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Archive for 2007

09/5/2007

Burger Wars

I soldier through Southwest Florida, searching for the winning burger.  By Judi Gallagher   Recently I was in Naples, Florida, styling food with photographer Salvatore Brancifort. One thing you don’t want after shooting all day is to eat anything resembling the foods you just spent intimate hours touching, propping, glazing and re-propping. How refreshing when Sal […]

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08/27/2007

Help Wanted

Whatever happened to good, old-fashioned service?   By Judi Gallagher   If you’re a professional server  who may take offense—click off this blog immediately, please. In the past I have received fan mail from guests and angry mail from those in the industry when it comes to my lamenting about customer service. First, let me […]

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08/19/2007

Fave Rave

I would have lost weight—but then we decided to go to two of our favorite restaurants.   By Judi Gallagher     Well, for those Weight Watchers out there: This was one of those weeks that I prefer to blame on the stress of being a food taster (as well as the fact that I […]

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08/13/2007

Who Needs the Fountain of Youth?

I find the queen of pie making right here in Sarasota.   My life is based on simple truths, including this one: Where there is great pie, there is eternal happiness. Until now, the lifeline to this mantra existed in the kitchen of my friend, Martha Graham (a former employee from up North), as well […]

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08/7/2007

Weight Watchers, here I come!

Bring out the scale and hold the butter.        Well, I did it to myself, and I must say I did quite a job. A few months back I had my physical. Let’s just say when the nurse mutters, “Uh-oh!” you know it’s not pretty. Cheddar burgers with slabs of mayo and soft shell […]

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07/30/2007

Good Friends, Good Food

  The week of extravagant dinner parties.        You know how they say that it pays to have friends in high places? Well, it doesn’t get any better than being invited over to dinner at a home that just happens to be owned by a former chef who is best friends with a former […]

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07/23/2007

Tasty City

Chicago is this foodie’s kind of town   By Judi Gallagher   What happens when you take great Italian cuisine and blend it with the attitude of a happenin’ steakhouse, add some great Chinese and mix it well with friendly service, clean streets and an all-around big-city feel with small-town spirit? You get an eating […]

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07/15/2007

To Market, To Market

This just in—hot off the panini press.   By Judi Gallagher    Picture this— a grocery store that allows you to belly up to the counter for pizza, salad and pasta or place a take-out order for freshly made homemade minestrone soup and a half dozen cannolis. Now picture that the new Italian market inside […]

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07/9/2007

Flavor Explosions

The heck with fireworks—the real excitement was the food.   By Judi Gallagher   Another July 4th has come and gone, but not before our grand fill of fabulous food and company with the ultimate party hosts, Bill and Margaret Wise. A foodie’s dream come true…we had fried chicken, spicy potato salad, a scrumptious corn […]

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07/1/2007

Time to Toast

To my birthday boy and beating the heat at The Grape.   By Judi Gallagher   This past Friday marked my son Eric’s 21st birthday. Since he is a cook at the Ritz- Carlton, work came first and he could not be home for a dinner celebration, as the holiday weekend is one of the […]

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