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by Andrew Kotowski
January 20th, 2021, 8:06 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Steak Porn
Replies: 2501
Views: 214062

Re: Steak Porn

I laugh every time I scroll through these comments :)

Flannery picanha roast turned out nicely. That said, I think I’m going to cut into strips and fold them over into crescents next time... I want the extra surface area for seasoning and crust!
by Andrew Kotowski
January 19th, 2021, 6:02 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Venison Wellington food pairing...
Replies: 21
Views: 686

Re: Venison Wellington food pairing...

I always like tannic monster wines (Barolo, young Bdx, some Tempranillos) or ones with a spice character like Syrah with venison (aforementioned No. Rhone). I guess the trick here is finding one that doesn't overwhelm the mushroom. If you have a stand-alone venison roast / steak or a braised neck, ...
by Andrew Kotowski
January 19th, 2021, 5:49 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Vermouth?
Replies: 3
Views: 427

Re: Vermouth?

Two pretty different audiences. I can tell you that I drink Manhattans most nights and I look to Cocktail books and Instagram for my inspiration. Generally centered on Carpano Antica and a Dolin/Punt e Mes mix (suggested by Death & Co), although I've picked up Drapo (Italy) and Vermouth del Prof...
by Andrew Kotowski
January 19th, 2021, 5:32 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2003 Turley Petite Syrah Hayne Vineyard (USA, California, Napa Valley, St. Helena)
Replies: 4
Views: 391

Re: TN: 2003 Turley Petite Syrah Hayne Vineyard (USA, California, Napa Valley, St. Helena)

Following, as I have one of these as a birth year wine for my daughter (bought direct on release, if you can believe that). Looking forward to follow-on notes.
by Andrew Kotowski
January 19th, 2021, 5:28 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Venison Wellington food pairing...
Replies: 21
Views: 686

Re: Venison Wellington food pairing...

I always like tannic monster wines (Barolo, young Bdx, some Tempranillos) or ones with a spice character like Syrah with venison (aforementioned No. Rhone). I guess the trick here is finding one that doesn't overwhelm the mushroom. If you have a stand-alone venison roast / steak or a braised neck, ...
by Andrew Kotowski
January 19th, 2021, 4:32 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Cayuse Double Lucky!
Replies: 19
Views: 1471

Re: Cayuse Double Lucky!

SeanHarding wrote: January 19th, 2021, 4:30 pm Is this a total surprise release, or have I just been zoning out? Either way, I'm excited to get it and try it out.
Was a total surprise for me. Seal-clapping here.
by Andrew Kotowski
January 18th, 2021, 8:30 pm
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Help Planning Road Trip From Provence to Paris
Replies: 11
Views: 336

Re: Help Planning Road Trip From Provence to Paris

If the restaurant scene opens, two of my favorites are Les Enfants du Marche and Cam Import/Export. The former is spectacular on a warm Paris day and the latter is great if you like Asian fusion, served in a quirky French style. I miss Paris so much :/
by Andrew Kotowski
January 17th, 2021, 7:33 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: For those of you that missed out on Kobayashi...
Replies: 4
Views: 1132

Re: For those of you that missed out on Kobayashi...

Just drank one his 2019 Marsannes and it was stellar. Big fan.
by Andrew Kotowski
January 14th, 2021, 8:20 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Do you like any Girl Scout cookies? (Poll Added)
Replies: 33
Views: 893

Re: Do you like any Girl Scout cookies? (Poll Added)

Praise the Lord, pass the thin mint cookies!!!
by Andrew Kotowski
January 14th, 2021, 2:54 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Do you like any Girl Scout cookies? (Poll Added)
Replies: 33
Views: 893

Re: Do you like any Girl Scout cookies? (Poll Added)

Brian Tuite wrote: January 12th, 2021, 6:04 am Flawed Poll, you can only make one selection.
This. Tagalongs and Thin Mints. I can order 10 boxes of each; the least you can do is open the poll up to multiple choice.

I've convinced myself that Jesus made Peloton to help me deal with my Girl Scout Cookie addiction.
by Andrew Kotowski
January 14th, 2021, 2:42 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: Your Gin?
Replies: 453
Views: 42916

Re: Your Gin?

Interesting list. I found Citadelle to be hit or miss. Agree on Old Raj and totally agree with Monkey 47. Intriguing thing for me is that the M47 Distillers Cuts were too over the top for me. I go back and forth on Empress. I'm not a BIG fan of the taste, but there is definitely goodness around the ...
by Andrew Kotowski
January 14th, 2021, 1:26 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Microwave oven vs...
Replies: 24
Views: 1347

Re: Microwave oven vs...

