Producers to Visit

Thank you for the comments so far, very much appreciated. I am hoping to do 3 visits per day if scheduling permits. I'm trying to line up the producers I really want to visit first if possible and go from there. I have read that the visit to Giacosa isn't the greatest since Bruno isn't there day to...
by Peter Muto
July 24th, 2018, 6:34 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Piedmont Producers to Visit
Replies: 11
Views: 790

Piedmont Producers to Visit

Thank you for the comments so far, very much appreciated. I am hoping to do 3 visits per day if scheduling permits. I'm trying to line up the producers I really want to visit first if possible and go from there. I have read that the visit to Giacosa isn't the greatest since Bruno isn't there day to ...
by Peter Muto
July 24th, 2018, 1:06 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Piedmont Producers to Visit
Replies: 11
Views: 790

Piedmont Producers to Visit

I'm visiting Piedmont for the first time in November. I'm trying to book up appointments. I have two days to visit, and will have a car and more importantly, a wife who is willing to be the DD. I figure I could do six visits over two days, if it's like Burgundy, 1-2 in the morning and 1-2 after lunc...
by Peter Muto
June 26th, 2018, 6:32 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Truffle hunting - worth it?
Replies: 6
Views: 558

Truffle hunting - worth it?

Thanks for the input, it sounds like a good experience generally.
by Peter Muto
June 25th, 2018, 5:32 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Truffle hunting - worth it?
Replies: 6
Views: 558

Truffle hunting - worth it?

Has anyone done it? Was it worth it? If you have, any recommendations? We're going to be in Alba early November and we're thinking of a truffle hunt but am unsure if there's better things I could be doing and whether it's worth packing a set of clothes to go hiking in the woods or not.
by Peter Muto
March 26th, 2018, 1:27 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Chicago Restaurant Thread
Replies: 631
Views: 33821

Chicago Restaurant Thread

To echo Fred O, thanks for the suggestions, we just returned from Chicago. Instead of Pequod's we had Malnati's for deep dish. It was tasty, sort of like an overworked pie dough crust for the 'dough' and tons of cheese, fresh tomatoes and sausage. We also had brunch at Roister and it was excellent, ...
by Peter Muto
February 23rd, 2018, 12:40 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: How do you make your spaghetti with meatball sauce?
Replies: 43
Views: 1477

How do you make your spaghetti with meatball sauce?

The way my mom makes it is a bit different. She makes the meatballs (size of a walnut) from a mixture of pork and beef (I'm pretty sure), stale bread, parsley. She puts them raw, into our standard sauce. Our sauce is onions, basil, tomatoes (canned by us in September). So it ends up being close to B...
by Peter Muto
February 21st, 2018, 5:35 pm
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: We are thinking of spending a few nights in Nice, France
Replies: 15
Views: 652

We are thinking of spending a few nights in Nice, France

We were in Nice, among other places in June for our honeymoon. We stayed at the Hotel West End, which is on the Promenade Anglais. We asked for a room with a ocean view and from our balcony looked down on the promenade and the ocean. The hotel itself was clean, rooms were small as it was an old hote...
by Peter Muto
January 3rd, 2018, 10:02 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Who else filters the majority of their wines through a coffee filter?
Replies: 93
Views: 3335

Who else filters the majority of their wines through a coffee filter?

I don't get it, I generally pay more for producers who do not filter (and frequently don't fine) their wines, why would I then filter it? I either take 1 minute to carefully pour by hand and stop when I see sediment or accidentally pour it in my glass and carefully sip the last dregs if the wine is ...
by Peter Muto
January 2nd, 2018, 6:44 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Montreal Restaurant Recommendation
Replies: 26
Views: 1551

Montreal Restaurant Recommendation

I haven't been but Le Club Chasse et Pêche?
by Peter Muto
January 2nd, 2018, 6:41 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Chicago Restaurant Thread
Replies: 631
Views: 33821

Chicago Restaurant Thread

Very cool, thank you for the suggestions.
by Peter Muto
January 2nd, 2018, 9:50 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Chicago Restaurant Thread
Replies: 631
Views: 33821

Chicago Restaurant Thread

We're visiting Chicago in March, and looking for recommendations. I've booked Oriole for one night, so we're thinking that will be our high end dinner, and am looking for further suggestions, though not as expensive unless there's a convincing case. We're staying at W hotel Lakeshore so we'd like to...
by Peter Muto
December 9th, 2017, 8:18 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: John Kapon is "forgiven" these days…?
Replies: 29
Views: 4199

John Kapon is "forgiven" these days…?

