A hunk of brisket at VooDoo BBQ & Grill begins its journey suspended over a bed of pecan and oak logs. Coated in a dry rub of local spices, the meat slowly turns on a rotisserie rod for up to 16 hours, its skin crisping while the inside stays a warm pink. The chefs smoke all their beef brisket and pulled pork over logs from Louisiana-based trees to lend them the region's unique smoked flavor, even at the risk of confusing passing botanists. They lightly coat grilled sausages, chicken, and burgers in three signature sauces inspired by the state's Cajun recipes. To complement their menagerie of smoked and grilled meats, they sling a variety of southern sides such as corn pudding, greens, and potato salads. At each of the 13 locations, the aroma of roasting meat fills a space of dark-stained wood and wrought iron; dining rooms awash in a palette of reds, greens, and oranges buzz with the sounds of jazz and blues.
When her first grandchild was born, Anita Murphy set out to craft a quilt for the new baby. She worked with the help of her mother, an experience quilter, and has been "addicted to quilting? ever since, as she told Livingston Business and Real Estate Journal.
At Mia's Fabric Caf?, Murphy and her team share their passion with quilters and sewers of all experience levels. Shoppers can find fabrics by makers such as Moda, Timeless Treasures, and Riley Blake Designs. Books, patterns, and notions pave the way for projects, and hands-on classes help hobbyists develop their skills.
Crisp green cucumbers, creamy hummus, and splashes of bright red paprika LaShish Greek & Lebanese Restaurant’s colorful displays of falafel and lamb. Each dish is carefully prepared by experienced chefs, from Lebanese labneh yogurt dip seasoned with mint and olive oil to mousaka made with layers of potato, eggplant, and ground beef. The chefs also take a traditional approach in the kitchen by marinating gyros and shawarma meats with authentic Mediterranean spices and spearing lamb and kafta kebabs with Orion’s arrows.