If reading Andrew Chalk’s post earlier this week on the tasting of La Mancha wines held last week got you in the mood to taste Cava, Manchego, Paella and Tempranillo, you’re in luck. Tomorrow night (Thursday, Oct 27) The Meadow’s Museum on the SMU campus will host an in-depth look into the history of Spanish cuisine with sips and snacks provided by Freixenet USA, Central Market and Cafe Madrid. Reservations are required – 214.768.2765.
Looking for something a little less formal, how about a rolling Spanish party with the Freixenet Tasting and Tapas Truck. Yep, bubbly Cava is going mobile with a nation wide tour that rolls into Dallas and Fort Worth starting next Wednesday, including a day long visit on Saturday (Nov 5th) at Texas Motor Speedway. The tour will teach visitors everything they need to know about their “black bottle bubbly” including the fun and fabulous style of Freixenet, pairing ability with everything from Texas barbecue to fish tacos, and an opportunity to win great prizes, including a trip to Sonoma, CA. Details on the tour and their stops next week are available here, via Facebook and Twitter.2 Comments »
We knew it all along, but were under strict orders not to publish until after her wedding. Lisa and Travis Selcer tied the knot last weekend and now she is ready to start her other new life as a restaurateur. “I am Sissy,” Garza says. “Sissy is southern slang for “sister” and I am developing every aspect.
Sissy’s Fried Chicken will open in the former Hector’s on Henderson space. Garza says it’s a “low-country” concept in honor of her Southern roots. “We will specialize in fried chicken and short ribs,” Garza says. She will also have a tea bar with tea-infused vodkas and specialty cocktails. The interior will be “very Billy Reid” and “like home.”
Garza has developed the menu and has used many of the dishes for her upscale catering business. She will not be the execuchef. “I will be the GM and run the kitchen,” Garza says. “I had a great teacher in Gilbert [Gilbert Garza of Suze] and I want to take the experience I gained owning and operating Suze. I would not be where I am without Gilbert.”
Hatsumi of Kuzu Design (Urban Taco, La Duni, Tei Tei, Brownstone) is doing the interior. Girl power!
Whenever I get grumpy, I go to my DVR and watch a rerun of Posh Nosh. The show is a 2003 BBC show parodying TV chef. I think it may be ten minutes long. The program stars Arabella Weir and Richard E. Grant as the chefs Simon and Minty Marchmont and is telecast from their make believe restaurant The Quill and Tassel. One of my favorite shows is below. Search for the episodes online or KERA and us them like Xanax.11 Comments »
You would think that frying up a tater tot would be something any idiot could do correctly. Oil meets potato, done. But unfortunately, this is not the case. If I had a dollar for every time I’ve had to eat a mushy, stale, lifeless tater tot, I’d have enough to run for president (and I’d probably be more qualified because of it than other current presidential hopefuls). So, if you’ve ever had a Napoleon-Dynamite-sized hankering for these golden nuggets of pleasure, I’ll make it simple for you, the best in the city can be found at the house that Jack built, our loveable, Maple and Motor.
Everyone knows that M&M puts out some killer burgers. That’s a given. But it’s really pretty difficult to go wrong at this place. Practically everything I have eaten there is exceptional. I’ve even licked the floors and it tasted good. But the tater tots have become a guilty obsession of mine over the past few months, an obsession that is too delightful not to share. These tots are not winning any prizes with the granola-loving, tree-hugger health food crowd, but this is Texas, people…and here we embrace obesity like a soft snuggly teddy bear.
Anthony Bourdain brings his road show to Dallas tomorrow. You probably already know that. And there’s a better than zero chance that you’ve already read Scott Reitz’s Q&A with him on City of Ate. If you haven’t, though, I’d like to draw your attention to this delicious exchange, wherein Bourdain kicks Leslie Brenner square in the teeth. Delicious.
Q: I found a reference to a disagreement between you and Dallas Morning News food critic Leslie Brenner that started with a negative book review and blossomed from there. Do you still harbor any bad feelings for Leslie?
A: No, just a low opinion.
Q: What about food critics in general?
A: I think that there are good food critics and there are bad food critics and there are critics in the middle.
Q: I’m new to the game. Help me out: What makes for a good food critic and what makes for a bad one?
A: Preserve your sense of wonder and delight. Is it still exciting and wonderful and new? Is it a fresh and are you happy with your work. Do you like eating this food? Is it fun? Do you like chefs? Do you understand the process and people behind the creation of your food? Do you understand where it came from and if it matters? Those are important.
Or are you an angry, frustrated, dissatisfied person who was working at The New York Times and then Los Angeles and then ended up in Dallas?
Of course, Bourdain was describing Brenner’s career path. The city of Dallas takes some collateral damage from that shot. But whatever. It was worth it.
Update: Bourdain directs a few pointed words at Brenner at the 28:08 mark of this video. Check it out:
Huh? Hasn’t this icky boneless mystery meat sandwich already had more comebacks than Donny and Marie? According to this, they’re rolling out the old queen on November 14. One interesting note in the story is that Germany is the only place where it’s always been available. WTF? Germany? McRib? Do you people eat this stuff? Food snobs speak up!8 Comments »