Thursday, September 29, 2011

Baloney Boats: Photographic Proof

Posted By on Thu, Sep 29, 2011 at 11:00 AM

About a week ago coworker Michael sent out the following email:


Some of you skeptics always doubted the existence of "Baloney Boats" even though I insisted this mouth-watering blend of fried baloney, mashed 'taters, and eerily yellow cheese was a staple of the finest public high-school cafeterias.

Well, here's the proof. An actual photo showing now just one, but TWO of these delicacies.

Please make sure these are served at my funeral.

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Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Memphis Beer Beat: Out and About

Posted By on Wed, Sep 28, 2011 at 10:19 AM

Over the last week or so there’s been more than a few great beer events in and around Memphis (check out the fuzzybrew blog for just about all of the regional brew news).

Last weekend, Harrah’s Tunica hosted the inaugural Double-Down Beer-Rita Festival — a new addition to the 2011 Smokin’ Aces BBQ Championship.

At the Beer-Rita Festival just as it opened.
  • At the Beer-Rita Festival tent just as it opened.

The beer fest was held over two sessions and featured 101 regional, craft, and macro beers including our own Ghost River, Mississippi’s Lazy Magnolia, Schlafly, Rogue, and Anchor along with imports like Samuel Smith, Spaten, and Smitwicks, among others.

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Tuesday, September 27, 2011

A New (Neu?) Restaurant for Downtown

Posted By on Tue, Sep 27, 2011 at 12:24 PM

Intriguing ad this week's issue of the Flyer (which is the Best of, btw!):


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Monday, September 26, 2011

Cupcake Cutie, Etc.

Posted By on Mon, Sep 26, 2011 at 2:01 PM

On Saturday around 2 p.m., I was on my way to Midtown from Germantown when I saw the sign for Cupcake Cutie, Etc. on Stage Road in Bartlett.

One U-turn later, I was in line puzzling over what to get. Cupcake Cutie is a "cupcake bar," sort of in the fro-yo model. You choose a cake flavor and icing and then toppings.


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Thursday, September 22, 2011

The Memphis Beer Beat, an Introduction

Posted By on Thu, Sep 22, 2011 at 1:10 PM


I’m not here to talk about your father's beer — that yellow, fizzy swill Europeans like to crack jokes about.

What I do want to talk about is beer created with a loving hand, using traditional — and sometimes weird — ingredients (there’s no “choicest rice” here). Beer that has a more diverse range on styles than that of wine and is (at least) equally suitable for pairing with food. Beer that has complex aromatic and flavor profiles. Beer that’s worth drinking.

You’ve probably heard of craft beer, and you may have had your fair share, whether you’ve known it or not.

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Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Cafe Palladio

Posted By on Wed, Sep 21, 2011 at 12:14 PM

I recently picked up lunch at Cafe Palladio inside the Palladio antiques store. Seems every time I go I think to myself that I should eat at this place more often.


I ordered the Southern Fried Green Tomato BLT, without the bacon. With some fried green tomatoes, the corn meal is overdone, but these were nice and delicate and were nicely accented by the remoulade.

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Tuesday, September 20, 2011

$20: Sweet Potatoes

Posted By on Tue, Sep 20, 2011 at 11:08 AM

It’s beginning to feel awfully autumn-y (to everyone’s delight, I’m sure, and definitely mine), and so, with the hopes of jumpstarting the season, we’ve concentrated on the sweet potato. At Whole Foods, we were able to buy 8 or so sweet potatoes for $17.11.

Our receipt:


We came up with what I think is a nice mix of recipes:

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Thursday, September 15, 2011

Sticker Shock and a Spot of Tea

Posted By on Thu, Sep 15, 2011 at 1:13 PM

Yesterday I received a call from a woman who was absolutely stunned by the treatment she had received at a popular local restaurant. According to her account, this was her first visit and as she was ordering she made what she believed was a rather innocuous remark.

Apparently, the owner did not see it that way.

She had said something like, "That's a pricey meal," and with that, the owner took the menu out of her hand and told her to get out!

Since I did not witness this encounter, I'll decline to take sides. But, I will say, I feel for the lady because I as well had a recent case of sticker shock myself at Teavana.

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Lunch at South of Beale

Posted By on Thu, Sep 15, 2011 at 9:06 AM

I was pumped that South of Beale had decided to start serving lunch.

It's another lunch option downtown, and SOB's seasonal menu always offers interesting options.

Case in point: the fried avocado appetizer ($9).


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Tuesday, September 13, 2011

D'bo's Wins at National Buffalo Wing Festival

Posted By on Tue, Sep 13, 2011 at 10:50 AM

David Boyd, festival founder Drew Cerza, and Davids wife Leticia
  • David Boyd, festival founder Drew Cerza, and David's wife Leticia

"We took 'em by storm," says D'bo's Wings n' More owner David Boyd of the National Buffalo Wing Festival.

In their first year to compete, D'bo's won first place in the "Creative Sweet" category.

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Monday, September 12, 2011

Cooper-Young Farmers Market Going Year-Round

Posted By on Mon, Sep 12, 2011 at 11:24 AM

The board of the Cooper-Young Community Farmers Market recently voted to extend its season and will now remain open year-round.

Debbi La Rue, market manager, says that the move is in keeping with the market's goal of providing the area with fresh produce.

In addition, the Tsunami Winter Market, led by Van Cheeseman of Flora Farms, will return to the Tsunami parking lot.

Cheeseman is planning a customer appreciation cookout on November 5th, and the market will begin the following Saturday.

Both La Rue and Cheeseman say that the two markets bracketing Cooper-Young's restaurants reinforce that neighborhood as a food district.

Friday, September 9, 2011

Smell Like a Cookie

Posted By on Fri, Sep 9, 2011 at 1:55 PM


One of my favorite characters from fiction is Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle, who has a knack for helping the neighborhood children break bad habits. The cures often have a cruel streak — nearly starving a picky eater, planting radishes on a child who refuses to take a bath.

Two notable aspects about Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle: She lives in an upside-down house and smells like cookies.

I am going somewhere with this ...

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Thursday, September 8, 2011

Red Velvet Funnel Cake at the Delta Fair

Posted By on Thu, Sep 8, 2011 at 2:24 PM

As I was entering the Delta Fair yesterday, I witnessed a small set-to involving a man with a small boy and the parking attendants. It was an unpleasant situation on what should be a very pleasant day.

Would the man and the boy get to ride the rides, see Bigfoot, eat a red velvet funnel cake?


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Chubby Vegetarian on Great Food Truck Race

Posted By on Thu, Sep 8, 2011 at 1:52 PM


Flyer friend Justin Fox Burks, aka The Chubby Vegetarian, will be on the Memphis episode of Food Network's Great Food Truck Race, airing Sunday at 8 p.m.

Burks was training for a triathlon to be held the same day as the shoot. He skipped the race.

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$20 Diet

Posted By on Thu, Sep 8, 2011 at 9:04 AM

This week, Clare tried to live off of only twenty bucks of food, which, as a college student, she should have down to an art by now.

Here’s what she bought with her $20:


1 loaf of bread
peanut butter
1 lb. of oats
jambalaya rice
1 can black beans
1 can tuna
1 can tomato soup
1 sweet potato
4 bananas
32 oz. vanilla yogurt
flour tortillas
6 count eggs
sliced colby jack cheese
and, of course, ramen noodles.

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