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Originally posted by Italian Wino:
W+A

The amount of time we will spend in Florence proper will be very little. Going to a museum in Prato just north of it then lunch then onto Fonte. What is the casual lunch spot you are referring to?


Florence is a great town, IW.

I emailed you the link to the place for lunch. Let me know if you did not get it since our emails do not like each other. Wink
The Golden View: Very nice. We had a table at 7:30, and since we book a few weeks in advance (Thanks to Wine+Art) we had a table by the window and could look at the Ponte Vecchio and the Arno river. Meal was very enjoyable. I had bruschetta and a delicious steak marinated with a little balsamic vinegar. My wife had a vegetable soup, which I think actually had a chickenbroth base which was very nice. She had a swordfish dish with a variety of capers, onions, etc on top which she enjoyed;. We had a bottle of Prosecco to start and I had some sort of 2004 Brunello with my steak. Frankly I forgot to look at the label as I was just not paying attention, but as a house wine it was really great.
The odd thing is that we returned tonight to the same place for a strange reason, and I had a veal scallopine which was just passable(not recommended) and my wife had a Sea Bream which she liked. Pasta as a first course.
This is a quality place with a 1st rate wine list, with nice verticals in major Tuscans. They actually put some Wine Spectator scores on teh menu, and they have a few WS top rated selections.

Meanwhile we had a terrific lunch at a place called Casalinga, where there were only Italians there. Everyone seemed to know
everyone. There was a lot of kissing going on.

Here is an oddity. We sat next to a couple from Baltimore who are close friends of Comet Spider, and they know his father very well also.
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Originally posted by irwin:
Here is an oddity. We sat next to a couple from Baltimore who are close friends of Comet Spider, and they know his father very well also.

It really is a small world. While travelling in India in '92, I ran into some people that lived about 3 blocks away from me.
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Originally posted by wine+art:
Irwin, I hope your dinner lasted long enough to see the PV and Arno in total darkness.

Was it cool enough that they had the window wall open at your table?

Did you try any of their DOP olive oils?


dinner was pretty quick, so not total darkness. The window was open. Had one olive oil.
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Originally posted by irwin:
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Originally posted by wine+art:
Irwin, I hope your dinner lasted long enough to see the PV and Arno in total darkness.

Was it cool enough that they had the window wall open at your table?

Did you try any of their DOP olive oils?


dinner was pretty quick, so not total darkness. The window was open. Had one olive oil.


You need to follow instructions better, Irwin. Razz
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Originally posted by Board-O:
Welcome to first place, irwin. Frown

Who told you?


plenty of games left.
Your prediction BEFORE the season that the O's had a good team was undeniably the most outrageous and great prediction I've heard in a long time. Maybe ever.
Maybe you should change professions and become a weatherman.
Appreciate it Board-O! This trip is for business so I'm somewhat stuck down here, however a good friend grew up in Traverse City and has been after us to combine a future business trip in GR with a long weekend up there, so when we figure out how that fits the calendar I'll definitely reach out to you. Smile
VB, there is a wine shop on Knapp called the Crushed Grape. Tons of plonk, but the upstairs section has some upper end bottles, in a temperature controlled unit if I recall correctly. I wouldn't go far out of my way, but if you have a short amount of time to kill and are nearby, it could be worth a visit. Stumbled across it visiting friends in GR this past spring. Good Hibachi restaurant nearby as well.
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Originally posted by billhike:
VB, there is a wine shop on Knapp called the Crushed Grape. Tons of plonk, but the upstairs section has some upper end bottles, in a temperature controlled unit if I recall correctly. I wouldn't go far out of my way, but if you have a short amount of time to kill and are nearby, it could be worth a visit. Stumbled across it visiting friends in GR this past spring. Good Hibachi restaurant nearby as well.


Now I know where I'm heading tonight... Cool
Went to a winery outside Lucca in Tuscany today. Chatted up the staff. They are pretty bummed about the 2012 vintage. The grapes are like "raisins" (their word) and they are ungodly sweet. No rain since June until about 2 weeks ago when they got drenched. They are starting to harvest now. This particular winery doesn't export to the US. Looks like 2012 will be a difficult year in Tuscany.
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Originally posted by snipes:
Destin, FL with the family. Packed a ziplock full of stogies and case of wine. Golfcart in the garage and pool around back. I'm good!


I hope you're planning to get in a deep sea fishing trip? Rumor has it Destin is an excellent place to do so!
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Originally posted by Bigfoot003:
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Originally posted by snipes:
Destin, FL with the family. Packed a ziplock full of stogies and case of wine. Golfcart in the garage and pool around back. I'm good!


I hope you're planning to get in a deep sea fishing trip? Rumor has it Destin is an excellent place to do so!


Smile Not this trip. This is a much needed family vacation, besides the wife would not be in the best of moods if I left her with the two little ones at the beach all day. They've been up since 5:30 this morning WOUND UP.
Final night in Lucca. Went for lunch today at a nice place we discovered yesterday. Ristaurante Da Francesca. Tonight we had a great dinner outside the city at a farmhouse/winery. Oddly, they make 6 types of wine. Syrah, Cab-Syrah blend, pure Cabernet, Trebiano-voignier blend, Valentino/Chard blend, and some other white I forget for the moment. Here is a winery in Tuscany that does not produce ANY sangiovese. Odd.
One of the wines gets 90 pts from Mr. Suckling. More info to follow.
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Originally posted by aphilla:
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Originally posted by wine+art:
Miami Beach. My flight this morning was the most empty commercial flight I have ever flown.


Were you flying much the first few months after 9/11?


I did. This flight was a 767, there were 3 of us in FC, and 17 in total on the rest of the flight.

We left the gate, then waited 65 minutes until the pilots received the weight of the cargo.

American needs to close their doors forever.

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