Thursday, October 31, 2013

Food blogger uses dates to pay for fancy dinners, and brags about it

Posted By on Thu, Oct 31, 2013 at 10:00 AM

  • A Penniless Girl, Bad Dates & Plenty of Oysters

Not only does one Toronto woman "have a pretty face," she's got a "pretty extensive Urbanspoon wish list," too. That's part of the intro to Erin Wotherspoon's blog, A Penniless Girl, Bad Dates & Plenty of Oysters. The twenty-something "struggling actress" has been using her online dates to fund her fancy restaurant habit, and then going home to blog about it.

Wotherspoon writes:

Woe is me. I've decided to become a serial dater to fulfill my Toronto restaurant hit list ...The plan? Join a slew of dating sites to find a man, any man, even a woman to finance this delectable venture into the maze of Toronto's hottest resto nabes.

But it's not all fun and foie gras. Turns out bamboozling dudes into picking up the check isn't always as glamorous as it sounds.

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The usual: Popeyes, Octane, Cowtippers

Posted By on Thu, Oct 31, 2013 at 9:06 AM

Some random shots from not-so-random places I visit fairly regularly. I have a favorite among the three. Guess.

A little bit of Halloween at Popeyes on Boulevard. Orange is the restaurant's signature color. It's not exactly Halloween there all the time, But sometimes my take-out meal, beside including the treat of my favorite fried chicken, will include a trick like one biscuit instead of the six I ordered or coleslaw instead of red beans and rice. But the staff isn't too scary. The restaurant is running a crawfish special right now. $4.99 gets you a big heap.

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Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Kitchen fire shutters the Optimist, restaurant projected to reopen next week

Posted By on Wed, Oct 30, 2013 at 2:43 PM

The Optimist

Ford Fry's Westside seafood outpost the Optimist caught fire last week, forcing the restaurant to close indefinitely.

The fire, which occurred before lunch service the morning of Wednesday, Oct. 23, was caused by a grease buildup in the hood vent. No guests were present and no one was injured. According to the restaurant, the hood had been cleaned three days prior.

Currently, the Optimist is "waiting for the hood cleaning company's insurance adjuster to review the damage and is in the process of submitting a permit with the City to install a new hood."

Owner Ford Fry said on Tuesday:

"As soon as we get a couple of sign-offs we will be back up and running. For now we are focusing on taking care of our guests and staff."

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Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Knife & Fork on Sobban, Ink & Elm, Kimball House, Hugo's Oyster Bar

Posted By on Tue, Oct 29, 2013 at 9:00 AM

  • Courtesy of Sobban

The latest issue of Knife & Fork, written and published by Christiane Lauterbach, is out. It includes four reviews, a tour of Seattle restaurants, and a ton of gossip.

This month's highest-rated restaurant, with three stars, is Sobban, which calls itself a "Korean Southern Diner." If you wonder what that means, consider the lunch menu's "tempura-battered corndogs (photo) with seaweed and spicy bibimbop sauce."

Christiane writes about one dish:

The most ravishing dish on the menu is a slightly rough but magically delicate tofu made in house with hand-ground soybeans and plated on a layer of miso mousse with crisp slivers of apple and a drizzle of soy-ginger reduction.

The cover review is of Kimball House in Decatur. It earns 2.5 stars. A sample:

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PHOTOS: Taste of Atlanta 2013

Posted By on Tue, Oct 29, 2013 at 8:01 AM

Fox Bros. ribs at Fox Bros. Bar-B-Q

This weekend, more than 45,000 people gathered in Midtown's Technology Square for the 12th annual Taste of Atlanta food festival. Attendees were able to sample and enjoy small plates from more than 90 participating restaurants.

View the full gallery of photos from the festival here.

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Monday, October 28, 2013

Mibo Love Ramen pop-up ends Friday

Posted By on Mon, Oct 28, 2013 at 3:06 PM

Obunais chicken shoyu ramen

Note: After this post was published, the Mibo Ramen pop-up was extended and will operate out of So Ba through November 15, 2013.

Chef Mihoko Obunai's Mibo Love Ramen pop-up is closing up shop at the end of the week. Obunai's post-Joli Kobe ramen and yakitori pop-up began serving lunch out of East Atlanta's So Ba in mid-September. Last chance to score a bowl of Obunai's tonkotsu, shoyu chicken, or mabo-nasu ramen at So Ba is this Friday, November 1.

