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by Michael Bowden
January 24th, 2020, 6:33 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Noma - Disappointing...... (long)
Replies: 43
Views: 3423

Re: Noma - Disappointing...... (long)

Just had a nice meal at Kadeau - wanted to go to Noma for the seafood menu but I was traveling solo and they discriminate against solo diners....(aka, no reservations for solo diners even though they have seats open). Geranium is a 3* and had a lovely lunch there a few years back - enjoy wherever yo...
by Michael Bowden
December 27th, 2019, 3:08 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Recommend Some Caviar
Replies: 14
Views: 935

Re: Recommend Some Caviar

Also, I personally stay away from a lot of the Chinese caviar as I find them muddy or in need of being on a dish (basically they show best when paired with other food items I’d guess that’s this is a matter of which ones one is having. I’ve had some fantastic Chinese caviar. I went to a caviar tast...
by Michael Bowden
December 25th, 2019, 8:02 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Recommend Some Caviar
Replies: 14
Views: 935

Re: Recommend Some Caviar

I've had very solid results from Caviar Star - https://www.caviarstar.com/ Also, I personally stay away from a lot of the Chinese caviar as I find them muddy or in need of being on a dish (basically they show best when paired with other food items). I really enjoy the paddlefish from Caviar Star and...
by Michael Bowden
December 22nd, 2019, 3:30 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Truffled Egg-Yolk Ravioli
Replies: 6
Views: 687

Re: Truffled Egg-Yolk Ravioli

Betty C wrote:
December 16th, 2019, 11:53 am
If you store eggs with truffles in an airtight container overnight, the egg whites will absorb the truffle aroma. After you use the yolks for the ravioli, you'll have delicious whites for a scramble.
This is the only way to go. Rice is meh and sucks out the moisture.
by Michael Bowden
December 18th, 2019, 3:30 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: US 25% tariff on European wines; 100% "digital" tariff on French products called off for the moment
Replies: 1220
Views: 66646

Re: US to impose 25% tariff on European wine, cheese, etc.

Mattstolz wrote:
December 18th, 2019, 3:02 pm
got an email from Flickinger today about how to comment on tariffs and reach out to representatives. I'm a little surprised that this isn't an email I've gotten from just about about from just about every website/company that I buy imported wines from.
Zachy's sent out an email also.
by Michael Bowden
December 8th, 2019, 5:59 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Your lowest Cellartracker Scored Wine in Your Cellar
Replies: 252
Views: 11819

Re: Your lowest Cellartracker Scored Wine in Your Cellar

1983 Louis Jadot Le Montrachet - 68 points (lol)
by Michael Bowden
December 5th, 2019, 9:29 am
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Le Calandre
Replies: 13
Views: 969

Re: Le Calandre

could you elaborate on what your issues were going. I agree the wine list lacking big names and his custom made wineglasses have an odd shape. The sommelier (First guy on the left in the first picture ) was fine. I think he that he is not looking for blow away wines as a complement to his food. Jus...
by Michael Bowden
December 5th, 2019, 6:54 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Paulee AMEX pre-sale out
Replies: 47
Views: 2919

Re: Paulee AMEX pre-sale out

Then someone isn't in tune with the market. It might be you, or it might be the winning bidders. Yes, of course that's true. Widgets are worth what someone is willing to pay for them, right? My question was more about whether there's an expectation that you bid on and win something if you're attend...
by Michael Bowden
December 3rd, 2019, 10:09 am
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Vienna - Steiereck or something else? Aend?
Replies: 15
Views: 1152

Re: Vienna - Steiereck or something else? Aend?

