A Gift from the Chef

July 10, 2010

So, due in no small part to my general wussiness about camping in 100+ degree weather in Alabama, we decided instead to stop in Atlanta. Specifically, I said, “Hey, want to go find Kevin [Gillespie, of Top Chef season 6 finalist fame]’s restaurant in Atlanta?”

I would like full credit for what turned out to be a really good idea. [Warning: food porn ahead!]

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Breaking Development: National Bacon Examiner

May 30, 2009

Regular (and bored) readers may notice I’ve just added a new link to the Other Places I Write section. No joke–I’m now kind of professionally writing about bacon.

So far I’ve only written two posts–my recipe for chocolate covered bacon and some tips on buying bacon to suit your needs–but I have a Lot of ideas for material. Later today I’ll be trying out a bizarre new recipe that popped into my head. Stay tuned!

I probably won’t always cross-post or link here, although I am aware that I have a small fan-base here and I’d love it if you’d check out my bacon musings. Full disclosure: unlike this blog, over yonder I do get paid very modestly based on some kind of page view matrix that I’ll never fully understand. So clicks to my links do, in fact, help me make money. I hope that doesn’t offend anybody, and I’m definitely not going to turn this blog into a big PR vehicle or anything.

Review: Ghazal

May 15, 2009

…And while we’re at belated reviews, how about the newest addition to JP’s Indian offerings?

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Review: La Verdad

May 15, 2009

I can’t believe I’ve waited this long to review La Verdad. Perhaps I was too busy stuffing my face with tacos at La Verdad.

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Review: Joy Rice

November 2, 2008

We’d been meaning to try Joy Rice since it opened, being as it’s just down the street from our apartment and all. I finally made the plunge last Tuesday since I was home alone for dinner (cooking for one depresses me sometimes), and I’m glad I did. Read the rest of this entry »

Review: The New Alchemist Menu!

October 22, 2008

Long-time readers will know that I really want to like the Alchemist. And there are already some legitimate reasons to like it–the service is great, the atmosphere is nice (particularly since they seem to have curbed their habit of playing music with the express purpose of deafening diners), and it’s close enough to where I live to feel close, yet far enough away to be lazy and drive, which I also like.

But in the past we’ve experienced some real food flops there, not least of which being the really limited options for vegetarians (never mind vegans). While they’ve always had at least a couple of things for veggie-heads to order, they’ve often fallen into the trap of offering multiple veggie dishes with the same main ingredient–say, both the appetizer and entree featuring mushrooms, or a big pepper, or tofu chunks.

In fact, the last time we went–and this was quite a while ago–we filled out a comment card to that effect, and our server came back to the table to tell us how firmly she agreed with our sentiments.

So imagine my delight when I got an email from the Alchemist mailing list informing me that they were unveiling a new menu–one specifically designed with more options for vegetarians.

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Sandwich Works for Breakfast

October 22, 2008

I’d been meaning to try Sandwich Works for a while, since I was working just down the street and passed by every morning. One day I found myself ridiculously early and decided to get breakfast.

The menu for lunch looks pretty standard–you can get a regular deli sandwich of multiple varieties, and some hot things like burgers–but the service and the breakfast really shine. The same guy was working both times I breakfasted there, and he’s a really friendly dude. A couple of regulars came in–I always appreciate a place that clearly has regulars–but he was just as cordial with me as with them.

As for the breakfast–tasty. Both times I got bacon, egg & cheese on a croissant. He prepared everything in front of me–none of the Dunkin’ heat n’ slap together–and the croissant was ridiculously tasty. (Have you ever noticed that some croissants are sort of rubbery? These weren’t.) Good bacon, melty cheese, a real fried egg–it’s hard to go wrong.

The menu also includes home fries, omelets, and probably some other stuff that I wasn’t interested in but other people would like.

Review: Food Wall

October 22, 2008

Food Wall is the best Chinese food in JP. This might not be saying much, because JP also has that terrible place on Centre Street that I can’t even be bothered to look up because their food tied for the worst food I have ever eaten. (The other half of the tie? Kowloon. Do not eat there under any conditions.)

But it actually is saying something, because a lot of their menu is incredibly tasty. Other items, not so much. Read the rest of this entry »

Review: Quizno’s

October 4, 2008

I feel a little silly reviewing a major national chain, but I also find that a lot of people find and read my chain reviews, so what they hey.

When I was in high school, Quizno’s came out with an ad campaign that included someone retriving one of their subs from a trash can and eating it. That, combined with the fact that apparently our local stores were all insanely Christian (to the effect that they supposedly refused to stop playing Christian rock when customers complained), was enough to make my father proclaim that he would never eat there.

So I still feel like I’m doing something sort of illicit when I go to Quizno’s. Which I do sometimes, because I really love their sandwiches.

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Review: Himalayan Bistro

October 4, 2008

A friend tipped us off to an Indian place in Rosi that delivers on orders over $25, and we figured we could easily hit the mark between the three of us. So despite my cell phone dying, we managed to order.

And then waited a really, really long time for our food.

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