Call me an ignorant caveman if you want but I do not have a microwave nor will I use one. My life hasn't seemed to be missing anything by not having one. I also don't need Amazon Prime and packages delivered within hours. I found out recently that the office dept near my desk had a microwave oven t...
by Andrew Kotowski
January 12th, 2021, 11:46 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Another Flannery PSA
Replies: 665
Views: 44487

Re: Another Flannery PSA

Couple of easy leftover ideas, also great with pork chops: * Breakfast hash - cube some potatoes and throw them in a Breville, sauté some onions and orange/yellow/red peppers. Cube the meat and toss in the pan just long enough to get it warm (i.e. don't overcook the meat) dump the potatoes in for a ...
by Andrew Kotowski
January 11th, 2021, 2:54 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: The Bourbon Thread
Replies: 4109
Views: 234636

Re: The Bourbon Thread

Nice. Good to know, Guys. Is the Special Reserve even worth drinking by itself? I didn't do enough research when I was in the store, and now I have buyer's remorse. The SR was $79, the Antique $99, both OTD. In Seattle, those are great prices man. There is just such a material difference in quality...
by Andrew Kotowski
January 11th, 2021, 10:54 am
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: What's Your Whisk(e)y ABV Sweet Spot?
Replies: 25
Views: 716

Re: What's Your Whisk(e)y ABV Sweet Spot?

Pretty much every whiskey should be bottled at Cask strength and let the consumer decide the proof, excluding those below $30 and readily available in a 1.75, those should be to "taste" somewhere between 80 and 92 proof. Only way whiskey can hit everyone's sweet spot is to add water....or...
by Andrew Kotowski
January 11th, 2021, 10:46 am
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: The Bourbon Thread
Replies: 4109
Views: 234636

Re: The Bourbon Thread

From a quality perspective, I'm a big fan of the OWA... as much, if not more than the Weller 12. That's just a great bottle!

SR, you probably overpaid :D
by Andrew Kotowski
January 11th, 2021, 9:37 am
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: The Bourbon Thread
Replies: 4109
Views: 234636

Re: The Bourbon Thread

Adam Noble wrote: January 11th, 2021, 4:28 am
Andrew Kotowski wrote: January 9th, 2021, 10:34 am Completely destroyed the bourbon budget in one fell swoop :)
You have a bourbon budget? That’s cute.
In fairness, it's more theoretical than exact :D
by Andrew Kotowski
January 9th, 2021, 10:34 am
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: The Bourbon Thread
Replies: 4109
Views: 234636

Re: The Bourbon Thread

Completely destroyed the bourbon budget in one fell swoop :)
by Andrew Kotowski
January 9th, 2021, 8:37 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Steak Porn
Replies: 2501
Views: 214062

Re: Steak Porn

Lower temp fire last night, which resulted in even less of a “cook ring” than usual. Not sure I have the patience to cook indirect for 45 mins again (was the last of my bag of charcoal), but I was happy with the result. Still got a great crust on the steak. But had to flip it a bit more than normal.
by Andrew Kotowski
December 28th, 2020, 9:48 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: The Smoker Thread - recipes, techniques, ideas
Replies: 620
Views: 38034

Re: The Smoker Thread - recipes, techniques, ideas

“Meat-fluencer” made me laugh audibly. It’s like he knew my heart’s desire!
by Andrew Kotowski
December 27th, 2020, 6:25 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: The Smoker Thread - recipes, techniques, ideas
Replies: 620
Views: 38034

Re: The Smoker Thread - recipes, techniques, ideas

This KILLED me, as I have quite a few friends that run pellet rigs (Traeger, Rec Tec).

by Andrew Kotowski
December 22nd, 2020, 9:56 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: The Bourbon Thread
Replies: 4109
Views: 234636

Re: The Bourbon Thread

Agree with all the above, but I was thinking the other day that I get much more bang for the buck out of a $75 bottle of bourbon than I do out of a similar priced wine. And even with secondary pricing the same goes for a $200 bourbon vs a typical Napa cab. That’s where I’ve been headed. Elijah Crai...
by Andrew Kotowski
December 22nd, 2020, 6:24 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Steak Porn
Replies: 2501
Views: 214062

Re: Steak Porn

We’re under corona quarantine, but with meat in the freezer and lots of charcoal, I’m grilling. Didn’t get as tight of a crust as I normally like, as my family expects rare meat and I was using Royal Oak. Still came out ok, though!
by Andrew Kotowski
December 21st, 2020, 11:14 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Steak Porn
Replies: 2501
Views: 214062

Re: Steak Porn

LMD with the money shot. Fantastic looking.
by Andrew Kotowski
December 20th, 2020, 9:27 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: What BEER are you drinking?
Replies: 16918
Views: 479079

Re: What BEER are you drinking?

