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Favorite team:LSU 
Location:Baton Rouge
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Interests:Food and Wine
Occupation:Certified Sommelier
Number of Posts:989
Registered on:12/23/2008
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re: Southern Belle wine - lilwineman
I've had a few different bourbon barrel wines and I think the same thing every time...someone is bound to like this, but it's most definitely not me. They come off medicinal almost with the leeching of the bourbon into the wine....
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re: James Beard Foundation Awards - lilwineman
Honestly I couldn't remember her name Gris lol And I was at one of the semifinalists places last night for best new restaurant, Helen Greek food and wine. Full Greek wine and beer list...had a beautiful rose, stellar locally farmed pork gyros...broken pasta with brown butter sauce. I'll be at...
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re: James Beard Foundation Awards - lilwineman
Chef Justin Yu of Oxheart in Houston won southwest just not after quite a few nominations. I believe the rising star chef as well was from Houston at one point. The the lifetime award went to an older lady from Nola. Commanders lost to Berns Steakhouse for beverage program....
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re: Any "Bizarre Foods" type restaurant in Louisiana? - lilwineman
Find the heavy Hispanic or Asian populated areas and hit some authentic spots......
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re: Can you make sashimi out of redfish(drum)? - lilwineman
Drum isn't a fish that typically is considered a viable source for sashimi. I would skip it honestly and buy stuff you are comfortable in serving raw......
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re: Looking for suggestions on Texas Hill Country - lilwineman
Duchman and Fall Creek have some solid wines out there...
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re: Looking for Houston bar recommendations - lilwineman
Honestly, the west side doesn't have the most reputable beer and whiskey lounges. City centre isn't too far and you can grab a bite, but if you're looking for depth of selections, it's not the place. The former staff at radio milano had some talent, but they're all gone and I haven't been in a while...
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re: FBD: Houstonians Working from Home Edition - lilwineman
I almost started this a few hours ago lol But I'm not drinking yet, too much to do :lol:...
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re: Drink recipe for party this Friday - lilwineman
Frozen mimosas spiked with grand marnier, frozen Bellini, frozen mojitos, Mai tai, hurricanes, or modify a margarita with the addition of fresh fruit (mango, strawberry, raspberry, kiwi, those options are endless but for the sake of everything holy, either juice fresh like or buy fresh lime juice an...
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re: Looking for Houston bar recommendations - lilwineman
You're pretty far removed from anything inner loop worth visiting. It would be one heck of an uber ride to get to any of them. I'll have to defer options to other people who actually live or visit that direction...
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re: Interesting Farm to Table critique - lilwineman
Beverage costs are increasing the more knowledgable people become. The day of super high wine markups is fading and cocktails are now more approachable in costs at places with only fresh ingredients at the places worth drinking. The labor of juicing, making syrups, tinctures, bitters, and shrubs...s...
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re: Interesting Farm to Table critique - lilwineman
I have respect for you sir. You take pride that I expect from someone claiming to be "farm to table" and have repeated what I said. Support the farm, support their wares, accept the challenge of diversifying your menu, and think outside the box. A farm to table restaurant should have a menu that cha...
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re: Saturday lunch in BR? - lilwineman
Brunch at beausoleil...
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re: Interesting Farm to Table critique - lilwineman
Sodas and tea the markup is likely close to 1000%....desserts should be close to 800%...steaks (lowest margin typically) should be around 300%...fish slightly higher 350-400%....salads close to 700% As a kitchen, you should attempt to run close to a 20-25% cost max, all goods included. I've known...
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re: Interesting Farm to Table critique - lilwineman
That's my point. I've been to a real farm to table. Super resourceful chefs and a way of past cooking mentalities with modern techniques and a bit of flair....these are wonderful. It makes you feel in the moment of exactly where you are and the season it is. ...
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re: Interesting Farm to Table critique - lilwineman
One of the biggest things I see wrong with farm to table is also cherry picking the farmers. Restauranteurs will support certain prime goods that eventually take its toll on the soil, but won't support things planted in alternating seasons that either go to waste or end up being a cover crop in the ...
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re: jollibee in Houston - lilwineman
It Might take you 2-3 of those hours just to get food from there lol...
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re: Question about acquisition and reselling of "rare" beers - lilwineman
I'm curious how much is state or federal laws. I know In New York a large majority of restaurants have access to private collections to back vintages and some of the best wine lists purchase wines through auctions to replenish limited supply and back vintage items....
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re: Houston folks, suggest me a place to eat tonight. - lilwineman
Big money Italian-DaMarco Great Italian a little cheaper-Sud Italia Awesome value Italian with a bistro feel-Vinoteca Poscol Seafood-Peska or Salt Air (awesome wine bottle prices) Phenomenal authentic Spanish cuisine-BCN ($$$) or Costa Brava Bistro Portuguese-Oporto Fooding House Sushi/Japanes...
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re: Houston folks, suggest me a place to eat tonight. - lilwineman
Dire, the press is a bit back and forth on Yelp, but i love the food. Allison Cook didn't give them the most favorable write up, but they've made some adjustments to staff that seems to be beneficial. I'll keep going and watch Randy kick arse in there. His food is from the heart and an awesome idea b...
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