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The Food Snob goes hog wild on a bacon BLT

The Food Snob is, by definition, a snob. There's nothing that can be done about it. I was born that way, baby. Under normal circumstances, the Snob wouldn't be caught dead or alive at some pedestrian roadside ice cream stand and hot-doggery. It's the Food Snob, not the Food Slob. But when I got wind of… 0

July 19, 2011
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A night of Lebanese delights

There are few things in this world that the Food Snob loves more than a good kabob. So, when the Snob heard rumors about Washington Street Cafe's new five-course Lebanese dinner offerings on Friday nights, I was naturally intrigued.As cultured as the Snob is when it comes to all things food, I had never tried Lebanese… 1

June 28, 2011
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Hold the phone: sushi pizza? Yes, please, and thanks

Let's start this particular installment of the Food Snob with full disclosure, shall we? There aren't many foods in this world that the Snob likes to shove down his gullet more than sushi. Aside from pizza, tacos, cheeseburgers, French toast and pad thai, sushi is pretty much on the top of the list. So when… 0

May 31, 2011

Concord's vegan-friendly downtown eats and shops

I am not a vegetarian. I am not a vegan. But today, for lunch, I bought a cup of beef chili and a completely luscious-looking vegan peach muffin, and it felt so right.This got me thinking about the mainstreaming of vegan products in America. Vegan lifestyles are not just for dietary radicals, paint-slinging PETA activists… 0

May 3, 2011

Don't be scared to put spinach on the table

Are you afraid of spinach? Does it conjure up images of green, flavorless mush? Popeye, perhaps, downing can after can of the stuff?Well, it turns out that Popeye knew what he was doing, eating all that spinach. Spinach is one of the most nutritious of the leafy greens, rich in iron, calcium, cancer-fighting antioxidants, vitamin K and vitamin C. It contains the nutrient lutein,… 0

May 3, 2011

Baby bok choy for supper?

Visit one of the area's late winter farmers markets - technically, early spring - and you're sure to encounter baby bok choy. You'll also find it right now in the produce section of the grocery store and, if you're lucky, it'll be from a farm not too far away.This cute little vegetable is part white,… 0

April 12, 2011
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The good, the bad and the chutney at House of India

The Food Snob recently paid a visit to the House of India restaurant on Pleasant Street. I've had my eye on this place ever since my induction to the ranks of Snobhood, and it was well worth the wait.My dining companion and I arrived for lunch early on a weekday afternoon and had no trouble getting a prime table… 0

March 29, 2011
Letter

No naan for you, Food Snob

Dear Insiders,Read with interest, as always, the Food Snob's "Culinary Journey through Egypt."Think about your suggestion regarding the serving of pita bread. It's from the Middle East, as is Egypt (poor, distressed country in upheaval), so it is entirely correct and why it was served.Naan, delicious… 0

February 8, 2011
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A culinary journey through Egypt at Gamil's

The Food Snob made a pilgrimage to Gamil's Egyptian Cuisine last week. Like a culinary archeologist looking to unearth Concord's dining treasures, I made my way to the fertile shores of Pleasant Street, unsure of what I would find. Was Gamil's at the top of Concord's food pyramid, or did it rule the… 0

February 1, 2011

So maybe we're getting a little husky. What of it?

Readers, you may remember all the delicious recipes we included in last week's mac & cheese issue. We're still full just thinking about it. Well, this week, Barbara Bonsignore of Concord sent us one more recipe to top it off, but this one has a twist: it's vegan. "Here's a recipe for 'Macaroni without the cheese,' a low-fat, zero-cholesterol (dish)… 0

January 25, 2011