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by Mike Davila
December 8th, 2019, 11:51 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Looking for tenderloin roast rec
Replies: 10
Views: 438

Re: Looking for tenderloin roast rec

I have cooked some sort of beef roast (prime rib or tenderloin) for our holiday dinner for years, everything from roasted, grilled, smoked and in our wood fired oven. Last year I used this recipe for tenderloin and this may be the only way I cook it from here on. https://www.seriouseats.com/recipes/...
by Mike Davila
December 5th, 2019, 4:08 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Protecting your $$$$$ wines
Replies: 53
Views: 3094

Re: Protecting your $$$$$ wines

Just unpacked my 2016 Greer, they ship with a plastic covering over the label portion of the bottle. I take it off, but I also don’t plan on resale. Agree with those who have posted about avoiding bottles with label stains, although you still don’t know the source of the stain. I had a wine cooler w...
by Mike Davila
October 13th, 2019, 10:51 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: It's been too long! Pizza!
Replies: 1221
Views: 69621

Re: It's been too long! Pizza!

Finally cooled off enough in south Florida to use the wood fired oven for some pizza.
Wife was inspired by some pie she had in Italy earlier this year.
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by Mike Davila
October 6th, 2019, 12:25 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: How can I track the temperature along a shipping route?
Replies: 52
Views: 1781

Re: How can I track the temperature along a shipping route?

A couple of weeks ago, I received a call that some wine was being delivered to my residence. All I could think at the time was, sh!t why is anyone shipping wine to Florida in September. I had forgotten that Seven Stones was using a refrigerated shipping service, which is called Wine Vault. They use ...
by Mike Davila
September 21st, 2019, 8:33 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: VHR 2016 large-format release
Replies: 19
Views: 2013

Re: VHR 2016 large-format release

Have to give Bruce Phillips a lot of praise here, one of the good guys. I stepped away for lunch when the large format offer came out and when I returned to buy my 2 mags, the offer was sold out. I want to say it sold out in the first 2-3 hours of release. Anyways, my feedback of missing the releas...
by Mike Davila
September 14th, 2019, 9:58 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Steak Porn
Replies: 2019
Views: 170789

Re: Steak Porn

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by Mike Davila
September 4th, 2019, 6:21 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: The Smoker Thread - recipes, techniques, ideas
Replies: 608
Views: 33357

Re: The Smoker Thread - recipes, techniques, ideas

Your welcome Sean, hope you give it a try and let us know what you think.
by Mike Davila
September 4th, 2019, 6:19 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: BBQ Tour
Replies: 24
Views: 1561

Re: BBQ Tour

Great Idea, I’m thinking bucket list.
by Mike Davila
September 4th, 2019, 4:08 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: The Smoker Thread - recipes, techniques, ideas
Replies: 608
Views: 33357

Re: The Smoker Thread - recipes, techniques, ideas

Could use a good recipe/method for great dry rub ribs. Wife and kids like sauced ribs which I feel good about my technique. But, I like dry rub ribs and would like to start experimenting with a few things. I typically buy racks of baby backs from Sam’s. I use this for both ribs and shoulders 1 Tbl ...
by Mike Davila
September 4th, 2019, 3:45 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: The Smoker Thread - recipes, techniques, ideas
Replies: 608
Views: 33357

Re: The Smoker Thread - recipes, techniques, ideas

Baby backs for Labor Day, everything closed due to Dorian, wife said best yet. Injected set uncovered in fridge for 24 hours and a dry rub with no sauce. 580A5F30-3049-40A6-AF6F-8AA27DFC3884.jpeg 49AF2AE1-1BC4-4D67-90AC-322359B98B87.jpeg 33A5017E-6CFA-4690-B83C-F9D2B08F5B46.jpeg Those look awesome ...
by Mike Davila
September 3rd, 2019, 9:03 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: The Smoker Thread - recipes, techniques, ideas
Replies: 608
Views: 33357

Re: The Smoker Thread - recipes, techniques, ideas

Baby backs for Labor Day, everything closed due to Dorian, wife said best yet. Injected set uncovered in fridge for 24 hours and a dry rub with no sauce.
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by Mike Davila
August 29th, 2019, 11:08 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: VHR 2016 large-format release
Replies: 19
Views: 2013

