Amuse Bouche

by Brian Clarey

According to The New York Times Dining & Wine section, junkies of a different stripe are lining up at clandestine locations to procure raw milk, the new favorite illegal substance in the City That Never Sleeps. Yep, they’re taking it straight from the cow up in the Big Apple, which means that we should probably be doing it, too… right?

From the article:

“Food scientists can hardly believe that so many consumers have turned their back on one of the most successful public health endeavors of the 20th century.”

Maybe not.

Still, raw milk is not so hard to come by here in the North Carolina heartlands and it’s legal as long as it’s sold for non-human consumption (wink, wink). Not that we know anything about it, but if we were looking to score we’d try hanging around the seedier sections of the farmers markets scoping out guys with overalls and bling.

Or you can get some great local produce. Try this Saturday at the Greensboro Farmers Curb Market, designated as Watermelon Day, with several varieties for sampling and the promise of a free watermelon to one lucky patron.

And hey – did you know that it’s possible to grow a square watermelon? Sure it is! Just plant a watermelon seed and put the pea-sized melon in the hollow of a cinderblock to grow. Farmer’s Almanac, you’ve done it again.

There is but a single installment of Earth Fare’s culinary series this week: a lesson in quinoa and tofu salad on Wednesday at noon. Quinoa (pronounced KEEN-wah) is an ancient grain that dates back to the time of the Inca. It is high in fiber, protein and essential amino acids, and birds won’t eat it due to its bitter-tasting hull.

Kudos goes out to Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar for recognition of all its locations – including Greensboro – by Wine Spectator magazine with Awards of Excellence. It’s not entirely unexpected, though, as the chain’s 100-strong wine list seems tailor-made for the venerable publication’s requirements.

The local oenophiles at the Press Wine Caf make their contributions to the Triad wine scene with a tasting of sparkling wines from around the world on Wednesday at 7 p.m.

And the Lewisville Wine Society, which is the Winston-Salem chapter of the American Wine Society, meets the third Tuesday of each month at the Wine Merchants Gourmet, 1901-B Mooney St. Call 336.765.8175 or e-mail for more information.

Also, check out Taste of the Town in High Point on Tuesday. A $5 ticket gets you access to the Showplace downtown, with entertainment, a kids’ area, shopping and the wares of 50 area restaurants, including Blue Water Grille, Carter Brothers Barbecue & Ribs, Red Oak Brewery, Giovanni’s, Aquaria Seafood Grill and J&S Cafeterias. Be assured that there will be something for everyone.

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