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On Tasting and Sending Back Wine By The Glass:
* When ordering by the glass, smell and taste it. If it smells or tastes bad, have server taste it.
* Ask which bottle was opened more recently. You don’t want a bottle that has been open for more than a couple of days.
* Questions you should ask your server: Whats your best selling wine? Is there one that the server likes?
* If you want to send something back, they should take it back. A Sommalier can tell without a doubt if a wine has gone bad.
* Signs a Wine is bad: (1) If there is a complete lack of fruit, that means it’s corked, (2) If mishandled and red, it will taste acidic and vinegary, or effervescent– not to be confused with a sparking red.
Get Educated and Drink for FREE:
Dandelion Wine has free wine tastings on Thursdays 6-9pm. This is THE place to get educated on wine without the suffocating crowds and bank-breaking-ness.
When All Else Fails, Know Your Importers:
Kermit Lynch* and Neil Rosenthal are 2 importers with great palates, most of their stuff is solid. If you don’t have a sophisticated palate and you just want to choose a decent glass of wine, ask your server if they have anything from these guys. Also a plus, you’ll totally sound like you know what you’re talking about.
Best Pizza in Boise - Pie Hole on 8th St. - Try Thai Chicken (Wednesdays) or Pesto.Worst pizza I have ever tasted: Lucky 13, or should I say - tastless!
Best Overall City - where I live presently, Boise Idaho
Albuquerque, NM, Mexican Restaurant - El Pinto - Marinated Pork Burrito, W/ green chili sauce
Palo Alto, eat at Evvia. Truly, world's greatest calamari. - From Kathy Fored
Best Scone (ever) from 13 years on the road - Boise, Idaho - River City Coffee (was Big City Coffee - state st) 5517 W State St location - Also I cannot resit ,the Scone, at New Frontiers Natural Market in Flagstaff, AZ Also added is Boise Co-op - excellent my fav Peanut Butter and Jelly
Best GreenChile Burros - "the Burger House in Miami (aka La Cocina de Casillas) is open and they have the best green chile burros on the planet. "
Best Pizza - Fratelli's - Flagstaff - no really!!! order a pesto pizza - put parmesan and red pepper to taste - They'll ask, "Do you want anything else on it?" - NO!....Take Me Home!
Best Pizza - Hot Lips - Portland, Oregon. White pizza, w./ Butternut squash, Hazel Nuts, Roasted Garlic Cloves, Broccoli, Mozzarella, and maybe cheddar. - one slice enough
Best Coffee Beans - Cafe' de Dona Ella - farmed, processed and - El Salvador - my favorite type: sun-dried processed French (espresso) and Vienna Roasts
Best French Fries - McDonalds - lightly salted - produced and cut here in Idaho by JR Simplot, who is also one of the largest benefactors in Boise
Best Hamburger - Peter Luger - Brooklyn - order a piece of Bacon on the side - when you see it you'll know why - not cheeseburger - distracts quality
Best Italian Food - Joe Tecci's - North End, Boston
Best Stone Crabs - Joe's Stone Crabs - Miami
Best Texas Barbeque, Elgin, TX
Bever Street Brewrey - Best Restaurant Flagstaff, AZ
Cave Creek - Mexican Food - El Encanto - either location - Marinated Pork Burrito with green chili sauce - forget the rice and refried beans. A shot of Hornito's on curshed ice finished with mexican beer
Costco - Best cooked whole chicken and Barbque Ribs.
Favorite Beer - 1554, by the makers of Fat Tire - perfect with a robust meal
GatesBBQ. Best overall BarBQ Kansas City, Mo or Ks.
Hapa (CLOSED) - Best Restaurant - Phoenix, AZ
Malibu Yougurt - Best Frozen Yougurt, Mailbu, CA
My Favorite Bottled Salad Dressing - Annie's Goddess Dressing
My Favorite Red Wine under $20 - Massi - Valpolicella 2006, 7, 8 (but not 2009)
My favorite towns in America (so far) Ketchum/Sun Valley/Boise, Idaho, Entire Oregon Pacific coast, Flagstaff, AZ, Bozeman, MT, Sand Point, ID. San Luis Obispo,CA., Cave Creek, AZ., A triangle of 3 towns, 20 mi apart, Bend, Redmond and Sisters, OR. Woodstock, VT. Malibu, CA., Albuquerque, NM,
New York City - holds a place of its own - It is an Event!
Trader Joe's - Best almost everything - most everywhere.
Vivace - Best Restaurant in Tucson, Arizona
Worst Cities - Dallas, Chicago, St. Louis, LA, El Paso - for all the right reasons!