Obunai says she is currently searching for another (presumably more permanent) home for her restaurant. Inquiries regarding the new space have been made. Details as they arise.

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Quick Bites: Updates on Bell Street Burritos, Toscano & Sons, and more

Posted By on Mon, Oct 28, 2013 at 11:10 AM

Jenis Splendid Ice Creams is now open in Westside Provisions

Jeni's Splendid Ice Creams opened an Atlanta outpost last week next to Star Provisions at 1198 Howell Mill Road. This marks the Columbus, Ohio-based craft ice creamery's first foray into Georgia. The shop is currently scooping 22 flavors - including the limited-edition Cloverton cheesecake, double-toasted coconut, and Loveless biscuits with peach jam. Keep an eye out for Jeni's blue food truck, Street Treats, roaming the city, as well.

Though its Irwin Street Market location remains closed - and will apparently be replaced by a new restaurant instead of reopening - Bell Street Burritos opened a new outpost in Buckhead last week at 1816 Peachtree St. Meanwhile, owners hope to reopen the Irwin Street location elsewhere in Old Fourth Ward, and are open to suggestions regarding alternative spaces.

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Atlanta food events Oct. 28-Nov. 03: Outdoor cocktail party, cooking classes, Whiskies of the World, and more

Posted By on Mon, Oct 28, 2013 at 9:50 AM

Decaturs Largest Outdoor Cocktail Party Sat., Nov. 2
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  • Decatur's Largest Outdoor Cocktail Party Sat., Nov. 2

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Watershed on Peachtree Tues., Oct. 29, 5:30 p.m. Prison Break Launch Party Wine Tasting Enjoy the release of the 2012 Prisoner wine and other wines paired with bites from chef Joe Truex, live entertainment from 5:30-7:30 p.m., and a chance to win Prisoner wine to take home. A portion of the profits go to the Beverly Family Foundation,a breast cancer awareness organization. Details

Barrington Hall Tues., Oct. 29, 6:30-9:30 p.m. Fall in New England Cooking Class Roswell chef John Wilson will impart knowledge of new dishes inspired by New England and the fall season. The dishes will then be eaten with complimentary wine, and guests will take a small tour of Barrington Hall after dinner. Details

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McDonald's hurls underpaid employees into the Social Safety Net

Posted By on Mon, Oct 28, 2013 at 7:24 AM

We're all aware how American captains of industry have fought paying their workers a living wage and providing health insurance. Many of them limit employees to less than 40 hours of work weekly. That lets them avoid pesky federal requirements.

Indeed, many of the captains use the word "socialism" to describe efforts to change the situation. They say It's all about undercutting the free market.

So, McDonald's hit the news again this this week. The video above, courtesy of, demonstrates the two-faced attitude that's rampant in the fast-food industry.

While decrying attempts to raise the minimum wage, McDonald's operates a help line that encourages employees to apply for federal assistance, like the food-stamps program. In other words, Americans' taxes are subsidizing minimum-wage pay. Talk about socialism!

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Friday, October 25, 2013

Speakeasy Cocktail Festival & Gala goes retro this weekend

Posted By on Fri, Oct 25, 2013 at 2:19 PM

Sadie Hawkins provides aerial entertainment at the 2012 Speakeasy Cocktail Festival
  • Speakeasy Cocktail Festival
  • Sadie Hawkins provides aerial entertainment at the 2012 Speakeasy Cocktail Festival

Attention, guys and dolls: If you feel like puttin' on the ritz this weekend, nab tickets to this Saturday's Speakeasy Cocktail Festival at the Event Center at Opera, which features drinks, dancing girls, drinks, cigars, and, ahem, drinks.

This year's "Halloween Prohibition-era Gala" features two identical sessions from 1:30-4:30 p.m. and again from 5-8 p.m. This year, 1920s-era garb is required, so bust out your Daisy Buchanan duds from the Gatsby premiere, and dust off that fedora you rocked back in your Justin Timberlake-worshipping days. Photos from last year's inaugural fest feature lots of scantily clad women in bustiers and garter belts, so there's that.

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