The Day of the Dead arrives with November's start and, as usual, the Bone Garden and Rosa Mexicano will be celebrating, as will No Mas. Also planned is the second annual celebration at Atlantic Station, Nov. 6....
We ate at Republic Social House, also in the Jane Complex, last night. The place was packed. I ordered one of their "melts" — basically a grilled-cheese sandwich with toppings of your choice. I settled for a comparatively simple one featuring four different cheeses plus bacon and tomato. Wayne ordered their signature burger topped with a fried egg. Food was simple but inexpensive and good enough for a quick pub meal. Oh, skip the fried oysters. They have no flavor to speak of....a rant about candy corn a few years back and I have nothing to add...
Speaking of scary, Carl Warner's Food Landscapes, a book full of photographs of scenes he built entirely from food, hit Amazon.com's Best Sellers list a few days back, even though it's been out for a year. I find the pictures weirdly enchanting. In any case, they are better than the portraits of Jesus rendered in dried beans glued to plywood that I used to see....
Fabrefaction Theatre Company Mon., Oct. 31, 6 p.m. Toast or Treat: Paint the Westside Red! A themed evening of fun before a special Halloween performance of "Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street" at Fabrefaction Theatre Company! Sample red cocktails (Bloody Mary, anyone?), beer, and savory appetizers from local restaurants within walking distance of the theatre including Miller Union, West Egg, and Ormsby's before the show starts at 8 p.m. Dress in your finest red attire and pain the town red. Details
Double Zero Napoletana Mon., Oct. 31, 7 p.m. Doule Zero Halloween Wine Dinner. The restaurant is excited to have Enrico Faccenda, owner of Cascina Chicco estate, showcase his wines. He will be featuring his flagship white wine, Arneis, as well as two red wines, the Cascina Chicco Barbera and Nebbiolo. In the spirit of Halloween, guests are welcome (but not obligated) to dress up in costume. Details
Atkins Park Mon., Oct. 31, 7 p.m. Halloween Hangover. Watch The Rocky Horror Picture Show on the big screen or Monday Night Football on all the TVs, plus enjoy the tapping of Terrapin Big Hoppy Monster. Details
Neighbor's Pub Mon., Oct. 31, 8 p.m.-3 a.m. Halloween Night in the Highlands. Socially drink your way to Neighbor's Pub, Hand in Hand, Limerick Junction and the Dark Horse Tavern. Ticket includes admission, hosted drink at each bar, great food and drink specials, costume contest and raffle for gift certificates and other great prizes. Details
La Tavola Trattoria Through Nov. 5, 5:30 p.m. Abbondanza. From meats and cheeses to fruits and vegetables, nowhere else on Earth provides such a selection of ingredients. With this in mind, La Tavola presents the 4th annual Abbondanza menu! Executive Chef Brent Banda has crafted an inspired 3-course menu celebrating the fall flavors found only in this unique region of central Italy. Details
Hal’s Kitchen Tues., Nov. 1, 6 p.m. Game Cooking Class at Hal’s Kitchen. The class will provide hands-on instruction and focus on the preparation of game proteins. Each dish will be paired with wine. Details
RA Sushi Tue., Nov. 1, 6 p.m. Sake Sushi Social. Learn sushi rolling and sake pairing basics while you treat yourself to a selection of RA’s fresh sushi, appetizers and fine sakes. Space is limited and reservations are required. Details
Eating for part of my living made me instantly interested, of course. Would this company reimburse me if I filed a claim for the cost of the many shitty meals I eat but don't report about? No. "Food insurance" is a backpack full of enough freeze-dried meals to last 14 days. One backpack costs $199.99.
Although it advocates purchase in case of natural disasters such as Hurricane Katrina, the real appeal is to people awaiting a terrorist attack. As such, it reminds me of the hysteria after the Cuban Missile Crisis in the early '60s. Everyone began building fallout shelters and stocking them with canned food.
If you have any doubt about the motivation, check out the site's pictures of right-wing radio hosts who have joined Beck in endorsing this survival tool jam-packed with freeze-dried gourmet food guaranteed to remain edible, even after 10-plus years.
Another long-awaited spot, Ocean Prime, opened this week. No big surprises here, the Buckhead steak and seafood restaurant serves up the familiar menu of steaks, a la carte sides and entrees seen at other throw-back steak meccas around town.
Cacao’s popular Domino Bars debuted this week at Williams-Sonoma, now available for purchase online.
In case you missed it earlier this week, Leroy's Fried Chicken has closed.
Red Pepper Taqueria is opening soon on Briarcliff near La Vista Road. Hop on over to Facebook to follow the progress on the restaurant and patio, plus get a peek at some of their menu options. Bonus, the first 100 Facebook fans will get a $20 gift card when they open.
