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Free Pour Vs. Jigger Method

I do not like tonic either, so I am with you on that

I also thought looking at the menu the Vinoraga could be redeemable, the rest of the menu should be thrown away

Beer is the way to go with that cocktail menu, not sure why they have sake at the bottom of the menu and even then most of the sake is american sake?

1 day ago
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Free Pour Vs. Jigger Method

I was just curious as zin liked two of my favorite rums (Rhum Clement VSOP and Barbancourt 8y 5 star), and I also really enjoy Demerra rums - It had nothing to do with the conversation per se

Jul 21, 2014
Dapuma in Spirits

Free Pour Vs. Jigger Method

Do you like Demerra rums at all? (El Dorado / Lemon Hart)

Jul 19, 2014
Dapuma in Spirits

Free Pour Vs. Jigger Method

lol, this thread cracks me up

Jul 15, 2014
Dapuma in Spirits
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Free Pour Vs. Jigger Method

I think that you like the free pour because you really just want gin and more gin versus less

A proper cocktail should be measured with a jigger.

If I am at a bar the free pours I know the drinks will not be quality and will switch my drink selection accordingly to something that cannot be messed up - like gin and club soda

In that case a free pour is fine but I have little to no expectation

Jul 13, 2014
Dapuma in Spirits
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Milwaukee Area on a Sunday + / - 1 day

Trip Report:

We did Polonez, which was good again. The Polish Platter is the way to go there, the pierogi the ruben and the sweet cheese were suprisingly the best two

We decided not to do Sanford and moved Odd Duck to Monday and on Sunday we did a casual Mexican place and Blue Egg on Monday morning

Taquilla Buenavista was no bueno, we were going later and needed something simple as we were up late the night before and all day, and it had 4.2 stars on yelp so we figured lets give it a go...it took literally an hour to get our food and the beans were so salty they were inedible - figures going off yelp and off the "plan"

Blue egg was pretty fantastic, got the monkey bread with the whisky caramel sauce, that i could actually taste the whiskey in (nice touch) and the monkey bread was great

Also had the special of the day which was a ham frittata and the mrs got the granola and fruit (also very unique in a good way, very filling)

The homemade english muffin with housemade strawberry jam for $1 was worth it

They were packed at 10am on a Monday, now I know why. They would be at home in any major city including Phoenix

Odd Duck was great except the service. Just about every dish was top notch, i liked the smoked Duck Breast the best, and the Eggplant "Fries" were great, the only dish that wasn't terrific was the potatoes with romesco sauce, they were under seasoned - we ended up getting two servings of the Chicken Liver Mousse, i wish they would serve more bread with it, we had to ask for extra a couple times, also my dad liked their house made pickles

Our server seemed like she wanted us gone and to close up since we got there at 9 and they close at 10. That was a bit disappointing, not rude but certainly not attentive. Price point compared to Phoenix was a few bucks cheaper on every dish which was nice when the final bill came. They did a good pot of french press coffee, very smooth though not super strong

What was nice to see was that the place was near Highbury, the Arsenal bar where i saw Utd destroy the gunners 8-2 on my bday several years back.

Collectivo coffee (that i had at the airport and there was a location near Odd Duck) was quite good and seems like a great place for coffee and baked goods (their baked oatmeal was delicious)

We did also make it to lunch at the Milwaukee Public Market and did the fish place up front, they had a good boullibase, (bbq shrimp were weak) and the Mrs liked the clam dish, and dad liked the gumbo - it was a neat space, plenty of good stuff to check out there for sure - good rec

Would have loved to get to Sanford but it was not to be

next time :)

Jul 10, 2014
Dapuma in Great Lakes

What Craft Spirits Have Disappointed You?

How would it compare to Laird's Bonded?

Jul 10, 2014
Dapuma in Spirits

Luxardo Maraschino cherries not at all worth the price

I just threw out a jar that i thought turned because it was congealed and crystalized, and leaving it out overnight did not solve the issue

How long are they shelf stable once opened at room temp?

Jul 10, 2014
Dapuma in Spirits

Milwaukee Area on a Sunday + / - 1 day

What's a good spot at some point from the airport to west allis to grab a casual lunch

Jul 05, 2014
Dapuma in Great Lakes

Best Grenadine?

how long will adding vodka make it last, and how much to add for the quart?

I have another event coming up about 30 days from now, i was not sure if it would lose the brightness and i would be better off making another batch or stretching this out

Will probably make a bunch of jack roses (they were a hit for the last party as shooters)

Jun 25, 2014
Dapuma in Spirits

Milwaukee Area on a Sunday + / - 1 day

Thanks, good to hear that people like Odd Duck as well

I was able to reserve Sanford for Monday decided to to with Odd Duck - the menu seems interesting and the cocktail and beer list sound great, seems like a fun place

Jun 23, 2014
Dapuma in Great Lakes

Milwaukee Area on a Sunday + / - 1 day

Great Lakes Distillery sounds fun

Jun 23, 2014
Dapuma in Great Lakes

Luxury Sangria for a party / bbq

Made a great batch of Sangria last night so I figured I would share the recipe

We used Castillo Clavijo (total wine) Tempranillo Rioja x6
1.5 cups of brandy (Paul Masson VS) (1/4 cup per bottle of wine)
one package of Cinnamon sticks

Fruit:
3 Oranges sliced thinly + the skin (peeled to avoid the pith) for the oils and twisted them and left in overnight
4 large red delicious apples cubed
8 plums cubed
1 carton of blackberries from Costco

Let everything sit at room temp for 24 hours stirring occasionally - I had made Grenadine in case it needed a touch of sweetness but it was perfect as is, very smooth and refreshing (and I am not a Sangria person)

The fruit had some kick !