I third the Bitzinger's recommendation. I did have a nice lunch at Restaurant Konstantin Filippou (which Mark recommended in post #10) last year. They are part of the Krug ambassador program so lots of BTG options at very fair prices IMHO. Steiereck wasn't an enjoyable experience for me - service wa...
by Michael Bowden
December 3rd, 2019, 10:00 am
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Le Calandre
Replies: 13
Views: 969

Re: Le Calandre

Happy you had a good meal - I was there in Nov of 2017 and thought it to be fairly mediocre and the wine list was thin and also on an iPad which I hate. Per the Pellegrino list - The removal of restaurants off the list is dumb - it's saying they are always at that level which is clearly not the case...
by Michael Bowden
December 1st, 2019, 10:05 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: La Liste - 2019
Replies: 3
Views: 698

Re: La Liste - 2019

I think my number is 124 - that said - list is off - Hertog Jan is closed (Dec 2018) - Dani Garcia just closed in Nov/Oct of 2019? Le Bernardin
 Martin Berasategui
 L’Arpege
 Restaurant de l’Hotel de ville
 The French Laundry
 La Vague d’Or
 Schwarzwaldstube
 Le Pre Catelan
 L’Assiette champenoise
 ...
by Michael Bowden
November 20th, 2019, 11:44 pm
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Air France - Wine/Alcohol Restriction
Replies: 35
Views: 2211

Re: Air France - Wine/Alcohol Restriction

Frank Z wrote:
November 20th, 2019, 3:13 pm
Thanks for the information everyone. One thing I am still wondering is if I'm travelling with a partner, does that mean the limit is upped to 10L (5L per person), or is the maximum in one suitcase 5L?
My guess is that it would be per person in separate bags (but who knows with AF).
by Michael Bowden
November 11th, 2019, 2:10 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Costco $550 Belota Iberico
Replies: 64
Views: 4697

Re: Costco $550 Belota Iberico

scamhi wrote:
November 11th, 2019, 12:33 pm
Scott G r u n e r wrote:
November 11th, 2019, 9:05 am
Found this one (while heavily branded by one company) to be fairly informative.
Joselito is by far the best branded Iberico ham in Spain.
Cutting takes a very sharp thin knife and skill
While joselito is good - I think that Cinco Jotas is better....
by Michael Bowden
November 1st, 2019, 9:50 am
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Air France - Wine/Alcohol Restriction
Replies: 35
Views: 2211

Re: Air France - Wine/Alcohol Restriction

From experience (mine and others) it just seems to be the agent you get - you could get nothing but you could also get an agent who really wants to enforce the rules. I've stopped flying AF because I travel with wine virtually every trip and I don't want to take the risk.
by Michael Bowden
October 17th, 2019, 11:30 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Canlis for dinner this evening.........
Replies: 26
Views: 1777

Re: Canlis for dinner this evening.........

Doug Lee wrote:
October 17th, 2019, 8:00 am
Andy,

I'd be tempted to bring my own, but don't know the corkage fee at Canlis these days.
I believe it is $10 per person with a 3 bottle max per table.

I was there earlier this month - it was okay but nothing special - most certainly not rushing back.
by Michael Bowden
October 8th, 2019, 6:52 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: US 25% tariff on European wines; 100% "digital" tariff on French products called off for the moment
Replies: 1220
Views: 66646

Re: US to impose 25% tariff on European wine, cheese, etc.

A 25% increase in price due to tariffs will result in a 25% increase in retail price, sometimes somewhat modified by producers and importers (but not wholesalers and retailers) tightening their belts. Wholesalers and retailers, rather than cut margins, will simply steer their customers to wines not...
by Michael Bowden
September 30th, 2019, 5:44 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Paris 3 Star Michelin Lunch recs
Replies: 51
Views: 4650

Re: Paris 3 Star Michelin Lunch recs

K_F_o_l_e_y wrote:
September 30th, 2019, 5:41 pm
The only 3 Star I've been to in Paris is Guy Savoy, but we had a lovely lunch there several years ago. Very old school compared to other 3 Stars I've been to (all in the US).
How was Inn at Little Washington? It's the only 3* in the US that I haven't dined at.
by Michael Bowden
September 30th, 2019, 11:12 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Fourrier Bourgogne - Are there both domain and negociant versions?
Replies: 14
Views: 1050

Re: Fourrier Bourgogne - Are there both domain and negociant versions?

