Food & Dining


Hog heaven? Healthy livestock the heartbeat of sustainable meat

The U.S. Department of Agriculture predicts the American consumer will eat on average more than 220 pounds of red meat and poultry this year. If that’s a number that resonates with you, are you considering “sustainability” when you’re buying the protein to serve for dinner? Are you thinking about the environment, greenhouse gas emissions, water use or land use? Does &ldquo...


The art of the pop-up

The art of the pop-up

Since 2017, he’s continued to hone his crafty cooking at SOS in Decatur, offering an array of dishes with what former Atlanta Journal-Constitution dining John Kessler once described as “wit and smarts to spare.” Stieber got his start working in fine-dining restaurants such as Abattoir and Empire State South. But he’s always combined a playful and sometimes irreverent attitude...
Learn how to make The National’s wheat berry salad

Learn how to make The National’s wheat berry salad

From the menu… The National, 232 W. Hancock Ave., Athens. 706-549-3450. thenationalrestaurant.com Whenever I’m in Athens, I stop at The National for lunch. I have enjoyed everything, but the wheat berry salad is so intriguing. I love learning about new grains. Will they share the recipe? — Emily Strong, Avondale Estates Peter Dale, The National’s executive chef and...
Harness healthy properties of turmeric in lemonade

Harness healthy properties of turmeric in lemonade

Terri Jagger Blincoe of Ladybug Farms in Rabun County grows a wide variety of vegetables and fruit for her farmers market and community-supported agriculture, or CSA, customers. Of the farm’s 14 acres, she devotes three-quarters of an acre to growing more than 40 different crops. “I also have seven acres in organic hay production. I became the first certified organic hay supplier...
Ex-Bacchanalia chef takes new approach to courtside cuisine at Philips

Ex-Bacchanalia chef takes new approach to courtside cuisine at Philips

Would the change also mean swapping white tablecloths, high-provenance ingredients and all the glitz that garnered Bacchanalia aplomb in the movie “Baby Driver” as “the finest wining and dining of all the wines and dines in town” in exchange for popcorn, hot dogs, nachos and other stadium fare of old? Apparently not. On Feb. 7, the Hawks unveiled the first of Schafer&rsquo...
Is Gullah Geechee cuisine the next big thing in Southern food?

Is Gullah Geechee cuisine the next big thing in Southern food?

Southern Kitchen associate editor Mike Jordan has a prediction: Sometime in 2018, whether you’ve had it or chatted about it before or not, you will be talking about Gullah and Geechee food. And while it's certainly not new — Gullah Geechee might literally be the most not-new Southern food to ever exist — he believes the cuisine’s time to be fully appreciated has come....
20 of the most influential black chefs in the South

20 of the most influential black chefs in the South

It's safe to say that New Orleans cuisine wouldn't be the same without Leah Chase, and that the work of Michael Twitty, BJ Dennis and Tunde Wey has changed the way we talk about Southern cooking. These four chefs are only a few of the most influential black chefs cooking in the South today. Southern Kitchen picked 20 outstanding black chefs across the South who they think have had the greatest influence...
Glazed, but not confused

Glazed, but not confused

When I was a kid, the only place for doughnuts in my hometown of Bainbridge was a humble spot called Loyless Donuts. On damp, foggy mornings, before the sun could even rise, Loyless was a beacon of warmth. Occasionally, we’d pull in and order a dozen to carry along to work or school. Circles of puffy yeast dough, delicately fried and drizzled with white icing, they were paragons of perfection...
Review: Barbecue, bourbon — and grain bowls at Loyal Q

Review: Barbecue, bourbon — and grain bowls at Loyal Q

Let me describe a platter of barbecue for you. It all starts with an aluminum tray, rectangular and simple, with a piece of butcher paper cut to fit. Atop it, your eyes will no doubt be drawn to the thick slices of prime brisket cut from the deckle side, thick black bands of smoky bark wrapping around the meat, whose fatty marbling now drenches the paper below it. Aside that, a kind of culinary opposite...
Saving Southern Recipes: Make this Czech treat that became a truly Texan specialty

Saving Southern Recipes: Make this Czech treat that became a truly Texan specialty

In our series Saving Southern Recipes, Southern Kitchen Associate Editor Kate Williams explores the deep heritage of Southern cooking through the lens of passed-down family recipes.Frito pie. Chile con carne. Chorizo breakfast tacos. Brisket. I'm willing to bet that simply reading the name of these dishes conjures up an image of Texas, big and proud and full of meat. But they're not the only quintessential...
Georgia chef fosters legacy of Southern food dame Edna Lewis

Georgia chef fosters legacy of Southern food dame Edna Lewis

This month, as we observe the achievements of African-Americans in U.S. history, we would be remiss not to reflect on Edna Lewis (1916-2006), arguably the most important black culinarian in the history of this country. I never got to meet Lewis in person. Admittedly, it’s since I moved to the South a couple of years ago that her name began to surface regularly in my conversations with chefs...
From the menu: Learn to make The Pinewood’s cheesy grits tots

