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Looking for a Saint Louis Restaurant

Thanks to all. I have a reservation for Tony's Friday night. Glad to hear it is still excellent. There was definitely something about it that has me coming back 15 + years later.

Oct 15, 2014
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Whiskies for Fall

Mary, go to any Haskells right now and buy a bottle of Bookers for $34.99. Make sure to pour it over ice and let the ice melt a little. It will keep you very warm this winter. For the money, I think it is one of the best Bourbons (a whisky) out there.

Oct 13, 2014
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Looking for a Saint Louis Restaurant

This is a total shot in the dark but about 15 years ago I ate at a restaurant Downtown Saint Louis that was a really nice fine dinning establishment. I got the impression it had been there for a long time and was somewhat famous in the area.

Oct 13, 2014
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Searching for Olive juice (brine?) for Dirty Martinis

May 22, 2014
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Go to place for fine dinning????

I have not posted in a very long time. My go to places these days are I Nonni for Italian and La Belle Vie in the bar for french. I was a major Heidi's fan and La Belle Vie in the bar has been a really wonderful substitute. I nonni really has been a surprise. 15 dollar corkage. I had a $45 tasting menu that was just outstanding. Tilia has also been a regular for me. I went to a blind wine tasting there last sunday and the food was tremendous. What are your go to places for fine dinning????

May 22, 2014
Latinpig in Minneapolis-St. Paul

Heidi's closing

It was a great loss to the TC. I do find the speculation below comical and somewhat inaccurate including some of the news sources.

Dec 08, 2013
Latinpig in Minneapolis-St. Paul

Lobster Bisque

Cap Grill. They pour a little Sherry on top. It is always on the menu.

Dec 08, 2013
Latinpig in Minneapolis-St. Paul

A Quest for Burger Greatness

Cap grill, Icehouse (foiegras), 112, the nook,Burger Jones, the Convention Grill

Sep 17, 2013
Latinpig in Minneapolis-St. Paul

Glam doll Donuts

I have been very excited to try this concept. I love donuts and I am a foodie so I got the family up on a Sat. morning to trek down to Glam Doll. Two adults and two kids. We get to the front of the modest line only to confronted by a semirude order taker. We ordered 4 dounuts and a choloclate milk. We went to sit down in the mostly empty seating area and could not find one clean table. Meanwhile 5 or 6 of the servers were congregating at the front adjusting their fake hair.

The donuts arrive and they are all dry on the inside. No way they were fresh. What a let down. Nobody wanted seconds. We could not wait to get out of there.

Aug 22, 2013
Latinpig in Minneapolis-St. Paul

What are your favorite inexpensive but tasty American whiskies?

I would echo some of the others:

1) OGD 100 BIB
2) OGD 114
3) Rittenhouse Rye 100
4) Wild Turkey Rye 101

All of the above are reasonably priced (less than $25 in my market). What is great about the above is that they are cheap enough you can mix them but they are good enough to stand on their own as a sipping Bourbon/Rye.

Apr 10, 2013
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Graham Elliot

What is their corkage policy???

Apr 04, 2013
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Cardhu

I have been mostly drinking Bourbon this winter so I may be a little off on the sweetness scale. Thanks for your imput. It does taste like a blend. I think there are much better whiskies for the dollar.

Mar 31, 2013
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Burch Steak & Pizza Bar

IMHO, you get a much better steak at Capital Grill for less money. Plus, Capital grill ages their meat.

Mar 31, 2013
Latinpig in Minneapolis-St. Paul

Smack Shack!

I found the lobster to be very rubbery as well. For whatever reason, it was much better from the food truck a few years back. Will not be going back.

Mar 31, 2013
Latinpig in Minneapolis-St. Paul

Cardhu

Interesting. I expected it to be too sweet. My bottle isn't. Perhaps it is smoke and not peat. I am just wondering where the sweetness is.

Mar 29, 2013
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On's

Wow. This place was amazing. We started with a pork neck app that was simply out of this world. Anthony Bourdain would have loved it. The dipping sauce was amazing. We then had a couple of amazing entrees. One in a red curry sauce (panang) that was home made and probably the best I have ever had an a really delightful peanut sauce (Praram loang soang). Caution, mild is not mild at this restaurant. If you order mild, it is most restaurants medium. I loved it but others may find it too hot. I will go back to explore the seafood which looked amazing as well.