Re: VHR 2016 large-format release

The 2016 750’s have been released.
by Mike Davila
July 22nd, 2019, 12:29 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Texas Style Korean BBQ Pork Shoulder
Replies: 15
Views: 2141

Re: Texas Style Korean BBQ Pork Shoulder

So I’m curious Tex, how did this turn out?
by Mike Davila
July 9th, 2019, 12:46 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: The Smoker Thread - recipes, techniques, ideas
Replies: 608
Views: 33357

Re: The Smoker Thread - recipes, techniques, ideas

StLuis style spareribs using hickory and pecan, with home made BBQ sauce. No foil, went about 6 hours, starting with a cold smoker at 225.
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by Mike Davila
July 6th, 2019, 10:19 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Dumbest wine related thing you have done ?
Replies: 57
Views: 3707

Re: Dumbest wine related thing you have done ?

Not leaving a designated drinking wine for the wife when I went out for a wine dinner with the guys. When I got home she was drinking a 2005 Alban Lorraine. TN's ?? None, I was toasted, but as I realized what she had opened she said something to the effect, You should try this it’s really good. We ...
by Mike Davila
July 6th, 2019, 8:21 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Dumbest wine related thing you have done ?
Replies: 57
Views: 3707

Re: Dumbest wine related thing you have done ?

Not leaving a designated drinking wine for the wife when I went out for a wine dinner with the guys. When I got home she was drinking a 2005 Alban Lorraine.
by Mike Davila
July 3rd, 2019, 11:23 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Steak Porn
Replies: 2019
Views: 170789

Re: Steak Porn

Prime ribeye, started over oak on a Tuscan grill, finished with low heat on the gas grill.
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by Mike Davila
April 27th, 2019, 8:43 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Steak Porn
Replies: 2019
Views: 170789

Re: Steak Porn

Not dry aged but hard to beat the value of these prime ribeyes from Costco
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by Mike Davila
April 8th, 2019, 1:05 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Need some basic help with wine cellar build
Replies: 14
Views: 918

Re: Need some basic help with wine cellar build

As noted by John S, only the high density closed cell foam acts as a vapor barrier, (better described as a vapor retarder), the low density type (open cell) requires you to put in plastic sheeting for the vapor retarder. The low density type is sometimes referred to as 1/2 pound foam.
by Mike Davila
April 7th, 2019, 4:45 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Need some basic help with wine cellar build
Replies: 14
Views: 918

Re: Need some basic help with wine cellar build

A couple of thoughts/comments/questions: Even though your ceiling (existing first floor floor) may be R-30, it is probably batt, and you don’t know the condition of the vapor barrier (vb) so I would have them replace it with vb and foam. There is both low and high density foam, high density has a R ...
by Mike Davila
February 19th, 2019, 9:30 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Grill / Smoker / Other Meat Prep
Replies: 24
Views: 1150

Re: Grill / Smoker / Other Meat Prep

No, you can but since I use the BBQ guru, you open the valve 100% and the fan screws into the open valve. The microprocessor then pulses the fan to maintain whatever smoker set point temperature you want, works like a charm. https://bbqguru.com The stumps is a heavy duty smoker, it weighs a ton, pro...
by Mike Davila
February 15th, 2019, 12:46 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Built in grills
Replies: 12
Views: 647

Re: Built in grills

I have a Lynx thats around 8-9 years old and I’m not overly impressed with the quality, but I’m pretty sure that’s before they had a “professional series”, so maybe they’ve fixed some of the issues I have. I’ve had/have issues with the glow plug igniters and the lights. You press in on the burner ga...
by Mike Davila
February 15th, 2019, 12:24 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Grill / Smoker / Other Meat Prep
Replies: 24
Views: 1150