From the menu: Learn to make The Pinewood’s cheesy grits tots

From the menu … The Pinewood, 254 W. Ponce de Leon Ave., Decatur; 404-373-5507; www.pinewoodtr.com Recently I went to The Pinewood for drinks and appetizers with friends. As Southerners, we were intrigued by their Grits Tots appetizer and ordered one to share. It quickly became the highlight of our experience and conversation. We would love to have the recipe. — Danielle Carter...
Your guide to late-night eating in metro Atlanta

Your guide to late-night eating in metro Atlanta

If you're more night owl than early bird, there are plenty of spots around town to satisfy your hunger, and lots of ways to fill your belly if you’re feeling ambitious and want to make munchies at home. Check out the spots AJC readers voted as their favorite for late-night dining and fun Looking to satisfy your sweet tooth? Here are 6 late-night spots for dessert Check out these...
Road trip dining: A-list restaurants in two Georgia film towns

Road trip dining: A-list restaurants in two Georgia film towns

It’s awards season. Whoop-de-do. While the rest of the country eats up the red carpet ruckus, I’m just eating. That’s because I can’t keep up with the stuff of Entertainment Weekly, and I’m not in a position to debate whether “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri” should be an Oscar best picture nominee. However, Hollywood awards chatter did inspire me...
Review: Old Morro Castle chef comes back with disappointing Cuba Mia

Review: Old Morro Castle chef comes back with disappointing Cuba Mia

Reconnecting with an old acquaintance can be tricky. There are expectations, there are risks. What if you don’t like each other anymore? What if you do? Suppose you’ve changed so much you don’t recognize one another. Awkward! Such has been my experience with Cuba Mia, a casual Cuban walk-up counter in a nameless Buford Highway strip mall just north of Clairmont Avenue. Cuba Mia marks...
Saving Southern Recipes: Bake this easy, cinnamon-swirled king cake for Mardi Gras

Saving Southern Recipes: Bake this easy, cinnamon-swirled king cake for Mardi Gras

Stop into any bakery near New Orleans this time of year and you'll likely be greeted by a flood of purple, yellow and green ring-shaped cakes, sparkling with sprinkles and displayed with brightly colored beads, masks, and doubloons. Yes, it's King Cake season, and with it comes plenty of tongue-dying food coloring, plastic babies and way too much sugar. Said to honor the three kings, or wise men,...
Nothing fishy about Drift’s seafood

Nothing fishy about Drift’s seafood

Safe food choices are difficult to make these days. Are we still supposed to avoid buying romaine lettuce? No, actually. On Jan. 25, U.S. food safety and health officials declared an end to a lethal E. coli outbreak associated with that leafy green. But just when we got the green light to get our roughage from romaine, Rich Products Corp. recalled approximately 3,420 pounds of its beef meatball products...
Herbed oil garnishes Colletta’s creamy onion soup

Herbed oil garnishes Colletta’s creamy onion soup

From the menu … Colletta, 900 3rd St., Alpharetta; 678-722-8335. collettarestaurant.com At a recent holiday lunch at Colletta, the daily soup was onion soup with cream, thyme and rosemary. It was so good, I wanted to lick the bowl! It had a generous amount of thinly sliced onion, cooked through and sweet — almost braised or gently caramelized. The thyme and rosemary complemented...
In Season: Use fresh fennel in winter salad

In Season: Use fresh fennel in winter salad

Christi Hansen and Matthew Bagshaw are the farmers of Hungry Heart Farm in Conley, just south of I-285 near Moreland Avenue. They began farming their one-and-a-half acres about two years ago when Mary Rigdon of Decimal Place Farm agreed to lease part of her land. “When Mary agreed to lease the land, it meant we could begin our vegetable farm without having to buy land. We have an outdoor...
Tacos take the town: 6 new metro Atlanta taquerias to check out

Tacos take the town: 6 new metro Atlanta taquerias to check out

I’ve been eating a lot of tacos lately, and I have a few observations about the explosive taco scene in Atlanta. There are no great fish tacos in town. I know, I know. Taqueria del Sol’s are famous, and they are delicious: strips of crispy fried tilapia drizzled with poblano tartar sauce and tucked into a flour tortilla. Chef Eddie Hernandez’s 18-year-old chain has a cult following...
Review: Annie Mae’s Pantry hits sweet spot with updated Southern fare

Review: Annie Mae’s Pantry hits sweet spot with updated Southern fare

The first thing you notice when you walk into Annie Mae’s Pantry is an arresting, 10-foot-tall, black-and-white photograph. It depicts a petite African-American lady standing on her front porch with a nub of a broom. Wearing a tattered sweater and a kerchief around her head, she’s reminiscent of Whoopi Goldberg’s Celie in Steven Spielberg’s “The Color Purple.” But...
Saving Southern Recipes: Here’s how pound cake became a classic that anyone can bake

Saving Southern Recipes: Here’s how pound cake became a classic that anyone can bake

I can't even keep track of the number of pound cake recipes that shy away from such things. I've seen recipes calling for a meager 14 tablespoons or an only slightly more generous two sticks, but those that fully embrace the history (and simplicity) of the recipe are surprisingly few and far between. And sure, there's likely some science, and a few tricks, behind lower butter amounts, but come on...
From the menu: Learn to make Farmview Market’s mac and cheese

