My Friday night dining friends have been at it about two years now. We've visited so many restaurants, we're making occasional repeats now. One of our first restaurants to visit was Lunacy Black Market. Unless you've been hiding under a food truck the last year, you know that owner-chef Paul Luna is running for mayor in this year's election. Meanwhile, he's been fighting City Hall over a number of issues.
But what about the three-year-old restaurant?
Not a whole lot has changed. The restaurant retains its homey feel. We sat on a cluster of upholstered furniture around a coffee table. Luna has taken the unusual step of hiring employees from juvenile detention facilities and women's shelters. You won't notice, which should tell us all something.
Here's a trailer for tonight's "Archer," which features Anthony Bourdain in a guest role as celebrity chef "Lance Casteau."
For those of you trying to kick the coffee habit, you may want to keep a cup in your daily regimen after all. Here are 7 reasons why coffee is actually good for you.
Friday is National Pig Day. Yes, such a day exists. So celebrate in your own way - whether it's by honoring the swine or by chowing down on some barbecue pork, remember that this is their day.
Flowers Foods Inc. has saved Wonder Bread, according to Reuters. The company has agreed to buy the bankrupt Hostess Brand Inc.'s bread brands Butternut, Home Pride, Merita, Nature's Pride, and Wonder Bread. The classic maker of white bread is here to stay.
This Sunday, tune into Food Network to watch local baker Mike Pettenato and his team from Cloud 9 Cupcakes battle it out on "Cupcake Wars," airing at 8 p.m. EST. While I'm not sure that the actual battle resembled The Hunger Games, as Pettenato recalled the experience in an interview with the Atlanta-Journal Constitution, the $10,000 prize would certainly lead to an expansion of his brand in Atlanta.
When Sushi Huku changed hands a couple of years ago, the restaurant's customer base was skeptical about the young new Korean chef, Jerome "Jey" Oh, whose parents run the front of the house. Would Huku hold its place among Atlanta's elite? Was this kid any good?
Continue reading "The Glutton at Large: Atlanta sushi roundup" by Jennifer Zyman
"It's going to have a cheffed up bar menu and a full cocktail program, but the base of the cocktail program will be centered around moonshine," says de Haan. "We'll be aging the moonshine in six different oak barrels as well as doing some different infusions."
As many of you know, I left the pages of Creative Loafing a couple of years ago for a new gig. Soon after, I learned I was expecting and subsequently took some time off from the whole writing thing to focus on my family. Fast forward to today and I am back. It's been a while since I've written about food - give or take some assignments for the AJC and Serious Eats - but I am really excited to be diving back into the dining pages of Creative Loafing. My new column, Glutton at Large (hat-tip to my friend Melanie for the fun name) will debut later this week with a piece about sushi in Atlanta. After that, my column will be led by whatever is currently exciting me in Atlanta food at the moment - whether it's ITP or OTP - because I believe if the food and people behind the establishment are good, distance should not be an issue. I'm looking forward to sharing my discoveries and rediscoveries with you. Please feel free to email me or leave word in the comments if there is something you'd like to see me cover or if you have a juicy tip. Per usual, if you are hungry for more, follow me on Twitter @BlissfulGlutton.
Food Network chefs do the Harlem Shake at the South Beach Wine & Food Festival
Richard Blais's cookbook, Try This At Home, is available for sale today. Attempting to imitate his strange takes on his succulent recipes will most likely prove disastrous for your average home cooker, but the cover art should provide for an entertaining coffee-table book.
Hungry? Don't feel like dealing with pots and pans or ordering in? Here's a way to take that laziness to the next level. Just add your desired ingredients to a mug, stir, and microwave.
Finally, modern science may be able to find a cure for the hangover. A study at UCLA has found a way to sober up mice using shots of specific enzymes. This could lead researchers to undertake studies to come up with a sobriety pill for those of us who like our drink.
The horse meat tainting continues. Ikea has recalled a tainted batch of meatballs that was shipped its stores across Europe after finding that they contained horse DNA. Ikea has stopped serving meatballs at all of its Swedish stores until further notice. Nestle, too, has recalled three pasta products in Italy, Spain and France after finding them to be tainted with horse meat.
After a 22-year run, Carver's Country Kitchen (1118 W. Marietta St.) will close its doors March 30.
New Indian restaurant Chai Pani Decatur is set to open Fri., March 1 at 406 W. Ponce de Leon Ave. in the former Watershed space. It will encompass many of the same themes as its original restaurant in Ashville, N.C., known for its "chaat - crunchy, spicy, sweet, tangy, brightly flavored Indian street snacks," in addition to Indian street sandwiches, "uttapam" (Indian crepes), "thalis" (traditional entrees), desserts, beverages and signature cocktails.
