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Re: “Link: How Memphians Learned to Eat Pizza

A competing claim from a Vance Lauderdale article, arguing for pizza introduced to Memphis by Sam Sciara at Sam's Spaghetti House in 1947:

http://www.memphismagazine.com/gyrobase/Ma…

Here's a CA thread in which people reminisce about pizza in Memphis in the 50s and 60s:

http://blogs.commercialappeal.com/whining_…

Posted by Benito on 07/26/2010 at 12:22 PM

Re: “Is Pimento Cheese Now "It"?

I have a serious fondness for the spicy, sharp pimento cheese burger at Jim & Nick's:

http://wine-by-benito.blogspot.com/2010/02…

Posted by Benito on 07/21/2010 at 1:50 PM

Re: “Stinging Nettles!

I've got a box of nettle tea bags at home. When you make a cup it smells like you've scraped grass clippings out from under the lawn mower and let them soak in water for a while, but I really like the flavor. Herbal, bitter, earthy, and supposedly good for you.

Posted by Benito on 05/26/2010 at 9:50 AM

Re: “Vietnamese Bistro Opens

Already done. Sunday I grabbed a takeout order of pho tai and a set of spring rolls in clear rice wrappers. The broth for the pho is... spicy, not hot, but full of what smells like nutmeg and allspice and whatnot. Not complaining, just different. Usual pho collection of rice noodles, basil, onions, sprouts, peppers, lemon, etc. The rolls were good, and the brown peanut-bean dipping sauce was probably the best I've ever had.

The place was packed on a Sunday afternoon, after only a week of being open. There's not another Vietnamese place close by, so I know a lot of folks around here are glad to have it.

Posted by Benito on 05/04/2010 at 7:29 PM

Re: “Vietnamese Bistro Opens

I'll just throw it out there that Cordova just got a new Vietnamese restaurant, another location of Green Bamboo (roughly at G'town Parkway and Macon, next to the Starbucks on the east side of the road, if you hit O'Charley's you've gone too far north). Just opened about a week ago, and it's within walking distance of my house. I did the happy dance when I saw the sign go up.

Posted by Benito on 05/04/2010 at 3:41 PM

Re: “Benito's Moose Mugs

It's hard to say how these would perform in a crowded party environment, but they're pretty stable and if tipped in three directions you probably won't spill everything. At least the acrylic won't break if dropped!

I remember seeing the movie in the theater back in 1989 and thinking that those glasses were tacky as hell... Then years later the kitsch factor kicks in, and frankly, it's a hell of a lot of fun to drink out of a moose mug.

Posted by Benito on 12/03/2009 at 7:56 PM

Re: “Chips for Vols Fans

"...my heart raced at the idea that they might be dog-flavored!"

There's that old joke about sending cans of food overseas to starving nations. You pick up a can and if there's a picture of corn on the front, it's full of corn. Picture of green beans, it's full of green beans. Then you grab a jar that has a smiling baby on the front... ;)

Posted by Benito on 12/02/2009 at 8:05 AM

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