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by johngonzales
July 21st, 2020, 9:36 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What happened with Arcadian??
Replies: 35
Views: 4051

Re: What happened with Arcadian??

I emailed Joe after his comment on his Syrah in the other thread, did not ask him about the current state of affairs but I did ask if I could get any mags of Pinot. He sent me a list and now they are in my cellar. Save one of those mags for an Arcadian mag offline here in L.A.. Marshall and I bough...
by johngonzales
July 20th, 2020, 10:33 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Potato Chips - What's your Favorite?
Replies: 66
Views: 3503

Re: Potato Chips - What's your Favorite?

dcornutt wrote:
July 19th, 2020, 12:13 pm
S. Reynolds wrote:
February 24th, 2013, 9:01 am
Cape Cod salt and vinegar chips are great.
My personal favorites also.
Ditto
by johngonzales
July 15th, 2020, 10:35 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Eating and Drinking in Los Angeles
Replies: 1153
Views: 66221

Re: Eating and Drinking in Los Angeles

The issue is that mold is somehow integral and beneficial to cheese. It isn’t with jam. So I’ll have the fresh jam. It doesn’t taste any better because of the mold. Even without preservatives or excessive sugar it can be prepared to prevent mold growth. Easily. She’s not making a better product by h...
by johngonzales
July 14th, 2020, 3:14 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Eating and Drinking in Los Angeles
Replies: 1153
Views: 66221

Re: Eating and Drinking in Los Angeles

That was a fun offline. We had steaks ranging from 50 days (ribeye) to ~100 (tomahawk), 200+ (porter house) to 1yr+ (NY strip). Wines also showed very well from what I remember without any bad bottles We did an offline at APL with a wide range of agings. I can’t recall exactly which durations but I...
by johngonzales
July 11th, 2020, 9:41 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: An Evolution of Pesto
Replies: 17
Views: 1256

Re: An Evolution of Pesto

Factory Kitchen in downtown L.A. makes the best pesto dish I’ve ever had. Chef Angelo is Ligurian and makes his with almonds, on mandilli/handkerchief pasta.
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by johngonzales
July 11th, 2020, 7:24 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Laurent-Perrier Quijada du Tertre Flaccianello
Replies: 1
Views: 216

Re: TN: Laurent-Perrier Quijada du Tertre Flaccianello

LP non-vintage Rose is really tasty. We drink a good deal of that one
by johngonzales
July 11th, 2020, 3:51 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Eating and Drinking in Los Angeles
Replies: 1153
Views: 66221

Re: Eating and Drinking in Los Angeles

We did an offline at APL with a wide range of agings. I can’t recall exactly which durations but I think we did something around 100 and something closer to 200. I thought the longest aged one was like an interesting experiment but not really tasty. The next in duration was better, but really didn’t...
by johngonzales
July 7th, 2020, 6:35 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Eating and Drinking in Los Angeles
Replies: 1153
Views: 66221

Re: Eating and Drinking in Los Angeles

A little off the beaten path but there's Babita restaurant in San Gabriel about 10 or so miles east of Downtown LA if craving elevated Mexican food. It's been awhile so not sure how it is these days, but a change of pace from the various taco shops and more casual restaurants in the area. Babita is...
by johngonzales
July 1st, 2020, 9:21 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Your best Pandemic bottle consumed?
Replies: 105
Views: 4819

Re: Your best Pandemic bottle consumed?

Greg K wrote:
July 1st, 2020, 8:44 pm
Mattstolz wrote:
July 1st, 2020, 7:02 pm
07 Ruinart BdB
A really great wine imho - and I liked this a lot better than the 2008 Dom when I had these side by side.
02 Ruinart BdB was probably our 2nd best wine after the 96 Harlan
by johngonzales
July 1st, 2020, 9:17 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Your best Pandemic bottle consumed?
Replies: 105
Views: 4819

Re: Your best Pandemic bottle consumed?

