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carpetbagger, esq.

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  1. as a local guy, i'd be very interested in checking your setup out and doing what i can to help.
  2. i went to uva and vandy....i know all about those types of girls!
  3. as a hoo, i am not too confident in this season. that usc game is not going to be pretty. i may try and make it down to the ga tech game, but i don't know if that will happen. it's a lot easier to follow my dores since i stayed in nashville after graduating from law school. i hope you have fun in c'ville! lan, any suggestions for trips to ole miss? i'm probably going down for the vandy/ole miss game this year since i'll be in memphis on fri for work and it's a short drive down. looking forward to tailgating at the grove and checking out the campus. any dining suggestions or must sees?
  4. we're getting our season tix this week for vandy - some pretty good home games this year (south carolina, auburn, florida, tennessee). i think we may try and go down to oxford for the ole miss game and possibly atlanta for the uva/ga tech game. i went to uva for college, and it's a lot easier to get to atlanta than c'ville for games. not sure what we're doing for tailgating this year, if anything. vandyville still leaves something to be desired and i guarantee i won't be able to get spot in lot A.
  5. is it possible for you to give a little insight as to why you travel to nashville so often? are you doing consulting work with cracker barrel or something along those lines? also, if you're staying at the hermitage, you might want to chek out rae's for lunch (http://raesgourmet.com/) it's on union, about 30 steps from the hermitage. i recommend any of the following, in the followign order: black and blue beastie boy hot brown wicked chicken monte cristo i work in the boa building across the street and it's one of my lunchtime staples.
  6. dinner: the acorn cabana germantown cafe tayst radius 10 or watermark (haven't been to either) drinks: no idea, i rarely drink or go out. there's some new place called lime. might be worth checking out. breakfast: pancake pantry loveless cafe bongo java/fido monell's (on the weekend) lunch: hog heaven rotier's sportsman's grill monell's if you have time and are looking for the best bbq in the area, head out to martin's bbq joint in nolensville. the owner is an egullet person (bighoss) and his food is excellent.
  7. for cajun and creole, i have two books to recommend: 1) the prudhomme book you listed 2) the encyclopedia of cajun and creole cuisine the encyclopedia of cajun and creole cuisine by john d. folse as for other regional books: low country cooking chesapeake bay cooking tex-mex red and green chile cookbooks (the red one is linked on this page) also, check out jasper white books for new england food. while not necessarily encyclopedic in nature, i've enjoyed a number of junior league books - namely the junior league of covington, louisiana's roux to do. hopefully that will get you started.
  8. get the "grill cook's medley" at pancake pantry with pancakes and a side of cheese grits. you won't eat the rest of the day.
  9. if you're coming to nashville, you might want to check out pat martin's bbq in nolensville and make a side trip over to kix brooks' arrington vineyards in arrington, tn. pat posts here as big hoss, and is currently in memphis for memphis in may (on the peg leg porker team). also, based on your location in bfe, you might want to consider heading further west to the triangle of bbq south of jackson. there's a whole oral history project on the southern foodways alliance website about it.
  10. his hot sauce is ridiculously hot. i can't eat it in my "old" age.
  11. i just went again today. awesome as usual.
  12. 1) doesn't seem any different than going to a fondue place or korean bbq 2) just to say i've been there in case someone asks 3) i don't always feel like waiting an hour + to eat at loveless (after driving out there) or pancake pantry. the service at le peep has gone downhill. monell's saturday breakfast hours aren't necessarily in line with my weekend schedule.
  13. I can't think of anything new in and around the sommet center. then again, i'm of the opinion that downtown is basically a wasteland outside of merchant's and sole mio. if you've not had a chance to go to rae's gourmet for lunch, you might want to consider it. the wicked chicken, black & bleu, hot brown, and beastie boy are all quite good. i believe i suggested pat martin's bbq joint in nolensville, back during the cfb season. if you didn't go last time, go this time! he's a poster here (big hoss), and it is quite good imho. over in east nashville, there's a new sweet shop called sweet 16th, which might provide something to snack on back at the hotel or on the ride home. the cupcakes change daily, iirc. i may try this relatively new breakfast place this weekend called pfunky griddle
  14. you mean besides chinese food? probably won't be a lot of options outside of hotels and stuff like that. monell's is probably sold out, too (and more than what you'd be looking for in terms of quantity of food).
  15. Holly, The lady i spoke with said they start the process on jan 1 and let them age until 10/1 at the earliest. Why 10/1? Because that's when they open the store. If you happen to make a trip to Nashville next fall, I'll take you out there. Oh, and if you come back to update "eating the south: tennessee," you should definitely check out pat martin's bbq joint in nolensville. he posts here under the name big hoss, and has a blog.
  16. Speaking of country ham... Went to Rice's Country Hams today, which is an old place in Mt. Juliet (a small town outside of Nashville) in Wilson County, Tennessee. The store was built in 1886, and the Rice family has had it as a store since 1910, curing hams for the last 60 years. I've been meaning to go for a while, but never got around to it, until today. Excuse the lousy iphone pics: Here's what we picked up: spiced tea, peach preserves, bacon, country ham, biscuit mix and some cheese ball from a place called Simonton's Looking forward to trying it all!
