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by MBerto
June 25th, 2019, 7:22 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Breakfast This Morning: Spanish Tortilla
Replies: 12
Views: 340

Re: Breakfast This Morning: Spanish Tortilla

I always use onions in mine, but otherwise looks good. Best thing is you can serve this 10 different ways - by itself, over greens, on toast, etc.
by MBerto
June 13th, 2019, 2:11 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What wine with grilled octopus?
Replies: 47
Views: 1726

Re: What wine with grilled octopus?

grape
by MBerto
June 7th, 2019, 12:56 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: The Smoker Thread - recipes, techniques, ideas
Replies: 561
Views: 26090

Re: The Smoker Thread - recipes, techniques, ideas

Anyone used an integrated propane grill smoker? My new grill (weber s-470) has a small smoker box in the main chamber, designed to be filled with chips, with a small dedicated burner. Seems like it could be a good for a dummy proof thing like pork butt.
by MBerto
June 7th, 2019, 8:46 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: In'n'Out Burger Fries
Replies: 57
Views: 1874

Re: In'n'Out Burger Fries

You need to get out more. [snort.gif] Looks like the LA Times agrees with me, and YOU need to get out more. While they've got 130 domestic locations, if you don't live in one of like 6 metro areas Shake Shack really isn't an option for most. https://www.latimes.com/food/la-fo-french-fry-rankings-20...
by MBerto
June 6th, 2019, 12:44 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: In'n'Out Burger Fries
Replies: 57
Views: 1874

Re: In'n'Out Burger Fries

Didn't even see John G's post which already mentioned McD's. I also whole heatedly co-sign his "burgers are all pretty good" these, which I've started a thread about already but the snobs around here weren't ready to accept my truthbombs.
by MBerto
June 6th, 2019, 12:36 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: In'n'Out Burger Fries
Replies: 57
Views: 1874

Re: In'n'Out Burger Fries

Michael Martin wrote:
June 6th, 2019, 10:02 am
Best mass produced fries (and perhaps arguably the best burger) is Shake Shack.
Hold on to your butts...

Best mass produced fries are........

.....

McDonald's. I'll die on this hill so be ready.
by MBerto
June 5th, 2019, 10:33 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Envoyer is crushing it with Champagne these days
Replies: 1512
Views: 75588

Re: Envoyer is crushing it with Champagne these days

New website seems to be live. My account is not recognized. Tried PW recovery and no dice. Anyone have any info? I just noticed this. Didn't recognize me either. I signed up for a new account, using same email as before. It works, but doesn't show my orders. I emailed and the basic response is "you...
by MBerto
June 4th, 2019, 9:03 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Impossible burgers
Replies: 40
Views: 1341

Re: Impossible burgers

I grilled a couple of the Beyond Meat burgers last night. If you served it to me blind I might have thought it was a bit odd, but with some cheese pickles etc it definitely passed for meat. There's a local shop that specializes in meat substitute products, and this beat the vast majority of their pr...
by MBerto
May 22nd, 2019, 3:17 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Morgan’s Shirt??
Replies: 22
Views: 1864

Re: Morgan’s Shirt??

Morgan how about a few of those Bedrock hats on the website eh? Can I get an allocation?
by MBerto
May 22nd, 2019, 1:13 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: New York City Restaurants
Replies: 2080
Views: 115935

Re: New York City Restaurants

A co-worker recently came back from a fancy dinner in NYC - I asked where exactly and he said "Let me check; let's see, invite doesn't say, but address is 11 Madison Park".
by MBerto
May 17th, 2019, 12:28 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Why do Americans eat cheese before a meal ?
Replies: 42
Views: 1193

Re: Why do Americans eat cheese before a meal ?

The only appropriate time for cheese is before the meal. Although I will make exceptions for "during the mean", "including in the dishes served", "after the meal", exclusively for breakfast and lunch, and of course, night cheese. https://media1.tenor.com/images/a8d949e843be74624e6a3bb43380625e/tenor...
by MBerto
April 26th, 2019, 10:26 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Anyone use a June Oven?
Replies: 1
Views: 313

Re: Anyone use a June Oven?

