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by M.Kaplan
October 19th, 2020, 7:26 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: de Negoce offer
Replies: 6408
Views: 372285

Re: de Negoce offer

The leaderboard shows MattT with 21 cases? I think Matt's trying to play down his de Negoce addiction [snort.gif] neener LOL someone else did that, not me. I'm mid 40's myself and with the 4 I've bought for family 50. I can’t imagine buying 500+ bottles of unknown grab bag wines. Hope it works out ...
by M.Kaplan
October 17th, 2020, 5:31 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Mashed Potatoes
Replies: 4
Views: 377

Re: Mashed Potatoes

These have been my favorite since I ate them at Jamin in 1983. The only better that I’ve eaten have been these with white truffles shaved on top at the original L'Atelier on Rue Montalembert. At the dear departed La Table de Joël Robuchon, white gloved employees would roam the dining room with coppe...
by M.Kaplan
October 8th, 2020, 10:33 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Does Anyone Else Eat Everything?
Replies: 92
Views: 1993

Re: Does Anyone Else Eat Everything?

I can't eat tripe. Growing up in Los Angeles, I ate a lot of menudo and loved it. On our first trip to France in 1975, my then girlfriend and now wife and I ate Tripes à la Niçoise in Nice and both of us became violently ill. To this day, the taste of tripe brings back that memory as if it happened ...
by M.Kaplan
October 6th, 2020, 8:31 am
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: Cognac release year
Replies: 2
Views: 161

Re: Cognac release year

I don't know about Hennessy bottle codes, but if this were a whisky bottle, L3 would translate to 2003 and 239 would be August 27 (the 239th day of the year). The other numbers likely indicate the bottling plant and the time of day the bottle was filled.
by M.Kaplan
October 3rd, 2020, 3:29 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Goldbelly experiences
Replies: 41
Views: 1261

Re: Goldbelly experiences

If you order from Pat Lafreida now you have to use Goldbelly. My one interaction was perfect with that. My son ordered a whole seasoned, rolled, and tied porchetta from LaFrieda using Goldbelly, delivered overnight to my office in Los Angeles. It arrived cold (the ice packs were still frozen), on t...
by M.Kaplan
October 2nd, 2020, 11:20 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2007 Donnhoff Neiderhauser Hermannshohle Spatlese
Replies: 9
Views: 364

Re: TN: 2007 Donnhoff Neiderhauser Hermannshohle Spatlese

I’ve gone through a 6-pack of ‘07 Turmchen Spatlese over the past few months. None were advanced. All were delicious.
by M.Kaplan
September 30th, 2020, 6:00 pm
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Adventures in Paris
Replies: 429
Views: 26537

Re: Adventures in Paris

I feel like a fish out of water. This is the first time in 20 years that we aren’t in Paris this time of year. Our landlord is holding our deposit for next fall. Fingers crossed.
by M.Kaplan
September 29th, 2020, 5:27 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: RIP: Pierre Troisgros
Replies: 6
Views: 484

Re: RIP: Pierre Troisgros

Josiah Citrin is doing a commemorative take away meal this weekend in his honor. https://www.exploretock.com/melisse/experience/143452/melisse-x-citrin-takeaway-troisgros?date=2020-10-01&size=1&time=19%3A00 He charmed by wife, as did Michel. Salmon with sorrel sauce is her favorite dish. Once, Miche...
by M.Kaplan
September 29th, 2020, 1:50 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Eating and Drinking in Paris
Replies: 310
Views: 24061

Re: Eating and Drinking in Paris

Oh man, that's terrible.
by M.Kaplan
September 23rd, 2020, 4:11 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Basil Pesto Wine Pairing of the Week ****SUMMARY ADDED ON TOP 9/24/20*****
Replies: 41
Views: 2523

Re: Basil Pesto Wine Pairing of the Week

2018 Estate Argyros Assyrtiko Santorini I’ll point out again that our basil pesto recipe is heavy on the basil and the garlic so it has a strong personality. We modified this “base” pesto in the same way as last week: fresh garden tomatoes were chopped into large chunks and marinated with oil and s...
by M.Kaplan
September 7th, 2020, 3:40 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Riesling spritz and sweetness
Replies: 12
Views: 583

Re: Riesling spritz and sweetness

Recork? That’s why you have opposable thumbs.
by M.Kaplan
September 2nd, 2020, 6:52 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Playground Santa Ana closing
Replies: 3
Views: 516

