Georgia — the country not the state — sits at the crossroads of the world.
It was an epic summer for the MacPhersons. Why? The food.
Finding sustainable food is something that I try to find when out at restaurants or grocery shopping (although it’s not always easy).
Out of all the years I lived in New York City, I had never sat down at one of the finger-like counters at the Grand Central Oyster Bar. I'd walked in several times, but for some reason, it was always just to look. Not this time.
The Denver area is arguably the fast casual capital of the world. The original Qdoba, Smashburger, and Modern Market are here, just to name a few, but the one most people probably recognize is Chipotle.
I'm lucky enough to realize it when people can say things better than I can, so when it comes to Guinness, there's no better homage to a pint of the black stuff than what was said by the late Anthony Bourdain:
As far as things-that-don't-suck go, there's not much better than a buttery spoonful of bone marrow atop the perfectly crisp toast point, perhaps with a dollop of blackberry compote or even a dash of Dijon.
Every single one of us remembers the elementary school Valentine's Day complete with candied messages. The reason is simple. They've been around since 1866 -- until now.
It's winter. It's soup season. So let's get all linguistic and go beyond the words. What is soup? How is it different from bisque? And what about chowder?
State by state, cannabis is becoming legal in one form or another. Whether it's full on legalization for rec or some variation of medical use, it seems like a green wave is sweeping America (and apparently our neighbors to the north).
It's happening all across the country. In Seattle, operators can be fined $250 for serving plastic straws. In places like New York City and Miami, efforts to ban plastic straws are also underway. Some restaurants are even making the switch to paper straws without the input of regulations.
But what's behind this movement away from plastic straws?
Meet the “Renegade Lunch Lady.”
Chef Ann Cooper is an internationally recognized author, chef, educator, public speaker, and advocate of healthy food for all children. She also happens to be the Director of Food Services for the Boulder Valley School District here in Colorado, where my son is soon to be a first grader.
If you trace the history of lodging in America's great national parks back to its roots, you can literally see the beginnings of foodservice in the United States, and how those roots are closely linked with railroad expansion.
We've all been there. Whether we're the ones who were late or the ones doing the waiting, we've all contributed to or had to deal with one of the most controversial aspects of the restaurant business -- seating incomplete parties.
Hot dogs. Fireworks. Lemonade. Late summer nights. Fireflies. These are all the things you probably associate with the 4th of July or summer as a whole. But don't overlook that iconic red, white, and blue dessert -- the Bomb Pop.
Recently, I had the pleasure of dining at St. Elmo Steakhouse in Indianapolis. One of the items on their menu, even more popular than the steak, is the world famous shrimp cocktail. And sure, the shrimp are large and fresh, but it's the cocktail sauce that garners all the accolades.
The Negroni is truly one of the landmarks in cocktail history. Started in Florence in 1919, it was originally a variation of the Americano cocktail, but instead of soda water and a lemon peel, Count Camillo Negroni requested to substitute gin and orange instead.
That's my son up there. The one with the chef's hat, contemplating his bite of duck breast.