I use my oven year round, although less in June because it heats up the house too much.
by MBerto
March 29th, 2019, 11:05 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Las Vegas Restaurants
Replies: 78
Views: 6430

Re: Las Vegas Restaurants

I'm intrigued. You know if the bar takes reservations?
by MBerto
March 29th, 2019, 8:50 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Las Vegas Restaurants
Replies: 78
Views: 6430

Re: Las Vegas Restaurants

Anyone got a recommendation for a place not on the strip that is not LoS? Preferably something I can do as a party of 1.
by MBerto
March 29th, 2019, 8:48 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine-related 'gadgets' you can't live without
Replies: 88
Views: 3526

Re: Wine-related 'gadgets' you can't live without

I'm sure I've posted about this before, but for offlines this thing is rock solid. Can hold 6 stems if I really squeeze them in there and I've never broken a single stem with. Holds everything from flutes to the Riedel OR PN glasses. https://www.amazon.com/Plano-Protector-Four-Pistol-Case/dp/B000P3W...
by MBerto
March 25th, 2019, 12:17 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What Bedrock wine are you drinking tonight?
Replies: 2130
Views: 131143

Re: What Bedrock wine are you drinking tonight?

15 Compagni Portis white. I order these whites somewhat as an afterthought, perhaps after falling victim to Morgan's prose. But man they overdeliver. Beautifully perfumed, lightweight but substantial, hint of oak, perfectly balanced acidity.
by MBerto
March 15th, 2019, 2:43 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Burger Porn
Replies: 95
Views: 4386

Re: Burger Porn

Brian Tuite wrote:
March 15th, 2019, 6:24 am
Charlie Palmer Turkey
stopped reading right here
by MBerto
March 13th, 2019, 9:27 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Burger Porn
Replies: 95
Views: 4386

Re: Burger Porn

Apparently the burger is so good at the NY outpost of Au Cheval that...they recommend you order the bologna sandwich instead. Note they never say the burger is bad, in fact it's quite good, although for this $17 burger they do say "...the meat is not the point." which sounds like damning with faint ...
by MBerto
March 1st, 2019, 9:52 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Arnot-Roberts Spring Release
Replies: 25
Views: 1073

Re: Arnot-Roberts Spring Release

The chards are fantastic. I've only had 2-3 of the cabs because I've only been on the list 4 years or so, so they're all babies.
by MBerto
March 1st, 2019, 9:35 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Arnot-Roberts Spring Release
Replies: 25
Views: 1073

Arnot-Roberts Spring Release

If an offer letter goes out and there's no thread on WB, did the offer even happen? Cabs are now 90/90/100, which I think is consistent with last year. Really like these but it's getting steep. Not bothering with the Syrahs any more, although they're well done. 2017 Old Vine White 64 year old dry-fa...
by MBerto
February 26th, 2019, 11:16 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Best $20 Rioja
Replies: 71
Views: 5329

Re: Best $20 Rioja

holy sh1t I started this thread 7 years ago?!!?!!? Man I gotta get a life.
by MBerto
February 25th, 2019, 7:53 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: It's been too long! Pizza!
Replies: 1215
Views: 63449

Re: It's been too long! Pizza!

Is Buffalo milk OK?
by MBerto
February 25th, 2019, 7:34 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Best $20 Rioja
Replies: 71
Views: 5329

Re: Best $20 Rioja

Brian G r a f s t r o m wrote:
February 24th, 2019, 9:15 pm
The one bottle I had of the 2006 was disgusting. Not bad; rather, disgusting. Offensive. Shameful.
Nah it's not that bad. But it is modern! I believe they have an exemption from the DOC to blend in up to 10% cab into their Reserva and still label it "Rioja".
by MBerto
February 19th, 2019, 12:24 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Bedrock Wine Co. Spring Release Save-The-Date
Replies: 138
Views: 9652

Re: Bedrock Wine Co. Spring Release Save-The-Date

Thinking of grabbing half case of the Rosé and Sauv Blanc.... Might throw in a couple cabs to hold on to. Never had anything but the dark stuff from them, thoughts? Whites are consistently excellent. The Rose I go back and forth on - some years it's fine, others are OMG. Tough to beat at $19 though...
by MBerto
February 14th, 2019, 12:23 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Cellartracker for newbies
Replies: 7
Views: 476

Re: Cellartracker for newbies

Yeah the show is, across the board, pretty incredible. Linked below are a few of my favorites: Snapchat Thief: Fascinating story about cyber security. Short version: You're screwed. https://www.gimletmedia.com/reply-all/130-lizard#episode-player Is Facebook Spying on You: Where they attempt to answe...
by MBerto
February 14th, 2019, 10:56 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Cellartracker for newbies
Replies: 7
Views: 476

