Friday, October 26, 2012

Apple Cobbler at Little Tea Shop

Posted By on Fri, Oct 26, 2012 at 11:43 AM

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Coworker A said, "I'm sorry."

But he wasn't sorry at all, said as much, post-lunch at the Little Tea Shop. The apple cobbler ($3.95) he ordered was all his. We were to keep our spoons to ourselves.

"I don't share," he said.

So we got our own apple cobblers (and peach too). A sweet ending to an all-around fine lunch of vegetable plates and Lacey Specials.

I guess Coworker A deserves some credit for being upfront about being ... how to put it? ... a jerk? stingy? a total bastard?

"You wouldn't want to be in a lifeboat with me," he said.

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Win a Spot in The Chubby Vegetarian's Vegetarian Thanksgiving Class

Posted By on Thu, Oct 25, 2012 at 12:59 PM

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Justin Fox Burks, Flyer contributor and The Chubby Vegetarian is giving away two spots to his upcoming Vegetarian Thanksgiving cooking class to be held Saturday, November 3rd at Urban Workspace.

To enter, go to The Chubby Vegetarian site, and leave a comment about your most memorable (good or bad) vegetarian Thanksgiving meal.

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Cupcakes Like You've (Probably) Never Seen Them

Posted By on Wed, Oct 24, 2012 at 8:55 PM

Wanna watch a video of people eating cupcakes, spitting cupcakes, and smearing cupcakes on each other? You do? Great! Some Memphians got together with a fancy camera and some cupcakes and probably more than a little Sailor Jerry rum and made this video. Enjoy?

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Vegan Pork Rinds: They Exist!

Posted By on Tue, Oct 23, 2012 at 11:16 AM

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I picked up this bag of Rico's Chicharron Vegetal imitation pork rinds at Imagine Vegan Cafe.

They were described to me as a "novelty" and "interesting ... " Make of that what you will.

Now before you dismiss vegan pork rinds outright, please note that the folks from Acre created their own version of the vegan pork rind — made with dehydrated rice and kimchi — to serve during the Cochon Heritage BBQ.

Monday, October 22, 2012

Win Tickets to Anthony Bourdain's Guts & Glory Show

Posted By on Mon, Oct 22, 2012 at 11:25 AM

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Super-sharp, often-crude chef/author/TV personality Anthony Bourdain is bringing his Guts & Glory tour to The Orpheum on Friday, November 2nd.

Hungry Memphis is giving away one pair of tickets. It takes no guts to enter, just fill out this form.

One entry per person. The winner will be drawn on Friday, October 26th, and notified by email.

Friday, October 19, 2012

All American Sweets

Posted By on Fri, Oct 19, 2012 at 10:22 AM

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"I'm not really a baker," says Bill Kloos, owner of the Bartlett-based bakery All-American Sweets.

Contrary evidence comes in the form of All American's strawberry cake, a favorite that boasts a pound strawberries. Ditto for the season-perfect pumpkin cupcakes and the coconut cake and the caramel cake and ...

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Thursday, October 18, 2012

Harbor Town Beer & Food Festival Saturday

Posted By on Thu, Oct 18, 2012 at 9:10 AM

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On Saturday, October 20th, 2-6 p.m., it's the 1st Annual Harbor Town Beer & Food Festival. The event will include food from Movie & Pizza Company, Tug's, and Miss Cordelia's and 60 beers from 17 breweries from across the country.

For this, we have to thank crawfish.

According to Russell Carter, owner of Movie & Pizza Company, the crawfish festival held on Harbor Town last spring went so well that a follow-up festival for fall was in order.

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Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Biergarten at Botanic Garden; Zingerman's Deli at Muddy's

Posted By on Wed, Oct 17, 2012 at 1:21 PM

Beer! Bacon!

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Clear your schedule for tomorrow, October 18th, folks. The Memphis Botanic Garden is hosting a Botanical Biergarten, and Ari Weinzweig from Zingerman's Deli will make an appearance at Muddy's Bake Shop.

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Monday, October 15, 2012

Central BBQ Downtown

Posted By on Mon, Oct 15, 2012 at 2:13 PM

We had a Plan B in case the new downtown location of Central BBQ was packed.

