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by Sarah Kirschbaum
April 3rd, 2020, 12:03 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: The "Flannery" for Chicken? Or Pork? Or Lamb?
Replies: 19
Views: 524

Re: The "Flannery" for Chicken? Or Pork? Or Lamb?

For lamb, you're probably looking for Elysian Fields or Lava Lake. Those are both superb, and restaurants who source from them quite rightly brag on their menus. I don't know if they sell to the retail consumer, though it's worth asking. For me, salt meadow lamb (agneau de pré-salé) is in a category...
by Sarah Kirschbaum
April 3rd, 2020, 6:20 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Restaurants selling wine carry-out at great prices...
Replies: 77
Views: 6396

Re: Restaurants selling wine carry-out at great prices...

AD Northup wrote:
April 2nd, 2020, 12:02 pm
Also anyone seeing any in the Philly area?
Not that I've seen. I can't think of any restaurant in the city with a list I'd be particularly interested in plundering anyway.
by Sarah Kirschbaum
April 3rd, 2020, 5:21 am
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Singapore, Vietnam, China, and Japan recommendations
Replies: 14
Views: 519

Re: Singapore, Vietnam, China, and Japan recommendations

I second the people who recommend a quick trip to Kyoto rather than a day in Osaka. I could easily spend a month in Kyoto but a day in Osaka was more than enough. It's a modern city with good food and that's about all there to say about it. Jay is asserting his preferences as blanket reality and, a...
by Sarah Kirschbaum
April 2nd, 2020, 6:26 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Mandoline recommendations?
Replies: 15
Views: 381

Re: Mandoline recommendations?

In the photo above I have the one in the top left. I do like the storage and have had zero issues with the guard The OXO used to be the top rated choice. The OXO was one of our rejected brands. I never used it once I discovered the Benriner. We finally threw it away when we moved the last time.
by Sarah Kirschbaum
April 1st, 2020, 1:55 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Mandoline recommendations?
Replies: 15
Views: 381

Re: Mandoline recommendations?

I've had multiple brands over the years, but always come back to using the Benriner. I've never successfully used the various guides and guards, I just go slowly and take care. We also have what we call Mandoline Protocol in our kitchen - if anyone is using it, no one else is allowed to talk or othe...
by Sarah Kirschbaum
April 1st, 2020, 7:35 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: COVID19 wine consumption
Replies: 63
Views: 2007

Re: COVID19 wine consumption

I hate to think how much money I have been drinking the last few weeks Paul, when I hesitate, which is certainly not lately, my wife always says, you've already spent the money wether you drink the bottle or not. That makes it easier. Exactly. I also like "you only get 4.5 glasses out of it no matt...
by Sarah Kirschbaum
April 1st, 2020, 2:50 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: COVID19 wine consumption
Replies: 63
Views: 2007

Re: COVID19 wine consumption

Down. Not entertaining is a part of it, but mostly it's just the two of us continuing to abstain more than normal. By this time of year, we'd usually be done with our annual keto reset and back to maintenance, which includes wine with dinner most nights. But because my exercise is severely curtailed...
by Sarah Kirschbaum
March 30th, 2020, 4:55 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Monthly check-in: Cellar inventory reduction plan
Replies: 717
Views: 37351

Re: Monthly check-in: Cellar inventory reduction plan

maureen nelson wrote:
March 30th, 2020, 3:08 pm
People - there are two more evenings this month in which to consume wine. Why report early? Have you no faith in your ability to drink wine (or buy it)?
Only drinking on weekends.
by Sarah Kirschbaum
March 30th, 2020, 2:09 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Monthly check-in: Cellar inventory reduction plan
Replies: 717
Views: 37351

Re: Monthly check-in: Cellar inventory reduction plan

Of the purchases, only 10 were my doing! it’s cellar inventory—so no weaseling out when Jonathan pulls the trigger. I often hand my wife the credit card when we make a purchase so I can remind her she bought it. Stay well. Zero bought for me but very few consumed since I’m on call part of this mont...
by Sarah Kirschbaum
March 30th, 2020, 10:59 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Monthly check-in: Cellar inventory reduction plan
Replies: 717
Views: 37351

Re: Monthly check-in: Cellar inventory reduction plan

No change this month for us:

Purchased: 36
Consumed: 36
Net: 0

Of the purchases, only 10 were my doing!