The Cook’s Warehouse Ansley Mall Fri., Oct 28, 5:50-7:30 p.m. Pizza Demo. In Artisan Pizza and Flatbread in Five Minutes a Day (Thomas Dunne Books, October 25, 2011) Jeff and Zoë will show readers how to use their innovative techniques for lightning-fast breads to make pizzas, flatbreads, and sweet and savory tarts from stored, no-knead dough. Details
Cafe Jonah and The Magical Attic Sat., Oct. 29, 7 p.m. Halloween Seance. The party begins at 7 p.m. with themed cocktails and heavy hors d’oeuvres in a festive Halloween atmosphere. Guests and staff are invited to dress up in costumes revealing who they might have been in a past life. Sessions with psychics, tarot readers and astrologists will also be offered. Details
Bella Cucina's Kitchen Sat., Oct. 29, 11 a.m. The Farm to Kitchen Urban Picnic. Take a tour of the kitchen facility, enjoy discounts on Bella Cucina products and hear about the new community food center. Lunch will be prepared by local celebrity and Top Chef fan favorite, Chef Kevin Gillespie. Kyla Zaro-Moore from Sustenance Design will be conducting a gardening class, Mike Lorey, local meadmaker/brewer, will be sampling out some of his libations and a screening of the documentary, GROW! by Anthony-Masterson, will cap off the day. Details
Atkins Park Smyrna Sat., Oct. 29, 1 p.m. Smyrna Beer Fest and Ninth Annual Halloween Celebration. There will be over 100 beers to sample, live music all day, costume contests, pumpkin carving contests, bobbing for apples and more festive events! Stay late as Atkins Park Tavern will be celebrating Halloween all night with a live DJ in the bar (10:30 pm to 2:30 am), more costume contests and Halloween activities. Details
BLT Steak Sat., Oct. 29, 2 p.m. Cooking Class with Chef Cyrille Holotoa. The class theme, Soups, Stocks and Stews, features one-of-a kind dishes for the fall’s cool weather as Chef Cyrille Holota takes attendants on a culinary adventure for the afternoon. Details
Aqua Blue Restaurant and Bar Sat., Oct. 29, 4 p.m. Aqua Boo! 10th Annual Halloween Monster Bash. The 10th Annual Halloween Monster Bash will begin with a la carte dining at 4 p.m., including specially priced creepy cocktails and ghoulish appetizers. Enjoy dance hits when the DJ gets started at 9 p.m. Wear your best costume for the costume contest at 11 p.m. Details
The basic app, backed by Google, has been around since July. It's different from other food apps in that users post pics and reviews of specific dishes they try. It's not about reviewing restaurants in an overall way.
Of course, there's nothing to guarantee the review of dishes on Nosh is any more reliable than reviews on Yelp. In fact, you might be a little grossed out to see what people are eating and recommending. But it's fun and the emphasis on pictures is especially cool. Now, you can see the rooster testicles served in a restaurant 5,000 miles away before you order them.
However! The world has gone nuts for McRib, available at a McDonald's near you until November 14. The Washington Post wrote about McRib yesterday, and that article included reference to a website that locates McRib. CNN's food blog Eatocracy has an I-ate-a-McRib-so-you-don't-have-to post up. I personally like this Cracked.com page that has almost everything you need to know about McRib.
I asked a McRib devotee why he loves the sandwich so. "There's nothing to like about a McRib," he said. "Which is maybe why I like it."
Contestants competed in similar events at local restaurants beginning in early October to qualify for the 2011 Barcraft competition that was held during this year's Taste of Atlanta festival. Unlike the preliminary rounds, finalists were given no forewarning regarding the ingredients that would be available the day of the event, and were required to come up with original recipes on the spot.
"The coolest thing," she says, "is finally getting together to watch your peers at work." For finalists Arianne Fielder of Ormsby's and Tyler Nelson of Leon's Full Service "work" was particularly stressful that day. "I purposely left out gin and whiskey," Chardin says, "and included obscure ingredients such as horn melon and tamarind."
The finalists were given a period of fifteen minutes to survey the available spirits and ingredients, and to decide on a plan of action. Competition judges Andy Minchow of H&F, last year's winner, Paul Calvert of Pura Vida and chef Shane Devereux of Top Flr were on hand, prepared to evaluate each bartender's final cocktail based on four criteria: Originality of the name, Originality of the cocktail, Overall taste and Presentation. Sponsored by Fernet Branca, the event's final kicker was that each bartender must include Fernet in their cocktail.
Which got me thinking... how many people in Atlanta have ever even heard of Hugue Dufour, or his recently shuttered and highly praised, but debated, Queens (as in New York) restaurant M. Wells? Or even the place where he made his name, Montreal's infamously insane Au Pied de Cochon?
Kristen Howard of the Good Food blog recently posted an opinion piece about the subject. A sample:
Every October, American kids like mine are treated to a wide array of chocolates—Snickers, Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups, Butterfingers—because hundreds of thousands of children in West Africa are enslaved harvesting cocoa beans. These children are performing this work for the benefit of most of the mainstream chocolate providers in the United States. A report from the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture on cocoa farms in the Ivory Coast and other African countries estimated there were 284,000 children working on cocoa farms in hazardous conditions.
The blog Bittersweet Notes also has a rant on the subject and a lengthy list of free-trade alternatives to specific candies manufactured by Hershey's, which sells more than 40 percent of the chocolate Americans eat.
Taria Camerino, owner of Sugar Coated Radical, is particularly adamant that the chocolate she uses is from fair-trade, sustainable sources. In fact, that's what the "radical" in her business names refers to.
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