It's been a busy summer.
School's almost back in session.
And I've got some major catching up to do.
I went up to the Big Apple Barbecue Block Party in NYC last month to hang with the Martin's BBQ posse.
Here's Pat Martin having a little chat with Jeffery Steingarten.
And Tandy Wilson of City House helping out....and showing out? Maybe just a little. There are whole hogs on that rig, yo.
Oh no big deal. Just snacking on a pig's foot.
Sausages from Jim 'N Nick's.
Beyond barbecue we visited this spot in Chinatown. Almost-remedy for a hangover = Tasty Hand-Pulled Noodles.
These trees throughout NYC smell amazing, btw. What are they??
This fried chicken smells pretty amazing, too.
From this place...
...which was originally opened by a Georgia native named Stephen Tanner. He has a newer restaurant also serving fried chicken called The Commodore. (And more later on Brooklyn's Peaches Hothouse where you can find "Nashville-Style Hot Chicken" on the menu. Holla.)
Moving on from New York, I headed down to Atlanta to visit my brother. Here he is shopping for some concha at the Buford Highway Farmers Market.
My brother can totally cook me under the table, and he takes me on excellent food adventures.
We spent like half a day at the Buford Highway Farmers Market, for example, which seemed the size of Epcot theme park -- but more authentic, of course.
The largest pork rind I've ever encountered...imagine putting this badboy out at a party for snacking.
Irresistible marketing, I say.
We also managed to snag one of the elusive burgers at Holeman & Finch Public House.
The chefs only make 24 of these burgers every night at 10 p.m. on the dot. When they sell out, they sell out. But at brunch they're a little easier to come by. The day we visited they made about 120 and sold out.
I adored Holeman & Finch.
I sensed that the staff felt a part of something they believe in. Our server who delivered the pimento cheese below, for example, had also arrived before dawn that morning to smoke egg whites for the cocktails. (Yes, a cocktail with smoked egg white. Menu here.)
I'm home now.
And will surely be kicking it at the East Nashville Farmers' Market...
...where you'll find the lovely Dana and Matt of East Nashville Sandwich.