At the Southwest Foodservice Expo I caught up with Gary Kelleher of San Luis Spirits. The last time SideDish talked to him he was offering his Dripping Springs Vodka. Now, he has made a Texas gin! He talked about how he made it.1 Comment »
For raising a toast to the long holiday weekend of independence celebration, and my favorite, Breakfast at Wimbledon, consider mixing up one of these cocktail creations.
I do love Breakfast at Wimbledon. I get up every year and watch the final men’s match at 8am on Sunday, staying glued to the television from start to finish, joyous when Nadal is playing. Double bonus, he is playing Federer, although sadly not this year. Pimm’s is the classic British Wimbledon spirit, but it seems I have seen it pop up on more and more cocktail menus lately. Jason Kosmas has a tasty Pimm’s cocktail at Marquee Grill with muddled mint and cucumber with Ginger Beer. The original Pimm’s No.1 Cup Cocktail is a mix of Pimm’s with lemonade and fresh mint, orange and cucumber. I am partial to Pimm’s with ginger ale and fresh lemon wedges. Continue reading "What to Drink Now: 4th of July Weekend Cocktails"2 Comments »
We named them Best Bakery for Sweets in 2010. Before that, they were featured in People magazine for making Tony Romo’s birthday cake. Today it appears that even Oak Lawn stalwart, A&J Bakery, has gotten on the Groupon bandwagon with a 50% off deal just in time for the holiday weekend.
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We are going to the fireworks at Fair Park and want to go somewhere for dinner first. Any thoughts on what restaurants in Lakewood, Lower Greenville, Deep Ellum or Henderson that might be open for dinner on the 4th? I tried three, none of which will be open.
An excellent question. As they have not specified a type of food, I’d say anything’s “Fair” game (see what I did there?).7 Comments »
One of our loyal Twitter followers tweets a request.
Who do you suggest for custom birthday cakes?
@You guys. Tell her #yourfavorite.13 Comments »
She’s a busy gal and needs your help.
We’re flying in our top clients in August for an event, and I’ve been tasked with finding a venue for after-dinner drinks. It’s a medium sized group, probably about 15 people, and we want something upscale and unique, and preferably private or semi-private. I was thinking something like the rooftop at Tei-An, but I worry about the sweltering heat. Any thoughts?
Restaurants, here’s your chance to shine.17 Comments »
This season’s MasterChef, on Monday and Tuesday nights on Fox, features two local heroes: Jennie Kelley, a singer with Polyphonic Spree, and travel writer Ben Starr. Intrepid intern Harrison Smith is all over the show like hot on fries. Each week he will file his take on the show. Last week is here. This week is below:
Before I get to the recap of the shows, I want to summarize the “scandal” surrounding the introductory montage to MasterChef. One of the shot, taken from the video, intended to show a huge crowd standing in line to audition while a dramatic voice over booms something along the lines of “Thousands across the country tried out for the chance to compete…” Someone on the internet with a keen eye pointed out that the crowd in the shot only looks like thousands and wondered if the people at Fox used video manipulation. If you look closely, you will notice a person in an orange parka waving beside a dozen people. Look even closer and you’ll see that the person is either a victim of a digital doubling or part of a Guinness World Record-breaking group of doppelgangers. The picture
Jump for the picture and the rest of the show.
Last evening, Chef David McMillan invited us down to One Arts Plaza to taste some of Screen Door‘s new summer dishes and cocktails. What follows is a visual journey through that tasting.
jump for a visual journey through Screen Door’s new menu items… Continue reading "Screen Door—A Summer Menu Tasting in Pictures"
Recently I received three Italian Pinot Grigio wines to taste and compare. Since the variety is so popular I thought that I would give them a try.
Jump for the results.3 Comments »
There were a handful of winemakers from Argentina in the city recently discussing the individual wine regions of their stunning country and how the beautiful Malbec grape can change from region to region. People know Mendoza as the predominant area of Argentina making wine, but within Mendoza there are sub-regions with different climates, soils and growing conditions that dramatically affect the flavors in the wine.
Though it isn’t exactly Malbec weather, as I prefer to drink this hearty, dense and luscious wine in slightly cooler temperatures, I couldn’t blame the wine makers for wanting to get out of Argentina in the the middle of their winter.
I have also been drinking some other Argentine wine lately, including interesting sparklers made traditionally from Champagne grapes of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, and of course, the signature white grape, Torrontes. Here are the stand outs, a few selections were sent for editorial consideration.4 Comments »
Dishers, Christopher Baccus is back. He’s a taco junkie and blogger. Not just any kind of taco, primarily those found in or near gas stations. Last week he took you here, this week he takes you there.
I am fortunate enough this week to be driving around in a Chevy Volt, the electric gas engine vehicle from General Motors, designed to make less frequent gas station stops. After a couple days of driving, I’ve only put 3 miles on the car using the gas engine; the rest has been all electric powered leaving me to wonder if someday my blog will become “Electric Charging Station Tacos.”
Fortunately, I knew just the place to take the Volt even if I didn’t need any gasoline.
Turn right…5 Comments »
I hope you saved August 27. That’s the day Dallaschocolate.org is hosting their day-long immersion into the seductive world of chocolate. Jump for all of the details including speakers, times, and prices.
Shhh! It’s hush-hush. Underground. Vegan. But if you call 214-679-0999, they might let you attend. You’ll have to know the secret word: SideDish.
Yeah, yeah, it’s scorching outside, which is why The Library‘s ice cream cocktails (available for the entire month of July to celebrate National Ice Cream Month) could seem like not just a good idea, but a necessary one. (Damn the extra-evil hangover from all that sugar; full steam ahead!)
Here’s what they propose:
Mint Chocolate Chip-Tini: Homemade Vanilla Ice Cream, Grey Goose Vodka, Godiva Dark Chocolate Liqueur, Crème De Menthe
Liqueur, Topped with Fresh Whipped Cream
Vanilla Russian: Homemade Vanilla Ice Cream, Grey Goose Vodka, Kahlua Liqueur & Chocolate Sauce, Topped With A Cherry
My question to you is: would you actually order one of these or has this strayed too far into gimmickville? Refreshing or repulsive?
Silly me, I just noticed Sacred Cellars is no longer a cellar. I contacted owner Rudy Ced and asked him what was happening. He said:
I stopped ordering wine for my inventory around Oct 2010. In Nov 2010 I opened Sacred Cigars inside Snider Plaza. I sold all my wine in order to fund this new venture. Wine was fun and enjoyable, but extremely difficult to make any money at. Cigars are a better business model, more fun and I have a better location and more capacity to grow business wise.
Well said, Ced.8 Comments »
This week the Southwest Foodservice Expo, a trade show for the restaurant and institutional food service industry, took place in Dallas. The Dallas Convention Center was jammed with exhibitors and I managed to work my way through the aisles looking for some of the most interesting and unusual exhibits. One of these was Kaurina’s Kulfi. But what is Kulfi, and is it just ice cream?2 Comments »
UPDATE: As of July 5, this dinner has SOLD OUT.
In early June we reported on the first of Cafe Momentum’s pop-up dinners. This morning, we have the scoop on the next dinner in the series. As we foretold, the guest chef at the next dinner will be none other than Randall Copeland, chef-owner at Restaurant AVA in Rockwall. (Busy guy. Didn’t we just see him last Sunday?)
For those of you too lazy to click the link above, Café Momentum is the nonprofit restaurant concept conceived by Parigi co-owners Janice Provost and Chad Houser. Its mission: to change lives by empowering at-risk youth who are interested in a culinary career.
jump for the location and the menu… Continue reading "Next Cafe Momentum Dinner Announced"
On Sunday, new SideDish contributor Brooklynne Peters attended the Chef’s’ Picnic on White Rock Lake. Read on for her report in words and pictures…
On Sunday afternoon, food lovers and chef groupies flocked to the Bath House Cultural Center at White Rock Lake for the Chefs’ Picnic on the Lake in honor of the park’s 100th birthday. The centennial event drew local chefs Brian Luscher (The Grape), Justin Fourton (Pecan Lodge), Randall Copeland (Restaurant AVA), Janice Provost (Parigi), Jeff Harris (RedFork) and Marc Cassel (Park, Peavy Road—coming soon). Proceeds from the day benefited The American Red Cross.
jump for more pics and menu highlights… Continue reading "White Rock Lake Celebrates 100 Years With Chefs’ Picnic"