Over Fourth of July weekend, my new hubby and I drove to his hometown of Fairbury, Nebraska for a visit with his grandma Rose. With 4,262 people in Fairbury, you wouldn’t expect the tiny mid-western town to produce one of Nebraska’s most popular culinary contributions–the Fairbury Brand Tomboy Stadium Hot Dogs. The official hot dog of the Husker Nation. These juicy dogs are tasty. Nebraskans not only take their football as seriously as Texans, they are adamant about their wieners. Story goes that another corporate-giant-type company outbid the humble small-town favorite as the exclusive Husker hot dog. The industrious underdogs set up carts outside the stadium, attracting crowds of hungry tailgaters who eventually demanded the stadium serve the plump Tomboys instead. No word from the company on where to find ‘em in Texas, unless you count my freezer (we brought them back in a cooler). If you’re in Nebraska, they’re readily available at many grocery stores. Follow the jump to see my other favorite Nebraska foodie find (for you healthy types).3 Comments »
You can tell it’s swimsuit season. Everyone’s talking about salads today on SideDish. Here’s another great one. The Mumbai Street/Chaat salad at Bengal Coast is nice and meaty without the meat: five different kinds of beans, diced potatoes, daikon (that’s a mild white radish, kids), ginger, apple, crispy chickpea noodles, and roasted peanuts all tossed in tamarind chutney and mint raita. I had it today for lunch. Really tasty. Anyone else have a fave salad?1 Comment »
I enjoyed a delightful lunch at Green Papaya today. It had been a while since I darkened the doorway there, but I think I will make my appearances more frequent. Jump if you want to know why.1 Comment »
Stopped by Salata for lunch today (OK, didn’t stop by. Had a friend drive me all the way to Preston Center just for those addictive salads) and the place was packed. At a minimum of $8 a pop for every person who walks in the door—and a full house plus a line waiting at the bar—it looks like the business is taking off.1 Comment »
You probably haven’t heard of Pizza Today magazine, unless you’re in the pizza biz. No matter, this is still a big deal. The folks at Campania Pizza wrote to let us know they were chosen as “Independent Pizzeria of the Year” by the pub. (Take that, New York and Chicago!) Look for the mention in the August issue. In other Campania news, the restaurant is going to start using Bufalita mozzarella this fall. Apparently, it’s a mozz that is produced using a unique process, wherein the milk is pasteurized in some crazy way to make it extra delicious. Count us in.
Last week, we wrote about a New York Times article on picnicking. A couple of you wrote in to tell us what you like to bring when you head out into the summer, blanket in hand (cue the sunset). I told you I like Eatzi’s sandwiches and wine, which is really my go-to move. However, Greenz dropped off this basket of goodies to the office, and it looks pretty darn good too, and it’s easy for people like me who do things at the last minute and without any extra time. Beginning today, you can pick up a “Picnic to Go” basket that includes two of their yummy salads or wraps, fruit, chips, and cookies for $21.99. And–this is the best part, obvs–if you mention the “picnic special,” you can get a bottle of wine and an opener for just $6.99.
The salad pictured is one of their new salads, the Grilled Texas Peach Salad, featuring grilled peaches, Vidalia onions from the Dallas Farmer’s Market, blue cheese, spinach, and Dijon mustard vinaigrette. Medical City even says it’s “heart-healthy,” so no arteries will be clogged during your romantic outdoor date.5 Comments »
While traveling last week, I picked up the July 14 issue of US Weekly to read on the plane. Toward the back there is a feature called The US Buzzzz-O-Meter, which charts buzzworthy items from all over the country, but usually New York and L.A. I was pleasantly surprised, however, to see the Dallas’ own Mansion restaurant rated five bees on the buzz scale (major quakes!). This is what they had to say:
“Kate Hudson and Paula Abdul create their own menu at the exclusive Chef’s Table at this Dallas eatery.”
Who knew.1 Comment »
I was strolling past the cheese counter at Whole Foods this weekend looking for something new to try and I came upon halloumi. Halloumi comes from Cyprus and is traditionally a mixture of sheep and goat’s milk. Interestingly enough, it’s ideal for grilling or frying because of it’s higher melting point. I was intrigued. So last night, I rubbed it with a little garlic, brushed on some extra virgin olive oil, grilled it just enough to give it some color and I was hooked. It was a tad salty with a definite hint of that goat cheese tang, but overall, it rocked. May I suggest the next time you’re in the mood for grilled cheese, ditch the bread and opt for this instead.1 Comment »
La Cave Warehouse is the go-to shop for French wine. Owner Francois Chandou stocks everything from first growths to family-owned lesser known French producers. Much of the stock will be placed on sale including Grand Cru Bordeaux and Burgundy. He’s even slashing prices on Domaine de la Romanée Conti. The 31 percent discount is in honor of the 31 years the wine shop has been open. Click here for more details.1 Comment »
Fightin’ Foodies of the SideDish Nation, Lisa Garza has gone silent on us. Yesterday she didn’t return phone calls or e-mails asking for her usual Monday blog post. However, I did get a “I’m-in-a-meeting” text so I know she hasn’t been fitted with cement Manolo Blahnik strappy sandals and sunk in the East River.
In absence of the reality TV Lisa, I will present SideDish’s first Blogality Post, a blurb based on a reality TV person written by a real person pretending to be a reality TV person. That “person pretending to be a reality TV person” shall remain anonymous.
“Geezy man, what a stressful show Sunday night. How stupid was that little Brownie or Bluebird or Girl Scout, or whatever she was. She certainly isn’t going to get a badge in couscous from me. I mean really, my son Ian’s first word was “haricovert.” (Duh!?) His first complete sentence was “Mommy, can I have a bottle of 1995 Chateau d’Yquem with a lovely assortment of St. Paulin, Brie de Mieux, and a small slice of St. Nectaire for a snack?” (Oh, he’s so cute!) Just what have these other contestants been feeding their children. Or themselves? Oh, I gasp at the thought. (I bet Kelsey grew up on Trix. Her complexion is still orange from food dye)
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But back to the show. Can I tell you upfront that Bobby Flay is H. O. T. He can grill me any night of the week and I will turn myself over so that he can grill me again on the other side. No basting necessary. I would do anything for Bobby, and I have. Whoopsie, you didn’t hear that from me because I’m signed a strict contract and agreed not to talk about that stuff in public. (Note to lawyer: Are blogs public?) Wanna hear more? Continue reading "Lisa Garza Shuts Her Quiche Lorraine Pie Hole"