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Comment Archives: stories: Restaurants: Bites

Re: “The Weekly Open Thread: New Year's Food Resolutions 2015

Also sad to see that Sunset Grill closed. Dotson's--an institution in downtown Franklin--also closed December 30.

As for healthy eating, yogurt is still a great way for people who aren't lactose-intolerant to maintain a healthy gut. Kefir, too.

Dana--when I was still working in an office, I found that having an emergency stash of shelf-stable lunches was a great way to cut back on eating out without too much planning. Trader Joe's and most international aisles have a pretty good selection, but most require using your own microwave-safe bowl. And having a jar of peanut butter and a spoon in the drawer was helpful, too. I had an entire desk drawer dedicated to snacks and lunches, I have to admit. You just have to make sure packages are sealed up properly to keep any unwanted people or pests out.

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Posted by Lesley Eats on 01/02/2015 at 9:31 AM

Re: “The Weekly Open Thread: New Year's Food Resolutions 2015

So sorry to see that the Sunset Grill is closed. I've always been a big fan of Randy's since we worked together at Sperry's in the late 70's. Class act.

Posted by BW on 01/02/2015 at 9:22 AM

Re: “Eatings From Nashville! The Best Food-Lover Gifts With a Little Local Flair

Great List!! I love it. High Note Gifts is a great place to get a gift basket with many of these Nashville products already put together for you – with a bow on top! Quality made, all local Nashville items for easy personal or corporate gifts shipped anywhere in the U.S.

http://www.highnotegifts.com

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Posted by Sarah on 01/01/2015 at 4:00 PM

Re: “Another New 'Cue Review (Part 2): Slow and Low BBQ Bistro

I still miss Stone House Q. I think their sauces were the nation's best and Slow & Low's don't compare.

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Posted by pepper28 on 01/01/2015 at 2:08 PM

Re: “Whiskey Wednesday: Duke Bourbon, Inspired by John Wayne

If you haven't seen this yet, Ryan, you'll get a kick out of it: http://fredminnick.com/2014-year-whiskey-c… Fred's a really good writer and not afraid to ask the tough questions to the whiskey industry from behind enemy lines.

And I'll take Jimmy Russel products over that other Lawrenceburg in Indiana instead of Kentucky.

Posted by Chris Chamberlain on 12/31/2014 at 8:59 PM

Re: “Keep Your Eye on the Pie With Pizza: A Slice of American History

Thank you for the review, Chris. Glad to see that you enjoyed the book. Good luck with your pizza-making. Check out PMQ.com for additional cooking tips. --Liz

Posted by Liz on 12/31/2014 at 6:06 PM

Re: “Whiskey Wednesday: Duke Bourbon, Inspired by John Wayne

Very true, blending is an artform. Companies like High West are doing great things blending and finishing MGP ryes to make better products than the original distillate. I wouldn't go so far to say that "Judging a whiskey by the details on the label is like picking a book by the type of paper it's printed on" though. The problem lately is actually the details on the label - either the lack-thereof or just outright falseties. A little education about what you are actually buying is good for consumers in my opinion. The Duke isn't very offensive compared to some other NDPs lately with a made up backstory or aggressive pricing - Whistelpig and Templeton both come to mind on those fronts.

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Posted by Ryan O. on 12/31/2014 at 5:35 PM

Re: “Whiskey Wednesday: Duke Bourbon, Inspired by John Wayne

It's definitely true that you can guess the few distilleries that are providing the raw distillate for most of these brands. But the aging and blending of whiskeys has been another important part of the final process since the first distillers in Scotland and the rectifiers of Louisville started buying small lots and turning them into their own products. Judging a whiskey by the details on the label is like picking a book by the type of paper it's printed on. Grapes sourced from the same vineyards can produce drastically different wines depending on how they are blended, and the 100-Acre folks have a reputation as talented blenders. I'm always willing to give these products a shot, and I quite liked The Duke.

Posted by Chris Chamberlain on 12/31/2014 at 5:10 PM

Re: “Whiskey Wednesday: Duke Bourbon, Inspired by John Wayne

I'd assume this bottle will sit on stores shelves right next to Old Hickory, Franklin Battlefied, Cumberland Cask, etc....

Posted by james on 12/31/2014 at 3:25 PM

Re: “Whiskey Wednesday: Duke Bourbon, Inspired by John Wayne

Got a bottle from a daughter this Christmas, due to our mutual admiration of True Grit (and bourbon). Not bad stuff, and your info makes me believe this is a serious attempt at entering the market rather than just a stunt. (still have a bottle of Elvis wine somewhere...)

Posted by Lmcknash on 12/31/2014 at 1:06 PM

Re: “Whiskey Wednesday: Duke Bourbon, Inspired by John Wayne

The label on this says distilled in Lawrenceburg with help from Jimmy Russel. Common sense says it's sourced from Wild Turkey - your tasting notes even match WT 101's profile. That makes it an 88 proof version of Wild Turkey that costs $10 - $15 more than their 101.

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Posted by Ryan O. on 12/31/2014 at 11:38 AM

Re: “Study Links Fast Food Consumption to Lower Test Scores in Kids

Tee Lee--I apologize for misinterpreting. Thanks for clarifying!

