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by Michel Abood
October 26th, 2020, 10:55 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: US 25% tariff on European wines; 100% "digital" tariff on French products called off for the moment
Replies: 1477
Views: 90211

Re: US 25% tariff on European wines; 100% "digital" tariff on French products called off for the moment

Was this posted anywhere here? I know it's a few days ago and the news of yesterday is usually overshadowed by either COVID or the 2020 election, but this is an important read especially those of us here that are Importers and have to deal with these trade disputes that have NOTHING to do with us. ...
by Michel Abood
September 29th, 2020, 4:11 pm
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Adventures in Paris
Replies: 429
Views: 26563

Re: Adventures in Paris

Seeing Robert Dentice's note that Chef Taku Sekine passing made me think about this thread. Paris is like an ex-girlfriend for me... after a while, all you remember are the great things, and scrolling through this thread reminded me of just how many of them there were. As a follow-on, I got a lette...
by Michel Abood
September 29th, 2020, 11:50 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Eating and Drinking in Paris
Replies: 310
Views: 24074

Re: Eating and Drinking in Paris

Robert Dentice wrote:
September 29th, 2020, 11:46 am
Devastated to report that Chef Taku Sekine of Dersou and Cheval d'Or has passed. He was so unbelievably talented and a gentle soul. R.I.P.
What? What happened? I saw him at Cheval d'Or in February, such a lovely soul. So sad, sincerest condolences to his family and friend. I am in shock.
by Michel Abood
September 23rd, 2020, 9:25 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: New York City Restaurants
Replies: 2571
Views: 162230

Re: New York City Restaurants

WvanGorp wrote:
September 22nd, 2020, 5:21 pm
Not to make Michel jealous but several of us are having pizza in the park tomorrow night from Ops. 😷
That's just mean. [snort.gif]
by Michel Abood
September 21st, 2020, 2:07 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: New York City Restaurants
Replies: 2571
Views: 162230

Re: New York City Restaurants

The one restaurant I was looking forward to trying was Veau d’Or. it was being taken over by a couple of fairly serious chefs, and given the wonderful traditional menu, I thought with a few twists it could have been sensational. Obviously COVID put back the opening, but I could not find updates. An...
by Michel Abood
August 12th, 2020, 1:26 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: US 25% tariff on European wines; 100% "digital" tariff on French products called off for the moment
Replies: 1477
Views: 90211

Re: US 25% tariff on European wines; 100% "digital" tariff on French products called off for the moment

Nola Palomar wrote:
August 12th, 2020, 9:51 am
Expecting the news today. [beg.gif] [beg.gif] [beg.gif]
I have a bottle of Champagne on ice. As Churchill said, "In victory I deserve it. In defeat I need it." champagne.gif
by Michel Abood
August 4th, 2020, 11:05 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: New York City Restaurants
Replies: 2571
Views: 162230

Re: New York City Restaurants

Reading these comments gives me hope that our vibrant restaurant scene will survive, albeit in smaller numbers. I follow many of these on Instagram and it's wonderful to see how inventive (and decorative) they've gotten with outdoor seating (something that was sorely lacking, TBH). It will be inter...
by Michel Abood
August 3rd, 2020, 12:20 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: New York City Restaurants
Replies: 2571
Views: 162230

Re: New York City Restaurants

Reading these comments gives me hope that our vibrant restaurant scene will survive, albeit in smaller numbers. I follow many of these on Instagram and it's wonderful to see how inventive (and decorative) they've gotten with outdoor seating (something that was sorely lacking, TBH). It will be intere...
by Michel Abood
July 25th, 2020, 1:11 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Is this a wine?
Replies: 53
Views: 2182

Re: Is this a wine?

Update: decided to pop the last bottle of this we have. When else is the NYT gonna profile an obscure 200 case pet nat?Bought a year ago (2018 vintage) and it’s been sitting upright in our regular fridge since then. Popped the crown cap and the bubbles didn’t stop overflowing for 2 minutes (we let ...
by Michel Abood
July 24th, 2020, 10:55 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Is this a wine?
Replies: 53
Views: 2182

Re: Is this a wine?

