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The Village Kitchen Has Donut Croissants

Given how obsessed with cronuts as I am, it is my pleasure to report a discovery of immeasurable greatness. Friends, family, and enemies: There are DONUT CROISSANTS at the Village Kitchen. (In case you missed it, this restaurant opened a little over two months ago inside Highland Park Village, with Chef Andre Natera acting as […]

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Somebody Help This Poor Girl: Electric Meat Slicer

A loyal Disher with early gift-giving friends risks a friendship by asking the following: I received an Waring Pro FS155 electric meat slicer as an early Christmas present and am considering returning it.  But first, I thought I’d check with the SideDishers to see if anyone has any good uses for it other than the obvious. […]

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Teresa Gubbins to Join CultureMap Dallas

Last week I reported PegasusNews was bought by the Dallas Morning News. In the post I pondered the whereabouts of ace reporter Teresa Gubbins. The rest of the PegNews staff are now employees of the DMN, but Gubbins didn’t make the move. (More likely, she wasn’t asked to make the move. She’s been there and […]

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RaceTrac Announces Chef-Driven Gas Station in Little Elm

See the picture of the nice man? His name is Bob Derian and he is a chef. His official title is Director of Food & Beverage Innovation at RaceTrac Petroleum. His job is to create a delightful food experience in a gas station convenience store. We love good food in gas stations, especially tacos. But […]

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Trinity Groves Report: Phil Romano Wants to Change the Way the World Views Dallas Food

See the nice looking man in the picture? That is Phil Romano. See the painting in the background? That is one artist’s interpretation of Phil Romano’s brain when he is working on a project. Phil Romano, Larry “Butch” McGregor, and Stuart Fitts are working on Trinity Groves an enormous development on the west side of […]

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In Flight Advice: Save Your Socks and Air-Cushion Your Wine

‘Tis the season for bucolic forays into Napa, Sonoma, and Tuscany (who are we kidding, that kind of travel’s always in season). And while I don’t generally write about products, this one caught my eye. Even thought I employ Ziploc bags, bubble wrap, and a sophisticated layering of socks and brassieres, many’s the time I’ve […]

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Monday Morning Food News

Higher food prices are on the way. California fisherman need fish in the ocean. Flaming Bananas Foster injures four in Florida. Where to sign the “Carne Asada is Not a Crime” petition. LeBron James has all summer to choke chew on his mouthguard.

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Social 121 in Plano: Would You Like Art With Your Meal?

A few years ago, Art Museums started installing  fine dining restaurants in their buildings. Now the scene has come full circle: restaurants are now offering art with your food. Once you order your food at Social 121 (née Loft 610) you are surrounded by an exhibition of paintings and video art. The night I was there, […]

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Backyard Chicken Coops in Dallas

My mother grew up in a small town outside of Archer City, Texas. A couple of nights a week she watched her mother go out in the back yard, grab one of the many chickens running around the yard and snap its neck. A couple hours later the former “pet’  was devoured for dinner. It […]

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No Matter How Good It Smells, Don’t Eat the Meat Soap

Seems like our pal, “Best BBQ in Dallas” author (and creator of the Full Custom Gospel BBQ blog) Daniel Vaughn has been holding out on us. Turns out he’s been moonlighting as a savoneur. Ok, that may not be a real word, but the skinny is that the dude is part of a four-person team […]

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Guerrilla-Style Photography: Capturing Images of the Secret Menu at In-N-Out for D Magazine

D Magazine food photographer Kevin Marple traveled to LA to capture images we needed to compile “The Newbie’s Guide to In-N-Out.”  He returned with the pictures but he went through hamburger hell to get them. Here’s his story. I’ve had art directors send me into some wild scenarios. And when D Magazine’s Creative Director Todd […]

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Food Apps: Do You Use Them?

Have you downloaded D Magazine’s  FREE D Recommends iPhone app? If not, here’s how. We’d love to hear ANY feedback. This morning I came across this list of popular “food apps for foodies.” I like the idea of Locavore but I haven’t actually downloaded it to see how well it works. Do you use food-related […]

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Vijay Sadhu Previews Recipes for New Restaurant Sutra. Bonus Video of Sadhu Cooking!

Vijay Sadhu’s new restaurant Sutra opens next month in The Shops at Legacy in Plano. He needed a few folks to use as guinea pigs to test  some of his recipes. We were happy to oblige. Sadhu whipped out five dishes, assisted by longtime friend and Sutra consultant Arturo Romanillos (his specialty is pâtisserie and baking […]

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Mariano Martinez’s Margarita Machine Named One of the Top Ten Inventions of All Time

From the Department of “You Can’t Make This Stuff Up“:  a press release from the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History’s Collections announcing the Top Ten Inventions from their collection. Tommy Edison’s light bulb? Check. Bell’s telephone? Check. The first camera? Check. Dallas restaurateur Mariano Martinez’s 1971 invention of the frozen margarita machine? Umm, check […]

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Ex-Observer Dining Critics Dave Faries and Mark Stuertz are Back Together With New Website: Critic’s Guide

Guess that job Dave Faries had lined up in Europe after he left the Dallas Observer didn’t pan out. Teresa Gubbins has snagged a media kit from Faries’ new venture Critic’s Guide, a website devoted to local restaurant reviews, chefs, cocktails, and dining trends. His partner in dine is none other than his former colleague […]

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