Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Meet the Vendors: My Cup of Tea

Posted by on Tue, Jul 13, 2010 at 2:03 PM

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My Cup of Tea, which I wrote about in Letter from the Editor last week, sells specialty loose teas online, from its showroom, and at the Woman’s Exchange and the Palladio.

And, just this spring, My Cup of Tea began selling at the Memphis Botanic Garden Farmers Market.

According to My Cup of Tea owner Mary Beth Bryce, offering samples of iced tea — Mango Tango Green and Black Currant, among them — has been key to selling at the market.

And while Bryce says there’s no clear favorite among the teas sold at the market, she has been getting feedback from a particular demographic. “I have some great male customers,” she says. "[At the market], men feel very comfortable.”

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Things You Don't Need, 2

Posted by on Tue, Jul 13, 2010 at 10:00 AM

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I first saw this set of three mini colanders ($6.99) at TJ Maxx months ago. Not so surprisingly, they are still available.

The colanders are for draining small fruit, capers, and olives. Hint: The regular-sized colander you already have also does this.

Another strike against these wee tools: They have to be hand-washed.

Monday, July 12, 2010

Killer Barbecue in "Delicious and Suspicious"

Posted by on Mon, Jul 12, 2010 at 8:03 AM

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Released last week Delicious and Suspicious, the first in a series of mysteries revolving around Aunt Pat’s, a fictional Memphis barbecue restaurant.

The book is by author Elizabeth Spann Craig, writing under the name Riley Adams. Craig, a Georgia native who now lives in North Carolina, took the time to answer a few questions for Hungry Memphis.

Why a Memphis barbecue mystery?
Memphis has this incredibly rich culture of food, music, and Southern quirkiness that added up to the perfect setting. At Aunt Pat’s barbecue restaurant, I’ve tried embodying the fun and flavor of the town for my readers. Including recipes and food in traditional mysteries adds a real element of fun and local color for readers from all over the country. I’ve heard from mystery fans from all over America who are looking forward to a glimpse into Memphis.

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Friday, July 9, 2010

Lunch at Felicia Suzanne's

Posted by on Fri, Jul 9, 2010 at 4:31 PM

Felicia Suzanne’s does a Friday Lunch to jumpstart your foodie weekend. A few coworkers and I went to check it out, and I’ll let the photos explain.

There was a Field Green Salad, tossed in sweet cane vinaigrette with Tennessee feta cheese, spiced pecans, and fresh, sweet figs:

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Pick-Your-Own Blueberries

Posted by on Fri, Jul 9, 2010 at 10:03 AM

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Last summer, I picked blueberries in Millington at Harris Farms. The family grows mature bushes on a rise behind their produce stand. The experience was kicked back and charming, and I could buy produce in addition to the berries.

This year, Susan Ellis and I headed to Nesbit, Mississippi, to pick blueberries at the Nesbit Blueberry Plantation. The name pretty much explains the scope of the place: 20,000 bushes cover 22 acres; golf carts transport berry pickers to the field; and adorable baby donkeys add appeal on the way in and the way out.

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Thursday, July 8, 2010

Farmers Market To Open in South Memphis

Posted by on Thu, Jul 8, 2010 at 7:49 AM

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A food desert is loosely defined as a district where residents have little or no access to supermarkets and nutritious food. The term has been around since the 1990s, but only recently has it become a buzzword, showing up in Michelle Obama’s campaign to end child obesity, and Senator Steve Cohen’s bill to bring supermarkets to underserved areas.

South Memphis is home to one of the city’s food deserts. Now, as part of the recently passed South Memphis Revitalization Action Plan (SoMe RAP), South Memphis will have its own farmers market — a positive step towards eliminating food deserts in Memphis.

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Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Odds & Ends: Buffalo and Shannen Doherty

Posted by on Wed, Jul 7, 2010 at 4:05 PM

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So ...

My entry for the Shelby Farm's Buffalo Naming Contest is a finalist. I won't say which, but it's one of three food-related names. (Go, Cole Slaw!)

And ...

Memphis-born actress Shannen Doherty has a new book coming out in November, Badass: A Hard-Earned Guide To Living Life with Style and (the Right) Attitude. Included in a section titled "Dos and Don'ts at a Restaurant," this bit of badassery: Tip well.

And ...

Pat and Gina Neely are taking Manhattan, opening Neely's Pig Parlor sometime this fall. (H/T: eater.com.)

Memphis Beat's Eats, Episode 3

Posted by on Wed, Jul 7, 2010 at 11:12 AM

Monsieur Tofu is tired of being maligned by Memphis Beat.
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  • Monsieur Tofu is tired of being maligned by Memphis Beat.

During last night's episode of Memphis Beat, more biscuits from the Arcade, more tofu-bashing, and a food-related plot twist.

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Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Stacey's Herb Garden

Posted by on Tue, Jul 6, 2010 at 7:26 AM

Another response for my call for pictures of area vegetable gardens comes from Stacey Greenberg, a frequent contributor to the Flyer's food section.

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Her herb garden features a clever bit of recycling.

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Monday, July 5, 2010

CSA, Week 9: Soup, Potato Salad, and Kabobs

Posted by on Mon, Jul 5, 2010 at 8:51 AM

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I decided to power through my CSA share this week by making a double batch of vegetable soup. If you’ve never made vegetable soup with produce fresh from the farm, you are in for a treat.

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