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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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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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Deck Your Halls: Give the Gift of Tre

Got somebody on your Christmas list that is hard to please. If they like cooking, I’ve got the perfect gift: Tre Wilcox. The press release says it all: “Enjoy an intimate culinary experience straight from the personal home kitchen of Tre Wilcox – Executive Chef of Village Marquee Grill & Bar and two-time alum of Bravo TV’s […]

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First Take Restaurant Review: Boulevardier in Oak Cliff

I’m late jumping onto the Boulevardier-love bandwagon, but we all know Oak Cliff’s new French bistro is bound to stick around for a long, long time. So, no rush, right? When the boys from Ava (Randall Copeland and Nathan Tate) and Veritas (Brooks and Bradley Anderson) announced they were moving into Bishop Arts District together, […]

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Rocking Callaloo With Tom Spicer of FM 1410 in Dallas

Just when you feel like you are up to your eyeballs in Dallas douchebags, you get an email from Tom Spicer and somehow this city takes on more depth. Tom Spicer is a forager, a poet, a cook, and a nutjob. Today he’s selling amaranth greens used in creating callaloo, a delicious Caribbean soup especially […]

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Tonight Only: Snapper Throats at Urbano Café in East Dallas

Wow, what a day for East Dallas in the race to be the hippest section of Dallas. The Kaufman’s of Urbano Café have teamed up with Captain Jon Alexis of TJ’s Seafood Market and together they have scored a batch of snapper throats. “Some say it’s the best white meat on the planet!, says chef […]

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TACA Lexus Party on the Green Gets a Taste of Mother Nature

Friday night’s soirée, TACA Lexus Party on the Green, took place on the lawn at the Rosewood Mansion on Turtle Creek.  There were cars up for winning, a cork pull, fabulous trips and dinners in the silent auction, and food. Oh, so much food. More than 30 chefs gathered in the courtyard to offer up […]

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Restaurant Review: Nana in Dallas

In late December I posted the “Top Twelve Bites I Put in my Mouth in 2011.” Well, I screwed up. It should have been 13 because the gnocchi, crunchy barley, and earthy mushrooms I devoured at Nana was the inspiration for the post. My apologies and compliments to the chef, Anthony Bombaci. You sir, are […]

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Desiree + Camera: Photo Essay of Hypnotic Donuts in East Dallas

SideDish photographer Desiree Espada roams the roads with her camera looking for good things to eat and shoot. Check out her photo essay of Bolsa Mercado. Then feast your eyes on what to expect when the Jerry Garcia of donut making, James St. Peter, opens Hypnotic Donuts on Sunday, January 29. Glory be to the […]

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This Little Piggy Went Downtown

We’re suckers for any press release that contains the following sentences: Yes, this is really real. Don’t you judge us; we all knew it would end up here someday. And yeah, your right we probably did go too far this time. Sorry, Mom. It seems a couple well-intentioned entrepreneurs have teamed up with J&D’s Foods […]

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Hey Dallas, What Would You Ask Anthony Bourdain?

Anthony Bourdain will be at The Majestic tonight. Tickets are still available. I understand there will be a Q&A segment in the show. Can’t go? Send me your questions. I’ll try to get them answered. Oh, and Tony. Tonight is the sixth game of the World Series. Our Texas Rangers could be champions before your […]

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