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Seeking My Go-To Margarita Tequila

Your statement is absurd. Using quality ingredients to achieve a quality end product is never a waste. Cost is irrelevant. It is the quality that makes the difference.

Aug 15, 2013
MIKELOCK34 in Spirits

Seeking My Go-To Margarita Tequila

There is no question. Good tequila is good tequila whether in a Margarita or neat.

Aug 15, 2013
MIKELOCK34 in Spirits
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Seeking My Go-To Margarita Tequila

Have you tried the Cask 1623. The only flavor is crushed orange.

Aug 15, 2013
MIKELOCK34 in Spirits

Seeking My Go-To Margarita Tequila

Not at all. The Casa Noble Single Barrel Anejo is very good.

Aug 15, 2013
MIKELOCK34 in Spirits

Seeking My Go-To Margarita Tequila

The Pyrat Cask 1623 has an overpowering taste of crushed oranges. I agree that it tastes like an orange liquer. It does not taste like rum per se.

Aug 15, 2013
MIKELOCK34 in Spirits

Seeking My Go-To Margarita Tequila

The tequilas that you mentioned are all low end tequilas. try Casa Noble Single Barrel Añejo Tequila. That is a good tequila.

Aug 15, 2013
MIKELOCK34 in Spirits

After Banning Tipping, Service Improved & Revenue Increased

Funny how people believe absolutely everything they see on television or in print.

Aug 12, 2013
MIKELOCK34 in Not About Food

Ron Millonario XO Reserva Especial

I ordered two bottles for the $110.00 each this week. The BPS is way low at 1.55 - 1.00. Good time to visit. It has been as high as 2.5 -1 or so several times that I have been in Britain. If your shipment is over a certin amount, you also have to pay an import tariff shipping into the states. That adds to the cost too. Hopefully someone will import more to the usa sometime soon. The rum is very good.

Jul 15, 2013
MIKELOCK34 in Manhattan

Ron Millonario XO Reserva Especial

It is only $110.00 a bottle, but adding $31.00 a bottle shipping from the place I order it from gets to be a little much. If I can save the $31.00 a bottle I will take it. I forgot to mention that I am a cheapskate.

Jul 15, 2013
MIKELOCK34 in Manhattan

Ron Millonario XO Reserva Especial

Thanks.It has previously been available in the US according to the producer. I believe it was distributed from Atlanta. I have several bottles, but wanted to get a few more without paying shipping on them.

Jul 14, 2013
MIKELOCK34 in Manhattan

Ron Millonario XO Reserva Especial

Has anyone seen "Ron Millonario XO Reserva Especial Rum" for sale anywhere in the city? Thanks.

Jul 13, 2013
MIKELOCK34 in Manhattan

'Craft' - What makes it so good, so popular and constantly referred to by foodies?

I have only done the tasting menu at Craft and only during truffle season. Each time the food has been great. Since Batali was mentioned several times in this thread, I will also state that every meal at each of his restaurants that we have tried was horrible for both food and service. I do not understand how his restaurants have stayed open for more than five minutes with the horrible food that we experienced each time. We do enjoy some of the desserts at Otto though. If you dine at Craft, the tasting menu is not listed on the menu. You simply ask them to do that for you and they will.

Jul 10, 2013
MIKELOCK34 in Manhattan

the Smack Shack Downtown Minny Food Truck

You are incorrect. Poboys can be made with anything.

Aug 15, 2011
MIKELOCK34 in Minneapolis-St. Paul

Los Arcos - West St. Paul (MSP)

I had stopped posting on chowhound due to too many deletions, but I have decided to post a note on Los Arcos after having lunch there today. As has been mentioned, the food was very cleanly prepared and presented. I had a chile rellenos, enchilada, tostada and chips and salsa. All were done well. They have the thick version of chips. Though we prefer thin, their's had not a hint of grease on them. There was not a hint of grease on any of the items that I had and thankfully no cheddar cheese in sight. I am not saying that this is the best Mexican food ever, but I enjoyed my lunch and I hope that they stay in business in the long term. The chef came and spoke to me. He was very friendly and apprciative of the business. I too recommend giving them a try.

Mar 10, 2010
MIKELOCK34 in Minneapolis-St. Paul

Restaurants you wouldn't recommmend

People are almost always nice to us. I have had too much great food to be fooled by some of the poor food served in New Olreans that others find wonderful. Business obligations often force us to dine at restaurants that we would otherwise never visit. Each person's past experience with food will always influence their current views.

May 13, 2009
MIKELOCK34 in New Orleans

2008 MN State Fair

The best thing that I had at the fair this year was the blackberry malt at the dairy barn. That thing is really good!

Aug 26, 2008
MIKELOCK34 in Minneapolis-St. Paul

Best olive oil for bread dipping?

Gonemon hands down!

Aug 19, 2008
MIKELOCK34 in General Topics

A FEW CHEESE NOTES

Here are a few more notes on some more cheese that we have tried so far this year:

Saenkanter Aged Gouda: Netherlands. Aged five years. Hard orange cheese. Many crystallized bits. Raw cow’s milk. Sweet cream scent. Wonderful. Excellent flavor. Sweet, tangy and sharp with a caramelly sweetness on the finish. Recommend everyone try this one. $17.00/lb.

Raclette: Switzerland. Soft yellowish cheese. Cow’s milk. Slightly musty sweet scent. Slightly salty, meaty taste. Very slight mustiness on the finish. Mild flavor overall. Would recommend to anyone. $12.00/lb.

