Thursday, April 30, 2009

Video Recipe: Bacon Explosion Pork Bomb Barbecue

Posted By on Thu, Apr 30, 2009 at 11:47 AM

For all the poor piggies being slaughtered in Egypt as we speak.

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Wednesday, April 29, 2009

31 cent scoop night

Posted By on Wed, Apr 29, 2009 at 12:48 PM


You can enjoy ice cream for 31 cents tonight and support a good cause at Baskin-Robbins. Read more information from the Baskin-Robbins Website below. Click here to find Baskin-Robbins store locations.

Join us for 31 Cent Scoop Night at Baskin-Robbins®

and help us honor America’s firefighters with a $100,000

donation to the National Volunteer Fire Council (NVFC)

National Junior Firefighter Program.

Participating stores will reduce prices of small ice cream

scoops to 31 cents*. At some locations, you may also have

an opportunity to make a donation to local fire charities.

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For the love of bacon

Posted By on Wed, Apr 29, 2009 at 10:41 AM

If the taste of that oh-so-greasy breakfast meat makes you go ga-ga, you should check out J & D's - Everything Should Taste Like Bacon. They offer all you need to enhance anything and everything with the flavors of your favorite pork product.

Their anchor product, Bacon Salt, comes in the flavors of Original, Hickory and Peppered, and some limited edition flavors like Applewood, Jalapeno, Mesquite, Cheddar and Maple Redux. They've also recently released Baconnaise™, which promises to take your sandwiches, salads, dips, fish and fries (and more) to new and more bacon-y heights.

And if you're a die-hard bacon lover, you should check out the bacon-flavored lip balm they have on sale.

This promo video reminds me of the bacon-loving dog on the Beggin' Strips commercial.

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Meet beer master John Marrino

Posted By on Wed, Apr 29, 2009 at 9:00 AM


John Marrino fell in love with two things when he lived in Germany in the 1990s: his wife and locally produced beer. Over there, it's common for each village to have their own brewery ... and he thinks it's about time the Queen City had her own local brew, too. So as Olde Mecklenburg Brewery's beer master, he's modeled the beer off of one of his German favorites, even importing a Bier-Meister to make sure his all-natural, four-ingredients-only brew is in line with the German beer purity law, established in the late 1500s. Good news: It is. Better news: Charlotteans can now pick up freshly brewed beer by the growler Thursday through Saturday. Best news: Growler refills are only $4-8.

Creative Loafing: What kind of beer did you drink in college? Be honest.

John Marrino: When I was an 18-year-old college student in New Orleans, I drank Michelob. That was when I was too dumb to know any better. It was the best beer Budweiser made; it's the only one they make that doesn't have corn and rice in it, which cheapens the beer. My favorites now, of course, are German pilsners.

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Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Food News: April 28

Posted By on Tue, Apr 28, 2009 at 4:39 PM

* Tom Sasser, president of Charlotte-based Harper's Restaurant Group, has closed Arpa-Tapas-Wine Bar-Grill and will reopen the space at 129 West Trade Street the first week of May as Harper’s Grill. The Grill’s menu will be “slightly” smaller than the regular Harper's Restaurant menu, but will include Betty's pimento cheeseburger, grilled chicken oriental salad and Harper's chicken supremes. Hours: Monday through Friday for lunch and dinner; Saturday for dinner, and Sunday for brunch. Harper’s Grill will be open for Mother's Day brunch. 704-372-7792.

* During the Quail Hollow Championship (through May 3), Noble’s Restaurant, 6801 Morrison Blvd., is featuring the PAR-tini with Prairie organic vodka, pomegranate liquor, cranberry and orange juice and a float of sparkling wine for $6; and the Quailtini - FireFly sweet tea vodka and lemonade for $6. Noble’s dinner special is Roasted Smoked Quail with North Carolina ramps, cornbread stuffing, sweet potato puree, spring turnips, and mushroom jus ($25). 704-367-9433.

* Copper Restaurant, 311 East Blvd., has added a 900-square-foot patio in front of the restaurant. Additionally, Copper will be open on Mother's Day, serving the regular weekday lunch menu from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. 704-333-0063.

* The Morehead Inn, 1122 East Morehead St. (704-376-3357) and the Vanlandingham Estate, 2010 The Plaza (704-334-8909), will be open for their annual Mother’s Day Brunch with seatings at 10:45 a.m., 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 1:15 p.m. The menu includes made-to-order omelets and waffles; pork loin; roast beef; Carolina apricot glazed turkey breast; chilled jumbo shrimp; salads; strawberry shortcake; chocolate mousse; pecan and lemon pies; and Southern banana pudding. $28.95 adults, $24.95 seniors, and $15.95 children ages 4 to 12 (children three and under are free). Prices do not include tax or gratuity. Reservations are required.