Re: Grill / Smoker / Other Meat Prep

Gas Lynx grill when I don’t want to fuss around Stumps Smoker (charcoal) w/ BBQ guru when I want to smoke Pizza oven (wood fired) when I want, well, pizza of course, but it cooks a great steak on a Tuscan grill And we have a Joule we recently purchased and are learning to use. Big believer in having...
by Mike Davila
January 7th, 2019, 3:29 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Florida Fish of the Week
Replies: 32
Views: 1695

Re: Florida Fish of the Week

Triple tail is good, your preparation looks delicious.
If they have it you may want to try the lion fish.
Not only is it tasty but consuming it is a great way to help control it, as it is an invasive predator fish.
by Mike Davila
December 24th, 2018, 8:03 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Steak Porn
Replies: 2019
Views: 170789

Re: Steak Porn

Annual Christmas Eve, Eve party, finally tried the reverse sear on the tenderloin which turned out great (from Costco) but the best of show was the wife’s crab cakes cooked in the wood fired oven with a chipotle remoulade.
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by Mike Davila
December 10th, 2018, 6:02 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: The Smoker Thread - recipes, techniques, ideas
Replies: 608
Views: 33357

Re: The Smoker Thread - recipes, techniques, ideas

Pulled pork for the company potluck.
9 lb shoulder took 12 hours at 225 and cooked to 194, wrapped in foil and kept in a ice chest for one hour.
Bone slid right out.
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by Mike Davila
November 22nd, 2018, 7:56 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: The Smoker Thread - recipes, techniques, ideas
Replies: 608
Views: 33357

Re: The Smoker Thread - recipes, techniques, ideas

Smoked Turkey, memorable, really good!
The pink is from the smoke.
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by Mike Davila
October 27th, 2018, 7:14 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Smoking Prime Rib
Replies: 9
Views: 721

Re: Smoking Prime Rib

Don,
Glad it worked for you.
If you can get some maple wood and dried slices of uncooked corn on the cob it makes a great smoke flavor for turkey.
by Mike Davila
October 26th, 2018, 2:31 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Smoking Prime Rib
Replies: 9
Views: 721

Re: Smoking Prime Rib

Yes, usually do it every year for Christmas. In high school I was a cook at a steak and ale, we used to slow cook the prime rib in basically a warming oven at 180 degrees F. I’ve smoked them two ways. I used to have an electric smoker (Bradley) and it was possible to just run the smoke element. I wo...
by Mike Davila
September 24th, 2018, 2:16 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Anyone store at Imperial Wine Storage (West Palm)?
Replies: 10
Views: 608

Re: Anyone store at Imperial Wine Storage (West Palm)?

You could check out the ABC store in east Boca, they rent space.
Not sure about their WPB locations, they do a poor job of identifying which locations offer storGe options.
by Mike Davila
August 28th, 2018, 10:43 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine Cellar Help Needed (Mildew)
Replies: 12
Views: 853

Re: Wine Cellar Help Needed (Mildew)

To get mold you need moisture so you are getting some condensation on your lock and hinges. Condensation occurs when the surface temperature falls below the surrounding air dew point. You might want to look at what temperatures you are maintaining your cellar and adjacent room. I’m in Florida too an...
by Mike Davila
August 22nd, 2018, 2:20 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Paso Robles B&B recomendations
Replies: 19
Views: 897

Re: Paso Robles B&B recomendations

NOT a B&B but we have stayed downtown at Hotel Cheval twice (last year was the latest) and love the proximity (no driving) to the downtown dining scene. I’m pretty sure breakfast was included with our room and at night you can sit outside by a roaring fire, enjoying your after dinner drink and their...
by Mike Davila
July 20th, 2018, 7:12 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: The All Things BBQ Thread
Replies: 134
Views: 8995

The All Things BBQ Thread

Berkshire Baby Back Ribs for dinner tonight:
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by Mike Davila
July 15th, 2018, 8:19 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: A better burger?
Replies: 6
Views: 825

A better burger?

After looking into it a little I would answer yes, but with a more robust flow of air than what you would get in a conventional convection oven.
I’ve heard of them but never looked into them, we have too many kitchen gadgets to begin with.
by Mike Davila
July 12th, 2018, 2:18 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: A better burger?
Replies: 6
Views: 825

A better burger?

