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by Robert Broder
April 3rd, 2019, 3:13 pm
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: London / Solo Diner
Replies: 34
Views: 1408

Re: London / Solo Diner

Been to St. John's and Pollen Street Social. I thought Pollen Street was very good, but not worth the money. St. John's was special. Still remember. The roasted bone marrow and roast ox heart. My favorite meal, however, is at J. Sheekey. The last 2 visits to London I had the shellfish tower, and I s...
by Robert Broder
January 24th, 2019, 11:57 am
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Inter European flight search engines.
Replies: 3
Views: 256

Inter European flight search engines.

Taking several one way flights within Europe this Spring. Looking for good search engines. I know Skyscanner and Kiwi. Any other suggestions would be helpful. My computer crashed and I lost all my saved web-sites. I know I can go to specific National Airlie sites, but most of my flights span countie...
by Robert Broder
January 22nd, 2019, 8:29 am
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Any Experience with TAP Airlines?
Replies: 11
Views: 512

Re: Any Experience with TAP Airlines?

Flew from Phila to Lisbon 2 years ago. Timing, service and food were fine. Check what planes they are flying on your route. Ours was the older narrow model as noted above. Somewhat cramped.
by Robert Broder
December 5th, 2018, 3:44 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Best holiday food . . .
Replies: 23
Views: 819

Re: Best holiday food . . .

Can't believe what I'm reading here. What happened to frying latkes in old fashioned schmaltz. Rendered chicken fat for the uninitiated. Side benefit is gribenes the Jewish equivalent of pork rinds except it is chicken skin cracklings in the rendering process. Duck fat probably ok, but poutine, yuk....
by Robert Broder
December 3rd, 2018, 3:23 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: How Long Lived Are Top Brunellos From Outstanding Vintages?
Replies: 42
Views: 1816

Re: How Long Lived Are Top Brunellos From Outstanding Vintages?

Curious myself. Bringing 2 bottles of 2001 Biondi-Santi Reservas to our annual holiday lunch this week for a large group of experienced tasters. Will report back.
by Robert Broder
November 1st, 2018, 11:35 am
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: The best or memorable vacation spot was...
Replies: 47
Views: 2270

Re: The best or memorable vacation spot was...

Most memorable was on my honeymoon in 1975. First time in Europe on a 2 week package on TWA. First week was to be beach area in Malaga. Neither my wife nor I are beach people so we wanted to take some side trips that were promised, but there were none available on our group package. So what was memo...
by Robert Broder
October 15th, 2018, 12:23 pm
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: French Rivera/Cote D'Azur. Where to stay?
Replies: 19
Views: 904

Re: French Rivera/Cote D'Azur. Where to stay?

If you are looking for nice and very reasonable, check out Welcome Hotel in Villefrance Sur Mer. Hotel on the water adjacent to Nice. Good parking in public lot across the street and 5 minute walk to coast train. I forgot, hotel also has parking. I parked in public lot when hotel lot was full on one...
by Robert Broder
October 11th, 2018, 11:22 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine Suggestions for a Very Specific Venue
Replies: 74
Views: 2001

Re: Wine Suggestions for a Very Specific Venue

I didn't read responses so I don't know if this was suggested. If name recognition is important, how about Robert Mondavi chard and/or fume blanc. Many available in PA under $30. For example, Fume Blanc oakville 2014, a chairman's selection at $17.99 + tax. There is also a Napa Chard at well under 3...
by Robert Broder
October 4th, 2018, 2:39 pm
Forum: BYO Forum - Wine at Restaurants
Topic: Philadelphia, PA
Replies: 465
Views: 87477

Re: Philadelphia, PA

Went to A Mano Saturday night. Food was very good, but somewhat expensive. Good service, good bread, good glasses. Negatives, noise level and parking. I actually found a spot about 5 blocks away. Tho only spot I saw available. Friends who met us had to park at the lot across the street at $25.00 for...
by Robert Broder
September 22nd, 2018, 1:30 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: BonnyDoon Clos de Gilroy Grenache '89...(short/boring)
Replies: 17
Views: 683

Re: TN: BonnyDoon Clos de Gilroy Grenache '89...(short/boring)

Had 2 bottles of the 2010. My reaction was decent quaffer, but not much more. Still have a bottle of the 85 Cigare Volant in my cellar ( been there forever) for which I have no positive expectations other than it being a little slice of history.
by Robert Broder
September 22nd, 2018, 1:16 pm
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Paris in February? Where to Stay?
Replies: 101
Views: 3837

Re: Paris in February? Where to Stay?

