An alert Disher who loves margaritas and MiCocina files this report:
I Just got back from 5:30 dinner (I have a 2 year old) at Mi Cocina (Preston/Forest) and was baffled by the amount of Secret Service and Dallas police there. When I asked what all the hub-bub was about, the hostess told me Jenna & Laura Bush were eating there. Who knew they liked to dine amongst old folks and children under 5? I took my daughter to the bano and saw Laura with my own eyes.
Our “reporter” went on to say that the Mercedes the Bush gals left in was sporting two “Obama 2008!” bumper stickers. Swamp land (or voting rights) in Florida anyone?
We love Whole Foods (especially the fat-free ginger cookies and the cheese samples. And the roasted chicken. And the chicken salad. And…we’ll stop there). We usually go to the store on Lemmon Avenue because of it’s proximity to D Mag HQ. However, on May 7, we will have to venture to the Preston and Forest locale for Community Giving Day. This time, five percent of the day’s sales will benefit Attitudes & Attire, a great organization that helps women gain confidence and become self-sufficient. From 6–7pm, bring in an accessory donation and get a $10 gift card to the Whole Foods Spa. Jump for all the details.
According to a restaurant supplier, the Bob’s Steak & Chop House in Houston has filed for bankruptcy. All Dallas area locations are up and running. Developing.4 Comments »
Here is yet another indication that the rich are getting richer and the poor are getting poorer. And hungrier. Thankfully, Fort Worth chef Tim Love is going to save Dallas travelers from starving while traveling.
The folks over at Windmill Lounge will open early (3PM) this Saturday to allow ample time for libations before the Kentucky Derby. There will be a hat parade, large screen TVs, and complimentary biscuits with ham and gravy. Mint Juleps for one and all.1 Comment »
Kent Rathbun has just completed a complete makeover of starship Abacus. New menu; gorgeous digs. Rathbun is back in the kitchen. They had a quick soft opening on Monday and Tuesday nights and they’re ready for you now. Beet salad, anyone? Looks like tall food is making a comeback.
If you really want to stay on top of the eat local and regional movement, make the jump and read the Crop Conditions Report compiled by Robert Burns at Texas A&M University. Pay attention Dishers, this is important stuff. Continue reading "Just In: Texas Crop Report"
This chick’s name is Pamela Jenkins. In Las Vegas she is known as the Cupcake Queen. Pamela was born in Jacksboro, Texas. According to her website, she “studied in New York City, Spain, Argentina, and has traveled the globe. She is a total “foodie,” loving to visit the culinary establishments of Vegas.” Riveting. She ended up in Vegas as the executive assistant to the CEO of the Golden Nugget casino. One day she was sitting in her office reading a story in the newspaper about a woman who was selling cupcakes. In January 2006 she quit said job and opened The Cupcakery in Vegas. She sold 275,000 frickin’ cupcakes (at $2.75 a pop) in one year. This summer, The Cupcakery will open a location in The Shops at Starwood in Frisco. You’ll be interested to know that when Jenkins is not spending time creating new cupcake recipes, she spends time with her three dogs Josephine, Tora, and Calypso, riding horses, and doing Bikram Yoga. You’ll also be interested to know that in my spare time I write about former executive assistants who turn into millionaires by selling cupcakes. I want my mommy.13 Comments »
The town of Addison will be rocking next weekend when the Taste of (Bill) Addison opens the doors at 5:00PM Friday May 9. Check out the website for all of the activities. Highlights? Pinkalicious: The Musical, Flair Bartending Exhibition, and a Saturday night performance by The Black Crows. Good, clean, cheap fun. Hit it, boys.1 Comment »
Next October, a group of my friends and I are heading to Tuscany for ten days. Besides taking cooking lessons and a culinary tour, we are also hitting several (hundred) wineries. To prepare for our trip, I am organizing a series of get-togethers designed to pre-educate the group with all things Italian. Last night was Tuscany Wine 101 and our “teacher” was Alfonso Cevola, you know, the Italian wine director at Glazer’s who writes a wicked wine blog. Anywhoo, Alfonso showed up with six wines and I showed up with a couple of frozen sausage and meatball lasagnas from Jimmy’s Food Store. People, the wine was great, but the lasagna was even greater. A tin that feeds 6-8 is only $30. Our hefty group of ten barely touched the second one. I also picked up some tasty sesame crackers and several Italian cheeses. There is no better spot in Dallas for Italian food. And I’m including all of the restaurants that call themselves Italian. I’ll list the wines we tasted below. Good stuff. Continue reading "Looking For Fabulous Lasagna? Wine?"4 Comments »
Lordy, if half of you who have taken the time to e-mail me about the loss of World-Delicacies.com had actually gone to the store, they’d still be in business. And they are kinda sorta. A Disher, keen on all things green, sends this:
They [wholesale side of World-Delicacies.com] were bought by a company called European Imports. They then moved to a location in Grand Prairie and are operating as European Imports.
