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Archive for June, 2013

Croissants for Kanye West: There’s no hurrying this recipe

Earworm alert: Do you have Kanye West’s “I Am a God” — the single from his new album “Yeezus” — stuck in your head? In particular, that line about the croissants? Well, I’m sorry to tell you, Kanye, there’s no hurrying croissants.

Here is an excellent croissant recipe from “Fine Cooking.”

If you have problems seeing the video on this blog, here’s a link.

- by John Kessler for the Food and More blog

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Grill Week on Food and More July 1-5

grilled cornFor the entire week, beginning July 1, the AJC Dining Team will bring you all things grilling.

We’ll have recipes, of course, and offer some insight on cooking  everthing from that whole hog, to some foods like corn and peaches that taste especially delicious after you add grill marks.

We will weigh in on the ubiquitous charcoal vs. gas vs. Big Green Egg debates, we’ll also bring you hands-on videos, tips and advice for saving money and the best beer for your cookout.

If you’re grilling over the holiday week, send us an Instagram photo of what you have going on the fire using the hashtag #atlgrills.

At the end of the week, we’ll randomly select one of the uploaded photos. The user will receive a free grill from BrandsMart USA.

We look forward to reading your ideas for barbecue, smoke, fire and how to become a master of the pit.

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Bad News From Heirloom Market BBQ


This message was posted on the Heirloom Market BBQ Facebook page a few minutes ago:

We have some bad news happening at Heirloom Market BBQ: Starting Tuesday we will no longer have in house dining. We will become to-go and catering only. Cobb County and the DOT have decided that in the near future no on can park in any form of unpaved surface around the area. That includes our employees that park on our private property. So be careful in the future if you park on the side. They are threatening to enforce with tickets. We are also no longer aloud to have people stand and eat on the patio….thus limiting our seating and forcing us to move in this direction. All the parking spots in the front row facing the building will now be 10-15 minute parking including those in front of next door. I guess all the tax dollars we generate are not good enough and they are forcing this small business into a corner. Come tonight and tomorrow as it will be the last chance to stand or sit and eat …

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Umi: swank new sushi bar in Buckhead

Umi: All photos by Becky Stein

Umi: All photos by Becky Stein

The occasional visitor to MF Sushibar or MF Buckhead — those great-but-now-gone Japanese restaurants — would surely remember owner and head chef Chris Kinjo. Slender and intent, he worked with laser focus, hunched over the fine ceramic dishes on which he created edible art.

AJC Chief Dining Critic John Kessler writes about all cuisines.

AJC Chief Dining Critic John Kessler writes about all cuisines.

Regular MF customers also will recall with equal fondness the man who was at Kinjo’s side, Fuyuhiko Ito. In many ways he was the opposite of Kinjo with his stocky fighter’s build, round face and easygoing manner. He handed pieces of nigiri sushi across the counter with a quick smile. He liked to chat — about the fish behind the display case, but also about his home in Japan and his motorcycle excursions in North Georgia. When he fell in love with and married Lisa — the smart, pretty pastry chef at MF Buckhead — everyone in front of the sushi bar and behind it cheered them on.

Now the Kinjo family has …

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Atlanta late-night dining

oIt’s a question that comes up a lot. Where can we get something to eat after a concert or a Braves game that isn’t fast food or Waffle House? Most restaurants around Atlanta close by 10 p.m. But there are some good places to settle in for food after hours.

Octopus Bar, East Atlanta

10:30 p.m.-2:30 a.m. Mondays-Saturdays. 560 Gresham Ave. SE, 404-627-9911.

Holeman & Finch Public House, Brookwood Hills

5 p.m.-midnight Mondays-Thursdays; 5 p.m.-1:30 a.m. Fridays-Saturdays. 2277 Peachtree Rd NE, 404-948-1175.

Marietta Diner, Marietta

24 hours, seven days a week. 306 Cobb Parkway S Marietta, 770-423-9390.

Top Flr, Midtown

5:30 p.m.-midnight Sundays; 5:30 p.m.-1 a.m. Mondays-Thursdays; 5:30 p.m.-2 a.m. Fridays-Saturdays. 674 Myrtle St. NE, 404-685-3110.

Olde Blind Dog Pub, Brookwood and Milton

Milton, Sundays-Mondays 11 a.m-11 p.m.; Tuesdays-Thursdays 11 a.m.-midnight; Fridays-Saturdays 11 a.m.-2 a.m. 12650 Crabapple Road, 678-624-1090. Brookhaven, Sundays-Wednesdays 11 …

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Restaurant inspections, Crestview Health and Rehabilitation Center

Fulton County officials gave a failing health score to an Atlanta nursing home because of concerns over the food safety of its elderly residents.

