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Snagged some hard to find Bourbons to try

The good old days.

Pappy on the shelf, free pours of Rathskeller...

Nov 25, 2014
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Snagged some hard to find Bourbons to try

Yeah, in taste I feel like there is definitely some difference to them but I'm just talking quality versus price. For the most part it's drinkable stuff except for a couple years/batch's that are critically panned.

Agree about pappy vs. Weller 12 although I feel like in some states the frenzy for weller 12 is growing as well.

Nov 24, 2014
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Snagged some hard to find Bourbons to try

Yeah, pretty much any bourbon or rye over 12 years is gonna be scarce for the most part from now on especially limited edition stuff.

Makes the hunt a little harder.

Nov 24, 2014
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Snagged some hard to find Bourbons to try

It's another good one as well!

Yeah, just waiting for the BTAC to drop here in Canada. Should be any day now.

Nov 24, 2014
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Whiskey

Judging by his taste profile which seems to be toward the more mellow side of Whisky I would maybe stick to bottles that favour his palate. Weller 12 would be a good somewhat fancier bottle that fits your price range. Bit more punch than what he normally drinks but it's super smooth as well. Kind of a good balance between a premium whisky and your Pop's palate. I would stay away from anything cask strength and definitely don't get him any Scotch.

Nov 21, 2014
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Snagged some hard to find Bourbons to try

The Pappy is good but nothing to write home about. I actually almost prefer the Weller 12 to it but they're also a bit different in taste profile.

The Old Forester is pretty much always consistent. Did you get this year's with the green tab?

The Midwinter is probably my fav of the bunch. It really does taste like christmas.

Another one to look out for would be the Maker's Mark Cask Strength. I think it's in wider circulation these days. It's also great stuff.

Nov 21, 2014
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High West A Midwinter Nights Dram

This is great stuff. If anyone here is from NYC it's been popping up around the city. Astor has like 5 cases of it.

Nov 21, 2014
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How Good Was Susur Lee's "Susur?"

Well done. Very well done.

How Good Was Susur Lee's "Susur?"

No. No way.

What would the restaurant equivalent to rap-rock be?

How Good Was Susur Lee's "Susur?"

He tied Flay which is basically a loss.

Seriously Curious about Sushi Yasu. Any reports?

If anyone's going to Yasu tonight, I'm pretty sure they have hairy crab (Kegani) on the menu. A rarity and my favourite!

Schmaltz Appetizing

Baha!

I feel bad for the people working there that have to hear the R&D comparisons from every single person that walks in there.

I wish they had Cel-Ray.

Schmaltz Appetizing

Without a doubt if Schmaltz was in NYC it wouldn't last long enough to see the lawsuit from R&D.

There's homage and then there's Schmaltz. Schmaltz definitely falls into the stepping on toes category.

Agree on Mile End, it's partly Canadian owned and bringing Montreal style Deli to NYC. Didn't they poach a slicer from Schwartz???

I feel like R&D was always hip. It was an institution in the LES way before shitheads saw it on Louie.

All that said, it'd be nice if someone was really pushing the game forward instead of just copying a very well known institution but I ain't that mad at being able to get a Super Heebster at Dupont and Bathurst.

Schmaltz Appetizing

Come on now man, how can you be mad at getting 3 weeks worth of carbs in one serving?

Schmaltz Appetizing

You preferred it to R&D???

You're dead to me fam.

Smoke Signals BBQ @ The Derby on Dundas West

That party at Cold Tea has my vote for jam of the summer for sure. Jerk chicken was on point.

Not sure about pricing but it's not gonna break the bank. Menu changes up a fair bit but they've had coleslaw and potato salad in the past. All the more reason to check it out I guess.

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Smoke Signals BBQ @ The Derby on Dundas West

Def my favourite BBQ in the city. He's got that brisket pretty dialed in.

Peep the blog if you're a BBQ nerd:

http://www.smokesignalsbarbecue.ca

Stoked it's in the hood.

Tasting of Vintage Ports from 1963, 66, 70

Thanks Estufarian!

It's right near my mom's place so I may indulge then walk over in a drunken stupor to my mom's, raid her fridge, and pass out on the couch like a shitty teenager.

Sushi in the Annex

Weird, maybe an isolated incident? I go quite often and have been since they've opened and I always find them to be pretty consistent.

Imanishi Japanese Kitchen (Pop-up @ Churchill on Dundas)

Food's great!

They're all Kingyo guys doing their own solo pop up thing.

Go early cause it gets rammed and they sell out pretty quick. By early I mean be there before they open or very shortly after.

What is the worst item you bought at the LCBO in 2014?

Stagg Jr. Worst bourbon.

Sushi in the Annex

By far the best on that strip is Sushi Couture.

Agree that Yasu would be your best bet but more expensive than the rest.

Bad Service - Libretto's on Ossington

But that New York water tho.

Patois - Who's been?

You role PROPER.

I'm also so glad you didn't go to Sylvia's cause eff that place.

Patois - Who's been?

Wait, wait, wait...you belong to a soul food group???

This is genius of course, but how does one sustain a soul food group in Toronto? I refuse to believe you're eating at basically only Harlem all the time.

EXPLAIN TO ME!!!

Patois - Who's been?

Yeah, that sauce is great right?

Advice for upcoming visit: Portuguese, local Ontario fare, tasting menus, etc. - research done

Still good. Pretty consistent there. It's definitely a staple for me. Still get's busy on weekends so I would reserve.

Patois - Who's been?

Those are all great picks for sure!

Patois - Who's been?

Yeah for sure re: Momofuku. The perfect blend of happy accidents and finesse.

Hmmmm, I'll have to go back to oddseoul sober to reassess. Bahahahahaha hahahahahahaha, who am I kidding. Never going to happen.

Patois - Who's been?

You may find that this one gets buried in wit and reference as well. Although the reference is all from the chef inward as opposed to outward food or pop culture references.

I see where you're coming from but come on. You've never been wasted and smashed the chicken adobo bao? Hits the spot.

I tend to treat Oddseoul as separate from K-Town. Two totally different things, both of which I appreciate. I can't get Ja Jyung Myun at OS and I can't get a Loosey in K-Town.

I may have to disagree with you about Momofuku, slightly. For example, how the Brussel Sprouts came into being had less to do with precision and more to do with humour execution wise. A happy accident if you will.

I mean, if you don't like it, don't hold me accountable. Different tastes and all that, but I always like to hear what a diner with a point of view has to say about a chef with a point of view so by all means, report back. Just keep in mind that my reference point may be different from yours.