Posts Tagged 'Restaurants'

Foodie Friday—Some Like It Hot: Sriracha and Our Capsaicin Fascination


The bottle alone is iconic: The white silhouette of the rooster, the Kelly-green cap, and the vibrant red-orange glow of the mouth-watering sauce within. (more…)

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Foodie Friday: Words and Eats–Exploring Food Language and Menu-Speak

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It should come as no surprise that the way we talk about food and drink impacts the way we consume it. But just how much does our food-centric language affect our life—and in what ways? Food writers and cultural scholars seek to answer these kinds of questions for the linguistically and culinary curious alike.

Today’s Foodie Friday takes a closer look at the words that come out of our mouths and how they affect what types of food and drink go into our mouths.

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Foodie Friday: Experiences that Engage–My IDDBA Message, Part 1

 

Happy Foodie Friday! This past week, I had the privilege of presenting at this year’s IDDBA Show and Sell Workshop on a favorite topic of mine: Experiences that Engage. Today, I’ll be sharing part 1 of a 3-part series based on my message about the importance and power of creating memorable experiences that will keep customers coming back to your store again and again. Enjoy!

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Foodie Friday: Why Clean Eating is Sweeping the Food Scene

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It seems that almost everyone’s interested in making healthy choices these days, but knowing how and what to eat in order to maximize your diet can be overwhelming. That’s why many of us are going back to basics: less processed, simple, and often traditionally prepared foods. The clean-label trend is gaining traction with individual supermarket shoppers and restaurant patrons as well as large-scale producers and restaurants of all kinds.

Today, we’ll take a closer look at clean eating and why it’s a food trend that’s brilliantly simple and simply delicious.

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Foodie Friday: Fast and Foreign–3 Ways Fast-Casual is Going Global

Quick question: In an age where people are increasingly more choosy about what they eat, how much they eat, and the even story behind their food, how do you revitalize the image of tried-and-true American fast food?

These days, the answer seems to be written on the golden arches: Make it less American. We’ve highlighted the popularity of ethnic foods in previous blogs, but today’s Foodie Friday focuses more closely on the realm of fast-casual dining—and 3 smart ways savvy retailers have chosen to follow the ethnic food trend to spice up their menus, inspire their customers, and reinvent our notion of fast food beyond burgers and fries. (more…)

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Foodie Friday–What’s Next for Restaurants: 3 Top Trends for 2015

Attractive Woman Reading A Text Message“I don’t like looking back. I’m always constantly looking forward. I’m not the one to sort of sit and cry over spilled milk. I’m too busy looking for the next cow.”      —Chef Gordon Ramsay

If there’s one thing true about foodies, it’s that we’re always looking ahead to the future of food. Today, we explore three top trends you should expect to see emerging on the restaurant scene in 2015! (more…)

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Foodie Friday: 8 Great Holiday Recipes from Master Chefs

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What’s on the menu for your Holiday table? This week, we’re menu-planning for an unforgettable Holiday meal with recipes from some of our favorite chefs.

If you’re eager to celebrate the season with a gourmet feast, we’ve found eight world-class dishes sure to please the foodies at your Christmas Dinner—and, of course, satisfy your own adventurous palate with delicious Holiday cheer!

 

 

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Foodie Friday — Latin Cuisine: The Next Hot Global Trend

 

Peruvian Ceviche

Peruvian Ceviche

We recently had the pleasure of sampling some extraordinary cuisine in the Latin-culture epicenter of Miami, Florida. A meal in South Beach is enough to prove that NBA Basketball (The Miami Heat) hasn’t been the only thing generating heat in this beach-front paradise aptly nicknamed “The Magic City.”

Magic might as well be the secret ingredient in lick-your-plate-delicious chimichurri sauce. And these south-of-the-border dishes are gaining popularity across the globe. A glance at current, worldwide culinary trends shows that Latin foods are on the rise even outside of their usual markets. From Cuban and Mexican dishes to Chilean and Argentinian fare, South- and Central-American flavors are spicing up the global palate through the talents of inventive chefs.

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Everything but the Squeal! @LockelandTable & @StephAndTheGoat

Pig Tail at Lockeland Table

Pig Tail at Lockeland Table

Pig Face at Girl & The Goat

Pig Face at Girl & The Goat

First of all, I have a confession to make…I’ve been a pork lover for most of my life. I’m a huge fan of hams, hot dogs, bologna, bacon (of course!), and have even developed a fondness for moldy, stinky, dry-cured salumi of all shapes and sizes.

Recenty, my palate was tested by some “less familiar” cuts taken from the tip to the tail of this tasty beast.  My first experience was with friends at Nashville’s Lockeland Table—nominated for James Beard Best New Restaurant. At Lockeland Table, Chef/Owner Hal Holden-Bache has created a number of outstanding appetizers, entrees, and sides. The one that piqued my interest, however, was the Buffalo Pig Tail, a clever take on Buffalo Wings. The tail was deep fried and basted in a tangy Buffalo sauce—and served with a side of tangy celery & blue cheese cole slaw. Brilliant!

My latest “pig out” experience came from the other end of the pig, and took place last week at GIRL & THE GOAT, Chef Stephanie Izard’s great restaurant. In addition to several dishes which featured Goat, Snail and Chicken, we had to try The Pig Face, a featured favorite, served with a fried egg perched atop the offering. Amazing!

Steve’s Conclusion: EVERY PART of the pig can be delicious…at least so far… Stay tuned for more of my future Culinary Experiences!

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Feasting in the City of New Orleans (Part 2)

Jacque-Imos Lamb chops

Jacque-Imos Lamb chops

During our “real Nawlins’ feast”, we chowed down on a wonderfully diverse selection of local recipes that surprised and delighted our eyes, noses and stomachs. We started off our meal with some light, sweet, buttery corn muffins. Then, in no particular order, our meal began to arrive! We feasted on a “best of” menu, including  Jacques – Imo’s famous deep fried po’ boy (on authentic New Orleans French Bread, of course), Lamb Chops, Crispy Rabbit Tenderloin, Shrimp and Alligator Sausage Cheesecake, Fried Chicken, Blackened Tuna with Oyster Champagne Brie Sauce, Roasted Acorn Squash with mixed Seafood in a Curry Coconut Cream Sauce, Grilled Duck Breast with Orange Soy Glaze, Shiitake Mushrooms and Pecans, Stuffed Pork Chop (Ground Beef and Shrimp), Stuffed Shrimp with Magnolia Sauce, Fried Green Tomatoes with Shrimp Remoulade, Fried Oysters in a Spicy Garlic Sauce, Chicken Livers on Toast, with Mashed Potatoes, Mashed Sweet Potatoes, Red Beans, Butter Beans and Rice, Corn Maquechoux, Beets, Mixed Greens (can’t forget the salad), Cole Slaw, and Smothered Cabbage. We staggered to the finish line of this feast with lagniappe (just a little something extra) in mind. So we had thick, dark coffees all around, followed by an assortment of chocolate cake, coconut bread pudding and crème brulee.

What an incredible day of discovery in the grand old city! We all somehow crammed ourselves back into our vehicles and headed back to our hotel. Great memories—and plans for another trip to NOLA in the near future!

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