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More poké is coming to Atlanta, this time in West Midtown

Poke bowls from Poke Perfect, which is entering the Atlanta market. / Photo from the Poke Perfect Facebook page Less than a month after releasing news that it was opening a store in Decatur, a poké restaurant has announced its second Atlanta location.
6 places to celebrate National Margarita Day in metro Atlanta

6 places to celebrate National Margarita Day in metro Atlanta

This eponymous double barrel margarita will be $10.99 at all PURE locations. HANDOUT / Birds of a Feather Creative.
Creations roasts cauliflower for satisfying couscous substitute

Creations roasts cauliflower for satisfying couscous substitute

Cauliflower is truly having its day as people look for carb-free substitutes for some of their favorite dishes. Chef John Oechsner shared the recipe for this dish where the cauliflower is roasted and then finely chopped to resemble couscous. You’ll find it’s quick to prepare and very satisfying. To make quick work of mincing the carrots, he suggests you can cut a carrot coarsely and then...
Treats that keep Mardi Gras sweet

Treats that keep Mardi Gras sweet

You can celebrate Mardi Gras in a lot of places, including right here in the ATL, but for many of us, when we think “Mardi Gras” we think “New Orleans.” (Sorry, Mobile, home of the first North American Mardi Gras celebration in 1703.) And since Mardi Gras offers us the the last night to indulge before the fasting of Lent, when we think “Mardi Gras,” we think &ldquo...
4 things to know about a Georgia farm bringing Iberian pork back to America

4 things to know about a Georgia farm bringing Iberian pork back to America

White Oak Pastures is now selling Iberian pork. / Photo by Backlight Photography The 500-year wait is over.
Make Marcus Samuelsson’s Double-Dragon Rice with Grilled Shrimp

Make Marcus Samuelsson’s Double-Dragon Rice with Grilled Shrimp

Ever wish a world-class chef would teach you how to cook? You can get at least one dish under your belt from Chef Marcus Samuelsson, who taught us how to make Double-Dragon Rice with Grilled Shrimp, a recipe from his new “Red Rooster Cookbook,” live during an appearance in Atlanta last week. Check out the demo here, and keep scrolling down for the complete recipe. [facebook url="...
Sweet Hut coming to Buckhead, Marietta and more top Atlanta dining news from the week

Sweet Hut coming to Buckhead, Marietta and more top Atlanta dining news from the week

Here’s what to eat, drink, buy, cook and more from the past week in metro Atlanta. Red bean moon cake from Sweet Hut.
See the first three episodes of Chai Pani’s ‘culinary documentary’

See the first three episodes of Chai Pani’s ‘culinary documentary’

Meherwan Irani, chef-owner of Botiwalla and Chai Pani. Credit: Courtesy of Chai Pani. Looking to get a taste of India without leaving your couch?
Your favorite Atlanta chefs are cooking hot dogs on the Beltline for a good cause

Your favorite Atlanta chefs are cooking hot dogs on the Beltline for a good cause

Joshua Hopkins of Empire State South shows off his hot dog from last year’s Helpful Hotdog initiative.
Drink locally: 4 new Atlanta-distilled spirits to add to your home bar

Drink locally: 4 new Atlanta-distilled spirits to add to your home bar

ASW Distillery’s second release of Fiddler Bourbon (“Heartwood”) was aged with charred Georgia white oak staves.
Check out the menu for One Rooster Mongolian Bar, now open in West Midtown

Check out the menu for One Rooster Mongolian Bar, now open in West Midtown

The interior of One Rooster. / Photo by Jennifer Brett One Rooster Mongolian Bar has opened its doors in West Midtown.
You could get free wings for a year at the Atlanta opening of this restaurant

You could get free wings for a year at the Atlanta opening of this restaurant

Boneless wings at East Coast Wings & Grill. / Photo courtesy of East Coast Wings & Grill Want wings?
These Atlanta restaurants are participating in ‘A Day Without Immigrants’

These Atlanta restaurants are participating in ‘A Day Without Immigrants’

