Intern Meredith Stein beat a trail out to Denton last night to be on hand for the media launch of Dallas’ very first Del Taco. Hey, Meredith, tell us what you saw:
Last night marked the grand opening of Texas’ very first Del Taco, a 50 year-old California fast-food chain with devotees nationwide.
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We asked intrepid intern Taylor Walker to attend Steel’s 10-year anniversary bash last night and report back with the scoop. Here’s what she had to say:
Ten years ago, the Supreme Court declared George W. Bush the victor of the 2000 presidential election, Justin Timberlake rocked a mini-fro as *NSYNC topped the charts, and Mel Gibson actually stared in a film called What Women Want. Oh, how the times have changed!
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Earlier this year Esquire magazine voted Samar by Stephan Pyles one of the best new restaurants in America. This week they finally got around to throwing a party! Several hundred of the restaurant’s closest friends sipped on rum cocktails made with Appleton Estate Reserve Rum, Chardonnay or Cabernet Sauvignon-Syrah table wine. There were passed hors d’oeuvres of some of the menu favorites such as peekytoe crab fritters, mussels escabeche and “blistered” green Spanish chilies with hickory smoked sea salt. From the counter the staff served baba gghanoush, hummus, naan bread and Idiazabel cheese and olives marinated with garlic and hoja Santa. I spoke with execuchef Jon Thompson who said there will be steady modifications to the menu over the next few months. Stephan Pyles was also much in evidence. He is pumped up about the future prospects for Samar.
This sad news comes from Teresa Gubbins at PegNews. For ten years, Chef Hage’s York Street has been Dallas’ premier dining spot. She is taking some time off and has no immediate plans for another restaurant. If you’ve ever been in the teeny kitchen at York Street you would understand why this gal is tired! Oh Sharon, I wish you peace and happiness but we are going to miss your special restaurant.
Over on our other blog, I made reference this morning to Leslie Brenner’s story about how she lost 30 pounds. A commenter offered up a poem that felt deserved a wider audience. It contains a vulgar word, but since the writer was going for a rhyme scheme, I found it unoffensive and left it in. Enjoy:
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It’s not hard to lose weight when you’re busy feeding your ego.
FEED THE EGO
“How lucky for me, the big time’s been made,
Avner has recognized my powerful blade
Of a pen which decides “Av” and “Av-not”
Bonus stars for you, I now like what you’ve got.”
(The rest of the industry, slaps foreheads, with groan
Another Avner restaurant? C’mon. They all moan.)
A few nights of noshing, results are recognized
Leslie’s opinion of great dining, unparallelized.
Yet a Dean, or a Chris, or a Jeff, she’s disdainful
As not up to snuff, her judgement just painful,
Writing of Dallas’ favored food made for pleasure.
Except for a steak or two we question her measure
Of what is a two, or a three, or a four,
Maybe your point is really to re-score.
King-maker, Queen-bee, there’s really no difference
In her efforts to exert her growing influence.
But the problem lies further, as I’m sure we’ve all known
To the top of the News, where her hiring was sown
By editors searching for solutions. They’re bidding
To bring back former readers, c’mon are you kidding?
I’d consider this, except for ill-written skinny bitch
Whose effort to change us seems to have hitten a hitch.
So listen to the “Boo’s”, readers comments resound,
Diet-time, DMN, a suggestion, please lose a LB?
Earlier in the week we posted on the dire financial situation facing both Texas and NTFB. This morning, we’re happy to report that Dallas businesses are responding to NTFB’s funding deficits with Texas-size gestures. Today at 8:45 am, Sadler’s Smokehouse backed a truck up to the North Texas Food Bank to deliver a donation of 13,000 pounds of premium, pit-smoked brisket, ribs, pork, and chicken to help stock the shelves with much needed protein for the holidays.
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In honor of their first Thanksgiving, Nodding Donkey (recently reviewed here by yours truly) is throwing a turkey-day bash with Thanksgiving-inspired cocktails (Wild Turkey on the Plymouth Rocks? White Pilgrim?) and prizes (smallpox blankets to cut the chill on the patio?).
All kidding aside, sounds like a worthwhile bash to us. Let the DVR record the Thursday night lineup; you can watch it later while you’re recovering from throwing back too many Indigenous Peoples Poppers.
(Editorial note: all politically insensitive drink names and references to smallpox are products of our imagination, although we do give the folks at Nodding Donkey free license to use them as they see fit.)
Warm up your thumbs; tonight from 6 to 7 pm, Whole Foods locations in Lakewood and Park Lane will be hosting free Taste and Tweet events. Oenophiles and regular-old shoppers will converge to sample and tweet about Whole Foods’ top 10 holiday wines while virtual event hosts Doug Bell and Geof Ryan (Whole Foods’ global wine buyers) moderate the running conversation via the big screen.
Can’t make it? Throw your own taste and tweet party (even if it’s just a party of one), by purchasing the wines (all of which are under $20 at Whole Foods) then log on to the TweetChat Room (#WFMWine) and join in the conversation. Click here for wine list, suggested pairings, and tasting score sheets.
First long tables, now tweet tastings — I smell a fresh trend.
Did you see this coming? More importantly, how do you feel about it?