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by ClarkstonMark
October 21st, 2020, 10:20 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What to tell architect for wine cellar - new construction?
Replies: 66
Views: 2822

Re: What to tell architect for wine cellar - new construction?

People have been being polite. In the plan posted in the OP, the exterior wall of the wine room is no thicker than those of adjacent rooms. This clueless fact added to the clueless 18 ft height ("missile silo" is good) establishes beyond any reasonable doubt that the architect has no clue about bui...
by ClarkstonMark
October 20th, 2020, 5:29 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Another Flannery PSA
Replies: 574
Views: 35781

Re: Another Flannery PSA

Thanks for all the tips, I have plenty of hangers so will try a few more suggestions.
For tonight I used Andrew’s marinade (more or less), and it worked out really well.
by ClarkstonMark
October 19th, 2020, 11:10 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What to tell architect for wine cellar - new construction?
Replies: 66
Views: 2822

Re: What to tell architect for wine cellar - new construction?

While the idea of having 18’ ceilings and a library style ladder sounds ‘cool’ (no pun intended), I would rethink it. If you are going that high to boost capacity, meaning you will actually load the upper areas and use them, as I get older the idea of climbing a ladder with a bottle in hand doesn’t...
by ClarkstonMark
October 18th, 2020, 5:53 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What to tell architect for wine cellar - new construction?
Replies: 66
Views: 2822

Re: What to tell architect for wine cellar - new construction?

Definitely add a ceiling that is 9-12 ft, then you can put a ledge above to put some decorations/trinkets (maybe old 12 L bottle or a wine barrel if looking for a wine theme)
by ClarkstonMark
October 18th, 2020, 8:40 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Steak Porn
Replies: 2396
Views: 202638

Re: Steak Porn

I have some bone in flannery short ribs for tomorrow and I’m torn btw my usual Guinness oven braised (Guinness, beef stock, molasses, root veg) or just grilling them indirectly over low heat to render fat. Alternatively, folks have recommended a high heat grilling but I wonder how you don’t end up ...
by ClarkstonMark
October 18th, 2020, 8:38 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Another Flannery PSA
Replies: 574
Views: 35781

Re: Another Flannery PSA

Gonna grill some hangers for my boys Monday or tuesday ..... give me a marinade please?
by ClarkstonMark
October 12th, 2020, 7:26 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Creuset 6.75 quart on sale
Replies: 20
Views: 935

Re: Creuset 6.75 quart on sale

The Tramontina (red) 7 qt is 2.5 lbs heavier than the LC (orange) 6.75 qt. They look to be about the same size.
First use, noticed no difference from the cheaper dutch oven. Can’t judge life time performance, but no reason to expect it won’t last 20+ years as well.
by ClarkstonMark
October 9th, 2020, 12:42 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Creuset 6.75 quart on sale
Replies: 20
Views: 935

Re: Creuset 6.75 quart on sale

SO, is there stuff SO much better than non-brand name Dutch ovens to justify the expense? That, even at the sales price, is about 4X more than mine. I don't know for sure, as I only have LC at the moment. But I just purchased 2 Tramontina Dutch Ovens (4 qt and 7 qt) for $70 total at Costco, and I a...
by ClarkstonMark
October 9th, 2020, 10:29 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Creuset 6.75 quart on sale
Replies: 20
Views: 935

Re: Creuset 6.75 quart on sale

SO, is there stuff SO much better than non-brand name Dutch ovens to justify the expense? That, even at the sales price, is about 4X more than mine. I don't know for sure, as I only have LC at the moment. But I just purchased 2 Tramontina Dutch Ovens (4 qt and 7 qt) for $70 total at Costco, and I a...
by ClarkstonMark
October 6th, 2020, 9:33 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: The NY Strip Steak is...
Replies: 86
Views: 2153

Re: The NY Strip Steak is...

I haven’t noticed a tendon for NYS; I slice all steaks before serving anyways, my main issues are more with lack of flavor. Not just asking you, asking in general, as I see it all the time in the steak porn thread ..... Why do you all slice your steaks before serving? Where I come from, where I gre...
by ClarkstonMark
September 26th, 2020, 9:30 am
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: The Cocktail Thread
Replies: 637
Views: 52020

Re: The Cocktail Thread

All those high end ingredients and you use Smuckers.
neener
Just giving you a hard time
by ClarkstonMark
September 20th, 2020, 3:37 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: What BEER are you drinking?
Replies: 16801
Views: 460011

Re: What BEER are you drinking?

