People We Love: Diego Comparin, Paciugo’s Top Taste-Tester

Growing up, gelato was always a birthday treat. Paciugo’s cone was something that I only ate once a year or on very special occasions, given my family’s tendency to prefer the cheapness of Braum’s. After spending a week in Italy over Christmas, eating really fantastic San Crispino gelato in Rome and puke-worthy gelato in a random Florence shop, my loyalties still lie with Paciugo.

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My Top 10 Cheap Bites of 2013 in Dallas-Fort Worth

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.

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Recipe of the Day: Butternut Squash Empanadas

Every year—as soon as the leaves start changing colors—my aunt, Tía Irma, makes a large amount of small, sugary empanadas to share with family all over the Mexico and the United States. She fills them up with jelly, dulce de leche, and butternut squash.  After spending some time with her this weekend, I found out […]

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The Best Blueberry Muffins in Dallas

Ever since I was a small child with an extra-large head, I’ve always loved muffins. In the chilly months of fall and winter, a fluffy muffin is a comforting accompaniment to a cup of coffee, hot tea, or a fresh, tall glass of orange juice. It’s filling, delicious, and makes the perfect sidekick to almost […]

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‘Tis the Season of Pumpkin: 7 Foods and Drinks to Satisfy Your Fall Cravings

You like pumpkin, I like pumpkin, we all love pumpkin. You’re a grinch if you don’t. ‘Tis season of pumpkin-mania. People go crazy over Starbucks’ pumpkin lattes and pumpkin cookies and pumpkin muffins. I, for one, am not immune to this very serious fall fever. Well, friends. I have options that will take you to […]

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iCream Cafe Delights Frisco with Liquid Nitrogen Treats

Heidi Ackerman was watching the Food Network’s Kid in a Candy Store when she saw owner Cora Shaw explain how iCream Cafe was born out of a grad school project. The original iCream Cafe, which is located in Chicago, uses liquid nitrogen machines to make ice cream, frozen yogurt, sorbet, and hot pudding right before each customer’s […]

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Reverie Bakeshop in Richardson is Open, Makes Vegan and Gluten-Free Goodies

Nancy Castillo and Racene Mendoza couldn’t be happier. These two friends opened Reverie Bakershop together in Richardson on Monday, September 23; and their vegan, gluten-free, and dairy-free treats have been flying off the shelves ever since. Even after working 19-hour days, the owners maintain a chipper attitude and proudly describe that first hectic day when there […]

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First Look: Tanoshii Ramen in Deep Ellum

Tanoshii, Tanoshii, Tanoshii. It’s all that’s on everybody’s lips these days. Okay, maybe just mine. But you have to admit that Dallas’ first ramen shop is a pretty exciting event. Pizza (meh), burgers (meh), but a brand new place for noodles? Yeahhh. Yesterday, as soon as the clock hit 4:30 p.m., I raced out of […]

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Food News and Booze (9/19/13)

Happy Mid-Autumn Festival, SideDishers! According to the lunar calendar, today is the day the moon is the biggest and brightest. Chinese people exchange and eat mooncakes filled with red bean, egg yolks, and a bunch of other sweet and savory flavors leading up to the festival. You can still buy mooncakes at Jeng Chi in Richardson. […]

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Carnival Barker’s Ice Cream Shop Might Open Tomorrow at the Truck Yard

SideDishers, it’s happening. It’s finally happening. I won’t have another melt down over the lack of Carnival Barker’s Ice Creams in this city anymore, because THEY ARE OPENING THEIR STOREFRONT (MAYBE) TOMORROW. Two hours ago, on the CB Facebook page, the owners posted: It seems no matter how many times we posts this someone asks […]

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Sprinkles Ice Cream and Glazed Donut Works Both Open Today

I give up. I’m channeling my inner fat kid today and eating like there’s no tomorrow. Why? Oh, no biggie, just TWO dessert places are grand opening today. It’s sick, really, to do this to us. Ice cream and donuts in one day. My stomach doesn’t know how to handle it. Sprinkles Ice Cream  8413 […]

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It’s Here! Best of Big D: Food and Drink 2013 is Up

That booger, Nancy Nichols, kinda screwed up last week when she teased y’all with a Best of Big D: Food and Drink post without a link. Evil. No worries, though. Your days of waiting are over. Find out which Dallas restaurants won your vote. A huge congrats to all the winners!

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Sprinkles Cupcake ATM is Now Open in Preston Center

It’s here, it’s here! After over a year of hype, the Sprinkles’ Plaza at Preston Center finally opened its Cupcake ATM. While I was the only customer at the ATM this morning, a Sprinkles employee told me they had sold over 200 cupcakes out of the bright pink machine after they officially opened at midnight. […]

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