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by C. Grimm
April 23rd, 2014, 8:30 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Legislation prohibiting labeling of genetically modified foods.
Replies: 14
Views: 356

Legislation prohibiting labeling of genetically modified foods.

Jay Miller wrote:Personally I have absolutely no problem with GM foods. But I do have a problem with laws being passed to prevent me from knowing information about food.
+1 to that.
by C. Grimm
April 23rd, 2014, 8:30 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Atera - NYC
Replies: 19
Views: 1232

Atera - NYC

Glad you liked it, Ryan.

Even with the benefit of hindsight (which often tempers enthusiasm a bit), I would say that my meal at dinner is the best meal I have ever had in NYC.
by C. Grimm
April 23rd, 2014, 4:40 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Best Meals of 2013
Replies: 60
Views: 2428

Best Meals of 2013

The Whelk? Really.? I guess I have to give it another go. I went there right after they opened and was underwhelmed to say the least. Maybe my expectations were to high. I thought Le Farm, albeit different kind of food, was the much better overall restaurant.(Same owner right?) Back on topic, for m...
by C. Grimm
January 15th, 2014, 11:09 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Top Chef New Orleans - Season 11 Blog
Replies: 239
Views: 6826

Top Chef New Orleans - Season 11 Blog

Nina seems like the person to beat, with Shirley just behind. Nicholas is too personally weak - he'll crack. He huffs and puffs and huffs and puffs... and then he just sulks - what a wuss. Brian started slow and then picked up steam, but seems to have come back to earth (or maybe it just seems that ...
by C. Grimm
January 14th, 2014, 11:57 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Top Chef New Orleans - Season 11 Blog
Replies: 239
Views: 6826

Top Chef New Orleans - Season 11 Blog

Best episode of Top Chef in years. Pepin made the suggestion - as he isn't on there regularly, I'm confident he made the suggestion not appreciating the full point of the immunity challenge. Tom said what most people watching were thinking. But a great episode, as it would have been nice for Nichola...
by C. Grimm
January 7th, 2014, 9:56 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2011 Quilceda Creek Cab Who is buying
Replies: 72
Views: 3529

2011 Quilceda Creek Cab Who is buying

Good thing we all don't like the same wines. Leave more for the others. I rather like Quilceda Creek, though I've only had the 2009. Don't worry, the people who make insipid comments probably have never had it. To the original post - I ordered (as I've bought since the 1994 vintage). I don't really...
by C. Grimm
January 5th, 2014, 11:38 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Best Meals of 2013
Replies: 60
Views: 2428

Best Meals of 2013

Best Meals of 2013 : 1. The Catbird Seat, Nashville - I was here twice, and the second was definitively my best meal of the year, in which I was served one of the finest dishes of my life (and obvious dish of the year), the White Truffle over Rye Bread and Tonka Bean Porridge. In 2012, it was one o...
by C. Grimm
January 5th, 2014, 10:58 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Your wine of the Year
Replies: 60
Views: 2552

Your wine of the Year

Just had it last week...
1999 Chehalem Pinot noir, Bethel Heights Southeast Block fruit.
by C. Grimm
September 5th, 2013, 12:36 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Your Sous Vide Recipes
Replies: 45
Views: 2402

Your Sous Vide Recipes

Mark - I'd suggest grabbing a copy of Moderist Cuisine at Home for the sous vide charts. I use the Sous Vide Supreme - and have had no problems with it despite the lack of a circulator - it is about the most cost effective and easy way to SV cook. Proteins are the obvious start. It is great for slow...
by C. Grimm
August 21st, 2013, 3:06 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Producers you are currently boycotting?
Replies: 561
Views: 35933

Producers you are currently boycotting?

