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by gene keenan
July 24th, 2013, 9:44 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Burger Vote
Replies: 146
Views: 3215

Burger Vote

The one and only Office Burger: http://la.eater.com/archives/2013/04/19/sang_yoon_on_the_history_of_the_fathers_office_burger.php It's kind of funny that he thinks ketchup is too strong of a flavor and then he loads the burger up with onion confit and blue cheese. He should have just said he doesn'...
by gene keenan
July 24th, 2013, 9:40 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Hospices Auction Group issues with non-delivery of Burgundy
Replies: 722
Views: 44008

Hospices Auction Group issues with non-delivery of Burgundy

I have a novel thought. How about if one of the people who thinks that David is the second incarnation of Bernie Madoff sends him a message that says, "david, I know you took on the thankless volunteer job of trying to get a bunch of Burgundy collectors an incomparably rare series of wines at a bar...
by gene keenan
July 23rd, 2013, 5:55 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Best steak houses in the country?
Replies: 72
Views: 1850

Best steak houses in the country?

I used to dislike grass fed beef and preferred the creaminess of grain fed. But over the past few years, I have had a few really good examples of grass fed. There is sort of a revolution going on with beef as a number of artisan farms are turning out small amounts of carefully raised beef. You won'...
by gene keenan
July 23rd, 2013, 3:30 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Corked Bottles: Post Yours Here For An Online Study
Replies: 575
Views: 31944

Corked Bottles: Post Yours Here For An Online Study

An entire case of Fortaleza tequila. Not purchased all at once. Kept returning bottle after bottle until after the third one we just opened the remaining bottles. All rotten. Apparently Fortaleza was notorious at the time for really tainted corks. Seems to be cleared up now. This happened once with ...
by gene keenan
July 23rd, 2013, 2:04 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Your Sommelier for This Evening . . .
Replies: 23
Views: 1105

Your Sommelier for This Evening . . .

I thought this was going to be a cross post of the water sommelier from the Patina Group in LA. http://www.latimes.com/features/food/dailydish/la-dd-20-dollar-bottles-of-water-sommelier-water-menu-making-a-splash-in-la-20130711,0,5355011.story "Riese recommends Voss, with its bitter notes, for salad...
by gene keenan
July 23rd, 2013, 1:56 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Best steak houses in the country?
Replies: 72
Views: 1850

Best steak houses in the country?

Not a fan of beef aged past the 5-6 week mark. I like my beef to taste like beef not blue cheese.

That list is a joke though. I love house of Prime Rib but they are not a steak house.
by gene keenan
July 23rd, 2013, 1:37 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Burger Vote
Replies: 146
Views: 3215

Burger Vote

The one and only Office Burger: http://la.eater.com/archives/2013/04/19/sang_yoon_on_the_history_of_the_fathers_office_burger.php It's kind of funny that he thinks ketchup is too strong of a flavor and then he loads the burger up with onion confit and blue cheese. He should have just said he doesn'...
by gene keenan
July 23rd, 2013, 11:27 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Hospices Auction Group issues with non-delivery of Burgundy
Replies: 722
Views: 44008

Hospices Auction Group issues with non-delivery of Burgundy

Where is Jay Hack when you need him? <snip>I met David Klinger when I was in Chicago in May. He was, needless to say, rather annoyed at people claiming that he was the Madoff of the wine world. <snip> If it looks like a duck, swims like a duck... But seriously. Years of NO communication?!?!? Glad I...
by gene keenan
July 22nd, 2013, 1:25 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Offsite Wine Storage Facilities affected by Hurricane Sandy
Replies: 625
Views: 40957

Offsite Wine Storage Facilities affected by Hurricane Sandy

Yes. I see they're still sticking to the "95% is fine" line, but I noted this: " nder questioning at a creditors’ meeting in March, [WineCare founder Derek] Limbocker revealed that floodwaters and humidity lifted the labels off as many as 100 cases; cardboard boxes containing the wines disintegrate...
by gene keenan
July 22nd, 2013, 11:40 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Corked Bottles: Post Yours Here For An Online Study
Replies: 575
Views: 31944

