Thursday, December 31, 2009

A Look Back in Hunger: A Good Link

Posted By on Thu, Dec 31, 2009 at 5:50 PM

Good magazine has an excellent post about the last decade in food.

It all began with cupcakes.


A Visit to Whiskers Wine & Spirits

Posted By on Thu, Dec 31, 2009 at 5:22 PM

Several months ago, Ben Carter of Benito's Wine Reviews told me about Whiskers Wine & Spirits, a pet-friendly liquor store in Cordova. I finally had a chance to stop by today and meet the owner Glenda Kilpatrick.


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Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Links for the Hungry

Posted By on Wed, Dec 30, 2009 at 5:17 PM


Here are a few links of note to finish out 2009.

First is a blast from the past: travel and food writer Paul Gerald's 2005 column on how people from around the world celebrate the New Year, food-wise.

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Office Garden Update

Posted By on Wed, Dec 30, 2009 at 4:53 PM

I originally posted about the vegetable garden planted in the Flyer's breakroom back in July.

And now, finally, some results.


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Monday, December 28, 2009

Souvenirs from Memphis

Posted By on Mon, Dec 28, 2009 at 6:35 PM

As I was waiting for my flight out of Memphis last Wednesday, I did some exploring of airport stores.

At one news stand, there were shelves promising food stuffs "Made in Memphis." I question the provenance of some of these items since the label read Arizona Pickles.

Of those is Southern Guitar Bar-B-Q spices and this Elvis-esque Rub Tender.


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The Kitchen Is Closed

Posted By on Mon, Dec 28, 2009 at 6:16 PM

Angie Kirkpatrick, owner of the The Kitchen in East Memphis, announced Sunday that the restaurant is now closed.

From the email:

With regret I announce that today was the last day of The Kitchen being in business. I thank those of you who were great customers for your support but alas there just were not enough of you.

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

"Sputnik" Booksigning at Bardog Tuesday

Posted By on Tue, Dec 22, 2009 at 11:47 AM

By our estimates, Ron Hall's book, Sputnik, Masked Men, and Midgets, a history of Memphis wrestling, is roughly 40 percent shirtless. Appetizing? Not much. But the book is fun, yes. And ingrossing, too.

Hall is signing Sputnik at Bardog on Tuesday, December 22nd, at 7 p.m.

In keeping with the wrestling theme, there will be a tasting of Luchador wines.

Hephzibah Closed; Blues Bar Coming

Posted By on Tue, Dec 22, 2009 at 7:17 AM


My former next-door neighbor, Barbara, swore the catfish at Hephzibah was the best catfish on the planet, especially when you needed a quick dinner to go.

Looks like I’ll never get to try the catfish or the restaurant’s signature hot wings, because Hephzibah closed a few weeks ago. Folks who drive by the bright red and black building at 3627 Park probably have noticed the plywood on the restaurant’s windows.

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Monday, December 21, 2009

Saturday, December 19, 2009

Shiny, Pretty Things

Posted By on Sat, Dec 19, 2009 at 6:08 PM

I stopped by the Williams-Sonoma outlet on Spottswood to check out their holiday sale.

Espresso makers are 50-percent off.


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Friday, December 18, 2009

Gingerbread House Party

Posted By on Fri, Dec 18, 2009 at 2:56 PM


Buoyed by the success of the cookie party, I decided to host a Gingerbread House party.

Ok, first I tried to sign up for the gingerbread workshop at Viking, but in the time it took them to tell me they could squeeze me and the monkeys (Satchel, 7 and Jiro, 5) into one of the sold out classes, I had a friend, the multi-talented Christiana Leibovich, offer to come help us.

I could not, however, convince Christiana to make the gingerbread. "We can just use graham crackers!" she said.

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Anybody Want Cake?

Posted By on Fri, Dec 18, 2009 at 10:59 AM

My oven is on the blink, which is both an inconvenience and a relief — the latter meaning I have a perfectly legit excuse for avoiding the holiday-baking madness.

But if I'm so inclined to make a sweet contribution, I do have options, including a Buche de Noel from La Baguette.


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Thursday, December 17, 2009

Gifted II

Posted By on Thu, Dec 17, 2009 at 3:29 PM

Denying your dog these gingerbread-flavored dog treats by Buddy Biscuits would be cruel. You can fetch them at Fresh Market.


You can also get biscuit-making kits by Buddy's at the market if you're the crafty sort.

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A Few Suggestions for the Midtown Schnucks

Posted By on Thu, Dec 17, 2009 at 10:55 AM


Elizabeth Alley, a local artist and the blogger behind Listwork, has turned her attention to the Midtown Schnucks.

The list is both funny and pretty much on-target.

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