Friday Round Up 9/29/06

Technically, it’s Saturday now. Blame Time Warner. Sorry for the delay…

This week, Columbus Dispatch readers voted City Barbeque as the best brisket in town. I agree wholeheartedly, while admitting that my eating of beef brisket in Columbus has been rather limited. Go ahead and vote in the upcoming week on who has the best cinnamon rolls in town and you might win a gift certificate. This one? Hands down, I’d give it to Omega Artisan Bakery in the North Market. It makes Cinnabon look like Pillsbury.

I was really disappointed to find out Zandy’s Pies had closed. 🙁 Anyone know when/why this happened??

I’m still in the planning stages of my December trip to NYC, and found this great post about cheap eats in NYC at I think I’m feeling adventurous enough to wander out more than a block or two from my hotel in midtown Manhattan, but still am dead set against taking the subway after looking at this route map and being totally confused by it. Hopefully there are reasonably cheap, non-subway ways to get across town, considering I’ll only be there for 3 days (including flying time) – that only gives me one full day to explore.

Now this is what a cheesesteak is SUPPOSED to look like. I wonder how far Painesville is from Columbus? If it’s a Cleveland suburb, maybe I’ll check it out next weekend if I head up for the Polish Festival.

Adam the Amateur Gourmet presents us with an interesting essay on how people think that dietary fat itself is what makes you fat. The most interesting point of the essay, though – and what I got out of it – is that everything edible is good in moderation. I think that’s going to be my mantra from now on. Everything in moderation.

Great article in the San Francisco Chronicle about the etiquette of taking pictures of you food when you’re in a restaurant. The article prompted a discussion on Food Blog S’cool about the subject. What do I do? I do take pictures in restaurant, with flash when necessary, but try to be discreet and non-annoying about it. In warm weather, I prefer to sit outside (better natural light, no flash needed), or alternatively, I go earlier or later than the normal lunch or dinner rush so I don’t step on others toes. If someone or the proprietor asks (it’s only happened once so far), I just tell them that I like to take pictures of good meals for posterity so I can remember it. If really pushed, I suppose I would mention the blog. If someone asked me to stop, I would – but would remember that, and in the future probably not frequent the place or would order takeout. I’d love to hear your input (either here or in the discussion at Food Blog S’cool) – what do you do about taking pictures in restaurants?

Sam at Becks & Posh talking about food porn as an art form and the lengths some people go to when trying to get a good shot. I agree with Sam, the stuff I post is pretty much the way you’d see it if I set it down in front of you to eat. It’s not always pretty, but it will taste good most of the time. I would love to improve my plating and photography skills, though.

I’m still at odds about the issues on the table in New York – the banning of transfats and the calorie labeling. While I would love to see these changes be made, I think any time you get the government involved in a situation like this, nothing good can come of it. I’d like to see these changes implemented because the market itself bears it out, due to people wanting to know more about what they’re putting into their bodies. It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to know that a huge dinner out with non-diet foods is racked with more calories than you need in a day.

Leslie of Whining & Dining posts her wish list for next year’s farmers market. For the local Columbus area, I’d like to see ramps! Did not find a one this year, and the guy who runs my CSA said I’d probably need to go down to the Athens farmers market to find them next year. Also, more grains, heirloom and strange varieties, more meat and cheese. More fruit. I can’t believe there’s only a few weeks left of this year, although I’m told that some farmers go to the North Market well into December for apples and squash and the like. My last CSA pickup is November 17th, so I’ve got a good 7 weeks left, I suppose.

Some good instructional information for those of us who are still learning new skills: The Ethicurean gives us Produce 101: Storage Tips for Newbies and how to make lard. —
Some recipes for my “to do” list: Creamy Pappardelle with Parmiggiano, Walnut & Parsley from Cumin & Coriander, Dark Chocolate & Fleur du Sel Toasts from Everybody Likes Sandwiches, Bánh Mì Thit Nuong (Vietnamese Barbecued-Pork Sandwich)from The Traveler’s Lunchbox, and Matzo Brie from {the food palate}.

Hear, hear on Alton Brown’s rant on the whole spinach fiasco. I agree wholeheartedly with every word. Spinach is finally beginning to make it’s way back into the stores here in Columbus – I found it amusing that while I was in Trader Joe’s tonight every bag of green stuff had a “contains no spinach” sticker stuck on it. I asked, and they’ll have spinach again next week. Is it too much to hope for that I’ll see some tomorrow at the farmer’s market? We’ll see.

So much to accomplish tomorrow before going to the festival. I’ve got to hit the farmer’s markets in the morning, Penzey’s and the asian market, and trying to find somewhere local that has petit pain. Off to sleep.

2 thoughts on “Friday Round Up 9/29/06

  1. Lisa the Waitress

    Just so you know for your market wishlist – the lady across from Just this Farm, I think it’s Combs herbs, has ramps – she is one of the first people at the market at the beginning of the year, when it is still cold; ramps arrive really early in the year, around the begninng of April before the start of the market.

    Quiver Full farm, also at the North Market, has all kinds of different wheat which can be purchased whole or milled, as well as heirloom cornmeals, oatmeal, and other grains.

    Cottage Gardens, which used to be at Worthington and are now at the North Market but might be back at Worthington next year, grow a few types of beans – mainly cranberry, limas and kidney beans, and Dearsman farms, the really large farm on the North side of the outdoor market, grow tons of beans – crouter, black eye peas, favas, cranberry beans, etc. and Elizabeth Telling farm also sell some heirloom beans.

    As for meat, the best market for meat buying is the Worthington Farmer’s market, with nearly everything represented – several pork farms, beef – grass and grain fed, heirloom chickens and other fowl, and even lamb.

  2. Mark

    Becke, thanks for the link. Painesville is about 25 minutes East of Cleveland, but its a very easy drive down RT. 2. It’s well worth the drive.

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