Corked Bottles: Post Yours Here For An Online Study

alan weinberg wrote:did anything ever come of this "study" in corked wines beside the conclusion that some wines are corked? Corked last night was 85 G. Noellat Beaux Monts.
alan
Yes, corked wines suck. [snort.gif]
by gene keenan
July 22nd, 2013, 11:10 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Offsite Wine Storage Facilities affected by Hurricane Sandy
Replies: 625
Views: 40957

Offsite Wine Storage Facilities affected by Hurricane Sandy

Yes. I see they're still sticking to the "95% is fine" line, but I noted this: " nder questioning at a creditors’ meeting in March, [WineCare founder Derek] Limbocker revealed that floodwaters and humidity lifted the labels off as many as 100 cases; cardboard boxes containing the wines disintegrate...
by gene keenan
July 20th, 2013, 11:22 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: sf restaurant advice
Replies: 146
Views: 4864

sf restaurant advice

i know these 2 restaurants are old news, but the menus (i specifically look at the app's to avoid lengthy visits) at both danko and mina look amazing. i've been to both, but the offerings at least sound amazing! It's been a while but Danko by a wide margin. Such a perfect place. Second in the city ...
by gene keenan
July 18th, 2013, 10:34 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Offsite Wine Storage Facilities affected by Hurricane Sandy
Replies: 625
Views: 40957

Offsite Wine Storage Facilities affected by Hurricane Sandy

Corey N. wrote:They are invoicing customers for wine that they can't access? Are they at least giving you a (hefty) discount?

That's f*cking chutzpah.
This. Unbelievable douche bags.
by gene keenan
July 18th, 2013, 12:34 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Chanterelles
Replies: 19
Views: 786

Chanterelles

Try an experiment: freeze some of them raw in a block of water.
by gene keenan
July 17th, 2013, 2:00 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Offsite Wine Storage Facilities affected by Hurricane Sandy
Replies: 625
Views: 40957

Offsite Wine Storage Facilities affected by Hurricane Sandy

There was a fresh Winecare update today, they expect to have access back sometime in August, but advise it will take time to work through the expected influx of delivery and inspection requests. They will handle them ion order received (they are not yet taking access orders) I will hope to get acce...
by gene keenan
July 17th, 2013, 3:45 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: sf restaurant advice
Replies: 146
Views: 4864

sf restaurant advice

The only thing I don't like about Blue Bottle is that they are snobs but in this instance snobbery matches the quality. I agree with the first part. Last time we were in SF we rented an apartment that didn't have a coffee grinder. If course they would not pre-grind a pound for me (got a lecture eve...
by gene keenan
July 16th, 2013, 4:19 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: sf restaurant advice
Replies: 146
Views: 4864

sf restaurant advice

Merrill, not sure if coffee is your thing, but I'd pass on Blue Bottle too. Not worth the hype and certainly not worth the wait (a 30 minute wait for coffee!?!). Disagree. I have been to Blue Bottle a few hundred times and it is totally worthy of the hype. The care that is put into their bean selec...
by gene keenan
July 15th, 2013, 9:50 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: sf restaurant advice
Replies: 146
Views: 4864

sf restaurant advice

mark rudner wrote:now that we're done with sd, any thoughts on swan oyster bar?
Swan is fun. Another old school place. Have not been though since Bourdain has been there. Many of the places he went to really suck now. I am guessing swan is impervious to the Bourdain effect.
by gene keenan
July 15th, 2013, 9:45 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: sf restaurant advice
Replies: 146
Views: 4864

sf restaurant advice

The service I had when there last summer was abrupt, almost off-handish. The kind of service you get in the suburbs when you arrive close to the time the staff wants to go home, but they have to serve you anyway. I and the 2 parties near me felt unwelcome, I guess I would put it. And not by just on...
by gene keenan
July 13th, 2013, 3:57 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: sf restaurant advice
Replies: 146
Views: 4864

sf restaurant advice

Grow up: get over yourself.
by gene keenan
July 11th, 2013, 12:41 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Offsite Wine Storage Facilities affected by Hurricane Sandy
Replies: 625
Views: 40957