Georgia protestors come out during ‘A Day Without Immigrants’. / Photo courtesy of Mundo Hispanico Several metro Atlanta restaurants are set to participate in ‘A Day Without Immigrants,’ a Feb.
Get a $4 beer, eat pizza and play trivia tonight at this Poncey-Highland restaurant

Get a $4 beer, eat pizza and play trivia tonight at this Poncey-Highland restaurant

Wild Heaven beer is $4 tonight at Rize Pizza. Trivia is free. HANDOUT / Melissa Libby & Associates.
Review: Amara fuses Indian flavors with modern, chef-y creations

Review: Amara fuses Indian flavors with modern, chef-y creations

When I think of Indian cuisine, a particular dish is not what comes to mind. Rather, it is the spice rack. It is cumin, coriander, cardamom, cloves, cinnamon, black pepper, fenugreek, mustard seeds, tamarind, turmeric, saffron. It is whole, dry spices, pan-toasted or wet-fried to draw out their complexity, with the added bonus that they fill the kitchen with a heady fragrance. The first thing I noticed...
Review: Smoky whole-hog ‘cue at B’s Cracklin’ BBQ

Review: Smoky whole-hog ‘cue at B’s Cracklin’ BBQ

My favorite moment in a barbecue joint tends to be the first one. The doors open and you take your first breath of that bewitching aroma of meat and smoke. It is pure and simple, the unadulterated magic from which barbecue is made. That smell whets the appetite just as well as an amuse-bouche at a four-star restaurant. Everything to love about barbecue is in the smoke. It is such a mysterious substance...
Kevin Rathbun opening a new steakhouse

Kevin Rathbun opening a new steakhouse

Chefs Peter Kaiser and Kevin Rathbun. Credit: Kaiser’s Chop House. Kaiser’s Chop House, a collaboration from chefs Peter Kaiser and Kevin Rathbun, will open at 5975 Roswell Road in Sandy Springs in spring 2017.
North Fulton Mexican restaurant closes after 18 months

North Fulton Mexican restaurant closes after 18 months

The skirt steak fajitas at Ray’s Rio Bravo. / AJC file photo A Mexican favorite has closed its doors in Sandy Springs after less than two years.
Watch an Atlanta chef try to take the top spot on Food Network tonight

Watch an Atlanta chef try to take the top spot on Food Network tonight

TJ Reddick An Atlanta chef is trying to cook up a win on Food Network tonight — and you can help cheer him on.
Find out how to meet a Food Network star in Marietta and Buford

Find out how to meet a Food Network star in Marietta and Buford

Mario Rizzotti will be in town next week. Want to rub elbows — and eat food with — a Food Network celebrity?
A burger and beer is $9.95 at this popular metro Atlanta chain restaurant

A burger and beer is $9.95 at this popular metro Atlanta chain restaurant

Head to Taco Mac for an original burger and beer for $9.95 or upgrade to this bacon burger for a buck.
What is kalette and how do you cook it?

What is kalette and how do you cook it?

It’s still possible to find new vegetables at the market, created the old-fashioned way by cross-breeding one vegetable with another to come up with something a little bit different and utterly delicious. Kalette is the latest “new” vegetable, a cross between Brussels sprouts and kale. The little florets grow up the stalk just like Brussels sprouts, but instead of being tight little...
Krystal offering ‘Surf & Turf’ menu for Valentine’s Day

Krystal offering ‘Surf & Turf’ menu for Valentine’s Day

If you’re looking for a meal that sounds fancy without all the trappings of fine dining — including the price tag — you’ll want to pull into a Krystal parking lot today. The Atlanta-based chain is offering a Surf & Turf menu for two today from 11 a.m. until close featuring eight classic Krystal sandwiches, a dozen fried shrimp, an order of chili cheese or Junkyard fries and...
VOTE: What’s the most dog-friendly restaurant in metro Atlanta?

VOTE: What’s the most dog-friendly restaurant in metro Atlanta?