The lion's share of consumption happened at the beginning of the month when we had our last weekend of friends coming over.
by Sarah Kirschbaum
March 29th, 2020, 1:44 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: The Cocktail Thread
Replies: 495
Views: 44651

Re: The Cocktail Thread

My wife and I are into gin cocktails recently (gin & tonics, gimlets, gin fizz, etc) but I'm looking to elevate my game a little. A personal favorite of mine is the Aviation, though haven't tried making it at home yet. For the others that I have made at home, I use Plymouth Gin primarily, but looki...
by Sarah Kirschbaum
March 29th, 2020, 5:58 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Frozen meat: yea or nay?
Replies: 52
Views: 1488

Re: Frozen meat: yea or nay?

It's a near certainty that everyone who refuses to entertain the notion of frozen meat has had it many times at restaurants - even very good restaurants - and been none the wiser. Well sealed, properly thawed meat will be almost indistinguishable from fresh as far as taste goes. There may be a small...
by Sarah Kirschbaum
March 28th, 2020, 2:34 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: March Wine Consumption
Replies: 16
Views: 700

Re: March Wine Consumption

It's a slow month for us in terms of consumption because we're not entertaining. In normal months, we'll have people over on average once a week. Also, with the gyms closed, it's impossible for me to get the volume of exercise I'm used to, so I've been trying to keep alcohol to a weekend-only thing...
by Sarah Kirschbaum
March 28th, 2020, 12:45 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Which Champagne are you drinking?
Replies: 1102
Views: 75628

Re: Which Champagne are you drinking?

NV Olivier Horiot Champagne Métisse Noirs et Blancs Extra Brut Purchased in France, in cellar for ~1 month before opening. We were introduced to this champagne by a good sommelier friend in Spain, having never heard of Horiot before that. Liked it enough to make a purchase and very glad to have don...
by Sarah Kirschbaum
March 28th, 2020, 9:07 am
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: What are you doing to support restaurants during Covid19?
Replies: 22
Views: 523

Re: What are doing to support restaurants during Covid19?

It is a really sad time for restaurants. Many in ATL transitioned to take out, but several have already given up on that. I have contributed to several GoFundMe pages to help restaurant workers and I have purchased gift cards for future use. I have not done takeout as I don't understand how people ...
by Sarah Kirschbaum
March 28th, 2020, 8:47 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: March Wine Consumption
Replies: 16
Views: 700

Re: March Wine Consumption

It's a slow month for us in terms of consumption because we're not entertaining. In normal months, we'll have people over on average once a week. Also, with the gyms closed, it's impossible for me to get the volume of exercise I'm used to, so I've been trying to keep alcohol to a weekend-only thing....
by Sarah Kirschbaum
March 26th, 2020, 8:50 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What red and white Burgundies are currently in your cellar - by vintage
Replies: 66
Views: 2022

Re: What red and white Burgundies are currently in your cellar - by vintage

Reds:
2012
2014
2008
2002
2006
2001

Whites:
2014
2012
2010
2008
2013
2015

Due to various circumstances, I totally skipped the 2010 reds. Big mistake, and one I hope to remedy someday at auction.

We stopped buying new release reds around the 2014 vintage.
by Sarah Kirschbaum
March 24th, 2020, 12:23 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Eating and Drinking in Los Angeles
Replies: 1024
Views: 56815

Re: Eating and Drinking in Los Angeles

So today is the #thegreatamericantakeout . Personally, I want to support my local restaurants. I'm also concerned about sanitary conditions, especially workers and transmission concerns as we know so little about infection and transmission. What are others thoughts? This is a pretty good article fr...
by Sarah Kirschbaum
March 24th, 2020, 9:14 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: The joy of seeing your kids becoming interested in cooking...
Replies: 7
Views: 269

Re: The joy of seeing your kids becoming interested in cooking...

I won't comment on your punctuation, don't worry! And I appreciate the proper use of the apostrophe to show plural possessive at the start of your second paragraph. :) (But later in the post, it should be "They see my wife and ME," not "I". Heehee.) To the question: I am very jealous! How wonderful ...
by Sarah Kirschbaum
March 22nd, 2020, 4:45 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2004 Weingut Keller Dalsheimer Hubacker Riesling Spätlese Goldkapsel
Replies: 1
Views: 133

Re: TN: 2004 Weingut Keller Dalsheimer Hubacker Riesling Spätlese Goldkapsel

The Keller Hubacker GG was one of my wines of the year in 2019. A fantastic vintage for them and seemingly still youthful, both dry and not.
by Sarah Kirschbaum
March 21st, 2020, 1:58 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2009 La Rioja Alta Rioja Viña Ardanza Reserva
Replies: 26
Views: 910

