We’re suckers for any press release that contains the following sentences:
It seems a couple well-intentioned entrepreneurs have teamed up with J&D’s Foods to create a little something they’re calling baconlube—the world’s first bacon-flavored, water-based, American-made, personal lubricant.
Billing itself as the “gold standard of meat-flavored massage oils” (natch) baconlube, they say, is like the McRib of sex: it’s delicious, makes men crazy, is here for a limited time, and is in short supply.
If you’re thinking “stocking stuffer!” (let’s stay on track here), we’re right behind you. But the boys only made 3,000 bottles of this pork-flavored nectar. It hit the interwebs yesterday at www.baconlube.com. How much, you ask, for a product that promises such a satisfying holiday season? Only $11.99.
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A couple of years ago we threw a cheesemaker appreciation reception at Celebration Restaurant. Well, we’re doing it again on October 27. Join us from 5:00 to 6:30PM as we taste the Texas cheeses that recently won American Cheese Society awards. Come meet Paula Lambert (Mozzarella Co.), Rebeccah Durkin (Brazos Valley), Amelia Sweethardt (Pure Luck), Edgar Diaz (Three Happy Cows), Dave Eagle (Eagle Mountain), and Dr. Anne C. Jones (Latte Da Dairy). And as always, the affable Meaders Ozarow (Empire Bakery) will be there with the bread. Check out all of the award-winning cheeses below. See you there!
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Nestled in the shadows of the towering stadium of the Mesquite High School fightin’ Skeeters, sits a humble family-owned pie shop with owners every bit as sweet as their glorious cherry pie. Dallas needs more pie shops like Scrumbscious. Sure, plenty of places offer a handful of pie flavors, many of which are honorable in their own right, but when an establishment is willing to dedicate their lives to the creation of an American icon, you can rest assured they are going to do things right.
Choosing your slice of pie can be a daunting task indeed for the indecisive and scatterbrained among us, but luckily you are safe enough just throwing a dart at the menu board and ordering whatever it lands on (Note: do not throw darts in the store, they do not appreciate this). I could ramble on about my favorites, the silky smooth coconut cream, the rich, aromatic fresh pecan pie, but really, just go with your gut on this one.3 Comments »
I don’t know if I told you, but I have a thing for donuts. Maybe that’s a bit of an understatement. But it’s rare, in this city, to find a place that is willing to push the limits when it comes to these tasty morsels of fried dough and sugar (obvious exceptions excluded). Therefore, any donut news is good news in my book, and any upstart entrepreneur that is daring enough to risk their livelihood, families, pets, and entire life’s savings on the humble donut is A-OK with me.
When the buzz around Denton Square Donuts began to surface a number of months ago, I was intrigued to say the least. The obviously non-traditional shape of these donuts is enough to rouse one’s attention, but most donuteers will recall similarly shaped offerings at the mighty Doughnut Plant in NYC. The toppings which adorn DSD’s baked goods are also enough to get the salivary juices flowing: Brie with Apricot Jelly, Cream Cheese and Jalapeno Jelly, Apple Pie, and the nearly-ubiquitous Bacon and Maple. Yet still, some may argue that places like Hypnotic, Gourdoughs in Austin, and Voodoo in Portland have been offering up equally ambitious donuts for years.5 Comments »
I was tooling down Irving Blvd. yesterday after a run to the camera store and I spotted a couple of cars and a motorcycle in front of the soon-to-open Off-Site Kitchen. I opened the door to find owner/chef Nick Badovinus and chef Dan Riley trying out a few items for the menu. Besides getting a free cheeseburger (look out for this one, Dallas. It’s a bobbydazzler and it is only $3.50), I got a brief tour of the space which they hope to get open by the end of the month. The food, inspired by “what line cooks eat,” is basically simple sandwiches and breakfast burritos made from quality roasted meats. “Low and slow” in Badovinus-speak. “It’s light industrial food,” he said. “It’s the kind of food you want to eat before you go solder something.”
The tiny restaurant at the corner of Wycliff and Irving Blvd. will basically do breakfast and lunch, but they will be open until 6:30PM and offer take out, including meats by the pound. “All of our meats except rib-eye will be around $3 a pound,” Badovinus said. I also tried a sliced peppered kielbasa sandwich topped with a sliced lettuce salad tossed in a Carolina pulled pork vinaigrette. (Sorry, I finished it before I remembered to photograph it.) Off-Site Kitchen will be a sandwich-lovers dream. They make it easy to grab and go or stay and eat on the covered patio.
