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Friday, May 29, 2009

Dunkin' Donuts: Grilled Dollar Bills...

Posted By on Fri, May 29, 2009 at 5:01 PM

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Four of them to be precise. That's what the Dunkin' Donuts Grilled Cheese Flatbread will cost you. Naturally, you'd would think that the simple household staple would have a little extra kick to it. But you'd be disappointed to find that the menu item is no more then a glorified grilled cheese sandwhich. It's not that it was bad. I might go as far as to call it a tasty treat. But definitely not worth the dough.

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Mold earns Epicentre restaurant an 84

Posted By on Fri, May 29, 2009 at 2:28 PM

Indochine Grill scored an 84 after health inspectors found mold in the ice machines and poor food storage. After re-inspection though, the score improved to 96, so all is well.

Read who else scored in the 80s this week.

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Food news: Specials at Sonoma and Villa Antonio

Posted By on Fri, May 29, 2009 at 9:52 AM

Villa Antonio, 4707 South Blvd., is hosting a five-wine Pinot Noir tasting on Wednesday, June 3 at 6 p.m. Tickets are $20. Free appetizers and live music. They are also having a Prom Special: $75 per couple. During June both locations (Ballantyne) feature the specials a three-course prix fixe dinner for $30 per person (not including tax and gratuity). 704-523-1594. www.villaantonio.com.

Sonoma Modern American Cuisine, in the BOA Corporate Center, 100 N.Tryon St., in partnership with the North Carolina Blumenthal Performing Arts Center, is featuring a “Phantom of the Opera” three-course meal for $30 with all items chosen from the regular menu. This offer runs concurrently with the show: June 10 through July 5. Free valet parking. 704-332-1132 or www.sonomarestaurants.net.

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Friday is free donut day

Posted By on Fri, May 29, 2009 at 9:32 AM

National Doughnut Day is celebrated on the first Friday of June, which means this coming Friday, June 5, will be a free doughnut extravaganza.

Both Krispy Kreme and Dunkin Donuts will be giving away free doughnuts in celebration of this holiday.

Just stop by Krispy Kreme on this "Freeday" Friday and get any doughnut of your choice for free. No purchase necessary.

At Dunkin, you get any doughnut of your choosing with the purchase of a beverage.

Remember, if the calories are free, then they don't count!

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Thursday, May 28, 2009

Possibly the Coolest Sport Ever: Cheese-Rolling

Posted By on Thu, May 28, 2009 at 5:03 PM

For some reason, I find this picture absolutely hilarious. Who DOES this?? Who chases after rolling cheese??

From Serious Eats:

Every year on Cooper's Hill in Gloucester, England, a cheese-rolling race is held. No, it isn't a race between different rounds of cheese-it is something much better: One round of cheese is rolled down the hill and participants chase after it.

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Free food offer from Ruby Tuesday

Posted By on Thu, May 28, 2009 at 3:26 PM

Buy-one-get-one-free entrees at Ruby Tuesday restaurants until next Tuesday, June 2. Just print the coupon below.

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Coming up in the candy aisle

Posted By on Thu, May 28, 2009 at 11:31 AM

Centipede and dog food-flavored jelly beans??? I THINK NOT!

If you're a junk food junkie like I am, you'll want to check out what's set to hit the snack aisles this year from the candy and chocolate industries. This video was taken at the National Confectioners Association All-Candy Expo. Coconut-flavored M&Ms? Yum. Ketchup and french fries flavored chips? Hmmm...

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Mouthful: D'Vine Wine Cafe in Ballantyne

Posted By on Thu, May 28, 2009 at 11:06 AM

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Ballantyne Village's newest wine bar D'Vine Wine Cafe serves up divine wine, but unfortunately hellacious food.

We visited the wine café last night during Ballantyne Village's weekly Mix at Six party on Wednesdays. The live music area for Mix at Six is located right at the entrance of D'Vine, on the second floor of the complex, which conveniently provides entertainment for D'Vine guests as they lounge on outdoor sofas accented by fresh, lime green cushions.

We chose to sit outside on the patio, but away from the music which was a tad bit too loud to talk over. The café offers wines by the half glass, glass, and bottle, as well flights of wine served in too-cute stands with separate spokes to hold each glass in fan like arrangement. The two wines we got, a Malbec and a Pinot Grigio, were fairly priced at $7-$10 and were very good. The wines definitely lived up to their lively menu descriptions. The café also offers a good selection of beers including Chimay and Delirium Tremens.

The bad part came when the food arrived ...

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Meet Executive Chef Jay Jones

Posted By on Thu, May 28, 2009 at 10:18 AM

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As a chef, caterer, and former DJ, it is safe to say that Chef Jay Jones comfortably wears many hats. At Chateau Noir, a full-service catering and event planning company, Chef Jones serves as the executive chef. His philosophy is simple: By making all his ingredients from scratch, he’s able to provide you with a culinary experience that’s not only enriching, but also satisfying to your palate.

Creative Loafing: I saw that you have an online cooking show, "Culinary Creations." Is that something you want to take mainstream?

Chef Jay Jones: Yes, eventually at some point in time. I can’t say I’m necessarily like, “Oh, I’ve got to get on the Food Network,” but I try to make it educational for people. I try to make it entertaining, but I want to teach people also, that’s important. Because, a lot of people just refer to cooks, or cookbooks, or a recipe, I want you to be able to come to me for information on something.

If you had a Food Network show, what would it be called and what would be your niche?

Because a lot of people are afraid of restaurant cuisine, like they think they can’t do it at home, I think it would be, "Restaurant Cuisine at Home," where it’s those dishes you get at the restaurant, and people say, “I had this really good, chicken stuffed with this and that, but I have no idea how to make it.” So it’s taking those recipes that people get, and showing them how to make variations of restaurant-style food at home, along with the educational part of it.

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Food news: Restaurant openings

Posted By on Thu, May 28, 2009 at 9:52 AM

• In March Bill Exarhos and Elton Braho, owners of Liberty East Restaurant which opened in 1975, opened Park Place Family Restaurant, 10517 Park Road Extension. 704-295-1588. Hours: Monday through Thursday 6 a.m. until 9:30 p.m.; Friday and Saturday 6 a.m. until 10 p.m.; and Sunday 7 a.m. until 3 p.m.

• Owner Louie Politis has reopened his family’s Tanner’s Snack Bar & Maryland Fried Chicken at 3401 South Blvd., on the corner of Hartford Avenue. 704-679-9900. Tanner’s originally opened in 1940 on the corner of East Trade and South Tryon streets and has, as Politis noted, “moved seven or eight times since.” Tanner’s is known for burgers, hot dogs with chili and slaw and hot-shelled peanuts served in wax paper bags. New to the menu are salads, cheese steaks and chicken wings. Hours: Tuesday through Friday 11 a.m. until 8:30 p.m. and Monday and Saturday 11 a.m. until 6:30 p.m.

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