Weekend Inquirer, Digested

• Craig LaBan heads out to Northeast to visit Uzbekistan — not the country, but the restaurant on Bustleton. For the curious, Uzbek food is a blend of Russian, Turkish, and Central Asia. LaBan ends with the declaration that “the flavors of this journey would last well into the night,” which explains the two bells that he bestows upon Uzbekistan.

• In the Drink corner, LaBan recommends Madeira as a holiday quaff, if you are seeking the authenticity of the 1700s. “Madeira hasn’t been quite as popular since, thanks to vineyard blights, changing tastes, and notoriety for its ubiquity in sauce,” but don’t let its un-trendiness put you off: apparently, it pairs well with pumpkin pie.

• O, the Caesar salad! In days of yore, it was prepared tableside, but times sure have changed. The last time Rick Nichols had one presented this way was 11 years ago, and his interest was piqued when he saw it on the Butcher & Singer menu. But alas! It is not prepared tableside, but plated which is certainly not the same thing.

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Weekend Inquirer, Digested