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Nothing says “thank goodness those little brats are back in school again” like a taco. And where else on earth are you going to find a meatloaf taco besides Good 2 Go. The “School Daze” taco may be a an homage to the thousands of school lunches across the country serving up a questionably eatable mystery meat loaf with instant mashed potatoes flakes, but luckily the love poured into this brilliant creation is unmistakable and the flavors are more than splendid enough to cast away any scarring memories of school cafeteria food from your younger years. And this meatloaf can be enjoyed without having to endure the company of “Stinky Joey” making musical farting noises with his armpits or “Billy Braces” picking broccoli out of his head gear for 15 minutes ( I do, however, miss the chocolate milk).
Word on the street is that close to 1,000 people have lined up in the NorthPark halls for the opening of Dallas’ first H&M store (drawn, we’re guessing, by affordable poly-blends and the offer of gift cards to the first 500 people in line). A few minutes ago, H&M employees led the waiting throngs in an H&M scream-chant of some kind. We can only imagine how much Tiffany & Co., Neiman’s, and the like are loving this day.
Here’s our advice to them: beleaguered sales associates from adjoining stores (and probably H&M, too) need head out of the mall and directly to Urban Taco for their Thirsty Thursday all-day happy hour. That’s right: $5 house margaritas & mojitos and half-price draft beers. Live music starts at 7 pm, so you can dance off the stress this day has wrought. Commiserate over a cocktail or drown your sorrows at not having received one of those “first-500 customers” gift cards. Either way, you won’t break the bank.
Overview: Owner John Gilbert opened his new saloon concept in January 2011 inside Gilley’s 91,000 square-foot entertainment venue, and, like the venue itself, the restaurant definitely draws a diverse crowd. Exposed brick walls and autographed guitars (Sheryl Crow, Pat Greene, and more) add to the venue-vibe while a massive circular bar sits dead center at the core of the restaurant. Even during the lunch hour, the place felt alive with disco balls gleaming overhead and giant bottles of Jack Daniels sitting in glass cases (they’re empty … I asked). Not only did the décor fit the saloon theme, but the staff plays along as well, yelling from the bar “hey sweetie, where do you want to sit and what are you drinking?” as soon as I walked through the door.3 Comments »
I walked into the Flash Mart convenience store located on Walnut Hill at I-35 and turned to my right. I walked over to a purple wall with a door. I wasn’t sure what was going on. I exited the mart and walked across the store front passing a small wine section that must have been what the door inside was all about and then came to a glass door leading into Taqueria el Guache. Continue reading "Gas Station Tacos:Taqueria el Guache at Flash Mart in Dallas"1 Comment »
Here’s a Friday cheap treat: The first 50 people to mention National Chili Dog Day at either the Oak Cliff or North Dallas locations of Norma’s will get a Double Barrel Chili Dog for only $2.99. Guests will also have the opportunity to rescue dachshunds and greyhounds from Operation Kindness and Texas Adopt a Greyhound Society, both of which will be at the North Dallas location to join in the celebration.
Last night was a busy one. We had interns at The Mansion, editors at a private party at the Stoneleigh P, and photographers popping up all over this parched parcel we call a town. But come 10 pm, we all shared a commonality: we were tired but starving and in need of a nosh before calling it a day.
Last night was no anomaly, in fact this happens more often than not in our line of work. For most of us, it works out best if we can swing through somewhere relatively healthy on our way home and eat take-out in our PJs. Last night, one of us was lucky enough to catch a bi bim bop shop as they were closing, but others on our staff didn’t fare so well.
Which started up the conversation, where—by neighborhood—do you go when it’s late (lateness being the key here), you’re tired and hungry, and you need something quick (and not gross. No fast food drive-thrus). Preferably call-ahead take-out. The D Recommends app is great for this, but not everyone has a smartphone. So we decided we need a good old-fashioned cheat-sheet. Feel free to chime in.
