Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Shaun's goes rollin' in the hops

Posted by on Tue, Nov 25, 2008 at 5:20 PM

A beer dinner...yet again. (But they are oh so delicious!)

This time the dinner is at Shaun's on Thurs., Dec. 18th; holiday themed and fabulous. Supper is four courses paired with pints for the season.

Cost is $45 for non-drinkers (psh) and $65 for the dinner and brew.

Here's a sneak peak at the grub:

First Course: Benton's sixteen month prosciutto, local spaghetti squash salad, honey paired with Weinstephan Fest.

Second Course: Heirloom lentil soup, guanciale and marjoram with Sweetwater Festive Ale.

Third Course: Duck choucroute, homemade pretzel, sauerkraut, endive and apples paired with Anchor Christmas Ale.

Dessert: Sweet potato pie chestnut honey, vanilla bean ice cream, with Harpoon Winter Warmer.

To make your reservation, call 404-577-4358 or visit www.shaunsrestaurant.com.

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Monday, November 24, 2008

A Sichuan find

Posted by on Mon, Nov 24, 2008 at 8:48 PM

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Here's a find, a new Chinese restaurant from the folks who own Hae Woon Dae, everyone's favorite spot for Korean barbecue. It's Manchunhong (5953 Buford Hwy., 770-454-5640), located in Seoul Plaza.

The restaurant's extensive menu is much like other Korean-Chinese restaurants in the area. But ask for the special menu and you will be given a list of Sichuan dishes, many of which are not to be found anywhere else in the city, according to Bob Mullan, the foodie who tipped me off to the restaurant.

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We didn't eat anything that wasn't delicious, including the fish with pickled vegetables (top photo) and the "husband and wife lung slices" (above, right). It's actually slices of beef and tendon. When I asked our server why it was called lung, she said, "It's not liver."

We also had Sichuan soup with pork-filled wontons, lots of chopped peanuts and garlic and a dish of pork belly favored by Chairman Mao.

I'll have a full report in Grazing soon. Meanwhile, check it out. Just be sure you ask for the special menu.

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Champagne dinner at Joel

Posted by on Mon, Nov 24, 2008 at 8:05 PM

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Here ye, here ye! Joel is calling all champagne connoisseurs for a cork-popping good time beginning at 6:30 p.m on December 2.

Share a regal Henriot bubbly or two over five courses prepared by Chef Cyrille Holota. Don't miss your chance to 'tis the season while feeling fizzy!

Call Joel for reservations: 404-233-3500

(Photo from Wikimedia Commons)

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Best cookbooks 2008: The River Cottage Cookbook

Posted by on Mon, Nov 24, 2008 at 4:20 PM

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Rabid foodies will know that The River Cottage Cookbook has been available since 2001. But this year it's been released by Ten Speed Press ($35) in a slightly Americanized version (for instance, in the introduction, the word "nappies" has been changed to "diapers," despite the fact that nappies is a far better word).

Much like the elBulli book I wrote about last week, River Cottage is a book that inspires fantasy, although Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall (shown on the cover happily holding two adorable piggies and presumably thinking "delicious!") is selling a much different fantasy than Ferran Adria. Fearnley-Whittingstall lives in the English countryside in an idyllic cottage where he raises his own meat, grows his own veggies, and tries to live as self-sufficiently as possible. In the book's introduction, he assures us that he knows complete self-sufficiency is practically impossible in today's world, but that he hopes to inspire us to move in that direction. One look at the book and my husband was planning a small farm in our backyard, inspired by passages such as:

Contented pigs are quiet, happy animals and shouldn't give you much trouble. Your neighbors may be more skeptical, but provided they are forewarned, they may come to enjoy the presence of your pigs as much as you do. A little bit of noisy squealing at feeding time is the worst they will have to put up with.

There's plenty of information about growing veggies and cleaning wild game as well.

Continue reading »

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Saturday, November 22, 2008

Do you take vitamins?

Posted by on Sat, Nov 22, 2008 at 7:37 PM

Vitamin supplementation sucks, according to recent studies cited by the New York Times:

This week, researchers reported the disappointing results from a large clinical trial of almost 15,000 male doctors taking vitamins E and C for a decade. The study showed no meaningful effect on cancer rates.

Another recent study found no benefit of vitamins E and C for heart disease.

In October, a major trial studying whether vitamin E and selenium could lower a man’s risk for prostate cancer ended amidst worries that the treatments may do more harm than good.

And recently, doctors at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York warned that vitamin C seems to protect not just healthy cells but cancer cells, too.

Plus, they can get you drunk, according to the late Lucille Ball:

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Atlanta restaurants serving Thanksgiving Dinner

Posted by on Sat, Nov 22, 2008 at 6:23 PM

Here are some Atlanta restaurants serving THANKSGIVING DINNER Thurs., Nov. 27th:

Atkins Park Tavern: A Family-style Thanksgiving dinner with all of the expected fixin's. 5:30 p.m. 794 North Highland Ave. 404-876-7249. Reservations strongly recommended. www.atkinspark.com.

Chima: Thanksgiving menu offers Roasted Turkey, Cranberry Sauce, Stuffing, Turkey Stroganoff, Pumpkin Soup, and Pumpkin Pie. Diners are welcome to order from Chima's regular Brazilian menu. $39.50.

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2-8 p.m. 3215 Peachtree Road NE. 404-424-8281. www.chimasteakhouse.com.

Food 101-Morningside & Sandy Springs: A three-course, Southern-style Thanksgiving dinner including a family-style app and four sides, and meat for the main course. $39 for adults, $20 for kids, children under 5 eat free. 5:30-10:00 p.m. Morningside: 1397 North Highland Ave., Sandy Springs: 4969 Roswell Road Suite 200. To RSVP for Morningside location, call 404-347-9747. To RSVP for Sandy Springs location, call 404-497-9700. www.food101atlanta.com.

