Randy Hu, one of the guys behind this new boba truck business, emailed me an hour ago to tell me about Bobaddiction. He wondered if I’d be interested in a story about bubble tea, a Taiwanese tea-based drink that started in Taichung. Recipes for it consist of fruit, milk, tea, and tapioca balls that can be slurped up through a thick straw.
I quickly emailed him back: “I’m Taiwanese. I have been waiting for a boba truck ALL MY LIFE.”
It’s true. My best friend, Teresa, once considered quitting med school to open a boba truck. I told her she was crazy. But deep down inside, I really wanted to say yes. If bubble tea didn’t cost $3 bucks a pop, I’d probably bathe myself in milk tea every single day. I’d rub my hair with tapioca balls and… anyways, I’m getting off topic.
Every week or so, I get another email about Dishcrawl. I think this means it’s doing quite well. Another Dishcrawl thingy is happening on Tuesday, May 28, at 7 p.m. If you buy a ticket for $75, you’ll get to eat from three great restaurants under the span of 3 hours: Mesa, Bolsa, and Boulevardier. Only 20 tickets available, but if you want one, go here. Now.
I would just like to take this time, again, to remind you all that D Magazine’s 100 Best Restaurants Party is taking place on Wednesday, May 22, at 3015 Trinity Groves. This is your once-in-a-lifetime chance of pieing Nancy in the face. Do ittttt.
Every year Addison upstages all the other suburbs and holds its own food festival, Taste Addison. I’m jealous that Carrollton doesn’t have one. But Addison isn’t too far, and 60 Addison restaurants + carnival games + music from Blue October means everyone’s bound to have a good time. Buy tickets online or at the door. It runs from Friday to Sunday.
Guys, it’s still American Craft Beer Week. The fun hasn’t stopped. There’s the Lakewood Brewing Co.’s All-Cask Tour from noon to 3 p.m.
There’s also this list of other American Craft Beer Week events happening on Saturday. I’m sorry I lied and never updated it. Whoopsies…
Word comes that Justin Holt isn’t done with his ramen pop-up shops. He’s doing another one this Saturday at Ten Bells Tavern. Just a little over a week ago, Teresa Gubbins posted on CultureMap that the Lucia-turned-Driftwood chef decided he would take a break from mass-producing his noodles in disposable bowls. But the ambitious man hasn’t slowed down, and he told Steven Doyle he’s gonna stick to his “road to ramageddon.”
I have to admit I wasn’t too sad when Holt said he was done with midnight ramen for good. I know a lot of people have given Holt’s handmade noodles positive reviews, so maybe I had a weird batch at Ten Bells that February night he opened his pop-up shop, right after a successful run at Tradewinds. But I also can’t help wondering if maybe – just maybe – people in Dallas are so overhyped about ramen (Ten Bells was scarily packed that day. It felt like Shanghai.) they think anything that resembles ramen tastes like the stars and planets aligning. That Saturday, I overheard several people say Holt’s ramen was fantastic – and the pork belly definitely was – even though the broth tasted overwhelmingly like soy sauce. It was so salty I could feel the insides of my cheeks swell up. It was like getting my wisdom teeth pulled all over again. But, like I said, it could have just been an off day for Holt. I’d be happy to try his ramen again at a sit-down place where hungry masses aren’t going haywire.
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Happy Friday, SideDishers! What tasty foods did you eat and where did you dine this week? Tell us the good, bad, and the ugly.Here’s what you wrote last week.
I don’t understand the appeal of celebrity wine but I’m, once again, in the minority. A couple of days ago Jasper Russo of Sigel’s sent word that the store had a limited supply of Miraval Cotes de Provence Rose 2012 bottled by Jolie-Pitt & Perrin. He writes:
Do you love rosé wine? Do you love Brad Pitt? Do you love Angelina Jolie? Do you love ALL THREE of those things at the same time? If so, you can be among the few lucky people to purchase the first release from Ch Miraval. The wine is from the French vineyard owned by the famous couple, who partnered with Marc Perrin, of Château de Beaucastel in Châteauneuf-du-Pape, to create the label. Grown at an altitude of 350 meters in clay and chalk soils, the vines are cultivated 100% organically, without the use of herbicides, pesticides or chemicals.
