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Friday, February 17, 2012

Barbecue, beer, and Mars Bars

Posted By on Fri, Feb 17, 2012 at 10:01 AM

We all know nothing obsesses the Southern palate, especially the male one, more than barbecue. We also know that discovering new or obscure venues is a popular sport.

I can't recall seeing any site as thorough in this pursuit as the blog Marie, Let's Eat! The writer, a Georgia native, has reviewed more than 80 Georgia ’cue spots, many in Atlanta, and a good number from other southeastern states. He also reviews other types of restaurants.

His reviews are stories that often involve family road trips to places like Howard Finster's Paradise Garden and anime weekends in Atlanta. But you get a pretty amazing picture of the state's variety. Of course, disagreeing with him — and all other barbecue bloggers — is essential to establish your own credibility.

His latest review, filed this morning, is of Dean's Barbeque in Jonesboro. ...

As it happens, when I Googled Marie, Let's Eat!, I found a funny column by Tom Maicon about the writer's review of sushi.

Maicon, who operates Food & Beer Weekly (nee Atlanta Cuisine), has brought back his "Pick of the Week" column. This week's choice is Freight Kitchen & Tap in Woodstock, which Tom says offers some unique beer pairings with every dish on the menu. Tom is down with descriptors:

My absolute favorite pairing on the menu is a salty chips poutine with Shmaltz Brewing’s HeBrew Messiah Nut Brown Ale, a wonderful brown ale that drinks a little bit like a doppelbock — probably why I am so fond of it. This beer’s beautiful roasty caramel malts punctuate the earthiness of the gravy while its hazelnut undertones meld right in as if it was meant to be. The brew’s sticky mouthfeel marries quickly to the creamy mozzarella cheese curds and this versatile beer — from a food standpoint — has just enough spicy hop character to counter the chips’ salt personality.

Huffington Post reports that Mars Inc., maker of Snickers Bars and a bunch of other junk candy, will stop selling anything over 250 calories. This is downsizing of the candy, not a miraculous transformation of ingredients. The Post also reports that police have arrested a California man for allegedly cooking and eating cats. ...

I'm sad to report that Shut Up, Foodies! seems to have quit publishing and Tweeting. The site has always been a good antidote for loss of perspective in the ever-competitive food community.

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