Shintomi Is Closed

August 4, 2011

Located in the Green Hills area, Shintomi used to be one of the best places in town to get sushi. Today, we were running errands and stopped by for lunch–only to see that it has been shutdown.

We spent Christmas in Monteagle and rented a cabin from some folks who seemed on the up and up. We arrived on Christmas eve got snowed in and lost heat. These folks were charging $200/night for the cabin. They refused to refund us any money for the loss of heat. Do not rent from them!

On the flip side, when we finally got out from under the snow we had some might fine bbq pulled pork at The Smoke House and then purchased belated Christmas gifts at the Dutch Maid bakery, the oldest family owned bakery in Tennessee. Although a new family has purchased the bakery, the goods are still delicious. We especially loved the sweet pumpkin loaf and the rosemary bread.

Another Rich, Runny Cheese

November 22, 2010

We had written about Noble Springs Dairy’s “Harpeth Fleur,” and now we have found another ripe, runny cheese that is blog-worthy:  the “Green Hill” from Sweet Grass Dairy, from of Thomasville, Georgia (pictured below, right).  We purchased it at the Turnip Truck Urban Fare in the Gulch ($6.49 for half a wheel).  Made from “grass-based milk,” this cheese is, literally, oozing with goodness and taste.

According to pastoralartisan.com, where you can order “Green Hill” and other cheeses online:

Sweet Grass Dairy’s commitment to producing delicious and healthful milk from pasture-fed cows shines through in this small Camembert-style cheese. The unctuous paste is rich with sweet, buttery and grassy flavors. Though based on an old-world recipe, this cheese is a shining example of the finest in American artisan cheesemaking.

What We’ve Been Eating

November 19, 2010

We’ve been consumed by our day jobs for a while now, and Pickled and Fried had to take a little hiatus.  We kept eating, however, and here’s some food porn (slide show style) from the past weeks:  from homemade pho and roasted chicken, to Honduran fried chicken and brunch in Nashville, to Honey Pig in Atlanta, to oysters in Seattle and Victoria, Canada.

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Belcourt Taps & Tapas

September 19, 2010

Belcourt Taps & Tapas
2117 Belcourt Ave.
Nashville, TN 37212
(615) 915-3622
belcourttapsandtapas.com

Monday-Friday: 3pm-2am
Saturday-Sunday: 10am-2am

On our way to a Belcourt movie about food (Soul Kitchen), we tried the new Belcourt Taps & Tapas–a welcomed addition  to  Hillsboro Village. The management team has liberally interpreted the term “tapas” in a southern style, providing small plates of southern comfort food, along with some antipasta.  The location is ideal–not even a block away from the Belcourt Theater, and the patio let us take advantage of the pleasant, late-summer evening.  It seemed like a nice beginning, but alas….  We wanted to try a couple of dishes  and then continue ordering throughout the meal.  We first decided on the veal meatball, and the server let us know that the $7 price included  a single, but good-sized meatball.  Fair enough.  We were enticed by the e truffled mac and cheese ($10) and put in for an order.  We wanted some greens with our meal, but none were offered on that night’s printed menu.  (The menu had a “vegetable” section, but included items like fried green tomatoes and potato chips–not the kind of greens we were looking for.)   The  did let us know that there was a salad available with candied walnuts, cantaloupe, fried goat cheese, field greens, and vinaigrette dressing ($6), and we were sold on it.

The veal meatball was  plain, and the red wine reduction did nothing for it–not $7 worth of culinary distinction.  The truffle oil overpowered the mac and cheese.  With no hint of cheese, the dish tasted like bland pasta mixed with some peculiar-smelling oil.  The salad wasn’t a salad; it was a plate with the ingredients of a salad on it, including a large, lunar-shaped slice of cantaloupe.  Nothing was mixed or tossed.  Too much trouble to eat. Disappointed, we decided to end our meal.

The service needs to be streamlined.  The server was nice and accommodating, but our two drinks came out at different times, as did our respective glasses of water, which we had to ask for.  Requesting and paying the bill was harder than it should have been.

For other reviews, go here and here and here.

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Nashville Farmers Market re-opened after flood. That means our po-boy ritual at Nooley’s returns!

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