Re: TN: 2009 La Rioja Alta Rioja Viña Ardanza Reserva

In curiosity after this discussion, we opened another bottle of the 2010 Seleccion Especial this afternoon with leftover Spanish lamb meatballs. My husband didn't have any of the first bottle the other night, so today we were both on the alert for the dill. Second bottle showed for me exactly like t...
by Sarah Kirschbaum
March 21st, 2020, 6:53 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2008 Dönnhoff Niederhäuser Hermannshöhle Riesling Spätlese
Replies: 4
Views: 345

Re: TN: 2008 Dönnhoff Niederhäuser Hermannshöhle Riesling Spätlese

Even I have good things to say about this wine. ;-) Just kidding - I've always thought Donnhoff excelled at the spatlese level and this is one of my favorite vineyards. Good to know it's coming along so well, and appreciate the evocative note.
by Sarah Kirschbaum
March 21st, 2020, 5:28 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: NYT on Drinking Wine Alone...Now
Replies: 36
Views: 2108

Re: NYT on Drinking Wine Alone...Now

Most of my wine drinking is done, in fact, alone. Single and living alone and I love to cook and eat. Of course it's more fun with people but unless you live with another wine lover, this is going to be the reality. I have never finished a single bottle of wine in one setting, however. Not even a h...
by Sarah Kirschbaum
March 21st, 2020, 4:47 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2009 La Rioja Alta Rioja Viña Ardanza Reserva
Replies: 26
Views: 910

Re: TN: 2009 La Rioja Alta Rioja Viña Ardanza Reserva

The 2010 is all Selección Especial, no? Yes. Hopefully Chris meant LRA and not LdH. I used buy this wine in the 1970's in medical school and it was fabulous for what must have been about $8 per bottle. but I haven't been able to drink much since because it all tastes like dill pickle juice. (to be ...
by Sarah Kirschbaum
March 20th, 2020, 11:29 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: And my Wife said “Quick buy more wine!”
Replies: 34
Views: 2066

Re: And my Wife said “Quick buy more wine!”

FedEx delivered from Envoyer to me today. Our regular driver signed on my behalf, then asked me to spell my last name.
by Sarah Kirschbaum
March 20th, 2020, 6:15 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 1978 Jordan Vineyard & Winery Cabernet Sauvignon Alexander Valley
Replies: 5
Views: 333

TN: 1978 Jordan Vineyard & Winery Cabernet Sauvignon Alexander Valley

1978 Jordan Vineyard & Winery Cabernet Sauvignon Alexander Valley - USA, California, Sonoma County, Alexander Valley (3/20/2020) We ended up with this bottle after buying a small cellar, most of which went to auction, and never even entered it into CT. It's been sitting for a few weeks, waiting to ...
by Sarah Kirschbaum
March 19th, 2020, 2:05 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Will stock market collapse equal lower prices at wine auctions?
Replies: 164
Views: 12953

Re: Will stock market collapse equal lower prices at wine auctions?

James Lyon wrote:
March 19th, 2020, 1:47 pm
Not wine, but whiskey is very much in demand based on today's HDH spirits auction results. Crazy prices.

James
Except the Johnnie Walker, which almost all passed.
by Sarah Kirschbaum
March 19th, 2020, 1:46 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Friuli. Which wines interest you?
Replies: 8
Views: 325

Re: Friuli. Which wines interest you?

Your link seems broken. There are tons of great Friuli wines out there. For example Borgo del Tiglio's Malvasias are hands down some of the most stunning white wines from all Italy, second only to Vorberg Pinot Bianco in depth and potential to age. Shhh! Don't tell people how well Borgo del Tiglio ...
by Sarah Kirschbaum
March 19th, 2020, 11:41 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Gourmet houses still shipping
Replies: 27
Views: 1156

Re: Gourmet houses still shipping

It is also unfortunate that, at a time when many of us are trying to exercise generosity of spirit, you choose to take time out of your day to point out a shortcoming of this business that is fighting for its life.

