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Halloween in Mobile, AL

Thanks, Jamy. I appreciate your good advice and will definitely take your suggestions. Thanks again.

Jun 27, 2012
Allen_Rick in Central South

Picnic at Woodford Reserve

I'm planning to take the Woodford Reserve Distillery tour on June 16 when I'm in nearby Lexington for business. I understand that a "gourmet" picnic lunch is available. Any locals out there have thoughts on this lunch option--good, bad, indifferent? Thanks for considering my query.

Jun 02, 2012
Allen_Rick in Kentucky & Tennessee

not to miss in nashville

Pete K: Expect more hospitality in Nashville than TLF's snark suggests. Clearly s/he is EXTREMELY busy and doesn't have time to waste on random internet posts, but don't let that color your expectations of the city

May 23, 2012
Allen_Rick in Kentucky & Tennessee

Menudo without tripe or pigs feet

Menudo without tripe or pigs feet is simply not menudo. You could certainly make a very lovely soup with the ingredients you list above, but you can't call it menudo. I could sprinkle a "menudo spice packet"--whatever that is--over a bowl of chocolate ice cream, but that wouldn't make it menudo.

May 17, 2012
Allen_Rick in Home Cooking

Halloween in Mobile, AL

A very random question . . . I'll be in Mobile, AL, for an academic conference on Halloween 2012. Maybe the holiday is overshadowed by Mardi Gras, but I'm writing to ask if there's a good downtown Mobile bar to enjoy a parade of Halloween partiers--I'm talking adults here, of course. Any recommendations, Mobilians?

May 14, 2012
Allen_Rick in Central South

What's Your Favorite Taco Joint in Atlanta?

Mikek: Yes, there is an American flavor (pardon the pun) to TS, but that's really the whole point. (Memphis barbecue tacos and shrimp and grits are not pretending to be Oaxacan.)The owner and executive chef, Eddie Hernandez, (born and raised in the Monterey region of Mexico) is nodding toward the long tradition of immigrant food taking on the influences of the regions to which its transplanted. The Mexican items that we Americans enjoy and that you list above--tacos, chorizo--are, as you likely know, from the Sonora and Chihuahua regions of Mexico. These, of course, are the northernmost states of Mexico, the ones closest to America and from the Mexican culinary traditions most familiar to most Anglo-Americans. The rest of the vast country of Mexico has as varied and distinct traditions as the provinces of France, if not Italy. The Ches. Bridge market named Acapulco banks on two things Americans know about Mexico: tacos and a resort town. Of course, the irony is that tacos are not well loved in the state of Guerrero; they're the food expected by American tourists at the Hilton in Acapulco. My point is that Hernandez is enriching his native culinary tradition with the culinary traditions of his adopted home. Like the Spanish spoken by many first-generation Mexican-Americans, often called Spanglish, Hernandez's food is a living, changing practice, and more "authentic" for that reason than the rote, by-the-book food in so many "authentic" Mexican restaurants. The long and short of it is, if you want real Mexican food, visit someone in their home in Mexico--and take along some American beer as a hostess gift. Having said all that, people should like what they like.

Jun 07, 2011
Allen_Rick in Atlanta

What's Your Favorite Taco Joint in Atlanta?

Tacqueria del Sol is a unique place. The Mexican owner frequently nods to the American South, for example, shrimp and grits with green chile sauce. I seem to remember that Bon Appetit or Gourmet several years ago named TS one of the best taco places in the U.S.

Jun 06, 2011
Allen_Rick in Atlanta

Itinerary in Virginia-Highlands

It's been a while since I lived in Atlanta but am returning this weekend for a brief visit. The SO and I plan to eat at the old reliable Murphy's, then stroll around/window shop the neighborhood. My request: suggestions for a pre-dinner drink and for dessert afterward, the venues for both to be within easy walking distance of Murphy's itself. (I remember, back in the day, that Highland Tap had the best martinis in town.) Thanks in advance for planning our evening for us!

Jun 06, 2011
Allen_Rick in Atlanta

Trader Vic's downtown

I'd like to take a small group to Trader Vic's in the Hilton downtown. I don't plan on eating there, but would like to have some drinks and, ideally, hear some "Polynesian pop." The monthly TikiTorchNights petered out a few years ago, but does anyone know if there are occasional music nights or other events at TV?

May 18, 2011
Allen_Rick in Atlanta