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PHX CHer in BOS to imbibe

Thanks to everyone for such excellent suggestions. We're at Logan now, heading home but I'll write up impressions soon. Getting to spend a couple of hours chatting with Jackson at Hawthorne (plus a slew of inventive, balanced drinks) was a highlight for sure. Didn't get to as many places as we'd hoped but very impressed overall.

about 16 hours ago
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PHX CHer in BOS to imbibe

Great ideas. Thanks. Straight Law sounds perfect as wifey is a gin floozy. Have had quite a few good meals at No.9. Haven't gone for cocktails as was always so enamoured by Cat's wine list.

Jul 25, 2014
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PHX CHer in BOS to imbibe

Thanks valcfield and Madrid. Super info.

Jul 22, 2014
BillB656 in Greater Boston Area

Any special MA or NE foods to look for try out/buy?

Good call. I mail order Teddie out to here in PHX.

Jul 21, 2014
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PHX CHer in BOS to imbibe

Madrid, what would you recommend in Kendall now? Thx!

Jul 21, 2014
BillB656 in Greater Boston Area

PHX CHer in BOS to imbibe

Thanks. Ya, Kendall was never my favorite hangout although I did spend lots of time there at Draper Labs.

Jul 21, 2014
BillB656 in Greater Boston Area

PHX CHer in BOS to imbibe

Good call. Love a well balanced sherry cocktail. Thanks.

Jul 21, 2014
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PHX CHer in BOS to imbibe

Much thanks!

Jul 20, 2014
BillB656 in Greater Boston Area

PHX CHer in BOS to imbibe

For sure. That's the plan. 8+)

Jul 20, 2014
BillB656 in Greater Boston Area

PHX CHer in BOS to imbibe

Thanks for the heads up. Thinking about an early 11am lunch to miss the crowds. Haven't heard of Row 34. Thanks!

Jul 20, 2014
BillB656 in Greater Boston Area

PHX CHer in BOS to imbibe

Hey all,
We're coming in to town next week for cocktails and lobster rolls (plus wine and pastries).

Any suggestions for additions...or subtractions... to our lists?

Cocktails
Drink, Hawthorne, ESKD, jmCurley, Brick&Mortar, Trini's (for Monday brunch), Russell House, backbar.

Lobster rolls at Neptune and Belle Isle (prob no time for more)

Modern for lobster tail pastries

Wine Bottega for wine to ship home...maybe Cirace for grappa.

Thanks!

Jul 19, 2014
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Boston Hounds Moving North

+1 for Joppa.

Also used to like 10 Center St for cocktails and munchies (particularly the lobster mac and lobster roll/croissant) with the caveat that we moved from the area in 2008. Not sure if it is still as good.

Jul 15, 2014
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Is "natural wine" a fad?

I've had some fantastic wines from winemakers that produce at least some bottles that fall into this category from Ganevat, Clos Roche Blanche, Occhipinti, Saumon, Descombes, Gravner, Radikon, Potaire, Belluard, Foillard, Foradori, Breton, Broc, Dashe, Donkey & Goat...my cellar is full of stuff like this.

Have I had some that were fatally flawed? Definitely! Secondary fermentation, all kinds of lactic mess, brett running wild, VA...but I've had many more good ones than bad and the good make it worth while for me to continue drinking.

Jul 14, 2014
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what type of tequila is best for mixing with non alcoholic margerita mix's

If you are going to use a mix, please try to find Tommy's Margarita mix.

Jul 10, 2014
BillB656 in Spirits

St George Gins [California]

Botanivore, for me, is the most widely useful in a New American gin sort of way. Lots of herbs and botanicals with a light touch of juniper.

Terrior is more balsam / piney with sage notes. This is my least favorite for cocktails as I'm not a huge fan of the pine.

Dry Rye is a fun little gin along the lines of Anchor Steam Genevieve but, to me, more complex. This is good in an Improved Gin Cocktail or twists on bourbon-based drinks (think Old Fashioned or Manhattan variants).

Jul 10, 2014
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Limited Edition Tanqueray Old Tom Gin

I got a bottle (GD..Gin Daisy serial number) a few days ago and did a side by side with Malacca and Hayman's OT.

All 3 have similar aromatics.
Tanq OT and Hayman's OT are equal in sweetness with Malacca considerably drier.

Tanq OT is by far the liveliest, most bright of the 3 (and I love the other 2).