Disclaimer= we sell this in NY/NJ It's a Pet'nat of Riesling from Kickon Ranch in Santa Barbara. So no secondary fermentation, the first fermentation finishes in the bottle, and therefore there's no fining/filtering (which explains the cloudiness, but think of it as col fondo). It does need to be ve...
by Michel Abood
July 22nd, 2020, 9:51 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: US 25% tariff on European wines; 100% "digital" tariff on French products called off for the moment
Replies: 1477
Views: 90211

Re: US 25% tariff on European wines; 100% "digital" tariff on French products called off for the moment

July 26 is the deadline to comment, so if you haven't already done so, please go to this link and voice your opposition:
https://uswinetradealliance.org/endwinetariffs/

Talk about punishing grapes for something oranges did.
by Michel Abood
July 15th, 2020, 12:00 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: US 25% tariff on European wines; 100% "digital" tariff on French products called off for the moment
Replies: 1477
Views: 90211

Re: US 25% tariff on European wines; 100% "digital" tariff on French products called off for the moment

There is now an easy to use portal to add comments against these self-punitive and ineffective tariffs, you can post either as trade or as consumer, please share this with all wine loving friends and family:

https://uswinetradealliance.org/endwinetariffs/
by Michel Abood
May 19th, 2020, 2:58 pm
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: life in Piedmont in 1 month
Replies: 30
Views: 3083

Re: life in Piedmont in 1 month

Perhaps you've heard of this little bug called coronavirus?
by Michel Abood
March 31st, 2020, 12:54 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: US 25% tariff on European wines; 100% "digital" tariff on French products called off for the moment
Replies: 1477
Views: 90211

Re: US 25% tariff on European wines; 100% "digital" tariff on French products called off for the moment

What I read (which I can't now find) is that they were considering suspending the COLLECTION of the tariffs, but not the obligation. So they would still calculate the tariffs, but you could pay later. I guess akin to what the IRS has said about income taxes... THIS. It's SO stupid. We'll still owe ...
by Michel Abood
March 19th, 2020, 10:07 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: New York City Restaurants
Replies: 2571
Views: 162230

Re: New York City Restaurants

https://twitter.com/KhushAndOJ/status/1240329504276590594 The BLT Group did too, saying they wanted to make sure their employees could get unemployment before the tidal wave of requests hit. Maybe that was USHG's rationale too. This is going to be bad, very bad. My heart goes out to all the hard-wo...
by Michel Abood
March 17th, 2020, 2:21 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: New York City Restaurants
Replies: 2571
Views: 162230

Re: New York City Restaurants

Gov. Roy Cooper announced Tuesday he plans to order restaurants and bars closed except for takeout and delivery orders. The move aims to lessen the spread of COVID-19 — the disease caused by the novel coronavirus — by limiting interactions between large groups of people. A number of other states ha...
by Michel Abood
March 9th, 2020, 2:56 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: New York City Restaurants
Replies: 2571
Views: 162230

Re: New York City Restaurants

Tanoshi Sushi on the UES was solid but nothing special. Brought my own stems with no corkage fees. Reasonably priced at just a little over $100. A good neighborhood spot but not worth the 20 minute and $20 Uber to get there. Weird set-up in that the guests have to wait outside for each seating to b...
by Michel Abood
February 26th, 2020, 11:12 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Eating and Drinking in Paris
Replies: 310
Views: 24074

Re: Eating and Drinking in Paris

As for natural wines, I can tell you there are a lot of people following philosophy at the expense of taste (here in the US as well I might add), which is something that I detest. There's also a lot of chasing similar names which also drives me nuts. Especially as we import a fair amount of natural...
by Michel Abood
February 26th, 2020, 7:32 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Eating and Drinking in Paris
Replies: 310
Views: 24074

Re: Eating and Drinking in Paris

Glad to see you had a great time Sarah. Sorry to hear about Mokonuts, I've only heard good things but have never been. I am jealous you made it to Saint Sebastien as that was on my list of places to visit and I never made it (same with Rigmarole but just as I landed they got their Michelin star so t...
by Michel Abood
February 24th, 2020, 4:18 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Eating and Drinking in Paris
Replies: 310
Views: 24074

Re: Eating and Drinking in Paris

All good things must come to an end, so after a debaucherous Monday night at Ma Cave Fleury, I was up for a quiet lunch last Tuesday before flying back to the US. The area around my apartment in the 9th has exploded with tons of small boutiques and cool restaurants, many of them clustered around Rue...
by Michel Abood
February 19th, 2020, 4:17 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Eating and Drinking in Paris
Replies: 310
Views: 24074