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A cool and creamy dessert - Poogan's Peanut Butter Pie

Posted By on Tue, Apr 28, 2009 at 3:49 PM

When the temperature outside rises above 80, warm desserts just don't cut it. Looking for a cool frozen dessert recipe online, I found this recipe for Poogan's Peanut Butter Pie on the Americas Cuisine web site.

This "Poogan" is the Poogan of Poogan's Porch, the famous Charleston restaurant known for their delicious low-country foods. Their Peanut Butter Pie has been described as the best thing of the menu.

The pie is easy to put together, and the only thing that needs baking is the pie crust. I took a short cut and used a frozen pre-made crust. Make sure you buy whipping cream or heavy whipping cream -- not the light whipping cream (it won't whip up easily).

If you want to cut some calories, opt for the 1/3-less fat cream cheese. Feel free to garnish the pie with chocolate curls (take a vegetable peeler to a bar of chocolate) and piped whipped cream along the border.

I served the pie for dessert after dinner with friends last night. The pie was a hit so I think it's a keeper. They described the pie as "rich frozen peanut butter fudge," and a "peanut butter cheesecake."


Poogan’s Peanut Butter Pie

1-8 oz Package Cream Cheese

1 cup Powdered Sugar

3/4 cup Creamy or Chunky Peanut Butter

1 t Vanilla

1/2 cup Whipping Cream, whipped

1-9 inch Baked Pie Crust (the pastry type, not the graham cracker crust)

* Beat cream cheese until soft and fluffy.

* Beat in sugar, peanut butter and vanilla.

* Slowly fold in whipped cream until well blended.

* Pour into baked pie crust and freeze until ready to serve.

* Remove from freezer and let soften 20 to 30 minutes before serving.

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Prosecco and Paris Hilton

Posted By on Tue, Apr 28, 2009 at 12:10 PM

I am no wine connoisseur by the least, but this subhed of an article about the Italian-made Prosecco caught my eye: "Italy's sparkling wine, always a favorite, is better than ever these days — just avoid Paris Hilton."

Prosecco is so popular, in fact, that it has inspired imitators. ... A company based in Austria began producing a wine called Rich Prosecco that it sold in cans and then hired Ms. Hilton as its spokesbabe, featured in ads clothed only in paint. Gee, maybe a picture is worth more than a thousand words -- but maybe not, since we saw that a British company was auctioning 30,000 cans of the stuff from a Serbian warehouse. Its brochure warned that the Prosecco has a "use-by date" of May 2009.

Read the full story here.

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Cuisine Malaya: A mix of exotic Asian flavors

Posted By on Tue, Apr 28, 2009 at 11:47 AM

At Cuisine Malaya, you can eat a variety of dishes with flavors from China, Singapore, Japan and Malaysia. I went there for the first time this past weekend, and I think it's gonna make my "Favorite 5 Restaurants in Charlotte" list.

Here are a few pics of the exotic dishes I tried.

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Roti Telur - Flat crepe-like bread stuffed with onions and egg, served with curry.
  • Popiah - A classic Malaysian dish, steamed roll filled with turnip, shrimp, and veggies.

Beef Rendang - Tender pieces of beef simmered with spices and coconut milk.
  • Beef Rendang - Tender pieces of beef simmered with spices and coconut milk.

Char Kway Teow - Malaysian pan-fried flat noodles with shrimp and chicken.
  • Char Kway Teow - Malaysian pan-fried flat noodles with shrimp and chicken.

Cuisine Malaya

1411 Elizabeth Ave

Charlotte, NC 28204

(704) 372-0766

View the Cusine Malaya menu here.

Get tips here on how to navigate around the road construction to get to Cuisine Malaya.

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Upcoming: Chocolate & Tea Tasting

Posted By on Tue, Apr 28, 2009 at 9:03 AM

On May 7, Lark & Key Gallery and Boutique presents an evening to stimulate your taste buds. Local businesses The Secret Chocolatier and Felicitea will be offering pairings of their artisan chocolates and specialty teas to sample.

There will be three tasting stations and patrons can take home a double box of 1 oz truffles paired with a tea selection. There will also be gallery discounts in preparation for Mother's Day. So come out and indulge yourself while enjoying live music from Adam Whiting.

$25 per person - please RSVP and pay by Sunday, May 3rd. Payment can be made by coming by the gallery, calling with credit card information or sending a check made payable to Lark & Key. Contact the gallery for more information.

Thursday, May 7

7 p.m. to 9 p.m.

453-B East 36th St


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Monday, April 27, 2009

'Classic diner feel': The Coffee Cup

Posted By on Mon, Apr 27, 2009 at 4:45 PM

The Coffee Cup: It opens, it closes. It opens again, it closes again. And now it's open again in NoDa. Read blogger Jarvis Holliday's review of the soul food restaurant in its new spot in NoDa here.

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