The Man Who Ate the Town Podcast Episode 90

In Episode #90, proudly recorded at The Lab at Industry Hill:

Tim and Ray talk about:

  • Tim and Ray have their wives in the studio with them.
  • Clyde Fitzgerald, former ED of Second Harvest Food Bank of NWNC passes away.
  • Earl’s getting their sign and opening this week
  • Mary’s Gourmet Diner getting beer and wine
  • Thanksgiving and other food holidays and history

No poll this week.

Don’t forget our sponsors:

DiLisio’s Italian Family Restaurant Italian food like you’re sitting, eating in Naples. Wonderful Italian dishes from traditional spaghetti and lasagna to contemporary delights. Rich, flavorful sauces, a variety of pasta options, seafood, meat and more. Just south of Downtown and Business 40 (SOB40).

Washington Perk & Provision Company. Better than a convenience store but not quite a grocery store, in the heart of Washington Park and Downtown WSNC.

The Humble Bee Shoppe is challenging your perception of scratch made and leaving you with an experience you couldn’t possibly forget! With inventive flavor combos and a sense of artistry, The Humble Bee Shoppe isn’t your average bakery.

The Man Who Ate the Town is part of The Less Desirables Network. Give it a listen on iTunes, Stitcher, Podcast Addict and TuneIn, basically anywhere you can listen to podcasts. Or you can listen here (at the bottom of the post).

Bon Appetit!

From the Home Kitchen: Italian Minestrone

Minestrone in the pot

I was editing a podcast today in my studio and the subject of that podcast was Thanksgiving dinner. Now, I will admit that this has nothing to do with Thanksgiving. Actually, I was thinking of things I may try to prepare for the feast at my family’s gathering and thought that I really wanted a soup. We did chili this past weekend and it was good but I wanted something different. So, instead, I opted for minestrone. With the exception of the pancetta (that I had to hunt down) that I rendered down for the fat and will sprinkle on top of the finished product, there’s no meat in this. That’s odd for me. Most everything has to have meat for me to enjoy it.

But, still, I wanted to surprise Stephanie with dinner when she got home. She’s on vacation all next week and this starts “Uber-Weekend” so I wanted to do something awesome for her.

I got this recipe from Ashley (Baker by Nature) and really did very little to modify it but there are some edits but any variation isn’t significant to my version of the recipe.  Because I don’t do a lot of “recipe posts” I’m just going to list the ingredients and what I did with them.

  • 4 ounces diced pancetta (I had to hunt it down because “P” didn’t carry any. The HT did, though.)
  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • ½ teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes (I didn’t add these because her instructions didn’t say where to put them in and Stephanie doesn’t like things too spicy).
  • 1 large yellow onion, diced
  • 2 stalks celery, diced
  • 3 large carrots, diced
  • 1½ cups green beans (trimmed and cut into 1/2 inch pieces)
  • 6 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 teaspoons Italian seasoning (I make my own Italian Seasoning – that’s for another day)
  • 5 tablespoons tomato paste
  • (1) 28 ounce can diced tomatoes
  • (1) 28 ounce can crushed tomatoes (for the diced and crushed tomatoes, I use Pomi chopped and Pomi strained which comes in 26.5 oz packages)
  • 4 cups low-sodium chicken bone broth (slightly less than)
  • 4 cups low-sodium beef bone broth (no sodium added)
  • (1) 15 ounce can kidney beans, drained and rinsed
  • (1) 15 ounce can Cannellini beans
  • 1½ cups elbow pasta
  • 2 cups fresh spinach
  • ¼ cup fresh basil, chopped
  • ¼ cup fresh lemon juice (about 1 lemon)
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • ½ cup parmesan cheese, grated

Minestrone in the bowl

  1. In my Dutch oven, over medium-high heat, I cooked the pancetta until crispy, slightly less than 6 minutes. Using a slotted spoon, I transferred the pancetta to a small plate on a paper towel and set aside. I left pancetta drippings in the pan and splashed in the olive oil and onion and let it cook until the onion was translucent.
  2. I then added in the celery, carrots, and green beans and cooked until they begin to soften but not too much. Tossed in the garlic and cooked it about 30 seconds; until fragrant. Then came the Italian seasoning and tomato paste. I also added salt and pepper at this time.
  3. Time, then to stir in the Pomi tomatoes, chicken broth, and beef broth before bringing that to a boil. I reduced the heat to medium-low and let it simmer for 15 minutes.
  4. I then stirred in the kidney beans, Cannellini beans, and pasta and let that cook down about 10 minutes. I put the spinach in and cooked until it was all wilted.
  5. Once all that was done, it was time to remove it from the heat and stir in the basil and lemon juice.
  6. Ladled the soup into bowls, sprinkled the reserved pancetta bits on top and used a grater to shave some parmesan cheese over it, added a little hint of parsley to add bright green to it and, voila! Minestrone.

