The Unorthodox Epicure — Batter Fried Wings and some Electric Cock

Fried chicken is truly done one of two ways, and the oven ain’t one of them. You can either pan-fry or deep-fry. Either, when done properly, will have you eating fried chicken from someone else’s hand. Ms. P, of Ms. P’s Electric Cock, is one of the few purveyors of deep-fried battered chicken that can […]

Food Snob Chronicles — (Recipe): Charro Beans

Beans. There’s nothing sexy about them. In fact, we recited a vulgar poem about them in elementary school. But, they are among the most widely (and longest) cultivated crops, and these days are considered a legitimate super food. I remember having a ‘pot o’ beans’ on a regular basis growing up. Ours were just pintos […]

Food Snob Chronicles – Originality: It’s rare in the restaurant business

Before you take another bite of that flame-broiled hamburger … Before you take a cell phone photo of that sandwich that you topped – all by yourself – at the fixins’ bar … Before you pay for your kid’s boxed meal with your credit card at the drive-thru window, just know that it’s all a […]

Food Snob Chronicles – Can one really make a silk purse from an Angus ear?

The folks at Wendy’s first asked us a question. Then came the California Milk Processor Board with an even bigger question. Nowadays, beef producers are shouting to the world about the next huge thing. Unless you’ve lived in a cave for the past 10 years, you’ve heard of Angus. It’s long been the most widely-bred […]

Food Snob Chronicles – Are we eating in? Or eating out? (Recipe: Maid-Rite Sandwiches)

Menus change. Right along with the times. The typical U.S. dinner menu in the 1950s looked like something you’d get in a school cafeteria — potato ‘frosted’ meatloaf, tuna surprise and canned lima beans. In the 1970s, when we weren’t drinking down fondue, we were eating a lot more TV dinners — salisbury steak or […]

Food Snob Chronicles – Fast and Fishy: Faves and Flubs (Recipe: Better-than-Fast Food Fish Sandwiches)

Fish on Fridays. This time of year — in the U.S. at least — it’s pretty much a given. If you are from the South, you will most likely eat catfish at a buffet, with hush puppies, fries and green tomato relish. Chances are, the main course was shipped from Mississippi, where there are more […]

Confession No. 33 — Knowing when to steer clear is a good thing

I think we all have a ‘steer clear’ list. Mine is fairly simple. Size 15 women in Size 4 (leopard print) stretch pants Other people’s potato salad Businesses that use the Jesus Fish logo (I’ll explain later.) Turkey hot dogs All women, other than my wife There’s one more: Restaurants in the Yellow Pages that […]

Confession No. 31 – Before following any ‘new rules for tipping,’ consider the source

I‘ve been labeled as miserly, gauche, hypercritical, coarse … and the list goes on. But I’ve neither been sneered at by people at my restaurant dinner table, nor have I been chased down by a server or barkeep who felt double-crossed by my gratuity. According to one published report by blogger Kelly Dobkin and […]

Confession No. 8 — Culinary smoke and mirrors consume me

I had an epiphany at the Burger King drive-thru this past week. I spend way too much time comparing the actual product to the advertised version. I mostly compare the appearance. My realization of my obsession came as my wife placed an order through the two-way speaker system. I’m no expert, but, by its scale, […]

Confession No. 5 — I might have been wrong about the P’zone, but I’m sticking to my Peg Leg guns.

Are things as good as we remember them to be? Or do our tastes just change that much over the years? Take music, for example. I remember spending my hard-earned lawn mowing dollars on an Asia album. (I know. Asia. Please, no feedback is necessary.) The guitars, keyboards and percussion were pure rock symphony; the […]