Offsite Wine Storage Facilities affected by Hurricane Sandy

How many of you plan on leaving wine with them? I can't imagine giving them continued business after the way they treated everyone.
by gene keenan
July 9th, 2013, 2:13 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Saxum Summer 2013 Offer
Replies: 30
Views: 2317

Saxum Summer 2013 Offer

oy vey. I am so broke but I do love the Saxum. Good thing I just sold a bunch of California Pinot. First wave here.
by gene keenan
July 9th, 2013, 1:11 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: sf restaurant advice
Replies: 146
Views: 4864

sf restaurant advice

def'ly giving bar tartine strong consideration any other locals have some insight for me? Not local, but I always enjoy Bar Tartine when I visit SF. Though I do miss the wonderful thyme and black pepper gougeres from the old menu. They changed the way I make gougeres. You can still buy the gougeres...
by gene keenan
July 9th, 2013, 1:08 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: sf restaurant advice
Replies: 146
Views: 4864

sf restaurant advice

Went to Slanted Door for lunch last Saturday and it was incredibly disappointing. Certainly no better than any good Vietnamese restaurant in Chicago. The shaking beef was 6 smallish pieces of bland overcooked fillet. The other dishes were somewhat better but nothing "wowed" me. Four of us enjoyed d...
by gene keenan
July 8th, 2013, 6:17 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: sf restaurant advice
Replies: 146
Views: 4864

sf restaurant advice

Hit RN74 and AQ over the weekend. Both places were very solid with AQ just edging out. The pork dish at RN74 was great. AQ was more creative through out their courses. Also enjoyed City View and Slanted Door for lunch. Great weekend all around! I still like SD despite all the lack of love for them ...
by gene keenan
July 8th, 2013, 6:13 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: sf restaurant advice
Replies: 146
Views: 4864

sf restaurant advice

Mike Miller wrote:Let me put in my pitch for Zuni Cafe. I just love the place. Part of it may be that there are no similar restaurants in Texas. But everything is simply prepared with impeccably fresh ingredients and very well done. The knock on the place is that "That's not cooking, that's shoppin...
by gene keenan
July 8th, 2013, 6:11 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: sf restaurant advice
Replies: 146
Views: 4864

sf restaurant advice

Linda Baehr wrote:Another pretty high profile restaurant that I never hear anything about in these threads is Incanto. I've never been. Any thoughts out there?
Incanto sucks.

Chris is too obsessed with TV and celebrity to pay any attention to his restaurant. Not that Incanto was ever that great...
by gene keenan
July 3rd, 2013, 1:38 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: RUDY KURNIAWAN & GLOBAL WINE AUCTION FRAUD THREAD (MERGED)
Replies: 8829
Views: 1322294

RUDY KURNIAWAN & GLOBAL WINE AUCTION FRAUD THREAD (MERGED)

The reason for not following through with the approved depositions could very well be due to budgetary restraints. There are recent events in the press that could answer why. and you are referring to? It could be construed as a political post so I am not stating. I am off for the 4th. CU everyone.
by gene keenan
July 3rd, 2013, 11:19 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: RUDY KURNIAWAN & GLOBAL WINE AUCTION FRAUD THREAD (MERGED)
Replies: 8829
Views: 1322294

RUDY KURNIAWAN & GLOBAL WINE AUCTION FRAUD THREAD (MERGED)

D.Callahan wrote:The reason for not following through with the approved depositions could very well be due to budgetary restraints.
There are recent events in the press that could answer why.
by gene keenan
July 2nd, 2013, 9:49 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: No A/C = Wine Rescue
Replies: 24
Views: 1481