Per BH - There has been a Jean-Marie (aka negociant) version since 2013. No notes on any other (red) Bourgognes from Fourrier.
by Michael Bowden
September 30th, 2019, 8:28 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: 50 Top Pizzeria Europe and North America
Replies: 14
Views: 1701

Re: 50 Top Pizzeria Europe and North America

On lists like these I wish they put them on a map (would make planning a trip much easier, especially in a different country/continent).
by Michael Bowden
September 25th, 2019, 4:21 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Paris 3 Star Michelin Lunch recs
Replies: 51
Views: 4650

Re: Paris 3 Star Michelin Lunch recs

Nobody mentioned L'Atelier de Joël Robuchon and I can understand why. I was very disappointed in my experience, because I had an epic experience at their London establishment. As someone who grew up in Europe and spent a lot of time in Paris I don't like to be pegged as a dumb tourist and certainly...
by Michael Bowden
September 25th, 2019, 6:10 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Haynes Vineyard Sold
Replies: 8
Views: 898

Re: Hayne Vineyard Sold

*Haynes, not Hayne which is famous for Turley Zin
by Michael Bowden
September 2nd, 2019, 12:53 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The Brian Devine Cellar
Replies: 43
Views: 3810

Re: The Brian Devine Cellar

$30,515 for '05 Leroy Musigny? [scratch.gif] Lowest price (retail) in America and 3rd lowest in world right now. The 2nd lowest is just a few hundred cheaper. How is this a head scratcher for you? This is one of the rarest wines in Burgundy and is highly sought after for collectors due to that as w...
by Michael Bowden
August 26th, 2019, 12:39 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What bottle of wine did you open today?
Replies: 11189
Views: 412298

Re: What bottle of wine did you open today?

1985 Jacquesson Signature
1985 Pol Roger Sir Winston Churchill
2001 Coche Dury Meursault
2011 Coche Dury Meursault
2012 Coche Dury Meursault
1997 Coche Dury Meursault 1er Perrieres
1996 Bouchard Montrachet
2016 Bouchard Montrachet
1964 Jacques Parent Meursault 1er Charmes
by Michael Bowden
August 11th, 2019, 10:23 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What bottle of wine did you open today?
Replies: 11189
Views: 412298

Re: What bottle of wine did you open today?

Over the last 2 nights - 2009 Philipponat Clos des Goisses 2014 Raveneau Chablis Montee de Tonnerre 1992 Pierre Morey Meursault 1er Perrieres 1991 Sylvain Cathiard Vosne Romanee 1er Reignots - Corked 2001 Truchot Clos de la Roche 1991 Meo Camuzet Clos Vougeot 1955 Latour Clos Vougeot 1991 Michel Ni...
by Michael Bowden
August 9th, 2019, 3:45 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What bottle of wine did you open today?
Replies: 11189
Views: 412298

Re: What bottle of wine did you open today?

Over the last 2 nights - 2009 Philipponat Clos des Goisses 2014 Raveneau Chablis Montee de Tonnerre 1992 Pierre Morey Meursault 1er Perrieres 1991 Sylvain Cathiard Vosne Romanee 1er Reignots - Corked 2001 Truchot Clos de la Roche 1991 Meo Camuzet Clos Vougeot 1955 Latour Clos Vougeot 1991 Michel Nie...
by Michael Bowden
July 26th, 2019, 8:41 pm
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Seville/Sevilla
Replies: 12
Views: 2319

Re: Seville/Sevilla

Has anybody done a tour at 5J or another producer in the area?

https://www.cincojotas.com/
by Michael Bowden
July 26th, 2019, 8:36 pm
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Seville/Sevilla
Replies: 12
Views: 2319

Re: Seville/Sevilla

Peter,

Thank you for that amount of information and detail - it will be greatly appreciated in the planning process!
by Michael Bowden
July 22nd, 2019, 2:28 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Paris 3 Star Michelin Lunch recs
Replies: 51
Views: 4650