I spoke with a person who is boycotting a winery because the pourer wasn't very knowledgable and didn't make them feel special. The person sitting next to him said they really enjoyed the winery the day before since their pourer was very knowledgable. Interesting how an employee can make an experie...
by C. Grimm
August 21st, 2013, 2:47 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Commerce Corner Suggestion/Mild Rant
Replies: 35
Views: 2049

Commerce Corner Suggestion/Mild Rant

I've also suggested (can't remember if it was here or on eBob - but worth repeating) that including your location is helpful to people who might be interested in buying and meeting-up for the transaction with someone local, but who wouldn't be interested in having something shipped.
by C. Grimm
August 20th, 2013, 6:32 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Foods you make from scratch that are easily bought
Replies: 77
Views: 1662

Foods you make from scratch that are easily bought

WHIP YOUR OWN CREAM. This is not only good advice, it's also the recipe for whipped cream in its entirety. LOL - I thought whipped cream went into the "who doesn't do that?" category. Appreciate the thoughts on the book, which I will be happy to share. I haven't read it myself (though Leslie refers...
by C. Grimm
August 19th, 2013, 9:57 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Foods you make from scratch that are easily bought
Replies: 77
Views: 1662

Foods you make from scratch that are easily bought

I really don't know why people buy hummus. It is so darned easy to make, and the homemade stuff is SO much better than store bought. Agreed. That said, until someone makes tahini in a smaller sized portion (the one time I bought it, could only find it in 16oz), I'll stick with store-bought hummus. ...
by C. Grimm
August 19th, 2013, 8:47 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Augusta, Georgia - restaurant suggestions?
Replies: 9
Views: 291

Augusta, Georgia - restaurant suggestions?

Unfortunately, work obligations prevented me from influencing the dining decisions too much. Had a very nice burger at Farmhaus (and a pretty nifty peach & caramel shake, too). Also had some nice Mex at Roosters Beak - pretty limited menu, but good and vegetarian friendly for those who care. Drank a...
by C. Grimm
August 12th, 2013, 2:37 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Augusta, Georgia - restaurant suggestions?
Replies: 9
Views: 291

Augusta, Georgia - restaurant suggestions?

Many thanks, Bob and Marc - I will report back on what we do - a couple of nights on business with a couple of other people, so it might not be my decision alone!

I well remember Taste of New Orleans from when I lived in Atlanta 20 years ago. It was certainly a very good place back when.
by C. Grimm
August 12th, 2013, 12:44 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Augusta, Georgia - restaurant suggestions?
Replies: 9
Views: 291

Augusta, Georgia - restaurant suggestions?

I suspect this is a stretch, but if anyone has dining suggestions for Augusta, it would be much appreciated.
by C. Grimm
May 21st, 2013, 6:37 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Biggest Berserker Recommended Disappointment: What is yours?
Replies: 104
Views: 6388

Biggest Berserker Recommended Disappointment: What is yours?

I don't know whether it is the wine (and am too lazy to get my ass off the sofa and go down to the basement) but I got a case of whatever the Stefania red was for Berserkerday, which was at a good cheap-cheap-cheap price. I thought the first bottle was horrible, but the last three I've had were real...
by C. Grimm
May 18th, 2013, 6:40 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 1997 Beaux Frères Pinot Noir Beaux Frères Vineyard
Replies: 7
Views: 395

TN: 1997 Beaux Frères Pinot Noir Beaux Frères Vineyard

Thanks for the note. I've been buying since 1994, but no longer have anything older than 1999. Darn!
by C. Grimm
May 16th, 2013, 4:27 am
Forum: Wine Pimps
Topic: Changes for Retailers wanting to use WA tasting notes
Replies: 48
Views: 3059

Changes for Retailers wanting to use WA tasting notes

I can certainly appreciate them wanting to be paid for their IP off of which others get a commercial benefit.

