Thursday, January 14, 2010

A Visit to Local Gastropub

Posted By on Thu, Jan 14, 2010 at 12:41 PM

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When Food News writer Pam Denney and I stopped by the newly opened Local Gastropub on Tuesday afternoon, we found both the owner and the manager to be completely in the dark.

Construction in the area had shut off power and owner Jeffrey Johnson was on the phone with MLGW, while manager Chris Armes did some work on her laptop.

Despite the lack of electricity, Johnson and Ames took the time to tell us a little bit about Local, which opened last Friday in the Sauces site on Main downtown.

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Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Greatest News Ever ... If You're a Soda Aficionado

Posted By on Tue, Jan 12, 2010 at 2:19 PM

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After a well-received run last year, Pepsi is once again producing its "Throwback" Pepsi and Mountain Dew for a limited time. The drinks are sweetened with cane sugar rather than high-fructose corn syrup.

I've spotted them at the BP station downtown on Riverside as well as Ike's.

Umai Rolls Out New Menu

Posted By on Tue, Jan 12, 2010 at 11:42 AM

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  • Justin Fox Burks

After the holidays, tired of the cooking from my own kitchen, I treated my family to the cooking from Ken Lumpkin’s Midtown restaurant, Umai.

I’d heard that Lumpkin, who opened his Japanese and French cuisine restaurant three years ago, had rolled out smaller plates and lower prices, which sounded good to me after the excesses of Christmas.

“Now you can spend $15 and get two or three plates, but the quality of the food is still the same,” Lumpkin said, explaining how his new menu reflects more affordable prices and lessons learned from his mother, Sumiko.

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Monday, January 11, 2010

Lunch Specials Start Monday at Cafe Ole

Posted By on Mon, Jan 11, 2010 at 7:13 AM

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Café Ole, the popular Mexican restaurant in Cooper-Young, reopened New Year’s day after a Christmas break for renovations. But don’t expect big changes in the decor, except for the charming gold lizard tiled in the bar.

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Friday, January 8, 2010

Happy Birthday, Elvis II

Posted By on Fri, Jan 8, 2010 at 3:53 PM

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  • slog.thestranger.com
Created for the Elvis Invitationals — an amateur Elvis contest in Seattle — is this maple-glazed, bacon-studded donut, called the Elvis Birthday Ring.

Here's a recipe for a peanut-butter-and-banana cocktail from the Toronto Star.

And, at Griff's Chicken Shack in Connecticut, your best Elvis impression gets you free eats.

Happy Birthday, Elvis

Posted By on Fri, Jan 8, 2010 at 10:32 AM

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Today would have been Elvis' 75th birthday. Perhaps I'll mark the occasion by using this cool glass cutting board my brother got me for Christmas. It's from Joseph Joseph.

Thursday, January 7, 2010

Chicken Wing Porn

Posted By on Thu, Jan 7, 2010 at 2:40 PM

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Back in December, I emailed local artist Dwayne Butcher about a recent entry on his artbutcher blog involving chicken wings.

He told me that he was working on a video piece tentatively titled "Chicken Wing Porn."

The work, now called "Tyson" is up.

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Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Bread, Milk, Eggs

Posted By on Wed, Jan 6, 2010 at 5:36 PM

The Flyer reported via Twitter last night that the snow panic had officially begun at the Midtown Schnucks.

@sciencebastard responded with this picture, presumably taken at said Schnucks:

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Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Who Does the Dishes?

Posted By on Tue, Jan 5, 2010 at 1:48 PM

When we got back to work yesterday, a coworker told me that over the break she had gotten into a fight with her friend and her boyfriend punched someone! And I told her that this sounded just like Jersey Shore, because that is what I did over the break.

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But to the point... On a recent show, the cast members had yet another fight. This one was in the kitchen.

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International Incident

Posted By on Tue, Jan 5, 2010 at 1:07 PM

Check out this "Moscow-style" wheat bread I picked up at the International Food Bazaar in Cordova.

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Yes, it is so wheat bread.

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Saturday, January 2, 2010

I've Never ...

Posted By on Sat, Jan 2, 2010 at 5:49 PM

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It was early afternoon New Year's Eve at the insanely large Kroger at Kirby Parkway and I was feeling lucky already. The place was packed, and I had managed to snag the last bag of black-eyed peas from the freezer.

As I was standing in the checkout line, the woman behind me asked me about the kale in my cart. She wanted to know how I was going to cook it and then confessed that she had bought the greens before but only to use as decoration.

The conversation struck me as both charming and silly ... and it got me to thinking about all the things I've never done ...

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