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Current Top Five

I would add Clancy's to that list.

about 16 hours ago
chinnyttown in New Orleans

New Orleans Classics

Would agree with all of the above with one modification - I would substitute Willie Mae's for Dookie Chase for fried chicken (which is not only some of the best you'll ever eat but an only in New Orleans experience.

1 day ago
chinnyttown in New Orleans

3 Night Anniversary Trip in August

Had a wonderful dinner at Bayona when we were last there in December. I would call the atmosphere romantic. Food was excellent and that have a very good wine list.

Jul 17, 2015
chinnyttown in New Orleans

Brigtsen's/Clancy's/Commander's Palace (Help choosing)

Keep Clancy's. One of the best restaurants I've ever been to.

Jul 17, 2015
chinnyttown in New Orleans

Jose Andres backs out of restaurant in Donald Trump’s hotel

Way to go Jose! Don't let muskrat head's lawyers intimidate you (and what IS that on top of the Donald's head anyway?).

Bordeaux 2005: 12 ‘perfect’ wines

I thought you were being overly sarcastic about the blame. I was saying I didn't think that blame was appropriately laid at Parker's feet. His initial reviews in my view didn't represent excessive hype.
Would you disagree that Dehlinger's Pinots blow away about any Burgundy for quality at a reasonable price?

Jul 07, 2015
chinnyttown in Wine

Bordeaux 2005: 12 ‘perfect’ wines

I don't know - where did it come from?
Perhaps a re- reading of Parker's initial assessments from his April 2006 and 2007 issues is in order. Although he was certainly enthusiastic about the vintage his rhetoric was not over the top. He said: "Overall, 2005 is unquestionably a remarkable as well as consistent vintage. However, there are several sobering issues with some 2005s."
When he did his third review in 2007, he "only" gave two perfect scores.
So once again we have the always safe, ever popular Parker bashing. Which really is just jealousy IMHO.
And now I'll rant about another anti-Parker post. So maybe Pinot is not his specialty. But he has introduced me to some of my favorite wines. Have you ever had a Dehlinger Pinot? I would hold them up, considering quality vs. price, against anything from the always over priced Burgundies. And then there is the incredible Marcassin. Although it's relatively pricey compared to other CA Pinots, it's a bargain compared to the few red Burgundies that can compete with it in quality.

Jul 06, 2015
chinnyttown in Wine

Needing to trim down my list... what should I remove or add?

Always good to see posts from people with an actual sense of humor. So at the risk of getting a frequent New Orleans poster ticked off, here goes . . .
A good friend of mine and I started a new annual tradition do going to NO early December each year. We've only been twice so far.
First year dinners were at Upperline, Cochon, and Clancy's. Liked the first two a lot, and it was great to see Upperline (and Ms. Clevenger) doing well after so many years. Also liked Cochon a lot - completely different experience. But far and away the best for me (and for my friend, who lived in NO for 20 years until Katrina) was Clancy's. Everything about it was first rate - food, service, and (which frankly doesn't get enough attention on this site) their amazing wine list. I'm both a foodie and a wino. Rarely have I seen a list like this. Great selection of small Champagne houses; good selection of C-de-Pape; and an amazing selection of old Cali Cabs.
Last year the only repeat was Clancy's. And it was great again. For the other two, we chose two oft recommended stalwarts from this site: Brigtsen's and Bayona. Both had menus that had us drooling. Bayona more than lived up to expectations for the same criteria mentioned for Clancy's. But Brigtsen's was a big disappointment. Although there was one appetizer and one dessert that were good, the main courses were frankly bad. We had the duck and the Cochon du lait. Both of us agreed. Which was a shame because the welcome was warm, the restaurant atmosphere was welcome, and service was fine.
Unfortunately we only go once a year for three nights. So we won't go back there again, at least for a while.
So maybe it was a bad night. But I wonder if the place has slipped, and long time regulars have blinders on. I hope I'm wrong since it was a place we both really wanted to like.

Jul 06, 2015
chinnyttown in New Orleans

What's new in Baltimore

Thanks for the re-post. I did see that. Unfortunately there is almost nothing brand new there even though there are some good recommendations.

