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Forget the Mambo Taxi, Here’s the Only Drink Conan O’ Brien Should Have in Dallas

So no offense to Angie Harmon, but the Mambo Taxi no longer reigns as the best frozen margarita in Dallas. She has been in Hollywood La-La-Land for too long. The late-night talk show host already visited Al Biernat’s on Saturday night, but if he leaves without drinking one of Pakpao’s Chula-rita Swirls, he’s in for big cryfest upon his return Los Angeles.

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Bisous Bisous, a French Bakery, is Searching for a Retail Spot in Dallas

It takes guts—and a love of macarons—to quit your corporate job after six years, enroll in an intensive pastry program, and start your own French bakery business in Dallas. But Andrea Meyer, head pastry chef and owner of Bisous Bisous Patisserie, did just that.

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Bite Fight: The Best Tres Leches Cake in Dallas

A fine tres leches cake is a beautiful thing. When there’s creamy vanilla sweetness coupled with a curious balance struck between light and rich, that’s when you know you’ve hit the jackpot. Pastel de tres leches is a dessert with a history soaked in Latin American cross-culturalism, burgeoned by canned milk production in the 1940s, and widely popularized in Texas by the 1990s. Dallas is rife with restaurants offering their own take on this ubiquitous, fluffy dessert, often upping the ante by changing its nomenclature. To find out how many milks it really takes to exemplify this cake, I tasted the tres leches at the health-conscious Kozy Kitchen, the cuatro leches at the trendy La Duni Latin Cafe, and the cinco leches at 2013′s Tex-Mex newcomer Mesero Miguel.

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Eat This Now: Deep Fried Corn at Off the Bone Barbeque

Last week, I took a trip down barbecue lane with Matt Shelley and the BBQ Snob (aka Daniel Vaughn, Texas Monthly’s barbecue editor). I can’t even recall our conversation at Off the Bone Barbeque; I was so preoccupied with a beautiful container of cheese fries, loaded up with green onions, bacon, brisket, peppers, and all this other good, but bad-for-you stuff.

But the fried corn was by far the best part of the meal.

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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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Eat This Now: CBD Provisions’ Red Chili With Cornbread

As seen in the December 2013 issue. Executive Chef Michael Sindoni of CBD Provisions makes this red chili with grass-fed beef, farm egg, and cornbread. CORNBREAD | A batter of cornmeal, flour, buttermilk, crème fraîche, and butter is poured into a hot buttered cast-iron pan and baked in the oven. CHILI | Ground and diced […]

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A Day in Denton: Breakfast and Lunch (Part I)

It’s a little crazy how close Denton is from Dallas. But 40 miles somehow translates into a million light years away. If we’re honest with ourselves, Denton really deserves more from all you I-don’t-venture-above-635-people. This artsy college town has transformed from a No Man’s Land to a thriving food scene in the last 13 years. […]

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Eat This Now: Scrambled Eggs With White Truffles at Nonna

I apologize for the poor picture of chef Julian Barsotti’s delicious soft scrambled eggs served on fonduta valdostana and topped with white truffles. It wasn’t much to look at and the texture resembled baby food, but the earthy, buttery, and nutty combination of flavors left me feeling giddy. Please call ahead to make sure it is […]

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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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Eat This Now: Village Kitchen’s Lobster Thermidor with Mac and Cheese

As seen in the November 2013 issue. Mac and cheese | Elbow pasta is baked with Gruyere, smoked cheddar, and a Parmesan cream sauce. It’s topped with breadcrumbs and more Parmesan and browned. Lobster | Maine lobster is boiled for three minutes. The meat is removed from the shell and mixed with creme fraiche, roasted […]

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Eat This Now: Sassy Popcorn’s Dill-Flavored Popcorn

The other day, my deskmate Raya Ramsey brought this dill-flavored popcorn to the office, and I went pretty crockadoodle crazy over it. There’s something so addicting about this dill, pickle-y flavor, I can’t quite put my finger on it. Once you start, you can’t stop. Maybe it’s just the kind of thing you like as […]

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Forget Cronuts! Dallas, We Have the Churrnut.

As all of you may be well aware, I’ve been obsessed with cronuts. Apparently, I’m not the only one who’s been thinking about them. Markus Pineyro, owner of Urban Taco, says he was inspired by the croissant-donut-hybrid and spent many a night churning a new idea in his brain. After countless hours, he came up […]

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Eat This Now: Meddlesome Moth’s ‘Badass’ Bacon Waffles

As seen in our October 2013 issue. Waffles | Vanilla extract and chopped bacon are added to the waffle batter (flour, sugar, salt, baking powder, eggs, milk, and butter), which is then cooked in a waffle iron. Waffles are quartered and lined up on the plate. The waffles are topped with bacon, compote, fondue, and […]

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Happy National Cheeseburger Day! Now Go Get One.

Gosh. I’m not going to lie. My favorite meal in the whole world used to be a McDonald’s cheeseburger Happy Meal. You don’t know how many of those I bought just to get a Ty Teenie Beanie Baby. Pretty shameful. We used to buy four Happy Meals at one time. What can I say. I […]

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