Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Chow Bing: Bubble tea and burritos

Posted By on Tue, Apr 30, 2013 at 10:54 AM

The newest restaurant in the Grant Park area is Chow Bing, in the Pencil Factory Lofts on Decatur Street. It replaces the Beignet Connection, a Cajun/Creole cafe that started out great but quickly bombed when its opening chef departed.

Chow Bing's owner is Gary Lin, who also operates R Rice and Papa Chow respectively in the Sandy Springs and airport areas. An employee told me Sunday night that Lin is looking for another location for Chow Bing in the Buckhead area. It's a great concept: Everything on the menu is sourced. The menu has this statement about ethics at work here:

Premium quality, first choice and superior price values are the foundation of our business. By using all natural meats that are humanely raised with NO antibiotics or growth hormones. Sustainable seafood and vegetables that are locally sourced, as practically as possible prepared daily with only fresh ingredients, all prepared in eco-friendly packaging.

So, what's the menu like? Kinda strange.

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Monday, April 29, 2013

Quick Bites: Zeb Stevenson to leave Livingston, PushStart Kitchen update, Peasant Bistro closes, and more

Posted By on Mon, Apr 29, 2013 at 11:55 AM

Chilaquiles, one of the new brunch items to enjoy on Mi Cocinas new Midtown patio
  • Chilaquiles, one of the new brunch items to enjoy on Mi Cocina's new Midtown patio

PushStart Kitchen, the popular supper club hosted by husband-and-wife duo Cristina and chef Zach Meloy, is now focused on opening a new brick-and-mortar restaurant. The Meloys are hoping to raise $50,000 over the next month via Kickstarter for the new 40-person eatery.

After a seven-year run in downtown Atlanta, Peasant Bistro - the last of the remaining Pleasant Peasant restaurants started by Serenbe founder Steve Nygren - has shuttered. Owner Maureen Kalmanson has another eatery in Midtown, Campagnolo, which recently celebrated its one-year anniversary on April 10. Kalmanson is also planning to open another Midtown eatery, Henry's, in the former Mint3 Thai & Sushi space this summer.

Last week, chef Zeb Stevenson announced that he will leave Livingston (659 Peachtree St.), the fine dining restaurant at Midtown's Georgian Terrace Hotel in July. After four years as executive chef, Stevenson feels he's reached the limits of this position. No news yet on his replacement or where Stevenson will ultimately land.

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Atlanta food and drink events: April 29-May 5: a springtime fundraiser, Kentucky Derby parties, and more

Posted By on Mon, Apr 29, 2013 at 10:15 AM

Chef Shane Devereux of Barcelona Wine Bar to lead an Introduction to Charcuterie

Genki Noodles and Sushi Mon., April 29, 11:30 a.m. "Genki Gives" Benefiting Team Hidi All three Genki Noodles and Sushi locations, Genki Gives benefiting Team Hidi will raise both funds and awareness for the nonprofit organization that's on a mission to help local chef Ryan Hidinger fight gallbladder cancer. Details

The Cook's Warehouse Midtown Tues., April 30, 5-7 p.m. Curry Ketchup Launch Party Join Emily Myers of Emily G's Jams and Ron Eyester of Rosebud as they introduce their collaborative new product, Chef Ron Eyester's Curry Ketchup with free samples, a cooking demo, and more. Details

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Please protect our precious papayas

Posted By on Mon, Apr 29, 2013 at 7:39 AM

Actually, its the fruit of the devil.
  • Actually, it's the fruit of the devil.

People get so crazy with fruit.

I'm sure you regularly read Free.Republic.com. Freepers make the Tea Partiers look like socialist anarchists. I once wrote an unflattering comment about them that provoked 500 replies and quite a few on Rick Santorum's site too.

Among recent outrages is this report:

The latest effort to recruit abortionists relies on stealth and fresh fruit. Using a papaya as a uterus, medical students learn abortion techniques under the guise of "miscarriage management."

Granted, the story is pretty damn weird, but not as weird as the conclusions drawn by the site. Even though the papaya's use has utterly no connection to ingestion of the fruit, the story triumphantly concludes this way:

In some places, the relationship between papayas and pregnant women has long been an uneasy one. In some regions of Asia, it was commonly believed that papayas were dangerous for expectant mothers, and modern research has shed light on the reason: unripe papayas contain a type of fruit latex that can induce uterine contractions and potentially cause a miscarriage.

And among the comments:

Well, why the hell not. They teach kids to put condoms on cucumbers, don't they?...So, to these ghouls, women are no more than pieces of fruit.

Researching the site, I have found no complaints about bananas.

