The Man Who Ate the Town Podcast Episode 184

In Episode #184, proudly recorded in The Less Desirables Studios (South). Zoom sponsored by Bull’s Tavern:

We are now featured on the Triad Podcast Network!

Tim, Ray, Lea talk about:

  • Baked Just SO to open a second location.
  • Tim and Stephanie went to Diamondback Grill and Clementine’s Gourmet Toast and Juice Bar.
  • Canteen Still Life is back open.
  • Broad Branch sold out of their limited edition bottles.
  • Tuning Fork Provisions. Blue Crab Pop-Up this week at Sir Winston’s.
  • Other local restaurant news.
  • Tim and Lea talk about “List” updates.
  • Winston-Salem Strong. This website includes the food and beverage list that we have been forging and resources for businesses and individuals that are needed at this time, including unemployment, SBA loans, tips for servers, and many other services. All this in one place. Winston-Salem Strong!

Don’t forget our sponsors:

Carrabba’s Italian Grill Healthy, grilled meats, wood-fired pizzas, fresh ingredients, and phenomenal wine dinners. Those are just some of the offerings of Carrabba’s. And, Daniel Butner, the local proprietario, is salt of the earth and a pillar of good in the community. Go taste the goodness that is Carrabba’s and see why Tim and Ray are always talking it up!

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

Mojito Latin Soul Food is creating scrumptious Cuban-inspired, Latin-infused street/soul food. Welcoming atmosphere, delicious food, robust cigars, and good times await.

Diamondback Grill. A lovely farm-to-fork eatery nestled in the heart of Buena Vista. Murphy and Kimberly Gregg and company offer fine dining in a casual atmosphere complete with a 20′ wine bar, expert craft cocktails, televisions in the bar area to watch the game, or candlelit dinners in the formal dining area. This gem is waiting to be discovered!

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

Bon Appetit!

Take-Out Pledge Winston-Salem

I have taken the #TakeOutPledgeWS and pledge to support local businesses. Some are only doing downtown but I think all businesses in WSNC need some push. Here’s a video to explain more.

Take the pledge with me!

The Man Who Ate the Town Podcast Episode 183

In Episode #183, proudly recorded in The Less Desirables Studios (South). Zoom sponsored by Bull’s Tavern:

We are now featured on the Triad Podcast Network!

Tim, Ray, talk about:

  • Daniel Spivey, head of brand development of Broad Branch Distillery introduces us to Big Winston Bourbon.
  • Mojito has The Tuning Fork Provisions truck at Fiddlin’ Fish starting this week.
  • Canteen is closed temporarily.
  • Local Artisan scales hours.
  • Cibo opens early on Saturday, has heated outdoor seating.
  • Foothills Brewing’s Sexual Chocolate releases Feb 5.
  • Opie Day!
  • Dairi-O opens in Stanleyville.
  • Murphy’s Lunch has a reopen date.
  • #TakeOutPledgeWS Hashtag.
  • Miyako closed, could a new sushi place be coming?
  • TJ’s Deli Country Club sold to another restaurant?
  • Other local restaurant news.
  • Tim and Lea talk about “List” updates.
  • Winston-Salem Strong. This website includes the food and beverage list that we have been forging and resources for businesses and individuals that are needed at this time, including unemployment, SBA loans, tips for servers, and many other services. All this in one place. Winston-Salem Strong!

Don’t forget our sponsors:

Carrabba’s Italian Grill Healthy, grilled meats, wood-fired pizzas, fresh ingredients, and phenomenal wine dinners. Those are just some of the offerings of Carrabba’s. And, Daniel Butner, the local proprietario, is salt of the earth and a pillar of good in the community. Go taste the goodness that is Carrabba’s and see why Tim and Ray are always talking it up!

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

Mojito Latin Soul Food is creating scrumptious Cuban-inspired, Latin-infused street/soul food. Welcoming atmosphere, delicious food, robust cigars, and good times await.

Diamondback Grill. A lovely farm-to-fork eatery nestled in the heart of Buena Vista. Murphy and Kimberly Gregg and company offer fine dining in a casual atmosphere complete with a 20′ wine bar, expert craft cocktails, televisions in the bar area to watch the game, or candlelit dinners in the formal dining area. This gem is waiting to be discovered!

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

Bon Appetit!

Broad Branch Distillery Introduces Winston-Salem’s Own New Bourbon

According to the Broad Branch Distillery Facebook page:

An exciting announcement — Winston Salem FINALLY has its own bourbon arriving next week! We can’t wait to introduce you to Big Winston Bourbon.
This initial release is a 4-year single barrel low rye straight bourbon coming in at 85 proof. It boasts a great balance of spicy and sweet, with notes of tea, vanilla, tart cherries, baking spices, and pistachios.
For the time being, bottles will ONLY be available for purchase at the distillery starting on Saturday, January 23. The first 100 commemorative bottles – each one signed by Broad Branch owner John Fragakis – will be available for sale on our website starting Jan 18 (Monday) with curbside pickup beginning that same day at noon.
Mark your calendars to come to grab a bottle in person on Saturday the 23rd or grab a signed bottle online on the 18th.
This barrel WILL sell out fast.

We will have Daniel Spivey, the Head of Brand Development with Broad Branch Distillery this coming Monday. Tune in to hear more!

Street Team Reports: Toro — The Priciest Fish in the World

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In episode 181, we talked about bluefin tuna, in particular, two instances in Tokyo’s Tsukiji fish market that were sold at high prices in 2009 and 2012.

One was around 282 lbs and sold for $104,700 (±$371/lb) in 2009 and the other 593 lbs and sold for $724,000 (±$1,220/lb). Ray, Lea, and I talked about how good could it really be and was it worth that much money. Street Team Steven McDowall, who is our go-to reporter for all things Asian cuisine did a little breakdown on the history of bluefin tuna. From Steven:


Why is Bluefin (large) Tuna so expensive — especially in Japan??   A few things.

