Last weekend, I was in New Orleans with the North American folks who write for Chowzter - whose logo you can see (partly) to the right. The main purpose was to present the awards for the tastiest food in North America, which happened at a dinner at Commander's Palace Saturday night.
The barbecue winner was our own Pappy's Smokehouse, to my delight. Mike Emerson and his crew work hard and I was happy to pick up the trophy and plan to hand it to him at the first opportunity. It's high time the world realized that Missouri barbecue is first-rate on both sides of the state. I reckon that we're slightly ahead because we have more emphasis on pork, and as I have often said (and been challenged about in parking lots), the Lord created the hog to be barbecued.
Chowzter offers food from four continents curated by bloggers from each area, and it's designed to be very affordable food. Lobster Albanello, pace Bommaritos, is delicious, but it's not what we focus on. It's a world of pizza and sandwiches and noodles and chicken. Go look at, say, Singapore and see what to eat there.
We had more than forty of us attending this meeting, so you can imagine that it was 48 hours-plus of bacchanalian eating. I'll have more on what else I found. In the meantime, congratulations, Mike Emerson.