Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Will this job make me fat ?

It's a fair question. Now that I am being paid to write about food, will I become even more obsessive about one of life's greatest plesasures? Perhaps, but I plan to keep it all in perspective and balanced with a healthy exercise regimen and being more discriminating about what I eat. The New York Times has an interesting article today, The Fat Pack Wonders if the Party’s Over, that describes the potential occupational hazard of being intimately tied to the restaurant industry.

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Monday, March 17, 2008

Weekend Gluttony

Raclette

It was certainly a food-filled weekend- we started on Friday evening at Kinsey & David's for raclette- a feast that centers around melted cheese and includes all sorts of side accompaniment's including baguettes, roasted peppers, prosciutto, roasted potatoes and pickled onions. According to our friends at Wikipedia, "Raclette was mentioned in medieval writings as a particularly nutritious meal consumed by peasants in mountainous Switzerland. It was then known in the German-speaking part of Switzerland as Bratchäs, or "roasted cheese." Traditionally, the Swiss cow herders used to take the cheese with them when they were moving cows to or from the pastures up in the mountains. In the evenings around the campfire, they would place the cheese next to the fire and, when it had reached the perfect softness, scrape it on top of some bread."


Verbena

Saturday night found us with a large group at one of the Fan's newer dining establishments, Verbena, a beautiful new space carved from what was once Konsta's. They have an ambitious menu that for the most part delivers. The operational side is having a harder time keeping up. More to come soon.


Corned Beef

On the eve of St Patrick's Day, we feasted outside on a chilly Sunday afternoon on lots of green goodies- guacamole, salsa verde, and corned beef with cabbage and potatoes(not green but certainly a propos).

Wednesday, March 12, 2008

Siren's Song

Check out this week's Style Weekly for my review of The Halligan Bar & Grill, one of Shockoe Bottom's newest eateries, and certainly the only one with a fire truck parked behind the bar.

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"Locavore" Named Word of the Year

Amy Hicks, owner of local CSA Amy's Garden, had a great article in last week's Home Style. According to Amy "There’s exciting news in the organic community: The word locavore was named New Oxford American Dictionary’s word of the year for 2007. A locavore is one who attempts to consume only food that was grown or raised within a 100-mile radius of one’s home. The locavore movement encourages consumers to either grow their own food or shop with local farmers at the farmer’s market. Locavores seek out locally produced food because they know it is tastier, more nutritious and environmentally friendly."

I have been a member of Amy's CSA for the past 4 or 5 years and I look forward to the season every year. Amy asked me for a quote for her article and it made the cut:

“I live for my Monday delivery,” says John Haddad, a longtime CSA member and food writer. “There is nothing like a bag of freshness dropped at your doorstep.”

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