Last night, Bolsa Mercado transformed into a delightful backdrop, playing host to founder Atti Worku and her non-profit, Seeds of Africa - an organization that provides a nurturing, educational community for young children and young adults in Adama, Ethiopia. Chef Jeff Harris prepared a four-course menu to approximately 60 Seeds supporters as I, an invited guest, witnessed this NYC-based non-profit introduce itself to Dallas.
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For the second year in a row, White Rock Coffee has won the coveted KRUPS USA Award for having the best cuppa joe in Dallas. Public voting through KRUPS’ Facebook page helped determine the winner. KRUPS USA, a company that makes coffee, espresso machines and kitchen appliances, has been trying to bring attention to well-deserved coffee shops from New York to Los Angeles.
“We were so thrilled with the response we received last year, and look forward to bringing these well-deserving coffee shops the attention they have earned,” said Michele Lupton, Marketing Communications Director for the brand. “At KRUPS, our motto is ‘Passion, Precision, Perfection,’ and we are always delighted to find like-minded coffee-purveyors who share our same goals.”
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I have two songs permanently embedded in my head. They’ve been there for years (centuries?). They have a life of their own and flow from the deep recesses of my right cerebrum and out of my mouth without a prompt. One is “I Want to Marry a Lighthouse Keeper.” The other is “Java Jive” as performed by Manhattan Transfer. We all know “Brown Sugar” has nothing to do with food, but, WITHOUT GOOGLE, what songs about food do you sing? Waiter, waiter, percolator…
She’s a gay old gal who loves some cake with her coffee. Hear her plea:
Hi Nancy, I sent you an email last year and you suggested a certain coffee cake. I’m sorry I can’t remember where I bought it but it was yummy. Can you remember? I am having a house full of people during the holidays and like have several around and in my freezer.
Hmm. She likes to put people in her freezer? That’s kinda scary. Plus, she is relying on my memory? Right-o. Now go. (Actually I think it might have been Crumbzz. )11 Comments »
Todd Johnson wears a lot of different pants around the D empire. Primarily, he is the company’s Creative Director. He oversees all of the art and photography and design stuff. He eats out almost every meal and posts his meals on Facebook. But Todd drinks more coffee than any other human being I have ever met.
When he came up with the idea of doing a feature on the best coffee in Dallas, the rest of the tea-sipping editorial staff said, “Go, dude.” He went. And went. And went. After a month of sampling coffee all over town and showing up for work buzzed like a meth addict, Todd is now back to speaking simple English and being civil to his co-workers. Read his story here. I promise you a contact caffeine high.
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Not sure if Starbucks invented National Coffee Day, or a caffeine driven crowd who needed an extra excuse to enjoy a cup, but today is indeed National Coffee Day. And wouldn’t you know it….it is expected to reach 98 degrees today, maybe not the ideal weather to enjoy a steamy hot cup of joe.
Why not enjoy the flavor of a cup in a refreshing cocktail instead. Kahlua liqueur is made from 100% Arabica coffee and sugarcane in Veracruz, Mexico. The product has been made since 1936 from coffee beans grown in the rural and highly agricultural Veracruz, creating a product that is rich, silky and sweet filled with the obvious coffee flavors mingling with caramel and vanilla notes, perfect for sipping on its own or mixing in refreshing cocktails like the well known Black Russian or the not so well known Kahlua Sour.
With the Halloween and holidays coming up shortly Kahlua has recently introduced a new flavor for the fall, Cinnamon Spice. Inspired by the traditional Mexican “Cafe de Olla” which blends coffee with cinnamon and brown sugar, this liqueur blends 100% Arabica coffee from Veracruz with rum and Mexican spices. With cocktails like the Cinnamon Sparkler, Cinnamon Spice and Ginger, or a Hot Mexican Cider you will add spice to your autumn evenings, whether it is 98 or 58 degrees. Follow the jump for recipes. Continue reading "Happy National Coffee Day"1 Comment »
In case you missed the Flippin’ Out Crepes teaser a few weeks back, back in June, we had a nice little daisy chain going on with Nancy reporting on Teresa Gubbins coverage of the press-release announcement of Flippin’ Out Crepes drive-thru creperie in Addison (for the record, Teresa Gubbins reported the story in May and added the press release when they issued it in June).
This morning I stumbled upon a Thrillist video (thanks, guys) giving us a visual.
Sounds like a trip through a drive-thru is in order, pronto.