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Posted by Lesley Eats on 12/30/2014 at 4:27 PM

Re: “Study Links Fast Food Consumption to Lower Test Scores in Kids

lesley i hope you did not feel my post was directed at you. it wasnt. i was directing it to the government statements about inner city and rural and poor people and their lack of knowledge about how to feed their own children. yes i know about food deserts. i visited someone in washington dc and that person has to take the public transit to get groceries and then carry them back home which is a chore! i would be tempted for sure to grab and go. i like the idea of educating people but at some point they have to decide to break their own bad cycles and i think thats a lot of the problem. its easier to buy chips than to cook its harder to make tea than to open pop. one has to stand up AND put the phone down in order to make cookies - we cant expect people do put themselves out like that can we???

as for salad in car... put it in a wrap and it works fine in a car. saves money too

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Posted by Tee Lee on 12/30/2014 at 3:35 PM

Re: “What'd You Eat This Weekend? Russian Tea, French Toast Casserole and Breadfruit Fish Tacos on the Beach

Thanks for the heads up, Mr. Pink. Clawson's is right around the corner from Grimey's and I was just talking about how I wish we had a new local sandwich joint. I'm still missing Coffee Lunch and M Market closes too early for me on some days.

Posted by Doyle on 12/30/2014 at 12:22 PM

Re: “Periodic Table: A Midwinter Gathering at Gilda's Club Jan. 10

Makes me sad to read that line about leaving. Forgot we talked about that. Thanks for your support. Yes, thinking it's temporary. We scouted Post housing this past week and are excited for the new adventure.

Posted by nutrisha on 12/30/2014 at 11:44 AM

Re: “Study Links Fast Food Consumption to Lower Test Scores in Kids

@high test -- I can't really speak from experience since I don't work full time nor does my one child have a lot of evening activities, but I know parents who literally do not have time after work and before activities (or, for at least one, her second job) to have a sit-down meal. And I don't know a lot of kids who would be satisfied to eat a salad in the car. It's hard to empathize with people when you don't understand their situations.

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Posted by Lesley Eats on 12/30/2014 at 9:07 AM

Re: “Study Links Fast Food Consumption to Lower Test Scores in Kids

Tee Lee--here's some information about "food deserts." http://americannutritionassociation.org/ne…

We even have these in Nashville. Where people have little access to fresh foods because the only "groceries" are convenience stores. A trip to a real grocery store can involve an hour or more and several bus changes. But you can get a burger or a taco for $1 just down the street.

And there are a lot of people who don't understand nutrition. Just because it was taught in school, that doesn't mean people know it. I've seen a lot of films on hunger and nutrition problems (see nokidhungry.com) and it's startling. And even when people do know it's not good for them, they don't know how to break the cycle. Continuing education (such as how to buy groceries and meal planning) along with support is what a lot of people need.

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Posted by Lesley Eats on 12/30/2014 at 9:04 AM

Re: “Keep Your Eye on the Pie With Pizza: A Slice of American History

All you really had to do to get your pizza making up to snuff is to spend 3 or 4 *years* lurking on the forums of Pizza Making (http://www.pizzamaking.com). Sparse recipes are no help when you finally determine all of the factors from flour/water ratios, dough temperature, gluten development, bulk fermentation, cold retardation, flour type (protein content, ash, and grind), and baking temperature. My pies bake perfectly at 500f, Dave's require 1000F +/- But the folks at Pizza Making are so proud of their accomplishments, they give away all of their proprietary information for free for all who read. Dummies.

Posted by Imma Biga Poolish on 12/30/2014 at 9:03 AM

Re: “Study Links Fast Food Consumption to Lower Test Scores in Kids

I agree that you can easily overeat if you eat a meal at any restaurant (or home). I went to lunch with a friend of mine yesterday and I was astounded with the portion. heas a grown man and he barely ate half of it. I never eat more than half of a meal in a restaurant unless I get something very light.

having said that I also get upset that people act as if they don't have enough brains to order sensibly or eat sensibly after they have ordered. sure like a meal deal once in a while but its TOO MUCH salt and fat for one setting and no way id do it three times per week and Im very active.

im nto sure I buy that low socio economics' makes a person eat fast food. you can buy and cook a baked potato rather than eat fries or chips and you can eat a sandwich much cheaper and healthier than you can eat in a restaurant. we certainly couldn't afford fast food when I was a kid. we also didn't have chips or cookies in the house most of the time. its very insulting that people think that certain groups are too stupid to understand basic nutrition. I think most of us took a class in nutrition most years in elementary school.

lastly, economic condition does not prevent a person from controlling portions or selecting a reasonable meal from a menu. that's just really insulting

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Posted by Tee Lee on 12/30/2014 at 7:04 AM

Re: “Study Links Fast Food Consumption to Lower Test Scores in Kids

Sounds to me like Betsy doesn't get the connection to food additives and chemistry to overall well being of the body. Do you think you're going to get a full balance of vitamins, trace elements, and fiber eating that shit? As far as being too busy, I call bullshit on that: turn off the TV, take the time to prepare a salad, it takes 5 fucking minutes. I'm intrigued with the overall potential of this being the next epidemic proportioned situation similar to the recent findings about leaded gas and crime.

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Posted by high test on 12/30/2014 at 5:29 AM

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