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Girl & The Goat – Chicago

On my latest jaunt to Chicago I popped into the wildly successful Girl and the Goat, which is just west of the river in an area I would equate to West Midtown. They take reservations so try and book far in advance for a prime time slot or try and get lucky (tisk,tisk) at the…

Fritters

Negril Village – Confusion Abounds

Atlanta has some really good Caribbean spots (see Tasa Roti Shop), but Negril Village is not one of them. To be fair, the food was pretty good; nice spice on the jerk chicken and pretty solid conch fritters, but at price points approaching the obscene I have to balk. $12 for 1/4 a chicken and…

Margherita

Varuni Napoli – Antico Part Duex?

Varuni Napoli opened a few short months back in the Morningside/Lenox Park area of midtown and appropriately draws considerable comparisons to Antico; this of course is completely logical since Varuni himself used to be Antico’s pizzaiolo. At first smell and taste one need just close their eyes to be confused…the only thing missing would be…

Signs of Spring

Cocktail Nirvana – Aviary

I’ve traveled all over the world and have experienced a ton of amazing things, including cocktail bars with jaw-dropping views and mind blowing presentations, but Aviary in Chicago took the cake and has forever spoiled me. From the moment you walk in and get a brief view of the magic in action, to the second…

Finished dish - take that P.F. Changes!

Chinese Stir Fry w/ Chicken and Mushrooms

As most people know, I’m a sucker for Asian fare and have often tried to master the techniques and flavors with varied outcomes. One thing that was always perplexing was the silkiness of the chicken and pork, to which I have deployed various brine and marinating combinations…to no avail. I finally sucked it up and asked…

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Empellon Cocina: Refined Mexican in the East Village

There are a handful of restaurants across the country trying to elevate Mexican cuisine, but most tend to only elevate the prices using fancy ingredients with not much creativity…Empellon Cocina is not one of them. Alex Stupak and his legions have taken a fresh approach to to the fare, utilizing time honored techniques and flavors…

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Vegas Round Up

I spent way too many days in Las Vegas last week and I’m proud to say I can remember all of them and came back with a  little jingle in my pocket; down from my 52 week high, but still in the black. That is, unless you count the loss of my fancy camera before…

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St. Cecilia – Seafood Finesse

One of the most anticipated restaurant openings of the year burst forth earlier this spring in the heart of Buckhead when restaurateur Ford Fry unveiled St. Cecilia. The restaurant specializes in coastal European fare, with a heavy slant towards high quality seafood and house made pastas. The restaurant is big, bright and beautiful; much grander than it’s…

Edible art!

Atlanta Food & Wine Festival 2014

Another Atlanta Food and Wine festival has come and gone; midtown is almost back to normal, all the knives have been packed away and the only thing that remains is the pain in my belly from a wonderful weekend of excess. I learned four new catfish recipes (none of which involve frying), how to drink…

Cold smoked chicken!

Cold Smoked, Fried Chicken w/ Baby Heirloom Tomato Salad

Who doesn’t love chicken and biscuits; and this version is way better than Chick-fil-a, if that’s possible.  Chicken thighs are a must in this dish, and really should be used more often, as they have the best texture/taste combination of the entire bird. 6 chicken thighs 1 cup flour 2 cups buttermilk 2 tbsp stock hot…