by Jim Ridley
• The summer heat isn't stifling Arnold Myint. PM Cafe's mad scientist is filling his beaker with blackberry wine and Prichard's Key Lime Rum and pouring the result as a Blackberry Mojito—one of several sweet items on PM's late-summer menu. Among the offerings: a PM Split with tempura-battered plaintains, vanilla ice cream, coconut shavings, candied ginger, chocolate and caramel with sesame brittle; and a pouch-style peach cobbler variation with pineapple, cardamom, flaxseed, granola and fortune-cookie brittle. PM is located at 2017 Belmont Blvd., 297-2070.
• Brixx Wood Fired Pizza, a Charlotte, N.C., chain specializing in brick-oven pizzas, will open its first Tennessee location next month at the Streets of Indian Lake Village in Hendersonville. On paper, it sounds great, promising "salads made with locally grown greens, sandwiches served on daily-baked focaccia bread, pasta dishes and desserts" along with pizzas such as jerk chicken, pear and gorgonzola, and a prosciutto/spicy-Italian-sausage Bronx Bomber. Expect 24 beers on tap and wine by the glass.
• A nice bit of recognition for a Middle Tennessee business: On the SF Weekly's SFoodie blog, Meredith Brody writes that San Francisco's Slow Food Nation ’08 celebration, led by legendary Chez Panisse chef and slow-food advocate Alice Waters, will feature a "Slow on the Go" festival of world-class street food. Among the offerings: a ham biscuit from Benton's Smoky Mountain Country Hams, the pride of Madisonville, Tenn. It's scheduled for Labor Day weekend, but if you get a hankerin', go to East Nashville's Mitchell Deli in Riverside Village for a slab of Benton's bracingly salty bacon.