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  1. For those that are reading this thread, Chez Panisse (the restaurant) is almost as difficult a reservation as the French Laundry. It is not an afterthought but a very real destination that many people on the West Coast and elsewhere build trips around. Quite literally this is Mecca for many who care about the emergence of America and the ascension of a serious cuisine from a country that was once thought of as having good fried chicken and decent charcoal grilled steak. For all that I may have raved about Danko (and the bar if you go at the last minute and arrive BEFORE THEY OPEN!) Chez Panisse is the Holy Grail of American restaurants. It is to America as Troisgros and Robuchon are to France and Santimaria and Adria are to Spain. In the late '70's and early '80's Alice Waters' place was a temple that born again foodies from Vermont to Georgia to New Mexico crossed a country to visit. When they returned to their hometowns America was never the same. What we eat today has much to do with what was started then. And there.
  2. This is shocking, and makes me wonder if I have any wines on hold with them. Man, this is *every bit* as shocking as what happened with Carolina Wine Company. "Berkeley's Premier Cru Wine Schemer Pleads Guilty to Wine Fraud" by Malaika Fraley and Matthias Gaffni on eastbaytimes.com "Premier Cru Boss Cops Plea in Wine Fraud Case" by W. Blake Gray on wine-searcher.com Apr 3, 2016 - "Claims of a Ponzi Scheme in the Collapse of a Rare-Wine Seller" by Robert Frank on nytimes.com
  3. I was kind of immune to Creedence Clearwater Revival during their heyday, but in retrospect, John Fogerty was among the rock-n-roll singing gods, and "Have You Ever Seen The Rain" one of the great classics of rock-n-roll songs and rock-n-roll singing. I don't think I could live very well without this.
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