My dad loves his 5 o’clock cocktail. From a spiced rum and coke, to a smooth sipping tequila, to a hearty red wine, to a nice cold beer, dad loves his cocktails (as do I) so in celebration of Dad, here are a few ideas to take the evening cocktail up a notch; and of course a few wine options for those not keen on spirits.
Patron Tequila has created a series for this summer called “The Art of The Drink,” which includes tasty recipes from mixologists around the country. There are a few that look tequila tantalizing including the Rubia Bonita, from Chicago’s Blackbird mixologist Kyle Fountaine; to the Tequila Mockingbird from Greg Seider, mixologist and co-owner of The Summit Bar in New York.
3 oz. Patrón Silver Tequila
½ oz. Aperol
½ oz. simple syrup
Dash of orange bitters
1 oz. lime juice
1 cup cilantro
In cocktail shaker muddle cilantro and strawberries together with the lime juice. Build rest of ingredients. Hard shake for 10 seconds. Double strain in rocks glass with ice.
Congrats, Shannon Wynne. Your Meddlesome Moth is the “It” place right now in Dallas. Everyone’s talking. The patio is packed. Here’s another reason why: You’re making beer the new wine (along with a host of other gastropubs in town such as The Libertine). Over on Lower Oak Lawn‘s blog, they report The Moth is tapping a cask ale from Avery Brewing Co. tonight. This rare Maharaja Imperial IPA will be available to taste starting at 5pm. We suggest you get there early.6 Comments »
Christina LaBarba of FreshPoint attended the John Tesar fest at 48 Nights @ Sylvan on Monday. She sends this report and picture. Love. It.
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It was my first time at 48 nights. John’s [Tesar] food was amazing. I look forward to his new restaurants opening in Dallas. My friend Linda and I were lucky enough to sit with Michael Flynn the sommelier from The Mansion and Scott Barber formerly sommelier at The Mansion. The wines they paired with the food were incredible. Lucky to be apart of that table of four.
Veldhuizen Family Farm is in Dublin, Texas, the birthplace of Dr. Pepper. A comfortable day trip from Dallas, the cheese-making farm sells their products 6 days a week but on Saturdays they offer tours of the facility. In this video, owner and cheesemaker Stuart Veldhuizen talks about the making of their blue cheese, Bosque Blue.2 Comments »
For those of you who have been living under a skillet, the new season of Top Chef premieres tonight (8 p.m. on Bravo). And, guess what? There’s a cheftestant from Dallas! Do you know what that means? Episode recaps! Every week! Right here! But first, we need to get to know our newest reality star. SideDishers, meet Tiffany Derry, executive chef at Go Fish Ocean Club two years and running. She took time from her busy schedule to answer a few of my toughest questions. Unfortunately, she wouldn’t tell me who wins. I guess we’ll just have to wait and see for ourselves. See you guys back here tomorrow to discuss the premiere.
Jump for the Q&A.4 Comments »
This weekend marks the 6th annual Wine and Food Week throughout Houston and the Woodlands. If you are looking for a fun road trip this weekend – consider this (and have no fear…most events occur indoors, so Houston’s heat won’t wear you down, but the excitement of a week long event devoted to wine and the culinary arts in Houston will lift you up.)
I have loved the food scene in Houston since I was a little girl. From classics like Tony’s , the original Nifa’s, the birth place of the Pappas and Landry’s chains, to some of the best Tex-Mex food at the sadly now closed Felix on Montrose, and Vietnamese at Mai’s off of downtown, I have grown up appreciating this foodie town. This weekend you can get a peak in to why Houstonian’s love great food and wine at this 6th annual event.
With over 500 wineries participating in 40 events throughout the week, this intends to be a great festival.
A few key events to look for include the HEB Wine Walk on Market Street in The Woodlands on Thursday night featuring 40 different wine tasting stations, live music and chef demonstrations.
The Sips, Suds and Sliders event takes place Friday night and will include 25 Texas wines, including Messina Hof, Fall Creek Vineyards and Llano Estacado, and 25 specialty beers, including St. Arnold’s Brewery, and a Texas size slider challenge where Houston Community College culinary students will test their grilling skills when paired with professional chefs vying for the People’s Choice Shining Slider Award.
The big event of the weekend will take place Saturday night. The Wine Rendezvous Grand Tasting & TEXAS MONHTLY Chef Showcase will feature 50 chefs competing in a completely “green” event, creating dishes from sustainable ingredients to win a $5,000 prize.
Another one to keep on your radar if you can attend this great event is the Ladies of the Vine Luncheon, featuring some prominent women wine makers and experts in Texas and beyond. The founder of Wine and Food week, Constance McDerby will join this panel, along with Sharon Fenchak from Biltmore Estates in NorthCarolina. I had an opportunity to visit with Sharon last night and taste some of the outstanding wine she is creating at Biltmoreand I think you will be impressed with both what she has to say, and the wine she is pouring. This luncheon takes place on Friday.1 Comment »