John Morris wrote: He modestly describes himself as "One of the few living people who have tasted all the best wines in the world."
Don't forget "He has a black belt in kendo and has 7 holes-in-one in golf."
by Peter Muto
September 11th, 2017, 1:19 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario: Restaurant recommendation.
Replies: 11
Views: 419

Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario: Restaurant recommendation.

Recently ate at Pillar & Post, Treadwell, Peller.
Agree with Chris on Peller, food is good, wines not as good. Pillar & Post is a very nice inn, food is good though not current. Treadwell would be my first choice.
by Peter Muto
August 3rd, 2017, 1:18 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Best CHATEAUNEUF-DU-PAPE producers -
Replies: 38
Views: 3105

Best CHATEAUNEUF-DU-PAPE producers -

Clos des Papes isn't traditional anymore to my taste starting with about 2003 vintage.
No experience on Bonneau but since you've excluded to my mind the best three producers I'd say

Charvin
Clos des Papes before ~2003
Vieux Telegraphe

Vieux Donjon is good value.
by Peter Muto
July 28th, 2017, 12:37 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Building A Cellar - What Do You Wish You Knew Before?
Replies: 39
Views: 2372

Building A Cellar - What Do You Wish You Knew Before?

Timely thread, I'm in the process of building a second cellar. Lot's of good thoughts, I've been going back and forth on the racking system. My cellar is narrow and long, so while I'd like double deep racking, it won't leave much space in between.
by Peter Muto
July 24th, 2017, 9:03 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Recent Dining Experiences in France (Arpege, Toutain, more)
Replies: 16
Views: 1107

Recent Dining Experiences in France (Arpege, Toutain, more)

I can't comment on Mirazur, but David Toutain is absolutely worth 2 stars, and a relative value to boot.
by Peter Muto
July 18th, 2017, 8:49 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: You are the original retail purchaser - oldest wine in your cellar?
Replies: 97
Views: 4072

You are the original retail purchaser - oldest wine in your cellar?

I started collecting in early 00's. It seems my oldest would be 1998 Bartolo Mascarello or 1998 Pierre Peters Chetillons. Interestingly, I've drank 1 of 3 of the Bartolo, and tasted bottles of from cellars of friends who also purchased, but the Pierre Peters is my only bottle and I've been waiting a...
by Peter Muto
July 15th, 2017, 7:59 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Recent Dining Experiences in France (Arpege, Toutain, more)
Replies: 16
Views: 1107

Recent Dining Experiences in France (Arpege, Toutain, more)

Thank you for sharing your experience everyone. Mark, I'd like to go again, because the food was great, the service just put a negative lens on the meal. I would go back to Toutain in a heartbeat. Regarding your comments about casual, one couple dining beside was in cargo shorts and she had almost p...
by Peter Muto
July 11th, 2017, 12:42 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Saturday night Burgundies - Ramonet and Rossignol-Trapet
Replies: 7
Views: 751

Saturday night Burgundies - Ramonet and Rossignol-Trapet

Thanks for the data points on the R-T, I haven't had them in awhile. Nice to see your posts. flirtysmile There are lots of R-T wines on SAQ list. One could still buy his Chambertin 2012 and 2013 priced slightly over CA $300. Hi Peter I haven't posted in awhile though I kind of was lurking. Good to ...
by Peter Muto
July 11th, 2017, 11:51 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Recent Dining Experiences in France (Arpege, Toutain, more)
Replies: 16
Views: 1107

Recent Dining Experiences in France (Arpege, Toutain, more)

Thanks for the comments, it seems our experiences were pretty typical of the places we went, which is a bit disappointing in the case of Arpege. It has more to do with the expectations you have (and prices paid) than with the food. Chris, we'll connect so I can give you the scoop. We visited Pegau a...
by Peter Muto
July 10th, 2017, 12:38 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Saturday night Burgundies - Ramonet and Rossignol-Trapet
Replies: 7
Views: 751