Re: Paris 3 Star Michelin Lunch recs

Nobody mentioned L'Atelier de Joël Robuchon and I can understand why. I was very disappointed in my experience, because I had an epic experience at their London establishment. As someone who grew up in Europe and spent a lot of time in Paris I don't like to be pegged as a dumb tourist and certainly...
by Michael Bowden
July 21st, 2019, 6:13 am
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Seville/Sevilla
Replies: 12
Views: 2319

Re: Seville/Sevilla

Juan has family is in Sevilla, I can ask them the best restaurants to do to. Sevilla is an exquisite little city. How long might you be there and do you know where you will be staying? Most likely 2-3 days - still looking at hotels places to stay, while hotel is TBD as of now I'm leaning towards th...
by Michael Bowden
July 20th, 2019, 7:44 pm
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Seville/Sevilla
Replies: 12
Views: 2319

Seville/Sevilla

Most likely headed there with a group later this Fall/Winter - Need some assistance on restaurants, wine lists, cultural can miss, etc... Any help is greatly appreciated. I'm just starting some research myself but any help from a fellow WB'er would be very much appreciated. Guess is that we'll be th...
by Michael Bowden
July 20th, 2019, 7:24 pm
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: PSA- Hotel Maria Cristina in San Sebastián, Spain
Replies: 33
Views: 3189

Re: PSA- Hotel Maria Cristina in San Sebastián, Spain

It's a great property and I'd highly recommend it - I've done the drive from Bilbao and taken the bus from Biarritz - both easy but I think the Biarritz option might be easier.
by Michael Bowden
July 12th, 2019, 7:46 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Paris 3 Star Michelin Lunch recs
Replies: 51
Views: 4650

Re: Paris 3 Star Michelin Lunch recs

Laurent Gibet wrote:
July 12th, 2019, 7:34 am
Try l'Astrance (Pascal Barbot)
Should be noted that this is a 2* - They lost their 3rd star last year

Only reason I mention this is because OP was asking for a 3 star
by Michael Bowden
July 9th, 2019, 3:55 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Paris 3 Star Michelin Lunch recs
Replies: 51
Views: 4650

Re: Paris 3 Star Michelin Lunch recs

I had a lovely lunch at Le Pre Catelan two or so years ago and I'd go back. It's a beautiful room that delivers that 3* opulence type of vibe - solid wine list and lovely staff. Went to L'Ambrosie earlier this year for lunch and while I enjoyed it, it's all a la carte, $, big portions (you get what ...
by Michael Bowden
June 28th, 2019, 11:51 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Good thing I’m paying corkage.
Replies: 17
Views: 3179

Re: Good thing I’m paying corkage.

I'd love to sell them one of my Old Sparky's that cost $400. Yikes > $2000 on the list. I often wonder if wine prices can be negotiated. I'd think at the 4 figure level there's wiggle room, but you probably have to call ahead. Anyone ever try this? ' As I recall there was a thread on it somewhere -...
by Michael Bowden
May 2nd, 2019, 11:29 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Official kitchen knife thread
Replies: 634
Views: 49550

Re: Official kitchen knife thread

Possibly the best $15 kitchen knife . . . Mercer Culinary M23210 Millennia 10-Inch Wide Wavy Edge Bread Knife. My wife is a tough critic of knives and she loves this one. I am not as critical as she is but I like it too, especially for slicing baguettes. FWIW. Can you put it in the dishwasher? You ...
by Michael Bowden
April 25th, 2019, 4:41 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Hosting a Hi Fi Club meeting, what to cook?
Replies: 18
Views: 817

Re: Hosting a Hi Fi Club meeting, what to cook?

They listened to stuff from Meatloaf, Fiona Apple, Phish, and Humble Pie. Then they got into an argument about whether cables matter and someone got a shotgun blast of Salt-n-Pepa to the face. Anton is freaking out because his homeowners policy won't cover it and he no longer sees retirement in his...
by Michael Bowden
April 22nd, 2019, 5:29 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Hosting a Hi Fi Club meeting, what to cook?
Replies: 18
Views: 817

Re: Hosting a Hi Fi Club meeting, what to cook?

