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Louie Smalls; Big on Taste

Sometimes we get so busy eating our food we forget to taste it. Louie Smalls bills itself as “a unique blend of international flavors with a Spanish flare.” I highly recommend you treat yourself to Louie Smalls when you are not in a hurry; not because you’ll have to wait a long time to eat, but because the taste bud rewards in these dishes are not to be forfeited in this “grab and go” society. The entire experience was characterized...
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Jack’s Chophouse; Southern Elegance

A familiar location has a new name, and it is Jack; Jack’s Chophouse to be exact.  South Georgia natives are well-versed in the quaint structure attached to a rustic scene of wire fences and intermittent herds of cattle.  A casual observer can see that this newly opened restaurant maintains a full parking lot that overflows into the grassy area that surrounds its borders. Eager to join the crowd, the perceived atmosphere prompted me to wear my “Jim       ...
a bag to go

A Bag to Go; The Best Chili Dogs In Town

Life hands us only a handful of real, legitimate pleasures; one of them being food. In my travels I have passed by this locally owned and operated establishment that harbors the self-proclaimed, “Best Chili Dogs In Town.” I promised myself the next time I was in the vicinity, I was going to take them up on their claim. There is an unassuming note that says “knock on the window” to initiate the ordering process. A nice lady with a pleasant...

Kitchen Tips

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How a Pressure Cooker Can Save You Time and Energy in the Kitchen

Pressure-cooking may sound intimidating, but it’s important to keep in mind that it’s actually a simple process that can save you time, energy and money. Not only does a pressure cooker use up to 70 percent less energy than a stove, it combines high pressure and high heat to dramatically reduce cooking times, saving you as much as two-thirds the time it takes to cook with a conventional stove. Another benefit? More vitamins and minerals are retained by pressure cooking...

Wine Reviews and Recommendations

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Beyond Sushi: How to Enjoy Sake at Home

Sake, made from fermented rice, is an up-and-comer in the world of wine and spirits, and Americans consume about 35 percent of all sake exported from Japan, according to John Gauntner’s Sake World. Often remembered as that simple, warm drink consumed exclusively at sushi bars and Japanese restaurants, it’s sometimes notorious for its associations with sake-bomb-induced debauchery. To gain a better understanding of this complex beverage, here are five common sake myths -- debunked! 1. Sake is Too Strong. False! The...
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Top Tips For Trying New Wines

Are you ready to add something new to your standard wine repertoire? To help expand your palate, two-time James Beard Award winning sommelier, Belinda Chang, is offering some expert insight into one of her go-to varietals. “Fans of Pinot Noir should consider its hip French relative, Beaujolais, made from the Gamay grape which is still relatively unknown among American wine drinkers,” says Chang. “And like Pinot Noir, Gamay is a thin-skinned grape that generally produces bright wines with low tannins....
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Fall Wine and Food Tips for Outdoor Entertaining

Autumn is the ultimate time for outdoor dining. For your next gathering, bring the party out to the deck or patio for an evening of enjoyable light bites and delicious wines. If you need some inspiration to create a delectable spread, one resource is St. Francis Winery and Vineyards, a certified-sustainable winery in Sonoma County, California. The winery offers luscious, fruit-driven varietal wines and a food-pairing program voted #1 Restaurant in America by Open Table. If you are hosting an autumn...

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