Sunday, January 1, 2017

Eating at IKEA

Posted By on Sun, Jan 1, 2017 at 4:00 AM

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On Monday, Bianca and I, along with what seems like most of Memphis, went to check out IKEA. 
After about three hours, we both agreed we needed to drag all our furniture to the curb and start over.

I knew but didn't fully appreciate until boots were on the ground that IKEA really isn't a dash-in sort of place. You go, you take your time, you eat ...

We both got IKEA's famous meatballs, though the veggie version. The generous plate came with the very good meatballs atop lentils with a side of veggies — all for just $4.49. I also got some fruit and a marzipan dessert. Bianca got a salad.

Then, it was down to the serious shopping. Bianca got a shoe organizer and some candy for her partner. I left with a rug and a basket. Both of us got a bag of those wonderful meatballs from the food market.




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Friday, December 23, 2016

Now Open: Cafe 7/24

Posted By on Fri, Dec 23, 2016 at 11:53 AM

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Cafe 7/24
opened at 94. S. Front last Sunday.

Charisse Gooden is the manager. Her sister Shan, who works as a teacher in Brooklyn, is the owner. Dad and brother work the kitchen.

But Cafe 7/24 is all about mom. Gooden explains, saying that customers mistakenly see the name and think the restaurant's open 24/7. The name refers to the birthday of their mother, who passed away last year.

"She was a super ambitious go-getter type," Gooden says. "We referred to her as the boss."

Gooden and her sister decided they wanted to do something, be bosses. "We were going to do something to honor her," Gooden says.

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Cafe 7/24, which stretches three levels and has two bars, serves Southern food — catfish, fried chicken, ribs, mac and cheese, etc. Gooden says they're currently working on adding desserts and more vegetarian fare.

Gooden's mother was a principal, her sisters teachers. Gooden's background is in health care, and dad was a fire chief. So what led them to a restaurant?

"It really starts with my dad," she says. "Everyone knows how well firemen can cook." When her dad retired, he started smoking hams and turkeys for the holidays. It's something, Gooden says, he really enjoys.

Cafe 7/24 currently serves lunch and will expand its hours from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. starting January 2nd.

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Images Cafe 7/27 Facebook

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Thursday, December 8, 2016

Chef Tam's Underground Cafe Going in Imagine Space

Posted By on Thu, Dec 8, 2016 at 12:58 PM

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Chef Tam
's Underground Cafe is set to open in the old Imagine space on January 28th.

Owner Tamra Eddy chose that date because it's her late father's birthday. Her father was a chef, her grandfather a bbq pitmaster, her grandmother a baker. "It's in me," she says.

Underground Cafe will serve Southern classics with a gourmet flair, says Eddy. We're talking fried ribs, mac and cheese, tacos, catfish, jerk shrimp, and peach cobbler nachos (!).

As for the name of the cafe, Eddy says initially she was going to open in a space with an underground kitchen. The name stuck, she says, because she recognized how accurate it is. "[My talent as a chef] has been hidden so long. It works perfectly for me."

Eddy, who was the chef at the Lighthouse, began looking for a space a couple months ago. She reached out online and was led to the Imagine space. She's currently giving the restaurant a good scrubbing and plans to hang old black-and-white images of her family to complete the homey feel.

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Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Cosmic Coconut "Evolving" into City Silo

Posted By on Wed, Dec 7, 2016 at 3:18 PM

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A press release was issued today that the space that once housed Cosmic Coconut in East Memphis will now be a new restaurant called City Silo Table & Pantry.

The restaurant is set to open January 14th.

From the release:

City Silo Table & Pantry will offer re-imagined comfort food and drinks that replicate familiar textures and flavors with wholesome, clean ingredients. Blending characteristics from traditional dining concepts – the café and market, the juice stand, the coffee house and the bistro – City Silo’s modern, light and airy space will serve as a spot to gather, to grab quick takeaway or to sit and enjoy.

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“Cosmic Coconut evolved into City Silo,” said Scott Tashie, Owner of City Silo, I Love Juice Bar in Midtown and the future I Love Juice Bar in Crosstown. “Cosmic Coconut created the need and expectation for creative, clean eating in Memphis. City Silo expands on that expectation and will offer all the favorites of its predecessor with the addition of egg, dairy and chicken options to create a more inclusive experience.”


But, says a rep, don't count out Cosmic Coconut just yet. The Cosmic Coconut truck is going on hiatus through the winter but may return, and "there will be pops / references to Cosmic Coconut included in City Silo."

Cosmic Coconut originally opened in 2011 and was an all-vegan juice bar with a small food menu.