But I always saw this as a chicken & egg thing, with Parker notes in a store also helping to drive subscriptions.
by C. Grimm
May 7th, 2013, 12:46 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Must eat fine dining NYC
Replies: 99
Views: 2938

Must eat fine dining NYC

Alan Rath wrote:Note that I almost never eat in the main dining room of a top restaurant, almost always eat at the bar or lounge.
Which makes me think... the Lounge at Per Se. Same courses as on the menu, but you can order as few as you want. And it is easy to get a seat.
by C. Grimm
April 22nd, 2013, 10:50 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Must eat fine dining NYC
Replies: 99
Views: 2938

Must eat fine dining NYC

Jean Georges, Marea, and Momofuku Ssam Bar for lunches. Dinners... How about taking a short trip out of the city to Blue Hill at Stone Barns? Atera - barely a year old, but I've never had a better meal in the city. The new traditionalists - JG / Daniel / Le Bern / Bouley. Corton - for as much acclai...
by C. Grimm
April 18th, 2013, 8:05 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Best Virginia Wineries
Replies: 21
Views: 864

Best Virginia Wineries

Gabriele Rausse makes super wine - but I do not know if he has regular hours.
by C. Grimm
March 26th, 2013, 10:28 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Your Most Prized Bottle of Wine
Replies: 208
Views: 8937

Your Most Prized Bottle of Wine

Purely Sentimental - Meier's Isle St George Haut Sauternes. I found it after my parents had died and I believe it was from their wedding dinner (1958). Sentimental, but with nice expectations! - 1963 Warre's Port. Birth year port - I've had a couple of other 1963's, but was saving this one for my 50...
by C. Grimm
March 25th, 2013, 1:19 pm
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Portland/Seattle activity/food recs?
Replies: 23
Views: 988

Portland/Seattle activity/food recs?

I was in Seattle last month. Canlis was top-notch - I was very impressed. Had another great meal at Crush - not quite as "how the other half lives" high end as Canlis, but still excellent - I ate at the bar overlooking the kitchen, which was cool. If you want to drink your dinner one night, Tavern L...
by C. Grimm
March 25th, 2013, 1:09 pm
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Quebec Trip
Replies: 65
Views: 3002

Quebec Trip

Sorry I just caught this thread. We go to Montreal every year - though last Fall's trip was cancelled because of the hurricane! We tend to spend three nights - and I invariably wish we added a fourth. Montreal is a great walking city, if you stay at one of the downtown hotels. Other people have name...
by C. Grimm
March 13th, 2013, 11:07 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: NOW AVAILABLE! Seven of Hearts - Bob Wood Memorial Barrel
Replies: 370
Views: 21540

Re: Seven of Hearts - Bob Wood Memorial Barrel Pinot Noir

Brent C l a y t o n wrote:I'm in for some with the NY/NJ/CT folks.
Count me in there, too - anything from 3 to 6 bottles, depending on what rounds-up a shipment.
by C. Grimm
March 11th, 2013, 8:01 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Navarro Spring Release
Replies: 6
Views: 350

Re: Navarro Spring Release

Been a favorite of mine for ten years - great QPR. And is there a better domestic Gewurz?
by C. Grimm
March 7th, 2013, 12:55 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Top Chef Season 10: Seattle- Blog
Replies: 343
Views: 9940

Re: Top Chef Season 10: Seattle- Blog

Brian G r a f s t r o m wrote:Anyone know which city Top Chef is moving to next?
They haven't said yet. They have scheduled auditions, though.
by C. Grimm
March 7th, 2013, 12:49 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Lunch at Jean-Georges
Replies: 14
Views: 784

Re: Lunch at Jean-Georges

One of my finest restaurant memories is of Jean-George (a comped meal which merits it own thread - "sometimes Jean-Georges, he doesn't let you pay!") and I have largely remained loyal to the place. But a tendency toward over-the-top brightness can result in oddly heavy-handed dishes from time to time.
by C. Grimm
March 2nd, 2013, 5:11 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What Would You Bring If Instructed "Best White In Your Cellar" ?
Replies: 77
Views: 1967

Re: What Would You Bring If Instructed "Best White In Your Cellar" ?

I have no idea. But I'd probably (even though I haven't opened one) grab one of the Beaux Freres Chardonnays made with Brickhouse fruit, that was released as a one-off last Fall.
by C. Grimm
March 1st, 2013, 9:27 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Producers you are currently boycotting?
Replies: 561
Views: 35933

Re: Producers you are currently boycotting?

