Monday, April 30, 2012

YoLo, Cheffie's: A Tale of Two Gelatos

Posted By on Mon, Apr 30, 2012 at 2:24 PM

'Round about the time that Memphis saw the great second coming of frozen yogurt, someone told me about the divide that separates the ice cream lover from the fro-yo lover. Passions run high!, he said.

I don't get this at all, but, truth be told, in my book, frozen treats rank as such: ice cream > Gelato > frozen yogurt.

And, so I prefer ice cream, I did manage to choke down some gelato recently ...


Above is the Payday from YoLo (about $3.50).

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Friday, April 27, 2012

Worldwide Vegan Bake Sale Sneak Peek

Posted By on Fri, Apr 27, 2012 at 11:21 AM

If you happen upon a table stacked with baked goods at Friday night's Art Trolley Tour on S. Main, that's the Worldwide Vegan Bake Sale.

Participants promote veganism, while raising funds for a cause of their choice. The Memphis event is hosted by local vegan group Food Awareness. Proceeds from the Memphis sale will go to the Humane Society of Memphis and Shelby County.

Flyer associate editor/Vegan Crunker/Food Awareness member Bianca Phillips shared a couple photos of the sale's goodies.


Bianca's making Cowboy cookies (chocolate chip, oatmeal, coconut, & pecan), Peanut Butter blondies
and Peanut Butter Rice Crispy Treats with Chocolate Chips.

More of the bake sale list below ...

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Thursday, April 26, 2012

Chandler Signs "Simply Grilling" Thursday Night

Posted By on Thu, Apr 26, 2012 at 2:55 PM

Some years ago when I was doing physical therapy for a bad knee, one of the therapist, a woman who talked in yells, said (yelled) to me, "SUSAN, THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN YOU AND ME IS THAT YOU LIVE IN FEAR!"

Fair enough, and one of the things I really fear is grilling. That cute little table-top Weber I bought 2? 3? years ago did get out of the box and that was it. I fear the trouble — the mess, the time, the fire and charcoal.

All of this to say that I really appreciate Jennifer Chandler's Simply Grilling, the third in her "Simply" series. She signs the book tonight, Thursday, April 26th, at the Booksellers at Laurelwood at 6 p.m.


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Peanut Butter and Jelly Cake at 3 Angels

Posted By on Thu, Apr 26, 2012 at 8:00 AM

Being treated to lunch is the best. Topping lunch off with dessert makes it even better.


In addition to their usual desserts, 3 Angels Diner offers specials each week prepared by Allison Duffy and Macrae Schaffler.

Pictured above is Schaffler's Peanut Butter and Jelly Cake ($5).

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Wednesday, April 25, 2012


Posted By on Wed, Apr 25, 2012 at 11:34 AM


For the past few months, my commute has taken me by Malia’s, a food-truck operation on Lamar between Cleveland and Bellevue. It was hit or miss as far as them being there. But I had time to stop today and am glad I did.

Owner Gregory Graham is a barbecue scion. His grandfather owned Uncle Joe’s, a barbecue place at Third and Vance.

“He had a dynasty back in the day. Way back before my time and yours too,” said Graham, who is also an affiliate broker with Crye-Leike. (This begs the question about house hunting in a truck full of smoked meat. Where else but Memphis is this even a remote possibility?)

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Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Abita Strawberry

Posted By on Tue, Apr 24, 2012 at 12:25 PM


Abita Strawberry Harvest Lager is something of the McRib of seasonal beers. Its limited release has resulted in fetishizing. Six packs disappear in a blink. There's been much ado on Twitter.

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Thursday, April 19, 2012

Lunch with the Redbirds

Posted By on Thu, Apr 19, 2012 at 3:36 PM

The email read:

if anyone wants to take lunch at the redbirds game today there are 2 tics at the front desk - game started at 11

just sayin...

Enough said.


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Wednesday, April 18, 2012

I'm Never Cooking Again

Posted By on Wed, Apr 18, 2012 at 3:20 PM


My friend and I talk a lot about food. Much of it revolves around cooking.

