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by Michel Abood
February 19th, 2019, 6:54 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Eating and Drinking in Paris
Replies: 310
Views: 25054

Re: Eating and Drinking in Paris (Updated November 2018)

I just got back from 3 weeks in France and had some amazing meals (shocking, I know). Favorite places included: -Shu (Kushiage style literal underground hole in the wall - it was an old coal storage basement, Chef is NY-born, CA-raised, and worked in Tokyo and Paris before opening this in 2009): htt...
by Michel Abood
February 6th, 2019, 12:51 am
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Is France Safe for Travel
Replies: 53
Views: 2816

Re: Is France Safe for Travel

Not Paris but Angers yesterday (Tuesday). There was a joint Gillets Jaunes (Yellow Jackets), union (CGT) and school kids demonstration. Everyone was very motivated but happy, and as one person told me, "Make fun of the French all you want, but at least we still fight for our rights." Hard to argue w...
by Michel Abood
February 2nd, 2019, 3:53 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Eating and Drinking in Paris
Replies: 310
Views: 25054

Re: Eating and Drinking in Paris (Updated November 2018)

Dinner last night with Andrew and my British ex-pat buddy Neil at Paul Bert was fantastic. Felt like I was home. IMG_20190201_205150.jpg Fried monkfish cheeks IMG_20190201_205219.jpg Herve Souhaut St Joseph Clos des Cessieux IMG_20190201_210817.jpg Côte de Boeuf for 2 IMG_20190201_210843.jpg Frites ...
by Michel Abood
January 29th, 2019, 4:07 pm
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Paris in February? Where to Stay?
Replies: 101
Views: 4916

Re: Paris in February? Where to Stay?

I'm in Montpellier until Wednesday 30th, happy to meet up 31st or 1st. I have an early morning TGV to Angers for the trade shows on Sunday so I'd rather stay home and sleep early on Saturday.
by Michel Abood
January 25th, 2019, 5:48 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Eating and Drinking in Paris
Replies: 310
Views: 25054

Re: Eating and Drinking in Paris (Updated November 2018)

Going to CAM Import/Export this Sunday :) #thesmiths I took Mike Grammer to Amarante on a Sunday and it was pretty good, iirc. Hate you. [cheers.gif] I'll strongly support all the recommendations for Clown Bar, as well as the others folks mentioned. Brutos is also on my favorites list for Sunday di...
by Michel Abood
January 24th, 2019, 7:37 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Eating and Drinking in Paris
Replies: 310
Views: 25054

Re: Eating and Drinking in Paris (Updated November 2018)

Going to CAM Import/Export this Sunday :) #thesmiths I took Mike Grammer to Amarante on a Sunday and it was pretty good, iirc. Hate you. [cheers.gif] I'll strongly support all the recommendations for Clown Bar, as well as the others folks mentioned. Brutos is also on my favorites list for Sunday di...
by Michel Abood
January 24th, 2019, 7:32 am
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Paris in February? Where to Stay?
Replies: 101
Views: 4916

Re: Paris in February? Where to Stay?

Can't wait to be back, leaving Friday for 3 weeks in France.
by Michel Abood
January 21st, 2019, 6:21 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN- 2005 Allemand Cornas les Chaillots
Replies: 13
Views: 931

Re: TN- 2005 Allemand Cornas les Chaillots

Wow, talk about a blast from the past!
by Michel Abood
January 20th, 2019, 5:05 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Unfashionable Alsace making a comeback?
Replies: 45
Views: 3106

Re: Unfashionable Alsace making a comeback?

Something doesn’t compute here: restaurant sommeliers are pushing orange, borderline flawed “natural” and other wierd-ass wines...and Alsatian wines are a hard sell? And for anyone who thinks that Alsace should get out of the Riesling business, put together a tasting of Schlossbergs from Weinbach, ...
by Michel Abood
January 19th, 2019, 10:45 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Unfashionable Alsace making a comeback?
Replies: 45
Views: 3106

Re: Unfashionable Alsace making a comeback?

