Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Judy Garland at the Piggly Wiggly

Posted By on Tue, Nov 29, 2011 at 11:39 AM

A coworker asked if I had seen the video of Judy Garland at the Piggly Wiggly, that I might want to post it on the blog.

I hadn't and indeed I would!

Monday, November 28, 2011


Posted By on Mon, Nov 28, 2011 at 2:54 PM

After attending the eighty3 preview, Hannah, Pam, and I decided to check out Alchemy, the newest restaurant in Cooper-Young.

One of the drink specials of the evening was the Sidecar ($11).


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Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Spike Your Juice, a Kit for Homemade Hooch

Posted By on Tue, Nov 22, 2011 at 11:11 AM

One of the best things I've ever read was this account of making prison wine using tube socks, moldy bread, and ketchup. So, when I was offered a Spike Your Juice kit, I, of course, accepted.


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Friday, November 18, 2011

Memphis Beer Beat: Teach a Friend to Brew Day

Posted By on Fri, Nov 18, 2011 at 10:58 AM

Last Saturday morning, I had the pleasure of attend the Bluff City Brewers & Connoisseurs’ “Teach a Friend to Brew Day” in the Bayou Gill parking lot. As a part of the American Homebrewer’s Association's National Learn to Brew day, the event was geared towards those with little to no brewing experience, and the morning held demonstrations on both the relatively quick and easy extract brewing method and the more advanced all-grain brewing method, as well as a rundown on equipment, ingredients, the pros and cons of bottling and kegging, and the ins and outs of starting yeast cultures.

Bluff Citys J.L. Thompson goes over basic equipment
  • Bluff City's J.L. Thompson goes over basic equipment

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Thursday, November 17, 2011

Chopped-like Cocktail Competition at Majestic, and Other Events

Posted By on Thu, Nov 17, 2011 at 2:36 PM

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On Saturday, November 19th, at 4 p.m., Majestic Grille is hosting an event that pits three local bartenders/cocktail experts against each other in a Chopped-like contest. Audience members pick the winner.

Owner Deni Reilly provides the details:

Bartenders are given a list of 6 ingredients ahead of time. The day of the competition, each bartender is given a box with 3 of the 6 ingredients (each gets the same). All 3 of the secret ingredients have to be incorporated into their final cocktail. There will be a general bar set up in the middle of the room that the bartenders can pull from. Each bartender is allowed to bring one of the following from their own bars: 1 spirit, 1 herb or fruit, 1 juice or non-alcoholic mix, 1 misc item.

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Wednesday, November 16, 2011


Posted By on Wed, Nov 16, 2011 at 2:04 PM

In the Flyer that hit the stands today ... Hannah Sayle's story on Madison Hotel's Grill 83 becoming eighty3.

Last night, Hannah, Pam, and I went to a preview to check out the new space and new menu.


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Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Cochon 555 Headed to Memphis

Posted By on Tue, Nov 15, 2011 at 3:08 PM

Local pork enthusiasts, get ready to squeal ...

Cochon 555 — a traveling competition created to raise awareness of heritage breed pigs — has announced its 2012 schedule ... and it's coming to Memphis February 4th.

More details to come.

H/T eater.com

Monday, November 14, 2011

Stuff You Can Buy

Posted By on Mon, Nov 14, 2011 at 9:53 AM

I spotted this jar of lavender mustard ($2.69) at the Kroger on Mendenhall.


I have an issue with getting through condiments before their expiration date. Particularly mustard.

And lavender mustard? I challenge you to tell me a delicious-sounding use for this.

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Friday, November 11, 2011

Memphis Beer Beat: Winter Seasonals, American Edition

Posted By on Fri, Nov 11, 2011 at 3:20 PM

Considering the weather as of late, it seems that one of the few signs that autumn’s end is around the corner is the slew of winter seasonal beers showing up on the shelves. And it’s about time. In terms of the craft brew calendar, this is one of my favorite times of the year. So to kick the season off, I’ve got three easy-to-find American winter seasonals worthy of your glass: Magic Hat’s Ravell, Sierra Nevada Celebration Ale, and Stone’s Double Bastard.


As the lightest of the three beers, Magic Hat Brewing Co.’s Ravell, a vanilla porter, seems the appropriate place to begin. Magic Hat, from Burlington, VT, is most commonly known for their flagship ale, #9—an American pale ale brewed with apricot. Before writing this, #9 was one of the few samplings I had tried from this brewery, and to be frank, I wasn’t really that impressed. The last time I had one— maybe two or three years ago— tasted like soap, and I’ve tended to leave their beer on the shelf since. That being said, I was given a bottle of Ravell this week, and— being free and all— decided to give it a shot. And I’m pretty damn glad I did.

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Everybody, Coconuts

Posted By on Fri, Nov 11, 2011 at 11:52 AM

I picked up this "limited edition" coconut-flavored Twix (around 50 cents) at Wayne's Candy.


I ended up giving it a coworker who provided this rather intriguing review:

Oh man that candy bar was awesome. You should've kept it!!! I'm not allowed to have Twix again, it got weird it was sooo good.

More on coconuts ...

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Thursday, November 10, 2011


Posted By on Thu, Nov 10, 2011 at 1:07 PM


Folks love Lavoro's, the Italian restaurant on Summer in Bartlett.

I'm guessing that one reason is that it is both comfortable and relentlessly cheery (cartoon cooks, bright colors, big signs shouting pizza and ices, etc.)

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Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Advice Advice

Posted By on Wed, Nov 9, 2011 at 2:14 PM

A while back I walk into a coffee shop. One thing to note is that it smells like something had been burned and burned bad.

There's a customer sitting at the counter talking to the barista. As she's gathering dishes to deliver to a table, the customer says that she should really carry the dishes in this certain way. The barista says, You're right, I should.

As she returns, he then tells her that she should really carry an extra spoon, and she says, You're right, I should.

Now, I'm thinking about whatever burned and this counter-top job coaching, and that what the barista should really do is tell this guy to stow it, but that would be rude, right?

Friday, November 4, 2011

Memphis Beer Beat: Dueling IPA's

Posted By on Fri, Nov 4, 2011 at 1:52 PM

So this beer blog thing has been going for over a month now, and I’ve yet to write about actual beer drinkin’. Just some good, ole-fashioned, simple beer drinkin’. Ghost River's release of their seasonal 1887 IPA this week as well as a recent acquisition of some Surly Furious conveniently coincided to have a pretty solid night of IPA’s.

Originally an English style brewed loaded with hops as a means of preservation from the long voyage from England to their colonies, IPA’s have become one of the most popular styles over the last decade or so of the American craft brewing scene.


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Thursday, November 3, 2011

Mmm ... McEwen's, Molly's, Mosa

Posted By on Thu, Nov 3, 2011 at 2:32 PM

A couple weeks ago, at just about the time that the Fuel food truck was heading downtown, some coworkers and I were headed to Midtown for the restaurant. (Stacey's right, btw: the walnut loaf sandwich is excellent.)

Yesterday, however, I decided to try the food truck, which was parked at Second and Madison. I found a plum space right in front of McEwen's on Monroe. But, by the time, I turned the corner, the truck was gone. So, back to McEwen's ...


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Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Stuff You Can Buy

Posted By on Tue, Nov 1, 2011 at 10:43 AM

Got money to burn?

There's panini-centric magazine, about $13 at Fresh Market ...


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