Saturday night Burgundies - Ramonet and Rossignol-Trapet

Thanks for the data points on the R-T, I haven't had them in awhile.
by Peter Muto
July 10th, 2017, 11:41 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Recent Dining Experiences in France (Arpege, Toutain, more)
Replies: 16
Views: 1107

Recent Dining Experiences in France (Arpege, Toutain, more)

The collective wisdom of the board was very helpful in planning our recent honeymoon to France foodwise (as well as a perfectly timed birthday gift of Guide Michelin France 2017 from my wife) so I thought I'd share my experiences. Jules Verne Alain Ducasse's restaurant in the Eiffel Tower. The dinne...
by Peter Muto
May 8th, 2017, 11:00 am
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Canadian trip in 2018
Replies: 17
Views: 1157

Canadian trip in 2018

You could stay at all the Fairmont hotels in each city. They were built by CN rail. The Montebello in between Montreal and Ottawa might be worth a detour. Toronto is an amazing food city, and has a great dining scene right now. Ton's of great choices. How about some details? Sure, what are you look...
by Peter Muto
May 4th, 2017, 11:52 am
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Canadian trip in 2018
Replies: 17
Views: 1157

Canadian trip in 2018

You could stay at all the Fairmont hotels in each city. They were built by CN rail.
The Montebello in between Montreal and Ottawa might be worth a detour.
Toronto is an amazing food city, and has a great dining scene right now. Ton's of great choices.
by Peter Muto
April 12th, 2017, 12:05 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Vancouver
Replies: 19
Views: 1411

Vancouver

by Peter Muto
April 11th, 2017, 9:45 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Canelés
Replies: 61
Views: 3393

Canelés

Those look wonderful! Any special flavor? the two dumpy ones were coconut, the big plate traditional vanilla. What went wrong? Any ideas? They look more bready-y than custard. Reading about coconut flour it absorbs moisture much more so than wheat flour so maybe you need more wet or less coconut fl...
by Peter Muto
August 8th, 2016, 5:51 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Canelés
Replies: 61
Views: 3393

Canéles

I am lucky, a local place brings them in France. They are delicious and one of the most wine-friendly deserts I've encountered.
by Peter Muto
May 27th, 2015, 6:51 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: NYC Barolo Tasting Group Does it Again: Giacomo Conterno vs. Luciano Sandrone (LONG)
Replies: 30
Views: 2189

NYC Barolo Tasting Group Does it Again: Giacomo Conterno vs. Luciano Sandrone (LONG)

Very interesting Ken, thanks for sharing. I've done a Sandrone vertical, but not compared to Conterno. You allude to it in the 1998 flight, but can you comment if you were able to guess the producer with any accuracy? Look on my webpage linked to above. It has more discussion of that topic. Thanks,...
by Peter Muto
May 27th, 2015, 5:35 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: NYC Barolo Tasting Group Does it Again: Giacomo Conterno vs. Luciano Sandrone (LONG)
Replies: 30
Views: 2189

NYC Barolo Tasting Group Does it Again: Giacomo Conterno vs. Luciano Sandrone (LONG)

Very interesting Ken, thanks for sharing.

I've done a Sandrone vertical, but not compared to Conterno. You allude to it in the 1998 flight, but can you comment if you were able to guess the producer with any accuracy?
by Peter Muto
February 9th, 2015, 10:58 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Your mashed potatoes recipe
Replies: 71
Views: 2966

Your mashed potatoes recipe

My best version is from Daniel Boulud You boil the potatoes in a 50/50 mixture of water and whole milk. I think the effect is that the fat proteins in the milk bonds to the potatoes. Just water on the other hand, cools, and then separates. It makes the creamiest, densest, most rich mashed potatoes I...
by Peter Muto
January 17th, 2015, 6:45 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Canada - Restaurant Recommendations
Replies: 9
Views: 425

Canada - Restaurant Recommendations

For Ottawa, Bekta is sort of an Ottawa institution. Great food, and corkage friendly. Play is their wine bar. Atelier is a tasting menu only, focussed on molecular gastronomy. Haven't been, but supposed to be great. I believe they allow corkage. I haven't been to Navarra but it's always in the list ...
by Peter Muto
November 21st, 2014, 12:18 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: If You Like Barolo, Do You Like Sandrone?
Replies: 110
Views: 6396

If You Like Barolo, Do You Like Sandrone?

