Today is World Chocolate Day and tomorrow is Whiskey Tuesday. Great way to start a week!Full Story
Summer is here. Michael Martensen teaches us how to make a perfect gin and tonic.Full Story
Ready for this: frozen booze on a stick. These poptails are made by Social Ice, a North Texas company that creates frozen treats made with Texas wine and all-natural ingredients.Full Story
Julia and Lee Fuqua of Fuqua Winery, the tiny spot behind Home Depot on Lemmon, have decided to stop making wine and start distilling spirits.Full Story
The baked goods—formerly a bright spot—were being shipped in from Hypnotic Donuts and others, and everything just felt…tired. I stop at Bolsa Mercado a few times a week for a quick dinner or six-pack, and I began to do so with less frequency.
Well, now we know why.Full Story
When popular vintage shop Ahab Bowen closed in 2011, Dallas fashionistas were devastated. The house stood unused until five weeks ago, when it reopened as another business honoring the past, Victorian era-themed bar, Bowen House. I stopped by Saturday night at 9 pm to get a feel for the place and to sample the drinks.Full Story
Booze-ing and brunch-ing. That’s what’s happening in Dallas this weekend. From the Big Texas Beer Fest to a DIY Bloody Mary bar-cart, we’ll all be needing some serious hydration after this weekend.Full Story
La Perla d’Italia, Pho House, Mughlai Fine Indian Cuisine, and Maximo invited me as a guest on Wednesday for a food tour at the Village on the Green. I was given a tasting at each restaurant (the opposite of little Costco-sized samples), all thankfully within walking distance of each other. Four restaurants and way too much food later, I think it’s safe to say I was stuffed. If you didn’t think it was possible to have Italian, Indian, Vietnamese, and Mexican food all in one night, it’s definitely do-able, as long as you exercise portion control.
For a fun night, try taking your own food tour at the Village on the Green with family and friends. Order one or two dishes at each place, and experience four different ethnic cuisines at its best. Follow my lead or forge your own path. Either way, you’ll leave feeling full and satisfied.Full Story
This week’s dinners are sparse, but last week’s post also includes a few upcoming events. Let’s hop… or shall we say, drink, to it?Full Story
March is shaping up to be a busy month in the spirits world. (Spirits, as in cocktails. Not visitors from beyond.) I know of at least four new brands that have launched recently, or are launching in the next few weeks: three with local ties to Dallas, and one that is just plain good… especially as we plan for patio weather.Full Story
I’m no doctor, but I am positive that a rough week can be completely cured by wine. It’s about that time to get cured with all the many options Dallas has to offer. Let’s get this party started.Full Story
I have incredible news. Walter White has cleaned himself up and moved to Texas. He now brews beer and goes by the rather fantastic name of Matt. Seriously, look at that guy. He’s all the right kind of nerd-evil-engineer-mad-scientist. All jokes aside, Matt Morriss of Rabbit Hole Brewing, alongside his companion, brewmaster Tom Anderson, has acquired some serious accolades in the home-brewing arena. Those skills are now outfitted with top-dollar equipment and the beer does the rest of the talking. Sometimes, it talks dirty, and I like that.Full Story
Happy MLK Day. For those of you who have the day off, you suck. But I’ll only hold it against you. A little.
For the rest of us: Look forward to that clock turning 6:30 p.m. today. There’s a cool, under-the-radar event in Fort Worth that makes this day even better. Cider makers Greg Failing and John Matson from Vermont Hard Cider are holding a 1.5-hour workshop at the Total Wine in Fort Worth.Full Story
If Wim Bens’ green eyes don’t bring you to your knees, this year’s release of Lakewood Brewing Co.’s Bourbon Barrel Temptress certainly will. The beer elves have housed and cared for this batch for months, waiting for the right moment to release it upon us. Well, the time is now.Full Story
Drink this coming ice storm away with nickel-cheap cocktails.Full Story
Good gravy, guys. Tons of stuff to pile on your plate this weekend. Beerthusiasts will have plenty to pick from, so no complaining there. Enjoy your crisp, cool Autumn while you can; shorts and flip flops may be required next week. Look below for all the goings-on in North Texas. FRIDAY Fort Worth’s Greek Food […]Full Story
A loyal SideDish reader with a nose for naturally born news writes: Well-known bartender Danny Versfelt is OUT at Al Biernat’s. He worked there for 15 years and was summarily dismissed on Wednesday. Late last night Al Biernat replied: Yes, Danny is no longer with Al Biernat’s and has accepted a position with Dee Lincoln’s Burger […]Full Story
My heart’s been palpitating at around 160 knots ever since Wednesday evening’s Pairdiné beer dinner at Lark on the Park. The reason: Velvety voiced, wildly charismatic Garrett Oliver shared his beers and his wisdom with an entire crowd of beerthusiasts. Garrett is somewhat of the ultimate authority on pairing beer and food, and he has […]Full Story
It’s steaming hot and there’s still no air conditioning inside of the building at 409 North Zang Boulevard, but in about a month, the unfinished space will soon be a hopping neighborhood joint for food and beer. Owners Alycen Cuellar, Felix Garcia, and Paul Delgado plan to open their first restaurant together, the Local Oak, […]Full Story
Denton tends to feel like a foreign world to Dallas people, but it’s only (surprise!) a 45 minute drive away. I haven’t been to Denton since 2007? 2008?, so a trip there last Friday was eye-opening. It’s a whole new world out there, folks. Bars, like 16-month-old Oak St. Drafthouse, have already become staples to […]Full Story