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Chorizo tacos are underrated. I love it when I find chorizo on a taqueria menu in a gas station and Taqueria Cholula has no shortage of chorizo and other options for the taco fanatic. You’ll find at least 14 types of tacos here: beef fajita, chicken, pastor, and barbacoa. The day of my visit they were out of two.
Taqueria Cholula, located in the Conoco Station at I-35E and Royal Lane, is the first place I’ve found that serves suadero, a thin cut of meat from the breast of a cow. Sorry, I didn’t try it. I really wanted to try the chorizo and I also ordered beef fajita, pastor, and barbacoa tacos on corn tortillas with chopped onions and cilantro. My carryout order also included some salsa roja, more orange than red, and salsa verde.2 Comments »
Like many of you, I was imprisoned on 75 southbound on Wednesday somewhere between 365 and Woodall Rogers. I was actually on my way to check out a new restaurant when, after 30 minutes in traffic, I realized I wasn’t going anywhere. As I sat on the Lovers Lane exit ramp, waiting for the light to cycle and let two more cars through, I looked to my left. The signage for the newest location of b.b.bop rice bowls caught my eye. “Forget this,” I said to my date, and took a sharp turn to the left.
The wise and witty, Earl Hickey, once said, “You know how I feel about tacos. It’s the only food shaped like a smile. A beef smile.” And isn’t that about how we all feel? What else brings more happiness than a terrific taco? Sure, you could make an argument for family, friends, financial security, or Santa Claus, but nothing leaves more of a warm, fuzzy feeling inside than after you’ve pounded down a plateful of pork and beef sandwiched between hand-made tortillas.
Tacos el Guero is the type of place you could drive by a hundred times and never think twice about. Its unassuming demeanor and slightly shady locale betray the abundance of gastronomic gold hidden inside this tiny taco shop. The interior is no bigger than most people’s living rooms. Seventy percent of that space is taken up by the kitchen area with two large, blazing hot flat-tops cooking up mountains of meat. A string of a half-dozen stools line one wall, no more than a few feet from the action on the stove top, so close the occasional diner has been known to lose an eye from flying spatters of taco grease. The menu is small, scribbled onto a white-board hanging from a far wall. Those with as little ability in Español as myself, will luckily find English translations lovingly placed beside their Spanish counterparts, so you’ll have no question what “lengua,” “cabeza,” and “tripa” mean as you contemplate your order. Don’t be scared, a little cow tongue never hurt anyone.
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I live a food paradox. At home I cook using fresh, mostly organic and try to buy local as much as possible. We also p alurchase all of our meat from Burgundy Pasture Beef a ranch in Grandview, Texas that raises grass-fed animals. Our chicken comes from another local source, Windy Meadows Family Farm.
As part of our pursuit to eat local and to know where our food comes from, my wife recently heard about an unique Farmer’s Market. It’s called Eden’s Organic Farm and refers to itself as the “Home of DFW’s first All-Clean, Real Food, Real Farmer’s Market Day!” It’s located about 25 minutes from Dallas in Balch Springs. We hit the road. Continue reading "Gas Station Tacos: Taqueria Los Delicious in Dallas"5 Comments »
Overview: For the past four years Hong Kong Royal Restaurant has captured the palates Carrollton diners with its oversized entrees and delicious dim sum. But my theory is that the true appeal of this place has nothing to do with their affordable aliments. Hong Kong Royal’s allure comes in the form of providing people with the oddest dining experiences of their lives–at least that’s what happened to me. From a slow-motioned waitress carting my meal through a maze of tables only to get turned around and head back to the kitchen as though she forgot what she was doing, fried jellyfish displayed in a glass cage, a large, ornately-velvet stage with no clear purpose (karaoke I hope?), to menu items that would make PETA protest, this place doesn’t just deal in the bizarre; it excels in it. The experience was well worth eight bucks, but the menu was a different story.
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Today’s the day, folks. June 21. Not just the summer solstice, but also Norma’s 55th anniversary. To celebrate, Norma’s will be serving Texas-style chicken fried steak, meatloaf, or chicken and dressing with green beans and mashed potatoes at 1950s prices all day long. That’s $1.79. You’ve got that much hanging around in the bottom of your purse or under the passenger seat of your car. So, head over to celebrate a Dallas institution by eating the heart-healthy rib-sticking faves that have kept nifty Norma’s in bidness for longer than many of us have been alive.