As an importer, we took a gamble on a small producer of biodynamic Alsatian wines this year ( http://vincent-fleith.com/ ) despite my better instincts. The price was right and the quality outstanding. I knew it would be a very tough sell, but even I wasn't prepared for the resistance. Buyers love t...
by Michel Abood
December 23rd, 2018, 4:24 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Eating and Drinking in Paris
Replies: 310
Views: 25054

Re: Eating and Drinking in Paris (Updated November 2018)

Yes, sorry, I should have mentioned that. It's a standing room only place, from what I remember. It's also first come first served, so getting there earlier is better. It's more of a riff on a tapas bar.
by Michel Abood
December 23rd, 2018, 2:16 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Eating and Drinking in Paris
Replies: 310
Views: 25054

Re: Eating and Drinking in Paris (Updated November 2018)

Thanks! Sounds like no-ones been to Pur. I love fish, so am likely going back to L'escalier du Bistro. The other choices are le grand bains (never been but recommended by Paris by Mouth) and Au Passage. Any opinions on the relative merits of those three? Never been to any of those places, but for f...
by Michel Abood
December 12th, 2018, 2:01 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Eating and Drinking in Paris
Replies: 310
Views: 25054

Re: Eating and Drinking in Paris (Updated November 2018)

Tom G l a s g o w wrote:
December 12th, 2018, 8:43 am
Thanks all.
Before you go make sure you check Wendy Lyn's website, she regularly posts about places that open in August (and during/after the end-of-year holidays). She lives there and does high-end tours of interesting places.
by Michel Abood
December 12th, 2018, 1:59 pm
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Is France Safe for Travel
Replies: 53
Views: 2816

Re: Is France Safe for Travel

Was in Provence earlier this fall. We saw armed guards in almost all the train stations in the larger towns. The guards actually made me more nervous because they stare you down. The TSA folks just touch you. Honestly, that's been the case since the 1980s. They've had heavily armed soldiers at airp...
by Michel Abood
December 7th, 2018, 11:54 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Vinland -- Portland, ME
Replies: 5
Views: 568

Re: Vinland -- Portland, ME

Glad to hear it's back on point. BTW the Il Farneto Rio Rocca is a wine we import, was it the Spergola or the Berzmein (Marzemino)? In any case hope you enjoyed it and that it went well with the dish. Thank you for sharing that...it was the Spèrgle. Just a lovely white that paired beautifully with ...
by Michel Abood
December 5th, 2018, 10:47 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Vinland -- Portland, ME
Replies: 5
Views: 568

Re: Vinland -- Portland, ME

My wife and I ate at Vinland last Thursday. For those of you who are not familiar with the restaurant, it's chef/owner is attempting to create the Noma of Maine: all ingredients are sourced from New England, with 90% from Maine. That means no pepper, no olive oil, no lemons, etc. It got a lot of bu...
by Michel Abood
November 26th, 2018, 9:49 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Michel Abood Article from Seven Fifty
Replies: 32
Views: 1930

Re: Michel Abood Article from Seven Fifty

Andrew Kotowski wrote:
November 23rd, 2018, 6:04 pm
jordan whitehead wrote:
November 21st, 2018, 4:45 pm
Who?
I didn’t realize I was eating dinner with a superhero; I always assumed he was a bit of a Joker ;)
Uuuuuugh. [banhim.gif]
by Michel Abood
November 26th, 2018, 9:47 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Michel Abood Article from Seven Fifty
Replies: 32
Views: 1930

Re: Michel Abood Article from Seven Fifty

Michel, Loved the writeup. Couldn't tell from your website: where can I find out where your wines are available in CA? Paul, our wines are available in most of CA, through retailers around the state. Is there any store in particular you're thinking of? For most states I'd need to check with our loc...
by Michel Abood
November 20th, 2018, 9:01 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Michel Abood Article from Seven Fifty
Replies: 32
Views: 1930

Re: Michel Abood Article from Seven Fifty

Mark Cochard wrote:
November 20th, 2018, 8:50 am
Michel Abood wrote:
November 20th, 2018, 8:33 am
Mark Cochard wrote:
November 20th, 2018, 7:55 am
OK, I'll look for the Fleur de l'Europe Brut Nature.