No A/C = Wine Rescue

I had a case of wine get over heated last year and had major leakage. It was my fault. I had brought them home and set them next to a heater vent. Anyways, I drank some of these a year later and they were still ok. A bit advanced tasting because they had lost some of the fresh fruit but were still s...
by gene keenan
June 25th, 2013, 10:01 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: San Francisco PSA - SOMM movie and Rajat Parr
Replies: 21
Views: 1007

San Francisco PSA - SOMM movie and Rajat Parr

With all due respect, I find it difficult to imagine this as a Public Service Announcement. That there will be a special showing of a movie presumably of interest to many people here? I don't find it difficult at all. As much as wine is part of my everyday professional identity, I still feel that a...
by gene keenan
June 25th, 2013, 10:05 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: San Francisco PSA - SOMM movie and Rajat Parr
Replies: 21
Views: 1007

San Francisco PSA - SOMM movie and Rajat Parr

Wine grapes are the largest fruit crop and wine sales(and peripheral industries)account for a substantial slice of all commerce but we get few videos to latch onto. As a result, I found myself nearly thanking the producers of the film prior to seeing it. Well, having saw it, I can say that it gave ...
by gene keenan
June 24th, 2013, 9:29 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: San Francisco PSA - SOMM movie and Rajat Parr
Replies: 21
Views: 1007

San Francisco PSA - SOMM movie and Rajat Parr

K Koda wrote:Gene, that link you listed is for Master of Wine - which is very different that Master Sommelier.

I kmow: Sommelier is linked in that article.
by gene keenan
June 24th, 2013, 9:17 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: San Francisco PSA - SOMM movie and Rajat Parr
Replies: 21
Views: 1007

San Francisco PSA - SOMM movie and Rajat Parr

Nick Ryan wrote:One thing I'm wondering... apparently you can keep taking the test again and again until you pass all three parts? So the percentage of anyone passing in a given year is low, but what's the percentage of all takers who pass eventually?
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Master_of_Wine
by gene keenan
June 23rd, 2013, 9:52 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: San Francisco PSA - SOMM movie and Rajat Parr
Replies: 21
Views: 1007

San Francisco PSA - SOMM movie and Rajat Parr

Wow - we must have seen different movies. Anyone who knows Ian, Brian and especially DLynn would never use the word arrogant. I do not know Dustin as well as the others, but he has never rubbed me as arrogant at all. Remember the movie is called SOMM not WINE, this is not a movie about wine, it is ...
by gene keenan
June 23rd, 2013, 7:28 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: San Francisco PSA - SOMM movie and Rajat Parr
Replies: 21
Views: 1007

San Francisco PSA - SOMM movie and Rajat Parr

The film confirmed my suspicions: Most somms are arrogant twats. The characters were painful unsympathetic DB's. Too much about tasting (which lets face it is as exciting as watching paint dry unless you are participating) instead of why wine is so fracking amazing and why it drives people to do ins...
by gene keenan
June 23rd, 2013, 7:11 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Picnic/BBQ in Napa Advice Needed - 80th Bday
Replies: 4
Views: 323

Picnic/BBQ in Napa Advice Needed - 80th Bday

Z Scheiner wrote:Rutherford Hill has picnic spots with shade and beautiful views of the valley. Haven't actually had a big picnic there but it's worth checking out.
Thanks. I will check it out. Someone else mentioned Pope Valley. Definitely off the beaten path... http://www.popevalleywinery.com
by gene keenan
June 23rd, 2013, 4:06 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Picnic/BBQ in Napa Advice Needed - 80th Bday
Replies: 4
Views: 323

Picnic/BBQ in Napa Advice Needed - 80th Bday

It's my moms 80th this July.

Looking for some killer suggestions on a winery that would allow a picnic/BBQ:

Prefer a place off the beaten path for about 10 people.

