What To Drink Now: Truffle Dinner in Spain with Gonzalez Byass (Part 2)

Earlier this week, we went on a black winter truffle hunt with wine company Gonzalez Byass in the northern part of Spain—specifically, the Somontano region—where I was traveling as their guest. After the hunt and a very hot shower in the medieval village of Alquezar, we set off for our truffle feast prepared by chef Carmelo Bosque of the Michelin-starred Lillas Pastia.

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What to Drink Now: Truffle Hunt with Gonzalez Byass in Spain (part 1)

Of all the delicacies in the world, none excites my palate more than an earthy truffle. They can be white or black, from the Piedmont region of Alba at the foothills of the Alps, the Périgord region in France, or the Spanish hills of Somontano in the shadows of the Pyrenees. The divine, intense aroma […]

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Dallas’ First Lionfish Dinner

Lionfish, an exotic native of the Pacific Rim boasting bright scales and long protruding spines, became a popular trophy pet during the 1980’s in the aquariums of the Western affluent. Sadly, to the horror of their new owners, it became readily apparent that lionfish are inhospitable neighbors with voracious appetites. After ravishing any and all cohabitants, many were re-introduced to a “natural habitat” (read: Atlantic Ocean or Gulf of Mexico).  This quick fix did not come without consequences as the absence of their natural predators in the South Pacific led to unchecked growth, which currently threatens the existence of many native Atlantic species. Solution? Eat them. Fortunately, the present concern happens to be a very, very tasty one.

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Bits & Bites: Things to Do and Chew in Dallas This Weekend

Well, Fair Park Holiday has been cancelled, and I’m pretty sure the rest of Dallas is on hiatus for now.

This ice storm is putting a kink in our weekend plans, isn’t it? But at least we have our internet and heaters. (To the 200,000 people out there without power, I feel for you. Stay warm. Hug other bodies.)

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7 Reasons Why You Should Attend Flavor! Napa Valley Next Year

Let’s be real, now. There’s no better place for a serious getaway trip than Wine Country. Napa may be a small, touristy town, but it’s one of those rare parts of the world where time stops and people start aging backwards. I’m quite serious. The trees and leaves turn orange-yellow-red when it’s fall, there’s a […]

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Miss Chi Vietnamese Brings Home-Cooked Asian Cuisine to Preston Center

Prolific restaurateurs Joey and Chi Le are at it, again. A little over a month ago, they opened Dallas’ first dedicated ramen shop, Tanoshii, in Deep Ellum. In mid-August, they shut down their second location of Wicked Po’ Boys in Preston Center and decided to re-concept the whole shebang. Now signage is up for Miss Chi […]

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How to Carve a Pumpkin 101

I’ve never made a jack-o-lantern. In spite of my handicap, my childhood went pretty smoothly. I didn’t murder anyone, and I graduated high school with mostly A’s and B’s. As time passed, however, I did notice a hollowed-out-pumpkin-shaped hole in my heart. It was one that couldn’t be filled with candy corn and miniature Twix […]

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DIFFA’s Burgers & Burgundy Hits Another Home Run, Again

As soon as I walked up to the entrance of Sunday’s Burgers and Burgundy event benefiting DIFFA/Dallas, the first thing I noticed was the sight of barbecue smoke rising into the air. That’s when I got excited. The Hunter Sullivan Band played sexy jazz on a stage surrounded by Greek pillars. Off in the distance, […]

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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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Eat This Now: Pakpao Thai’s Mou Pa Lorw (Braised Pork Belly)

As seen in the August 2013 issue. PORK BELLY | Niman Ranch pork belly marinates for 48 hours in a reduction of soy, garlic, cilantro, and a five-spice blend (star anise, cinnamon, coriander seed, black pepper, and dehydrated orange). It is then braised for 12 hours before serving. SAUCE | The dish is sauced with […]

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Wine Poste Features Dallas Top Chef Competitor Tiffany Derry and Fine Wines

When they aren’t pairing cheese with your wine, Wine Poste features special guest chefs who prepare enough food to give you the excuse to keep drinking. At the second monthly dinner, Top Chef “fan favorite” and Dallas resident Tiffany Derry prepared a five-course meal, paired with wines carefully selected by James Jordan, Wine Poste general […]

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Chef Najat Kaanache Participates in Taste of Science Presented by World Science Festival

If you are a food geek you already know this. But for those of you who don’t keep up with the fascinating world of gastronomic experimentation through biology, chemistry, neuroscience, and physics, the Taste of Science  presented by The World Science Festival is a big deal. The event took place last weekend in New York. The […]

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Into Shelley’s Belly: The Libertine’s All Local DFW Beer Dinner

On Wednesday night, The Libertine hosted an All Local DFW Beer Dinner. (I was invited as a media guest.) Inside the wooden farmhouse, each of the five courses were paired with one beer from one of our very own breweries, and they offered their best. Lakewood’s Bourbon Barrel Aged Temptress continued to age and grew […]

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Rudy’s Chicken Really is “So Good You’ll Slap Yo Mammas Mamma”

Ever since I stumbled upon Rudy’s Chicken’s Facebook page, I’ve been meaning to visit this South Dallas icon at 3115 S. Lancaster Rd., where the neighborhood goes for its chicken. And, truthfully, any page with the tagline of “CHICKEN SO GOOD YOU’LL SLAP YO MAMMAS MAMMA” gets my blood flowing. It makes me want to […]

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The Cheap Bastard Wants Your Placenta Recipes

Okay, I’ve since abandoned my pear and my stomach feels kinda queasy, but you can’t blame me for clicking on a headline like “The Best Placenta Recipes on the Internet!”  Because I bet you will, too. You suck, Cheap Bastard. P.S. Placenta ice cream should be the new breast milk ice cream.

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Kelsey + Camera: Belly & Trumpet in Uptown

Maybe you’ve noticed, but Desiree Espada, my wing/camera woman has left us for the bright lights of New York City. For the first two months of her absence, I sort of panicked and cried myself to sleep every night. (I miss Desiree.) Then came the day I found Kelsey Foster, who does amazing, amazing work, […]

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