We missed this yesterday, but Bill Addison reported on the Eats blog that Dave Faries has been named the new dining critic at the Dallas Observer. Faries used to write a column called the Burning Question for the Observer, and he used to do some food reviewing there too, before he took off for Prague (lucky lucky) to write dining reviews for the Prague Post.
I did a little scouting around the office. Here’s what I found out about Faries:
Cons: Close talker. Long talker. Always carries a legal pad. Always.
Pros: Enjoys a drink or two. Considered by some to be a bit of a dandy. Gorgeous eyelashes.
We realize none of these things have anything to do with food, but good info nonetheless. Best of luck to Dave. We’ll be watching…1 Comment »
Haven’t been to this West End stalwart in years, but by the looks of all the upscale autos parked curbside every night, The Palm is still popular with the money crew. If so, they’ll love this: lobster dinners for two starting at $95 for 4 lbs. Indulge now however. The deal ends this weekend.1 Comment »
We bet you’re having a barbecue this weekend. And knowing our Dishers, it’s not going to be just any ol’ cue. It’s going to be on-trend. It’s going to be local and organic. You are food snobs like us, we get it. Here’s another dish to add to your menu: Nana chef Anthony Bombaci’s coleslaw. He recommends topping sliders with it, which sounds like a pretty good call to us.
# Chef Bombaci’s Coleslaw:
# 2.5 pounds Napa cabbage, sliced thin
# 1 cup mayonnaise
# 1.5 pounds shredded carrot
# 1 cups half-and-half
# 1/4 cup cider vinegar
# 2 oz granulated sugar
# 1 1/2 tsp salt
# 1/2 teaspoon white pepper
# Mix Sour Cream, Half and Half, Cider Vinegar, & Sugar.Add to cabbage and carrots and toss lightly. Season with Salt and White Pepper.
Enjoy. And if you’re bored tonight, check out Nana’s Friday Night Flights. From 6–8pm, you get three wines with some snacks for $20. Call 214-761-7470 for reservations.5 Comments »
Maybe I am just getting crabby in my old age but when I opened a press release announcing Herbal Water, “the only nationally available USDA Certified Organic flavored water is now available at more than 500 Safeway Stores”, I wanted to go back to bed. Seriously, are you going to get bamboozled by every “organic” scam? Help me here: Isn’t “organic water” redundant? Here, straight from the you-can-make-this-stuff-up department:
Herbal Water blends hand-selected, organically grown herbs with purified water and nothing else – no preservatives, colors, artificial ingredients, sweeteners or calories – to create a refreshing taste and an enchanting aroma.
Herbal Water is a healthy alternative to beverages that contain calories and artificial flavors,” says Ayala Laufer-Cahana, trained pediatrician, accomplished artist, and company founder. “As more people demand healthy and organic beverages, we are delighted that our line of Herbal Water will be available to them at Safeway stores.” Recently, Herbal Water was recognized by Delicious Magazine as a “delicious flavored water (that is) a great sugar-free alternative to soda…this water is smooth and refreshing.”
Oh, that’s enough. Delicious or not. I have work to do. (Somebody comb that woman’s hair, please.)8 Comments »
Last night, I went to the Cowboys game (see pic at left). I had so much fun, but I did not see one thing I wanted to eat (good thing Tei Tei was open late). However, the first annual Gridiron Chef Classic sounds like the proper way to pair football and food to me. On September 13, two nights before the Cowboys vs. Philadelphia Monday Night football match-up, the Omni Mandalay Hotel in Las Colinas will host chefs from Dallas and Philadelphia in an Iron Chef-style battle, all to raise money for the James Beard Foundation. Guests will get a three-course dinner to munch on while the chefs duke it out on special Electrolux outdoor kitchens. For resys, call 972-869-5506. Jump for all the details, including which chefs will be facing off.1 Comment »
Several Dishers e-mailed me yesterday and asked me to post my “score” for the Omnivore’s Hundred. So I took an hour out of my life and did it (posted after the jump). About a third of the way through, I realized why, the first time I saw this list, I dismissed it. The main problem is that it was generated in England. Before you go all nutso on me for characterizing the Brits as conservative eaters (which they are) let me explain. This (silly) list comes from a culture that doesn’t eat salsa every day so how are we, as Texans or people living in Dallas, supposed to relate to it.