Let me know if you are interested in getting distribution in Delaware.
I work at a wine store in Wilmington.
Mark, let's talk. We are in MD, VA and DC but not DE (yet).
PM Sent
Hah hah I think our emails crossed simultaneously!
by Michel Abood
November 20th, 2018, 8:33 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Michel Abood Article from Seven Fifty
Replies: 32
Views: 1930

Re: Michel Abood Article from Seven Fifty

Mark Cochard wrote:
November 20th, 2018, 7:55 am
OK, I'll look for the Fleur de l'Europe Brut Nature.

Let me know if you are interested in getting distribution in Delaware.
I work at a wine store in Wilmington.
Mark, let's talk. We are in MD, VA and DC but not DE (yet).
by Michel Abood
November 20th, 2018, 7:33 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Michel Abood Article from Seven Fifty
Replies: 32
Views: 1930

Re: Michel Abood Article from Seven Fifty

Philly and Wilmington This is the one I am looking for Champagne Fleury Notes Blanches Brut Nature. Only the Blanc de Noir and Rose show up on wine searcher. Hi Mark, we actually didn't import the Notes Blanches as there wasn't availability this year. Right now we're working with the BdN, Rose and ...
by Michel Abood
November 19th, 2018, 5:46 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Michel Abood Article from Seven Fifty
Replies: 32
Views: 1930

Re: Michel Abood Article from Seven Fifty

Michel, Loved the writeup. Couldn't tell from your website: where can I find out where your wines are available in CA? Paul, our wines are available in most of CA, through retailers around the state. Is there any store in particular you're thinking of? For most states I'd need to check with our loc...
by Michel Abood
November 19th, 2018, 5:42 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Michel Abood Article from Seven Fifty
Replies: 32
Views: 1930

Re: Michel Abood Article from Seven Fifty

Mark Cochard wrote:
November 19th, 2018, 10:40 am
Michel, Can you let me know where I can get Champagne Fleury. Doing a tasting and need something from the Aube. You can PM me if you don't want to advertise.
Hey Mark, Fleury is in NY in a bunch of places, where are you located?
by Michel Abood
November 19th, 2018, 9:43 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Michel Abood Article from Seven Fifty
Replies: 32
Views: 1930

Re: Michel Abood Article from Seven Fifty

Jorge Henriquez wrote:
November 19th, 2018, 9:28 am
Couldn’t happen to a nicer guy(s).
Ah, I see my check cleared. [snort.gif]
by Michel Abood
November 19th, 2018, 9:18 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Michel Abood Article from Seven Fifty
Replies: 32
Views: 1930

Re: Michel Abood Article from Seven Fifty

Michel, congrats! Great write-up. I'm back in the city so let me know next time you're in town. Where are you in CA? Hey Drew, welcome back to NYC! I moved to Solana Beach, just north of San Diego, 2 years ago to open the CA market. I'll be back in NYC in late January on my way to the trade shows i...
by Michel Abood
November 16th, 2018, 1:46 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Michel Abood Article from Seven Fifty
Replies: 32
Views: 1930

Re: Michel Abood Article from Seven Fifty

The only drawback for from clicking through to this very nice article is that he is pictured, smiling and non-demonic, meaning I have to drop the illusion that his avatar is not how he actually looks [cheers.gif] Jonathan Fake News. I used a pic from the Intertubes for the article. Thanks all for t...
by Michel Abood
November 9th, 2018, 6:50 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: New York City Restaurants
Replies: 2571
Views: 168437

Re: New York City Restaurants

faryan your review seems to be the consensus of most people i've spoken to i guess i'll still go but i'm certainly in no rush to get there +1 Several friends have been to UPN and reported the same thing. Pizzas are good, not great, and certainly not worth the coin. Funny enough we did a pizza crawl...
by Michel Abood
October 22nd, 2018, 12:15 pm
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Paris in February? Where to Stay?
Replies: 101
Views: 4916

Re: Paris in February? Where to Stay?

