Friday, August 10, 2012
So these guys are a client of mine. I made this website; Mangia.TV and the following video for them. They are hilarious and very knowledgeable about food, drink and parimutuel betting. I thought what would be the best testing ground for this endeavour, and then I realized it's the ever-hungry forker's over at Fork, Knife, and Shovel. I'll have more in a few days, I hope you enjoy this. Jump on to the site or Facebook page if you want to see more.
LAUGHTER IS THE SECOND-BEST MEDICINE: THIS MANGIA VIDEO EXPLORES HOMEOPATHIC REMEDIES.
WE BELIEVE IN CHINESE HERBS. Well, Danny does, at least. And you can see that he knows about eating (and overeating,) and the stomach pain that can sometimes come from indulging too much. The herbalist at Yee Wau Tong Grocery makes a tea to relieve bloating and then some, but you need a prescription from Dr. Wong, so call ahead to see if he is in. The Mangia boys neglected to do so, instead trying a charm offensive. They write you a prescription for laughter in this week’s video:
Sunday, July 22, 2012
Summer 2011 (Part 2):
My buddy Elliot invited me over to his place early last summer for a casual afternoon barbeque, and it turned-out to be an awesome grilled-meat festival. There was plenty of beer in the garage out by the pool-table, too.
Nothing says Decatur, GA like a meaty paw hand-turning some hot-ass wings. While wearing that watch. With bad tattoos, no less. My boy is from Miami originally.
He pre-cooked the ribs and had them warming in various states of carving:
My vision was starting to blur from overindulgence by this time:
Turns out Elliot's mom is Bahamian, so he makes his mac 'n cheese in their style. Which is to say with sweetened condensed milk. I know this because I've been to the Bahamas and was blown-away by the mac & cheese down there. Corn on the boil and baked beans complete the bloat-session.
My groaning styrofoam plate (clockwise from top): grilled chicken thighs above a bed of mac 'n cheese & beans, pork ribs in bottled BBQ sauce, and smoked wings:
Some kind of BBQ burger appeared for my sampling, no bun or condiments necessary. This was starting to feel like work:
Even later, as I tried to leave, the marinated tilapia was revealed.
Crowding the fish with more thighs and wings: round 2.5? I was unable to shoot any more photos, but even after all that eating I took a couple plates home wrapped-up for the family. Thanks, E.! Great afternoon...
Here are a few other random dinners from last summer that are still in my computer, so I must have meant to share them at some point. Nothing that great, but all ok...
Grilled mahi-mahi tacos with basmati rice, salad, and salsa trio:
Sliced kielbasa with pancetta-braised kale, red potatoes, pickles and mustard:
A caterer friend gave me a bunch of her homegrown heirloom-tomatoes, which made a nice caprese with cheeseburgers and Guinness one night:
Around this time last summer we packed it up and went to the beach in South Carolina for a brief vacation. A great score at the local seafood dock resulted in beautiful shrimp and scallops, and the snap decision to try and combine both in an impromptu and ill-advised etouffee. With a recipe from the Whole Foods app and whatever ingredients were handy, I went to work on a seafood stock from the shells and got to cutting.
Realizing we didn't have any white wine I wisely subbed-in champagne; it's LIKE white wine, right? And still working through those heirlooms in reprising the caprese salad, admittedly:
Overly thick roux, but it seemed to work out ok:
Sauteeing the rest of the seafood in butter and olive oil, even after the etouffee came together (pictured on Left). There was just that much to spare:
I realized too late we were missing RICE, the key starch of N.O. in this dish, but said "hell with it" anyway and served it up with crusty French bread and butter in lieu. Low carb and loving it, or not. With a salad and rest of that champagne, I don't think anyone was disappointed. The good news is we're headed back to the same spot next week. Finally I can start posting about THIS year!
Tuesday, July 17, 2012
Had a great trip to Edinburgh and Loch Lomond in early July. Contrary to popular opinion, there are many culinary delights to be had in the UK. For example, the Scotts take their breakfast meats SERIOUSLY. Normally, I'm not a fan of the 2,000 calorie breakfast, but how could I say no to this work of art? Starting at top right and moving clockwise: blood sausage, roasted romas (great with a little S&P), pork and lamb sausage, bacon, haggis, potato scone. Not shown are the poached egg and the toast/croissant with jam.
Monday, May 28, 2012
Summer 2011 (Part 1):
This past year was kind of weird, but the one constant in it was some decent chow. Still, I haven't posted very often, and that is lame. So now that the Mercury got up into the 90's this weekend and it's the start of the summer season, I thought maybe I should revisit last summer and a few of its highlights:
One unusually hot-ass day in early May of last year, I was working on a Sunday and it sucked, but at least we were getting paid double-time. Still, I was exhausted and just wanted to get out of there. One of my crew said he was going to pick-up Jamaican food from a little spot in the neighborhood, so I asked him to get me the fish. I was thinking it would be brown-stew whiting or some other kind of filet. Imagine my surprise when this big bastard showed-up, complete with rice & peas, cabbage, and plantains. I swore I wouldn't do it, but I ended up eating the whole damn thing over the course of the afternoon. Of course, then I was even more miserable working in the heat, but damn, that was some good fish.
Here was the drill at my house last Memorial Day, and it was pretty good. I can't imagine this year being much better. Grilled brats, organic burgers, baked beans, tequila, and German beer. All your basics.
I like to do a saute of onions and sauerkraut in butter and said German beer.
Even broke in a new Weber in the process. Did I mention the tequila?
Finally found Kalik beer from the Bahamas in local stores, too.
Could only manage a half brat along with the burger and all the sides, at least for that round:
Then the food trucks rolled in. I'd heard a lot of chatter for the last couple years about how Atlanta had to change its laws to permit the use of mobile food trucks, and that this was the hipster food trend in other cities. Well, something happened alright, and for me at least, it seemed like 2011 was the summer of food trucks. In the following year they've become so commonplace as to become almost tiresome, even having there own designated "park" (a shadeless gravel lot off I-75 at Howell Mill). But those first few times were a lot of fun, no doubt...
I hit the Pup Truck that first day at the Arts Center and had the Bulldog: chili, cheese, onions, and mustard. Finally, a natural casing dog in GA!
My co-worker had that day's special, the Dalmatian: black beans, white cheddar, sour cream, and onions. Not my bag, but she seemed to like it.
King of Pops, an Atlanta institution in it's own right, was there too. I think I had Lime Basil and it was incredibly refreshing that sweltering June afternoon.
Another day, at Atlantic Station in July, I finally got to try Yumbii Korean tacos, an offshoot of the Hankook Taqueria. Every other time there was a brutal line that I did not have time for. They did not disappoint.
That time it was about the excellent Panko-breaded fish, and a Ribeye taco for me. I've had both many times since.
My companion hit the Sweet Auburn BBQ truck and got your standard pork sandwich plate with fries and slaw. Bold move in a parking lot in the summer.
I finished up with a mini-cheeseburger from Slider U.
Another day in August I visited the Tamale Queen for a pork and a chicken, with dueling red and green sauces.
Again, I finished strong with a pulled pork taco from Yumbii. These guys have a restaurant in Midtown now called Takorea that will be getting a post of its own shortly.
To Be Continued...