Posts tagged ‘Dish’

Discovering Lincoln

Originally Posted by Well Fed on the Town ( on May 4, 2007.

State Capital TowerWhen most people think of Nebraska’s state capitol they think of college football, great steaks, and our twelfth President. Old Abe never visited Nebraska, but if he did he would be amazed at its cultural multiplicity. Sure Lincoln boasts all of the things that come to mind when you think of America’s heartland; eateries like Buzzard Billy’s Armadillo Bar and Grill, Huscker Bob’s and Brewsky’s Sports Bar are exactly what one would expect, but Lincoln is also a modern metropolis with a lot to offer the worldly traveler.

If gyros are your thing, then Ali Baba’s on North 14th and The Pita Pit on “O” Street are just a couple of the dozens of gyros stands in town. Inna’s Pirogi offers Eastern European cuisine, the Green Gateau is a classic European Sidewalk Café and Dish is a contemporary metropolitan meeting place with a multi-ethnic menu. Other world cuisines represented include Ethiopian, Cambodian, Sudanese, Pan African, Brazilian, and German.

The Haymarket District serves as the cultural epicenter of Lincoln and is brimming with bars, bistros, bakeries, and specialty shops. Among the noteworthy Haymarket refectories is The Oven which specializes in Tandoori cooking and Northern Indian cuisine. The Tandoor is a special clay oven which uses an open flame and is used to cook yogurt-marinated chicken, shrimp and fish to assure the tenderness of the meat. The Tandoor is also used to bake handmade breads. Also featured is Moghul cuisine, which is known for vast array of its lamb dishes. The Oven features an amazing wine selection. How good?  Ask Wine Spectator, who gave it their Award of Excellence.

Also in the Haymarket is Fireworks, which bills itself as “A Celebration of Wood-Fire Cooking.”  Fireworks combines all that is Lincoln: handcrafted beers, great cuts of beef, and a menu that reflects the diverse culture of the city. The 50 seat private banquet hall known as the Brewery Room at Fireworks provides a view of the neighboring Brew House via a glass wall. The varied menu includes Korean wraps, Southwestern Crab Cakes, Backdraft Brisket, wood fired pizzas, and, of course, the steaks that Nebraska is famous for.

As you can see there is a lot more to Lincoln than just wagon trains and touchdowns.


July 16, 2008 at 3:15 am

NFNS: Sayonara Shane

First a little confession.  I have not seen this week’s episode of the Next Food Network Star.  I was at a friend’s house, a friend who hates Reality TV and finds Food TV boring.  The DVR is on the fritz so I did what every obsessed fan would do.  I went crazy.  Then I went to the NFNS website.


Imagine my surprise when I saw an exit interview with Shane.  Shane who had finally gotten over his awe at meeting the TFN celebs and had really been on a hot streak.  I was even more surprised to see that he and Kelsey were the last two left in the room after the others were given a pass.  I think that more than once I have mentioned that I think Kelsey is by far the best talent in this group.  I was even more surprised when I saw just how bad Lisa stunk the joint up with her performance on Rachael Ray’s show.  She should have been booted off.  Aaron hit a grand slam, finally we saw an Aaron that was fun to watch.


The site has a nice string of behind the scenes interviews and previews that really give you an in-depth feel for what the judges are thinking and how the contestants really feel.  There is a vlog with Susie Folgeson in which she reveals that Bob Tuschman just never liked Shane’s youth and inexperience.  I think that Susie has a similar problem with Kelsey, but that is just my own conjecture.  Bobby Flay joined Susie on her vlog and it is clear that if Bobby is actually rooting for anyone it is Kelsey going so far as to say that if he needed someone to baby sit his kid it would be Kelsey hands down.  Even Susie agreed.

Sunny Anderson joins Adam Roberts on FN Dish to break down the episode.  They are both “shocked” that Lisa was not booted.  Sunny even says, “Dead air is deadly.”  She also said that Lisa, “has five seconds of material for a ten minute show.”  Sunny predicts that Kelsey will be the next to go and then Lisa.  If that is true then this year’s winner will be the next Amy Finley or Hearty Boy.  If they have another winner who does their six episodes and then disappears it will be a sign that the selection process is the problem, not the contestants.  Speaking of Amy, did you know she wrote a book?  Yeah, Me either.


There are two exit interviews with Shane and in both he seems genuinely grateful for the chance he was given and the experiences he has had.  Like I have said before Shane is so easy to root for that it is sad to see him go.  After watching all of the post show vids I, like most people who watched, cannot believe that Lisa isn’t gone.  This show is a Reality Show and the reality of life is that polarizing characters like Lisa bring viewers flocking to their sets.  When Lisa is good, she is very good but when she is not on her game it is painful to watch.


There is a 10+ minute preview of the next episode where Adam takes on Lisa in variation of Throwdown.  That should be ugly as Lisa is by far the best pure cook in the contest and Adam is by far the worst. They each have to prepare a signature dish of their own and then they have to prepare their opponent’s signature dish.  Adam chose macaroni and cheese for signature dish which almost seems like a gimme for Lisa.  Lisa’s signature dish is the classic French Cassoulet a white bean and sausage stew that Adam has never tried in his life.  Paula Deen also joins the Flay and the final four for dinner at Mesa Grill (Las Vegas) and the spoiler show a very interesting conversation that I am looking forward to seeing more of.







July 7, 2008 at 5:29 pm


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Stuart is a celebrity chef and award winning food writer. Donald performs live cooking demonstrations and penned the cookbook Amigeauxs - Mexican/Creole Fusion Cuisine. He hosts two Internet cooking shows "Everyday Gourmet" and "Little Grill Big Flavor."



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