I was happy with the result. I do think it could have used a little more salt but that’s one of the things I keep pulled back. I can add S&P when I eat the next go-round. It paired nicely with the homemade pimento cheese that I made, too. Again, more on the pimento cheese in a later post.

If you make this, either from my modified recipe or from Ashley’s original, snap a picture and let me know. I’d like to hear about your results and thoughts.

Bon appetit!

The Man Who Ate the Town Podcast Episode 89

©Manginas Family (via WGHP)

In Episode #89, proudly recorded at The Lab at Industry Hill:

Tim and Ray talk about:

  • Evangelos Manginas’ tragic passing
  • 1703 Restaurant’s “Stock Your Cellar” wine event
  • WSNC restaurants open for or on Thanksgiving
  • The direction of the podcast, so we need your help!

No poll this week.

Don’t forget our sponsors:

DiLisio’s Italian Family Restaurant Italian food like you’re sitting, eating in Naples. Wonderful Italian dishes from traditional spaghetti and lasagna to contemporary delights. Rich, flavorful sauces, a variety of pasta options, seafood, meat and more. Just south of Downtown and Business 40 (SOB40).

Washington Perk & Provision Company. Better than a convenience store but not quite a grocery store, in the heart of Washington Park and Downtown WSNC.

The Humble Bee Shoppe is challenging your perception of scratch made and leaving you with an experience you couldn’t possibly forget! With inventive flavor combos and a sense of artistry, The Humble Bee Shoppe isn’t your average bakery.

The Man Who Ate the Town is part of The Less Desirables Network. Give it a listen on iTunes, Stitcher, Podcast Addict and TuneIn, basically anywhere you can listen to podcasts. Or you can listen here (at the bottom of the post).

Bon Appetit!

The New Logo!

Hidee-ho listeners and readers!

We had no podcast today as there really isn’t a lot of food news happening. But, I did want to talk, real quick about the new The Man Who Ate the Town logo that was designed by my pal, Stallone Frazier.

I talked to Stallone on a Friday about what I was looking for, not in detail, either. He had a design, almost this exact thing and I tweaked it a bit. He was back with me within a very short time. It was right and voila!! It was ready! I have already ordered shirts with the logo and can’t wait to show them off.

Stallone owns Stallone Frazier Photography & Graphic Design and he Specializes in creating images for businesses’ branding and marketing. In addition to his graphic design, he offers headshots, product shots, fashion and corporate event photography. Check out his Instagram for some of his greatest works. Or, visit his website or send him an email for more info.

While I’m here…

Don’t forget our sponsors:

DiLisio’s Italian Family Restaurant Italian food like you’re sitting, eating in Naples. Wonderful Italian dishes from traditional spaghetti and lasagna to contemporary delights. Rich, flavorful sauces, a variety of pasta options, seafood, meat and more. Just south of Downtown and Business 40 (SOB40).

Washington Perk & Provision Company. Better than a convenience store but not quite a grocery store, in the heart of Washington Park and Downtown WSNC.

The Humble Bee Shoppe is challenging your perception of scratch made and leaving you with an experience you couldn’t possibly forget! With inventive flavor combos and a sense of artistry, The Humble Bee Shoppe isn’t your average bakery.

The Man Who Ate the Town is part of The Less Desirables Network. Give it a listen on iTunes, Stitcher, Podcast Addict and TuneIn, basically anywhere you can listen to podcasts. Or you can listen here (at the bottom of the post).

Bon Appetit!

 

The Man Who Ate the Town Podcast Episode 88

In Episode #88, proudly recorded at The Lab at Industry Hill:

Tim and Ray talk about:

  • New co-host, Ray Morgan
  • Graze changes name.
  • Carmine’s 901 temporarily closed.
  • Di Lisio’s closed until Nov 1 for rennovations.
  • Ardmore Neighborhood having a chili cookoff Saturday, November 3.
  • The Big Sip is Sunday, November 11.

No poll this week.

Don’t forget our sponsors:

DiLisio’s Italian Family Restaurant Italian food like you’re sitting, eating in Naples. Wonderful Italian dishes from traditional spaghetti and lasagna to contemporary delights. Rich, flavorful sauces, a variety of pasta options, seafood, meat and more. Just south of Downtown and Business 40 (SOB40).

Washington Perk & Provision Company. Better than a convenience store but not quite a grocery store, in the heart of Washington Park and Downtown WSNC.

