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by Marshall Gelb
December 5th, 2018, 8:28 am
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Invasion of cruise ships and riverboats
Replies: 49
Views: 2955

Re: Invasion of cruise ships and riverboats

While in Prague, drinking a beer overlooking the city from a monastery, we met a couple from Pittsburgh that had just left Dubrovnik where they spent two weeks. Said they didn't leave the apartment when the cruise ships were in port. Crushing. Brig: We were in Dubrovnik in October and we were on a ...
by Marshall Gelb
December 5th, 2018, 8:23 am
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Invasion of cruise ships and riverboats
Replies: 49
Views: 2955

Re: Invasion of cruise ships and riverboats

One of several reasons we are likely going to skip Dubrovnik on a trip to the Balkans next summer. While in Prague, drinking a beer overlooking the city from a monastery, we met a couple from Pittsburgh that had just left Dubrovnik where they spent two weeks. Said they didn't leave the apartment wh...
by Marshall Gelb
December 5th, 2018, 7:57 am
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Any "NEW" New Orleans dining experiences?
Replies: 34
Views: 2960

Re: Any "NEW" New Orleans dining experiences?

Heading back down for our anniversary again in March. We are staying at the new "Nopsi" Hotel which we noticed being built last year. It is an old public service building and naturally has a new restaurant called "Public Service." The menu looks very interesting but I have not seen any reviews yet. ...
by Marshall Gelb
December 5th, 2018, 7:23 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: William & Mary Wine Co.
Replies: 117
Views: 11475

Re: William & Mary Wine Co.

What a great day - thank you all for your orders, interest and support. Not many have had the opportunity to try the wine, so I doubly appreciate the faith you all have in what I'm doing. If you are in the area please let me know, I'd love to run you through all the things I have going on. I notice...
by Marshall Gelb
November 30th, 2018, 12:22 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Eating and Drinking in Los Angeles
Replies: 1202
Views: 69450

Re: Eating and Drinking in Los Angeles

El Segundo Brewery visit? El Segundo is a million miles away from me but could do Monkish, Smog City or Phantom. Brian, our favorite place used to be right down the street from you. Maria's (Anza & PCH). Incredible carnitas and albondigas. Of course almost every Mexican restaurant in the South Bay ...
by Marshall Gelb
November 30th, 2018, 12:16 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Eating and Drinking in Los Angeles
Replies: 1202
Views: 69450

Re: Eating and Drinking in Los Angeles

Havent gone through the entire thread of late but we have had two excellent meals at "Dama" in DTLA. Very interesting food, excellent service, decent wine list and reasonable corkage. It its across the courtyard from Rosso Blu. I think, at one time, that it was actually a banana warehouse. Cheers! M...
by Marshall Gelb
November 27th, 2018, 10:49 am
Forum: Offline Planner
Topic: Falltacular 2019--Saturday, 2/16/2019 @ My Place In The OC
Replies: 131
Views: 7279

Re: Falltacular 2019--Saturday, 2/16/2019 @ My Place In The OC

Booked the King Suite at $124.... Thanks Mike!

Cheers!
Marshall
by Marshall Gelb
November 26th, 2018, 10:09 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Mushroom powder pasta?
Replies: 23
Views: 1328

Re: Mushroom powder pasta?

I have used dried porcini mixed with flour to dredge veal or chicken cutlets but have never used it for homemade pasta. Very interested in your results.


Cheers!
Marshall [cheers.gif]
by Marshall Gelb
November 26th, 2018, 9:59 am
Forum: Offline Planner
Topic: Falltacular 2019--Saturday, 2/16/2019 @ My Place In The OC
Replies: 131
Views: 7279

Re: Falltacular 2019--Saturday, 2/16/2019 @ My Place In The OC

Who is that Marhall guy? I wouldn't let him in!


Cheers! champagne.gif
Marshall
by Marshall Gelb
September 20th, 2018, 11:16 am
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Venice (Italy) help for a first timer
Replies: 141
Views: 11058

Re: Venice (Italy) help for a first timer

Restaurants are now all booked.....We had better walk quite a bit while we are there . Any other tips are still appreciated as we are basically just planning to "wander" the majority of the time.

Thanks again!

