Matthew Shelley is our IT/Tech guy here at D Magazine headquarters. We argue about the benefits of fluoride while Matt fixes my computer every time it wigs out. We’ve always known Matt as our go-to guy in times of technology crises, but it turns out he’s also got a smooth way with the ladies words. Go figure.
Here’s the autobiography that I made him write. He says it’s the best he can do without beer.
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I am a writer, photographer, herbalist, romance cartographer and past life mystery cosmonaut. I love food and the love that goes into a great dish. I live in Dallas, I have a cat, and I make my own milk.
“Into Shelley’s Belly” is a punch line examination of the lesser known badasses of Dallas dining. Not so reclusive that you’ve never been, but the places I try to visit aren’t typically a part of the mainstream scene. They are the dive institutions or lovely new places that make a formidable dish deserving to be devoured and shared. Enjoy.
Is anyone else sulking at the fact that Halloween is smack dab in the middle of our workweek? I know it might be hard to enjoy a costume party when you have to be up at the crack of dawn the next morning, but I have some good news for you. This weekend is shaping up to have perfect weather, and plenty of farmers markets are still open and full of fall activities that will be the perfect place to let your inner child run wild. It might be a few days early, but you can still celebrate Halloween in style. Throw on a costume to do all of your fresh produce shopping… you might just win one of the costume contests listed below.
Coppell Farmers Market: Several farmers are planting fall produce exclusively for the market, so there are plenty of options. Pumpkins, winter squash, summer squash, tomatoes, okra, chard, cucumbers, green beans, fresh herbs, eggplant, mushrooms, peppers, onions, white potatoes, sweet potatoes, and hydroponic greens will all be available.
This is the last week for the October granola and cake ball flavors of the month, as well as the Halloween cake balls. Free hot coffee will be served near the back picnic tables.
793 S. Coppell Rd.
Saturday, 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Nancy and I were on a national conference call with Anthony Bourdain yesterday set up by the Travel Channel. Other major media outlets (hey, Eater Dallas!) were there taking turns, asking him goodness knows how many questions. The poor man. But I guess he gets paid big bucks for this, so my pity is short-lasting. Before I pelted Bourdain with random questions that SideDish readers submitted, Bourdain shared his thoughts on new chefs that he admires, like “the guys at Mission Chinese in NY and San Francisco who are doing amazing work. Second generations of Chinese and Korean kids who don’t really feel any particular geographic connection or responsibility to stay authentic are going to be really, really interesting.” He talked to Rebecca from AAA World Magazine about why he hasn’t filmed in Philadelphia for awhile, and then basically admitted to Eater Dallas editor Whitney Filloon that he hasn’t really eaten anywhere in Dallas.
Uncle Nancy followed up after Eater Dallas with a bang. “Then you’re shamefully ignorant of Dallas food?”
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I don’t know who this governing body is that keeps sanctioning food holidays, but I understand that Friday marks the observance of National Chicken Fried Steak Day. Or something like that.
I have to say that I find national well-liked food days to be a bit on the goofy, self-congratulatory* side, although I suspect that stance is exactly what got me blackballed from joining the food holiday governing body. Even still, the shame of having missed national burger day, taco day and, yes, even Denver omelette day gnawed at me. So when I got word that chicken fried steak day was a thing, I was eager to exploit it in the name of SideDish.2 Comments »
Critics love Mesa. Fans of regional Mexican cookery love Mesa. If you haven’t tried it, you should try Mesa and love it, too. There is no better time to awaken your taste buds than Mesa’s Dia de los Muertos celebrations on Oct. 26 and 27. The event at Raul and Olga Reyes’ Oak Cliff restaurant will give guests a look at the traditional trappings and comestibles of the Mexican Day of the Dead, the time when the dead return home to feast with their loved ones.
Mesa will build an altar de muertos to honor Olga Reyes’ brother who passed away four years ago. She explains that, like all holiday altars, theirs will be an “offering the family is giving the dead.” Aside from their deceased relative’s cherished items, incense, candles and cempazuchilt flowers (marigolds), the altar will hold a glass of water, bread and other foods, along with a plate of salt in case some of the food requires extra seasoning. What won’t need to be kicked up a notch will be Mesa’s specials served by a staff in traditional Dia de los Muertos makeup.
Chief among the weekend’s dishes will be pozole. While diners slurp the reviving deep-red soup, they can enjoy two drinks specials: Viuda Negra, or Black Widow, a tipple of black vodka, lime juice and soda presented with a floating candy eye, and the Shrek Swamp Mojito.
But don’t finish everything. Leave something for the loved ones crossing over. They deserve to fall head over heels for Mesa, too.
The time to celebrate goblins and ghouls is almost upon us, so raise a glass to your favorite scary witches, vampires and ghosts and enjoy a tasty treat this Halloween in liquid form. Here are a few devilishly delicious ideas to enjoy on all Hallows Eve; some selections were sent for editorial consideration.
I am always in the mood for a glass of wine and these add a little fun to any party, not just on Halloween.
If Halloween makes you a little loony, try a glass of Lunatic White from Luna Wines. An unexpected blend of 38% Albarino, 34% Malvasia Bianca, and 28% Chardonnay makes this a scene stealer at any party. Filled with floral, fruit and spice notes, this white wine delivers the characteristics that you would hope from each variety included, and blends them together to create an approachable, food friendly and very fun white wine. Continue reading "What To Drink Now: Halloween Libations"4 Comments »
Two weeks ago, Avner Samuel closed Snack, the global-small plates spot on Henderson. Samuel and partner Jon Stevens vowed they would reinvent the menu and reopen. I asked Samuel’s wife, Celeste, if there had been any progress on the project. She replied, “No news yet.” Meanwhile, several notable SideDish readers have texted or emailed me photos of their meals at Nosh Euro Bistro, Samuel’s successful restaurant. The pictures and reports were beautiful. Stay put, Avner.
FT33 has barely cracked its door open, and it’s already making waves in the Design District. It’s pretty much at home in the Design District. Eight days after opening mid-October, FT33 couldn’t wait to announce a master sommelier wine dinner series. On day nine, chef/owner Matt McCallister invited media people to taste the goods at his restaurant. Desiree and I, curious, accepted the invite and ate lunch as his guests.
Jump to view more of Desiree Espada’s pretty photos.