The Humble Bee Shoppe is challenging your perception of scratch made and leaving you with an experience you couldn’t possibly forget! With inventive flavor combos and a sense of artistry, The Humble Bee Shoppe isn’t your average bakery.

The Man Who Ate the Town is part of The Less Desirables Network. Give it a listen on iTunes, Stitcher, Podcast Addict and TuneIn, basically anywhere you can listen to podcasts. Or you can listen here (at the bottom of the post).

Bon Appetit!

The Man Who Ate the Town Podcast Episode 87

In Episode #87, proudly recorded at The Lab at Industry Hill:

Tim talks about:

  • Bahtmobile’s Chef Pleasants going to Earl’s
  • Ardmore Neighborhood Assn having a chili cookoff
  • Crazy Crab.
  • Red Crab.
  • Zesto Burgers and Ice Cream.
  • Food Holidays.

No poll this week.

Don’t forget our sponsors:

DiLisio’s Italian Family Restaurant Italian food like you’re sitting, eating in Naples. Wonderful Italian dishes from traditional spaghetti and lasagna to contemporary delights. Rich, flavorful sauces, a variety of pasta options, seafood, meat and more. Just south of Downtown and Business 40 (SOB40).

Washington Perk & Provision Company. Better than a convenience store but not quite a grocery store, in the heart of Washington Park and Downtown WSNC.

The Humble Bee Shoppe is challenging your perception of scratch made and leaving you with an experience you couldn’t possibly forget! With inventive flavor combos and a sense of artistry, The Humble Bee Shoppe isn’t your average bakery.

The Man Who Ate the Town is part of The Less Desirables Network. Give it a listen on iTunes, Stitcher, Podcast Addict and TuneIn, basically anywhere you can listen to podcasts. Or you can listen here (at the bottom of the post).

Bon Appetit!

Zesto Burgers and Ice Cream

I was able to eat at Zesto Burger and Ice Cream last week.

It’s in the former Church’s Chicken on New Walkertown Road and 14th Street. It’s also just around the corner from the new waterpark. Which, of course, now it’s getting colder but in the warmer months, you can go get some soft serve ice cream, burgers, dogs, chicken, etc.

The place is clean, spacious, has a large menu (both literally and figuratively, it takes up a wall), a drive-up window, the ability to call-ahead your order and they’re getting delivery approval from several of the big delivery services so that will be up and running soon, too. I really hope the community that they’re part of will serve them well. It’s worth having and Algenon Cash and his folks are doing a great job. But, let’s get to the food, shall we?

I ordered the Chubby Decker and a dog.

The Chubby Decker is a double burger and it comes with a lot of freebies like lettuce, cheese, tomato, pickles, ketchup, mustard, and mayo. I had them replace the lettuce with onions. Their burgers are served on Martin’s Famous Potato Rolls & Bread buns. When the burger came, I was expecting a huge burger. It didn’t look like a huge burger. That is until I took a bite and realized that it was hiding down in that bun.

Chubby Decker

Now, don’t get me wrong, it wasn’t too much bread for the burger and it wasn’t too little burger for the bun. That burger was huge and the bun was perfect for it. Juicy, flavorful, lightly seasoned and the condiments didn’t mask anything. They only accentuated the goodness of the burger. It stood for itself. That’s a good thing. The burgers are also cooked to order. Nothing is “pre-made.”

“The Dog”

I also got one regular “dog.” It was a good sized dog and I got to choose what was on it. I went for ketchup, mustard, onions, relish. There was a lot of each on there. I think it could have had slightly less relish but again, it was right on with the condiments letting the dog take center stage. The dog was also served on Martin’s potato bun. The relish was a little tangier than I expected but that was okay. It was still good stuff. 

I opted, too, for the french fries as my side, like I needed it, right? That was a lot of food. But, in addition to the fries, they have onion rings, cole slaw, sweet potato fries, mixed veggies and the ability to mix the onion rings and fries in what Zesto calls “half and half.”

Other burgers include a spicier model called “The Flame.” There’s also a bacon and pimento burger, a veggie burger, a patty melt on Texas Toast, and the option to make your own burger with toppings of your choosing. Burgers not your thing? How about a fried pork chop sandwich? A chicken sandwich? An Alaskan cod sandwich, a chuckwagon sandwich, shrimp po’boy, grilled cheese and BLT. That’s a lot to choose from.

But wait! There’s more! Wings, tenders, fried shrimp? Fish, shrimp, chicken, or steak platters or salads await those wanting more of a diner experience.