It is your right to do so. But maybe right now is a time to choose not to.
by Sarah Kirschbaum
March 19th, 2020, 8:23 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2009 La Rioja Alta Rioja Viña Ardanza Reserva
Replies: 26
Views: 910

Re: TN: 2009 La Rioja Alta Rioja Viña Ardanza Reserva

Coincidentally, I opened the 2010 La Rioja Alta Rioja Viña Ardanza Reserva, Selección Especial last night. First bottle from a case purchase, it seemed like a good time to take a look. Very pleasing and enjoyable, with plenty of structure and grip for a long life ahead. Even paying the premium that...
by Sarah Kirschbaum
March 19th, 2020, 7:33 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Gourmet houses still shipping
Replies: 27
Views: 1156

Re: Gourmet houses still shipping

SOS Chefs is hurting bad...Support them if you can. 20 bucks for a standard-size bottle of rice vinegar that I buy from our local mom-and-pop Thai / Vietnamese store for under 4 bucks? https://sos-chefs.com/collections/vinegars/products/rice-vinegar Try finding high quality fresh morels or white as...
by Sarah Kirschbaum
March 19th, 2020, 7:20 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2009 La Rioja Alta Rioja Viña Ardanza Reserva
Replies: 26
Views: 910

Re: TN: 2009 La Rioja Alta Rioja Viña Ardanza Reserva

Coincidentally, I opened the 2010 La Rioja Alta Rioja Viña Ardanza Reserva, Selección Especial last night. First bottle from a case purchase, it seemed like a good time to take a look. Very pleasing and enjoyable, with plenty of structure and grip for a long life ahead. Even paying the premium that ...
by Sarah Kirschbaum
March 19th, 2020, 6:35 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: NYT on Drinking Wine Alone...Now
Replies: 36
Views: 2108

Re: NYT on Drinking Wine Alone...Now

He couldn't quite get away from implying you shouldn't drink the whole bottle in one night, though. Can't quite escape the finger wagging, even in an article about escaping the finger wagging. Still, I applaud the basic message and the sentiment. I was single for most of my wine loving years, and gr...
by Sarah Kirschbaum
March 18th, 2020, 12:22 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Quarantine Recipes - share some favorites!
Replies: 64
Views: 1931

Re: Quarantine Recipes - share some favorites!

This is a great time to do large roasts, because you'll be home to eat the leftovers. Pork roast, pork shoulder, leg of lamb and lamb shoulder have been our go to cuts. A nice rub, a nice roast or braise or time in the pressure cooker, with aromatics that have been plentiful in the grocery (at least...
by Sarah Kirschbaum
March 17th, 2020, 9:32 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: PLCB turning off the lights...
Replies: 24
Views: 1633

Re: PLCB turning off the lights...

Like in NYC, restaurants here have been granted temporary off-license permission. It's not as open as in NYC, with some restrictions in place, but it will be possible to get some booze with your take-out. Of course, so many restaurants in Philly are BYO anyway that it might not do much good.
by Sarah Kirschbaum
March 13th, 2020, 11:16 am
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: What SCOTCH are you drinking?
Replies: 698
Views: 47867

Re: What SCOTCH are you drinking?

Finished up a beautiful bottle of 1990 24 year peated Bunnahabhain from sherry cask last night, a private bottling. When the marriage of Islay malt and sherry cask is done properly, it's pretty hard to beat.
by Sarah Kirschbaum
March 12th, 2020, 4:14 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine cellar progress
Replies: 100
Views: 4633

Re: Wine cellar progress

alan weinberg wrote:
March 12th, 2020, 4:08 pm
Last couple. Secure them, add trim and molding, door, and done—except for placing the wines.
Yeah, but that's the fun part. :)
by Sarah Kirschbaum
March 12th, 2020, 12:32 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine cellar progress
Replies: 100
Views: 4633

Re: Wine cellar progress

So exciting! Thanks for sharing, keep the updates coming, please!
by Sarah Kirschbaum
March 8th, 2020, 12:02 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: Anyone try The Macallan No 5 Special Edition?
Replies: 6
Views: 294

Re: Anyone try The Macallan No 5 Special Edition?

Not very interesting and somewhat harsh. Of course, I don't like most of what Macallan makes these days, but this one stood out from the pack as something not worth the calories, even for free. But they are incredibly proud (and will tell you so) of the the special thought that went into picking the...
by Sarah Kirschbaum
March 8th, 2020, 7:53 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Which Champagne are you drinking?
Replies: 1102
Views: 75628

Re: Which Champagne are you drinking?

