It’s been 27 years since the nation spent Christmas In Hollis, but the holidays remain a pretty big deal for Run-D.M.C’s Rev Run. So much so, the Simmons’ celebrate Christmas for a straight up week, feasting the entire way through. A few of the dishes on the spread this year are Rev’s Rev Run’s Gotta-Be-On-Time Prime Rib, Festive Fruit Salad with Orange-Maple-Vanilla Syrup and Ninjabread Men Cookies. You’ll have to tune in to Rev Run’s Happy Holidays to see what else is on the menu. We can tell you that for Rev, the most important ingredients are happy hearts, full bellies and family. Get a sneak peek of Rev’s rich and creamy hot chocolate after the jump.
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This is Jim Stacy. He’s run landmark bars, revamped a historic drive-in movie theater, built the South’s most famous corndog truck and created a temple of comfort food treasures at his Georgia restaurant Pallookaville Fine Foods. On October 17 at 9:30pm ET, he’s coming to Cooking Channel with his new show Offbeat Eats with Jim Stacy. For six episodes, Jim will track down some of the most innovative rebel chefs around who are creating offbeat food and experiences (like a restaurant in Seattle with circus décor that serves carnival-inspired dishes and a spot in Louisville that is one part old-school arcade and one part gastro-pub). We sent Jim 26 rapid-fire questions about his favorite foods, trends, comic book and more.
Cooking Channel: Craziest thing you’ve seen deep fried?
Jim Stacy: I’ll answer that in a roundabout way. I see too many things fried badly. Folks will fry things to shock you and be clever. That’s fine, but I see right through it. My most surprising and satisfying thing I’ve had fried lately is Kale Pakoras. It is a curry spiced, battered and fried kale dish. Pakoras are usually made out of potatoes or cauliflower, but I recently had them made of Kale at Chai Pani in Decatur, Georgia and was slain by how great they were. I’d rather people seek out the sublime and smart than deep fry stupid stuff.
CC: Favorite food?
JS: I’m partial to Soul Food made by a crew of old ladies that have worked together for years.
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Calling someone a “hipster” seems like more of an insult than a compliment these days. But if we can look past bulky fedoras, black thick-rimmed glasses and the insistence that a Pabst in hand is an accessory, there is some fun to be had with this fashion trend. Check out G’s look from “Hipster Brunch,” and you’ll be rocking plaid, but avoiding lumberjack comments, in no time!
Plaid can’t be left to only the devices of school uniform designers — or farmers. Rather than decking out head to toe in the trendy print, choose one great piece, like G’s Boy by Band of Outsiders dress in blue plaid. It says “I know what’s cool,” but it doesn’t leave you dealing with sweating in flannel.
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Me and the bartender at Bistro 22
For such a small state, Rhode Island has a huge reputation in the food scene. People who call it home are passionate and love a good meal. Providence is a beautiful city and makes for a great vacation for folks who need a break from the hustle and bustle of New York and Boston.
Chef Wayne gave me an amazing cooking lesson at Succotash. The “bruncheonette” concept is refreshing and perfect for a relaxing lunch. I can see why the Forkin’ Brisket BLT is such a crowd pleaser. The Jewelry District in Providence has a real gem in Succotash.
Bistro 22 can be found in Cranston, just 10 miles outside of Providence. There Chris Kattawar takes his knowledge of the area and love for rustic ingredients to create a flavorful menu. You’ll love the “breakfast in a jar” and pan-seared foie gras with pickled peaches.
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The guys showing me around Estelle's
Boston is the largest city in New England, attracting millions of visitors every year. It has an astounding amount of history and museums, as well as famous schools. The restaurant scene is just as lively, and you can find just about any cuisine imaginable, but make sure you try local specialties like seafood, baked beans and chowder.
What I love about chefs Eric Gburski and Brian Poe is that they want to build a community around their food. They’re strong believers in the Southern food movement, and the space proves it. I had a wonderful time at Estelle’s and recommend anyone to try the awesome brunch!
Highland Kitchen can be found in Somerville, a neighborhood outside of Boston that young professionals call home. I can see why the space gets packed every night, because it has every ingredient for a great night and unique dishes like the curried goat stew.
