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Monday, July 22, 2013

Tops Bar-B-Q's Meatless Burger

Posted By on Mon, Jul 22, 2013 at 9:29 AM

I thought my eyes were deceiving me when I saw this sign ...

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And I still didn't quite believe it as I held the messy and glorious Tops Bar-B-Q meatless burger ($4.95) in my hands.

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I may have to go get another one just to make sure. Fact-checking, you know.

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

The Story Behind Eric's Momma Homemade Butter Cookies

Posted By on Tue, Jul 16, 2013 at 4:43 PM

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  • Eric's Momma Homemade Butter Cookies

If you've been to a corner store around these parts, then certainly you've seen Eric's Momma Homemade Butter Cookies.

The "Eric" of Eric's Momma cookies is Eric Davis. He says his mother used to sell the cookies at church and sell so many that he decided to launch a business. Eric's mother, who has since passed away, wasn't interested in the venture, so Eric, using her recipe for butter cookies, started the company with a partner in 2006.

"We started going store to store," says Davis, "and it took off."

Davis says he has the cookies in 313 stores and sells an estimated 200,000 3-cookie packages a year. (The cookies cost between .99 and $1.09 depending on the store.)

According to Davis, the company has a bakery in Midtown that employs three workers who make and package the cookies. They make roughly 1,500 to 2,000 cookies a day.

Davis says that Eric's Momma has stuck to the corner stores because the difficulty in dealing with the multiple channels of larger, chain stores.

"It's easier with mom-and-pops," Davis says. "You walk in the store, and chances are, you're talking to the owner right there."

Still, Davis would like to expand Eric's Momma Homemade Butter Cookies into a nationwide brand, "something like Famous Amos," he says.

You can find Eric's Momma cookies at Roxie's Grocery (520 N. Third), the Hop-in at Poplar and McLean, and many other locations.

Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Sweet Magnolia's Nutella Ice Cream

Posted By on Tue, Jul 9, 2013 at 1:50 PM

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The thing about the Nutella ice cream made by the Clarksdale, MS-based Sweet Magnolia is that it doesn't taste overwhelmingly Nutella-y. What it most brought to mind was a chocolate malted, which is A-okay by me.

Sweet Magnolia Ice Creams, in flavors from French Vanilla to pound cake and salted caramels, etc., are available locally at Miss Cordelia's, High Point Grocery, and Square Beans. A pint at Miss Cordelia's costs $7.99.

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Hannah's Pickled Egg

Posted By on Tue, Jun 18, 2013 at 3:28 PM

It seemed like a perfectly reasonable request to me. I wanted to make a Vine of Hannah eating a Hannah's Pickled Egg.

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She refused even after I backed off of the suggestion that she wear overalls and red pumps for the video.

Hannah's Pickled Egg is distributed by the local company Monogram, which also distributes the King Cotton line bacon, bologna, and sausage.

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Kroger's Croissant Donut Is NOT a Cronut

Posted By on Wed, Jun 12, 2013 at 1:22 PM

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I report this news as a public service. The croissant donut, available at the Kroger on Union, is not the same thing as a Cronut, the donut-croissant hybrid that's sparked a craze (long lines outside the bakery! black market! TV appearances!).

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  • richsfoodservice.com

Indeed, the croissant donut is simply a donut shaped like a croissant. According to Linda England, of Kroger manufacturing, the donut is made by an outside party and has been available for the last 4 or 5 years. (It's up to individual stores whether or not to offer the item.)

England said she was not familiar with the cronut but was going to look into it, suggesting that it was not outside the realm of possibility that Kroger might try to concoct their own version.

(This is not a zero-sum situation ... in other words, there are croissant donuts at Kroger!)

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Magician's Cereal Marshmallows ... Straight Outta Germantown

Posted By on Wed, Feb 6, 2013 at 9:09 AM

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"If there was a problem/Yo, I'll solve it" — "Ice Ice Baby," Vanilla Ice

There are those among us who approach a box of Lucky Charms like anthropologists, carefully combing the cereal to unearth the treasures of dehydrated marshmallows.

Those folks are the target audience for Magician's Cereal Marshmallows, which is 100% marshmallows with none of the cereal.

The product was launched in 2010 by Germantown resident Craig Rich through his company CMRI. Last spring, Rich scored a deal with Walgreen's that placed Magician's Cereal Marshmallows in stores nationwide.

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Tuesday, November 20, 2012

The Great Hostess Taste Test, Part II

Posted By on Tue, Nov 20, 2012 at 4:25 PM

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Go here to read Part I of The Great Hostess Taste Test, in which:
It was revealed that taste tests are our jam.
The nerds assembled and held a seriously scientific reckoning of which is the best of the brand's snack cakes (Nate Silver, eat your heart out.)

On part two, we wrap up the judging by dissecting and discussing Sno Balls, Suzy-Q's, and Zingers. Who will win? Watch the award-eligible video at the end of the post to find out!

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The Great Hostess Taste Test, Part I

Posted By on Tue, Nov 20, 2012 at 11:49 AM

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When the news broke late last week that due to a labor dispute Hostess would be shutting down its operations and no longer creating its line of delicious snack cakes, the U S of A portion of the Western hemisphere went into shock. What kind of unlivable world would it be without Twinkies, Fruit Pies, Cup Cakes, Ding Dongs, Ho Ho's, and Sno Balls? Were the Mayans right all along?