1 — Pure supply and demand play a large part. Supply is very very limited — it’s an endangered species after all. It also takes a lot of handling in Japan (extra steps) and to get it to Japan in pure form. Also, the “Toro” part (which consists of Otoro and Chutoro) makes up only 0.5% – 1% of the whole fish!!!

2 – -Obsession. The Japanese are obsessed (and hence, so is everyone else who likes “Sushi”) about Otoro — THE most prized piece of fish in the world for Sashimi (and Sushi). Otoro is the belly fat of only bluefin tunas. The other part of the underbelly is called ‘Chutoro’ and is also quite prized but not as rare or “good.” So, they are buying this giant fish to get mostly all the extra underbelly part. and the larger the fish, the more you get and since it’s not used to move the fish (and they are cold weather), the big fish have as good or better quality and certainly more!

3 — Japanese Tastes. The is sort of an “Ego” thing about rich Japanese about buying very expensive bluefin’s to “brag.”

I’ve had a small bit of Otoro and Chutoro in Japan and in San Francisco. They tasted the same to me… very mild and unctuous. I had it in Sashimi (i.e. naked). Like 3 slivers in Japan for like $150 and in San Francisco, a nicer 2oz for like $100. Luckily I wasn’t paying 🙂

Oh! The most expensive fish ever was a 650lb bluefin which sold for $2,3M! Yes, in the same market in Japan. So $3500 / lb!


Thank you Street Team Steven for your always welcome knowledge of the world’s cuisines!

The Man Who Ate the Town Podcast Episode 182

In Episode #182, proudly recorded in The Less Desirables Studios (South). Zoom sponsored by Bull’s Tavern:

Tim, Ray, Lea talk about:

  • Chef Andre Jones on to talk about Clementine’s Gourmet Toast and Juice Bar.
  • Chef Kevin Woods on to talk about ROAR WS and its food and entertainment concepts.
  • Mozzarella Fellas closes and Brian Ricciardi opens Dom’s, a vegan restaurant downtown WSNC.
  • Bootleg Ramen moves to bigger space.
  • Kermit’s Hot Dogs celebrates 55 years.
  • Carrabba’s starts new DoorDash-only concept next week.
  • Mojito Latin Soul Food gets truck ready to become The Tuning Fork Provisions.
  • Diamondback Grill starts new daily themed specials.
  • Other local restaurant news.
  • Tim and Lea talk about “List” updates.
  • Winston-Salem Strong. This website includes the food and beverage list that we have been forging and resources for businesses and individuals that are needed at this time, including unemployment, SBA loans, tips for servers, and many other services. All this in one place. Winston-Salem Strong!

Don’t forget our sponsors:

Carrabba’s Italian Grill Healthy, grilled meats, wood-fired pizzas, fresh ingredients, and phenomenal wine dinners. Those are just some of the offerings of Carrabba’s. And, Daniel Butner, the local proprietario, is salt of the earth and a pillar of good in the community. Go taste the goodness that is Carrabba’s and see why Tim and Ray are always talking it up!

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

Mojito Latin Soul Food is creating scrumptious Cuban-inspired, Latin-infused street/soul food. Welcoming atmosphere, delicious food, robust cigars, and good times await.

Diamondback Grill. A lovely farm-to-fork eatery nestled in the heart of Buena Vista. Murphy and Kimberly Gregg and company offer fine dining in a casual atmosphere complete with a 20′ wine bar, expert craft cocktails, televisions in the bar area to watch the game, or candlelit dinners in the formal dining area. This gem is waiting to be discovered!

The Man Who Ate the Town is part of The Less Desirables Network. Give it a listen on Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, Podcast Addict, TuneIn, Amazon Music, Audible, 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 181

In Episode #181, proudly recorded in The Less Desirables Studios (South). Zoom sponsored by Bull’s Tavern:

Tim, Ray, Lea talk about:

  • Tirra Cowan is on to talk about Black Mountain Chocolate Bar.
  • Bib’s Downtown closes.
  • Social. Southern Kitchen closes.
  • Clementine’s Gourmet Toast and Juice Bar.
  • ROAR WS.
  • Dirty Fries.
  • Willows Bistro expansion.
  • BobbyBoy Bakeshop on extended holiday until 1/12.
  • 2020 “In Memoriam” of WSNC Restaurants.
  • Other local restaurant news.
  • Tim and Lea talk about “List” updates.
  • Winston-Salem Strong. This website includes the food and beverage list that we have been forging and resources for businesses and individuals that are needed at this time, including unemployment, SBA loans, tips for servers, and many other services. All this in one place. Winston-Salem Strong!

Don’t forget our sponsors:

Carrabba’s Italian Grill Healthy, grilled meats, wood-fired pizzas, fresh ingredients, and phenomenal wine dinners. Those are just some of the offerings of Carrabba’s. And, Daniel Butner, the local proprietario, is salt of the earth and a pillar of good in the community. Go taste the goodness that is Carrabba’s and see why Tim and Ray are always talking it up!

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

Mojito Latin Soul Food is creating scrumptious Cuban-inspired, Latin-infused street/soul food. Welcoming atmosphere, delicious food, robust cigars, and good times await.

Diamondback Grill. A lovely farm-to-fork eatery nestled in the heart of Buena Vista. Murphy and Kimberly Gregg and company offer fine dining in a casual atmosphere complete with a 20′ wine bar, expert craft cocktails, televisions in the bar area to watch the game, or candlelit dinners in the formal dining area. This gem is waiting to be discovered!

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

Bon Appetit!