After getting a first look at Fetch, the restaurant and dog park bar coming to Old Fourth Ward this year, we started thinking about the other dog friendly bars and restaurants in metro Atlanta. Our pooches are our best friends, and we love places that welcome them with special treats, menus and general puppy love, especially now that the weather is starting to warm up. What’s your favorite dog...
6 restaurants for singles to celebrate Valentine’s Day in metro Atlanta

6 restaurants for singles to celebrate Valentine’s Day in metro Atlanta

Dive into a basket of tacos and Valentine’s Day themed drinks at The Original El Taco. HANDOUT / Phase:3 Marketing and Communications.
Linton Hopkins talks Cobb steakhouse and more top Atlanta dining news

Linton Hopkins talks Cobb steakhouse and more top Atlanta dining news

Here’s what to eat, drink, buy, cook and more from the past week in metro Atlanta. Linton Hopkins Restaurant news and events Chef Linton Hopkins — of Restaurant Eugene and Holeman & Finch — is gearing up for the opening of his new dining concept at The Battery next to Suntrust Park, the new home of the Atlanta Braves.
Celeb chef Marcus Samuelsson will be in Atlanta next week — here’s how you can see him

Celeb chef Marcus Samuelsson will be in Atlanta next week — here’s how you can see him

Marcus Samuelsson / Photo courtesy of Macy’s Famed restaurateur, cookbook author, frequent “Chopped” judge — and arguably the most prominent black chef in the U.
Beer Pick: Samuel Adams Rebel IPA

Beer Pick: Samuel Adams Rebel IPA

Rebel IPA. Credit: Boston Beer Co. Given the Super Bowl back-and-forth between Boston Beer Co. and SweetWater, it seemed like a good time to be a good loser and feature this new version of Rebel IPA.
We taste tested pasta chips — here’s what we thought

We taste tested pasta chips — here’s what we thought

We love pasta as much as the next carb lover — but in chips? Pasta chips — a baked alternative to potato chips made with semolina flour — strive to be your go-to snack with an Italian twist, with flavors including marinara, alfredo and garlic and garlic olive oil. We tried three flavors to determine if they would replace our greasy but beloved potato chips. The verdict? Check it...
We taste tested pasta chips — here’s what we thought

We taste tested pasta chips — here’s what we thought

We love pasta as much as the next carb lover — but in chips? Pasta chips — a baked alternative to potato chips made with semolina flour — strive to be your go-to snack with an Italian twist, with flavors including marinara, alfredo and garlic and garlic olive oil. We tried three flavors to determine if they would replace our greasy but beloved potato chips. The verdict? Check it...
Savannah Sasser leaving Twain’s Brewpub & Billiards as executive chef

Savannah Sasser leaving Twain’s Brewpub & Billiards as executive chef

Savannah Sasser. / Photo credit Matthew Wong Savannah Sasser, who has served as the executive chef at Twain’s Brewpub & Billiards in Decatur since 2012, is leaving the restaurant.
4 last-minute places to RSVP for Valentine’s Day in metro Atlanta

4 last-minute places to RSVP for Valentine’s Day in metro Atlanta

Head to Le Bilboquet for dinner on Valentine’s Day. HANDOUT / Allison PR. Have a change of heart about dining out on Valentine’s Day?
MAP: 27 metro Atlanta restaurants to eat at this month

MAP: 27 metro Atlanta restaurants to eat at this month

Deviled Egg Po Boy with fried shrimp, farm egg salad, creole remoulade, veggies and Twisted house fries at Twisted Soul.
4 decadent chocolate desserts we’re craving OTP

4 decadent chocolate desserts we’re craving OTP

Sometimes we can say no to the temptation of the dessert menu—and sometimes we just can’t help ourselves, especially if chocolate is involved.
Chill out: A rolled ice cream shop is rolling into Buckhead

Chill out: A rolled ice cream shop is rolling into Buckhead

Sweet Charlie’s rolled ice cream is coming to Atlanta. / Photo courtesy of Sweet Charlie’s Philly transplants to Atlanta will have something to line up for come spring.
Japanese barbecue restaurant coming to Atlantic Station