D@vid Bu3ker wrote:
July 1st, 2020, 6:25 pm
Sparkling: 1990 Dom Perignon from magnum
White: 2001 Dönnhoff Niederhauser Hermannshohle Riesling Auslese AP#17
Red: 2000 Mouton Rothschild
You’re obviously nit grouchy from a lack of good wine. :)
by johngonzales
July 1st, 2020, 10:11 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Your best Pandemic bottle consumed?
Replies: 105
Views: 4819

Your best Pandemic bottle consumed?

We’ve been locked down in L.A. for 3-1/2 months now, getting hit financially, but we all still have a lot of wine. We’ve been drinking more wine and more crafty cocktails. We dedicated to dipping into better stuff on regular days, because we can and because it’s an available “plus” to these days. We...
by johngonzales
June 20th, 2020, 1:21 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Ever boycott a winery?
Replies: 400
Views: 20275

Re: Ever boycott a winery?

And now the thread should be moved to Politics. I don’t expect that, but it’s gone WAY beyond wine or the winery’s email. At the very least it should go to Asylum, off of the wine feed.
by johngonzales
June 20th, 2020, 8:43 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Ever boycott a winery?
Replies: 400
Views: 20275

Re: Ever boycott a winery?

I find it odd, and terribly disappointing, to see it's the topic of fighting against racism that's drawing-out some arguments that could have equally been made before, but weren't. The logical inconsistency is clear. And the fact that it's this topic says a lot. Brian, I think the reason is that ev...
by johngonzales
June 19th, 2020, 1:12 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Most disappointing 'great' wine you've ever had?
Replies: 164
Views: 5789

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

1990 LLC (what a boring wine) 1990 Jaboulet La Chappelle +1 on 1990 Jaboulet La Chappelle. Enjoyable, but definitely not worth the price. Interesting. When I saw the question, 90 La Chapelle was the first thing that came to my mind. I think I’ve had it three times and never found it excellent.
by johngonzales
June 18th, 2020, 9:22 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Ever boycott a winery?
Replies: 400
Views: 20275

Re: Ever boycott a winery?

Also: this Board has an admirable history of supporting valuable social causes. And those threads have not been littered, or even sprinkled, with dissension. I find it odd, and terribly disappointing, to see it's the topic of fighting against racism that's drawing-out some arguments that could have...
by johngonzales
May 23rd, 2020, 9:43 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Eating and Drinking in Los Angeles
Replies: 1153
Views: 66221

Re: Eating and Drinking in Los Angeles

Weird. I thought Melisse announced they were closing for good. Before COVID. they re opened a couple months ago with a re-focused concept. Yep, Josaih opened a two concept place. Citrin is the larger, regular ala carte menu part. Then thee’s a small, fancier, room that is tasting menu only. Haven’t...
by johngonzales
May 16th, 2020, 9:57 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Shepherd’s pie
Replies: 19
Views: 1542

Re: Shepherd’s pie

Since m mom’s from Boston, I grew up eating a lot of cottage pie, which we called shepherd’s pie. We make it now and then, and planned to do one in this quarantine phase, but it’s turned a bit warm now. I like ground beef, and actually like a small amount of ground sausage added in. I also like to s...
by johngonzales
May 14th, 2020, 11:11 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Eating and Drinking in Los Angeles
Replies: 1153
Views: 66221

Re: Eating and Drinking in Los Angeles

I like what Alta Adams is doing. They have a prix fine meal for $35.
But they are also offering a simpler meal that is “pay what you can”. The full price is $20, but one can just pay what they can. It’s a cool thing to offer to help the community.
The Palm actually has some nice discounted stuff.
by johngonzales
May 14th, 2020, 11:04 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: What Restaurants Will Look Like In The Future
Replies: 4
Views: 1114

Re: What Restaurants Will Look Like In The Future

My son in law and daughter, both accomplished Chicago area chefs, are discussing private meals for select customers going forward. Seems like a very good model. Agreed; I suspect there's a highly inelastic base of demand that will be able to support such chefs, as long as the quality is there Why w...
by johngonzales
May 2nd, 2020, 2:55 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Eating and Drinking in Los Angeles
Replies: 1153
Views: 66221