I wasn't sure my opinion on Sandrone, though I've been buying. My group and I did a big Sandrone tasting. 1996 to 2004. I was impressed. So was everyone, including the non-Neb heads FWIW. I'm still buying Sandrone. Peter, Peter and Peter - Mr. Muto. So nice to see you here. Thank you, thank you for...
by Peter Muto
November 11th, 2014, 1:11 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: If You Like Barolo, Do You Like Sandrone?
Replies: 110
Views: 6396

If You Like Barolo, Do You Like Sandrone?

I wasn't sure my opinion on Sandrone, though I've been buying. My group and I did a big Sandrone tasting. 1996 to 2004. I was impressed. So was everyone, including the non-Neb heads FWIW.

I'm still buying Sandrone.
by Peter Muto
August 17th, 2013, 11:35 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Restaurant Rec: Ottawa, Ontario, CA?
Replies: 5
Views: 143

Restaurant Rec: Ottawa, Ontario, CA?

That's too bad. I've been in your shoes before. Frustrating, but not much can be done. The Keg is nothing special.
by Peter Muto
August 6th, 2013, 9:24 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Restaurant Rec: Ottawa, Ontario, CA?
Replies: 5
Views: 143

Restaurant Rec: Ottawa, Ontario, CA?

I had a very enjoyable meal at Murray Street KWC in the spring. http://murraystreet.ca/

Great beer, phenomenal charcuterie, small, nice wine list. Good vibe and it's in the byward market area which is downtown and very pretty.
by Peter Muto
June 27th, 2013, 8:56 pm
Forum: Offline Planner
Topic: Toronto 6/26 or 6/27 Anyone?
Replies: 12
Views: 469

Toronto 6/26 or 6/27 Anyone?

Sorry to have missed seeing this. Hopefully there will be a next time! Hope you enjoyed the Toronto area.
by Peter Muto
June 23rd, 2013, 12:20 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: What are you BUYING?
Replies: 1215
Views: 51930

What are you BUYING?

by Peter Muto
June 16th, 2013, 9:23 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: What are you BUYING?
Replies: 1215
Views: 51930

What are you BUYING?

Just bought:

OMMEGANG
Hennepin
Rare Vos
Gnomegang
Witte
Three Philosophers

I'm real excited to try these.


Plus, Achel Extra 750s. Splitting a 24 of Westvleteren 12 with a buddy. Good week!!
by Peter Muto
May 13th, 2013, 10:06 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Romanee Saint Vivant - owners and history
Replies: 25
Views: 2118

Romanee Saint Vivant - owners and history

Excellent article, Stee, thanks for sharing! I thought I knew the history of the RSV vineyard but I learned a few things.
by Peter Muto
April 22nd, 2013, 9:10 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: My Barolo Buying Strategy (vs Burg and N Rhone)
Replies: 94
Views: 5180

My Barolo Buying Strategy (vs Burg and N Rhone)

Not sure if anyone has already said this, but I think it's because you buy on producer, not vineyard in Barolo/Barbaresco. Sure, there are better vineyards than others in Piedmon, but it's not quite like Burgundy. In Burgundy, if you want 1er Nuits, you have to fork over about $100, and $150 for the...
by Peter Muto
April 18th, 2013, 8:25 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Savennieres Advice
Replies: 36
Views: 1432

Savennieres Advice

I'm not sure but I think the older Joly were made a differently than current Joly, from about mid-late 90's. Joly's style is idiosyncratic in Savennieres, and is more Joly than Savennieres. Close de la Coulee Serrant is widely recognized as the best terroir in Savennieres. I love, and buy without he...
by Peter Muto
April 7th, 2013, 6:15 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Who is the best red Burgundy winemaker of this generation?
Replies: 109
Views: 5881

Who is the best red Burgundy winemaker of this generation?

I understand the question to really ask: 1. Does the winemaking make the most of the terroir? 2. Does the winemaking make the best possible wine, given the vintage? I think those are the two ways, in which the choices of a winemaker can influence the quality of the wine. Everything else is the farmi...

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