Re: Playground Santa Ana closing

I’ve been told that Eater is inaccurate. Hope that is true.
by M.Kaplan
August 30th, 2020, 4:27 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Premox in Loire SB (yes, you can age a few)
Replies: 28
Views: 925

Re: Premox in Loire SB (yes, you can age a few)

I’ve had problems with a few bottles of ‘06 Vatan, but not other vintages. William Kelley’s comments above motivate me to open bottles of ‘11 and ‘13. Fingers crossed.
by M.Kaplan
August 25th, 2020, 9:50 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Favorite QPR wine under $25
Replies: 70
Views: 4430

Re: Favorite QPR wine under $25

domaine de marquiliani corse le rose de pauline

ameztoi getariako txakolina rubentis

dom faury st joseph

alice et olivier de moor bourgogne-aligote

dom rousset les picaudieres croze hermitage

domaine louis michel chablis
by M.Kaplan
August 20th, 2020, 3:36 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Vicious Article on TAK
Replies: 14
Views: 1285

Re: Vicious Article on TAK

vicous? yes. lazy? even moreso. he's really trying with all his might to elevate tak room for the single purpose of tearing it down to fit a clickbait narrative. it was never that good, or that busy, or that relevant to begin with. the fact is that keller had a business opportunity that few chefs o...
by M.Kaplan
August 18th, 2020, 4:05 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2004 Krug
Replies: 46
Views: 1853

Re: TN: 2004 Krug

There wasn’t that much consensus among the 4 drinkers here either, but I think the votes were: 2008 Cristal 1 1 2 2 2008 Dom 1 1 3 2 2004 Krug 3 3 2 3 I've had all three the past week and rank them 2008 Cristal first, 2004 Krug second, and 2008 Dom third, which order of preference has been consiste...
by M.Kaplan
August 17th, 2020, 1:32 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Vicious Article on TAK
Replies: 14
Views: 1285

Re: Vicious Article on TAK

I'm curious whether the Hudson Yards restaurant structure replicates the Time Warner Center/Las Vegas resort model where the developer owns the flagship restaurants and the restaurateurs have participating management deals, but little to no skin in the game.
by M.Kaplan
August 14th, 2020, 2:14 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What wine has the most prominent forest notes?
Replies: 16
Views: 721

Re: What wine has the most prominent forest notes?

2006 Cantalupo Ghemme Breclemae, a wine that I love for this reason.
by M.Kaplan
August 10th, 2020, 11:08 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Your Favorite Mandoline?
Replies: 5
Views: 666

Re: Your Favorite Mandoline?

ybarselah wrote:
August 10th, 2020, 8:19 am
david grisman


Dawg, without a doubt. Great cover of As Tears Go By at the end. Ripped and trimmed the audio from the clip for Spotify.
by M.Kaplan
August 3rd, 2020, 1:29 pm
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Patina in LA closing
Replies: 6
Views: 906

Re: Patina in LA closing

I liked but didn't love Patina on Melrose and wasn't a fan of the music center location. Splichal's best restaurant in my opinion was his first, Max Au Triangle. He cooked nightly and was at his creative best as a chef, rather than a restauranteur.
by M.Kaplan
July 31st, 2020, 6:46 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Open Table vs. tock Vs. Resy
Replies: 17
Views: 1166

Re: Open Table vs. tock Vs. Resy

I use open table to book only, but refer resy. I use and like resy's notify function and, for me, better perks with resy select. I'd rather have better access to tough reservations than points I never use.
by M.Kaplan
July 29th, 2020, 3:23 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Most reds don’t benefit from room temp????
Replies: 53
Views: 1937

Re: Most reds don’t benefit from room temp????

Americans tend to drink white wines too cold and red wines too warm.
by M.Kaplan
July 29th, 2020, 12:02 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Salt & Pepper - What do you use?
Replies: 90
Views: 4442

Re: Salt & Pepper - What do you use?

