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Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Making pizza at Villa Francesca

Posted By on Wed, Jun 30, 2010 at 5:21 PM

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The Uptown pizzeria Villa Francesca features some of the best pizza in town. (And that's why it was stop on our Eat My Charlotte Foodie Tour this past weekend!)

Luciano Suppa, owner of Villa Francesca, invited me over to learn how to make pizza this afternoon. Lui makes everything from scratch in house. From the fresh "grandma's sauce" to the pizza dough.

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All their dough is every morning. They make about 200 balls of dough each day.

Check out my adventures in pizza making via photos. (Start with the top left photo.)

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By Priscilla Tsai

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Photos by Katie Whittie.

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Cheerwine Kreme Filled Doughnuts

Posted By on Wed, Jun 30, 2010 at 11:46 AM

Krispy Kreme debuted their Cheerwine Kreme Filled Doughnuts just in time for the Fourth of July.

The limited edition doughnuts will only be available in North and South Carolina grocery stores, and they're only sticking around for one month.

Creative Loafing received a special delivery of the doughnuts this morning courtesy of Krispy Kreme and we got to try them out.

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So what exactly is in them? A pink Cheerwine-flavored "kreme" is piped into a plain donut, glazed with chocolate, and topped with red and white sprinkles.

I'm not a big fan of Cheerwine, so these doughnuts weren't my favorite. It sort of tasted like Robitussin to me.  The aftertaste was pretty bad. A few people in the office said they were nasty, a few said they were amazing. Maybe if you are a Cheerwine fan, you'll like these babies. Check them out for yourself.

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By Priscilla Tsai

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Spicy baked shrimp

Posted By on Wed, Jun 30, 2010 at 8:00 AM

It must be the end of the world. I gave my KitchenAid mixer a rest and actually made something that doesn't require beating butter and at least 1 cup of sugar.

This spicy baked shrimp is an easy summer meal. Just marinate, pop it in the oven and you're done. A short ingredient list makes it easy to put together. The biggest pain in the butt was shelling and de-veining the shrimp.

Seasoned with Cajun spices, cayenne and soy sauce, it's pretty spicy (and salty too), so be sure to serve it with lots of crusty bread or even over pasta. The sauce sopped up with bread is the best part.

For a twist, I added some crumbled blue cheese on top and it was pretty good. I guess it has the same effect as eating hot wings with blue cheese dressing. Next time I might make a "creme fraiche" type sauce using blue cheese and sour cream to drizzle on top.

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Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Death by Chocolate Cookies

Posted By on Tue, Jun 29, 2010 at 4:59 PM

OK, so I finally made the Death by Chocolate Cookies that were part of the MIT Kitchen Chemistry course's week #2 assignment.

I was only planning on making them and pawning them off on co-workers – not eat them myself (because goodness knows I eat way too much sugar already). But one bite turned into another, and before I knew it, the whole cookie was gone. Whoopsies.

These thick cookies have crispy exteriors and warm brownie-like middles. Containing over 8 ounces of chocolate, they live up to their name ... though it'd probably take way more chocolate than that to do me in.

They only take one bowl to make and you can bake up the entire batch of batter at one time. Too easy. Instead of chocolate chips, I used white chocolate chips for color contrast.

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For the recipe, click here.

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Monday, June 28, 2010

Free Chick-fil-A on Cow Appreciation Day, July 9

Posted By on Mon, Jun 28, 2010 at 5:00 PM

Got a cow costume laying around the house? Now is the time to bust it out.

Chick-fil-A is celebrating Cow Appreciation Day on Friday, July 9, buy offering a free meal (breakfast, lunch or dinner, which includes an entrée of choice, a side item and a Dr Pepper® [or other beverage choice]) to any customer who visits one of the restaurants fully dressed as a cow.

If you don't happen to own a full head-to-toe (or hoof) cow costume, just stop on by wearing anything spotted with cow print, be it a belt, purse, shoes, dress (I hope not!), or anything else you've got, and you will receive a free entree.

Here are a few ideas:

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Announcing the winner of Chicago tickets

Posted By on Mon, Jun 28, 2010 at 2:29 PM

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This weekend our pizza tour participants were entered into a raffle to win a pair of tickets to see Chicago and The Doobie Brothers this Tuesday, courtesy of Creative Loafing and Live Nation. And the winner is...

Drum roll, please...

Congrats to our winner LEIGH ANN JAMES! Please stop by the box office will-call window to pick up your tickets on the day of the concert.

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Road Runner Mobile Amphitheatre

Charlotte, NC

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Cheesing it up: Photos from the Pizza Tour

Posted By on Mon, Jun 28, 2010 at 10:48 AM

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Hey, foodie party people! Thanks for coming on Creative Loafing's Eat My Charlotte Foodie Tour this past Saturday, June 26.

We stopped at four delicious restaurants and sampled seven different flavors/styles of pizza.

Giacomo's, Due Amici, Villa Francesca, and Wolfman Pizza served up their best pizzas which included: pepperoni, fresh mozzarella and tomato, stuffed chicken Parmesan pizza, grandmother's pizza, the Mojo pizza, and two dessert pizzas – banana split and smores.

Everyone was so stuffed we had to practically roll the pizza tour folks off the bus at the end.

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Oreo-studded peanut butter chocolate chip cookies

Posted By on Mon, Jun 28, 2010 at 7:00 AM

With a bunch of Oreo cookies leftover from the mint Oreo cupcakes I made earlier, it was only logical to throw them into my batch of peanut butter chocolate chip cookies, right?

These suckers have peanut butter, oatmeal, chocolate chips, and chunks of Oreo mixed in. Yum.

I used the recipe for Jose's Oatmeal Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies that I found on Epicurious.com. The cookies received raving reviews online. Well, if it's good enough for those foodies, it's good enough for me.

I omitted the grated chocolate (I hate grating chocolate because it's so messy and melts all over the dang place) and added a good helping of chunked up Oreo cookies (probably one sleeve's worth). If you wanna go crazy, throw in some nuts too. The recipe makes a few dozen cookies and they are hard to resist. You have been warned!

The cookies will be pale and slightly toasty brown when they're done baking. Don't over-bake them in the oven because they'll continue to cook while they cool on the cookie sheets.

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Friday, June 25, 2010

Pizza Foodie Tour is sold out

Posted By on Fri, Jun 25, 2010 at 10:33 AM

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Creative Loafing's Eat My Charlotte Foodie Tour featuring pizza is sold out. If you weren't able to snag tickets for this tour, join us for our next tour coming up in October ... theme to be announced next week.

For those who will be joining us tomorrow on the dub-decker, see y'all pizza party people tomorrow at 1 pm.

Check out all the beer and the free SWAG bags of goodies we've got for you:

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Here's the itinerary...

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Thursday, June 24, 2010

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