Thursday, September 29, 2016

A Visit to Zaka Bowl

Posted By on Thu, Sep 29, 2016 at 12:35 PM

Earlier this week, Bianca and I were invited to check out Zaka Bowl

Zaka Bowl is a build-your-own veggie bowl restaurant that is 100% vegan. There are no appetizers or desserts. 

The design, from the decor to the logo is spare, without frills — a visual nod to the menu with its emphasis on whole foods. 
But don't equate this with boring or flavorless. Guests can choose such veggies as smoked portabella, an excellent roasted tofu, mustard herb cauliflower, lemon-garlic broccoli, and sesame eggplant to build on a base of either zucchini noodles, quinoa, wild rice, or spinach. Garnishes include charred corn, roasted beets, edamame, pineapple pico, and rosemary carrots. All this topped by sauces — creamy avocado, green tea vinaigrette, coconut curry, sriracha bbq, sesame soy vinaigrette, and Zaka sauce (a spicy mayo).

There are two featured bowls, and the owner says he's thinking about creating more. I went with the Zaka Zen with the broccoli, tofu, eggplants, carrots, beets, and pico. I thought it sounded perfect for the recently cooled weather, and it was. Earthy with dashes of sweet from the pico and the beets, and totally filling. Try as I might, I couldn't quite finish the bowl. 

Bianca went the build your own route and chose quinoa, tofu, brussels sprouts, cauliflower, beets, carrots, and jicama slaw with the Zaka sauce. She also got a mango pineapple lemonade — very tart and very fresh!

I have to say I'm sold on this concept — to eat well and simply with no loss of taste. 

Bowls top out at $11. 

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Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Alchemy Owner Takes Over Sports Junction

Posted By on Wed, Sep 28, 2016 at 2:31 PM

According to Tony Westmoreland, it was a deal too good to pass up. 

Westmoreland, who owns Alchemy with other partners, has taken over ownership of Sports Junction — starting tomorrow. A new name, he says, will be announced in 45 to 60 days. 

According to Westmoreland, he worked with the Sports Junction owner as a consultant about a year ago. He had recently checked in with the owner who told him he was increasingly busy with other projects … and one thing led to another. 

The hookahs and cigars will be going, Westmoreland says. There will be a new emphasis on draft beer, and the menu will be brought up a notch. He plans to add a patio to the front sometime in the spring. 

With the zoo and Levitt Shell across the street in mind, they'll be going for a more family vibe. And, they plan to pay respect to the old Hi-Tone by having music and comedy shows. 

Those 30 TVs and five projection screens? "They're there," says Westmoreland. "We're going to use them." 

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On the Scene at BreakFest

Posted By on Wed, Sep 28, 2016 at 10:27 AM


The 2nd Annual BreakFest was held last Saturday, with multiple teams competing in the categories Best Bloody Mary, Breakfast Sandwich, Omelets, Bacon Lovers, Breakfast Sweets, and Anything Goes.

Proceeds from the event went to support the Urban Bicycle Food Ministry.

The winners in each category were:

Breakfast Sandwich

1st Pirates of the Grillibbean, 2nd Masters of Breakfast, 3rd Squeal Street


1st Dos Eggys, 2nd Pirates of the Grillibean, 3rd Team Tart

Bacon Lovers

1st Elevensies, 2nd Team Tart, 3rd Masters of Breakfast

Breakfast Sweets

1st Team Tart, 2nd Squeal Street, 3rd Masters of Breakfast

Anything Goes

1st Team Tart, 2nd Masters of Breakfast, 3rd Elevensies

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Monday, September 26, 2016

Plans for Second Slider Inn Downtown

Posted By on Mon, Sep 26, 2016 at 2:00 PM

  • Justin Fox Burks
  • Aldo Dean

Aldo Dean confirmed plans for a second Slider Inn in the South Main district. 

Dean, who owns Slider Inn, Aldo's Pizza Pies, and Bardog Tavern, says he currently finalizing the purchase of a building at 363 Mulberry. 

The building includes the bocce ball court, and Dean envisions the green space as outdoor seating, outdoor bar, and community gathering place. 

"I've seen how that area has sprung to life," Dean of South Main. "I'm looking forward to getting involved and helping add to it."  

Dean hopes to have the restaurant open by next spring. 

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How a Beer Becomes a Can: Memphis Made's Gonerfest XIII

Posted By on Mon, Sep 26, 2016 at 10:53 AM

They made it. They canned it up. And you've been drinking the shit out of it. 

