food blog south 2013 – a recap

Surprising Amanda Fact: I don’t really mingle.  Frankly, I really hate it.  On the Myers-Briggs test, I test in squarely in the introvert section.  So going to a conference all alone where mingling is expected is a quite daunting proposition. Many months back, I signed up to go to Food Blog South 2013 in Birmingham, Ala.  I was excited at first, but the closer to Saturday I got the more unsure I became.  But on Friday, I put on my big girl pants and drove down to Birmingham. Thankfully fate brought me a lovely present.  Sitting alone near the back of the…

pb&j sorbet

It turns out that I have gained the Freshman 15.  No, I didn’t jump into my trusty DeLorean (Great Scott!) to re-experience the fall of 2000 and my freshman year of college (believe me, it wouldn’t be pretty). Nope – apparently it’s common among food bloggers to gain weight in the first year, and I have been no exception.  Between trying new restaurants, testing new recipes and entertaining, those pounds magically appeared. As I’ve worked to shed those pesky pounds, I’ve really taken a keen eye to what I’m eating and have been trying to just eat better.  For me – that…

going too far?

My Fellow Americans: Please don’t eat this crap.  If you stop eating it, the lovely folks over at Tony’s will stop making it.  Save yourself $5 and a heart attack, and go eat an apple. My friend Jenny posted this earlier – and I couldn’t stop myself from commenting. Now – I will completely admit, that I love junk food.  Love it.  But this is just gross. If you REALLY, REALLY want to go on a carb binder – at least do yourself a favor and do it right – at a good restaurant that makes good food.  Don’t let Tony’s Frozen…

vote for memphis

So Southern Living is taking a reader poll for the tastiest towns, and Memphis is in third place behind Asheville and Durham.  Get out there and vote people. We all know that Memphis has some great restaurants, but here’s my list of why you should vote Memphis as the tastiest town. Memphis-style BBQ.  Love it/hate it doesn’t matter there isn’t Ashville-style BBQ or Durham-style BBQ.  No but we do.  Memphis-style. Gus’s Fried Chicken.  Constantly named the best fried chicken in the country.  When I crave fried chicken – there is only one place that I want to go – Gus’s. Memphis’s Fine…

meet, greet, eat

Some times this little blog has some perks.  Tonight was one of those times.  The very, very lovely folks over at Alchemy sent me an email several weeks ago, and invited me to a meet and greet with their new chef, Nick Seabergh. Now, I have been a big fan of Alchemy since they opened last November.  I find myself there on a regular basis enjoying a small plate (or four) with friends and coworkers – heck we even celebrated Mother’s Day there last year. I love the concept, the food, the drinks  – Alchemy just does it right. So when I…

duck eggs

Dear blogesphere – You love duck eggs.  I am continually surprised the number of people who hit this blog in search of recipes on how to cook duck eggs.  By far – my solitary post on soft boiled duck eggs and soldiers has gotten the most views to date. While I would love to assume it’s the photography – I mean look at the composition in that shot… But I am just curious – is it just duck eggs?  Are we that unfamiliar with eggs of any sort besides chicken?  Interesting idea, and probably true since I had never had a duck…