What's new in Baltimore

There seem to be a number of interesting restaurant openings of late.
Going to La Cuchara in a couple of weeks. Menu looks really good.
Also hearing good things about Clavel in Remington.
Please chime in about these and others.

Needing to trim down my list... what should I remove or add?

IMHO - Clancy's over Brigtsen's by a mile
And I second the recommendation to only do two meals a day. Otherwise you may 'splode, which would not be a good thing on your honeymoon.

Jul 02, 2015
chinnyttown in New Orleans

Restaurant Recommendations? - For Foodies 1st trip to Nola

Second the recommendations for Cochon and Clancy's.
Also recommend Willie Mae's for great fried chicken and Casamento's for raw oysters and their oyster loaf (like a Po Boy). Both of those are only in New Orleans kind of places.

May 04, 2015
chinnyttown in New Orleans

Lisbon + Santiago/Galicia 2 week trip ideas?

Can you give me some recommendations for dining in Pontevedra? We'll be there in June?

Apr 25, 2015
chinnyttown in Spain/Portugal

Focacia in Baltimore area

I'm thinking DiPasquale's in Highlandtown. That is if you're looking to buy to take home (as opposed to eating at a restaurant which it's not - more of a great small Italian food market and wine store with a few very casual tables).

Missing Gourmet

Went to find a recipe I had remembered from Gourmet for a spring lamb dinner. It was from April 2005 and reading through the issue brought back how I miss this magazine.
The recipes sounded really good; the photography was beautiful. The lamb dinner wine pairing was a Dry Creek Valley Zin, one of my favorite wines. There was an article by Calvin Trillin about R. W. Apple's 70th birthday party at L'Ami Louis. There was an article by Bourdain about food trends with the line: "the next foam-crazed Adria wannabe who tells me how to eat is going to get a pepper mill upside the head." And there was a Roadfood article about Italian sandwiches in Portland ME.
And this was an issue I just plucked off the shelf.
Sad face!

Mar 29, 2015
chinnyttown in Food Media & News

Robert Parker: High wine prices creating ‘caste system’

What are you saying? That Turley, Carlisle and Dehlinger are "manipulated?"

Mar 26, 2015
chinnyttown in Wine

Robert Parker: High wine prices creating ‘caste system’

English please. Actually I went to my cellar and found the WA issue (Aug. 1997). So this was pulled right from the write up. Have you actually read the original Parker review? I'm sure not.

Mar 26, 2015
chinnyttown in Wine

Robert Parker: High wine prices creating ‘caste system’

If you really think Parker's goal is "manipulating" the demand side, you are really off the mark. The man became incredibly popular, initially because he correctly predicted the 1982 Bordeaux vintage would be great, while the English critics (who were considered the ones with the most authority at the time) said it would be a pleasant vintage but no more. Parker was right. And he gained followers because he loves all kinds of wine. How can someone whose main goal is to make us more educated consumers (which he clearly has) be so castigated for his influence? If he didn't know what he was talking about, he wouldn't have the influence in the first place.
Criticize shills like the Wine Spectator writers, who take advertisements.

Mar 25, 2015
chinnyttown in Wine

Robert Parker: High wine prices creating ‘caste system’

They are not "manipulated beyond belief." In fact, more the opposite - they are allowed to reach full ripeness, which admittedly some don't care for.
I don't tend to go for the top scoring wines. If you haven't tried Turley, Carlisle, or Dehlinger (which he loves and go great with food) then you're missing the point.

Mar 25, 2015
chinnyttown in Wine

Robert Parker: High wine prices creating ‘caste system’

Instead of making "sweeping generalizations" perhaps you should actually read the WA entry.
The first sentence in the entry praises an older vintage, calling it "majestic" and "one of the most compelling CA Syrahs made during that decade." He goes on to call him "one of the pioneers of the Rhone Ranger movement." He opines that one of the reasons his more recent vintages are not as good is that "there appears to be a deliberate attempt to make French-styled wines." Then he says the current releases "possess good aromatics . . but "Where's the beef?" "
Is this what you would call dressing down severely? If so, you clearly haven't been reading his publication.

