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2008

June 20, 2008
AtlantaSoulFood.com Launches to Help Atlantans
and Tourists Find Soul Food

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June 16, 2008
Blue Seas Restaurant Opens In Southwest Atlanta


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2008


June 16, 2008
What is Soul Food?
By Melanie McQueen


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Soul is the essence of creativity, intuition and uniqueness.

For example, one may have cabbage and just add water and eat it and then the next person may take the cabbage add some olive oil, seasonings and bell pepper and have a totally different flavor. This is the soul. The soul allows one to use the energy and inspiration passed down from one's family and in many cases consists of divine inspiration.

The soul allows serves as an universal communication system that has no need for phone wires or cell phone towers. It's that same soul that enlightens one to take four basic food ingredients and create over 5 different meals that all tastes different.

Wherever the people have "soul" there exists an abundance of Soul Food!


   



June 12, 2008
Cultural Food Commonalities
Exploring Cooking Methods and Foods
By Tasha Williams



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From eating the food of many grandmothers, mothers, fathers, grandfathers, cousins and friends and from interacting with various cultures, I have noticed the following commonalities: 

Practices

  • Toothpick after dinner   -   America
  • Wooden tree sticks used to clean teeth -  Africa

 

  • Apple sauce after eating pork to kill the worm        
    American soul practice by elders

  • Watermelon after pork to kill the worm
    Ancient American soul practice by elders

 

Biscuits

  • Bakes (Fried Biscuits)  & Stewed tomatoes  -  Caribbean Soul
  • Baked Biscuit & Stewed Tomatoes  -  American Soul

Fried/Stovetop Breads

  • Hot Water Cornbread  -   American Soul
    (Fried cornmeal fritters)                       
  • Banana Fritter  -   Caribbean Soul

  • Unleavened Flatbread  -  American Soul
  • Unleavened Flatbread  -   Africa (Egypt, Ethiopia)

Stews

  • Gumbo  -   American Soul
  • Okra Stew  -  African Soul (Ghana)
  • Chicken & Dumplings  -   American Soul
  • Salt fish & Dumplings  -   Caribbean Soul
  • Stewed Chickens & Spinners  -  Caribbean Soul
  • Oxtails & Rice  -  American Soul
  • Oxtails & Rice  -  Caribbean Soul
  • Tomato Stew with Beef Soup Bone, Fresh Corn and Okra
    American Soul

  • Tomato Stew with Chicken, Fresh Corn and String beans
    Africa (Egypt)

  • Hot Wings  -  American Soul
  • Hot Chicken Stew  -  African Soul (Ghana) Similar Taste

  • Fish Stew  -   Ancient American Soul
  • Fish Stew  -  Caribbean Soul
  • Fish Stew  -   African Soul

Sweet Potato

  • Sweet Potato Souffle   -   American Soul
  • Sweet Potato Pudding   -    Caribbean Soul
  • Sweet Potato Bread   -    American Soul
  • Sweet Potato Bread   -   Caribbean Soul

 

Greens

  • Molakhia   -    African Soul (Egypt)
  • Poke Salad, Collard Greens, Turnips   -   American Soul
  • Kentumere   -   African Soul (Ghana)
  • Callaloo   -   Caribbean Soul

Sauces

  • Hot sauce   -   America Soul
  • Shito   -   African Soul (Ghana)
  • Chow/Chow a.k.a. Cha Cha   -   America Soul
  • Pepper Sauce   -   Caribbean Soul

Rice

  • Red Beans & Rice   -   American Soul
  • Red Rice   -   American Soul
  • Wakye (Rice & Blackeye Peas)   -   African Soul(Ghana)
  • Moros Y Cristianos   -   Caribbean Soul (Cuba)
    (Moros means Moors,                             
    representing the black
    beans and Cristianos
    means Christians
    representing the white rice)                          
  • Jambalaya   -   American Soul
  • Paella   -   Caribbean Soul
  • Cook-up Rice   -   Caribbean Soul

 

In summary, it seems like wherever there is fresh food, vegetables and herbs, the people utilize them to put their soul and creativity into preparing foods that have
scrumptious flavor.


 


May 30, 2008

Does Your Restaurant Have the Five Elements?
By Ann-Marie McCoy

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With my work, I travel extensively throughout Atlanta so, I eat out daily. Of course, I have developed a favorites list. They only way a restaurant gets on my list is if they meet the 5 elements.

Presentation
Fist, I look to see if the windows are clean and look at the sidewalk to see if the cement is level. Is the exterior door is on all the hinges? Is the building freshly painted or if it’s chipping off? If the restaurant has signage, I check to see if it’s appropriately attached to the poles or building. Once I am inside, the first thing I notice is the floor to see if it free of dust and food. I also observer the he tables, seating and lighting. Some may say that I am too picky. For me, I get a psychological vision of how comfortable I will be while enjoying my food. The bathroom must be spotless and have hot water. Roaches are an absolute no no.

The Weather
It’s best to have a comfortable temperature so that I can concentrate on the food; not the goose bumps on my arm or the sweat on my forehead.

Customer Service
I like when people acknowledge me immediately to let me know that they are happy and ready to serve.

Food
The food must be warm to hot and well seasoned. Color has to be right. For example, I went to a restaurant and ordered plantains. The plantains were very lightly colored as if they weren’t cooked all the way. I also take notice of the layout of food on the plate. When proportions are in alignment the food looks more appetizing.

Price
The rates must be competitive so that I can afford to patronize the business often. What good is it to have great food if one can only afford to eat there once every 2 months?

So in short, if a restaurant has presentation, good weather, excellent customer service, fair pricing and tasty food. I will be back!

 

Ann-Marie McCoy is a contributing writer for AtlantaSoulFood.com. It is a premier guide to American, Caribbean and African soul food restaurants, caterers, personal chefs and food product manufacturers.

 


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