Crestview Health and Rehabilitation Center, 2800 Springdale Road, received a 51/U after having several food-borne illness risks during a routine inspection of food services.

Extra concern was given because Crestview, which is part of Grady Health Services, serves adults with compromised immune systems.

Among the code violations, procedures were not followed when using time as a health control when preparing food. There were no documents showing how long food items were away from temperature controls, according to the inspector’s report.

Also, employees were prepping food without washing their hands and the hand sink was not always accessible, the inspector said.

A food thermometer was not properly sanitized before being used. Clean table linens were soiled with food residue. Food debris and dust or dirt were observed on several …

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Paula Deen: The message and the market

Paula D.The implosion of Paula Deen’s empire continues with today’s announcement that Caesar’s will close four of her casino restaurants. Additionally, Wal-Mart stores will no longer place orders for her branded items. These developments follow the termination of her Food Network contract and her lucrative promotion with Smithfield Foods once details of a court deposition surfaced that suggested racial insensitivity, if not outright racism, on her part.

During this week of Paula’s downfall, there has been no shortage of online Schadenfreude but also no shortage of outrage from her fans, who feel she got a bum deal. Respected Southern cooks have taken the opportunity to voice the opinion that her sugar-saturated, butter-drenched shtick has little to do with the actual repertoire or techniques of Southern cooking. If she were to really teach people about traditional Southern cooking, she’d stash the deep fryer and take out some garden produce and canning jars.

The legacy of racism in …

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Paula Deen on Today and Todd Richards in the NYT

Paula D.I didn’t want to write anything about Paula Deen. Much smarter, more capable people have already offered commentary on the whole sad debacle, while others have stooped to conquer or make fun.

But on a day when the Supreme Court made history, Deen’s emotional interview with Matt Lauer was the big story on NBC’s “Today” show this morning.

And the New York Times ran a story yesterday, “A Culinary Birthright in Dispute
Paula Deen’s Words Ripple Among Southern Chefs,” that quoted several Southern chefs and food writers — including Nathalie Dupree, the James Beard award-winning author of “Mastering the Art of Southern Cooking,” and Todd Richards, the chef at the Shed at Glenwood, in Atlanta.

“It’s almost like a spoof of Southern cooking,” said Dupree. “That is not how the people I know cook, and that is not how the people I know speak.”

Richards may have best expressed what many people truly involved in the history and culture of Southern food feel about Deen: She …

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Weekend planner: Catch the release of wine world documentary SOMM

courtesy of Samuel Goldwyn Films

courtesy of Samuel Goldwyn Films

Have you thanked your restaurant sommelier lately? You will — right after you watch SOMM, the new documentary about the Court of Master Sommeliers and the rigorous exam to become a Master Somm.

The film, which is currently available on iTunes and will be released in Atlanta on Friday, trails Master Sommelier candidates as they prepare with the intensity of those studying law or medicine. Since the Court’s inception 40 years ago, only 133 candidates (114 men, 19 women) have successfully earned their Master Sommelier certification in North America.

SOMM is the first feature film by Jason Wise. After graduating film school, Wise worked as a bartender and met Brian McClintic, a Master Sommelier hopeful. McClintic invited Wise to attend a marathon blind tasting session where he and his study partners poured bottle after bottle of wine trying to ascertain the varietal, maker and vintage of each.

Wise says he was “blown away” after watching this …

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Garrison’s, Joe’s on Juniper, and more file for Chapter 11

BAKERY_x007E_1The companies behind 5 Atlanta restaurant chains filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection last week, the Atlanta Business Chronicle reports.

The entities that control Joe’s on Juniper, Einstein’s, Garrison’s Broiler & Tap, Sugar Shack, and Metrotainment Bakery filed for Chapter 11 on June 13th in order to reorganize the companies. This comes in the wake of a judgment ordering the companies to repay over $2.1 million to Miller Capital Ventures for defaulted loan payments, accrued interest, late charges, and attorney’s fees. The principal amount at issue in the suit was a $1.45 million loan, $73,279.38 in late fees, accrued pre-judgment interest of $487,955.56, and $132,000 in attorney’s fees.

The four companies are Political Concepts, LLC, (DBA Joe’s on Juniper), Peach State Restaurants, LLC (DBA Einstein’s), Vinings Dining (DBA Garrison’s Broiler & Tap), and Mystical Pizza, LLC (DBA Metrotainment Bakery and Sugar Shack.)

Behind all of these companies are …

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