Thanks in advance.
by gene keenan
June 23rd, 2013, 12:43 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: SF Dim Sum Rec?
Replies: 32
Views: 945

SF Dim Sum Rec?

coi palace
by gene keenan
June 16th, 2013, 7:34 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: The Smoker Thread - recipes, techniques, ideas
Replies: 609
Views: 35071

The Smoker Thread - recipes, techniques, ideas

One of these: http://barbecuetricks.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/11/la_caja_china-300x218.jpg https://www.shoplatintouch.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2013/05/cooked-pig.jpg and a smoker attached to it: http://a248.e.akamai.net/origin-cdn.volusion.com/bfjr6.woam9/v/vspfiles/photos/LCC-A200-3.jpg?133425...
by gene keenan
May 17th, 2013, 5:59 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The Garagiste Thread (The Great Enabler) Back to Life
Replies: 3864
Views: 391815

The Garagiste Thread (The Great Enabler) Back to Life

Send them back. Other folks have. I just received my German mystery three pack. Two Hugel wines, one from 1972 and one from 1978. I cannot find any information on them. I did actually get one German wine that was for sale in Europe for 90E. I am disappointed to say the least. Not even in the ballpar...
by gene keenan
May 15th, 2013, 10:14 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: LastBottleWines.com (Last Bottle Wines) Deal Discussion Thread
Replies: 8048
Views: 540267

LastBottleWines.com (Last Bottle Wines) Deal Discussion Thread

I have gotten the last bottle once.
by gene keenan
May 13th, 2013, 8:16 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 1970 BV Private Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon
Replies: 21
Views: 690

TN: 1970 BV Private Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon

I haven't had this wine since the early 90's but it was fabulous back then.
by gene keenan
May 13th, 2013, 10:15 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: more on Bevmo
Replies: 16
Views: 1192

more on Bevmo

Bevmo sucks in California. Why would it be any better in Oregon? Nothing to see here folks. Move along.
by gene keenan
May 7th, 2013, 3:43 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The Garagiste Thread (The Great Enabler) Back to Life
Replies: 3864
Views: 391815

The Garagiste Thread (The Great Enabler) Back to Life

Same thing happened to me, i unsubscribed many months ago and started receiving offers again at the begining of May..i just clicked on the unsubscribe button. im guessing it was an attempt to lure me and others back....im not biting! it has been great not being on the list and buying juice ill be d...
by gene keenan
May 7th, 2013, 11:10 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Offsite Wine Storage Facilities affected by Hurricane Sandy
Replies: 625
Views: 40957

Offsite Wine Storage Facilities affected by Hurricane Sandy

I think that people that just want to get all their wine out of there are probably mad as hell. clearly you are: you posted this 3x [wow.gif] amazing to me that were coming up on the second half of the year and no one can access their wines or really has a sense of what the heck is going on. some v...
by gene keenan
May 3rd, 2013, 4:36 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: LastBottleWines.com (Last Bottle Wines) Deal Discussion Thread
Replies: 8048
Views: 540267

LastBottleWines.com (Last Bottle Wines) Deal Discussion Thread

Thoughts on the09 Ruston cab that's up right now? Tex? have not had the 09 but previous vintages were ok. $20 is about right and what it has sold for at Trader Joes. TJ's has carried almost the entire Ruston line up in the past. The Jeff Ames connection would make me take a flyer on it if I was buy...
by gene keenan
May 3rd, 2013, 9:32 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Napa Restaurant Reco
Replies: 42
Views: 1022

Napa Restaurant Reco

Bill Tex Landreth wrote:Go to the MP3 Jukebox on the wall and play Lola, get a PBR and enjoy.

Panchas for the win.
if you can get served.
by gene keenan
May 2nd, 2013, 10:30 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Napa Restaurant Reco
Replies: 42
Views: 1022

Napa Restaurant Reco

NickC wrote:waiter at bottega asked out my girlfriend when i was in the bathroom :\
ballsy
by gene keenan
May 1st, 2013, 2:26 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Parker on Twitter
Replies: 45
Views: 2316

Parker on Twitter

Seriously. 2,370 tweets. I just looked at the last 9 months of them, and not a single one is a reply. I don't think he understands that it is actually an interactive tool... Come on Eric! All you had to do to know he doesn't grasp what Twitter is was to look at the number of people he follows: 22 W...

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