Somebody in the United Arab Emirates loves all three. They contacted Russo and asked him to ship his whole inventory ASAP. The cost of shipping one 44-pound case which retails for $240 would be $650. However, Russo doesn’t have access to the federal customs paperwork necessary to complete the transaction so the order was declined. Russo is down to three cases at the Greenville Avenue store only. And it’s on sale for $19.99 (reg. $24.99). 5757 Greenville Ave. 214-739-4012.
OK. No more teasing. You’re not surprised. The best BBQ joint in the world is only four years old. It’s @franklinbbq
— TMBBQ (@tmbbq) May 16, 2013
It’s too dreary outside for me to type. Or maybe I’m just using that as an excuse. Either way, I’m going to let Tait Lifto from Deep Ellum Brewing Co. take it away. He’s more eloquent about beer than I ever will be.
“Announcing our 3rd annual Brew-B-Q and this year should be bigger than ever! The 1st Brew-B-Q we held in the parking lot at Life-In-Deep-Ellum as the brewhouse wasn’t quite open yet. Last year for our 2nd Brew-B-Q, we sold out at max capacity around 800 people. This year, we’ve expanded the brewery into the entire building and thus have more room to spread out but we’re still going to cap the tickets to prevent overcrowding.
There are two different tickets available this year:
General Admission – Brew-B-Q Commemorative Glass, beer, Pecan Lodge BBQ, live music including Vic Duncan Band, Grant Jones & The Pistol Grip Lassos, and local headliner Sugarfoote and Co., ‘live’ art by local artist Jason Ice, on-site screen printing of limited edition shirts by ArtLoveMagic co-founder Justin Nygren.
VIP Admission – Brew-B-Q Commemorative Glass, beer, Pecan Lodge BBQ, live music including Vic Duncan Band, Grant Jones & The Pistol Grip Lassos, and local headliner Sugarfoote and Co., ‘live’ art by local artist Jason Ice, on-site screen printing of limited edition shirts by ArtLoveMagic co-founder Justin Nygren, one-hour early admission, access to the air-conditioned VIP front tasting room, special tappings of limited DEBC brews in the front tasting room and early admission to Pecan Lodge BBQ.
Sunday May 26, 2013, 5pm-10pm (VIP allowed in at 4pm)
Holy.. I am late on posting this, but Texas Monthly has released its list of Top 50 BBQ Joints in the great Lone Star State. Pretty incredible. This only happens every five years-ish. The last time they came out with a list, it was in 2008. There are 16 out of 50 joints that have made BOTH 2008 and 2013′s list. This probably means the BBQ landscape of Texas is changing fast and rapidamente. (You’ll see that Dallas’ two joints weren’t even on the list in 2008. Back then, Baker’s Ribs was top gun.) And see how this list favors the east? Bradford Pearson, in whatever free time he had, decided to map all the places out for us to see.
So now, dear folks, you know why TM decided to hire Daniel Vaughn. They needed a voracious man to eat and review and deliver. And, yes, I think he delivered. Here’s the list, unranked. The ranked list comes out on May 22.
The Original Willie’s Bar-B-Que
John Mueller Meat Co.
Lamberts Downtown Barbecue*
Stiles Switch BBQ & Brew
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The bout of colder temperatures at the beginning of the season has delayed the harvesting of some plants, unfortunately. That might mean fewer strawberries and other fruits, but also an extended season for leafy vegetables. Still, you should be able to find what you’re looking for this weekend, along with plenty of breads, honey, and spices to enhance those recipes.
Coppell Farmers Market: Coppell has had an exciting week so far, selling out tickets to their third annual Farm to Table Dinner on June 8 in just 10 days! The dinner showcases the best produce from the market prepared by chefs and culinary students from The International Culinary School at The Art Institute of Dallas and Le Cordon Bleu.