It would not surprise me at all that I would prefer Heater Allen’s Rauchbier over Schenkerla as well. And I also love Schenkerla. It’s been a perfect Michigan fall weekend - spent it dong a couple great hikes and now drinking a Bell’s 35th Anniversary Expedition Stout. This is just perfect today. I ...
by ClarkstonMark
September 14th, 2020, 2:14 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Traverse City Area
Replies: 25
Views: 1149

Re: Traverse City Area

Paul, I don't think LFC serves dinner, but it is right next to Stella which is can't miss in TC. Not on your list, but Poppycocks in TC has pretty good food - not at Cooks House level, but we had a really good meal here about a month ago (also went to La Becasse but that is a decent drive from TC. R...
by ClarkstonMark
September 14th, 2020, 1:06 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: It's been too long! Pizza!
Replies: 1520
Views: 87448

Re: It's been too long! Pizza!

I was recently gifted this https://www.breville.com/us/en/products/ovens/bpz820.html , does anyone have experience with it? We have used the dough recipe that is included in the materials and it comes out decent but not quite the neopolitan chew I am looking for. The dough recipe that came with it ...
by ClarkstonMark
September 2nd, 2020, 12:11 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Pet Peeves - Epicurian Division
Replies: 39
Views: 1587

Re: Pet Peeves - Epicurian Division

https://slate.com/human-interest/2012/05/how-to-cook-onions-why-recipe-writers-lie-and-lie-about-how-long-they-take-to-caramelize.html This is a classic. Yep. Exactly. Julia Child tells the truth. So does David Chang in the Momofuku cookbook. Most everyone else lies. Experienced cooks don't fall fo...
by ClarkstonMark
August 28th, 2020, 2:13 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: ICEOLOGY 101 - THE HUNT FOR CLEAR COCKTAIL ICE
Replies: 18
Views: 994

Re: ICEOLOGY 101 - THE HUNT FOR CLEAR COCKTAIL ICE

It works perfectly. Crystal clear ice with tap water. The big cubes do take a while ....12+ hrs to freeze. 90% of the time I make those. It only makes 6 at at time so this is by no means mass production. I have no skin in this game. Just some friendly advice. George Thanks. I may reconsider given y...
by ClarkstonMark
August 28th, 2020, 12:47 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: ICEOLOGY 101 - THE HUNT FOR CLEAR COCKTAIL ICE
Replies: 18
Views: 994

Re: ICEOLOGY 101 - THE HUNT FOR CLEAR COCKTAIL ICE

I just use this. Works great, very easy, http://www.icemadeclear.com George I was ready to order one right up until I saw the price. I don't make cocktails often enough for that to be worth it. I'll try Tran's methods. Same here. $90 for an ice mold. I need some real life pics from George to consid...
by ClarkstonMark
August 25th, 2020, 6:22 am
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: The Cocktail Thread
Replies: 637
Views: 52020

Re: The Cocktail Thread

Tran, could you post your shaker next time you post a cocktail?

Or anyone, I am looking for a better shaker - any recommendations?
by ClarkstonMark
August 21st, 2020, 6:00 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: What did you cook tonight?
Replies: 1674
Views: 90304

Re: What did you cook tonight?

Jeff Rosenberg wrote:
August 21st, 2020, 5:16 pm
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Grilled veal chops, corn and tomato/arugula salad. All produce is local. Accompanied by a 2005 Malvira Roero Riserva Trinita.
that right there is American summer dining at it's best
by ClarkstonMark
July 10th, 2020, 5:08 am
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: life in Piedmont in 1 month
Replies: 30
Views: 3038

Re: life in Piedmont in 1 month

Just read this thread for the first time. I am STUNNED that someone was looking to travel, and is involved in the health care industry, I think. And we wonder why the virus is exploding all across our country. Stunningly stupid or selfish people in this country. Yes, I believe OP is a Dr. Doubt he ...
by ClarkstonMark
June 18th, 2020, 9:31 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Covid Era: Overnight shipping
Replies: 14
Views: 795

