Flyover Friday - A return trip

What I do with this feature -- and I most sincerely apologize for bailing on it since last summer -- is round up the restaurant reviews from the Midwest papers of note. Daily papers and alt-weekly papers alike: if there's a regular restaurant review beat, I aggregate it here. The purpose? To show that, at our best, we're as on top of the food scene as anyone on the coasts.

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Flyover Friday - Once again offering service to your eyeballs

Flyover Friday - Once again offering service to your eyeballs

In addition to this Flyover Friday feature here at Irony or Mayo, one of the other things I'm very, very behind on is my podcast queue. I was just listening to Episode 605 of The Splendid Table, and was suuuuuper annoyed by one of host Lynne Rossetto Kasper's opening comments. She was introducing her interview with Minneapolis chef Lenny Russo, and in wondering whether the "farm" in "farm-to-table" wasn't often an unfair trade operation in Venezuela. How much farm-to-table farming can truly be local and profitable -- and this is the kicker -- "if your restaurant's in a place where the growing season is an afterthought." Lady, Wisconsin's annual yield per acre is higher than California's, Minnesota's is even higher, and farm-to-table was born here, in America's damned breadbasket, as much as it was anywhere else.

Made me wanna get back onto the Flyover Friday deal. So here we go.

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Flyover Friday - While I was gone

So, you may have noticed a distinct lack of new Flyover Friday posts -- indeed, new posts of almost any kind -- since the end of January. Sorry! I've been busy. To get you back up to speed, I've taken all the reviews published in the Flyover Friday region in those 6 weeks (the most recent week is not included because I meant to get that one published this last Friday), and grouped 'em by paper.  Also, just before this 6-week hiatus started, food critic Sylvia Rector's au revoir column ran in the Detroit Free Press. Happy trails, Sylvia. You weren't seen much 'round these parts, but then, neither is a timely Flyover Friday column.

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Flyover Friday - Peevish

I've found myself with less desire to chit-chat this week. I'm thinking more about a really horrifying conclusion to the 2016 presidential election. I should be in high spirits: X-Files is back this weekend! I had a great brunch at Heritage Tavern yesterday! I didn't just get a metric ton of snow dropped on my city! But still, I'm feeling a touch surly. So please forgive this week's slightly pissy Flyover Friday.

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Flyover Friday - Filling a void

We're a few weeks into 2016 and there are still a couple papers that haven't quite gotten the machinery churning out new reviews yet. In particular, the Omaha World-Herald has been silent since Christmas (though, spoiler alert, a new review posted today, which will show up in the next Flyover Friday). Right now I'm thinking about a different kind of absence, though -- that of my dad, who would've been 73 today. He's been gone for just shy of 20 years now, which is entirely surreal to consider. The acuteness of his passing isn't always sharp, but there are times. He'd dig that I'm writing criticism, and I wish he could've read some of my stuff. Somber closing note, but it's all good. Here's your new Flyover Friday.

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Flyover Friday - Happy new year!

It's 2016, and here's a big ol' two-week hunk of Flyover Friday content teetering on the cusp between years. I missed one from the mega-edition last time around; sorry, Indy Star! In more recent news, we had a defensive and poopy column from the Toledo Blade's food editor, who has nothing -- nothing? -- to do with the anonymous Bill of Fare review column. SHE DOES NOT HAVE OPINIONS, understand? Her perspective on food criticism is gross and doesn't make me want to run out and subscribe to the Blade in any way. I sincerely hope you find enjoyment and value in reading this edition of Flyover Friday.

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Flyover Friday - Familiar

As we had the rumor of one Flyover Friday vacancy confirmed by a job posting this last week, another -- that of the Des Moines Register's "Datebook Diner" mantle -- has been announced as taken up once again. Welcome to the fold, Karla Walsh. May your critical opinions become a welcome and anticipated presence in Des Moines, and in future Flyover Friday posts.

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