The former East Side Lounge reopened last weekend as Union, another club concept, at 485 Flat Shoals Ave.
In case you missed it, Kevin Rathbun's newest restaurant, KR SteakBar, opened last week in the ADAC West building at 349 Peachtree Hills Ave. The menu focuses on small plates featuring steak and Italian flavors. KR SteakBar is open Mon.-Sat., 4:30-11 p.m. and Sun., 5:30-10 p.m.
The Mill Kitchen & Bar in Roswell is officially open for dinner. Featuring modernized Southern comfort food prepared with ingredients from local farms as well as sustainable meats, the 4,100-square-foot restaurant includes a large bar, a main dining room that seats 48, and a large outdoor patio. Dinner is served Sun.-Thu., 5-10 p.m., and Fri.-Sat., 5-11 p.m. Lunch service begins on Mon., March 4 and will be served Mon.-Sat., 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Brunch service and Sunday supper are set to begin Sun., March 10.
Though her success seems a blogger's dream come true, Perelman is quick to point out the site doesn't show the whole picture. "As with all Web projects, you always get an unbalanced view, you only see what's successful."
Perelman has no training in writing, photography, or cooking - the trifecta of skills that make up any food blog. "When I started my site," she says, "I didn't know where it was going to fit in. I was reading other food blogs and [these bloggers] were amazing cooks or great Web developers or something, and I wasn't any of those things."
Continue reading "Smitten Kitchen, from blog to book" by Lilly Lampe
Dr. Bombay's Underwater Tea Party Mon., Feb. 25, 7:30 p.m. A Taste of India Benefit Dinner Enjoy a four-course Indian meal to benefit impoverished young women in India by giving them the opportunity to continue their education through university. Details
SweetWater Brewery Tue., Feb. 26, 6 p.m.-10 p.m. Charlotte's Web: Cancer Touches Us All Fox Bros. Bar-B-Q hosts 16 of Atlanta's top chefs to bring awareness to Breast Cancer and pay tribute to fellow chef Charlotte Nelson, who passed away on Feb. 9, 2013. The event will include samples from all 16 chefs, passed hors d'oeuvres, live music by Moontower, and a silent auction. Details
The Iberian Pig Tue., Feb. 26, 7 p.m. A Literary Feast at The Iberian Pig Four local New York Times best-selling authors will be signing their books and dining with guests during a four-course dinner inspired by the authors' work. Details
Woodfire Grill Tue., Feb. 26, 7 p.m. Demarie Wine Dinner The evening will begin with a reception at 7 p.m. followed by a five-course dinner with wine pairings, prepared by Executive Chef Tyler Williams. Details
Cook's Warehouse, Brookhaven Tue., Feb. 26, 7 p.m.-9 p.m. Cooking Class: Brunch Favorites from Haven and Valenza Chefs Matt Swickerath of Valenza and Stephen Herman of Haven will teach attendants to prepare brunch favorites from the menus of both restaurants. Tickets $45. Details
Mac McGee's Irish Pub Tue., Feb. 26, 7:30 p.m. Bulleit Bourbon Tasting with Tom Bulleit Tom Bulleit, owner of Bulleit Bourbon, will tell tales of his family and industry history, while giving samples of his different casks of bourbon. Details
Wahoo! Grill Wed., Feb. 27, 5:30 p.m. A Taste of Bordeaux Attendees will enjoy a tasting portion of three signature California wines as well as sample sizes of food pairings and a 20 percent off coupon for dinner at Wahoo! Grill that evening. Details
Local Three Kitchen & Bar Thu., Feb. 28, 6 p.m. Toast To Literacy Join Local Three Kitchen & Bar to support Literacy Action, Georgia's oldest and largest nonprofit provider of adult literacy services, with cocktails and heavy hors d'oeuvres from 6-7:30 p.m., or stay the whole evening and enjoy a four-course dinner complete with a chef-led kitchen tour. Details
The boys and I lunched at Farm Burger in Buckhead last week. I visited the Decatur location soon after its opening and found some problems - not very flavorful grass-fed beef that was overwhelmed by the exotic toppings.
I'm glad to report those problems seem to have disappeared. All three of us ordered the same thing this time - the "No. 5," whose toppings include a bacon-pimento-onion marmalade, arugula, and goat cheese from Belle Chevre in Alabama. Loved it. The burger's flavor was strong and unmasqueraded by the condiments. Check out the bitter snap of the arugula punched by a sweet note from the marmalade.
The staff was notably cool. I haven't seen that many people smile at once since Mittens was kicked to the curb.
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