Nation, if we really wanted to be cool, we would create our own Dallas-specific list and pollinate the web with it. Of course we wouldn’t use any $50 words like locavore, omnivore, or gastronome. We’d call it something like “Dallas: Eat! or Die!” (explanation marks optional) and make it a daring culinary scavenger hunt of our area. Let’s workshop this idea over the long (thank the lord) weekend and start compiling on Tuesday. Meanwhile, here goes. Continue reading "Friday Foodie Fun: Omnivore’s Hundred"13 Comments »
Sorry, Frisco residents. No yogurt for you this weekend. Turns out the Stonebriar Center location of Orange Cup isn’t opening until the weekend of September 12. Stay tuned for details about grand opening festivities.
So the other night I’m watchin’ the last season of Prison Break (Hi, JJ!) and I’m stunned when I see the Dallas Farmers Market doubling as a street scene in Panama. Silly me, I didn’t know a lot of the show was shot in Dallas. What I do know, thanks to a big acorn that just fell from the tree, is that last night Perry’s Restaurant became the “set” for not one, but two television shows. One side of the restaurant, The First 48 filmed seven Dallas homicide detectives celebrating the outcome of a brutal crime case solved. Across the room, The Real Housewives of Orange County shot a dinner scene featuring the show’s stars Vicki Gunvalson, Jeana Keough, Lauri Peterson, Tamra Barney, and Gretchen Rossi discussing their struggle to find balance and fulfillment in their demanding lives filled with careers, children, and men. Needless to say, owners Amie & Clay Bergus, and partner/chef Travis Henderson were more than busy last night. More scenes to be filmed tonight? Dunno. Perry’s, wassup?11 Comments »
The Dallas Business Journal reports that the Park Lane development across from NorthPark is adding Village Burger Bar, Uptown Sushi, and Gordon Biersch to their list of future tenants. So, if you don’t want to deal with the West Village, and don’t want to drive to the Shops at Legacy, there’s another option for, uh, more of the same stuff that you can get in other places. At least you won’t have to eat at the Cheesecake Factory.
When I was on my press trip last week, a writer from North Carolina asked me what my favorite thing to eat in Dallas was. Seemed like any easy enough question to answer, but it really stumped me. I think I stumbled around and answered something about brisket tacos, just because I had eaten them recently (I do love them, but I’m not sure if they’re my favorite thing to eat here). I’ve been thinking about it ever since, and I’m hoping Dishers might have some insight.
Foods that came to mind: Snuffers cheese fries, Sammy’s potato casserole, Bob Armstrong dip from Matt’s, a filet from Bob’s, frites from Toulouse, turkey sandwich on bone bread from Eatzi’s, guacamole from MiCo, a burger from Jake’s and Burger House, and Triple ‘Roni pizza from Fireside. Basically, what you’d been craving if you’d been out of town for a month or so. Help!21 Comments »
How long has it been since you dined at Watel’s? I went a couple of months ago for the first time in ages. The restaurant is in a darling little house on Allen Street in the State-Thomas area . Call now and ask for a table in the back room which overlooks the patio and back yard. If you’re in the mood, do it tomorrow night: the kitchen is offering a three-course dinner for $36 and the front of the house is presenting a live jazz trio for entertainment. (That is so match.com-friendly.) Reservations required: 214-720-0323.
How old were you when you took your first drink? Was it a few swings of Boone’s Farm Apple Wine in the back seat of a car with some other underage friends or half a glass of wine at a special occasion at a fine restaurant with your parents? Me? Guilty to the former. You?