I've fallen in love with Kampot peppercorns from Cambodia. I normally grind pepper coarsely, but find that the aromatics and flavor of Kampot is better when ground extra-fine. The aromatics are incredible.
by M.Kaplan
July 27th, 2020, 9:24 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Sudden, severe ankle pain
Replies: 25
Views: 2147

Re: Sudden, severe ankle pain

Thanks for the clarification, John.
by M.Kaplan
July 27th, 2020, 7:53 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Sudden, severe ankle pain
Replies: 25
Views: 2147

Re: Sudden, severe ankle pain

Another anecdote: When I was 40 and 30lbs more than I am now, I had a gout attack. As Alan wrote above, allopurinal during the attack made it more painful. Much more painful. Thereafter, I pursued a healthier diet, exercised like a fiend (1000 baseballs 3-5 times a week at the local batting cage, tu...
by M.Kaplan
July 27th, 2020, 7:09 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Used a rice cooker for the first time last night
Replies: 97
Views: 3839

Re: Used a rice cooker for the first time last night

I’d buy a Zojirushi NS-ZCC10 5-1/2-Cup Neuro Fuzzy Rice Cooker from Amazon, which is the multiple generation successor to the model I own. At $158.99, it costs well less than half of the price of mine, which I bought pre-Amazon from a local Japanese grocery store.
by M.Kaplan
July 27th, 2020, 6:34 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Used a rice cooker for the first time last night
Replies: 97
Views: 3839

Re: Used a rice cooker for the first time last night

Ok, sold on Zojirushi. Probably about 5-6 cup size. Is the expensive fuzzy logic one worth the price? What model is recommended? Help needed. I have the basic 3 cup NP gbc05 (no fuzzy logic) which works perfectly. I'd be curious to hear from anyone who has the more advanced model if they see a diff...
by M.Kaplan
July 22nd, 2020, 12:05 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: If Everything were Normal, and Teleportation were Possible....
Replies: 45
Views: 1984

Re: If Everything were Normal, and Teleportation were Possible....

Breakfast from Du Pain et des Idees, followed by lunch at Les Enfants du Marche, followed by dinner at Arpege.
by M.Kaplan
July 15th, 2020, 12:40 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What is the first wine you will give your son/daughter?
Replies: 57
Views: 1705

Re: What is the first wine you will give your son/daughter?

When my children were born in 1984 and 1987, we celebrated with late 70's/early 80's Krug Grand Cuvee (no vintage Krug on the west coast in those days) and 1975 Bollinger RD, respectively. They each had a taste at zero days old.
by M.Kaplan
June 26th, 2020, 8:00 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: What SCOTCH are you drinking?
Replies: 764
Views: 53059

Re: What SCOTCH are you drinking?

I’ve been at this longer than most. 20 or so years ago it became clear that whisky quality was heading into the outhouse and I stocked up on the whiskies I liked. At one point I owned more than 100 bottles of the old Springbank 12/100 (if you know, you know); now I’m down to my last dozen. Similarly...
by M.Kaplan
June 26th, 2020, 2:28 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: heat and density
Replies: 6
Views: 983

Re: heat and density

Screw caps are horrible whisky closures. Corks can degrade and leak or allow evaporation, as discussed above. I wrap all spirits bottles for long term storage with Parafilm and store upright in a cool dark space. It works on all types of closures.
by M.Kaplan
June 21st, 2020, 4:35 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Remoissenet
Replies: 19
Views: 914

Re: Remoissenet

Way back in 1983, I was in a wedding that served 1969 Remoissenet Richebourg. It was spectacular.
by M.Kaplan
June 19th, 2020, 6:00 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2018 Domaine Thomas Morey Chassagne-Montrachet 1er Cru Les Embrazées
Replies: 4
Views: 284

Re: TN: 2018 Domaine Thomas Morey Chassagne-Montrachet 1er Cru Les Embrazées

Don,
Is this the ‘same’ wine that I LOVED from Albert then Bernard Morey way back when? It was our house wine in the 80’s and 90’s and my favorite of the Morey 1ers.
by M.Kaplan
June 19th, 2020, 1:39 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Eating and Drinking in Los Angeles
Replies: 1167
Views: 67142

Re: Eating and Drinking in Los Angeles

c fu wrote:
May 25th, 2020, 2:14 pm
New Moon does a pretty good orange chicken.

I’m an unabashed fan of Panda Express. I think you’d find a lot of Chinese people are fans.
by M.Kaplan
June 19th, 2020, 9:57 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: How to keep wine glasses immaculate???
Replies: 39
Views: 2640

Re: How to keep wine glasses immaculate???

So I'll admit I didn't take such great care of a couple glasses when I first got into this hobby. Despite using a warm water/white vinegar bath, or doing vinegar + baking soda, I can't get the small stains in the bottom of the bowl out. Anything else I could try? Try using a microfiber cloth design...
by M.Kaplan
June 18th, 2020, 6:14 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Most disappointing 'great' wine you've ever had?
Replies: 164
Views: 5849

Re: Most disappointing 'great' wine you've ever had?

