Berry season is my favorite time of year. Even though most berries can be found in groceries all year, they are riper, sweeter and much cheaper during spring, making it the perfect time to increase your consumption of fresh fruit, especially strawberries.
For the buzz my vegetarian friends gave about the new VegHead's downtown, I would have thought the place would be packed for lunch on a Friday.
A devoted fan of Saigon Flavors sent me an e-mail recently. The writer had nothing but praise for the little Vietnamese restaurant's new menu of vegan friendly dishes, featuring so-called "mock meats".
My heart smiles when I hear Yogi Bear's voice bellowing, "Hey, hey, Boo-Boo!"
Tanger Outlets is partnering with celebrity chef Robert Irvine to celebrate gourmet food trucks across the Lowcountry as part of Tanger Outlet's Taste and Style Event, set for 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday in the Tanger 2 Outlet Center, 1414 Fording Island Road in Bluffton.
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Great inventors rarely receive the recognition they deserve. I'd love to shake hands with the guys who invented duct tape, Weedwhackers and WD-40 - three of the greatest inventions of all time. I'd also like to thank John Montagu, fourth earl of Sandwich and eponymous inventor of the original fast food - the sandwich.
A popular commercial shows a bored-looking lad sitting at the kitchen table with a plate of veggies in front on him. In the distance, a motherly voice tells him he is going to stay at the table until he finishes his vegetables.
I generally avoid giving you the skinny on big-brand, big-budget chain restaurants. But when a company like Joe's Crab Shack stakes claim to a rare strip of waterfront property on River Street and builds a completely new building, I think you deserve a look inside.
For some people, it's about filling an empty void in their gut. For others, it's about the comfort of a familiar friend. For still others, pizza is the common denominator that brings people together over a raucous table of melted cheese and cold beer.
Residents in Bryan County and the surrounding areas who are ready to stock up on fresh veggies, handmade crafts, live plants and more won't have to wait for long as farmers markets in both Pembroke and Richmond Hill open next week.
I like food. Actually, I love food. And I reasoned that since I gave up all my youthful vices and indiscretions, I should at least be allowed to eat what I want and as much as I want.
When I was growing up, potato dishes were always an Easter-dinner staple in our home. Baked, mashed, fried, au gratin or in a casserole - they were always present in some form on the Easter buffet. However, mashed potatoes were always the most popular complement to our Easter ham.
If I had an entrepreneurial spirit (and budget), there are some natural fragrances that I think should be bottled and sold as perfumes, after-shave lotions and air fresheners. I'm not talking about floral scents like orange blossoms, gardenias or honeysuckle, which already have been marketed. I'm talking about the really good-smelling stuff like frying chicken, piping hot pizza or bacon - especially bacon.
Here in Coastal Georgia, the weather usually is favorable year-round for grilling, but there are exceptions.
If my wife wasn't such a good cook, I'd be 50 pounds lighter. I'm not blaming her, though.
My English IV teacher, Reomia Unold, said ambrosia was the food of the gods. I disagreed and told her so. She shook her head and sighed.
I'm often asked why I don't write other commentaries. It's better to write about things you know about, and it's easier to do it when it's something most folks can agree on - like food.
Basic training in 1973 at Fort Jackson, S.C., was not a culture shock to me. Daddy was a Marine, so I grew up under strict supervision and was used to being dropped for pushups or called a maggot.
Back in the Stone Ages - before hot wings were invented to satiate armchair quarterbacks, and when pro-football games were on Friday, Saturday or Monday and did not interfere with Sunday church services - football fanatics chowed down pounds of cheese, summer sausage and tater chips during the game.
Sometimes at a public gathering someone will privately comment on one of my food columns. Most are kind, telling me how much they agree with my assessment of steaks, seafood or certain restaurants. Others tell me up front I got it all wrong about which is better - North Carolina, Georgia, Texas, Memphis, Kansas City or St. Louis barbecue.
The other night, I enjoyed a microwave corn dog.
You probably wouldn't notice the place if you passed it a hundred times, maybe on your way to Lake Mayer for a picnic, or coming back from a shopping trip at The Pig in Sandfly - unless you have an eye for Spanish and a taste for delectable baked goods.
Running a restaurant is hard work. Just ask Estella - aka Dr. Estella Edwards Shabazz, city alderwoman for Savannah's 5th District.
When my wife and I were preparing for our first child, we attended a bunch of classes about birthing. They told us our daughter wouldn't develop a sense of taste for the first year or longer.
Jams, jellies and fruit preserves always have been an essential part of what I considered dessert - a cathead biscuit smothered with butter and homemade jam, jelly or preserves.
I chose the infantry because I love being outdoors. For years, I shivered in icy arctic winds, roasted under a blistering desert sun, melted under a thick jungle canopy or suffered from hypoxia on some remote mountain top.
Other than Atkinson's peanut-butter bars and the orange-slice jelly candies I enjoyed as a kid, I've been good about keeping candy at arm's length. But when I was stationed in Italy, I discovered that European chocolatiers take chocolate to a whole new level. Had my unit not rotated to Fort Bragg early, I might now be diabetic.
I prefer to buy organic fruits, veggies and meats. Rarely can I afford that, however, so I at least want it fresh. If I can't get it fresh, the next acceptable level is frozen. If I can't even get it frozen, I'll accept canned, depending on what's on the label.
It recently occurred to me that I've avoided any deep discussion on ethnic foods, so let's talk.