Anywhoo, this morning Miss Amy takes a scholarly approach and discusses the pros and cons of the drinking age debate. I’m sober and ready. Let’s go:
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The issue over age–18 or 21–misses the point. It isn’t when kids are allowed to drink, it’s how they are taught. When our son turned 15, we spent a year between Drivers Ed classes and a learner’s permit before we let him drive a car by himself. Now we are facing our next challenge: the inevitable issue of drinking alcohol. Are we going to allow his college peers to teach him to modify consumption of a substance that makes him lose control? How much should be the parent’s responsibility? And, how much does the endless, on/off “18 or 21″ legalized age to drink debate lead to youthful over-consumption? Continue reading "Restaurant 101: Drinking Age Debate"
Whoa, dude. Where NOT to eat in Chicago–it’s my kind of eating town. Anywhoo, a busy, business-type Disher is heading to Chi-town and wants us to steer him to the finest plates in town. Of course, I love Rick Bayless. (BTW, so does Obama.) Bayless’ bar makes the best margaritas in the world. I can’t remember the name of the teeny Vietnamese place I tried but any on the ones on Argyle Street in the Little Vietnam neighborhood of the city will do the trick. Sarah Eveans sez she loves Merlo on Maple. Et tu, Nation?34 Comments »
We are quite busy over here at SD HQ, putting out the October issue of that magazine-with-the-food-reviews-in-it, so lunch needed to be eaten at our desks. Since the new Buzzbrews Kitchen just opened up on Lemmon Avenue (in the old Tradicion spot) about a mile from the office, we decided to try it out. This plan was almost foiled when they failed to answer the phone, but by that point we had our hearts set on our orders, so Zac and I headed to the restaurant and ordered to-go. The restaurant wasn’t very full, which probably means people just don’t know it’s open yet. Jump for pics and details of the lunch. Also, if you want to order from them, the new phone number isn’t on the website. It’s 214-521-4333 (if they answer).6 Comments »
I’ve noticed that some restaurants that once stocked Splenda as an on-table sweetener have stopped. Pei Wei recently didn’t have it and the Houston’s in Kansas City didn’t either. I think it’s because Splenda is so much more expensive than Sweet & Lo or Equal, but I’d be curious to see if that was like a cost-cutting measure that some of chains are taking in this economic environment.
Wow. Curious. I dunno. Does Splenda needs a special month or a day? Does Starbucks offer Splenda? Splenda-gate is on. Where’s Miss Amy when you need her?8 Comments »
Corporate conspiracy theories aside, I love to celebrate random special days and months. And September is full of them. Besides being National Biscuit, Chicken, Courtesy, Piano, Baby Safety, Classical Music, Honey, and Potato Month (of course not all together), September has many popular “days”. My favorites include Newspaper Carrier Day (4th), Elephant Day (23rd), and Chewing Gum Day (30th). How about we all agree on a food theme for September and claim it as our own. Like Tristan Simon Month or Bad Waiter Day. I’m open. But, as usual, I digress.
I admit that breakfast has never been a regular meal on my eating schedule. I usually save the calories for a dining review. However, last month I started a regular breakfast routine and I do feel better. So, I’m way ahead of the curve on Better Breakfast Month which starts next Monday. To honor this blessed event, Starbucks, is introducing six breakfast items “made with wholesome ingredients” such as hot oatmeal, energy bars, and muffins to their caffeine-laden menu. Now you can have your java jive and healthy start to the day with one stop. Thanks, Howard. May you enjoy counting your money even earlier in the day.5 Comments »
On Sunday, August 31, from 1 pm-2 am, get free food and cheap drinks ($2 until 7 pm and $3 until 2 am) at the Grapevine Bar. Need I say more?1 Comment »
Shocking development: Troy Aikman eats dinner at MiCocina in Highland Park Village. He was with, I guess, either two of his daughters or one with a friend. He was wearing a (very tight) t-shirt from Bruce Sprinsteen’s latest tour. Funny, the last time I saw Troy was at the Springsteen show in Dallas. BTW, the parking lot at Highland Park Village may be full of “beautiful” rich people, but it stinks. I was standing by my car last night and the stench from the sewer made me sick at my stomach. It was overwhelming.5 Comments »