Two men, one armed with a sawed-off shotgun and the other brandishing a handgun, robbed 30 to 40 customers at Holland House in East Nashville last night, the Scene's sister publication The City Paper reports.
The gunmen ordered everyone to the floor and stole customers’ cell phones as well as money from the restaurant. The two fled on foot, and police haven't yet apprehended them.
There are reports that the men might be the same team that pulled an earlier holdup at another East Nashville spot, Pied Piper Eatery.
The traditional brut Champagne is always a fine choice (that's the authentic sparkling nectar from France), but it's difficult to find a good one for less than $40. The Wine Chap in Belle Meade suggests a Montaudon Brut, which they have on sale for $8 off at $34.99. With a gentle aroma of brioche toast, Montaudon makes a perfect beverage to raise a toast with.
If you're looking for some budget alternatives, you might have to look outside of the Gallic borders. There are plenty of nice Spanish cavas out there in the $7.99-$19.99 range that offer a nice, dry alternative to get your fizz on. Frugal MacDoogal's has a very nice Segura Viudas Cava Brut Reserva for less than ten bucks that we have enjoyed alone or as part of a wake-up mimosa in our household.
(It wouldn't be McKinney's first triumphant visit to New York. She was one of three viewers chosen to demonstrate a Thanksgiving dish — sweet potatoes jazzed up with red curry paste, coconut milk and avocado — on the Today show in November.)
The “Spin on Thin” contest was judged by Food Network chef Claire Robinson, host of 5 Ingredient Fix, who selected five finalists in five categories. McKinney won the category called "Simply Delicious: straightforward, with no more than six ingredients."
McKinney's recipe, the Gorgonzola B-A-T, sounds extremely delicious (probably even better than it looks in its photo at right). It unites bacon, avocado (mashed with honey), tomato and Gorgonzola cheese on a Whole Wheat Sandwich Thin.
In addition to her blog, Cookin' Up Dreams, McKinney has turned into a local TV figure. She'll make a return visit to WTVF-Channel 5's Talk of the Town on Friday, Jan. 7. As for the sandwich quest, vote for her at www.facebook.com/SandwichThins. You have until 11:59:59 a.m. EST on Jan. 17. Voting is restricted to one vote per Facebook account per day.
Check out the recipe after the jump.
Tonight, Midtown Wine & Spirits and 1808 Grille are teaming up for the final Wine Wednesday of the year, featuring four wines and a light appetizer for just $15. The lineup looks formidable, and maybe you can find the perfect sparkler for your own New Year's celebration:
Microbiologist (and dentist) Hyun Koo at the University of Rochester Medical Center in New York published this revelation earlier this year.
We all know our mouths are germ factories. But you can’t just wipe 'em all out. "There are beneficial and pathogenic organisms" in the human mouth, Koo told MyHealthNewsDaily.
We have also learned — via White House spokesman Robert Gibbs on Twitter — that Obama hasn't had a cigarette in about nine months. I guess there weren't any Marlboros stuffed in the president's Christmas stocking.
With all the culinary resources of the free world at his disposal, what kind of pie do you think the president ate? Was it the monumental Cherpumple, which consists of three layers, each layer a different cake with a different pie baked inside it? If so, was it the original box recipe or the insane made-from-scratch version? Or was it the more modest Pumple?
If you want to check out the Obamas' holiday guide, download the PDF here. It includes recipes like gingerbread ornaments and apple cake with maple glaze.
Also on Christmas, the president visited U.S. Marines at their mess hall in Hawaii. Apparently, some Marines abandoned their holiday dinners to converge on the president, and had to be ordered to eat their food before it got cold, with the assurance that the visitor would stop by each table.
Working with chefs and food personalities, the spice company develops a list of flavor combinations that seem relevant and promising. (FYI, there was a blogger on this year's list of culinary personages — Steamy Kitchen's Jaden Hair.)
Every year's list has a few you're already doing: In 2007 it was chile and chocolate, in 2008 it was Thai basil and watermelon. This year it's Herbes de Provence and popcorn.
Others just sound like a really good idea, like roasted curry powder and wild mushrooms, and the revival of the bistro taste synergy mustard seed-vermouth, which is beautiful on steaks and chops.
The company's print version of the forecast offers easy suggestions for trying the combination without committing to a recipe. Roasted curry powder and wild mushroom does sound good in risotto or a quesadilla. And so does chicken baked in a crust of Herbes de Provence and crushed popcorn. There are actual recipes at mccormick.com
Athens Family Restaurant, 2526 Franklin Pike, 383-2848 (Greek; check out the very enticing Christmas Day specials on the link)
Buca di Beppo, 1722 Galleria Blvd., Cool Springs, 778-1321 (family-style Italian)
Calhoun's, 96 White Bridge Rd., 356-0855 (ribs)
Chinatown, 3900 Hillsboro Pike # 8, 269-3275 (Chinese)
1808 Grille (Hutton Hotel), 1808 West End Avenue, 340-0012 (regional American)
The Gold Rush, 2205 Elliston Place, 321-1160 (opens 5 p.m.; try the bean rolls)
Latitude (Nashville Marriott at Vanderbilt), 2555 West End Avenue, 340-5152 (seafood)
Riverfront Tavern, 101 Church St., 252-4849 (sandwiches, French-bread pizza)
Shalimar, 3711 Hillsboro Road, 269-8577 (Indian)
Sitar, 116 21st Avenue North, 321-8889 (Indian)
Sperry's, 5901 Harding Pike, 353-0809 (steak)
* Note: The Cool Springs location at 650 Frazier Drive will be open also: 778-9950
Woodlands, 3415 West End Avenue, 463-3005 (Indian vegetarian)
Jack Silverman in this week's Scene, tipping you to the coolest Christmas Day event we've heard about in years:
The Belcourt will be serving up a Chinese buffet courtesy of The International Market’s Patty Myint, followed by a film screening of I Love You Phillip Morris. And what screams “Christmas” more than a true tale about a gay con man who goes to ridiculous lengths to provide a happy home for his jailbird beloved? Hey, by Christmas Day, you’re probably so disgusted with It’s a Wonderful Christmas Story on 34th Street that you’re ready to shove that fuzzy red stocking up Blitzen’s wazoo, so this might be just what the savior ordered. $20 for Belcourt members; $25 for non-members. $20 for Belcourt members; $25 for non-members.
The movie is one of the brightest surprises of the holiday season, as Steve Erickson points out in his review. Besides, try getting a Chinese buffet at Little Fockers.
Chow.com used the occasion to document a retro Christmas photo shoot with Kodachrome, the iconic photographic medium of mid-century American life from 1935 until 2009. On Dec. 21, the last processor still in the business of developing Kodachrome film stopped developing it.
Each shot is a beautiful homage to the elaborate tablescapes featured in mid-century cookbooks. Food photography hasn't looked like this for a long time. For that matter, food hasn't looked like this for a long time. But it's nice to re-visit the past. Come on Kodachrome, give us one last shot of those nice, bright colors.
The e-hearth of Bites is a place to gather your comments on things gone but not forgotten, and your ideas for "the best is yet to come." Good holidays adventures to you, but come back here when you need to warm up.
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