Say sayonara to the instant ramen you had in college. The ramen that has swept the nation in recent years is more complex, dynamic and, quite frankly, much more delicious! Some say the noodle dish originated in China, some say Japan. Regardless, every chef has their own opinion of how to create this traditional Asian comfort food.
To get to the bottom of what truly makes the perfect ramen, Unique Eats visited Ramen Tatsu-Ya in Austin to chat with Chef Tatsu Aikawa and find out how he creates his mouthwatering specialty.
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G. Garvin with Chef Chris Hall, Todd Mussman and Ryan Turner at Atlanta’s The Local Three
While growing up and living in Atlanta, I’ve seen the city go through a lot of great changes. Every year another unique restaurant pops up, giving locals and tourists a chance to visit Atlanta and fall in love with its diverse culture. The next time you’re in town, I encourage stopping by a few of the local favorites to see how we have a good time.
Heirloom Market BBQ
This place is great because it truly encompasses a mix of cultures. One chef is from Tennessee, the other is from Korea. Their combined talents make for some amazing barbecue. The sauces are unique and provide a great balance to their smoked meats.
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It’s an incontrovertible fact that fried foods pair fantastically with other fried foods.
Comfort food. Utterly lacking in rules and regulations or even regionalisms, its a culinary genre that’s near and dear to most of our hearts. Despite its vast and unwieldy plethora of options, nobody has to ask what constitutes as comfort food. You know it when you see it (because it always looks preposterously amazing). Comfort food pushes us beyond the physical realm of taste into the emotional realm of feeling, as in “This burger makes me feel like all is right with the world,” or “I’m divorcing my husband to marry this donut.”* It’s pizza and burgers and mac ‘n’ cheese and pie and donuts and pretty much anything deep-fried. Sure there’s a 99.5% chance that it’s terrible for you, but it feels
so good going down —
and don’t you deserve to feel good now and then? We think so, and that’s why we’re presenting you with Unique Eats Comfort Foods tonight at 8pm ET.
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Before going to Portland, Ore., I did my research. I knew I was traveling to a food destination, and I planned everything around my eating schedule. Oregon reawakened my love for innovative food combinations and the do-it-yourself spirit that powers the culinary scene. The theme of most restaurants (and food trucks) was “inventive and hearty cooking,” and many of the fantastic foods I tried were distinguished by better, local ingredients. This is the heart of Pacific Northwest cooking, and although my list doesn’t begin to cover all the wonderful foods (and craft beers and local wines) I got to taste, I’m eager to share some of my unique culinary finds that really embody what Portland is all about:
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We’ve already hyped New York’s Momofuku’s highly addictive pie and fun spins on cookies. Now get a load of their fully-loaded Thanksgiving Croissant. The contents of the classic Thanksgiving leftover sandwich — turkey, stuffing, cranberry sauce and gravy — have been stuffed inside a herb-flecked croissant. Sound awesome? You are correct. It’s a little on the greasy side, but the overall glory of Thanksgiving foods combined transcends that minor fault.
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Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein in Portlandia
Ever since the sketch comedy series Portlandia premiered on IFC last year, I can’t help it: you say “Portland,” I hear “Portlandia.”
That being said, I can’t wait to get a closer look at Portland’s incredible foodie scene this Sunday at 10PM on Unique Eats: Portland.
As we know from the myriad of (fictional?) characters that Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein play, residents of Portland are passionate about many things, with food high on the list (other interests include Feminist Bookshops, scavenging for dinner in dumpsters (aka recycling), and reading every publication ever.)
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Help us celebrate the end of 2010 with a round-up of all your Cooking Channel favorites. This week we’re looking back at the shows, recipes, foods and photos you loved the most.
Most-Visited Show Online: French Food at Home
Laura Calder’s fans weren’t shy in showing their love for her easy-going demystification of French cuisine, with an overwhelming number of visits to her show, her recipes, and her videos online. With wonderfuly comforting dishes such as Pommes de Terre à la Boulangère and her Easy Pastry-Shop Apple Tart, it’s no surprise that she’s a favorite.
• French Food at Home
• Laura Calder
• Top Recipes from the Show
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Did you catch last night’s episode of Unique Eats? It was all about cupcakes! If you did tune in, you met Marlo Scott, the owner of Sweet Revenge. Sweet Revenge is New York City’s only cupcake tavern. Scott lists a pairing or either wine or beer for each cupcake on her menu. How does she decide what pairs best with her sweet treats? Scott shares her rationale for her pairings after the jump. Follow her tips and you’ll be able to create your own pairings at home.
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Locanda Verde's Blueberry Polenta Muffins are nothing short of magic.
From a restaurant that bakes a brick-oven breakfast to a pancake house in Portland where you cook the food, an all-new season of Unique Eats kicks off Sunday night at 10pm ET.
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Meatball Shop's Spicy Pork Meatballs on Polenta - credit: Tom Censani
The other night, several colleagues attended the NYC Wine & Food Fest‘s Meatball Madness event. I did not. Photos have been circulating via email for 48 hours now and I can only think of one thing…
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