First bottle from a case of NV Lilbert-Fils Champagne Grand Cru Perle Blanc de Blancs purchased in France. Disgorged fall of 2018, containing 45% each of 2015 and 2014 and 10% reserve wine. This was an oddball to me. The nose was dominated by red fruits and confectionery elements - I would not have ...
by Sarah Kirschbaum
March 7th, 2020, 1:48 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Another Ramonet 14
Replies: 7
Views: 572

Re: TN: Another Ramonet 14

can’t keep my hands off 14 Ramonet PCs. Two bottles of Vergers, the second being last night, a bottle of Ruchottes a couple weeks ago also. All killer crazy good wines. Also 2 b of 17 Enseigneres which are good but not 14 level. I can’t imagine how good the grand cru wines are but at current pricin...
by Sarah Kirschbaum
March 5th, 2020, 5:25 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: What's your favorite mustard? Fallot mustard photo added.
Replies: 84
Views: 6851

Re: What's your favorite mustard? Fallot mustard photo added.

alan weinberg wrote:
March 5th, 2020, 4:05 pm
Sarah—I’m anxious to return to have my Maille pots refilled. Any idea if Maille will fill a Fallot crock or will there be expletives, sacre bleu, zoot!
Having never stooped to delivering such a insult myself, I have no idea....

:)
by Sarah Kirschbaum
March 5th, 2020, 6:56 am
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: SMWS --- what do you think of them?
Replies: 21
Views: 1099

Re: SMWS --- what do you think of them?

Brian G r a f s t r o m wrote:
March 5th, 2020, 1:51 am
All in the 5 to 10 year range?!? That's displeasing.
Jonathan corrects me: everything was 8 to 12. I'm not an ageist - an 8 year Talisker was one of my favorite bottles of 2019 - so long as the spirit is balanced. But yes, they could have thrown in something with a bit more age.
by Sarah Kirschbaum
March 5th, 2020, 4:36 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: What's your favorite mustard? Fallot mustard photo added.
Replies: 84
Views: 6851

Re: What's your favorite mustard? Fallot mustard photo added.

Any advice on bringing Maille mustard back from France? I'm going to be in Dijon in the near future. I just carried 6 crocks home from Paris - would have been our usual 12 only I was traveling solo and the bigger box was difficult to manage. Do you have any empty crocks? If so, put them in a wine s...
by Sarah Kirschbaum
March 4th, 2020, 1:36 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: SMWS --- what do you think of them?
Replies: 21
Views: 1099

Re: SMWS --- what do you think of them?

Last night was a fun tasting, though we didn't really love any of the casks. My husband put on a virtuoso display of some blind tasting magic - I say magic because there was no working through of elements to come up with the answer, it was just nose-sip-declare - for which I got to take brief credit...
by Sarah Kirschbaum
March 3rd, 2020, 5:23 am
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Coronavirus and Summer Travel
Replies: 212
Views: 7679

Re: Coronavirus and Summer Travel

Booked for Spain at the end of June and don't plan to cancel unless the situation changes drastically. Or unless the restaurants we want to go to shut down. :) Are you heading back to San Sebastian/Basque Country? Looking forward to updates, as I'm going again in October. Some reservations already ...
by Sarah Kirschbaum
March 2nd, 2020, 10:07 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 01 Coche Rougeots,90/91 Dominus,86 Ygay,15 Lafarge Chenes,07 Keller Hub,91 Bertheau BM...
Replies: 12
Views: 832

Re: TN: 01 Coche Rougeots,90/91 Dominus,86 Ygay,15 Lafarge Chenes,07 Keller Hub,91 Bertheau BM...

07 abtserde tasted quite advanced and borderline flabby when i tried it several years ago. a magnum of 07 kirchspiel not long after was great but for my taste at peak. really made me question the aging curve of gg wines. have had some similar experiences with donnhoffs near the 10 year mark. I've o...
by Sarah Kirschbaum
March 2nd, 2020, 9:47 am
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: SMWS --- what do you think of them?
Replies: 21
Views: 1099

Re: SMWS --- what do you think of them?

We decided to attend an SMWS preview tasting here in Philly tomorrow night. Will report back if there's anything interesting on offer.
by Sarah Kirschbaum
March 1st, 2020, 6:36 am
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Coronavirus and Summer Travel
Replies: 212
Views: 7679

Re: Coronavirus and Summer Travel

Booked for Spain at the end of June and don't plan to cancel unless the situation changes drastically. Or unless the restaurants we want to go to shut down. :)
by Sarah Kirschbaum
March 1st, 2020, 5:46 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Guest etiquette: Wine glasses
Replies: 91
Views: 3903

Re: Guest etiquette: Wine glasses

The only time I've given a gift of glasses knowing it was really for my own benefit was to my parents. They use the stems occasionally when they have guests, but mostly only when my husband and I come to town. And we've also bought a set of stems for the rental properties we use most often - the own...

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