Re: Eating and Drinking in Paris

Love Cheval d' Or! I felt the same way I had been hearing so much about it that I was worried that it might not live up but it did and then some. Exactly. It didn't hurt that it was a semi-official industry night (I was actually with your friend Atsushi and my friend Wendy Lyn - well, they barged i...
by Michel Abood
February 19th, 2020, 7:01 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Eating and Drinking in Paris
Replies: 310
Views: 24074

Re: Eating and Drinking in Paris

Love Cheval d' Or! I felt the same way I had been hearing so much about it that I was worried that it might not live up but it did and then some. Exactly. It didn't hurt that it was a semi-official industry night (I was actually with your friend Atsushi and my friend Wendy Lyn - well, they barged i...
by Michel Abood
February 19th, 2020, 5:52 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Eating and Drinking in Paris
Replies: 310
Views: 24074

Re: Eating and Drinking in Paris

Sunday I joined industry folks for a few drinks at Caves Septime (once again completely overrun with Americans but still fantastic), then headed over to Cheval D'Or for dinner. After hearing so much about it, I was eager to see what they could do. And I was not disappointed. The place was packed wit...
by Michel Abood
February 19th, 2020, 5:27 am
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Anyone use Global Entry Program?
Replies: 528
Views: 36993

Re: Anyone use Global Entry Program?

Just got back from France last night through JFK, my first international trip in several months. The GE kiosks no longer demand a passport swipe right away but rather ask you to take a picture, then the system identifies you (creepy...) and spits out a receipt. I assume if it can't recognize you it ...
by Michel Abood
February 18th, 2020, 1:09 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Eating and Drinking in Paris
Replies: 310
Views: 24074

Re: Eating and Drinking in Paris

Friday I didn't just drink Champagne, but I went to Champagne, to see Champagne Fleury, which we import. On the way back I got stuck in Valentine's Day traffic and had to change my plans. I ended up meeting up with a friend from school who lives in Paris and popping into Cave Paul Bert (which was fi...
by Michel Abood
February 16th, 2020, 11:50 pm
Forum: BYO Forum - Wine at Restaurants
Topic: New York City, aka Manhattan and the boroughs BYO
Replies: 676
Views: 79920

Re: New York City, aka Manhattan and the boroughs BYO

Tanoshi Sushi, free corkage! 1372 York Ave, New York, NY 10021 http://tanoshisushinyc.com/index.html forgot about this...have you been recently? Curious how the food is holding up... I ate there a few months ago and it was very good, still BYO friendly (brought a bottle of Champagne Fleury Fleur de...
by Michel Abood
February 13th, 2020, 7:26 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: US 25% tariff on European wines; 100% "digital" tariff on French products called off for the moment
Replies: 1477
Views: 90211

Re: US 25% tariff on European wines; 100% "digital" tariff on French products called off for the moment

Thanks Nola, much appreciated. I was in deep dark Sicily yesterday so am now playing catch up.
by Michel Abood
February 13th, 2020, 7:19 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Eating and Drinking in Paris
Replies: 310
Views: 24074

Re: Eating and Drinking in Paris

Mark, haven't hit up fish Kodawari yet, I might try that for lunch before I leave.

Greg, I had heard about it but completely forgot, I really need to get there before I go. Thanks for reminding me!
by Michel Abood
February 11th, 2020, 8:59 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Eating and Drinking in Paris
Replies: 310
Views: 24074

Re: Eating and Drinking in Paris

Sunday I spent the day with our TX distributor, we took in a local wine trade show then meandered around Notre-Dame. The damage is heartbreaking, there's no roof, the windows are replaced by plastic tarps, there are wooden supports under the flying buttresses, and the damaged scaffolding is still th...
by Michel Abood
February 11th, 2020, 8:51 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: US 25% tariff on European wines; 100% "digital" tariff on French products called off for the moment
Replies: 1477
Views: 90211

Re: US 25% tariff on European wines; 100% "digital" tariff on French products called off for the moment

It also suggests that, in addition to price increase, we consumers may be facing shortages. Already happening. Retailers are starting to have empty spots on their shelves in certain markets. We took a gamble and ordered big at the end of the year (basically I told our wineries that Christmas was po...
by Michel Abood
February 10th, 2020, 11:33 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: US 25% tariff on European wines; 100% "digital" tariff on French products called off for the moment
Replies: 1477
Views: 90211