My last jerk winemaker story, at least for a while: I have boycotted Phillip Togni since the 1993 vintage. At the MacArthur's Barrel Tasting event, I questioned many winery principals about replanting and vine age in their top-level cabs. Togni had extensive replantings about this time. When I aske...
by C. Grimm
March 1st, 2013, 6:30 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Producers you are currently boycotting?
Replies: 561
Views: 35933

Re: Producers you are currently boycotting?

I've always been happy to buy good wine from an *$$hole. Not me - I try to avoid buying from assholes - there's way too much good wine out there for me to want to give my money to people I don't like. (For that matter, isn't the heart of this thread about not buying from people you think are asshol...
by C. Grimm
February 28th, 2013, 4:26 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Producers you are currently boycotting?
Replies: 561
Views: 35933

Re: Producers you are currently boycotting?

For reasons noted by others, Evening Land and Domaine Serene. Without reading all 11 pages (so far) can I ask if anyone has said Silver Spring Winery? Re Anthill - I have liked the couple of bottles I have and can't comment on the situation causing the concern, but... Navarro, which is a great winer...
by C. Grimm
February 28th, 2013, 4:22 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What mailing list have you been on the longest? Or what was your first?
Replies: 109
Views: 3734

Re: What mailing list have you been on the longest? Or what was your first?

First (though no longer): Panther Creek, Archery Summit, WillaKenzie, Elk Cove (from 96 vintages).
Longest (still on): Quilceda Creek (95), Beaux Freres (96), Chehalem (96).
by C. Grimm
February 28th, 2013, 4:19 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Ehren Jordan Leaves Turley
Replies: 12
Views: 1200

Re: Ehren Jordan Leaves Turley

+1 to the general sentiments. I love the wines, and look forward to continuing supporting the winery. Although they make high-alcohol wines, they are generally extremely will-balanced, which makes them ehjoyable. And they don't all taste the same!
by C. Grimm
February 28th, 2013, 4:13 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Top Chef Season 10: Seattle- Blog
Replies: 343
Views: 9940

Re: Top Chef Season 10: Seattle- Blog

The "first to three" format was bound to cause dramatic challenges, if one was the obvious winner - I didn't have a problem with that (better than using the Hell's Kitchen-style of rearranging the order so that it always looks close). But it was an awkward episode, and they tried to wedge the differ...
by C. Grimm
February 26th, 2013, 7:25 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Should a restaurant charge corkage on a corked bottle?
Replies: 77
Views: 2498

Re: Should a restaurant charge corkage on a corked bottle?

Stuart, There have been times when a restaurant would not accept a bottle that was already open. There seems to be some question about the legality of doing so. I've checked bottles before bringing them in the past, but because of this problem I don't do it any more. Instead, I bring a backup, thou...
by C. Grimm
February 24th, 2013, 12:07 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Should a restaurant charge corkage on a corked bottle?
Replies: 77
Views: 2498

Re: Should a restaurant charge corkage on a corked bottle?

Chris--Obviously, it's not a perfect analogy, as I said. But I raise the example not because it's an issue of "responsibility," but as an example of what restaurants do to keep customers happy. If the restaurant cooks a dish and the customer tastes it but doesn't care for it, most restaurants will ...
by C. Grimm
February 19th, 2013, 4:14 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Top Chef Season 10: Seattle- Blog
Replies: 343
Views: 9940

Re: Top Chef Season 10: Seattle- Blog

Padma's attitude this season is starting to smell like she thinks she knows more than she actually does. Peeee-ewww! [beee.gif] Not sure it bothers me, but I have noticed that she is far more assertive with opinion comments than I seem to recall in past seasons. Not sure how much she knew prior to ...
by C. Grimm
February 18th, 2013, 1:24 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Should a restaurant charge corkage on a corked bottle?
Replies: 77
Views: 2498

Re: Should a restaurant charge corkage on a corked bottle?

I love these corkage threads. Although it's not a perfect analogy, customers order dishes all the time and find that they don't like the dish. Even though it's not necessarily the fault of the restaurant, the vast majority of restaurants will remove the dish and won't charge you (assuming you didn't...
by C. Grimm
February 18th, 2013, 1:15 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Should a restaurant charge corkage on a corked bottle?
Replies: 77
Views: 2498

Re: Should a restaurant charge corkage on a corked bottle?