Paris is great anytime, but of course my wife and I have been there well over 20 times. Sounds like a lot, but at 72 and having gone 2 Europe once or twice a year, regardless of where we go we usually connect through Paris for a couple of days on the way home. Stayed at multiple hotels all over cent...
by Robert Broder
August 26th, 2018, 6:49 am
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Favorite Hotel and Restaurant in Bordeaux
Replies: 14
Views: 750

Re: Favorite Hotel and Restaurant in Bordeaux

La Tupina + 1, but it has been a while. If visiting Mouton R museum you need to reserve in advance. Enjoyed staying in St. Emilion better than Bourdeaux.
by Robert Broder
August 26th, 2018, 6:44 am
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: 11 nights in Sicily - Itinerary?
Replies: 15
Views: 648

Re: 11 nights in Sicily - Itinerary?

One day in Agrigento for the Greek ruins is certainly worthwhile. Stayed at a small B+B and ate at local restaurant both of which were decent, but not noteworthy. Highly suggest dinner at Nero d'Avola in Taromina. Small trattoria with wonderful food.
by Robert Broder
August 14th, 2018, 2:56 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: PSA: PA state stores now have 2004 Heitz Martha’s @ $59.99
Replies: 8
Views: 848

Re: PSA: PA state stores now have 2004 Heitz Martha’s @ $59.99

As of a few minutes ago, there are 38 bottles spread among 11 stores based on the Plcb product search page which I have found to be very accurate. One store has 16 bottles and the rest are mainly ones and twos. A wine with limited quantities that has been deeply discounted ( here more than once) has...
by Robert Broder
August 14th, 2018, 7:11 am
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Pittsburgh (and Fallingwater) ideas
Replies: 9
Views: 415

Re: Pittsburgh (and Fallingwater) ideas

Fallingwater is very worthwhile. I assume you know to reserve tickets in advance. Have fun!
by Robert Broder
August 12th, 2018, 5:02 am
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Reccos for London & Amsterdam
Replies: 37
Views: 1771

Reccos for London & Amsterdam

+1 on J Sheekey. If you like shellfish, get the shellfish tower. Had it 3 years ago and dreamed about it ever since. Went back this spring and it was even better than the first time. Enough for 2 people, but I go it alone, other than a few shrimp and mussels I share with my wife.
by Robert Broder
August 6th, 2018, 11:38 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Rip Joël Robuchon
Replies: 5
Views: 510

Rip Joël Robuchon

So sad. Had the privilege and pleasure of dining at Cafe Jamin several times shortly after it received its first Michelin star. Goes back many years. Just wonderful.
by Robert Broder
August 6th, 2018, 11:21 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Edinburgh Recommendations Please....
Replies: 14
Views: 558

Edinburgh Recommendations Please....

Probably doesn't meet any of your criteria, but for a great meal, I suggest Tom Kitchin restaurant (in Leith), a very short cab ride from downtown. If first time in Edinburgh, consider a walking tour of the Royal Mile. Check the weather before you leave. Was there 2 Springs ago and froze, windy, col...
by Robert Broder
August 4th, 2018, 1:06 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The Best California Chardonnay That You've Had In The Last 5 Years?
Replies: 122
Views: 5920

The Best California Chardonnay That You've Had In The Last 5 Years?

Kongsgaard 05 Napa Chard. Had 1 in 09 and 1 in 17. Both great, but the 1 I drank In 17 was special.
by Robert Broder
July 29th, 2018, 7:21 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Best bottle you’ve ever received as a present?
Replies: 77
Views: 2849

Best bottle you’ve ever received as a present?

2 bottles of 77 Yquem from my in-laws for my 50th birthday. I'm 72 now so both bottles gone.
by Robert Broder
June 12th, 2018, 4:07 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2015 Domaine Chandon de Briailles Pernand-Vergelesses 1er Cru Ile des Vergelesses
Replies: 16
Views: 1215

TN: 2015 Domaine Chandon de Briailles Pernand-Vergelesses 1er Cru Ile des Vergelesses

I've had 2 bottles of the 05 from my cellar in 2013 and 2016 and didn't like either. Totally lacking fruit. Mostly earth, brambles and wood. 1 bottle left, but I don't expect any improvement. Will hold for a few more years.
by Robert Broder
June 8th, 2018, 7:43 am
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Sicily? I’ve been warned away.
Replies: 12
Views: 831

Sicily? I’ve been warned away.