Did a Martinez (1.5oz each Tanq OT and Dolin rouge, 0.25oz Luxardo maraschino, Boker's bitters) and it was quite lovely.

Jun 30, 2014
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Lil Miss BBQ PHX

This is by far the best brisket I've ever had and sets the bar well higher than any other barbeque I've had in PHX metro.

They open at 11am and the line starts forming well before that. (Closed Sun and Mon)

On Thurs they do a smoked pastrami that is also killer.

Can't say enough good things about what they are doing there.

Jun 04, 2014
BillB656 in Phoenix

One night in bangkok

Very good Mexican at Comedor Guadalajara about 2 miles south of the Westin on S. Central. Don't walk as you go through some sketchiness down there.

hohokam hit the highlights in the area.

New highly anticipated bar opening up this week is Bitter and Twisted in the Luhr building across from the Palomar hotel.

May 27, 2014
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5 days at the Four Seasons Scottsdale. .

Been to Talavera a bunch of times. Chef Mel Mecinas is a wonderful man and kicks out some super, serious dishes.

Proof (Chef Jesse Hanson) is upscale comfort food (think poutine with foie gras) and also highly recommended. The bar at Proof is very good.

The resort is in a pretty remote area so nothing else is that close. There are a bunch of restaurants in the Market St complex that might meet your needs.

Not too far away is Bourbon Steak at the Fairmont Princess. Great steaks and I think I like their seafood selection even better.

May 27, 2014
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Sancerre Rouge. Why?

Did some digging and looks like I posted the lone review for the 2005 Thomas-Labaille Chavignol L'Authentique in CT.

2008 shows a record in CT of 24 bottles of the rouge. Only 1 review. Looks like Crush sold the '08.

May 22, 2014
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Sancerre Rouge. Why?

I've had plenty of stemmy, angular Sancerre Rouge but did have a decent one from Thomas-Labaille (05?). I'd rather drink Sancerre rouge than listen to Louis CK.

May 21, 2014
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Mid-Tier Spirits for Every-Day Cocktail Making

Totally agree regarding the C.A.

May 05, 2014
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Mid-Tier Spirits for Every-Day Cocktail Making

good thread!
Tequila: Olmeca Altos blanco and repo, Espolon repo, Azunia blanco
Bourbon: for me a 1.75L of Bulleit for $30 at Total Wine is tough to pass up. Buffalo Trace is our other go-to.
Rye: Old Overholt
Gin: Tanqueray or Plymouth
Vermouth: Dolin (dry, blanc, rouge)

May 02, 2014
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Casual lunch suggestions for Old Town Scottsdale area

Old Town specific:
FnB has a limited (but always wonderful) lunch menu.
Virtu is doing lunch now but I've not been. Dinner is amazing.
Instead of burger and beer, how about sausage and beer? The Brat Haus is the place for that.

Apr 01, 2014
BillB656 in Phoenix

What to mix with Grapefruit soda?

How about a twist on a Pimm's cup?

St. Germain also plays well with grapefruit soda.

Mar 20, 2014
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Phoenix area Restaurant/Bar closures

In addition to the links that exit2lef proved, MxSW also posts regular opening/closing updates.

http://mouthbysouthwest.com/openings-...

Mar 13, 2014
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Kitchen Goods Stores in Tucson

If you want to take a little drive north to PHX, this place rocks for knives.

http://www.phoenixknifehouse.com/

Mar 12, 2014
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US distilled spirits contain more alcohol than appears on labels

From the TTB BAM (http://www.ttb.gov/spirits/bam.shtml) > Mandatory Label Information > Alcohol Content > Tolerances
* 0.25% alcohol by volume for spirits containing solids in excess of 600 mg per 100 ml
* 0.25% alcohol by volume for spirits bottled in 50 ml and 100 ml containers
* 0.15% alcohol by volume for all other spirits

For our cocktail bitters, we get allowable tolerances back from TTB of +/- 2.5 - 3% on a nominally 40% abv product.

Mar 12, 2014
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Any Sunday morning menudo anywhere in/near Phoenix?

Open Sat and Sun at 8am, excellent menudo both days(and chilaquiles!)

http://www.comedorguadalajara.com/

Feb 11, 2014
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What are the most unusual bitters flavors you have tried, and what recipe(s) did you use them in?

Good call on Boston Shaker, Dan.

For those on the other coast, the Napa Valley Distillery Vintage Bar Shop in Oxbow Public Market in downtown Napa has a bitters tasting bar with some 200 labels available to try.

Dec 10, 2013
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