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Posted on Friday, May 22, 2015

Box of Biscochito Cookies

A baker’s dozen of New Mexico’s famous biscochitos, which didn’t make it to the car before one or two were devoured.
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Posted on Thursday, May 21, 2015 3:51 PM
Where are you going this summer?

Gas prices being low (relatively speaking), we suspect a lot of hungry folks will be eating their way around the country, savoring national treasures from the ployes up at the international boundary (pictured above is a ploye about to wrap a grilled wiener) to Pacific Northwest salmon. (South Beach salmon candy pictured below). We are really looking forward to revisiting the Colonel's Mini Mart (formerly Bon Ton Mini Mart) of Henderson, Kentucky. Louis Hatchett assures us that it is continuing to thrive and to serve some of the best fried chicken anywhere.

The Idaho Panhandle

Another place we yearn to revisit is the Idaho panhandle, all around the town of Sandpoint and Lake Pend Oreille: gorgeous country and really good food. We'll be saving that trip for late summer, when huckleberries are at their peak.

More Cajun Country Tour Tickets Are Available!

All available tickets for the Roadfood tour of Cajun country scheduled for October 16 & 17 were snapped up within three hours of their going on sale last week. But Stephen managed to sharpen his pencil and come up with a half-dozen more spaces. So a few tickets still are available for what promises to be the eating tour to end all eating tours. It will include not only some fantastic restaurants and the opportunity to judge the national Boudin Cookoff, but also an afternoon enjoying one of the greatest time-honored culinary rituals of swampland Louisiana – a once-in-a-lifetime culinary experience that few non-Cajuns ever get a chance to be part of. (By the way, pictured above is a piece of gâteau sirop, made from Louisiana sugar cane.)

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Roadfood of the Day: B & W Bakery - Hackensack, NJ
Posted on Thursday, May 21, 2015

'Heavy crumb,' indeed!
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Posted on Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Fried Clams

Good fried clams: nutty-rich, their bellies creamy-sweet, their crust fragile and savory.
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Posted by Michael Stern on Tuesday, May 19, 2015 8:53 AM

Located in the big sale barn at the heart of the vast Amarillo stockyards, where several thousand head of beef cattle are auctioned every week, the Stockyard Cafe is one sure-as-shootin’ cowpunchers’ haven.

Starting at six am, truckers and meat men come to talk business over honest hash-house breakfasts: steak and eggs, breakfast burritos, salsa-garnished huevos rancheros, and stacks of flapjacks. Some mornings, as you walk from your car to the café building, you will be surrounded by mooing cattle and the clear panhandle Texas air will be perfumed by their farmy scent. Once inside the restaurant, though, all you smell is coffee brewing, bacon sizzling, and steaks on the grill.

Dinner is served Friday and Saturday nights, and although our steaks here have ranged from tasty-tender to ornery-tough, it’s always a pleasure to sit in a booth surrounded by old-fashioned westerners (gentlemen will feel underdressed without a Stetson or at least a well-weathered farm cap), if for no other reason than to browse the tabletop advertisements for important local products and vendors: cattle wormers, feed mixers, and custom killers.
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Posted by Michael Stern on Tuesday, May 19, 2015 3:58 AM

Pimiento Cheese

'Uptown/Down South' is how Magnolia’s describes its fashionable way with Lowcountry cookery. An 1820s East Bay Street warehouse transformed into a snappy modern dining room with a big painting of a magnolia on one wall and an elevated horseshoe-shaped bar that is great for people-watching (and being watched), it is a relaxed restaurant that takes its cooking seriously.

Start supper with house-made potato chips topped with blue cheese and green onions or Lowcountry bouillabaisse in which the seafood is augmented with Tasso ham and andouille sausage; feast on buttermilk fried chicken accompanied by cracked pepper biscuits, top off the meal with swoonful pecan pie adorned with vanilla bean ice cream and bourbon caramel sauce. While dinner can be a significant event, requiring reservations and a good $50 per person, lunch is half the price and features such happy sandwiches as a Charleston cheese steak, grilled meat loaf, and a 'three little pigs' trio of barbecue bunned with jalapeno peach cole slaw.

One nice thing about Magnolia's is that it serves lunch until 3:45pm and starts serving dinner at 3:45pm, meaning it doesn't close. That makes it a great place to visit for a mid-afternoon break, when you can find a seat at the bar, order a few Planter's Punches, and munch on Down South egg rolls filled with collard greens and Tasso ham or fried green tomatoes with caramelized onion grits, country ham, tomato chutney, and melted cheddar cheese.
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Posted on Tuesday, May 19, 2015


This was the largest slice of cheesecake I've ever been served. We split it and took the other piece with us. Desserts Mon-Wed are only $2.
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Poll Results: I Prefer to Dine...
Posted on Monday, May 18, 2015
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Posted by Michael Stern on Monday, May 18, 2015 4:49 AM

In the 1980s, Jane and I wrote a story about an interesting phenomenon we had discovered: the Pacific Northwest is a coffee-lover's destination. Our "discovery" came late – Starbuck's had already begun to proliferate, having started in 1971 (reaching Chicago in 1991 and New York in 1994). Today, everybody knows that America's coffee culture is at its zenith in Seattle, Portland, and throughout the region – all the way to Anchorage, which has more coffee shops per capita than any other American city.

During a recent trip through Oregon, I was impressed by Astoria Coffee House & Bistro in the northwesternmost part of the state. The coffee is Caffé Vita brand from Seattle; and in addition to all the usual espresso drinks are such exotic lattes as lavender vanilla, cardamom mocha, salted caramel, and maple brown sugar.

Actually, it was the food at breakfast that rang my chimes, most notably smoked salmon hash, which was a rough-hewn melange of bite-size salmon, potatoes, and peppers, topped with eggs and sided by a hearty buttermilk biscuit. In addition, I managed to savor several pleasing pastries, including an almond paste-filled croissant and a slice of moist chocolate cake. Other morning menu highlights include aebleskivers (Danish pancakes), cardamom bread French toast, and biscuits topped with bacon gravy. There is a wide choice of serious (over $20) meals for supper, which the menu describes as "neo-regional cuisine using direct caught seafood, all natural meats and wild local produce 'foraged' from the area." These items include Cajun oysters, chickpea and tabouli salad, pork mole, paella, steak frites, French dip, sushi rolls, and pad Thai. The list makes me confused about the concept of neo-regionality, but the goodness of the salmon hash and freshness of the rhubarb scones make me want to return and discover exactly what it means.
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Posted on Monday, May 18, 2015

Shawarma Platter

Abdul's specialty, the mixed shawarma platter: lamb, beef, chicken, rice, salad, coleslaw, tabouleh and hummus. Two can easily split this and walk away stuffed.
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