Mar 29, 2013
Latinpig in Minneapolis-St. Paul

Local eats and good pizza near Brainerd, Nisswa area?

Ivan's probably has the best food in the area.

Mar 29, 2013
Latinpig in Minneapolis-St. Paul

Cardhu

I have no idea. The only real significance is it is harder to find in the states now.

Mar 29, 2013
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Graham Elliot

nsxtasy, great observation and suggestions. Would Blackbird also be too similar in your opinion?

Mar 29, 2013
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The Ultimate (in my opinion of course) Martini garnish.......

I really like the Lehmann Farms Marinated mushrooms in my Martini. I use a little of the juice (dirty) as well. Trader Joes also makes there own at a much more ressonable price.

Mar 29, 2013
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Best brands and ingredients for spirit infusions

I purchased a bottle of 2 Gingers Irish Whisky that id di not care for. I decided to infuse it. After much research, I found that bananas were a good match for Irish whisky. I infused it for a week with rasberries and bananas. It was a great dessert type drink.

Mar 29, 2013
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Cardhu

I just purchased a bottle of this. I have not had it in years. I understand it is a big seller in Spain. It also is a component of some of the Johnnie Walker Blends. It is very peaty. My memory of it (going back 25 years) was that it was sweeter than it is now. Has anyone noticed a style change or is my memory faulty?

Mar 29, 2013
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Commerce corner

Is anyone aware of a commerce corner for spirits. There are many places to go to buy/sell/trade wine. Anything for Spirits?

Mar 29, 2013
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Graham Elliot

I am coming in town in a few weeks. We are eating at Alinea Sat night. The other couple we are with suggested Graham Elliot for Friday night. I seem to recall it being a mixed bag there recently. My understanding is there has been a lot of turnover in the kitchen and not so much GE. How have recent experiences been. What would be a suitable replacment? Thanks!!!

Mar 29, 2013
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Cleaning decanters.

Agreed. Just don't by the flavored kind!

Mar 19, 2013
Latinpig in Wine

Brass Monkey

Remember this from the 70s family boat trips. I know the reality is not as good as my memory but does anyone have a recipe for this? I think we drank a pre-mixed product from Heublein

Mar 12, 2013
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The search for Barrel Proof/Strength Bourbon and Whiskeys

Yes. I originally intended only to include barrel proof offerings but then I wanted to add the last category to show some options at a more reasonable price which are not BP. FYI OGD 114 is considered barrel proof.

Mar 08, 2013
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The search for Barrel Proof/Strength Bourbon and Whiskeys

Fine, we can call it high proof if you prefer.

Mar 07, 2013
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The search for Barrel Proof/Strength Bourbon and Whiskeys

Thank u SKU

Mar 07, 2013
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The search for Barrel Proof/Strength Bourbon and Whiskeys

I have spent the winter tracking down this rare and difficult breed of Bourbons/ whiskeys. What I have found is that if you can find them, in most cases the quality will blow you away. Below are some of my preliminary findings. Happy hunting.

Hall of fame - The best Bourbon/ whiskeys I have had in my life

George T. Stagg Bourbon
William Larue Weller Bourbon (wheat)
Thomas Handy Rye

All stars - If you can find them, they are worth the extra bucks

Colonel EH Taylor Barrel Proof
Willet Family Estate Barrel Proof

Great Value propositions - Almost the quality of the above two groups but at a much smaller tariff.

Bookers (I was buying it this winter on sale for $35.99)
Old Granddad 114
Knob creek Reserve

Great for mixing and sipping - These Bourbons/whiskeys are great for mixing but good enough to be quality sippers.

Rittenhouse Rye 100
Wild Turkey Rye 101 (hard to find these days)
Old Granddad 100 Bottled In Bond
Knob Creek

Notes:

I know there are many I have not tried yet. At the high end, I have not had the Parkers Heritage Collection Barrel Proof. I have also not purchased a bottle the 107 proof Wellers or the Wild Turkey Rare BReed. If there are some major gaps, let me know. I am always looking for new quality items to try.

Mar 07, 2013
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