Dan Koller over on People Newspapers has photographic evidence that the Purple Cow is dead. There will be no more blue cheese burgers and purple milkshakes at Preston Royal Village, my friends. You’ll have to use your imagination from now on.Full Story
On Friday, February 28, Gianpiero Lorenzo and Dave Pedack were merely setting up chairs outside of their new cafe for a Facebook photo, when a flood of people stopped by and started enjoying the first fruits of their labor. Lorenzo, from Naples, and Pedack intended to open their brand-new sidewalk street cafe at 1520 Elm Street, aptly named Cafe Strada, quietly. But clearly that didn’t happen.
“We completely sold out of gelato!” Lorenzo tells me. On the very first day, the Euro-style cafe ran out of 20 gallons of house-made gelato. The pistachio, black cherry, and hazelnut mocha—all gone. Only a little bit of mango sorbet was left.Full Story
Chef Eddy Thretipthuangisin recently left PakPao for BITE, an upscale American restaurant, in Fort Worth. The restaurant is slated to open March 20, and it will begin taking reservations on Monday, March 10.Full Story
One of my best friends in college was a guy named Oshri. As the beekeeper of the Duke Gardens, he had it something bad for those pointy little bugs.
During one of his honey-collecting trips, I suited up in a white space suit outfit and helped him bottle raw honey into a hundred plastic containers. Some containers had dead, crystallized ants in them. Others didn’t. I remember taking home a bottle with one of the dead bugs and feeling proud of it.
Raw, unfiltered honey is one of the best things we can enjoy. It helps with allergies, it has changed the economy of Sierra Leone, and it makes our world a better place. All the honeys we taste-tested this week were so different from each other, it’s kind of incredible.Full Story
Female powerhouse and restaurateur, Dee Lincoln, is opening a second Dee Lincoln Steak & Burger Bar at 4701 West Park Boulevard. It’s in between Preston and Ohio. The menu will have a few more creative burgers added to it, and there’ll be a huge 80-seated dining room, an open kitchen, patio, and outdoor lounge.Full Story
After last week’s chef-swap circus—in which we discovered that Ian Tate was no longer manning the ship at Salum and Komali—chef/owner Abraham Salum has moved on and found a replacement, quickly. Julio Peraza is taking the former place of Tate at Komali. He hails from El Salvador, and he was working at American Fish in Las Vegas before he moved to Dallas.Full Story
This series is a semi-irregular feature with Glenn and Carol, two friends/co-workers raised in very different eras. For every post, Glenn picks a food from his childhood, and Carol investigates it. Hesitantly.Full Story
There’s more vegetable-and-fruit love in Dallas, now that Elixir Juice Bar is making fresh-to-order liquids at 8084 Park Lane. This New York-based shop started in 1999 on Hudson Street in West Village, and this past weekend, it opened its first location in Texas. Bottled juices and smoothies are available next to Bowl & Barrel.Full Story
Monkey King Noodle Co., the tiny food stand in Deep Ellum that boasts hand-pulled noodles, is experiencing a slight demand and supply problem these days. Demand has increased, but supply has stayed the same. Owners Michelle Midyette, Andrew Chen, and Michael Chen have toyed with the thought of buying a machine that will increase noodle production, but they’re not sure if this is the best way for the restaurant to grow. After all, it’s their first business together.Full Story
I’m sorry to be the bearer of more bad news, but the North Texas Taco Festival, put on by Rich Vana and José Ralat-Maldonado of Taco Trail, is (for now) terminado. There won’t be another street-wide bash this year. Its first and last year in Deep Ellum proved to be an exciting one, but the whole shebang took way too much time to produce.Full Story
On Saturday afternoon, firefighters got a call out to West Dallas’ mixed-use development site, Sylvan Thirty. A construction welding accident led to a fire that destroyed one building in the 1800 block of Sylvan Avenue.