Cheers! [cheers.gif]

Marshall [berserker.gif]
by Marshall Gelb
August 17th, 2018, 7:54 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Mike After Tour--Thoughts on Cali 18 + Top 20 winery wines, top 25 overall (looong)
Replies: 30
Views: 2333

Re: Mike After Tour--Thoughts on Cali 18 + Top 20 winery wines, top 25 overall (looong)

Great write up, as usual! Sorry we only had a “surprise “ little visit together on this trip. Looking forward to Falltacular and your next visit.

Cheers!
Marshall
by Marshall Gelb
July 19th, 2018, 2:13 pm
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Venice (Italy) help for a first timer
Replies: 141
Views: 11058

Venice (Italy) help for a first timer

Matt: Sorry for the late response. Wonderful input and the private boat ride sounds fantastic! I would love to get his personal information.

Cheers!
Marshall [berserker.gif]
by Marshall Gelb
June 13th, 2018, 1:20 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Juge Vertical in NYC (June 3, 2018)
Replies: 33
Views: 2167

TN: Juge Vertical in NYC (June 3, 2018)

Excellent notes Jayson....highly appreciated. Lots of terrific data points. My only lament, not to sound too much like an old fart, is the price increases in Cornas. Years ago, the wines were hugely undervalued but times certainly change.


Cheers!
Marshall
by Marshall Gelb
June 13th, 2018, 1:08 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Don't Stop Me Now... OR The Young and Spend-y Thread
Replies: 242
Views: 14866

Don't Stop Me Now... OR The Young and Spend-y Thread

Yikes! About to turn 70, 2 grown kids and still buying. Purchases leaning more heavily to whites but still buying stuff that I will never get to see fully mature. [rofl.gif] [rofl.gif] Luckily, house is about paid off plus wife loves wine as much or more than me! Both girls have excellent palates an...
by Marshall Gelb
June 13th, 2018, 12:56 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The Big Parkerization Lie
Replies: 180
Views: 8253

The Big Parkerization Lie

She certainly admits her personal bias but the level of her bias is staggering. I gave up after reading about her earlier diet of junk food and trying to explain that everyone ate that way. Her arguments simply do not hold water and she probably realizes that the WA is sinking into obscurity and irr...
by Marshall Gelb
June 11th, 2018, 12:13 pm
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Travels with Smithsonian.
Replies: 1
Views: 274

Travels with Smithsonian.

I recently received a very nice brochure from Smithsonian offering some very attractive small group tours. Really piqued my interest! Has anyone here travelled with Smithsonian in the past? Any thoughts?

Thanks! [thankyou.gif]


Cheers!
Marshall [cheers.gif]
by Marshall Gelb
May 31st, 2018, 4:23 pm
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Budapest in March
Replies: 23
Views: 1940

Budapest in March

We are looking to go to Budapest in the fall of 2019. It is actually a Tauck Tour from Budapest to Bucharest but we will spend considerable time in the cities at both ends of the trip. I have just begun to research this and the restaurants in this thread look fantastic.

Cheers!
Marshall [cheers.gif]
by Marshall Gelb
May 21st, 2018, 12:58 pm
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Venice (Italy) help for a first timer
Replies: 141
Views: 11058

Venice (Italy) help for a first timer

We added Artisti. Will check out Al Squero. Thanks! Paul : It is now May and I gather you are either in or will be in Venice soon. Have an awesome trip and I look forward to your comments. Not so sure if I actually trust Ed son's opinions!!! [rofl.gif] [rofl.gif] [rofl.gif] Cheers! Marshall [berser...
by Marshall Gelb
May 21st, 2018, 12:41 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: CdP woes, and a very young 2001
Replies: 16
Views: 1261

CdP woes, and a very young 2001

Sorry, can’t agree to a popular generalization of the 2007vintage. I have had too many superb wines from this vintage. While I have had those that were overdone, they are vastly outnumbered by the great bottles. I have to agree with Jim as a blanket generalization of the vintage is simply unfair. F...
by Marshall Gelb
May 12th, 2018, 7:46 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Venetian and Friuli whites.....help needed!
Replies: 21
Views: 938

Venetian and Friuli whites.....help needed!

