Notes & Quotes: Lobster-Mania, Ramen Shop and More

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Francescas Lobster Salad croppedIf you love lobster, you’ll be happy that it’s almost time for Groomer’s Seafood’s 2nd annual Lobster-Mania. This celebration of deliciousness and how to get your hands on some for a great price happens Aug. 1-3, Thursday, Friday and Saturday.

“For those of you who are new to shopping with Groomer’s, Lobster-Mania is the time of the year where we bring in thousands of live Maine lobsters and sell them for as low as possible! The price however is all in the hands of our customers,” says Blake Groomer.

It works like this: The more people who like Groomer’s Facebook page — and that’s already a lot of us — the lower go their prices. If they can add another 500 likes to their page in the next week, they’ll be selling those crustaceans for $7.95 each. If 1,000 like them, that price goes down to $6.95. (Cut-off to add your name to their Facebook ‘likes’ is Monday.) That’s social media in action!  Groomer’s Seafood is at 9401 McCullough Ave.


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Entryway to Zaza Gardens, on South Flores.

Slow Food South Texas Farm Dinner: Featuring chef John Russ

Slow Food South Texas’ next farm dinner will be at Zaza Gardens in downtown San Antonio for a Celebration of Farms with chef John Russ. Russ is executive chef at Lüke, San Antonio.  The dinner is Sunday, Aug. 11, and goes from 5:30 – 9 p.m. at Zaza, 723 S. Flores St.

Participating Farmers include Rancho Ojo de Agua, Braune Farms, Kitchen Pride Mushrooms, Peeler Farms, South Texas Heritage Pork, Oak Hill Farms, and Gulf Oysters from Port Aransas. Featuring Texas beer and wine from Karbach Brewing Company and others.

Wander from station to station devouring the joint creations of chef Russ and our local farmers and ranchers. Sip beverages from Texas beer and wine makers and mingle with your fellow foodies. Click here to buy tickets.

The next Slow Food farm dinner is Sandy Oaks Olive Orchard, Oct. 12, 2013 Traditional Family Style.


Kimura Ramen Shop to open Monday

Chef Michael Sohocki will be opening Kimura, next to Restaurant Gwendolyn, a 152 Pecan St., in the space vacated by Cakery Bakery.  Sohocki said a soft opening this week will give him some information to go on in the last few days as he irons out the menu’s offerings before opening on Monday, July 29.

Noodle eaters in "Tampopo" Japanese comedy filmed in 1985.

Noodle eaters in “Tampopo” Japanese comedy filmed in 1985.

To whet your appetite for this Japanese (by way of China) dish we’d suggest checking out one of our favorite foodie movies, “Tampopo.”

Ramen noodles, and the proper preparation thereof, was a focal point for the Japanese movie, filmed in 1985. The production and consumption of ramen was a large part of the 1985 Japanese comedy film. Truck drivers, Goro and Gun help a widow polish up her product and thus save her languishing ramen shop – though food of all sorts is touched on in this comedy. There are many types of ramen, and the movie leaves you with an appreciation for this simple – or not so simple, as it turns out – food.


Hat’s on!  San Antonio Stock Show & Rodeo Bar-B-Que Cook-off & Festival

smokin' joe's barbecueThe San Antonio Stock Show & Rodeo Bar-B-Que Cook-Off & Festival is coming up Friday and Saturday, Sept. 27 and 28. Spend Friday evening at the Ace in the Hole Casino Night (must be 21 and older) including great food, Las Vegas-style gaming, music and live and silent auctions.

Saturday is a full day of  family-friendly events and activities including Mutton Bustin’.  Enjoy live music throughout the day, shopping and plenty of Texas barbecue  to sample.

The San Antonio Stock Show & Rodeo Bar-B-Que Cook-Off is a championship event sanctioned by the Texas Gulf Coast Bar-B-Que Cookers Association.  The cook-off features over 300 teams of the world’s best barbecuers. For more information click on their page here.


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One Response to “Notes & Quotes: Lobster-Mania, Ramen Shop and More”

  1. Cecil Flentge says:

    Tampopo! Great flick, I’ll have to see if I can find it again.