We know you're out there. (And in here for that matter.) The guy who photographs every single thing that goes into his mouth, and then subsequently posts said pics on Tumblr or Pinterest or Facebook or whatever. Apparently, we — er, I mean YOU are getting on everybody's nerves. And here's the perfect music video to prove it. The master parodists at The Key of Awesome are here to remind eaters everywhere to "Eat It, Don't Tweet It."
According to Jeon, the Pinewood will "offer the same creativity and attention to detail that you'd find in an upscale cocktail bar or restaurant, but without the artifice. We're a neighborhood place."
So what do we know about the Pinewood so far? Opening sometime this spring in the old Cakes & Ale space, ambitious craft cocktails, regionally inspired Southern fare, and a soft spot for OutKast. Hey ya!
NOM was specifically pissed off when the coffee mega-giant supported the successful drive to legalize gay marriage in Washington state, where it is headquartered.
The AP reported NOM's plan a week ago:
The group says it will place ads throughout the country, as well as in the Middle East and Southeast Asia, urging consumers to boycott the company. The group is supporting a referendum effort to overturn a recently passed law legalizing same-sex marriage in Washington state.
"We will not tolerate an international company attempting to force its misguided values on citizens," said the group's president, Brian Brown, in a written statement announcing the boycott.
Yesterday, the plot sickened. The Human Rights Campaign released internal NOM documents it has obtained. They outline NOM's strategy in 2009 to basically employ race-baiting techniques to build opposition to gay marriage.
MoveOn.org reports that about 19,000 NOM members have already pledged to join the Starbucks boycott. Impressive! But over 250,000 people have signed a petition supporting Starbucks. You can sign it on MoveOn's website. (And, yes, there's plenty wrong with Starbucks, but it deserves credit for this.)
The criteria: "Based on a daily diet of 1,800-2,000 calories, a reasonably nutritious lunch should weigh in around 500 calories (about 400 calories for a sandwich, 100 calories for sides and a drink), 15 grams of fat, 4.5 grams of saturated fat and 680 milligrams of sodium."
The Arby's Jr. sandwich weighs in at a skinny 210 calories. Amazing. But, hello? Shouldn't the Daily Meal mention that it is on the kids' menu?
Check out the story's slide show for specific findings, which are interesting nonetheless. Here are a few examples:
Arby's - Tying with more reputedly healthy picks like Panera, this roast beef sandwich giant has three menu items that stack up as healthy sandwich options:
o Jr. Roast Beef Sandwich (210 calories, 60 calories from fat, 6 grams total fat, 2 grams saturated fat, 520 milligrams sodium)
Subway - Although this chain is considered to be at the forefront of healthy fast-food dining, it only has two sandwiches that fit the bill:
o Six-Inch Oven-Roasted Chicken Sub (320 calories, 40 calories from fat, 5 grams total fat, 1.5 grams saturated fat, 640 milligrams sodium)
o Six-Inch Veggie Delite Sub (230 calories, 20 calories from fat, 2.5 grams total fat, 0.5 grams saturated fat, 310 milligrams sodium)
A bit of digging uncovers that Food Astrology was making waves back in the 80s. At one point, Gourmet magazine ran a column entitled "A Taste of Astrology," that eventually provided the foundation for a cookbook of the same name published in 1988.
Here's a summary of your sign's food traits:
Culinary astrology tells us that Aries likes it hot, spicy, and on the table fast. Libra has a sweet tooth.
Aquarius will show up late for dinner, but Pisces will get there early and be ready to help in the kitchen.
Sagittarius will be the last to leave the table but the first to hit the gym afterwards. Virgo wants to know where everything comes from and how it's been prepared, while Scorpio seeks the exotic and unfamiliar.
Taurus is the sensualist of the group, taking intense pleasure in the food; Gemini relishes the conversation as much as the meal. Cancer is all about comfort food and big family dinners, while Capricorn likes traditional foods in a formal setting.
Keeping things truly local, North Georgia's Springer Mountain Farms is donating all of the chicken for the event, and SweetWater is providing beer. And of course there will be Bourbon. Jim Beam will be in the house with the hard stuff.