Re: US 25% tariff on European wines; 100% "digital" tariff on French products called off for the moment

It also suggests that, in addition to price increase, we consumers may be facing shortages. Already happening. Retailers are starting to have empty spots on their shelves in certain markets. We took a gamble and ordered big at the end of the year (basically I told our wineries that Christmas was po...
by Michel Abood
February 8th, 2020, 1:03 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Eating and Drinking in Paris
Replies: 310
Views: 24074

Re: Eating and Drinking in Paris

Friday night was dinner with expat friends, with a quick stop at Cave Septime to start the night right (Plageoles Blanc in the glass). Then we walked over to Jones, where the food was fantastic, service warm, and the wine list short but interesting. The Tourte d'Agneau was crazy good, and while rich...
by Michel Abood
February 6th, 2020, 2:01 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Eating and Drinking in Paris
Replies: 310
Views: 24074

Re: Eating and Drinking in Paris

I met one of my best customers at L'Avant Comptoir du Marché yesterday for lunch before he headed back to the US, which turned into a 3 hour affair, of course. I'd never been to this one, having frequented both the Avant Comptoir de la Terre and de la Mer and loving both, despite their tourist-trapp...
by Michel Abood
February 6th, 2020, 1:53 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: US 25% tariff on European wines; 100% "digital" tariff on French products called off for the moment
Replies: 1477
Views: 90211

Re: US 25% tariff on European wines; 100% "digital" tariff on French products called off for the moment

9 days and ticking until we know the next round of products on the carousel of goods. The uncertainty is like waiting for a prison sentence to be read. Who needs sleep? At least I'm in France so I'm eating/drinking my anxiety. That explains the tired look in your avatar. Ambien is a hell of a drug....
by Michel Abood
February 6th, 2020, 11:32 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: US 25% tariff on European wines; 100% "digital" tariff on French products called off for the moment
Replies: 1477
Views: 90211

Re: US 25% tariff on European wines; 100% "digital" tariff on French products called off for the moment

Nola Palomar wrote:
February 6th, 2020, 3:51 am
9 days and ticking until we know the next round of products on the carousel of goods. The uncertainty is like waiting for a prison sentence to be read.
Who needs sleep? At least I'm in France so I'm eating/drinking my anxiety.
by Michel Abood
January 31st, 2020, 3:31 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Eating and Drinking in Paris
Replies: 310
Views: 24074

Re: Eating and Drinking in Paris



As I wrote on Instagram, this was today's motto....
by Michel Abood
January 31st, 2020, 3:24 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Eating and Drinking in Paris
Replies: 310
Views: 24074

Re: Eating and Drinking in Paris

What a great day! Andrew and I have turned our annual trips to France into a reason to meet up for some great meals. In the past, we hit Juveniles, Paul Bert, but this year we went all out. We started at Enfants du Marché, where Chef Masa was making some delicious dishes, as usual, for a light crowd...
by Michel Abood
January 31st, 2020, 2:34 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Eating and Drinking in Paris
Replies: 310
Views: 24074

Re: Eating and Drinking in Paris

The most interesting (and delicious) wine I tasted at Enfants du Marche last fall was Sous le Végétal Muscat Livia, a dry Chenin from Greece. I wish I could find some to buy. Sarah, I just tell them I want something fresh and not (too) oxidative that they think goes well with whatever I am ordering...
by Michel Abood
January 30th, 2020, 10:37 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Eating and Drinking in Paris
Replies: 310
Views: 24074

Re: Eating and Drinking in Paris

After three days of non-stop wine trade shows, today was a detox day. I met a friend for lunch at Kunitoraya, an always deliciously reliable udon place in the 1st, near Rue Saint Anne. Another stalwart, this has been delicious for years, and a go-to for authentic Japanese food in a lovely, warm sett...
by Michel Abood
January 26th, 2020, 1:07 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Eating and Drinking in Paris
Replies: 310
Views: 24074

Re: Eating and Drinking in Paris

First night in Paris was dinner with business associates at Bistrot Paul Bert. It was as usual packed with both locals and tourists, and firing on all cylinders. We discussed how despite being a tourist destination the food and service had remained delicious over the years, and my Gigot d'Agneau , s...
by Michel Abood
January 25th, 2020, 7:45 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Eating and Drinking in Paris
Replies: 310
Views: 24074

