You’re spending a life-saving’s worth of money on a crazy-expensive trip to Hawaii, and the hotel/resort is baller. Absolutely amazing. You’ve got a beach view, martinis with a hand wave, and infinity pools so clean, you could drink the water. Now, eating is a different story. In Maui—should you choose to visit this island of dreams—the food is fantastic and the prices are even better. You can eat like a king for $15 or less with every meal. You just have to know where to go. Here’s where we come in.Full Story
I’m a big fan of Jessica Jones, the managing editor of D Home/D Weddings. What a crafty lady. She made these beautiful edible Easter egg nests (pictured above) that are surprisingly easy to accomplish. Just five ingredients (including chow mein noodles) and BOOM, you’re done.
You’ve got holiday ready gifts for all the cool people you love.Full Story
So no offense to Angie Harmon, but the Mambo Taxi no longer reigns as the best frozen margarita in Dallas. She has been in Hollywood La-La-Land for too long. The late-night talk show host already visited Al Biernat’s on Saturday night, but if he leaves without drinking one of Pakpao’s Chula-rita Swirls, he’s in for big cryfest upon his return Los Angeles.Full Story
Being raised by an Irish-Catholic mother back in the mid-20th century meant no meat on Fridays. That proved to be a challenge for mother. But coming to her rescue was a relatively new product — Gorton’s Fish Sticks. Why, it had even won the Parents Magazine Seal of Approval in 1953.
The sticks looked like flattened piano keys covered in crumbs. After spending time on a cookie sheet in an oven, they would emerge crispy on the outside. The interior was another story. Depending on our mother’s time-keeping, the fish fillets would either be overly done or borderline sushi encased in crumbs. Every now and then, they would turn out just right. But like hot dogs in need of mustard, the sticks required a dunking in either ketchup or tartar sauce. In our household, it was usually ketchup because tartar sauce required being made from scratch.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
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
Mardi Gras is called Fat Tuesday for a reason. Eat and drink Cajun-style in Dallas this coming Tuesday, March 4. I know I’m counting down the days ’til it’s time to get stuffed on some delicious New Orleans grub.Full Story
Last week, I took a trip down barbecue lane with Matt Shelley and the BBQ Snob (aka Daniel Vaughn, Texas Monthly’s barbecue editor). I can’t even recall our conversation at Off the Bone Barbeque; I was so preoccupied with a beautiful container of cheese fries, loaded up with green onions, bacon, brisket, peppers, and all this other good, but bad-for-you stuff.
But the fried corn was by far the best part of the meal.Full Story
Twenty, thirty years from now, our children’s children will be reading their U.S. History books, and there will be a chapter titled, “Potato Chips: The Downfall of America.” I kid you not.
(Case in point: The lengthy time it’s taking me to write this post due to the five opened and alluring bags of salt and vinegar chips covering my desk. Yes, if I keep this up, I will be a 300-lb. woman soon.)
But let’s be real. Salt and vinegar chips are the reason why our pants sizes are one size too big. They’re aggressively addicting. And the only way I’ll be able to finish writing this intro is if I move my five bags of chips to the other side of the room. Okay. I’ll do that right now. And while I do that, you should keep reading to find out which bag holds the the truest salt-and-vinegar combo.
Deal? Deal.Full Story
Everyone who knows me (especially D Magazine people who observe my snacking habits like a zoo animal. Ahem.) know that I’m not a fine-dining person. I love fine-dining, sure. But in my element, I am a cheap eater. I was born on a budget, I live on a budget, and I like to save money like it’s nobody’s business. Some may even describe it as a fault.
A good meal under $10 can make me the happiest person alive.Full Story
Napa Valley is, surprisingly, not all about Michelin star restaurants. There are cheap eats, too. Good ones. It’s possible to visit Napa Valley even if you aren’t the richest cat in the litter.Full Story
You’re standing in a grocery store aisle, searching for potato chips like the fatty you are, and your eyes lock dead with a bag of sweet potato tortilla chips. Holy mother of fall, where have these snacks been all my life? Forget you, plain potato nothings. I’m moving on to sweet potato tortilla chips. That’s […]Full Story
Cotton candy is all grown up. No longer relegated to descriptive flavors like pink and blue, Fluffpops is reinventing the sugary treat for a more mature audience. Spun in small-scale cotton candy machines designed by Fluffpops founder Yasmeen Tadia, the sweet-on-a-stick is far from the sticky mess of State Fair memories I associate with cotton […]Full Story
National Ice Cream Sandwich day was yesterday, but that isn’t going to stop Carl’s Jr. from making it an ice cream sandwich day, every day. Make that a STRAWBERRY POP-TART ICE CREAM sandwich. The very creative and genius food team over in Carl’s Jr.’s test kitchens came up with one of the smartest food combinations […]Full Story
I hesitate to add Lion City Chinese Cafe to this “Good Asian Grub” series, but this Chinese/Singaporean restaurant is so undeniably tasty… to leave it off would feel almost wrong. The truth is, the service here is not great. By “not great,” what I really mean is “so terrible, it’s pretty much nonexistent.” That’s not […]Full Story
Blame it on Paula Deen. She popularized the donut burger trend (meat patty squashed between two donuts), and now Twisted Root is taking it a step further. For the month of February, TR is featuring the “If This is Wrong… I Don’t Want to be Right” burger for $9.99. It’s a cheddar burger with a […]Full Story
I asked a Dallas restaurant consultant who eats in NYC for R&D for some advice. He sent the list below the jump. Need some great cheap good eats for two gals at Lex and 49th. What do you think of his list?Full Story
National _____ Days get kind of annoying unless it’s National Labor Day – a holiday I thoroughly enjoy with every fiber of my couch. (I hope you guys don’t take that the wrong way.) Anyways, it’s Cheeseburger Day today. You better go to your favorite burger joint and snarf one down like there’s no calorie […]Full Story
Vices! Getcha vices! Vices all with one call! The Stand, the upscale concession style restaurant on McKinney Avenue is now offering cigarettes and beer with your delivery order. They claim: “Date night just got more convenient and safer.” I’m asking: “How long do I have to wait for a Mac Daddy Dog, carton of Camels, […]Full Story
I write to you today as a former food truck skeptic. I’d eat every doubtful word that ever crossed my lips if there were any room left in my stomach after my Saturday night chow-down at the grand opening of the Cedars Food Park at Dallas Heritage Village. Eighteen of the city’s most popular food […]Full Story