Justin’s Restaurant: Accepting takeout orders from their Thanksgiving Day menu: Whole Baked Turkeys seasoned with house herbs and spices, and traditional Southern Thanksgiving side items. Takeout begins Tues., Nov. 25. Orders placed over the phone, pick up is from 10:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m. 2200 Peachtree Road. 404-603-5353. www.justinsrestaurant.com.

Star Provisions: Accepting takeout orders for whole turkeys and gourmet side items such as Cranberry Relish, Mashed Potatoes, Pumpkin Pie, Gravy, and Fresh Green Beans. Orders placed over the phone by Sat., Nov. 22 at 5:00 p.m. Pick-up is Wed., Nov. 26 and all orders must be retrieved by 6:00 p.m. 1198 Howell Mill Road. 404-365-0410 ext. 134. www.starprovisions.com.

Ted’s Montana Grill: Dinner includes traditional Roast Turkey and Dressing served with garlic mashed potatoes, country-style green beans, cranberry sauce and a yeast roll. For alternatives, Ted's is serving up Pot Roast, Bison Meatloaf, Classic-Cut Steaks, Fresh Cedar Plank Salmon, Pecan-Crusted Trout and "Beer Can" Chicken, as well as Ted's World Famous Bison and Beef Burgers. $13.99 per person (prices may vary by restaurant). 12-8 p.m. For a list of participating restaurants and telephone numbers, visit www.tedsmontanagrill.com. Reservations accepted at most locations.

Toulouse: Side dishes- Butternut Squash Soup, Potato and Gorgonzola Fritters, Organic Field Greens, Crisp Duck Confit, Caesar Salad, and Baked Goat Cheese. Entrees-Sauteed Pork Loin, Oven Roasted Turkey, Wild Mushroom Ravioli, Grilled Beef Tenderloin Filet, Pan Sauteed North Carolina Trout, Buffalo Meatloaf, and Grilled Salmon. Suggested wine pairings are included. $16.95-24.95 (prices vary by entrée). 12-7 p.m. 2293 Peachtree Road. 404-351-9533. www.toulouserestaurant.com.

Other restaurants open for Turkey Day (thanks OpenTable.com!):

Atlanta Grill: Thanksgiving Brunch in The Grand Ballroom, 11:00 a.m.-3:30 p.m.

Imperial Fez: Serving Moroccan turkey and full menu.

Legal Sea Foods: Full menu and traditional holiday favorites.

Lobby at Twelve: Thanksgiving buffet from 11:00 a.m.-9:00 p.m. $49 for adults, $17 for children 5-12, children under 5 eat FREE.

Park 75: Thanksgiving Brunch, 11:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. Thanksgiving Dinner, 5:30-8:30 p.m.

ROOM at Twelve: Thanksgiving buffet, 11:00 a.m.-9:00 p.m. $44 for adults, $17 for children.

Spice Market-Atlanta: Prix Fixe holiday menu. $35 per person.

(Image from Wikimedia Commons)

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Friday, November 21, 2008

Happy Turkey Day, guys and gals, you betcha!

Posted by on Fri, Nov 21, 2008 at 10:12 PM

Sarah Palin wishes everyone a happy Thanksgiving. The Huffington Post explains the occasion:

On Thursday, Alaska Governor Sarah Palin appeared in Wasilla in order to pardon a local turkey in anticipation of Thanksgiving. This proved to be a slightly absurd but ultimately unremarkable event. But what came next was positively surreal. After the pardon Palin proceeded to do an interview with a local TV station while the turkeys were being SLAUGHTERED in the background!! Seemingly oblivious to the gruesomeness going on over her shoulder, she carries on talking for over three minutes. Watch the video below to see for yourself. Be warned, it's kind of gruesome.

The writers of Saturday Night Live couldn't dream this up. It might as well be Tina Fey doing her famous impersonation.

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Atlanta thanks Ludacris

Posted by on Fri, Nov 21, 2008 at 9:15 PM

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providing Thanksgiving dinner to 500 families in the Atlanta area.

What a sweetheart.

The altruistic rap star can be seen on Atlanta's north and south ends over the next two days handing out turkeys and desserts to registered families.

The events are private and meals will only be given to families that were selected by their communities affiliated with the Ludacris Foundation.

Shout out to Sam's Club and GM for hauling in the chow!

(Photo from Wikimedia Commons)

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Jeremy Lieb has "moved on" from TROIS

Posted by on Fri, Nov 21, 2008 at 9:14 PM

TROIS's former chef, Jeremy Lieb, is heading to Cincinnati after leaving TROIS a few weeks ago. When asked if Lieb would be returning to TROIS, a source from the restaurant replied, "Jeremy has moved on." Now, running the kitchen is Todd Ginsberg, chef of sister Concentrics gastropub, TAP.

Lieb has moved on, indeed. "Culinary legend," Jeff Ruby, has invited Lieb to jump start his new downtown Cincinnati tapas eatery, Bootsy's. Lieb will also be in charge of Ruby's other restaurants in the area, but won't be revamping the menus.

According to Ruby in a quote from The Cincinnati Enquirer, Lieb's purpose will be "helping to individualize the restaurants" rather than turning things around, because honestly, "the food is already great."

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Cynthia Tucker now a dining critic

Posted by on Fri, Nov 21, 2008 at 4:29 PM

Cynthia Tucker, editorial goddess at the AJC, tells Forbes Magzine where to eat in Atlanta. Among her recommendations is the City Grill:

It tends to be quiet. You can actually hear the person you're with. Some of the newer, trendier restaurants in Atlanta are very noisy.

More here.

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