Mar 25, 2015
chinnyttown in Wine

Robert Parker: High wine prices creating ‘caste system’

You do know I was agreeing with you . . . Right?

Mar 24, 2015
chinnyttown in Wine

Robert Parker: High wine prices creating ‘caste system’

A luxury good is something only the most affluent can afford. While there is a very small minority of wines that fit that description, most don't. Wine is meant to complement food. This is how it's best enjoyed. And, as I mentioned previously (and some of the blowhards on hypos post have chosen to ignore), Parker is a champion of wines that deliver good value. I drink wine most nights, recommended in the WA, that is under $10 (and sometimes well under). So drink up the good cheap stuff, Shriners, and chill out.

Robert Parker: High wine prices creating ‘caste system’

So I would have to assume from your post that you know him personally and have seen him do these things. Or are you just making sweeping generalizations?
What has he done to deserve your ire other than to pursue his passion and introduce many to the glories of wine?
Who do you turn to for advice? Perhaps the Wine Spectator? The Wine Advocate is one of the few publications that accepts no advertisements.

Mar 24, 2015
chinnyttown in Wine

Robert Parker: High wine prices creating ‘caste system’

Really tired of the Parker bashers. I've met the man and he is a very down to earth kind of person. He got into the business because he truly loved wine, loved sharing that knowledge, and happens to have an amazing palate. If you actually read his newsletter you would know that he enjoys finding bargain wines just as much as finding the next "cult wine." He came into prominence because he had the balls to the challenge the English wine critic establishment that didn't know what it was talking about. He gave wine scores based on merit and not on some outdated caste system. He also introduced me and the rest of the world to the American wine renaissance.
Maybe you don't happen to like the style of wines he prefers. Or maybe you don't understand economics (despite your showy reference to Adam Smith). If something is good it will become more valuable and therefore more expensive.
Or maybe you would like to simply have your local liquor store know-nothing shill recommend wines instead of an educated and experienced palate showing you the way.
One more comment - thanks to Parker I have found a number of American wineries (Dehlinger; Turley; Carlisle) that make great wines and, despite RP's consistently high scores, have little changed their prices in years.
Perhaps you should blame the Chinese economic boom instead of RP.

Mar 23, 2015
chinnyttown in Wine

Steamed Crabs around Towson/Baltimore

In the Towson/Hunt Valley area, I would say the choices are the Crackpot and Ocean Pride. Not anywhere near there but maybe the best crabs in the Baltimore area are at Costas Inn south and east of the city.

Portugal and Galicia restaurant recommendations

Thanks. Some good suggestions there.

Mar 21, 2015
chinnyttown in Spain/Portugal

Portugal and Galicia restaurant recommendations

I was looking for a mix of places. I read about D'Berto on the Wine Advocate website and it sounded good since they specialized in seafood (which my wife prefers) and had a good wine list. So I was thinking that might be the pricier option in Galicia.
But we would also like places that would be Spanish equivalents to classic French bistros, places that really reflect the food of the region, or family run moderately priced places.
We're staying in Pontevedra but will also be visiting Santiago de Compostela.

Mar 21, 2015
chinnyttown in Spain/Portugal

Portugal and Galicia restaurant recommendations

First time trip in June and looking restaurant ideas. Staying several days each in Lisbon, Porto, and Pontevedra. In Lisbon staying at the Altis Belem which is supposed to have a good restaurant. Any comments on that?
We would like to experience a range of restaurant types; not really interested in places just because they are trendy or Michelin starred.
Would like places typical of the region with good food; a good wine list is a plus.
The other place I had heard about in Galicia is D'Berto.

Mar 16, 2015
chinnyttown in Spain/Portugal

Help Us Enjoy NOLA on a Budget (Long)

Seems like a great and ambitious itinerary. I would vote for Willie Mae's for the fried chicken lunch. Had a good breakfast at The Grill in the FQ although that might be a bit too heavy given all of the places you're going to.

Mar 14, 2015
chinnyttown in New Orleans

Dooky Chase vs. Willie Mae's-GO!

Willie Mae's for sure. I found their fried chicken to be superior. Plus their butter beans were a perfect compliment.

Mar 12, 2015
chinnyttown in New Orleans
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