Thanks Jay: We are always on the lookout for interesting olive oils to bring home as well. I have been perusing a few wine lists as most are not available on line and continue to be amazed at how fairly priced many Italian wine lists are. In the past, we have had no problem accessing beautiful wines...
by Marshall Gelb
May 10th, 2018, 11:51 am
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Venice (Italy) help for a first timer
Replies: 141
Views: 11058

Venice (Italy) help for a first timer

Finally have our hotel rezzies....Hotel Ca' Pisani which Peter recommended. Now, I need to firm up some restaurants! Cheers! Marshall [berserker.gif] greetings young man. we pretty much tried all the most recommended restaurants that were listed here, but our faves were: osteria alle testiere (cast...
by Marshall Gelb
May 10th, 2018, 11:41 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Venetian and Friuli whites.....help needed!
Replies: 21
Views: 938

Venetian and Friuli whites.....help needed!

Fantastic! Thank you all for the suggestions....very much appreciated. I am actually going to look at a couple of restaurant wine lists to get the feel of the area and cross reference some of the producers mentioned. Peter: As an aside "Corte Sconta" is definitely on the short list! Keep 'em coming!...
by Marshall Gelb
May 9th, 2018, 4:06 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Venetian and Friuli whites.....help needed!
Replies: 21
Views: 938

Venetian and Friuli whites.....help needed!

Hi all: We are going to be in Venice for the first time this Fall. I already received a ton of good info about hotels and food but have to admit my ignorance [truce.gif] of the local wines, especially whites. Any wines, producers, etc. would be greatly appreciated. Feel free to throw some red knowle...
by Marshall Gelb
May 9th, 2018, 3:56 pm
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Venice (Italy) help for a first timer
Replies: 141
Views: 11058

Venice (Italy) help for a first timer

Finally have our hotel rezzies....Hotel Ca' Pisani which Peter recommended. Now, I need to firm up some restaurants! Cheers! Marshall [berserker.gif] greetings young man. we pretty much tried all the most recommended restaurants that were listed here, but our faves were: osteria alle testiere (cast...
by Marshall Gelb
May 9th, 2018, 3:46 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Recent New Orleans Eats
Replies: 134
Views: 11027

Recent New Orleans Eats

Still another question......has anyone been to Greg Sonnier's recently reopened "Gabrielle?" The man can cook! [berserker.gif] I had dinner at Gabrielle about a month ago. The gumbo and duck were insanely good, and I can’t think of anything our group of 5 had that we didn’t completely polish off. O...
by Marshall Gelb
March 24th, 2018, 7:33 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2015 Allemand - prices
Replies: 165
Views: 10800

2015 Allemand - prices

ouch. i guess ill just drink charlie's. [cheers.gif] Damn! I am old and retired and was planning on drinking yours! [wow.gif] flirtysmile Cheers! Marshall [berserker.gif] i'll pick you up on my way to charlie's. [cheers.gif] All I can contribute is the 2006 Reynard.......just in case I actually get...
by Marshall Gelb
March 24th, 2018, 7:23 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Bernie Visits Toronto--Actinolite: La Mouline, Brundlmayer, Carm, Arns, Others
Replies: 12
Views: 476

Bernie Visits Toronto--Actinolite: La Mouline, Brundlmayer, Carm, Arns, Others

Beautiful notes and pictures Mike & Tran...sounds like a wonderful evening. I was very glad to read how well the Arns cabernet showed. They are dear friends and I feel they make one of the most under rated and under the radar cabernets in Napa. In addition, in this era of crazy Napa prices, the wine...
by Marshall Gelb
March 24th, 2018, 7:07 am
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Venice (Italy) help for a first timer
Replies: 141
Views: 11058

Venice (Italy) help for a first timer

Finally have our hotel rezzies....Hotel Ca' Pisani which Peter recommended. Now, I need to firm up some restaurants! Cheers! Marshall [berserker.gif] Excellent choice of accommodations, Marshall! The breakfast spread at the Ca' Pisani is quite ample. If you have a late breakfast and load up, it can...
by Marshall Gelb
March 24th, 2018, 6:56 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Eating and Drinking in Los Angeles
Replies: 1202
Views: 69450

Eating and Drinking in Los Angeles

I would stick to Beachwood over Congregation. Next to Beachwood is https://www.yelp.com/biz/michaels-pizzeria-long-beach-2?frvs=True&osq=michael%27s Only been once (have been to his high end place on Naples a few times) and it was excellent. Depending on your location and driving routes, you could ...
by Marshall Gelb
March 24th, 2018, 6:42 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Recent New Orleans Eats
Replies: 134
Views: 11027

Recent New Orleans Eats

Still another question......has anyone been to Greg Sonnier's recently reopened "Gabrielle?" The man can cook! [berserker.gif] I had dinner at Gabrielle about a month ago. The gumbo and duck were insanely good, and I can’t think of anything our group of 5 had that we didn’t completely polish off. O...
by Marshall Gelb
March 20th, 2018, 4:47 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Olive Oil -- It's Here, It's Here!
Replies: 131
Views: 13881

Olive Oil -- It's Here, It's Here!

