After taking heat from the beef industry, the USDA officially retracted a statement made in an interoffice newsletter endorsing Meatless Mondays. USDA spokeswoman Cortney Rowe said the department does not endorse the "Meatless Monday" initiative. Apparently, the statement published on the department's website earlier this week was posted without the proper clearance.
Drumroll, please. The first American restaurant to set up shop in Libya is...a Cinnabon. Nation's Restaurant News reports that the store opened in Tripoli on July 2 after months of delay stemming from the country's civil war.
Do your dough-based breakfast cakes lake style? Keep your waffles classy with artist Andrew Lewicki's Louis Vuitton Waffle Maker.
1/2 priced margarita pitchers today - get over the hump with our Pure or Texas margarita :) fb.me/1qbYdYizn— Pure Taqueria Inman(@PureInmanpark) July 25, 2012
Chef Joe Truex and a collection of the Atlanta Area's Top Chefs will be participating in The Third Annual... fb.me/28StIYK9O
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I’m not going to run down all that we sampled food-wise (my favorite bite was that squishy chivey biscuit filled with tomato, bacon, greens, and a quail egg from Canoe restaurant). And, hey, couple notes-to-self for next year: 1) Don’t go with a hangover; 2) Don’t wear anything thicker than a slip of gauze; 3) Escape to Octane or Ormsby’s or some other cool, dark place for a breather after you’ve made the rounds, then return for the final music set and announcement of food and drink winners; and 4) Don’t wait to read the program until you’re back in your car. Otherwise you won’t know that the silver-haired guy who you thought looked like food writer John Mariani really was frickin’ John Mariani (one of this year’s food judges).
That's the sound of time passing while I waited on my server at Gino's New York Pizza Bar today. After seating me and getting my drink, she disappeared for nearly 10 minutes before I could order. Others in the sparsely filled dining room placed their orders with other servers.
I looked around. The focal point of the usual red interior is an open kitchen wrapped by a glass case that displays different pizzas and desserts. I took a few snapshots. I checked my email.
Finally, I asked one of the other servers to ask mine to drop by my table. She appeared, all smiles. "Are you ready to place your order?" she asked. I burst out laughing.
Then, she disappeared again. Tick tock. Tick tock. I watched others who had arrived after me getting served. I was on the verge of leaving, when the server suddenly appeared with my cheese calzone.
How was it? It was actually surprisingly good. The three cheese filling — ricotta, parmesan, and mozzarella — was alternately creamy and stringy, just like it should be. The pizza dough was crispy and chewy, and, at $7.95, the price was right.
Oh. After I placed my credit card on the bill she delivered to my table, she disappeared again. Finally, I walked up front to pay.
Although I didn't try anything besides the calzone on the menu, I feel somewhat inspired to return — when I have the time.
Cue chef Todd Richards. The local chef serves on the Founder's Council of the Atlanta Food & Wine Festival, he's battled chef Cat Cora on Food Network's Iron Chef America, and has worked at some of the finest dining venues including The Ritz-Carlton Downtown Atlanta and Buckhead.
Though the chef is excited about joining The Shed, his time there may only be temporary. According to Tomorrow's News Today, the chef may be planning to open his own restaurant with The Shed's owner Cindy Shera, but nothing is set in stone.
While his time could be short, there are a few things that will stay the same. Richards plans on keeping The Shed's sliders, oysters, fresh and local produce, and grass fed beef.
FEEL GOOD TUESDAY: Join us at Yeah! Burger - Virginia-Highland from 6-10 and we'll donate 10% of sales to Living... fb.me/CoEvQEJb— YEAH! BURGER (@yeahburger) July 24, 2012
We're taking new flavor suggestions! What have you eaten recently that was delicious? What mixes well together to you? #morellis
Walls are going up! Coolers are installed! fb.me/1XXw1McZn
Today, in honor of the Varsity Orange's 80th Anniversary, stop by any of The Varsity's 7 locations all day long... fb.me/193HGqD3d
ABC has come up with yet another reality show for the fall. Premiering onf August 16, "Time Machine Chefs" will feature some of the country's best chefs as they recreate popular dishes of the past, vying for the title of "The Greatest Chef in History". Yes, we're rolling our eyes too.
Here's a glimpse of ABC's press release:
" Have you ever wondered what it was like to be a chef in 1416 A.D., or to cook in a medieval castle for kings and queens during the Tudor era? Well fasten your seatbelts and prepare for a journey through time when "Time Machine Chefs" blasts off, THURSDAY, AUGUST 16 (9:00-10:00 p.m., ET) on ABC. With no modern appliances, amenities, running water or electricity, four popular chefs must create culinary masterpieces — and impress three esteemed judges — with only basic kitchen equipment, their imaginations and craftsmanship. Only one chef will be crowned The Greatest Chef in History."
The contestants include, chef Chris Cosentino,chef Ilan Hall, chef Jill Davie, and chef Art Smith of Southern Art and Bourbon Bar in Atlanta.
Head over to Eater to check out the ridiculous teaser video for the show. Be sure to look out for the rotisserie system that's powered by tiny dogs in hamster wheels—PETA, anyone?
Condesa Coffee, located at 480 John Wesley Dobbs Ave., received a permit yesterday to remodel. The coffee shop closed at 2 p.m. yesterday and according to their Facebook page, will remain closed until further notice. Condesa recently posted a photo (below) of the proposed remodeling.
Watch Justin Warner of Food Network’s Rebel With a Culinary Cause rap about why Chateauneuf de Pape is so dope.
Party foul. A customer at London's Playboy Club shattered a $77,615 (£50,000) bottle of historic Cognac, which dated back to 1788.
Today is National Hot Dog Day. To celebrate, check out this slideshow of the World's Most Expensive Wieners including Capitol Dawg's $149.49 "California Capitol City Dawg." The Sacramento hot dog stand currently holds the official Guinness World Record for most expensive hot dog.
It turns out that the diets of Olympic athletes are a bit stranger than your stereotypical Wheaties and milk. The Olympic team from Kazakhstan loads up on horse meat sausage, and McDonald's is a staple for Michael Phelps.
Martha Stewart is not a fan of fast food, but she did give In-N-Out in Beverly Hills a try while on a media tour for her upcoming PBS show, Martha Stewart’s Cooking School. "It was OK," Stewart said, adding that she would "much rather have a salad or sushi or something like that."
*This claim is not backed by, well, anything, but the author's opinion after searching the App Store on her newly purchased iPhone. If you know of another badass recipe app, tell us about it in the comments.
Hope everyone had a great weekend and has a even greater week.
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