Also, yeah, if I owned the restaurant and you were a regular, I'd take it off of the bill - though I would feel no obligation to do so.

But someone who brings a cheap/common wine that is corked - and especially not a regular - that might not be the kind of customer that is worth keeping.
by C. Grimm
February 18th, 2013, 1:12 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Should a restaurant charge corkage on a corked bottle?
Replies: 77
Views: 2498

Re: Should a restaurant charge corkage on a corked bottle?

I have long been critical of excessive corkage (on these threads). But it isn't the restaurant's fault that the wine was corked. They opened, they poured - they held up their end of the bargain. If you didn't notice the problem until it was too late, it's too bad for you. I'd call that one of the ri...
by C. Grimm
February 18th, 2013, 11:56 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Top Chef Season 10: Seattle- Blog
Replies: 343
Views: 9940

Re: Top Chef Season 10: Seattle- Blog

Luxe Charm Necklace with American Natural Pearls, Sapphires and Diamonds Worn by Padma Lakshmi http://www.charitybuzz.com/auctions/TenThousandThings/catalog_items/331614?ref=area Auction benefitting the Endometriosis Foundation of America. It looks as if you can also wear it as a headband. https://s...
by C. Grimm
February 13th, 2013, 8:32 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Top Chef Season 10: Seattle- Blog
Replies: 343
Views: 9940

Re: Top Chef Season 10: Seattle- Blog

I think they'll give the LCK win to Lizzie, for integrating more components into her dish.

Sheldon has now barely made it through, three weeks in a row - the pressure seems to be getting to him. Brooke will be tough to beat.
by C. Grimm
February 13th, 2013, 7:44 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Top Chef Season 10: Seattle- Blog
Replies: 343
Views: 9940

Re: Top Chef Season 10: Seattle- Blog

Was hoping one of the cheftestants would've had the nerve to cook one of those sleddogs in the Quickfire.

And while I'm at it, Padma's blue dress was a high-point of the season.
by C. Grimm
February 6th, 2013, 10:05 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Top Chef Season 10: Seattle- Blog
Replies: 343
Views: 9940

Re: Top Chef Season 10: Seattle- Blog

Second week in a row that I thought that Sheldon was a goner, but he pulled it out. Too bad for Lizzie, who promptly lost to Kristen on Last Chance. I can see Kristen getting back in and winning the thing - though Brooke is awfully strong.
by C. Grimm
January 30th, 2013, 10:04 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: The Taste - New Show
Replies: 11
Views: 554

Re: The Taste - New Show

It seems pretty awful - though it is only an 8-episode season, so I will likely stay with it until the end.
by C. Grimm
January 28th, 2013, 3:48 pm
Forum: BerserkerDay IV (January 27, 2013)
Topic: The "how I got caught" thread
Replies: 40
Views: 4784

Re: The "how I got caught" thread

I only bought 2.5 cases - 2 cases were cheap everyday drinkers, so I didn't mind saying mentioning, as we need more everyday drinkers. BUT speaking of getting caught this weekend... A couple of weeks ago I had an afternoon business in the city. Leslie is not available on Wednesday evenings (I kid yo...
by C. Grimm
January 28th, 2013, 3:35 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2002 Turley zinfandel Dragon vinyard
Replies: 4
Views: 290

Re: TN: 2002 Turley zinfandel Dragon vinyard

Spring offering is up today. (I'm partial to Mead Ranch.)
by C. Grimm
January 27th, 2013, 9:07 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Le Bernardin NY
Replies: 55
Views: 2258

Re: Le Bernardin NY

While, as stated, my fairly recent Le Bernardin meal wasn't perfect, this whole "extras" thing has me perplexed. Amuse? Chocolates? Breakfast bread? If you know they come as part of the meal, they aren't extras. If you know they aren't coming as part of the meal, you aren't disappointed at missing t...

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