From the menu: Learn to make Farmview Market’s mac and cheese

From the menu … Farmview Market, 2610 Eatonton Highway, Madison; 844-210-7030. farmviewmarket.com Laura Rotroff of Farmview Market sent us the recipe for their macaroni and cheese in a quantity that could serve a battalion. We’ve cut it down quite a bit.
Review: Janet’s Kitchen brings taste of the Philippines to Decatur

Review: Janet’s Kitchen brings taste of the Philippines to Decatur

Despite my Filipino name, only a quarter of the blood that flows through my veins is Pinoy. It’s when I’m with my dad’s family, though, that I sometimes feel full-blooded. When I walk into my relatives’ homes in Chicago, there is a distinct smell, and it emanates from the kitchen. I think it’s primarily the rice pot, which claims counter space, much like a coffeepot does...
Review: A double order of eccentric Americana at Golden Eagle

Review: A double order of eccentric Americana at Golden Eagle

Maybe you have heard about the roadside diner’s club on Memorial Drive. It is the one hidden in the back half of the building, behind the sunny California-styled coffee joint called Muchacho. The one with the moose head hanging over the padded horseshoe bar, where bartenders are just as happy to stir up a rye cocktail as they are to pour a Czech Pilsner into a gold rimmed glass. The place...
Combine sweet satsumas with collard greens in salad

Combine sweet satsumas with collard greens in salad

One of the real pleasures of cold weather is the arrival of fresh citrus. Yes, you can buy an orange or a lemon any time of the year, but if you want local citrus fresh off the tree, you need to wait for November and the months after. Kim Jones of Bethel Oaks Farm in Monticello, Florida, grows satsumas as well as navel and Hamlin oranges, lemons, mandarins and shiranui, a large Japanese mandarin with...
Eggs from pasture-raised chickens key to crème brûlée

Eggs from pasture-raised chickens key to crème brûlée

From the menu… White Oak Pastures Dining Pavilion, 22775 Highway 27, Bluffton. 229-641-2081. whiteoakpastures.com The folks at the farm’s dining pavilion were happy to share this recipe that takes full advantage of White Oak Pastures’ eggs. When sending the recipe, they wrote, “The secret to a great crème brûlée is two-fold. One major key is all about...
These simple-to-make doughnuts offer hole-some treats for home

These simple-to-make doughnuts offer hole-some treats for home

Whether you consider doughnuts required comfort food or occasional indulgence, you must have noticed the growing number of artisan doughnut shops with their offerings ranging from simple to exotic. You can seek out these artisan doughnuts, or you can make your own artisan doughnuts at home. Yes, doughnuts are surprisingly easy to make at home, requiring little specialized equipment. If you’re...
Review: Anh’s Kitchen brings Vietnamese classics to Midtown

Review: Anh’s Kitchen brings Vietnamese classics to Midtown

In the early 2000s, I spent a few years living in a high-rise condominium near 10th and Peachtree. The view from the 18th floor was magnificent, but the dining options down below were still evolving. Had I been able to stop by a place like Anh’s Kitchen for crispy fried spring rolls and a dependable bowl of noodle soup, the world would have seemed a little brighter somehow. The latest venture...
Review: Bulla Gastrobar puts the boo-yah in tapas

Review: Bulla Gastrobar puts the boo-yah in tapas

The first thing to know about Bulla Gastrobar is that it is not pronounced “bull-ah.” The correct pronunciation is “boo-yah.” As owner Carlos Centurion told an interviewer at the original location of this Spanish-styled tapas restaurant in the Coral Gables neighborhood of Miami, bulla “literally means ‘noise’ but basically has connotations of fun, excitement...
Learn to make greens from Century House Tavern

Learn to make greens from Century House Tavern

From the menu … Century House Tavern, 125 E. Main St., Woodstock; 770-693-4552. centuryhousetavern.com Every week Century House Tavern makes batches and batches of collard greens, 15 pounds at a time. Their customers just can’t get enough and it’s so delicious they order it by the quart for their holiday meals at home. We’ve cut the recipe down to a fifth of one of their...
Georgia-Alabama game: Your guide to tailgating recipes, food

Georgia-Alabama game: Your guide to tailgating recipes, food

You can’t cheer on the Georgia Bulldogs on an empty stomach. Here, some surefire ways to make sure you stay satiated before, during and after the game: Best spots and everything else you need to know about tailgating at Mercedes-Benz stadium A guide to tailgating without packing on the pounds Score a touchdown with these delectable chili recipes Fox Bros. share their ...
Battle of the bowls: Two metro Atlanta spots to fuel up on salad

Battle of the bowls: Two metro Atlanta spots to fuel up on salad

A dozen Christmas cookies too many. Eggnog plus your cousin’s homemade grog. New Year’s Champagne toasting and a couple of bloodies the morning after, followed by binge-watching college bowl games during which you stuffed yourself silly with wings, buffalo sauce and beer. Go, Dawgs! So now your oversized sweater is feeling sorta tight after the holidays. Your colon has pretty much forgotten...
Review: Osteria di Mare plays it safe with Italian seafood and steaks

Review: Osteria di Mare plays it safe with Italian seafood and steaks

What compels you to choose a restaurant? Are you more likely to go for that shining temple of gastronomy on a hill, or that neighborhood gem down the street? If you fall in the latter category, you may want to know about Osteria di Mare in Peachtree Corners. A little less than a mile north of Jay Swift’s posh Noble Fin (“Seafood Steaks Cocktails”) sits Andrew...
Recipe: Better Half’s Silk Handkerchief Pasta