Loved it! Never felt unsafe. Driving trip beginning in Taromina ending in Palermo via Agrigrento as well as other stops. If in Taromina highly suggest dinner at Nero d'Avola, same name as the grape.
by Robert Broder
June 8th, 2018, 7:34 am
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Finger Lakes Wineries and/or Wine Trails
Replies: 0
Views: 174

Finger Lakes Wineries and/or Wine Trails

Which would you visit and/or take if you had 2 days to spend.
by Robert Broder
June 5th, 2018, 11:37 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Bonny Doon's 1st "Cigare"
Replies: 8
Views: 830

Bonny Doon's 1st "Cigare"

Missed by 1 year. Still have 1 bottle of the 85 in my cellar. Purchase on release.
by Robert Broder
May 30th, 2018, 7:09 am
Forum: BYO Forum - Wine at Restaurants
Topic: Philadelphia, PA
Replies: 465
Views: 87477

Philadelphia, PA

Surprised at the lack of update here also. Recently had dinner at Cadence, a new byob for me. Pre-fix 4 course menu for $ 60. 5 or 6 choices for each course. A la carte also available. Not my type of menu, I.e., very modern with strange ( to me) combinations for each dish. That said, I really liked ...
by Robert Broder
May 30th, 2018, 6:44 am
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Should I book a Hotel room thru Booking.com, Expedia or some other OTA?
Replies: 22
Views: 1156

Should I book a Hotel room thru Booking.com, Expedia or some other OTA?

I've booked both ways and prefer booking direct with the hotel. My biggest complaint using non direct web sites is the continuing emails for deals for locations I've already booked as well as offers for locations I haven't been to for years and never likely to return. Once used they hard are to get ...
by Robert Broder
May 25th, 2018, 1:51 pm
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: A short trip to Prague
Replies: 14
Views: 1382

A short trip to Prague

It's been several years since our trip to Prague. The old town square was fantastic. Don't recall any great restaurants. We loved the Mucha Museum, but then we like art nouveau and vintage posters. Wenceslas square did not resemble Paris to us. Somewhat depressing other than an occasional art nouvea...
by Robert Broder
May 14th, 2018, 2:50 pm
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Maine - Aug 2018
Replies: 14
Views: 457

Maine - Aug 2018

Spent a few days on coastal ME last mSummer. Actually found very interesting a day trip to Portsmouth NH just over the ME border. The fact that I was conceived there during WWII where my dad was stationed in the navy was not the primary reason. Charming downtown with lots of historical houses and si...
by Robert Broder
May 14th, 2018, 2:28 pm
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Oregon Help ?
Replies: 4
Views: 345

Oregon Help ?

Thanks to both of you. Will probably spend 2 nights on the road following suggestions above for Gorge and Mt. Hood and return, and then a day trip out of Portland to tour Willamette.
by Robert Broder
May 14th, 2018, 7:50 am
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Oregon Help ?
Replies: 4
Views: 345

Oregon Help ?

Daughter and son in law recently moved to Portland. Wife and I are just starting to plan an early July visit. Want to combine a few days, probably 3 full days touring by car by ourselves and 3 days in Portland with the kids. Need suggestions for sightseeing proximate by car to Portland. We love scen...
by Robert Broder
May 1st, 2018, 3:31 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 1994 Chateau Montrose - an Alfert wine
Replies: 20
Views: 766

TN: 1994 Chateau Montrose - an Alfert wine

A client gave me 6 bottles of 94 Calon Segur years ago. The first 2 I tried probably too young were vile. Liquid ash and smoke. About 10 years later in 2011 I tried a third and it was excellent. Surprised the hell out of me. Probably time to try another, since I forgot I still had them.
by Robert Broder
April 18th, 2018, 9:23 am
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: SW Ireland and Cork
Replies: 9
Views: 369

SW Ireland and Cork

Dingle peninsula, ring of Kerry, town of Kinsale (foodie paradise). Of course, it's been 40 years since there. Leaving next week for a driving trip to the Northwest coast and then into Northern Ireland ending in Belfast.
by Robert Broder
April 11th, 2018, 2:40 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2007 Pernand Vergelesses "Ile des Vergelesses" - CdB
Replies: 12
Views: 557

2007 Pernand Vergelesses "Ile des Vergelesses" - CdB

Had 2 bottles of the 05 3 years apart with the last in 2016. Frankly, I expected better, but of course I like fruit in my wine and both were lacking.
by Robert Broder
April 9th, 2018, 10:34 am
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Belfast N. Ireland Restaurant Recs.
Replies: 1
Views: 147

Belfast N. Ireland Restaurant Recs.

Will be there for 2 nights. Suggestions please-seafood preferred, but not exclusive. Thanks in advance.
by Robert Broder
March 13th, 2018, 9:20 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Kongsgaard chardonnay
Replies: 10
Views: 925

Kongsgaard chardonnay

I've had two bottles of the 05 about 6 years apart with the second in 2017. Bought them on release. The first was great but the one I drank in 2017 was fantastic! Not oxidized, but not a lot of acid either. For what it's worth, I rated the first a 94 and the second a 97 which for me is an unusually ...
by Robert Broder
February 20th, 2018, 11:04 am
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Vacation plans for 2018?
Replies: 55
Views: 1694

Vacation plans for 2018?