And, of course, there are the soft serve ice cream options. Get floats with your favorite soft drinks. Try a vanilla, chocolate or strawberry shake or better yet, try them malted! Have your soft serve in a cone or cup and cover it in chocolate, cherry or my preference, butterscotch. There are actually 20 custom toppings to put on your soft serve. And then there’s something called a “concrete.” That is where you combine soft serve ice cream with your choice of premium toppings and blend at high speed to produce a tasty concrete. I guess it’s like a shake but thicker maybe? I don’t know. I’ll have to try it the next time I’m out there, which will be soon.

I enjoyed my visit to Zesto and I enjoyed my talk with Algenon Cash. Everyone who worked there came by to check on me and my food, including the cook who prepared it. I believe her name was Jasmine. I could be wrong and I apologize if that’s not correct and yay me if I am.

I recommend trying Zesto. It gets compared to some off-shoot “Dairy Queen” but as someone who grew up eating a good bit of Dairy Queen. This is similar but it’s also unique. I think it’s better than DQ and I’m okay with that. You can find more by visiting their website and be sure to go by 2600 New Walkertown Road and try this stuff. Or, get it to go or have it delivered. You won’t be sorry.

I want to make clear that this was not a compensated post. This was my thoughts and they were based solely on my experience and not what I got “out of it.”

Chef Myers Featured in Beemster’s Chef Series

My badass buddy (Pic ©Edgar Rodas)

You know who’s badass? Chef Travis Myers is badass. I have touted long and ad nauseum how much man-love I have for this guy. He is kicking butt on the culinary front, makes my favorite restaurant, Willows Bistro, tick and is just a swell guy all-around. He was recently featured in Beemster Cheese’s blog, Beemster’s Chef Series. Instead of me trying to come up with fantastic things to say about it, I’ll just let you read it instead. You can do that HERE.

Congratulations, Chef!

The Man Who Ate the Town Podcast Episode 86

Tim J with the Padre Azul Añejo

In Episode #86, proudly recorded at The Lab at Industry Hill:

“The Tims” talk about:

  • Tequila Time with Tim featuring Padre Azul’s Añejo.
  • Roots Restaurant Closes
  • Bahtmobile Closes
  • Pintxos Pour House Closes
  • Carolina Backyard BBQ Closes
  • An update on Shokunin Ramen
  • Food Holidays.

No poll this week.

Don’t forget our sponsors:

DiLisio’s Italian Family Restaurant Italian food like you’re sitting, eating in Naples. Wonderful Italian dishes from traditional spaghetti and lasagna to contemporary delights. Rich, flavorful sauces, a variety of pasta options, seafood, meat and more. Just south of Downtown and Business 40 (SOB40).

Washington Perk & Provision Company. Better than a convenience store but not quite a grocery store, in the heart of Washington Park and Downtown WSNC.

The Humble Bee Shoppe is challenging your perception of scratch made and leaving you with an experience you couldn’t possibly forget! With inventive flavor combos and a sense of artistry, The Humble Bee Shoppe isn’t your average bakery.

The Man Who Ate the Town is part of The Less Desirables Network. Give it a listen on iTunes, Stitcher, Podcast Addict and TuneIn, basically anywhere you can listen to podcasts. Or you can listen here (at the bottom of the post).

Bon Appetit!

The Man Who Ate the Town Podcast Episode 85

In Episode #85, proudly recorded at The Lab at Industry Hill:

“The Tims” talk about:

  • Tequila Time with Tim featuring Casamigo’s Reposado.
  • The Bar on 4th has sold and closed. New location named Thirsty Palette hoping to open this weekend.
  • Billy Bob’s Silver Diner to be demolished and replaced with new Breakfastime.
  • Crazy Crab & Seafood to open in old Hero House location on Peters Creek.
  • Humble Bee Shoppe featured on WGHP.
  • Tim B talks a little about Honky Tonk Smokehouse.
  • Tim B talks about Urban Soul on the Farm event by Soul Food Sessions
  • Food Holidays.

No poll this week.

Don’t forget our sponsors:

DiLisio’s Italian Family Restaurant Italian food like you’re sitting, eating in Naples. Wonderful Italian dishes from traditional spaghetti and lasagna to contemporary delights. Rich, flavorful sauces, a variety of pasta options, seafood, meat and more. Just south of Downtown and Business 40 (SOB40).

Washington Perk & Provision Company. Better than a convenience store but not quite a grocery store, in the heart of Washington Park and Downtown WSNC.

The Humble Bee Shoppe is challenging your perception of scratch made and leaving you with an experience you couldn’t possibly forget! With inventive flavor combos and a sense of artistry, The Humble Bee Shoppe isn’t your average bakery.

The Man Who Ate the Town is part of The Less Desirables Network. Give it a listen on iTunes, Stitcher, Podcast Addict and TuneIn, basically anywhere you can listen to podcasts. Or you can listen here (at the bottom of the post).

Bon Appetit!