Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Hot Pink Cauliflower

Posted By on Tue, May 31, 2011 at 1:28 PM


Like I said, hot pink — though it started out as purple cauliflower.

This is Cauliflower Ceviche, a recipe I was intrigued by from the moment I saw it on the Clandestino website.

The cauliflower turned pink immediately upon hitting the lime juice. As for the taste ... most notably it's tart, and I will say that a little bit goes a long way.

Friday, May 27, 2011

South of Beale: Zombies!

Posted By on Fri, May 27, 2011 at 7:45 PM

Pam and I went to South of Beale for dinner and drinks and to check out the Zombie March.

We were enjoying our meal when a zombie approached and, finding no suitable brains for eating at our table, went for my asparagus and bleu cheese risotto!


Pam had to kill her with a fork.

What's done is done.

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Puttin’ on the Ritz: Majestic Grille's 5th Anniversary Party

Posted By on Fri, May 27, 2011 at 12:23 PM

Fedoras off to the Majestic Grille on their film noir-themed fifth anniversary party last night. Complete with a jazz quartet, a swing band, a champagne toast, candy cigar and cigarette girls, and guests dressed to the nines in ’40s-style garb, the anniversary was a gangbuster event.

Of course, there was food: cheeseburger sliders, fried green tomato sliders with bacon, an array of cheeses and charcuterie, homemade chips with blue cheese, and more.

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Pita Cafe

Posted By on Fri, May 27, 2011 at 11:06 AM


I've been around, but I'm not apologizing because I'm grown. Yet, after my visit to Pita Cafe, I do see the value of discretion.

The owner Musa Mahmond asked, First visit here? ... Yes. ... Where else have you had pita?

My list started. The owner's face fell. And then my list went on and on.

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Wednesday, May 25, 2011

It's Neighbor vs. Neighbor During Trolley Tour Cook-off

Posted By on Wed, May 25, 2011 at 11:17 AM


Gary Gardo and his wife consider Ella Hernandez something of a daughter, but that hasn't stopped the trash-talking. Nope, not at all.

That's because on Friday, during the Art Trolley Tour on South Main, it's Gary vs. Ella, neighbor vs. neighbor, in the "Taster's Choice" cook-off.

Ella is the reigning champ, Gary the challenger. It's up to the tour's attendees to cast their vote for that evening's master chef.

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Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Killer Drink

Posted By on Tue, May 24, 2011 at 2:01 PM

A sign up at Johnny G's Creole Kitchen at 156 Beale presented without comment.


Monday, May 23, 2011

Cortona Open for Lunch

Posted By on Mon, May 23, 2011 at 3:38 PM


Cortona Contemporary Italian recently began serving lunch from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday through Sunday.

Pam is reviewing the restaurant for Memphis magazine, and I got to tag along.

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Saturday, May 21, 2011

So There ... The Great Food Truck Race

Posted By on Sat, May 21, 2011 at 3:46 PM

I went downtown today to check out the Great Food Truck Race ... and nothing. I couldn't find them.

I was about to give up when I spotted Roxy's Gourmet Grilled Cheese.


They were setting up shop at Main and Peabody Place, which is where Hodge Podge is supposed to be, though they're running late.

Not sure about Korilla BBQ, which was scheduled to be in Handy Park. Perhaps I missed them.

If you have any info, share it in the comments.

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Art Cooker Reception/BBQ May 20 (Psst, Sarah Palin Will Be There)

Posted By on Tue, May 17, 2011 at 2:50 PM


Terrifying, isn't it? This is a Sarah Palin-esque artwork titled "We're Havin' a Tea Parody" by J. Taylor Wallace. It's also a functional cooker and is one of the pieces included in the National Ornamental Metal Museum's "Art Cooker: Taste/See" exhibit running May 20th-July 24th.

On Friday, May 20th, 6-9 p.m., the pieces will be fired up for an opening reception and barbecue. Alison Ouellette-Kirby, who curated the show with her husband Noah Kirby, took the time to answer some questions.

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Monday, May 16, 2011

Lazy Cakes on Gawker

Posted By on Mon, May 16, 2011 at 3:06 PM


Lazy Cakes Relaxation Brownie made it onto Gawker early this morning.

But we've moved on ...

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"The Perennial Plate" in Memphis

Posted By on Mon, May 16, 2011 at 10:52 AM


The Perennial Plate is an online documentary series on sustainable and adventurous eating hosted by Daniel Klein with Mirra Fine behind the camera.

The show, which is syndicated on Huffington Post, focused its first season on Minnesota. But now Klein and Fine are taking The Perennial Plate on a six-month road-trip all over the United States. Today, they're in Memphis.

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Sunday, May 15, 2011

Barbecue Fest: Big Bob Gibson Grand Champion

Posted By on Sun, May 15, 2011 at 1:28 PM

On Saturday, Big Bob Gibson Bar-B-Q was named Grand Champion of the World Championship Barbecue Cooking Contest.

Big Bob Gibson's Carolyn McLemore talked about competing in Memphis on Thursday.

“There’s no feeling to explain it,” she said. “It's heart-stopping, because it’s so tough to make the finals here. There’s more than 200 teams competing and a lot of them are really good cooking teams, so when you win, you really win something.”

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Friday, May 13, 2011

Clandestino Underground Supper Club May 18th

Posted By on Fri, May 13, 2011 at 1:57 PM


On Wednesday, May 18th, Clandestino, a group out of Chicago that puts on underground dinner parties, is holding an event in Memphis.

This location is undisclosed, only to be revealed 24 hours before the dinner.

Clandestino's Lauren Parton (pictured second from the right), however, revealed it to me.

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Barbecue Fest: Opportunity Knocks

Posted By on Fri, May 13, 2011 at 11:56 AM


This sign for parking is at an apartment building on East Parkway, just north of Central.

The man I spoke with said his stepfather owns the buildings, and that the Barbecue Fest is the first time they dabbled in the parking business.

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Barbecue Fest: Big Bob Gibson's Chris Lilly and Kingsford

Posted By on Fri, May 13, 2011 at 9:08 AM


Chris Lilly of Big Bob Gibson Bar-B-Q in Decatur, Alabama, is competing at Barbecue Fest. He's also working the rounds as the official pitmaster of Kingsford Charcoal.

Chris is a renowned barbecuer — a cookbook author, two-time Barbecue Fest Grand Champion, a contestant on Food Network's Best in Smoke.

So I ask him about selling out to Kingsford. He politely laughs at my very rude joke and notes he'd been using Kingsford since he started barbecuing, years before the company approached him.

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