About a year ago, I started noticing a conversational quirk that keeps popping up. The scenario: She's talking about something she's cooking, asks what I've been making, then, before I reply, says, "Oh, that's right. You're never cooking again."

For the record, I have never said this. Nor have I even thought it. Realistically, it doesn't even seem possible. And, so what? So what if I never cook again?

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Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Southern Hot Wing Contest & Festival Turns 10, Moves to New Site

Posted By on Tue, Apr 17, 2012 at 8:15 AM


Paul Gagliano loves hot wings and that was a good enough reason to launch the Southern Hot Wing Contest & Festival back in 2002.

The festival, a fund-raiser for the Ronald McDonald House, returns Saturday, April 21st, 11 a.m.-6 p.m., and it marks its 10th year with a move from South Main to Jefferson Davis Park and Riverside Drive.

The first Southern Hot Wings Contest was held in the parking lot of the Poplar Lounge. There were seven teams.

"I was nervous," remembers Gagliano about the 2002 event. "My friends didn't think it would work."

Adding to Gagliano's jitters was the light rain that morning. "Then," he says, "God parted the clouds ... "

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Friday, April 13, 2012


Posted By on Fri, Apr 13, 2012 at 3:19 PM

I picked up dinner from the new Cooper-Young Mulan last night. I believe it was my first time to try Mulan and my first time in that building.


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Thursday, April 12, 2012

The Peabody's Titanic Dinner (plus a shocking revelation from the hotel's past!!!)

Posted By on Thu, Apr 12, 2012 at 3:40 PM


On Sunday and Monday, April 15th and 16th, The Peabody is hosting a Titanic 100th Anniversary Dinner at Chez Philippe. The dinner is the first of the Peabody's new Historic Dinner Series.

The dinner's menu is a replica of the 9-course last meal served in first class on the iceberg-ed luxury liner.

Among the courses: quail eggs in aspic with caviar and lobster Thermidor.

Below ... the full menu for the dinner as well as the "shocking revelation," as mentioned in the headline, which also happens to be menu-related.

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Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Do You Fondue?

Posted By on Wed, Apr 11, 2012 at 11:43 AM

Several years ago I received an elaborate fondue set for Christmas. I could not return it fast enough.*

That was my response to coworker Michael who was telling about his new fondue set. A meal at the Melting Pot had inspired the purchase, and he was looking forward to breaking it in.

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Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Breakroom Garden 2

Posted By on Tue, Apr 10, 2012 at 12:15 PM

Back in 2009, there was an attempt to grow a vegetable garden in a planter in the company's breakroom.

While there was some success with a few peppers and cucumbers, the garden did not thrive. The project was then abandoned, leaving a really horrible-looking swatch of dead plants.

Now it's time for attempt two.


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Friday, April 6, 2012

The Beauty Shop

Posted By on Fri, Apr 6, 2012 at 10:56 AM

My friend Simone is moving her family to Germany in July. As is the case with such massive endeavors, there have been wrinkles both large and small.

Over Sunday brunch at the Beauty Shop, she talked about one such challenge and how her father had advised her with a German saying: "First, we must get the cow off the ice."

It means carefully dealing with something of value that is in peril.

Charming, yes?

None of this has anything to do at all with the chilaquiles ($12) I ate.


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Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Abandoned Grocery Lists and Long Lost Ice Cream Cakes

Posted By on Wed, Apr 4, 2012 at 2:48 PM


I always get a kick out of happening upon abandoned grocery lists. It's a little peek into a stranger's life. I found this one last week at the Kroger on Cleveland. Maybe it's for someone's favorite barbecue spaghetti with the cake and ice cream to celebrate a birthday.

The cake and ice cream on the list reminded of a conversation I had earlier in the week about a wonderful ice cream cake that used to be sold in grocery stores like Kroger in the cake section. It was a rectangle, about 5 by 7 inches. Very thin layers. Hard chocolate covered the cake and was in between the layers.

Does anybody remember the brand of the cake and if it's still sold? Hannah is desperate for information.

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