I have made it in the past and it was too bitter with using anything that was not a sweet fruit (like lemon lime grapefruit) and also had some issues not removing pith and it making the sangria bitter - also this did not have anything unnatural in it (like soda) to give it sweetness

Let me know if you try it and how your results go!

Jun 22, 2014
Dapuma in Wine

5 days at the Four Seasons Scottsdale. .

Go to Crudo if you have not been (best cocktails, and get the crispy pig ears and squid ink risotto), Virtu is also very good and Parlor is great pizza, there is also a Bianco across the street as well

Tuck shop was pretty good when i went there, i dont think i would drive from North Phoenix for it though

They do make a good hendricks gin and tonic (and i dont like tonic) but they make their own tonic, it is suprisingly good - their food is heavy and a bit much for summer here though

Beckett's table is blah to me

CPH get the pork belly pastrami app

Jun 21, 2014
Dapuma in Phoenix
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Best Grenadine?

The Grenadine turned out great - thanks JMF :)

Jun 21, 2014
Dapuma in Spirits

Luxury Sangria for a party / bbq

We are giving this another go

This time we are using oranges apples plums and blackberries (to increase the sweetness and using Castillo Clavijo Rioja Teperanillo

I also made some homemade Grenadine to use as a float if it needs more sweetness

This time we avoided the pith and the lime lemon grapefruit combination that turned it bitter last time

1/4 cup of brandy per bottle and a package of cinnamon sticks...will keep you posted how it turns out

Jun 20, 2014
Dapuma in Wine

Best Grenadine?

How much lemon juice and orange blossom water per cup? Obviously 1:1 Pom to sugar

I am going to give my sangria another shot this weekend and try making grenadine as well - (Singapore Slings for me)

Jun 17, 2014
Dapuma in Spirits

Milwaukee Area on a Sunday + / - 1 day

Thanks for all the ideas - I am somewhat hesitant of going French in Milwaukee, last time i was there i went to coquette cafe and was pretty disappointed although i have seen lots of good things about the Bartolotta's family of restaurants

Blue Egg looks great, and it is great to know it is close and that we have Maxie's close by also

Jun 14, 2014
Dapuma in Great Lakes

Finding Good Bourbon in LA

hi time wines or K and L will have excellent selections and prices

Jun 10, 2014
Dapuma in Spirits

Milwaukee Area on a Sunday + / - 1 day

Will be in town for Sat - Sun - Mon (staying in West Allis)

I was thinking of doing Polonez on Saturday for a big group (we all like that place) and it is tough to get Polish in AZ

Sunday seems like many good places are closed

On Monday I was thinking about doing Sanford (can the 7 course meal be done on Monday's, is the main chef off on Monday's where it is not worth going to that day...the reason I ask is that Monday's are the off day in Phx for most places or they are closed, which seems like Sunday for Mke)

I like Odd Duck's cocktail list, it looks interesting - seems like a cool menu - seems like Sunday would work, what else is worth considering

Jun 10, 2014
Dapuma in Great Lakes

Rum cream, where can I find it?

What is rum cream used for...is it just rum with cream in it?

May 31, 2014
Dapuma in Spirits

Monkey 47 Gin

Well it looks like my math was way off

It is 90 bucks a bottle - 45 is for 375ml

May 23, 2014
Dapuma in Spirits

Zaya alternative?

ED 21 year is a fantastic sipping rum (I generally do not like neat spirits), a bit sweeter with a lot of flavor

It runs about $100 a bottle, i got mine on sale for $90

I like ED 12 year for multipurpose mixing / drinking at a reasonable price point

May 23, 2014
Dapuma in Spirits

Monkey 47 Gin

Nice review thanks

Master of Malt has it for 38 and appleton vx for 19

Even though those are pounds not dollars, if you assume the price is roughly double Appleton V/X that probably puts it in the $40 for 750ml price point

Around the price of Nolet's (which i really enjoy in a French 75) - perhaps this would be even better in that use, although it appears if it does make it to the states in will be in 500ml bottles??

Certainly seems worth trying

May 23, 2014
Dapuma in Spirits

Monkey 47 Gin

Has anyone tried this? http://www.monkey47.com/black-forest-...

Is this interesting enough to add to the stable of gin's - I have Nolet's and Hendricks already on top of Beefeater 24 and Tanquery

I like the monkey label...what can i say heh

May 22, 2014
Dapuma in Spirits

Does anyone know the recipe for Red lobster Cargo Colada

Does 5 o clock make rum...i think the pvc flavoring the "liquor" leaches from the bottle would be perfect in that drink! :)

For the original poster you will be much better off with this thread

http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/8587...

May 22, 2014
Dapuma in Spirits

Honolulu trip report - Dapuma Live

I call it like I see it

If the fish was that far gone and they still served and cant cook shrimp properly, well in my book that is terrible and it wouldn't get a 2nd chance

Mar 14, 2014
Dapuma in Hawaii

Honolulu trip report - Dapuma Live

I am not saying it is the best shoyu out there, but it was certainly the most flavorful of the 3 (I tried them all and going off her opinion)

It was not her favorite soup though - I forget the name of the cold soup we had, I will figure it out later and get a proper review

Mar 14, 2014
Dapuma in Hawaii

Honolulu trip report - Dapuma Live

Helena's -sushi izakaya

No to KFC market and pig and lady but we did drive by pig and lady

We can get killer Vietnamese in Cali so it was tough to make it a special trip

Mar 13, 2014
Dapuma in Hawaii

Honolulu trip report - Dapuma Live

Giovanni's shrimp truck very over rated - the kalbi truck was better in that plaza

Will write up a proper review of everything over the weekend

Mar 12, 2014
Dapuma in Hawaii