Scott Tashie, along with partners (including the ubiquitous Taylor Berger), took over in 2012. Tashie opened Memphis' first I Love Juice Bar in 2015. A second I Love Juice Bar is set to open next year in the new Crosstown Concourse.


Full release below:

Introducing City Silo Table & Pantry,
Located in the Former Cosmic Coconut Space



Memphis, TN (January 14, 2017): City Silo Table & Pantry will offer re-imagined comfort food and drinks that replicate familiar textures and flavors with wholesome, clean ingredients. Blending characteristics from traditional dining concepts – the café and market, the juice stand, the coffee house and the bistro – City Silo’s modern, light and airy space will serve as a spot to gather, to grab quick takeaway or to sit and enjoy. City Silo will host its grand opening on Saturday, January 14th, 2017.

Located in the former Cosmic Coconut space plus the adjacent unit, City Silo will encompass a total 2600 square feet, feature a full kitchen and provide a seating capacity of close to 50. Striving to create an inclusive dining experience that appeals to different tastes and diet needs, City Silo will now offer egg, dairy and humanely-raised chicken options while continuing to offer an extensive plant-based menu.

“Cosmic Coconut evolved into City Silo,” said Scott Tashie, Owner of City Silo, I Love Juice Bar in Midtown and the future I Love Juice Bar in Crosstown. “Cosmic Coconut created the need and expectation for creative, clean eating in Memphis. City Silo expands on that expectation and will offer all the favorites of its predecessor with the addition of egg, dairy and chicken options to create a more inclusive experience.”

Anchored by a 10-foot farm table, City Silo lives in a sunshine-filled space with whitewashed and herringboned-inspired, wood paneled walls that create a welcoming, yet stylish environment. Custom, bar tops and tables made with Woodland tree products paired with sleek, metal seating combines industrial rustic and mid-century influences for a signature design. Coolers with grab-and-go, plus a retail area with small batch chocolates, jams, fermented vegetables, organic pastas, flours and grains will pay homage to European-style markets. City Silo will be overwhelmingly organic and local whenever possible.

Executive Chef, Will Byrd developed the menu in conjunction with Tashie. Breakfast, snacks, salads, sandwiches, grain bowls/wraps, and build-your-own burgers will comprise the menu. A kids’ menu will also be available. Additionally, City Silo will feature many exclusive drink options: kombucha via kegs for kombucha cocktails; superfood wellness lattes; familiar fresh, cold-pressed juices and smoothies; a creative coffee / espresso menu and beer / wine starting later in 2017. Juice cleanses will continue to be offered. Prices range from $6 - $15.

City Silo Table & Pantry is located at 5101 Sanderlin Center and phone is: 901.729.7687. It will be open Monday – Saturday, 7am to 8pm, starting January 14, 2017. Visit www.thecitysilo.com or follow City Silo on Facebook: @citysilo and Instagram: @citysilo for continued updates.

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Thursday, December 1, 2016

Long Road Cider Opening this Weekend

Posted By on Thu, Dec 1, 2016 at 1:54 PM

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Scott Patterson worked in marketing. Then he decided he didn't want to work behind a desk for the rest of his life. He had done some home beer brewing and had branched off into making cider.

All of this to say that that long road has led to Long Road Cider Co., which is holding its grand opening this weekend.

The cidery is located in Barretville, about half an hour away, near Millington.

Long Road sells small-batch ciders. Patterson describes them as dryer than what one might associate with a hard cider like Mike's or Angry Orchard.  And, he likes to  experiment with ingredients. He's used persimmons, muscadines, peaches, pears, and apricots.

There's the Rhonissippi, which uses cotes du Rhone wine yeast, and the Ginger Was Hot! (a Gilligan's Island reference) with ginger root.  Patterson ferments some of his ciders in bourbon barrels, others he finishes off in the bottle, known as the Methode Champenoise.

Long Road offers non-alcoholic ciders as well, including a holiday spice cider.

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Patterson says that brewing beer is "proactive," while making cider is reactive. Fermentation can take a lot of time — three months to complete 50 gallons, according to Patterson.

Long Road Cider is available on tap at Miss Cordelia's, the Rec Room, Cash Saver, and Lucchesi's Beer Garden.

The grand opening is Friday from 4 to 9 p.m. and Saturday from noon to 9 p.m.  Expect cider-iffic shandys, cocktails, and sangrias.

Cider is available in both kegs and bottles. Long Road will be open Thursday and Friday, 4 to 9 p.m. and Saturday, noon to 9 p.m., with dock sales Monday through Wednesday (call first: 352-0962).

Images: Long Road Cider Co.

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