Re: Eating and Drinking in Los Angeles

Auburn also closed. Had some very memorable meals at both Bon Temps (including picking up pastries on weekends) and Auburn. I was shocked by Auburn. Had one very promising meal there early on. Just talked to a major LA restaurant owner this past weekend and he said he is hearing a number of high pr...
by johngonzales
April 29th, 2020, 2:29 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Best Banana Bread
Replies: 26
Views: 1785

Re: Best Banana Bread

I just made some two nights ago. I went with some toasted pecans in the mix as I prefer those to walnuts. But I definitely almost always go for nuts or choc. chips.
by johngonzales
April 20th, 2020, 2:46 pm
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: What are you doing to support restaurants during Covid19?
Replies: 41
Views: 2824

Re: What are you doing to support restaurants during Covid19?

Personally, while it’s hard tp amortize the exposure across the multiple meal uses achieved at the grocery store, I consider going to the big grocer by far my largest risk. Maybe it’s worse here in a huge city, but there are all sorts of exposure of opportunities there.
by johngonzales
April 17th, 2020, 8:41 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Eating and Drinking in Los Angeles
Replies: 1153
Views: 66221

Re: Eating and Drinking in Los Angeles

I never thought I’d say it, but jumping in the car and cruising the open roads is actually a nice diversion these days. Luv2eat fairly could have its crowd termed “more hipster” but the food is REALLY good. Also agree that Sapp is o.g. and really good too. It’s actually kind of interesting how quite...
by johngonzales
April 15th, 2020, 4:18 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 1994 Chateau Montelena Cabernet Sauvignon Estate
Replies: 17
Views: 785

Re: TN: 1994 Chateau Montelena Cabernet Sauvignon Estate

It’s tough to chose between 97 and 94. Both were great. 97, in general, was a ripe vintage, and a lot of the Cabs were flashier early-drinkers as compared to 94,95,96. But the Montelena 97 is somewhat restrained for the vintage. It’s slightly riper than the preceding versions, but not a lot, and it ...
by johngonzales
April 14th, 2020, 8:45 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 1994 Chateau Montelena Cabernet Sauvignon Estate
Replies: 17
Views: 785

Re: TN: 1994 Chateau Montelena Cabernet Sauvignon Estate

Nice!
Had both a 91 and a 97 over the past year and both were great. 93 is an outlier, but otherwise 90-97 Montelena are still all drinking well.
by johngonzales
April 14th, 2020, 7:38 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Eating and Drinking in Los Angeles
Replies: 1153
Views: 66221

Re: Eating and Drinking in Los Angeles

Damn! One of the great donuts anywhere was the apple fritter from Stan’s. https://la.eater.com/2020/4/10/21216543/stans-donuts-closed-los-angeles-classic Gonna have to do a multiple restaurant takeout Thai food feast: https://la.eater.com/2020/4/13/21219346/menu-deal-thai-town-los-angeles-5-dollars-...
by johngonzales
April 9th, 2020, 5:56 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Quarantine Recipes - share some favorites!
Replies: 88
Views: 4573

Re: Quarantine Recipes - share some favorites!

Just made this Carrot-Ginger-Cream soup. Easy, and good. We did 50-50 chicken-veggie stock.
https://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/gin ... pe-1915535
by johngonzales
April 8th, 2020, 10:30 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Bread pudding
Replies: 19
Views: 1567

Re: Bread pudding

Dale Bowers wrote:
April 7th, 2020, 7:16 pm
Fresh, warm bread pudding + vanilla ice cream = heaven
Made a big batch.
Night 1 with hard sauce
Night 2 with hard sauce
Night 3 with vanilla ice cream
I had to freeze the rest today out of fear that Night 4 would be hard sauce AND ice cream.
by johngonzales
April 6th, 2020, 5:40 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Bread pudding
Replies: 19
Views: 1567

Re: Bread pudding

Going to do a touch of orange curaçao in some hard sauce for tonight’s panettone version (chocolate added).
by johngonzales
April 6th, 2020, 5:06 pm
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: What are you doing to support restaurants during Covid19?
Replies: 41
Views: 2824

Re: What are doing to support restaurants during Covid19?