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Bartender Jennifer pouring me a drink at Valley
Indiana is considered “The Crossroads of America” because of all the highways that run through it. It’s next door to a number of great states, but has some amazing attractions of its own. The farmland is beautiful and makes for some incredible restaurants. While Indianapolis is an awesome city, check out Valparaiso the next time you’re in the Chicago area. The food scene will surprise you.
Valley Kitchen and Bar
Valley Kitchen and Bar comes from a husband-and-wife team with a love for farming. I had a great time in their kitchen making their take on a chicken potpie. When you come here be open to their seasonal menu and enjoy trying different comfort dishes. Don’t forget to have a drink or two like the John Deere Margarita!
Abby Leetz took her catering business to another level and landed a great spot right downtown. She can bake anything and everything for her guests. I got a crash course in her croissant bread pudding and peach-raspberry crisp, and it was absolutely amazing. I can promise you’ll find something here for your sweet tooth.
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Chilling with Christine Cikowski at Honey Butter Fried Chicken
The Windy City is an amazing vacation destination to explore with your family and friends. The third-largest city in the United States is home to jazz, comedy and the country’s first skyscrapers. Many visitors stick to the downtown area, but the next time you’re in Chicago, go beyond the central district. Locals identify proudly with their neighborhoods, and there you’ll find some fantastic restaurants.
Grandma J’s sits in the up-and-coming neighborhood of Humboldt Park. This is a hip space the locals love, because it’s filled with knickknacks that would remind you of your grandmother’s house. The food is no joke — if you want a fun breakfast, go for the duck three ways or the pork belly Benedict.
Honey Butter Fried Chicken
Honey Butter Fried Chicken is the product of two chefs with a big passion for putting the butter on the bird. It seems like a simple concept, but it’s a delicious one. You can’t go wrong with any of their chicken dishes with homemade honey butter, but make sure you try the sides like the macaroni and cheese, too.
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The Sheraton Kona's Luau
The Big Island, or Hawaii Island, is a must-see when visiting Hawaii. Its small population and breathtaking scenery make it a quiet getaway. Restaurants source local ingredients and infuse them with culture. Do not miss The Big Island, including Kona, when you hop on a plane and visit, and make sure you get a tour of the black-sand beaches.
Big Jake’s Island BBQ
Sam Choy knows I love good barbecue, so I’m glad he took me here. Big Jake set down his smoker in 1997, and customers have flocked to it ever since. This modest but mighty spot is known for its Southern smoked meats and Hawaiian keawe mesquite. You’ll enjoy eating outdoors while dining on brisket, ribs and chicken.
If you haven’t tried poke yet, you definitely need to at Umeke’s. Nakoa Pabre’s flavor combinations will amaze you and make you think of tuna in a different way. He uses fresh ingredients like avocado, fern salad and fruit to create unbelievable dishes.
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Chef Mark Steuer and me at the Carriage House
The Midwest isn’t just about cold weather and funny accents — the food scene here is growing stronger every year. The Midwest is filled with passionate people making their restaurant dreams a reality. With farmland available to create local products, the food quality of the Midwest is some of the best in the country.
Chef Mark Steuer has something incredibly special in the Carriage House. This Chicago hot spot takes the flavors of the South and modernizes them. Steuer’s fried chicken and homemade sweet-potato hot sauce is packed with flavor; if you’re up for something different, try the quail and dumplings.
Cuppy’s Best Soulful Deli
Andrea White’s dishes have both heart and soul. In her new spot in Ypsilanti she’s making comfort food like no one else in the Midwest. When you try the meats and sides, make sure you save room for dessert: peach cobbler or sweet potato cake.
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There’s so much more to Oahu than just Honolulu. It’s the most populous of the Hawaiian Islands and is home to Diamond Head and the North Shore, which are great for surfing. When you get off that plane, don’t be afraid to explore beyond Waikiki Beach, because you’ll find amazing food spots beyond the strip.
Dat Cajun Guy
I loved finding a taste of the South in Oahu. Jordan and Ashley Romano (see photo) take Louisiana cooking and dish it out of a food truck in an amazing location. Haleiwa is right along the North Shore, so make sure you stop by this part of the island if you’re a fan of surfing. Be sure to order the Gumbolaya!
Hughley’s Southern Cuisine
Ken and his family make some incredible soul food for the local military. The ribs, the fried peach cobbler, the catfish — all of his dishes take me back to Georgia. Sneak over to Aiea on your trip if you’re feeling homesick for the South.
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