Wednesday, February 29, 2012

My bleu Sandwich

Posted By on Wed, Feb 29, 2012 at 2:48 PM

Some coworkers and I took advantage of the build-your-own sandwich option at bleu.

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Here's what I came up with: fried egg, avocado, arugula, and Jarlsberg cheese with a chipotle mayo on a po'boy bun ($7.99). (It also came with portobello mushrooms, which I did not ask for.)

Great sandwich. Enough for two servings.

Monday, February 27, 2012

Front St. Deli

Posted By on Mon, Feb 27, 2012 at 1:22 PM

Last Monday at lunchtime, I lucked into a parking place just a block away from Front St. Deli and I was thinking about that egg salad sandwich ($3.95) I was going to order.

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My reverie was interrupted briefly when I thought to myself, They don't take cards, do they? And then I assured myself that, Of course, everybody takes a credit or debit card.

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Friday, February 24, 2012

Brooks' Farmer Mixer (with menu sneak peek!)

Posted By on Fri, Feb 24, 2012 at 12:19 PM

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On Thursday, March 1st, 6-8 p.m., the Memphis Brooks Museum of Art is holding a Farmer Mixer, a meet-and-greet featuring area farmers, locavores, and gardeners.

The event is co-hosted by the Cooper-Young Community Farmers Market and The Chubby Vegetarian, the gorgeous local vegetarian blog by husband and wife team Justin Fox Burks and Amy Lawrence.

Tickets for the event ($12 members, $15 nonmembers) will include food — vegetarian small plates created by the Brushmarks'/Acre's Wally Joe and Andrew Adams and Justin Fox Burks.

I spoke with Justin yesterday just after he had a meeting with Andrew to the plan the menu. Justin shared his notes, and while this may not be exactly what's served at the event, it does reflect the direction they're going.

Get ready to drool ...

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Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Soup Sunday Winner at Hard Rock

Posted By on Wed, Feb 22, 2012 at 11:15 AM

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Hard Rock Cafe Memphis' Tomato Basil Soup won the Best Soup prize at last Sunday's annual Soup Sunday fund-raiser for Youth Villages.

To celebrate the win, based on votes of the event's attendees, the restaurant is adding the soup to the menu for this week only. Fifty percent of the sales of the $5 bowl will go directly to Youth Villages.

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Tuesday, February 21, 2012

More Space for Rajun Cajun Crawfish Festival

Posted By on Tue, Feb 21, 2012 at 10:58 AM

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Fans of crawfish and elbow room have reason to rejoice: There will be more space for tail-pinching/head-sucking/whatnot during this year's Porter-Leath's annual Rajun Cajun Crawfish Festival.

Pending permit approval, Riverside Drive will be closed between Union and Beale. Rob Hughes of Porter-Leath estimates adding this area to the Wagner-Riverside spot will expand the festival as much as 25 percent.

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Monday, February 20, 2012

The Crazy Noodle

Posted By on Mon, Feb 20, 2012 at 10:59 AM

I had heard reports that service at the newly opened Crazy Noodle was erratic. Five or so weeks in, it seems those issues have been worked out. In fact, our waitress was attentive and more than willing to accommodate requests.

The waitress even brought out a stack of extra napkins in case I spilled my Vegetable Noodle Soup ($8.99), which came in this pretty pot.

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Friday, February 17, 2012

Poplar Plaza Kroger To Expand

Posted By on Fri, Feb 17, 2012 at 9:29 AM

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Finard Properties issued a press release this morning announcing plans to create "a new, larger, state of the art Kroger building" at Poplar Plaza.

From the release:

From start to finish the project will take approximately eighteen months and will involve the demolition of two buildings on Prescott Street as well as the construction of a new, larger, state of the art Kroger building. Nine current tenants will be relocated in order to prepare the two Prescott Street buildings for the scheduled March demolition. Following that phase, the new 86,500 square foot Kroger will be constructed on the site. Kroger will continue to operate in their current building throughout the entire process until the Grand Opening in the new space, scheduled for late summer 2013. The last phase of the project will be the demolition of the old Kroger building to make space for additional parking.

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Son-in-Law Eggs at Bhan Thai

Posted By on Wed, Feb 15, 2012 at 11:11 AM

Boiling eggs is easy enough but the timing needs to be just-so to achieve an egg without rubbery whites and a chalky yolk.*

Mission accomplished, Bhan Thai.

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Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Monday, February 13, 2012

Memphis Grizzlies Coors Light Tall Boy

Posted By on Mon, Feb 13, 2012 at 3:05 PM

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Cannot wait to pop open this Memphis Grizzlies-tagged Coors Light tall boy. What a great way to wash down these Memphis in May bbq Ruffles.

Ugly Mug's Vanilla Chai

Posted By on Mon, Feb 13, 2012 at 10:58 AM

Over at The Bruce V Blog, Bruce considers the phenomenon of snow-day milk-buying. No milk for this guy, no sir. He'd buy pizza, chocolate, and red wine.

I'm thinking a lot of people stock up on cocoa for snowy days. But, for those who aren't into chocolate (is there such a soul?), there's always Ugly Mug's Vanilla Chai.

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Thursday, February 9, 2012

Michael O. Minor, "The Pastor Who Banned Fried Chicken," To Speak Friday

Posted By on Thu, Feb 9, 2012 at 12:43 PM

On Friday at noon, Dr. Michael O. Minor will give a free and open to the public talk "Faith-based Initiatives to Promote Healthy Eating" at the Urban Child Institute.

Minor, an undershepherd at Oak Hill Baptist Church in Hernando, MS, is famously known as "the pastor who banned fried chicken at this church."

But as Minor notes, this sobriquet came about by accident.

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Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Sharon's Take n' Bake

Posted By on Wed, Feb 8, 2012 at 2:11 PM

Did you know that Sharon's Chocolates & Bread Cafe offers a take and bake option for all its pizzas?

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Well, now you do.

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Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Memphis in May BBQ Potato Chips

Posted By on Tue, Feb 7, 2012 at 1:18 PM

Received in the mail today: Ruffles Smokehouse Style BBQ chips.

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They were sent by Memphis in May, because the chips, as described on the bag, "Tastes of Memphis in May World Championship Barbecue Cooking Contest."

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Sunday, February 5, 2012

Kelly English Wins Memphis' Cochon 555

Posted By on Sun, Feb 5, 2012 at 5:52 PM

Kelly English takes the trophy at Saturdays Cochon 555.

Kelly English of Restaurant Iris swined and dined his way into judges' and audience members' hearts last night, taking home Memphis' Cochon 555 crown and securing his spot in the Grand Cochon competition in June.

His menu was served up in elegant picnic baskets and displayed the kind of culinary ingenuity and passion for pork that judges were looking for.

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