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    Columbus, OH; Dallas sometimes
  1. New Orleans, LA

    Another dispatch from my hurricane Irma evacuation to New Orleans: i'm met high school friends (we just had our 40th reunion!) at Café Reconcile in the central city, an area that would have been off-limits to most sensible people a decade ago. The entire area is experiencing a rebirth, and part of that is this café which is part of an extensive program to help young people break the cycle of poverty. Regardless of the mission, the place serves yummy, straightforward Southern food in a bright, comfortable space. Noise levels make for easy conversation, and the pleasant young people working create hope for the future. Portions are generous and prices are gentle. Everyone eating there seemed satisfied and happy. Good food for a great cause! https://www.cafereconcile.org/about/
  2. New Orleans, LA

    I am in New Orleans unexpectedly as a Hurricane Irma evacuee. My sister and I went on a tour sponsored by the Beauregard-Keyes House and lead by Loyola Professor Justin Nystrom of the "Sicilian French Quarter." The Sicilians established themselves in New Orleans starting in the 1800's with the lemon trade, which expanded to include bananas, and eventually most imported produce. Nystrom posits that the Italians, who brought their native foods (spaghetti, cheese) and who created the wealth that funded the establishment of many food related businesses, are largely responsible for making New Orleans a restaurant city. I was born here, and much of this information was new to me. Fascinating. Great stories of places like Brocatos and Turci's, and insights into issues such as the true origins of the iconic mufaletta (NOT the invention of Central Grocery). Nystrom has a book coming out in February on the Sicilian Influences on New Orleans food culture. I can't wait to read it. http://www.bkhouse.org/ http://cas.loyno.edu/history/bios/justin-nystrom
  3. Jeni's Ice Cream

    Because we may take a direct hit from Irma and lose power, I am cooking out of the freezer tonight for my friends. Italian sausage roasted with peppers and onions, corn cooked on the cob, and then the kernels cut off and tossed with basil and garlic butter, salad.
  4. Dinner - The Polyphonic Food Blog

    I am back to cooking after a vacation during which I ate like a teenager. Last night I made a fish curry which I served over cauliflower "rice." The salad was a raita inspired cucumber and cantaloupe mix with a yogurt dressing. Very refreshing against the spicy curry.
  5. Jeni's Ice Cream

    I lived in Columbus for years, close to the original Jeni's retail location, and I can say, though it is expensive, it is ethereal ice cream. Every flavor I ever tried was delicious.
  6. For a supposedly "healthy option," Panera's food contains awful lot of sodium.
  7. Dinner - The Polyphonic Food Blog

    Chicken wings (steamed, then refrigerated, then tossed in sauce, then grilled) Fingerling potatoes cooked in a foil packet on the grill Bagged Asian salad
  8. Fort Lauderdale, FL

    If you decide to have your Fort Lauderdale area vacation in Hollywood, you should definitely check out the yellow Green farmers market. http://www.ygfarmersmarket.com/ It is long aisles of produce, jewelry, imported clothing, incense, soaps, and all kinds of food. There's almost every kind of food stall imaginable, from Belgian waffles to Ethiopian, from Thai to vegan ice cream. You can buy handmade mozzarella, locally made smoked fish dip, all kinds of exotic fruits and vegetables, fresh fish, in season vegetables, spices, teas...all while drinking alcohol, because you may buy and consume while you are perusing this market. On a day like today, the market is hot. I wanted Ethiopian food, which was delicious, but a hard thing to really enjoy on a very hot day. It's such a riot of color, and smell, and flavor that I encourage anyone who is close by to deal with the insanity of the parking and have this experience. It's not far from the intersection of I 95 and Sheridan. And just to tempt you, the plums I bought today were absolutely the best ones I've ever eaten in my entire life!
  9. Dinner - The Polyphonic Food Blog

    Last night I put some delicious Italian sausage (from a tiny little grocery store in New Orleans, carried frozen in my luggage) on the grill. The grills at my condo are used by many people, some of whom are not experienced and they are often nonfunctional… But last night everything was perfect. I got some sear on the casing of the sausage, but the inside was still juicy. I made a pasta salad with penne, and lots of chopped zucchini, red pepper, tomatoes, roasted corn, and spinach. I tossed it in a vinaigrette made with tons of basil. I also served store-bought bread sticks with marinara from a jar that I doctored up with a bit of wine, herbs, and diced pepperoni.
  10. Dinner - The Polyphonic Food Blog

    Last night I made a Thai chicken curry using prepared curry paste and light coconut milk. I served it over riced cauliflower, which I had stir fried in a bit of olive oil, sesame oil, and soy sauce.
  11. Kitchen 911

    Thanks. I did re-boil it, and I ate a bowl… And it tasted fine, and smelled fine and I am feeling no l effects. I've learned my lesson, and I packaged and froze the rest.
  12. Kitchen 911

    Advice. I heated a pot of soup to boiling at about 8:30 last night. It contained chicken and beef, vegetables, and chicken stock (all of which had been previously heated and refrigerated overnight). I set it to cool, and forgot to put it back in the refrigerator. When I saw the pot this morning, I immediately put it in the refrigerator… Because of the air conditioning vents, my kitchen is the coolest room in the condo, and so the pot sat in a fairly cool room overnight. Do you think I can reheat it and eat it, or is it a total loss? Smells OK.
  13. Dinner - The Polyphonic Food Blog

    Last night I made a riff on Italian wedding soup. I had leftover London broil, which I diced up; and I used a very large chicken breast, diced up. The base was onions, garlic, canned crushed tomatoes and chicken stock with the remains of a jar of hot salsa. I added cabbage, chickpeas, and zucchini. Seasoned with smoked paprika, oregano, parsley, thyme, and Rosemary. Light and tasty. I have enough for several meals and a few freezer portions.
  14. Fort Lauderdale, FL

    Alexsandra's in Lauderdale-by-the-Sea. Jamaican food. Soooo yummy. I had jerk chicken just to try the place out, and a generous lunch portion was $7.95. The chicken was spicy but not overly so, with a beautiful grilled, smoky flavor and tender flesh. The jerk seasoning was a riot of flavors. The chicken came on top of a bland looking, but surprisingly spicy rice with beans and some stewed cabbage. I added their habanero sauce on the side. It's a tiny storefront in a strip center in Lauderdale by the Sea, a few blocks from the beach. It's plain in the extreme, with a very few tables inside, and a couple outside, designed largely for takeout. Can't wait to try the rest of their brief menu which includes brown stew chicken, curry chicken, curry goat and ox tail stew. The large sizes of the meals are only 11 or $12. Great for takeout if you are anywhere near Lauderdale-by-the-Sea. What a great little gem. http://alexsandrascafe.com/
  15. I don't live in DC anymore, but this makes me so sad. RFD was always a reliable stop for me, with friendly bartenders who were happy to make recommendations. It was one of the first places in DC where I felt absolutely comfortable as a solo patron. It was a fun place to watch a college football game. And it was certainly on the leading edge of the craft beer trend.