Thanks to the popularity of Carey Bringle's Peg Leg Porker barbecue restaurant, thousands of folks across Middle Tennessee were on the lookout after his $30,000 mobile barbecue smoker was stolen from his house on Tyne Boulevard on Thursday.
Bringle headed out to Manchester to identify the fancy trailer, which had been stripped of its Peg Leg Porker signage. He'll get it back soon.
The rig was located about 10:30 this morning, Coffee County Sheriff Steve Graves told WSMV, adding that arrests are pending in the crime.
It's a pretty serious offense, considering the value of the barbecue trailer. In addition to being a high-end smoker, it has a full Yazoo draft beer system and as well as a stereo system.
Bringle uses this rig for competitive cooking, including last weekend's Music City Festival and BBQ Championship, where his cook team won the "Grand Ole Porker Award" as best local team. He also uses the trailer for catering and charity events.
Here's hoping those lowdown barbecue busters are foiled. Pitmaster Pat Martin lost his rig in a similar theft earlier this year.
The old random number generator spun around and came up with the lucky fifth commenter, Leah from the entertaining So, How's it Taste food blog. I'm sure she'll put this fun book to good use, because she seems to already be in the spirit of the venture according to her comment:
I cook by flavor and feeling. I have a hard time following recipes, and in fact am much more likely to screw a dish up if I try. Not to say I never use recipes; I do, but only as a rough guideline.
So Leah, drop me a line at cchamberlain [at] NashvilleScene [dot] com and we'll arrange a handoff of your new book! (Feel free to bring along a jar of that spiced honey as a trade ...)
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This time the victim is Carey Bringle, the Peg Leg Porker, whose custom-made mobile smoking trailer was stolen from his home in Forest Hills yesterday some time during the day. Bringle uses this rig for competitive cooking, including last weekend's Music City Festival and BBQ Championship, where his cook team won the "Grand Ole Porker Award" as best local team. He also uses the trailer for catering and drags it to charity events all over the region to take the Peg Leg brand of barbecue on the road.
Twitter blew up last night with reports of sightings, including a sighting of a white SUV carrying at least three white males on Highway 96 heading south. Another tip claimed to have seen it in Eagleville, Tenn., at about 2 p.m. on 41A going toward Shelbyville.
In short, McFadden’s is attempting to establish its dress code as “business casual.” And, apparently, business casual does not include “excessively baggy clothes,” work boots, all-white sneakers and T-shirts, flat-bill hats, three-quarter length pants/jeans, sleeveless shirts, athletic wear (including hoodies), “chained jewelry” and sunglasses. And though it starts out politely enough, the sign ends by indicating that it reserves the right to refuse entry or service to anyone.
Now, I have not spoken with the management of McFadden’s, but I am quite curious why they think my cropped pants are inappropriate. Aside from the fact that they're actually capris from two seasons ago that I'm trying to pass off as cropped pants. I firmly believe the high-waisted jean shorts the young women are wearing now are much more offensive. And speaking of the young folks, they’re wearing Keds again, thanks to Taylor Swift, but the pair I have in a box probably since 1995 are all-white. What gives, McFadden’s? Why don't you like my vintage Keds?
Also, I recently Instagrammed a pic of myself and some friends while I was wearing this super-cute sleeveless top and got tons of likes. The more than three years of hauling my kid around has given me quite a nice pair of guns. But McFadden’s doesn’t want me to show them off?
OK, I've got something to say. I'm going to need a little volume, though …
[ looks down ]
[ hits CAPS lock ]
[ cracks knuckles ]
THE LOVELESS BISCUITS & PEACH JAM ICE CREAM AT JENI'S SPLENDID IS THE GREATEST ICE CREAM IN THE HISTORY OF EVERYTHING EVERYWHERE AND OHMYGODISITAWESOME.
[ hits caps lock ]
Well, now that that's out of the way, let's talk rationally about this.
As consumers replace bags of ground coffee in their pantries with boxes of disposable pods, the amount of packaging waste associated with coffee-making has swelled exponentially. "We can get to a cup of coffee dozens of different ways," said Martin Bourque, director of the Ecology Center in Berkeley. "The best way is a large volume of coffee that goes into a cup that's washed and reused a thousand times, and the coffee goes to compost or mushroom production. That's best-case scenario," he said. "The worst-case scenario is these pods."
How concerned are you with the environmental impact of your food and beverage decisions? Do you use single-cup pods, capsules, K-cups or similar coffee-brewing systems?
And where do you stand on the issue of bottled water? Do you drink it regularly? Make an effort to avoid it as much as possible?
I've cut way down on my bottled-water consumption. I will sometimes buy Pellegrino (usually in glass), and when I'm on a road trip, I may grab a bottled water or two. Otherwise, I rarely purchase bottled water, and try to keep a stainless-steel water bottle handy. And I brew coffee the old-fashioned way — either in a coffee machine or Chemex. But my coffee methods are dictated more by preference and expense than concerns about the environment. And I'm sure I am involved in a lot of less-than-green practices that I'm not even aware of. I certainly don't claim to be a saint on the matter.
Where do you stand on convenience versus environmentalism? What else is on your mind?
Though the space is in a strip mall, the dining room is comfy and relaxing. The menu doesn't change a lot, but it's solid.
Anatolia serves high-quality Turkish fare: familiar Mediterranean dishes like kebabs, and more novel items described as "Turkish home cooking," including manti (or "Turkish ravioli," pasta pillows stuffed with beef and slathered in yogurt-butter sauce); guvec (vegetable stew, served with or without meat); and Anatolia roasted lamb, chunks of tender lamb served sizzling on an iron plate with diced tomatoes, green peppers and onions and an amazingly flavorful rice pilaf.
It's nice to have a restaurant in town that's just as good now as it was 10 years ago when Kay West first raved about it in the Scene. The flip side of that reliability is that I sometimes take Anatolia for granted. And frankly, I don't venture out to the Lion's Head shopping strip nearly as often as I used to, before hipper parts of town developed thriving restaurant scenes. (Though the restaurant's proximity to the White Bridge Road Target store is something of a draw.)
Anyway, somehow I failed to notice that Anatolia started serving weekend brunch earlier this year. I haven't tried it yet, but it sounds pretty intriguing.
During The Crush, these wines, plus some special offerings that are rolling off the old list, will be available at half-price by the glass or the bottle. For a full list of the wine offerings at Macaroni Grill, check out the restaurant's website. While this is a really good deal on some perfectly fine reds and whites, there is one disappointing bit of news.
At most Macaroni Grill location, they operate on an "on your honor system" when it comes to their house wine Chardonnay and Chianti blends. Ask for a jug of these wines, which are specially blended by the Placido winery in Tuscany, and your server will just leave the bottle behind.
You simply keep track by marking the number of glasses you pour yourself on the paper tablecloth with the provided crayon, and they'll charge you on you honor at the end of the meal. But alas, Tennessee law doesn't allow for that sort of serve-yourself system.
As I told you last year, Greek Fest is one of my favorite annual events. I love Greek food, and the music, dancing and kids' activities are just a special bonus. In past years, I’ve advised folks to go early on Friday to ensure that you get the best selection of pastries. But this year, you can pre-order your favorites. Even better, their website has photos of most of the baked goods (and other food available) to make pre-ordering easier.
While at the festival, though, do NOT miss out on the loukoumades (fried dough puffs drenched in honey). Kids love them, too. But be prepared to be sticky and have a righteous buzz, particularly if paired with a strong Greek coffee. You might want to start with lunch and dinner or dinner on site first.
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