Good Barbecue in the DC Area!

Don’t get too excited.  It was from North Carolina.  We went to a send-off for my first cousin once removed Murray Johnston, Founder and First president of the St. Anselm’s Abbey School Barbecue Club, at his home in Alexandria.  Murray is off to West Point to begin their summer boot camp for entering students. Featured on the menu were the of the two most important … Continue reading Good Barbecue in the DC Area!

Hang Fire Southern Kitchen, Barry, Vale of Glamorgan, Wales

From Debbie McMullen, our Senior London Correspondent, comes news of a barbecue expansion opening in the UK. The Guardian reports that there is a new barbecue place in Wales. http://www.theguardian.com/travel/2016/jun/05/top-10-southern-bbq-barbecue-joints-us. While the article purports to list the top 10 barbecue places in the US, the real story is that the authors, Sam Evans and Shauna Guinn, were so taken with the barbecue during a three-year … Continue reading Hang Fire Southern Kitchen, Barry, Vale of Glamorgan, Wales

Black-Eyed Sally’s Southern Kitchen and Bar, Hartford, Connecticut

Black-Eyed Sally’s is a Blues and Barbecue place in downtown Hartford.  Nancy and I stumbled upon it at the end of our 10k volksmarch* in Hartford, the day after her high school reunion in Glastonbury.  I entered with some trepidation (Barbecue in Hartford?  Good food in a music venue?), but was very pleasantly surprised. Black-Eyed Sally’s has something of a dark, juke joint atmosphere, as … Continue reading Black-Eyed Sally’s Southern Kitchen and Bar, Hartford, Connecticut

Pierce’s Pitt Bar-B-Que, Williamsburg, Virginia

Pierce’s makes me want to cry. We stopped on the way for a quick trip to Virginia Beach for some Operation Smile training for Nancy’s trip to Vietnam.  (They have a new software system.)  Pierce’s gets a lot of attention when barbecue places in Virginia are rated, so I was eager to try it.  They cook over a pit. (The “Pitt”  in the name reflects … Continue reading Pierce’s Pitt Bar-B-Que, Williamsburg, Virginia

Recipe Time: Brunswick Stew

Brunswick stew is a frequent side dish at barbecue places, especially in North Carolina, where at places like Parker’s in Wilson, Brunswick Stew is part of the rhythm of life. I have never made Brunswick stew, but I do have a recipe from a cookbook written by my maternal grandmother, Nana, aka Selma Shadburn Griffin: Boil one hog head until tender. Boil a hen until … Continue reading Recipe Time: Brunswick Stew

Back to DCity Smokehouse, Washington, DC

I went back to DCity Smokehouse, this time with Doug Jacobson, the Kansas City Barbecue Maven.   DCity has moved around the corner, and that’s an improvement. It is now a pop-up connected to the Wicked Bloom Social Club at 1450 New York Avenue, another project of the owners. The exterior has a nice riff on the DC flag. The new location is a big advance … Continue reading Back to DCity Smokehouse, Washington, DC

Paris Dining Guide 4: The Marais

You’ll go to the Marais.  The Pompidou is on the western side.  The Picasso and the Place des Vosges are there.  So is the Cognac-Jay and the underrated Carnavalet.  So are narrow streets and the old Jewish Quarter.  So is lots of good food.  In previous trips we have had lovely meals at the Dome du Marais and Bofinger.  Coude Fou and L’As du Felafel, … Continue reading Paris Dining Guide 4: The Marais