Japanese barbecue restaurant coming to Atlantic Station

The harami miso at Gyu-Kaku Japanese BBQ. / Photo from Gyu-Kaku’s Facebook page Big things are going down at Atlantic Station, food-wise, these days.
Learn how to make Muss & Turner’s Banana Bomb dessert for Valentine’s Day

Learn how to make Muss & Turner’s Banana Bomb dessert for Valentine’s Day

The Banana Bomb from Muss & Turner’s. There aren’t many better ways to surprise your sweetie for Valentine’s Day than with a homemade dessert.
Use these spices and herbs to heat up your Valentine’s Day

Use these spices and herbs to heat up your Valentine’s Day

Make chocolate bark for your love for Valentine’s Day. (Sarah Keiffer/For Food52) Looking for love?
Eat all the carbs, Atlanta: It’s National Bagel and Pizza Day

Eat all the carbs, Atlanta: It’s National Bagel and Pizza Day

It seems like some cruel joke devised by the diet gods — somehow, Feb. 9 marks both National Bagel Day and National Pizza Day.
Review: Smoke and mirrors at Smoke and Duck Sauce

Review: Smoke and mirrors at Smoke and Duck Sauce

The name of this chic new Asian-inflected barbecue joint makes a particular promise. You’re going to get smoke — in the form of barbecued pork, brisket and chicken — and you’ll get duck sauce, the fruity glaze that can turn Chinese takeout into dessert-as-dinner. Does the promise deliver? Copiously — at least when it comes to the sweet stuff. Sides such as pickled carrots...
Aphrodisiac dishes to spark Valentine romance

Aphrodisiac dishes to spark Valentine romance

In my pre-pubescent years of the early ’80s, my childhood best friend and I used to cackle-laugh over certain fashion trends that seemed to hold an attraction for “the ladies.” We lumped waning ’70s fads like leisure suits and butt-hugger Adidas running shorts along with the mustache of rising star Tom Selleck into what we called the “come closer” look. Meter collars...
Learn how to make Joseph and Co.’s rich and fudgy brownies

Learn how to make Joseph and Co.’s rich and fudgy brownies

Just in time to sweeten your Valentine’s Day, Marini was happy to provide the recipe for what this “All American” brownie recipe. These are rich, fudgy brownies full of toasted nuts and bits of chocolate. For the dark chocolate chunks, Marini recommends using chocolate with at least 68 percent cocoa. The recipe calls for you to cut the pan into 16 brownies, but you can offer them...
Salad bar concept coming to Atlantic Station with plans to open 20 Atlanta locations

Salad bar concept coming to Atlantic Station with plans to open 20 Atlanta locations

Salad wraps are on the menu at Salata. / Photo from Salata’s Facebook page A Houston-based salad chain is ready to make its Atlanta debut this year.
Equipment check: look before you cook

Equipment check: look before you cook

First of all, you need a proper steamer. I did not have one when I set out to make bao, a steamed bun popular in Asian cuisines, but I realized it too late in the game.  Using the cookbook Molly on the Range by food blogger Molly Yeh as my guide, I took on the task of making the buns from scratch. Yeh's dad is Chinese, and she grew up eating the buns. The formula didn't seem too out of my wheelhouse...
To elevate a side dish, put something on top

To elevate a side dish, put something on top

We're rethinking garnishes here at #DinnerInMinutes Central. They can provide nutrition, not just color or crunch. We have sprinkled spiced ground lamb atop a roasted red pepper soup and added meaty heft to a plate of whipped hummus. Here, a few ounces of protein elevate a smart couscous side dish to main-course status. The original recipe comes from New York chef-restaurateur Chris Santos's new cookbook...
If you don’t have an Instant Pot, you’re cooking wrong

If you don’t have an Instant Pot, you’re cooking wrong

For me, cooking is fun. It’s a hobby, and there are few things I enjoy more than spending an entire Saturday afternoon assembling an elaborate dish that will wow my dinner guests. Sadly, this personal passion doesn’t jibe with my real life. In real life, I get home from work and face a hungry family ready to eat NOW. Even worse, many members of that family are severely limited in the types...
McDonald's to cut prices on drinks as fast-food industry slumps