Corey N. wrote:
October 22nd, 2018, 10:18 am
^ Thanks Vic.
+2, some interesting stuff in there. I'd been hearing about more and more developments on the edges of Paris, so it's nice to see it's coming true. Can't wait to be there in February myself.
by Michel Abood
October 12th, 2018, 8:38 am
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Paris in February? Where to Stay?
Replies: 101
Views: 4916

Re: Paris in February? Where to Stay?

All -- as of this morning, it's looking increasingly likely that we will have a full week. Better to spend the full week in Paris (with perhaps a couple day trips) or change our base of operations for a couple days? I would use Paris as a base of operations and take the TGV to whatever region inter...
by Michel Abood
October 11th, 2018, 3:11 pm
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Paris in February? Where to Stay?
Replies: 101
Views: 4916

Re: Paris in February? Where to Stay?

Ok, so this made me really miss Paris. Need a subscription, so "Bob Hope" is now an avid reader of the UK Times, apparently from the grave. Love, love, loved the food and vibe here, with a huge shout-out to Michel for passing this along wayyyyy before it was on anybody's radar. I still dream of Ang...
by Michel Abood
October 9th, 2018, 12:18 pm
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Paris in February? Where to Stay?
Replies: 101
Views: 4916

Re: Paris in February? Where to Stay?

Michael Klein wrote:
October 9th, 2018, 9:52 am
both careless and carless :)
Well you can be careless if you're carless, but not the other way around, for sure. [snort.gif]
by Michel Abood
October 8th, 2018, 10:47 pm
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Paris in February? Where to Stay?
Replies: 101
Views: 4916

Re: Paris in February? Where to Stay?

Howard Cooper wrote:
October 8th, 2018, 2:33 pm
If you are going to be careless, Beaune is a much more enjoyable place to walk around than is Reims.
He should be careless, he's on vacation! Go crazy, have fun! But yeah, Beaune is better for wine-related shenanigans than Reims, though the cathedral in Reims is a sight to behold.
by Michel Abood
October 5th, 2018, 10:09 am
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Paris in February? Where to Stay?
Replies: 101
Views: 4916

Re: Paris in February? Where to Stay?

The cellars are always cold. The difference I assume would be that in January or February the outside also would be cold (never been in January or February so have only a limited ability to comment. In January, the cellars almost feel warm compared to outside. You'll want/need layers. The cold seem...
by Michel Abood
September 21st, 2018, 12:05 pm
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Paris in February? Where to Stay?
Replies: 101
Views: 4916

Re: Paris in February? Where to Stay?

I go to Paris in February, and will be there in 2019 at that time. I usually stay in the 9th, but as others have mentioned the 6th is very centrally located and easy to navigate from. The weather won't be too cold (mid-40s, sometimes even 50sF), though it does get dark early. That said, there are WA...
by Michel Abood
August 23rd, 2018, 4:56 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Favorite Zero Dosage Producers
Replies: 22
Views: 1000

Re: Favorite Zero Dosage Producers

Tarlant, Fleury, Ledru, Bereche, Larmandier Bernier
by Michel Abood
August 14th, 2018, 10:14 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: IG (Instagram) from WBers?
Replies: 195
Views: 10820

Re: IG (Instagram) from WBers?

Alan Eden wrote:
August 14th, 2018, 4:38 pm
Wont this thread get really slow if its pulling pictures from IG ?
Or if you're on dial up.
dial-up-to-the-old-school-internet-22-photos-216.jpg
by Michel Abood
August 14th, 2018, 4:29 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: IG (Instagram) from WBers?
Replies: 195
Views: 10820

Re: IG (Instagram) from WBers?

by Michel Abood
July 27th, 2018, 8:40 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: New York City Restaurants
Replies: 2571
Views: 168437

New York City Restaurants

I've been to Noreetuh in the East Village twice in recent weeks, and both times were great. The food is Hawaiian with Asian influences, not fancy but interesting, good quality and good thought behind the dishes and combinations. The owner loves wine, welcomes BYO and the wine service is top-notch. ...
by Michel Abood
July 24th, 2018, 12:24 pm
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Adventures in Paris
Replies: 429
Views: 27315

Adventures in Paris

This made me laugh. To my twin five year old boys, there is no discussion - it’s clealy “pain au chocolat.” The funny part? The minute you see the dark rounds on the wall, any good Parisian will immediately know this as filmed at Poilane :) http://www.bbc.com/travel/story/20180723-whats-in-a-name-f...
by Michel Abood
July 11th, 2018, 12:02 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2015 or 2016 for muscadet?
Replies: 23
Views: 972

2015 or 2016 for muscadet?