Recipe: Better Half’s Silk Handkerchief Pasta

From the menu … Better Half, 349 14th St., Atlanta. 404-695-4547; betterhalfatl.com Recently, I dined at Better Half. My friend and I got the Silk Handkerchief Pasta to share. I usually don’t eat much pasta, but this probably the best pasta I’ve had in Atlanta and I can’t wait to have it again! I would be very interested if they will share the recipe with you. &mdash...
Where (and what) to eat in and around Mercedes-Benz Stadium

Where (and what) to eat in and around Mercedes-Benz Stadium

If Monday’s game is your first opportunity to check out Mercedes-Benz Stadium, you’ll notice an upgrade from the old Dome’s dining options. First, there’s reasonable pricing on core concession items: Soft drinks and water are $2 and come with unlimited refills. Popcorn and hot dogs are priced at $2. Waffle fries, a bag of peanuts, a slice of pizza and nachos...
Use in-season kohlrabi to make this tasty side dish

Use in-season kohlrabi to make this tasty side dish

I talked with a farmer recently about growing kohlrabi and she told me she had a firm policy against it. “A firm policy?” I asked. “What does that mean?” She told me she and her partner chose not to grow kohlrabi because it took such a long time in the ground, occupying valuable farm real estate, and it was not something her customers really cared about. Later that morning...
Make Kevin Gillespie’s collard greens recipe for a good new year

Make Kevin Gillespie’s collard greens recipe for a good new year

Superstition dictates that for a new year filled with luck, one should eat certain foods including pork, Hoppin’ John and collard greens. Who are we to argue, especially when the dishes are so delicious? Here, Chef Kevin Gillespie shares his restaurant Revival’s recipe for collard greens; the Decatur eatery has iron skillet cornbread (gold), Riverview Farms...
Saving Southern Recipes: Old-Fashioned Hoppin’ John

Saving Southern Recipes: Old-Fashioned Hoppin’ John

It took me a long time to like Hoppin' John. When I was really young, I remember sneaking bite after bite into my napkin on New Year's Day to keep it good and hidden — at least until my mother did the laundry. As I got older and developed a taste for spicy foods, I'd drown out my obligatory bowl-ful with a combination of Pickapeppa and Tabasco, and I'd always mound far more rice than beans...
Review: New Italian eatery Donetto does pasta well but has some misses

Review: New Italian eatery Donetto does pasta well but has some misses

Much press has been given to Donetto, a fine-dining Italian spot, open since late September, in one of the historic buildings that form the Stockyards redevelopment project in West Midtown. The press is justifiable. Donetto is a new concept by 32-year-old chef Michael Perez, who partnered in this venture with Steve Palmer, managing partner of Charleston, S.C.-based Indigo Road hospitality group...
Review: Head to Duluth’s Thank U Chicken for real KFC (as in Korean)

Review: Head to Duluth’s Thank U Chicken for real KFC (as in Korean)

Chicken and waffles. Nashville hot chicken. Buffalo wings. Asha Gomez’s Kerala Fried Chicken. Popeyes. However you like your fried bird, and I dig all of the above, you won’t go lacking in Atlanta, where cooks from north, south, east and west are well schooled in matters of frying the comforting dish their way. Korean fried chicken, which some people winkingly call the original KFC, is...
Recipe: Mary Mac’s potato salad goes heavy on the mayo

Recipe: Mary Mac’s potato salad goes heavy on the mayo

From the menu … Mary Mac’s Tea Room, 224 Ponce de Leon Ave., Atlanta; 404-876-1800; marymacs.com I love everything about Mary Mac’s — the food, the service and atmosphere, the best fried chicken and fried green tomatoes. But the potato salad they make and serve is the best. The flavor and the dressing it’s in are so good. Do you have the recipe for Mary Mac&rsquo...

Restaurants struggle at intersection of food, politics

At Jardiniere restaurant in San Francisco, customer receipts currently feature a small note below the signature line, subtle enough that some diners might miss it. The fine print reads: “Immigrants make America great! They also cooked and served you dinner this evening.” The small political gesture from chef-owner Traci Des Jardins acknowledges the importance of immigrant labor in the...
Have you tried the Whole Foods sandwich that went viral?

Have you tried the Whole Foods sandwich that went viral?

Anyone can get their hands on the latest buzzy food craze: You just walk up to the deli at a Whole Foods, tell them you want “that TTLA sandwich” and pay $8 at the cash register.  That is, unless the deli is out of the ingredients, particularly the vegan tempeh “bacon” strips that are stuffed into the sandwich. Between a viral video (vegan actress Tabitha Brown singing...
Superb fish recipes for Lent (and the rest of the year)

Superb fish recipes for Lent (and the rest of the year)

For Christians, Lent is a time for quiet reflection. For austerity. For repentance.   But mostly it’s a time for fish.   Catholics and members of some other denominations choose to eat fish instead of meat on Ash Wednesday and every Friday until Easter. (For the Orthodox denominations, Great Lent began Monday; adherents generally refrain from eating meat or fish on weekdays...
Communal tables catch on at Minnesota restaurants