Tom G l a s g o w wrote:
April 22nd, 2019, 3:26 pm
Anton, all the time you spend here and leave us hanging?
Maybe he didn't want to toot his own horn? No reason to amp things up.
by Michael Bowden
April 4th, 2019, 12:06 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: San Sebastian
Replies: 114
Views: 8703

Re: San Sebastian

Loved Berasategui - went for lunch (best way to do a 3* IMHO, especially in SS). One of the better/best 3*'s I've been to (and I've been to a fair amount).
by Michael Bowden
March 11th, 2019, 4:43 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Cat Cora storms out of Alinea: looks like a chef with too strong a sense of entitlement.
Replies: 26
Views: 2296

Re: Cat Cora storms out of Alinea: looks like a chef with too strong a sense of entitlement.

From her website - Cat has opened more than 18 restaurants across the United States and globally, highlighting her platform on health, wellness and sustainability. Cat Cora’s Kitchen, located in numerous airport locations throughout the U.S., Cat Cora’s Taproom located in the Detroit Metro Airport, ...
by Michael Bowden
March 10th, 2019, 5:40 pm
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Flight Itinerary Question- Second Leg
Replies: 13
Views: 631

Re: Flight Itinerary Question- Second Leg

One worry is if there are IRROPS, you might get pushed to a JFK and not have an ATL connection to hop off of -
by Michael Bowden
March 8th, 2019, 2:09 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What bottle of wine did you open today?
Replies: 11189
Views: 412298

Re: What bottle of wine did you open today?

Any general comments? Surprises? Standouts? Overall an excellent tasting with some highs and lows (as expected with this many wines). In general - Fourrier had the most distinctive nose, Laurent was oak laden, Rousseau was the softest (lighter in style w/ lots of finesse), Jadot and Clair were both...
by Michael Bowden
March 5th, 2019, 7:46 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What bottle of wine did you open today?
Replies: 11189
Views: 412298

Re: What bottle of wine did you open today?

Friday to Sunday 2006 Taittinger Comtes de Champagne Rose 2007 Bollinger Grand Annee Rose 2013 Bruno Clair Morey Saint Denis En la Rue de Vergy 2008 Bruno Clair Gevrey-Chambertin 1er Cazetiers 2013 Jadot Montrachet 2008 Bruno Clair Chambertin Clos de Beze 2005 Jadot Latricieres Chambertin 2005 Jado...
by Michael Bowden
March 5th, 2019, 6:25 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What bottle of wine did you open today?
Replies: 11189
Views: 412298

Re: What bottle of wine did you open today?

Friday to Sunday 2006 Taittinger Comtes de Champagne Rose 2007 Bollinger Grand Annee Rose 2013 Bruno Clair Morey Saint Denis En la Rue de Vergy 2008 Bruno Clair Gevrey-Chambertin 1er Cazetiers 2013 Jadot Montrachet 2008 Bruno Clair Chambertin Clos de Beze 2005 Jadot Latricieres Chambertin 2005 Jadot...
by Michael Bowden
February 26th, 2019, 2:11 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine Consignment - Legal ?? How to Do It?
Replies: 9
Views: 916

Re: Wine Consignment - Legal ?? How to Do It?

AFAIK, not legal anywhere in the US. U.S. Code Title 27. INTOXICATING LIQUORS Chapter 8. FEDERAL ALCOHOL ADMINISTRATION ACT Subchapter I. FEDERAL ALCOHOL ADMINISTRATION Section 205. Unfair competition and unlawful practices It shall be unlawful for any person engaged in business as a distiller, bre...
by Michael Bowden
February 26th, 2019, 1:58 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Jadot Beze Vertical
Replies: 11
Views: 1274

Re: Jadot Beze Vertical

Jay Miller wrote:
February 25th, 2019, 5:20 pm
If I remember the timing correctly the 1985 would have been made by Clair Dau but bottled by Jadot. It should be fantastic.
Jay, I'll try to get a firm answer on that this weekend. I'll be with some people who will know.

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