Want to watch someone prepare cicadas in a stir-fry and chow down? See the video above. Want to learn more about the seasonal visitors without picking wings and legs out of your teeth? Visit the free Science Cafe 7 p.m. tonight at Fido in Hillsboro Village, sponsored by Adventure Science Center. Let Belmont biologist/entomologist Dr. Steve Murphree initiate you into the ways of the omnipresent arthropods, from their 13-year journey above ground to their six- to eight-week stay.
The Science Cafe is not a lecture: it's designed more as an informal gathering that allows for give and take between scientists and laymen. For more information, see the Adventure Science Center site. And if you shriek and run at the sight of the whirring dervishes, don't go here. Or — ulp! — here.
Is it the price? Nope: a plenty-filling half-sandwich is around $5. (Chris Crimmins of Crimmins Construction and I got into a macho sandwich face-off last week and each downed an entire $8 sub, and I felt like Monty Python's Mr. Creosote.) Is it the location? Maybe: Unless you're headed in the right direction past the Music City Center construction on Eighth Avenue South, it's easy to miss even a bright yellow truck in the United Methodist parking lot.
Is it the food? Oh HELL no. Recently the owners unveiled a variation on their cheesesteak with mushrooms and sweet cherry peppers — same finely chopped lean sirloin, same gooey provolone, same imported fresh rolls from Philly's Amoroso's Bakery, yet somehow even better than the steak I'd had the week before. Their meatball sub? Impeccable. Their Italian ices? As perfect a summer sidewalk cooler as an open hydrant on a city street. And they're about to add Tastykakes!
I wish these folks had a brick-and-mortar location, as I think more customers would take a chance on their lovingly assembled fare. But if you haven't tried Labor of Love, you're missing out on some of the best sandwiches in the entire city. Lucky folks in MetroCenter, you're the ones in close proximity today, as Labor of Love sets up in the United Methodist warehouse parking lot at 341 Great Circle Road from noon to 2 p.m.
There's a good thing at stake here.
We've been big fans of Fleur de Lis since they opened at the Farmers' Market two years ago, and like all Farmers' Market businesses, they had to shut down for months after last year's flood. It's nice to know that this year, they'll be a cool oasis all summer long.
Almost as important as how you look is what you are going to eat while you tailgate in the infield or up on the Hill with the common folk. Hmm ... what goes with Jägermeister poured into your mouth while you lie in the mud under an ice luge?
Fortunately, the kitchen at Miel has come up with an elegant and affordable option to plan your alcohol absorption on May 14 with their $99 Steeplechase picnic basket special. If you preorder your basket by Wednesday, May 11, you can pick up a bounty of delectable food on Friday, May 13, from noon until 6 p.m. or on Steeplechase Saturday from 10 a.m. until noon. Each basket should feed 4 to 6 people. Check out the contents:
The heritage of the chain is molto Italiano, having been founded in 1926 by Pio Bozzi and John Ganzi in New York City. To celebrate their roots, your paisanos at the Palm are offering a $49 Italian dinner deal for the rest of this month and all of May. You can trade one portrait of U.S. Grant for your choice of Nova Scotia lobster ravioli, Wild Alaskan halibut puttanseca or a bone-in rib veal chop Parmigiana. You'll also get a salad, choice of side and a dessert as part of the deal. All the details are below:
While supplies last, the sports bar and barbecue joint located in the old Jerusalem restaurant next to Suraj Imports on Church Street is today's offer on The Big Deal Nashville, serving up $20 worth of wood-scented flesh for $10.
Sportstown serves up steaks, turkey, sausage, burgers, wings, prime rib (on Fridays and Saturdays only), meatloaf, catfish, and bar snacks such as nachos and meatloaf sliders. We'll be going back to try more — especially since the owner proudly pointed out his two smokers smoldering away out back.
Sportstown BarBQ Grill is at 1805 Church St., 678-7116.
Two pulled pork sandwiches from Martin's Bar-B-Que Joint in Nolensville for $4, a savings of 50 percent — that's today's discount offer from The Big Deal Nashville.
And now that we've told you, we have to kill you.
DD and I corrected that last week on our drive back from downtown, where we saw the TEA rally, so we pretended like we'd attended.
We ordered the iron-grilled club sandwich ($3.59) and chicken tender basket (about $7.50 with drink). All the food was competently cooked — fries were crisp, tenders juicy inside and crunchy outside.
The sandwich was well-compacted so nothing fell out. Its ingredients were in the right proportions, it wasn't ridiculously huge or skimpy, and condiments were in the right amount.
We split a Moolatte for dessert. I was hoping it would be like an affogato, but it's really just a coffee Blizzard, which was fine, especially at $3.50.
If I were at DQ more often, I would have known about Sweet Deal, a twofer-threefer deal that offers any two of selected menu items for $3, three items for $4 and four items for $5.
So there you have it. My takeaway: Take a chance on an unknown, especially when the price is low.
• Attention Vanderbilt students and staff: Tuesday, March 1, is Free Coffee Day on campus only courtesy of Bongo Java, which will be serving free cups of its organic fair-trade brew at Rand, the Pub and Common Grounds courtesy of Vanderbilt Dining. Stay tuned for details as the coffeehouse prepares to celebrate its 18th birthday later this month. ...
• The wheel. The polio vaccine. Manned space flight. Add to these milestones of human accomplishment (drum roll, please) ... Heinz Dip & Squeeze Ketchup, the scientific breakthrough that allows you, the consumer of French fries and potato wedges, to avoid unsightly spritzes of tomato spray thanks to its dual-function design. Peel back the bottom of the bottle-shaped plastic tub — reportedly the first makeover in ketchup-packet engineering in 42 years — and dunk your snack of choice in a velvety bath of Heinz's favorite, or lop off the packet's top and pour away.
To celebrate, Chick-fil-A, the first restaurant to adopt the new packaging nationally, has designated this Friday, March 4 as FREE FryDay. Stop by between 2 and 4 p.m. and ask for a sample of the technologically advanced ketchup, and Chick-fil-A will award you a free small order of waffle fries to reward your pioneer spirit. Limit one per customer.
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