While you might not be able to attend the dinner, come pick up some of the fresh ingredients yourself and try a new recipe. Expect to see lettuces, arugula, kale, beets, turnips, onions, radishes, pecans, and sweet potatoes. Be sure to grab some spinach, as quantities are winding down. Early potatoes, green beans, broccoli, cabbage, and carrots may be available.
793 S. Coppell Road
Saturday, 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Collin County Farmers Market: Grass-fed meat will be available at many markets this weekend, and Collin County is no exception with two vendors – True Hill Farms and McLemore Farms. In addition, look for onions, beans, soup mixers from Custom Café, herbs and flowers from Spring Creek Organic Farm, biscotti from ENA Baking Company, and gourmet bread from Village Baking Company.
3314 Central Expressway
Saturday, 8:00 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Chef de Cuisine of the award-winning Charleston, South Carolina restaurant, shares McCallister’s passion for foraging, fresh ingredients and Southern fare. Together, McCallister and Langhorne present guests with a variety of small bites and an innovative eight-course menu inspired by flavors of the South.
COST: $125 per person for the eight-course menu, excluding tax and gratuity; $75 for complementary wine pairings selected by FT33’s General Manager, Jeff Gregory.
WHEN: Monday, June 17, 2013 at 6:00 p.m.
Blah, blah, blah. I’ve already talked about Matthew Shelley once today, so I’m pretty sure I’ve hit my quota, but this email is too good not to share. You guys already (or should already) know that Matt writes the “Into Shelley’s Belly” column once a week. He’s also our I.T. tech guy. This morning, some of us at D were getting spam. Tim shares Matt’s email to the whole company on Frontburner. Amusing, right?
Get your B-I-N-G-O gear ready, Dallas. Hypnotic Donuts is hosting Bingo nights every other Wednesday night, starting May 29. “Hypnotic is doing this because it is fun- that simple. We will have Bingo on Wednesday nights because it will be something to look forward to during the middle of the week,” says James St. Peter. He’s the same brilliant man who came up the Hypnotic Donut Dash, which Liz Johnstone wrote about in our January 2013 issue.
Any run that makes you eat donuts before and after the race sounds so horrifyingly fantastic.
But don’t worry, donuts aren’t the main feature. Bingo is. “The kitchen will open at 6:30pm and serve chicken biscuits and a variety of cake donuts. Non- alcoholic beverages will be available for sale. Alcohol will be BYOB and is highly encouraged. Bingo will be from 7pm-9pm and Rated R.”
Wait, wait, wait. Rated R? Bingo? Is this strip bingo? Bad words bingo? In any case, this probably isn’t safe-for-kids bingo.
To reserve your spot at this mysterious bingo night, be one of the first 20 people to RSVP (214-668-6999). A $15 credit card deposit is held and only charged for no-shows. If you win bingo, you’ll get a prize. (A mystery prize. A rated R prize?)
Ever since I stumbled upon Rudy’s Chicken’s Facebook page, I’ve been meaning to visit this South Dallas icon at 3115 S. Lancaster Rd., where the neighborhood goes for its chicken. And, truthfully, any page with the tagline of “CHICKEN SO GOOD YOU’LL SLAP YO MAMMAS MAMMA” gets my blood flowing. It makes me want to yell “chicken” the same way Mel Gibson drags out “FREEEDOOOOMMM” for 8 seconds long, right before he gets beheaded in Braveheart.
Yesterday Matt Shelley and I arrived in front of an unassuming, white building at 1:30 p.m., where the drive-thru line for Rudy’s Chicken was about five cars long, and the stand-outside-pick-up line had 6 to 8 people waiting. But the lines at Rudy’s move quickly. You’d think there might be little green elves inside, but no. Employees wear red polo shirts, rushing to fill orders as they received orders. “What you got?” called a man from the back. “Two breasts and two legs!” I shouted through the thick, hazy smell of oil. “That’ll be seven dollars,” said the woman operating the cash register. “It’s cash only.”
