This just landed in my inbox:
We host an a dinner club. Each month, our guests take turns selecting an ethnic restaurant that is one of those hole-in-the-wall, behind-a-gas-station type of joints.
Well, this month, it’s my turn and I have an insatiable craving for dirty southern soul food. I lived in Memphis for four years and ate my fill of greasy pork ribs, chitlins, and peach cobbler, but where can I find those wonderful foods here in DFW? I need to get back to my dirty southern roots!
Help a sister out!
Love it! Let’s send her to our favorite holes in our favorite walls…3 Comments »
In the mood to honor of our Texas Rangers second consecutive visit to The World Series with a celebratory toast? Try one of these tasty drinks during game one tonight. Cheers!!!
For the man who is being called the “coolest person at The World Series,” mix up a Coole Swan cocktail for pitcher C.J. Wilson.
2 parts Coole Swan Dairy Cream Liqueur
1 part Limoncello
Combine all ingredients in an ice filled shaker and shake until very cold. Strain into an ice filled martini glass.
Continue reading "What to Drink Now: World Series Libations"
Do you get several emails a day from companies like Groupon that offer discounted meals at Dallas restaurants?Some local businesses have experienced great success while others have lost money and have spent hours haggling with dissatisfied potential customers. One consumer asks the question
My girlfriend knows I love [fancy Italian restaurant], and she came across an offer on one of those coupon sites (Groupon/Living Social/Gilt City) recently so she bought one. Then today I got an email from a different coupon site for another deal at [same fancy Italian restaurant]. I don’t know how helpful these sites are for a business, but do you or any of your restaurant people think they are a sign that a restaurant is in trouble? Or is it just [fancy Italian restaurant] hoping to stir up some new business?
I’d love to hear from owners and customers: how has this new wave of coupon-clipping worked for you? If you could make it better, what would you do? Go.
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Raya has told you where to go if you want to watch the game in public. However many of us prefer to view the game from the comfort of our own couch with a few friends and dogs. A commenter, who wants to party at home, asks what she can cook to represent each team. I know you will be tempted to say roasted a few Northern Cardinals. There are six of them in my front yard this very second. You can buy Nolan Ryan’s beef at Kroger and maybe do some toasted ravioli.
I say we get this party started! Get creative. Go Rangers!4 Comments »
Scardello Artisan Cheese is three years old! Despite having been born into the worst financial recession in most people’s memories, the specialty cheese store at Oak Lawn and Lemmon continues to thrive. Kudos to the friendly knowledgeable staff, huge and diverse cheese selection, and the education they deliver in the classes they host on almost a weekly basis. Now, three in cheese years is 21 in human years so they are having a party. Roll the press release… Continue reading "Scardello in Dallas Turns Three"1 Comment »
Heavy on weekend activities, light in the middle. Anyone eating anything fun Wednesday-Friday?
Feast-ival. Eat your way through downtown Plano. Twenty-five restaurants are participating, and American Idol castaway Tim Halperin (who’s also a North Texas native) will provide live musical entertainment.
House of Plates launch party. New blog House of Plates, which seeks to blend music and food, has roped Nammi truck and 3 Men and a Taco into parking at their event all evening long.
WorldFest. Taste an entire vacation’s worth of cuisines in Addison.
Texas State Veggie Fair. If you have eschewed the State Fair on account of dietary restrictions, here’s your chance to partake in all things fried. Everything battered is veggie or vegan.1 Comment »
A friend just called and told me Mai’s Oriental in Snider Plaza had closed. I looked up some old reviews of the spot which was opened by Mai Phom in 1994. Then I realized that sometime within the last two years, the name of the restaurant was changed to Jiang’s Cuisine. I had no idea the restaurant had switched hands until this moment.
I feel horrible. Mai Phom was Dallas’ primary Vietnamese cuisine evangelist. She opened the city’s first popular Vietnamese restaurant in 1980. The original restaurant in East Dallas still bears her name but she moved to the tiny spot in Snider Plaza where she could be found every day. My former colleague Mary Brown Malouf once wrote:
“Those were the days when ethnic food meant Mexican food, unless it meant Szechuan. Now Vietnamese is practically mainstream and even has at least one almost upscale representative. Mainly, it has become habitual; many of us go out for Vietnamese as often as we go out for Mexican. So it seems strange to me that Mai, who was a pioneer, is now relatively unknown. Her little restaurant in Snider Plaza is practically a secret.”
I tried to reach someone with the restaurant to get a clear picture of what has transpired, but they have already closed and there is no voicemail. If anybody out there has the story, I’d love to know it.
UPPITY DATE: Jiang’s Cuisine has moved.11 Comments »
Some people watch the World Series to celebrate (or, sadly, mourn) their team’s success (or lack of) in seeking Major League Baseball glory. Others find the World Series to be a convenient excuse to drink. Whichever you are, we’ve got you covered. Here are 10 great bets for watching the Rangers take down the Cardinals beginning with Game 1 at 7:05 p.m. today. (Full schedule of games here.)27 Comments »