  17. Things went pretty well on the homefront here. Due to the size of the our group, i only made two things (Wayne's Cranberry Sauce and a sweet potato recipe from serious eats, and my gf made one (coconut cake from Rose Levy Berenbaum's Cake Bible). no real bloopers, as it was fairly straight forward. if anything, i'd consider adding a splash of bourbon to the sweet potatoes. at some point, we'll take over the bulk of the Thanksgiving cooking, and then there will be ample time to screw up!
  18. surely, i don't think i hit the best of the best. i arrived at 10pm on wed and left at 1 on sat, with the conference running all day (8-5) on thurs and fri, and then 8-12 on sat. the conference was right around the corner from rtm, so that made it an ideal place for the lunch break. i thought dinic's looked good, and as you said, i had seen delilah's on tv. i'm sure there is better there, but everyone had a line, and time wasn't really on my side to investigate. as for dinner, i only had two nights, and wanted to try one of the "classic" cheesesteaks. that left one night for something else, and had i been able to get in somewhere easily and without getting all done up, i would've. the other thing to take into account is that the guy from work who came with me is not really into high end food. since philly is a blue collar town imho, there's something to be said for hitting the regular places. maybe next time i'll move upmarket a bit. i will say this, i did love staying at the ritz. great location, great architecture and a fantabulous bed.
  19. thanks for all the replies so far. here is the summary of where i went: thursday lunch delilah's: fried chicken, mac and cheese, greens. grade: b-/c+. i already gave my review of that trap. thursday dinner pat's: cheeseteak wiz witout (i would've gone wit but the coworker wasn't huge on onions) and some cheese fries geno's: cheesesteak w/ provolone and onions and a birch beer. grade: the coworker and i got one of each and split them. we both though that pat's was better, and i think it was teh wiz that did it. one thing i was surprised by was how little meet you actually get in the sammich. a bit of a letdown - i'm assuming you can order double steak. i guess i'd give geno's a b and pat's a b+. neither one was "OMG THIS IS AMAZING!", so i guess they're both like rendezvous - you go to say you've been there. thursday late night ludwig's: some wurst appetizer plate with some mustard and cheese. grade: b. nothing special but fine for pub food. friday lunch dinic's: pork sandwich, sharp provolone, 1/2 broccoli and 1/2 spinach. grade: a-. very good sandwich. definitely better than the cheesesteaks and stuff from delilah's. to me, that's what a sandwich should be like. friday dinner moriarty's: ale house sandwich (beef sammich with melted cheese and horseradish sauce) and an order of wings. grade: b+/a-. originally we were going to go to susanna foo's place, alma de cuba or la fez, but i wasn't in the mood to get dressed up nor did i want to wait 2.5 hrs to eat at la fez (the rap music seemed out of place for a mexican place). since we were planning on going to moriarty's anyway for a drink, we figured we would check out how long the wait was - 10 minutes. score. if i lived in philly, i think i'd go there pretty often. the wings reminded me of what most of the pizza shops offered growing up in syracuse, and the ale house sandwich hit the spot. the one thing i find rather funny/sad is when irish pubs do all kinds of southwest/tex-mex stuff. if you don't want shepherd's pie - fine. get a burger or something. adding all of these tacos and nachos and enchiladas just seems rather unfortunate.
  20. so far, i went to delilah's at rtm to try the mac n' cheese i saw on throwdown and to see how her fried chicken. i wasn't all that impressed honestly. i guess i shouldn't have expected much in terms of southern food in philly, but i figured if her mac n' cheese was as good as advertised, it would be worth it. it wasn't. dinic's, on the other hand, looked abso-freaking-lutely fantastic. i will definitely be going there tomorrow for lunch, and maybe picking up a banana and nutella crepe to take back to the snoozefest i am attending.
  21. i primarily like to get local/regional stuff when away from nashville. i was hoping to hit pat's or geno's just to say i've been there, but i'm not sure i'll have time and some people i know have said that they are in rather lousy areas - so not sure if the coworkers will be up for that. reading terminal market would work - at a minimum, i could try that mac n' cheese that was on the food network recently in a throwdown episode. what's philly food culture/history like? isn't there a big german influence here? i don't necessarily want thai, mexican or italian unless it's out of this world good (you can get that stuff anywhere). if there's a good place focusing on something that is definitively "philly", i'd be happier than a pig in ...
  22. staying at the ritz (avenue of the americas, and the conference i'm going to is at the loew's right around the corner on market. anything worth checking out in this immediate area? doesn't have to be ridiculously high end (although it could be). just looking for a memorable place - it could just be a great place to get a cheesesteak/sandwich or something regional. thanks!
  23. so how was your tailgate? any pics? i would've liked to come by but i was roped in to volunteering at the tailgate tent all afternoon until kickoff. i hope you had fun at the game! i did!
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