Raclette: France. Soft yellowish cheese. Cow’s milk. Sweet cheesy scent. Mildly sweet flavor with a hint of mustard. Slight nuttiness. Would recommend to anyone. $10.00/lb.

Berkswell Cheddar: Great Britain. Hard yellowish cheese. Very crumbly. Raw sheep’s milk. Very grassy, sweet scent. Very fruity, grassy flavor. Very sweet/salty finish. Would recommend to anyone. $30.00/lb.

Comte Saint Antoine: France. Firm whitish cheese. Raw milk of the red and the white Montbeliard cows from the Jura Mountains of France. Musty/grassy/sour scent. Grainy texture. Pleasant sweet, slightly salty meat flavor. Slightly fruity too. Mild flavor overall. Would recommend to anyone. $23.00/lb.

Gruyere De Comte: France. Firm yellowish cheese. Raw cow’s milk. Pleasant musty mildly grassy scent. Pleasant grassy flavor. Mild mushroom flavor. Slightly musty. Would recommend to anyone. $12.00/lb.

Cornish Yarg: England. Firm whitish cheese. Cow’s milk. Slight ammonia scent on this one, though the cheese tastes good. May be the nettles in the covering producing the ammonia component. Very herby flavor. Slight lemony taste too. Very sweet on the front to slightly dry on the finish. The name comes from the person who developed this cheese. His name was Gray, which spelled backwards is Yarg. Would recommend to anyone. $23.00/lb.

Bra Duro: Italy. Very firm white cheese. Cow’s milk. Sometimes with goat or sheep’s milk added. Pleasant straw scent. Greatly resembles cheddar.Slightly grainy texture. Great salty, straw flavor. Salty/sweet on the finish. Would recommend to anyone. $17.00/lb.

Idiazabal: Spain. Hard whitish cheese. Raw Latxa sheep’s milk. Sweet smoky nutty scent. This cheese is lightly smoked. Pleasant piquate flavor. Slightly salty with pleasant smoke flavor. The smoke flavor is very mild in this one. Slight tanginess. Would recommend to anyone. $18.00/lb.

Tomme D’Aydius Fermier: France. Soft white cheese. Raw goat’s milk. Pleasant barnyardy scent. Pleasant mustiness. Slightly salty. Pleasant barnyard flavor. Would recommend to anyone. $23.00/lb.

Red Hawk: Cowgirl Creamery. California, USA. Very soft white cheese. Cow’s milk. Strong scent of hay and some mushroom on the nose. Full flavored cheese. Meaty/savory flavor with just a slight saltiness. Very creamy. Fairly unique taste. Very good. Would recommend to anyone. $30.00/lb.

Gubbeen: Ireland. Soft yellowish cheese. Raw cow’s milk. Very wet/musty scent. Pleasant musty almost smoky flavor. Slight mushroomy flavor too. Very grassy on the finish. Would recommend to someone who is looking for a pleasant musty cheese. $21.00/lb.

Aug 18, 2008
MIKELOCK34 in Cheese

Best olive oil?

Gonemon is the best that we have tried in the States. It is very rich, very full flavored and fruity. Great stuff.

Aug 13, 2008
MIKELOCK34 in General Topics

The Deen Boys

Georgia is way up north to me. I have never heard anyone in the South speak that way! Visitors down here always comment on how nobody here speaks that way.

Aug 12, 2008
MIKELOCK34 in Food Media & News

Cocktails in Manhattan [Moved from Spirits board]

http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/429648

Above are some of our thoughts on Pegu Club from last year. Ask to sit at one of the tables at the windows and be sure to get Mallory for your service person.

Aug 11, 2008
MIKELOCK34 in Manhattan

When is Kefi moving?

http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/429648

Above are some of our thoughts on Kefi from last year.

Aug 11, 2008
MIKELOCK34 in Manhattan

Crawfish boil

The seafood places here ship them live during the season. I have never had any shipped so I cannot make any recommendations for specific places for that, but you should be able to find them online being shipped live from many places in South Louisiana.

Aug 10, 2008
MIKELOCK34 in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

What to make with leftover dark rum?

Banana's Foster.

Aug 01, 2008
MIKELOCK34 in Spirits

Looking to perfect a Mojito

I have never seen lemon used, though it sounds great. Again, my biggest complaint in the States is the large amount of mint used in mojitos. If you would use just a small amount of mint as they did in Cuba, the lemon version would probably be very refreshing.

Aug 01, 2008
MIKELOCK34 in Spirits

Cheese book or web resource

I enjoy Max Mccalman's cheese books. He gives good information for many cheeses. I enjoy the second book very much. If you can use some descriptions of the cheeses, you can use some of the websites for cheese stores that have good lists online such as Artisinal Cheese Center in NYC.

http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_ss_gw?...

http://www.artisanalcheese.com/produc...

Jul 30, 2008
MIKELOCK34 in Food Media & News

BRAINS BITTER IN THE STATES

Thanks for your note. I love Brains draught. I have never seen it in the States though I have looked for it. Back to Wales I guess!

Jul 30, 2008
MIKELOCK34 in Beer

Do you get crummy table if using Opentable?

We have always been seated at good to great tables using opentable.

Jul 29, 2008
MIKELOCK34 in Not About Food

Looking to perfect a Mojito

The best mojitos that I have ever had were in Cuba. They use a small amount of mint and sugarcane syrup not simple syrup. Every mojito that I have had in the States had way too much mint. In Cuba they rubbed the mint leaf against the inside of the glass after pouring in the sugarcane syrup.

Jul 29, 2008
MIKELOCK34 in Spirits

Worst Beer Ever?

Everything Bud.

Jul 29, 2008
MIKELOCK34 in Beer