Re: Covid Era: Overnight shipping

Have had many shipments delayed. None were wine, but some beer that should have taken 2 days in normal times took 7 (twice). My Flannery order was right on time though If you don't want to pay for overnight that is not guaranteed, then don't. None of the shipping companies are able to meet their com...
by ClarkstonMark
June 8th, 2020, 3:42 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: RUDY KURNIAWAN & GLOBAL WINE AUCTION FRAUD THREAD (MERGED)
Replies: 8854
Views: 1332575

Re: Update on Acker Hong Kong Auction

I was informed by a friend in Hong Kong that Lot 710 -- the purported 1924 Romanee Conti -- has been withdrawn from the Acker auction. I have received no communication from Acker in response to any of my emails. However, there was an article published on a Hong Kong wine website this morning, which...
by ClarkstonMark
June 2nd, 2020, 6:59 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: What did you cook tonight?
Replies: 1674
Views: 90304

Re: What did you cook tonight?

that's got to be horribly inefficient, but cool nonetheless
by ClarkstonMark
May 31st, 2020, 1:08 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: What BEER are you drinking?
Replies: 16801
Views: 460011

Re: What BEER are you drinking?

Andrew Kotowski wrote:
May 31st, 2020, 10:55 am

Thx. Will check-in as I get closer. Was surprised to see that MT delivers! I gave a list to a buddy, Venmo’d and I’m picking up tonight.
I would ask Bud nicely if he would part with a 4 pack of that Fieldworks DDH Pulp. Love Pulp and would love to try DDH Pulp!
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by ClarkstonMark
May 29th, 2020, 5:58 am
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: What BEER are you drinking?
Replies: 16801
Views: 460011

Re: What BEER are you drinking?

Oh ya I had these as well last weekend. Bell’s had a very small local release of Bell’s BA Expedition Stout. I was bored so ordered and made the just over 2 hour drive to pick up last Friday. Love this beer, but do slightly prefer Black Note from Bell’s. Another old favorite ... CBS from Founder’s
by ClarkstonMark
May 29th, 2020, 5:53 am
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: What BEER are you drinking?
Replies: 16801
Views: 460011

Re: king sue

from Iowa I love that beer. I only pick it up when I travel as it is not available in Michigan. I've drank through most of another shipment of Monkish - Tiger King, Mathew Mathew Mathew (my son's name is Matthew) and Ribidy dibidy - sitting on a couple of the TIPA's for a few more weeks though - an...
by ClarkstonMark
May 23rd, 2020, 4:56 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Zoom Livestream Session - Bryan and Katie Flannery! May 23rd, 5pm Pacific/8pm Eastern
Replies: 105
Views: 4368

Re: Zoom Livestream Session - Bryan and Katie Flannery! May 23rd, 5pm Pacific/8pm Eastern

Jay Miller wrote:
May 23rd, 2020, 2:02 pm
I there a remedial reading class available on Zoom? I was waiting and waiting...

Not 5pm eastern, 5pm pacific. Got it.
I thought this was last Friday.
Then I thought it was last night.
by ClarkstonMark
May 20th, 2020, 9:37 am
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Road trip in the USA in the Covid world
Replies: 22
Views: 2463

Re: Road trip in the USA in the Covid world

Northern Michigan (Traverse City etc) is opening this weekend. They could use your tourist money. Some good Riesling, chenin blanc and sparkling wine is produced up there. Pictured Rocks is one of the most beautiful places I've been--just make sure the black flies aren't out. Yes it is, great hikin...
by ClarkstonMark
May 20th, 2020, 7:03 am
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Road trip in the USA in the Covid world
Replies: 22
Views: 2463

Re: Road trip in the USA in the Covid world

Northern Michigan (Traverse City etc) is opening this weekend. They could use your tourist money. Some good Riesling, chenin blanc and sparkling wine is produced up there.
by ClarkstonMark
May 18th, 2020, 9:12 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Another Flannery PSA
Replies: 574
Views: 35781

Re: Another Flannery PSA

Last night I had a 20 oz. Flannery California Reserve dry aged ribeye that I dry brined in the fridge for a little over two days that was outstanding. I have a before picture but not one of it after cooking as I was in a hurry to get on a Zoom dinner and tasting. The steak had been in the freezer f...
by ClarkstonMark
May 17th, 2020, 12:46 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: The Cocktail Thread
Replies: 637
Views: 52020

