Food Fetish

Friday, April 9, 2010

Filet-o-Fish Coincidence

Posted By on Fri, Apr 9, 2010 at 7:31 PM

Yesterday I stopped by a Rite-Aid in East Memphis and happened upon a chest-high stack of these:


As I stood there gawking, an employee came by and said it was like the commercial. I said I was unfamiliar with the commercial and then we proceeded to press all the buttons we could reach. It was a cacophony of Filet-o-Fish.

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Monday, April 5, 2010


Posted By on Mon, Apr 5, 2010 at 2:01 PM


On the back of this bag of Cedar's Spinach Wraps are "3 Steps to Wrapping Success!"

I want wrapping success, really I do, but that illustration ...

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Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Greatest News Ever ... If You Like Free Ice Cream

Posted By on Tue, Mar 23, 2010 at 11:23 AM

It's Free Cone Day, from noon to 8 p.m., at all Ben & Jerry's. The event in 1979 began as a "thank-you" to customers.

"Yes, we have quite a bit more ice cream in stock," says Michael Phillips, assistant manager of the Black Road store in East Memphis.

Phillips says a nice day like today might draw around 150 to 200 folks to his store. But on Free Cone Day, they're gearing up to serve between 3,500 to 4,000!

Find your nearest Ben & Jerry's here.

Monday, February 22, 2010

Hot Dogging Links

Posted By on Mon, Feb 22, 2010 at 5:38 PM


A trio of links today all about hot dogs.

Stacey Greenberg, a frequent contributor to the Flyer's food section, sent me this link from The Riverfront Times food blog Gutcheck titled "20 Unholy Recipes: Dishes So Awful We Had to Make Them."

Writer Robin Wheeler cooks up alarming recipes from old cookbooks. Pictured above is Jellied Bouillon with Frankfurters.

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Friday, February 19, 2010

The Dude Abides

Posted By on Fri, Feb 19, 2010 at 3:04 PM

Spotted this drink-specials card at lunch today at the Blue Monkey downtown.


WTH?, I thought. Turns out, Caucasian is also known as a White Russian. And ... the Dude of The Big Lebowski uses the two names interchangeably.

Monday, February 8, 2010

Bowl Winner

Posted By on Mon, Feb 8, 2010 at 2:01 PM

... Not the Super Bowl, silly. This is the Guac Bowl, a freakishly imaginative guacamole contest held each year on game day by a group of friends in L.A.

Winner of this year's "Icarus Award" — "for the guac that soars closest to the sun, only to fall the farthest" — went to GWARcamole.


Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Chips for Vols Fans

Posted By on Tue, Dec 1, 2009 at 8:57 PM

I spotted these University of Tennessee-riffic Zapp's Voluntators chips at Ike's.

There's a picture of Smokey on the bag, and my heart raced at the idea that they might be dog-flavored! Alas, they're Zapp's "Regular" flavor, though there's nothing to complain about that.

Proceeds from the chip sales, according to the bag, go to "scholarships, athletics, and general funding of the university."

Ike's has them on sale for 2 for $3.

Monday, November 23, 2009

In Praise of the Slow Braise

Posted By on Mon, Nov 23, 2009 at 3:55 PM

I think I’m possessed. It started with the slow-braised ribs and grits from Felicia Suzanne’s, and now the words slow braised hypnotize my senses. Once I spot them on a menu, I can’t order anything else.


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Thursday, November 19, 2009

Greatest News Ever ... If You Like See's Candies

Posted By on Thu, Nov 19, 2009 at 1:24 PM


See's Candies opened a temporary "gift center" in the Wolfchase Gallery last week.

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Friday, November 13, 2009

How To Eat a Chicken Wing

Posted By on Fri, Nov 13, 2009 at 12:55 PM


Finally! Something useful on Hungry Memphis.

Flyer contributer Stacey Greenberg pointed me to the link to's video "How to Eat a Chicken Wing."

It's more complicated than you would think ...

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Friday, October 23, 2009

Arkansas' Claim to Cheese Dip

Posted By on Fri, Oct 23, 2009 at 3:40 PM

  • recently posted about Nick Rogers' film In Queso Fever, which explores Arkansas' special ties to cheese dip and makes the point that the food-stuff isn't that widespread in other parts of the country.

Could it be true?

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Why Visitors Are Bad for Your Health

Posted By on Tue, Oct 20, 2009 at 11:56 AM

Bryants breakfast
  • Bryant's breakfast
Yesterday morning I ate something I really shouldn't have eaten. It was a kind of gravy-slathered meal in a bowl. It was layers of perfect biscuit, fluffy eggs, creamy white gravy, and spicy sausage piled in a bowl courtesy of Bryant's on Summer Avenue, where I'd stopped to have pre-flight breakfast with an old friend who'd been visiting for the past week and was leaving for New York at noon. It was my second Bryant's meal of the week, and it was revolting … it was also utterly delicious.

My friend, who lived in Memphis for years before moving to the Big City, decided that while he was here he'd throw all gastroenterological caution to the wind and eat his favorite Southern foods three times a day. That means I've also been eating his favorite Southern foods at least twice a day and while I will miss my old pal's company, my arteries were awfully happy to see him finally board that northbound plane.

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Monday, October 19, 2009

O Lard!

Posted By on Mon, Oct 19, 2009 at 10:41 AM

Paul and Angela of From the Southern Table blog about rendering lard from 15 pounds of pig back fat.


My reaction is equal parts ew and awe. Plus, the post has given me a great idea for my next blog:

Thursday, October 8, 2009

Greatest News Ever (If You're a Kiss fan)

Posted By on Thu, Oct 8, 2009 at 4:21 PM

Hitting the market this week are M&Ms printed with the faces of the members of Kiss.


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Monday, September 21, 2009

Something Bad Has Happened Here

Posted By on Mon, Sep 21, 2009 at 3:42 PM

... and it mysteriously involves what I believe to be Ruffles brand potato chips.


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