Monday, July 20, 2009

Dinner at Abyssinia

Posted By on Mon, Jul 20, 2009 at 10:13 PM


Abyssinia is not just food; it’s like a little village. The night I dined there, the owner made her rounds to every table. CNN could be heard in the background as family and friends of the owner conversed in their native language.

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Sunday, July 19, 2009

At-Work Vegetable Garden

Posted By on Sun, Jul 19, 2009 at 10:01 PM

734a/1248059244-plants.jpgA neglected planter in the breakroom of the Flyer offices is now being used for a vegetable garden.

There are cucumber and pepper plants, and I can't remember what else.

Does anybody know of any other office vegetable gardens?


Posted By on Sun, Jul 19, 2009 at 9:54 PM

e125/1248058762-corn.jpgI had to pick up some Pill Pockets at PetStar and spotted the Pegetables on the way out. OMG, I thought, a CSA for dogs! (Though not really, as this involves a big-box store, no community sharing, or local farmers.)

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Thursday, July 16, 2009

Lunch at Riverside Grill

Posted By on Thu, Jul 16, 2009 at 2:27 PM


“Whatcha hungry for?” asks Doug Ballinger, manager of the Riverside Grill, a breakfast and lunch spot located in the BP on Riverside Drive. Customers behind me face the same question, and like me, they find it’s not easy to decide.

Riverside Grill offers traditional Southern fare on the cheap, from frog legs to chicken wings, baked beans to banana pudding, fried okra to fresh, homemade biscuits.

I decide to go with the daily special, and since I’ve shown up on a Thursday, a “Riverside Roulette” day, the featured plate is left up to chance.

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Coming Soon: South of Beale

Posted By on Thu, Jul 16, 2009 at 2:08 PM


Driving down South Main Street, you can’t miss the dusty construction going on at South of Beale, a new almost-opened pub.

Owners Brittany Whisenant and Ed Cabigao plan to open the “gastropub” in early August. And what, exactly, is a gastropub?

“It’s a pub atmosphere with better quality food,” Cabigao says. Originally created in European countries like France and Britain, gastropubs are gaining in popularity in the U.S.

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Upper Crust Now Open

Posted By on Thu, Jul 16, 2009 at 11:20 AM

a749/1248061424-tinatoo_1.jpgTina Seay says she never had any interest in running a restaurant. However, an opportunity presented itself, so Tina and her husband Arthur decided to put their retirement savings into The Upper Crust, a Southern/soul restaurant, which opened on July 5th at 326 S. Cleveland.

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Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Lunch Bully

Posted By on Wed, Jul 15, 2009 at 1:22 PM

Do you work with a lunch bully? Someone who, covertly or overtly, decides where you'll be going to lunch no matter what others in the party think?

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Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Tofu for Dummies

Posted By on Tue, Jul 14, 2009 at 3:24 PM

The first time I ever tried to cook with tofu, I sliced it up, plopped it on a cookie sheet, and baked it with salt and garlic powder. It ended up gelatinous and and not quite the right flavor.

My experience left me with a bad taste in my mouth (literally) and it was a long time before I tried tofu again.

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Monday, July 13, 2009

Joy of Cooking Frozen Meals

Posted By on Mon, Jul 13, 2009 at 4:01 PM


The mind is boggled by a line of frozen meals based on a cookbook.

Feastival: A Review

Posted By on Mon, Jul 13, 2009 at 3:25 PM

5ed4/1247517602-sign.jpgI probably should not be overly effusive, but what the heck, I can’t help myself: The shindig Sunday afternoon at Whitton Farms in Tyronza, Arkansas, was a blast, or as my husband Tony said, “This is one of the coolest things I’ve done in years.”

Despite the heat and drive, more than 300 people (families, kids, hipsters, locavores of all types) showed up at the first annual “Whitton Farms Feastival,” an event dreamed up by Jill and Keith Forrester to promote locally-grown food and raise a little extra cash for farm equipment and the Memphis Farmer’s Market.

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Mama D's Italian Ice

Posted By on Mon, Jul 13, 2009 at 10:02 AM

471f/1247497795-ice.jpgFour years ago when Dee Moore moved to Memphis, she and her husband noticed a hole in the frozen treats market. Both natives of the Northeast (Dee from Baltimore, her husband from Philadelphia), the couple grew up with the cool delight of Italian ice, and they decided to share this delectable summer staple with Memphians by founding Mama D's Italian Ice.

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Friday, July 10, 2009

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Whitton Farms Feastival Sunday

Posted By on Wed, Jul 8, 2009 at 1:09 PM

baaf/ and Keith Forrester of Whitton Farms have sold nearly 300 tickets to "Feastival," a fund-raiser for the farm and the Memphis Farmers Market being held this Sunday, from 1 to 7 at the farm (5157 W St. Hwy 118, Tyronza, Arkansas).

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