Lots of (now curbside) take out and delivery. They have got to be struggling. I’ve talked to some beer/wine/liquor reps who are freaking out as well. My wife is a large account on-premise wine/liquor rep. She’s probably 85% Commission. No one is buying anything, and for the first two weeks people w...
by johngonzales
April 6th, 2020, 4:58 pm
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: What are you doing to support restaurants during Covid19?
Replies: 41
Views: 2824

Re: What are you doing to support restaurants during Covid19?

I’m big on trying to help my local spots. We are getting takeout every 4 nights and staying local. We’re tipping more than usual. I will buy some gift cards for various places. I am going to negotiate with my nearest good place and see if they will give me free corkage for the next “X” amount of tim...
by johngonzales
April 6th, 2020, 12:49 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Quarantine Recipes - share some favorites!
Replies: 88
Views: 4573

Re: Quarantine Recipes - share some favorites!

These were most of the key dry ingredients, of 34 total, for my first attempt at making mole negro. I used an amalgam of recipes and had to do a few rounds of adjustments to taste. Nine seemed to call for enough chocolate/cocoa. Really, I don’t think any of the recipes on their own would have worked...
by johngonzales
April 5th, 2020, 4:21 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Bread pudding
Replies: 19
Views: 1567

Re: Bread pudding

We used to make it a lot but then we used to eat a lot more bread. But if you really want to kick it up, don't use old stale baguettes or similar bread. Use old croissants or rich pastries. If you don't have any, use brioche or challah. Throw in some rum-soaked raisins. But make sure you use real c...
by johngonzales
March 30th, 2020, 8:10 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Eating and Drinking in Los Angeles
Replies: 1153
Views: 66221

Re: Eating and Drinking in Los Angeles

Good, maybe they’ll reopen. I’d imagine many places intend to “make the right decision” and hope to continue operations/tradition. Seems like they’re publicly negotiating with the city. Considering the circumstances, I guess everyone has to take desperately measures at this time. I spoke to a couple...
by johngonzales
March 29th, 2020, 9:58 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Eating and Drinking in Los Angeles
Replies: 1153
Views: 66221

Re: Eating and Drinking in Los Angeles

Nate & Al’s deli shuttered for good today.
by johngonzales
March 24th, 2020, 9:00 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Eating and Drinking in Los Angeles
Replies: 1153
Views: 66221

Re: Eating and Drinking in Los Angeles

J. Rock wrote:
March 15th, 2020, 9:09 pm
Sounds like this forum will be quiet for the next couple of weeks, at least...
Hey, you can get a take-out tasting menu, bento-style, from N/naka for $39.
by johngonzales
March 21st, 2020, 9:30 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine stores are considered “essential” in NY
Replies: 19
Views: 1070

Re: Wine stores are considered “essential” in NY

Oh he's been dreaming of that since he was a kid. His dad didn't want to do it because of rumored family connections, which is why he spent so much time saying that the mafia was non existent, just created by the media. Fake news before fake news was named. The stores are apparently doing really we...
by johngonzales
March 15th, 2020, 1:33 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: How long can you live on wine alone?
Replies: 12
Views: 1243

Re: How long can you live on wine alone?

If it came down to it, how long do you think you could live consuming only wine (and perhaps water)—things in great quantities at my home. This topic was prompted by my trip to supermarket and it’s empty shelves. I know that you have Harlan. I’ll bring some of my stash of toilet paper and canned tu...
by johngonzales
March 13th, 2020, 6:59 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What’s the mood re Coronavirus in wine country?
Replies: 106
Views: 7983

Re: What’s the mood re Coronavirus in wine country?