Re: The Cocktail Thread

My girlfriend is a vodka drinker but she has recently started to appreciate gin. A step in the right direction. Here is a Clover Club I made for her recently. I messed something up on this one, but more recent attempts have been much better. She likes a strong drink and I typically make this with 4 ...
by ClarkstonMark
May 15th, 2020, 2:40 pm
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Costa Rica Questions
Replies: 38
Views: 3467

Re: Costa Rica Questions

Unfortunately, we canceled all travel plans. We won't consider getting on an airplane until there is a significant breakthrough in medication or there is a vaccine. We got all deposits back on VRBO/Airbnb/car rental. Hopefully, our flights will be canceled so we can get our money back. That stinks ...
by ClarkstonMark
May 15th, 2020, 1:56 pm
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Costa Rica Questions
Replies: 38
Views: 3467

Re: Costa Rica Questions

this was a great thread, was wondering if trip is still on? I was reading in another forum a post by a guy who has a rental on the beach somewhere in CR, and seems like the country is doing well in fighting coronavirus, but is more or less closed to visitors until at least mid June. Here is his post...
by ClarkstonMark
May 14th, 2020, 6:22 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Has Anyone Made Mozzarella?
Replies: 34
Views: 2286

Re: Has Anyone Made Mozzarella?

So my update after another two batches is that, while something that looks and mostly tastes like a ball of mozzarella is very easy to make, something that tastes and feels like great mozzarella is decidedly NOT easy to make. That, in a nutshell, is why I do not see myself ever attempting what you ...
by ClarkstonMark
May 9th, 2020, 5:28 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: What BEER are you drinking?
Replies: 16801
Views: 460011

Re: What BEER are you drinking?

The last of my Monkish, until Monday at least as I have another shipment coming next week.
The smell on this beer after pouring is crazy.
Oh, last night I drank a Bomb Atomically and my gf said oh you’re drinking orange juice again - I made her a killer Clover Club cocktail
by ClarkstonMark
April 29th, 2020, 6:05 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: What BEER are you drinking?
Replies: 16801
Views: 460011

Re: What BEER are you drinking?

Been drinking tons of Monkish. Love their Hazy stuff especially since it’s been getting kinda hot in SoCal. Today’s drop was unannounced so was able to max out both releases. Now I have too much Monkish. Might have to drop some in the CC. I just paid MBC/shitlord prices for an 8 pack, arriving hope...
by ClarkstonMark
April 29th, 2020, 3:51 pm
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Austin Bbq Trip Report
Replies: 25
Views: 2339

Re: Austin Bbq Trip Report

Current situation at Franklin's from a buddy who was there yesterday ...
Order 3 days prior, drive up and they load in your trunk (bed of my pickup). Tip well. No more waiting in lines.
by ClarkstonMark
April 29th, 2020, 7:20 am
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: What BEER are you drinking?
Replies: 16801
Views: 460011

Re: What BEER are you drinking?

Been drinking tons of Monkish. Love their Hazy stuff especially since it’s been getting kinda hot in SoCal. Today’s drop was unannounced so was able to max out both releases. Now I have too much Monkish. Might have to drop some in the CC. I just paid MBC/shitlord prices for an 8 pack, arriving hope...
by ClarkstonMark
April 28th, 2020, 4:08 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Flour - Go big or go home
Replies: 62
Views: 2953

Re: Flour - Go big or go home

How long can you store flour before it goes bad? I know I have used expired flour and not really noticed it,
by ClarkstonMark
April 27th, 2020, 2:30 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: Clear Ice
Replies: 40
Views: 2919

Re: Clear Ice

I have this at home when I want to make a cocktail. Works pretty well. There’s tons of these on Amazon and they are all the same. Probably all made in the same factory in China. https://www.amazon.com/Crystal-Clear-Ice-Ball-Maker/dp/B0713SZD2Y?ref_=ast_bbp_dp 2 batches in, and I am satisfied. Batch...
by ClarkstonMark
April 27th, 2020, 2:23 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Smoker - what to purchase?
Replies: 133
Views: 6395

Re: Smoker - what to purchase?