Pretty cool I would also give it a try.
In reference to the French fries being so unhealthy, anyone ever try doing them in an air fryer?
by Mike Davila
July 6th, 2018, 11:41 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Best home cellar cooling unit?
Replies: 27
Views: 3001

Best home cellar cooling unit?

There are key differences between REFRIGERATION equipment (made by CP and WK) vs HVAC equipment. By way of background, the temperature and humidity inside the cellar will be primarily the result of the following: - airflow across the coils - surface area of the coils - temperature of the coils This...
by Mike Davila
May 3rd, 2018, 7:21 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Need Help Planning Wine Tour- Bordeaux
Replies: 18
Views: 1140

Need Help Planning Wine Tour- Bordeaux

Many years ago (over 20) we stayed at Chateau Cordeillan-bages in Paulliac, you’ll need some way to get around, we rented a car after taking the high speed train from Paris to The town of Bordeaux. Also did the Mouton visit, at the time we had few ITB wine contacts and the hotel set up our tasting v...
by Mike Davila
February 7th, 2018, 4:48 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Super Bowl "epicurean" must-haves???
Replies: 40
Views: 1779

Super Bowl "epicurean" must-haves???

The Wings
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by Mike Davila
February 2nd, 2018, 10:52 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Super Bowl "epicurean" must-haves???
Replies: 40
Views: 1779

Super Bowl "epicurean" must-haves???

Berkshire baby back ribs
Wings
Nachos
Wines TBD
by Mike Davila
January 19th, 2018, 2:57 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Steak Porn
Replies: 2019
Views: 170789

Steak Porn

Nice marbling
Do you mind sharing the source?
by Mike Davila
January 12th, 2018, 10:40 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Steak Porn
Replies: 2019
Views: 170789

Steak Porn

Mike that looks pretty great. Though it’s a bit hard to tell from the photo, How does the crust/char you’re able to get on that grill compare to something like a Weber or BGE? Jason, Thanks, it was tasty considering it wasn't prime or aged. I've never had anything cooked on a BGE, but as far as a W...
by Mike Davila
January 9th, 2018, 1:47 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Steak Porn
Replies: 2019
Views: 170789

Steak Porn

Did a porterhouse last weekend on the Tuscan grill, our version of steak florentine.
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by Mike Davila
December 18th, 2017, 9:59 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: West Palm/Boca Raton Reqs
Replies: 32
Views: 1792

West Palm/Boca Raton Reqs

My recommendations are still the same.
If you want to venture up to Palm Beach Bucan is great, but make reservations now, it's hard to get one in season.
by Mike Davila
October 26th, 2017, 4:00 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2015 Cayuse wines contaminated - pulled
Replies: 179
Views: 11722

2015 Cayuse wines contaminated - pulled

While I totally get the inquisitive nature here, outing the cork company will only result in the time honored practice of going down the rabbit hole. Then people will want lists of producers who buy from them. Then they will want specific wines and vintages. Then the phantom perceptions of varying ...
by Mike Davila
September 15th, 2017, 6:50 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Blankiet....Pure Class
Replies: 21
Views: 1829

Blankiet....Pure Class

Also received the same email, touched by their generosity.
by Mike Davila
September 2nd, 2017, 1:10 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Realm 2015 Save the date
Replies: 63
Views: 5779

Realm 2015 Save the date

By Appointment only, and doesn't list which days you might be able to get an appointment.
If you do get in you may be able to purchase some older vintages, we were offered some years ago when we visited with Juan at Ch. Boswell.
by Mike Davila
August 22nd, 2017, 12:10 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: 25% of Lafrieda strip steaks
Replies: 6
Views: 606

25% of Lafrieda strip steaks

The hamburgers are really good too and you also get a discount as you buy more.
Bought some strips and 4 burger 4 packs, basically one of the burger 4 packs is free with the purchase of the other three.
by Mike Davila
August 19th, 2017, 9:57 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: CellaPro Install in So FL?
Replies: 5
Views: 417

CellaPro Install in So FL?

I use DL Folsom 561-737-3000
Not sure if they'll install a unit you furnish, you'll need to ask.

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