Communal tables catch on at Minnesota restaurants

Minnesotans appear to be thawing out. In restaurants, anyway, where diners are slowly but surely embracing the communal dining table.   Dropping their chilly, arm’s-length practices, complete strangers are now willingly sitting next to one another — and testing the boundaries of their well-guarded personal space — as they enjoy a meal.   With solo diners, couples...
How an 80-pound goldendoodle helped build a California wine brand

How an 80-pound goldendoodle helped build a California wine brand

When Eric Story and Alison Smith-Story started their winery in 2014, they didn't follow any conventional path. An old saw advises that to make a small fortune in the wine industry, you should start with a large one. That was not an option, so they went the modern way. "We didn't have an inheritance, and we hadn't started and sold a software company," Alison explains. So they turned to Kickstarter...
Some choice words for diabetes

Some choice words for diabetes

Type 2 diabetes was once known as adult-onset diabetes. But now that term is outdated: Increasingly it is a disease that begins in childhood. Between 2000 and 2009, the rate of Type 2 diabetes in children jumped more than 30 percent — and it is climbing especially fast among children from poor and minority families. The prevalence of the disease doubled in the past decade among black children...
I finally got my Bundt cake out of its pan. Here's how.

I finally got my Bundt cake out of its pan. Here's how.

In any compendium of foods that serve a crowd, the Bundt cake is a star. It is pretty, its number of slices can be stretched and it holds for days under cover, all of which makes it ideal for a house full of company or for carrying to a cake-worthy occasion. The Bundt was not always so ubiquitous. In 1966, Pillsbury Bake-Off judges awarded second place to a dessert called the Tunnel of Fudge Cake...
At Chobani, adding flavor to yogurt while watching calories

At Chobani, adding flavor to yogurt while watching calories

Porter Z. Long, 25, is a research and development scientist for Chobani at its yogurt factory in Twin Falls, Idaho. Q: What does your job entail? A: I create flavors for yogurt, taking an idea, such as mint chocolate, and developing it into a commercial product. Right now, I’m working on Flip products, which have mix-ins like nuts or seeds to add to the yogurt cup. Q: How did you get into this...
EXCLUSIVE: One Midtown Kitchen to close next month

EXCLUSIVE: One Midtown Kitchen to close next month

The interior of One Midtown Kitchen / Photo courtesy of One Midtown Kitchen A longtime Midtown eatery is closing its doors next month. One Midtown Kitchen will close at 559 Dutch Valley Rd NE on March 4, according to statement released by Concentrics Restaurants. “In the spirit of being passionate pioneers in the restaurant and hospitality industry and always working to be at the...
Get details on Braise, Pinewood Forest’s first restaurant tenant

Get details on Braise, Pinewood Forest’s first restaurant tenant

Chefs Tanya Jimenez and Michael Le A high-profile mixed-use development that has the allure of being next to one of the biggest movie studios in the country has announced details about its first restaurant tenant. Set to open in south metro Atlanta in Pinewood Forest in late 2019 , Braise will serve up a menu of dishes with European, New American...
Is it ‘natural’? Consumers, and lawyers, want to know

Is it ‘natural’? Consumers, and lawyers, want to know

In recent years, one bright spot in an otherwise lackluster market for packaged foods, beverages and consumers products has been merchandise promoted as “natural.” Consumers, increasingly wary of products that are overly processed or full of manufactured chemicals, are paying premium prices for natural goods, from fruit juices and cereals to shampoos and baby wipes. But as a spate of lawsuits...
Don’t love riesling? Finger Lakes will make you rethink the maligned grape

Don’t love riesling? Finger Lakes will make you rethink the maligned grape

In the continuing effort to spread the word that not all riesling is sweet, we now turn our focus to the Finger Lakes region of New York.  Of course, riesling is not the only grape grown in the Finger Lakes region. The area also turns out other whites, reds, rosés, sparklers and dessert wines. Furthermore, dry riesling is not the only style the grape variety is made into in the Finger...
Heat cut into Calif.’s wine grape crush; some varieties flourished

Heat cut into Calif.’s wine grape crush; some varieties flourished

California’s 2017 wine grape crush totaled slightly more than 4 million tons, down less than 1 percent from the 2016 total, according to a preliminary report released earlier this month by the California Department of Food and Agriculture.   The state’s preliminary report said the overall 2017 crush — including wine, raisin and table grapes — totaled 4.23 million...
He led a turnaround at Taco Bell. Can he do it at Chipotle?

He led a turnaround at Taco Bell. Can he do it at Chipotle?