Rita and Sara Vazquez, the two smart and sassy gals behind the counter at International Bakery Cuban Dulceria, are throwing a three-day festival (May 19, 20 and 21 from 9:00am to 5:00pm) to honor the glamorous days in Cuba. They have invited Cuban artists, vendors, and musicians and there will be food. Lots of traditional Cuban food. The menu so far includes:
Cuban food from International Bakery Cuban Dulceria serving El Cuban, Pan con Lechon (pork sandwiches), Media Noche (midnight sandwich) and others plus pastel de carne, croquetas, papa rellenas (stuffed potato ball), mariquitas (plantain chips) and much more. Quench your thirst with traditional Cuban soft drinks like Iron beer (iron beer), Materva (mate), and Jupiña (pineapple). And of course enjoy the cold taste of Coca-Cola, whose first plant out of the U.S. was in Cuba. Savor our Families Favorites -pastelitos de Guayaba y Queso (Guava&Cheese pastry), Guayaba (Guava pastry) Pastelitos de Coco (Coconut pastry) & more. Dulces Finos, Capuchinos (drenched cones-cakes) Senoritas (Napoleons) Éclairs de Carmelo (Carmeled Éclair plus Éclairs de Chocolate (Chocolate Éclair)
Tastings from Bustelo Supremo! Goya! And cigar rolling! Music. Call 972-242-3797 for more info.
Oak Cliff resident and D Magazine creative director Todd Johnson files his take on Oddfellow’s in Bishop Arts.
Bright and airy with its farmhouse-chic good looks, this new Bishop Arts cafe is a snapshot of North Oak Cliff’s shifting sociological landscape. It’s a place where pageboy-cap-wearing hipsters in skinny jeans sit alongside OC veterans in irony-free cardigans and sensible shoes. As the restaurant’s menu proudly boasts, Oddfellows does serve “food for all.” And tasty food at that. Founded by Matt Spillers (Eno’s Pizza Tavern), Scott Griggs (Fort Worth Avenue Development), Jason Roberts (Go Oak Cliff), and a host of OC community leaders, Oddfellows serves a comfy mix of breakfast and lunch staples. (As of press time, dinner service was scheduled to begin in April.) Though it stumbled out of the gate, the restaurant has found its footing in recent weeks. Breakfast is the cafe’s best meal, serving some of Dallas’ finest pancakes: thick cake-like centers with delightfully crisp edges. Other winners included the tortilla de papas (a Spanish-style omelet, skillet baked with potatoes), an open-faced fried egg sandwich with shaved ham and mozzarella, and a side of fried green tomatoes. Yes, fried green tomatoes for breakfast. What a great idea. Those wonderfully crisp, tart tomatoes can also be found on Oddfellows’ lunch menu in the form of a sandwich layered with avocado, bacon, and sprouts. It makes for a memorable meal, as do the frisée, bacon, and root vegetable salad and the pressed portobella sandwich with tzatziki and olives. Click for the finish.
SPOILER ALERT! SPOILER ALERT! If you haven’t watched the last night’s show you better go elsewhere. This report by Loren Means.
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And the winner is…. Richard Blais! Phew. Now I don’t have to go into a tail spin about why I don’t think Mike Isabella should have won. I spent the entire, not-so-exciting episode, stressing about who would take the title. I didn’t realize until the very end that my entire body had been tense for about an hour. I’m not sure how I got so personally involved. I’m not up for $200,000, a spread in Food & Wine Magazine, and a showcase at the Aspen Food & Wine Classic. I am not an All-Star Cheftestant that has strenuously competed for several weeks in a brutal competition. In fact, I am not a Chef at all. Although, I do make a mean baked ziti. But I did care. A lot. Especially after Richard’s heartbreaking explanation on why he deserved the title. Someone give that guy a hug already! Mike’s explanation of how he quit his job and missed his honeymoon did nothing to move or inspire me. How does one “miss” a honeymoon exactly? Isn’t it just postponed? I highly doubt his wife took off to Tahiti alone with a note to Mike -“sorry you missed it.” Maybe I’m just being mean now. Continue reading "Final Episode: Top Chef All-Stars"
New breakfast/lunch joint Oddfellows in the Bishop Arts District serves some of the best coffee in Dallas. They get their beans from Cuvee Coffee Roasting Company near Austin and serve single origin espressos. Tomorrow buy a cup of their heady brew and get a free breakfast taco 6:30am-2pm. They’re calling it Taco Tuesday. I call it free grub.
Oddfellows, which will serve breakfast and lunch, weekend brunch, and will be BYOB, promises dinner service sometime this winter.
“The food will all be classic, fresh, and local. And we’ll have an excellent coffee program,” says our friend Stacy at Eno’s, who tells us that Oddfellows has decided to serve Cuvee coffee out of Austin. Last week Oddfellows received delivery of a La Marzocco Strada Espresso Machine, one of only four in the US.
Expect to spent somewhere in the $8 to $12 dollar range for breakfast and lunch. The restaurant’s Facebook page is suggesting an opening date as early as this Thursday.
Seeing how I was already in love with Eno’s craft beer selection, thin square-cut pies, and Perfect Picnic plate of cheeses, olives, pecans, and salami, you know I’ll be ponying up for a seat when Oddfellows opens later this week.
