This followed a shared starter of even crisipier, creamier arancini. Dessert was two layers of creamy (goat) cheesecake between crispy ginger cookies.
By the way, Bruce Logue, who was rumored to be leaving the restaurant, was still very much on duty. His wife should be delivering their first child very soon.
Wayne and I both scored winners. First was three mini-sliders featuring a fried crawfish atop a fat little (somewhat overseasoned) burger with cheddar cheese. Next was moules frites, a classic presentation with a creamy sauce flavored with garlic and basil.
For an entree, I chose a burger. I was somewhat mystified why the kitchen would serve me sliders before a main-course burger, but I was happy. P'Cheen makes its burgers with ground Painted Hills beef into which the kitchen folds some chopped portabellos. I didn't really taste the mushrooms but you can bet the beef tasted better than Taco-Bell's oat-filled ground beef.
Wayne chose the day's curry. This was one made with Icelandic cod and included Caribbean flavors. I wasn't that impressed, but Wayne licked the plate.
I also ordered a new dessert — rice pudding full of pine nuts, served with three scoops of what tasted like butterscotch ice cream. It's a novel take on the usual.
All in all, we had a good meal. There appeared to be only one person waiting tables, so he was pretty frantic most of the time. The place is essentially a gastropub and, unless you are totally deaf, you may not want to sit at the bar. During our visit, two couples spent much of their time shrieking, punctuated by silent sucking of the face now and then.
Muss & Turner’s Mon., Jan. 31 6:45 p.m. reception, 7 p.m. dinner: Dinner and wine tasting. $79.99 all inclusive. 770-434-1114. 1675 Cumberland Pkwy, Ste 309, Smyrna.
Cook’s Warehouse Decatur Wed., Feb. 2 7 - 9 p.m.: Cooking Demonstration with Chef Gino Noci, dinner and wine pairings. $55. 404-377-4005. 180 West Ponce de Leon Ave. www.cookswarehouse.com
Rosa Mexicano Wed., Feb 2 - Sun., Feb. 6: Super-Bowl Specials. Rosa Mexicano will offer Super-Bowl inspired specials from Wed. to Sun. 404-347-4090. 245 18th St. NW. www.rosamexicano.com.
Rosebud Thurs., Feb. 3: Chinese New Year Celebration. Join Chef Ron Eyester and the staff of Rosebud for a menu to commemorate the Chinese New Year. 404-347-9747. 397 N. Highland Ave. www.rosebudatlanta.com
Spice Market Thurs., Feb. 3: Chinese New Year Celebration. Regular menu as well as $30 Bentu Box. Patrons will be givena fortune cookie with a coupon or prize inside. 404-724-2550. 188 14th Street, NE. www.spicemarketatlanta.com.
Taco Bell is fighting back, claiming reports about the content of its "seasoned beef" are greatly exaggerated. The company is placing full-page ads in the Wall Street Journal, New York Times and USA Today, among others.
Here's the text:
The claims made against Taco Bell and our seasoned beef are absolutely false.
Our beef is 100% USDA inspected, just like the quality beef you buy in a supermarket and prepare in your home. It is then slow-cooked and simmered in our unique recipe of seasonings, spices, water, and other ingredients to provide Taco Bell’s signature taste and texture.
Plain ground beef tastes boring.
The only reason we add anything to our beef is to give the meat flavor and quality. Otherwise we’d end up with nothing more than the bland flavor of ground beef, and that doesn’t make for great-tasting tacos.
So here are the REAL percentages.
88% Beef and 12% Secret Recipe.
In case you’re curious, here’s our not-so-secret recipe.
We start with USDA-inspected quality beef (88%). Then add water to keep it juicy and
moist (3%). Mix in Mexican spices and flavors, including salt, chili pepper, onion powder,
tomato powder, sugar, garlic powder, and cocoa powder (4%). Combine a little oats,
caramelized sugar, yeast, citric acid, and other ingredients that contribute to the flavor,
moisture, consistency, and quality of our seasoned beef (5%).
We stand behind the quality of our seasoned beef 100% and we are proud to serve it
in all our restaurants. We take any claims to the contrary very seriously and plan to
take legal action against those who have made false claims against our seasoned beef.
The chain has also released a YouTube video:
Jennifer Levison, owner of Souper Jenny, just announced that she will bring a new concept called Café Jonah and the Magical Attic to Paces Ferry Place in February. The coffee house will serve as a "mini spiritual retreat," with an inspirational environment filled with candles, aromatherapy oils and the like. “It’s inspired by how I live and places I’ve visited, particularly old-fashioned European cafés," said Levison. "Guests will enjoy a slow pace to connect or spend time alone with a meal or cup of tea in the café." In addition to coffee house drinks, the cafe will offer breakfast, lunch and prepared "grab-and-go" options including dinner entrees.
4th and Swift has just announced that they will be opening for brunch beginning in March. Chef Jay Swift says brunch has been a popular request from diners. The menu will feature the creative twists you’d hope for from the Old Fourth Ward eatery, including Veal Schnitzel with a fried farm egg, spaetzle and caper brown butter and Lobster Crepes. Brunch will be served Sundays from 11 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Atlanta Grill Mon., Feb. 14: Valentine's Day Custom five course prixe-fixe dinner. $79 per person. Featuring His & Her Cocktails. 404-221-6550. 181 Peachtree St. in the Ritz-Carlton.
