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The pandemic zapped the joy out of eating something delicious, but I’m trying to get it back
I think about deliciousness a lot and have pursued it all my life. Yet, in pandemic times, the pure joy of eating something delicious—preferably a delicious surprise, rather than something I have had to orchestrate myself—has been absent.
Summer is nigh. Bring on the beer gardens!
There aren’t many true Bavarian beer gardens in Atlanta, but fans of the form will likely enjoy spots like Der Biergarten, Lost Druid, and Tucker Brewing Company, among a few others.
St*rofoam secrets of the pandemic
Hate to say it, but when it comes to properly insulated takeout meals, styrofoam does the job best.
Restaurant hacks can make a good dish even better
I wouldn’t dream of asking a restaurant to tweak a dish, serve the sauce on the side, or modify anything at all. If you go out to dinner with me, you pretty much eat what is in front of you and keep your mouth shut. But do I ever mess around with my food by, for example, ordering and crumbling a few slices of bacon over a vegetarian lasagna? You bet.
What does it mean to be a food critic without restaurants?
COVID-19 is a direct attack on the thing that made my life not just exceptional but livable.
I don’t even like snacking at home—why should I at a restaurant?
Growing up in France, I didn’t know there was such a thing as a snack until, at the age of 22, I was gifted a bag of Fritos brought from America in a friend’s suitcase. After decades in the States, have I finally adjusted to a life of Doritos and potato chips? Mostly yes, but I hate myself for it.
A quick primer on Chinese hot pot restaurants in Atlanta
Chinese hot pot restaurants aren’t new to Atlanta, but we’ve never had as many as we do now. And these days, you can experience the hot pot ritual—in which you simmer a variety of ingredients in bubbling broth—in more finely appointed settings, with menus devoted to authentic regional styles.
The Christiane Chronicles: Who serves toast in a bowl?
Bowls have their place when serving food, but please, don't put toast in a bowl ever again. Plus, nut milk from Virginia-Highland's Press & Grind has made me a convert.
The Christiane Chronicles: Here’s how you ruin ribs
Contrary to popular opinion, the meat should not be falling off the bone. On the other hand, I should not have had to forcefully wrench the meat away with my teeth.
The Christiane Chronicles: Servers, at least apologize for bad food
If I tell my server that I had a negative experience, I want him or her to apologize or—if there’s still time—offer a replacement. An appropriate response would be, “I am so sorry. Let me get a manager.” Instead, I'm left boiling mad in my seat and then handed a full check for a half-eaten plate of food.
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