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Charlottesville in Requiem

Cheap Eats, east coast, Virginia By July 22, 2017 Tags: , , , , , , , No Comments

Ahh, Charlottesville. Or “Cville” if you are a local. Or just loco for the UVA Cavaliers. This quaint East Coast college town might seem timeless thanks to the Jeffersonian architecture of the University of Virginia’s campus but the food scene is very much in the 21st century. This episode of Cheap Eats starts off with familiar enough territory at Bodo’s Bagels. And let’s face it, what college kid didn’t survive off the occasional bagel? But Cheap Eats also found familiar comfort food turned sideways like Korean Hot Wings, a BBQ Sundae and Chicken Fried Octopus. Now before I get in trouble with the italics police for overuse and abuse, let’s take a big bite into Cheap Eats Cville . . . oops. I didn’t mean that italics police officer. Can you maybe just let me off with a warning? Please?

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Annapolis in Requiem

Annapolis, Cheap Eats, east coast, Maryland By July 14, 2017 Tags: , , , , , , , , No Comments

And so Season 3 began. Fitting that we start with Annapolis, MD for this little town was where Cheap Eats was “born”. In the winter of 2014, days before Christmas, I flew out to Annapolis to shoot what would become the inspiration for Cheap Eats: a 10 minute short of Ali Khan literally eating Annapolis, with crab on the brain, #crabcakedestiny if you will. For a town that just ain’t that big, the food is unforgettable and it really does start with the seafood. Crab cakes abound but so does a touch of the South. This is Maryland after all, the Northern most state of the South so finding biscuits and gravy, shrimp and grits and warm smiles is just all part of doing Cheap Eats business around here. Well, onto it right? Let’s sink into some Cheap Eats Annapolis!

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Cheap Eats Season 3 premieres July 12th 10pm EST/ 7pm PST on Cooking Channel!!

Cheap Eats By June 30, 2017 Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , 2 Comments

Cheap Eats returns with all new episodes this summer, Wednesday nights, starting July 12th 10pm EST/ 7pm PST. In his third season, Food Blogger Ali Khan, aka yours truly, heads first to the Mid Atlantic, scoping out Cheap Eats in Annapolis MD, Charlottesville and Alexandria VA and Washington DC. Then the Cheap Eats tour heads out west to Portlandia aka Portland OR, and Spokane WA. Things shift south when Cheap Eats heads to Nashville TN, before crossing the Mason-Dixon line into Cincinnati OH, then Detroit and finally Milwaukee. Cheap Eats Season 3 wraps up the final leg of this food frenzy in New England with stops in Providence RI, Portsmouth NH and Burlington VT. From heavy hitter food scenes like PDX to up and comers like Portsmouth, Cheap Eats Season 3 just might become the road map for your next great eating vacation.

Head to Cooking Channel’s site to check up on the latest Cheap Eats airings.

And check out the latest Promos for Cheap Eats here, here and here!!

And remember, It Khan Be Done!!

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Bang for your BRISKET Buck: 5 Austin BBQ Picks

Austin, Barbecue, BBQ, Brisket, Cheap Eats, Texas By May 18, 2017 Tags: , , , , , , , , , , No Comments

It often starts in a backyard where a Dad dumps lighter fluid over a pyramid of charcoal briquettes. Hotdogs stand at the ready to be charred. You inevitably eat outside. For a moment, the modern suburban American is somehow a little more connected to nature and the primal beginnings of human civilization. Eating around the fire is both ancient ritual and modern day American food tradition. In either case, while the scenario is fun, eating well from fire is often an art best left to the experts. Enter American Barbecue, the Central Texas smoked meat tradition, and our current food renaissance’s obsession with the pit master obsessed with brisket.  There is just nothing quite like it. Sure, Memphis fanatics will talk up the supremacy of sugar rubbed ribs and Carolina pulled pork enthusiasts will mock anything that isn’t porcine focused but man who doesn’t love beef in America? Further, who doesn’t love the pure satisfaction of beef kissed with smoke, salt and pepper? There is plenty of room on my table for all kinds of Barbecue and not just our domestic fare either, but I happily now count myself among the ranks of the brisket obsessed and I can thank living in Austin for that. There has been a renaissance, wait I used that word already, well F*** it, it is what it is, there has been a Renaissance in Central Texas Barbecue that has stretched out as far west as Compton CA and as far east as the Big Apple. But today we will focus on Central Texas Brisket found right here in Central Texas. So here we go – 5 Austin picks where you will find some Bang for your Brisket Buck.

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Bang for your TACO buck: 4 Austin taco spots

Taco Spotting, Taco Trucks, Tacos, Texas By April 6, 2017 No Comments

Ask someone about Texas BBQ and they will respond with something to the effect of “it’s all about the beef“. True, but also true is the Bovine Supremacy of the Tejano Taquero. The best beef tacos I have ever had, have been in Texas, and as of now that means Austin, Texas. And I ain’t just talking fajita platters and skirt steak tacos either. My time in Austin has been a revelation in what can be accomplished with a $2+ taco in the categories of fajita(skirt steak), lengua(beef tongue) and barbacoa(beef cheeks braised slowly, referred to as cabeza outside of Texas). But beef isn’t the only pick in this list. Tejanos love goat as much as folks down in Guadalajara and I threw in one elusive goat barbacoa joint that you will have to set your alarm clocks for, because she runs out usually before noon. As always the bucks are accounted, for so feel free to hit up more than on, grab some napkins and let’s get our taco on.

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An NYC Burger Binge

Burgers, New York, NYC By March 23, 2017 Tags: , , , , , , No Comments

Four burgers in five days pretty much screams meat sweats even if brisket isn’t part of the equation. But sometimes you gotta take advantage of your burger surroundings and so here ya go – 4 epic burgers meals in the city that never sleeps. Unless you happen to eat four burgers in five days of course.

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