Archive for July, 2009

Bar-Food is Rockin’

Dropped into Bar-Food a few days ago. It was only 4 pm, a time at which I rarely quit the work day, but it had been a long and hectic and stressful day and I was parched. Bar-Food,  which opens precisely at 4, held the promise of  great libations and tempting tidbits, beckoned. Collapsed into a comfortable chair in the pleasantly breezy shade right outside, I ordered a Marguerita and my companion a beer. We added an Olive Tapenade for him and Blue Chips, fresh and crispy potato chips slathered in a mix of blue and brie cheese, for me.  All were delicious, unique, light and refreshing. Just the anecdote to a grueling Friday!  TGIF! I toasted, ordering another of those delighfully fresh-made Margueritas. And we sample a couple of Kimchi–one with pickled radishes; the other with pickled cukes. Both moist and wonderfully spicy with a tomato-sesame-hot pepper sauce. During the hour we spent, the place had a steady stream of customers arriving, all appearing to be young professionals from nearby offices or perhaps from further distances enroute to their Ardsley Park domains.     Clearly, Johnny Baker’s latest venture is, as his always seem to be, a rousing success!  Go for it! You’ll love it!

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Sunday Brunch Update from Lulu’s

New brunch item at Lulus Chocolate Bar’s lovely Sunday Brunch: Ham and Gruyere Paninis!?  Sounds like a winner!  Lulu’s now open for Brunch on Sundays at 11.  Unlimited Bloody Mary Bar starting at 12:30.
Happy Sunday!

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Another good restaurant bites the dust

Sadly, Matt Cohen’s New South Pub,  at the Mighty Eighth Air Force Museum, will close it’s doors for the last time on Aug. 2.

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Eos Second Saturday Wine Soiree

These events are always terrific, but this one sounds especially intriguing!  Champagnes and other sparkling wines from around the world, plus a sampling of fresh Sushi flavors! $30.   5:30 to 7:30 pm. Aug. 8.   Reservations:  238-2400.

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Eye Candy and Good Eats this Saturday

This Saturday, July  25, treat yourself to a Palette to Palate Gallery Hop, starting in City Market and continuing  throughout the Historic District. At each gallery sample Southern delicacies and wines while enjoying the sounds of jazz and classical music by local musicians.

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La Xalapena Closed

Another restaurant has bitten the dust.  Too bad. This place had good Mexican food, but without a beer and wine license, I suspect, not too many customers.

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New Pastry Chef at Local 11 Ten

Pastry Chef Carrie Climer has joined Local 11 Ten, whipping up new delights daily.  Each morning, she experiments with local farmers’ daily offerings, coming up with treats like Ginger Bourbon Ice Cream or Mango Basil Sorbet.

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BBQ for a Good Cause

On July 18, 2009, a BBQ will be held to benefit the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society at 44 Echols Avenue, from 10am to 2pm.  Only $7 for a pulled pork dinner with all the fixin’s.  Enjoy live entertainment from Jason Courtney while you eat. Call 355-0261 to buy your tickets in advance.

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Summertime Picnic Sandwich

 When summer fruits are at their sweetest, peaches make a worthy substitution for the strawberries in this recipe.

  • 8 lg. strawberries
  • 8 tbsp. Neufchatel cheese, softened
  • 1 tablespoon chopped mint
  • 1 teaspoon lemon zest
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1/2 seedless cucumber, thinly sliced
  • 1 bunch watercress, long stems trimmed
  • 8 slices whole wheat sandwich bread
    Serves 4
  • Chop 4 of the strawberries and slice the remaining 4. In a large bowl, mash chopped strawberries with a fork. Add Neufchâtel, mint, zest, salt and pepper and mix until well combined.

    Spread strawberry mixture evenly between slices of bread then arrange cucumbers, sliced berries and watercress over half of the slices. Top with remaining slices to form sandwiches then halve each and serve. Enjoy!

    — courtesy of Trustees Garden Open Market

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    A new delight at Alligator Soul

    At Alligator Soul, where the food is always the finest, the atmoshere gorgeous, the owner, Maureen Craig,  and chef Chris Dinello friendly and thoughtful, and the service top notch, there is always something new for the comfort of their patrons.                                                               Now, they’ve launched a Mini Menu, for those of us who are feeling the pinch (ouch! who isn’t?) of the recession or those who simply don’t ever have big enough appetites for the voluptuous sized portions of the Soul’s entrees!                                                                                                              Seven nights a week, you can save your waistlnes and pocketbooks  by ordering from the new Mini Menu, served only in the bar and lounge area, except for Wed. nights, when you can enjoy it  in the main dining room as well.   Try it! You’ll love it!

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