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In Paris, Ghosts of Bistros Past

I just got back from Paris, and eastern France, and my food was great. Dinners planned, lucnhes not, and we stumbled upon Chez Flottes and took a chance. The steak frites was excellent, as was the foie gras-topped hamburger. Yeah, I couldn't believe that I ordered a hamburger in France, but it was excellent.

Jun 11, 2012
Reignking in Features

No Deen-Size Backlash over Bruni's Gout?

Easy -- I don't know anything about Bruni, or gout, except that Adam Sandler sang about it.

Mar 26, 2012
Reignking in Features

Oven-Smoked Bacon

Yes, how smoky was the test kitchen? My wife would kill me.

Mar 01, 2012
Reignking in Recipes

Cheese production facility visits in France

I'm doing some research on this right now, but I'm targeting Alain Hess in Beaune. I'm not sure if the production facility has tours (yet), but the store he has downtown sounds incredible.

Six years ago, I stumbled upon Delice de Pommard while I was in the Loire Valley; it's an incredible cheese and I hope to see it production.

Feb 08, 2012
Reignking in France

New Call to Regulate Sugar

nlgardener, I'm a fan of how Sweden (and other Nordic countries, I believe) ban certain advertising during kids' shows. No more Cookie Crisp!

Feb 03, 2012
Reignking in Features

Deen - Why did she keep it a secret for three years while deep frying butter?

If she had just come out and said "Y'all, you know what, I've been eatin' like crap and now I have diabetes -- but I'm gonna come up with new ideas to make that bad food good for ya'" I would've respected the timing. But to coincide with the drug release and to not take responsibility that her food has a linkage to bad health is in...poor taste.

Jan 18, 2012
Reignking in Food Media & News

NFNS August 8th SPOILER

It was the best episode of the season -- I could watch Junior Iron Chef battles every week.

Aria has been going downhill every week, and last night, she just quit. She couldn't cut it. That make-your-own-French-toast was so incredibly lame. It look like bad diner food.

Tom is a bit wacky, and usually has interesting ideas but can't always execute on them. He should've known the pork belly cube wouldn't cook -- that's basic cooking. But at least he knew where paprika came from.

Aug 09, 2010
Reignking in Food Media & News

NFNS August 1 SPOILER

That's not the point -- the fact that he uses cream to "finish" his risotto means he doesn't know how to make a good risotto.

Aug 06, 2010
Reignking in Food Media & News

NFNS August 1 SPOILER

I can't believe that no one pointed out that Brad said, in the first challenge, that "instead of finishing of my risotto with heavy cream, as I always do, I used the ranch dressing." Glad to see he won't be getting his show "The Pro" any time soon.

Aug 04, 2010
Reignking in Food Media & News

Top Chef - D.C. - Ep. #7 - 07/28/10 (Spoilers)

Someone was applewood-smokin' some olive oil, I think. Better than your average Smoking Gun contraption. Any ideas what it was?

Jul 29, 2010
Reignking in Food Media & News

refused to eat, out of line?

Or just shake your head, and refuse to eat, also in Seinfeld :)

Jul 08, 2010
Reignking in Not About Food

Top Chef - D.C. - Ep. #3 - 06/30/10 (Spoilers)

I really wish I had heard a better description of how that tasted, because it sounded awful.

Jul 01, 2010
Reignking in Food Media & News

Top Chef - D.C. - Ep. #3 - 06/30/10 (Spoilers)

I'm surprised that we didn't see a pizza pie, or a meat pie...

Jul 01, 2010
Reignking in Food Media & News

Top Chef - D.C. - Ep. #3 - 06/30/10 (Spoilers)

While that tart looked great...a tart is not a pie. They should've called her out on a technicality.

Jul 01, 2010
Reignking in Food Media & News

Top Chef - D.C. - Ep. #3 - 06/30/10 (Spoilers)

They really telegraphed her exit by giving her too much screen time.

Jul 01, 2010
Reignking in Food Media & News

Is This Really a "Lobster Dinner"?

The fresh (not frozen) mushroom ravioli from Buitoni are excellent. No joke.

Jun 14, 2010
Reignking in Features

Lunch in Mt. Pleasant, SC

Charleston's Cafe for me...

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Charleston's Cafe
1039 Johnnie Dodds Blvd, Mount Pleasant, SC 29464

Jun 11, 2010
Reignking in Southeast

New Judge on Top Chef

All-around great news.

May 13, 2010
Reignking in Food Media & News

Sunday Madrid Recommendations

You may think I'm crazy, but try a calimocho -- coke and red wine. That's something you can't find everywhere, and is actually a lot better than it sounds. Sangria IMO is more expensive than it is worth.

May 03, 2010
Reignking in Spain/Portugal

Sunday Madrid Recommendations

I'll second Lateral. It's right there. There's also a beautiful bar around the corner, but I can't find it.

May 03, 2010
Reignking in Spain/Portugal

Cooking Channel

I just saw a preview of "French Cooking at Home" (I think that was the title). That seemed promising, or at least in the right direction. Of course, it was a 30 second set of clips.

Apr 25, 2010
Reignking in Food Media & News

Top Chef Masters 2 Ep. #2 - 04/14/10 (Spoilers)

On the bright side, the QF doesn't matter anymore. So they are only there to give away 5k, essentially.

Apr 19, 2010
Reignking in Food Media & News

Top Chef Masters 2 Ep. #2 - 04/14/10 (Spoilers)

I think it is because it is a bunch of chefs I've never heard of...last night was better, though, since they didn't have teams.

Apr 15, 2010
Reignking in Food Media & News

Top Chef Masters 2 Ep. #1 - 04/07/10 (Spoilers)

I'd blame the editor for that one. I'm sure he was just bringing up his analogy again, and for us hearing it twice in 10 minutes, it seemed repetitive.

Apr 09, 2010
Reignking in Food Media & News

Top Chef Masters 2 Ep. #1 - 04/07/10 (Spoilers)

Yeah, I'm not a fan of the newer format. I really enjoyed it last year. Maybe Rick Moonen complained too much (about not serving his QF dish, which essentially eliminated him last year) :)

Apr 09, 2010
Reignking in Food Media & News

Top Chef Masters 2 Ep. #1 - 04/07/10 (Spoilers)

I completely agree with you. Does anyone know what the first challenge's stars were for? They didn't seem to be added in the end...but I was tired, so who knows.

Apr 08, 2010
Reignking in Food Media & News

New ICA: Symon vs. Spike Mendelsohn

You win.

Mar 08, 2010
Reignking in Food Media & News

Top Chef: where are they now (ongoing)

There was a big Top Chef presence at the Charleston Wine & Food Festival this weekend -- Richard Blais, Kevin Gillespie, Eli Kirshstein, Brian Malarkey and even Ron Duprat...

Mar 08, 2010
Reignking in Food Media & News

Make Your Own Mozzarella

The microwave.

Mar 04, 2010
Reignking in Features

Jeremy Fox & crew leave Ubuntu!

Well, "Sunset" is appropriate.

Feb 26, 2010
Reignking in San Francisco Bay Area