Different price point but the 2017 Tuscan oil offer is out from Rare Wine Company. I have been buying from them since 1995. The offer makes it very clear that this is a very short crop.Excellent oils!

Cheers!
Marshall
by Marshall Gelb
March 20th, 2018, 4:05 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2015 Allemand - prices
Replies: 165
Views: 10800

2015 Allemand - prices

Ed Gonzales wrote:ouch.

i guess ill just drink charlie's.

[cheers.gif]

Damn! I am old and retired and was planning on drinking yours! [wow.gif] flirtysmile


Cheers!
Marshall [berserker.gif]
by Marshall Gelb
March 7th, 2018, 10:58 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Pato Tuesdays with 05 Coche Corton Charlemagne, 99 Rouget Echezeaux, and 02 DRC Echezeaux
Replies: 8
Views: 642

Pato Tuesdays with 05 Coche Corton Charlemagne, 99 Rouget Echezeaux, and 02 DRC Echezeaux

Always surprised that Patina is not more popular. My family had a terrific dinner there not long ago and the place was empty. Granted, we brought along our own special bottles but the wine service was exemplary.
Edson, Buzz..... anytime for the Central Valley posse!

Cheers!
Marshall
by Marshall Gelb
March 5th, 2018, 12:26 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Recent New Orleans Eats
Replies: 134
Views: 11027

Recent New Orleans Eats

Still another question......has anyone been to Greg Sonnier's recently reopened "Gabrielle?" The man can cook!


Cheers!
Marshall [berserker.gif]
by Marshall Gelb
March 3rd, 2018, 3:56 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Experiences with sharing birth-year wines upon maturity
Replies: 45
Views: 2841

Experiences with sharing birth-year wines upon maturity

Unfortunately, I am all out of the '74 and '78 vintages! [snort.gif] However, I can say with certainty the kids thoroughly enjoyed all the Bordeaux, Barolo and California cabs that we drank together. I only wish I had more and still look for some to backfill. They are both experienced drinkers and p...
by Marshall Gelb
March 1st, 2018, 10:06 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Peru Recommendations?
Replies: 13
Views: 1083

Peru Recommendations?

El Mercado in Lima is fantastic. We didn't try Chica in Cusco, but the one in Arequipa was very good. Our experience at Maido was better than Doug's. We really enjoyed it. Our experience was similar to Todd's. I thought Maido and especially Central were amazing while Astrid Y Gaston was highly over...
by Marshall Gelb
February 28th, 2018, 4:28 pm
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Rome area hotel question
Replies: 20
Views: 914

Rome area hotel question

Book online: http://www.armandoalpantheon.it/prenota/ Absolutely book in advance ......most of the better Roman restaurants are not very big. In addition, if you are in that area (or even if you are not), I highly recommend http://ilsostegno.it Wonderful dinner with a predominantly female staff. Ch...
by Marshall Gelb
February 26th, 2018, 10:48 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Recent New Orleans Eats
Replies: 134
Views: 11027

Recent New Orleans Eats

Bumping this back up for any additional comments. Just found out that my brother and SIL will be joining us in town and my SIL has plans for decimating the oyster population in the gulf! [rofl.gif]


Cheers!
Marshall [berserker.gif]
by Marshall Gelb
February 26th, 2018, 10:45 am
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Rome area hotel question
Replies: 20
Views: 914

Rome area hotel question

If you want to be in the center at a decent price I highly reccomend booking the apartment at Armando al Pantheon, it's run by the people that own the restaurant downstairs, they provide breakfast as well. The location couldn't be better, you are a 3 seconds walk from the Pantheon! Make sure you al...
by Marshall Gelb
February 26th, 2018, 10:38 am
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Venice (Italy) help for a first timer
Replies: 141
Views: 11058

Venice (Italy) help for a first timer

Finally have our hotel rezzies....Hotel Ca' Pisani which Peter recommended. Now, I need to firm up some restaurants! Cheers! Marshall [berserker.gif] Marshall, It sounds like my wife and I will be in Venice maybe a couple of months before you (first days of July). Thanks to this thread, I already h...
by Marshall Gelb
February 26th, 2018, 10:36 am
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Vacation plans for 2018?
Replies: 55
Views: 1993

Vacation plans for 2018?

