Poor Matt’s. It’s gone through a lot of drama these past few months just to open a new space in Lakewood. Now everyone is happy-go-lucky and Matt’s Rancho Martinez is opening sometime tomorrow. I think. I called the restaurant, and GM Patrick Johnson says it’s opening at 11 a.m. this Saturday, September 22. However, Nancy received an email from Director of Operations Brian Marsters around the same time I made my phone call, and he says it’s opening tomorrow afternoon. So, um, who am I supposed to believe?
Johnson says you should call 30 minutes ahead to guarantee seating, and he’s not taking reservations this weekend. He’s only taking reservations for parties of 20 or more.
Go whatever time at your own risk. But if I were you, I’d definitely dial 214-823-5517 before heading out to Lakewood.
It’s been awhile since I’ve done this, but I think today warrants a Friday Fun Fact Time, don’t you? According to the Old Farmer’s Almanac, today is the last day of summer. Also, did you know that elephants are the only animals with four knees? For those of you who think a giraffe also has four knees, you’re wrong! Giraffes’ knees are actually wrists. I spent an inordinate amount of time researching these facts, and I remain unashamed.
Celebrate the coming of fall like a German at the Addison Oktoberfest. Watch a Deutsch spelling bee, eat some sauerkraut, chug that beer, and rock out like these guys singing Die Prinzen. (video c/o of Sabrina)
Dine Around Uptown is a restaurant crawl starting off at Private | Social. Mingle with Tiffany and Co., and dine on hor d’oeuvres before you jet off in black cars from Uptown restaurant to restaurant. Your ticket money goes directly to the North Texas Food Bank. Continue reading "Bits & Bites: Things to Do and Chew in Dallas This Weekend, September 21-23"
It’s the most wonderful time of the year: pumpkin-eating season. To kick-start your journey to pumpkin nirvana, I suggest you head to Afghan Grill or Nora Restaurant, both owned and cheffed by Matt Pikar, and order his version of Kadu. Pikar boils and then sautés thick pucks of pumpkin and covers them with slightly sweet and spicy yogurt meat sauce laced with onions, tomatoes, garlic, cloves, turmeric, cardamom, and mint.
I’ve removed my sad cell phone photograph from the top, but if you would like to get a glimpse of the dish, it is below.
One of my greatest achievements on Monday? Tuesday? was convincing the rest of the web team to eat at East Hampton Sandwich Co. during our weekly meeting time. To be fair, it didn’t take much convincing. Hunter Pond’s sandwich biz is, after all, a popular hangout spot in Snider Plaza these days. I propose that we all start doing the slow clap for Pond; he’s only 25 and people are lining outside the door of his first restaurant. East Hampton Sandwich Co. was packed around lunchtime yesterday. And now I can see why.
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Sometimes Jason, the Web Editor, gets weird packages. One time he received this horrible Monarch butterfly book that I’m sure he’s never read. Yesterday, in the mail, Jason received two tubes of (what he likes to call) “toothpaste from the Gods.” The brand is Theodent. If you study Theodent’s website carefully, you’ll notice that the black box of toothpaste is priced at $10, which is not-too-outrageously priced. But the white box of toothpaste, called Theodent 300, is worth $99.99. We all know that those nines are mere trickery. This toothpaste costs a one hundred dollars. In total, both tubes are worth $110.
Jason’s a Crest kind-of-guy, so he doesn’t really need toothpastes made from diamonds and topped with real gold caps. That is why we are giving these toothpastes away! The box claims that Theodent toothpastes use a “non-toxic revolutionary new additive to toothpaste” that’s found in a “compound that occurs naturally in chocolate.” Whatever this compound is, I hope it tastes like chocolate made by an emperor’s baby soft hands.
So here’s the fun part: To enter the giveaway, tell us the most ridiculous thing you’ve ever spent $100 on. I will pick one random winner from the comments below and send that winner an email. The contest officially closes on Wednesday, September 25, at 4 p.m.
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