Blackstock Vineyards Sat., Feb 12: Wine Dinner. Prix-fixe dinner with wine pairings. $55 a person plus tax and gratuity. Call for reservations 706-219-2789 x 223. 5400 Town Creek Rd. Dahlonega. www.bsvw.com
Blackstock Vineyards Sun., Feb 13: Wine and Hors d'oeuvres. Wine and Hors d'oeuvres pairings. $35 a person plus tax and gratuity. Call for reservations. 706-219-2789 x 223. 5400 Town Creek Rd. Dahlonega. www.bsvw.com
Cook's Warehouse Midtown Mon., Feb. 7, 7-9 p.m.: Valentine's Cooking Class. Ford Fry, executive chef/owner at JCT. Kitchen & Bar will teach a cooking class centered around Valentine's day food with aphrodisiac qualities. Includes demonstration, tasting and wine samples. $55. 404-815-4993.1544 Piedmont Road, NE. www.cookswarehouse.com
Divan Mon., Feb 14. Valentine's Day four-course prix-fixe menu. $35-40 a person. Special champagne and hookah packages will also be available. 404-467-4297/404-993-6847. 3125 Piedmont Rd.www.divanatlanta.com
Eleven Mon., Feb. 14. Valentine's Dinner and Cocktail. Chef Olivier Gaupin and Pastry Chef Robert Alger will serve a four-course prix-fixe menu and pre-dinner cocktail. Located in the Loews Hotel. $45 a person, $70 with wine pairings. 404-745-5000. 1065 Peachtree St. www.loewshotels.com/atlanta
Big Red thought, "Wouldn't it be dad burned wonderful if there was a machine that you could hook up to your plate of food that would extract the flavors from it.
"After you'd ate all your belly could comfortably hold, you could stick a plastic tube in your mouth, switch on the little machine, and the flavors would continue to run into your mouth for as long as you pleased, without nothin' goin' into your belly to make it fuller and fatter.
"Mmm, Lord, Lord; ham gravy, cheese 'n onion pie, chili, rice puddin', Lord."
In the main exercise room of the Rubber Rose, there was an immediate market for such an apparatus, and, no doubt, sales around the world could be counted in tens of millions, the international situation notwithstanding.
It would, moreover, constitute an unprecedented boon for mankind, keeping as many people off the streets as television and saving more lives than a cancer cure.
Therefore, in the public interest, Even Cowgirls Get the Blues offers the Big Red flavor device idea free of charge to any inventor who can make it a reality.
Well, it looks as though an inventor has made Big Red's flavor device a reality. Harvard University Professor David Edwards calls his invention Le Whaf. It allows you to literally inhale flavors like chocolate instead of eating the calorific stuff. You stay thin but supposedly satiated.
Edwards, who earlier invented a similar lipstick-sized device called Le Whif, told The Daily Mail:
‘Imagine a restaurant where, instead of sitting at a table, you walk around,’ he says in his chalky-soft voice. ‘Instead of eating food, you’re breathing it in as you walk from room to room, each with a different flavour. Celery in one. Steak in another. Then pate.’
Who will be first in Atlanta to offer this molecular-gastronomic hookah?
Lack of Sex Among Grapes Tangles a Family Vine
Watershed: Wed., Jan 26, 6-8 p.m. January wine club. Featuring wines from sustainably and organically farmed vineyards. Non-Watershed wine club members can join the tasting for $10. Members who stay for dinner will receive 10% off dinner. 406 West Ponce De Leon Ave., Decatur. 404-378-4900. www.watershedrestaurant.com.
Cooks Warehouse Brookhaven: Thurs., Jan. 27, 7-9 p.m.: Cooking Demonstration with Chef Gino Noci, dinner and wine pairings. $55. 404-949-9945. 4062 Peachtree Rd. www.cookswarehouse.com
Sotto Sotto Thurs., Jan. 27: Twelfth Anniversary Prix-fixe menu. Four-course prix-fixe menu in celebration of the restaurant's twelfth anniversary. $65 per person, $85 with wine pairings. 404-523-6678. 313 N. Highland Ave. www.sottosottorestaurant.com.
Meat Week: Jan. 30-Feb.6: Over eight nights experience seven Atlanta area BBQ restaurants, culminating in votes for Best Of. Prices and locations vary. See Website for full schedule. www.meatweekisreal.com/chapters/atlanta
Right after President Barack Obama finished his State of the Union address, we asked our listeners to describe his speech in three words. We received responses from more than 4,000 of you. We've run them through a word cloud generator and this is what all of you said:
Why is "salmon" so big? ... NPR's Facebook followers were referring to one of the night's humorous moments — when the president joked about the complicated and convoluted way the government regulates salmon.
When NPR analyzed the word cloud by political affiliation, the president's salmon joke was far more impressive to anti-regulation Republicans than Democrats, of course. Then again, Republicans may have simply needed more comic relief than Dems. Or maybe they have a better sense of humor.
Speaking of comic relief, let's see the word cloud for the revisionist Michele Bachmann. I bet "baloney" and "misdirected gaze" would dwarf all other words.
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