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Friday, April 26, 2013

Atlanta weekend food events: drink with the butterflies, dine out for a cause, and more

Posted By on Fri, Apr 26, 2013 at 8:26 AM

Taste, vote, and help launch the Peoples food truck in Atlantic Station

Parish Foods & Goods Fridays, 5:30 p.m. Friday Fish Frys Every Friday join Parish for $15 tempura fried cod with French fries and tarter sauce. Details

Atlantic Station Sat., April 27, 6 p.m. People's Fest Join Atlantic Station to help launch People's food truck with an evening of food, music, and a community dedicated to helping others. Taste, vote, and see who will be the 2013 People's Chef. Details

Heritage Sandy Springs Sat., April 27, 2 p.m. Heritage Sandy Springs Beer Fest Sample 70+ nanobrews, microbrews, domestics and imports, listen to live music on the lawn of Heritage Green, and hang out with fellow beer aficionados all while benefiting a great cause. Details

The Auditorium at South Terraces Sat., April 27, 6:30-10:30 p.m. Monarchs & Margaritas Live butterflies will greet guests at the Dunwoody Nature Center's highly anticipated annual fundraiser, where there will be many opportunities to score great deals on dinners at local restaurants and outings to a variety of venues, as well as accommodations at vacation destinations. Details

Alma Cocina Sat., April 27, 7 p.m. Dine Out for Go Eat Give 20 percent of dinner proceeds from tonight benefit the nonprofit organization Go Eat Give. Details

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BoccaLupo opens in Inman Park

Posted By on Fri, Apr 26, 2013 at 7:40 AM

BoccaLupos bruschetta

I expected to love the new BoccaLupo in Inman Park and, after two visits with 12 friends , that looks to be the case. The restaurant's owner-chef is Bruce Logue, who made his name in Atlanta as chef at La Pietra Cucina, which became my favorite restaurant in the city.

Logue's Italian cooking is inspired by Mario Batali's renowned Babbo in New York, where he worked for several years. The big difference between La Pietra and this new restaurant is cost. The menu is, with a few exceptions, all pastas and antipasti with quite reasonable prices. Here are some pictures of dishes I've sampled. Above is "bruschetta banh mi" with slow roasted pork, chicken liver, and giardiniera (pickled vegetables).

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Thursday, April 25, 2013

Six brews to check off your Atlanta beer bucket list

Posted By on Thu, Apr 25, 2013 at 12:14 PM

When my editor asked me to complement Creative Loafing's 100 Dishes feature with some Atlanta beers everyone should "drink before they die," I'll admit I was a bit stumped. For one thing, our craft-beer scene is only just getting started. Sure, we've got a few established big guys, some exciting newer operations, a whole slew of great bars, and a ton of promising breweries on the way. And that's the thing: We have so much to look forward to in the next couple years, I could make a list comprising solely unreleased beers.

This is a good problem to have, of course. As SweetWater CEO Freddy Bensch told me recently, for as long as he can remember, Georgia's been a "craft-brewing wasteland." As a co-founder of the state's most successful brewery, he's been hoping for - and making - better Georgia beers during the last 16 years and change. We're finally catching up with the rest of the country, too. "You see a completely different picture [today], with the Southeast as a top emerging and thriving craft-beer market," he said, finishing his thought optimistically.

All this without mentioning the unpredictable releases of exemplary beers from brewpubs and breweries. From seasonal releases to infrequent one-offs, craft beer is a world where something delicious shows up and then disappears in a week. It can be as hard to keep track of it all as it is to stand up if you have one too many. (Pro-tip: Do not drink the entire list below in one sitting.)

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100 Dishes to Eat in Atlanta Before You Die: Redux

Posted By on Thu, Apr 25, 2013 at 9:35 AM


Plenty has changed since we last compiled Atlanta's 100 Dishes to Eat Before You Die in 2011. Restaurants have come and gone, menus are more seasonal, and, thanks to technology, the act of eating out has become more social than ever. Needless to say, it was time for an update. So, back by popular demand, here is Atlanta's 2013 culinary bucket list. We combed the city for 100 dishes, a mix of signatures, classics, and bests, to once again help you navigate Atlanta's gastronomic glory. We also asked six prominent Atlanta food figures what their last meals in Atlanta would be to discover what dishes full-time foodies are most passionate about.

In the spirit of progress, we revamped our mobile site for easy, on-the-go access to the list and even partnered with Foursquare so you can collect badges as you check in at each of our 100 Dishes locations. So pick up a print edition, keep the list handy on your cell phone, and like Creative Loafing on Foursquare to play along as you explore CL's 100 Dishes to Eat in Atlanta Before You Die: Redux.

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Popeyes Report: Annoying customers, life-saving diners, aphrodisiacs

Posted By on Thu, Apr 25, 2013 at 8:33 AM

Need a job? Popeyes on Boulevard is hiring. The requirements: You must love chicken and love making people smile.

Say what? Tuesday, I made my first visit to Popeyes in several months. Regular readers may remember my frequent reports on the incredibly bad service there. Eventually, the company fixed that.

But I don't think the staff could do anything to make many customers smile. It would be more appropriate, at least at the Boulevard location, to say that "you must love avoiding throwing chicken in people's faces." Tuesday night, there were two people in line in front of me. They seriously took 15 minutes to place their orders, which they changed repeatedly:

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Finally, an explanation of Ronald McDonald's hair

Posted By on Thu, Apr 25, 2013 at 7:32 AM

  • Courtesy of www.ufunk.net
Who knew? Salon.com reported today that a McDonald's in Seattle has a 7-year-old restroom policy that accommodates transgender customers.

A restroom sign says this:

We respect the rights of all customers and employees. We believe all people must have access to safe and dignified bathroom facilities regardless of their gender identity or expression. Therefore, the following policy has been adopted for this restaurant at 1530 3rd Avenue ... Employees and customers may use any restroom that corresponds with and is based upon the gender identity they publicly and exclusively assert or express.

It's very confusing. Ronald McDonald was identified as gay by the Swedish group Dildorado, and now there is good reason to think he's also transgender. Makes you wonder if Truett Cathy of Chick-fil-A is married to a chicken.

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