Celebration Farmers Market: Joy Farm is back with some unique organic produce including Armenian cucumbers, sweet orange paruche and yellow currant cherry tomatoes, goldenrod, and black zucchini. If you’re on the market for sweet treats, Stephanie’s Premium Bakery will be out this weekend. She makes amazing citrus shortbread, but what you really want to try are her Triple C cookies (cherry, chocolate chip and chili flake). The spice of the red chili makes a late entrance behind the velvety chocolate and tart cherry, right about the time you start to think “these aren’t spicy.” Gotcha.
4515 W. Lovers Ln.
Saturday, 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Coppell Farmers Market: This Saturday is Vendor Appreciation Day. Vendors will be provided breakfast before the market and customers are invited to show their favorite vendors and producers some love. Melons of all kind will be taking Coppell by storm this weekend. Pick out a juicy one while you listen to live bluegrass tunes by the Horny Toad Rangers.
793 S. Coppell Rd.
Saturday, 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Continue reading "Farm to Market Report: Weekend of June 16-17"
Don’t you fret. This is the most up-to-date, handy list of Dallas restaurants offering Father’s Day specials right here. Thank me later when your dad is nodding off from food coma.
Hey kids, Father’s Day is Sunday, June 17. Have you booked your reservations yet? Have you even thought about what you’re getting your dad? No? Good. Neither have I. Here’s a list of dining options for all you procrastinating bandits out there. Take your pops out to eat, then let him take an afternoon nap in front of the telly, and I’m sure you’ll be giving him the best Father’s Day he could ever have. Easy as pie.2 Comments »
Poor dads all over the world get shafted on Father’s Day. In my family, it’s the same way. We make a big hullabaloo over Mother’s Day, and then Father’s Day comes around, and my dad gets a screwdriver as a present. Well, here’s my contribution to all the good fathers out there who, like mine, change their daughters’ car engine oil, act as an exterminator for spiders, and fix all their computer woes. Hats off to you. And thanks, Papa Shih.
I’ll keep updating this list as more restaurants send me their menus. It’s looking mighty short right now.
Bailey’s Prime Plus
Blue Mesa Grill
Canary by Gorji
Charlie Palmer at The Joule
City Cafe To Go
Dallas Fish Market
Fogo de Chao
Highland Park Cafeteria
Holy Grail Pub
One Arts Plaza
The Second Floor
Jump for the full listing. Continue reading "Where to Treat Your Pops to a Nice Meal in Dallas on Father’s Day (June 17)"8 Comments »
My first few trips to Napa Valley only had to do with the wine….it is, after all, the birthplace of the American wine movement. Why in the world would I go to a wine mecca and waste all that time in restaurants….grab a baguette and a piece of cheese and go.
Thank goodness through the years I have been convinced to enjoy meals at places like The French Laundry, REDD, The Restaurant at Meadowood, Brix, Oenotri, La Toque, Morimoto, Bottega and even a short drive out of Napa to Chez Panisse in Berkeley opened my eyes to incredible flavors with California flair created by passionate, enthusiastic, farm-to-table chefs. Now, the food is as much a purpose in visiting Napa as the wine.
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My dad loves his 5 o’clock cocktail. From a spiced rum and coke, to a smooth sipping tequila, to a hearty red wine, to a nice cold beer, dad loves his cocktails (as do I) so in celebration of Dad, here are a few ideas to take the evening cocktail up a notch; and of course a few wine options for those not keen on spirits.
Patron Tequila has created a series for this summer called “The Art of The Drink,” which includes tasty recipes from mixologists around the country. There are a few that look tequila tantalizing including the Rubia Bonita, from Chicago’s Blackbird mixologist Kyle Fountaine; to the Tequila Mockingbird from Greg Seider, mixologist and co-owner of The Summit Bar in New York.
3 oz. Patrón Silver Tequila
½ oz. Aperol
½ oz. simple syrup
Dash of orange bitters
1 oz. lime juice
1 cup cilantro
In cocktail shaker muddle cilantro and strawberries together with the lime juice. Build rest of ingredients. Hard shake for 10 seconds. Double strain in rocks glass with ice.
Buy local. Eat seasonal. Hug a farmer. Kiss a chef. When the economy gets tough, we love our neighbors, right? As mighty “Agent Orange” Monsanto poisons our bodies with abused cattle, chickens, and ugly carpet, we turn to each other and clasp hands in unity. WE SHALL FIGHT YOU WITH OUR ORGANIC GARDENS! THE CHICKEN WE PUT IN OUR POT WILL LIVE IN OUR BACKYARDS! BASIL IS THE NEW PARSLEY!
It’s all a lovely idea and great mantra to live by. Facing shrinking 401-ks would be easier if people could be nicer to each other, right? Put on your best John Belushi: But, nooooooooo.
This morning, I am disillusioned. The older I get, the more I want to get in a red time machine and go back to the peace-love-and-Woodstock of the ‘70s. I know I can’t and I know I have to put yesterday behind me. I need to get on down the road.
Oh, yesterday? Let me back up. Continue reading "Monday Morning Rant: “Fake” Tomatoes in East Texas Broke My Heart"17 Comments »
Owner/Wine Maker Dan Gatlin of Inwood Estates Vineyards and Winery, located just outside of downtown Dallas, will be at the new Whole Foods in Lakewood tomorrow , June 20th, for a tasting and bottle signing event from Noon-3pm. Inwood Estates is known for making award winning Spanish style wine, including a white blend made with the Spanish Palomino grape, along with their flagship wine, a Tempranillo-Cabernet Sauvignon blend. It’s an ideal opportunity to support one of our local wineries, and pick up a last minute gift for Dad.3 Comments »
P.S. Speaking of Father’s Day brunch, just got a message in my in box from Go Fish and Dallas Fish Market. Both restaurants are offering 25% off brunch this Sunday. Dallas Fish Market is $35 per person; Go Fish’s brunch menu is à la carte. Both have kids’ menus.1 Comment »
Here is the newly updated and revised list of dining options for Father’s Day.
Father’s Day gift alert: The Mercury chef Chris Ward is hosting a “Grillin’ and Chillin’” cooking class and lunch on June 27 (a week after Father’s Day, but he won’t mind) at the restaurant. The price ($125) includes a lesson on selecting and seasoning cuts of meat and seafood and how to properly grill them. A tasty lunch is included.
Of course, anyone is welcome to participate, not just lucky dads. My dad doesn’t even know how to turn on a grill, so this isn’t an option for me. A Hasty Bake oven will also be raffled off. For reservations call 972-960-7774.
Dad’s are fantastic…right up there with Mom. With Dad’s special day around the corner, how to you show your appreciation for his wisdom, encouragement, discouragement, support and constant love?
With cocktails…. Yes, Dad loved the tie, he cherished the paperweight, he still wears the cuff links….but for a wine and food lover like me and my Dad, fine wine and spirits are always appropriate. Here are some ideas if your Dad is the same.1 Comment »
Okay kids, the list is longer and stronger. Make love and reservations.
Hey kids, Father’s Day is June 21st. Here is a list of dining options for you to consider.