If you're enjoying some barbecue at Central Barbecue in Memphis, and you happen to glance out of the big open windows in back, you're likely to see Jaqueline Smith, standing in front of the National Civil Rights Museum, protesting. After sucking down ribs, pulled pork and a bologna sandwich, I went over to take a picture of Smith.
An absolutely fascinating look at ignored nature, the stuff growing in cracks and crevices and behind garages. This is nature that most homeowners don't want: weeds, volunteer greenery, stuff you pull out of your garden and put into a big bag for the Village to haul away.
This movie, like so many, many others this coming summer and always, is a celebration of gun culture. Now, as a tax-paying/voting American, I don't have a problem with people owning guns and killing each other now and again, but it makes for boring cinema.
For your reading pleasure, I'm focusing on just a handful of the strangest things I saw at the National Restaurant Association Show. To term them "strange" is not to demean their potential impact or importance of these culinary innovations, but I think you will agree as you click through the gallery that that you will marvel.
Casey Jones the folk hero was going too fast when he took a curve and plowed into the caboose of another train. The charge of not watching his speed, of going too fast, is also being leveled at Brandon Bostian, the 32-year-old engineer who last week piloted the Amtrak train in Philadelphia to disaster that ended with eight dead and two hundred or so wounded.
The burger was beautifully cooked, just a band of light pink in the center. It was mounted on a very fresh, eggy sesame seed bun, a much high-quality piece of meat and bread than I had a right to expect.
Most of us eat hen's eggs all the time. We're used to that flavor profile. Eating eggs from other birds – ducks, geese and emu – is a different experience and maybe, at first a little odd. But nothing I've ever eaten compares to the oddness of eating balut, popular in the Philippines and elsewhere in Southeast Asia.