Gonerfest 13 starts Thursday. For the last two years Memphis Made has created a special beer for the festival and bottled it. 

This year, they went cans. It's better for the beer and all that but more than anything — it's in a can, that sweaty little booze bullet melting right there in your hand. Ah, yes.

The beer this year is a session IPA. IPA means it's (deliciously) bitter and this year's is pretty dry. "Session" means the beer is low alcohol. That means you can pound the hell out of 'em.

Gonerfest XIII (the name of the beer) is available in finer establishments all over town. 

(Music is "Rat King" by NOTS)


Friday, September 23, 2016

Huey's Downtown to Mark 20 Years, etc.

Posted By on Fri, Sep 23, 2016 at 11:20 AM


Huey's downtown is celebrating with a day-long party on October 16th. The event will include live music, drink specials, signature T-shirts, and more.  

Proceeds from the party will go to the Urban Bicycle Food Ministry. 

Sprock n' Roll Party Bikes has added three new tours: Progressive Dinner Tours, Brunch Tours, and the Artsy Fartsy Tour. 

Among the restaurants participating in the Progressive Dinner Tour are the Rendezvous, Spindini, and Aldo's. For the Brunch Tour, there's Blind Bear, Local on Main, and Tin Roof downtown; in Midtown, it's Slider Inn, Strano, and Local on the Square. 

The Artsy Fartsy Tour includes a stop for crafts at the Vergos' Art Project in Overton Square. 

Collierville Brewfest is happening Saturday, from 1 to 4 p.m. Tickets are $35 and there's beer, food, live music, games, and more. 

Proceeds go to Le Bonheur Chidlren's Hospital. 

Some 18 breweries from around the region are participating. There will be about 50 beers to sample. Among those are locals Wiseacre, Memphis Made, High Cotton, and Boscos. Regional breweries include Diamond Bear, Jackalope, Tennessee Brew, Tin Roof, and Fat Bottom. Bernoulli Brew Works, Memphis Filling Station, and Bluff City Brewers are offering a taste of their own brews as well. 

AND, there will be giant game of Beer Pong. 

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Thursday, September 22, 2016

A Look at Catherine & Mary's Menu

Posted By on Thu, Sep 22, 2016 at 3:34 PM


Andrew Ticer and Michael Hudman's fourth restaurant, Catherine & Mary's, is set to open Monday in the Chisca building. 

The fall menu for the restaurant looks pretty fancy to me. It includes grilled quail, pate, oysters, and lamb Bolognese. 

Check it out below ... 

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Monday, September 12, 2016

BreakFest Set for September 24th

Posted By on Mon, Sep 12, 2016 at 3:24 PM


In 2015, Andy Wells and Christin Yates went to the Memphis Italian Festival. The next day, they went to brunch where the thought occurred to them: Why didn't Memphis have a brunch festival?

"Memphis loves food, and Memphis loves festivals," says Yates.

And, so the pair set about making that brunch festival happen and they did it just four months later.

The second BreakFest is set for September 24th, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., at the Water Tower Pavilion on Broad.

 They describe the festival as sort of a mini BBQ Fest, with teams (both restaurants and "amateurs") competing in the categories Omelet, Bacon Lovers, Breakfast Sandwiches, and Anything Goes. There's also a Bloody Mary contest. 



Food trucks will be serving a breakfast menu. French Truck will be there with free coffee, and Bedrock Eats is providing a waffle bar. 

There will be games as well and live music from Southern Avenue, Brennan Villines, and others. 

In addition, BreakFest has formed a partnership with the BikeSmith. The first 50 people who park their bikes at the BikeSmith will receive a glass and a free beer. 

Last year, they sold about 550 tickets. This year, they've upped the number to 750. Proceeds from the event go to the Urban Bicycle Food Ministry



Friday, September 2, 2016

A Peek at Zaka Bowl's Menu

Posted By on Fri, Sep 2, 2016 at 11:01 AM


"Almost there," says Ed Cabigao of the opening Zaka Bowl, a create-your-own veggie bowl restaurant in East Memphis.

Cabigao, who owns South of Beale with his wife Brittany, says they are putting the finishing touches on now — painting, testing menu items, training the staff. If permit process goes well, Zaka Bowl could be open as early as September 16th. 

Of Zaka Bowl, Cabigao says, "Our mission here is to show that compassionate choices can lead to a cleaner, happier, healthier you and planet!"

Here's a peek at Zaka Bowl's menu:  


Zaka Bowl is located at 575 Erin Drive. 

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