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Chefs Behind Bars

Louisiana Cheese Fries with Crayfish and Gravy

Instead of turning customers away, chefs are opening bars—to handle the overflow from their flagship restaurants, to try something more casual or to explore different cuisines. Here's where to visit next.

Diners waiting to eat at The Walrus and the Carpenter in Seattle can pass the time with charcuterie and cocktails at Barnacle bar. thebarnaclebar.com

In Portland, OR, Gabrielle and Greg Denton own the restaurant Ox, and now also The Whey Bar, which serves drinks like The Whey We Were. oxpdx.com

Customers can drink whiskey sours and eat wings at Whiskey Soda Lounge NY while waiting for a table at Brooklyn's Pok Pok NY. pokpokpdx.com

Cambridge, MA's Hungry Mother books up far in advance, but diners can try chef Barry Maiden's Southern food at his dive bar, State Park. stateparkcambridge.com

Chef Kelly English shows his love of New Orleans cuisine at The Second Line in Memphis, which he calls Restaurant Iris's "rowdy cousin." His recommended midnight snack: Louisiana Cheese Fries to go with a crisp pilsner. secondlinememphis.com

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Andrew Zimmern's Kitchen Adventures

Apple-Raisin Crumb Cake

Apple-Raisin Crumb Cake

This foolproof crumb cake is so easy to make that my eight year old has better success with it than I do. I think it's because he follows directions better than me. I use a great streusel topping, because I am obsessed with streusel and it tastes so great on this cake. We make this all through apple season, but make sure you use apples suitable for cooking and baking. Many types of apples (McIntosh, for example) will just fall apart when cooked. You don't want that. Trust me. SEE RECIPE »

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Expert Guide

Five Great Wine Values $12 & Under

Five Great Wine Values $12 & Under

Here, F&W's executive wine editor suggests five top picks for $12 or less.

2012 Vega Sindoa Tempranillo ($9)
A tiny cooperative of eight Navarran families grows the grapes for this bright, crisp Spanish red.

2010 Vale do Bomfim Douro Red ($11)
This blend of native Portuguese grapes from the Douro Valley is surprisingly complex.

2012 Dry Creek Vineyard Dry Chenin Blanc ($12)
A perennial value, Dry Creek's Chenin Blanc offers layers of citrus-melon flavor.

2010 Il Molino di Grace Il Volano ($12)
A fresh, herby Tuscan red, it's a blend of Sangiovese with 2percent Merlot.

2011 Novellum Chardonnay ($12)
This fragrant Chardonnay is made with hand-harvested grapes from France's Côtes Catalanes region.

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Kitchen Trash

Fall Preview: Blue Cheese Lollipops & Hot Ginger Ale

The Internet is a black hole for strange, weird and wonderful things—especially when it comes to food. Rather than dive in yourself, let F&W do it for you. Here, five of the most absurd food items we saw this week.

Mutant Lobster Found: A six-clawed lobster was recently caught off Hyannis, MA by a fishing boat featured on the Discovery Channel show Lobster Wars. The 10-year-old, four pounder “Lola” has a normal right claw, but her left is made up of five mini claws. Sorry, lobster claw-lovers, you won’t be seeing Lola on a menu any time soon. She is currently on display at the Maine State Aquarium.

Chopstick Straws: Soup Sticks could revolutionize how we eat ramen. Part straw, part chopstick, they enable the ramen eater to both scoop up noodles and slurp broth. This is bad news for the spoon business, unless you consider how stupid you would look drinking soup through a straw.

Hot and Fizzy Ginger Ale: You know how good a can of ginger ale is after being left in a hot car for a couple of days? Starting October 21, a hot version of Canada Dry’s ginger ale will be sold in Japan. Autumnally flavored with ginger, apple and cinnamon, the hot and spritzy drink will be pre-heated and dispensed from vending machines.

Gender-Biased Eggs: Kids don’t want your dumb adult eggs. They want eggs for them! Prior, a Norwegian purveyor of eggs and chicken, has introduced Princess Eggs (eggs in a pink carton with a princess on the label) and Pirate Eggs (eggs in a blue carton with a pirate on the label).

Blue Cheese Lollipops: When you don’t have time for the cheese course after dinner, just take it to-go in the form of Lollyphile’s new blue cheese lollipop. For an appropriate pairing, the sweet, salty and pungent candy should be enjoyed not with wine but with grape soda.

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Trendspotting

3 Fashionable Foods

During New York Fashion Week (with a view from the Amex SkyBox), we realized that some of our favorite foods are totally ahead of the Spring 2014 trends. Here's how to eat in style.

Pleated Dumplings: Proenza Schouler presented a new take on pleats for Spring 2014. "The silk cloque pleated skirts and dresses were foil printed, so when you open them up, it creates a graphic quality," explained Jack McCollough to the L.A. Times. We've long known the importance of pleating, especially when it comes to adorably crimped homemade dumplings. And when you open these up, there's a beautiful filling of lemongrass-scented ground chicken.

Oversized Biscuits: Volume is a huge trend that's sticking around through spring. The Telegraph even described teeny talent Victoria Beckham's statement dress at "massive." It totally fits with Vogue's declaration that comfort is in right now. Oversized styles also happen to be ideal after one eats giant biscuits, which we plan to do this fall, especially if they’re filled with pastrami or a sausage patty.

Dip-Dye Radishes: The next phase of ombré hair (dark roots and bright tips) could be the return of dip-dying. But these aren't the Kool-Aid-colored strands of yore. Harper's Bazaar described the dyed hair at Peter Som's Spring 2014 show as having a "faded antique effect," with extensions in shades of amethyst and dusty rose. Food obsessives that we are, the naturally-occuring colors seem almost vegetal to us, specifically radish-y. These French Breakfast radishes have tops that are soft red-pink and white bottoms.


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