Thursday, May 31, 2012

Loafing at Bluff City Coffee

Posted By on Thu, May 31, 2012 at 2:21 PM

Bluff City Coffee has been busy revamping their baked good case. I had an excellent strawberry cheese tart a few weeks back, and today picked up this massive gouda walnut loaf ($6.95).


Also available today: sundried tomato, cranberry, and olive.

505 S. Main (405-4399)

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Finally ... Wiles-Smith Milkshake

Posted By on Wed, May 30, 2012 at 2:06 PM

Many years ago, on my first attempt to order a Wiles-Smith milkshake, the person behind the counter refused me service. Seems that on that day she had scooped so much ice cream for those famous shakes that her arm had given out.

On that day, I was sick with disappointment. Today, I'm sick because I had too much milkshake.


This is the extra-thick vanilla and strawberry ($3.50).


We also tried the vanilla shake and chocolate malt.


Wiles-Smith Drug Store, 1635 Union (278-6416)

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Spitz Sunflower Seeds

Posted By on Tue, May 29, 2012 at 9:03 AM

Spotted at the Hop In at Poplar and McLean, Spitz dill-pickle sunflower seeds. I admire the audacity.


Friday, May 25, 2012

Bake Sale Set for Hit-and-Run Victim Shannon Parker

Posted By on Fri, May 25, 2012 at 8:30 AM


A bake sale is being held on Saturday, June 23rd, 10 a.m.-1 p.m., to raise funds for Shannon Parker, a victim of a hit-and-run.

On Sunday, May 20th, Shannon Parker and Kat Solaas were hit by a car while crossing the street in Cooper-Young. Parker tried to push Solaas out of the path of the vehicle and sustained multiple injuries, including a fractured pelvis and is receiving treatment at the Med. Solaas broke her ankle. Parker has no insurance.

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Wednesday, May 23, 2012

How To Use Bread

Posted By on Wed, May 23, 2012 at 2:15 PM

It struck me as funny that the serving suggestions on this bag of Le Brea whole grain bread breaks down to toast and sandwich.


Not that the suggestions aren't good ones ...

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

The Cottage

Posted By on Tue, May 22, 2012 at 11:30 AM

Last week, I stopped by the Cottage for a late lunch. While I was more than a little tempted to get breakfast (served all day!), I went for the vegetable plate ($8.50 with drink).


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Friday, May 18, 2012

Frank's RedHot Bus Tour at BBQ Fest

Posted By on Fri, May 18, 2012 at 2:05 PM

Kevin Roberts on Franks RedHot scooter cooler
  • Kevin Roberts on Frank's RedHot scooter cooler

Smack dab in the middle of the ocean of barbecue currently covering Tom Lee Park is a small island (to torture this metaphor) devoted to Buffalo chicken wings.

The wings come with the Frank's To the People bus, sponsored by Frank's RedHot sauce. The bus is traveling the country making stops at contests and festivals just like the World Championship Barbecue Cooking Contest in order to spread the gospel about two Frank's products: the Sweet Chili sauce and the new Thick sauce.

So about those wings at a barbecue contest ...

Restaurateur, cookbook author, one-time host of TLC's BBQ Pitmasters, and Frank's pitch man Kevin Roberts sees it as enjoying basketball while enjoying football. It's all about sports, and here at Barbecue Fest, it's all about food.

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Thursday, May 17, 2012

The Politics of Barbecue: A Novel

Posted By on Thu, May 17, 2012 at 12:22 PM


Due for release this September: The Politics of Barbecue, a novel by former Commercial Appeal staffer Blake Fontenay.

The Memphis-set novel involves a corrupt (natch) mayor named Pete Pigg, an Elvis impersonator (even natcher), and "a cynical public relations man." Full synopsis below ...

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Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Redneck Bar-B-Q Express, Competing at Barbecue Contest Since 1978

Posted By on Wed, May 16, 2012 at 3:26 PM


Redneck Bar-B-Q Express has been competing in the Memphis in May World Championship Barbecue Cooking Contest since the first year, 1978 (when the contest was held in a lot near the Orpheum), and they've been back every year since.

A few more Redneck Express facts and stats

• According to team bio: "Our entry form was the first to be into to Memphis in May."
• The team name was inspired by Federal Express (now FedEx).
• The team was the first to prepare a whole hog, rather than just shoulders and ribs.
• Original team members: Pete Gross, Woody Coleman, Tommy Coleman, Mike Stals, Roy Nolen, and Mike Rivalto.

Redneck Express member Woody Coleman offers up more details on the team's 3-plus decades in the Barbecue Fest trenches ....

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Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Lunch Martyr (UPDATED: LM Responds)

Posted By on Tue, May 15, 2012 at 10:27 AM

Updated below

I wrote some time ago about the Lunch Bully. He or she is that person who dictates restaurant choice because of dietary restrictions, quirks, or sheer stubbornness.

I only recently discovered there's another sort among us: the Lunch Martyr.


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Monday, May 14, 2012

New Asia

Posted By on Mon, May 14, 2012 at 11:59 AM


As I was enjoying my lunch of Eggplant with Black Pepper Sauce ($8.75) at New Asia, I daydreamed about recreating this perfectly spicy dish at home.

I've had just so-so results when cooking with eggplant; something about the texture is never quite right. This dish's eggplant melts in your mouth. I'm thinking it's steamed. As for the sauce, I have no clue ...

And who am I kidding anyway? Nothing I would make would be as good as New Asia's, so I might as well leave it to the experts.

Thursday, May 10, 2012

Mother's Day Brunches

Posted By on Thu, May 10, 2012 at 6:37 PM


Mother's Day is Sunday. You wouldn't dare not have your mother properly brunched, would you?

Here's a list of brunches.

On the Scene at the Food Truck Rodeo

Posted By on Thu, May 10, 2012 at 2:35 PM

We had to check out today's Food Truck Rodeo, the debut event of the new Memphis Food Truck Alliance.

We got there just as the crowd was filling Court Square. Among the trucks at the rodeo: Fuel, Memphis Munchies, YoLo, Scooter's Bar-B-Que, Revival, Healthylicious, Mark's Grill, Kona Ice, and Scratch.

Of course, the first thing that caught our eye ... Deep Fried Hot Dogs!


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Banana Bread Beer, Etc.

Posted By on Thu, May 10, 2012 at 7:50 AM

I spotted Wells Banana Bread Beer ($6.49) at the White Station Fresh Market yesterday.


I like banana bread and I like beer, so why not?

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Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Spinach-Mushroom Turnover at Fino's

Posted By on Tue, May 8, 2012 at 10:50 AM

I don't make it to Fino's as much as I would like. On my last visit I found some more incentive: the Spinach-Mushroom Turnover ($2.75).



This is one of the turnovers offered on special most, though not all, days. Others include: spinach-artichoke, spinach and three cheese, and spinach and roasted red pepper.

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