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Q&A With Nicolas Blouin, the Pastry Chef Who’s Quietly Making Sure Dallas Is on the International Pastry Map

They’re still waiting to appoint a new executive chef at The Rosewood Mansion on Turtle Creek. Meanwhile, Nicolas Blouin is a steady fixture, turning out beautiful confections from his tiny pastry room off the main kitchen. The 33-year-old pastry chef from Toulouse, France has worked in Switzerland, France, and Las Vegas, working at Michelin-starred restaurants and under world-famous patissiers before he landed at the Mansion five years ago.

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Gourmet Chocolates for Halloween

Halloween is just around the corner, and local chocolatiers are getting into the spirit of the holiday with themed, handcrafted treats. Katherine Clapner of Dude, Sweet Chocolate is offering two pound golden skulls — fabricated for Wayne Coyne and the Flaming Lips by Joshua King — made from 72% South American dark chocolate. She’s also crafted two pound “bloody hearts” (that are anatomically correct), tiny brains, and miniature skulls filled with dulce de leche and sea salt. The chocolatiers at CocoAndre have put together a selection of themed goodies. There’s colorful hand-painted skulls, chocolate coffins, jack-o-lanterns, owls, witches and more. Kate Weiser is offering beautiful, hand-painted skulls and pumpkins. And Chocolate Secrets has a range of treats from hand-made candy corns and chocolate pops to painted truffles. The sweets are a perfect option for those folks who want to go above and beyond Hershey’s bars and M&M’s this year.

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First Take: Kate Weiser Chocolate

The newest Trinity Groves concept, Kate Weiser Chocolate, is definitely an experience. The modern little spot has so much color everywhere, mostly originating from the giant wall of Kate’s painted face, but also from the gorgeous display case of chocolates. Every piece is hand-painted and one-of-a-kind, and the flavors are certainly not your average mall-store […]

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The Localist: Dr. Sue’s Cherry Pecan Bark

Dark chocolate consumption is a bona fide guilty pleasure of mine that I partake in regularly. In preparation for the upcoming Easter holiday, I have spent a great deal of time visiting some of the city’s most popular chocolatiers to stock up on gifts. Last weekend while visiting downtown McKinney, I made one of my favorite discoveries to date: the dark chocolate bark line from Dr. Sue’s Chocolate.

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Six Restaurant Openings in Dallas That Get Us Excited About 2014

It’s sad to say goodbye to 2013. ‘Twas a good year in Dallas dining.

We picked Dallas’ 100 best restaurants, our 10 favorite new restaurants, and almost made Nancy work to death. I think she was sick for a good two or three months after those issues came out.

Well, it’s a new year. Cheers to good health, fewer doctors visits, and more reasons to eat out. Here are six of them, in case you couldn’t tell by the title of this post. We’re pretty excited about these restaurants openings in 2014.

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