According to Sylvan Thirty’s spokesperson, Cooper Koch Smith, that building was the future site of Sync Yoga and Teiichi Sakurai’s ramen shop, Ten. Late last year, Sakurai told us he was planning to open his old-school ramen shop in May. The opening day will be delayed now. Luckily, construction inside Sakurai’s noodle-dedicated restaurant hadn’t started yet, prior to the fire.Full Story
After almost four good years being the editor, Rich posted a letter last Friday, February 28, announcing his departure from the food blogging world. He is putting his publication to the side and focusing his energies elsewhere, on a project That-Will-Not-Be-Named-Yet. “It was a fun venture, but it was really, really time consuming,” says the one-man writing show. “It could’ve been a sustainable living, but the amount of work that it required and the potential instability was always in the back of mind.”Full Story
It’s early in the crawfish season, but several Dallas and Fort Worth restaurants are already boiling it up. They can’t seem to wait. Warm weather, sun-bathed patios, cold beers, and great company call for a massive email to all your friends, asking who’s ready to stuff their face. Here’s where you should lead them.Full Story
Mornings that start off with a bowl with plain vanilla yogurt, honey, and granola are perfect.
But the type of granola makes all the difference. Crunchy, chewy, or nutty—we have our preferences. To me, granola is a personal thing, a personal choice.
To make your mornings even better, we tasted five different types. Since granola choices are overwhelming and limitless, I decided to stick with plain, original recipes that A) use coconut and B) have nuts. You can judge me all you want for my criteria. I like coconut and nuts. What can I say.Full Story
Mockingbird Station is welcoming a cupcakery, located between Rockfish and Urban Taco, on March 3. Smallcakes is a chain with more than 60 shops in 13 states, and it’s already planted a location in Southlake and Frisco, each. Pretty soon, it’ll have storefronts in Arlington, Carrollton, Denton, McKinney, and Plano.Full Story
As a kid growing up in Haiti, Valery Jean-Bart used to watch the television show, Dallas, and dream of Southern cuisine.
“It’s ironic how I’ve ended up here,” he muses.
After moving to Dallas in 2008 to take a civil engineering job, Jean-Bart (who goes by ‘Val’) decided to start a dessert business with his friend, Christopher Reece. They launched Val’s Food With a Twist 18 months ago, after the Haitian baker spent four years taking care of his mom, sick with terminal cancer.
“I would cook, constantly, and I knew she liked desserts. I would try a different cheesecake, cookie, and different pie. She would always finish the dessert. She never finished her beets or carrots, but she’d finish that one little piece of cheesecake,” Jean-Bart says. For years, he would experiment on Sundays for his mom, who loved cheesecake day.Full Story
New York-based artist, Dan Rizzie, is unveiling his design for the Dallas Farmers Market’s new logo, which pays tribute to Texas farmers, right this very minute. The ’80s contemporary art icon and Phillip Jones, President of the Dallas Convention & Visitors Bureau, are presenting it. This is a huge moment for the DFM, which is currently undergoing major renovations.Full Story
Last week, I ate lunch with a co-worker and spent most of the time imagining myself stealing her Whole Foods’ Sonoma chicken salad. If I just maneuvered my hand there, pointed to a faraway object, and ran away… my plan could actually work.
All hopes were dashed when I realized she was spooning out her last few bites.
Life sucks, sometimes.
The good news: I do a taste test every week. And this means I can eat as much chicken freakin’ salad as I want. For research, I used this list that you, readers, curated in 2012, when Nancy asked where to find the best chicken salad in Dallas. Y’all said Empire, Festive Kitchen, Zoes, Central Market, and Whole Foods. And there I went.Full Story
The Fish restaurant at 1001 W. Jefferson is (temporarily? permanently?) kaput. A loyal SideDisher (aka Bradford Pearson) took a photo of this sign from February 13 that says, “Friends, we are unable to reopen due to a maintenance issue. Please check our Facebook page for updates.”Full Story
Late this morning, Republican candidate for Texas governor, Greg Abbott, campaigned at El Guapo’s in Denton with controversial musician Ted Nugent, much to people’s dismay. (Nugent made such derogatory remarks about President Obama last month that I can’t even bring myself to type them.) Here’s what Twitter had to say about this morning’s appearance:Full Story