The cover of September's Travel & Leisure is a breathtaking picture of Positano on Italy's Amalfi coast at twilight. The cover story is "Ultimate Italy: Eat Like a Local". I would love to, but further back in T&L's pages, beyond the allure of Italy, past a piece about the wines of Argentina and before an article about the culinary delights of Hong Kong, there's a spread about good ole BBQ and the "low 'n slow" mantra. The article introduces readers to BBQ kingpins in Illinois, Missouri, Kentucky, Tennessee and North Carolina.
The stop in Tennessee includes a nod to A & R Bar-B-Que's rib tip sandwich and mentions Rendezvous, Neely's, Cozy Corner, Tops, Central and Leonard's. All of these restaurants have locations downtown or in Midtown. The Stax Museum and the Madison Hotel are thrown in for good measure for those planning on heading out for a BBQ road trip this fall.
In other food news, one of my very favorite restaurants, Encore, is having a New England Summer Pre-Fixe Dinner tomorrow night, August 26th at 6:30 pm:
1st Course: Cape Codder Cocktail; Retro Shrimp Cocktail
2nd Course: Marqués de Cáceres Rioja (we drank the heck out of this in Barcelona); Lobster Rolls with Lemon Vinaigrette and Garlic Butter
Dessert: Boston Cream Pie Martini; New England Whoopie Pie
A Cape Codder cocktail is vodka, cranberry and lime. A Boston Cream Pie martini is, I think, vanilla vodka, Irish cream, chocolate liqueur, maybe cocoa gets sprinkled on top, may have whipped cream as well. How could a martini possibly go wrong with those ingredients?