When we heard that Stir Coffee planned to open a location inside the soon-to-open (we hope) Good 2 Go Taco on Peavy Rd., our hearts jittered with girlish glee. Here’s why: Instead of having our espresso served to us by flunkies who burn the milk or serve over-roasted beans, the couple behind Stir, namely Rip Rowan and Vanessa Peters, believe in making espresso the old-country way, meaning under strict temperature controls and with an almost fanatical devotion to the practice of the pull. And don’t come here looking for drip coffee; you won’t find it. Stir plans to serve only espresso drinks, French press, and cold-brewed toddy coffee (word has it that toddy makes the best iced coffee you’ve ever tasted).
jump for Stir’s Coffee Manifesto… Continue reading "Stir Coffee Poised to Set Up Shots Inside New Location of Good 2 Go Taco on Peavey Rd."
I didn’t know what to expect from an event that featured coffee, a live DJ, an open bar, and free cookies, all while raising awareness for some wonderful, worthy causes. Even though I didn’t know what to expect, what I witnessed was just what a BYOM event can offer: great food and drink, dancing, and an outlet for social causes.
BYOM (Bring Your Own Mug)* is a quarterly event hosted by Well Coffee. The purpose of the night is to engage people’s minds and hearts in a relevant way and bring awareness to world causes. This is done through donating portions of ticket sales as well as selling coffee at the event. Specific organizations are also present to help people see for themselves ways in which they can help. Past events have raised money and awareness for helping women in India’s red-light district and providing clean water to Haiti.
Our cycling Disher with a bod for grammer grammar and an eye for cedar waxwings, sends word that today is National Grammar Day. Good timing–our editorial staff has been discussing the use of “bring” and “take” for three days. Do you bring your own bottle or take your own bottle—that sort of thing. I’m not very smart in that department so I just listen, but I did find an interesting link on the press release to National Procrastination Week. I am the best, or at least the most dedicated, procrastinator on D’s staff. I am procrastinating at this very moment. Here is an interesting factoid—they claim if you quit drinking coffee your focus on projects will increase. No coffee? That would be the end of blogs. They were created for professional procrastinators. How do you suck time from your work?6 Comments »
Thanks to Mike Hiller, we don’t hear much these days from Brian Luscher, the reformed blog commenter and chef/owner of The Grape. Earlier this morning, Luscher broke his silence and sent me a link to the results of the Food Network’s recent coffee-themed recipe contest. The winner is Denise Brown who, according to Luscher, is “a Dallas dining scene regular, local foodie, food event volunteer, and long time fan of The Grape. Not a restaurant person, just a great regular gal.” To honor Denise, Luscher will feature her Turkish Coffee Pots de Crème on his menu at The Grape all month.3 Comments »
Yow. Zah. I must say we have pulled together one fabulous evening. Thanks to Stephan Pyles, execuchef Vijay Sadhu, and managing partner George Majdalani, the next SideDish Supper Club at Samar by Stephan Pyles is going to be over-the-top. Not only are they opening the restaurant just for us, but they also designed a one-of-a-kind menu for SideDish Supper Clubbers.
I asked Pyles why he wanted to do the Supper Club, and he had this to say:
“Having traveled the world in search of exotic flavors and preparations, the opportunity to showcase those tastes and customs in this one-time dinner spectacle was very exciting. You will savor the cuisine and cocktails inspired by India, Spain, and the Eastern Mediterranean–think curries, garam masala, cardamom, tandoori, naan, labneh, pomegranates, and pumpkin kofte. Have you ever had a remarkable Lebanese wine? Had your fortune read from the grounds of your Turkish coffee? You will at this dinner! Revel in the unique experience with Indian and Arabic music, belly dancers, and the exotic hookah ritual of narguile shisha.”
During the dessert course, Kyle Stewart of the Cultured Cup will demonstrate a traditional Afghan tea ceremony, and everyone will be able to try Samar’s Afghan Tea, as well as an authentic Masala chai.
Dancing girls! Hookahs! Lebanese wine! Goody bags! Communal tables! Dancing Hookahs ? Perhaps.
The SideDish Supper Club is not just dinner; it’s a culinary learning experience. Please join us on Sunday, December 6, for the next SideDish Supper Club. The cost is $110 per person and we have included tax, gratuity, and valet parking.
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I guess mine would say I’m cheap, black, and half and half. Tomorrow (Tuesday) on Think (90.1) with Krys Boyd we will find out what our coffee says about us and our society. At 1:00 p.m., Bryant Simon, Professor of History and Director of American Studies at Temple University and author of Everything but the Coffee: Learning About America from Starbucks, will discuss the topic. Leave what your coffee says about you in the comments below and perhaps Dr. Simon can use our comments to tell us what our coffee says about Dallas.12 Comments »