Monkish pickup truck as super easy, as well. Pulled up, popped the trunk and was good to go.
by Andrew Kotowski
December 20th, 2020, 12:41 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Steak Porn
Replies: 2501
Views: 214062

Re: Steak Porn

That is a fantastic idea, Nick!!! A steak calendar to put in the wall. Who wouldn’t want one???

I can even toss in motivational quotes from Kevin Turner, a boundless source of inspiration for people in the Redmond area. This idea has legs.
by Andrew Kotowski
December 19th, 2020, 5:36 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Steak Porn
Replies: 2501
Views: 214062

Re: Steak Porn

Flannery Jorge last night. Still my favorite steak, by a country mile.
by Andrew Kotowski
December 18th, 2020, 8:17 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Steak Porn
Replies: 2501
Views: 214062

Re: Steak Porn

Funny you say that - it’s the reason why it’s so difficult to get a tri-tip with the fat cap on. People flip out because the meat is so fatty. Makes me want to scream.
by Andrew Kotowski
December 18th, 2020, 7:27 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Steak Porn
Replies: 2501
Views: 214062

Re: Steak Porn

Well, the grade is assigned at the carcass level, not the individual cut, but I think it would be hard for that cut to had come from a choice graded carcass. That’s why it's fun to pick thru the packages at Costco. You can sometimes find some choice steaks with better marbling than the same steaks ...
by Andrew Kotowski
December 18th, 2020, 5:53 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Steak Porn
Replies: 2501
Views: 214062

Re: Steak Porn

I’ve got my Christmas socks on.

It’s Christmas, it’s Christmas tiiiiiime!
by Andrew Kotowski
December 18th, 2020, 5:46 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: The Bourbon Thread
Replies: 4109
Views: 234636

Re: The Bourbon Thread

Blantons in the house!!!
by Andrew Kotowski
December 18th, 2020, 5:44 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Steak Porn
Replies: 2501
Views: 214062

Re: Steak Porn

Bill Tex Landreth wrote: December 18th, 2020, 3:23 pm They were incorrect
LOL! Tex speaks truth; those look amazing.
by Andrew Kotowski
December 18th, 2020, 12:32 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Steak Porn
Replies: 2501
Views: 214062

Re: Steak Porn

Bill Tex Landreth wrote: December 18th, 2020, 11:54 am 0EFE2A13-19C0-4E3B-B0B9-7E921D962A6C.jpeg


Pair of Domestic Wagyu Tri Tips @ $14 a pound
Will have the convo here, rather than on his FB site :D

@Bill - do you prefer with the fat cap on, or off? Happy to offer my thoughts after you post.
by Andrew Kotowski
December 16th, 2020, 2:41 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Steak Porn
Replies: 2501
Views: 214062

Re: Steak Porn

HAH! Post-COVID. Killing me, as I had a date set for a Flannery and wine dinner... at the end of March. We'll get it going.
by Andrew Kotowski
December 16th, 2020, 12:03 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Steak Porn
Replies: 2501
Views: 214062

Re: Steak Porn

Nick Christie wrote: December 16th, 2020, 10:25 am God, I cannot wait until I can just impulse buy Seattle ticket...
You're more than welcome any time, post-COVID.
by Andrew Kotowski
December 16th, 2020, 11:36 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Steak Porn
Replies: 2501
Views: 214062

Re: Steak Porn

Andrew, I just drove by Beast and Cleaver the last weekend. I didn't know it was there! With Better Meat's odd hours, it's a nice alternative to have. What's their specialty, as far as you've found? BTW, I live in NE Seattle and even I think Ballard/Crown Hill are far! Must be some good meat to dra...
by Andrew Kotowski
December 16th, 2020, 7:57 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Steak Porn
Replies: 2501
Views: 214062

Re: Steak Porn

If it's skirt you like, try Bavette / flap - cooks and picks up a marinade similarly but taste and texture are even better than skirt. Downside is that it's much, much harder to find. I usually have to hit a specialty butcher in Seattle (Beast & Cleaver - awesomeness), and even then I call befo...
by Andrew Kotowski
December 15th, 2020, 8:58 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Steak Porn
Replies: 2501
Views: 214062

