Former Dallas Star and all-around good guy Mike Modano will be at The Stand on June 2 from 2pm – 4pm. The casual hot dog spot is hosting an Mini-Hot Dog Eating contest and Mo will be there to “cheer on contestants and possible chow down on some mini-hot dogs as well.” You can register to be a contestant for $25. If you win, you’ll get a check for $1,000. Proceeds will go to the Mike Modano Foundation, an entity that supports at-risk children.
Full details below.
Remember how I was really looking forward to Coolhaus Ice Cream Truck coming to Dallas? Well, I trekked all the way to the Valley View Center in Plano Dallas on Saturday to check out the TX Food Truck Fest, because I knew Coolhaus – with its glorious selection of cookies and ice cream – would be parked right there.
Surprisingly, there was a terribly good showing despite the crummy weather. A few Austin food trucks (Yumé Burger, Coreano’s, The Belgium Waffle Company, Chi’lantro BBQ) and one loner San Antonio truck (Sabor Columbiano) traveled across miles and miles of Texas terrain to be at the Food Fest, and all that driving must’ve paid off. There were old people, young people, families with toddlers, and the largest gathering of Asians I have seen at a food truck rally. Maybe food truck organizers should hold rallies in Plano more often. Hundreds of people waited patiently in long lines that stretched out across the parking lot, and most people went straight for the famous Austin trucks. The line leading up to Coolhaus was short, so I was able to order a carrot cake cookie with sea-salt caramel ice cream from people wearing Nammi t-shirts (since Coolhaus is partnered with the banh mi truck) in a jiffy.
[Ed. Note: We apologize to the people of Plano for inferring that Valley View Center is located in your city. What is left of Valley View Center is currently in North Dallas which we hope at some future time morph into Midtown Dallas.]16 Comments »
This guy sure asks a lot of questions for a guy from Austin. Here is his scenario:
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Two couples are driving from Austin to Dallas this Saturday, returning Monday. Three of the four of us grew up in Dallas. Typically, our visits are consumed with family obligations and aging parents. Not this weekend. We’re coming to play. And eat. And walk and visit museums.
We originally wanted to enjoy chef Pyles’ Fuego, but he’s not doing it this year, it seems. [Ed note: Pyles says Fuego is “catch as catch can” but this week he will release some firm dates.] One of us is a vegetarian. We’re into good food. We like locally sourced too. So far, our plan is Samar on Saturday night, and Si Tapas on Sunday night. I’m thinking Velvet Taco would make for one easy lunch. I like Dream Café for Sunday brunch, but where else should we consider? We like sitting outside. What other place should we try to fit in for lunch? Where should we go for desserts? Is Five Sixty good for a late night cognac? Thanks in advance for taking the time to answer.
I’m a sucker for birds. So is Mexican artist Luis Sottil. You may have seen his work in other Mi Cocina restaurants: he currently has paintings in six other restaurants. The mural at the new Mi Cocina in Lakewood, in the old Matt’s space, is scheduled to open in July. Sottill uses only natural pigments such as cochinella, mother of pearl, minerals, vegetables dyes, and14kt gold in his paintings. For this painting he was inspired by these birds: “Hooded Oriole, Altamira, Golden Cheeked Warbler, Painted Bunting, Texas Hummingbirds, and the Northern Mockingbird.” Tex-Mex for Twitchers!
UPDATE: Scott from dallasfood.org brings up a good point in the comments section. Several of the birds listed above would be a rare sighting at White Rock Lake. The press release reads:
This is the first time Sottil has studied the local natural environment and incorporated it into his Mi Cocina murals. The artist has chosen to feature birds including the Hooded Oriole, Altamira, Golden Cheeked Warbler, Painted Bunting, Texas Hummingbirds and, of course, the Northern Mockingbird.
Luis Sottil was inspired by his research of the history and “exuberant beauty” of White Rock Lake and the Lakewood area, and it reminded him of the lush biodiversity on his native Tampico, Mexico. In particular, Sottil was drawn to the many colorful birds that are common inhabitants of White Rock Lake which reminded him of home.
Hmm. Methinks Sottil should seek the advice of JR Compton and switch out the golden cheeked warbler for a monk parakeet. If you truly want to represent the “exuberant beauty” of White Rock Lake.
The Bolsa Mercado team is whipping up a four course dinner for a good cause on Thursday, May 17 at 7 PM. Well-known runway model Atti Worku founded Seeds of Africa a few years ago to nurture the gifted children and young adults of Africa with an educational curriculum. You can still buy your tickets ($75 per person) by going to this link right here.
Take a good look at the kids in the video below, and you’ll find that it’s really hard to say ‘no’ to a charity dinner as good as this one.
UPDATE: Thanks, Timmy. Here is a link to the new ChefWear catalog which includes many other Dallas chefs. See how many you recognize9 Comments »