Cellartracker for newbies

Thought you all would find this entertaining. This is from a podcast called Reply All, and the subject of this particular episode is actually about how apps use and sell your personal data. The full link is below but I've copied the transcript of the relevant section for your entertainment. What the...
by MBerto
February 14th, 2019, 10:49 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Rhys offer
Replies: 54
Views: 4510

Re: Rhys offer

In for mixed 6 pack focused on whites. Tariff seems a bit steep but if you take out 10-15% for free shipping it's right in line or better than comparable producers.
by MBerto
February 8th, 2019, 9:08 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: My first Keller gmax
Replies: 86
Views: 4035

Re: My first Keller gmax

I am sqrt(-1) on this
by MBerto
February 8th, 2019, 8:59 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: "Millennials Now Ruining Wine As Well"
Replies: 328
Views: 11530

Re: "Millennials Now Ruining Wine As Well"

Late to This thread but since it’s “going viral” i thought I’d start reading it a bit. Don't believe this, because it doesn't always work out that way. If you 'only' have a college degree, your income will be as stagnant as a factory worker. Heaven help you if you have even less education. My Son i...
by MBerto
February 7th, 2019, 2:10 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: "Millennials Now Ruining Wine As Well"
Replies: 328
Views: 11530

Re: "Millennials Now Ruining Wine As Well"

Dawn of humanity; first communcation between proto-humans living in caves:
"hunnnnnnngh-guh-guh-guh-hurrrrrrrrrgghgh"
Translation: "New generation bad"
by MBerto
February 5th, 2019, 11:27 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Need to win a $50 max blind tasting red wine
Replies: 63
Views: 2524

Re: Need to win a $50 max blind tasting red wine

Marquis de Riscal Reserva would show well to a Cab crowd, although if you want to win empty the bottle and fill it with the Prisoner instead
by MBerto
January 31st, 2019, 10:42 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: "Millennials Now Ruining Wine As Well"
Replies: 328
Views: 11530

Re: "Millennials Now Ruining Wine As Well"

My cohorts and I will not stop until everything beloved by boomers is dead and buried and erased from the history books.
by MBerto
January 28th, 2019, 3:50 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: New York City Restaurants
Replies: 2080
Views: 115935

Re: New York City Restaurants

Bar Boulud is a good suggestion - list on its own is fine (by wine geek standards) but they'll often open up something cool (like mag of old Tempeir Bandol Rouge) and pour by the glass.
by MBerto
January 28th, 2019, 1:03 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: New York City Restaurants
Replies: 2080
Views: 115935

Re: New York City Restaurants

Maybe Aureole? LV spot had a decent BTG list, never been to NY. Ocean Prime has a big Coravin list. Food at both is probably average.

Racines has an amazing list, great food, and although I mostly looked at the bottle list recall the BTG list wasn't too shabby.
by MBerto
January 23rd, 2019, 9:01 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: $225-$300 Napa Cabs
Replies: 72
Views: 5603

Re: $225-$300 Napa Cabs

There are a lot (too many!) mediocre Cabs in this price point. So, to me, it's not so much is this $250 bottle better or as good as that $500 bottle, but is there experiences this $250 bottle delivers better than that $250 bottle. I'm not sure if that's quite what you were asking, but that's my two...
by MBerto
January 22nd, 2019, 11:35 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: $225-$300 Napa Cabs
Replies: 72
Views: 5603

Re: $225-$300 Napa Cabs

I don't feel like I've really seen this discussed before, and find the idea kind of fascinating. I think there's a general consensus around here that there's a loose correlation between price and quality, especially starting at ~$5/10 and going up to $50/75 or so. Of course exceptions abound in both...
by MBerto
January 21st, 2019, 11:53 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: It's been too long! Pizza!
Replies: 1215
Views: 63449

Re: It's been too long! Pizza!

Didn't mean to suggest you're doing anything wrong; clearly it's working for you. Am only surprised because I used to do something similar but have been getting better results (for me) with less yeast. See my post below for details: https://www.wineberserkers.com/forum/viewtopic.php?p=2086799#p2086799
by MBerto
January 21st, 2019, 9:17 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: It's been too long! Pizza!
Replies: 1215
Views: 63449

Re: It's been too long! Pizza!

