From the great The South in My Mouth comes tales from one of the foodie-iest events of the year: the annual Southern Foodways Alliance Symposium.
Of local interest is the report involving Restaurant Iris' Kelly English (pictured above), cow heads, and the fire department.
UPDATED: But wait there's more (and it's all about love) from Angela Knipple at From the Southern Table.
Generally, I lean toward the vanilla-ice-cream approach. When you've got the solid basics — like a good vanilla ice cream — why mess it up with unnecessary add-ins?
But the black bean wrap ($8.95) at Cafe Eclectic blows my theory to smithereens. There's a lot going on inside this one simply named wrap.
Last week I stopped by Republic Coffee for lunch and ordered the Pedro, a nice barbecue-style sandwich with tofu, slaw, and chipolte sauce ($7).
Sandwiches come with a choice of side — carrot souffle, fruit, mac & cheese, among them — but I opted for the cheese grits because I always, without fail, order cheese grits when I see them on the menu.
Helario "Harry" Reyna is keeping Elliott's open on Friday and Saturday nights from 11 p.m.-4 a.m. to accommodate the late night downtown crowd.
From the Mexican bakery La Espiga: a marranito (pig) and a pierna (leg).
Last week, I reacquainted myself with one of my favorite Memphis lunches: La Baguette's egg and olive sandwich with an order of its terrific tomato soup. (About $10 for sandwich, soup, and a drink.)
As for the something new ...
Last week, Pam and I went to Terrace Cafe, the semi-annual lunch and fashion show held at the Dixon Gallery & Gardens.
It was very ladies-who-lunch.
It's Jeff, who sounds like a complete slob.
Congrats to Jeff. Email me your address, and I'll put the apron in the mail.
I love seasonal cooking in early October, because local farmers are selling summer produce alongside autumn fare. In my CSA last week from Whitton Farms, I had cherry tomatoes, yellow squash, and a huge bundle of basil, as well as a half a dozen sweet potatoes.
Flyer food writer Pam Denney has a knack for finding the niftiest vintage kitchenware — plates, casserole dishes, measuring cups, and Pyrex.
One of Pam's specialties is vintage aprons, such as the one pictured above and which she has generously donated for a Hungry Memphis giveaway.
To enter, post a comment about your messiest kitchen accident.
We'll pick a winner later this week.
Available at the ethnic aisle of Schnucks in Germantown on Farmington for $5.39.
Today is World Vegetarian Day, and I have to say that, locally, I've been encouraged by the openings of three restaurants in the last year that strive to have interesting and inventive vegetarian options: Fuel, Three Angels Diner, and Trolley Stop Market.
Kudos to them for thinking beyond the portobello burger.
Almost none of the above has anything to do with Anthony Bourdain and his latest book Medium Raw, but I'm going there anyway ...