Thursday, December 17, 2009

Pigs Fly!

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


These massive holiday pig lights are hanging outside of Central BBQ in Midtown.

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Wednesday, December 16, 2009


Posted By on Wed, Dec 16, 2009 at 11:03 AM


After spotting the "Table Saw" advertised by Maggie's Pharm in this week's Flyer (page 24), I stopped by the store to have a look-see.

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Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Food Trends for 2010

Posted By on Tue, Dec 15, 2009 at 9:04 PM

  • (not to be confused with the Food Network) has released its forecast for food trends in 2010.

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Monday, December 14, 2009

Wishing for a Gourmet Market in the Brewery

Posted By on Mon, Dec 14, 2009 at 5:55 PM

Melissa Sweazy, blogger, photographer, and author of Veiled Remarks, has an intriguing Christmas wish: Turn downtown's Tennessee Brewery into a gourmet market.

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Have You Voted?

Posted By on Mon, Dec 14, 2009 at 3:48 PM

The deadline for voting in Memphis magazine's Restaurant Poll is December 18th.

What're you waiting for?

Friday, December 11, 2009

A Christmas List Good Enough to Eat

Posted By on Fri, Dec 11, 2009 at 10:37 PM

Is there anything more wonderful that a beautifully wrapped present that you can eat or drink? Not for me, which is why I’ve put these locally made gifts on my Christmas list.

More of my favorites are in this week’s issue of the Memphis Flyer, so please pass them along to Santa. And let me know of any homegrown gifts I’ve missed.


Going Nuts Pecans
If you’re on the fence about mixing sweet and salty, you need to check out Going Nuts Pecans, a specialty business owned by Brooke Ballenger and Louise Turley, who sell candy, flavored pecans, and gift baskets at Miss Cordelia’s in Harbor Town, at Palladio Antiques (2169 Central) and Market Central (2215 Central) in Midtown, and at Judy’s Tack Shop (2075 Exeter) in Germantown.

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Thursday, December 10, 2009

Kelly Johnson Celebrates 25 Years at Molly's

Posted By on Thu, Dec 10, 2009 at 7:24 PM

Johnson with her guitar. After 25 years at Mollys, she says shes as happy as shes ever been and getting into music again.
  • Johnson with her guitar. After 25 years at Molly's, she says she's as happy as she's ever been and getting into music again.

“Did you see the flyer? It’s Saturday, motherfucker.” That’s Kelly Johnson, general manager of Molly’s La Casita, cordially inviting a patron to the big event on Saturday, December 12th, celebrating Johnson’s 25 years at the restaurant.

Johnson says, “I have a long history with Molly’s.” She worked at the original location on Lamar — which was opened by Molly Gonzales — back in the ’70s. That 25 number marks the day she began waiting tables at the Midtown restaurant on December 14th, 1984.

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"Mistology" Recipes

Posted By on Thu, Dec 10, 2009 at 10:43 AM

Tim Laird likens vodka to a boneless chicken breast — perfectly presentable but not particularly flavorful. He uses Canadian Mist whiskey in traditionally clear-liquor drinks like Manhattans and Cosmopolitans.

Ew, right?

Not so, says Laird. He, along with Steve Hughes, is bringing "Mistology: The Science of the Cocktail", to the Brooks Museum of Art tonight. He'll be mixing up a few cocktails to prove his point.

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Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Really, Ben Ferguson?

Posted By on Tue, Dec 8, 2009 at 9:04 PM

I can only stomach so much of WREC's conservative-radio talk-show host Ben Ferguson, but he did bring up some interesting points during last night's show.

The first, as I was recounting it to coworkers, sounded so bizarre, that I'm now not sure I wasn't hearing things.

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Cookie Party!

Posted By on Tue, Dec 8, 2009 at 11:32 AM


My friend Colleen, who just happens to be part owner of Tsunami, emailed me a tasty looking cookie recipe one day. I suggested we have a cookie party and make a bunch of cookies to share. One thing led to another and soon we had eight women, 11 kids, and four recipe books at Tsunami on Sunday. We had the run of the kitchen (and the bar)!

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Season's Greetings III

Posted By on Tue, Dec 8, 2009 at 9:43 AM

Spotted this adorable mulled wine card on


With its ice-skating, gender-vague, French(!) subject, this card is ideal for all the Mayor of Arlington-ish folks on your list.

Monday, December 7, 2009

Greatest News Ever ... If You Like "Ace of Cakes"

Posted By on Mon, Dec 7, 2009 at 4:25 PM

Duff Goldman, star of the reality show Ace of Cakes, will be making an appearance at the Southern Home, Garden and Gourmet expo January 16th.

I really like the show and the crew's cake-making antics, but — zowie! — tickets for the Goldman event run from $25 to $95. Cake better be included with admission.

Sunday, December 6, 2009

An Expanded Viet Hoa

Posted By on Sun, Dec 6, 2009 at 8:48 PM

Co-worker Chris Davis mentioned to me the newly expanded Viet Hoa. It had been a couple months since I'd been to the Asian grocery, so on Friday I went to check it out.

Sure enough, the grocery has been expanded to the south, which makes room for a more generous produce section.


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Friday, December 4, 2009

Season's Greetings II

Posted By on Fri, Dec 4, 2009 at 8:07 PM

Here's another food-related holiday card. It's a Christmas tree fashioned out of bacon.

I was thinking bacon's moment in the sun was just about over by this point, but obviously that's not true.

Details on the cards here.



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