Weighing in on their favorites will be judges James Oxendine of Atlanta magazine's Covered Dish, Ashley Hesseltine of Daily Candy and CBS Better Mornings, and Sarah Ann Soffer of Eat.Drink.Repeat. There will also be a People's Choice element, whereby attendees will be able to cast a vote for their favorite dish.
Participating chefs include:
Bocado's burger — a simple double-patty with American cheese — is still my favorite in the city. It's not gunked-up with exotic toppings that obscure, rather than enhance the beef's flavor, as seems to be the new standard. It costs $8.75 at lunch, $12 at dinner. If you want a deal, though, order it on Tuesday night after 5 p.m. and you get draft beer with it.
After the burger, the best sandwich on our table was the prosciutto with brie, arugula, fig jam, pate and sea salt. At $11.25, it was also the most expensive.
Chef Todd Ginsberg continues to be among our city's best chefs despite his relatively low profile.
So, that evening, I headed to HD1 to introduce my friends to Richard Blais' "haute dogs." I've had mixed but mainly positive feelings about this place from the start. Historically, I've not liked hot dogs but do like sausages. This go-round I ordered a conventional (pork and beef) dog with mustard and relish, as well as the Italian sausage with radicchio. To my surprise, I liked the conventional dog a lot more than the Italian, which was served room-temperature and was way-gristly. (This has not been my experience in the past.)
I ordered the bread pudding for dessert. It's hard to complain about a $3, generous serving, but it was way dry. If you order it, I suggest you ask that it be topped with some ice cream, if it's available.
We had some considerable problems with service. A friend received the wrong order twice. He gave up and kept the second try. Despite the confusion, the staff was too nice to hate.
Meanwhile, we're awaiting the opening of The Spence (75 Fifth St.), the new Midtown restaurant that Blais is opening in partnership with Concentrics, which has also become a partner in the operation of Flip Burger Boutique.
'The Atlanta 50' was recently compiled by the AJC's lead critic John Kessler, who "spent the past three months researching this dining guide by revisiting potential “top 50” restaurants at a breakneck pace." Included in the AJC's Spring Dining Guide, the list recognizes, in no particular order, "50 restaurants that help make Atlanta a robust and influential food town."
Published online, readers of the guide were free to leave feedback regarding Kessler's list in the comments. Responding with a blog post entitled "The Atlanta 50: The Readers Have Spoken," Kessler says,
"I have gone through your comments thus far on my choices for the Atlanta 50 in our Spring Dining Guide, and I will try below to excerpt your opinions and answer your questions in a way that can make sense of this complex but interesting dialogue."
You can follow the conversation and order a print copy of The Atlanta 50: Where to eat on the AJC's food blog: Food and more with John Kessler.
Aria Mon., March 26, 7 p.m. Peay Wine Dinner. The restaurant’s next wine dinner will feature the winemakers from Peay Vineyards. Andy Peay, one of the three founders of Peay, will be joining the dinner to tell more about the vineyard’s story. Dinner is $100 per person. Details
Double Zero Napoletana Tues., March 27, 7 p.m. Balcones Whisky Dinner. Double Zero Napoletana is hosting a Balcones whisky dinner. The event is $59 per person and will include a selection of whisky from the award-winning Waco, Texas, distillery as well as delicious small plates prepared by Executive Chef Chad Crete. Details
Two Urban Licks Wed., March 28, 6 p.m. 5th Annual Rock N' Roll Wine Dinner. The 5th annual Rock N’ Roll wine dinner featuring wines from many wineries and Chef Cameron Thompson’s food. The restaurant will be rocking out to 80s hair bands. Details
Valenza Wed., March 28, 7 p.m. High Museum Wine Auction Dine Around. Celebrate the 20th Annual High Museum Wine Auction with a special Dine Around Dinner. Chef Matt Swickerath has partnered with Cass Winery and J. Richards Vineyards & Winery to create a five-course menu. The cost is $100 and includes wine pairings. Details
Baraonda. Thurs., March 29, 8 p.m. Baraonda Charity Wine Tasting. Baraonda Ristorante will be featuring California specialty wines for their next installment of their highly popular wine series to benefit local charity Kate’s Club.The night will feature four California wines that will be paired with Chef Costanzo Astarita's culinary creations. Details
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