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A recipe has the ability to take the taste buds on a journey: one forkful can transport an eater as far away as Kandy, Sri Lanka, for a slice of Shari Atukorala's mother’s date cake.
Shari's mother baked date cake every weekend for tea. She also served the gooey delight, similar in texture to sticky toffee pudding, during the Sinhala and Tamil New Year each April.
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Graham Elliot is the chef and owner of Graham Elliot in Chicago. He was named one of Food & Wine Magazine's Best New Chefs in 2004 and later became the nation's youngest four star chef. He also recently competed on Bravo's "Top Chef Masters.
Since 2009, the music-minded chef has teamed up with the three-day music festival, Lollapalooza, to oversee all things culinary for the head-banging masses.
Top Five Albums to Cook To: Graham Elliot
Every weekday, we're highlighting a local or regional blogger we think you ought to know about. We can’t be everywhere at once, so we look to these passionate eaters, cooks and writers to keep us tapped into every facet of the food world. Consider this a way to get to know a blog’s taste buds, because, well, you should.
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Last week, Eatocracy shared a compilation of restaurant pet peeves from friends and colleagues. In turn, we asked “What should we add to the menu of complaints?”
Over 1,500 responses later, and there are clearly two sides to every story. For every customer complaint, there wasn’t a waitstaff counterpoint far behind.
So, we decided to turn the tables: diners, you’re about to get served. Turns out industry folks have just as many grievances as customers do.
And in this corner, the waiters:
Steven Stern, a former fact checker and a full time food fiend, is here to complicate things help.
Q: What's up with that green plastic leaf thing that comes with my sushi? Am I supposed to do something with it?
A: You mean you don't eat yours?
Just kidding. Those leaves are definitely not edible. They're called baran (sometimes spelled haran), and they're mostly used for decoration. Presentation is really important in Japanese food, even when you're dealing with cheap supermarket sushi. The plastic leaves also serve as dividers in a bento box (a single-portion lunch combo container), keeping your eel nigiri away from your tuna rolls.