Re: Steak Porn

I brought honor to the Cutting Board of Truth tonight. Skirt steaks from Beast and Cleaver, seared direct with my SW rub and sliced against the grain. Skirt is so underrated it’s crazy.
by Andrew Kotowski
December 15th, 2020, 8:22 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Another Flannery PSA
Replies: 665
Views: 44487

Re: Another Flannery PSA

>> Good to know know Flannery will debone it and tie it back it, but I like to buy them bone-in and o the work myself. While the folks at Flannery are probably better at butchering than me, I enjoy breaking meat down and more opportunities to practice and improve is always better. Man after my own h...
by Andrew Kotowski
December 14th, 2020, 5:07 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Steak Porn
Replies: 2501
Views: 214062

Re: Steak Porn

Can someone fill me on “the cutting board of truth”? It's in reference to Andrew Kotowski's cutting board which appears in most of his steak porn pics. It's got his name on it and he, from the looks of it, cooks a killer piece of beef so...hence came, "The Cutting Board of Truth." Or some...
by Andrew Kotowski
December 14th, 2020, 3:20 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: Favorite inexpensive Rye?
Replies: 45
Views: 1741

Re: Favorite inexpensive Rye?

Adam Noble wrote: December 14th, 2020, 3:04 pm Also re: Willet 4, Andrew is shopping at a better place than I. My last bottle was about $80 otd.
Will keep an eye open for you. Hope all is well!
by Andrew Kotowski
December 14th, 2020, 1:38 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: Favorite inexpensive Rye?
Replies: 45
Views: 1741

Re: Favorite inexpensive Rye?

Yet another vote for Rittenhouse... but unless you're drinking a bunch of rye cocktails, I'd upscale it and go with the Willett 4 yr (~$66 OTD with our nonsense taxes). Using Death & Co's 2 oz rye, .75 vermouth (they use .5 Punt e Mes, .5 Dolin, but I usually Carpano Antica). Here's my logic - 2...
by Andrew Kotowski
December 13th, 2020, 6:12 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: What did you cook tonight?
Replies: 1804
Views: 99663

Re: What did you cook tonight?

Braised elk neck (pre-gravy)
by Andrew Kotowski
December 13th, 2020, 9:09 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: What did you cook tonight?
Replies: 1804
Views: 99663

Re: What did you cook tonight?

I HEART cassoulet. Nicely done.
by Andrew Kotowski
December 12th, 2020, 7:37 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Momofuku Milk Bar Inspired Cakes
Replies: 7
Views: 844

Re: Momofuku Milk Bar Inspired Cakes

Christine Huang wrote: December 10th, 2020, 10:06 am For some reason, it won’t let me attach more pictures. Hmmm.
Might check the size of your pics, as that often is a blocker for me. If you’re on your cell and have a pic that’s too large, screenshot the pic and use that; always works for me!

Cakes look great!!!
by Andrew Kotowski
December 12th, 2020, 7:15 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Buying a gas grill: propane vs. hard-lining to my home's natural gas?
Replies: 45
Views: 3457

Re: Buying a gas grill: propane vs. hard-lining to my home's natural gas?

Okay, great guidance and comments. Seems almost unanimous: go for the natural gas line. Thank you all! Definitely appreciate the post. I have a natural gas line coming out of the house, but have resisted the urge to buy a gas grill because I’m totally willing to sacrifice convenience for flavor :) ...
by Andrew Kotowski
December 11th, 2020, 8:32 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Steak Porn
Replies: 2501
Views: 214062

Re: Steak Porn

Friday is steak night here, so pulled some 14 day Painted Hills NY steaks.
by Andrew Kotowski
December 11th, 2020, 5:14 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Another Flannery PSA
Replies: 665
Views: 44487

Re: Another Flannery PSA

Chris Blum wrote: December 11th, 2020, 2:15 pm I’m using an iPad
My cell is an iPhone. Sounds like a Safari issue.
by Andrew Kotowski
December 11th, 2020, 2:01 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Another Flannery PSA
Replies: 665
Views: 44487

Re: Another Flannery PSA

Chuck Miller wrote: December 11th, 2020, 1:44 pm
Chris Blum wrote: December 11th, 2020, 1:06 pm Is anyone else getting weird “invalid form key” errors on the page?
Yes, continually.
Only when accessing from my cell.
by Andrew Kotowski
December 11th, 2020, 10:41 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Another Flannery PSA
Replies: 665
Views: 44487

Re: Another Flannery PSA

You know you have a Flannery buying problem when you try to order but all ten cards on file are expired and they don’t have a slot for a new card and you have to ask them to delete all your cards on file so you can make the purchase with the new card. [pwn.gif] Or, in this scenario, Flannery had a ...

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