Contest: Cooking Planit Spice Giveaway

It’s time! My contest giving away a Spice Set from CookingPlanIt begins today! It’s an awesome set of spices that includes 26 of the most commonly used spices in the kitchen:

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Ground Cumin
Basil
Saigon Cinnamon
Bay Leaves
Smoked Paprika
Thyme
Garlic Powder
Mediterranean
Oregano
Onion Powder
Rosemary
Nutmeg Powder
Red Pepper Flakes
Coriander Powder
Cayenne Pepper
Ground Cloves
Chinese Five Spice
Turmeric
Curry Powder
Yellow Mustard
Pennsylvania Pepper
Cardamon Powder
Cajun Seasoning
Allspice Powder
Hill Country Chili Powder
Ginger Root Powder
Manzanillo Mexico Seasoning

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Recipe – Fig Compote

I know what your thinking, I haven’t put up a recipe in a long time, and I decide to come back with fig compote? Really? Well…. that’s exactly what I am doing. I’m breaking all the rules on this one.

Actually, the next full recipe I plan to post is for a certain sandwich at Cluster’s and Hops that I loved so much I had to figure out how to make it at home. In order to make the sandwich though, we first have to make fig compote to go on the sandwich. Hence, the reason this post exists.

I don’t think a lot of people have eaten figs outside of a fig newton, which is a shame because they are delicious.

Ingredients:
Fresh Figs (1 package)
1 and 1 Tablespoon sugar
1/2 cup White Wine
2 and 1/2 Tablespoons Lemon Juice
2 Tablespoons Water

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Restaurant Review: Joe Mama’s Wood Fired Pizza, Tallahassee FL

I had a fantastic opportunity today thanks to the Tallahassee Food Bloggers Association (#tfba). The group got together for the first time and went behind the scenes of a new restaurant in Tallahassee. That restaurant was Joe Mama’s Wood Fired Pizza. Special thanks to the TFBA and Joe Mama’s manager, Devon Nunneley for getting this event together.

During the event, I got to explore the restaurant. I met the chefs, owner, managers, staff, fellow local food bloggers, saw the kitchen, wood fire oven, food preparation, learn about their family/restaurant story and their food philosophy.

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Possible Beer and Dinner Event

A buddy mine (member if the North Florida Brewers League ) is a very active brewery in Tallahassee named Grasslands Brewery. I have sampled a few different beers he has made, and they are all great. He does a lot for the community as well, such as partcipating in pints for paws. Anyway, we were recently discussing the different kinds of foods I make that could pair with his beers and what foods I could make using his beer as an ingredient.

We got the idea that we should hold an event for an away FSU football game in Tallahassee. I’d call it an away game tailgate. At then event, we would watch the game, drink his beer, and eat my food. We were considering making it open to the public. The details are scare at the moment, but would anyone be interested in this? Leave me a comment or send me an email if you are.

Restaurant Review: Jason’s Deli Tallahassee, FL

Recently, when I have heard the words “Jason” and “Deli” in the same sentence, I have only heard one of two responses. I have heard either “that place is really good” or “that place is always packed, is it any good”? The second response made it easy to decide my next place to review. I am happy to report that yes, Jason’s Deli is good.

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Recipe: Chicken Teriyaki

About the recipe  This was the first thing I made after I invented my teriyaki sauce recipe. Although I did choose it because it was an obvious pair with the sauce, I also made it because I thought it would be a good dish to practice my plating skills with. The trick to this recipe is to cook it on a hot, flat surface.  That is why I make it on a cast iron griddle. The teriyaki sauce was previously covered on my blog already. It can be found at this address: http://cooktheblog.wordpress.com/2011/08/06/recipe-teriyaki-sauce/

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Restaurant Review: Up in Smoke Pitt BBQ Tallahassee, FL

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Location: 402 E. Tennessee Street Tallahassee, FL 32301
Phone: (850)597-7964
Website: http://www.upinsmokepitbbq.com/
Dinner Prices: Meals – $8.00 to $16.00
Current Special: None

Up in Smoke Pitt BBQ – a new BBQ restaurant that has opened on arguably the busiest street in Tallahassee. This new BBQ restaurant comes shortly after the closing of another (Famous Dave’s). How does this BBQ place stack up? Find out in my full review…

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Editorial: Customer Service and Restaurants

The importance of great customer service in a restaurant is obvious. One bad experience can cause the customer to not return and create bad word of mouth. I remember in high school going to a Denny’s with my girlfriend. We waited for 3 hours for our food. A table of 8 sat down after us and they got their food before us. We were offered little more than an apology. Needless to say, we never went back.
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Restaurant Review: Bella Bella

Bella BellaLocation: 123 East 5th Avenue Tallahassee, Florida 32301
Phone: (850)412-1114
Website: http://www.bellabellatallahassee.com/
Dinner Prices: Starters – $2.00 to $8.00
Meals – $13.00 to $18.00
Current Special:
Changes daily

Bella Bella is a locally owned Italian restaurant in Tallahassee. It has been opened for about 10 years. Lunch at Bella Bella has a menu of Italian sandwiches while Dinner is dominated by classics and pastas. The restaurant does offer an extensive wine menu.

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Restaurant Review: 101 Restaurant

I thought I would start this blog off with a restaurant review.

101 Restaurant

Location: 215 College Ave. Tallahassee, Florida 32301
Phone: (850)391-1309
Website: http://www.101tallahassee.com/
Prices: Tapas – $6.99 to $12.99
Meals – $9.99 to $25.99
Current Special:
Sunday through Wednesday specially marked entrees are $9.99

101 is a restaurant that advertises itself as “a social dining experience”. It is part bar, part restaurant. The “social” experience comes from an extensive tapas menu and the ownership of a club next door, Mint. I couldn’t find any information on their website, but to the best of my knowledge you still need to pay cover for Mint even if you eat at 101 first. Since it was just my girlfriend and I, the tapas experience will need to be reviewed on another day.

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