Matt grabbed his separate order of 13 thighs, legs, and breasts (it came with 14, but he gave one of the legs away to a homeless man standing nearby) and we drove off. There’s nowhere to sit inside at Rudy’s Chicken. If you want liver and gizzards (7 of each for $5), it’s a 10 minute wait in the hot, hot sun. So we stuck with fried chicken, got our order and buzzed outta there. It felt like we were carrying gold in our hands.
We love good wine here in Texas. We love it even more when made by one of our own, though the debate is still heated on where the grapes come from and who is making it…mainly, I just want it to be good whether it is made in Napa Valley, Sonoma, Willamette, or Hill Country or made from grapes grown in throughout the state or in other parts of the country. Dallas residents and Texas natives Dr. Clay and Brenda Cockerell fell in love with the wines of Bordeaux, driving them to find a vineyard in the northernmost part of Napa Valley where they are growing stellar Bordeaux style, oak and stainless steel aged Sauvignon Blanc, calling the wine Coquerel, taking the French spelling of their name. They also grow a few other varieties on their property and source fruit from other vineyards around Napa for their Petit Sirah, Merlot, Verdelo and Chardonnay.
Their winemaker, Christine Barbe, was recently in town with Brenda and Clay and I had a chance to visit with her a but before they headed to Abilene (Brenda and Clay’s hometown) for the Buffalo Gap food and wine festival. I was thrilled to have a chance to sit down with Christine and Brenda before they headed out of town. Continue reading "What To Drink Now: Coquerel Family Wine with Winemaker Christine Barbe"
Lots of changes are underfoot in Lower Greenville. Yesterday I was walking along the street – just minding my own beeswax – when I noticed all these new places pop up. Lower Greenville is in the midst of a Restaurant Renaissance.
Though I haven’t seen any movement on chef Jason Boso’s food truck park, I’m guessing it’s waiting for Trader Joe’s to finish up construction work because the two areas will be sharing a common parking lot. Carnival Barker’s will open its ice cream shop in the truck park, and kids will be running around Lower Greenville like the crazies they are. Goodfriend Beer Garden and Burger House owners are fixing to move into 1919 Greenville Ave. for their new restaurant, The Blind Butcher, pretty soon. They still haven’t said when it’s opening yet. Mums the word.
So here’s what we do know, for sure: Trader Joe’s is making progress. Look! (See above photo.) The exterior is almost done. Cookie butter will soon be closer than ever.
There is so much going on downtown. On Saturday, I took the dog to his favorite store, Downtown Pawz, and let him pick out a treat. After taking him home, the husband and I walked over to Freshii and got lunch. Then we moseyed over to TenOverSix to check out the store’s accessories. Afterward, we stumbled across a downtown garage store, and then we checked out Homegrown Festival. Exhausted, we walked the block back to our apartment, and took a nap.
I’m almost scared to say it, but, here goes: I think Dallas may finally have its downtown.
I’m not the only one who’s noticed. Hospitality Sweet opened last week, then Freshii (which is actually open long enough for downtown residents to use), and now we’re getting something called WingBucket (don’t have info for you on that), and Fluellen Cupcakes.
Fluellen is run by Keith Fluellen, a real estate developer and co-owner of Dimples Cupcake Factory in Frisco. You remember Dimples, right? The owners we wrote about are no longer part of the organization, recipes have been adjusted, and vendors have been paid. “We take care of our employees,” Fluellen says.
With all these changes, Fluellen thought it was time to branch out on his own. In his job, he couldn’t help but notice what was happening in downtown Dallas. “I could see the revitalization,” he says. “I was blessed to find a good spot.” That spot is at 1408 Elm Street, between the Jimmy John’s and CVS, one block from DART (and, as luck would have it, one block from me!). While cupcakes will be the store’s bread and butter, it will also have a coffee bar with coffee from Distant Land Coffee, headquartered in Tyler, Texas.
And the very best part? In the beginning, the store will be open until 9 most nights and 10 on Fridays and Saturdays. Fluellen says they’re taking their time with construction, and making sure they do everything right. He says the store will open the second week in June.
So there you have it. I’m just waiting for the day when it isn’t news that a store is opening up downtown. I think that time is quickly approaching.