McDonald's to cut prices on drinks as fast-food industry slumps

McDonald's Corp., reeling from an industrywide restaurant slump and slowing growth from its all-day breakfast push, is looking to beverages to help perk up the business. The world's biggest food-service company, which last year focused its advertising on cheeseburgers and chicken sandwiches, plans to offer $1 sodas and $2 McCafe specialty drinks across the U.S. It's turning to higher-margin beverages...
Cheesecake for the soul: a 'Golden Girls' cafe opens

Cheesecake for the soul: a 'Golden Girls' cafe opens

Picture it: Manhattan, 2017. A crisp Saturday morning. Every table in Rue La Rue Cafe — a new restaurant in Washington Heights dedicated to Rue McClanahan and her hit television series, “The Golden Girls” — was occupied, including one in a replica of the kitchen set from the show. The pumps McClanahan (Blanche) wore in the pilot episode are displayed in a glass case. Mannequins...
How to make light-as-a-feather homemade gnocchi

How to make light-as-a-feather homemade gnocchi

Even when I read novels, I get hungry. “Back home, I told the cook girl to boil enough pots of water and to chop enough pork and vegetables to make a thousand dumplings, both steamed and boiled, with plenty of fresh ginger, good soy sauce and sweet vinegar for dipping.” From “The Kitchen God’s Wife” by Amy Tan. Little wonder that I taught myself to make pot stickers....
On a low-sodium diet? We have recipes for you

On a low-sodium diet? We have recipes for you

The doctor says you have to lower your sodium. It’s stunning news. After all, salt is what makes food taste like food. On the other hand, eating too much salt can be devastating to your health. According to the Harvard School of Public Health, too much sodium in the bloodstream can lead to high blood pressure, heart attacks, stroke, heart failure, possibly to stomach cancer and even to osteoporosis...

'Eating in the middle: a mostly wholesome cookbook' offers balance

When January resolutions roll over into February, it can be enough to test anyone's allegiance to eating better in the new year. In my own efforts to eat mostly wholesome meals in the past several months, one book kept showing up on my kitchen counter. Eating in the Middle: A Mostly Wholesome Cookbook is a slim book, with 80 recipes for everyday eating, including the weekend splurges and special occasions...
Pineapple pizzagate forces Iceland president to back off ban

Pineapple pizzagate forces Iceland president to back off ban

Hawaiian pizza is not for everyone. It’s a decadent, tasty treat to some, but for others ham and pineapple are the worst topping choices ever created. Iceland’s president waded into the fray last week when a student asked him a question about pineapple on pizza. (Ham wasn’t mentioned, by the way.)  Guðni Th. Jóhannesson said he found the combination “completely...
Bon Ton opening for dinner tonight in Midtown

Bon Ton opening for dinner tonight in Midtown

Sweet and Spicy Cold Noodles, Lo Lat Rolls, and Crawfish Smoked Gouda Mac and Cheese. Credit: Mia Yakel.
Food truck rules outnumber patrons in Hong Kong

Food truck rules outnumber patrons in Hong Kong

For the 23rd year running, Hong Kong is, in the opinion of the conservative Heritage Foundation, the freest economy in the world. With low taxes, an efficient government and private businesses running the city buses and its spotless subways, this place is a libertarian dream come true. So the story goes. Many people who live in Hong Kong beg to differ. This has long been a city of tycoons, with a...
Resistance begins at home

Resistance begins at home

A casserole can be a potent weapon. It is one that Shanna Castillo has been using with precision since she started a neighborhood Facebook group, Love Trumps Hate Sunset Park Brooklyn, the week after Donald Trump was elected president. Every month, members invite undocumented immigrants from the neighborhood into their homes for dinner. With food, wine and child care, living rooms are transformed...