Nacho fries! Tuscani Pasta! Chicken Alfredo! Posters and sales pitches for Taco Bell’s latest menu additions cover the windows of a store on a busy Manhattan block. At a nearby Chipotle, however, the signage was more subdued: “Now Open,” it read simply. The posters are a stark illustration of the deep divides between the two low-priced Mexican-food chains. Fast food — its stream...
This Oregon wine will challenge your ideas about what makes a pinot noir

This Oregon wine will challenge your ideas about what makes a pinot noir

If you're looking for a wine to challenge your preconceptions of what wine should taste like, have I got one for you. Then take comfort in a luscious California chardonnay or a couple vibrant whites from Italy and southern France. If dinner is casual, a nice savory red from Spain will fit the bill. Antiquum Farm Juel Pinot Noir 2015 3 stars Willamette Valley, Oregon, $45 Oregon pinot noir is my comfort...
Peanut butter helps West African-style stew find the 'sweet spot'

Peanut butter helps West African-style stew find the 'sweet spot'

I am on a constant quest for exciting ways to hit what I call the "sweet spot," where delicious and healthy meet. Happily, there are endless such discoveries to be made by exploring cuisines from around the globe, and it's doubly nice when their ingredients are easily accessible as they are for this wonderful West African-inspired one-pot meal.  The stew's distinctive taste comes from...
Egg and pepper sandwich makes great Lenten meal. Here are wines to have with it

Egg and pepper sandwich makes great Lenten meal. Here are wines to have with it

This spin on a Chicago Lenten classic is simple but also a little rich, so any wine that you match with it needs to stand up to that richness and not get bogged down by it. These three wines — a chardonnay-based Champagne plus a big rosé and a red on the lighter side, both from Italy — have the acidity to cut through, plus their own aromas and flavors to complement this Friday staple...
Get a taste of Morocco at this East Atlanta eatery

Get a taste of Morocco at this East Atlanta eatery

Meatball Tagine at Marrakech Express / Photo by Wyatt Williams Dish of the Week: Meatball Tagine at Marrakech Express By Wyatt Williams The Global Grub Collective in East Atlanta is a food hall of underdogs, a shoe-string operation with a handful of first-time restaurateurs chasing their culinary dreams. When you step inside for lunch these days, it is chef Amal Alaoui&rsquo...
Brunchfest, Hello Kitty Cafe truck and more food things to do in metro Atlanta this week

Brunchfest, Hello Kitty Cafe truck and more food things to do in metro Atlanta this week

The Hello Kitty cafe truck rolls into town this weekend. Photo credit: FWD PR. Brunchfest in Piedmont Park. The Hello Kitty Cafc truck rolls into Midtown with goodies. There are several fun, food events happening in metro Atlanta, so add one or all three of the following activities to your calendar. Be prepared to eat, drink and have a grand ole time. Saturday, Feb. 24: A cafe...
Get a free muffin in Midtown today for National Muffin Day

Get a free muffin in Midtown today for National Muffin Day

Get a free muffin, courtesy Java Joy, today. Photo credit: Java Joy. Take a break. Eat a muffin. In honor of National Muffin Day, the Java Joy crew will spread joy and serve complimentary muffins at Colony Square Plaza from 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. today. Java Joy, an initiative launched by Athens-based non-profit Extra Special People, is a stand-alone mobile coffee...
Don’t judge a wine by the grape on its label

Don’t judge a wine by the grape on its label

The word “varietal” is among the most misused in wine. Many people think of it as a synonym for “grape,” as in, “What varietals are in that wine?” Not to be pedantic, but that is wrong. Varietal is not a noun, it is an adjective. One may properly refer to a “varietal wine,” like a cabernet sauvignon or a chardonnay, in which the wine is made with a dominant...
Exploring the sweet subtleties of vinegar

Exploring the sweet subtleties of vinegar

When Edward Lee was growing up in Brooklyn, his grandmother fermented traditional Korean foods at home to stock the pantry, making her own gochujang and doenjang, along with several kinds of kimchi and rice vinegars. Lee now makes his own vinegars at 610 Magnolia, his restaurant in Louisville, Kentucky, using whole raw persimmons, peaches and fennel. Like many cooks who value the complex and sometimes...
Pesto in winter? Of course, and here are wines that match the richness

Pesto in winter? Of course, and here are wines that match the richness

This rich pasta dish calls for bright and lively wines that will either complement the richness, cut through it or, in an ideal pairing, both. Any of these three wines— a Champagne, a gruner veltliner from Austria or a sauvignon blanc from California — will do the job nicely. Make this: Winter Pesto With the food processor running, drop 3 cloves garlic down the chute, one by one, buzzing...
Macaroni and cheese for grown-ups

Macaroni and cheese for grown-ups

When it comes to macaroni and cheese, it’s time to think outside the box. You know the box we mean. It’s bright, shiny blue. And the macaroni and cheese that comes out of it is bright, shiny orange. The boxed stuff is fine for kids. It’s fast and cheap, and they can’t tell the difference. But for adults, it’s time to do something better. It’s time for homemade macaroni...
Chocolate-coffee ice cream and cake squares put good things together

Chocolate-coffee ice cream and cake squares put good things together

Cake and ice cream make a good couple. They balance each other out. One’s churned cold, the other’s baked hot. One’s creamy, the other crumbles. One loves cold weather, the other resents it. Blistering marital bliss. Ice cream insists on arctic temperatures; show it a cupboard or countertop, and it goes all drippy. Give cake a shelf in the freezer, and it turns frosty, brittle and...
Instant Pot recipe: Meyer Lemon Ricotta Cheesecake

Instant Pot recipe: Meyer Lemon Ricotta Cheesecake

Excerpted from “The Essential Instant Pot Cookbook” by Coco Morante ($19.95, Ten Speed Press) Meyer Lemon Ricotta Cheesecake With an almond cookie crust and a light, lemony filling, this cheesecake is an update on an Italian classic. Serve it as is, or with a dollop of lemon curd and a dusting of confectioner’s sugar for a more decadent dessert. 7 graham cracker sheets 1/4 cup sliced...
Warm up with this Thai tilapia dish

Warm up with this Thai tilapia dish

Thai peanut sauce and coconut milk add an intriguing flavor to tilapia. For this recipe they are simmered together creating a flavorful sauce to gently coat the fish. Peanut sauce is the base for many Thai dishes and is made from roasted peanuts, soy sauce and spices. There are several types in the supermarket. I choose a thick one when it is available. Coconut milk is made by mixing shredded coconut...

