Food

Chef’s Choice: Limestone’s mushroom pizza is ‘go-to’ for Ramen Bowls owners

Pretty much the moment a server at a restaurant asks if I’d like to hear about the specials, I nod but usually drift off to a place where words just become sounds that don’t matter. I’m not trying to be impolite, I just have favorite menu items that I really look forward to everywhere I ...

Chef’s Choice: Fried chicken from an unexpected source

Just when you thought you’d finished that 800-page novel on fried chicken restaurants in Lawrence, Reagan Petrehn, co-owner of 1900 Barker Cafe and Bakery, decided to write a new page with a visit to an unexpected restaurant. This month for Chef's Choice, we travel to Hank Charcuterie, for ...

Chef’s Choice: Pho with Lee Meisel

For this month’s edition of Chef’s Choice, Lee Meisel of Leeway Franks decided that Little Saigon Cafe was his spot for pho. Perhaps that's because Little Saigon owners Steve and Anna Nguyen have mastered the classic Vietnamese dish to the same degree that Meisel has mastered sausages and ...

Chef’s Choice: La Estrella and ‘the perfect taco’

Some might call it serendipitous that Ladybird Diner owner Meg Heriford found her favorite taco in town while searching for a few staples for her restaurant. What’s most likely, however, is that she was lured just a little off the beaten path by a star, shining brightly, even in broad ...

A Chef’s Choice tour at Bon Bon! and a healthy dose of ‘buns’

For this month’s edition of Chef’s Choice, T.K. Peterson, owner/chef of Merchants Pub and Plate decided that traveling to the “Far East” was a must for eating Katsu Buns. Happy to oblige, I booked my travel, packed my bags and journeyed to far East Lawrence, to eat my “Buns” off at ...

Chef’s Choice: A Chicago dog with Chef Rick Martin

For the first installment of Chef’s Choice, I met with chef-owner Rick Martin of Limestone Pizza, 814 Massachusetts St., and invited him to a lunch at any restaurant in town other than his own. His choice: the Chicago dog at Leeway Franks. Martin explained that for him, the old American ...

The woman behind Lawrence’s legendary Joe’s Bakery dies at 88

Her name wasn’t on the sign at Lawrence’s famous Joe’s Bakery, but in practice the place could have been called Joe and Ramona’s Bakery.“It was a Ma and Pa business in the truest sense of the word,” said Ralph Smith, son of Joe and Ramona Smith. “We always thought of it as his ...

6 restaurants in 2 hours? Journal-World staffers take a chicken challenge

If you’re anything like me, your curiosity level about this bevy of chicken restaurants that has opened recently in Lawrence is about as high as the community's collective cholesterol level soon will be. To further investigate the allure, and to conduct important journalism, I enlisted the ...

Merc Co-op to open cafe in Lawrence Public Library

The Merc Co-op will be opening a cafe at the Lawrence Public Library next month. The café will offer a variety of coffee, tea, juice and pastries made at The Merc, as well as popular packaged deli items such as sandwiches, salads, yogurt parfaits and fruit cups, according to a news release. ...

Strategies for staying healthy, mindful as high-calorie holiday season approaches

With Halloween officially behind us and Thanksgiving on its way, now might be a good time to start strategizing for the long, temptation-laden holiday season ahead.Because nothing can derail a well-meaning dieter quite like Thanksgiving, which each year leads the average American to consume ...

Flour recall prompts new warning: Don’t eat dough or batter

The most basic of baking ingredients, flour, is at the center of a complicated question: How did it become contaminated with bacteria normally found in animal feces?The E. coli-tainted flour from General Mills has sickened 46 people in 21 states and prompted about 45 million pounds of it to be ...

Session to explain new urban agriculture laws, future of agriculture in Lawrence

A group of growers and city employees will explain Lawrence's new urban agriculture laws during an informational panel Tuesday. Session attendees will also be asked to share thoughts about the future of urban agriculture in Lawrence. The event runs from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Lawrence Public ...

Lawrence Public Schools announced as beneficiary of new culinary festival

Lawrence Public Schools will be the beneficiary of a new culinary festival planned for this fall, festival organizer Julia Ireland announced Thursday. Ireland, owner of Torched Goodness — one of Lawrence's seven food trucks — established the festival as a bookend to food truck season. It ...

Food truck owner planning new culinary festival in Lawrence

A new culinary festival is being planned in Lawrence this fall as a bookend to food truck season.Julia Ireland, owner of Torched Goodness — one of Lawrence’s seven food trucks — is behind the effort. She dubbed the new event “Savor Lawrence,” with the idea that it would feature foods ...

The day I discovered the truth about trans fats: ‘poison’ hidden in plain sight

I never understood why trans fats were so bad until I interviewed Dr. Michael Zabel, a cardiologist with Lawrence Memorial Hospital, back in February. If I had known what I would learn that day, I might have plugged my ears and made loud noises like an obnoxious child while Zabel told me about ...

Bite Sighs: Homemade cream puffs are a piece of cake

It happens to all of us sooner or later. We discover that we have a friend who (gasp) doesn’t like chocolate. I know, it truly boggles the mind. Don’t worry. There’s no need to get new friends. Simply expand your culinary horizons with the super-versatile cream puff.If you’ve never ...

Does your doctor still really need to use that stethoscope? Medical opinions vary

To hear a patient’s heart, doctors used to just put an ear up to a patient’s chest and listen. Then, in 1816, things changed.Lore has it that 35-year-old Paris physician Rene Laennec was caring for a young woman who was apparently plump, with a bad heart and large breasts. Dr. George Davis, ...