In conjunction with July’s Best Suburbs issue, I’m traveling to 10 different ‘burbs in the DFW area for a semi-weird cross-city food tour. I’ll be documenting all my finds in these ‘Burbalicious posts that’ll be peppered throughout June and July. If you feel like your suburb deserves a shot at some SideDish love, email me and I’ll ask my Magic 8 ball if I should go.
We had a cubicle debate the other day on whether Irving should be considered one of Dallas’ best suburbs if it’s ranked #58 on the list. I think the debate ended with a resounding no, or was that just my imagination? Not sure. I’ve been hitting up small towns lately like Murphy and Parker, though, so any city bigger than five square miles is a welcome change. I don’t know much about Irving except that it’s where all the Carrollton South Asians flock for grocery shopping and food. Other than that, the Irving blurb is pretty on point. There’s “nothing sexy” in this city. “Just safe, employed people who enjoy a little convenience, acceptance, some fun stuff to do—and chickens.”
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“We have enjoyed a great 7-year run and thank everyone who has been a part of it,” says Brant Wood, Chairman and CEO of Cafe Brazil, LLC. “Our lease expires at the end of this month, and unfortunately, we were unable to come to an agreement with the landlord that will allow us to operate profitably. Our last day of operations will be Sunday, July 29. We hope to replace this location somewhere in the area in the near future. Until then, customers can visit us at any of our other 10 Metroplex DFW locations including Plano and Richardson.”
In honor of what would have been Julia Child’s 100th birthday (August 15), Alfred A. Knopf is announcing Julia Child Restaurant Week, a component of the “JC100,” in partnership with more than 100 restaurants across America.
From August 7 – 15, notable chefs like Emeril Lagasse (9 of his restaurants in 4 cities), Traci Des Jardins (San Francisco, CA), Alice Waters (Berkeley, CA), Barbara Lynch (Boston, MA) and Michel Richard (Washington, D.C.) “will join the “JC100″ in the exciting celebration of Julia Child, with special menus and events inspired by one of our most beloved culinary icons.”
For four Dallas Restaurants, this celebration might present an interesting challenge. Cadot, Lavendou, Rise No.1, and Landmark at the Warwick Melrose could be participating in two official Restaurant Weeks. For, as we told you yesterday, KRLD Restaurant Week 2012 kicks off with a preview weekend (Aug 10-12) and officially invades 125 DFW restaurants on August 13 and their special menus could run for one, two, or three weeks.
KRLD Restaurant Week participants donate $7 from each $35 prix fixe dinner to the North Texas Food Bank and Lena Pope Home. The press release for the “JC100” says: “restaurants will feature dishes, menus or events inspired by 100 of Julia’s most cherished recipes, which were handpicked from a list of 3,700 by a jury of culinary luminaries chaired by her longtime editor Judith Jones.” Oh, and coincidentally, Alfred A. Knopf will release DEARIE: The Remarkable Life of Julia Child, author Bob Spitz’s new biography of Julia.
Here’s the complete “JC100″ list. Here’s the Facebook page. Here’s a little song you can all join in with, it’s very simple and I hope its’new.
It’s Friday and I’m practically jumping out of my chair in eager anticipation of this weekend because I’m going to Austin, suckers. That’s right. My plans are to plant all 5 ft. and 2.75 inches of myself in front of East Side King and never leave that spot, ever. Not even if the world ends. Not even if Nancy hollers at me. I’ve needed an excuse to escape her Thursday love letters to me, anyway… Well, that’s a whole other story.
The downside of my Austin trip is that I’ll be missing all the Dallas action up here. It’s La Fête Nationale aka Bastille Day tomorrow, July 14, and what better way to celebrate than by stuffing your face?
Here’s where you can be French for a moment, a day, whatever:
St. Germain’s five-course dinner offers dishes from Hemingway’s favorite Parisian restaurants paired with Parisian cocktails. Fancy.
If you have dineros to drop, Red White and Blue Times Two is the Rosewood Mansion’s unique celebration of July 14. The menu looks quite smashing.
Lavendou is hosting a special Fête de la Bastille menu up until July 26. Enjoy a three-course dinner that includes escargots au vin rouge and duck confit with wild mushrooms and pommes salardaise.
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