My Neapolitan dough of late is: 500 ml water 3 grams fresh yeast 25 grams of sea salt 800 grams of Caputo 00 Americana flour (special recipe for electic ovens) Great for browning 12 minutes KitchenAid with dough-hook, 2 hour rest and then divide into 3-4 balls and put into seperate containers for 2...
by MBerto
January 7th, 2019, 2:13 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Best Bargain Champagne
Replies: 64
Views: 3178

Re: Best Bargain Champagne

I find there's not a ton of "value" in champagnes at this price. Plenty of good wine, of course, but if you want a sparkling wine for less go domestic - or spend just a bit more on champers and get something really good. Marc Hebrart Brut Rose at $60 is practically a desert island wine for me. Whic...
by MBerto
January 7th, 2019, 1:33 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Best Bargain Champagne
Replies: 64
Views: 3178

Re: Best Bargain Champagne

I find there's not a ton of "value" in champagnes at this price. Plenty of good wine, of course, but if you want a sparkling wine for less go domestic - or spend just a bit more on champers and get something really good. Marc Hebrart Brut Rose at $60 is practically a desert island wine for me.
by MBerto
January 7th, 2019, 1:05 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: It's been too long! Pizza!
Replies: 1215
Views: 63449

Re: It's been too long! Pizza!

Can't believe it's been so long on the pizza thread. Come on people. First attempt at the "NY style dough" from Elements of Pizza by Flour Water Salt Yeast author Ken Forkish. Was very happy with the results. Baked on a pizza steel with a 550 degree 30 minute warm up and 5 minute "broil - high" supe...
by MBerto
January 2nd, 2019, 8:39 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Biscuits
Replies: 34
Views: 1249

Re: Biscuits

Thank me later (and yes, this is expensive on a delivered basis, consider buying one less bottle of wine this year and you'll make up for it).

https://jet.com/search?term=white%20lily
by MBerto
January 2nd, 2019, 8:17 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Biscuits
Replies: 34
Views: 1249

Re: Biscuits

I was never happy with my results, using various combinations of the Bittman and Lopez-Alt recipes. Got a distinct bump up in quality (most notably in flakiness/lightness) when I read this article and got my hands on some White Lily.
by MBerto
December 21st, 2018, 7:34 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Green Bean Casserole - “The mother of all comfort foods”
Replies: 23
Views: 727

Re: Green Bean Casserole - “The mother of all comfort foods”

Because I'm a snob, we've upgraded to the NYT version: https://cooking.nytimes.com/recipes/1016946-green-bean-casserole The bread crumbs are good there, but it you really want to take this to the moon, make your own french fried onions. One taste of those and you'll forever consider someone asking y...
by MBerto
December 6th, 2018, 3:07 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: New York City Restaurants
Replies: 2080
Views: 115935

Re: New York City Restaurants

Here's the rundown from last week - was there 7 days between biz and pleasure Mike's Bistro - Pretty good! Never done a strictly kosher place before, but that didn't appear to be a significant obstacle for them. A squash with white truffles dish was excellent. They appear to specialize in big cuts o...
by MBerto
December 4th, 2018, 2:54 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Restaurant Wine Pairings
Replies: 9
Views: 349

Re: Restaurant Wine Pairings

Like others, I almost always avoid the pairings for reasons above and also because so often somms think they have to be hip and cool about those pairings, so they end up being weird. YES absolutely! I recently did one which included an orange wine (far from a sure thing, somms!), and a sweet wine m...
by MBerto
December 3rd, 2018, 7:50 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Restaurant Wine Pairings
Replies: 9
Views: 349

Re: Restaurant Wine Pairings

I don't have a specific place in mind. My situation is often thus: I'm traveling, typically only with a carry-on which means bringing from my cellar isn't an option. I could buy locally, but while that may provide some financial relief, that's rolling the dice on selection and quality and the goal i...
by MBerto
December 2nd, 2018, 7:02 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Restaurant Wine Pairings
Replies: 9
Views: 349

Restaurant Wine Pairings

What are everyone's thoughts on restaurants which offer long tasting menus, and optional wine pairings for each course? I'm specifically interested in higher end places where bottle/corkage/BTG options can be limited and/or comparable in price. I have my own but will not stir the pot just yet. Thanks.
by MBerto
November 13th, 2018, 1:53 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Congratulations to Bedrock on Top 10
Replies: 20
Views: 1604

Re: Congratulations to Bedrock on Top 10

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