As obesity rises, remote pacific islands plan to abandon junk food

Cookies and sugary drinks served at government meetings are about to go away. So are imported noodles and canned fish served in tourist bungalows. Taking their place? Local coconuts, lobsters and lime juice. The Torba Tourism Council in the remote Pacific island nation of Vanuatu is planning to outlaw all imported food at government functions and tourist establishments across the province’s...
These cute currant tarts come together in four steps

These cute currant tarts come together in four steps

Donna Mott of Ooh De Lolli bakes out of a vintage kitchen in downtown Fresno that’s perfect for a vintage recipe like currant tarts. Her version of this classic needs just five ingredients and a prepared pie crust. Tarts can be made with a number of different fillings, but Zante currants, a type of dried berry, add sweetness to every bite. ——— by Donna Mott 1 egg 2 tablespoons...
Semifreddo: It’s often overlooked, but deserves recognition

Semifreddo: It’s often overlooked, but deserves recognition

We know about ice cream, gelato and sorbet. We’re even familiar with frozen yogurt, frozen custard and sherbet. But we are not so acquainted with semifreddo. An Italian frozen treat, semifreddo is similar to ice cream while showcasing more of a velvety, frozen mousse texture. It is not overly complicated to make because semifreddo doesn’t require an ice cream machine or any churning, but...
Chocolate mint cookies answer a late-night craving

Chocolate mint cookies answer a late-night craving

College kids dash out at all hours to Insomnia Cookies for chocolate chunk or oatmeal raisin. What happened to work ethic? What happened to melting butter and beating eggs? It takes 10 minutes to mix cookie batter, and those are minutes well spent. Kids counter that they don’t stash eggs and flour in their dorm rooms. Campus life offers no mixer, no oven, no time. Plus, cookie shops deliver...
More details on celeb chef Todd English’s new Atlanta restaurant

More details on celeb chef Todd English’s new Atlanta restaurant

Celebrity chef Todd English opening restaurant at the Battery Atlanta “I’ve been all over the world.
Not your ordinary chips and salsa at this Mexican restaurant

Not your ordinary chips and salsa at this Mexican restaurant

The guacamole and salsa tasting at Alma Cocina features three types each of guacamole and salsa with plantain chips and tortilla chips.
3 wines that play well with grilled cheese and savory/sweet onion jam

3 wines that play well with grilled cheese and savory/sweet onion jam

Salty and a bit sweet, rich and a bit tangy, this grilled cheese with onion jam, adapted from “The Epicurious Cookbook,” is everything we want for dinner (there are even greens!), between two slices of rustic bread. Just add wine. In this case, bottles that play well with the salty/sweet duality. ——— Brush 4 slices of rustic Italian bread with olive oil on one side; arrange...

New flavors and Donald Trump: Florida strawberry season

We count on them every February and March, big glossy berries, maybe with whipped cream and shortcake, maybe all by their lonesome, one frilly-capped stem at a time. Florida strawberries are a dependable harbinger of spring, but what they taste like, the price they command and just how competitive they are with strawberries from California and Mexico change dramatically year to year. What can we expect...
Make the cheesy bread that the French nibble nightly

Make the cheesy bread that the French nibble nightly

Greetings from Paris, where I'm pondering time, friendship, early-evening drinks and cheese bread. I'm in Paris a whole less than I'm in New York, yet I see my French friends a whole lot more. It's not that I prefer the French set. It's not even that I'm more gadabout here. Nope, I think it's because there are so many more opportunities to see friends in Paris, and they're all built into the rhythm...
It's time to embrace the freezer, and what's in it

It's time to embrace the freezer, and what's in it

Cutting waste is one of the food world's top priorities. Up to 40 percent of all the food we produce ends up in the trash, and there are programs up and down the supply chain to try to pare that down. But there's a simple step consumers can take to cut waste: Rethink "fresh." It's a word we associate with food that's wholesome and good-tasting. And there's no argument about a just-picked...
The dining room gets a workout

The dining room gets a workout

Michael Chernow, an exercise buff and owner of the seafood restaurant Seamore’s, started a weekly workout class available to his 40-odd employees soon after the restaurant opened in 2015. Every Wednesday at 9 a.m., about 10 to 15 staff members of Seamore’s Fit Squad meet for either an indoor cycling class or for a 4-mile run across the Williamsburg Bridge. Sometimes there are yoga or boot...
Rueda Spanish white wine a mouthful of summer in depths of winter

