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Re: “'Chicken' nuggets under the microscope

...That said, I'm not into scare tactics and have even been known to snap into a Slim Jim on long car rides. The point is to know what you're eating and make a choice.

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Posted by mcmm on 10/04/2013 at 3:37 PM

Re: “'Chicken' nuggets under the microscope

I would be more concerned with +50% of the chicken nugget that isn't chicken at all, but corn derivatives (i.e. stripped of all nutrition), sugars, leavening agents, and several entirely synthetic ingredients, including TBHQ, a preservative derived from petroleum. Doesn't exactly compare with the "nose-to-tail" movement.

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Posted by mcmm on 10/04/2013 at 3:33 PM

Re: “Lunch counter delight

We also had the 2 lb. mix on Saturday. Since they don't have tables, we took it home and sat staring at each other in quiet amazement (well, quiet apart from cracking crab legs and licking our fingers) at how delicious every element was. It also tasted incredibly fresh, don't know how they do it. Pretty sure it's our new Saturday routine.

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Posted by mcmm on 09/12/2013 at 11:44 AM

Re: “Small town Italian at Ari's Little Italy

We'll be sure to try this if we're ever in the area. I'm curious to know what your (and other reviewers') picks are for best Italian in central AR?

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Posted by mcmm on 09/05/2013 at 11:04 AM

Re: “A dish for all seasons

I agree, Kevin. That stock pot is something else. I remember when I got it the first time and tasted the broth, I was so pleasantly surprised with the richness of flavor that I slurped up many more spoonfuls before it occurred to me that I might also like to sample the fish and vegetables.

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Posted by mcmm on 08/29/2013 at 9:51 AM

Re: “Food Feedback Friday: lots of liver love

I've lived in Little Rock most of my life, and I can say with conviction that not trying Acadia before now has been one of the great mistakes of my twenty-five years. My husband and I went last night, and everything we tried was perfectly executed and could stand up to any fine dining establishment in the city. I don't always love everything on my plate; there’s usually some element that strikes me as a bit of an afterthought. And in a three-course prix fixe menu, which is what we opted for, you might expect the main dish to soar above the obligatory starter salad or uninspired but reliable dessert. Not so!

My husband went the soup-salad-entrée route, while I chose salad-entrée-dessert (so we could try as many things as possible, natch). He started with a white bean and bacon soup, which was rich and thick, as any bean soup should be. His salad was a seared tuna with pickled ginger on a bed of mixed greens tossed in a light wasabi dressing—heaven. No single overwhelming flavor and perfectly seared sashimi-grade tuna. My salad was also mixed field greens, but with a strawberry balsamic dressing, aged cheddar, and spicy candied pecans. Also perfect. I love a good simple salad that lets you appreciate each flavor.

Then, the entrees… oh, God, the entrees. I went with the pan-seared sea scallops on a bed of creamy leek orzo pasta with bleu cheese crumbles and balsamic drizzle. The combination of the bleu cheese with the scallops was especially delightful. The cheese was mild enough that it complemented the sweetness of the caramelized scallops beautifully. As for the orzo, I would have been happy just with a bowl of the stuff. I think my husband would say the same of the creamy cheese grits that accompanied his oven-roasted duck breast. Stirred into these grits were Portobello mushrooms bathed in quality WHITE TRUFFLE OIL, Y'ALL, and you could taste that heady goodness in every bite. At this point you won't be surprised to learn that the duck breast was on point at medium rare, tender and juicy. It was finished with a savory Guinness honey mustard sauce.

Finally, dessert. I'll try to be quick. Blackberry and cherry crumble served a la mode and redolent with warming spices. But it also had a tart kick, possibly from the cherries, possibly from a judiciously-administered dose of lemon juice—possibly both. A nice crunchy top that I had the pleasure of cracking and sinking into the sweet mire below, crème brulee style. Just the right ending to a peerless meal.

On top of all of that, the setting is cozy, the service is excellent, and the price is very reasonable, especially if you go with the prix fixe (and did we mention the entire menu is fair game?). The reason for my dumbfounded-expression-turned-delirious-happiness, I think, is that I've had less enjoyable meals at places more celebrated than Acadia. Maybe it's because they've been around a while, and so they only get a review every couple of years. But for the love of all things truffled, don’t make the same mistake I did! Don’t overlook this place.

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Posted by mcmm on 08/23/2013 at 2:23 PM

Re: “Food Feedback Friday: waffley, mu shu, and boom-boom

We took a little trip out to Cotham's Mercantile in Scott just for funsies. We tried the Hubcap burger, a catfish plate, and a portion of blackberry cobbler. The main elements were great: while the beef was nothing special, the burger was cooked and dressed well and so was pretty tasty; the catfish was also nicely seasoned and perfectly fried. But the fries and fried green tomatoes were soggy, and the cobbler came out as this sticky ball that was more crust than berry (my theory is we got the last scrapings from the pan). So I sort of left with a bad taste in my mouth and a lump in my stomach.

As we were driving home, we stopped in a Hardin's Farms and Market Too, a place we've been meaning to visit, only to find that they also serve weekend dinners--apparently very good ones. Their favorites are their smoked prime rib and scratch-made desserts. They're currently looking for a hip young cook to breathe new life into their farm-to-table concept, so this is me spreading the word. Check them out--we certainly will before going to Cotham's again.

We also tried the breakfast at Mug's Cafe this week. I had the slider, hubs had the omelet. It was pretty good, though I have to agree with a previous comment by Michael that it lacked seasoning overall. I'd like to go back and try their lunch some time, too.

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Posted by mcmm on 08/02/2013 at 10:11 AM

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