Many years ago at the then Sense nightclub (now Victor Tango’s) I was introduced to Miner Family Wine from Napa Valley. It was a Sangiovese, not the typical grape from Napa, served by the glass and filled with cherry, spice and a hint of vanilla. From that moment I was a fan, making Miner one of my first stops on my initial trip to Napa, and now a must visit every trip since, tasting great wine and creating wonderful memories with friends and family along the way.
I recently sat down with owner Dave Miner while visiting the valley to get his perspective on the industry, his wine and plans for the future.3 Comments »
Carbone’s Fine Food and Wine. Construction on Julian (Nonna) Basotti’s much anticipated deli, grocery store, and mini-restaurant on December 2. It’s going into the space formerly known as Talbot’s on Wycliff and Oak Lawn. Barsotti says he anticipates opening in March 2012. The store’s logo was inspired by the sign of his family’s restaurant on the East Coast. It opened in Manhattan before moving to Harrison, New Jersey. It was open for 75 years and closed in 1993.
Central Market Preston Royal. According to a loyal Disher, construction workers were on duty last night inside the Central Market going into the former Border’s space in Preston Royal. The store is scheduled to open in February 2012.
In DFW, the local food trucks are all run by individuals. No corporate action here. They come from a variety of backgrounds, including food service, bar service, real estate, brokerage, nutritionists, and a couple of architects. The common thread is how much they give back to their community.
Yesterday, Good Karma Kitchen and Rollin Diner participated with the 26th Annual Big Texas Toy Run. Ruthie’s Rolling Cafe generally has one or more events each week, supporting various charities, including Genesis Women’s Shelter and The North Texas Food Bank. This last weekend, at the Santa Rampage event, Cup Cakin Machine, 3 Men and a Taco, and Ruthie’s all donated their tips to the NTFB.
For the last couple of months, Nammi has been selling T-shirts at $15, with $10 of that going to NTFB.
Every month, So-Cal Tacos picks a local family in need and supports them with 100% of their tip jar. This last month, they helped a family nearing foreclosure.
This week we also introduce a new truck in Dallas: Easy Slider serves up all varieties of sliders, targeting primarily the late night crowd, as well as dinner and lunch.
Tuesday Update: Added new truck: Rock ‘n’ Roll Tacos. Also added the weeks schedule for Crazy Sisters.
And with that, remember the magic words: “weather permitting”. Also, several trucks will be taking some well-deserved vacation this week. Check Facebook and Twitter feeds first. Jump for your schedule.1 Comment »
I meant to post this copy earlier in Desiree’s photo essay, but I am running behind schedule. Yesterday, I asked the folks at Bolsa Mercado to give me a list of the top ten products they sold during their first week. Curious to see what the folks in the OC bought? Read on. Continue reading "Bolsa Mercado in Oak Cliff: The Top 10 Sellers"5 Comments »
Hey y’all, remember the Snooty Foodies? The dashing couple who dine out so much they had to take a break from their blog? Well, they’ve decided to dip their toes back into the blogosphere by sending in a snippet whenever they bloody well feel like it. That’s why we call them snooty. Plus they use “I” instead of “we.” Here, they go.
The first Del Frisco’s Grille in New York has been open for a while in very modest digs (ha!) at 50 Rock which is just down the street from their steakhouse in Manhattan. The NYC DFG is rocking. So is the Nick & Sam’s Grill, the light version on Nick & Sam’s here in Dallas. Judging from the crowd’s I’ve seen at Del Frisco’s Grille on McKinney, I think Del Frisco’s opening on McKinney Ave in the heart of uptown is a good idea.
Three major concerns leapt to mind before my first visit to DFG: it’s a new glitzy spot in douche bag central, casual off shoots from fine dining restaurants rarely wow me, and inevitably the bar will be 4 deep and I don’t like to wait on drinks. So I decided to visit mid-afternoon and I didn’t have to wait on a couple of Bentleys to move so I could get to the valet stand.
Desiree Espada, our energetic young photographer, is taking her camera all over town to shoot all-things-food. Today she brings us Bolsa Mercado. From her eyes to yours.