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It was, in fact, crowded, but it didn't matter because the place is huge and the staff expert at keeping things moving.

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Friday, October 12, 2012

Dining In with Memphis

Posted By on Fri, Oct 12, 2012 at 11:25 AM

So, I was talking to Memphis magazine's reader services director Kristin about giving magazine subscriptions as presents. We are pro. (Duh!) They are both fun to receive and easy and cheap to give. The question on giving is whether or not you're on the hook to renew said subscriptions for the rest of your life. I say no.

But on to the point, which is the super sweet holiday premium being offered by Memphis magazine this holiday season: Dining In with Memphis: A collection of local recipes from the pages of Memphis magazine.

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Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Fratelli's

Posted By on Wed, Oct 10, 2012 at 1:35 PM

We used to frequent Fratelli's when it was on S. Front, just around the corner from work. I miss popping over for lunch and picking up an excellent salad plate or a panini. But, I have to admit that the cafe's digs at the Memphis Botanic Garden are pretty swell.

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Also swell, the San Remo focaccia ($9.50). This is an earthy sandwich with sprouts, roasted red peppers, avocado, and mozzarella that's zipped up with a fresh lime-mint vinaigrette. Comes with your choice of potato salad, pasta salad, mixed greens, or fruit.

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

A New Spot for Balewa's Vegan Gourmet

Posted By on Tue, Oct 9, 2012 at 12:26 PM

Looks like Balewa Bayete, who once served his Live Burgers and other raw-based cuisine out of Sean's Cafe,

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has found a new spot for Balewa's Vegan Gourmet.

The address is 394 N. Watkins at the site of the old Edge Coffeehouse at the corner of Watkins and Overton Park near the Sears Crosstown building.

Balewa says he'll serve the same raw-based menu, "only more of it." (There are some cooked items: the buns for the Live Burger and the quinoa dishes, for example). There will be sandwiches, salads, side items, smoothies, carry-out items, and more.

Balewa plans to start with four to six tables and then expand as he gets settled in.

The opening for Balewa's Vegan Gourmet is set for the first week in November.

Friday, October 5, 2012

Bon Ton

Posted By on Fri, Oct 5, 2012 at 10:38 AM

At the recently reopened Bon Ton Cafe, you have the option of adding a fried egg to any sandwich for $1, which is what I did for this grilled cheese ($4.99).

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Couldn't have been better.

Other lunch options include the Bayou Po Boy with either shrimp or catfish ($8.99), fried bologna ($6.99),and chicken parmesan sandwich ($8.99), plus a number of salads as well as specials of the day.

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

MoonPie Coffee: It Exists!

Posted By on Tue, Oct 2, 2012 at 1:20 PM

So, about a minute after I finished reading Chris Herrington's review of Tim Burton's Frankenweenie, I received an email press release titled "Iconic 'MoonPie' Baker Teams with White Coffee."

A coincidence? Yes, it was a total coincidence, but you have to see the parallel, a certain mad-science-ing theme.

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Now, about that coffee, per the press release:

Chattanooga Bakery, Inc., baker of the iconic MoonPie® — the southern delectable consisting of two round graham cracker cookies with marshmallow filling in the center, dipped in chocolate, vanilla or banana coatings — is partnering with White Coffee Corporation to offer a line of MoonPie® inspired flavored coffees. The new line includes Chocolate, Vanilla, Banana and Mint, evocative of the MoonPie® snack varieties.

The coffee will sell for about $6 for 10 ounces and will be available at retail outlets and online.

This is not White's only foray into snack food-as-coffee, btw. They are sell lines based on Entenmann's, Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory, and Kahlua.

Monday, October 1, 2012

On Butter Cookies and Burning Questions

Posted By on Mon, Oct 1, 2012 at 4:14 PM

Okay, "burning" is putting it too strongly, but when I was starting this post on Makeda's famous butter cookies and Made from Scratch's shortbread cookies, I realized that I wasn't sure if butter cookies and shortbread were the same thing.

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Apparently, they are not, and it's a matter of the butter/flour ratio, with the shortbread using more butter. And, indeed, the Made from Scratch cookie is indulgently rich.

So, one final question: Makeda's or Made from Scratch? Yes and yes. There is no wrong answer.

Made from Scratch cookies are available at Miss Cordelia's.

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