My ranking so far:
1- 2014= gorgeous and balanced, bright
2- 2016= very pretty with slightly bigger fruit than 2014 but more acidity and balance and verve than 2015s
3- 2015= fat and hedonistic, easy drinking with some higher alcohol levels evident as time goes on, not my favorite
by Michel Abood
July 11th, 2018, 8:15 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TNs--Mike on Tour, California, July 5 at Steve and Misuk's in San Marcos
Replies: 19
Views: 837

TNs--Mike on Tour, California, July 5 at Steve and Misuk's in San Marcos

That was a lot of fun, Mike it was good seeing you after 10 (!) years. The wines were very interesting, some more to my liking (Burgundy, Clos Pepe, white Zin skin-contact) than others (SQN - while interesting to try, sorry that's not Pinot Noir, it was more like spoofy Syrah wannabe for me). That s...
by Michel Abood
July 6th, 2018, 2:24 pm
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Adventures in Paris
Replies: 429
Views: 27315

Adventures in Paris

God I miss Paris.
by Michel Abood
July 6th, 2018, 2:15 pm
Forum: BYO Forum - Wine at Restaurants
Topic: New York City, aka Manhattan and the boroughs BYO
Replies: 676
Views: 81711

New York City, aka Manhattan and the boroughs BYO

Paul Jaouen wrote:La Mangeoire is closing on July 15th after 43 years. Lots of memories of great wine dinners there with many good friends. Sad to see it go.
Oh wow, what a shame. As you said, lots of great memories (both my and Kevin Wagner's going-away parties were held there, among many other dinners).
by Michel Abood
July 1st, 2018, 4:21 pm
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Adventures in Paris
Replies: 429
Views: 27315

Adventures in Paris

Jesus, that's INSANE.
by Michel Abood
June 29th, 2018, 11:54 am
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Adventures in Paris
Replies: 429
Views: 27315

Adventures in Paris

Andrew, you're killing me. Pretty much everyone I know is in Paris right now for vastly different reasons, oddly enough. And yes, I am really missing Cam.

San Diego could learn a thing or 10 from Paris... Sigh...
by Michel Abood
May 17th, 2018, 1:06 pm
Forum: Commerce Corner - Wine Classifieds
Topic: Looking to Trade: Wine Cellar - TRADED
Replies: 13
Views: 1247

Looking to Trade: Wine Cellar

Pics or this didn't happen.
by Michel Abood
May 17th, 2018, 12:12 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Silvaner, a Lovely yet Unloved Spring Wine, Needs Friends~NYTimes
Replies: 20
Views: 847

Silvaner, a Lovely yet Unloved Spring Wine, Needs Friends~NYTimes

We import a Sylvaner from Vincent Fleith that I consider excellent (duh or I wouldn't import it) and I have to say it's been a slog, though that seems to be changing ever so slightly finally. Buyers like it, the bottle shape, the label, the price, etc... yet don't pick it up for fear of not being ab...
by Michel Abood
May 15th, 2018, 8:31 am
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Visiting Champagne
Replies: 18
Views: 1218

Visiting Champagne

Ruinart. Period.

Their caves are magnificent and date back to the Roman era. And their Champagnes rock too. Also, les Crayeres and the Cathedral which is stunning, especially the Chagall stained windows in the back (though the structure itself is amazing).
by Michel Abood
May 14th, 2018, 3:01 pm
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Adventures in Paris
Replies: 429
Views: 27315

Adventures in Paris

Michael, I rent a flat in Paris every February and use it as a base of operations to go to trade shows and visit wineries. I can say that Paris in February is fantastic, despite the occasional chilly rain (and even rarer but prettier snowfall). The weather isn't as cold as say NYC, and there are way...

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