We talk a lot about wine here on SideDish. And these days, as much as at any time, the buying of organic products (even wine) is a situation where caveat emptor is the name of the game. Be an informed consumer and check out what David Duman uncovered for HuffPost Food about the beurocracy behind the vine. Here’s just a bit:
“On a recent trip to a local Whole Foods, their USDA Organic wine display featured wine almost exclusively from some of the world’s largest wineries. Those are the producers with the resources to navigate the time-consuming and convoluted NOP process.” Read the rest of Duman’s article here, but promise to come right back.
Almost Makes Me Wish I Were in Austin. I especially like the belly rub at the 3:20 mark.10 Comments »
Mom may be around constantly, but Mothers’ Day comes but once a year. Treat her right by taking her out to brunch. Ladies’ choice.
Everyday I get bizarre misguided press releases. So far this morning I’ve already received an invitation to a ribbon cutting for a new health care facility, a request to interview a Girl Scout leader, and a plug for a cookbook which “conjures up spellbinding recipes from the Harry Potter Series.” I generally delete them and go about my day. However, every once in a while something catches my eye and ticks me off. Like this one:
Jump and growl. Continue reading "Wolfgang Puck Offers Cinco de Mayo Tip"3 Comments »
Around here, we love us a little Cinco de Mayo. The mariachis, the tequilla, the queso—it’s enough to make a grown woman forget that the holiday has actual historical underpinnings. So, let’s pause for a brief history lesson.
The Battle of Cinco de Mayo is actually your typical David & Goliath story: diminutive Mexican army slays formidable French one in the Battle of Puebla—1862-style. Sure the Mexican government owed Napoleon some money, but why not settle it like gentlemen and charge some interest? No need to kick in the door and try to take over the joint.
Now, if we know anything about Napoleon, it’s that he was a small man who liked big conquests (underendowed men buying big cars isn’t called a Napoleon Complex for nothing). Napoleon had his general on the ground try to set up a puppet government (which makes it sound almost jolly, no?). Needless to say, the Mexicans didn’t really cotton to the idea. What started on the coast traveled inland to the hillside fort at Puebla. Flash forward to bayonettes, itchy hairshirts, and a poorly planned attack, started too late in the day (who, except Clint Eastwood, starts a battle at high noon?), and hindered by afternoon rains and slippery hillsides. The plucky Mexican’s held their ground; the French retreated.
Caveat: I’m sure I’ve mangled some part of my history on this, and I’ve certainly insulted both nationalities by some unintended slight, but you get the point. So, now that you’re clued in on what you’re drinking to next week, let’s look at the bars that are ready to help you do exactly that. jump for the Cinco de Mayo specials… Continue reading "Have a Cinco de Mayo Even the French Would Consider Tipping Their Hats To"
It is according to Health & Style Scoop, a Dallas-based website. You can read the review. The link is between articles on “Finding the Perfect Bra” and “The Blow Dry Bar.”
GigaOm is an influential West Coast technology blog site and recently featured an article about a tablet diners can use for ordering, paying, and playing games. The tablet, from the company E la Carte, is heavy-duty, restaurant-friendly pad that enables you to see the menu with images, order, automatically split checks, and pay. One of the comments refers to inamo, a London-based restaurant that is completely designed and built around an interactive table.
What do you think, Dallas? Are we ready for something like this? And if there are no servers, it begs the question: do you tip the IT guy?7 Comments »