Neal.Mollen wrote:I am beginning to wonder if I am the only one here with a job!


I love being retired as traveling is so much easier.....only small drawback is family vacations since kids still have jobs! [rofl.gif]



Cheers!
Marshall [berserker.gif]
by Marshall Gelb
February 24th, 2018, 10:23 am
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Vacation plans for 2018?
Replies: 55
Views: 1993

Vacation plans for 2018?

New Orleans for our anniversary .....taking part of the family to Alaska in June and cruising from Barcelona to Venice in October.


Cheers!
Marshall
by Marshall Gelb
February 19th, 2018, 4:20 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TNs--FALLTACULAR 2018
Replies: 63
Views: 3830

TNs--FALLTACULAR 2018

One thing that I saw this year that I had not in the past were people walking around with quite large pours of certain wines. On the surface, it's not a bid deal - but I noticed this year that both bottles of many wines were poured through with a few hours to go in the tasting. To me, that's not co...
by Marshall Gelb
February 19th, 2018, 3:59 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: LA (Super)Market Thread
Replies: 29
Views: 1462

LA (Super)Market Thread

They have live abalone at Hmart. Shrimp are hit or miss. I went today and there were only two types neither good qpr. The Ktown store can be kind of expensive on things. I’d rather pay a little more and get great quality at L.A. Fish. Seafood City has better shrimp IMO. But Seafood City and 99 Ranc...
by Marshall Gelb
February 14th, 2018, 12:51 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: I'm done*
Replies: 383
Views: 23687

I'm done*

Well, my wife and I are both pushing 70 and it is time to really consider a purchase limitation . I am too much of an addict to opt for the full "ban." [help.gif] Still buying some whites and plenty of Champagne...no reason to get divorced at our age, but red purchases have decreased significantly. ...
by Marshall Gelb
February 13th, 2018, 3:10 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Is expensive copper cookware worth it
Replies: 48
Views: 6513

Is expensive copper cookware worth it

We bought a considerable amount of 3 mm copper cookware in Villadieu in France in 1986. It still looks like new and is simply fantastic! Truthfully, I have not seen that level of copper available in the US but I could not recommend ours highly enough. Cheers! Marshall [cheers.gif] E Dehillerin in P...
by Marshall Gelb
February 12th, 2018, 12:20 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: LA (Super)Market Thread
Replies: 29
Views: 1462

LA (Super)Market Thread

HMart in Torrance is a Korean based market with excellent seafood and meats. Excellent produce and a wonderful selection of Asian goods as well. Heading over later in the day. Cheers! Marshall [berserker.gif] Marshall, what seafood have you enjoyed from HMart? I love shopping their produce, but hav...
by Marshall Gelb
February 12th, 2018, 12:15 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Is expensive copper cookware worth it
Replies: 48
Views: 6513

Is expensive copper cookware worth it

We bought a considerable amount of 3 mm copper cookware in Villadieu in France in 1986. It still looks like new and is simply fantastic! Truthfully, I have not seen that level of copper available in the US but I could not recommend ours highly enough.

Cheers!
Marshall [cheers.gif]
by Marshall Gelb
February 10th, 2018, 7:37 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: LA (Super)Market Thread
Replies: 29
Views: 1462

LA (Super)Market Thread

HMart in Torrance is a Korean based market with excellent seafood and meats. Excellent produce and a wonderful selection of Asian goods as well. Heading over later in the day.

Cheers!
Marshall [berserker.gif]
by Marshall Gelb
February 10th, 2018, 7:31 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Super Bowl "epicurean" must-haves???
Replies: 40
Views: 1824

Super Bowl "epicurean" must-haves???

Great game, with friends, wine, and too much food to match. The Philly cheesesteaks beat the lobster mac’n’cheese. This guy put the pigskin in play 855F9ED8-F21A-481B-B523-361DF3D10C0E.jpeg That’s one pretty pig Filipino (I’m half) lechon. The skin is crispy. I might have softened it a little by te...

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