Alan Rath wrote:
June 18th, 2020, 4:53 pm
Can I just say, listing a corked wine is the equivalent of an Amazon reviewer giving one star for a product that arrived damaged due to shipping [wow.gif]
You may, if as in my instance the Amazon reviewer is rating a corked bottle of 1982 Chateau Lafleur.
by M.Kaplan
June 17th, 2020, 12:45 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Ever boycott a winery?
Replies: 400
Views: 20432

Re: Ever boycott a winery?

I boycott Glenmorangie PLC because the soulless, cretinous, f*ckwads ruined Ardbeg, once the greatest spirit in the history of mankind.
by M.Kaplan
June 16th, 2020, 4:44 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Which wine region would you live in?
Replies: 64
Views: 2194

Re: Which wine region would you live in?

Probably Champagne. Only an hour from Paris.

Or Malibu. The wines are mediocre, but it’s Malibu!
by M.Kaplan
June 10th, 2020, 3:24 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Another revolting American concoction-and it’s not as bad as I thought it would be.
Replies: 51
Views: 2299

Re: Another revolting American concoction-and it’s not as bad as I thought it would be.

Small radishes on buttered, crusty baguette is a delight. I only eat PBJ sandwiches now streamside when fishing. They are a perfect combination of highly portable salt, fat, sweet, and protein. My favorite peanut butter is Magee's Krunchy from The Farmers Market. Peanuts only (no additives of any ki...
by M.Kaplan
May 26th, 2020, 5:30 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Relatively low RP rating but wine drops your jaws
Replies: 42
Views: 2463

Re: Relatively low RP rating but wine drops your jaws

Marek Hnatyk wrote:
May 26th, 2020, 8:24 am
Robert Parker
What did a dead mystery writer know about wine and why would anyone care?
by M.Kaplan
May 26th, 2020, 3:52 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Most beautiful wine labels?
Replies: 142
Views: 7290

Re: Most beautiful wine labels?

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by M.Kaplan
May 25th, 2020, 3:50 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Eating and Drinking in Los Angeles
Replies: 1167
Views: 67142

Re: Eating and Drinking in Los Angeles

How about Yang Chow for American Chinese?
by M.Kaplan
May 25th, 2020, 1:49 pm
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Foreign currency in US bank account for tuition
Replies: 8
Views: 1379

Re: Foreign currency in US bank account for tuition

Why not wire transfer directly to the Uni?
by M.Kaplan
May 24th, 2020, 10:06 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Copper River season
Replies: 16
Views: 1732

Re: Copper River season

Barry,
Bristol Farms has Copper River King for $60/lb.
by M.Kaplan
May 23rd, 2020, 3:05 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Canon 1982 is open...and corked
Replies: 15
Views: 708

Re: Canon 1982 is open...and corked

I bought a case of ‘82 Canon prearrival from an LA area retailer and sent it to my offsite storage without opening it when it arrived. When I finally got around to opening the OWC 10 years later, every bottle showed signs of heat damage. Lesson learned; every box since has been opened on arrival.
by M.Kaplan
May 23rd, 2020, 8:33 am
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: Best Whisky Glasses
Replies: 15
Views: 1554

Re: Best Whisky Glasses

La Maison du Whisky's Austrian made crystal 'Pure Glass' is by far my favorite. Unfortunately, they go in and out of production and are often difficult to find. https://www.whisky.fr/media/catalog/product/cache/4/image/9df78eab33525d08d6e5fb8d27136e95/m/2/m2902_2.jpg To commemorate the 10th Annual G...
by M.Kaplan
May 22nd, 2020, 9:30 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Dry high acid white recommendations?
Replies: 30
Views: 1245

Re: Dry high acid white recommendations?

Some great suggestions, above. I'll add Assyrtiko (unoaked!) from Santorini. Particularly Hatzidakis, Argyros, Sigalas, and sometimes Gaia.
by M.Kaplan
May 15th, 2020, 11:12 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 1961
Replies: 38
Views: 1435

Re: 1961

Hahah re La Chapelle. Sell the house to buy that one. Probably more faked bottles worldwide than houses in a capital ... I have an empty Rudy bottle of '61 La Chapelle. Someone from Winebid came to a monthly dinner years ago and served it blind. It was clearly not '61 La Chapelle, most likely a you...

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