Yesterday I spent the day blogging from the Texas Rangers’ home opener. There was a lot of testosterone in the press box. So in keeping with the air of the day, my buddy and I headed to another high-testosterone feeding ground, Capital Grille, for dinner. The dark dining room did not disappoint. At 7:30, the place was filled to about 80% of its capacity, and 80% of the diners were guys. As usual, the service was stellar: every time you call for a reservation they capture your number in their system and keep a record of your past dining experiences. It can be a little unsettling, but it works on the guys who love being recognized. Anywhoo, my dry-aged sirloin was nice, but the Kona-crusted dry-aged sirloin topped with caramelized shallot butter is one of the best things I have ever put in my mouth. Seriously. Eat one. You will thank me. Next.4 Comments »
Local winemaker Lee Foster Fuqua’s 2002 FUQUA Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon won a Gold Medal at the Fingerlakes International Wine Competition. About 2300 wines were entered. Only 161 won gold. Fuqua Winery also produces a Texas Red made from grapes grown in West Texas. It’s a blend of Tempranillo, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Cabernet Franc. Visit the winery any Saturday from noon-6 p.m. It’s on the outskirts of Highland Park by Love Field. 3737Atwell Street, Suite 203, 214-769-1147.
Update: Just found out the the 2004 FUQUA Texas Red Wine won a silver at the same competition. We love it when Texas wine takes the spotlight.8 Comments »
Speaking of Green Tea and au naturale drinks, you can’t forget Sweet Leaf Tea. They’re a Texas company that’s been doing the cane sugar, and simple ingredient dance for some time. It’s been sold in Dallas for 10 years, although I discovered them only last year. I highly recommend the Mint & Honey Green Tea. At 110 calories per bottle, it’s got more sugar than I’d like, but it’s also strong—not that it’s a bad thing. I cut mine with ice, and it’s ohsogood. If you’re not a tea fan, they’ve got lemonades, too. Plus, any company that describes their drinks as “granny-inspired” has got to be good.
Paul DiCarlo of Jimmy’s Food Store just returned from Vinitaly in Verona and he’s busting to tell Dallas winos all about all things Italian wine. On April 17, for only $19, you can meet Alfonso Gagliano, the U.S. brand manager for Sella & Mosca (Sardinia) and Teruzzi & Puthod wineries (Tuscany), and taste some fabulous wines and nosh from a large antipasti buffet. The gig runs from 6:30-7:45PM. E-mail Paul, email@example.com, for reservations and have him put you on his e-mail newsletter list. Meanwhile, I await Dallas’ own wine blogger Alfonso Cevola’s report from Vinitaly. I checked his site, but he’s taken it off the hook while in Italy. But read what’s up. Sounds like he’s on quite an Italian wine adventure.