The Hostess headlines sent the masses into a panic, leading to a run on snack cakes at convenience stores. Wall Street speculators and plucky entrepreneurs took notice, and what followed was the creation of an unregulated black market, a smorgasbord free-for-all. Don't eat that Twinkie, you mad man! Might as well be eating a Honus Wagner!

It was a dark time that saw the unholy combination of arbitrage, credit default swaps, insider trading, hedge funds, and short sells: All of those bad things you read about and don't understand. They happened again. And this time the powers that be were messing with our precious.

Where's the bailout on this one, Washington? The people had spoken: Hostess was too big to fail. Someone may have heard, because Hostess and the unions are meeting with a mediator to try to settle their dispute. (And thus, the Twinkie bubble burst, leaving only carnage and tears in its wake.)

We at the Memphis Flyer, ever mindful of our civic duties, found upon our heads the helm of public trust, falling to us the great and terrible responsibility to mark this moment in American history.

How to do so in a sober and appropriate fashion? Taste test, nerds!

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Thus we scoured the shelves and cupboards of our great city to locate the most delectable and ideal of Hostess snack cakes to sample, judge, and report on. In one regard, we admit we failed miserably: Nary a Twinkie, Ho Ho, or Ding Dong was to be found. The market had spoken, and the people had conducted their own taste test. Those Hostess products were all given 10s.

We did, however, come across six prime goodies for our experiment: Orange Cup Cakes, White Powder Donettes, Honey Bun, Sno Balls, Suzy Q's, and Chocolate Zingers. And, minus Twinkies, at least we had a control group, a golden mean with which to compare our results.

The judges assembled: Greg Akers, Anna Cox, Michael Finger, Louis Goggans, Hannah Sayle, Chris Shaw, and Bruce VanWyngarden

Snack cakes were judged on a 1-10 scale in the categories of presentation, color appeal, texture/tactile, taste, collectability, and overall. Collectability was defined as "hoard-worthiness and value on the black market." In other words, how highly would you rate the item if your life depended upon it in a post-apocalyptic world.

Without further ado, part one of the Great Hostess Taste Test.

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Friday, July 27, 2012

Burger King's BBQ

Posted By on Fri, Jul 27, 2012 at 11:48 AM

As a native Memphian, I couldn't help but want to test Burger King's summer barbecue menu to see how it held up. Unfortunately, by the time I got around to it, the Memphis BBQ pulled pork sandwich was not on the menu, so I decided to drown my disappointment with a Bacon Sundae ($2.99).

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Friday, July 20, 2012

Tops' BBQ-Topped Burger

Posted By on Fri, Jul 20, 2012 at 9:00 AM

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Don't let the fact that it's not on the menu fool you, the BBQ-topped burger exists at Tops Bar-B-Q, and it's good.

I got a cheeseburger with lettuce and tomatoes, and for 50 cents, the fine people at Tops threw an ounce of their pulled pork on top. An ounce of pork isn't enough to drastically change the taste of the burger, even with BBQ sauce, but it is enough to act as one of the best toppings I've had on a burger.

Tops burgers range from $3.15 for a 1/4 lb hamburger to $4.95 for a 1/2 lb cheeseburger.

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

March Madness and Cheladas

Posted By on Tue, Mar 20, 2012 at 12:16 PM

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  • clamato.com
Coworker C told me that he doesn't follow sports, but he does have season tickets to Tiger basketball. The way he explained it to me was that, while he's not a sports fan, he is a fan of Memphis.

As the 5 o'clock hour approached last Friday, Coworker C was getting a little antsy to get home and prepare a batch of Cheladas — a tradition he keeps before each Tiger appearance in the NCAA tournament.

I had never heard of Chelada. A little googling brought up the words "beer" and "clam juice."

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Thursday, June 24, 2010

Greatest News Ever ... If You Like Jelly Bellys and Not Chewing

Posted By on Thu, Jun 24, 2010 at 10:07 AM

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Spotted at Walgreen's: Jelly Belly sodas, 4 for $4. The flavors are sour cherry, lemon drop, and green apple.

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Chocolate Gravy

Posted By on Tue, Jun 1, 2010 at 5:45 PM

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  • kitchenscoop.com

Was chocolate gravy part of your childhood?

I have never had it or seen it, just read about it. Seems this thick sauce — cocoa powder, butter, sugar, flour — was a staple in some but not all Southern homes.

In any case, former Tennessee senator Fred Thompson is getting mileage out of the treat to promote the release of his book Teaching the Pig to Dance.

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Saturday, May 8, 2010

And So It Begins

Posted By on Sat, May 8, 2010 at 7:20 PM

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3:15 p.m., Saturday. Tom Lee Park.

Today was the first day that teams could start "loading in" for the World Championship Barbecue Cooking Contest.

Monday, April 26, 2010

Memphis Is Glamorous, According to Hamburger

Posted By on Mon, Apr 26, 2010 at 11:47 AM

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  • burgerbusiness.com

Well, "glamorous" isn't the word I would use to describe Memphis, be it the city or the hamburger from the new Glamburger line from the Cheesecake Factory, but to each his own.

The Memphis burger (pictured top left) is a beef patty topped with shredded pork, melted cheddar, cole slaw, pickles, and mayonnaise.

Other place-inspired Glamburgers: Sonoma Burger (herbed goat cheese, mushrooms, oven-roasted tomatoes, arugula, red onion, and mayonnaise) and Monterey Cheeseburger (avocado, melted jack cheese, arugula, red onion, and honey-mustard mayonnaise).

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