Sunday night the biggest names and brightest Hollywood stars gather to celebrate Oscar and the 85th annual Academy Awards. Oscar night is a big night in our house, as movies are one of the most loved and time honored past times in America. Though there are already some upsets this year, especially in the Best Director category, the evening will no doubt be one to celebrate….if for nothing else the honoring of James Bond. If you are looking for a few tasty libations to help this along, either by toasting the winners or crying with the losers, here are a few nicely themed suggestions. A few selections were sent for editorial consideration.
3 parts Hendrick’s Gin
1 part Stoli Gold
1 part Lillet Blanc
Directions: Shake it very well until it is ice cold and strain into a martini glass. Garnish with a thin slice of lemon peel. Continue reading "What To Drink Now: Cocktails to Make Oscar Smile"
… says Todd Johnson. He was over at Preston Center and spotted a Capriotti’s (sandwich shop) takeover at the restaurant he reviewed back in 2007. Extreme Pizza’s phone is disconnected, and Capriotti’s is confirming this bit of news.
Update: The publicist for Capriotti’s says it’s true. Capriotti’s is invading Preston Center.
The idea of wearing a suit everyday, making a ton of money, and exerting minimal energy sounds pretty appealing to most. Then there’s chef/restaurateur Kenny Bowers. He preferred to trade in that lifestyle for a chance to play with his food without judgment and a minivan with his face on the side.
Bowers is proving that stepping over the edge to do what you love combined with a little quirkiness creates a recipe for success. The native New Englander, who brought us Kenny’s Wood Fired Grill, Kenny’s Burger Joint, and Kenny’s Italian Kitchen, recently tacked on Kenny’s Smoke House to his empire. I met with him at the restaurant to pick his brain a little.
Jacie Scott: How did Kenny’s Smoke House come about?
Kenny Bowers: For the last 25 years, I did a lot of seafood. I did new American stuff at the Wood Grill and Italian. In New England and Boston, there’s no barbeque. So, when I came down here, I was fascinated with it because I didn’t know anything about it. I really became kind of obsessed with it.4 Comments »
She woke up this rainy morning with a craving. Satisfy her.
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Hi Nancy! I got up this morning and found myself craving a great big bowl of chicken and dumplings. Can you ask your readers where my husband and I can go tonight to eat the best?
Kristen Kish is back in the game! The tall Asian model battled her way past ogres and demons in Last Chance Kitchen to make it into the final three. Everything is right in this world. Top Chef, you have redeemed yourself. Thank you.
The three remaining chefs are back from a relaxing six month vacation. Sheldon’s channeling the spirit of Menehune, while Brooke is feeling a little unprepared. She didn’t spend that much time in the kitchen during her time off. This bites her in the butt when Padma tells the three of them to create a three course meal at Craft, Tom Colicchio’s restaurant. Dang. We have a Chinese saying for this: “Small fish, big pond.”
“We’re in Chef Tom’s house… We gotta make sure his customers are happy. It’s a lot of pressure. Hopefully, I don’t set this place on fire,” says Sheldon. “This challenge is BOOM! balls to the wall.”6 Comments »
Each month Moira Muldoon walks into a bar and writes about it. Here Muldoon paints a picture of Craft and Growler.
Every fall during grad school, my husband would gleefully announce: “Home brew party!” He and his fellow engineering students made their own beer, then brought bottles to share and swap. It was fun—some of the beer was good and some truly, impressively bad—and it always made sense to me in terms of the larger cultural zeitgeist. In an era of Michael Pollan and locavores, homemade anything (everything?) was a reason to throw a party.
All of Dallas now has a chance to have “homemade” beer. At least five new craft breweries have opened in the last 18 months: Deep Ellum Brewing, Peticolas, Revolver, Lakewood, and Four Corners. Four Corners is the youngest, opened in November just past the Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge in West Dallas. Given the surge of craft beers made locally, it makes sense to have a space like Craft and Growler.
Craft and Growler opened in November and is part bar, part retail space. One wall is shelves filled with empty growlers, which are large, reusable bottles for taking home draft beer. If, for example, you want some of the Peticolas Brewing Company’s Wintervention, you may be able to go out and get a pint at a bar, but the beer itself is made in small batches, so you likely can’t buy bottles at your corner store. If you want to take some Wintervention to your spouse who watched the kids while you went out, that’s where the growler comes in handy.2 Comments »