A lovely Houston’s-lovin’ Disher wants equal time. In response to my rant against Houston’s, she offers:
I would like to see you put up the same thing about Patrizios. If that place wasn’t IN HPV and had such low price points I don’t see why anyone would go there. I only go there when someone INSISTS. And many do. It’s not even worth bringing the leftovers home and the last time I was there a roach walked across the bar. The bartender didn’t seem surprised. The service has always been bad. The waiters don’t even seem to know who has which section and they sure aren’t going to go out of their way to help you even after passing you 6 times in 10 minutes.
WELL, there you have it. Roaches? In Texas? She has to be nuts.21 Comments »
Wine markup in restaurants. It’s a hot national topic. How much is too much; how little is not enough. Corkage fees. Bring your own. Oh, where will the madness stop.
Today Alfonso Cevola, Italian Wine Director at Glazer’s, makes some interesting observations on his blog, On the Wine Trail in Italy.
Wine lists. Working with several clients over the last few weeks, and really finding some very different opinions. But more and more I am seeing restaurant people rethinking the way they serve wine in their places. Less popular is buying a wine for $17 and reselling it for $65. The wave I have been seeing, in Houston, in Dallas and Austin, is that same wine on a blackboard for $39. You know at $39 a party of four will buy two bottles. At $65 they might nurse that bottle of wine. So the establishment sells one bottle and had $48 in gross profit. Selling two bottle for $39 and they have $44 to work with. A smaller profit? Yes. A happier clientele? Most assuredly. And most likely to return sooner. This is a wave that is coming from San Francisco, from Southern California, New York, and Texas is right there, too, with these ideas. This is exciting stuff for the wine producers back in Italy who have a storeroom full of wine right now.
I’ve noticed lower wine prices in restaurants lately. I paid a little over $30 retail for a 2005 Arzuaga Crianza Ribera del Duero (Spain) and noticed it on the wine list (same vintage) at Maximo for $65.11 Comments »
Craft Dallas founder and chef Tom Colicchio will be in the kitchen on June 25th at 7:00pm. Chef Colicchio will prepare a five-course dinner to pair with wines from Ramey Wine Cellars. I call it a bargain: $115 per person inclusive of tax and service charge. Reservations required. Michelle Tran: 214 397 4177 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
UPDATE: SOLD OUT.10 Comments »
Mark your calendars: June 20th is the date for the Garland Asian American Festival at the Saigon Mall. It promises to be a fun day of food and culture. Here are some of the activities:
* Lion Dance
* Cultural and Musical Entertainment Showcase
* Food Booths
* Public Services Booths
* Local, City and nationally elected officials
* Non-profit organizations
* Government agencies, City of Garland, Garland Police Department
Last year around 15,000 participated in the event that takes place from 10:00am to 5:00pm. More info here or call 214-244-9144.
Last night was the first episode of the Food Network’s The Next Food Network Star. Naturally, there’s a Dallas-ish contestant: Melissa d’Arabian from Keller, Texas. Please tell me someone else watched besides me and my long-suffering BF. This show bores the pants off me. But thank G, our gal Mel looks like she’s got some star potential. Jump for the recap.13 Comments »
Not to steal thunder from the lovely, talented, and yogurt-loving Sarah, but I weighed in on this craze for D Beauty. It was nuts back then–I mean, how many frozen yogurt shops can one city support?–and it has since only gotten nuttier. The truth is they all taste pretty much the same (which supports the same-mix theory), although I do think Orange Cup has a leg up in the taste department. But, of course, you can’t serve yourself or add your own toppings there, which I have to believe is part of the allure. (Not for me, because I prefer a controlled portion.) While the frozen-yogurt selection is limited at Natsumi, I had another one of my best cups there during my taste-a-thon. Will these frozen yogurt shops eventually go the way of TCBY? Jury’s still out.2 Comments »
Over the weekend, I picked up some rag in the grocery store and read that Leonardo DiCaprio has a Red Mango machine in his office and home. That’s rich—a franchise outlet costs about $275,000. I’m a little late to the fro-yo wars, it’s sorta Sarah’s beat here on SideDish, but I can’t quit bumping into new ones. Last week I discovered two that have yet to open–Yogurt By Me in North Dallas behind the Galleria, and Yogen Fru in Preston Royal (across from TJ’s).
This morning I found FOUR e-mails marked ! “FW: ***PRESS RELEASE*** Frozen Yogurt coming to HP Village! Menchie’s, all the rage in LA (Hi, Paris!) is coming to Highland Park Village. The deal at Menchie’s is self-serve (how perfect for HPV) and “What’s your mix?” You can let your freak yogurt mix fly—I understand you can buy a t-shirt with your custom concoction printed on the front or back (or both!). At Menchie’s you mix, weigh, pay.
Like Starbuck’s, yogurt shops now offer groovy interiors, WiFi, custom-designable products and blends, and blogs. Also like Starbuck’s which basically sells coffee three gazillion ways, the base product in all fro-yo concepts is frozen yogurt which, according to several in the yogurt know, all come from the same mix. I guess you could say, like the product, yogurt shops have to create live and active cultures to get attention.2 Comments »
We sent our editorial intern, Kellyn Curtis, over to Central 214 last Thursday to get a sneak peak of the Oxygen crew filming chef Blythe Beck’s every move for her soon-to-debut show The Naughty Kitchen wit Blythe Beck. Kellyn files this report:
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By now, you’ve probably heard about Central 214’s executive chef Blythe Beck and her quest for Total World Culinary Domination. And you’ve probably heard about the reality show Oxygen is filming about the feisty red head, “The Naughty Kitchen with Chef Blythe Beck.” But you probably haven’t heard much more than that. Filming for the reality show takes place pretty much everyday at the swanky Hotel Palomar, and Thursday night was no exception.
Chef Beck’s kitchen got a little less naughty as cameramen documented Showdown in D Town benefiting Dress for Success, an organization that gets money in the pockets of women who need it most so they can get back into the workplace. Beck premiered her new poolside menu while guests downed signature cocktails and bid on luxury items during the live auction hosted by a drag queen. Continue reading "Dress For Success: Blythe Beck Gets Ready For Her Reality TV Close Up on The Naughty Kitchen"
Liz Baron, co-owner of Zinsky’s Deli, has read all of the comments and made the selections for the Zinsky’s Deli Friends and Family Tasting from 5:00-8:00pm next Sunday at Bengal Coast. The list is below. Please e-mail your stage name and your real name to me (email@example.com). Your name must be on the list to get in. If you are one of the “winners” below and you can’t make it, please let me know so we can substitute. Remember, you must agree to file a report on SideDish next Monday. Congrats to:
2) Lisa Petty
7) Dallas Deli
8) Dubious Brother