November 24, 2009

Bookmark It

Congrats to our friend Francis Lam for his new gig at He was a Contributing Editor at Gourmet, but now we have this to look forward to...
Chicken fried steak by Robb Walsh

November 23, 2009

Canoe Reopens Tonight!

Congrats to Canoe, who is reopening tonight after a major flood a couple months back left the restaurant six feet underwater...

November 22, 2009

Cochon Butcher - New Orleans, LA

This was the most fun place we visited in New can you not love a spot that's half butcher shop and half restaurant/bar?

Central Grocery - New Orleans, LA

They claim to have invented the Muffaletta:

November 20, 2009

Mobile Post - Cochon Butcher, New Orleans

Sometimes it's easy to tell that a restaurant's going to be good as
soon as you walk in...

November 19, 2009

Luke - New Orleans, LA

It's hard to go wrong with a crab BLT made with Benton's bacon:
Croque monsieur:

Casamento's - New Orleans, LA

Open since 1919, Casamento's uses 'pan bread' instead of French bread for their 'oyster loaf:'

November 14, 2009

The Best Pizza I've Had This Year

Pizza with house-made belly ham, mozzarella, grana padano, oregano,
chile at City House in Nashville. How come nobody told me about this

Mobile Post - Martin's BBQ, Nolensville, TN

When you order cornbread at Martin's, you get this giant pancake.
Possibly better than actual cornbread...

November 13, 2009

Dinner With The Band

Our friend Sam Mason's new show is almost here...tune in to IFC on Nov.24 for the premiere of Dinner With The Band - first episode features the Dap-Kings!

November 12, 2009

Green Olive Needs Your New Orleans Advice

We're feeling a bit overwhelmed with all of the restaurants to choose from for our upcoming trip to New Orleans (the Po-Boy Festival being one of the highlights), so we're turning to you to help narrow down our choices. It's been years since we've been, so give us your recommendations in the 'comments' need to recommend Cochon...I imagine we'll be there at least once a day.

November 3, 2009

Benton's Bacon Beer From Brooklyn Brewery

We had a great dinner at Craft last night courtesy of Tom Colicchio and Brooklyn Brewery brewmaster Garrett Oliver...the highlight? Brooklyn's 'Reinschweinsgebot,' otherwise known as the beer made with Benton's Bacon. Only 15 gallons were ever made, so we were lucky to be able to dip into Oliver's private stash. The full rundown on the beer:
"This is a brown ale aged for nine months in Woodford Reserve bourbon barrels. The beer has been fat-washed with fat rendered from bacon from Benton's Country Smokehouse. Allan Benton also produced a smoked malt for the creation. The beer is then re-fermented in the bottle."

November 2, 2009

SFA Symposium - Goat Roast With Cochon

This was my eating highlight of the Symposium - roasted goat from the folks at Cochon, with sides courtesy of Jim 'n Nick's...
Ryan Prewitt of Herbsaint:
Stephen Stryjewski of Cochon:

SFA Symposium - Lunch With Momofuku's David Chang

Lunch on Saturday featured the food stylings of David Chang - the full menu consisted of:

Benton's Ham and Baby Lettuce with coffee vinaigrette
Bo Ssam: Slow Roasted Pork Shoulder with bibb lettuce and kimchi
Kimchi Brussels Sprouts with peanuts
'Crack Pie'
Cookies from Momofuku Milk Bar

Cheeseburger At Phillips Grocery - Oxford, MS

After years of not-quite-getting-around to going to Phillips Grocery for one of their fabled cheeseburgers, we finally made it there...

SFA Symposium - Breakfast From Phoebe Lawless

Saturday morning featured a breakfast of livermush sandwiches and cornmeal doughnuts courtesy of our friend Phoebe Lawless of Durham, NC:

SFA Symposium - A Trip To Taylor Grocery

I look forward to this meal every year. While the Southern Foodways Alliance Symposium has a different theme every year (this year was music and food), there are always a few constants - the Friday night trek to Taylor Grocery being one of them. There's no better catfish in the world than at this little shack out in the country in Taylor, Mississippi.
Beer was provided by our friends from Fullsteam Brewery in Durham, North Carolina...they had some interesting 'plow to pint' beers on tap:Music provided by Jason Ringenberg of Jason & The Scorchers fame:

B.B. King Museum - Indianola, MS

As a warm-up for the Southern Foodways Alliance Symposium in oxford, we made a stop in Greenwood to eat tamales and in Indianola, to visit Club Ebony, an old-school juke joint. We also visited the B.B. King museum, where we got our fill of beautiful type specimens:

The Tamale Hut, Greenwood, MS:Club Ebony, and T-Model Ford: