Happy first day of summer!!!! We even get a slight break in the temperatures to celebrate it. There are a handful of summer requirements I have in my bar every year that ensure I can get through the balmy days with ease. The fixings for a great Bloody Mary – spicy Mr. and Mrs. T Mix, Tabasco, jalapeno juice, Grey Goose, lime and lots of Worcestershire sauce; a plethora of Cava and Prosecco – bubbles are great all summer, but an ice cold sparkler on a hot day just hits the spot, especially when you add in a bit of Domaine de Canton Ginger Liqueur, Cointreau, St. Germain Elderflower Liqueur or the new Courvoisier Rose; Deep Eddy Sweet Tea Vodka to mix with sparkling water and lots of fresh lemons; lighter reds and rose to enjoy with lighter summer fare like Grenache and Rose of Pinot Noir. Continue reading "What to Drink Now: Summer Staples"3 Comments »
The North Texas In-N-Out Burger invasion caused our favorite (and inquisitive) philanthropic blogger, My Sweet Charity, to ask if In-N-Out Burger donated any of their opening day profits to local charities. She made a few calls and came up with an interesting (and pretty secret) answer. (If you are a nonprofit organization, you’d better read this like yesterday.)4 Comments »
If there’s an IKEA run in your future this Saturday and you can’t face yet another plate of Swedish meatballs, stave off the post-shopping hungries by hitting The Holy Grail Pub where on Saturday owner Brian Rudolph will be hosting an All-Day Summer Smokeout. Outside, starting at noon, they’ll fire up a smoker filled with beef brisket, cabrito, house-made hot dogs, and beer-can chicken. Top off your grub with house-made Texas, North Carolina, or Kansas City sauces. Each plate will be served with potato chip salad and cole slaw. Need we say that you need to hit it early before they run out.
Of course, Rudolph promises that “new and favorite beers will be featured to pair with each dish.” Any guesses (or requests) as to which ones?
Mark your calendars for this Saturday when Whole Foods in Highland Park will open the taps on Bar Alto, the company’s newest beer & wine bar. Bar Alto will be handing out free tastings from noon to 4 pm and has booked some live music, so a Saturday afternoon stop-thru doesn’t sound like such a bad idea. The bar also has the distinction of putting some pretty spiffy eco-friendly measures into place. In their words:
· The opening of Bar Alto marks the 2nd retailer in North Texas to offer “growlers.” These 32- or 64-ounce sealed, refillable jugs can be purchased to take home fresh beer straight from the tap. The growler can be returned to the store, sanitized and used for the next beer purchase. This concept is very popular with beer aficionados. (The 1st retailer to offer growlers was the Lakewood store’s “Lakewood on Tap” bar, which opened last week. Our Park Lane bar will get growlers this month.)
· The use of growlers saves on packaging: no bottles, caps, cardboard six-pack or other packaging in trash, landfills or on the side of the road.
· Many of the beers will be local, and will cut down on carbon footprint with delivery.
· Tiles in the wall of the bar area were made from post-industrial waste.
To get to the point I’m sure you’re waiting for me to make. Yes, I was a little hard on Whole Foods’ last week over the whole growler pricing issue. And I did jump the gun on posting about it before they had more than an hour to get back to me. Consider this a mea culpa. The fact is that growlers aren’t the only place where people pay a premium for the hipness factor. And growlers are still a rarity here, which, while it doesn’t excuse charging a premium, does explain it in economic supply & demand terms. So, instead of complaining about it, let’s turn those energies toward affecting the changes at the state level that will allow for more plentiful and fairly-priced growlers from tap rooms and micro-breweries from Carrollton to Corpus Christi .
Today’s the day, folks. June 21. Not just the summer solstice, but also Norma’s 55th anniversary. To celebrate, Norma’s will be serving Texas-style chicken fried steak, meatloaf, or chicken and dressing with green beans and mashed potatoes at 1950s prices all day long. That’s $1.79. You’ve got that much hanging around in the bottom of your purse or under the passenger seat of your car. So, head over to celebrate a Dallas institution by eating the heart-healthy rib-sticking faves that have kept nifty Norma’s in bidness for longer than many of us have been alive.
White Rock Lake’s Art Deco Bath House will bustle this weekend with two days of parties designed to celebrate 100 years of White Rock Lake and Dallas’ chapter of the American Red Cross. The schedule for all of the White Rock Centennial Celebration events is here. The historic Bath House balcony overlooking White Rock Lake will be transformed into The Veranda Lounge on Saturday, June25. Chefs Colleen O’ Hare and Jeana Johnson (Good 2 Go Tacos) kick-off a full day of special dining events with brunch and cocktails on the Bath House Veranda from 10-11:30am. (Tickets)
Private chef Hollie Dorethy (Good Morning America, Master Chef with Gordon Ramsay) will serve a 4-course lunch with wine from 12-1:30pm. An afternoon tea showcasing Lone Star Teas with Clarissa Almaraz features custom blended teas such as Classic Black Iced Tea, Texas Tango, Texas Sunset, Pink Jasmine-Green Tea, and Enchanted Rose tea as well as champagne and wine, Sweets and Savories (2-4pm). Premium wines and gourmet beers from Ben E. Keith will be showcased at a late afternoon cocktail party with specialty cheeses from the Mozzarella Company and more (4:30-6pm).
Popular Chef Marc Cassel (Peavy Road), Garreth Dickey (RIP. Park), and Keith Cedotal (Malai Kitchen) will host a VIP Celebrity Chef Dinner and wine pairing at 7pm followed by a fireworks display over White Rock Lake at 9pm. Live music! Birthday cake! Champagne toast! All included! Tickets!4 Comments »
Leave it to Gumshoe Gubbins to come up with hottest news on crepes this year. She has a story on Flippin’ Out Crepes, a new concept by Carl Peterson “of the Aw Shucks Peterson clan.” (Sounds like a cult to me.) Flippin’ Out is located at 4201 Beltline Rd and will be open, July 2, for breakfast, lunch, and dinner seven days a week. The execuchef is Scott Hoffner, former chef de cuisine at the Ojai Valley Inn and Spa and current personal chef to Tyson Chandler. Teresa has all of the details along with quotes that will make you yearn for crepes. After reading her opus, I have to ask: If you roll filling into a crepe and “eat it with your hands” is it technically still a crepe?