My wife is in wine and spirits distribution, in the on-premise division. So: hotels, venues, restaurants, clubs, bars, catering. Sale this week got hammered.
by johngonzales
March 11th, 2020, 8:21 am
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Coronavirus and Summer Travel
Replies: 283
Views: 15218

Re: Coronavirus and Summer Travel

Just postponed a Spain trip that was scheduled for early May. I figure that it’s possible things look more clear, and better in a few months, and then there will be good short lead-time deals. So will just hold off. I don’t think I’ve ever done a “staycation” of more than a couple of work days. That...
by johngonzales
February 29th, 2020, 6:02 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Guest etiquette: Wine glasses
Replies: 91
Views: 4182

Re: Guest etiquette: Wine glasses

I wouldn’t bring stems. Seems gosh to me, even if you bring wine. No way on god’s earth I would bring my own singular stem. At a later date, I MIGHT give them some stems, not night of. We usually have our table set before people arrive. So they would be faced with replacing their stems with your bet...
by johngonzales
February 29th, 2020, 10:53 am
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Barcelona 2020 (January Edition) Part 1
Replies: 7
Views: 2012

Re: Barcelona 2020 (January Edition) Part 1

Jay,
Is there a Part II?
We’re going in May so looking for all the info I can get.
by johngonzales
February 29th, 2020, 10:45 am
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Madrid, España
Replies: 21
Views: 2162

Re: Madrid, España

RyanC wrote:
February 21st, 2020, 8:04 pm
This is so timely. I’ll be there for 3 days in March, staying at the Westin Palace with my wife and two kids. Keep the recommendations coming!
Make sure you report back.
My wife and I are going in May, so we appreciate everyone’s suggestions.
by johngonzales
February 6th, 2020, 8:04 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Eating and Drinking in Los Angeles
Replies: 1153
Views: 66221

Re: Eating and Drinking in Los Angeles

One of our favorite restaurants is closing in Echo Park... The Park Restaurant (1400 Sunset blvd) will close its doors permanently on March 19, 2020. Sad to see them go. If you have not tried them, they offer pre-fixed dinner on Tuesday nights. They are almost always delicious. Of course, the menu ...
by johngonzales
January 30th, 2020, 2:57 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Eating and Drinking in Los Angeles
Replies: 1153
Views: 66221

Re: Eating and Drinking in Los Angeles

PSA Auburn has a pretty good DineLA option, ending tomorrow. Five courses plus a glass of Prosecco for $99. Same choices as the regular tasting menu which is typically $95 for four courses and $120 for six. It was my first time. I thought the vibe and design were cool, though I’m not sure I was as s...
by johngonzales
January 26th, 2020, 4:38 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Some Basic (But Good) Filipino Home Dishes.
Replies: 20
Views: 2053

Re: Some Basic (But Good) Filipino Home Dishes.

Nico, I have family near you, in Magallanes Village. The bagoong I grew up around was sent to my dad from my grandmother decades back. It was. Definitely more pungent than most of current market versions. Here in the U.S., bottled versions of bagoong and patis both often have a bunch of MSG and flav...
by johngonzales
January 21st, 2020, 12:44 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: French Toast Anyone?
Replies: 27
Views: 2394

Re: French Toast Anyone?

Really only around the holidays but in our house Panettone is the preferred bread for French toast. I like this idea . . . decadent! Wow, I guess the use is more widespread than I thought. It both works well, and provides a use for the panettone that we get gifted most Christmases and don’t otherwi...
by johngonzales
January 20th, 2020, 5:11 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Some Basic (But Good) Filipino Home Dishes.
Replies: 20
Views: 2053

Re: Some Basic (But Good) Filipino Home Dishes.

Oh yes a side of all of that, please. Looks and sounds delicious! Definitely will give that oxtail a go. Make your way to Manila, and you'll have them in spades! Just let me know when. I'm not sure, though, if you'd care for the accompanying bagoong - very few foreign (non-Asian) friends of mine do...
by johngonzales
January 19th, 2020, 10:18 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Impact of Crawlspace Encapsulation on Cellar Performance
Replies: 14
Views: 761

Re: Impact of Crawlspace Encapsulation on Cellar Performance

1) Doesn’t seem like it should be necessary for the purpose of cellar performance. 2) It’s a plus for mold/rot prevention. Though those probably aren’t issues worth the expense for most situations that don’t have extreme moisture and have adequate ventilation. SoCal is pretty dry so people don’t opt...

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