There you go.4 Comments »
Word comes that Scott and Gina Gottlich, of the ultra-fancy and fabulous Bijoux restaurant, will be opening up a new restaurant in the Westin Galleria Dallas. No word on the concept, or really any info at all about the place, but it is scheduled to open sometime this year. Follow the jump for the press release.
The master of steak house ceremonies has hired long-time Dallas chef Michael Weinstein to develop a brunch and catering menu. Many of you will remember chef Weinstein from his gigs at The Riviera (weeping), The Grape, and Aurora, to name a few. Maybe chef Weinstein will answer one Disher’s burning question: “Help! I want the recipe for the Al’s salad with the hearts of palm, avocado, crab, and shrimp.” Or maybe not. Time will tell.2 Comments »
OK, kids. Jump for the press releases I have received for special Mother’s Day dining. Sure I copied and pasted them. Sure it’s not an exhaustive list. But it’s a dang good start. As I get more, I’ll add them If you have a better idea, post it in under comments. On your mark, get set, make reservations.
Update: More added! Continue reading "Dining Options for Mother’s Day"
LightCatcher Winery in Fort Worth just released the 2007 Texas Kiss Merlot Rosé ($14). Winemaker Caris Turpen said:
This year’s version is true to form – light, crisp, and just sweet enough to push the fruitiness right up to the front (technically it’s “off-dry”). The flavors are strawberry, cherry, watermelon and cranberry – a perfect complement to spicy and warm-weather dishes. And, the color is gorgeous – a transparent ruby red, clean and enticing.
You can expect that this will sell out soon, as it does every year. I love this wine with fish and shellfish dishes that have a bit of sweetness in the glazes or sauces. Turpen also has a dry-style Merlot rosé, Etain’s Rose ($18), that I cannot leave the winery without
buying drinking at least one bottle. It is crisp and refreshing, but has structure and complexity. Try it with chicken, Asian food, even steak.
Okay, not be Queen Redundant of Redundancy, but to our handicapping Disher I say: word. I’ll be so happy when Lisa, Nikki, Mark, and Antonia are gone. Especially Lisa and Nikki. I mean, seriously. Now that we’re on to week eight, it really is game-on time. (My picks: Stephanie, Dale, Richard, and Andrew—despite his uber tweakiness.)4 Comments »
My husband and I had lunch recently with some friends (at The Counter. It was decent. Get the sweet potato fries.), and the wife mentioned in passing that she had started a food blog. She has always been interested in cooking and baking, and her collection of cookbooks dwarfs my entire library. But, even knowing all that, I am still impressed with her effort (especially since she has a 1-year-old and a part-time law career to boot). I guess these online amateur foodie outposts are more prevalent than I think. That true?1 Comment »
Remember this, when we decided to make Top Chef:Chicago into a fun game? It’s halfway through the season, and the same Disher who invented the game sends the mid-season review:
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Just watched Wednesday night’s ep on the DVR last night and though that we should do an almost-mid-season review of the handicapping. This shouldn’t be too tough, since the players are few in number. I have the picks as such:
Me: Richard, Dale, Stephanie, and Andrew (4 for 4 so far)
You: Richard, Antonia, Nikki, and
Manuel(3 for 4)
Donna: Antonia, Jennifer, Richard, & Stephanie (4 for 4)
Logan: Richard, Stephanie, Mark,
Ryan(3 for 4)
Todd J.: Richard, Stephanie, Dale, and Spike (4 for 4)
RB: Dale, Richard,
Jennifer, Antonia (3 for 4)
I find a couple things interesting. First, everybody has Richard Blais in their group, and thus far he’s got to be in the clubhouse with the lead, but it’s only Friday (literally and figuratively) and there are 36 holes yet to play.
Second, nobody had more than one of the early round losers.
Third, I’ve been very impressed with this group compared with Season 3. After about the second or third episode, each of the chefs seems to feel that they have to bring it every week; last season, there were a lot of folks who seemed to just want to coast in the middle and then try to turn it on in the playoffs.
Last, I think that there are a bunch who are just hanging on by a thread: Mark, Antonia, Nikki, and Bad Attitude Lisa. If there were a group challenge coming up with all 4 of them on the same group, I could see the judges cutting the entire group just to be rid of them. Except that the show probably has a 16-episode contract and that would totally screw up the production schedule.
A few weeks ago, a friend alerted me to the website Snooty Foodie, and I’ve totally forgotten to blog about it. It’s a Dallas-based site with recommendations instead of reviews, meaning all the restaurants they list are restaurants they like. Abacus, Aurora, Fearing’s, Jasper’s, Local, they’re all on there. Click on the name, and an extensive explanation of the restaurant itself, a chef profile, hours, locations, a photo gallery (!), and a fork rating system pop up. You can also make a reservation through opentable.com here, and they have a “Snooty News” section where different food events are listed.
Dishers, what do you think of this? And who is behind this site? I’m impressed with the amount of information available. Thoughts please.10 Comments »