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Archive for October, 2012

Restaurant inspections, Duluth Korean

Employees at a Duluth Korean restaurant weren’t careful when handling eggs and other raw foods and it cost them a failing inspection score.

Nulbom Restaurant, 2550 Pleasant Hill Road, scored a 39 on its routine inspection after having recently posted scores in the 90s. The restaurant was marked down for cross contamination of bacteria when raw egg dripped from of an employee’s gloves onto some red leaf lettuce in the prep cooler.

Another employee did not change gloves between handling raw octopus and scooping green onions to garnish a customer’s food. The onions and lettuce were thrown away.

Megan Bowen, one of the managers at Nulbom, attributed the low inspection score to new employees who did not know all of the health procedures. She said they were training the staff now in anticipation of a follow-up inspection this week.

Employees did not record the temperatures of food, or document how long they had been left out to cool. Refrigerated foods were not labeled with …

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F&B Atlanta restaurant review, Buckhead



How gratifying to see Fabrice Vergez back in Buckhead where he belongs. This dapper Frenchman used to run Brasserie Le Coze in Lenox Square, Atlanta’s last great mall restaurant. Brasserie was an awkwardly shaped and altogether wonderful space. You passed by the indoor patio facing the mall corridor, where designer-clad women with handfuls of shopping bags picked at salads and chardonnay in air-conditioned splendor. Next came a windowless bar filled with smokers and wealthy malcontents. This room opened to a jewel box belle époque dining room, all tile and happy clatter. If ever a restaurant knew its constituencies of customers, this was it.

AJC Chief Dining Critic John Kessler writes about all cuisines.

AJC Chief Dining Critic John Kessler writes about all cuisines.

When neighboring Neiman Marcus gobbled up this fine restaurant’s space, Vergez decamped to downtown’s Allen Plaza — a collection of shiny new towers and high hopes that opened during the early part of the Great Recession. There, he rebooted his restaurant as FAB …

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The AJC reviews Mac McGee, Decatur



Even from across the Decatur Square, the blaringly bright red beacon that is Mac McGee’s facade is hard to miss.

When you step inside, the intimate space is all brick and warm wood, complete with many of the trappings of a traditional Irish pub. Seating is mostly high-topped tables, though the lucky groups can snag a cozy semi-enclosed nook of a table, complete with a direct line to the bartender through the “confessional window.” But for my money, the

AJC Dining Team member Jon Watson writes about popular eats.

AJC Dining Team member Jon Watson writes about popular eats.

best seat in the house is dead center at the bar, admiring the overwhelming wall of amber spirits.

Whiskey lovers, rejoice, for Mac McGee is your new mecca. Owner Andy Anglin set out to create a true whiskey bar, and led by general manager Casey Teague, this little Irish pub has amassed a collection of scotches, ryes, whiskeys and bourbons that numbers in the hundreds.

As we sit, we receive two menus from the bartender. The first is a laminated piece of paper with …

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Bakerella releases cake pop set and new book

Cake Pops Holidays COVCake pops. We’ve all seen them by now. In fact, you can find them at every corner Starbucks now. Have you tried making them or are you intimidated? Atlanta native and cake pop inventor Angie Dudley can help with her new book of designs and a pop-making kit.

Dudley, known as blogger Bakerella, first saw cake balls at a holiday party and later decided to remake them lollipop-style. Hello, cake pops. After an appearance on Martha Stewart’s show where Dudley demonstrated her technique, they became the country’s newest offshoot of the cupcake craze.

Dudley’s first book on the pops, appearing two years ago, contained instructions for more than 40 themed (and shaped) treats. On Oct. 17, a follow-up book will be released featuring holiday designs. “Cake Pops Holidays” will include instructions for making 22 winter holiday pops like Santa’s elves, snowflakes, gingerbread houses and more.cakepop toy

Be intimidated no longer. The new Bakerella Cake Pop kit from Toys R Us can get you started. The …

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Food trucks hit Taste of Atlanta and other mobile food news



If you didn’t know, Taste of Atlanta returns this weekend, and Atlanta food trucks will make a bigger appearance than ever before. As the food truck scene has expanded, and the lineup of available trucks has nearly exploded in the last year, the yearly foodie fest is embracing the scene with open arms. Food trucks aren’t new to the festival, but this year they will be more prominently featured. The Taste of Atlanta crew even teamed up with the Atlanta Food Truck Park for a “Taste of Atlanta night” on August 30th.

Given the setup of the festival, where restaurants from all over Atlanta set up tasting booths and carts, the expanded inclusion of food trucks seems only natural. Some of the trucks you can plan to see include Sweet Auburn BBQ, Munch Truck, Rouxd Food Truck, Honeysuckle Gelato, Mighty Meatballs, and Yoli’s.

The festival runs from October 5th-7th, and tickets are still available here.

Dinner at the Depot wraps up for the season

One of Atlanta’s …

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Foodie casting call and more news



If you’re a home cook or food entrepreneur with a hankering to be on television, here’s your chance. A new reality competition show by the creators of “Undercover Boss” and “Project Runway” will be hosting an open casting call in Atlanta on Oct. 14. Competitors will vie for bragging rights and the chance to get their best dish or culinary product on the shelves of a large supermarket chain. Can’t make the casting call? See the website for details on submitting a video audition. 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Oct. 14. W Atlanta Midtown, 188 14th St. N.E., Atlanta.

In other news:

Lure to offer lunch hours

Lure, the newest venture by Fifth Group Restaurants, will begin offering lunch service seven days a week starting on Oct. 9. Look for items like a fried catfish salad, shrimp and crab gumbo, and a smoked trout club sandwich. Additionally, Lure now offers an “It’s Early” menu from 4-5 p.m. daily, with lighter pre-dinner snacks including items like oyster …

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Restaurant inspections, Hong Kong Buffet

The food permit of Hong Kong Buffet, 5905 Jimmy Carter Blvd., Norcross, was suspended last week because of a second failing routine inspection this year.

Hong Kong Buffet scored a 44 on Wednesday and management was forced to close the facility and give it a thorough cleaning before re-opening.

The inspector found several roaches on the prep cooler table, the wall at the drink station, ice bin and front prep cooler used for storage.

Dead roaches were also found in the storage prep cooler, and near the drink station and wall behind the drink station, indicating they were not removed once dead, according to the inspection report.

There were fly traps near a prep table leading to the dining area. Cans of Raid and Real Kill were being stored among the equipment and dining area storage. The state health code allows only the use of licensed pest control services, not commercial products.

In addition, there was rust buildup on the prep table, cooler and some shelves. Grease buildup, …

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How Burgers Stack Up

Yeah! Burger (photo by Becky Stein)

Yeah! Burger (photo by Becky Stein)

When McDonald’s made the decision to begin listing calorie counts on its menus, food watchers throughout the country collectively licked their lips, rubbed their hands in anticipation and dialed up the Schadenfreude to full blast.

“This is going to be good!” they thought. The fast-food behemoth forced to wear its scarlet letter on every row of every backlit menu board.

Then the calorie counts revealed themselves to be, well, far from great — but in the grand scheme of things, not that bad.

A Quarter Pounder with Cheese clocked in at 520 calories, with about 40 percent coming from fat. A Big Mac was a bit more — 550 calories. True, the Angus Bacon & Cheese offered up a full 790 artery-clogging calories for the taking. But this is a burger that, in all fairness, sells itself as a splurge for the overactive appetite rather than a typical meal.

Speaking of typical meals, you might be tempted to outfit this burger with a 250-calorie serving of …

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