Sometimes a sweet tooth cannot be stopped. When Dimples One Arts failed to open yesterday, I found myself with a raging craving for cake and frosting. So I dropped by The Cupcakery on McKinney to see if I could silence the sugarmonster. I was delighted to find many flavors sitting like jewels in a case. I took the recommendations of the counter guy and walked out with ganache (vanilla cake with chocolate frosting with a chocolate truffle inside), Kir Royale (raspberry cake with vanilla frosting), and strawberry (strawberry cake with strawberry frosting). I also got a vanilla/vanilla, which is the real test for any cupcake shop.6 Comments »
Our summer intern, Hannah Boen, moves a lot—in the last four years she has lived in eight locations. But she has developed a fun game she plays with her friends: The EatDown. She takes all of the food out of her cabinets and fridge and invites people to help her cook her way through them. I’m sure by the end of the week, she’ll have a show on the Food Network. Until then, let’s come up with some recipes to help Hannah clear her kitchen.
Jump for the glorious details of Hannah’s idea. Continue reading "The EatDown: A Refrigerator Full of Supplies Needs Some Creative Cooking Ideas"16 Comments »
Kathryn and Craig Hall are not only stellar Napa Valley wine producers, but also great Texans, and they have taken their respect for the land and their grapes to the next level in their vineyards by creating a winery that was the first winery in the state to receive the gold certification in the U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED® (Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design) Green Building Rating System™. Their commitment was further noted by earning Organic Certification from California Certified Organic Farmers.
On October 8 at the Fort Worth Club Hall Winery will receive the International Award of Excellent in Sustainable Winegrowing from The Botanical Research Institute of Texas (BRIT) at the institutes annual Fete du Vin wine dinner and auction. BRIT’s focus is to encourage conservation, sustainability and wise stewardship of the land, all of which Hall Wine embraces in its core principles of respect for the land melding with visionary techniques to create incredible Bordeaux style California wine. Congrats to the Hall Wine on this well deserved recognition.
From the copy and paste press release department:
Stoney’s Bottle Bargains at 2804 Greenville Avenue is closing and re-opening as Stoney’s FINE WINES at 6038 Oram Street, formerly Grailey’s. Not only will Stoney’s FINE WINES operate as a retail wine store but with expanded capabilities for:
Oh, you’d better jump here. Continue reading "Stoney’s Bottle Bargains in Dallas is Moving: Cheap Wine Alert"
I feel it is important for you, the food blog reader, to get to know some of the folks behind the posts you are read. In May, we fell in love with Teresa Gubbins. Then we welcomed new Observer critic Hanna “Ellie Mae” Raskin to Dallas. Since Leslie Brenner is out of town, I asked Dallas Dude aka Steven Doyle, a foodie bon vivant about town and blogger on Dallas Hillbillies City of Ate, to come forward and spread his life before you. Jump for another exclusive SideDish interview and an interesting photo of the real Jethro.25 Comments »
As the economy continues to kill restaurants, it also fuels the fires beneath the ever-burning rumor mill. One reason why so many stories are flying all over town is simple economics–as restaurants close, the supply of available restaurant real estate increases. Couple that with curious restaurateurs looking for a bargain or just checking out possibilities, and sparks fly.
While some entrepreneurs are seriously searching for deals, others may just be kicking grease traps and fantasizing. (Restaurant real estate porn if you will.) No matter, once anyone has poked around a few locations, the phone and e-mail lines light up like a modern day version of this.
Late yesterday, a juicy tale flowed my way. Word on the street: Bob Sambol,founder of Bob’s Steak and Chop House on Lemmon, was leaving to reconcept Hully & Mo at the Quadrangle. My source said the deal was “so done” they ‘d already picked a new name: Legends. Made sense to me—real estate mogul and owner of Hully & Mo, Tim Headington, is a Bob’s customer and friend of Sambol’s as is Mike “Mo” Modano.
I called Bob Sambol. “Hey, tell me about Legends,” I said right off the bat (at the drop of the puck). “Huh? What are you taking about?” said Sambol. “You know, your new restaurant. You’re taking over Hully & Mo and changing the name to Legends,” I said.
“I’m still here at Bob’s and business is really good,” said Sambol.”We’ve made a lot of changes and things are going really well. Our new wine guy, Ken Kuczwaj, is doing some great stuff. The people here at Bob’s have been great to me.”
Hmm. He certainly went into auto-mode awfully quick. I went for the neutral zone trap.”So, you have no idea what I’m talking about, ” I said. ”Well, yeah, I talked to them [Headington],” said Sambol. “They need some help. I’ve looked around. I’ve looked at Silver Fox [Centrum]. That place is immaculate. You could reopen it in 10 days. But my next restaurant is not going to be a steak place, it’s going to be a real New York Italian restaurant. I’m only looking now because I am curious and people call me every day with possibilities.”
Perhaps Headington and Mo (donde esta Hully in all of this?) will change the Hully & Mo concept without Sambol. After all, Modano seems to be headed to Detroit to play and Headington & Hully isn’t sexy. (Note to Mr. Headington, please don’t call it Legends. It doesn’t make me hungry or thirsty. It makes me think of strippers. However, “Modano’s” entices me to be all three.)
Anywhoo, I did “learn” one thing from rooting around yesterday: former Houston-turned-Dallas-turned Houston restaurateur Joey Vallone “has signed” a lease on the space formerly known as The Club in the Centrum. Remember Joey’s? It used to be in the space now occupied by Al Biernat’s. Joey is quite a character. Which reminds me, where in the hell is Matthew Antonovich? He never opened his restaurant in Louisville.
Stay tuned for another episode of As the Restaurants Turn.7 Comments »