Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Flour Bakery

My initial experience at Flour was delightful, when I uncharacteristically ordered a chocolate macaroon and a jasmine green tea and found them to be a magical pairing. 

Dark Chocolate Macaroon

Their tea, even if you get a small, comes in a nice little pot.

And when you go in you see the pastry chef and owner, Joanne Chang, has cookbooks and that they sell all kinds of good looking goodies here, from sandwiches, salads and soups to bread, homemade biscotti, shortbread and stuff like that to take away, and desserts and pastries of all kinds. Also Joanne Chang is the Chang half of Myers + Chang, one of my favorite restaurants in the Boston area. I was excited to try it all. I've now sampled a huge chunk of Flour's food.

Craquelin - an almond croissant with an orange Marmalade: Quite good, except I don't really like marmalade
Espresso: 8/10

Twice Baked Brioche: Good, not amazing

Americano: You know how at some places, when you order an americano the water they use is so hot it takes like 10 minutes to be able to drink it? This is one of those. Next time I need to remember to ask them to just go light on the water, which I prefer anyway ratio-wise and should also help with this issue.

Currant Spelt Oat Scone: Not bad, nowhere near Canto but not as bad as most cafe's horrible scones.

Sticky Bun: Chang won a throwdown with Bobby Flay with this sticky bun. It's tasty but too sweet. I guess a lot of people are into that.

Sugar Bun Brioche: Good enough I guess but too plain for me

Blueberry Muffin: Big, sweet, good, certainly better than some packaged shit, but it doesn't transcend muffin-dom.

Chunk Lola Cooke ($2) - an oatmeal dark chocolate pecan coconut cookie: Good! Only one and a half notches below Canto. It's just not quite soft enough, which probably means not enough butter.

(Half size) roasted lamb, tomato chutney and goat cheese sandwich (also a few greens): maybe I should've paid the extra $.50 to have them grill the bread as it might've pressed down the thick slices to a more reasonable dimension. I had to take off half the roasted lamb to taste the other ingredients. I'm not a big fan of cold roasted lamb, it turns out, but the tomato chutney was nice. Also the bread itself is good, thick, soft and sweet. It just didn't make for proper sandwich construction.
I finally came back to my chocolate macaroon and jasmine tea, just as good as ever.
The breakfast line can be long every day, but it moves fast, and there's still usually a table and of nothing else definitely a stool. They have LevelUp but there's no discount (it's still easier than tipping with credit card receipt).

Anyway, I dunno. Have I just missed all the really good stuff here? I do want to try the summer soup, the Spanish Gazpacho, and maybe some bread to go. Let me know if there's anything here that's particularly good.

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Sunday, July 27, 2014

Katz's Houston - Guess Whether it's the Same

It's like if the good people of Denny's brought you a Jewish Deli and named it after a Manhattan institution. I find it confusing, insane and sad to know that the owner is related (the grandson, I think) to the original Katz's owner.

The menu is a Texas-sized diner/deli clusterfuck. The four beers they have on tap are Brooklyn Lager, the Brooklyn seasonal, St. Arnold seasonal and Bud Light.

Nosh Basket: An assortment of fried something-or-others-who-cares-it's-not-like-you-can-taste-them-under-all-that-breading-anyways.

The Pastrami Reuben (pictured) was okay, but more like you tried to make one at home, nothing whatsoever like Katz's or any other good delis. Unlike at the real Katz's, there's no authentic pastrami sandwich option with just untoasted bread that yields right into the thick, melt-in-your-mouth, hand-carved pastrami complimented with mustard, here you're given a monstrosity of toasted bread, swiss, sauerkraut and Russian dressing. Blech.
The Corned Beef Reuben was just plain bad, with touch, rubbery meat.

This place is a joke.

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Thursday, July 24, 2014

Roxy's Grilled Cheese Food Truck

Green Meunster ($6) - with guacamole, applewoord bacon and muenster: Really salty, a little mouth-scraping, bread-wise, not as flavorful as I'd hoped.
Mighty Rib ($7) - with short rib, fontina, and caramelized onion: Lots of meat, tasty but ultimately kind of boring. I found myself looking longingly at the sauce/condiment station of the Chicken and Rice Guys' truck next to them, as all Roxy's has is ketchup. The toast was once again just the tiniest bit mouth-scrapey. They should really be only lightly toasting these.

Sample Menu
They take LevelUp.

Two sandwiches and I'm out. They just aren't mastering the art of a balanced sandwich.

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Wednesday, July 23, 2014


A mushroom and walnut chocolate bar? Really? There was a time when I would've done my foodie duty and immediately shelled out the $8 fucking 50 they're asking for curiosity satisfaction, but at least that day, I didn't feel like it. Anyone tried this fucking garbage? Super foods... ugh. Eat a mushroom and then eat a bar of chocolate. It would cost a lot less and both would taste a lot better.

Best of Durham

Bakery and Brunch - Scratch

Breakfast - Rise

Coffee - Joe Van Gogh

Coffee Shop for Working - Respite Cafe

Food, Drinks and Fun - Parts & Labor (at Motorco.)

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Beasley's Chicken & Honey

I was concerned when Shana said she wanted to eat what would be the last meal of our Research Triangle trip at Beasley's Chicken & Honey, as it's another one of Ashley Christensen's restaurants. We haven't been to her award-winning Poole's Diner yet, but her Chuck's burger restaurant was a real let down.

The Beasley's servers were all very friendly. All the seating here is stools, whether at the bar or the tables. They have local beers, a wine nice selection, bourbons, fun cocktails, and a cute bar snacks menu you shouldn't ignore.

Chicken Biscuit ($6.75) - with pickled green tomato and Dijon honey: Perfectly fried chicken and a perfect biscuit. It's just my personal preference, but I think that I'd've taken mayo or honey or pimento cheese instead of the Dijon honey. Next time. Still, it was excellent.
Quarter Fried Chicken ($7.5): Again, perfectly Southern fried chicken, with this perfect crunchy honeyed coating. Holy fuck, I've never had better fried chicken in a restaurant.

Ashe County Cheddar Pimento Mac and Cheese Custard ($3.50): Just look at that. Oh dear. Custard? Jesus. A little heat, delightful pimento flavor, tons of melty cheese.

Creamed Collard Greens ($3.50) - Best collards I've ever have (though maybe if more people were doing them creamy there's be more competition).

Beasley's was miles, no, light years better than Chuck's.

I also didn't realize Joule Coffee was also hers, which may be my favorite coffee shop ever, though it's so much more than a coffee shop I'm not sure that's a fair fight. Also, I'll give her this, that girl can name a restaurant.

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Thursday, July 17, 2014

Loaf - Another Kouign Amann!

Kouign Amann: This was really fucking good. Soft in the middle, crispy outside, perfect caramelized sweetness, like a palmier on crack
Ham and cheese croissant: gooey and buttery, not really my cup o' tea, but maybe for some

Twice baked almond croissant ($4.50): This was more like a soft brea than a croissant, and it was too sweet for me, but it must be really good for people with more of a sweet tooth.

They just have drip coffee here, but there's Intrepid or Scratch for espresso drinks. The lady here was so friendly. They also have local food stuffs for sale.

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