MitchTallan wrote:
April 27th, 2020, 6:10 am
Disclaimer-I am not sure there is a single hobby known to mankind that gives rise to such strong feelings and opinions as BBQ. So forgive me please for mine.
Well, I don't know, fly fishing maybe?
and maybe the WB Politics forum ...
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by ClarkstonMark
April 21st, 2020, 2:01 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: Clear Ice
Replies: 40
Views: 2919

Re: Clear Ice

I have this at home when I want to make a cocktail. Works pretty well. There’s tons of these on Amazon and they are all the same. Probably all made in the same factory in China. https://www.amazon.com/Crystal-Clear-Ice-Ball-Maker/dp/B0713SZD2Y?ref_=ast_bbp_dp Funny, that is the exact one I bought. ...
by ClarkstonMark
April 19th, 2020, 2:03 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Another Flannery PSA
Replies: 574
Views: 35781

Re: Another Flannery PSA

What's everyone's experience with the mismatched cuts? Are they so different that they are hard to cook evenly at the same time? Is there a big difference between the Midwestern and CA cuts? made the mistake of ordering Midwestern Ribeye with my hangers a couple weeks ago ... I love a big cap, and ...
by ClarkstonMark
April 15th, 2020, 2:38 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Morel Mushrooms
Replies: 31
Views: 2645

Re: Morel Mushrooms

These are from SW PA. Not mine, I’m jealous. Guy has found ~200 so far. Started finding Blacks 3/20, greys and tans last Friday.
by ClarkstonMark
April 9th, 2020, 9:57 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: The "Flannery" for Chicken? Or Pork? Or Lamb?
Replies: 96
Views: 6649

Re: The "Flannery" for Chicken? Or Pork? Or Lamb?

ordered the 6 chicken special for $120 but the shipping was over $50 so I deleted the order. Each time those stupid shipping costs keep me from completing the order. +1 yet Hudson Valley Foie Gras and similar companies can have free shipping specials and evidently still make money . . . while D’Art...
by ClarkstonMark
April 6th, 2020, 10:09 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Smoker - what to purchase?
Replies: 133
Views: 6395

Re: Smoker - what to purchase?

I like my electric Bradley puck smoker. I know it is not a "real" smoker. But it is pretty close to set it and forget it ... mine has ~9 hr max on oven so after a few hours I need to go out and add more time. Not sure if recent product is same.
by ClarkstonMark
April 5th, 2020, 4:51 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Quarantine Recipes - share some favorites!
Replies: 88
Views: 4754

Re: Quarantine Recipes - share some favorites!

Pierogi yesterday. First time and turned out better than I expected. Hit the spot. I am having that exact meal (plus ham) next weekend. My mom has a series of youtube videos showing how to make pierogi - I'll look for it and post it. She has been making them for 60+ years every Christmas Eve. Here ...
by ClarkstonMark
March 25th, 2020, 11:52 am
Forum: Commerce Corner - Wine Classifieds
Topic: COMMERCE CORNER NON-PAYERS/NON-SENDERS STICKY!!
Replies: 107
Views: 25846

Re: COMMERCE CORNER NON-PAYERS/NON-SENDERS STICKY!!

Philip - that PM is mind boggling. Yikes. And it's particularly disturbing in the context of numerous others also being stiffed. When someone says they will pay you, then doesn't pay, it is almost always a cashflow issue. Jonathan should just own up to that and say he needs more time to get his cas...
by ClarkstonMark
March 24th, 2020, 3:27 pm
Forum: Commerce Corner - Wine Classifieds
Topic: COMMERCE CORNER NON-PAYERS/NON-SENDERS STICKY!!
Replies: 107
Views: 25846

Re: COMMERCE CORNER NON-PAYERS/NON-SENDERS STICKY!!

Philip - that PM is mind boggling. Yikes. And it's particularly disturbing in the context of numerous others also being stiffed. When someone says they will pay you, then doesn't pay, it is almost always a cashflow issue. Jonathan should just own up to that and say he needs more time to get his cas...
by ClarkstonMark
March 23rd, 2020, 8:18 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Berserkers Video Meets - Schedule/Info inside
Replies: 206
Views: 12175

Re: Berserkers Video Meets - Schedule/Info inside

Set one up every day at 7-9PM Eastern and 7-9 PM pacific, and just let people show up when they can.
Set it up so anyone can launch/start/host the meeting (assuming zoom allows that, I know Teams does)
Will take any stress out of the decision process

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