Pumpkin Pie, Thai-style

The Thai dessert sangkaya is a steamed squash filled with coconut custard. It may not sound like pie, but anyone who likes a good slice of pumpkin pie should be very interested in this dish. I first came across sangkaya at a night market in Bangkok. Taking in the tapioca balls, syrups, fried goodies and brightly colored jellies of a dessert vendor, I noticed a squash that was sliced into four wedges...
Make a sweet breakfast with these potato pancakes

Make a sweet breakfast with these potato pancakes

Americans aren’t the only people who love potatoes for breakfast. Hashbrowns are on the menu at just about every diner in the country, but in Switzerland, you’ll find an equally beloved potato dish called rosti, which is more like a potato pancake and is now on brunch menus around the world, including Bonhomie in Austin. Irish chef Donal Skehan published this sweet potato rosti in his...
Carrots take off thanks to buzz over turmeric

Carrots take off thanks to buzz over turmeric

“Carrots keep you healthy and help you see in the blackout,” read one 1940s war propaganda advertisement. While carrots are indeed loaded with vitamin A, which is necessary for good eyesight, eating them can’t improve night vision. Smithsonian Magazine notes the exaggeration didn’t stop the British government from pushing the carrot’s superhero qualities in an effort...
Flavor-packed sausage sandwiches on roster for parties

Flavor-packed sausage sandwiches on roster for parties

Sausages are synonymous with good times. Think about it. We grill them on hot summer days, top bratwurst with onions and mustard at music fests and indulge in frankfurters at ballgames. Delicious and fun. So why not enjoy them in the middle of winter? In addition to great flavor, there are a couple of bonuses: Sausage cooks quickly. It’s also economical at the meat counter. These days, the choices...
The popcorn apocalypse

The popcorn apocalypse

Fashion Week finally came to life Tuesday evening in the shadow of the valley of — well, not death exactly. More like a post-apocalyptic prairie seen through a B-movie lens. Toto, what happened to Kansas? Raf Simons buried it under 50,000 gallons of popcorn. Or, to be fair, he buried the floor of the American Stock Exchange building under 50,000 gallons of popcorn, trucked in for a wackadoodle...
‘Healthy-ish’ food stall Recess to open at Krog Street Market next week

‘Healthy-ish’ food stall Recess to open at Krog Street Market next week

Grain bowls will be on the menu at Recess. / Photo by Sydney Cumminsky A new Krog Street Market food stall is hoping to help diners indulge in “healthy-ish” without the guilt. Recess — from Castellucci Hospitality Group, which also operates The Iberian Pig, Cooks & Soldiers , Sugo and ...
First Look: Mary Hoopa’s House of Fried Chicken & Oysters opens in East Lake

First Look: Mary Hoopa’s House of Fried Chicken & Oysters opens in East Lake

Mary Hoopa’s House of Fried Chicken and Oysters whole house fried chicken and raw oysters. Photo credit- Mia Yakel. Chef Robert Phalen’s Inman Park restaurant, One Eared Stag, has been a critic’s favorite since it opened in 2011. Lauded for his use of organic and sustainable ingredients, and way with inventive, sometimes unusual dishes, ...
Some free apps to help you pay for that latte

Some free apps to help you pay for that latte

Let’s say you want to earn some extra pocket cash, but you’re short on free time (and energy). Your phone might be a good place to start. There are quite a few apps designed to help you earn some extra dough, either in the form of gift cards or standard cold, hard cash.   There is a trade-off, however. Nearly any kind of reward app, even the legitimate ones, will track at least...
Lessons From the 2018 Winemaker Challenge

Lessons From the 2018 Winemaker Challenge

While pricey Napa Valley wines dominated the top awards at the 2018 Winemaker Challenge International Wine Competition in San Diego at the end of January, other trends emerged, as they always do. The Winemaker Challenge involves blind tastings, as all credible wine competitions do. Judges evaluate each wine without such vital information as producer or price. Blind tastings level the playing field...
Cravings for sure, but can sugar cause addiction?

Cravings for sure, but can sugar cause addiction?