Rueda Spanish white wine a mouthful of summer in depths of winter

And now for some affordable, refreshing white wines from Spain. That’s a pleasant group of words, isn’t it? I’m thinking of the wines from the Rueda region in this case — wines based on the verdejo grape variety that can ably offer an alternative to those looking for a break from their default order of pinot grigio or sauvignon blanc. To qualify “affordable,” consider...
Humble magic in Georgian capital’s restaurant renaissance

Humble magic in Georgian capital’s restaurant renaissance

When the chef Meriko Gubeladze opened Shavi Lomi, she recalled that Tbilisi was “starving for small, homey restaurants with good food.” That was 2011, and the quality of Georgian cuisine — known for its lavish use of spices and aromatic herbs influenced by travelers along the Silk Road — wasn’t the problem, but the uninviting establishments and menu selections &mdash...
You may have to give up some pleasure if you want to live longer

You may have to give up some pleasure if you want to live longer

Want to slow aging? You might want to ditch the moisturizer and eat less. Scientists at Brigham Young University have published research that show cutting calories affects aging inside a cell. They found that ribosomes — the cell’s protein maker — slow down when calories were cut and that, in turn, this calorie-restriction led to longer, healthier lives in mice. “When you restrict...
Brewers’ newest craft: crowd control

Brewers’ newest craft: crowd control

Shortly before 11 on a Friday night in January, Justin Saurer parked his car on a gritty Brooklyn, New York, street that was best known for its McDonald’s and proximity to the toxic Gowanus Canal until Other Half Brewing Co. opened in 2014. Saurer craved a first crack at the special India pale ale that Other Half had created to celebrate its third anniversary. But the cans wouldn’t go...
Hoagie roll stands up best to hearty chicken Parmesan sandwich

Hoagie roll stands up best to hearty chicken Parmesan sandwich

The sandwich in need of housing can’t consult Zillow. Nor will the multiple listing service do. She’s got to pound the pavement of the actual market, in the bakery aisle. Her dream home should have it all: sturdy construction that can support a crisp chicken cutlet, room for the rambunctious peppers and tomatoes and neat curb appeal. Sliced bread is out of the question. Too many windows...

The magic of pho

If you’ve been living under a rock at the bottom of the ocean for the last decade, you might have missed the ascendency of pho, Vietnam’s internationally beloved comfort food. The steaming meal is both soup and salad in the same bowl, a fragrant beef broth in which delicate rice noodles and meat parts comingle with fresh herbs and sprouts, amidst a customized mixture of condiments. In...
A savory pie for butternut squash fiends; 3 wines to match

A savory pie for butternut squash fiends; 3 wines to match

Pie and wine for dinner? Sounds like an indulgent night alone, remote in hand — but make that a savory pie, and you’ve got yourself a dinner party. This simple galette (a rustic tart) is made with butternut squash, sage and blue cheese. The latter is traditionally tough to pair with wine, but sommelier Nate Redner of Lincoln Park’s Oyster Bah suggests ripe, fruit-forward pours that...
Test Kitchen recipe: Enchiliada Ring makes plenty of servings

Test Kitchen recipe: Enchiliada Ring makes plenty of servings

This Enchilada Ring is not only big on flavor, but low in fat and calories, too. The outside base is made with reduced-fat crescent rolls that are folded over of filling of chili-spiced chicken, olives and canned greened chilies. Don’t worry about the lengthy ingredient list, most are pantry staples. And for the cooked shredded chicken? Use rotisserie chicken. Enchilada Ring Serves: 16 Preparation...
Impress with this flavorful steak

Impress with this flavorful steak

Try this pan-roasted steak with mushroom pesto sauce for a special meal at home. It won’t break your calorie bank. Thick-sliced portobello mushrooms make the base for this sauce. Pesto sauce made with fresh basil, parsley, olive oil and Parmesan cheese originated in Genoa, Italy. Adding mushrooms to a prepared pesto sauce gives it an earthy flavor. The Hot Pepper Potatoes are microwaved and...
Are you ready for a jackfruit taco?