West and Northwest Ireland and Northern Ireland and London in the Spring. Daughter and Son in Law just moved from Las Vegas to Portland OR so guess where wife and I are heading in early July. I've told my children that when I have to fly 5+ hours I want to wake up where I don't speak the language. D...
by Robert Broder
February 1st, 2018, 10:23 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What Bottle Stands Out In Your Memory?
Replies: 47
Views: 1756

What Bottle Stands Out In Your Memory?

Although I have had a number of first growths or equivalents, the wine that sticks out in my tasting memory over the last 40 years is an 02 Drouhin Beaune Clos de Mouches Blanc . A great white burg with a wonderful combination of barnyard, fruit, minerals and spice on the nose and palate. Had the sa...
by Robert Broder
January 30th, 2018, 12:45 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: London Restaurant Recommendation Needed
Replies: 27
Views: 1317

London Restaurant Recommendation Needed

Stuart, last year I went to J Sheekey in the theatre district which was suggested by several people here. I had the shellfish tower that I still dream about. Going back to London for a couple of days in the Spring following a driving trip to Northern Ireland . Great casual seafood restaurant. I thin...
by Robert Broder
December 19th, 2017, 1:31 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2014 Kongsgaard Napa Chardonnay
Replies: 11
Views: 1002

TN: 2014 Kongsgaard Napa Chardonnay

Not an expert on Kongsgaard chard. Only had the 05 in my cellar. Drank 1 in 09 and 1 earlier this year. The 1 in 09 was great, but the one this year was fantastic. I did note low in acid, but still fantastic!
by Robert Broder
December 19th, 2017, 11:20 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: FYI: good quality rose champagne for $29
Replies: 10
Views: 530

FYI: good quality rose champagne for $29

Moutard Rose is very decent at $32.00 in PA which means several $$ less elsewhere. I don't care for the Blanc, but the Rose is nice. Our go to inexpensive sparkler.
by Robert Broder
December 18th, 2017, 9:39 am
Forum: BYO Forum - Wine at Restaurants
Topic: Philadelphia, PA
Replies: 465
Views: 87477

Philadelphia, PA

It has been a long time since I or anyone else has posted for Philly. It has also been a long time since I have been back to Tre Scalini (first time since it moved). Had dinner there Sat. night with 2 couples. All enjoyed there food. My only complaints were my waitress and the length of time it took...
by Robert Broder
December 5th, 2017, 1:50 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Type 2 diabetes reversed in UK diet trials
Replies: 8
Views: 571

Type 2 diabetes reversed in UK diet trials

Not true. Went from 6 feet 1 inch 215 lbs to 170 lbs over 7 yrs and still type 2.
by Robert Broder
August 30th, 2017, 3:45 pm
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Weekend in Southern parts of Europe - Where??
Replies: 10
Views: 483

Weekend in Southern parts of Europe - Where??

Lisbon with Sintra, Estoril and Cascais nearby. My vote, however, would be Cinque Terre having been there 3 times. Love it.
by Robert Broder
August 30th, 2017, 3:22 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2012 Boillot Clos de la Mouchere
Replies: 17
Views: 1058

TN: 2012 Boillot Clos de la Mouchere

Found a bottle of the 86 of this wine hiding in my cellar. Any chance it's still alive? Only one way to find out.
by Robert Broder
August 22nd, 2017, 9:28 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Crab shacks North of Baltimore
Replies: 2
Views: 280

Crab shacks North of Baltimore

Previously posted on Travel Forum, but no responses. Crab shacks on or near I-95 corridor between mid Delaware and North of Baltimore.
by Robert Broder
August 17th, 2017, 11:08 am
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Crab Shacks North of Baltimore
Replies: 0
Views: 211

Crab Shacks North of Baltimore

Suggestions please for hard shells between North of Baltimore and Southern Delaware near I-95 corridor .
by Robert Broder
August 7th, 2017, 6:03 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Stupid Question-freezing fresh herbs
Replies: 17
Views: 796

Stupid Question-freezing fresh herbs

I consider myself a better than decent cook. This weekend I made a grilled marinated flank steak which called for a variety of fresh herbs in the marinade. I had lots of herbs leftover, I.e., oregano. basil, thyme and rosemary. Can they be frozen for future use ? Seems a shame to discard which I hav...
by Robert Broder
August 3rd, 2017, 12:01 pm
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Sicily Recommendations
Replies: 39
Views: 2443

Sicily Recommendations

On our recent trip to Sicily, we booked flights to Paris from Palermo and from Paris to Catania on 2 airlines I never heard of before. I booked through Kiwi.com. It was great. No foul ups and several days before each flight they pre-boarded us (checked us in) and forwarded boarding passes by email. ...
by Robert Broder
June 30th, 2017, 5:29 am
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Lobster Shacks, Maine
Replies: 12
Views: 941

Lobster Shacks, Maine

Suggestions please between and including Portland and Kennebunkport and also Bar Harbor itself. Thanks in advance.

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