Ahhh, Maison Robert. Why do you tempt me so?
I dropped into Maison Robert for lunch last week after a visit to the wonderful wine shop next door, Le Caveau Fine Wines (these two neighbors make a fabulous French duo). To order a sandwich (mine was a highly satisfying ham and brie on multigrain bread), one has to stand in front of the cases full of chocolates and pastries. There's no way to avoid eye contact. Oh, hello there, rum balls. How you doin? What? Oh yes, good to see you, too, hazelnut bûchette. Resistance to the chocolates' charms is futile.
Is it “bar” as in “granola bar” or “candy bar” — meaning a long, rectangular piece of ham, possibly wrapped in plastic? Or is it “bar” as in “a counter or place where beverages, especially liquors, or light meals are served to customers”? And what would that mean, if so? Ham-centric cocktails? Non-fat-grande-soy-lattes with ham garnish? Or, simply, a place with lots and lots of ham.
Luckily for us all, the “ham bar” that exists in Atlanta fits that last description. It is a place with lots and lots of very good ham. And not just ham — but first-rate, artisan, Southern (mostly), country ham. The ham bar of which we speak is at Southern Art, which opened at the Intercontinental Hotel in Buckhead almost a year ago. By all accounts, the ham bar idea sprung from the mad genius of celebri-Southern-chef-entertainer Art Smith, but it’s executive chef Anthony Gray who is tending the bar day to day. And tending it very well.
I'm aware of at least two famous pork shoulder dishes across this grand country that are similar to Double Zero's dish in their basic premise - a huge hunk of meat for several to share, accompanied by various complementary sides, with something to wrap it all up in at the table. You've probably heard of the justifiably lauded bo ssäm at Momofuku in New York, a slow-roasted Korean style pork shoulder that gets wrapped up in lettuce leaves at the table, along with kimchi, rice and oysters. Lesser known, though still raved about, is the "Lucky Pig" from Solbar in Napa Valley, which is also Asian-inspired, but comes with exotic accompaniments like pickled pineapple and "Mongolian peanuts," all to be wrapped up inside black sesame crepes or, again, lettuce leaves. Well, Double Zero takes a similar approach, with a decidedly Italian spin to it. And the results are pretty fabulous.
Food trucks. Who doesn't love them? There's nothing like walking up to the window of a handsomely decorated mobile truck and being greeted by Friendly Joe or Jane or both Joe and Jane. Every now and then, you get flashbacks to when you were a kid running to the ice cream truck, clutching a fistful of nickles, dimes, and quarters. Now instead of a popsicle, you're holding a beer in one hand and a burger in the other. Life does get better with age.
Atlanta Food Truck Park & Market pays homage to the intangible effect of food trucks. Named as this year's Best Evolution for Food Trucks, Atlanta Food Truck Park & Market has been a key factor in this year's food truck craze.
This season, Atlanta Food Truck Park & Market is introducing an autumn programming series. Offered in conjunction with their daily food trucks, the series will provide an added element to the park. The weekly programming includes:
Thursday — School Spirit Day with discounts for students and school faculty
Guests with a valid student ID will receive a special incentive from participating food trucks, including a discount or complimentary item with purchase.
Saturday — Farmers Market with items from local merchants, farmers and artisans
The park hosts local merchants, farmers and artisans who sell their respective quality goods to park attendees.
Sunday — Jazz Brunch with the Jazz Tribe Band
Join the Jazz Tribe Band as they graze on the food truck offerings and enjoy live music. Remember, the park has a BYOB policy, so take advantage of it!
With the park's BYOB policy, its daily food trucks, and now its new autumn programming series, Atlanta Food Truck Park & Market seems to be doing all the right things.
A few weeks back, I saw that Mike Patrick, who runs Storico Fresco, posted to their Facebook page: "I could NOT be happier with this Southern Italian pasta. Tortelli cima di rapa, turnip greens sautéed in puglian olive oil and leaf lard, garlic, ricotta from the same region. così così così buono!" Turns out, that pasta was their weekly special, and would be available at the Peachtree Road Farmers Market the next day. You know I was there.
Tired of getting your fingers dirty while eating popcorn? Sick of doing the same lever-like motion over and over again to pop those kernels into your mouth? Well, the folks over at Popcorn Indiana have a solution to your serious problem.
Introducing the Popinator. No longer will you have to make the painful decision of choosing which hand will hold the remote and which one will dive into a bag of popcorn. "Equipped with voice activation and binaural microphone," the Popinator fires out popcorn in the direction of your mouth. Because not all popcorn are the same size and shape, the trajectory of the popcorn is not always perfect, so some maneuvering by the user may be required.
Next time you're throwing a party, be sure to have the Popinator on hand to get things popping!
So, pimento cheese fries? Out of respect for my waistline and due to a general aversion to pimento cheese above room temperature, I wouldn't normally order those. But a friend, insisting strongly, convinced me to share a basket. I am glad we did.
Yes, this is an item that is actually sold in the Philippines. KFC Philippines is now serving the Cheese Top Burger, which is a fried chicken patty sandwich with garlic Parmesan dressing and a slice of melted cheese on top of the bun. Guess all other ideas for disgusting KFC foods have been used up.
Check out the KFC ad circulating in the Philippines:
Here are the things that Stuart found most shocking:
- That it is a book that was written by an adult person, not a seventh grader.
- That literary executives got together and said, "Hey. Let's print millions of copies of this."
- That millions of people are buying those copies. And millions more are being sold digitally.
Later in the post,
Poorly written is an understatement. And "erotica" is too generous. If people are forced to read something else, ANYTHING ELSE - Nora Roberts, V.C. Andrews, Danielle Fucking Steel - because they couldn't get their hands on a copy of "Fifty Shades of Grey," they'll be better off for it.
Despite the bad press, people love this book. And what better way to pay homage to a beloved piece of literary junk food than with real junk food. H/T to Ms. Melysa Martinez for turning us on to this collection of 16 Fifty Shades of Grey inspired desserts. One can only imagine all of the dirty, perverted fates of these once, sweet and innocent confections.
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