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One last meal, two lists, four logos all-time and several money-saving tips

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How Denny’s can transform your Thanksgiving

Food Essay and Links | Compiled by Nathan Mattise

What constitutes a great Thanksgiving – Unbelievable food? Extreme relaxation? Family bonding unlike anything you’ve seen before?

The holiday looks different for everyone but after 25 of them (maybe 18 that I can recall), it seems the oddest of celebrations end up as the most memorable. This year’s holiday was personally a pretty routine affair that just furthered my feelings… especially since it came directly after Thanksgiving 2009. Looking back, that’s the edition likely to go down as my all-time peak.

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National Pancake Day, Dr Pepper’s Anniversary, Bourdain Part II and the Prince of Po-Tay-Toe

Food Links | Compiled by Nathan Mattise

  • Finally, I’m not sure how I missed this for the past two years. Meet ToTs – a local rapper who only rhymes about… PO-TAY-TOE.

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Grilling tips, Trader Joe’s, text etiquette and National Chain Restaurant survey results

Food Links | Compiled by Nathan Mattise

  • ESPN’s Bill Simmons recently prepped folks for the outdoor grilling season by podcasting with Adam Perry Lang. The grill savant talked about over/under rated meats and tips for the weekend warrior.
  • I discovered Trader Joe’s first during a summer in Albuquerque, N.M. but this weekend I heard of an NYC location. That makes this fansite even more valuable.

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The Frosty, Secret Beer, Ballparks and ‘Cuse Dining Week II

Food Links | Compiled by Nathan Mattise

  • I’m a person who prefers a bar where I can hear my conversation as opposed to rubbing up on strangers. So, this Prohibition-style bar trend is cool.
  • Finally, if you missed the Taste of Syracuse festival this weekend all is not lost. ‘Cuse Dining Week is firing up a Part Deux this summer ($25 for a three-course-meal at select locales).

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Oatmeal is still my culinary Achilles’ heel.

Food Essay | Written by Nathan Mattise

Hasn’t the idea of eating bizarre foods gotten a bit stale (no pun intended)? I’m sure there is some small bit of hesitation from a Zimmern or Bourdain when they get offered rare animal genitalia or 10+ year old liquids, but ultimately they close their eyes and eat it. It’s tolerable, sometimes even good. These oddities seem to often be just absurd in name or preparation, but you don’t taste name or preparation. The important elements of what qualifies a true food challenge (in this sense, not the Adam Richman sense) should be dealing with taste, texture, smell, etc.

Which is why I want to see a show where these chefs eat the foods they hated most as a child – the lingering idea that compelled me to reach for a Starbucks’ “Perfect Oatmeal” tonight. Continue reading

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Diner Critique: International House of Pancakes (Syracuse, N.Y.)

Review | Written and photographed by Nathan Mattise

Directions | Web site | Overall Rating: 3

You may be asking yourself , “What? IHOP?” Yes, we want to find the best local diners and experience as many of them as we can. But two quick points:

1) It’s important to recognize there are some big chain diners out there and they also need to be looked at closely.

2)… they had International Pancake Day recently (and we just happened to be there).

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