Outstanding Carry-Out: Sloppy Mama’s BBQ, Arlington, Virginia

I’ve reviewed Sloppy Mama’s earlier after I went there in my capacity as the local representative of the Campaign for Real Barbecue.  You can read the review here.   I was very favorably impressed by everything, especially their pork, which I declared the best in the area.  The closest I came to a criticism was lamenting that, like almost everyone else around here, they only … Continue reading Outstanding Carry-Out: Sloppy Mama’s BBQ, Arlington, Virginia

Wilber’s, Goldsboro, North Carolina: The Re-Opening Menu is Here!

Many thanks to my good friend Dan Kenney, the genius behind the Coach4aday blog, the host of the Annual Beer Snob Pig Picking, our Senior Carolina Correspondent, and the Master of the Deep Fried Turkey.  Dan sent this good news from North Carolina.  The much-anticipated — I should say much yearned-for reopening of Wilber’s is very close.  The pit has been rebuilt, and they have set … Continue reading Wilber’s, Goldsboro, North Carolina: The Re-Opening Menu is Here!

Blue 44, Washington, DC

I really like Blue 44.  It’s a friendly neighborhood place, only a short walk from our house.  The food is dependably good and fresh.  The menu changes fairly often, but it always contains some standout dishes, including the Bistro Chicken, a half chicken with mushrooms and lardons in a cream sauce with some carrots and potatoes.  Wonderful.  A while back, I organized a monthly lunch … Continue reading Blue 44, Washington, DC

Max McMullen Clark’s Curried Chick Peas

Max McMullen Clark is one of London’s rising young chefs.  Nancy and I know him through our close friendship with his grandparents, Debbie and Jeremy McMullen.  You caught a glimpse of Jeremy, now, alas, deceased, here (scroll down for the glimpse), and, more recently, Debbie was our companion and expert restaurant guide when were in Paris together all too briefly last year.  See here and here. … Continue reading Max McMullen Clark’s Curried Chick Peas

Recipes for Murder Hornets

As with you, my first reaction on learning that murder hornets had come to the United States was that incredibly, 2020 had just gotten worse.  My second reaction was, “I wonder how they taste?” I’m not a big eater of insects.  I’ve had the chapulines (grasshopper) tacos at Oyamel here in Washington, one of the restaurants owned by Jose Andres, my choice for the Nobel … Continue reading Recipes for Murder Hornets

Rest in Peace Mildred Dowdley, Bill Bryan, and Betty Fuller of Bessemer, Alabama

Every now and then — more often than I like — I mark the passing of one of the great pit masters or founders of barbecue places and other great restaurants.  I did with another Bessemer place, then to remember Mr. Jimmy Koikos of the Bright Star.  I think it’s important to recognize their contribution. The current lockdown of our country, though, has really brought to the … Continue reading Rest in Peace Mildred Dowdley, Bill Bryan, and Betty Fuller of Bessemer, Alabama

New on the Blog — Our First Film Review

As regular readers know, this Blog is a great supporter of the Fine Arts.   You will recall, for example, from this post about music and the visual arts.  We celebrate all of those things that go into making a richer and fuller life, a life of movement from the shallows to the depths.  Since everyone is sitting at home watching television all day anyway, as a … Continue reading New on the Blog — Our First Film Review

Change of Date: The Inaugural Buxton Hall Smokeshow, Asheville, North Carolina

I just learned from my good friend, Fred Cooke, that the Inaugural Buxton Hall Smokeshow, originally scheduled for May 17, has been moved to August 23, 2020, for obvious reasons.  That should be a good time to head for some mountain air, and any time is a good time to eat barbecue.  There’ll be some whole hog barbecue stars there, as well as music and … Continue reading Change of Date: The Inaugural Buxton Hall Smokeshow, Asheville, North Carolina