Re: Eating and Drinking in Paris

Nice article. I think every restaurant was mentioned here first! https://www.eater.com/2020/1/22/21068125/asian-food-in-paris-restaurants-chinese-japanese-korean-cuisine Perfect timing, something to read on the plane to Paris tonight. We really enjoyed our meal at Cheval d'Or. I'll try to make it t...
by Michel Abood
January 25th, 2020, 7:41 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Eating and Drinking in Paris
Replies: 310
Views: 24074

Re: Eating and Drinking in Paris

Killing me that they gave CAM a shout-out; it’s my backup for Sunday if I don’t get the Rigamorle waiting list call. Love CAM, and the Smiths Sundays were the only time we cheated on Sunday family dinner... was just great to go somewhere that didn’t feel like Paris. I know, right? I am probably tak...
by Michel Abood
January 24th, 2020, 5:14 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Eating and Drinking in Paris
Replies: 310
Views: 24074

Re: Eating and Drinking in Paris

Robert Dentice wrote:
January 23rd, 2020, 7:35 am
Nice article. I think every restaurant was mentioned here first!

https://www.eater.com/2020/1/22/2106812 ... an-cuisine
Perfect timing, something to read on the plane to Paris tonight.
by Michel Abood
January 21st, 2020, 8:59 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: US 25% tariff on European wines; 100% "digital" tariff on French products called off for the moment
Replies: 1477
Views: 90211

Re: US 25% tariff on European wines; 100% "digital" tariff on French products called off for the moment

to Matt Hartley, you wrote: "But the importer owes the 25% within 10 days..." Your argument is incorrect from this phrase on. The importer pays the 25% before the wine is released from customs. I know. I'm the importer. I've been writing the checks. Dan Kravitz +1. I get the invoice the moment the ...
by Michel Abood
January 20th, 2020, 10:23 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: US 25% tariff on European wines; 100% "digital" tariff on French products called off for the moment
Replies: 1477
Views: 90211

Re: US to impose 25% tariff on many European wines; but 100% tariff called off

As someone with Champagne on the water, I am slightly relieved. This only resolved one issue (the DST), there is still risk of 100% on ALL wines from the EU, including Champagne, for the Airbus issue. So they just removed one nuke, the other one is still hanging over our heads. Fun times. We’ll be ...
by Michel Abood
January 20th, 2020, 4:46 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: US 25% tariff on European wines; 100% "digital" tariff on French products called off for the moment
Replies: 1477
Views: 90211

Re: US to impose 25% tariff on many European wines; but 100% tariff called off

As someone with Champagne on the water, I am slightly relieved. This only resolved one issue (the DST), there is still risk of 100% on ALL wines from the EU, including Champagne, for the Airbus issue. So they just removed one nuke, the other one is still hanging over our heads.

Fun times.
by Michel Abood
January 14th, 2020, 7:00 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: US 25% tariff on European wines; 100% "digital" tariff on French products called off for the moment
Replies: 1477
Views: 90211

Re: US to impose 25% — and now 100% — tariff on European wine, cheese, etc.

Nola Palomar wrote:
January 14th, 2020, 4:27 pm
I have not had this degree of anxiety for many months...
As I've discovered, sleep is WAY overrated... [snort.gif]
by Michel Abood
January 13th, 2020, 3:44 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: US 25% tariff on European wines; 100% "digital" tariff on French products called off for the moment
Replies: 1477
Views: 90211

Re: US to impose 25% — and now 100% — tariff on European wine, cheese, etc.

There's a bunch of industry folks in DC right now, pounding doors to get meetings with Congresscritters. I'm watching some live as they stream accounts of talking to folks who are supposedly listening with a sympathetic ear. But from what I've heard from our DC contacts, the trade rep Robert Lightiz...
by Michel Abood
January 6th, 2020, 11:21 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Eating and Drinking in Paris
Replies: 310
Views: 24074

Re: Eating and Drinking in Paris

Love love love L'Ami Jean, looks like you guys had a great time. In all my trips, I have still not made it to Au Passage, I might fix that on my next stay.
by Michel Abood
December 24th, 2019, 2:33 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: New York City Restaurants
Replies: 2571
Views: 162230

Re: New York City Restaurants

Next day , for lunch , to Chinatown . The place is called Nom Wah tea parlor. You would never go in without a recommendation , it does not look appealing , more like a hole in a wall . The place is packed , the food delicious . I ate way too much . The local NYC station here in New York talked abou...

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