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Orlando - anything near Buena Vista Palace?

Coming to the Buena Vista Palace for a conference. Is there anything noteworthy for food/beer/wine/cocktails within walking distance?

Mar 25, 2014
jaba in Florida

Trying to get into rum...

I *love* Kindredcocktails. There are few things that are actually life-changing. His site is one of them. As my wife said "you've picked up a lot of hobbies in the time that I've known you. Cocktail making is by far the best one." Between the recommended brands list, discussion of individual spirit types, and often extensive reviews of individual recipes, Kindred is a daily visit for me. I only wish there was a mobile version of the site.

Mar 25, 2014
jaba in Spirits

Trying to get into rum...

Thanks all. Good advice in here. However, I have found two drinks in which these shine:
For the Barbancourt: http://www.kindredcocktails.com/cocktail/dons-little-bitter

For the Wray & Nephew: http://www.kindredcocktails.com/cockt...

Mar 24, 2014
jaba in Spirits

Whistle Pig Rye

the rye 101 was just re-released.
http://chuckcowdery.blogspot.com/2013...

Mar 17, 2014
jaba in Spirits

Whistle Pig Rye

Which Wild Turkey, the 81 or 101?

Mar 17, 2014
jaba in Spirits

Quick lunch near Renaissance on W. Wacker

Thanks, Nsxtaxy. I'm okay with carryout.

Mar 13, 2014
jaba in Chicago Area

Quick lunch near Renaissance on W. Wacker

Hi all -
Coming into town for a meeting at the Renaissance and will have about 45 minutes to grab lunch around noon (land at Midway at 11:15, meeting starts at 1:30). Looking for something as tasty as Xoco but without the insane wait. Topolobambo's 60 minute lunch looks good but I was hoping for something a little cheaper.
All cuisines are in consideration.

Any thoughts? Thanks!
-jaba

Mar 13, 2014
jaba in Chicago Area

Trying to get into rum...

Knowing there is a whole world out there of various types of rums, I've bought a few recommended ones that are known for being good values. My question is, given how different they are, what are the best uses to help them shine:
-Wray & Nephew Overproof
-Barbancourt 5 star

I tried a combination of these two in a daiquiri and it didn't quite work, but I'm willing to try again.

Other thoughts?

Mar 12, 2014
jaba in Spirits

Mexican - New Rochelle

Thanks. I saw them, but things change, places open, some places improve and others go downhill so was looking for anything updated.

Feb 26, 2014
jaba in New York State (exc. NYC)

Mexican - New Rochelle

Just moved to the area and can't find any recent threads dedicated to the subject so I'll ask: what are the best Mexican places in New Rochelle?

Feb 26, 2014
jaba in New York State (exc. NYC)

Lower Westchester bars/restaurants with quality cocktails

This is great - thanks, all.
And I think JMF has in mind what we're looking. Places that do inventive stuff but still nail the classics.

Any thoughts on Polpettina in Larchmont? I see their website mentions "prohibition-era" cocktails on draught.

Feb 25, 2014
jaba in New York State (exc. NYC)

Martinis without Vermouth - The New Normal (At Least in LA)

JMF, I'm starting a thread on the NY State board on places with good cocktails in Westchester. I'd love your input, especially on places where you've trained the bartenders.

http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/966628

Feb 24, 2014
jaba in Spirits

Lower Westchester bars/restaurants with quality cocktails

Just moved to Larchmont and am looking for places that make quality cocktails - i.e. good ingredients, proper ratios, not everything is a something-tini.

Any thoughts?

Feb 24, 2014
jaba in New York State (exc. NYC)

Martinis without Vermouth - The New Normal (At Least in LA)

Beefeater, Noilly Prat, Fee Bros
Any other suggestions?

Feb 21, 2014
jaba in Spirits

Martinis without Vermouth - The New Normal (At Least in LA)

I've been trying to get myself to like Martinis. I tried your ratio tonight, and magic: This is awesome. Thanks, JMF!

Feb 21, 2014
jaba in Spirits

The Perfect Margarita?

Is there a link missing? Curious what your preferred citrus squeezer is.

Feb 16, 2014
jaba in Spirits

Where do you keep your liquor?

I'd love to see your list of what you've decided to keep.

Feb 03, 2014
jaba in Spirits

WT101 rye re-release

I've heard some people say they've seen it in NYC-area stores and it's on the PA liquor control board special order list.

Jan 30, 2014
jaba in Spirits

WT101 rye re-release

Looks like this is back. Has anyone tried it since it's re-release? How does it compare to Rittenhouse?

Jan 23, 2014
jaba in Spirits

Discovering Bourbon

JMF -
I'm in the NYC burbs. Where are you seeing Rittenhouse for $17-21? $24.99 is the best price I can find around here.

Jan 21, 2014
jaba in Spirits

Bittermen's Liqueurs?

Any ones that you would recommend in particular? Versatility would be key (i.e. I'd prefer to get those that can be used in multiple recipes).

Thanks!

Jan 21, 2014
jaba in Spirits

Bittermen's Liqueurs?

These look interesting. Anyone have any thoughts on the usability of
Citron Sauvage
Amere Nouvelle
Amere Sauvage
Hiver Amer

Are they redundant for a bar that already has a decent amari selection (Campari, Cynar, Averna, Aperol)?

Thanks!
-jaba

Jan 21, 2014
jaba in Spirits

Depaz Rhum Agricole - what to do with it?

That is indeed the response I was looking for. I didn't know whether it was better neat or mixed. I guess I could've tried it myself and figured that out.

Thanks!

Jan 13, 2014
jaba in Spirits

Depaz Rhum Agricole - what to do with it?

Picked up a liter of this for $13 and now I'm not sure what to do with it.

Any thoughts?

Jan 13, 2014
jaba in Spirits

Which amaro for cocktails?

Dan - thanks so much. Very helpful.

BTW, I am fairly obsessed with your website. It has changed my cocktail-making very much for the better.

Jan 07, 2014
jaba in Spirits

Which amaro for cocktails?

Astor Wine and Spirits is having a 15% off all amaro today.

I have and LOVE cynar. I just picked up some Campari. I've tried Luxardo Bitter and didn't love it in a negroni.

What would others suggest for versatile amaro for mixing in cocktails?

Jan 07, 2014
jaba in Spirits

Adios to Old Weller 12?

what store was this?

Dec 23, 2013
jaba in Spirits

Upper Upper West Side Dinner

Pisticci. Might be quiet if your dinner is on the earlier side.

Dec 15, 2013
jaba in Manhattan

Neopolitan pizza on the upper west side.

It's decent. From what I remember, the crust is great, but the sauce is bland.

Oct 31, 2013
jaba in Manhattan

Athens Market or Bandar for group of 16

Coming to SD for a medical convention and having a dinner for 16 people, some of whom haven't met each other.

I've been able to make reservations at Athens Market and Bandar. Does anyone have any experience with group dinners at either place?

Oct 10, 2013
jaba in San Diego