If you do an online search about sugar, you may become convinced that it's evil and addictive - and that your sweet tooth will lead you to ruin. You'll also see plenty of advice for how to curb your craving for sugary goodness. But what do we really know about how sugar affects us? Does eating sugar make us want to eat more of it? First things first. Sugar is a carbohydrate, a category that includes...
Two ways to save your cilantro and other food questions answered

Two ways to save your cilantro and other food questions answered

Food writer Julia Turshen recently joined The Washington Post Food staff in answering questions about all things edible. Here are edited excerpts from that chat. A: Trim the cilantro stems, make sure the bunch is dry, and stick it (cut-stem-side down) in a jar with a few inches of water in it. Put a zip-top bag over the top of it, and put it in the refrigerator. - Joe Yonan A: I've found that when...
Today’s Special: It’s time for a soothing bowl of steaming soup

Today’s Special: It’s time for a soothing bowl of steaming soup

This time of the year puts me into the comfort-food mode. And nothing is more soothing than a steaming bowl of homemade soup on a cool February day.  A hearty soup, by itself or with a sandwich and salad, makes a complete dinner on a busy day. Assembling a whole meal in a bowl with simple ingredients, such as beans, sautéed onions, a handful of lentils, chopped vegetables and fresh herbs...
Best Bites: Cheez-It Sriracha Snack Mix

Best Bites: Cheez-It Sriracha Snack Mix

Everything tastes better with sriracha. The Cheez-It folks decided to spice up their snack mix — crispy toast, Chex-like corn squares, Cheeto-like crunchy curls and plenty of Cheez-It crackers — with a dose of powdered sriracha (a sauce made from chili peppers, garlic and sugar). How hot is it? People who like hot food said it was not very hot at all. People who do not like hot food found...
In Chengdu, finding peace in parks and heat in cuisine

In Chengdu, finding peace in parks and heat in cuisine

“Now, that bear is definitely not white,” said the Dutch tourist next to me. The giant panda turned in our direction at that moment and let out some kind of loud sneeze or snort as if to say, “Give me a break, pal.” It was raining and muddy, after all, and even slightly smudged, the panda bears at the Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding were still absurdly adorable...
Everything can be good to the last drop when you're resourceful

Everything can be good to the last drop when you're resourceful

"I saved this in case you want to use it for something," my husband, Braeden, says multiple times a week. Sometimes he's holding a jar of honey, empty save for the sticky bits clinging to the sides. Other days it's a bottle of barbecue sauce with an infuriating amount left at the bottom that refuses to squeeze out. Sure, we could rinse and recycle the jars and bottles, like normal people...
A quarter sheet pan is plenty big enough to hold all my love

A quarter sheet pan is plenty big enough to hold all my love

Nobody would mistake me for being hip and trendy. I have been wearing clogs - not the same pair, mind you - since the Ford administration. Yet I am YASSing and inserting heart emoji on behalf of the quarter sheet pan, which is surfing a wave of popularity. Deservedly so. There it is on social media, roasting a one-pan meal for two. Toasting a handful of nuts so tidily. Cradling a deep-dish pizza for...
Team behind Illegal Foods opening new restaurant and other top metro Atlanta dining news from the week

Team behind Illegal Foods opening new restaurant and other top metro Atlanta dining news from the week

Here are the stories that made a splash in the Atlanta food world this week. The Hank at Illegal Food / Photo: Todd Brock After the sudden closure of Illegal Food last year , the team behind that Virginia-Highland restaurant is gearing up to open another eatery. Steven Lingenfelter confirmed in an email that Mouth of the South is opening at 186 Carroll St. in Cabbagetown, in the former...
Beer Pick: SweetWater 21st Anniversary Oud Bruin

Beer Pick: SweetWater 21st Anniversary Oud Bruin

Credit: SweetWater Brewing Co. Atlanta’s SweetWater Brewing Co. celebrates turning 21 on Saturday with rocking party at the brewery featuring live music from Dirty Heads, Twiddle, People’s Blues of Richmond, and Bird Dog Jubilee. But for beer geeks, the big news is the release of 21st Anniversary Oud Bruin, which will be available for the first time on Saturday...
A new coffee shop is coming to Grant Park

A new coffee shop is coming to Grant Park

Blue Donkey Coffee is based in Atlanta. / Photo from the Blue Donkey Facebook page A Grant Park multi-use residential building is getting a new spot for coffee. Blue Donkey Coffee, which both roasts and serves coffee, is set to open another location in The George at 275 Memorial Drive this year, What Now Atlanta first reported. The new location is also listed on the Blue Donkey’s...
Should you avoid asparagus? Maybe not

Should you avoid asparagus? Maybe not

Are you eschewing asparagus because of recent headlines suggesting that it raises your cancer risk?  Some recent research suggested that foods which contain high levels of asparagine, an amino acid, may be associated with the spread of breast cancer, as USA Today reported.   A study of lab mice found cutting levels of asparagine “dramatically” reduced the spread of triple-negative...
Celebrate the Chinese New Year with this sizzling garlic steak

Celebrate the Chinese New Year with this sizzling garlic steak

Garlic produces magic in many cuisines. With thoughts of the start of the Chinese New Year, I mixed it with soy sauce, brown sugar and peanuts for this quick Chinese Garlic Steak.  Shortcut tip: To make the meal even faster, buy beef cut for stir-frying at the market.   For the Asian Noodles, look for fresh or steamed Chinese noodles in the produce section. Sesame oil gives it a nutty...
Licorice is an acquired taste

Licorice is an acquired taste

Love is complicated and uncontrollable and easily misunderstood. You never know when it will strike. You probably thought it was yucky when you were a kid - but then a few years later, maybe you found yourself head over heels, swooning. You have to nurture it, grow it, explore the world with your love! Love is grand and difficult, all at once. My love, in this particular case, is for black licorice...
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