Monday, February 28, 2011

"Bang for Your Buck" Wine Tasting Thursday

Posted By on Mon, Feb 28, 2011 at 10:12 AM


On Thursday, March 3rd, Joe's Wine & Liquors will host its "Bang for Your Buck" wine tasting at Playhouse on the Square. All wines at the tasting are priced under $20.

"It's the perfect opportunity to taste what you normally wouldn't," says Joe's general manager (and Flyer wine columnist) Michael Hughes.

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Sunday, February 27, 2011

It's Beer 30

Posted By on Sun, Feb 27, 2011 at 4:52 PM

Literally ... Beer 30, tagged "Anytime is the right time!"


Spotted at the Ike's on Park. A 30-can pack will set you back $14.99.

Friday, February 25, 2011

On the Scene at the Butchering Demo: Just the (Pig) Facts

Posted By on Fri, Feb 25, 2011 at 10:08 AM

Andrew Ticer and Michael Hudman look on as David Newman leads the demonstration.
  • Andrew Ticer and Michael Hudman look on as David Newman leads the demonstration.

Last Saturday, on a balmy and beautiful afternoon, I watched David Newman butcher half a pig on the deck of Andrew Michael Italian Kitchen.

I thought it would be, well, weird. And it had its moments. Hand saw. A pig foot falling off the table. Peeling off a layer of fat. But frankly, I found the experience informative and exhilarating.

Newman’s affable personality helped. He works as a meat science professor at North Dakota State University, but I think he has a future as the rock star of home butchering. Newman can explain how to butcher a carcass with charisma and science. Plus he’s good looking. I’d say, move over, Alton Brown.

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Thursday, February 24, 2011

Brim's Memphis-Style BBQ Rib Chips

Posted By on Thu, Feb 24, 2011 at 1:17 PM


In what can best be described as a feat of chemical engineering, Brim's Memphis-Style BBQ Rib Chips do indeed taste like meat.

"It's not natural," said a coworker, and that about sums it up. (Edited to add: this is not necessarily a bad thing.)

I bought these at the Tiger Mart on Jackson near the interstate.

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Lunch at Lincoln Ristorante in New York City

Posted By on Wed, Feb 23, 2011 at 10:26 AM


Spending $20 million on a single restaurant is big time, even for New York City, so on a recent visit, I was thrilled to have lunch at Lincoln Ristorante, the new showstopper at the Lincoln Center complex on the upper west side.

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Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Holy (Guaca)Moly!

Posted By on Tue, Feb 22, 2011 at 2:58 PM


Spotted these monster Florida avocados at the Fresh Market on White Station. Two for $4.

Beer Vs. Wine Dinner at the Brooks

Posted By on Tue, Feb 22, 2011 at 10:31 AM


On Thursday, February 24th, it’s the Beer Vs. Wine Dinner at the Brushmark at the Memphis Brooks Museum of Art.

Each of the five courses will be paired with one wine and one beer. Diners will vote on their favorites, and the winner will be announced at the meal’s conclusion.

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Monday, February 21, 2011

Pie for Presidents Day

Posted By on Mon, Feb 21, 2011 at 1:25 PM


That Bianca!

Coworker and Vegan Crunker Bianca Phillips makes a cherry pie every year in honor of George Washington and Presidents Day.

This tasty pie has a cherry filling, a whole wheat crust, and a crumble topping with coconut.

Organic Gardening Class at Windermere Farms

Posted By on Mon, Feb 21, 2011 at 10:48 AM

Ken Lansing
Is warm weather making you dream about a fresh seasonal vegetables? Is so, why not try growing your own?

Local farmer Ken Lansing of Windermere Farms is offering a beginning class for organic gardening on Saturday, February 26th, from 2 to 4 p.m. The cost is $25. Space is limited, so call ahead to reserve a spot.

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Friday, February 18, 2011

Butchering Demo Saturday at Andrew Michael

Posted By on Fri, Feb 18, 2011 at 9:54 AM


If you are pig crazy like me, but don’t know the difference between primal and offal, you might want to stop by Andrew Michael Italian Kitchen on Saturday for a lesson from a pro.

David Newman, who teaches meat science at North Dakota State University in Fargo, will lead a butchering seminar from noon to 2 p.m. to explain (and demonstrate) how to break down a pig for nose-to-tail cooking. The seminar is free, and registration is not necessary.

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Thursday, February 17, 2011

A Visit to Bar None

Posted By on Thu, Feb 17, 2011 at 11:03 AM

It was a Dark & Stormy night, and ...

And ... that's it.


On my first visit to Bar None, I ordered the Dark & Stormy ($6). Made with Goslings rum and ginger beer, it is both spicy and sweet.

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Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Best Place for Pie?

Posted By on Wed, Feb 16, 2011 at 3:16 PM


For some reason, I decided that this was a day that demanded pie.

But ... I wasn't exactly sure where to go.

I ultimately got this piece of coconut meringue at The Cupboard, which was perfect.

What's your go-to place for pie?

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Friday, February 11, 2011

Sandwiched at Dino's

Posted By on Fri, Feb 11, 2011 at 9:48 AM

I've had the eggplant parmesan at Dino's before but never the eggplant parmesan sandwich ($5.99). Yesterday, I remedied that.


It is what it is: breaded and fried cutlets of eggplant, cheese, loads of great marinara sauce — all between a toasted hoagie roll.

What a glorious mess.

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