Are you ready for a jackfruit taco?

Jackfruit is one of the hottest food trends nationwide and Miriam Martinez is bringing it to the streets of Fresno. As the owner of La Jacka Mobile, Martinez is one of the first, if not the only, using jackfruit — a meat alternative — in her tacos, burritos and quesadillas. So what is jackfruit and why is it becoming popular? For starters, it’s one of the largest tree fruits in the...
For National Margarita Day, make the drink exactly how you like it

For National Margarita Day, make the drink exactly how you like it

For some Texans, Feb. 22 is the most important day of the year: National Margarita Day. That classic concoction of tequila, lime or lemon juice, and an orange liqueur like triple sec — with salt on the rim of the glass, of course — is a drink as beloved in Texas (and many other states) as the other Mexican beverage Topo Chico. (Our love for that sparkling water is a story for another day...
Recipe of the Week: Sour Cream and Blueberry Coffee Cake

Recipe of the Week: Sour Cream and Blueberry Coffee Cake

One wouldn’t necessarily associate coffee cake with San Francisco — that is, unless you’ve been to Hobee’s, a beloved restaurant in the Bay Area that first opened in 1974. Mario Batali and Jim Webster know that this coffee cake is the reason that lots of folks flock to Hobee’s and one of the first things they miss if they move away from the area. Their new book, &ldquo...
Bars that will satisfy lemon-heads, chocoholics

Bars that will satisfy lemon-heads, chocoholics

Up the game on lemon bars by using a chocolate crust instead of the usual all-purpose flour one. The holy trinity for a lemon bar crust is flour, butter and sugar, usually powdered sugar as granulated sugar can produce a brittle texture, giving it a shortbread taste and feel. There’s nothing wrong with that tried and true recipe, but how about amping the flavor and giving the crust some chocolate...
Is this the coolest avocado trick ever?

Is this the coolest avocado trick ever?

When a Floridian speaks avocado, I listen. I spent my youth down there, where massive “pumpkin” avocados literally grow on trees and avocado season arrives as an avalanche every year. You think you struggle with keeping your avocado from getting all brown and nasty after you take off a big slice for your avocado toast? Try wrestling with a whole paper sack someone plops on your front porch...
Meatloaf to unite a nation

Meatloaf to unite a nation

House speaker Paul D. Ryan, R-Wis., who loves bow hunting so much that he worries the scent from his security detail may scare off the deer, was more than happy to hand over his recipe for venison meatloaf. “He was much more interested in talking to me about meatloaf than he was the earned tax credit,” said Jennifer Steinhauer, who covers Congress for The New York Times. Sen. Chuck Schumer...
Braising refresher course: How to turn tough cuts into tender dinner

Braising refresher course: How to turn tough cuts into tender dinner

The more devoted PrepSchoobeeDoBees among you may recall we first broached the topic of braising about 10 years back. Today, a little refresher. Heed its lessons, and practice its tenets, and soon you’ll be thinking, “Well, who knows what fresh hell the future may bring, but, sweet mother of pearl, at least I can braise a piece of meat.” Why you need to learn this The braising method...
Celebrity chef Todd English opening restaurant at the Battery Atlanta

Celebrity chef Todd English opening restaurant at the Battery Atlanta

Celebrity chef Todd English is opening Todd English Tavern at Battery Atlanta. The Battery entertainment complex adjacent to the Atlanta Braves new stadium SunTrust Park will offer plenty of options for dining and drinking.

A reader asks: Why do wines change with age?

After my recent column describing how vintage charts guide us in deciding when to pull those treasured collectible bottles from our cellars, a reader emailed with a straightforward request: Please explain why a two-year-old wine tastes different from the same wine that's seven years old. As with many simple questions, there is no simple answer. Wine is alive. Its ability to age is what sets it apart...
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